April 30 “Artopia” Flowers with Mud Baron

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On April 30, the Container Yard in the Downtown LA Arts District will be aglow with murals and art for LA Weekly’s “Artopia” a one-night only celebration with art, music, food and drink.

Adding even more color and bursting with Nature’s bounty: “Flowers on Your Head” an ongoing living art project from the amazing Mud Baron.  Mud brings exotic, fragrant bouquets and convinces friends and total strangers to be photographed with elaborate bouquets of flowers on their heads. He then instagrams out the images with the #flowersonyourhead  from his account @cocoxochitl.

As Mud’s on going portrait series show, flowers are food for the soul, as well as for the bees and butterflies. You can meet Mud Baron at Artopia, put flowers on your head, and become part of his fragrant, fantastic urban beautification series, becoming immortalized and entranced by Mud’s passion.

As the executive director of the Muir Ranch at Pasadena’s John Muir High School where he oversees the production of fruits, vegetables, and an astonishing array of flowers, Mud teaches students to grow what they eat and eat what they grow, as well as  training them in the commercial distribution system for produce and fancy flowers. Baron and his students sell at farmers markets, host farm to table dinners, and provide original floral designs of increasing popularity. As creator of the Plug Mob, a free seedling program mostly for young students, Baron leverages donations from major gardening companies to help cultivate school gardens throughout Southern California.

Along with Mud Baron, “Artopia” curated by Shana Nys Danbrot features Debi Cable’s 3D Art Gallery, Robert “Dytch 66″ Gomez, Drew Merritt, Wyatt Mills, and Vyal, plus performance/fashion/body painting art from Victor Wilde/Bohemian Society, performance art from Marcus Kuiland-Nazario; the amazing Amy Kapps; and live painting from Mikal B. In addition, there will be artisan vendors presented by We Are DTLA, food trucks and cocktails.

This 21 and over event is sure to sell out, so get your tickets now (and a babysitter! no strollers or toddlers allowed, again this is a 21+ event!) Advance tickets are on sale through April 26th, through ticketfly.com A portion of Artopia ticket sales will benefit Freewaves, Video Art Program.

General Admission ticket includes:
Entry into the event at 8pm
Beer, wine or cocktail samples
Access to artisanal vendor village

Advance Pricing: $35 (through April 26th @ 11:59pm)
Friends with Benefits: $30 each when purchased as a pair. Includes reserved spots on Cartwheel Art Tour (through April 26th @ 11:59pm)
General Admission Pricing: $40 (April 27th @12am – April 29th at 11:59pm)
Door Pricing: $45–but this is a sure to be a sold out event, plan ahead and get your tickets now!

As part of the LA Weekly’s “Artopia” programming, there will also be a FREE urban exploration tour from 6:30pm to 8:30pm where participants will discover, explore and experience the DTLA Arts District and its murals with Cartwheel Art Tours and their team of “Insiders”, who are deeply connected to the neighborhood and where Cartwheel Art is based. The tour starts at 6:30pm, before the festivities begin, and ends when The Container Yard opens at 8:00pm.

LA Weekly’s Artopia, curated by Shana Nys Dambrot
Thursday, April 30, 2015
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Container Yard
800 E 4th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
21+ event

Photo of Amy Kaps who will be performing at “Artopia”: #flowersonyourhead

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