The Raja Theatre, most recently a Bollywood house, has come up for sale. Located within the community that inspired the Parade of Lost Souls and the Commercial Drive Car-Free Festival, The Raja was once The New York, an exceptional venue that hosted an astonishing number of fantastic performers. (Some as well known as Neil Young, Sonic Youth, Jane Siberry, and Crispin Hellion Glover.) It is my intention to transform the space into Heart of the World, a multi-disciplinary arts facility featuring inspiring work from all over the globe that recaptures and surpasses its previous glory.
Housed in a classic 300 seat theatre built in 1910, the heyday of theatre, before any “leaky condo” fiasco, Heart of the World is to address the contemporary artistic and creative needs of the constantly evolving geographic location in which it is situated, offering competitive rates and a multi-faceted performance space. Complete with a full sized stage, a balcony with box seats, and a fully functional projection booth, the bones of the space hold limitless promise - able to show films, dance, theatrical productions, acoustic and amplified concerts, and cabaret events. In the foyer, artists both local and international will be able to advantageously display their work, whether it is photography, painting, drawing or sculpture. As a web presence, Heart of the World will offer podcasts of performances, a gallery of streaming video of performers, the chance to chat with featured artists, and up-to-date interviews, reviews and schedule listings.
This is such a fine and excellent idea that it needs to be spread around. Financial backing needs to be found. Me, I couldn't rub two dollars together, but I got this here blog with a bit of traffic, and this is what I can do. Because this idea is really, really cool. So if you're an artist who can perform here, show your interest, pass it round, and all of that.
Heart of the World. Go there.