DOORS: 6:30pm | SHOW: 7:30pm
Peter Himmelman is an observant man, in all senses of the word. After lunch at a kosher fish restaurant in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles one recent afternoon, we walked to a nearby apartment that he keeps as a place to wind up or wind down, write songs or to sip tea, paint, write, relax, and to enjoy Shabbat. He took off the pork pie hat that is one of his sartorial trademarks, and placed a kippah on his head. He observed that his guest was tired and suggested we meditate.
We moved to facing chairs. He showed me some breathing exercises, and gave me a mantra on which to concentrate. The words were: "My purple shirt." I was more tired than I thought, since I was wondering why he chose that phrase, until I noticed I was wearing a purple shirt. "It can be anything," he said. The phrase he often uses when he begins to meditate consists of the Hebrew words ribbonah shel olam: Master of the universe.
"Meditation is one area where assessment thinking has no place," he said. "No one does meditation well, no one does it poorly. We've put such a premium on success and failure."
Peter Himmelman is a man of many talents and accomplishments who is known to those who have heard of him, but haven't heard him, as Bob Dylan's son-in-law. He has been playing in and with bands since sixth grade in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. (Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, Sen. Al Franken, and New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman are also SLP natives.) He has released a dozen rock albums since 1986, the first half dozen on major corporate record labels, others on smaller indies, others self-released, all of which have received love from critics and none of which have sold well. The only Billboard chart on which he has ever appeared is the Heatseekers chart, limited to artists who have never had an album in the top 200. But the quality of his work has never flagged, and lately he has released some of his finest work, including Imperfect World (2005) and The Mystery and the Hum (2010). There is also an intentional oddity called Flimsy (2011), a collection of spoken-word songs ranging from the absurd to the heartbreaking. His new album, The Boat That Carries Us, now available on his own Himmelsongs label, is about motion, or being in motion, by air ("33K Feet"), by car ("Green Mexican Dreams"), or in spirit ("Angels Die").
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? Unless otherwise indicated, all of our shows are all ages. Please bring a valid ID.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? There is plenty of meter parking along Dempster St. and Chicago Ave., and meters do not need to be fed after 9pm. SPACE is located one block east of the Dempster Purple Line Stop.
What can I bring into the event? SPACE has a full bar with an exciting array of cocktails and an extensive beer list. While we do not serve food in our venue, customers are welcome to bring in pizza from Union, the restaurant up front. No outside food or beverages are allowed inside.