Feb 272016
 
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Dana Weiser

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Greg Mocilnikar

Los Angeles based artist Dana Weiser’s exhibition at Walter Maciel Gallery, Without you, I couldn’t be me…, focuses on her experiences as a member of an interracial family. Weiser was adopted from Korea as an infant by a Jewish-American family and raised in the Midwest . She has a sister who was also adopted from Korea.

From the press release-

…Weiser’s work explores lost identity, multiple identities, and racial identity with her emphasis of being an outsider in a predominantly white community where she never felt a strong affiliation to any group or faith.  The inevitable questions like “Have you met your real parents?” and “Is she your real sister?” are often the opening liners upon introduction and these phrases become the subject matter as literal text interpretations spelling out the racist remarks.  In one series using large sheets of vintage lace as the surface, pearl beads are stitched into the fabric to spell comments like “I’m not racist or anything but…” or “I don’t mean to sound racist but…” The delicate and intimate technique of traditional beading challenges Weiser’s skills much in the same way as her ability to pacify her true emotions and refrain from bleak replies.

In addition to the beaded work, she also addresses some of her relationship with Korean culture in three self portraits- Enacting my Koreanness, (self-portrait performance). There are also two neon sculptures- one that reads “adopt” with an “a” over the “o” to create “adapt” and the other the title of the show in a circle. The different mediums make the exhibition feel a bit chaotic but perhaps that also keeps with the theme of having an identity that is hard to pin down.

In the other gallery are Greg Mocilnikar’s colorful abstract paintings and works on paper have a lively energy.

Both of these shows close 2/27/16.

Feb 272016
 

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Bettina Hubby’s exhibition, THE SEXUAL BRONZE SHOW at Klowden Mann presents several pairs of common objects cast in bronze that take on sexual relationships . This is made even more clear in the back room of the gallery where there are photos of the objects interacting.

And it is definitely meant to be funny, as this quote from Hubby indicates (taken from the press release)-

“I take my humor seriously. I focused intently and took a survey, then plunged deeply and engrossed myself into the grocery aisles to find these pairings and made monuments to my match-made couples’ various proclivities. I honor their diversity and their freedom of expression. I bronzed their essence and photographed them in a white bed of light to reveal their true natures; they gleam with a confident appreciative post-coital sigh.” – Hubby

This show closes 2/27/16 and there is a closing reception from 6-8pm.

Feb 252016
 

Kid Cudi- Day ‘N’ Nite

This song was Kid Cudi’s lead single off his debut album from 2009, Man on the Moon: The End of Day, although it was released in 2008 before the album.  The video was directed by So-Me, who has also directed videos for Major Lazer, Justice and Nero, as well as doing animation for Cudi collaborator Kanye West’s Good Life video.  The video features numerous places in Los Angeles including Smog Cutter bar, and also a cameo by Travis Barker.

Kid Cudi is playing a sold out show at the Observatory in Santa Ana tonight 2/25/16.

Feb 252016
 

Metric- The Shade

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/25-2/28/16)-

Thursday

It’s time again for the Hammer Museum’s Open Projector Night where anyone can show their films (free)

Zócalo/ Metro Art is showing classic noir film The Third Man at Union Station (free)

Artist and writer Walead Beshty is speaking about artist Michael Asher as part of the Artists on Artists program at MOCA Grand Ave

Show creator Joe Merrell and “alien scent-designer” Saskia Wilson-Brown will discuss their current exhibition at Machine Project, The Eyes are Always There, as well as the process of developing scents for the installation based on first hand accounts of alien abductions (free)

Palehound are playing at The Echo

Feels are playing at Basic Flowers downtown to celebrate their debut LP release

Beacon are performing at Club Bahia

Redbull Sound Select Presents: Holy F*ck at Club Bahia. If you sign up and RSVP with them the tickets are $3 otherwise $12

Friday

Metric are playing at the Hollywood Palladium

The Egyptian Theater is showing all of the Oscar nominated documentary shorts with filmmakers Jerry Franck (“Chau, Beyond the Lines”) and Haya Fatima and
Asad Faruqi (“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”) introducing them

Writer George Saunders is reading from his recent work at REDCAT ($10)

Goldlink is playing at the Fonda Theatre

Saturday

REDCAT and The Broad present Callings Out of Context– with Tyondai Braxton (from Battles) and Daniel Wohl, both of whom are experimental composers- Wohl’s pieces will have a live video artist ($20)

If it’s Oscar time it’s also time for the Razzies where you can see some of the worst films of the year take home awards as well as catch a musical number and comedy sketches . It’s happening at the Palace Theater downtown and courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes you can get tix for 35% off by using the code “tomatoes”

Cœur de Pirate are playing at the El Rey Theatre with Haunted Summer and Smoke Season

Sunday

A Conversation and Book Signing with Firooz Zahedi and Special Guests, actress Kate Burton and director Charles Shyer is happening at LACMA’s Bing Theater. Zahedi will be discussing his 35 year friendship with Elizabeth Taylor, and the photos he took of her for his book My Elizabeth. (free)

Make your own ‘zine at Ama-ZINE Workshop at the Craft & Folk Art Museum ($10-includes materials)

Ace Hotel is having an Oscar party in their theater with bingo, prizes, DJs and more while the show streams live. ($12-15)

Feb 182016
 

Vanity 6- Nasty Girl

This song is from Prince’s protégé girl group Vanity 6‘s 1982 self-titled album. Denise Katrina Matthews, also known as Vanity, quit Vanity 6 after the first album and went on to record two solo albums and later contributed songs for the film Action Jackson, which she also starred in.

Vanity died on Monday at the age of 57. Prince, who she dated during the time of Vanity 6, recently paid tribute to her at his show in Australia, telling a story about their time together and dedicating the song Little Red Corvette to her.

Feb 182016
 

Dr. Dog- Bring My Baby Back

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/18-2/22/16)-

Thursday

SPEED SHOW LA: Manifesto is a one night art show all taking place on the computers in an internet cafe. This time in Koreatown with over 20 artists participating including Petra Cortright and Yung Jake (free)

Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker are discussing their collaborative work curating Made in L.A. 2016, the Hammer Museum’s biennial, at MOCA Grand Ave (free)

Avid Dancer are playing with Gothic Tropic and Banta at The Echo

Poet Paisley Rekdal is reading at The Hammer Museum (free)

Friday

Dr. Dog are playing at The Wiltern with Hop Along

The Chocolate and Art Show is at KGB Studios in Chinatown with DJs, bands, henna tattoos and of course, chocolate and art (also Saturday)

Human Resources is hosting Meet & Greet 2016 which describes itself as “somewhere in between a party and a science fair: an opportunity meet some of the new & independent arts organizations in Los Angeles” with each participant giving 2-minute presentations (free)

The Dream is playing at The Troubadour

The Seth Bogart Show is a “televisual performance” at The Echo with Seth (formerly of Hunx & His Punx), Geneva Jacuzzi, Chela and Cold Beat

Film School are also playing at The Echo

Saturday

homeLA’s dance performance will take place this time in a private home in Angeleno Heights

For part of their John Sayles weekend programming, Cinefamily is hosting Master Class for which Sayles will be discussing his work before a screening of City of Hope

Questlove will be performing at The Globe Theatre with The Gaslamp Killer opening

Saturday and Sunday

The Air + Style Festival is at Expo Park with J.Cole, HAIM, Danny Brown, A-Trak, Incubus and more over the two days (Goldstar has discount tix)

Sunday

Artist Wyatt Mills is speaking with curator, art critic and author Shana Nys Dambrot at Project Gallery

Keanu Reeves and Alexandra Grant will be discussing their collaborative book Shadows at LACMA’s Art Catalogues (free)

The Festival of (in)Appropriation is back at the Egyptian Theatre with its collection of new film and video artworks made from already existing media

Expert Alterations and Future Death are opening for Ringo Deathstarr at The Echo