Dec 022017
 

Today, December 1st, is Day With(out) Art, a national day of action and mourning organized by Visual AIDS with arts organizations and institutions in response to the AIDS crisis. It is also World AIDS Day, an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the disease.

In 2014, on the 25th anniversary of Day With(out) Art, Visual AIDS commissioned seven artists/collaboratives to create short videos for a program titled ALTERNATE ENDINGS, which are now available to watch online.  This year Visual AIDS has created another video program –ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS, previewed above.

From their Vimeo channel

Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS, the video program prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new and innovative short videos from artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia LaBeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Brontez Purnell.

In spite of the impact of HIV/AIDS within Black communities, these stories and experiences are constantly excluded from larger artistic and historical narratives. In 2016 African Americans represented 44% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States. Given this context, it is increasingly urgent to feature a myriad of stories that consider and represent the lives of those housed within this statistic. ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS seeks to highlight the voices of those that are marginalized within broader Black communities nationwide, including queer and trans people.

The commissioned projects include intimate meditations of young HIV positive protagonists; a consideration of community-based HIV/AIDS activism in the South; explorations of the legacies and contemporary resonances within AIDS archives; a poetic journey through New York exploring historical traces of queer and trans life, and more. Together, the videos provide a platform centering voices deeply impacted by the ongoing epidemic.

Next week on 12/7 (Thursday), MOCA Grand Avenue in Los Angeles will be screening this program followed by a performance by Kia LaBeija and a discussion featuring Reina Gossett and Kia LaBeija in conversation with Day With(out) Art curators Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett. (this event is free)

In New York it will be screened on 12/4 (Monday) at Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture with a post-screening discussion featuring artists Cheryl Dunye, Ellen Spiro and Thomas Allen Harris in conversation with curators Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett. (free but make sure to register as the event at The Whitney filled up quickly)

 

Dec 042014
 

J. Cole- She Knows ft. Amber Coffman, Cults

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (12/4-12/12/7)-

Thursday

MOCA Grand Ave is screening Alternate Endings, new short videos by Rhys Ernst, Glen Fogel, Lyle Ashton Harris, Derek Jackson, Tom Kalin, My Barbarian, and Julie Tolentino, commissioned by Visual AIDS to honor the 25th anniversary of Day With(out) Art (free with RSVP)- http://sites.moca.org/the-curve/screening-discussion-alternate-endings/

M.Ward ( the him of She & Him) is playing at Amoeba Records (free)- http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3170/

Angel Olsen is at the El Rey with Kevin Morby- http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/254266

Thursday- Sunday

Dance, visual art and the music of Stephin Merritt combine for Performance at the Redcat theater – http://www.redcat.org/event/rashaun-mitchell-stephin-merritt-ali-naschke-messing-performance

Friday

J.Cole and T.I. headline Power 106’s Cali Christmas along with several other performers at the Forum- http://www.fabulousforum.com/event/cali-christmas.html

Celebrate Repeal Day (the end of Prohibition) by getting sauced on cheap booze! Los Angeles Magazine put together a great list of bars with drink specials and parties- http://www.lamag.com/liquidlablog/repeal-day/

John Waters gets into the holiday spirit and performing his one man show- A John Waters Christmas for one night at the Comedy Store- http://hollywood.thecomedystore.com/event.cfm?id=310227&cart

Saturday

Photo critic Philip Gefter will discuss the work of Larry Sultan at LACMA (free)- http://www.lacma.org/event/philip-gefter-sultan

Chrissie Hynde is at the Pantages singing songs from her new album Stockholm as well as songs from the Pretenders era- http://hollywoodpantages.com/showinfo.php?id=43

Venice Christmas Boat Parade could get you in a festive mood- http://www.venicechristmasboatparade.com/

Silverlake Flea Market is in the Micheltorena school playground free and free parking- https://www.facebook.com/events/772139309514695/

Artisanal LA is having a holiday market in Old Pasadena – http://artisanalla.com/events/

Saturday and Sunday

Unique LA is having their holiday market at the California Market center- $10 (for entrance on both days) includes snacks, drinks and “DIY craft projects”- http://www.uniqueusa.com/markets-la

Sunday

MOCA Grand Ave is screening Andy Warhol’s 8 hour film Empire which is footage of the Empire State Building. RSVP for the reception to follow at 7:30. Mention Empire at the box office to receive complimentary admission- http://sites.moca.org/the-curve/screening-andy-warhols-empire/

The Ace Hotel Theatre is hosting one of Cinefamily’s fundraising events Truth & Soul, Inc: Day Three Downey: Clown Prince of the Underground (hosted by Louis CK, feat. Robert Downey Sr.’s Putney Swope)- http://www.acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles/putney-swope

LA Conservancy is showing Home Alone in the afternoon at the Orpheum Theatre with holiday music beforehand- https://www.laconservancy.org/holiday

The Rock ‘N’ Roll Flea Market has vintage clothing as well as music related items- http://www.theregenttheater.com/event/689041-rock-n-roll-flea-market-los-angeles/

Love it or hate it CicLAvia is back- this time through South LA- http://www.ciclavia.org/events/873/south-la/985/about