Aug 312018
 

Lauren Halsey- The Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project (Prototype Architecture) 2018

Lauren Halsey- The Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project (Prototype Architecture) 2018

Currently at the Hammer Museum is Made in L.A. 2018, the museum’s fourth biennial exhibition of artists working in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. The diverse group of artists included range in age from 29 to 97.  With so many excellent works in the exhibition, it was very hard to choose which of them to highlight. The following are just a few selections from the exhibition that stood out.

Lauren Halsey’s sculptures (pictured above), won the Mohn Award, a jury award which honors artistic excellence. You can also see another one of her sculptures at MOCA, until September 3.

Selection of works by Luchita Hurtado

The paintings above are from the oldest artist showing in the exhibition, Luchita Hurtado. At 97, she is just starting to get recognition for a lifetime of work.

The youngest artist in the show is Diedrick Brackens (shown below) who uses weaving and textile making to tell stories that reflect on cultural and personal narratives from his childhood in Mexla,Texas.

Diedrick Brackens

The most entertaining of the works in the exhibition is OURCHETYPES, created by Jade Gordon and Megan Whitmarsh. Taking up an entire room, it consists of videos, sculptures, and a publication all dealing with issues of self discovery, adulthood, womanhood, happiness, and success all from a tongue in cheek, retro New Age perspective.

Jade Gordon & Megan Whitmarsh, OURCHETYPES

There are also other video installations that are well worth spending time with.  Gelare Khoshgozaran’s Medina Wasi: Connecting Town, was shot mainly in Mecca and Thermal in the Coachella Valley, along with footage from US military bases in the desert that have created towns meant to simulate Middle Eastern towns for troops to have simulated battles in. She combines this with interviews with US veterans who discuss their memories of the landscape when they were in the Middle East. Neha Choksi’s multichannel video installation Everything sunbright, examines our relationship to the sun and includes images from nature, a dance performance, and children making drawings of the sun all tying together themes of birth, life, and death.

This weekend Hammer Museum has programming to accompany the exhibition. On Saturday, taisha paggett will present a series of solo and duet dance performances and on Sunday, composer/performer Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs is assembling a group of mothers to explore the tropes and meanings of motherhood and Von Doog is offering empathic musical readings in the gallery prior to the performance.

This exhibition closes on Sunday 9/2.

 

Aug 312018
 

Bad Bad Hats- Nothing Gets Me High

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/30-9/2/18)-

Thursday

LACMA has a free screening of Kusama- Infinity, a film about artist Yayoi Kusama with a post screening conversation with director Heather Lenz

Alice Bag is playing a free show at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park with Generacion Suicida

Taken By Trees (Swedish songwriter Victoria Bergsman’s solo project) will be performing a free show at Amoeba Records

 

Friday

Bad Bad Hats are playing at The Roxy Theatre with Cumulus opening

DIIV are playing a free show (but RSVP) with Sextile at the Echoplex

Grand Park’s DJ Nights series continues with a night curated by Nosaj Thing

Get your holiday weekend started with Friday Fireworks at Dodger Stadium after they play the Arizona Diamondbacks

Juiceboxxx is playing with Charge It To The Game, No Win, and Margot Pauline at The Hi Hat

Here Lies Man and Jungle Fire are playing a free show at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park

Metric are opening for The Smashing Pumpkins at The Forum (also Thursday)

 

Saturday

It’s the last weekend of Hammer Museum’s exhibition Made in L.A. 2018 and today you can see dance performances by artist taisha paggett along with her installation for the show

Brazilian artist Liniker e os Caramelows is performing at the Bootleg Theater

Beverly Hills Cop is the Cinespia Hollywood Forever Cemetery screening this evening

The Stevenson Ranch Davidians, The Tulips and Saint Cecilia are playing a free show at the Highland Park Bowl

Jurassic Shark are playing at the Lodge Room with Diners and Wild Wing opening

The Mad Walls are playing with The English Language, Rearranged Face and Mooncult at The Hi Hat

La Santa Cecilia is playing a free show at Burton Chace Park in Marina Del Rey- RSVP here

The Aero Theatre is showing Pink Floyd- The Wall

 

Saturday and Sunday

Golden Road Brewery is hosting Made in LA– a 2 day Music and Arts Festival with 50% of all ticket sales going to ArtShareLA. Performers include Dorothy, Saint Motel, Buyepongo and DUCKWRTH ($10 per day)

 

Sunday

At the Hammer Museum, composer/performer Carolyn Pennypacker will be assembling Mothers Choir, “a group of mothers, including her own—to investigate the complicated tropes and trip-outs of the meanings of mother” and there will be “empathic musical readings” in the gallery prior to the performance by Von Doog.

Cinespia’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery screenings continue with Now and Then

The Aero Theatre is showing Los Angeles Plays Itself along with a discussion with director Thom Anderson

Marbled Eye and Blues Lawyer are opening for Sheer Mag at the Troubadour

Geneva Jacuzzi is performing at The Echo with CMON and Toucan

 

 

Jun 142018
 

Dan Deacon- Change Your Life

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/14-6/17-18)-

Thursday

Olden Yolk are playing at Resident with Mega Bog

MOCA’s experimental music series continues with Ras G performing a free show at their Grand Ave location

Zee Will is opening for Black Milk at the Echoplex

Hammer Museum has a free screening of the 1976 film Car Wash with a Q&A to follow with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy

Amo Amo are performing a free show at the Bootleg Theater with Psychic Twin

Moon Honey and The Paranoyds are playing a free show at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park

Friday

Metro Art’s free film series at Union Station begins with the historical documentary The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound

Sunflower Bean are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Jesse Jo Stark and Pearl Charles

Har Mar Superstar is singing the songs of Sam Cooke at the Regent Theater

Odd Nights at The Autry returns to Griffith Park with access to the gallery, an outdoor market, a full bar, live music and DJs, and more ($5)

Post Animal are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Slow Pulp and BOYO opening

Flatbush Zombies are playing at The Novo

Saturday

Dan Deacon puts on a really fun show and this weekend he’s performing at the Echoplex with Fat Tony, J.F.Harris, and a surprise guest

Celebrate James Joyce at Hammer Museum’s free Bloomsday event, with actors reading from Ulysses, performances of Irish songs, and Guinness in the courtyard

If you have a love of donuts head to Union Station for DTLA Donut Fest and try out some of the offerings from a dozen donut vendors

Diana Ross is performing at the Hollywood Bowl with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra

Prefuse 73, Mia Doi Todd, and Fabiano do Nascimento are performing at Zebulon

Pinky Pinky are playing at The Echo with The Two Tens and Dr Danny opening

Sunday

Hammer Museum has two performances this Sunday, Flora Wiegmann responding to the California fires, will be performing Reduction Burn, and taisha paggett will present a series of solo and dance duets in dialogue with her Made in L.A. 2018 installation

Pasadena Chalk Festival is on at The Paseo (also Saturday)

Porches and Okay Kaya are playing at the Moroccan Lounge

Flying Lotus, Little Dragon, BADBADNOTGOOD, and Georgia Anne Muldrow are performing at the Hollywood Bowl

 

May 182018
 

Tricky feat. Martina Topley-Bird- When We Die

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/17-5/20/18)-

Thursday

MOCA Music, a free (with RSVP) night of musical performances at The Geffen Contemporary location, will feature THE MARIAS, Jarina De Marco, Sister Mantos, and a DJ set by Chulita Vinyl club

Ariel Pink is playing at The Wiltern with DIIV opening

The Broad and X-TRA are hosting a discussion of artist Joseph Beuys with NY writer Lynne Tillman and LA visual artist Kerry Tribe ($15)

Dead Horses are opening for Horse Feathers at the Bootleg Theater

Artists Taisha Paggett and Ashley Hunt will be discussing their individual work and ongoing collaboration at Art+Practice

Aïsha Devi is performing at the Echoplex with GILA and bod opening

Friday

Tricky is performing at The Fonda Theatre with Young Magic opening

LACMA is hosting a free screening of American Animals with a conversation with writer/director Bart Layton and actor Blake Jenner to follow

Vita and the Woolf are opening for The Lighthouse and the Whaler at Moroccan Lounge

Generacion Suicida are playing at The Hi Hat with The Wraith and Tenement Rats

Peter Hook & The Light are playing at The Wiltern

Saturday

Off the 405, The Getty’s free music night, is back with Allah-Las

Annenberg Space for Photography is having an after hours night (6-9pm), a chance to check out the exhibit Not an Ostrich: And Other Images from America’s Library, as well as enjoy some food and music (free but register)

Artist Matthew Day Jackson will be in conversation with LAXART Executive Director Hamza Walker at Hauser & Wirth

Arcana Books is hosting a book signing and a discussion of the work of artist Sister Corita Kent

Reptaliens are playing at The Hi Hat with HOTT MT and Samira Winter opening

Mute Swan are playing with Young Lovers, Blue Velvet Drapes, Take Pictures, and Birds of Bad Weather at Lot 1 Cafe

Sunday

Spend part of your day enjoying the outdoors and checking out some artwork at the Beverly Hills Art Show (free, also on Saturday)

Once a year for Museums of the Arroyo Day, six museums offer free admission- The Gamble House, Heritage Square, LA Police Museum, Lummis Home, Pasadena Museum of History, and The Autry

Dum Dum Zine’s L.A. Zine Week Kick Off Party is happening at The Hi Hat with performances by Sheer, dimber, Cheekface, Taleen Kali, Magic Wands, live readings, literary prizes and more

Color TV are playing at Junior High with River Gods and The City Hall