Dec 142018
 

Conner Youngblood- The Birds of Finland

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (12/14-12/16/18)-

Friday

Conner Youngblood is performing at the Moroccan Lounge

John Grant is playing at The Lodge Room with Two Medicine opening

Holidaze, a benefit for the community of Paradise California, is taking place at Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth with a list of comedians performing including Bob Odenkirk and The Lucas Brothers, as well as a “musical experience” by LYNAS, and surprise guests

Union Station is having a free cocoa concert with a performance by reggae band The Lions, DJ sets by Connie Price, a cocoa bar, a holiday craft zone, free cotton candy, and more

Tijuana Panthers are playing at The Roxy with Gothic Tropic and The Cozzmos opening

The Shacks are opening for Middle Kids at the Echoplex

 

Saturday

Arcana Books is hosting an event to celebrate Todd Hido’s new book Bright Black World, with a book signing and refreshments from 4-6pm

Z Berg & Friends are having a Holiday Show at Pico Union Project

Bergamot Station is having their annual Winter Open House, a free day of art, artist talks, food, and entertainment that includes The Other Reindeer Carolers and a performance by Kybele Dance Company

Helena Deland is playing at The Echo with Buzzy Lee

Artist Thomas Demand will be in conversation with LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan at Art Catalogues at LACMA. Demand will also be signing copies of his new book. (free)

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic are playing at Catch One with special guest Peanut Butter Wolf

 

Sunday

In the morning Hauser & Wirth is hosting a 90 minute soundbath meditation amidst the mobiles of their Calder exhibition ($15)

To celebrate the opening of The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at LACMA, there will be a free lamp lighting ceremony followed by performances by the Sri Lanka Foundation of Performing Arts and Thath Jith Dance Company

Zebulon is having a Holiday Bazaar all day (free also on Saturday) and afterwords Pavo Pavo, Cornelia Murr and Greg Uhlmann will be playing a free show

Childish Gambino will be performing at The Forum with special guest Rae Sremmurd

Sep 122015
 

Thomas Demand

Catherine Opie

Florian Maier-Aichen

Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition, organized by UCLA art department professor Russell Ferguson and currently at the Hammer Museum, is an engaging exploration into the concept of creating a photograph.

From the museum’s statement:

When we say of a portrait that it is a perfect likeness, we mean not just that it accurately delineates its subject. There is a further implication that the image penetrates beyond surface appearance to give us some deeper sense of the person depicted. The same logic can be applied more broadly. There was a time when it seemed a plausible goal for the artist to resolve a picture so conclusively that the result of his or her work would potentially transcend simple representation to reveal the essence of the subject. Today such a project might seem naïve.  We are glutted with images. What single picture might separate itself from this flood? Any such attempt to make such a work will lead inevitably to the question of composition. This issue is perhaps most urgent for artists working in in photography, a medium that now pervades every corner of daily life. The exhibition Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition looks at artists’ work with carefully composed photographic images.

The images chosen for the exhibition are often not exactly what they seem on first glance. Thomas Demand’s Diving Board is actually a model created in cardboard and paper. Florian Maier-Aichen’s La Brea Avenue in the Snow was inspired by a historical photo which he then created by drawing in snow on to his photo of Los Angeles houses and adding cars from different eras. Catherine Opie’s portrait of artist Lawrence Wiener appears at first like a Rembrandt painting but it’s the details within the image that draw you in for another look.

There are so many incredible images in the exhibition, it’s hard not to want to talk about them all. Check it out this weekend for free with two exhibition tours given by Russell Ferguson on Sunday (it closes 9/13/15).

(images via Hammer Museum and Art in America)

Mar 122015
 

Thee Oh Sees- Minotaur

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/12-3/15)-

Thursday

MUSICAL EXPOSITION featuring Thee Oh Sees and Caldwell/Tester at Human Resources LA in Chinatown- http://humanresourcesla.com/event-details/2015/3/8/31215-musical-exposition-thee-oh-sees-and-caldwelltester.html

DTLA Art Walk- http://www.downtownartwalk.org/

Television great Norman Lear, creator of All in the Family and Sanford and Son will speak with Phil Rosenthal, creator of Everybody Loves Raymond at the Wallis Annneberg Center for the Performing Arts- http://writersblocpresents.com/main/normanlear/

Artist Cauleen Smith will screen and discuss The Way Out Is the Way Two: Fourteen Short Films About Chicago and Sun Ra at MOCA Grand http://www.lafilmforum.org/schedule/winter-2015/cauleen-smith-the-way-out-is-the-way-two/

Friday

ArtNight Pasadena is a great biannual event where many of the museums and galleries are free, with shuttles connecting the institutions. This year you can tie it in with the last days of Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week if you like your culture to include a little booze- http://artnightpasadena.org/

As part of Atlas in LA 356 Mission will be screening several of his short films and he will be in conversation with Laurie Weeks for a book release- http://356mission.tumblr.com/post/112370420715/charles-atlas-early-collaborations-book-release

Chicas Rockeras of Southeast LA is having a fundraiser for their Girls Rock Camp with Upset (Patty Schemel and Ali Koehler) and other rock bands- https://www.facebook.com/events/1387554484892419

Dream Boys are playing with Shy Boys at La Cita- http://www.lacitabar.com/event/ptp-presents-shy-boys-and-dream-boys/

Friday and Saturday

LACMA is having a two day symposium- Photography and Philosophy-with various speakers- http://www.lacma.org/event/photography-symposium

Saturday

NELAart’s Second Saturday art walk takes place at galleries around Highland Park and Eagle Rock- http://www.nelaart.org/

Two of Charles Atlas’ most famous dance narrative films Ex-Romance and Hail the New Puritan will be screened at Human Resources gallery- http://humanresourcesla.com/event-details/2015/3/10/31415-charles-atlas-dance-dance-dance.html

Santa Monica Airport Art Walk- http://www.smgov.net/Portals/Culture/Events/Santa_Monica_Airport_Artwalk.aspx

North London band Wolf Mother are playing a sold out show at the Bootleg theater but tickets maybe available at the door- http://foldsilverlake.com/event.cfm?id=191278&cart

Sunday

Harry Dean Stanton will be performing after a screening of cult film Repo Man at the Regent Theater- http://www.theecho.com/event/798391-double-feature-screening-los-angeles/

A Place to Bury Strangers are playing at the Echo- http://www.theecho.com/event/721655-place-bury-strangers-los-angeles/

Also part of Atlas in LA, the Egyptian Theater will be screening two of his films – http://www.lafilmforum.org/schedule/winter-2015/dark-sides-of-intimacy-with-charles-atlas/

Russell Ferguson and Thomas Demand join Michael Fried for a conversation about painting, photography and film, focused on Fried’s new book Another Light: Jacques Louis David to Thomas Demand at LACMA (free)- http://www.lacma.org/event/fried-ferguson-demand

The LA Marathon is on so don’t make plans before noon in most parts of the city- http://www.lamarathon.com/race-weekend/street-closures