Photoville, the free annual photo festival with galleries built from repurposed shipping containers, returns for its second week in Century Park with programming that includes nighttime projections, talks, workshops, family activities, and a beer garden. While there check out the exhibition CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop, which showcases the work of hip hop photographers, at Annenberg Space for Photography.
Broncho will be performing at the Natural History Museum with Lauren Ruth Ward for the museum’s monthly First Friday event. This year’s programming explores Forces of Nature and for this evening they will have speakers discussing California’s floods. There will also be DJs and food trucks.
L.A. Live is having a block party with $5 food and drink items at many of the restaurants, pop up shops, street performers, live painting by several artists, and more (free)
Union Station is celebrating its 80th Anniversary for two days with live entertainment, an electronic photo exhibition of the station’s history, special menu items at the station’s restaurants, tours, a marketplace and more
Hammer Museum is hosting Omniaudience, a program comprised of listening sessions, conversations, and performances from 1:30-5pm. For this iteration- Nikita Gale will have a listening session devoted to the creation, distribution, and reception of River Deep, Mountain High, which was produced by Phil Spector and performed by Tina Turner; Alexander Provan will deliver a lecture, illustrated with chart-toppers, on the use of consumer-behavior data and neurobiology research in the production of pop songs; C. Spencer Yeh will present a live quadraphonic performance of material from The RCA Mark II (Primary Information, 2017), which is composed of recordings of non-musical sounds created with the eponymous, 60-year-old synthesizer; and Nour Mobarak will speak about the vocalization of sound and phonetics in relation to her recent work. She will then be joined in conversation by Gale, Provan, and Yeh to discuss “how recordings of human voices quantify and categorize speakers—and how the components of language might, alternatively, be experienced as indeterminate sonic materials”.
Otomo Yoshihide and David Novak will be at Blum & Poe to discuss “noise, an underground music made through an amalgam of feedback, distortion, and electronic effects, which first emerged as a genre in the 1980s, circulating on cassette tapes traded between fans in Japan, Europe, and North America”. (free)
Melodie McDaniel will be signing her book Riding Through Compton about the participants of a youth riding and equestrian program in the neighborhood at Arcana Books. A conversation will follow with book contributors Amelia Fleetwood and Mayisha Akbar (who leads the program).
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/24-4/27/19)-
For MOCA’s 40th Anniversary they are hosting a series of exhibitions organized by LA based artists and MOCA curators with work drawn from their permanent collection. Tonight multimedia artist Elliott Hundley will lead a walkthrough of his exhibition Open House: Elliott Hundley at the Grand Avenue location (free tonight and every Thursday evening)
Slick Rick will be at Amoeba Records in Hollywood to celebrate and sign copies of The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick for its 30th Anniversary
Friday through Sunday
For the first time Photoville, the free annual photo festival with galleries built from repurposed shipping containers, is heading to Los Angeles. It will be taking place at the Annenberg Space for Photography this weekend and next with programming that includes nighttime projections, talks, workshops, family activities and a beer garden. At the same time the exhibition CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop, which showcases the work of hip hop photographers, will open at Annenberg Space for Photography with special hours to coincide with the festival.
Arcana Books is hosting a launch party from 4-6pm for issue 2 of Creative Director Alexander McWhirter’s thematic annual art and fashion journal, Public.
Compltr is playing at All Star Lanes with Sheer, Trends, and June Swoon
Saturday and Sunday
Grand Park is hosting the free two day festival, Grand Park’s Our L.A. Voices- a Pop-up Arts+Culture Fest, featuring short film, dance, music, spoken word and theatre performances, and visual art, created by L.A. artists. There will also be a marketplace with artwork for sale.
Jackalope are bringing their free local artisan Spring Fair to Old Pasadena’s Central Park
Celebrate the Thai New Year all day at the Songkran Festival in Thai Town which includes a parade, beauty pageant, live music, dance performances, food, and more