PLAN ForYourArt February 9-15

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L.A. Zine Week
Various Times
Various Locations
L.A. Zine Fest encourages bookstores, galleries, independent artists, and writing groups to organize zine, small press, or DIY-related events. Events on February 9 include: Free Zinemaking Workshop at Eagle Rock Center for the Arts and The Last Bookstore’s Zine Section Opening. Events on February 11 include: Razorcake’s Issue Release Party at Permanent Records, Alex Chiu’s Paper Airplanes opening at Flock Shop, and Champoy Hate: Cryptic shARTz Opening at Home Room. On February 12th, attend Zine Fest 2012 at Luis de Jesus Gallery.

Hands-On Art Workshop
Museum of Latin American Art (Long Beach)
Artists of all ages are invited to participate in this hands-on workshop. Take a tour of the galleries and then create a foam print inspired by José Bedia’s Oyá en los suyo! This event is free but reservations are required: 562-437-1689.

Mary Weatherford: The Bakersfield Project
Todd Madigan Gallery at CSU (Bakersfield)
An exhibition of new paintings by Mary Weatherford. Weatherford lives in Los Angeles but has been visiting Bakersfield since October. Recently, she has been living in Bakersfield full time to work on this exhibition, and the works in it come from her understanding of this particular site. On view through March 10, 2012.

Michael Childers: Distortions
Michael H. Lord Gallery (Palm Springs)
Photographer Michael Childers’ Distortions series presents a surreal fascination with the human form, which he transforms into images that transcend flesh. Bodies are morphed into a physicality that is a blend of shape and figure. On view through March 12, 2012.

Flash Photograpy: Weegee, Flash Photography, and Technological Innovation
MOCA Grand Avenue (Downtown)
Kate Flint, provost professor of English and art history at USC, will examine how advances in flash photography impacted Weegee and photography in Los Angeles. This event is free.

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (Downtown)
A group exhibition featuring works that explore the Los Angeles region and its unique character. On view through February 24, 2012.

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre: Cleopatra, CEO
Paul Hastings Tower, 51st Floor (Downtown)
The performance will interweave the gender biased myths and propaganda associated with the icon Cleopatra as a feminist with the male dominant corporate lineage of the oil men of the west. With performances February 9-11, February 16-18, and February 23-25. The opening night will include an evening Gala. Opening night tickets are $100, and the following performances $40-$50. Tickets are available online.

Poetry Reading: Sarah Lindsay
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
A night of poetry readings by Sarah Lindsay, whose books of poetry include Primate Behavior, a finalist for the National Book Award, Mount Clutter, and Twigs and Knucklebones. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, the Georgia Review, the Kenyon Review, the Paris Review, Parnassus, and Yale Review. All Hammer public programs are free.

Every Second Thursday
The York (Highland Park)
See art on walls, glass, and brick by Ben Cuevas, Maria Pineres, and Agnes Huzjak. Music provided by Israel Vines and specialty cocktails will be available.


Don’t The Sun Look Angry At Me: Pictures and Objects from Los Angeles Now
Royale Projects (Indian Wells)
An exhibition of work by Los Angeles based artists Joshua Callaghan, Gustavo Godoy, Larry Johnson, Farrah Karapetian, and Karen Lofgren. Featuring works in a variety of media that contemplate urban imagery and observe life in Southern California. On view through March 15, 2012.

Readings by Nicola Tyson and Laurie Weeks
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (Culver City)
An evening of readings. New York-based artist Nicola Tyson will read from her ongoing series “Letters to Artists and Other Men,” letters she recently composed to a select group of famous dead artists. Laurie Weeks will be reading from her debut novel “Zipper Mouth,” a chronicle of drug-and alcohol-fueled navigations of 1990s New York.

Adult Drawing Class: A Challenge for Creative Expression: Textured Transformation
Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)
Join artist José Antonio Aguirre as he investigates how artists in the Museum’s collections have expressed their creative visions. In this class, participants will create works using pattern and texture after looking at 19th-century European art, particularly Impressionism. All levels of experience are welcome. Each class is $20 ($16 for members). Online registration required.

Public Fiction: The Gold Rush/Manifest Destiny Issue
Public Fiction (Highland Park)
An event to launch the second issue of Public Fiction – The Gold Rush/Manifest Destiny issue. The publication features work by a variety of artists, a poster insert by Allen Ruppersberg, an online video/audio component, and more. The launch event will include drinks, food, and performances by Ezra Bulcha at 8pm and Corey Fogel at 9pm.

Once Again Particular
Control Room (Boyle Heights)
A group exhibition featuring the works of Kai Altoff, Floyd Claypool, Jonathan Kroll, Euan Macdonald, Microinternational, and Pae White.

100 Years of Paramount Pictures: Lady Sings the Blues and Hit!
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
7:30pm and 10pm
Film Independent at LACMA’s celebration of Paramount Pictures’ centennial continues with two films directed by Sidney J. Furie that feature Richard Pryor and Billy Dee Williams. The first is Lady Sings the Blues, a 1972 Billie Holiday biopic. In Hit!, Richard Pryor is part of a team assembled by a CIA agent to avenge the death of his daughter at the hands of drug dealers. Admission to both screenings is $10 for the general public, $7 for LACMA members, seniors, and students. $5 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and New York Times Film Club members. $5 for Hit! only. Tickets are available online.


Eyes of a Nation: A Century of American Photography
Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego)
This exhibition is a look at the history of American photography by artists working in the 1870s-1970s. The works present a story of American photography focused on social reform, artistic expression, and the political and cultural changes experienced during that time. On view through May 13, 2012.

Children’s Workshop: Be My Victorian Valentine
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (Pasadena)
Design old-fashioned Victorian valentines and learn about the history of Valentine’s Day in this workshop with instructor Laura Moede. Ages 7–12. Fee includes one accompanying adult. Members: $25. Non-Members: $30. Registration: 626-405-2128

Contentious Gesture: Abstract Expressionism Comes to LA Printshops
Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)
In the late 1940s, as World War II transformed the fine arts of Europe and the United States, Southern California resisted change. In this lecture, Dr. David Acton, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Worcester Art Museum, tells the story of the explorations of several creatives and their gradual acceptance by the establishment of an American capital of culture. Stickers for ensured seating will be distributed starting at 3:00 p.m.

Richard Jackson: Accidents in Abstract Painting
The Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena)
This exhibition follows Jackson’s January outdoor event at the Armory Center, where he crashed a remote-controlled model aeroplane into a wall. Jackson will create an installation from the detritus of the crash, which will be on display alongside other works. On view through June 10, 2012. Several other exhibitions will open at the Armory Center on this night, including shows by Jocelyn Foye, Nicholas Grider, and Dawn Kasper. Information on these exhibitions is available online.

Book Affair
Various Small Fires (Venice)
A book fair and temporary library that will take place within the gallery’s current installation. Participants include 2nd Cannons, A-Z video, Chinatown: the sequel, Dexter Sinister, Harsh Patel, Henry Glover, Kaleidoscope, Ooga Booga, Prism of Reality, Semiotexte, Textfield, Works Sited, and WorldFood Books. More information is available online.

Experiencing the Getty Collection: Music in Art (Part 1)
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
Join educator Lilit Sadoyan in a two-part course tracing the representation of music in art, and listen to period music in the galleries. Course fee $15 per session. Part 2 will take place March 10. Tickets are available online.

Death and Life of an Object
Edward Cella Art + Architecture (Miracle Mile)
A three person exhibition featuring sculptures and installations by Lynn Aldrich, Laurie Frick, and Tim Hawkinson.  All three artists pursue the transformation of everyday objects and materials into artworks. On February 25 at 4pm, Carl Berg will lead a conversation with artists Lynn Aldrich and Laurie Frick at the gallery. On view through March 31, 2012.

Over and Under, Let’s Weave
Craft and Folk Art Museum (Miracle Mile)
Artist Máximo González transforms a variety of materials into large, unusual weavings. Be inspired by Máximo’s work and learn the basics of weaving while experimenting with a range of materials. All ages. $5 per participant (includes museum admission) or free for CAFAM Members. Drop in between 1:30 and 3:30pm.

Jennifer Steinkamp: Moth and Kelly Cline, Erik Lindman, and Christopher Miller: Traces
ACME (Miracle Mile)
The opening of two exhibitions. Moth features work by Jennifer Steinkamp, who works with video and new media in order to explore ideas about architectural space, motion, and perception. Traces is a group show that includes sculpture and works on paper by Kelly Cline, Erik Lindman, and Christopher Miller. On view through March 10, 2012.

Pasadena to Santa Barbara: A Selected History of Art in California 1951-1969
Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Santa Barbara)
This Pacific Standard Time exhibition focuses on the legacy of two of Southern California’s leading venues for contemporary art since the 1940s: the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Pasadena Art Museum (known from 1941-1953 as the Pasadena Art Institute, and since 1975 as the Norton Simon Museum). The exhibition presents works by artists who were featured at these venues during these years, and who remain important to the discourse in contemporary art in Southern California. Featuring works by Karl Benjamin, Marcel Duchamp, Sam Francis, Philip Guston, Ed Kienholz, Robert Motherwell, and more. On view through May 6, 2012.

Valentine’s Benefit Auction and Party
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (Santa Barbara)
This year’s CAF fundraiser will feature New York City’s Grey Area Pop-up Shop, offering high-end items by artists and designers such as Cynthia Rowley, Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Kiki Smith, Yoshitomo Nara, and Zaha Hadid. All proceeds from the night go to CAF’s exhibitions and programs. VIP tickets are $125 pre-sale/$135 per person. General Admission is $75 pre-sale/$85 per person. Tickets are available online or by calling 805-966-5373.

Pietro Roccasalva: The Strange Young Neighbours
David Kordansky Gallery (Culver City)
Pietro Roccasalva’s first solo gallery exhibition in the United States will include paintings, drawings, a neon work, and a large-scale sculptural installation that will serve as the site for a tableau vivant performance. The performance will take place February 11 at 11am and will continue until the end of the opening reception at 9pm. On view through March 24, 2012.

Daniel Pitin: Solo Show
Mihai Nicodim Gallery (Culver City)
A solo show of paintings by Czech artist Daniel Pitin. Pitin’s recent work focuses on an investigation into the past motivated by an impulse to dig up experiences buried in his subconscious and expose their significance through painting. On view through March 10, 2012.

Shag: Animal Kingdom
Corey Helford Gallery (Culver City)
An exhibition of new works by Southern California artist Josh Agle, better known as “Shag.” Inspired by vintage animal costumes, Furry fandom, and anime characters who dress as animals, all of the paintings in the exhibition feature men and women in animal attire. On view through March 7, 2012.

Barron Storey: Soliloquy
LeBasse Projects (Culver City)
An exhibition of work by Barron Storey, who is most noted as an illustrator, fine artist, and creator of the cover artwork for Lord of the Flies. This exhibition presents a group of large scale off the page work that take the viewer on an exploration of Storey’s transitive personal narrative. On view through March 3, 2012.

Los Angeles Free Music Society: Beneath the Valley of the Lowest Form of Music Performance
The Box (Downtown)
A performance featuring Extended Organ, Jim Shaw, Marnie Weber’s F for Ache/Dolphin Explosion, Feedback Waveriders, Ace and Duce, Dinosaurs with Horns, and Vetza and Joe Potts. Donations accepted.

Sight Specific: LACPS and the Politics of Community Symposium
USC Fisher Museum of Art (Downtown)
The Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies was a grassroots organization formed in 1974 to encourage the growth and appreciation of photography in Southern California. This symposium will explore the history, current state, and future potential of artist-run/alternative spaces and organizations; engage contemporary artists to define how they self-identify within the cultural community; and forecast the nature and interdependence of the communities that define the region’s cultural identity. This event is free.

I Art You
Premiere Events Center (Downtown)
Create:Fixate’s 10 year anniversary exhibit with artwork and music produced by over forty local artists, DJs, and musicians. The preview party from 4-7pm is open to all ages and features family-friendly Valentines-themed activities. A $5 donation is suggested during this period with free entry for kids 12 and younger. After 7pm attendees must be 21 and over, and admission is $15 before 9pm and $20 for the remainder of the night.

Dissent: Teen Night 2012
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
Teens take over the museum for an evening of art, music, and more. Inspired by the exhibition Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974–1981, this year’s teen night aims to inform the youth of L.A. of the political and social roles of artists during a time when there seemed to be no place for speaking up against the opinions of political and institutional authority. This year, attendees will receive a complimentary museum membership. This event is free but a guardian waver is required.

Felonious Flappers: Bad Girls of the Art Deco Era
Egyptian Theater (Hollywood)
Social historian and writer Joan Renner presents an illustrated lecture that will explore the cases of a few Los Angeles women who found themselves on the wrong side of the law during the Art Deco era. The presentation will be followed by a rare screening of The Ladies They Talk About starring Barbara Stanwyck.

New Faces from Egypt: Roman Panel Paintings
The Getty Villa (Malibu)
Art historian Thomas F. Mathews shares his research on a recent discovery of more than 60 panel paintings from Egypt and what they reveal about the “Isis and Sarapis” panels in the Getty’s collection. This event is free but a ticket is required.

PST Artist Talk: Jack Reilly
Bleicher Gallery (Mid-Wilshire)
An artist talk with Jack Reilly in conjunction with his Pacific Standard Time exhibition at the gallery. Reilly is an artist known for blurring the lines between sculpture and painting, illusion and actuality. His exploration of Abstract Illusionism first brought him to prominence in the 1970s.

Jerry McMillan
CSU Northridge Art Galleries (Northridge)
This retrospective exhibition highlights Jerry McMillan’s more than 50 years of work in photography that continues to challenge the conceptual and physical boundaries of the form. McMillan is an acknowledged early innovator of photo-sculpture. Also included are McMillan’s paintings, sculpture, and drawings. On view through March 31, 2012.

Ken Gonzales-Day: Disappearing into the Trees and Xavier Cázares Cortéz: Suddenly We Had Nothing
Vincent Price Art Museum (Monterey Park)
The opening of two exhibitions. Disappearing into the Trees features two inter-related series by Ken Gonzales-Day that reveal the forgotten history of lynching in the American West. In the project HOY Space, a densely collaged wall-based work by Xavier Cázares Cortéz will be on view. Both on view through April 27, 2012.

D3: Object Divestment Services 1980 Special Edition
Machine Project (Echo Park)
D3, an artist-run service specializing in object divestment, invites you to submit objects (real and imagined), ephemera, and ideas from the year 1980 to be destroyed. Deliver your items from 4-9pm on February 11 and see them physically and energetically dismantled from 1-4pm on February 12.

Tim Ebner, with an installation by Steven Hull
Rosamund Felsen Gallery (Santa Monica)
For Tim Ebner’s exhibition, the gallery will be turned into a sea of swimming fish and rays, allowing for the sensation of movement and dynamism between observer and work. Steven Hull will convert the West Gallery into a sculptural maritime battlefield in which characters all constructed of wood and mixed media play out an oceanic battle scene. On view through March 10, 2012.

Breaking In Two: Provocative Visions of Motherhood
Arena 1 at Santa Monica Art Studios (Santa Monica)
This Pacific Standard Time exhibition will feature a multi-cultural group of four generations of nationally and internationally recognized artist-mothers who have been selected to represent the realities of motherhood. With works by Lita Albuquerque, Eleanor Antin, Kim McCarty, Betye Saar, Linda Vallejo, and many others. On view through April 14, 2012.

Rebecca Farr: Edge
Gallery KM (Santa Monica)
A solo show of paintings and mixed-media works on paper by Los Angeles-based artist Rebecca Farr. The exhibition presents an exploration of the historical legacies of westward expansion and Manifest Destiny in America. On view through March 24, 2012.

Steve Rieman: Retrospective
Joshua Tree Art Gallery (Joshua Tree)
An exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Steve Rieman. A continuous video loop on a small screen will track Rieman’s development as an artist from the 1960’s to the present. On view through March 3, 2012.

James Gobel: Fancy Wonder Free and Moxie: Courtney Johnson, Maysha Mohamedi, and Sarah Thibault
Steve Turner Contemporary (Miracle Mile)
The opening of two shows. Fancy Wonder Free is a solo exhibition by James Gobel that features work inspired by German Expressionists Otto Dix and Christian Schad. Moxie features paintings by three San Francisco-based artists – Courtney Johnson, Maysha Mohamedi and Sarah Thibault – who recently earned MFAs from the California College of the Arts while working with instructor James Gobel. On view through March 10, 2012.

Chiasmus: Zones of Political and Aesthetic Imagination Closing Event
UCIrvine University Art Gallery (Irvine)
The closing of this group exhibition will include a video screening by Tom Pnini from 6-9pm and a performance by John Williams at 7pm.

Special Engagement Collector’s Evening
American Museum of Ceramic Art (Pomona)
The public is invited to mix with pottery collectors while viewing the current exhibit Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975.  Attendees and exhibitors from the Los Angeles Pottery Show in Pasadena, CA and from Gladding McBean as well as other vintage pottery collector groups will be in attendance. Free with museum admission.

Chasm of the Supernova
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock (Eagle Rock)
A group exhibition featuring works by fifteen Los Angeles-based artists. Similar to the supernova, the artists in this exhibition make refined and articulated gestures that lead to confrontation with a moment of instability. On view through March 15, 2012.

Renew: An Exhibition by David Abir
Actual Size Los Angeles (Chinatown)
A light and sound installation by David Abir that acts as a movement in his Tekrar project. Designed to emulate the anatomical structure of the human ear, Tekrar consists of numerous phenomenological environments and sculptures that employ synesthetic techniques to shape space and experience. On view through March 17, 2012.

My Barbarian’s Broke People’s Baroque Peoples’ Theater
Human Resources (Chinatown)
A residency in the form of a gallery installation that includes new videos, sculptures, and a performance environment by the group My Barbarian.  The project highlights the paradoxes of an art practice founded in critique, which nonetheless relies on economic forces that are worthy of serious criticism. The installation will also serve as a venue for related screenings, events, and performances. On view through March 11, 2012.

From a Whisper to a Roar: Women Artists Charting Their Own Course and Here is My Heart: 50 Artists, 50 Hearts for Sale
Avenue 50 Studio (Highland Park)
In conjunction with the Women’s Caucus for Art’s 40th Anniversary celebration and the 2012 National Conference in Los Angeles, an exhibition of work by female artists including Nao Bustamante, Kathy Mas-Gallegos, Suzanne Jackson, Patricia Rodriguez, Linda Vallejo, and more. On view through March 4, 2012. On this same night, 50 heart-shaped artworks by 50 artists will be auctioned off in a silent fundraising event to benefit the gallery.

Artists Merchandising Art
Wonderloch Kellerland (Silverlake)
This exhibition deals with the issue of merchandising in contemporary art and its relevance for artists, art, and the art market. Participating artists have been asked to hand in products that in their opinion fit the merchandising category. The exhibitions open simultaneously in Berlin and Los Angeles and will later travel to Vienna, Paris, and Hamburg. On view in L.A. through February 26, 2012.


Sunday Afternoons For Kids: Time Travel – Blast Off!
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Dance specialist Cynthia Miltenberger helps workshop participants travel forward and backward through time by employing the principles of body and movement awareness using writing, movement, and outer-space sounds. Ages 7–10. This event is free but reservations are suggested and can be made online or by calling 310-305-8418.

Family Jam: Música and the Chicano Movement
UCLA Fowler Museum (Westwood)
Explore the instrumental and vocal sounds that have inspired Mexican-Americans in the Chicano Movement. Test out your singing talents with popular songs from this world of music. This family friendly event is free.

The Difference of a Single Day
Museum of the Holocaust (Miracle Mile)
Join Ambassador of the Czech Republic, Petr Gandalovic, to premiere the Museum’s new exhibit. Photos and artifacts detail Santa Monica activist Katy Haber’s quest to resolve the mystery of her relatives’ fate and the discovery she made across continents and years.

Lecture: Genuine or Fake? Establishing Authenticity in Traditional Chinese Paintings
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
How does one determine a real from a fake Chinese painting? This lecture by Stephen Little, curator and head of the Chinese and Korean Art Department, examines some of the issues and techniques involved in the connoisseurship of Chinese painting. Free admission for East Asian Art Council Members, $5 LACMA members, $10 general admission. Tickets are available online or by calling 323-857-6010.

Impulse and Insult: Roman Poems of Love and Hate
The Getty Villa (Malibu)
A gallery course on Roman poems of love, longing, despair, and condemnation. Afterwards, participants can explore the galleries at the Villa to see how love is immortalized in Greek and Roman Art. $35 general admission, $28 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online.

Graffiti Workshop with Galo “MAKE ONE” Canote
Mercado La Paloma (Downtown)
A Craft and Folk Art Museum workshop with legendary LA graffiti artist Galo “MAKE ONE” Canote. MAKE will take attendees on a journey into LA street culture and teach the fundamentals of lettering and design. This event is free.

Learning from the Paparazzi
MOCA Grand Avenue (Downtown)
Vanessa Schwartz, professor of history and art history at USC, will discuss news photography, celebrity stalking, images of celebrities, and the limits of privacy through an examination of Smash his Camera, the 2010 documentary on paparazzo Ron Galella. This event is free with museum admission.

The Magic of Solidarity: Shahrnush Parsipur and Suheir Hammad
REDCAT (Downtown)
Two authors, novelist Shahrnush Parsipur and poet Suheir Hammad, have voiced consciousness and social criticism. Joined by editor and scholar Persis Karim, this evening is devoted to creative conviction linking nations, genres, and generations. $10 general admission, $5 for students, and free for CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff. Tickets are available online.

Artist Talk: Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia
CB1 Gallery (Santa Monica)
Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia will discuss his work and answer questions in conjunction with his current exhibition at CB1 Gallery, Papel tejido. The works in this exhibition are woven paper constructions based on the grid motif and take their visual cues from many sources including Scottish Tartan, basket weaving, and abstract painting.

PST Performance and Talk: Simone Gad
Bleicher/Golightly Gallery (Santa Monica)
This Pacific Standard Time Participating Gallery presents a performance and talk by Simone Gad in anticipation of her solo show opening at the gallery on February 18. A painter and assemblage/collage artist, Gad rose to prominence in the Los Angeles art scene in the 1970’s. Gad will be discussing her formative years coming from Brussels to East Los Angeles in the early 1950s.

Camomile Hixon: Sequential Logic and M.A. Katcher: Ceci n’est pas une personne/This is Not a Person
Frank Pictures Gallery (Santa Monica)
The opening of two exhibitions. Sequential Logic features mixed media paintings by New York artist Camomile Hixon, who entered the New York pop art scene in 2009 with her poetry glitter installations. Ceci n’est pas une personne presents photographs by talent agent and photographer Michael Katcher. On view through March 27, 2012.

In Studio: De Wain Valentine
De Wain Valentine Studio (Gardena)
A behind-the-scenes opportunity with artists featured in the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time exhibitions open their studios and share insights on their work, inspiration, and process. This iteration will feature De Wain Valentine. Course fee $25 per studio visit. Information and directions provided following registration. Tickets available online.

Sex Roles: Gender, Liberation, and Sexuality
Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian (Hollywood)
As part of Los Angeles Filmforum’s Pacific Standard Time “Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles 1945 to 1980,” this program presents films and videos exploring the definitions, meanings, representations, and interactions of women and men. $10, $6 for students/seniors, or free for Filmforum members. Tickets are available online.

Ad Hoc #4: Fred Frith
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock (Eagle Rock)
A performance by songwriter, composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist Fred Frith, who is best known for the reinvention of the electric guitar. $12 advance; $10 for SASSAS and CFAER members. $15 at the door. Tickets are available online.


Closing Day: Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981 and Theaster Gates: An Epitaph for Civil Rights
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
The closing day of two exhibitions at MOCA. Under the Big Black Sun features more than 130 artists working in an array of mediums and styles and addresses the period in American art when modernism reached its end and a multiplicity of movements, forms, and genres began to take shape. An Epitaph for Civil Rights presents mixed-media sculptures and installation works by Chicago-based artist and urban planner Theaster Gates. Gates uses a Black non-aesthetic to explore urban blight and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s campaign in 1963 when demonstrators were violently hazed by the county’s police and fire departments.

Book Signing & Conversation with Mr. Fish and Robert Scheer
West Hollywood Library (West Hollywood)
In conjunction with the exhibition Decade of Dissent: Democracy in Action 1965-1975, a book signing and conversation with political cartoonist Mr. Fish and journalist Robert Scheer.


Eat Your Heart Out
Royal/T (Culver City)
6pm and 8:30pm
A seven course Valentine’s Day meal presented by Bereket, LA’s only Ethiopian supper club, in collaboration with chef Isaiah Frizzell of pHeast. This special event features a modern take on an ancient cuisine. $75 ticket includes the seven course prix-fixe meal, $95 ticket includes wine pairings. Seatings at 6 and 8:30pm. RSVP online.

Book Release & Signing Party: Danni Shinya Luo: Soft Candy
La Luz de Jesus (Los Feliz)
Shanghai-born Danni Shinya Luo presents a collection of new drawings, paintings, and illustrations. This collection explores shifting perspectives of beauty, attraction, lust, and decency through images of the female figure. On this night, a special signed and dated book plate will be issued with the first 100 book purchases. On view through February 26, 2012.

Dirty Looks: Long Distance Love Affairs
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Dirty Looks is a New York-based roaming screening series, and this program is a love letter proposing the coupling of East Coast and L.A. queer experimental filmmakers of yesterday and today. Featuring works by Cecilia Dougherty, Deanna Erdmann, Rhys Ernst, Glen Fogel, Mariah Garnett, Jonesy, Dani Leventhal, Charles Ludlam, Narcissister, Luther Price, and Michael Robinson. Free admission, cash bar.


Entropy Symphony: Movement III – Los Angeles by Zefrey Throwell
In Your Car
An 1000 car horn symphony across Los Angeles, “bringing the city together in seraphic sound as it is used as a resonating chamber and becomes the grand horn of its people.” To participate, e-mail with your car model, car year, and your expected location at 6pm on February 15.

John Cage Centenary Festival
REDCAT (Downtown)
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth, REDCAT hosts two nights of rarely played music—some of which is performed for the first time in L.A. With programs by The New Century Players, the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts’ professional new music ensemble, the CalArts orchestra, and more. Each night will have different programming. A full description and tickets are available online.

Rock & Roll Experiments
Cinefamily (Fairfax)
As part of Los Angeles Filmforum’s Pacific Standard Time “Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles 1945 to 1980,”  this program presents works highlighting the intersection of rock ‘n’ roll and experimental film. $10, $6 for students/seniors, or free for Filmforum members. Tickets are available online.


Daniel Pitin at Mihai Nicodim