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THURSDAY, MARCH 29
Jewish Homegrown History: Immigration, Identity, and Intermarriage
Skirball Cultural Center (Brentwood)
Opening day of an exhibition featuring home movies that reveal the personal experiences of California Jews. This gallery experience intertwines these amateur videos with commentary from scholars and historians, revealing a historical and emotional glimpse at the Jewish Californian experience. On view through September 2, 2012.
Screening: 24 Hours in Los Angeles
Mandrake (Culver City)
The Mandrake hosts a screening of Sam Gordon’s 24 Hours in Los Angeles: The Lost Kinetic World, Volumes 1-12. This day-long film is a selection from Gordon’s 100 hour work in progress. The event includes a performance/installation featuring Jacob Robichaux and Amy Yao and repeats the following day, Friday, March 30.
Live Read of The Big Lebowski, Directed by Jason Reitman
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
This year’s final installment of Jason Reitman’s Live Read productions will once again feature a cast of notable actors reading the script of a well-known film in LACMA’s Bing Theater. Past film selections have included Reservoir Dogs and The Breakfast Club. Stand-by tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis. Additional ticket information is available online.
An Evening With Richard Ehrlich
Annenberg Space for Photography (Century City)
Lecture by photographer Richard Ehrlich, who will discuss digital optimization as a photographic technique. Ehrlich’s work has been the subject of more than 30 gallery shows and is on display in museums throughout the United States and Europe. Tickets are available online.
A Perpetual Conceptual Program: A Tribute to Ed Kienholz’s Watercolors
LAND (West Hollywood)
Originally presented at Eugenia Butler Gallery in 1969, the Barter Show consisted of a series of watercolor washes on 12 x 16 inch paper, which Kienholz bartered for the sums, objects, or experiences painted on them. For this tribute, a group of contemporary artists have been commissioned to create works, following Kienholz’s guidelines, to be bartered at Barney’s Beanery on April 10th. All works to be bartered will be on view at Perpetual Conceptual: Echoes of Eugenia Butler through April 7, 2012.
A Case for Education
Mr. C Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills)
A Case for Education celebrates City Year, an organization that works to alleviate the high school drop out rate in Los Angeles, with a rooftop wine tasting event that includes a silent auction. Tickets are $50 and available online.
Skylight Books (Los Feliz)
Eric Erlandson, guitarist and co-founder of the band Hole, will discuss and sign his debut book, Letters to Kurt, an elegy to his friend Kurt Cobain.
See What Love the Father Hath Given Us
Machine Project (Echo Park)
Opening night of this “religio-dramedy” play which tells the story of three big box store employees who travel through tiers of reality taking on aspects of the Holy Trinity. Each performance is limited to twelve audience members who will be immersed in various scenarios in a theater specifically constructed for this production. Through April 24, 2012. Tickets available online.
FRIDAY, MARCH 30
The Paranoia of Time
Carter & Citizen (Culver City)
Opening reception for this group show curated by John Knuth. The Paranoia of Time brings together works that deal with the element of time as encroaching, inevitable, and inescapable. On view through April 28, 2012.
Corey Helford Gallery (Culver City)
This group exhibition curated by painter Natalia Fabia will feature 22 artists’ interpretations of the word “hooker.” The show will primarily feature figurative paintings and is happening in conjunction with Fabia’s Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant 2012, which takes place on Friday, March 30. On view through April 10, 2012.
Madcap Modernism: Mid-Century Cartoons from UPA and Beyond
This screening of rare and archival cartoons celebrates the modernist style embraced by the animators of the 1950s. Curated by animation historian Jerry Beck, this event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition California Design. Tickets are $10 and available online.
Bailout: The Movie
This documentary about the financial crisis in the United States features commentary by well-known personalities from across the political spectrum. Bailout also tells the story of a group of friends on a cross-country road trip and the people affected by the recession whom they encounter along the way.
Val Kilmer in Citizen Twain
Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Hollywood)
Opening performance of Citizen Twain, written, directed by and starring Val Kilmer. $60 ticket includes post-performance Q&A with Kilmer. Tickets available online.
Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant 2012
Dragonfly Bar (Hollywood)
The Corey Helford Gallery presents Natalia Fabia’s Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant 2012. Running on the notion that a hooker is “someone who sells one’s talents, abilities, or name for money,” the event features female musicians and artists displaying their talents in three pageant-style rounds. Comedian Brian Posehn will host. Tickets are $10.
Art for the People Spring Art Sale
Margaret Garcia Studio (Highland Park)
Group show and sale by local artists including Margaret Garcia, Bonnie Lambert, Lynne Dwyer, Dolores Guerrero, and Michael Rascon. This exhibition features oil paintings, sculpture, prints, and more, and all items are priced at less than $500. Show on view/sale through Sunday, April 1, 2012.
First Fridays with Dr. Jared Diamond
Natural History Museum (Downtown)
First Friday will feature a lecture by author and scientist Dr. Jared Diamond, who will speak about language diversity and multilingualism around the world. This event, which is replacing the April 1 First Friday, includes tours of the museum, performances by Matthew Dear, and Songodsuns and DJ sets by KCRW’s Anthony Valadez and Eric J. Lawrence.
Fake it Till You Make It
I Am 8 Bit Gallery (Echo Park)
This pop up shop will feature will feature a variety of prints and accessories by artists Ashkahn Shahparnia and Adi Goodrich in addition to a new in-store recycled wood structure. Through April 29, 2012.
Mark Verabioff: Crack Attack
Night Gallery (Highland Park)
An exhibition by Los Angeles-based multimedia artist Mark Verabioff, who will perform at 11pm. Verabioff is known for exhibition and performance art, drawings, and sculpture. Crack Attack continues at Night Gallery from April 3-5, 2012.
SATURDAY, MARCH 31
Pacific Standard Time: Free Admission Day
Pacific Standard Time will celebrate its closing day with free admission to twenty exhibitions throughout Southern California. Participating venues include the Getty Center, the Eames Foundation, Pacific Asia Museum, Pomona College Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
Win Pacific Standard Time in Print: The Catalogue Show
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
Independently commemorating the unprecedented initiative of Pacific Standard Time, and in conjunction with its closing day celebration, ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. presents Win Pacific Standard Time in Print: The Catalogue Show, a one-day activity featuring an installation of the entire library of Pacific Standard Time catalogues and publications, awarded to one attendee via an in-space drawing after the event.
All In for the 99%
400 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, 90035 (Miracle Mile)
This day long art, music, literary, and cultural activism event is sponsored by Rebuild the Dream, Moveon.org, Courage Campaign and the SEIU. Programming includes DJ sets by The Embassy, presentations by Slake Magazine and Funny or Die, and a lecture by environmental advocate Van Jones. The event culminate will in the creation of a human 99 %, which will be aerially photographed.
Panel Discussion: Molly Barnes with Peter Shire and Frank Romero
Tobey C. Moss Gallery (Mid-Wilshire)
Gallery owner, author, art dealer, radio personality, and critic Molly Barnes will moderate a discussion with artists Peter Shire and Frank Romero. Reservations suggested. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Verabioff: Page Tears
Artist Curated Projects (Hollywood)
Los Angeles-based visual and performance artist Mark Verabioff presents a collection of works. Verabioff is known for exhibition and performance art, drawings, and sculpture. This show will highlight Verabioff’s tendency to use words as image. On view through April 14, 2012.
Nymphas Dissolutio: The Bride Revisited
Frank Pictures Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for this photographic installation by Mercedes Gertz and Nancy Louise Jones. Gertz spent ten years collecting her divorced friends’ discarded bridal portraits, which she and Jones then assembled into Mandalas, circular symbols that Carl Jung called “the representation of the unconscious self” thus creating a new symbolism from the detritus. RSVP to email@example.com. On view through April 27, 2012.
Patrick Painter, Inc. (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for New York-based artist Charlotta Westergren. The exhibition will feature five Medieval tapestry-inspired paintings along with a flower installation.
Month of Photography Los Angeles
Bergamot Station (Santa Monica)
Official opening night celebration for Month of Photography Los Angeles. This event will feature a gallery hop of participating Bergamot Station venues in addition to music, drinks, video projections and food trucks.
International Art Objects Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception of works by Sarah Braman. Braman is a New York-based artist and the co-owner of the artist-driven gallery CANADA. On view through May 5, 2012.
David Kordansky Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception of new works by painter Jonas Wood. On view through May 12, 2012.
Western Project (Culver City)
Opening reception for the first new works in five years by New York-based abstract oil painter Eric Freeman. This collection explores variations of light through color-rich pigments. On view through May 5, 2012.
Hugo Wilson: Ideal Hauntology
Mihai Nicodim Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for the first solo US show by British artist Hugo Wilson, who explores art, science, and social and biological processes through drawings, paintings and multimedia installations. This exhibition plays with the concept of hauntology, which suggest that we are drawn to aesthetics and ideas from the past. On view through May 12, 2012.
Watts House Spring Cleaning Project
1726 E. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, 90002 (Watts)
Artist-driven neighborhood redevelopment group The Watts House Project will team up with Urban Plunge for a day of spring cleaning in the area surrounding Watts Towers. The event will include picking up trash around the neighborhood, painting, light landscaping, gardening, and a BBQ at the end of the day.
Spring Brewery ArtWalk 2012
Brewery Arts Complex (Downtown)
This annual open-studio event at the Brewery Arts Complex will feature the work of more than 100 artists who reside in the historic Brewery. The ArtWalk will continue on Sunday, April 1.
SUNDAY, APRIL 1
Libros Schmibros Book Club
Hammery Museum (Westood)
Libros Schmibros is back at the Hammer with a monthly book club led by co-directors David Kipen and Colleen Jaurretche. Already Dead by Denis Johnson, coincides with the author’s visit on April 17.
Second Skins: Opening Day and Lecture
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
Opening day of Second Skins, an exhibition featuring painted barkcloth from the Ituri rainforest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the mountains of eastern Papua New Guinea. Second Skins explores barkcloth’s evolution from functional clothing to art. On view through August 26, 2012, this exhibition commences with a free lecture by Fowler curators Gemma Rodrigues, Roy Hamilton, and Enid Schildkrout.
Patricia Lennox-Boyd: The Pull
The Vanity (Mid-Wilshire)
Opening reception for an exhibition of prints and sculptures by London-based artist Patricia Lennox-Boyd. On view through April 22, 2012.
Rory Devine: We Can Plant a House, We Can Build a Tree
CB1 Gallery (Downtown)
Opening reception for the first solo Los Angeles show by New York-based painter and mixed media artist Rory Devine. On view through April 29, 2012.
Timothy Nolan: Restack
CB1 Gallery (Downtown)
Opening reception for a collection of new works by multimedia artist Timothy Nolan. Restack includes Nolan’s first free-standing, large scale sculpture as well as a series of wall works on glass panels and another on cut paper. On view through April 29, 2012.
Favorite Goods (Chinatown)
Opening reception for No Dancing, the group show and publication from the Mountain School of Arts class of 2012. On view through April 22.
MONDAY, APRIL 2
Rock and Eagle Shop (Eagle Rock)
Sad People Talking
Royal/T (Culver City)
Sad People Talking is an experimental weekly live comedy show featuring new material from Los Angeles-based and national stand-up comedians and character performers. This week’s comedians include Amaya Perea, Brent Weinbach, DC Pierson and host Emily Maya Mills. The event’s dinner special features a free beer with the purchase of a hamburger.
PDN’s 30: New and Emerging Photographers
The Icon Gallery (Mid-Wilshire)
This event, part of Month of Photography Los Angeles, will introduce PDN magazine’s thirty photographers to watch for. PDN Editor Holly Stuart Hughes and VP/Publisher Lauren Wendle will discuss this group of artists, several of whom will be in attendance.
TUESDAY, APRIL 3
Herbs Ritts: L.A. Style
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
This exhibition explores Herb Ritts’s extensive photographic career, including a selection of renowned and previously unpublished photographs, as well as his directorial projects. Ritts was a Los Angeles-based photographer who, from the 1970s until his death in 2002, gained international acclaim for his unique images of fashion models, nudes, and celebrities. The exhibition will also include a selection of music videos and commercials directed by Ritts. On view through August 26, 2012.
Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
Drawn from the J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection, this exhibition surveys some of the visual strategies used by photographers to picture the famous from the 1840s to the year 2000. On view through August 26, 2012.
Hermann Lederle: Footprints on Snow
Frank Pictures Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening day of an exhibition of works by painter Hermann Lederle. An artist reception will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2012, and the exhibition will be on view through April 27, 2012.
Screening: Blume in Love
Skirball Cultural Center (Brentwood)
Screening of this 1973 film starring George Segal, Kris Kristofferson and Shelly Winters. Blume in Love tells the story of a recently divorced man who realizes he might still be in love with his ex-wife. A conversation between Segal and director Paul Mazursky will follow the screening.
Screening: The Seventh Cross
Getty Center (Brentwood)
Screening of Fred Zinnemann’s 1944 drama The Seventh Cross. This movie follows a former German communist’s escape from a concentration camp in prewar Nazi Germany. A conversation with actress Marsha Hunt and Zinnemann scholars Jan-Christopher Horak and Jennifer Smyth will follow the screening. This is the first of the Getty’s four-part Zinnemann film series.
Stay Home and Read a Book Ball
The 24th edition of this “non-event” event benefits the Los Angeles Library Foundation. To participate, simply sign up to attend, select your level of participation and then, just as they instruction say, stay home, read a book, and have a ball. The event is chaired by author Jonathan Lethem and benefits the Foundation’s cultural and educational outreach programs including the award-winning lecture series [ALOUD] at Central Library.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4
Author Reading: Monte Schultz
Monte Schulz will read from and sign The Big Town, the last book in his Jazz Age trilogy. This novel explores the themes of decadence, wealth, and consumption in Jazz Age America. Schulz says he wrote this trilogy for his father, the late cartoonist and Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz.
Marie Jo Perec by Herb Ritts