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THURSDAY, MARCH 15
West Is More
The Upstairs at the Market Gallery (Downtown)
Opening reception for a multi-disciplinary collection of works that play with the perception of the West as having an advantage over other parts of the world. Featuring musical performances Carmina Escobar, Kio Griffith, and sound artist David Eng. On view through April 3, 2012.
Book Signing: Cass Bird
LeadApron Bookstore (West Hollywood)
Contemporary American portraitist Cass Bird signs her latest collection, Rewilding. Bird’s photographs of young women and men draw attention to the fluid expression of gender roles and androgyny in today’s youth culture. Rewilding is the result of two summers Cass spent in Tennessee photographing women chosen for their sexual identities and their awkwardness in front of the camera.
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
As candidates with Super PACs overwhelm their rivals, this forum looks for an alternative to money-driven elections and explores ways for candidates and issues to be presented fairly and openly. Panelists include Lawrence Lessig, the director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and a professor of Law at Harvard Law School.
Mandelring Quartet with Katarzyna Mycka
Ace Gallery (Beverly Hills)
As part of the Ace Gallery’s ongoing chamber music program, world renowned German string outfit the Mandelring Quartet will perform works by Beethoven and Mendelssohn with Polish marimba virtuoso Katarzyna Mycka. Tickets cost $60 and available by calling ACE Gallery Los Angeles at 323.935.4411.
Among You: Drawn to Compassion
All Saints Episcopal Church (Beverly Hills)
Exhibition of artist and costume designer Lisa Lesniak’s portraits of the guests who attend All Saints’ Monday Meal for the Homeless. All proceeds from this one night pop-up gallery benefit the Church’s homeless program.
SAVE THE DATE
William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts 10th Anniversary Gala & Auction
1844 Virginia Road (Lafayette Square)
Sunday, April 15, 3-7pm
Gala and Auction for the William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts, which benefits young African-American artists. The foundation’s annual William H. Johnson prize awards $25,000 to an early-career African-American artist. The gala’s live and silent auctions will feature works by Edgar Arceneaux, John Bankston, James Gobel, Deborah Grant, and Todd Gray. Tickets are $150 and available online until April 8.
Photograph by Cass Bird – more on Bird here