ForYourArt’s curated list of the best opportunities to SEECOLLECTLEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT art each week.


Kenny Burrell and Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Jazz at LACMA kicks off its twenty-first season with guitarist Kenny Burrell and the Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited. The concert marks the premiere of the Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited (LAJOU), which features jazz musicians from around  Los Angeles. This free concert will include a tribute to Duke Ellington in honor of his birthday on April 29.

Cy Twombly: The Last Paintings
Gagosian Gallery (Beverly Hills)
Opening reception for a tribute exhibit to the late artist Cy Twombly. This show includes Twombly’s last paintings and one hundred of his photographs, ranging from early studio impressions from the 1950s to a group of landscape subjects taken in St Barths last year. On view through June 9, 2012.

Alexander Calder
L&M Arts (Venice)
Opening reception for a career-spanning collection of works by Alexander Calder. The exhibition will bring together over 40 indoor and outdoor pieces, including mobiles, stabiles, and gouaches that span from 1938 to 1975. Some of these works have never before been seen by the public. On view through June 16, 2012.

LA Bloom: A New Season
JACCC (Downtown)
To commemorate the centennial of the cherry trees gifted to the United States from Japan, the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center is will celebrate its first annual Spring Festival: LA Bloom. This nine-day celebration will transform the JACCC Plaza into an ecoartspace and showcase traditions, contemporary art, culture, performances and community activities. The event will begin with an Opening Night Performance: Mare Nubium on Friday, April 27 and will end with Family Day on Saturday, May 5. Tickets are $25-$125 and available online. Email for a chance to win tickets,.

Slideluck Potshow Los Angeles VI
Fifth. (Downtown)
The Los Angeles edition of this internationally held photo slideshow event will feature a potluck dinner, cocktails, music, and a 3D photo booth. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share. $10 suggested donation at the door.

Valerie Snobeck: They Seem Removed
Thomas Duncan Gallery (Hollywood)
Opening reception for a collection of works by New York-based installation artist Valerie Snobeck. On view through May 26, 2012.

The Art of Cooking
Royal/T (Culver City)
Opening reception for a new food-and art-themed exhibit The Art of Cooking, which showcases artists who make use of food in their work. This collection includes drawings, paintings, digital prints, and clothing. This event will feature a DJ and performances by Scott and Tyson Reeder, and Charles Irvin. On view through August 1, 2012.

Newport Beach Film Festival
Various Locations
Various Times
Opening day of the Newport Beach Film Festival, which features 400 films from 50 countries. The festival begins with the screening of Jewtopia, which features an ensemble cast including Rita Wilson and Jon Lovitz. In addition to screenings, the festival will feature parties and lectures with various filmmakers. Through May 3, 2012. Ticket available online.

Crafting Community
The Ace Hotel (Palm Springs)
This family crafting event will feature artist-led interactive workshops in underwater photography, succulent planting, henna tattoos, leatherworking, and more. Instructors will lead a variety of fitness classes including skateboarding, relay races, and ping pong. This weekend-long event also includes dancing, BBQ, and storytelling. Through Sunday, April 29. For reservations, call 760-325-9900.


Untitled, Cy Wombly, 2007. Courtesy of Cy Wombly Foundation.