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


Jonathan Lethem Discusses the Talking Heads
Skylight Books (Los Feliz)
Novelist and essayist Jonathan Lethem will discuss and sign his entry into the 33 1/3 pocket-sized book series, in which an author writes about one album by one band. Lethem’s book is on Fear of Music, the third album by the Talking Heads, a group Lethem puts on par with Fritz Lang, Edgar Allen Poe, Patti Smith, and David Foster Wallace.

Manipulated Image: Memory and Identity
Arena 1 Gallery (Santa Monica)
Manipulated Image presents an evening of multi-disciplinary art. This event, curated by Alysse Stepanian, will feature a sound installation by Philip Mantione, a video installation by Joe Merrell, performances by Mariel Carranza and Soyeon Jung, artist discussions, and a selection of African video art curated by Kisito Assangni. Suggested donation of $5 at the door.

Kelly Berg: Amazonia and Linda Alterwitz: In-Sight
Frank Pictures Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for two exhibiotions at Frank Pictures Gallery. Amazonia is a collection of new works by artist Kelly Berg. These paintings are created from layers of acrylic and ink and serve as a reprise to her last show, Subterranean. Las Vegas-based multimedia artist Linda Alterwitz’s In-Sight features digitally manipulated and layered images that together create large-scale photographs. The show incorporates re-photographed PET scans (from hospital patients) into a contextualized landscape. Both shows on view through May 28, 2012.

56th Annual Art + Architecture Tour
Various Locations
This tour will feature four Los Angeles homes notable for both their design and the various art collections they house. Docents will provide art and architecture tours of each residence. Homes are located in Trousdale Estates, Coldwater Canyon, Windsor Square, and Hancock Park. Tickets are $175 – $5,600 and available online.

Same Sex/Different Sex: Queer Identity and Culture
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian (Hollywood)
The Los Angeles Filmforum continues its film screening series Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 with Same Sex/Different Sex: Queer Identity and Culture. This event will feature works by Robert Chatterton, Chick Strand, and Penelope  Spheeris, who will appear in person. This free event is co-presented by Outfest. Reservations recommended.

East of Borneo Book Launch with Thom Andersen & Susan Morgan
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
This event from online contemporary art magazine East of Borneo will feature a conversation between filmmaker Thom Andersen, writer/editor Susan Morgan and moderator Mark Owens. This event celebrates the launch of East of Borneo Books and the publication of its first title, Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader, edited and introduced by Morgan.

Dirges for Dead Malls
Machine Project (Echo Park)
This performance pays tribute to the increasingly irrelevant suburban mall space in an age of Big Box stores and economic angst. Claire Cronin and Stephen Van Dyck will pay tribute to dead, abandoned malls through a performance of 80?s pop hits redone as dirges, with a corresponding sound installation.

The Painting Factory: Abstraction after Warhol
MOCA (Downtown)
11am – 6pm
Opening day of a new exhibition that explores the recent transformation of abstract painting into one of the most dynamic platforms in contemporary art, featuring works by Tauba Auerbach, Mark Bradford, DAS INSTITUT (Kerstin Brätsch and Adele Röder), Urs Fischer, Wade Guyton, Glenn Ligon, Julie Mehretu, Seth Price, Sterling Ruby, Josh Smith, Rudolf Stingel, Kelley Walker, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Wool. On view through August 20, 2012.

38th Annual Spring Plant Sale
The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens (San Marino)
The Huntington’s 38th annual plant sale will feature thousands of items including roses, perennials, cacti. succulents, vegetable seedlings, fruit trees, herbs, and more. Admission to the event is free, and Library members can shop early at a preview sale on Saturday, April 28.

Black City, Julie Mehretu. 2007. Courtesy of MOCA.