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


Reading: Alain Mabanckou
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
One of Africa’s major writers, Alain Mabanckou is the author of six volumes of poetry and nine novels. He received the Sub-Saharan African Literature Prize for Blue-White-Red, and the Prix Renaudot for Memoirs of a Porcupine. He currently teaches literature at UCLA. A book signing will follow the reading.

7th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts: Annie Leibovitz
Beverly Wilshire (Beverly Hills)
Photographer Annie Leibovitz, recipient of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 2012 Distinguished Woman in the Arts award, will be honored during this luncheon. Hosted by The MOCA Projects Council, one of the museum’s major support organizations, the event will benefit MOCA’s education programming and will feature a fashion show presented by Saks Fifth Avenue. Maria Shriver will present the award. Ticket are $300 – $1,000.

Film Screening: Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Anders Østergaard’s award-winning documentary is an inside look at the 2007 Myanmar uprising through the independent journalist group Democratic Voice of Burma, a collective of thirty anonymous and underground video journalists (VJs) who recorded the events on Handycams, smuggled the footage out of the country, and broadcasted it to the world via satellite. Tickets are $10 and available online.


Annie Leibovitz. Courtesy of House of Lavande Blog.