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


Music + Dance: L.A. II
ACB Warehouse Space (Mid-City)
7 and 9pm
American Contemporary Ballet, in collaboration with the Da Camera Society, presents an evening of live chamber music and original ballet. Featured instrumentalists will include Tereza Stanislav, Cheryl Norman Brick, and Robert Brophy. A catered reception will follow each performance. Tickets are $40.

M+B Gallery (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a group show inspired by architect and set designer Robert Mallet-Stevens’ 1926 lecture that highlighted how theater set design differs from cinema. Curated by Daniele Balice and Jay Ezra Nayssan, Synesthesia will feature an assemblage of furniture, art and objects in an environment that plays with the concepts of the personal and artificial. On view through August 31, 2012.

There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand
Gallery1988 (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works inspired by the television show Arrested Development. There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand will include paintings, prints, sculptures and plush dolls by more than 80 artists. On view through July 21, 2012.

L.A. Unified: Teaching School and Closing Reception
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire (Miracle Mile)
Presented in conjunction with L.A. Unified, a week long symposium exploring topics surrounding art school, Katie Bachler’s interactive classroom event Teaching School will consider the ways we communicate knowledge and ideas within a group. A closing reception beginning at 7pm will feature refreshments and performances. Both events are free and open to the public.

Friday Night Wine Tasting
Barnsdall Art Park (Los Feliz)
This wine tasting event, happening every Friday evening throughout the summer, will feature four small production wines from around the globe as selected by Silverlake Wine. A variety of food trucks will be on-site, and guests are welcome to bring picnic dinners. Tickets are $25 and available online.

Michelle Dizon
LAMAG at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre (Los Feliz)
Presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012Perpetual Peace is a live performance that accompanies a feature-length video about contemporary globalization in the Philippines. Images shot by Michelle Dizon in the Philippines will be accompanied by the artist’s narration and a live music score. This event is free and open to the public.

No*Mart: Stop Walmart in Chinatown
Human Resources (Chinatown)
Unionosity, Ooga Booga and Human Resources will present an evening of music featuring No Age, Tearist, LA Fog, and K-Chung along with DJs Nick Malkin and Jim Smith. This event will be in support of efforts to prevent Walmart from moving into Chinatown. Programming will also include speakers from the LA Labor and activist communities. $5 suggested donation at the door.


LA><ART 2012 Garden Party
The Home of Karyn Lovegrove
Tickets are now available for the LA><ART 2012 Garden Party, which will happen at the home of Karyn Lovegrove on July 22, 2012. Presented by C Magazine and in collaboration with Various Small Fires, this benefit event will feature a performance by musician and visual artist Brendan Fowler. Tickets are $100.

Image: Still from the 1924 Marcel l’Herbier film L’inhumaine. Courtesy of M + B Gallery.