Self-Guided: Arts Calendar October 13-19

arts calendar los angelesSelf-guided witchy architecture, geolocative augmented reality, neighborhood art night, and high desert open studios tours; plus a cheeky art fair that’s all about self-determination, avant-garde dance about self-empowerment, a ribald comedy about monarchy and self-rule, jack-o’lantern-palooza at the garden, film-obsessed embroidery, a fancy literary smackdown, a celebration of printmaking, and a seasonal costume music, and art party at the boathouse.

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Mamie Young: American Cowboy, at Superfine Art Fair

Thursday, October 13

Superfine Art Fair at Magic Box LA. The contemporary art fair highlighting the work of women artists, LGBTQ+ artists, and artists of color, is returning to Los Angeles, featuring 90+ handpicked exhibitors who, notably, are there representing themselves. Superfine founders Alex Mitow and James Miile (a photographer himself who will exhibit at the fair) set out to change people’s perception of the art world by avoiding the inaccessibility and stuffiness found at most fairs. In addition to inclusivity, Superfine also prides itself on affordable pricing — with almost everything in the $75-$2500 range, and no commission taken from the artists, it’s a good deal for the artists and a great deal for would-be collectors who can afford to follow their hearts. 1933 S. Broadway, downtown; Thursday, October 13 – Sunday, October 16; $28-$60;

Cassils: Human Measure, at HOME, Manchester, UK 2021, production still (Photo by Manuel Vason)

Cassils: Human Measure at REDCAT. ​​Human Measure is Cassils’s debut contemporary dance work and is made in collaboration with choreographer Jasmine Albuquerque, composer Kadet Kuhne, lighting designer Christopher Kuhl, and a team of five trans and nonbinary performers. Against an unprecedented backdrop of US-based anti-trans legislation, Human Measure asks: how do we manifest empowerment, sensuality and self actualization in a society that actively tries to erase us? Insisting upon plurality and avoiding legibility, Human Measure straddles dance and the history of photography. 631 W. 2nd St., downtown; Thursday-Saturday, October 13-15, 8:30pm; $25;

LUMINEX 2.0: Projected Realities now on the Hoverlay App. The second iteration of the LUMINEX outdoor projection-based public art festival was a lively and dynamic night merging monumental tech-based visuals with a site-specific in-person shared experience that expanded what public art can be to a city. The dozen or so pieces on the route were notable not only for the surprising elivening of normally dormant industrial and commercial architectural exteriors of downtown avenues, side lots, and alleyways but also for the eclectic aesthetics and diverse responses to technology. From hyper-slick generative abstractions with saturated color and organic movements, to hip updates to retro lo-fi laster and audio syncs, dramatic illusions of fire and dancers emerging from facades, the curated selections had the impact of a thematic group exhibition addressing the malleable nature of perceived realities.

Leah Smithson. LUMINEX 2.0 AR Exhibition: WAGMI (We’re All Gonna Make It). (Photo: NOW Art)

The only real problem was that, at one night only, it was gone too soon. As of today, that’s no longer strictly true, as you can now download the free Hoverlay app, and follow its mapped guide to the original sites of the projected works to experience them (and the walkable, bar and restaurant-peppered neighborhood) again or for the first time. Southpark (Pico/Olympic/Broadway/Hope), downtown; free;

After Modernism: Through the Lens of Wayne Thom at USC Pacific Asia Museum (Pictured: CNA Park Tower, 1971)

Friday, October 14

Art Night Pasadena. A free self-guided night of culture across more than two dozens institutions and public spaces, including performances, theater, literature, dance, gallery, museum, and popup exhibitions, architecture, music, food trucks, crafts and surprises — at the Armory, ArtCenter, Boston Court Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, City Hall, Parson’s Nose Theater, Pasadena City College, USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Ren Hen Press, Gamble House, and many other local arts and culture landmarks. Friday, October 14, 6-10pm; various locations; free;

The Actors’ Gang

Ubu the King at the Actors’ Gang. Alfred Jarry’s surreal scatological masterpiece, Ubu Roi (Ubu the King) is an obscenely funny, deeply offensive and bat-shit crazy play, “the perfect story for these fucked up times.” After all, if we can’t find humor in government deception, failed coup d’etats, weird sexual proclivities, loud farts, debrainings and other pathological peculiarities, we are lost. The gang strongly suggest altering your consciousness in some way (booze, weed, yoga) before entering the theater. Adults only. 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City; Performances Friday & Saturday through November 19, 8pm drinks, 9pm show, 10:30pm party; $35;

El Velorio 2022

Saturday, October 15

El Velorio Music & Arts Festival at Plaza de la Raza. El Velorio celebrates 12 years of its legendary Day of the Dead party, with another epic annual night of music, dancing, crafts, fancy dress, food, art, vendors, and vibes. Along with two stages of live music and DJs, the event will also include the popular El Velorio art exhibit, showcasing the talents of 150 local artists, featuring original one of a kind Dia De Los Muertos themed pieces created specially for the event. Curated by Juan San Juan III and Antonio Pelayo, this year pays tribute to the great Vicente Fernandez as the eclectic group of artists decorate wooden guitars in suitably thoughtful and exuberant styles. 3540 N. Mission Rd., Lincoln Park; Saturday, October 15, 7pm-1am; $35-$150;

Aubrey Longley-Cook at The Lodge

Aubrey Longley-Cook: Film Studies at The Lodge. The 13 hand-stitched panels in the artist’s new series are drawn from 13 movies filmed on location in Los Angeles and Southern California; and Longley-Cook’s encyclopedic knowledge of, and fervent interest in, film culture informs each and every stitch. Meticulously designed, plotted, and executed, this exhibition reflects the fractious years of uncertainty that were 2020-22, as Longley-Cook selects, rewinds, and slows down our shared cinematic memories, putting hours of effort into creating one textured capture from the millions of frames that make up a movie. 1024 N. Western Ave., Hollywood; Opening reception: Saturday, October 15, 6-9pm; On view through November 19; free;

LA Printmaking Society: Lisa Bulawsky, The Doubt of Being (singular) Intaglio, photo transfer, monotype, inkjet, collage

Los Angeles Printmaking Society National Print Exhibition at Mixografia. The Los Angeles Printmaking Society celebrates 60 years as an artist-run nonprofit dedicated to the art of printmaking. Starting as a small group of 30 local artists, LAPS now serves a nationwide membership, provides yearly scholarships to local student artists, and exhibition opportunities, print workshops and support for the creative community. The LAPS National Print Exhibition is a prestigious juried open call; the juror for the 22nd National is the acclaimed LA-based artist Kenturah Davis. Along with the artists selected, the exhibition features recent productions from renowned local fine art presses. 1419 E. Adams Blvd., downtown; Opening reception: Saturday, October 15, 1-5pm; Artist talks: October 22, 23 & 29; On view through November 5; free;

Christian Telesmar and Sydney A. Mason in Radio Golf at A Noise Within (Photo by Daniel Reichert)

Sunday, October 16

August Wilson’s Radio Golf at A Noise Within. Harmond Wilks, Pittsburgh’s first Black mayoral candidate, finds himself on the verge of the business breakthrough of a lifetime. The arrival of an unexpected visitor and surprising news leads Harmond to choose between his personal aspirations and his integrity. With humor and courage, Radio Golf challenges the steep price “progress” can exact upon the soul. Directed by Gregg T. Daniel, Radio Golf continues ANW’s exploration of Pulitzer Prize-winner August Wilson’s American Century Cycle. 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena; Performances October 16 – November 13; $25-$54;

Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin: Jefferson Branch, from The Library Zine

Creators in Residence Showcase at the Central Library. This event marks the culmination of the inaugural Los Angeles Public Library Creators in Residence, highlighting new original work by photographer Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin and visual artist River Garza. Rooted in the Black and Indigenous Tongva communities respectively, Boyd-Bouldin and Garza have produced thoughtful, reflective, gorgeous works in response to their explorations of the LAPL system over the past year. In this conversation, the two artists will discuss their approach to making art, how they were inspired by the library’s mission and role in L.A.’s diverse neighborhoods, and ways of seeing the city we call home. This program also coincides with the showcase of the artists’ photos, mixed media paintings, and writings in an exhibition in the First Floor Galleries. Attendees  receive a free copy of Boyd-Bouldin’s The Library Zine, featuring photographs and illustrations of each of the LAPL’s 73 branch locations. 630 W. 5th St., downtown; Sunday, October 16, 2pm; free;

Justen Leroy at Art + Practice

Monday, October 17

In Conversation: Justen Leroy, Kordae Jatafa Henry, And Essence Harden at Art + Practice. Justen LeRoy’s Lay Me Down in Praise is a Black environmentalist strategy. Exhibited as a three-channel film, the installation layers clips of Black performers with images of geological activity. Through this juxtaposition, the artist considers how resistance and regeneration inhabit the wordless screeches of the Earth and the history of Black sound. Join the creator and co-directors of the film, Justen LeRoy and Kordae Jatafa Henry, as they discuss the project with CAAM Visual Arts Curator Essence Harden inside his exhibition at Art + Practice. 3401 W. 43rd Pl., Leimert Park; Monday, October 17, 7pm; free;

Literary Death Match (Photo: Tim Faust)

Tuesday, October 18

Literary Death Match at the Hammer. Literary Death Match brings together world-class authors to read their most electric writing for five minutes or less before a panel of all-star judges. This edition features readings from authors Amelia Gray, Jean Chen Ho, and Prince Shakur, and includes judges Zach Anner,  Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Kristina Wong with emcee and LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga. After each reading, the judges take turns spouting hilarious commentary about each story, and then select their favorite to advance to the finals. The two finalists then compete for the Literary Death Match crown. And the occasion seems especially appropriate given the just-opened, elegiac Joan Didion exhibition in the museum’s galleries. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Tuesday, October 18, 7:30pm; free;

Spadena House (FORT LA)


FORT LA Witch Houses Trail. Basically Star Maps but for architecture history, Friends of Residential Architecture (FORT LA) curates themed self-guided architecture trails all over the city, and their new one is the third iteration of their popular and appropriately seasonal Witch Houses: Something Wicked This Way Comes, guest curated by novelist and actor Amber Benson, whose most recent work is the spooky Witches of Echo Park trilogy of novels. In her former life, Benson spent three seasons as the witch Tara Maclay on the television show Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and she still loves walking alone in dark alleys and otherwise tempting fate. She’s selected a tour of some of the most bone-chilling and otherworldly houses in Los Angeles — including the gargoyle-bedecked Weatherwolde Castle and Viking-themed Wiggins House in Tujunga, the Snow White Cottages in Atwater, the storybook Spadena House in Beverly Hills, and more — as well as short story pairings to get you in the scary moods.

Carved at Descanso Gardens. For three weeks in October, hundreds of carved pumpkins line the famous Camellia Forest. This year’s event features fresh activities and new and classic installations. Along with the pumpkins, the ever-popular pumpkin house, hay maze, and holiday-themed food and beverages will return. Guests can also enjoy UV “black light” experiences, artists sculpting pumpkins, and a special Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) installation at the Amphitheater. 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada-Flintridge; Daily through October 31, entry 6-9pm; $20-$38;

HWY 62 Art Tours: Gubby Beck

Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours. This annual event is a one-of-a-kind experience for art lovers and art buyers to create a free self-guided tour of artist studios across the Morongo Basin communities of Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, Pioneertown, Rimrock, Flamingo Heights, Landers, Joshua Tree, 29 Palms ,and Wonder Valley. Experience the workplaces, lifestyles, and desert settings of artists who’ve been drawn to the area and made homes here over the last 50 years, including eclectic working studios, galleries, pop-up exhibitions, and outdoor installations — all set against the beauty of the high desert. Saturday-Sunday, October 15-16 & October 22-23, 10am-5pm; free;

HWY 62 Art Tours: John Henson













































































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