Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Weekly What To Do: The Sun, Don't Look Directly At It Your Not Invicible, Look At Movies Instead


The LA Times has a great article on the upcoming Los Angeles Festival of Movies happening April 4-7. You've never heard of it, because it's the first time it's happening. It has a nice break down of our lack of an official city film festival, but it's still a great time to be a cinephile in LA. 

 It's all in smaller venues, so be prepared for films to sell out and being able to chat with other fans.

"The Los Angeles Festival of Movies (presented by MUBI and Mezzanine) will redefine Los Angeles as a destination for independent film. Running April 4-7, 2024, we will showcase a curated selection of high-profile narrative and documentary film premieres, talks with local artists, luminaries, and thought leaders; and a party each night, at three exciting new venues on the east side of Los Angeles. LAFM will be the nexus for this city’s robust community to gather, and take advantage of a burgeoning audience for independent film."

Academy Museum
* Hausu screening in the series May 24

"Credited with launching midnight screenings of wild and weird films, Ben Barenholtz (1935–2019) would program his transgressive cinematic discoveries at Chelsea’s Elgin Theater into the late hours of the night, sometimes for months-long runs and typically to packed houses. His first success was with Alejandro Jodorowsky’s acid Western El Topo (1970), at the peak of what J. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum called “the counterculture cash-in” of 1970 in their 1983 book Midnight Movies. This series presents an overview of cult favorites that first found their fans in the midnight hour. "


April 4 - 7

"When the art world as you knew it went one way, we went the other. Where elitism is the norm, we dared to deviate. Art isn’t confined to convention or rule, and how you enjoy it shouldn’t be either.

We’ve created something different, and we want you to experience it. We combine affordable and original artworks and 140 independent artists with immersive installations, performances, DJs – and a fully stocked bar."

more info

DTLA ArtNight is a cultural gathering and art walk organized monthly on first Thursdays where over 25 Galleries debut new exhibitions from their fine arts collections. These collections encompass a wide array of mediums from artists across LA, the U.S. and the world.

Friday, April 5, 2024 at 5pm
Natural History Museum 

Featuring Live Music from Eyedress and Na-Kel Smith, DJ set from mini bear, Discussion with Dr. Ambika Kamath and Dr. Jann Vendetti and hosted by Dr. Yewande Pearse, Sensory Lounge featuring LAVA (Los Angeles Video Artist), Femme House, Albert's Petite Sweets, Herbalaria, and more!

Sex and Gender in Nature:  Breaking down the history, myths, and assumptions of sex, gender, and sexuality in the natural world. What is the diversity of sexual systems in animals? What can we learn about sex and sexuality from other species? What is sexual selection and where did its ideas come from?  How can we study animal sex and sexuality in a way that helps us move out of oppressive ideologies and towards equality and freedom from discrimination for all?
April 5–7 
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
Admission to all screenings is free

Presented by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, the festival will showcase 10 feature films, 4 television programs and over a dozen musical shorts, animated works and newsreels — all newly preserved, restored and presented on the big screen.
From the silent era to the Golden Age of Television to 1990s independent filmmaking, the diverse festival lineup reflects the breadth of moving image history in the Archive's collections, which are the second largest in the U.S. after the Library of Congress.

George Townley's City of Stars
Running With Scissors
the newest Fiber Arts installment
1056 S. Fairfax Ave. 7-10 PM

"Welcome back George Townley to G1988 ! And this Friday night, he'll be in attendance for the opening of "City of Stars," his newest collection honoring our great city of Los Angeles. One of our favorite yearly group shows is back with the newest Running With Scissors show, a collection of Fiber Arts curated by WuStitch. It's an amazing way to add affordable works to your collection, all guaranteed to be conversation starters."

Renaissance Pleasure Faire 2024
Apr 6th - May 19th, 2024
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, Irwindale, CA

"Hundreds of costumed performers await you as you enter the gates into the Faire’s magical village replete with pubs, shops, demonstrations, games, and fantastic food for vegans, vegetarians, and foodies alike. Play along and join us as your alter ego be it King, Queen, pirate, sorcerer, or anything you want to be for the day. Or don’t come in costume at all. It’s your day. Enjoy it your way."
Opening Reception:
Saturday, April 6th 6-10pm
April 6, 2024 – April 27, 2024
with DJ, refreshments, live painting, video projections and more
A Better Tomorrow (Gallery I)
Ungpung (Gallery II)
Common Ground (Gallery III)
Higher Learning (Gallery IV)
Beware of Dawg (The Doghouse Gallery)

Corey Helford Gallery presents Kisses Between Universes by Okuda San Miguel &
April 6, 2024 | 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
April 6 – May 11, 2024
571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033
Okuda’s unique iconographic language of multicolored geometric structures and patterns on the streets, railroads and abandoned factories around the globe have made him one of the world's most recognizable street artists of today.
The topsy turvy world portrayed in Lampe's paintings is a trip out of pandemia. Inspired by an old-timey aesthetic, from Steamboat Willie to Bette Boop and Dr. Seuss, Lampe describes his work as "a mish-mosh of those old-timey influences with some Duccio-inspired mountains and the inevitable light-switch nose.
SAT APR 6, 2024 7:30 PM
Aero Theatre | Q&A with filmmakers David & Nathan Zellner. Moderated by Scott Mantz.
Free This is an RSVP which means first come first served. This RSVP does not guarantee a seat.

Opening Reception / Apr 6, 3:00PM - 6:00PM
210 East Main St Alhambra CA 91801

 Nucleus is excited to welcome the creative minds behind the Amazon Prime Video series, Invincible! Join us as we talk about the process of writing and animating Invincible in an in-person Q & A and signing!
Spring 2024 DAPPER DAY Expo, April 6+7
Expo Hours: Sat 12-6p, Sun 10a-6p (subject to change)
Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hal
 Shop our nearly 30,000 sq. ft. Expo marketplace of hand-picked new and vintage, clothing and accessories vendors, including local cosmetics and grooming brands, jewelry, eyewear, shoes, hats, and more.
Saturday, April 6 · 12 - 8pm
Los Angeles Center Studios
1201 W 5th St #T-110 Los Angeles, CA 90017
$50 – $90

LA's largest craft beer festival, featuring over 80 breweries, food trucks, live music and much more!
Saturday April 6th, 2024  10:00 AM 3:00 PM
100 Goldenwest, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

The Great Wall of Los Angeles at 40: A Conversation with Judy Baca and Screening of MUR MURS
April 6, 2024, 5:00 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Free, RSVP
Prints, Sculptures, and Things
Begins April 6th Saturday
12 Noon Art Available Online and Exhibition Tour on Instagram Live @giantrobot / Gallery Opens 1-4pm and then the Opening Reception is from 6-9pm


Apr 7–Oct 6, 2024

As his first comprehensive, cross-media retrospective in over 20 years, ED RUSCHA / NOW THEN traces Ruscha’s methods and familiar subjects throughout his career and underscores the many remarkable contributions he has made well beyond the boundaries of the art world. The exhibition includes his early works produced while traveling through Europe, his installations—such as the Chocolate Room and the Course of Empire presented at the Venice Biennale in 1970 and 2005, respectively—and his ceaseless photographic documentation of the streets of Los Angeles beginning in 1965.

Family Festival: Celebrating Getty Gardens
Sunday, April 7, 2024, from 10 am - 5 pm

Celebrate spring at the Getty Center with this vibrant and interactive family festival. Explore the fabulous gardens in full bloom with an artist-designed map for your quest. Decorate your own crown with colorful cardboard flowers, participate in a live model drawing workshop with the gardens as your background, and discover the joys of Hawaiian music and dance with processions that weave through the Center. It’s a day for all the senses!

Wednesdays–Fridays: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturdays–Sundays: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Santa Monica Art Museum - 1219 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Prepare to be transported into the picturesque world of Accidentally Wes Anderson: The Exhibition—an Instagram sensation and New York Times best-selling book brought to life! This unique photography exhibition features a worldwide collection of pictures that exude the signature aesthetic of director Wes Anderson, sharing symmetry, warm colors, and moments of delight.
Partial Solar Eclipse Monday April 8th
LA Times has the details, u need special glasses, because you can't look at the Sun, so please don't blind yourself. 

 Krispy Kreme Total Solar Eclipse Doughnut, Available April 5 -April 8
 -Original Glazed Doughnut dipped in rich black chocolate icing, garnished with silver sprinkles, filled with a buttercream infused with Oreo cookie pieces, and crowned with a whole Oreo cookie at its center

Rooftop Movies at The Montalbán
2024 Summer Season Begins
Starts April 5
Not sure why it's the Summer Season as we've just entered April and thus we're still in Spring, but you can watch movies on a roof here. 

Funney enough you can go to the Spring Season of Rooftop Cinema Club
7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 9th, 2024
Location: Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Free, Must RSVP

After a group of would-be criminals kidnap the 12-year-old ballerina daughter of a powerful underworld figure, all they have to do to collect a $50 million ransom is watch the girl overnight. In an isolated mansion, the captors start to dwindle, one by one, and they discover, to their mounting horror, that they’re locked inside with no normal little girl.

UCB, a cheapo comedy show almost every night, see comedians before they make podcasts and have
stories about the UCB and before they hit the big time.

American Cinematheque-A celebrated independent theater group that brings both the talent and catalog of films to make for some of LA's best movie nights.

Check out classics and cult movies just a few stories above street level. Rooftop Movies at The Montalbán.

Secret Movie Club-Special edition posters and a large swatch of films to see.

 New Bev-Tarantino owned independent theater with old school style

Cinelounge - Hollywood based tiny theater, showing off indies you've never heard of
Brain Dead Studios-Newcomer that manages to fill its schedule almost every night
March 2-Sept 1
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Admission $

Giant Robot Biennale 5 features artists Sean Chao, Felicia Chiao, Luke Chueh, Giorgiko, James Jean,
Taylor Lee, Rain Szeto, and Yoskay Yamamoto, among others. Since 2007, JANM has partnered with Eric Nakamura, founder of Giant Robot, to produce the Giant Robot Biennale, a recurring art exhibition that highlights diverse creative works celebrating the brand’s ethos.
March 9, 2024 – September 8, 2024
Bowers Museum 
$ Admission
 Never-before-seen at a museum and making its American debut, Asian Comics: Evolution of an Art Form presents the largest ever selection of original artworks from Asian comics, displayed alongside their printed, mass-produced forms. This exhibition is a vivid journey through the art of comics and visual storytelling across Asia. From its historical roots to the most recent digital innovations, the exhibition looks to popular Japanese manga and beyond, highlighting key creators, characters,