Pencil This In: Siqueiros Exhibit Opens at the Autry, Build a Mini-Home at the Skirball and Party at Swinghouse
A Beauty and the Beast Sing-a-Long begins today at the El Capitan Theater and runs through Oct. 7. | Photo: © Disney
Siqueiros in Los Angeles: Censorship Defied opens at the Autry Museum today, highlighting the seven months that artist David Alfaro Siqueiros spent in Los Angeles in 1932. During that time, he painted three murals, two of which were whitewashed. The exhibition--which runs through Jan. 9, 2011--features more than 100 works and materials drawn from archives across the continent as well as works by contemporary artists.
There's an art + music party at Swing House Studios in Hollywood tonight beginning at 8 pm. Listen to live music from Astra Heights, Chasing Kings, The Diamond Light, Mid Air and Elmo and the Downtown Train. Art exhibits from Alan Johnson II, Troy Alexander, Joe Galarza. Tunes spun by DJ Ned Casual. Admission: $10 (includes open bar with beer/wine/vodka all night long).
The cutting-edge needtheater group's new play, The Web, tells the story of an online identity theft that's spiraled out of control and its victim's perilous battle to reclaim his stolen self. Running Fridays through Sundays through Oct. 17 at the Art|Works Theatre at 6569 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. $20 and $17 tickets available online.
A Noise Within (ANW) theater company opens its 2010-11 season with Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure directed by Michael Murray. Tonight's the last night of previews before the show officially opens tomorrow. Here's a recap: "...the Duke of Vienna recognizes that through his neglect, society has become a rotted den of iniquity, so he transfers his authority to Angelo, by all accounts an unblemished, morally uncompromising servant of God. But Angelo's irresistible sexual attraction to Isabel, a novice nun seeking pardon for her condemned brother, transforms saint to beast." Tonight at 8 pm. Preview tickets: $32.
There's a pretty cool interactive installation Home Sweet Home from the British theater company Subject to_change that opened today at the Skirball. Visitors choose a plot of land, purchase a home and sign a real estate agreement. Participants then get a key to the home and a flat-packed cardboard unit ready for installation and decoration. Using supplies (some supplied by the Skirball, some of their own), the homeowner is free to build a home, business, public facility, or any city structure. Home prices start at $15, with upgrades available, and owners are welcome to decorate through the end of the installation during set hours. Help create a microcommunity through Oct. 3.
Tonight at 7 pm at Vroman's, author Yunte Huang discusses and signs the book Charlie Chan. Huang examines the origins of the Hollywood character, who was based on a fearsome five-foot-tall Hawaiian cop, Chang Apana, born in Hawaii in 1871. "Notorious for his grammatical difficulties and knack for turning Oriental wisdom into singsong Chinatown blues, Huang examines the evolution of Charlie Chan, Apana’s rough-and-tumble career, Hawaii’s virulent racism, and the distorted perceptions the fictional Chan created."
The opening reception for the TarFest Art Exhibition happens tonight from 6-9 pm at the Korean Cultural Center. Juried by Edward Robinson, associate curator, Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, LACMA, the artists in the show include Leslie Awender, Catherine Bennaton, Stan Benson, Helen Berger, Kevin Bernstein, Todd Carpenter, Eunice Choi, Kevork Cholakian, Valencia Dismukes, Moshe Elimelech, Charmaine Felix-Meyer, Crisoforo R. Fraire, Steven Fujimoto, Rema Ghuloum, Tm Gratkowski, Jenny Hager, Hannah Harris, Hung Viet Hguyen, John Hogan, Louis Jacinto, Kirk Kain, Motoko Kamada, Barbara Kolo, Jason Lockyer, Lydia Moon, Hee Kim, Lea Petmezas, Linda Price Natasha Prosenc, Mei Xian Qiu, Cynthia Rogers, Kate Savage, Victoria Tao, Sergio Teran, Luke Van Hook, Penny Young O, Jeffrey Zatlin. The exhibit runs through Oct. 8.
The Norton Simon Museum presents Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel: An Artwork by John Cage, today through March 28, 2011. It's an artwork by American composer and artist John Cage (1912-1992) that he created in 1969 as a tribute to artist Marcel Duchamp. The work consists of five components: four Plexigrams and one lithograph with randomly placed text and images. The work hasn't been on view at the Museum since 1970.
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