Pencil This In: MOCA Grand Prix, Lebowski Fest and Oh, Canada
The illustrations of Sujean Rim are on display at The Grove.
Because there's just too much fun to be had tonight, we couldn't decide on our favorite Pencil pick. So we chose two:
Are you a White Russian-drinking, bowling alley Dude? Then you must must go to the two-day Lebowski Fest that kicks off tonight. It’s part party and all homage to the 1998 Coen brothers comedy The Big Lebowski. Tonight there’s a screening party at The Wiltern Theatre and the organizers have rounded up a lot of the actors from the movie to come and hang with the Achievers. The doors open at 7 pm tonight and the show begins at 8. Tickets are $15-$19.99.
If hanging with Lebowski lovers is too lowbrow for you, then maybe MOCA’s Engagement Party series is more your style. It’s a chance for museum visitors to get involved with art (the “engagement” part). So tonight from 7-10 pm the Knifeandfork artist collective brings MOCA Grand Prix to the museum. Guests can race remote-control cars through MOCA’s current exhibition “A Changing Ratio: Painting and Sculpture from the Collection.” Using mounted cameras and Wi-Fi, the cars are also put through a video game interface that shows the cars’ perspective -- through the lens of 1980s American gaming culture. We’re thinking Pole Position! Awards will be presented for the fastest times of the evening. Music will be provided by DJ Wendy Yao. The event is free.
Are you in need of a few laughs, but don’t want to leave the Valley? The Weird on Topcomedy troupe continues its improvisational show tonight at 8 pm. “This is pure, premium-grade, 100% natural improvisational comedy, and because this is the laziest group of individuals you will ever meet, you get to help!” Tickets are $10.
Artist Gregorio Luke gives audiences a sneak preview of his multimedia mural presentations at the Ford Amphitheatre tonight from 7-10 pm. In his life-sized projections (which will officially debut later this summer at the Ford), he’s featuring the work of Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo and Miguel Covarrubias. The event is free, and bring a picnic for a cheap date tonight.
Speaking of cheap dates…The illustrations of Sujean Rim(Daily Candy’s resident artist) are on display at The Grove’s
central park plaza. Canadian Tourism invited her to come visit and sketch out her impressions of the country. Tonight there’s a reception from 6-8 pm, where the tourism board wants you to take a closer look at our northern neighbor, while providing free samplings of Canadian wine, beer and other goodies.
*Pencil pick of the day