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Pencil This In: The Donkey Show Opens at SMMoA, Gay Hist-ORGY at Akbar and The Meanest Guy That Ever Lived
Weekend tip: A two-person show featuring work by artist and DEVO frontman Mark Mothersbaugh and artist Shepard Fairey opens at Subliminal Projects tomorrow (Saturday) night.
Three exhibitions open tonight at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, including Al Taylor: Wire Instruments and Pet Stains, Daniel Cummings: Recent Paintings and one title that really caught our eye: The Donkey Show. Guest curated by cultural anthropologist and graphic design historian Jim Heimann and author-music critic Josh Kun, The Donkey Show explores the Tijuana area’s intersection of myth and reality through "rare tourist photographs, vintage nightlife ephemera, and pop songs born of American myths of Tijuana." Exhibitions opening public party from 7-9 pm with complimentary beverages and the Dosa Truck parked outside.
Tonight marks the closing weekend for The Meanest Guy that Ever Lived at Pico Playhouse. Lily Spottiswoode pays tribute to her grandfather Jack Palance in the one-hour play, both written and performed by Spottiswoode. The Meanest Guy That Ever Lived follows the final days of Palance’s life, seen through the eyes of various family members, each played by Spottiswoode. She even plays the dying Palance, who imparts words of wisdom from his deathbed. Tonight and tomorrow at 8 pm. Tickets: $10. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to CTG’s Middle School Playwrighting Program. To RSVP, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Noise Within in Glendale reprises its production of the British farce Noises Off for 10 performances, beginning tonight. Chaos reigns supreme when a ragtag troupe of actors who are trying to put together a world premiere play called Nothing On. 8 pm. Tickets: $46 (Friday and Saturday evenings, Sunday matinees); $42 (Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings, Saturday matinees). Through Jan. 30.
Performance artist Ian MacKinnon brings his one-man show Gay Hist-ORGY to Akbar tonight at 8 pm. It’s a show that challenges views on what it means to be gay and features “hot porno-storical histo-graphic encounters” with gay icons such as: Plato, Rumi, Abe Lincoln, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Fredrick the Great, Edward Carpenter, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Karl Ulrichs, Harry Hay, Allen Ginsberg and more. $5 at the door.
There's an opening reception tonight from 7-11 pm at Toy Art Gallery for Sacred Trip, a show featuring new work by Carlos Enriquez Gonzalez. The exhibition continues Gonzalez's exploration "of the divide (or lack thereof) between Man and God, man and woman, and toy and art." Materials used in his work include fiber glass, plastic, automotive paint, crystal, gold, platinum, diamond, metal and raw meat. Runs through Feb. 19.
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