With a behemoth of events happening in sprawling LA … and in a[n art] world where glimmers of grandeur are often obscured amidst monotonous mediocrity— it can be helpful to consult a cynical, curated eye… So every Thursday you can browse here for where to scope that local art and sound #whoa. Weekly WOAH will cover happenings at all venues, particularly those at out-of-the-box and artist-run spaces. Follow our blog to receive e-alerts when Weekly WOAH posts. Drop us a line to share your event.
// Thursday, June 19
- David Hendren: Echo’s Drift, at Five Car Garage, Santa Monica. New works from the LA artist exploring concepts of repetition through an expansive architectural installation and painting series. Open 11am-4pm Thursdays & by appt. RSVP for address. Through July 15th.
- The Artist & The Computer #1: Pioneers of CGI,1963-1990, at Cinefamily, West Hollywood. CG raconteur/digital daredevil Diane Piepol presents a compilation from the vaults of commercials, tests, film excerpts and ephemera from the earliest days of vanguard animation to the medium’s late-’80s breakthrough. 7:30pm.
- Errata Salon: Creatures, at Betalevel, Chinatown. This monthly nonfiction reading series of weird essays, unexpected histories, nonconformist lectures, and works in progress presents Creatures, with Laura Bliss and Shannon Supple. 8pm.
- Extraordinary: A Performance Of Spontaneity Conceived by Grant Shumate, at The Underground Museum, West Adams. Commonwealth projects presents appearances by Vex Ruffin, Nana Ghana, Chad Nelson, DJ Heidi Lawden, Aaron Rose, Calvin Chan, New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band, Ramith Black, and Ryan Young. 9pm.
// Friday, June 20
- The Artist & The Computer #2: Auteurs and Experiments, at Cinefamily, West Hollywood. Follow-up to previous night’s Information Age ‘big bang’ tour, a screening of works by computer pioneers John Whitney, Larry Cuba, John Stehura, Lillian Schwartz, Ed Emshwiller and Stan VanDerBeek. 8pm.
- The Wooster Group: Rumstick Road (West Coast film premiere), at 356 S. Mission Road, Boyle Heights. Ghosts are captured on camera inthis genuinely haunting ‘video reconstruction’ of a performance from the mid-1970s by the Wooster Group. Artist Shannon Ebner introduces the West Coast premiere. 8pm.
- James Hood presents A Midsummer Nights Ceremony, at Vortex Immersion Media, DTLA. Taking place in The Vortex, a 360 degree dome, with a live performance of James Hood’s Ceremony, immersive visuals feat. artwork from Tatiana Plakhova, celestial sounds, hypnotronic music, plus food and drink. 3pm & 8pm.
// Saturday, June 21
- Wikipedia Meetup: Unforgetting L.A. #4, at 356 S. Mission, Boyle Heights. Join online magazine East of Borneo for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon aimed to build a better history of art in Southern California. This meetup focuses on the history of local art spaces and publications. 12-5pm.
- Motion Tracking: CalArts Post-Graduate Exhibition, at Cirrus Gallery / HyperHyper, DTLA. New works from graduating MFAs map layers of physical and technological distance between the artist in control, their image, the site of its projection, and that of its reception. Curated by William Kaminski (co-director of former alterna space, Control Room). Opening reception: 6-10pm. Through July 12th.
- Justin John Greene: A Dusk That Never Settles, at Actual Size Gallery, Chinatown. New paintings by Justin John Greene. Opening reception: 7-10pm. Gallery open Saturdays 12-5pm. Through July 19th.
- Unsound.com Presents A Noisy Solstice, Location TBA, Culver City. SOUND: Banetoriko, Damion Romero, French Vanilla, Gil Kuno, GX Jupitter-Larsen, Handsomest Drowned Man, Kuno-Kano, and Telecaves. UNSOUND: VJ: Kio Griffith, Art: Shoshi Kanokohata, Calvin Marcus, Kate Parsons, Nathan Zeidman, + more. 9pm-2am.
// Sunday, June 22
- Krysten Cunningham: Under/Over x Flora Wiegmann: Magenta, at Human Resources, Chinatown. Exhibition closing feat. performance from Flora Wiegmann and company inside Tapestry X. Dancer’s attire by Nancy Stella Soto, and lighting by Claude Collins-Stracensky. Exhibition curated by Dawn Kasper. Closing reception & performance: 3-5pm.
// Monday, June 23
- Talk and Talk and— baumtest no. 3 Launch & Exhibition, at pehrspace, Echo Park. One night exhibition and launch celebrating the third issue of baumtest, a quarterly arts journal co-founded by five artists and writers based in Los Angeles. 8-11pm.
// Tuesday, June 24
- Boy Band Audition: Alexandro + Mateo Segade, at Human Resources, Chinatown. Combining science-fiction, electronic pop music, and audience participation, an interactive performance night of dancing, singing, and imagining life after the future is over. 8:30pm.
// Wednesday, June 25
- Sounds For An Other Tomorrow—An Evening of Utopian Music, at Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica. Kelly Marie Martin, Erin Schneider, and John Schneider—members of the Llano Del Rio Collective—present three short programs. 7-8:30pm
- ELOE OMOE / TELECAVES / POWER MALLET / PLASTIC HAND / BRITTAIN ASHFORD, at Human Resources, Chinatown. Eloe Omoe, Telecaves, Power Mallet, and Plastic Hand live, with special guest Brittain Ashford. 9-12pm.
- there is nothing happening above us, at Wərkärtz, DTLA. New works by LA artists Jason Burgess and Páll Haukur in the 10,000 sq ft art complex’s gallery. Burgess exhibits new paintings alongside installations and site-specific works by Haukur. Curated by Shelley Holcomb. Through June 21st.
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