LA Insider | Week of November 16, 2023: Tree / Sun / Star, Orlando, Doughnuts, Donuts & Sparkle
Make time in your busy pre-holiday schedule for some exciting art openings around town as well as our pick of films, literary events, a new downtown holiday light festival, wine tastings in Burbank and much more. Not to mention, this week we get lost in the world of doughnuts!
Gallery & Museum Exhibitions
© Johnny Izatt-Lowry. Sunflowers on a Wooden Table, 2023. Colored Pencil on Crepe, Framed With Museum Glass @ M+B Gallery, West Hollywood
M+B Gallery | West Hollywood
Johnny Izatt-Lowry: At some point, the other day
November 18, 2023—January 13, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 18 | 6–8 pm
Rooted in the minutiae of the artist's domestic surroundings, these recent paintings shift from the intensely personal to the broadly relatable.
Roberts Projects | La Brea
Reginald Sylvester II: T-1000
November 16—December 23, 2023
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 6–8pm
New and interconnected sculpture and painting created through physical, industrial and spiritual engagements with rubber, steel and aluminum, leading to a matrix of pop-culture allegories, complex material histories and reckonings with biblical and nuclear dystopias.
PRJCTLA @ CMay Gallery | City
Margaret Griffith: Microfictions
November 18—December 23, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 18 | 5–7pm
Small-scale works constructed from painted and laser-cut layered paper, explore geometric and gestural abstraction through a multitude of passageways with optical nuances and patterns of color and repetition.
OCHI Projects | West Washington Boulevard/Arlington Heights
Dabin Ahn: STAGED
November 18—December 22, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 18 | 5–8pm
A suite of paintings depicting singular objects – Korean ceramic vessels, books about the sculptures of Auguste Rodin and the hood ornament of a family car – each offering reflections on the artist’s adolescence while reifying his ongoing search for creative, cultural and personal identity.
Coaxial Arts | DTLA
Rachel Elizabeth Jones: Movie House / Tree / Sun / Star
November 18—19, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 18 | 6–10pm
As part of her residency, LA-based writer, curator and multi-disciplinary artist Rachel Elizabeth Jones presents a site-specific installation, collaborative performance and community space. Free with RSVP.
Film, Music, Theatre & Festivals & Dance
Justen Leroy: X’ene’s Witness @ Marciano Art Foundation, Mid-Wilshire
FILM: Orlando, My Political Biography
Los Feliz Theatre | Los Feliz
Friday, November 17, 2023 | 10pm
Taking Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando: A Biography as its starting point, Paul B. Preciado’s documentary Orlando, My Political Biography serves as a personal essay, historical analysis and social manifesto. Tickets: $15
FILM: La Piscine
The Art Theater of Long Beach | Long Beach
Saturday, November 18, 2023 | 11am
Jacques Deray’s enigmatic 1969 thriller centers on a chic couple whose summer holiday is interrupted by the arrival of an old flame. Tickets: $12
MUSIC: Justen Leroy: X’ene’s Witness
Marciano Art Foundation | Mid-Wilshire
November 17-18, 2023 | 6:30–9pm
X’ene’s Witness is a contemporary opera conceived and directed by multidisciplinary artist Justen Leroy. Free with RSVP.
Fine Foods, Quick Bites + Bars
Mochinut, West Hollywood
How and when do you like your doughnuts? With coffee for a breakfast treat? Or with milk as an afternoon snack? And is it doughnuts or donuts? Does anyone really care? We just have doughnuts – and donuts – on our minds...
Fonuts | West Hollywood/Fairfax District
Craving a doughnut but don't want the guilt? These are baked instead of fried, gluten-free and vegan too, with lots of fun flavors like vanilla latte and peanut butter chocolate.
Bob's Coffee & Doughnuts | Farmer’s Market/3rd & Fairfax
Old school doughnuts that will remind you of childhood – with classic flavors like chocolate raised, apple fritter and cinnamon roll.
Mochinut | West Hollywood
The home of the Hawaiian Mochi donut, a fusion of American doughnuts and Japanese mochi. These donuts have a unique shape and texture because they're made from rice flour!
Holy Grail Donuts | Larchmont Village
Fly to the islands in one bite! Tropical doughnuts made with a Hawaiian taro root base fried in coconut oil!
Kettle Glazed Doughnuts | Hollywood
Classic American doughnuts with a menu of traditional favorites as well as some fun twists like the S'Mores Doughnut (Chocolate iced doughnut with marshmallow and graham crackers). Vegan cake doughnuts also available.
California Donuts | Koreatown
Feel like something a little different? How about a Rosie donut? (Rosewater infused icing with edible dried rose petals) or a Matcha green tea donut? The kids might like the animal-shaped variety – panda or unicorn perhaps?
Literary, Readings & Book Launches
Cristina Rivera Garza & Liliana’s Invincible Summer: A Sister’s Search for Justice @ Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL, DTLA
Cristina Rivera Garza & Liliana’s Invincible Summer:
A Sister’s Search for Justice
Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL | DTLA
Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 7pm
Presented by the ALOUD Reading Series, celebrated author Cristina Rivera Garza will discuss her book, Liliana’s Invincible Summer, which centers on her sister’s unsolved murder. She will be joined in conversation by musician Ceci Bastida. Free with RSVP.
Southern California Poetry Festival
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center | Venice
November 17—19, 2023
The fifth edition of the Southern California Poetry Festival will feature readings and generative workshops. Participating poets include Terrance Hayes, Frieda Afary, Muriel Leung, Juan Felipe Herrera and more. Free with RSVP.
Alan Nakagawa & A.I.R.HEAD
LibroMobile Bookstore | Santa Ana
Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 6–8pm
Interdisciplinary artist Alan Nakagawa will read from and discuss his book A.I.R.HEAD: Anatomy of an Artist Residency.
Things To Do & Workshops
Fowler Textile Council Sale @ Fowler Museum, UCLA, Westwood
Fowler Textile Council Sale
Fowler Museum, UCLA | Westwood
Saturday, November 18 | 11am–4pm
This annual fundraiser offers a curated selection of global textiles, jewelry, baskets and clothing from Guatemala, India, Japan and more. Proceeds support the museum's textile acquisitions, exhibitions and publications. Parking in lot 4 for $3 / hour
Sparkle Grand Debut
Plaza Level at The Bloc | DTLA
Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 5–7pm
Celebrate the debut Sparkle DTLA, a holiday light installation. There will be hot cocoa and sweet treats, an ugly sweater competition, ice sculpture carving and more.
Burbank Winter Wine Walk & Street Fair
Various Locations | Downtown Burbank
Saturday, November 18, 2023 | 4–7pm
Stroll down the streets of Downtown Burbank while learning about local wineries and breweries. Each guest will get a tasting cup and a map of participating tasting sites. There will also be a free Vendor Fair from 12-8pm. Tickets: from $55
Long Beach Convention Center | Long Beach
November 18—19, 2023 | 11am–7pm
ComplexCon brings together the world’s most influential brands and artists for an immersive weekend of style, sneakers, art, design, food and music. Tickets: from $115
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