LA Insider | Week of November 2, 2023: Dramatis Personae, The Player, Hot Soup, Art + Nature & La Cage
This week we present a diverting mash-up of art exhibitions, performances, film and literary events to inspire... and places for a bowl of soup to warm body and soul.
Gallery & Museum Exhibitions
Simphiwe Ndzube, Ingoma, 2023, oil and sand on linen, © Simphiwe Ndzube, Photo: Hannah Mjølsnes @ BLUM Los Angeles
BLUM Los Angeles | Culver City
Simphiwe Ndzube: Chorus
November 4—December 16, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2023 | 5–7pm
Expanding on his surrealist Mine Moon universe — the fictional location that has long functioned as the setting for the artist’s otherworldly vignettes — in Chorus, Ndzube alludes to Black choral music traditions in South Africa where he grew up, adding new tropes and mark-making techniques to his visual lexicon.
CONTROL Gallery | Fairfax District
November 3—December 23, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday, November 3, 2023 | 7–9pm
Under Pressure celebrates the past and future of airbrush. This group exhibition is curated by Mister Cartoon and features a group of artists including Jasmine Monsegue and Mario Ayala.
Pace Gallery | City
Fred Wilson: Dramatis Personae
November 4—December 22, 2023
Artist Talk: Saturday, November 4, 2023
A selection of the artist’s Murano glass works delves into the ways Blackness has been coded in the construction of Western art history. Artist talk Saturday, November 4 at 2pm with Wilson, LAXART Director Hamza Walker and Pace Chief Curator Oliver Shultz. Click here to RSVP.
Kohn Gallery | Hollywood
Li Hei Di: Oscillating Womb
November 2, 2023—January 6, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 2, 2023 | 6–8pm
In the aqueous paintings of London-based, Chinese artist Li Hei Di, the artist embraces an intimate, counterpoint dance between desire and repression. Translucent, human appendages lurk just below the surface, coming into focus only after processing the atmospheric brushwork and lush colors of the natural phenomena floating above.
Jeffrey Deitch | Hollywood
Sonya Sombreuil: Turn Magic Wheel
November 3, 2023—January 13, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, November 3, 2023 | 6–8pm
Artist-designer Sonya Sombreuil brings the spirit of her studio and her curatorial project Dream Child to Jeffrey Deitch via paintings inspired by her creative communities.
Italian American Museum of Los Angeles | DTLA
Louis Prima: Rediscovering a Musical Icon
November 4, 2023—October 13, 2024
Private Reception: (By invitation) Friday, November 3, 2023
An exhibition exploring the life and legacy of Louis Prima (1910–1978), jazzman, songwriter and performer. Produced by the IAMLA in collaboration with the Gia Maione Prima Foundation.
Baert Gallery | DTLA
Reuben Gordon: You Already Know
November 4—December 16, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2023 | 6–8:30pm
Recent paintings featuring scenes of daily urban life reflect Gordon’s recent move from New York to Los Angeles, in their renewed intensity of hue and a sense of abstraction.
Film, Music, Theatre & Festivals & Dance
Moriah Evans, Remains Persist, (2022). Performance documentation from Performance Space New York. Photo by Rachel Papo. Performers L to R: Sarah Beth Percival, João dos Santos Martins, and Kris Lee @ MOCA DTLA
FILM: The Player
Gardena Cinema | Gardena
November 3—5, 2023
Directed by Robert Altman, The Player is satirical comedy about a Hollywood studio executive who is receiving death threats from a jilted writer. Tickets: $12
Braindead Studios | Fairfax District
Saturday, November 4, 2023 | 7:30pm
Satoshi Kon’s kaleidoscopic anime centers on a research psychologist who is able to enter the dream world of her patients. Chaos ensues when this dream machine is stolen.
FILM: Pather Panchali
Norton Simon Museum | Pasadena
Saturday, November 4, 2023 | 4:30–6:35pm
Pather Panchali, Satyajit Ray’s debut film, depicts rural Bengali life in a style inspired by Italian neorealism. Free with museum admission.
MUSIC: Son Little: Live at the Skirball
Skirball Cultural Center | Brentwood
Thursday, November 2, 2023 | 8pm
On tour for his latest album, Like Neptune, R&B musician Son Little delivers an unadulterated transmission of Black American music. Free with reservation. Fee for parking. Concurrent exhibition: This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement through February 25, 2024. Admission: $13 to $18
MUSIC: Blush! Pride Palm Springs
Ace Hotel & Swim Club | Palm Springs
November 2—5, 2023
Blush LA curates this weekend of music, performances and radical joy. DJs R & She, Mia Carruci and Rush Davis will provide tunes throughout the weekend.
DANCE: Moriah Evans, Remains Persist
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA | DTLA
November 2, 3 and 4, 2023 | 4–8pm
West Coast premiere: Using choreographic scores as prompts, this performance explores language and dance in an ongoing rotation of distinct roles and situations. Presented as part of Wonmi’s WAREHOUSE Programs. Viewers may enter and exit during the four-hour long performance. General Admission: $10 / Members: $8.
Fine Foods, Quick Bites + Bars
Cauliflower Vichyssoise @ Massy Soups, Mid-Wilshire
Clocks are falling back and nights are getting chilly...so we're craving soups from all over the world for comfort and warmth. Here's part 1 of our round-up of soup purveyors here and there around the LA area...
Massy Soups | Mid-Wilshire
Named Massy after the nickname of silver screen legend Marlene Dietrich (grandmother of the proprietor). This specialty soup spot offers classics like chicken soup, Borscht, carrot ginger and many more. Order online while the brick and mortar store is under construction.
Oriel | Chinatown
French bistro serving – you guessed it – French onion soup with melty Emmental cheese.
Los Cinco Puntos | Boyle Heights
The place for Menudo - aka pancita or mole de panza – a traditional Mexican soup not for the faint of heart, made with tripe – aka cow's stomach – in broth with a red pepper chili base seasoned with lime, onions and oregano.
Hodori | Eagle Rock & Alhambra
Choose from a line-up of Korean soups, like spicy beef, ginseng chicken, dumpling and rice cake or spicy tofu.
Aguadito El Dorado Pollos A La Brasa | Pasadena
Warm up with a bowl of Aguadito – a cilantro-based Peruvian soup with peas, carrots and chicken served over rice.
Tam's Noodle House | San Gabriel & Rowland Heights
A menu of Cantonese staples and exotic dishes like the net cuttlefish ball soup!
Literary, Readings & Book Launches
Scripps Presents: Ada Limón in Conversation @ Garrison Theater, Claremont
The Delicacy of Embracing Spirals by mimi tempestt
Stories Books & Cafe | Echo Park
Sunday, November 5, 2023 | 7–8pm
Multidisciplinary artist and writer mimi tempestt presents their newest poetry collection. With additional readings from Soledad Con Carne, Aasir Cherot, Fei Hernandez, Edwin Bodney and Rhys Langston. Hosted and organized by Tori Gesualdo.
Art + Nature: Keynote/Reception
Laguna Art Museum | Laguna
Saturday, November 4, 2023 | 5pm
Award-winning author, naturalist and ecophilosopher Lyanda Lynn Haupt will deliver the Laguna Art Museum 2023 Art & Nature keynote address on the power of nature, art and activism. In her work, Haupt explores the complicated connections between humans and the natural world. Her newest book is Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit (Little, Brown Spark 2021). Tickets: Members: $60 / Non-members: $80
Scripps Presents: Ada Limón in Conversation
Garrison Theater | Claremont
Thursday, November 2, 2023 | 7pm
Award-winning author and Poet Laureate Ada Limón will be in conversation with Lynne Thompson, former Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. Free with RSVP.
Things To Do & Workshops
Papyrus Scroll Making Family Workshop @ Getty Villa: Outer Peristyle, Pacific Palisades
Papyrus Scroll Making Family Workshop
Getty Villa: Outer Peristyle | Pacific Palisades
Saturday, November 4, 2023 | 11am–3pm
Become a scribe and create your own papyrus scene inspired by illustrations in the Book of the Dead. Learn about the making and use of the scrolls and ancient Egyptian art and belief. This free drop-in program complements the exhibition, The Egyptian Book of the Dead.
The Hollywood Roosevelt | Hollywood
Friday, November 3, 2023 | 7pm & 10pm
Inspired by La Cage Aux Folles nightclub in LA, this variety show pays homage to the golden age of Hollywood supper clubs. Tickets: $55-110
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