LA Insider | Week of October 5, 2023: Ordinary People, The Lost Weekend, Autumn Pie, Dumplings, Beer & Flea Market Oddities!
Discoveries in Art, Culture & Cuisine Around Los Angeles
Autumn is (sort of) in the air – at least there's a slight chill after sundown. As the fall art season continues to ramp up, you may be feeling overwhelmed by all the art there is to see. We narrow it down to a select few exhibitions opening this week. And Autumn is harvest time, prime apple season and therefore, time for pie! If you're craving a slice, don't miss the first part of our LA area pie purveyor round-up...
Gallery & Museum Exhibitions
Framing the Abyss by Manuel Mathieu. ‘Elsewheres’ exhibition curated by Zuzanna Ciolek
@ UTA Artist Space, Beverly Hills
Long Beach Museum of Art | Long Beach
October 6, 2023—January 14, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 7th, 2023 | 7–10pm
Transcending conventional art boundaries to champion community support through social practice, a group of LA-based community-first organizations serve as guest curators, showcasing art practices that extend beyond traditional studio settings. Public preview of the exhibit at the AfterDark event following the member opening. Tickets: $20
Torrance Art Museum | Torrance
SUR BIENNIAL 2023: MALA MUERTE/bad death
October 7—December 2, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 7, 2023 | 6–9pm
This group exhibition examines the indigenous belief systems hidden beneath colonial Catholicism that have contributed to shaping the modern Latinx identity.
UTA Artist Space | Beverly Hills
Elsewheres: Curated by Zuzanna Ciolek
October 6—November 11, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday, October 6, 2023 | 6–8pm
A group of 17 artists have been invited to create new realities through alternate views of the past, present and future. Politics, sexuality, religion and race are explored through varying perspectives, referencing art historical tropes, science fiction, Afro-futurist traditions and cultural systems.
USC Fisher Museum of Art | DTLA
Narcisa Hirsch: In Relation
October 6—December 9, 2023
Eight experimental films by this pioneer of Argentinian experimental – or underground – cinema that showcase her ongoing dialogue with artists and art forms, including filmmaker Michael Snow, composer Steve Reich, fiction writer Jorge Luis Borges and musician Nina Simone.
ICA LA | DTLA
Barbara Smith: Proof
October 7, 2023—January 14, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 7, 2023 | 4–7pm
A museum survey dedicated to the work of Los Angeles artist Barbara T. Smith. A pioneer of the performance art movement of the late 1960s, Smith has long produced work that explores the self, sexuality, gender roles, physical and spiritual sustenance, love, life and death. Click here to RSVP for open house.
Film, Music, Theatre & Festivals
The Lost Weekend: A Love Story at the Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts @ USC, DTLA
FILM: Beyond Fest
Through October 10, 2023
In its 11th year, The Beyond Fest delivers the best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy and badass cinema. Most of the screenings are free with RSVP.
FILM: The Lost Weekend: A Love Story
Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts @ USC | DTLA
Thursday, October 5, 2023 | 3pm
The Lost Weekend: A Love Story explores the 18-month relationship between John Lennon and his Chinese-American assistant turned lover, May Pang. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Pang. Free with RSVP.
MUSIC: Nosaj Thing
The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever | Hollywood
Friday, October 6, 2023 | 8pm–Midnight
An intimate, audiovisual live performance of Continua, the fifth album by LA producer Nosaj Thing, including a set by songwriter and producer Lecx Stacy. Tickets: $25
MUSIC: Harmony with Astra King
The Virgil | East Hollywood
Thursday, October 5, 2023 | 8pm
Harmony, one half of the indie band Girlpool, performs songs from her debut solo EP Dystopia Girl. Including sets from singer-songwriter-producer Astra King and DJ No Game No Life. Tickets: $19.57
MUSIC: Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil with Herbie Hancock, Lucinda Childs and H.E.R. pay tribute to Frank Gehry
Walt Disney Concert Hall | DTLA
Thursday, October 5, 2023 | 7pm
A program honoring Walt Disney Concert Hall architect Frank Gehry, featuring performances by iconoclasts in their own fields. Drawing from Gehry's inspirations, immortalized in the building’s steel sails and sense of movement.
THEATRE: Boney Manilli
REDCAT in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex | DTLA
October 5, 6 and 7, 2023 | 8:30pm
Written and directed by interdisciplinary artist Edgar Arceneaux, Boney Manilli is a dark musical comedy in the shape of a pop music video, a puppet show and burial ceremony. Actor Alex Barlas plays Edgar, a frustrated visual artist who is unable to complete his play on pop music duo, Milli Vanilli. Each performance opens with a Disco and a 90s-themed karaoke party in the REDCAT lounge. On October 7, the program includes a post-performance talk with Arceneaux and cast members. Tickets: $30
FESTIVAL: San Gabriel Dumpling & Beer Fest
320 South Mission Drive | San Gabriel
Friday, October 6, 2023 | 6–10pm
San Gabriel’s local twist on Oktoberfest! Sample some of the San Gabriel Valley’s dumpling eateries and enjoy a craft beer from the region’s breweries. Free to the public.
Fine Foods, Quick Bites + Bars
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie from Fat & Flour, Grand Central, DTLA
If Autumn makes you think of the simple classic American apple pie — or complex pies with a contemporary twist — here's part I of our survey of LA area pie shops offering both the old time favorites and some elaborate offshoots:
Valerie | Filipinotown/Westlake
Peach, mango, raspberry or strawberry rhubarb? Not to mention other fruit combo pies like blueberry lemon curd. Also chocolate / pastry / sandwiches / coffee / tea.
All Day Baby | Silver Lake
Need a pie but don't want to go overboard? Whole pies and mini pies (cookies too)! chocolate peanutbutter, classic key lime, banana cream or a variety of other choices… can be pre-ordered.
Just What I Kneaded | Frogtown
Vegan café and bakery with pies as well as scones, cinnamon rolls and more…
Fat & Flour | Grand Central, DTLA
What strikes your fancy? Banana cream, key lime or chocolate chess pie (dark chocolate baked custard, in a chocolate cookie crust, topped with whipped cream). Pre-order or same day.
The Pie Hole | Arts District, DTLA
Imaginative pies along with the signature pie hole — a glazed mini pie with crust and filling in lemon, chocolate fudge, blueberry or apple. Other special pie-themed treats.
Literary, Readings & Book Launches
While You Were Dreaming Launch Party
des pair books | Echo Park
Saturday, October 7, 2023 | 6–8:30pm
Indulge in a tropical cocktail and share your most intimate desires with fellow photography lovers at the launch of Danny Corey’s photo book, While You Were Dreaming.
Things To Do & Workshops
Oddities Flea Market @ Globe Theatre, DTLA
Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day
The Getty Center | Brentwood
Saturday, October 7, 2023 | 12–4pm
In honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day, The Getty hosts its second annual family event to learn about Southern California's vibrant Native American cultures. Free with RSVP.
Oddities Flea Market
Globe Theatre | DTLA
October 7—8, 2023 | 10am–6pm
Shop three curated floors of medical history ephemera, natural history items, taxidermy, home decor, jewelry, one-of-a-kind art and more. Tickets: $25-50
Muertos Artwalk on Olvera Street
Olvera Street | DTLA
Saturday, October 7, 2023 | 10am–7pm
The Olvera Street Muertos Artwalk brings together more than 35 artists from the greater LA community. Featuring original artwork, jewelry, accessories, clothing, face painting and more. Free and open to the public.
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