LA Insider | Week of September 21, 2023: Consensual Ennui, Don Giovanni, Other Art, Cowboy Munchies & Coastal Clean-up!
Discoveries in Art, Culture & Cuisine Around Los Angeles
It feels like autumn is in the air... but things could heat up any minute! The fall art season builds momentum, with a line-up of new solo exhibitions as well as some group shows worth your notice. Hungry for more? Our round-up of Southern California museum eateries continues, along with street festivals and other fun things to do...
Gallery & Museum Exhibitions
"Rights of Spring" from Michael Berryhill's 'Scenic Route' exhibition @ Night Gallery, DTLA
The Landing | Culver City
September 23—November 4, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 23 | 7pm
A coming-together of artists and designers working in an array of media, materials and styles, this exhibition features textiles, paintings, objects, furniture and music linked by subtle threads, aesthetic affinities and distant echoes. Curated by Andrew Theodore.
Rory Devine Fine Art | Culver City
Constance Mallinson: Small Works and Still Lifes in Landscapes
September 23—October 28, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 23 | 4–7 pm
In this new series, the LA-based artist shifts to small-scale paintings more akin to devotional objects. The works are composed of natural and manufactured detritus gathered from Mallinson's daily walks through her neighborhood, along with appropriated photographic landscapes.
Crenshaw Dairy Mart | Inglewood
Juice Wood: I Could Show You…
September 24—29, 2023
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 24, 2023 | 2–7pm
I Could Show You… is an immersive mixed media exhibition and experience taking place in three parts.
Night Gallery | DTLA
Michael Berryhill: Scenic Route
September 23—October 28, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 23, 2023 | 6–8pm
New paintings cultivated by the artist through a gradual process of adding and subtracting, using a dry brush to apply paint and a palette knife to scrape away. Berryhill builds up his weathered surfaces of colorworks, reworking layers of vibrant oil paint onto canvas, changing his images only to transform them again. Opening in the east gallery at the same time, Rachel Youn: Well Adjusted, is a presentation of mechanized sculptures.
Brand Library & Art Center | Glendale
It's About Time
September 23—November 22, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 23 | 6–9pm
A group of 17 LA artists explore metaphors related to time through multidisciplinary, tactile and visceral studies of materiality, process and technique. Co-curated by April Greiman and Stacie B. London.
MOAH:CEDAR | Lancaster
Joy Ray: a mirror with breath like stone
September 23—November 19, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 23, 2023 | 2–4pm
Using textiles, sculptures and audio works, the artist considers the history of the Museum of Art and History's annex exhibition space, MOAH:CEDAR – a former jail, courthouse and library – to examine the permeation of time through the aesthetics of archival decay. Free with RSVP.
Film, Music, Theatre & Festivals
San Pedro Festival of the Arts
FILM: Sky Hopinka in conversation with Pablo José Ramírez: Screening and Q&A
Tanya Leighton Los Angeles | Mid-City
Thursday, September 22, 2023 | 7:30–9pm
On the occasion of his current solo exhibition Under the Moon, Beneath the Flowers, Sky Hopinka will be in conversation with Pablo José Ramírez in the courtyard at Tanya Leighton, following a screening of his most recent films Sunflower Siege Engine and Just a Soul Responding.
FILM: To Live and Die in L.A.
Los Feliz Theatre | Los Feliz
Saturday, September 23, 2023 | 10pm
Two cops in Los Angeles try to track down a vicious criminal named Eric Masters. Part of the series, There’s Good and Evil in Everyone: The Films of William Friedkin. Tickets: $13
FILM: Gangs of New York
Landmark | Pasadena
Saturday, September 23, 2023
Martin Scorsese’s epic historical drama focuses on Amsterdam Vallon, who returns to NYC to seek revenge against his father’s killer, Bill the Butcher. Tickets: $5 (limited time only)
MUSIC: Don Giovanni
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion | DTLA
September 23—October 15, 2023
LA Opera's new production of Don Giovanni (aka Don Juan) with Grammy award-winning baritone Lucas Meachem as the ill-fated playboy. James Conlon conducts, with production by director Kasper Holten and scenery by Es Devlin, who has created stage designs for Beyoncé, Adele and U2. Tickets start at $24
MUSIC: Kankyō Ongaku: An Evening of Environmental Music
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center | Little Tokyo
Saturday, September 23, 2023 | 5–10pm
JACCC and dublab present an evening inspired by kankyō ongaku, or environmental music, a unique approach to sound design as it relates to the natural and built environment. There will be live performances, DJs, listening sessions and visuals. Tickets: $20-25
FESTIVAL: Abbot Kinney Festival
Abbot Kinney Boulevard | Venice
Sunday, September 24, 2023 | 10am–6pm
The Venice Beach street festival returns after a four-year hiatus. Attendees will enjoy food, art, music, a beer garden, kids’ rides and more activities, set up along iconic Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Tickets: $5-35
FESTIVAL: San Pedro Festival of the Arts
Upper Green at Peck Park near the Community Center | San Pedro
Saturday, September 23, 2023 | 1–4:15pm
This free, family event features local dance performance covering a range of styles, from modern and ballet to flamenco and Bollywood fusion.
Fine Foods, Quick Bites + Bars
Verdant Café @ Orange County Museum of Art, Costa Mesa
Many of our local museums have on-site eateries – some of which are really special. Here's part 3 of our round-up of regional museum restaurants / cafés. Last week was Part 2. If you missed it, take a look here. You can also check out Part 1 (which ran September 7) here.
Trail Grill Cafė | The Autry Museum | Griffith Park
You may build up an appetite after immersing yourself in the legacy of the American West. Burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and other fare are offered at the Trail Grill Café. Eat indoors or al fresco on the plaza in the dramatic setting of Griffith Park, where you can picture the cowboys of yore galloping through the canyons.
Ziedler's Café | Skirball Cultural Center | West LA
Airy café serving kosher-oriented Californian cuisine (lunch only).
Claire’s at the Museum | Long Beach Museum of Art | Long Beach
Named for sculptor Claire Falkenstein (1908-1997) who created the fountain Structure and Flow, the restaurant’s majestic centerpiece. With a patio view of the Queen Mary and Catalina Island, Claire's serves brunch and drinks exclusively.
Verdant Café | Orange County Museum of Art | Costa Mesa
Led by Chef Ross formerly of the Patina Group, Verdant offers a plant-forward seasonal menu with a focus on local organic produce – with gourmet coffees and teas, including ceremonial-grade matcha, as well as a curated wine list and craft cocktails.
The Kitchen | Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego | San Diego
Coastal Mediterranean cuisine drawing inspiration from southern Europe, northern Africa, and the Middle East… with the flavors of Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey, Israel and Morocco.
Literary, Readings & Book Launches
Myriam Gurba and Wendy C. Ortiz @ Diesel, a Bookstore, Santa Monica
Myriam Gurba and Wendy C. Ortiz
Diesel, a Bookstore | Santa Monica
Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 6:30pm
Myriam Gurba will discuss her new essay collection, Creep: Accusations and Confessions. She will be joined by writer and artist Wendy C. Ortiz.
Things To Do & Workshops
Heal the Bay’s 2023 Coastal Cleanup Day Poster by Artist Andrea Castro
The Other Art Fair
The Barker Hangar | Santa Monica
September 22—24, 2023
Check out the 140 independent artists who will be on hand to sell their affordable and original works. There will also be immersive installations, performances, DJs and a bar! Tickets: $20-50
The Westchester Arts & Music Block Party
8050 Emerson Avenue (between 80th Street & 80th Place) | Westchester
Saturday, September 23, 2023 | 12–7pm
This free, family-friendly community event will feature live music and dance, art, vendors and community booths, kids’ activities, food trucks and more. Proceeds from the event will be donated to local nonprofits organizations serving the community.
Heal the Bay | Coastal Clean-up
Saturday, September 23, 2023 | 9am–12pm
Join Heal the Bay and thousands of LA County volunteers in an effort to remove trash and recyclables from our watersheds, neighborhoods and coastline. Select from 60 locations in the county. Register online.
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