LA Insider | Week of September 28, 2023: Big Time Sensuality, Hola México, Day of the Drum, Baroque Readings & Boney Island!
Discoveries in Art, Culture & Cuisine Around Los Angeles
As the fall art season rolls on, this week we lead off with a great line-up of art gallery and museum openings. Sticking to the art theme, for our Fine Food, Quick Bites & Bars, we travel around to a few Los Angeles areas with clusters of galleries, highlighting an eatery in each pocket for fueling up before, during or after touring the shows! And don't miss our jam-packed, Things To Do section...
Gallery & Museum Exhibitions
Artist Hei Myung Hyun from the Reminiscence exhibition @ Shatto Gallery, Mid-Wilshire
Hammer Museum | Westwood
Made in LA: Acts of Living
October 1—December 31, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 30, 2023 | 8–11pm
Be among the first to see the new iteration of the biennial exhibition showcasing artists from across Los Angeles. While you're there, dance under the stars to a live DJ set from Made in L.A. artist collective Mas Exitos. Free with RSVP. First come, first admitted / ticket does not guarantee entry.
Shatto Gallery | Mid-Wilshire
September 30—October 28, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 30, 2023 | 3–6pm
This group exhibition showcases works by six LA-based artists who share a common narrative as migrants from South Korea and Japan. The collection of artworks celebrates the amalgamation of diverse cultural influences through the experiences of migration, re-discovering creative processes of what was once familiar, juxtaposed with the new.
Abigail Ogilvy Gallery | DTLA
Big Time Sensuality
Closes October 28, 2023
Curated by Alexandra Terry, this group exhibit features a selection of paintings, ceramics, fiber works and photography from artists across the Central Coast and Southern California.
Q Pop Shop | Little Tokyo
Fil-Am Art Show
Friday September 29, 2023
Curated by Caleigh Ranjo, this art party celebrates Filipino-American creativity and heritage.
Film, Music, Theatre & Festivals
Watts Tower Day of the Drum Festival @ Watts Tower Art Center Campus
FILM: Hola México Film Festival
Montalbán Theatre, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes & LA LIVE
September 29—October 9, 2023
The largest Mexican Film Festival outside México — with a full slate of events and ticket tiers. Opening night screening is the premiere of Sobreviviendo Mis XV at the Montalban Theatre.
FILM: The Fire Within
Zebulon | Frogtown
Sunday, October 1, 2023
Ciné-club, an event series for cinephiles at Zebulon, kicks off with a screening of Louis Malle’s The Fire Within (1963). Followed by a house-centric set by DJ Dudamel at 10pm.
THEATRE: All Time Stop Now
Redcat | DTLA
September 29—30, 2023
Anna Luisa Petrisko’s experimental opera, All Time Stop Now, is a contemplation on listening, impermanence and kinship. Tickets: $25
DANCE: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
The Music Center | DTLA
September 29—October 1, 2023
The contemporary dance company performs a program of mixed repertory including Dear Frankie (Rennie Harris), a tribute to Frankie Knuckles, Coltrane’s Favorite Things (Lar Lubovitch) and BUSK (Aszure Barton). Incorporating visual art, the backdrop is a reproduction of Jackson Pollock’s landmark painting, Autumn Rhythm. Tickets starting at $34 for Friday evening / $38 and up for Saturday evening and Sunday matinee.
FESTIVAL: Watts Tower Day of the Drum Festival
Watts Tower Art Center Campus | Watts
Saturday, September 30, 2023 | 10am–6pm
Enjoy a weekend festival featuring more than a dozen traditional dance and music performances from Central America, Africa and Asia, as well as exhibitions, children’s activities and more, all against the backdrop of the Watts Tower by Simon Rodia. To be followed by the 46th Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival on Sunday, October 1, 2023 from 10am to 6pm. Both events are free and open to the public.
Fine Foods, Quick Bites + Bars
Bavel, Arts District, DTLA
Continuing our series of places to eat when viewing art, this week we highlight restaurants / cafés in some of LA's most vibrant gallery districts: Venice, Santa Monica, Culver City, Frogtown and Downtown LA.
Si! Mon | Venice
Recently opened in the former location of James' Beach – right across from LA Louver gallery in Venice – the LAM Ryan Group presents chef Jose Carles with a fresh fusion of Central American and California tastes. Dinner Thursdays through Saturdays.
Bergamot Café | Santa Monica
Tucked among the galleries at Bergamot Station, this unpretentious café has surprisingly good fresh sandwiches, coffee drinks, friendly service and a large outdoor patio. Lunch / dinner.
Sage | Culver City
Plant-based bistro and brewery with yummy pizzas, a variety of tempting entrées and desserts. Other locations in Echo Park and Old Town Pasadena.
Manuela | Arts District, DTLA
Blue chip global gallery Hauser & Wirth houses its signature dining spot, named after Manuela Wirth. An exciting menu highlights seasonal ingredients sourced from Southern California farms and producers, a wide range of fish and game, along with delectable desserts and baked goods.
Bavel | Arts District, DTLA
The upscale Middle Eastern sister of trendy nearby DTLA Arts District Italian fave Bestia, also owned by husband-and-wife chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis. Michelin listed. Choose from entrées like the grilled dorade (with smoked whole seed chermoula, cilantro, lime and turnips) or the whole Lumina lamb rack (with green amba rub, mint sauce, green garbanzo, garlic yogurt and lemon zest).
Salazar | Frogtown
Desert-themed smoky Mexican BBQ in Frogtown, with house-made flour tortillas, standout street corn and a sprawling outdoor patio.
Literary, Readings & Book Launches
Skulls & Stairs @ Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, Venice
Skulls & Stairs
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center | Venice
Thursday, September 28, 2023 | 7:30pm
A reading series at which poets take over the infamous staircase of the original Venice City Hall building — aka Beyond Baroque HQ. This second installment will feature jimmy vega, Ivanna Baranova and Bucky Sinister.
Joanna Ho: Say My Name
Children’s Book World | Rancho Park
Saturday, September 30, 2023 | 10:30am
Join best-selling author Joanna Ho for a story time celebration of her newest children’s picture book, Say My Name.
LGBTQ Book Club: In the Dream House
Cellar Door Bookstore | Riverside
Thursday, September 28, 2023 | 6pm
The LGBTQ Book Club participants will read and discuss In the Dream House, a memoir about domestic abuse by Carmen Maria Machado.
Things To Do & Workshops
MOCA Climate Conversations: Fluid States @ MOCA Grand Avenue, DTLA. Image: Anthony Hernandez, Lake Elsinore #2, detail, 1982. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Gift of The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection.
Art at the Airport
18th Street Art Center (Airport Campus) | Santa Monica
Saturday, September 30, 2023
The 18th Street Art Center presents Art at the Airport, an open house where guests can explore the studios of 20+ artists. This event will also celebrate the new show opening at Slipstream Galleries.
Montana Avenue Artwalk
Montana Avenue from 9th to 17th Streets | Santa Monica
Saturday, September 30, 2023 | 1–7pm
A varied line-up of 150 local visual artists will show their work on this closed-off strip of Montana Avenue. With live music, wine garden, kids' activities and more. Free!
Autry Museum 35th Anniversary Party
Autry Museum | Griffith Park
Saturday, September 30, 2023 | 10am–6pm
Join the festivities celebrating the Autry’s 35th anniversary. Full museum and lawn access, food trucks, live music, carnival games, Native voices performances and a visit from a PBS character. Tickets start at $2 for kids and $4.75 for adults, reflecting 1988 prices for the day.
Boney Island at the Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum | Exposition Park
September 28—October 31, 2023
The Natural History Museum will transform its gardens into an interactive Halloween experience. Explore exhibits and sip on hot chocolate and cider while enjoying a range of performances. Tickets: $25
MOCA Climate Conversations: Fluid States
MOCA Grand Avenue | DTLA
Saturday, September 30 | 11am–4:30pm
The debut event in the new MOCA Climate Conversations series, which is geared to create a space for collective learning and dialogue. Attendees will engage in two thought-provoking sessions — Artist-led Activism and Coastal Communities — featuring speakers with diverse expertise. Free with advance registration.
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