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5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Glass Skins and Noise Music

Cesar Pelli and Anthony Lumsden's Federal Aviation Administration Headquarters in Hawthorne, CA
Cesar Pelli and Anthony Lumsden's Federal Aviation Administration Headquarters in Hawthorne, CA
Photo by Wayne Thom

This week, it's lots of video and sound: a slasher film paired with experimental music in Historic Filipinotown, and an artists' noise band in Little Tokyo.

5. Thin-skinned
In 1960s L.A., when the aerospace industry was booming, two youngish architects, Cesar Pelli (who would go on to design the Pacific Design Center on Melrose) and Anthony Lumsden, invented the relatively thin architectural glass skin. They used reflective glass and a mullion system, where sheets of glass are suspended from clamps and then sealed together, to make buildings with all-glass exteriors. The glass-skin trend would spread, and architectural historian Daniel Paul discusses its history at LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Thursday, July 24, 7 p.m. (323) 857-6010, lacma.org.

4. Best seen after dark
The garden in front of the Finley, the apartment complex with a gallery in its stairwell, has grown up. So you might have to navigate big green leaves as you climb the two steps to look in on the viewable-only-through-the-window exhibition of George Haas' photographs. As usual, it's best to go when the sun isn't glaring, so you'll have a better view of the misty, teal-skied cityscape and the images of monuments looking small against big, pink-orange skies. 4627 Finley Ave., Los Feliz; through Aug. 13. (617) 794-4530, thefinleygallery.artcodeinc.com.

3. Carpet beater
A woman beats a carpet aggressively for just over a minute, a camera chases after a scarf, feminists issue epitaphs, apparel blogs and pictures of girls pulled from Google scroll by and an artist reads A Room of One's Own. All this happens in the videos that will screen on a loop for two hours at artist-run Winslow Garage. 3540 Winslow Drive, Silver Lake; Friday, July 18, 7-9 p.m. winslowgarage.com

2. Music for a housewife killer
The third Monday of every month, Pehrspace hosts Prism Pipe, a sound-image event where film or video is projected on a wall or ceiling while a live band plays. This month, it's projecting White of the Eye, a British thriller from 1987, in which a schizo sound expert who murders and then mutilates housewives goes after his own wife. Members of a just-formed band called Slow Rose and another called Pure Shit will play while the film screens. 325 Glendale Blvd., Historic Filipinotown; Monday, July 21, 8 p.m.; $5. pehrspace.org.

1. A voice like Frankenstein's
Whenever I've seen performances by Extended Organ, the experimental band started in the 1990s by L.A. artists (Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley were among the initial members), it has been hard to tell exactly where certain sounds are coming from. Is that deep mumbling that seems as if it could be the voice of a Frankenstein-like monster coming from someone's mouth? Is that erratic screeching coming from one of the switchboards onstage, or from one of the synthesizers? Or from one of those drone machines, or another of the instruments member Joe Potts invented? The experience isn't confusing in an off-putting way, more in an eerie way. The group plays at MOCA this weekend, during the museum's extended Saturday hours. Admission to the show and the museum will be free that night. 152 N. Central Ave., dwntwn.; Saturday, July 19, 8:30 p.m. (213) 626-6222, moca.org.


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