5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Many Big Beards

Cyril Kuhn's Following Madonna through a cosmic portal (2013)
Cyril Kuhn's Following Madonna through a cosmic portal (2013)
Courtesy Jancar Gallery

Three male painters revel in idiosyncrasy and messiness, and two artists revive an old ballet. 

5. Dark art with popcorn
For the second year in a row, video artists Harry Dodge and Aimee Goguen curated their Afterglow series of summer screenings. The last program of the season is this weekend at performance space Pieter, and it includes work by both organizers as well as Nayland Blake and Peggy Ahwesh. All four have a tendency toward dark, discomforting comedy. They also use the awkward home-video aesthetic to their advantage. Chairs and popcorn are provided, but BYOB. 420 W. Avenue 33, Unit 10, Lincoln Heights; Friday, Sept. 19, 8:30 p.m. (646) 750-5375, pieterpasd.com

4. Hairy band of outsiders
Everyone in Ryan Mosley’s whimsically colored paintings has heavy hair growing from their heads, their faces or both. The figures look like circus performers or troubadours who just woke up after sleeping at least as long as Rip Van Winkle. They’re memorable in the way certain cartoon characters are. Once you've seen “Band of None,” Mosley’s show at Susanne Vielmetter Projects, it’s hard to get his oddballs out of your head. 6006 Washington Blvd., Culver City; through Oct. 18.  (310) 837-2117, vielmetter.com

3. Refreshing Parade
In 1917, writer-artist Jean Cocteau, artist Pablo Picasso and composer Erik Satie collaborated on a ballet called Parade for the Ballets Russes, with a plot that featured performers who can't get an audience for their show. The actual reception was mixed — the music especially struck critics as too eccentric. Last year, choreographer Adam Linder premiered his own contemporary version, which toys with corporate lingo and includes some falling, floor licking and pantomiming. Artist Shahryar Nashat collaborated with Linder on the film version, which screens at the Hammer. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Wstwd.; Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu

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2. Dirty done well
You want to shower after walking through “Las Putas Problematicas," translated as “The Whore Problem,” Alex Becerra’s new show at ltd Los Angeles. The thick, globby paintings look as if they might still be wet; they're full of naked and partly naked bodies, which bend, twist or dance above mirrors that give you too much information. Objects that aren’t human, such as the green recliner in one painting, also start to look bodily. The all-encompassing griminess is weirdly impressive. 7561 W. Sunset Blvd., #103, Hlywd.; through Oct. 11. (323) 378-6842, ltdlosangeles.com.

1. The grinning fighter
An undefeated middle-weight from Kazakhstan, boxer Triple G smiles a lot and looks relatively naive even when he’s destroying an opponent. In artist Cyril Kuhn’s portrait of him, he’s even more big-eyed and endearing than in real life. It’s hard to tear your eyes away. Kuhn’s new show at Jancar, “Mirrored Face-Off,” is full of paintings like this, which turn public figures and pop stars (Hillary Clinton and Madonna also make appearances) into vulnerable characters in some alien fantasy. 961 Chung King Rd., Chinatown; through Oct. 4. (213) 625-2522, jancargallery.com.


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