6 Great Free Things to Do in L.A. This Week
Alex of Venice
Designer Victor Wilde says he makes clothes "because we can't always be naked." And, mostly, he's right about that. Except when it comes to his upcoming performance at L.A. Weekly's Artopia event (which this writer is curating) and his Bohemian Society label's new ready-to-wear collection and naked-interview video documentary series. Debuting tonight with a fashion show and screening (plus tequila bar and DJ sets), LEGGOYOURLOGO is a cross-platform exploration of how branded fashion helps to both create and conceal our individual identities. The hook of the videos is the simple idea of talking about clothes without wearing any — revealing a deeper set of meanings to the garments we do choose. And the hook of the collection is the removal of sections of the textile, which not only creates design elements but also transforms your skin into the logo of yourself. Orphic, 9030 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Sat., April 4, 7-10 p.m.; free. (424) 288-4224, thebohemiansociety.com. —Shana Nys Dambrot
Jon Ronson signs his new book, So You've Been Publicly Shamed, looking at the culture and history of public shaming going back to the 18th century, and how it has become commonplace again, thanks to the Internet and social media. Ronson argues that Internet users abuse freedom of speech, including interviews with both public figures and civilians who've been hung out to dry online for saying or doing the wrong things. The Welsh author is behind the books The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats, and is a regular contributor to This American Life. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; Mon., April 6, 7:30 p.m.; free. (323) 660-1175, skylightbooks.com. —Siran Babayan
The Santa Monica Museum of Art's "Brian Weil: Being in the World" offers an unprecedented, comprehensive survey of this photographer's unique career. Weil (1954-96) brought the zeal of an artist and curiosity of an investigative journalist when delving into the lives of others, with a special affection for subcultures and underrepresented communities such as Hasidic Jews, transgender individuals, AIDS activists and BDSM mavens. For all these reasons and more, there is maybe no one better suited to leading a lively and insightful walk-through of the show than prolific and progressive artist (and award-winning Transparent associate producer) Zackary Drucker, whose own work touches on many of the same topics. SMMoA, Bergamot Station Art Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; Tue., April 7, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., through April 18. (310) 586-6488, smmoa.org. —Shana Nys Dambrot
A sneak peak of Alex of Venice at USC. The film (which takes place in our Venice, not that other, slightly more famous one) stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the title role, as an attorney whose life is upturned when her husband bails on their marriage. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with co-star Chris Messina. (If you can't make it to USC, Messina will appear with the film at the Egyptian at 7:30 p.m. on April 16.) USC, 900 W. 34th St., University Park; Tue., April 7, 7 p.m.; free, RSVP required. (213) 740-2804, cinema.usc.edu. —Michael Nordine
"Enrique Martínez Celaya: Lone Star"
Courtesy of LA Louver
"Enrique Martínez Celaya: Lone Star" is easily one of the most anticipated shows of the season, featuring major new works by a prodigal superstar. His refined and poetic take on a raw, almost folk-art style brings in elements of moving symbolism and narrative, as well as expressive abstract textures generating awkward, emotional gestures and hypnotic pictorial spaces. After an L.A. homecoming and studio-warming party starring Cowboy Junkies — with whom Celaya collaborated on album art for The Nomad Series — he's ready to debut the hangar-scaled fruits of his most recent labors in painting, sculpture, writing and installation, occupying the entirety of L.A. Louver's first- and second-floor outdoor and indoor spaces. L.A. Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice; Thu., April 9, 7-9 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., through May 16. (310) 822-4955, lalouver.com. —Shana Nys Dambrot
You'll get your recommended daily dose of '80s nostalgia when you see former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda signing copies of My Way. Penned by sportswriter Colin Gunderson, it's the latest look at the coach with the impressive curveball, who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, managed the L.A. Dodgers over 20 years and led them to 1981 and 1988 World Series Championships. Besides the professional plaudits — including anecdotes from a cavalcade of Dodgers — the book includes bits on his relationship with his irrepressibly upbeat dad, Sabatino, his tempestuous reputation and his strained relationship with his son, who died of AIDS complications. Barnes & Noble, 189 The Grove Drive, Fairfax; Thu., April 9, 7 p.m.; free; signing is wristbanded. (323) 525-0270, store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2089. —David Cotner
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