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Five Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including a One-Man Band

A view of Noah Davis' Stacked Cubicles (2013)
A view of Noah Davis' Stacked Cubicles (2013)
Courtesy Roberts & Tilton

This week, another painted portrait of Kate Middleton debuts, an aesthetic terroist talks about fashion and tea time happens ten days in a row in Chinatown.

5. Man and the machine

Llyn Foulkes, the rash, visceral artist who has a solo show at the Hammer Museum now, also plays what he calls The Machine. It's a multi-part instrument that surrounds him when he performs, sitting amidst bass drum, symbols, xylophone and other brass and rubber horns. Filmmakers Tamar Halpern and Christopher Quilty have been making a documentary about Foulkes called One Man Band, a name inspired by the artist's Machine. They'll screen it as a work-in-progress at the Hammer and answer questions afterward. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Wstwd.; Thurs., March 21, 7:30 p.m. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu.

4. Learning to live more

The Sundown Schoolhouse, a series of workshops or seminars loosely organized by artist Fritz Haeg, started meeting in Los Angeles circa 2006 and then spread out. There was the daylong "Dancing 9 to 5" event at the Whitney in New York or the "How to Eat Austin" workshop on composting and gardening in Texas. This week, the Schoolhouse is back in L.A. at Human Resources, for an experiment in living that lasts ten days. The first day starts with an 11 a.m. movement workshop with Maya Gingerly, followed by lunch, a knitting circle led by Haeg, tea and toast and than ends with a Lucky Dragons and UFO concert. 410 Cottage Home St.; Sat., March 26 - April 4, 11-8 p.m.; free. (213) 290-4752; humanresourcesla.com.

3. High fashion hijinks

Belgian fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck has had collections titled Aestheticterrorists, Lust Never Sleeps, or this year's Shut Your Eyes to See, which mixes camo with evening-wear and pairs snowsuit-like pants with argyle socks. Graphic designer Paul Boudens, who has a bold, meticulously iconoclastic style, created the cartoonish brown paper masks Van Beirendonck's models wore on the runway a few years ago. The two men have collaborated for decades and will talk about their work at LACMA this week. 5905 Wilshire Blvd.; Wed., March 27, 7 p.m.; $35. (323) 857-6010, lacma.org.

2. Off to the Emerald City

Every year, Pantone, the fifty-year-old company famous for forecasting which colors will be popular when, names a color of the year. This year, it's Emerald, a color of "elegance and beauty" that enhances "our sense of well-being." Artist Meg Cranston follows such forecasts closely, and for her current show at LAXArt in Culver City, she painted two walls Emerald green. She also painted a picture of Kate Middleton in that green dress she wore last May, and hung it against the smaller of the two walls. It must be a coincidence that Cranston's show opened just weeks after a speech by British novelist Hilary Mantel made highbrow and lowbrow headlines alike (the novelist called the duchess "precision-made," capable of "going from perfect bride to perfect mother, with no messy deviation"). But both Cranston and Mantel chose Kate as a stand-in for the same thing -- the unsettling idea that personality and style, things that should be idiosyncratic, could be perfectly packaged and predictable. 2640 S. La Cienega Blvd.; through April 20. (323) 868-5893, laxart.org.

1. Claustrophobic dreaming

The three smallest oil paintings in Noah Davis' new exhibition, "The Missing Link," at Roberts &Tilton, hang facing each other inside a narrow, free-standing corridor built of cloth-covered partitions. You have to lean your head in to really see the images: a portrait of a black and white baby tumbling back in a somersault, a funny beige shape that could as easily be a boulder as a misshapen bagel and a dark face with features that are hard to pick out. Like the best of Davis' work, this claustrophobic installation feels like a hazy dream you're being pulled into and pushed out of at the same time. 5801 Washington Blvd.; through March 30. (323) 549-0223, robertsandtilton.com.

See also:

*Asshole Festival 2013: Artists Yell at the Assholes of Los Angeles From a Street Corner in Chinatown

*Our Calendar Section, Listing More Great Things to Do in L.A.

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