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Arts, Public Spectacle Now Angelenos Can See Art While Waiting for the Bus

Now Angelenos Can See Art While Waiting for the Bus

In Los Angeles, art resides on concrete walls, buildings, billboards and more. So it's no surprise that you can now see it around Downtown LA and Boyle Heights on another public surface -- the bus bench. Through a collaboration between the non-profit organizations DoArt Foundation and Make Art Public (MAP),...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle A Cypress Park Art Show in an Underground Tunnel

A Cypress Park Art Show in an Underground Tunnel

On an otherwise normal Saturday night in Cypress Park, a man with a microwave over his head pointed at a skateboard deck and nodded with gusto. He stood in an underground tunnel with many other art enthusiasts, all squeezed into the space to get a view of skateboard decks artistically...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle A Brother's Death Inspired Artist Juan Muniz's Most Famous Character: Felipe the Bunny

A Brother's Death Inspired Artist Juan Muniz's Most Famous Character: Felipe the Bunny

From a distance, the bunny looks ordinary. But a closer look reveals that it is actually some sort of human cartoon dressed in a bunny outfit. More often than not, you might see this little caricature holding up a stick with a white sign emblazoned with a black smiley face...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <em>East Los High</em> on Hulu: A Show That Delves Into L.A.'s Latino Teen Culture

East Los High on Hulu: A Show That Delves Into L.A.'s Latino Teen Culture

See also: *Inside Amazon's Super-Weird, American Idol-Style TV Series Development Process (Note: An original version of this piece said Carlos Portugal directed the film Quinceañera. That film was actually directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland.) Ever sat in front of your television and thought: why can't that one Univision...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Four Lessons From Bjork's 'Biophilia' Class at MOCA

Four Lessons From Bjork's 'Biophilia' Class at MOCA

See also: *Björk Brings Her Crazy Nature Project to L.A. On Big Family Sunday at the Museum of Contemporary Art, kids and family members got to take part in a number of art-related activities, most of which took place under canopies outside the museum. But inside something a very different...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Sonya Clark's Art Uses Thread Made of Human Hair

Sonya Clark's Art Uses Thread Made of Human Hair

There are many materials artists can choose to make into a portrait, but for artist Sonya Clark, the portrait of Madam CJ Walker could only come to life through one very ordinary object -- the comb. When visitors walk into the Craft and Folk Art Museum, they will encounter a...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Gary Baseman and Die Antwoord: Their Bizarre Collaboration

Gary Baseman and Die Antwoord: Their Bizarre Collaboration

Since its inception in 2012, MOCAtv continues to come up with quirky ideas for its channel ranging from artist interviews by Arrested Development star Alia Shawkat (who plays darling Maeby) to Bjork's dazzling, trippy music video "Mutual Core." What could possibly be next? Enter Gary Baseman, the prolific and multi-talented...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Mark Ryden Tells Us About His Design for the Tyler the Creator Album Cover

Mark Ryden Tells Us About His Design for the Tyler the Creator Album Cover

See also: *Tyler the Creator: Horsing Around In a city where celebrity photographers are everywhere, there aren't very many portraits that can change Angelenos' perceptions of their beloved icons. No stranger to working with the famous, Los Angeles-based artist Mark Ryden depicts all sorts of well-known figures in his paintings,...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Offbeat Things To Do in L.A. This Week

5 Offbeat Things To Do in L.A. This Week

See also: *10 Best L.A. Art Galleries For Partying *Our Calendar Section, Listing More Great Things to Do in L.A. *10 Best Stand-Up Comedy Shows in Los Angeles Tired of frequenting the same routine haunts for entertainment? Suffer no longer with these fantastically quirky events, from Kathy Griffin's outspoken stand...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Belin, Famed Spanish Street Artist, Has a Show at Kat Von D's Gallery

Belin, Famed Spanish Street Artist, Has a Show at Kat Von D's Gallery

See also: *5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week *Los Angeles' War on Street Artists At the back of Kat Von D's High Voltage Tattoo shop, 20 distinct spray-painted faces stare back at you. This detailed mural wraps around the wall space in the parking lot, the shock...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Roger Ballen Directed Rap Group Die Antwoord's Crazy-Popular 'I Fink U Freeky' Video. Now He Has an Art Show in Beverly Hills

Roger Ballen Directed Rap Group Die Antwoord's Crazy-Popular 'I Fink U Freeky' Video. Now He Has an Art Show in Beverly Hills

On a quiet day in Beverly Hills, right around the corner from Rodeo Drive, Die Antwoord's "I Fink U Freeky" blasts through a white-walled gallery. A walk inside reveals a bathtub in which a mannequin stands with plastic body parts strewn beneath it, as furry, black rats crawl around. Parts...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle How to Create a Hip Event Space Out of a Gas Station

How to Create a Hip Event Space Out of a Gas Station

See also: *More L.A. Weekly Film Coverage *5 Artsy Things to do in L.A. This Week Summer means you'll probably spend quite the number of evenings plopped on the couch or in a multiplex watching a movie. But this is L.A. and if you don't take advantage of the weather,...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Creative Things to Do in L.A. This Week

5 Creative Things to Do in L.A. This Week

See also: *5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week *Our Calendar Section, Listing More Great Things to Do in L.A. For those constantly churning minds looking for inspirational artists and events, this week proves a treasure trove of creative happenings. From a pop-up Etsy shop to a wacky...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle How CicLAvia Made Its Way to the Sea

How CicLAvia Made Its Way to the Sea

See also: *CicLAvia Rules! How Bicyclists Made L.A. a Better Place In an effort to make the biggest cycling event in L.A. even more badass, the organizers of CicLAvia this year have extended the route to an unprecedented distance. Taking place tomorrow, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Awesome Nostalgic Things to Do in L.A. This Week

5 Awesome Nostalgic Things to Do in L.A. This Week

It's good to step back from the present-day and look back on the city's -- or your own -- history once a while and this week lets you do just that with events ranging from bizarre to nostalgic. Check out a mid-career retrospective from artist Gary Baseman, an Esoutoric program...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Awesome Free Things To Do in L.A. This Week

5 Awesome Free Things To Do in L.A. This Week

See also: *Our Calendar Section, Listing More Great Things to Do in L.A. *5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week 5. See What Develops If it's April, it's the Month of Photography Los Angeles. MOPLA has fast become a highlight of the annual art calendar, combining the concentration...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Takashi Murakami Premiered His Very Weird First Feature Film at LACMA Last Night

Takashi Murakami Premiered His Very Weird First Feature Film at LACMA Last Night

See also: *5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week In front of a giant movie screen, Takashi Murakami speaks as a large, pink creature next to him flaps its arms up and down excitedly. Imagine your average pink manga character with human arms and legs topped off by...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle A New Los Feliz Mall for People Obsessed With Vintage

A New Los Feliz Mall for People Obsessed With Vintage

See also: *10 Best Vintage and Second-Hand Boutiques in L.A. *10 L.A. Art Spaces That Change Our Idea of What an Art Space Is Over a few speakers in a Los Feliz store, a rockabilly tune plays loudly. To most Angelenos listening to the radio today, the song probably sounds...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle A New Book Looks at How Banksy Got So Big

A New Book Looks at How Banksy Got So Big

See also: *Banksy Revealed? Our 2010 cover story on Exit Through the Gift Shop Several weeks ago, the Internet exploded with stories about a Banksy piece removed straight from a wall and later found at a Miami auction. As the story unfurled, more and more people from around the world...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle The Medieval Origins of April Fools' Day, Explained

The Medieval Origins of April Fools' Day, Explained

Hollywood writer David Misch wanted to investigate the true nature of humor -- or, as he puts it, the "history, mythology, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, biology, neuroscience and theology of humor" -- so he went about crafting the new tome Funny: The Book -- Everything You Always Wanted to Know About...…
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