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Five Artsy Things to Do This Week, Including the End of Pacific Standard Time

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Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM

click to enlarge Leigh Ledare's Double Bind (2010) - THE BOX L.A.
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  • Leigh Ledare's Double Bind (2010)

Pacific Standard Time, that half-year, regionwide paean to L.A.'s art history, officially ends on March 31. A show of vintage photographs and one last performance event send it off. Everything else on this week's list is forward-looking.

5. Rebel with a camera

When MOCA staged its big Dennis Hopper retrospective in 2010, it showed glossy, blown-up versions of Hopper's The Fort Worth 400. The exhibit included none of the vintage, 6-by-9-inch 1960s prints of hippies, artists, the Kennedys, Warhol and roadways. Small, scuffed, yellowed and animated by time, these prints by the guy who seemed to be everywhere and know everyone are at Craig Krull Gallery as part of Pacific Standard Time. 2525 Michigan Ave., #B-3, Santa Monica; through April 17. (310) 828-6410, craigkrullgallery.com.

4. The cult of eggs

In choreographer Natalie Metzger's Sacrament, performers lead audience members into a room where an ephemeral, abstract, egg-sac deity hangs from the ceiling. Throughout the night, dancers writhe, worship and fight, all because of this egg sac. 1651 18th St., Santa Monica; Fri.-Sat., March 30-31, 8:30 p.m. (310) 315-1459, highwaysperformance.org.

3. One last bit of performance-art nostalgia

During the 1980 Public Spirit performance festival, artist Johanna Went built a Styrofoam pyramid, and Richard Newton invited people to watch him drink and talk through a crack in a door. Artist Liz Glynn orchestrated reinterpretations of some 1980 performances as part of Pacific Standard Time, and the last such event is Thursday. Elizabeth Folk, who runs a mobile spa; Stephanie Allespach, who made a riveting video about street performers not long ago; and others will debut new performances inspired by old ones. 6522 Hollywood Blvd.; Thurs., March 29, 7-9 p.m.; $10. (323) 957-1777, welcometolace.org.

2. The greatest unmade movie?

Orson Welles, of "War of the Worlds" fame, never made his own version of Heart of Darkness, but he wanted to. In 1939, he wrote a script based on Joseph Conrad's novel about the horror of being colonized and of being colonizer, but then RKO Pictures decided not to foot the hefty bill. This year, artist Fiona Banner asked local designers to propose posters for the unmade movie, then made intricate, elegant graphite drawings based on their ideas. "THE VILEST SCRAMBLE FOR LOOT THAT EVER DISFIGURED THE HISTORY OF HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS," reads one. She hung these at 1301 PE and wrote her own version of Welles' screenplay in ink on the gallery's upstairs wall. 6150 Wilshire Blvd.; through May 5. (323) 938-5822, 1301pe.com.

1. Photography with your ex-wife

They'd been divorced five years when artist Leigh Ledare invited his ex-wife, Meghan Ledare Fedderly, to spend a weekend with him in upstate New York. She agreed but, in the time between the invitation and the vacation, remarried. She still came, and Ledare shot 1,100 photos, mostly of her. A month later, he invited his ex to take her new husband to the same upstate cabin. The new husband, commercial photographer Adam Fedderly, shot a few hundred pictures, too. Ledare's and Fedderly's photos, now part of a project called "Double Bind," hang side by side at The Box in Little Tokyo, the former's in black frames and the latter's in white. At first, Ledare's images seem jaded and Fedderly's more hopeful, but it quickly becomes difficult to tell where one husband ends and the other begins. 805 Traction Ave.; through April 21. (213) 625-1747, theboxla.com.

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