This week, a fountain at LACMA gets renamed and a Culver City gallery temporarily adds a basement.
5. Trolleys can make music, too
Futurist Luigi Russolo began his 1913 manifesto, The Art of Noises, by describing a fistfight, apparently begun over unfamiliar-sounding futurist music. The fight seems more metaphor than actual fact for Russolo, who thought we'd had enough of old masters: "We must break at all cost from this restrictive circle of pure sounds and conquer the infinite variety of noise-sounds." Noise-sounds meant sounds of trolleys and machines incorporated into music, which doesn't seem like such an out-there idea anymore. Since Russolo's manifesto turns 100 this year, the noise-sound-savvy Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners will perform at REDCAT. 631 W. Second St.; Dec. 3, 8:30 p.m.; $10-$20. (213) 237-2800, redcat.org.
4. The joke's in there somewhere
Five extremely narrow canvases hang on the wall opposite the entrance to "La Jennifer," Dianna Molzan's current show at Overduin and Kite. Three are black, two gray, and each has one eye and a pair of bright red lips, though at first glance you might take them for abstractions. The same goes for the show's highlight, two fairly large paired canvases with green backgrounds and cloudlike, colored shapes floating across circles of white at their centers. After you've looked for a little while, the white circles begin to resemble cartoon eyes with reflections of the sunset dancing across them. What seemed serious becomes funny. 6693 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd.; through Dec. 21. (323) 464-3600, overduinandkite.com.
3. Bad thoughts
Even as a painter, David Lynch is best when he's mixing horror and humor. And while it's by no means flawless, his new art exhibition at Kayne Griffin Corcoran definitely includes some Lynchian high points, like the painting I'm Running Home from Your House. In it, a boy with a pumpkin-like head sprints desperately down a blood red hill while a greasy gray-brown cloud labeled "bad thoughts" chases after him. 1201 S. La Brea Ave, Mid-City; through Jan. 4. (310) 586-6886, kaynegriffincorcoran.com.