As the melancholy of a no-travel, no-gathering holiday looms and the state, city, and county all hit the brakes on reopening, this week’s calendar takes a marked turn toward at-home arts experiences once again, with a couple of lowkey IRL exceptions. Enjoy a range of online art shows, fascinating talks with visual artists and curators, streaming theatrical productions, ballet, classical, books and dancing, plus a few by-appointment galleries you can visit in person.
Thursday, November 19
ART: Wish List 8 at Gabba Gallery. Annual affordable art show, Wishlist 8! This online-only exhibition features artwork by more than 70 artists from across the globe. Prices start at $50 and never exceed $1000. In addition to stunning original artwork at fabulous prices, they will also release hidden treasures from the Gabba print archives as well as new limited edition fine art prints. Exhibition goes live Thursday, November 19, 11am; print drops start Friday, November 20, 11am; gabbagallery.com.
TALK: Collaboration & Innovation: Mixografia’s Revolutionary Printmaking at ALOUD. Mixografia is a fine arts printer and publisher founded and run by the Remba family for three generations. Moving from Mexico City to Los Angeles, Mixografia’s three-dimensional printing technique has evolved over 40 years to expand printmaking possibilities for artists and to make art more accessible through its innovative print runs. A live conversation with ALOUD’s Jessica Strand considers the nuanced collaboration between the printer and artists like Analia Saban who push the limits of what printmaking can be. Thursday, November 19, 5pm; free; lfla.org.
THEATER: Highland Park Is Here at Cornerstone Theater. A new original play connects the stories of this iconic L.A. neighborhood, searching for shared spaces and experiences. The work is performed by a cast of more than 30, taking a virtual journey from York to Figueroa and the Arroyo, from yesterday to tomorrow, from fact to fantasy. The play is told in two paths, Llegamos – the multigenerational story of one family from the 1950s to today – and Movements & Moments, local stories from the 1990’s to today. Thursday, November 19 – Saturday, November 21, 7:30pm; Sunday, November 22, 2pm; free; cornerstonetheater.org.
ART: Visions in Light: Windows on the Wallis. A free drive-by art exhibit featuring over 40 artists of diverse cultures portraying work meant to inspire joy, wonder and awareness. The projected outdoor video display comprises various media projected onto the windows of The Wallis. TZ Projects producers Torie Zalben and Liana Weston believe the windows serve not only to present the show physically, but to stand metaphorically for seeing beyond one’s own point of view. The Wallis, 9390 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills; November 19 – 29, 5:30-9pm nightly; free; thewallis.org/visions.
Friday, November 20
TALK: Artist Conversation: Tony Marsh, Jiha Moon, Tia Pulitzer and Matt Wedel at L.A. Louver. Each working with clay, but varied in approach, the artists will discuss the role ceramics play in their practice and the necessity to work within this medium as part of their artistic output — from Tony Marsh’s elemental use of glazing and forms, Jiha Moon’s contemporary take on traditional vessels, Matt Wedel’s larger-than-life constructions, and the elegant realism of works by Tia Pulitzer. Following the conversation, the artists will be available to answer questions during a live Q&A. Friday, November 20, 2pm; free; lalouver.com.
CLASSICAL: Violins of Hope at the Soraya. Violins of Hope is a treasured collection of over 60 instruments rescued from the Holocaust and restored by second-generation violinmaker, Amnon Weinstein, and his son, Avshalom in their shop in Tel Aviv. Last March, the collection was brought to Los Angeles for a series of events, most of which were canceled due to Covid, and the violin collection was secretly stored under the Soraya stage for seven months. Before the violins returned to Tel Aviv, The Soraya commissioned a concert with three violinists, Niv Ashkenazi, Lindsay Deutsch, and Janice Mautner Markham, which debuts online this weekend. Friday, November 20, 5pm; free; thesoraya.org.
Saturday, November 21
TALK: Mark Steven Greenfield at the Fowler. Mark Steven Greenfield uses his art to explore the African-American experience, critiquing and offering unique perspectives on a society still grappling with the consequences of slavery and racial injustice. His newest body of work consists of 17 Black Madonna paintings that re-imagine Medieval religious icons rendered in the Byzantine style of their art historical predecessors. Join the artist and LACMA’s Naima J. Keith for an exhibition video walk-through at William Turner Gallery, followed by a conversation and Q&A. Saturday, November 21, noon-1pm; free; fowler.ucla.edu.
ART: Robert Longo: Storm of Hope at Jeffrey Deitch. Longo’s work navigates the world we live in and how we see it. Countering the “image storm” that surrounds us, he creates iconic and provocative works based on the daily flow of images across our screens. He envisions his large-scale drawings as monuments, securing a sense of permanence that transcends the flood of transitory imagery. Longo cites his version of the Cassandra curse: “artists can see the future, but will people listen?” 925 N. Orange Dr., Hollywood; November 21 – January 30; free; deitch.com.
ART: Esther Pearl Watson: Safer at Home: Pandemic Paintings at Vielmetter Los Angeles. Watson documents the daily anxieties and absurdities of quarantine in and around the city and suburbs of Los Angeles. In intimately scaled paintings, she depicts various places along her daily routine. The paintings show recurring images of local businesses struggling to stay open, Watson’s attempts to form a pandemic pod, and nervous neighbors adjusting to normalcy-in-flux as various pressures create perpetual daily uncertainty. 1700 S. Santa Fe, downtown; November 21 – January 16, by appointment; vielmetter.com/exhibitions.
DANCE: Barak Ballet Virtual Gala. The fundraiser features the reveal of new work Reclamation, a 20-minute cinematic ballet by founder and artistic director Melissa Barak, along with behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage, interviews with the artists, and an after party including breakout rooms with the film’s cast and creative team. The beauty and inspiration you’ve come to expect from our live programs will still be felt through this new work. A work that could only translate through a camera’s lens and a little movie magic. Saturday, November 21, 6-7:30pm; Tickets & treats packages start at $100; barakballet.org.
THEATER: Diana Wyenn’s Blood/Sugar at CalTech Theater. Diana Wyenn’s highly theatrical virtual solo show is a thrill-ride that takes us through the roller coaster of diabetes. Conceived originally as a live stage show, it is now a live virtual experience, complete with rich projections, movement, text, and innovative theatricality as historical perspectives and staggering statistics collide with personal narrative and deep humanity to give embodied expression to the complexities of chronic illness. Streaming Saturday, November 21, 7pm; $10-20; caltech.edu.
Sunday, November 22
BOOK LAUNCH: Jeff Gold: Sittin’ In: Jazz Clubs of the 1940s and 1950s at Arcana. In Sittin’ In, Grammy-winning historian, archivist, author, and record executive Jeff Gold offers an unprecedented look inside the jazz clubs from this era across the United States. Drawing on an incredible trove of never-before-seen photos and memorabilia, he gives us a glimpse at a world that was rich in culture, music, dining, fashion, and more. Arcana hosts this afternoon’s discussion between Gold and Mark Ruffin, host of SiriusXM’s Real Jazz. Streaming Sunday, November 22, 1-3pm; free; eventbrite.com.
Monday, November 23
ART: Alison Jackson: Truth is Dead at NeueHouse. More timely than ever, we hold a mirror up to our celebrity-obsessed culture and ask ourselves the question: What is real and what is fake? Jackson’́s work is about voyeurism, our need to believe, and simulation. She uses actors and look-alikes of celebrities and public figures to produce convincingly realistic paparazzi or documentary style photographs of the intimate, often salacious, imagined private lives of many of the world’s most famous and infamous individuals. NeueHouse Hollywood, 6121 Sunset Blvd., November 23 – December 18, $14; neuehouse.com.
PARTY: LACMA Live! Virtual Dance Party. Club House Global will virtually power a dance floor aimed at bringing together the worlds of art and music — complete with a sneak peek at upcoming LACMA exhibitions. Featuring DJ sets by Novena Carmel and Rashida with spotlights by special guests. Hosted by Jasmine Solano, founder of Unity in Color. Club House Global is a social impact initiative and live-stream platform that lives at the intersection of music and activism. Born out of the COVID-19 pandemic, CHG was built to bring aid and joy to the music community. Now in its eighth month, CHG has employed over 300+ artists and donated to over 15 different charities in the name of COVID-relief and social justice. Monday, November 23, 7-9pm; free; lacma.org.