Dia de los Muertos, a rooftop installation and performance gathering, experimental music as art, fantastical cinema, a conceptual flea market, tapestries made of photographs, modern furniture, ancient crime, and an aura-cleansing sound bath at home.
Thursday, October 28
For It is Written at LACE. An experimental music performance by Teira, featuring Maam (organ) and Karl McComas Reichl (cello) incorporating various styles of Black diasporic sonic cultures — from gospel to trap — to explore themes of resurrection and labor. In this newly crafted performance piece, musician and sound artist Teira will utilize organ, cello, and analog devices as channels into the spiritual and historical frequencies of Black Angelenos. For It is Written is staged in conjunction with PARABLE 003, an eclectic group exhibition of visual and conceptual art; building on the exhibition’s themes of Black diasporic cultures, experimental process, and the radical traditions of Black liberation. 6522 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Thursday, October 28, 7-9pm; $10; welcometolace.org.
Hamza Walker and Wolfgang Tillmans in Conversation at REDCAT. In anticipation of the debut of artist Wolfgang Tillmans’s first full-length album, Moon in Earthlight, presented at his upcoming exhibition Concrete Column at Regen Projects, the artist will join LAXART director Hamza Walker to discuss these new developments in his practice and the role that music, and the collective experience of listening to it, has played in his career. 631 W. 2nd St., downtown; Thursday, October 28, 7:30pm; free; redcat.org.
Friday, October 29
Labyrinth of Cinema at the Music Hall. The final film by Nobuhiko Obayashi finds the late director returning to the subject of Japan’s history of warfare. On the last night of its existence, a small movie theater in Onomichi — the seaside town of Obayashi’s youth where he shot nearly a dozen films — screens an all-night marathon of Japanese war films. When lightning strikes the theater, three young men are transported into the world onscreen where they experience the violent battles of several wars leading up to the bombing of Hiroshima. A breathless cinematic journey through Japan’s past, Labyrinth of Cinema finds Obayashi using every trick in his book to create an awe-inspiring, visually resplendent anti-war epic that urges us to consider cinema as a means to change history, and the culmination of an exceptional 60-year career worth celebrating. 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; Friday, October 29 – Thursday, November 4; $7.50-$12.50; lumierecinemala.com.
Saturday, October 30
Kim Dingle: Pudgey Pomona Presents at Vielmetter Los Angeles. What do marbles, vintage erasers, maps painted by Las Vegas teenagers, and an atlas of animals have in common? Not much — but they are all subjects of interest to Pudgey Pomona, reference librarian, who has curated a collection of curiosities and collectibles, some by the hand of Los Angeles-based artist, Kim Dingle. Plus, Miss Pomona has also curated an exhibition of works by the artist Francesca Lalanne who is not a party to nepotism. The exhibition will be on view in the Library (located at Vielmetter Los Angeles) where Miss Pomona has set up shop and parked her lime green jaguar. 1700 S. Santa Fe, downtown; October 30 – December 18, by appointment; free; vielmetter.com.
Joe Rudko: United Colors at Von Lintel Gallery. Rudko collected thousands of personal snapshots from friends, family, and anonymous internet vendors before deconstructing and intricately arranging them into large vibrant color fields. These photomontages of vernacular analog photographs, evoke intimate memories and strong personal associations. Each work brings together diverse imagery from over a century of the printed image, while using color as the unifying principle. Although inherently photographic, they also become abstractions, with sharp details that root them in the world of representation, tying them to a specific time and place. Arranged within a structural grid, they are influenced by both Mesopotamian mosaics and the digital pixel. Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. #A7, Santa Monica; Opening reception: Saturday, October 30, 2-7pm; on view through December 18; free; vonlintel.com.
48th Annual Dia de los Muertos at Self Help Graphics. The city’s most beloved tradition returns live, with performances curated by The Paramount from bands Archer Oh, Introverted Funk, The Mumfees, and Lucys, as well Blanca Soto and Claudia Diaz presenting Teatro y Danza Tierra Blanca. Shop their legendary Muertos Market filled with art and goods for sale by local artists and artisans, view the altars, eat delicious food prepared by local street food vendors, and view the exhibition Everything Connected: Land, Body, Cosmos, curated by our 2021 Commemorative Print Artist, Miyo Stevens-Gandara (on view through November 24). Come early and deck out your car as a moving altar for the Car Caravan, or dress up in your favorite Día de los Muertos fashion and take part in the walking Procession. (Bike night is November 6.) Even if you can’t make it out, download their digital Día de los Muertos activity book and bring the festivities home with you. 1300 E. 1st St., Boyle Heights; Saturday, October 30, 4-10pm; free; selfhelpgraphics.com.
High Beams #5: Night Moves at the Bendix Building (Outdoor). The fifth iteration of the nomadic outdoor experience, positioned beneath the iconic red neon Bendix sign on the building’s rooftop, Night Moves will be the first High Beams project accessible by foot traffic only. Participating galleries include 515, CACtTUS, Durden and Ray, Last Ditch, LAST Projects, Monte Vista Projects, Museum Adjacent, San Francisco Artists Alumni, and Tiger Strikes Asteroid LA — many of which reside in the Bendix. Several works were created in response to the breathtaking views of downtown, including Jamie Hamilton’s 12 x 25 foot aerial net that will allow viewers to relax while taking in the setting; Chelsea Boxwell’s fabric pillars that mimic the forms of nearby skyscrapers; Ben Jackel’s ceramic hanging airplane that gently drifts high in clouds; and Ismael de Anda III’s interactive video installation that uses drone technology and projections for an evolving tableau of the downtown skyline. 1206 Maple Ave., rooftop; downtown; Saturday – Sunday, October 30-31, 8-10pm; free; highbeams.art.
Sunday, October 31
Downtown Modernism at Modernica. Besides the epic shopping of Modernica’s cash-only deals and the vintage furniture, lighting, art and home décor on offer from the more than 80 guest vendors, every time the Downtown Modernism marketplace returns to the Modernica factory, it’s a little bit different. This year, watch as Modernica’s technicians create authentic Case Study Fiberglass Shell Chairs on the original machines that Zenith Plastics used to create the first line of Fiberglass chairs in the 1950s — plus of course all the food, people, and priceless style inspiration. 2901 Saco St., Vernon: Sunday, October 31, 8am-2pm; $8; ladowntownmodernism.com.
Tuesday, November 2
Villa College Week: True Crime in Ancient Times at the Getty (Virtual). Escape to the past and explore true crime in antiquity during a free week-long online experience of the Getty Villa Museum’s annual College Night — even if your college experience was a long time ago. Discover murder, monsters, theft, forgery, curses, and more, from real life and mythology; mix and match the programs that interest you the most, from Greek curses to the murderous Romans, Homer role-play, and interference with mummies. Tuesday-Saturday, November 2-6; various times; free w/ registration; getty.edu.
Wednesday, November 3
Love. Art. Life. Sounds. Presents The Sacred Temple: Reset & Restore Sound Bath (Virtual). Now more than ever we have a great need of paying attention to the needs of our bodies, the health of our minds, the presence of Self, the awareness of our environments, and a pressing need for even deeper compassion. As our world is in deep transition, many of us are either waking up to aspects that need attention and healing, while many of us are deepening into creating or holding the vortices of light necessary for continued evolution and expansion. Artist Grace Oh has embraced sound vibrations as a perfect, gentle platform for this kind of meditation, and her Love. Art. Life. Sounds. Series invites all to investigate with her. Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm; weekly through February 16; suggested donation $11-$33; graceoh.net.