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Jonas N. T. Becker, The Pile (via

This week, there’s an indie comics fest, a holiday art sale, a magazine benefit party, an invitation to create an object of desire, and two film screenings, including Warhol’s 8-hour static-shot masterpiece, Empire.

 Objects of Desire 

When: Wednesday, December 3, 6–9pm
Where: Craft & Folk Art Museum (5814 Wilshire Boulevard, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles)

Certain objects hold special significance in our lives, representing our aspirations, values, or fears. Artist Jonas Becker invites the public to ruminate on the question “What one thing would make your life better?” and then to create “objects of desire” out of red felt during this drop-in workshop, aided by craft collective Necessary Habits. The talismans will be part of Becker’s installation “The Pile” in the museum’s front window next month. Participants are encouraged to bring desires from friends and families to create as many objects as possible.

 Comic Arts Los Angeles 

When: Saturday, December 6, 10am–6pm
Where: Think Tank Gallery (939 Maple Avenue, Downtown, Los Angeles)

Unlike larger comic conventions that take place over three or four days, the inaugural Comic Arts LA festival packs a lot into just eight hours.

As their website states, this “free, public event promoting the appreciation of comics, graphic novels, and sequential arts among the broader Los Angeles public” will feature 70 exhibitors and five panel discussions or artist talks, including special guests Sam Alden and Mimi Pond.

Located in DTLA’s warehouse-sized Think Tank Gallery, visitors may wish they had the whole weekend to take it all in.

 Adjunct Sensorium 

When: Saturday, Dec 6, 7–10pm
Where: Adjunct Positions (5041 Coringa Drive, Highland Park, Los Angeles)

VIA is a quarterly print magazine that explores “the cultural apparatus of Los Angeles … looking for new ways to share the ever-changing history of our city from creative and ultimately personal perspectives,” as they note on their site. Come support this home-grown art and culture mag when their annual benefit is held on Saturday at Highland Park space Adjunct Positions. It will “feature performances and art by saxophonist and electronic impresario Anenon, video artist Ollie Bell and Finish Fetish doyen Larry Bell, and a DJ set from Ale Cohen of Dublab.” Tickets are only $10 and are available here.

 Holiday Shop 2014 

When: Opens Saturday, December 6, 10am–7pm
Where: Chin’s Push (4917 York Boulevard, Highland Park, Los Angeles)

Just because you missed Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, doesn’t mean you’ve missed (or missed-out on) the holiday shopping season. Newish project space Chin’s Push opens their Holiday Shop 2014 on Saturday, featuring work from 115 participants. “There are straightforward artworks in the store, presented here in the retail context … then there are some artists who are basically putting in ‘non-artworks’ like crafts or used clothes, and then there are some ‘non-artists’ who are inspired to make artworks … and everything in-between,” explained gallery founder Lydia Glenn-Murray via email. The holiday shop/examination of art and commerce will also act as a fundraiser for the space, and runs through December 22.

 Blondes in the Jungle

When: Sunday, December 7, 7pm
Where: 356 Mission (356 S. Mission Road, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles)

If you’ve ever wondered what Less Than Zero would look like set in the jungles of Central America, then Blondes in the Jungle is a must-see. The film’s website sums up the plot:

“On a hunt for the Fountain of Youth, three teenagers in 1980’s Honduras buy drugs, harm nature and have magical encounters.”

In conjunction with their upcoming exhibition “Solutions to Compound Problems,” 356 Mission will be screening the 2009 film followed by a discussion with artist Jay Chung and filmmaker Lev Kalman. The movie also boasts a great tropical-synth soundtrack by El Jefe and the Executive Look.

 Andy Warhol’s Empire 

Andy Warhol, Empire, 1964 (via

When: Sunday, December 7, Noon–7:30pm
Where: MOCA Grand (250 S. Grand Avenue, Downtown, Los Angeles)

Warhol’s Empire is a film more often talked about than seen, so don’t miss your opportunity to see this iconic work that could be described as both beautifully meditative and frustratingly unwatchable. Consisting of one 8-hour shot of the Empire State Building, the 1964 film allows the viewer “to see time go by” as the artist said. Shot at 24 frames per second, it is projected at 16, further slowing down what is already an exercise in endurance.

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Matt Stromberg

Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he is a frequent contributor to Daily Serving, and Glasstire.