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Lawn Ornaments (via Facebook)

LOS ANGELES — This week, the works of an elusive collector go on view, arts and culture review The Third Rail launches its fifth issue, an outdoor art and performance event from the mid ’90s is revisited, and more.

 Project X: Revisiting “Program for Paradise”

When: Wednesday, July 29, 7–9pm
Where: Remsen Bird Hillside Theater, Occidental College (Coons Road, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles)

In 1995, a group of artists, curators, and writers known as Project X organized “Program for Paradise,” a combination of performances, site-specific works, and readings at the Hillside Theater at Occidental College. The program featured now well-known artists and writers like Marnie Weber, Lisa Anne Auerbach, and Jan Tumlir. Twenty years later, music and art duo Lucky Dragons, artist Sarah Petersen, and other guests revisit this event, representing some of the works at the original site and offering a new perspective on LA art of the ’90s.

Program for Paradise (via

 VideoSonics: Xiu Xiu vs. Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees 

When: Thursday, July 30, 10:30pm
Where: The Cinefamily (611 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax District, Los Angeles)

With his band Xiu Xiu (named for one of the most depressing films of all time), Jamie Stewart provides the perfect soundtrack of teen angst and emotionally raw honesty. His music finds a fitting cinematic companion with Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees, Masahiro Shinoda’s beautifully tragic 1975 tale of a man who murders his numerous wives in hopes of satisfying another woman who cannot be pleased. As part of Cinefamily’s VideoSonics series, Xiu Xiu provides an A/V remix of the film with live score. Also on the bill, Podblotz takes on Toshio Matsumoto’s Oedipal twist Funeral Parade of Roses (1969), and a preview of Carnal Orient, a new short film exploring the dark side of Asian fetish.

Xiu Xiu vs. Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees (via Facebook)

 New Original Works Festival 

When: Begins Thursday, July 30, 8:30pm
Where: REDCAT (631 West 2nd Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)

Zac Pennington, Jherek Bischoff and Steven Reker, “Crying” (photo by Angel Ceballos, via

This Thursday kicks off Redcat’s annual New Original Works Festival, a three-week celebration of new theatrical works from LA-based performers, dancers, and musicians. This first week features Nguyễn Nguyên and Maria Gillespie’s “Bloom,” a multimedia collaboration with video artist and astrophysicist Fabio Altenbach; “In|Expiration” from Sheetal Gandhi, Ulka Mohanty, and Mark Gutierrez, which blends traditional Indian and contemporary dance forms; and “Crying” by Zac Pennington, Jherek Bischoff, and Steven Reker, an exploration of the pop idol through music and movement. Check here for the full program and ticket information.

 Lawn Ornaments 

When: Opens Saturday, August 1, 7pm
Where: Outside Gallery (2806 1/2 Lincoln Park Ave., Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles)

A new apartment gallery seems to pop up every month or so here in LA, alternatives to the high-end mega-galleries that are also establishing themselves here in the Southland. Art and book publisher Insert Blanc Press takes this trend one step further with Outside Gallery, utilizing the front yard of its Lincoln Heights location as an exhibition space. The gallery’s second show, Lawn Ornaments, features artists who have worked with the press over the past few years, including Michelle Carla HandelAdrian Paules, and Gala Porras-Kim, among many others.

 The Mysterious Collector ‘Jeff’ 

When: Opens Saturday, August 1, 6–9pm
Where: Grice Bench (915 Mateo Street, #210, Downtown, Los Angeles)

‘Jeff’ (via Facebook)

Art collectors are generally divided into two camps: those that crave recognition, lending out their collections to high profile exhibitions, and those that eschew attention, keeping their works — and names — out of the public view. The mysterious and recently departed ‘Jeff’ — the collector at the center of Grice Bench’s eponymous exhibition — falls squarely into the second category. He was apparently so protective of his collection that the works in it were never on view — until now. Whether Jeff is a low-profile aesthete or merely a curatorial conceit is up for debate. What is certain is that the exhibition boasts works by great blue-chip artists like Joseph Beuys and Ken Price, alongside emerging LA talents like Brian Sharp and Mateo Tannatt, among others.

The Third Rail, Issue #5 (via Facebook)

 The Third Rail Issue #5 Launch

When: Sunday, August 2, 1–3pm
Where: Family (436 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax District, Los Angeles)

The Third Rail Quarterly is a Minneapolis-based arts and culture journal whose large-scale format, stark, utilitarian design, and thoughtfully written content set it apart from the scores of glossy art mags flooding the market. The journal’s fifth issue includes contributions from and about Vilém Flusser, Lis Deschenes, Olaf Breuning, and more. Family bookstore hosts the issue launch this Sunday, which features a performance by Molly Lewis (aka Whistler’s Sista).

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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.