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LOS ANGELES — This week, hear the ethereal sounds of the glass armonica, take a spa day at Eastside International, visit the Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MOCA) new project space, and more.
Dorian Wood: comadreada
When: Wednesday, August 25, 7–9pm
Where: Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) (6522 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles)
Dorian Wood is a performer who defies categorization. Originally gaining exposure on the queer, cabaret circuit, Wood has also worked with experimental orchestra Killsonic, Timur and the Dime Museum, and performance artist Marina Abramović, as well as releasing over a dozen albums of his own. No matter what kind of show he puts on, however, Wood’s resonant voice and raw, intimate lyrics ensure his performance will not easily be forgotten. This Wednesday, he will perform “comadreada” in response to Rafa Esparza’s current show at LACE.
The Films of Saul Levine
When: Wednesday, August 25, 7:30pm
Where: Chin’s Push (4917 York Boulevard, Highland Park, Los Angeles)
One day in 1965, Saul Levine was out sailing with friends, filming the scene with his 8mm camera, when he and his camera fell into the water. The resulting footage became his film Salt of the Sea and thus began his career as one of the most tireless and underrated contemporary experimental filmmakers. This Wednesday, Chin’s Push will host Levine’s first screening in Los Angeles, projecting super-8 films from 1969–2011 in its backyard. The following night, Veggie Cloud will be screening two of his more recent video works, Dream Lover Dream (2015), and Driven (Boston After Dark): Joe Gibbons (2002), a portrait of Levine’s longtime friend and fellow artist who was recently sent to prison for bank robbery. Levine will be present for both screenings.
How to Water Closing Reception
When: Thursday, August 27, 6–10pm
Where: Eastside International (602 Moulton Ave, Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles)
How to Water at Eastside International is a multimedia group show that uses water as a metaphor to explore the “internet’s fluidity, ephemerality, and essentiality in our daily lives.” The closing reception aims to get even more interactive with the Institute for New Feeling‘s “Watermark.mov,” a steam room with individual sauna pods. Artist collective Work & Play will also present “Watering the Plants: a Liquid Symphony,” a performance that aims to find moments of joyful diversion amidst the drudgery of daily life. Bring a suit, sandals, and a towel, because, as Eastside International notes, you will get wet.
Charlyne Yi’s Art Show
When: Friday, August 28, 8–10pm
Where: The Market (1203 Avenue 50, Highland Park, Los Angeles)
You may know actress/comedian Charlyne Yi from her roles in Knocked Up, Paper Heart, or more recently as Dr. Chi Park on hit TV show House (though if you haven’t seen her recreating Dirty Dancing with a young Channing Tatum, do yourself a favor and watch it now). What you may not know is that Yi is also a prolific artist, creating drawings, paintings, and zines brimming with a darkly comic melancholia — sad, but sweet cartoons in the vein of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Marcel Dzama. All work in her upcoming exhibition Never Lose Romance With The World will be priced at $20 with proceeds going to Orphan Sponsorship International. The opening will feature musical performances from her band Sacred Destinies, as well as Whitman and Angelo De Augustine.
Enchantment of the Glass Armonica
When: Friday, August 28 & Saturday, August 29, 8pm
Where: Velaslavasay Panorama (1122 West 24th Street, University Park, Los Angeles)
Invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761, the glass armonica is a musical instrument featuring 37 glass bowls mounted horizontally on a metal rod. The bowls are turned by means of a foot pedal, producing sound when the rims are touched with moistened fingers. Classical composers including Beethoven and Mozart wrote pieces for the armonica, but its otherworldly tones are perhaps more closely associated with the hypnotic practices of Franz Mesmer (from where we get the term “mesmerized”) as well as 19th century occult performances known as Phantasmagoria shows. This Friday and Saturday at the Velaslavasay Panorama, Professor Allison de Fren of Occidental College will lecture on the history of the armonica, followed by a performance by virtuoso Lynn Drye. Tickets ($15 for the public / $12 for panorama members) are available here.
When: Opens Saturday, August 29, 11am–6pm
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Grand (250 S. Grand Avenue, Downtown, Los Angeles)
This Saturday, MOCA kicks off storefront:, a new project space that artists or collectives will inhabit for periods of four to six months. The first exhibition will be Noah Davis’s Imitation of Wealth, a collection of re-created readymades featuring knock-offs of iconic works by Koons, Duchamp, Flavin, and others. The series was originally shown at Davis’ Underground Museum, just one of the many artist-run spaces in LA that have inspired MOCA to “reimagine what it means to be ‘the artist’s museum,’” as Chief Curator Helen Molesworth recently noted.