LOS ANGELES — This week, Jennifer Moon’s show on designing revolution at Commonwealth and Council closes, Laurie Anderson performs a concert for dogs, you can help create a plastic float for the Rose Parade, and more.
The Color of Pomegranates
When: Tuesday, December 15, 7:30pm
Where: Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles)
For the past year, the Hammer Museum has explored Armenian culture and identity through film in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. The final film in the series, The Color of Pomegranates, screens tonight and is not to be missed. Director Sergei Parajanov’s 1969 Soviet-produced epic tells the story of 18th-century Armenian poet and musician Sayat Nova. Eschewing a traditional narrative structure, the movie is a lyrical and visually lush cinematic biography, and prominently features Sayat Nova’s poetry. A discussion with Dr. Carla Garapedian of the Armenian Film Foundation and Dr. James Steffen, accompanied by Armenian pastries, follows the screening.
When: Opens Friday, December 18, 6–8pm
Where: Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA) (2245 E Washington Blvd, Downtown, Los Angeles)
Offering an alternative to the rampant consumerism that too often characterizes the holiday season, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive presents Molybdomancy, a three-person show featuring the work of Sonja Gerdes, Patrick Jackson, and Natalie Labriola. Focusing on the mystical search for meaning, the show takes its name from a Northern European New Year’s tradition of melting small, leaden figures into cold water and interpreting the resulting abstract forms. Stick around after the opening for a holiday party at nearby venues The Lodge and Night Gallery, presented in collaboration with Fahrenheit and Ghebaly Gallery.
Jennifer Moon: laub, me, and The Revolution (The Theory of Everything)
When: Closes Saturday, December 19
Where: Commonwealth and Council (3006 W 7th Street, #220, Koreatown, Los Angeles)
Jennifer Moon’s current show at Commonwealth and Council is an inclusive and participatory model for social revolution, resembling a junior high science fair. Moon has created an atom smasher out of popsicle sticks to search for love free from oppressive binaries, while her partner laub has blown glass vessels intended for fecal transplant — revolution on a microscopic level. A humorous TED talk-like video provides a theoretical vision of what our liberated new world might look like. They’ll also be performing for the sold-out event Explorations in Teledildonics at Machine Project tonight.
Heart of a Dog
When: Sunday, December 20, 4pm
Where: The Cinefamily (611 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax District, Los Angeles)
Artist and musician Laurie Anderson’s new film Heart of a Dog is a moving tribute to Lolabelle, her late rat terrier, featuring real-life memories, reflections on mortality, and imagined fantasies. For this special screening, Anderson will be performing dog-friendly compositions for an audience of canines and their human companions. Anyone interested in attending with their pooch, should email Cinefamily with a picture of their pup and a brief description. Solo humans are welcome, but choice seats will be reserved for the dogs.
When: Sunday, December 20, 7pm
Where: Coaxial (1815 South Main Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)
For the past five years, Experimental Half-Hour has presented a wide range of experimental performance, video art, and music, at both live events and in 30-minute television episodes. This Sunday at Coaxial, the TV show has organized Lossless Summit, a night of multimedia performances from five artists. Kate Parsons will install a video wall in the storefront space, while White Boy Scream, Stephie’s Castle, Carmina Escobar, and Pauline Lay will perform works that bridge analog and digital, glitch, noise and classical.
Plastic Garden Float
When: Monday, December 21—Wednesday, December 23, 9am–3pm daily
Where: Side Street Projects (Behind John Muir High School off of Canada Ave. at Casitas Ave. right next door to Muir Ranch., Pasadena, California)
Every January, 18 million fresh flowers are used to decorate dozens of floats for the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. While certainly beautiful and festive, this seems like a questionable choice given our state’s seemingly endless drought (even if most of the flowers are imported). Composed entirely of recycled plastic bottles, Cat Chiu Phillips’s Plastic Garden Float presents a collaborative, ecologically minded alternative. Like the floral floats, she’ll need volunteers to help with construction. She’ll be working on the piece at Side Street Projects next Monday through Wednesday before the piece is unveiled to the public on December 27. Those interested in volunteering should email the artist.