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When: Tuesday, November 22, 7:30pm
Where: Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles)
The FDA currently prevents gay and bisexual men from giving blood if they have had sex with a man in the past year. This policy dates back more than 30 years to the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and is considered by many to be an unnecessary and discriminatory limitation on potential blood donations. Organized by artist Jordan Eagles, Blood Equality is a panel discussion featuring representatives from TwitterOpen, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, UCLA Division of Infectious Diseases, and others. Questions for the panelists can be submitted via Twitter using #AskBloodEquality.
A Shop of Thrift Store Figurines
When: Opens Friday, November 25, 12–6pm
Where: The Meow (email for address, Los Angeles)
Instead of the gluttonous consumerism usually associated with the day after Thanksgiving, backyard shed-cum-art space The Meow offers a “non-corporate shopportunity.” Sillishop will present over 500 Sillisculpt figurines collected from thrift stores by artist Michael Decker. First appearing in the late 1960s, these hokey sculptures were sold as three-dimensional greeting cards, each embodying a different emotion, phrase, or sentiment, from the saccharine to the irreverent. The entire collection will be on sale, with prices based on condition and rarity of each piece.
Black Friday Stitch-In
When: Friday, November 25, 12–9pm
Where: Institute for Labor Generosity Workers and Uniforms (322 Elm Street, Long Beach, California)
In keeping with her pledge to “Mend America,” Frau Fiber (Carole Frances Lung) will be hosting a Black Friday Stitch In, a communal, textile-based gathering. Visitors can participate in a series of Peace Work activities, including creating an American flag from reclaimed fabric, and hand-stitching a large map of America. There will also be resources to assist in contacting government representatives to voice political concerns.
Blackout Black Friday
When: Friday, November 25, 1–6pm
Where: The Cinefamily (611 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax District, Los Angeles)
Organized by Blackout for Human Rights, Blackout Black Friday is a call for a nationwide economic boycott on the busiest shopping day of the year to protest race and class-based acts of injustice. In Los Angeles, the group will be hosting a free event at The Cinefamily featuring screenings of Raoul Peck’s upcoming film I Am Not Your Negro, based on James Baldwin’s unfinished book Remember This House, and Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th, that explores the link between slavery and mass incarceration. The event is free, but requires registration.
A Post-Election Forum
When: Sunday, November 27, 2–5pm
Where: 356 Mission (356 S. Mission Road, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles)
Many in the art world have been grappling with ways to come to terms with the results of the presidential election and respond in an effective and meaningful way. In light of this, 356 Mission will be hosting What’s Now, an open forum bringing together activists and community groups who are working to mobilize against potential threats to civil liberties and freedoms posed by the incoming administration.
Rachel Mason Album Release
When: Sunday, November 27, 8:30–11:30pm
Where: Bootleg Theater (2220 Beverly Boulevard, Westlake, Los Angeles)
Rachel Mason’s versatile artistic practice encompasses sculpture, theater, music, and film, often fusing them all into enigmatic spectacles. A great opportunity to experience one of her captivating performances in person is the upcoming show celebrating the release of her new album Das Ram. Also performing will be experimental post-punkers Egrets on Ergot, and dance-floor synth act L.A. Drones.