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A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in Los Angeles: a pop-up gay arthouse called the Adonis Project at Human Resources; the launch of the Step and Repeat performance series at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles; a poetry reading by Anthony McCann at Machine Project; and a discussion at the Getty Museum between painter John Currin and the museum's director, James Cuno.

Saturday, Sept. 13, 8 p.m.
The Adonis Project

From 1975 to 1989, the Adonis Theatre was New York's premiere queer movie venue. It closed in 1989 after being pushed out by developers. The artist-run nonprofit Human Resources is also a former gay theater, so it makes sense that for one night it will host an evening of performance, erotic video and interactive queer art organized by Ian Mackinnon and Travis Wood, artists from the L.A. queer community. Invitees include artist Ben Cuevas, actor Jack Shamblin and performance artist Leopold Nunan.
Human Resources, 410 Cottage Home St.

Saturday, Sept. 13, 6-11 p.m.
Step and Repeat

The Museum of Contemporary Art's Geffen Contemporary space just begs to be turned into the venue for a festival. In fact, it's been host to a wide range of performances since its opening in the early ‘80s, from works by Mike Kelley and Meredith Monk to rock shows by X and Santigold. Over the next four Saturdays, MOCA curator Bennett Simpson and MOCAtv director Emma Reeves will, according to Reeves, "activate the raw downtown space" by programming poets, rock bands, performance artists, DJs and comedians. The first iteration, this Saturday, will feature artist Jacolby Satterwhite in collaboration with DJ-artist Ashland Mines, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout, performance artists Ann Hirsch and Dynasty Handbag, and musical acts SFV Acid and P. Morris, among others.
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N. Central Ave.

Saturday, Sept. 13, 8 p.m.
Anthony McCann Poetry Reading and Book Launch

In addition to being a teacher at University of California-Riverside's Palm Desert MFA program and the author of three poetry collections, Anthony McCann is the "poet laureate" of Machine Project. The nonprofit Echo Park event venue will host an evening of readings plus Korean fried chicken and Tecate to celebrate the publication of his new book Thing Music (Wave Books).
Machine Project, 1200 D North Alvarado St.

Sunday, Sept. 14, 3 p.m.
John Currin in Conversation with James Cuno

John Currin's neo-neoclassical, erotic paintings of fleshy women serve as a lightning rod, even as they have landed in exhibitions and collections in some of the world's most prestigious museums and galleries. Writing in A.i.A. in 1997, critic Barry Schwabsky said that Currin's works (along with those of contemporaries Catherine Howe and Lisa Yuskavage) reside at the "intersection of vulgarity and earnestness, of kitsch and the great tradition, of disgust and desire." Currin will take the stage with Getty director James Cuno; the two will focus on the artist's works from the Broad and Getty collections, discussing classical art and the artist's interpretation thereof.
Harold Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr.