A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in Los Angeles: a scented dinner at Thank You For Coming; a multimedia performance by AMRA at Human Resources; a Holiday Gift Shop at Chin's Push; and a dance workshop by Marbles at Pieter.
Thursday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.
When eating, olfactory and gustatory go together like Bonnie and Clyde-you can't have one without the other. But what if you amplify the two? Chef Anne Lee of Castle Gourmet Dining and Saskia Wilson-Brown of the Institute of Art and Olfaction have created food and scent pairings that will most likely blow your mind. The dinner is a vegan affair and takes place at Thank You For Coming, an experimental food and art space that also has an artist-in-residence program. Angeleno nightlife fixture Phyllis Navidad will host the festive evening of taste bud- and nostril-pleasing delights.
Thank You For Coming, 3416 Glendale Blvd.
Saturday, Dec. 20, 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 21, 5 p.m.
L.A.-based Amelia Radtke's performance art alter ago, AMRA, has a mystical aesthetic complete with dark and artsy videos and a healthy incorporation of postmodern dance. At Human Resources, AMRA will present a new light installation that will be accompanied by various dance, music and choral performances, all augmented by "curated aromas."
Human Resources, 410 Cottage Home Rd.
Saturday, Dec. 20-22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Holiday Gift Shop
Lydia Glenn-Murray's home/gallery Chin's Push has quietly become an art epicenter in the real estate hotbed neighborhood of Highland Park. The artists in the gallery's inner sanctum, mostly friends of Glenn-Murray, have created affordable artworks, ceramics, zines, cassettes, perfumes, food, clothing and more for a lively holiday gift shop. For those of you who waited until the very last minute, your mother might like a piece by Aaron Wrinkle, Becket Flannery, Indah Datau, Alison Veit, Eden Batki, Brendan Fowler, Dean Spunt or Michael Decker, all of which are still available.
Chin's Push, 4917 York Blvd.
Sunday, Dec. 21, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Rae Shao-Lan Blum, better known as Marbles, is a San Francisco-based dancer and choreographer who studied under Simone Forti and incorporates concepts of stillness, meditation and working with the land into their (Marbles's preferred pronoun) work. They will hold a $25 workshop to "unscript the mind that colonizes the body" at Pieter Space that is trans and genderqueer-friendly, and despite the entry fee, promises not to turn anyone away for fiduciary reasons.
Pieter, 420 W. Ave. 33