Sound artist Mileece. © Mileece

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in L.A. this week: a new live work by Jibade-Khalil Huffman, a performance festival in Chinatown, a soundwalk at LACMA, and a dance performance at Pieter in Lincoln Heights.


Saturday, August 15th, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Reading/Performance: Jibade-Khalil Huffman, MANTRA

Jibade-Khalil Huffman is a storyteller who complicates his narratives with repetition, layering and omission. In conjunction with A.L. Steiner's exhibition "Come & Go" at Blum & Poe (through Aug. 22), Huffman presents MANTRA, his newest video and performance work. The live piece takes on themes of community, misogyny, identity and coded language, as well as "the multitude of wonderful contradictions in the work of Nicki Minaj and Drake, rap videos, adolescence and death." Three 25-minute performances are interspersed with sound works. 

Blum & Poe, 2727 S. La Cienega Boulevard


Sunday, August 15th, 1:00-10:00 p.m.

Performance Festival: Perform Chinatown 2015, "Rush Hour"

"A best seller movie by Jackie Chan RUSH HOUR was shot here" is printed on the side of the restaurant Foo Chow, located at the entrance of Chung King Road. With its mashed grammar and stretched truth, the phrase—which boasts a connection to a forgettable 1998 Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker vehicle—possesses an accidental poetics that speaks to Los Angeles's strange memory of places. The movie's title refers to an unavoidable time of day when city traffic forces a periodic slowdown that in turn can provide space for reflection and introspection. This theme animates the sixth edition of Perform Chinatowna free, day-long festival of live performances. This year's featured artists include Rachel Mason, Ambar Navarro, Atom-r and others. The event is organized by performer Molly Jo Shea.

Multiple Venues, Chung King Road


Sunday, August 16th, 12:00 p.m.

Workshop: Soundwalk with Mileece

Sonic artist Mileece is known for creating music from plants using electrodes that read the bioelectrical impulses of vegetation, resulting in a sort of organic opera of flora. LACMA's Art + Technology Lab, which supports artist experimentation with emerging technology, is inspired by a LACMA program that paired artists with SoCal tech companies from 1967 to 1971. This weekend the Lab hosts Mileece for a brief discussion, followed by a soundwalk through and around the museum. Participants will be encouraged to listen closely—recording and interpreting the institutional acoustic environment—before returning to the Lab to plot their findings on a large format soundmap. 

Note: Reservations for the program are now sold out. To add your name to the waiting list, please email with your name, address, and phone number.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard


Sunday, August 16th, 8:00 p.m.

Dance: "Don't Say it Just Think it: Flutter, Modulus of Rupture: unsink, Earnest in A-Minor, Head Thinker"

Tucked into a corner warehouse in Lincoln Heights, Jmy James Kidd's performance and dance space Pieter has been quietly supporting a community of dancers for the past six years with free open-form dance workshops, master classes and an artist residency. This performance brings together a group of young dancers from the Los Angeles area, presenting evening-length solo works by Arden Plank, Myrrhia Rodriguez, Reb L Limerick and Tida Sripanich. Admission to the event is $5 or a non-monetary donation to the FREE bar or FREE boutique. Suggested donation items include pens, markers, printer paper, tea, tank tops, books, beer and "dancer snacks."

Pieter, 420 West Avenue 33, #10