A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in L.A. this week: a fashion trunk show at Night Gallery, a play about a radio call-in show at JOAN, an avant-garde music concert in a lighting studio, and a Surrealist-themed dinner at LACMA.
Thursday, September 3, 7:00 p.m.
A trunk show is a small, exclusive fashion sales event that allows insider access before a line's official unveiling to the public. On Thursday, RUN(A)WAY promises a trunk show-cum-performance unmoored from sales altogether. The featured designers are Agency (costumer Lizzie Owens in collaboration with painter Augustus Thompson), club clothing line Barf Queen, and Dopp Doolittle (painter Michael Dopp with knitwear designer Grant Levy-Doolittle, aka Grant Knits). Models include writers, musicians, designers and actors, as well as young underground muses of art and fashion conglomerates like gurt.us/.
Night Gallery, 2276 East 16th Street
Friday, September 4, 7:30 p.m.
The Harmers is a theatrical project written by artist Marianna Ellenberg and composed by David Zuckerman. Their previous efforts have included The Deflowering of Ariella Von (2013), a punk-feminist coming-of-age film, and The Augur (2014), an opera based on a news story of a Michigan ice fisherman's death by drowning. The Harmers is set against a call-in satellite radio show and follows the conflicts between the show's shock-jock host and two female callers as they clash on themes of sexual and political power. The performance is followed by a discussion and live podcast with artist Max Maslansky of KChung Radio's "Riffin'" program.
JOAN, 4300 West Jefferson Boulevard
Saturday, September 5, 7:30 p.m.
Character Projects is a Highland Park design studio working in vintage lighting restoration, interior design and real estate. Its owner, Jonathan Silberman, also plays tenor sax in LA Fog, an improvisational quartet with Giles Miller, Kathleen Kim and Kelly Coats. For the "Clang Clack" series, Silberman uses his atmospheric space as a setting for small concerts of experimental music. This Saturday, LA Fog is joined by electronic practitioners Ezra Buchla and Scott Cazan.
Character Projects, 6042 Monte Vista St
Tuesday, September 8, 6:30 p.m.
Maite Gomez-Rejón holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a degree from the French Culinary Institute. Her company ArtBites combines both areas of expertise, offering museum classes that "trace the history of food as seen through the museum's collection." This LACMA event includes a talk and tour through the museum's collection of Surrealist works, followed by a multi-course meal inspired by Salvador Dalí's cookbook Les Diners de Gala (1973). The food will be prepared by chef Viet Pham of Ray's and Stark Bar at LACMA. The museum's Surrealist collection includes works by Picasso, Magritte, Calder and Duchamp. (Note: Reservations for this program are now sold out. To add your name to the waiting list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, and phone number.)
LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard