A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in Los Angeles this week: an app launch and party for Curate LA at Werkartz; a reading of new poetry by Eileen Myles at Skylight Books; music from the Fell-Apart Team and the Bushes at ltd Los Angeles; and a screening by Roberta Friedman and Grahame Weinbren at REDCAT.
Thursday, October 22, 8:00 p.m.-12:00 p.m.
In a city as sprawling and multifarious as Los Angeles, some sort of guide becomes necessary to navigate the evolving landscape of cultural events and happenings. For the past year, the grassroots website curate.la has been mapping arts programming around Los Angeles, covering everything from LACMA and the Broad to garage exhibitions in East Los Angeles. On Thursday, the site celebrates its first birthday IRL, with a party at the massive new multidisciplinary arts complex Werkartz downtown and the launch of the Curate LA mobile app. The party features music by RAM and Foreigner with projections by Akkio Yamashita and Julieta Gil. RSVP required.
Werkartz, 927 South Santa Fe Avenue
Friday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.
Eileen Myles joins Los Feliz bookstore Skylight Books' stellar schedule of in-store programming with a reading from her new collection of poetry, I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975-2014 (Ecco Press). An icon of contemporary queer feminist writing, Myles has long attracted audiences from the contemporary art and poetry worlds with her deceptively casual but precise texts. Following the reading, wifey.tv, a website for feminist content curated by Rebecca Odes and Jill Soloway, hosts a launch party at the hair salon/gallery Lost Hills L.A.
Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont Avenue
Lost Hills L.A., 2512 3/4 Sunset Boulevard
Saturday, October 24, 9:00 p.m.
Sunset Boulevard is chock full of ghosts of entertainment's past. Artist Dennis Hoekstra realized this when he learned the history of the building now occupied by ltd los angeles. In the 1970s it was the site of the glitter rock club Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco, managed by the eponymous L.A. rock kingmaker and radio DJ dubbed "the mayor of the Sunset Strip." In July, the gallery presented re-creations of the original venue's DJ booth and VIP area, meticulously reconstructed from vintage photos. Hearkening back to the site's former purpose, the installation will act as a venue for musical acts until July 2016. This week, the Fell-Apart Team (writer Jan Tumlir) and the Bushes (musician Nick Lowe and artist Ry Rocklen) perform.
ltd Los Angeles, 7561 W. Sunset Boulevard
Monday, October 26, 8:30 p.m.
Since they met at CalArts in the 1970s, Friedman and Weinbren have collaborated on films, videos and digital hybrids, including the pioneering interactive work The Erl King (1983-86), which was included in the 1987 Whitney Biennial. In their individual careers, Weinbren is the senior editor of Millennium Film Journal and Friedman has worked in visual effects for Hollywood films, including The Empire Strikes Back.
Both Friedman and Weinbren will be present for the screening, featuring Straight from Bertha (1976/2010/2014), a film created over almost four decades. The most recent segments are shot in the "ruins" of the Millennium Film Workshop, a New York-based film organization founded in 1966. Having occupied several spaces in lower Manhattan, the organization moved to Bushwick, Brooklyn, in 2013.
REDCAT, 631 West 2nd Street