A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in Los Angeles this week: a performative lecture on Krampus at the Goethe-Institut; a screening of films starring Woodrow Parfrey selected by his publisher son Adam Parfrey; a screening of a documentary on "Freeway" Rick Ross at the Hammer Museum; and a concert by Pause at University of California, Riverside.
Saturday, November 28, 6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
The Germanic Alpine region proffers a dualistic holiday folk tradition, wherein Saint Nicholas is preceded by a cloven-hoofed, goat-horned, hairy monster who punishes the badly behaved, while Saint Nicholas rewards the good. The Krampus is an anti-Christmas character of pre-Christian origin, who evokes pagan rituals of guising and mask-wearing and is currently experiencing an upswing in popularity, including a forthcoming Hollywood film. The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles hosts a return performance of Krampus in a multimedia lecture by Al Guerrero and Al Ridenour, codirectors of Los Angeles Krampusfest. Through slides, video and costumed models, they will explore ancient notions of the Christmas season that offer special access to the spirit world.
Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, 5750 Wilshire Boulevard
Saturday, November 28, 6:00 p.m.
Along with show-business dynasty families in which stars beget stars, Hollywood is home to generations of actors, extras, bit players and their families who know a Hollywood that is workaday and commonplace. Woodrow Parfrey (1922-1984) was one of the most recognizable (if not memorable) character actors of the 1960s and '70s. His son, Adam Parfrey, is the publisher of Feral House, an imprint concerned with extreme subcultures and marginal areas of knowledge. This weekend, Cinefamily hosts a rare presentation of film and television clips, photographs, home movies and reminiscences compiled by Adam Parfrey about his late father—a portrait of a Hollywood dad.
The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 North Fairfax Avenue
Tuesday, December 1, 7:30 p.m.
In conjunction with "UH-OH: Frances Stark 1991-2015" at the Hammer Museum (through Jan. 24), Hammer Screenings presents Freeway: Crack in the System, a documentary about the true story of "Freeway" Rick Ross. One of the most captivating narratives to emerge from the war on drugs, his story reveals connections between the cocaine trade and the CIA's secret wars in Central America, which culminated in the Iran-Contra affair. The film was selected by Frances Stark, who will be joined in conversation following the film with director Marc Levin, Rick Ross himself, community organizer Coach Cornell Ward and former L.A. County Deputy Sheriff Robert Juarez.
Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 p.m.
The 20-piece chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound has been performing works of modern and experimental classical music since 2004. Pause is a new ensemble featuring five musicians from Alarm Will Sound in collaboration with visual artists from the University of California, Riverside. In new multimedia works inspired by Edward Steichen's 1955 exhibition "The Family of Man," the group will investigate the ability of sound and image to transcend culture as part of the Outpost Concert Series at UCR.
Culver Center of the Arts, 3824 Main Street, Riverside