A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in Los Angeles: a Matthew Brandt book release at the MOCA bookstore; a series of happenings and performances at 3 Days Awake and Artist Curated Projects; a mysterious biographical tour of Highland Park led by artist Gabriel Garza; and a campout at the L.A. River.

Thursday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m.
Book Release and Signing for Matthew Brandt's Lakes and Reservoirs


Artist Matthew Brandt doesn't much care for traditional photographic processes. Instead, he uses unconventional materials like acid on velvet or tar on aluminum to create what can only technically be called photographs. But he does like nature. For his latest monograph, Lakes and Reservoirs (Damiani), Brandt photographed bodies of water in the western United States. He then dunked the printed images in water drawn from the depicted sources, creating hallucinatory distortions.
Museum of Contemporary Art
, 250 S. Grand Ave.


Friday, Oct. 17, 12 p.m.-12 a.m. (performances begin at 8 p.m.), Saturday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 4-6 p.m.
Happening: One Thing Then Another

Artist Lindsay August-Salazar is in the midst of organizing an ongoing series of 72-hour art happenings called "3 Days Awake," in which she hands over her studio space in the West Adams neighborhood to guest organizers to put together fleeting shows. The third iteration (of six) will be curated by artist Jacob Robichaux along with his co-conspirators, artist/designer Beth Houfek and musician/artist Dean Spunt, drummer and vocalist in the band No Age. The event promises "a series of displays, exhibits, activities, performances, situations and confusion." Artist Eve Fowler's Hancock Park space, Artist Curated Projects, co-presenters of this iteration, will open on Sunday. In view of the event's purposefully disorganized nature, visitors would be well advised to check the website for updates.
3 Days Awake
, 4300 W. Jefferson Blvd. and Artist Curated Projects, 5152 La Vista Ct.


Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19, 12 p.m.-2 p.m., every hour on the hour
Gabriel Garza: Highland Tours

Not everyone gets a guided tour of his or her adolescence. Gabriel Garza, a young artist and filmmaker who grew up in Los Angeles, is making that a reality for his friend, Eli Halbreich, in a performative piece. Halbreich grew up in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles, the same neighborhood that art space Chin's Push calls home, and it was apparently a storied youth. Calling himself "one of Los Angeles's most prominent Eli Halbreich historians," Garza will give 30-minute driving tours in which he'll aim to confuse reality and fiction as he tells stories and expounds upon the sites of Halbreich's upbringing.
Chin's Push, 4917 York Blvd.


Tuesday, Oct. 18, 3 p.m. through Wednesday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.
L.A. River Campout #2


Arts non-profit Clockshop has been working with California State Parks on the Bowtie Project, an initiative to revitalize a barren plot of land next to the L.A. River. Since last year, they've helped organize The Unfinished, artist Michael Parker's 137-foot-long, to-scale replica of a fallen Egyptian obelisk; a performance by artist Katie Grinnan and her Astrology Orchestra; and a concert by renowned tenor Timur Bekbosunov. Now, they're putting together the second L.A. River Campout, where campers will stargaze with telescopes, go on a "creatures of the night" flashlight walk led by California State Park Rangers, and more. The campout marks the commencement of artist Rosten Woo's "L.A. Interpretive Signage Program," in which he will install a series of informative kiosks that use the glyphic language of the California State Park signs.
The Bowtie Project
, 2800 Casitas Ave. (approx.)