Mark Morrisroe: The Laziest Girl in Town, 1981, Super 8 mm film. Courtesy the Estate of Mark Morrisroe/Fotomuseum Winterthur.  

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in Los Angeles this week: a concert by Tim Parkinson and Kara Feely presented by the Experimental Music Yearbook; performances from the nomadic series Ghostlight at Human Resources; the conclusion of REDCAT's Hotel Theory; and a screening of the films of Mark Morrisroe.


Friday, December 18, 8:00 p.m.

Music: The Experimental Music Yearbook: Tim Parkinson & Kara Feely

For its final event of the year, the Experimental Music Yearbook—an online repository compiled annually of recordings and writings on contemporary music and sound experimentation—presents a concert of two ambitious works by British composer Tim Parkinson and American artist Kara Feely. Selections from Parkinson's opera Time With People (2013) and Feely's piece I Didn't Really Prepare for This but Probably That Is Best (2015), will be performed in collaboration with the Southland Ensemble, a Los Angeles-based eight-member group formed in 2013 for the performance of experimental music.          

Art Share L.A., 801 East 4th Place


Friday, December 18 & Saturday, December 19, 8:00 p.m.

Performance: "Ghostlight"

Human Resources Los Angeles presents the nomadic performance series "Ghostlight," founded and hosted by musician Mark Golamco. "Ghostlight" began its run as a monthly cabaret featuring performance artists, singers, dancers and readers at the now-shuttered Café Dancer in New York's Lower East Side. Since the bar's closing, "Ghostlight" has been hosted by a wide assortment of venues including the steamboat SS Lilac, anchored in the Hudson River, and Judson Memorial Church. This performance at HRLA is the first in Los Angeles. Golamco will perform a solo set on the viola and will be joined by guest musicians Michael Gerald Bauer, Oscar Santos and the DJ Earthen Oxytocin.

Human Resources Los Angeles, 410 Cottage Home


Sunday, December 20, 5:00 p.m.


Celebrating the conclusion of "Hotel Theory," the Gallery at REDCAT's three-month program exploring the possibilities of theory as an art form, "Hotel Theory Meets Wrecking Ball" features some of the exhibition's past participants and other Los Angeles-based artists and activists, brought together by independent curator Bartholomew Ryan, for readings of historical and contemporary manifestos.

REDCAT, 631 West 2nd Street


Wednesday, December 23, 6:30 p.m.

Screening: Mark Morrisroe Films

Between 1985 and 1981, the photographer and performance artist Mark Morrisroe (1959-1989) made three Super 8 films: The Laziest Girl in Town (1981), Hello From Bertha (1983) and Nymph-O-Maniac (1984). Influenced by the work of John Waters and Jack Smith, the films dramatize the drag personas Morrisroe often explored in photographs of himself and friends and adds context to the iconography found across his work. In a program introduced by artist Paul Pescador, all three films will be screened at 356 Mission, followed by a conversation between Morrisroe's friend and last partner Ramsey McPhillips and Stuart Comer, MoMA's chief curator of media and performance.

356 Mission, 356 South Mission Road