Collected: art calendar 24.-30. November – 71Bait

Beloved, this week we are gathered with friends, family, compatriots in ministry, or perhaps just our thoughts. Whether you’re looking for things to do with your audience or to get away from them, watch a twist on a classic seasonal ballet, a holiday-themed improvisational catharsis, life-inspired poetry, emotional portraiture, or a documentary about the arts of dancing at Salvage, a family chess festival at the museum, photography about the interaction of dancers and dance, photography about driven performers surviving the quarantine years, telephone art about forbidden dinner party themes.

Art calendar collected

JEFF&GORDON: Not at the dinner table

Thursday, November 24th

JEFF&GORDON: Not at the dining table. This contemporary, participatory artwork invites the public to call and leave an anonymous voicemail with someone in their life they disagree with about contentious issues such as gun control, LGBTQ rights, religion and politics. Callers will also hear a rotating selection of voicemails from previous years. By receiving these messages and making them publicly available, Not at the dining table takes a particular kind of language, normally silent in the interest of keeping the peace, and makes it an object of contemplative sound art. Each year, artists choose a new phone number whose area code highlights a polarizing issue. In 2017, it was Newtown, CT, where the Sandy Hook massacre took place. In 2018, it was located in a “purple” county in Georgia. This year, after Midterms, the artists chose Washington, DC. Call 202-249-5127 any time of day through January 1; jeffandgordon.net; free.

American Contemporary Ballet: The Nutcracker Suite

Friday, 11/25

American Contemporary Ballet: The Nutcracker Suite. LA’s Most Unexpected Nutcracker is an immersive, multi-sensory vacation experience that delights adults and children alike, transporting the Tchaikovsky classic to a reimagined candy land high above the city. ACB performs exclusively to live music performed by some of the city’s best classical musicians. The audience is seated at stage level, allowing for a rare visceral connection with the beauty and athleticism of the ballet. 350 S. Grand Ave., 28th floor, downtown; Performances November 25 – December 24; $65-$140; acbdances.com.

The Groundlings

Cookin’ With Gas (Holiday Edition) at Groundlings. The Groundlings Main Company, Alumni and Sunday Company play together in this special holiday edition of their signature all-improv blast. Based on the audience’s suggestions, the comical daredevils invent tailor-made satire and hard-hitting songs on the spot. With a surprise guest. 7307 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood; Friday-Saturday, 25-26 Nov, 8 p.m.; $22; groundlings.com.

Yesika Salgado and San Cha at Hauser & Wirth

Saturday, November 26th

Yesika Salgado and San Cha at Hauser & Wirth. Salgado is a leading voice in poetry, both in performance and on social media. Writing about her family, culture, city and her fat body, the LA-based Salvadoran poet has garnered a large online following across multiple platforms through her words and determination to make poetry accessible to all. Straddling pop culture tropes from her Mexican roots to create something new, San Cha has managed to make an impact on the music world thanks to a highly original sound that embodies who she is – an experience and exploration of sound and music genres . 901 E. 3rd St., downtown; Saturday, November 26, 8 p.m.; free; hauserwirth.com.

Calvin Clausell: Self Reflection, 2022 (courtesy Band of Vices)

Calvin Clausell: bloom at Band of Vices. For Clausell, who grew up in Los Angeles, art always came first. From childhood he drew whenever he got the chance. Loved the idea of ​​bringing life to paper, he turned to charcoal and graphite, taught himself shading techniques by observing human expression and emotions, and finally took up oil painting. The recent development of his portraiture motifs and advancing technique – both of which focus on self-determination, enlightenment and excellence – also leaves room for a more emotional, poetic framework for contemplating inner life experiences. 5351 W Adams Blvd, West Adams; Opening Reception: Saturday, November 26, 6pm-10pm; free; bandoffices.com.

The Gamble House (photo by Alex Vertikoff)

Sunday, November 27th

Museum Shop Sunday at the Gamble House. The mission of The Gamble House is to inspire the public’s appreciation and understanding of architecture as a fine art, exemplified by the most complete and best preserved work of American Arts and Crafts architects Charles and Henry Greene. This weekend, the Pasadena landmark is adding its bookstore to the national list of in-person and online museum stores aiming to make #MuseumStoreSunday a thing in the holiday shopping world. View curated collections of handcrafted goods from a variety of local artists, plus craft workshops, live guitar, drag story hour (11am), bookstore specials, and tours of the architectural treasure itself (by reservation). 4 Westmoreland Pl., Pasadena; Sunday, November 27, 10am-3pm; free; gamblehouse.org.

MHSZ (Hungarian Defense Association Sports League) final by Jeno Szabo; Date unknown (Wende Museum)

Chess in the turning museum. Hone your skills with professional tuition and learn about the importance of chess in the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries through specially displayed artifacts from Wende’s historical collection. Public outdoor chess stations are provided throughout the Wendegarten. Chess players of all skill levels, from beginner to master, are welcome. 10808 Culver Blvd, Culver City; Sunday, November 27, 12pm-3pm; free; wendemuseum.org.

Still from SCRAP (Credit: Parker Lewis)

Monday, 11/28

SCRAP METAL at Lammle. Discover the vast and oddly beautiful places where things die and meet the people who collect, restore and recycle the world’s junk. A love letter to the things we use in our daily lives, this documentary film tells the story of people who each have a deep connection to objects that have reached their so-called end. Together, these stories convey a deeper ecological and human message about our relationship with things, the sadness we feel at their eventual loss, and the joy we can find in giving them a new purpose. After all, things, like people, show a certain beauty as they age. Like us, they carry the weight of their history and the cultural memory they embody. Laemmles Royal, Glendale and Claremont; Monday-Tuesday, 28-29 November; $15; laemmle.com/film/scrap.

Uýra at NeueHouse Hollywood

NeueHouse and Outfest present Uýra: The ascending forest. The film follows Uýra, a trans-indigenous artist, as she traverses the Amazon forest on a journey of self-discovery through dance, poetry and visually stunning costumes and makeup. Screening followed by Q&A with the film’s director. NeueHouse Hollywood, 6121 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Monday, November 28, 7 p.m.; free; rsvp.neuehouse.com/caringfuturesxoutfest.

Dancing in a class at the Japan Foundation Los Angeles

Wednesday, November 30th

Dancing Extraordinary: Japanese Entertainers Under the Pandemic at the Japan Foundation. The entertainment world has been dealt a severe blow by the pandemic. Theaters one after the other have been forced to either postpone performances or cancel them altogether. Starting in July 2020, over a period of approximately 7 months, freelance photographers Arisa Kasai, Shizuka Minami and Maiko Miyagawa portrayed 18 groups of artists, capturing their emotions as well as performances that would otherwise never have come to light, in a state of need forged around their longing to breastfeed after the stage. 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Miracle Mile; On view: November 30 – February 25; free; jflalc.org.

Skylight Theater

queer mediated in the Skylight Theater. Skylight Theater Company and QueerWise celebrate World AIDS Day with Queerly Imparted directed by Michael Kearns. Blending comedy and tragedy, this work never forgets its mission to keep us alert to HIV/AIDS. The evening’s theme night plays with the supernatural, with performances by QueerWise members and alumni. A highlight of the event will be the presentation of the first Wizard of Words Awards to church leaders whose work illustrates the power of words: Roland Palencia, Rabbi Robin Podolsy and Terry Wolverton. 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Feliz; Wednesday, November 30, 7 p.m.; free; skylighttheatre.org.

Richard Nielsen X Oguri at Arcane Space

Constantly

dance and eye in arcane space. Acclaimed dancer Oguri is photographed by five photographers across fine art, sports, rock, pop culture and fashion: Andrew Macpherson, Richard Nielsen, Atiba Jefferson, Ricardo Vidana and Tali Maranges. In these interdisciplinary collaborations, the artists explore questions that arise when dance and photography interact — where does the dance take place? If both in the dancer’s body and in the viewer’s eye, what role does the eye play in shaping the dance? Is the eye part of the dance? 324 Sunset Avenue, Venice; On view until November 27th and via app until December 11th; free; arcanespacela.com.

David John Attyah at Advocate Galleries

David John Attyah: The Museum of Selective Homoamnesia at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Advocate & Gochis Galleries. A natural history museum-style multimedia art installation featuring artifacts from an erased, mythical history of queerness, the exhibition consists of drawings, crochet works, photographs, handcrafted furniture, and small sculptures in ceramic, plaster, wax, wood, and paper. The exhibition also includes an accompanying essay on fiction, written from the desk of a melancholy queer archaeologist. The museum challenges origin stories about human sexuality and gender, and suggests that our current identities would benefit if the past were imagined as broader, more fluid, and more humane. The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Pl., West Hollywood; On view until December 3; free; dja-art.work.

David John Attyah at Advocate Galleries

Calvin Clausell: Floating Home, 2022 (Band of Vices)

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