Before I moved to Santa Barbara I was born and raised in Los Angeles. And while I love my beachside paradise, I really miss the creative culture scene that consistently thrives in LA. Luckily, my boyfriend and I occasionally take weekend trips down there, and when we do, we love dipping out toes in the local scene. Since I’m actually headed down there this weekend, I thought I’d share with you my 5 top art events to check out this weekend!
Pop-Up Magazine – The Theater at Ace Hotel
Photo Credit: Pop-Up Magazine
When I heard that Pop-Up Magazine was having an event in LA, there was no question about whether or not to go. Pop-Up Magazine is a live-storytelling event that creates one-night-only performances from writers, filmmakers, and other storytelling creatives alike. Each performance is one-of-a-kind and never recorded, making each individual performance a unique yet shared experience among attendees and performers. Created by the brilliant minds at California Sunday Magazine, it’s the best kind of alternative journalism out there. Get tickets soon because they’re bound to sell out! (If you can’t make it, I’ll have a review up next week!)
LA Times Festival of Books – USC
Every year, bookworms in LA make a trip to their mecca—the LA Times Festival of Books. While you can purchase tickets to gain entry to special events, the festival, including outdoor programming, is free. With a variety of activities, plenty of food, and hundreds of authors, including T.C. Boyle, LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow, anyone?), New Yorker cartoonist, Roz Chast, and many more, the festival will be a literary treat.
Mariah Robertson: Photography Lovers’ Peninsula – M+B Gallery
Photo Credit: M+B Gallery
In her first solo exhibition with M+B, artist and photographer, Mariah Robertson took the rules and regulations of photo chemistry into her own hands and rebelled in the most beautiful way. By spilling, mixing, and disrupting darkroom chemicals, Robertson created visceral visuals visitors can enjoy while also sitting on some chic-looking bleachers (which were installed by Robertson, herself). Read more on her creative process with this project by clicking through the link. Exhibit is open until May 2, 2015.
From Pop to the Pit – LA Public Library
This historical photo exhibit celebrates the kaleidoscope that was LA music scene between 1978-1989. Depicting the shift in culture and fashion that took place during those years, the exhibit is bound to inspire you to wear a little more leather and use a lot more hairspray (glitter optional). Exhibit is open until June 28, 2015.
Trust in the You of Now – Space 15 Twenty
Photo Credit: Urban Outfitters
Photographer and artist, Lani Trock, will open her “Trust in the You of Now” installation this weekend in the collaborative Space 15 Twenty. In Trock’s own words, the installation is “a meditation on identity and environment; how the spaces we choose to inhabit shape our sense of self, and how a temporary immersion in nature can facilitate a deepening of that internal connection.” With a focus on flora and comfort, it definitely sounds like the place to spend a chill Saturday. Installation opens tomorrow, April 17.
So there you have it. It’s not an exhaustive list by any means, but these 5 events really stood out as timely and interesting. Let me know what you’re up to this weekend and, if you’re in LA this weekend, let me know if you’ll be going to any of these! Keep it golden!