Thursday, June 03, 2010

THIS WEEK: Los Angeles-area happenings

For me, Los Angeles is that big damaged bear that lives on a ranch for retired circus animals, dozing in the shade. Because I love LA in all its crappy, self-deprecating brilliance, here’s a rundown of the city’s entertainment options for the week. Y’know, like Lee Ving says, “New York’s alright if you like saxophones.”

Ongoing: “Superclogger.” From June 1 to September 25, artist Joel Kyack will stage puppet shows in the back of a nondescript white truck while inching along LA freeways during rush hour. The truck is equipped with an FM broadcaster, so motorists can tune into the puppet show’s soundtrack on their car stereos. Follow Superclogger on twitter:

Opening Thursday: Photography exhibition by Bruce Kalberg, the notorious creator of punk fanzine NOMAG. Reserve Gallery, Fairfax.

Friday: Aaron Rose moderates a panel discussion of the legacy and artistic impact of Sister Corita, featuring former students and "rebel nuns" of the Immaculate Heart Community. Skylight Books, Los Feliz.

Saturday: Black Dragon Reading Series with Matthew Specktor ("That Summertime Sound"), Marsha Hopkins, Joseph Mattson ("Empty the Sun"), Steve DeJarnett and Jon Bernstein Jancar Gallery, Chinatown.

Culver City Artwalk
, Sat.

Psychic Reading Jamboree at SoCal Psychic Institute, Santa Monica. Saturday, June 5

Arshile Gorky Retrospective at MOCA. Opens Sunday, June 6

PCC Flea Market on Sunday, Pasadena

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