Thursday, September 26, 2013

Plenty to Do This Weekend: Free Art and Museum Events Across Los Angeles


Like art and culture? More importantly, do you like free art and culture events? This weekend is for you. Here's a roundup of some great stuff going on this weekend. There is NO excuse to stay home. Highlights:

The Eighth Annual Frogtown Artwalk (4-10pm, Sep., 28, 2013, Elysian Valley along Blake Avenue, 90039)

A celebration of the creativity and talent flourishing in the industrial buildings of this working class neighborhood along the LA River, the Frogtown Artwalk has drawn thousands of guests and each year keeps evolving.

Visitors can stroll the newly paved river bike/walking path from studio to studio as they wander into artists’ studios, manufacturing sites occupied by furniture and drum-makers, and through a series of impromptu galleries that temporarily transform local businesses into art venues. Movie projections will illuminate trees on the river path as they point the way into the Frogtown Artwalk’s studios and events.

New to the Artwalk this year is a “River Pavilion” with information on on-going L.A. River revitalization efforts as well as a youth art show that depict interpretations on the theme of “River Ecology.” Artist Leo Limon, creator of the iconic “L.A. River Cats,” will give a presentation on public art at the River Pavilion; his paintings will be displayed at the nearby RAC Design Building.

Musical performances will permeate the Frogtown Artwalk which will feature bands playing at three locations. Scheduled to perform are: The Lonely Wild, Jessica Fichot, Tommy Santee Claws, The Black Watch, The Furious Seasons, The Vintage 45, Joseph Sings a Song, Don't Forget Your Shoes

Families will find plenty to do at the Frogtown Artwalk. Kids can sign up to be in a hula-hoop contest (6-8 p.m.), create their own masterpieces on the Chalk Walk, and enjoy a shadow puppet show from Lynn Jeffries.

This year, the Frogtown Artwalk will feature text and the written word. Bookshow LA, a new, used and vintage book store in the area, will host a spontaneous poetry event by “Typewriter Poetry” as well as displays of altered books created by local artisans.

Some of the returning artists to the Frogtown Artwork include artist/photographer Bill Lagattuta, painter Mary-Austin Klein, drum-maker Pat Bylard, wood-maker Emette Rivera and furniture-maker Donna Pungprechewacht of reMADE Studios. Artist Jim Piatt will again be showcasing more of his provocative conceptual art pieces in his recently remodeled gallery/studio. Kohne Kenny will also be displaying her distinctive urban paintings on found objects.

LAX Art Walk and "Everywhere Nowhere" (Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29)

For the first time, the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Art Program will present an original performance work at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), entitled Everywhere Nowhere. Directed and choreographed by Sarah Elgart, with an original score composed by Yuval Ron, Everywhere Nowhere is a site-specific, multi-sensory spectacle of movement, media, and color. It was commissioned as part of the Influx: Art at LAX, an ongoing public art festival featuring the work of 45 Los Angeles-based artists and 11 original, site-specific installations located throughout LAX. Prior to the performance of Everywhere Nowhere, LAX is hosting its first-ever Art Walk, inviting the public to take self-guided tours of the various Influx installations located in the airport’s public spaces.

Influx Art Walk: Maps for self-guided tours will be available at the Art Walk Welcome Table at the Terminal 1 Arrivals level, as well as online. Influx installations are located throughout LAX. Self-guided tours of Influx take place 5 – 7 p.m.

Everywhere Nowhere performance: the outdoor courtyard located on the Arrivals level in between Terminals 1 and 2 at LAX. Live performance takes place 7:30 – 9 p.m.

GLOW Santa Monica (Saturday, Sept. 28, 7pm-3am)

Glow returns to Santa Monica this Saturday, September 28 from 7pm to 3am, with 15 artists from around the globe showcasing an incredible array of original works on the beach.

LA-based artist Steve Boyer will be launching the interactive art experience Colorfields, which will unite the masses gathered on the sand for a wondrous experience with color, light and sound via the device that often separates us – our cell phones. While it will be ongoing throughout the evening, he is encouraging attendees to gather at 10pm to put his technologically-driven display to the test. The participatory art experience will be centered at a location south of the pier on the beach in front of the Sea Castle apartments, between Loews and Shutters hotels.

Participants will need to download a special smartphone app, which is available now for both iPhone and Android devices. As visitors move from location to location within the Colorfield zone, the app synchronizes locational information via GPS and the colors and sounds on their cell phones will change. A large video projection will display the full field of users on the side of the Wyndham Hotel.

Watch a video from 2010's Glow:

Museum Day Live! (Saturday, Sept. 28)

In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket... for free. Go here for a list of museums participating; in L.A., that includes the Autry, the Petersen Automotive Museum and many more.
Whew. You've got a busy weekend ahead of you. Get moving!

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