[OUT AND ABOUT] July 2017

White Castle by Scott Listfield is featured through July 8th at Gallery 1988’s show of his works, Franchise.

ART

 

Franchise Artist Scott Listfield is known for his paintings featuring an astronaut exploring modern landscapes that have fallen into disrepair. His new show Franchise explores our relationship with franchise foods. The exhibit will feature a mix of Listfield’s typical decrepit landscapes (a dead Starbucks covered by greenery) and humorous juxtapositions like a a White Castle sign in front of castle ruins and the golden arches of McDonald’s standing in for the arches of Monument Valley. Free. Gallery 1988, through July 8th. 7308 Melrose Ave. Information: nineteeneightyeight.com

 

Ancient Bodies: Archaeological Perspectives on Mesoamerican Figurines In April 2006, archaeologists in Guatemala discovered a hidden tomb within the Mayan city of El Perú-Waka’. Inside the seventh century tomb was a collection of 23 figurines designed to tell a story as part of a funerary rite. This exhibit presents these figurines as well as 50 Mesoamerican figurines from LACMA’s collection. Free with museum admission. LACMA, Sat. July 1st through Sun. February 4th, 2018. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Information: (323) 857-6010, lacma.org

 

BOOKS

 

Laura Dave Dave, the writer of the best seller Eight Hundred Grapes, returns with a new novel. Hello Sunshine tells the story of Sunshine Mackenzie, a Martha Stewartesque culinary magnate whose life comes crashing down when she gets hacked. Following the loss of her job, husband, fans and apartment, Sunshine is forced to move back into her childhood home and reconnect with her estranged sister. Free, wristband required. Barnes and Noble at the Grove, Thu. July 20th, 7 p.m. 189 The Grove Drive. Information: (323) 525-0270, barnesandnoble.com

 

FILM

 

A League Of Their Own True story: As most able bodied men were off fighting, Major League Baseball was pretty mediocre during World War II. So, a few owners and executives cooked up a plan to keep the sport in the public eye: An all-female baseball league, and thus the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, as it came to be know, was born. Penny Marshall’s 1992 film tells a fictionalized version of the AAGPBL story. Geena Davis and Lori Petty star as sisters and Rockford Peaches star players Dorothy Hinson and Kit Keller. The cast also includes Tom Hanks, Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell. Tickets are $16. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Sat. August 15th, gates at 7:15 p.m., film starts at 9 p.m. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Information: cinespia.org

 

Mystery Meat Last month, Cinefamily started a new series called Mystery Meat where they screen a surprise film, typically one that 99% of people have never heard of and will also make the whole audience wonder what they’re watching. Last month’s screening was 1985’s Murderous Intent, a forgotten thriller about a jealous husband who has dreams about a bizarre musician and a serial killer. You can expect something equally perplexing sounding this month, with no guarantee that the flick will be “good.” Free, with online RSVP. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater, Thu. 13th, 10:30 p.m. 611 N Fairfax Ave. Information: cinefamily.org

 

MUSIC

 

Chic It only took four decades, music critics have come around on disco and no band’s had a bigger cultural rehabilitation than Chic. The band, led by the infinitely cool Nile Rodgers, released stylish hits like “I Want Your Love” and “Good Times” that drew influence from jazz and inspired hip-hop, but fell out of favor when disco fell. Still, Rodgers influence was felt in dance music leading to recent hit collaborations with artists like Lady Gaga, Avicii and Daft Punk. All of this means the time is right for the release of It’s About Time, the first new Chic album in 25 years, later this year. Tickets start at $39 The Wiltern, Fri. July 14th, 7 p.m. 3790 Wilshire Blvd. Information: wiltern.com

 

Planetarium The heavens have inspired music as diverse as Gustav Holst’s The Planets Bart Howard’s “Fly Me To The Moon.” The new rock album Planetarium is a collaborative work from musicians Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and James McAlister that serves as a 76 minute tour of our solar system, visiting all eight planets as well as other notable destinations like Pluto and Halley’s Comet. Fittingly, the quartet will perform the record outdoors on the Fairbanks Lawn, under a starry sky. Tickets are $49.50 Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Sat. August 15th, gates open at 7 p.m. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Information: hollywoodforever.com

 

COMEDY

 

Brian Posehn & Friends Posehn’s a veteran stand-up and comedy utility man who’s appeared on Mr. Show, @midnight and The Sarah Silverman Program. At his comedy showcase, he’ll be joined by a cavalcade of comics: Derek Sheen, Ngaio Bealum, Blaine Captch, Karen Kilgariff, Dana Gould and Greg Proops. Tickets are $30. Largo at the Coronet, Tue. July 25th, 8:30 p.m. 366 N. La Cienega Blvd. Information: largo-la.com

 

CARS

 

Museum After Hours And Vault Tours Join the Petersen as they give you exclusive access to areas not open to the general public. Mix, mingle and enjoy complimentary cocktails and nibbles in the William E. Connor Penthouse above the museum as DJ Sam Kofa spins hot summer music. Then, head downstairs for a guided journey into the vault and see some cars from the Petersen’s collection that rarely go on display in the public galleries. Tickets start at $20. Petersen Automotive Museum, Fri. July 21st, 6:30 p.m. 6060 Wilshire Blvd. Information: petersen.org

 

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