[OUT AND ABOUT] March 2017
Picasso And Rivera: Conversations Across Time Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera were contemporaries and sometimes competitors. Both were at one point part of the cubist movement, but also played with subjects from antiquity. This exhibition of 150 paintings, etchings and watercolors by the two artists contrasts the modernist approach in Europe and Latin America. Tickets are $25. LACMA, through Sun. May 7th, 2017. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Information: (323) 857-6010, lacma.org
Trading Cards 2 Last Year, artist Cyler Smith had a smash hit show at Gallery 1988 with his painted “trading cards” of fictional athletes from tv and movies. Now he’s back with a second series featuring all-stars like boxer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone in Rocky), Rockford Peaches catcher Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis in A League of their Own) and bowler Ernie McCracken (Bill Murray in Kingpin). Free. Gallery 1988 (East), through Sat. March 4th. 7021 Melrose Ave. Information: nineteeneightyeight.com
Chris Hayes MSNBC host Hayes’ book A Colony in a Nation looks at the increasing divisions within the United States and analyses the current state of affairs through the lens of both social and political history. Hayes will sign and discuss the book as well as offer his thoughts on whatever craziness takes the national spotlight between now and late March. Free. Barnes and Noble at the Grove, Mon. March 27th, 7:30 p.m. 189 The Grove Drive. Information: (323) 525-0270, barnesandnoble.com
Lisa Dickey Dickey has traveled across the whole of Russia three times – in 1995, 2005 and 2015. In her new book Bears on the Streets, Dickey shares the stories of her travels and the friends she made along the way in eleven different Russian cities including a group of gay friends in Novosibirsk and a rap star in Moscow. Dickey will discuss the book over lunch. Tickets start at $35. Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Mon. March 13th, 11:30 a.m. 4401 West 8th St. Info: ebellla.org/theatre.
Lebowski Fest The annual celebration of the Coen Brothers’ classic 1998 low stakes noir comedy The Big Lebowski turns 15 this year. This endlessly quotable cult classic finds our hero, Venice stoner Jeffery “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), exploring the weirder corners of L.A. after a pair of goons ruin his living room rug, which really tied the room together. Come in costume, throw back a couple of White Russians and enjoy a performance from the Kyle Gass Band before the screening along with actors from the movie. Tickets start at $20. The Wiltern, Fri. March 3rd, 7 p.m. 3790 Wilshire Blvd. Information: wiltern.com
The Live John Carpenter’s cult classic sci-fi satire of the Reagan years has gained a new prescience over the decades since its release in in 1988. The film’s ghoulish aliens and ominous OBEY slogan have inspired their fair share of politically charged art. Of course on top of the political subtext there’s a thrilling action movie, featuring an incredible five-minute fight scene between stars “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Keith David. Tickets are $12. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater, Fri. March 10th, 11:59 p.m. 611 N Fairfax Ave. Information: cinefamily.org
Agnes Obel Danish singer-songwriter Obel’s dark chamber pop has led to comparisons to fellow Scandinavian Lykke Li. She broke out stateside in 2016 with her critically acclaimed record Citizen of Glass and her single “Familiar” has gotten a lot of play on KCRW. Music historians will be particularly interested in Obel, as she’s recently taken up playing the Trautonium, a rare musical instrument from the 1920s that resembles a primitive synthesizer. Tickets are $20. The El Rey, Tues. March 12th, 8:30 p.m. 5515 Wilshire Blvd. Information: theelrey.com
Improvised Shakespeare Company Led by Silicon Valley star Thomas Middleditch, Chicago’s Improvised Shakespeare Company comes to Los Angeles for two nights. Using audience suggestions, the troupe creates a comedic Shakespeare style play on the spot. Tickets are $30. Largo at the Coronet, Mon. March 13th and Tue. March 14th. 366 N. La Cienega Blvd. Information: largo-la.com
L.A. Marathon Stretching from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica palisades, the 26 mile course will mostly go along Sunset Boulevard, cutting through Hollywood and other parts of L.A. If you don’t feel like taking part in the race, cheer participants on from the sidelines. Registration starts at $205. L.A. Marathon, Sun. March 19th. Race begins at 6:30 a.m., street closures earlier. Information: lamarathon.com
Cross Stitch Club Have you ever wanted to learn how to cross stitch? Now’s your chance. All levels of experience are welcome; materials will be provided. Pio Pico-Koreatown Branch Library, Tues. March 7th and Tues. March 21st, 4 p.m. 694 S. Oxford Ave. Info: lapl.org and (213) 368-7647.