[OUT AND ABOUT] May 2017

EverWalk co-founders Bonnie Stoll and Diana Nyad will lead a 6.5 mile walk of the Los Angeles River on May 20th. Credit: EverWalk

 

ART

Japanese Painting: A Walk In Nature European art typically nature the woods as a place of danger, full of beasts and thieves. In Japanese art, the natural world represents peace and tranquility. This new exhibit in LACMA’s Japanese Pavilion features 24 scroll and screen paintings spanning five centuries (the 16th to the 20th) the collection features images of serene gardens and deities meditating deep in the forest. Free with museum admission. LACMA, Sat. May 13th to Sun September 10th. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Information: (323) 857-6010, lacma.org

 

Material as Metaphor This exhibition, presented in collaboration with the Pasadena Art Alliance, features 11 contemporary American artists creating large scale fiber sculptures. The artists will use materials like vinyl, cotton, nylon and wire to create abstract works of art that play with space, size and even gravity. Artists include Joel Allen, Miyoshi Barosh and Phyllis Green. Free with museum admission. Craft And Folk Art Museum, Sun. May 28th to Sun. August 20th. 5814 Wilshire Blvd. Information: cafam.com

 

BOOKS

Roxane Gay Roxane Gay is one of the funniest and most exciting feminist voices out there right now. Her 2014 essay collection Bad Feminist explored the intersection of race, gender and sexuality while also discussing her love of certain works that could be considered “problematic”. Earlier this year saw the release of her short story collection Dififcult Women, and her memoir Hunger is due out later this year. Gay will discuss her work and politics with Randa Jarrrar and then sign copies of her books. Tickets are $20. The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Tues. May 9th, 8 p.m. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Information: hollywoodforever.com

 

FILM

Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb End of the world scenarios don’t get funnier than Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 satire. The world finds itself on the brink of nuclear war when insane Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) launches a surprise nuclear attack on Russia. Hilarity ensues. George C. Scott stars as General Buck Turgidson, alongside Peter Sellers as Captain Lionel Mandrake, Peter Sellers as President Merkin Muffley and Peter Sellers as ex-Nazi scientist Dr. Strangelove. Tickets are $12. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater, Th. May 11th, 7:30 p.m. 611 N Fairfax Ave. Information: cinefamily.org

 

Chinatown Cinespia kicks off their 2017 season with a screening of the classic film noir Chinatown starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. Private investigator Jake Gittes is hired by the mysterious Evelyn Mulwray to surveil her husband. Soon, Jake finds himself involved in a conspiracy centered around Los Angeles’ water supply. Cinespia’s initial month will continue with a murderer’s row of movies: Boogie Nights, North By Northwest and Clueless. Tickets are $16. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Sat. May 13th, gates open at 6:45 p.m, movie begins at 8:30 p.m. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Information: cinespia.org

 

MUSIC

The Jesus And Mary Chain Led by brothers Jim and William Reid, Scottish alt rock icons the Jesus And Mary Chain pioneered the shoegazing sound with dreamy songs like “Just Like Honey.” After a hiatus, the band returned in 2007 to play the festival circuit. In March, they released Damage and Joy, their first record since 1999! Tickets start at $35. The Wiltern, Fri. May 19th, 7 p.m. 3790 Wilshire Blvd. Information: wiltern.com

 

COMEDY

The Craig Ferguson Show America’s favorite Scottish ex-late night host brings his show to Largo. The quick witted former host of The Late Late Show, known to his fans as “Craigy Ferg,” will have a lot to say about the current state of the world. Knowing Ferguson, there might even be a surprise guest or two. Tickets are $30. Largo at the Coronet, Thu. May 25th, 8:00 p.m. 366 N. La Cienega Blvd. Information: largo-la.com

 

COMMUNITY

Star Wars Party Take the little Jedi Padawans in your life to the library for fun and games from a galaxy far, far away. Costumed characters and Star Wars themed snacks will provide the best entertainment this side of Maz Kanata’s Castle, and kids are encouraged to take part in a costume contest. So, parents, get ready to make a replica Jan Dodonna costume for your child. Free. John C. Fremont Branch Library, Wed. May 3rd, 4 p.m. 6121 Melrose Ave. Information: (323) 962-3521. lapl.org

 

Paint and Drink Wine A glass or two of wine and instructor Salem Cade will help you unlock your inner artist. Paint, brushes, easles and wine will be provided as Cade guides you through the step-by-step process of recreating a featured painting. The best part is, you’ll leave the event with a charming painting by a notable artist: You! Tickets are $40. The Ebell of Los Angeles, Wed. May 10th, 7 p.m. 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. Information: ebelleventtickets.com

 

EverWalk Diana Nyad made a name for herself by completing daring long distance swimming journeys, a career capped by her 2013 swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida. Now, she’s set her sights on the land! Her new initiative EverWalk seeks to get America moving, and as part of that she’s organized a 6.5 mile walk of the Los Angeles River. This is only the beginning, as Nyad promises to do a walk in the Larchmont area, as well as other areas in L.A., soon. Best of all, the Border Grill Truck will be in attendance to fuel hungry walkers. Free. North Atwater Park, Sat. May 20th, check-in goes from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., walk begins at 9:30 a.m. 3900 Chevy Chase Dr. Information: everwalk.com

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