A rebellious and accessible contemporary art fair, a world premiere of a legend of multimedia electronic music, street and club-infused modern dance, a landmark exhibition on the pre-Interstate progressive neighborhood that was once the heart of Santa Monica, a series encore screening of Miyazaki’s masterpieces, paintings and sculptures with big questions and relentless optimism, an alfresco dinner with music and time travel, and an immersive performance installation challenging the stereotypes.
Thursday, March 31st
The other art fair. The global arts event dedicated to showcasing independent artists is holding its seventh edition in Los Angeles at a new venue, featuring 140 independent and emerging artists, special guest artist Anna Marie Tendler (who will produce commissioned portraits on location), LA Dance Project and an atmosphere animated by deejays and a free Bombay Gin cocktail bar. Including painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media and of course NFTs, in a price range starting under $100. They even have a resident tattoo artist, plant shop, and customizable printmaking by Print Shop LA. As part of its roster of exhibitors, the fair is also showcasing the three Los Angeles-based winners of its Spring 2022 New Futures Awards, as well as NFTs from Saatchi Art’s The Other Avatars project onsite. 4317 Beverly Blvd., Mid Wilshire; Opening night: Thursday, March 31, 6-10 p.m., $45-$50; Regular hours: Friday, April 1, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 2 April, 11am-7pm; Sunday 3 April, 11am-6pm; $15 to $20/day; theotherartfair.com/la.
Morton Subotnick: As I live and breathe at Temple Israel in Hollywood (live and streaming). Composer and electronic music legend Morton Subotnick celebrates the Los Angeles premiere of his new work As I live and breathe (2022) alongside his flagship work moon silver apples (1967). Presented by dublab in surround sound with live animations, this immersive experience is a feast for the senses. Subotnick is one of the pioneers in the development of electronic music and an innovator in works involving instruments and other media, including interactive computer music systems. Of his most recent work, Subotnick shares, “It begins with my breathing, moves through a vocalizing cadence of vocal gestures, and ends with a tender, simple use of soft rhythms and melodic fragments.” 7300 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood; Thursday March 31, 7 p.m. / performance 8:30 p.m.; live stream $30/$10; tioh.org.
friday april 1st
Ephrat Asherie dances on the main stage. Choreographer Ephrat Asherie remixes elements from the extended family of street and club dances in a deeply musical celebration of breaking, hip-hop, house and vogue. Under the musical direction of Asherie’s brother, Ehud, the dancers move to the rich, dynamic sounds of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth, performed live by four world-class musicians. Experience hybrid movement like never before with this collaborative work that blurs time, tempo and genre. 1310 11th St., Santa Monica; Friday-Saturday April 1-2, 7:30 p.m.; $35 to $70; thebroadstage.org.
From Broadway to Freeway: The Life and Times of a Vibrant Community at the Santa Monica History Museum. In the mid-20th century, the Broadway neighborhood was a thriving, tight-knit community in Santa Monica. Built by African-American, Mexican, and immigrant communities, the Broadway neighborhood was a haven for those excluded from other parts of the city. From beauty salons and jazz clubs to the malthouse, tortillera and Jewish grocery store, this exhibit chronicles how locals made Broadway a thriving community of color — and how Highway 10 destroyed it in the 1960s. Featuring vintage photographs, advertisements, oral histories and songs, the exhibition draws on the wealth of archival material collected by the Quinn Research Center, which is dedicated to preserving the history of African-American life in Santa Monica. 1350 7th St., Santa Monica; April 1 – December 23; Suggested donation of $5; santamonicahistory.org.
Hayao Miyazaki Films at the Academy Museum. One of the co-founders of Studio Ghibli, along with director Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki, Hayao Miyazaki has forged a unique career as a storyteller. Feats of meticulous, hand-drawn mastery, Miyazaki’s films are bursting with visual imagination and deep stories that explore themes of self-discovery, pacifism, environmentalism, and the ability to humanity both to invent and to destroy. On the occasion of the last months of the exhibition Hayao Miyazaki (on view until June 5), the Academy Museum is screening seven of the director’s seminal films, including cult films Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Howl’s Moving Castleall on 35mm prints with English subtitles. 6067 Wilshire Blvd, Miracle Mile; Screenings from April 1 to May 27; free with museum ticket, $10; academymuseum.org.
saturday april 2
Eternal Spa at MOCA Geffen. A multi-sensory and sustainable performance in the historic Japanese-American district of Little Tokyo. Taking the metaphor of Asian spas and health resorts as a starting point, the performance addresses issues of embodiment, sexuality and sex work, self-care and identity, critiquing the way Asian bodies have been altered and exoticized – especially after the Atlanta shooting. The show will be accompanied by programming including sexual health resources, music, dancing and food for sale at local restaurants. Eternal Spa is organized with QNA (Louie Bofill, Jae-an Crisman, Paulie Morales, Ly Tran and Howin Wong), a Los Angeles-based collective and platform that showcases queer and trans API artists and culture through art , nightlife and community. 152 N. Central Ave., Little Tokyo; Saturday 2 April, 5-10 p.m.; $10; moca.org.
Casey Weldon, Brian Dovie Golden and Toco-Oco at Thinkspace Projects. In Weldon’s last solo exhibition, Tacit reversal, each piece is inspired by real-life scenarios he witnessed, including stories of loved ones, observations of his surroundings, and his own introspective self-evaluation. Golden car park carnival explores nostalgic ties to our past through contemporary imagery with a mix of portraits, abstract sketches and bold colors. And featuring Brazilian husband and wife duo Toco-Oco (aka Lara Alcântara and Guilherme Neumann), who imagine fantastical creatures that they transform into curious doll-sized clay sculptures, and ask big questions about the nature of existence. 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd., West Adams; Opening: Saturday April 2, 6-10 p.m.; On view until April 23; free; thinkspaceprojects.com.
Tuesday, April 5
The delicious sounds of Salastina: Foreigner. Calling all history nerds, Foreigner fans and romantics! Travel back in time and around the world with Salastina during this special outdoor dinner concert in a private tree-lined courtyard in the hills. Travel in the fictional footsteps of Claire and Jamie Fraser through the real-life music and food of mid-18th century Scotland, France and the Caribbean; colonial America; and Boston in the 1960s. And of course, lots of original music by composer Bear McCreary for the show. Salastina is thrilled to once again partner with Chef Becky Brown, the chef who brought her Harry Potter and Game of Thrones dinner concerts to life, and Mercedes Curran, who created the fabulous atmospheres. This time, guests will also benefit from the contribution of food historian Marissa Nicosia. features the musicians speaking with the virtual audience between performances. Pasadena location address provided with ticket purchase; Tuesday April 5, 6-10 p.m.; $225/free stream; salastina.org/concerts.
Wednesday 6 April
MUSE/IQUE: Laurel Canyon at the Huntington and Skirball. A few miles from Hollywood’s bustling scene, slightly out of sight, was an oasis where singer-songwriters converged to reinvent the way music was created and performed. With artists like The Mamas and the Papas to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, to Linda Ronstadt and Joni Mitchell, and so on, Laurel Canyon became a cradle of exploration and a new genre of music that could only produce in those winding LA canyons. Join MUSE/IQUE for a suite of modern classic interpretations of this sonic and cultural heritage, as part of the ongoing LA Composed series. Wednesday to Thursday April 6 and 7 at the Huntington Library; Sunday, April 10 at Skirball; free with MUSE/IQUE subscription; muse-ique.com.