this week's event picks (feb 17–23 2016):

✨Curators Lecture Series
Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker, the two curators of Made in L.A. 2016, the Hammer Museum's upcoming biennial, discuss their approach to addressing regional identity in such an international city as Los Angeles.
@ MOCA Grand. Grand Ave. Wednesday Feb 10 7pm. 

✨Of Alan
NY and LA-based Experimental Bitch Presents presents an original performance work set in the turbulent world of a sex offender named Alan, speaking to issues of sexuality, mental health, and familial love.
@ Art Share LA. Arts District. Thursday Feb 18 & Friday Feb 19 8pm.

✨ Anderson Street Galleries
A foursome of contemporary art spaces sit along one block of Anderson Street across the Los Angeles River where the 6th Street Bridge until recently stood. Catch Przemek Pyszczek's whimsical pieces at Nicodim Gallery, Marty Schnapf's works at Museum as Retail Space (MaRS), and the last days to see sculpture by Marianne Vitale at Venus Over Los Angeles and Kim Schoenstadt at Chimento Contemporary.
@ 600 block of Anderson St. The Flats. All galleries open Tuesday - Saturday.

✨ Chinatown Firecracker Festival
A visual and thunderous celebration of the Lunar New Year, this festival of cultural performance and firecrackers takes over Chinatown. Acts include Chinese music ensembles, Korean performance troupes, Vietnamese folk dance, Japanese taiko drummers, and Latin Jazz & funk bands.
@ Chinatown Central Plaza. Chinatown. Saturday Feb 20 & Sunday Feb 21 9am-4pm.

✨Celebration of the Black Woman
In honor of Black History Month, the Skid Row Community Coalition and the United Coalition East Prevention Project lead day of music, dance and presentation of the power of Black women in our community. The event starts at Gladys Park and continues with a walking procession to San Julian Park where the festivities unfold.
@ Gladys Park and San Julian Park. Skid Row. Saturday Feb 20 9:30am-2pm.

Legendary ?uestlove of The Roots joins The Gaslamp Killer for a high-energy night of music at the historic Globe Theatre on Broadway. Early bird tix still available as of today.
@ Globe Theatre. Historic Core. Saturday Feb 20 9pm.

The Flats, the historic name for the area below Boyle Heights across the LA River, is home to several contemporary art galleries, especially along Mission and Anderson Streets.
(photo via GET DOWN TOWN Issue 2)