PLEASE: A symposium in conjunction with Lutz Bacher "Magic Mountain"
A talk at 356 Mission surrounded by Lutz Bacher's sculptural and installation works, featuring artist Monica Majoli, curator Sophie von Olfers, and Contemporary Art Daily founder Forrest Nash.
@ 356 Mission. The Flats. Friday Jun 10 7-9pm.

Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life
The Broad’s first special exhibition brings the first major museum show dedicated to Cindy Sherman  to LA in 20 years, featuring over 120 works from the famed photographer.
Read our preview of the show in our Get Down Town Summer Art Guide.
@ The Broad. Grand Ave. Begins Saturday Jun 11.

Big City Lab
This social practice and design education initiative showcases works by high school students about how to solve community problems in urban spaces.
@ Art Share LA. Arts District. Public reception Saturday Jun 11 2-4:30pm.

ABSOLUTE MAGNITUDE: Knowing, Ignorance and Being
A collaborative show between artists Yusuke Tsukamoto and Niki Livingston features handmade flags that examine the nature of consciousness and personal reality.
@ These Days. Historic Core. Opens Saturday Jun 11 7-10pm.

Marwa Abdul-Rahman: Open That Shit Wide Let Me See How Big Your Mouth Is
A mixed media artist whose work focuses on ideas of perception, definition, boundaries, and fluidity, Abdul-Rahman presents her first commercial solo exhibition at MaRS Gallery.
@ Museum as Retail Space (MaRS). The Flats. Saturday Jun 11 7-10pm.

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  Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life  opens at The Broad this Saturday June 11th. (Photo via  @  eugenio_crf )

Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life opens at The Broad this Saturday June 11th.
(Photo via @eugenio_crf)


This week's event picks (May 25-31, 2016):

Jamie Felton and Natalie Smith: Decorative Woman
An exhibition of new paintings about how the decorative and ornamental imagery the artist's engage in can be reimagined through painted gesture, narrative and language.
@ Central Park Gallery. Financial District. Friday May 27 7-10pm.

Walk the Talk Parade
This biennial celebration of the Skid Row community presented by the Los Angeles Poverty Department features performances, exhibitions, public conversations, interviews, drawing, writing, singing and improvisation. This year’s highlight: a New Orleans–style brass band.
@ Gladys Park. Skid Row. Saturday May 28 9am-6pm.

Aunt Nancy
A group show weaving personal memories, found photographs, knick knacks, and the art of storytelling featuring artists Sam Lipp, Anna Rosen, Chloe Seibert, Nelson Sullivan, Alexandra Noel, and Andy Robert.
@ Night Gallery. Under Ten. Opens Saturday May 28 7-10pm.

Helen Rae
Vivid drawings in colored pencil and graphite by this 76-year-old artist who works from First Street Gallery, a program for adults with developmental disabilities. Plus, openings all along Chung King Rd at Coagula CuratorialGregorio Escalante, and Project Gallery.
@ The Good Luck Gallery. Chinatown. Saturday May 28 7-10pm.

Song of Eurydice
A preview performance of a choral / movement piece that re-envisions the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice as a call to marginalized artists.
@ Human Resources. Chinatown. Sunday May 29 4:30pm.

Gothic Tropic
This LA-based female power-fueled indie pop band offers playful, effervescent and punchy rhythms thanks to their guitar frontwoman Cecilia Perutti. The show goes down at the Arts District's still new-ish music venue.
@ Resident. Arts District. Monday May 30 8pm.

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 Satisfy Memorial Day Weekend parade yearnings with the biennial Skid Row "Walk the Talk" celebration on Saturday May 28. (Photo via  L  A Poverty Department )

Satisfy Memorial Day Weekend parade yearnings with the biennial Skid Row "Walk the Talk" celebration on Saturday May 28.
(Photo via LA Poverty Department)


this week's event picks (may 18-24 2016):

Walk the Talk Exhibition
LA Poverty Department opens its museum doors to a collection of portraits, interviews, transcripts and videos of 52 people whose defining work and/or life in Skid Row has been honored in LAPD's biennial Walk the Talk Parades.
@ Skid Row History Museum and Archive. Historic Core. Wednesday May 18 5-8pm.

The Pleasure Principle
A group show curated by Courtney Malick making pointed use of FARAGO's retail window facade featuring works by Lucy Chinen, Ada Sokol, Ryan Trecartin and more.
@ FARAGO. Historic Core. Opens Friday May 20 7-9pm.

Olayami Dabis: Flags Erotic Rights
A painting show that marks the first Los Angeles exhibition of Olayami Dabls, major influencer of the Detroit art scene and founder of the African Bead Museum.
@ Henry Taylor's. Arts District. Saturday May 21 5-10pm.

Ira Svobodová: Inner Matter
The artists' second show at CES showcases large-scale paintings with deep colors and pristine reference to architecture and design. Plus while there, walk over to Grice Bench for their concurrent opening.
@ CES Gallery. Arts District. Saturday May 21 7-9pm.

Wanda Sykes
Couldn't we all use some laughs? Let beloved comedian Wanda Sykes take care of that as she films her new stand-up special on LA's very own Broadway.
@ The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Historic Core. Saturday May 21 7pm & 9:30pm.

LA Today
A showcase spanning generations of Los Angeles artists featuring Ruth Pastine, Gary Lang, Ed Moses, and more. Curated by octogenarian art collector Carl Schlosberg.
@ Royale Projects. Arts District. Sunday May 22 12-6pm.

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 The Pleasure Principle, on view May 20 - July 16 at FARAGO (Photo via  FARAGO )

The Pleasure Principle, on view May 20 - July 16 at FARAGO
(Photo via FARAGO)


This week's event picks (May 11-17 2016):

Steve Paxton: Bound
Paxton re-stages and re-imagines this famous piece, which first premiered in 1982 as a performance of 1960’s–70’s avant-garde, and now features exquisite Slovenian dancer Jurij Konjar.
@ REDCAT. Grand Ave. Wednesday May 11- Friday May 13 8:30pm.

25 Women: Essays on Their Art
On the heels of his recently published collection of essays, Dave Hickey discusses female art authorship and signs books alongside art historian Dr. Julia Friedman, presented by University of Chicago Press and Artbook.
@ Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. Arts District. Thursday May 12 7pm.

Hearsay: Artists Reveal Urban Legends
The inaugural show of the Arts District Center for the Arts pops up a bit west of their eventual home at One Santa Fe, highlighting artists’ depictions of modern-day urban mythologies.
@ Losjocos Gallery. Skid Row. Friday May 13 7-10pm.

One-Night Stand LA
Hop across the 110 where an unassuming motel will play home to one-night-only art and architectural installations that explore but new possibilities for strategies of subversion.
@ Holiday Lodge Hotel. City West / Westlake. Saturday May 14 6pm.

Furniture Dance
Movement surrounds furniture as dancer A. Dola Baroni interacts with furniture pieces designed by local creative collectives NAVEL and Machine Histories, carpenter Sage Keeler, and designers Maxim Jezek, Peter Shire and Eric F. Johnson aka NOMTN.
@ NAVEL. South Park. Saturday May 14 7pm.

KCET's ARTBOUND hosts a private film screening that tells the story of artisans migrating from Mexico and Latin America who have become the backbone of high-end design and retail in Los Angeles. Presented in partnership with Get Down Town.
Want to attend the screening? Email us that you're interested and we'll select a few winners.
@ Architecture + Design Museum. Arts District. Monday May 16 6-8pm.

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 (Steve Paxton:  Bound . Performed by Jurij Konjar. Photograph by Nada Žgank. Photo via  Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid )

(Steve Paxton: Bound. Performed by Jurij Konjar. Photograph by Nada Žgank.
Photo via Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid)


This week's event picks (May 4-10 2016):


Firsts, Seconds and Thirds: African American Leaders in Los Angeles 1960s-70s
An intimate look into the African American experience in South LA during the Civil Rights era featuring the photographs of Rolland J. Curtis, who documented many of Los Angeles’ black leaders.
@ Central Library. Financial District. Open 7 days a week.

A slew of projects for DecolonizeLA descend on Human Resources this week, includingCura Tierra Cura's participatory performance blending flora and fauna into LA's displacement battle (Thursday May 5, 7-10pm) and an open discussion with formerly incarcerated people serving term-to-life sentences whose artwork will also be on display (Tuesday May 10, 6-9pm).
@ Human Resources. Chinatown. Exhibition open on the 2nd floor daily 12-6pm until May 11.

James Georgopoulos: The Earth Is Flat
Georgopoulos brings together superficially interconnected sculptures, insinuating the inability to detach technology from the course of human history.
@ MAMA Gallery. Arts District. Open W-Su 12-5pm.

Downtown Bookfest
Independent LA-based authors and publishers come together for this annual event, featuring storytelling, bookmaking, book-swapping and shopping, readings and panel discussions.
Come to the Get Down Town booth and share with us where in Downtown LA creatively inspires you!
@ Grand Park. Civic Center. Saturday May 7 12-5pm.

Behind, Before
This two person exhibition brings together woven sculptures and charcoal and ink drawings by Katie Wigglesworth and Christine Turner in Leiminspace's cozy two story atrium gallery.
@ Leiminspace. Chinatown. Saturday May 7 6-8pm.

Big Freedia
Known to her many admirers as the Queen of Bounce, The Regent welcomes this prolific New Orleans-based rapper and ambassador of Bounce music to grace its stage.
@ The Regent. Historic Core. Saturday May 7 8pm.

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 (image via  LA Public Library )

(image via LA Public Library)


this week's event picks:

✨ HOUSE MUSIC: A Residency
Performers Jennie Liu and Andrew Gilbert invite small groups into a 10-by-10 hut to participate in amusically driven meditation ceremony, filming the experience to connect artists to each other and to themselves.
@ The Mistake Room. Under Ten. Performances (RSVP req) Thursday Apr 28 - Saturday Apr 30. Closing reception Saturday Apr 30 3-6pm.

✨ Zócalo Public Square and MOCA Present: Were the '90s L.A.'s Golden Age?
On paper, the ‘90s were one of LA’s darkest periods — an uprising, earthquakes, homicides and more. But fears of the city’s collapse inspired unprecedented levels of creativity, growth and civic engagement.Zócalo and MOCA discuss.
@ MOCA. Grand Ave. Thursday Apr 28 7pm.

✨ Lamp Arts Jam
The Lamp Arts Program, an inclusive place for self-expression and strengthening community through arts, hosts an open mic night and art celebration on the last Friday of every month.
@ Lamp Community. Skid Row. Friday Apr 28 5:30-8pm.

✨ LA Cinco
KCHUNG DJs and bands take the stage at this celebration of Downtown LA and local Latino culture, transforming Plaza Olvera into a music, food and art festival. The free event also features works by artists Laura Niubo, Lila Ash, and others.
Plus come say hello and grab a copy of Get Down Town while you're there!
@ Plaza Olvera. Chinatown/El Pueblo. Saturday Apr 30 - Sunday May 1 12-8pm.

✨ TRI(...ed): Revisiting TRI Gallery
Gracing Los Angeles for nearly five years in the '90s, TRI Gallery is remembered and revisited in this group exhibition that showcases various works by TRI-involved artists.
@ Wilding Cran Gallery. Arts District. Opening reception Saturday Apr 30 4-6pm.

✨ Michael Alvarez: Sorealism
Social scenes and memories from the streets of East Los Angeles are depicted by Alvarez in this solo exhibition of oil paintings on canvas and wood panels.
@ MaRS (Museum as Retail Space). The Flats. Opening reception Saturday Apr 30 7-10pm.

✨ The Hag presents: Decolonize The Broad
Participate in a workshop planning guerrilla publishing coven The Hag's forthcoming interventionist group tour of the Broad. Bring your thoughts and ideas about artists currently installed at the Broad and fantasies for decolonizing museums in Los Angeles.
@ Human Resources. Chinatown. Monday May 2 7:30pm.

Come find GET DOWN TOWN at events this week:
Tetsuya Umeda @ REDCAT, Grand Ave - Wednesday Apr 27 7:30-8:30pm
Reimagine the Heart of Los Angeles @ Palace Theatre, Historic Core - Thursday Apr 28 5-6:30pm
LA Cinco @ Plaza Olvera, Chinatown/El Pubelo - Saturday Apr 30 - Sunday May 1 12-6pm

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this week's event picks (apr 20-26 2016):

✨ Flat Foldability
Harmony Murphy's first group show features artists such as Guy de Cointet, Robert Irwin, and Kathryn O'Halloran, whose works use folds, tucks, cuts, sequences, and multiple layers.
@ Harmony Murphy Gallery. Little Tokyo. Opening reception Thursday Apr 21 6-8pm.

✨ Tim Ebner
With a particular interest in the politics of aesthetics, Ebner’s works — from paintings to sculptural installation — offer commentary on the commercialization of abstraction.
@ Rosamund Felson Gallery. Under Ten. Opening reception Saturday Apr 23 3-6pm.

✨ Natalie Krim
Small intimate drawings and collages first appear cheeky and fun, but give way to something very private and personal as complicated visual play reveals psychological and political themes.
@ Little Big Man Gallery. The Flats. Opening reception Saturday Apr 23 6-9pm.

✨ Paul Heyer and Marisa Takal
Heyer creates tranquil works that evoke a 1980s pop aesthetic and involve motifs such as silky floral patterns, planetary shapes and dreamy cowboys. Takal's show "Heekin Toonutsi" features simple, humor-filled works involving her daily routines and interpersonal struggles.
@ Night Gallery. Under Ten. Opening reception Saturday Apr 23 7-10pm.

✨ Two Views: Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank
Harrowing wartime photography by acclaimed photographers Adams and Frank reveals the forced separations and isolation experienced by Japanese communities in California and British Columbia in the 1940's.
@ Japanese American National Museum. Little Tokyo. Exhibit ends Sunday Apr 24.

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this week's event picks (apr 13-19 2016):

 Downtown LA Art Walk: World Arts Day edition
The Historic Core’s monthly Art Walk invites dozens of local galleries and arts spaces to open their doors for the night. This month don't miss works brought together for World Arts Day and a Life Drawing class at Raw Materials.

@ Art Walk Lounge. Historic Core. Thursday Apr 14 6-10pm.

 Complexions Contemporary Ballet
The Music Center presents a weekend full of genre-bending performance that transcend traditions, blurring the boundaries of ballet and contemporary dance.

@ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Grand Ave. Friday Apr 15 & Saturday Apr 16 7:30pm, Sunday Apr 17 2pm.

Nathaniel Mellors: Prequel Dump
This British artist brings his world-renowned irreverent, absurd and hilarious works of art to the Box, drawing upon video, sculpture and performance pieces that intend to challenge notions of taste, morality and intelligence.

@ The Box. Arts District. Extended until Saturday Apr 16.

 Charlotte Patterson: Goodbye Old Friend, Thanks For the Fading Memories
This photography exhibit inaugurates SAGE Projects's new space in The Flats right by 356 Mission. Patterson's works draw upon the earth's elements in depicting themes of impermanence. 

@ SAGE Projects. The Flats. Opens Saturday Apr 16 7-10pm.

 Isabelle Schad and Laurent Goldring: Der Bau (The Burrow)
This Kafka-inspired dance-theater work by Isabelle Schaud has the artist performing nude, intertwining herself in fabric as both an animal's burrow and an extension of the human body.
@ REDCAT. Grand Ave. Sunday Apr 17 7pm.
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Berlin-based Isabelle Schad performs Der Bau at REDCAT on April 16-17.
(gif via Théâtre Auditorium Poitiers)


this week's event picks (apr 6-12 2016):

 Pop-Up Magazine
The third installment of California Sunday Magazine's live editorial experience featured a dazzling array of short talks, performances, and presentations.

@ Ace Hotel. Historic Core. Thursday Apr 7 8pm.

Local radio platform KCHUNG presents this performance-based celebration of the witch as a medium for resistance, magick, rebellion, and healing.

@ Human Resources. Chinatown. Thursday Apr 7 9pm.

 The Dig
A one-woman show by Stacie Chaiken that weaves a modern fable with ancient roots, portraying an American archaeologist summoned to work on a monumental excavation in Jaffa.

@ Los Angeles Theater Center. Historic Core. Opening night Saturday Apr 9 8pm. Showtimes Th, F, Sa 8pm. Su 3pm.

 Catherine Fairbanks and Scott Anderson
Two nearby galleries in the southern portion of the Arts District celebrate adjacent openings. First, Catherine Fairbanks's show Two Chimneys opens at Wilding Cran on Santa Fe St. Two blocks northwest, Scott Anderson's works of dystopian abstraction are exhibited at CES Gallery on Mateo St.
@ Wilding Cran & CES Gallery. Arts District. Opens Saturday Apr 2.  Wilding Cran 6-9pm, CES Gallery 7-10pm.

 Chung King Rd Openings
Another stacked night of openings is happening along Chinatown's esteemed gallery row. See Deveron Richard at Good Luck Gallery, Abel Alejandre at Coagula Curatorial, and Moira Hahn at Gregorio Escalante Gallery. Plus the closing of an aptly-timed solo show by Guy Richards Smit at Charlie James Gallery.
@ Chung King Rd. Chinatown. Saturday Apr 9 7-11pm.

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Pop-Up Magazine will grace the stage at Ace Hotel for its third time on Thursday 4/7.
(image via Sam Wolson, LA Weekly)


this week's event picks (mar 30-apr 5 2016):

 Annamaria Ajmone: DE LA
This durational dance performance presented by Public Fiction is set amongst the current exhibition at Night Gallery to the sounds of "La Région Central," the 1971 work by Canadian filmmaker Michael Snow. 

@ Night Gallery. Under Ten. Thursday Mar 31 7-9pm.

Fierce Verse: Feminist AF
Influential and unapologetic writers and poets come together for one night to read original work on stage. Participants include Amber Tamblyn, Eileen Myles, Roxane Gay and Amy Poehler.

@ The Regent. Historic Core. Friday Apr 1 6pm.

 YES FEMMES - An AWP offsite event + party
In tandem with the AWP (Assoc. of Writers & Writing Programs) Conference, this series explores the limits of the body, aims toward transformation, embraces femme aesthetics, and moves toward the horizon of queerness.

@ Human Resources. Chinatown. Saturday Apr 2 6-11pm.

*Look out for dozens of AWP offsite events in the area, like at Art Share LA, The Last Bookstore, Ace Hotel & more*

 Nick Waplington: A Display of Panic at a Moment of Absolute Certainty
Exploring themes of LA's chaos and volatility, Waplington presents new large canvas paintings in this solo show at the second-story sanctuary of These Days.
@ These Days. Historic Core. Opens Saturday Apr 2 6-9pm.

 Inaugural Exhibition | Sebastian Gladstone: Fantasy Playground
A solo exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Los Angeles-based artist Sebastian Gladstone opens Downtown LA's newest gallery, Club Pro, tucked down in the Fashion District.
@ Club Pro. Fashion District. Saturday Apr 2 7-10pm.

An Evening of Films by Chantal Akerman
In memory of the late Belgian filmmaker and artist, REDCAT presents a showcase of her significant works, including Against Oblivion/Contre l’oubliJ’ai Faim, J’ai Froid - a tale of Parisian runaways, and the feature-length La Captive.

@ REDCAT. Grand Ave. Monday Apr 4 8:30pm.

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A scene from Chantal Akerman's J'ai Faim, J'ai Froid - showing on Monday at REDCAT.
(gif via youtube)