This week, we’re hitting Pasadena’s art scene for free, visiting the Central Library for a photo exhibition and a look back at Ralph Story’s Los Angeles, seeing a juried art show at the wacko complex, checking out a new play at The Autry and getting a trippy tour of the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
You can check out Pasadena’s art scene as the city is hosting another edition of ArtNight from 6-10 p.m., March 8.
Twenty venues will host art exhibitions and music and dance performances. There is also a free shuttle service to help you get around to check out the offerings.
Some of the activities that caught my eye include the California Art Club’s Gold Medial Exhibition, featuring over 300 paintings and sculptures by representational artists (490 East Union St.); Mardi Gras jazz music and a food truck from Pasadena’s famed Pie N’ Burger at City Hall; and a chance to see the famed Craftsman wonder, the Gamble House, in the evening.
Visit artnightpasadena.org for a rundown on all the offerings.
The LA Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., has a couple of offerings of interest.
First, at 2 p.m., March 9, the library’s Mark Taper Auditorium will host a screening and panel discussion of the TV series “Ralph Story’s Los Angeles.”
The show was one of the iconic series in L.A. television history. It premiered in 1964 and explored the history, characters, personalities, mores, trends and landmarks of the city in one of the first news magazine-styled programs on television.
There will be episode excerpts documenting such locales as Angels Flight, Clifton’s Cafeteria and the Hollywood Ranch Market.
The second item of note is a new photography exhibit, “All Access: Behind the Scenes with NBA Photographer Andrew D. Bernstein,” on display through April 14, in the library’s first floor galleries.
The exhibition features images of NBA players taken over the past three decades. The images depict NBA greats preparing, competing and enjoying the spoils of victory.
“What an amazing experience to witness through my camera so many spectacular athletes and moments that have defined eras and the growth of the league,” Bernstein said. “It is an absolute thrill to exhibit these images in the Central Library.”
The library is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday.
The La Luz De Jesus Gallery is presenting its annual juried group exhibition, Laluzapalooza, at the Soap Plant/Wacko complex, 4633 Hollywood Blvd.
The exhibition features more than 40 pieces from 70 artists. It features “the most exclusive selection of tastefully, jam-packed, salon-style exhibited works in Post-Pop.” Exhibition curators say there are some familiar names participating in the exhibition, as well as a promising batch of previously undiscovered talent.
The exhibition, on display through March 31, is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; and from noon to 7 p.m., Sunday.
The Autry’s Native Voices, a showcase for Native American theatrical work, is presenting the play “Pure Native” starting March 8 and running through March 24.
“Brewster’s back! Rising from the ashes with a slick plan for a bottled water plant on reservation land,” theautry.org said. “There’s mixed agreement and opposition from family and friends, including an old flame with a grudge—but is he the secret ingredient for success?”
Native Voices at the Autry is devoted to developing and producing new works for the stage by Native American, Alaska Native and First Nations playwrights.
The opening night performance at 8 p.m., March 8, will feature a reception with the cast and crew. The 2 p.m., March 9 performance will feature a discussion with Artistic Director Randy Reinholz and playwright Vickie Ramirez.
General admission tickets are $25, but there are $10 discount tickets for seniors, students and military personnel. Tickets include admission to the museum. See theautry.org’s event page for showtimes and a ticket link.
Now on display at The Autry, is their annual “Master of the American West Art Exhibition.” The exhibition features paintings and sculptures by 64 contemporary, nationally recognized artists.
The Autry Museum of the American West is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way in Griffith Park.
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The LA Phil has a new self-guided tour that, as one reviewer for LAist said, probably won’t teach you anything, but will blow your mind.
The new tour is an “augmented reality sound-walk” in and around the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Thought Experiments asks viewers to follow a film recorded in the past, along the same route they are traversing in the present.
The 40-minute tour was created by multi-media artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller and features Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians.
“Made using binaural microphones, which create a three-dimensional sound experience, and edited to create a sense of continuous motion, the fictional world of the film blends seamlessly with the reality of the architecture and body in motion,” laphil.com said. “The perceptive confusion is deepened by Cardiff’s hypnotic voice and dream-like narrative elements.”
The tour features a cat-person, played by actress Jena Malone (“The Hunger Game” movies and “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice”).
The tour was curated by Yuval Sharon, the man behind “Hopscotch,” the experimental opera brought into moving cars and “The War of the Worlds” production featuring several decommissioned air raid sirens and performances inside and outside of the concert hall.
Thought Experiments is offered at the same times as the LA Phil’s other self-guided tour. For a schedule, visit www.laphil.com/about/our-venues/cardiff-and-miller-video-walk/