This week, we’re celebrating Record Store Day, attending the Festival of Books, learning the art of monster making, seeing a vintage fashion show and admiring the work of photographer Kwane Brathwaite and artist David Bradley.
Record Store Day
April 13 is Record Store Day, the annual celebration of the culture of record stores, especially the independents. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day.
The event’s 2019 Ambassadors are Pearl Jam, who are contributing a vinyl release of their EP “Live At Easy Street,” which was recorded in a record store.
Other artists to be featured include Steve Earle, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Joe Strummer, U2, Gorillaz, Rolling Stones, Devo, Aretha Franklin and Charlie Parker. I’m eying a special release by Elvis Costello and The Imposters that will feature songs Costello wrote with other artists, including Paul McCartney and Johnny Cash.
Celebrations will vary from store to store. The Record Parlour, 6408 Selma Ave. in Hollywood, is actually celebrating for three days, running through April 15. That store is featuring more than 2,000 vinyl albums it acquired from TV and movie director/producer Richard Donner.
For a list of participating stores, check out https://recordstoreday.com
Festival of Books
The big event in L.A. this weekend is the annual Festival of Books, running from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 13 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 14 at the University of Southern California.
This free event draws about 150,000 book fans each year. There will be hundreds of writers, musicians, chefs and book vendors on hand. There will be author interviews, panels discussions, musical performances and storytelling for the children.
For a schedule of activities, a list of vendors and tips, check out https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/
Monsterpalooza returns to the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., April 12-14.
The event is described as the longest-running celebration of the art of monsters and movie magic. The event features an exhibitor hall with over 250 vendors, make-up demos, panel discussions and a Monsterpalooza Museum displaying full-sized creatures, hyper-release sculptures, screen-used props, monsters and animatronics.
Guests scheduled to appear include Bruce Campbell, Paul Reubens, Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace and Linda Blair.
The event runs from 6-11 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $30 for Friday and Sunday and $35 for Saturday.
They can be bought online for Friday and Sunday, but Saturday tickets can only be bought at the door. See monsterpalooza.com for tickets and information.
Vintage Fashion Show and Tea
Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St., will host its annual Vintage Fashion Show and Tea from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 13.
With the theme “Romance Through the Ages,” the show will feature 300 years of fashion history. There will be a tea with sandwiches and desserts.
“Narrators will weave fascinating historic stories as models don authentic period costumes and vintage gowns on the museum’s picturesque outdoor runway surrounded by beautifully restored Victorian homes,” heritagesquare.org says.
Guests are encouraged to wear their best outdoor ensembles.
Tickets are $55. Visit heritagesquare.org for a ticket link and more information.
‘Black Is Beautiful’
The Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., is hosting a new exhibition, “Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite.”
The Skirball is calling the exhibition the first to focus on this key — and until now under-recognized — figure of the second Harlem Renaissance.
“Through more than 40 iconic images, ‘Black Is Beautiful’ will illuminate how in the late 1950s and 1960s, Kwame Brathwaite used his art to popularize ‘Black Is Beautiful,’ now considered one of the most influential cultural movements of that era,” skirball.org says. “During an era when segregation still prevailed across the United States, Brathwaite’s work challenged mainstream beauty standards that excluded women of color.”
The exhibition runs through Sept. 1.
The Skirball is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for youth 2 to 12.
Indian Country: The Art of
The Autry Museum, 4700 Western Heritage Way, is presenting an exhibition of work by David Bradley, an artist who blends pop and traditional Native American styles.
His work is described as often being deceptively light, filling viewers with delight even as he implores them to digest his biting commentary.
“Bradley is best known for his keenly observant and witty narratives, which depict the Native experience of tourist and commercial culture in rich detail and bold, saturated colors,” theautry.org says. “Populated by a wide range of characters — from Tonto and the Lone Ranger to Bill and Hillary Clinton, Vincent Van Gogh and Georgia O’Keeffe — Bradley’s work comments on and satirizes a wide range of themes from Hollywood clichés to Native stereotypes, the art market and the racism embedded within them.”
The exhibition runs through Jan. 5.
Admission is $14 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and $6 for children ages 3 to 12.
The Autry is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.