This week, we’re hearing LA stories in Grand Park, seeing photos at the Annenberg, attending an early Cinco de Mayo Festival on Broadway, checking out puppetry wizardry at the Skirball, enjoy a car-free trip in Wilmington and buying artisan goods in Pasadena.
Of this week’s selections, only the Skirball, has an admission fee.
Our LA Voices
Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., is hosting the arts festival, Our LA Voices, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 27-28.
The festival features dance, music and theatre performances, as well as visual artwork, all by L.A.-based artists.
“The festival’s 2019 theme, Origin Stories, explores and showcases distinctly Los Angeles narratives and questions about where we are, how we got here and where we are going,” Grandparkla.org says.
The festival will include a childrens film showcase, a photo exhibit hosted by the Annenberg Center of Photography (more about that in a minute) and KPCC public radio presenting “Unheard LA,” a show featuring a curated line-up of real people sharing true stories of life in Southern California.
The photo exhibit at “Our LA Voices” is part of a special exhibition that is now at the Annenberg Space for Photography’s Century City facilities, 2000 Avenue of the Stars.
Called Photoville LA, the exhibition features photo displays housed in re-purposed shipping containers, nighttime projections, talks, workshops, family-friendly activities and a beer garden.
Among the Photoville displays are: “Of Love and War,” featuring photographs taken by Lynsey Addario while reporting from crisis and war; “California Calamities: A State Of Emergency,” featuring photos of man-made and natural disasters; “At Home: In the American West,” featuring photos from 20 photographers on the theme of home; “Undocumented,” featuring photos by John Moore examining immigration and border security; “1992-2017: East Side Stories,” which examines gang life and “ThisIs18,” photos looking at what life is like for 18-year-old girls.
“Undocumented” includes the picture Moore took of a young girl crying at the border — a photo, according to one estimate, viewed by nearly half the world’s population.
Photoville LA runs Friday through April 28 and again from May 2-5.
As Photoville LA opens, the Annenberg is also opening “Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop.” The exhibition is an inside look at the work of hip-hop photographers, as told through their unedited contact sheets.
The exhibition includes nearly 140 works from 60 photographers. Guests will also see over 75 original and unedited contact sheets — from Barron Claiborne’s iconic Notorious B.I.G. portraits and early images of Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West. The exhibit also includes a documentary short film featuring the exhibition photographers at work and in conversation.
Rare videos, memorabilia and music are included to complement the photographs, demonstrating how the documentation of a cultural phenomenon impacts politics, culture and social movements around the world.
The exhibition runs through Aug. 18.
On April 26, Photoville LA and Photo Space will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. On April 27, Photo Space will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., while Photoville LA will be open from noon to 10 p.m., April 28; Photo Space will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Photoville LA will be open from noon to 8 p.m.
On Thursday, May 2, Photo Space will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., while Photoville LA will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. On May 3, Photo Space will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., while Photoville LA will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. On May 4, Photo Space will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Photoville LA will be open from noon to 10 p.m. On May 5, Photo Space will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Photoville will be open from noon to 8 p.m.
The 30th annual Broadway Fiesta returns from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 28, along Broadway, between Temple and Fifth streets.
The event will feature live music, DJs, dance performances, carnival games and over 200 vendors. A schedule was not set as of this writing.
This event will draw thousands, so if you’re going, consider taking the Metro Red Line to Pershing Square. If you’re not going, probably best to avoid the area.
The Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., will host its annual Puppet Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 28.
This day-long festival features new and classic tales told with a variety of puppets, live music and art making. It brings together talented puppeteers and artists from across the country, working in a range of cultural and artistic styles.
This year’s program features animal puppets, performances, demos and workshops by several notable organizations, including Aquarium of the Pacific, Bob Baker Marionette Theater, the Jim Henson Guild of Puppetry and the Natural History Museum.
Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for kids 2 to 12.
The next edition of CicLAvia, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 28, in Wilmington.
CicLAvia closes streets to car traffic and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, play and explore. The path for this edition is a modest 2.5 miles, running from Banning Park Hub, 522 E. M St. to Wilmington Waterfront Park, 606 W. C St.
There will be food trucks, DJs, storytelling and book giveaways for children and performances by street poets.
Among the sights along the way, are the Banning Museum. The 23-room mansion built in 1864 was home to Phineas Banning, the founder of the city of Wilmington and the Drum Barracks–Civil War Museum.
For more information, visit ciclavia.com
Pasadena’s Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair returns from 10 to 5 p.m., April 27-28 at Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave.
A weekend shopping destination featuring over 200 local, curated and hand-selected artisans, crafters and DIY enthusiasts. Shoppers can expect to find trend-setting indie goods including original fashion and jewelry design, ceramics and paper goods, innovative home decor and housewares, art and photography.