FRI 3/24

Ari Banias and Joshua Jennifer Espinoza (reading)
Poetic Research Bureau
Ari Banias is the author of the book Anybody (Norton, 2016), and the chapbook What's Personal is Being Here With All of You (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs). His poems have appeared in A Public Space, Boston Review, The Offing, Poetry, and as part of MOTHA's exhibition Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects. He lives & works in Berkeley, California. Joshua Jennifer Espinoza is a trans woman poet living in California. Her work has been published in The Offing, The Feminist Wire, PEN America, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere. Her most recent collection of poems THERE SHOULD BE FLOWERS was published by Civil Coping Mechanisms in 2016.

Solid States opening reception
Coaxial Arts
8pm (Additional events held Sat and Sun - see link)
The first immersive art experience from longtime collaborators Alex Pelly and Elaine Carey, Solid States emerged from the desire to combine experiments in interactive video and auditory phenomena in an intermedia, site-specific artwork. In this examination of unyielding structure and malleability, Pelly and Carey will explore textures of metal hardware through a collection of sculptures. Pelly’s video work will capture the form and movement of each element. The same materials will be used to create Carey’s accompanying soundscapes. Each fixture will be installed in a different area of the gallery, forming an environment that alters depending on the viewer’s location within the space, as they perceive a varying blend of light and sound.

How To Fight Like A Girl
Echo Park Film Center
8pm (doors 7:30)
How To Fight Like A Girl is a look inside a playful, political, gorgeous, ugly, queer-minded aesthetic. These artists’ film, video, and new media works call to glitter bomb the pigs, wrangle the bourgeois with pink lasso’s, and drown the misogynists in play-doh spaghetti. Using tropes of theater, puppetry, drag, kitsch, and horror intertwined with fiercely intelligent social, political, and personal observations, these artists are paving out a current and important aesthetic like no other. The program includes works by A.J. McClenon, Joey Scher, Kelly Gallagher, Liz Cambron, Molly Hewitt, Zachary Hutchinson and Hannah Piper Burns. Curator Emily Eddy in attendance.

SAT 3/25

Ivanka Loves Refugees (performance)
7pm - 10pm
A silk scarf colored with deep ruby explosions. Light, soft and now wrinkled, its border is a boring peach hue. The whole thing looks like a beautiful spill. My mother’s accidental acquisition of this garment five years ago brought it into our lives. Forbidden to wear and yet not-quite-trash, what would we do with an Ivanka Trump scarf? NOTE: This performance will coincide with the opening of two new contemporary art spaces at the Bendix Building, Monte Vista Projects and Tiger Strikes Astroid.

SUN 3/26

Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon
LACMA | Art and Technology Lab
11am - 4pm
Art and Feminism is a campaign to improve the coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia. A 2011 survey by the Wikimedia Foundation found that fewer than 10% of Wikipedia’s editors identify as female, and its content is skewed by the lack of female participation. Join East of Borneo for a Wikipedia workshop to help bridge that gender gap. Beginners are welcome! Training for new Wikipedia editors will be offered at 11 am and 1 pm. Bring your own laptop and any reference materials you’d like to work from or share. You may also search LACMA’s Balch Art Research Library catalog for additional resources.

Jewish Music from Romania and Moldova
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
7:30pm and 9:30pm
$15 general / $12 students
Joshua Kaufman and Lulu Starr will be performing music from Romania and Moldova, with an emphasis on Jewish songs. Joshua Kaufman (accordion) co-founded & performs with the Petrojvic Blasting Company and The Cory Beers Cimbalom Band. Lulu Starr (violin) co-founded & performs with Taraf de Akácfa, in Budapest Hungary. She has studied at length with Roma musicians in Romania and Transylvania. Both Lulu and Joshua have extensively studied Romanian and Jewish music, and they enjoy traveling and playing together as much as possible.