Nuart Cinema
1pm, 3:10pm, 5:20pm, 7:30pm, 9:45pm (also: Saturday and Sunday)
Chris Burden guaranteed his place in art history in the 1970s with a series of often dangerous and at times stomach-churning performances. After having himself shot, confined to a locker for five days, electrocuted, and crucified on the back of a VW bug, Burden reinvented himself as a creator of truly mesmerizing installations and sculptures, from a suspended gigantic flywheel that seemingly spins on its own to an assemblage of antique streetlights rewired for solar energy and illuminated outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In the documentary Burden, filmmakers Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey look at the artist’s works and private life with an innovative mix of still-potent videos of his ‘70s performances, personal videos and audio recordings of friends, fellow students, colleagues and critics, and latter-day footage at Burden’s Topanga Canyon studio, all peppered with the artist’s thoughts and musings through the years.

Echo Park Film Center
Mariah Garnett mixes documentary, narrative and experimental filmmaking practices to make work that accesses existing people and communities beyond her immediate experience. Using source material that ranges from found text to iconic gay porn stars, Garnett often inserts herself into the films, creating cinematic allegories that codify and locate identity. This screening will include Picaresques, Encounters I May or May Not Have Had with Peter Berlin, Signal, Untitled (Eclipse), Full Burn, Other & Father, and Garbage, The City, and Death. She holds an MFA from Calarts in Film/Video and a BA from Brown University in American Civilization. She has received awards from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation (2015), Sarah Jacobson Film Grant (2015), California Community Fund (2014) and Artadia Los Angeles (2016). She has had solo exhibitions at the Metropolitan Arts Center (Belfast, UK), ltd los angeles (Los Angeles), and Louis B James (New York), and her work has shown at SF MoMA, REDCAT, White Columns, Ann Arbor Film Festival and in the 2014 Made in LA Hammer Biennial. Her work has been written about in Bomb Magazine, Artforum online and in print, The LA Times, Hyperallergic, East of Borneo, Girls Like Us, and Art News. She lives and works in Los Angeles.


Pelléas & Mélisande with Tim Reid Machine Project
8pm (also: May 14, 18, 19)
Machine Project Mystery Theater brings you PellĂ©as & MĂ©lisande, a Vaudeville Symbolist Melodrama by artist/director Tim Reid. Loosely based on the original play by Maurice Maeterlinck, this is a serious play which includes timekeeping, constant weeping, symbols, and an intermission. It is about love and silence. It is also funny sometimes. “Maeterlinck is the Belgian Shakespeare.” — Octave Mirbeau Written by Tim Reid and Meg Whiteford. Dramaturgy by Meg Whiteford. With Sallie Merkel, Tyler Watson, and Prudence Rees-Lee as “The Orchestra”.

Breathe in the World, (or, problems with you, me, we, they, hear and see)
The Hammer Museum
4 - 5pm (Saturday and Sunday)
This new performance is concerned with the movement of breath in and out of the body through the vector of a new instrument as the primary catalyst. This instrument splits the breath’s production of sound through analog loops as well as a series of temperature sensors that create independent sound based on data. Three musicians improvise with the single instrument, illustrating the symbiotic connection of the body with its surroundings, analog and digital, communication and chaos. The performance is also an examination of the internal’s constant negotiation of external life through language, musicality, mis/connections, labor, and material, all wrought with some humor through fear.

Borbetomagus in Concert and On-Screen: A Pollock of Sound
The Downtown Independent (The Unwrinkled Ear Concert Series and Black Editions Presents)
8:30pm - 11:59pm
A Pollock of Sound is the first-ever full feature documentary film on the legendary group Borbetomagus. With a current career spanning 37 years, and still going, this explains a lot. Starring writer Byron Coley, drummer Chris Corsano, guitarist Thurston Moore, Japanese noise outfit Hijokaidan, Switserlands Voice Crack and a pontificating intro by Jason Gross. With never before seen archival footage, amazing photographic finds and even some never before released recordings, the film is a must-see, or must-listen if you will, for every Borbetomagus fan or lover of music that has labored its own definition of what sound should be like. Afterwards: Q&A appearance with band.

ACTRESS (Live) Globe Theater Basement
9pm - 2am
Mount Analog and Ninja Tune present ACTRESS (Live) with special guests and exclusive one-off appearances from LAUREL HALO (DJ) EARTHEATER (Live) + SAGE CASWELL (DJ) Lighting / Design by Taran Thunder Horse


Call Your Mom
PSA: It's Mother's Day