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Weekender: Art, Music, and Events Across Los Angeles

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Weekender is a new column by Artbound that highlights architecture, community, film, music, visual art events and more across Southern California. This weekly series lists happenings by discipline.

Take a look at the first installment. Go out and explore L.A.


View of the 'Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation' exhibit. | Photo: Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles.

'SEEING ARCHITECTURE' with Mina Marefat, PhD, AIA + Eric Saarinen at Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles

Friday, November 9 at 6 p.m.

Filmmaker Eric Saarinen and son of Finnish architect Eero Saarinen joins Mina Marefat, art historian and curator of Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation (currently on exhibit at the museum) for a discussion. An inCONVERSATION event, architecture and its relationship to film will be just one of the main themes explored in tonight's panel.

6032 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90036, 323-932-9393

Community Arts

Common Ground: The Heart of Community at Japanese American National Museum

This ongoing exhibit presents a series of artifacts, photographs and written records that chronicle 130 years of the Japanese American experience. Organized by curators Glen Kitayama and Cayleen Nakamura, the installation also features multi-media shorts that profile individual stories contributed by visitors to the museum.

100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012, 213-625-0414

Cultural Politics

How Does Socially Engaged Art Happen in Los Angeles? at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions

Saturday, November 10 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Artists and art curators come together for another group workshop organized by SOC(I)AL: ART + PEOPLE. On this occasion the conversation will include the participation of Kim Abeles, Raquel Gutiérrez, Emily Hopkins, Amanda Mears, Aandrea Stang, John D. Spiak, director of Grand Central Art Center and Carol A. Stakenas, executive director of LACE.

6522 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, 90028, 323-957-1777

Film & Media Arts

Ben Jones: The Video at MOCA Pacific Design Center

November 3, 2012 to February 24, 2013

Multi-disciplinary artist Ben Jones employs a full use of color in his abstract animations. A collection of videos and paintings of the sculptor and voice-over artist are on view at this show.

8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-289-5223


Amina Cain. | Photo: REDCAT

Cities & Interiors: Amina Cain, Renee Gladman and Matias Viegener at REDCAT

Sunday, November 11

A part of the Conversations series at REDCAT, Cities & Interiors will have authors Amina Cain, Renee Gladman and Matias Viegener as main speakers. The discussion and readings scheduled for the night will examine the relationship between self and the environment.

631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, 90012, 213-237-2800


Exhibitions. | Photo: LAXART.

Exhibitions at LAXART

Saturday, November 10 to Saturday, December 22

Exhibitions is an installation that examines the creation process of a project, the materials used for construction and elements like space and design. Mexico City-based architect Santiago Borja and sculptor Edgar Orlaineta and German artist Tilman Wendland begin their explorations by constructing a dynamic, standing, model of the cover of the book Exhibitions by Klaus Franck published in 1961.

2640 S. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90034, 310-559-0166


Agustin Lara Musical Tribute at Museum of Latin American Art

Sunday, November 11 at 5 p.m.

The 2-hour event honors one of Mexico's most prolific singer-songwriters, the late Agustin Lara. Renditions of the composer's work will be performed by Mexican tenors Marco Antonio Labastida and Lorenzo Negrete and soprano Maribel Salazar. The evening will conclude with a presentation of The Agustin Lara Award.

628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, 90802, 562-437-1689


Git-Hoan Dancer. | Photo: Music Center.

Masked Dance & Music of the Tsimshian at W.M. Keck Children's Amphitheater

Saturday, November 10 at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Seattle-based dance group, Git-Hoan Dancers (The People of the Salmon), will take the outdoor stage for a morning and afternoon performance. Enjoy Southeast Alaskan folk stories interpreted through dance.

111 South Grand Avenue, CA 90012, 213-972-4396

Visual Arts

Gerrit van Honthorst, The Mocking of Christ, c. 1617-1620. | Image: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of The Ahmanson Foundation, photo © 2012 Museum Associates/LACMA

Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

November 11, 2012 to February 10, 2013

It's opening weekend for this exhibit that showcases the work of the Italian Baroque painter. More than 50 works of art on display demonstrate the progression of the master of light throughout his career.

5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90036, 323-857-6000

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