1. Bike Week Begins! Make sure you catch the panel on Monday May 11!
The momentum for cycling in Los Angeles has grown considerably in recent years, but ask any cyclist in the city of Angels and they will tell you a lot of work is left to be done. Bike Week is Metro’s annual campaign to ratchet up enthusiasm for getting around on two wheels in Los Angeles. There are a lot of events to choose from, including a movie “bike-in,” repair workshops and an art show. Make sure you don’t miss a panel moderated by DnA’s Frances Anderton (who bikes to work daily) taking place Monday May 11, entitled “Is Bicycling In Your Future?”
Panelists Maria Sipin, Advisory Board Member of Multicultural Communities for Mobility, Tamika Butler, Executive Director of Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Sargent Mike Flynn, LAPD Central Traffic Division Bicycle Liaison and Metro’s Laura Cornejo, Deputy Executive Officer of Active Transportation and Sustainability, will discuss how to make cycling appealing to grandma, children and the broader LA community beyond the young and the fearless. Metro is encouraging you to send in questions about biking in LA.
When: May 10-16, 2015. Bike Panel takes place May 11 at 6:00 PM
Where: Various locations in Los Angeles. Bike Panel, Caltrans District 7 Office; 100 S Main St, Los Angeles, California 90012
Tickets: Majority of events are free and open to the public.
2. Echo Park Craft Fair
The Echo Park Craft Fair returns. Helmed by Beatrice Valenzuela and Rachel Craven since 2009, the craft fair is now a biannual event now taking place at Mack Sennett Studios. Find a diverse array of work from L.A.-based artists and designers, and maybe even the perfect last minute gift for mom this Mother’s Day!
When: May 9-10
Where: Mack Sennett Studios 1215 Bates Ave Los Angeles, California
Tickets: $8, Pickup only.
3. LEGENDS 2015: Where Muses Dwell
Hear from the always entertaining Jonathan Skow of Mr. Turk when he chats about “Branding Beyond The Candle” with equally smooth talker Christopher Kennedy, interior and furniture designer. This is one of the enticements at LEGENDS, the annual talk and party-fest hosted by LCDQ (La Cienega Design Quarter). Christopher Kennedy will do a booksigning of his new book California Modern. Also on hand to sign their new books will be Charlotte Moss, Justina Blakeney, Timothy Corrigan and Linda O’Keefe. Panels include Domaine’s “Art of Upcycling” panel featuring Jessica Alba, actress and Honest Co. founder.
When: Branding Beyond The Candle takes place Thursday, May 7 3-4:30 pm; All other Legends events, check here.
Where: Egg & Dart 529 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood; ; All other Legends events, check here.
Tickets: Free and open to the public, but registration required. register here.
4. Head to The Hammer!
316, directed by Payman Haghani, is an Iranian film that explores the contemporary Iranian experience through “striking images framed entirely around people’s footwear” that document an existence “interrupted by revolution and war, through adulthood, motherhood and old age.” The screening is part of UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema sponsored by the Farhang Foundation that continues until May 16.
When: May 10, 2015 7:00 PM
Where: Billy Wilder Theater at The Hammer; 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
Tickets: $10; Click here for tickets.
Hammer Projects: Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio
With water at the forefront of the Californian consciousness, you may want to consider it from a poetic vantage point. In its last week at Hammer, Bon and the Metabolic Studio’s Sonics and Optics Divisions have “imbued the gallery with deep aural impressions, triggering both a physical sensation in viewers and a visual response as shadow waves sweep across the gallery floor.” The exhibition coincides with the Hammer’s year of water programming and uses “sound imprints based on Bon’s water wheel, LA Noria,” part of an ambitious project called Bending the River Back Into the City.
When: Open until May 10, 2015
Where: Hammer Museum; 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
Tickets: Free and open to the public.
5. The Civil War and the West
As the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the Civil War drew to a close on April 9 of this year, (the date when Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Courthouse in 1865) Civil War history buffs have a chance to engage their interest at The Autry where they’ve opened a new exhibition dedicated to the war. But instead of focusing on the conflict between the Northern and Southern states, it looks at the war’s influence on the West. Including “more than 200 significant artifacts, including Texas slave sale documents, Andrés Pico’s war drum, the battle flag carried by soldiers of the California Hundred, a Buffalo Soldier’s revolver, and Cherokee General Stand Watie’s bowie knife,” the exhibit explores the war’s impact on the development of the American West.
When: Open until January 3, 2016
Where: The Autry; 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles
Tickets: Exhibit included in admission; $10 for adults, Students $6, Children $4.
And don’t forget: Manifest Justice
“It couldn’t be a more poignant moment in which to have an exhibition on the topic of social justice,” writes the LA Times’ Carolina Miranda, about Manifest Justice, the latest outing by the collective of artists and musicians who, since the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, have been waging war on inequality through exhibitions and pop-up events featuring art with a social message. Running through this week, in Baldwin Hills, an art exhibit “elevates and illuminates the ongoing conversation of race, implicit bias, and lack of access to comprehensive healthcare in our country, specifically in low income areas. Artists Hank Willis Thomas, Swoon, Andrea Bowers, Nancy Chunn, Lyle Ashton Harris, Damon Locks, Maya Hayuk, Sage Vaughn, and over a hundred more have created work around the themes of JUSTICE, HUMAN RIGHTS, POWER, and ACTION. ”
When: May 2 – May 10, 2015; Mon-Fri: 6-10; Sat & Sun: 10-4 & 6-10
Where: 3741 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Tickets: Free and open to the public: For tours, call 310 779 6090