May Day, May Day!
Put on your pARTy shoes, Go Go’ers; this weekend is nonstop arts, music, booze and fun.
Think of it as pre-training for summer.
Starting Friday and extending through Sunday, the heart of Hollywood will be a white-hot destination for foto fans with TWO of the year’s best photography shows right across the street from each other.
No shuttle required.
Paris Photo L.A., one of the year’s most hotly anticipated photo shows, gives image aficionados an early start at the weekend with a noon opening on Friday. Located on the iconic New York Street back lot at Paramount Pictures Studios, Paris Photo’s only U.S. event hosts 79 premier art galleries and specialized art book dealers from 17 countries.
At this year’s Paris Photo, expect leading edge solo exhibitions, young galleries and photo-centric booksellers with an emphasis on presentations of the work of individual artists including: Joaquin Trujillo’s unsettlingly cheerful Mal de Ojo and Flores (see photo, top left); Melanie Pullen’s disturbingly beautiful High Fashion Crime Scenes; Hassan Hajaj’s vivid mixed-media My Rock Stars; and Edward S. Curtis’s never-before-exhibited copper photogravure printing plates from The North American Indian.
Scroll through the list of exhibitors and check out the program to schedule your visit around book signings and the Sound and Vision Conversations and Screening series with artists, magazine editors, artistic directors, and museum curators and directors.
PARIS PHOTO L.A. – Fri, May 1 & Sat, May 2, noon- 7pm; Sun, May 3, noon – 6pm. $20-$40 — Paramount Pictures Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave, LA 90038. Tix and info HERE.
As the name implies, juried art fair Photo Independent showcases independent fine art photographers working outside the gallery system. This year, Fabrik Media’s Photo Independent also encompasses Photo Contemporary, a more traditional gallery-type experience, and Photobook Independent.
Program highlights at the Raleigh Studios-based fair include moderated conversations with exhibiting photographers such legendary photographer Douglas Kirkland (LOOK and LIFE), Pulitzer Prize-winning Barbara Davidson. Mark Kazen who created Late Night with David Letterman’s “no-logo logo” incorporating NYC photos, and photographer/actor Scott Caan who is also the guest of honor at Friday’s Opening Night Preview Party.
PHOTO INDEPENDENT – Preview party Fri, May 1, 5-10pm; Sat, May 2; 11am – 7pm. Sun, May 3, 11am – 6pm. GA $15-$25; VIP $105 ($95 online) — Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose, LA 90038. Tix and more info HERE.
Seven Grand for the Win!
Unless you’re headed for Louisville, KY, or have a stake in favored thoroughbred American Pharoah, you may not be focused on Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.
a.k.a. mint juleps and big hat day.
The best place in L.A. to swan around in an extravagant chapeau while
getting soused sipping bourbon-based bevs?
The Kentucky Derby Viewing Party at DTLA’s Seven Grand — especially since the whiskey bar’s eight year anniversary fortuitously coincides with the 2015 Triple Crown race.
Doors open at noon — no entry fee! — so you can fully embrace the straightaway spirit with Heaven Hill and Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon: the official bourbon of Run for the Roses.
Wear your spiffiest fedora or fanciest fascinater to win prizes at the best-dressed contest while imbibing $7 Mint Juleps, Old Fashioneds and Whisky Sours and jiving to the jazz of the Grammy-nominated dapper gents of the California Feetwarmers.
KENTUCKY DERBY VIEWING PARTY at Seven Grand — Sat, May 2 at noon. FREE entry/21+ — Seven Grand, 515 W 7th St; 2nd flr, DTLA 90014. More info HERE.
Good in the ‘Hoods
L.A.’s been called “a city without a center” but it’s more like a mosaic of micro-neighborhoods.
This Sunday, join Angel City Brewery and Cartwheel Art — two of the Arts District’s most community-engaged entities — at the Angel City Heritage Music & Arts Festival to celebrate the vibrant and varied ‘hoods that have made Downtown L.A. a go-to destination.
Cindy Schwarzstein, founder of Cartwheel Art, has curated a lineup of 50+ artists living and/or working within the Arts District; Cartwheel Editorital Director Lisa Derrick has curated artists in surrounding communities such as Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Boyle Heights and more. Tickets are also available for Cartwheel’s pre-fest immersive urban exploration tour; otherwise, entry to the festival entry is free.
Check out Angel City’s Beer Bazaar and featured cellar beers while listening to the Bloodhounds, Blackwater Jukebox and more presented by Echo Country Outpost. Raven Gypsies presents the Heritage Stage; Cultural Performances include Taiko drumming, Native American Dance, Capoeira, Aztec Dancers and more. Of course, there will be a full line-up of delish food trucks.
You’re guaranteed to find plenty of center + heart and soul.
ANGEL CITY HERITAGE ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL — Sun, May 3; noon – 8pm. Fest is free; Cartwheel tour tix are $35 — Angel City Brewery & Public House, 216 S Alameda St, DTLA 90012. Cartwheel Art tour tix HERE.
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….