It’s going to be another one of those weekends.
Friday night from 8 to 10pm, Cottage Home is having a closing event for their excellent exhibition, Anthony Greaney x Samsøn x DAN GRAHAM. This show is solid, especially the sweet Dan Graham gallery replica/altar, and the event will have performances by Carl Pomposelli, Andy Robert, Keith Ballard & Friends, Matt Siegle, Alise Spinella, and Aaron Wrinkle. Also on Friday night from 8 to 11pm, La Luz de Jesus is having a book signing, art show, and punk rock concert in honor of Henry Rollins’ 50th birthday. Music by Black Fag and GLENN!
On Saturday night, there is a massive bottleneck of performance events, all happening at the same time. Tough decisions will have to be made. The 18th Street complex in Santa Monica, including Highways Performance Space, has a plethora of things going on. Vincent Ramos’ important, Getty-funded show examining SoCal performance art in the sixties opens from 6 to 9pm. A group show called Have You Seen My Privacy, organized by resident fellow Richard Newton, also opens. In addition, dance-oriented performance artist Mlu Zondi and infamous Marina Abramović imitator Anya Liftig will both debut new durational works from 6 to 10pm. Liftig will also do a site-specific meditation on Sunday at 2pm as part of the experimental meditation center’s Fleshy February series.
Moving eastward on Saturday, Big City Forum presents an evening of readings and screenings with writers, artists, and designers who blend writing with visual practice (7 to 9pm at Art Center). The big kahuna of the night, LACE’s annual GUTTED benefit, will showcase a couple of dozen performers from 7pm all the way to midnight. Up in Highland Park at 8pm, Kristi Engle gives a promising launch to her new performance series, A Little Louder: Performance in Conversation, with Douglas Kearney and Pedestal & The All Girl Band (P$Tagb). Curated by Asher Hartman and Carol McDowell, the series invites artists to “perform, converse, and listen with singular purpose of circulating new ideas through the lens of performance.” And finally, at 8:30, Emily Mast and several other artists debut new works-in-progress as part of REDCAT’s Winter Studio. Luckily, this one reprises on Sunday.