This week’s Visual Stimulation is all about our friends on the West Coast! We’re taking things to L.A. for our weekly calendar of events that scratch your itch for visual goodness. Cue the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Want us to include your city in the future, or if you have ideas for events we should include? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Monday, August 28th
Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away – Free
11:00 am – 8:00 pm
221 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
This installation of Yayoi Kusama’s Instagram-famous Infinity Mirrored Room might be free, but you’ll have to do some planning and anticipating in order to get in. On the first floor of L.A.’s The Broad sits the experiential artwork that allows viewers to enter the installation one at a time for a full minute. The time limit allows viewers to fully immerse themselves in what feels like a massive mirrored galaxy—hence the extremely limited capacity. Kusama’s room will make you feel like you’re this incredibly small, insignificant creature in a large space filled with dynamic light, which we all technically are, anyway. Get there now while the installation is free—come September 30th the installation will end to prepare for a larger one entitled Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors that will feature five additional immersive experiences that will not be free.
Tuesday, August 29th
Rooftop Cinema Club Presents Get Out – $19-$35
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
888 S Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
A few weeks ago we featured NYC’s rooftop screening of Jordan Peele’s blockbuster writing/directing/producing debut Get Out, and this week L.A. is offering you a chance to confront race relations head on. As I mentioned last time, Get Out is a film about a black man meeting his white girlfriend’s family for the first time and the absurd and racially charged events that ensue. It boasts clever cinematography that doubles down on the surreal, making the viewer incredibly uncomfortable. So head to LEVEL, pre-purchase your drinks (it’s the only way) and settle into a cinematic event that’ll incite some deep thought.
Wednesday, August 30th
End of Summer Festival at Descanso Gardens – $9
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
Descanso Gardens is staying open extra late for an end of summer celebration that promises to wrap you up in warm nature, live music, and the comforting blanket of a slight buzz. Head to the gardens for a night of stargazing and nature-based crafting (the first session is crafting inspired by nature, the second session is crafting inspired by the stars), while hydrating yourself with craft cocktails that invoke the sense of summer, the best season ever (fight me about it).
Thursday, August 31st
Shakelesque “To Thine Own Cherry Be True” – $25-$35
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
1123 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Shakelesque won a couple of awards at this year’s Hollywood Fringe, and for good reason. Mixing the words of the most famous wordsmith with queer cabaret sounds like something ol’ Willy Shakes would have approved of, if not orchestrated himself.
Friday, September 1st
Little Face + Higher Beauty Presents Cannabis Cabaret — Drinking, Smoking, West Coasting – $25-$80
9:00 pm – 3:00 am
Think Tank Gallery
939 Maple Avenue, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90015
If there’s one major difference I‘ve encountered during my bi-coastal research for these visual events, it’s that the the L.A. events like to work in a little weed to supplement their visual spectacles. Cannabis Cabaret incorporates (you guessed it) consumption of marijuana into a multifaceted performance that includes burlesque, drag, puppetry, and more. The cannabis strains are curated specially for this event, so prepare for a real trip that promises to dazzle your already augmented senses.
Saturday, September 2nd
Underground L.A. Tour and Experience by Cartwheel Art Tours x Hotel Indigo – $85
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
You’ve gotta sign a release form and an NDA in order to participate in this event, and that sounds like my kinda freaky shit. Don’t worry, the release form is because you’re going underground, and I suppose stuff can happen (Falling debris? Rat bites? An encounter with mutated kung-fu tortoises?), and the NDA is so that you don’t blab about the secret underground locations to which you’ll be led. This experience includes traversing centuries-old underground tunnels and traveling through L.A.’s history, which includes grisly subterranean murders and secretive speakeasies. Hot.
Sunday, September 3rd
The Great Rock and Roll Flea Market – Free
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Regent Theater
448 S. Main Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Walk off that Labor Day hangover so you can get another one the next day, and head over to the Regent Theater for the Great Rock and Roll Flea Market. There’s nothing cooler than vintage rock memorabilia, and you can peruse tons of it here, as well as some great vintage clothes, used instruments, jewelry, and—of course—vinyl. Vendors include Laura Ann Jams, featuring artisanal jams made by a former punk rock drummer and Totally Blown, a fashion line with clothing that’s been distressed by shooting at it with shotguns. I’m not making it up. L.A. is weird.