Weekend Warriors: No End to Art Experiences in LA

[ The Props  at Public Fiction]

[The Props at Public Fiction]

New York may be the official city that never sleeps, but if you’re fortunate enough to be in Los Angeles this weekend, you’re guaranteed a few sleepless nights thanks to a bustling schedule of art events. Here are just a few openings, parties, and events not to miss:

Galleries are springing up all over the northeast neighborhood of Highland Park, which invites frequent comparisons to “Echo Park, 5 years ago.” Public Fiction, an art space on Ave. 50, offers a particular brand of strange and electrifying events, performances, and exhibits. Head to an opening reception for The Props on Friday, August 24. The group show features works by Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Alex Israel, Owen Kydd, Meghann McCrory & Ali Prosch, Daniel Small, and Sarah Rara.

On Saturday, August 25, plan your afternoon around Slangfest 2 at LAXART. Slangfest organizers, Slanguage (say that 5 times fast), planned the festival as a final summer blowout, get-together complete with live music, workshops, performances. Of course, it wouldn’t be Los Angeles if there weren’t artisanal food trucks. The event will include an elegy to the late artist, Mike Kelley.

LACMA has long been known for its Muse Til’ Midnight annual party, and this year’s no except. The event kicks off at 8PM on Saturday, August 25, 2012. This year’s theme: “Listen to Art.” As the name implies, there will be DJs and live bands, but also sound installations sprinkled throughout the galleries. A couple you won’t want to miss: Los Angeles sound art royalty, Lucky Dragons, will create a “soundtrack” for Michael Heizer’s “Actual Size” while DIVA will create a unique sound experience in the BCAM elevator.

Oh, and don’t think you’re off the hook on Sunday. Fit in a nap maybe, but don’t miss the Soundshoppe workshop at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock.

Kit Warchol