FESTIVALS

Venice Art Crawl + Venice Afterburn
Sept. 21, 22 & 23
The quarterly Venice Art Crawl (6 to 10 p.m., Sept. 21) blends straight into its annual post-Burning Man celebration, featuring art cars, theme camps, interactive installations and live music on the boardwalk.
(Check veniceartcrawl.com or facebook.com/theveniceartcrawl for updates.)

WAM Block Party
Sept. 23
The second annual Westchester Arts & Music festival, hosted again by the Emerson Avenue Community Garden, re-energizes the neigh-
borhood’s creative spirit with live music and dance, arts and craft activities, a beer-and-wine garden and food trucks aplenty from
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nocona and Apollo Beebop headline with evening concerts.
Emerson Avenue, between W. 80th Place and W. 80th Street. wamblockparty.org

Abbot Kinney Festival
Sept. 24
The Westside’s biggest annual fall extravaganza takes over “the coolest block in America” and beyond from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with vendor booths, beer gardens, dance parties and four outdoor stages for live music and performance, including a kids stage and a local’s stage headlined by Brightside and Matt Ellis.
Abbot Kinney Boulevard, between Main Street and Venice Boulevard. abbotkinney.org

 

FILM

Irish Short Film Showcase @ The Aero
Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m.
A mix of live-action, mixed-media and documentary films showcases the work
of first-time and established filmmakers
from Ireland as well as Irish talent living in
Los Angeles.
1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. americancinematheque.com

“Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” @ The Nuart
Sept. 29 – Oct. 5
This documentary mixes archival surfing footage, interviews and contemporary shots
of Southern California, Bermuda and Kauai to tell the story of big wave surfer Laird Hamilton, a unique sports icon who refuses
to compete professionally, yet masters waves few can tame.
11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A. (310) 473-8530; landmarktheatres.com

Marina del Rey Film Festival
Oct. 2 – 8
The 2017 Marina del Rey film festival brings indie shorts and features, including Loyola Marymount University grad and marina local Bryce Hirschberg’s new film “Counterfeiters,” to the AMC Classic Marina Marketplace 6.
4335 Glencoe Ave., Del Rey. marindelreyfilmfestival.org

Other Venice Film Festival
Oct. 7 – 8
Shorts and features embodying the spirit
of Venice screen at Beyond Baroque.
681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006; othervenicefilmfestival.com

G2 Green Earth Film Festival @ Loyola Marymount University
Oct. 20 – 22
G2 Gallery screens eco-conscious films from around the world at Loyola Marymount University, with proceeds benefitting The Bay Foundation, Heal the Bay, Voice for the Animals and other nonprofits.
1 LMU Drive, Westchester. $10 per day. theG2gallery.com

“Feathers of Fire” @ The Wallis
Oct. 20 – 29
This shadow play combines puppetry and digital animation on a cinema-size screen to bring the 10th-century Persian Epic “The Book of Kings” to life.
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 746-4000; thewallis.org

“Buen Provecho” @ Annenberg Beach House
Oct. 28
The La Caracha Film Collective’s story about the interweaving lives of Angelenos on a winter day closes out Art Division’s “Identity in Los Angeles,” showcasing the work of students exploring their identities through sculpture, photography, video, painting and drawing.
415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica. (310) 458-4904; annenbergbeachhouse.com

 

LITERATURE

Beyond Words: The Santa Monica Review @ Beyond Baroque
Sept. 17, 4:30 p.m.
This reading series presents writing on the theme of beauty and resistance by innovative and influential fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction writers.
681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. $6-$10. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.org

Visiting Writers Series: Luis J. Rodriguez @ Otis College of Art and Design
Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m.
The former Poet Laureate of Los Angeles and winner of the 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement visits Otis’ Forum for a discussion of his literary life spanning poetry, children’s literature, fiction, nonfiction and memoir.
9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. Free.
(310) 665-6800; otis.edu

“Scab Vendor: A Conversation with Jonathan Shaw” @ Beyond Baroque
Sept. 21, 8 p.m.
Journalist Rex Weiner sits down with author and tattoo artist to the stars Jonathan Shaw to talk about his memoir, a rollercoaster ride through the Vietnam era, LSD, heroin addiction and inking up the likes of Johnny Depp and Iggy Pop.
681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. $15. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.org

“100 Thousand Poets for Change” @ Beyond Baroque
Sept. 30, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Bring your issues to the mic at this literary event for world change feat-
uring poets Richard Modiano, Michael C. Ford, Harry Grammer, Don King-
fisher Campbell, Juan Cardenas and Jessica Wilson Cardenas. A clothes and supplies drive for the Venice Beach homeless will also be held.
681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.org

“Leap of Faith: The Moth in Santa Monica”@ The Broad Stage
Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Unique storytellers tell their true
and authentic stories live at The
Broad Stage.
1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $32-$60. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org

Marshall McLuhan Finnegan’s Wake Reading Club @ Lloyd Taber-Marina Del Rey Library
Oct. 3, 6 – 8 p.m.
This local book club celebrates 22 years of reading James Joyce’s avant-garde classic with a discussion of page 154, line 24: “And let me be
Los Angeles.”
4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 821-3415; laughtears.com

Visiting Writers Series: F. Douglas Brown @ Otis College of Art and Design
Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Winner of the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize awarded by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith, F. Douglas Brown’s poems address racism and restorative justice.
9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. Free. (310) 665-6800; otis.edu

Visiting Writers Series: Emily Raboteau @ Otis College of Art and Design
Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Emily Raboteau’s writings have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Guardian, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly, The Believer and Salon. She visits The Forum at Otis for an evening of literary discussion.
9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. Free. (310) 665-6800; otis.edu

 

DANCE

SOMAfest EMBODYment Performances @ Highways Performance Space
Sept. 22
Movement artists present kinesthetically charged contemporary works that explore the interconnectivity among body, Earth and the global community.
1651 18th St., Santa Monica.
$20-$25. (310) 315-1459; highways-
performance.org

Versa-Style @ The Broad Stage
Sept. 23
This L.A.-based hip-hop troupe dedicated to dance, education and social change presents a blend of popping, locking and Latin / Afro-Cuban dance styles in their show “Box of Hope.”
1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $35+. (310) 434-3200; the broadstage.org

Karen Sherman: “Soft Goods” @ The Freud Playhouse
Oct. 7
Based on choreographer Karen Sherman’s background as a stage technician, production manager and sound designer, “Soft Goods” examines the lives of those backstage, bringing light to the loneliness of theaters, the labor of dance and the human condition behind the scenes.
245 Charles E. Young Drive East, Westwood. $29-$49. (310) 825-2101; cap.ucla.edu

Dorrance Dance @ The Wallis
Oct. 12, 13 & 14
MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Michelle Dorrance and her company honor the history of tap with a fully extended version of Dorrance’s “Myellination,” the Bessie Award-winning dance “Three to One” and a revival of the whimsical “Jungle Blues.”
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. $45-$125. (310) 746-4000; thewallis.org

“High Fantasy” @ Highways Performance Space
Oct. 27 & 28
This collaboration between dancer/choreographer Kim Thompson and musician Jimi Cabeza de Vaca explores reality, distortion, abstract minimalism and the liminal space between life and death.
1651 18th St., Santa Monica.
$15-$20. (310) 315-1459; highwaysperformance.org

Aztec Dance Workshop @ Burton Chace Park
Oct. 29
Ford Theatres and the L.A. County Department of Beaches & Harbors cosponsor a free public jam session with Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc.
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. (424) 526-7777; beaches.lacounty.gov

Dance North / Lucy Guerin Inc., “Attractor” @ Royce Hall
Nov. 2 & 3
These Melbourne dance powerhouses team up with Indonesia’s tour-de-force music duo Senwaya to create an interactive music-dance ritual experience backed by a metal-inspired soundtrack.
340 Royce Dr., Westwood. $29-$59. (310) 825-2101; cap.ucla.edu

L.A. Dance Project @ The Wallis
Nov. 2, 3 & 4
The Wallis’ first company-in-residence presents Merce Cunningham’s “MinEvent” and the L.A. premieres of artistic director Benjamin Millepied’s “Closer,” “Orpheus Highway” and “In Silence We Speak.”
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. $45-$125. (310) 746-4000; thewallis.org

Ate9: “calling glenn” @ Royce Hall
Nov. 11
Composer and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche joins on-the-rise L.A.-based dance company Ate9 on stage for this cross-genre collaboration between rock ‘n’ roll and contemporary dance.
340 Royce Dr., Westwood. $29-$59. (310) 825-2101; cap.ucla.edu

 

THEATER

“Farragut North” @ Westchester Playhouse
Sept. 8 – Oct.14
“House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon’s taut and twisty 2008 political thriller follows an ambitious Washington press secretary down a treacherous path.
8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $20. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org

“Carmen Disrupted” @ City Garage
Sept. 8 – Oct. 15
British playwright Simon Stephens
(“The Curious Incident of the Dog in
the Night-Time”) re-imagines Bizet’s classic opera “Carmen” through the
eyes of a lost singer and explores love
in a fractured world.
Bergamot Station T-1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. $20-$25. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org

“Big Night” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre Sept. 10 – Oct. 8
In this Paul Rudnick comedy, a nominated actor on the night of the Oscars knows that his life is about to change, but his young agent, transgender nephew and unstoppable mother have other plans.
9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $25-$70. (213) 972-7231; centre-theatregroup.com
“Somewhere Between: Not an Ordinary Life” @ Highways Performance Space
Sept. 15, 8:30 p.m.
With guitar in hand, two-time Grammy nominated artist Cidny Bullens tells the story of his transition from Cindy to Cidny and the personal triumphs and tragedies that happened in between.
1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $15-$20. (310) 315-1459; highways-performance.org

“Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally” @ Odyssey Theatre
Sept. 22 – Oct. 8
A cell phone, personified by actor Thomas Piper, narrates an unhappy teenager’s move to a new town and school in this West Coast premiere
of emerging playwright Kevin Armento’s work.
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $10-$20. (323) 960-4429; plays411.com/PEMDAS

“A Love Affair” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Sept. 23 – Nov.19
Jerry Mayer’s comedy examines the ups and downs of a 38-year marriage, from the successes and disappointments to the traumas, sex, children and everything else in between.
1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $35. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com

“The Madwoman of Chaillot” @ The Edye
Sept. 24.
Santa Monica Rep reads from Jean Giraudoux’s poetic and comic play about the discovery of oil beneath
the streets of Paris and the eccentric Madwoman of Chaillot who acts
as a core of common sense in
a greedy world.
1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org

“The Pursuit of Justice” @ The Wallis
Sept. 27
L.A. Theater Works performs “Judgment at Nuremburg” to honor attorney E. Randol Schoenberg, whose successful litigation of the return of five Gustav Klimt paintings from the Austrian government to the rightful heirs is dramatized in the film “Women in Gold.”
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. $175+. (310) 827-0889; latw.org

Impro Theatre @ The Broad Stage
Sept. 29 – Dec. 15
Impro Theatre creates fully improvised evening length plays based on the writings of Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Stephen Sondheim, Anton Chekhov, Dorothy Parker, Rod Serling (“The Twilight Zone”) and Tennessee Williams, while also tackling the genres of horror and L.A. noir.
1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $45+. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org

“Turn Me Loose” @ The Wallis
Oct. 13 – 29
Better known as “Papa Pope” on the hit ABC show “Scandal,” Emmy winner Joe Morton plays Dick Gregory, and one of the first black comedians to expose white audiences
to racial comedy.
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. $60. (310) 746-4000; thewallis.org

The BFF (Binge Free Festival) @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Oct. 16 – Oct.29
Over 50 productions by more than 100 theater artists take over the Santa Monica Playhouse’s three performance spaces for two weeks.
1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 394-
9779, ext. 2; santamonicaplayhouse.com

“Trial by Jury: Deportation” @ The Broad Stage
Oct. 23
You vote on immigration policy in this participatory theater program examining whether cherished American rights and liberties should be extended to non-citizens living in the United States. A discussion follows the screening of a short film dramatizing a deportation trial.
1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $25-$55 (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org

“The Red Dress” @ Odyssey Theatre
Oct. 28 – Nov. 19
With Berlin as its backdrop, Tania Wisbar’s new drama based on a true story explores the intersection of politics and art in the years between the Treaty of Versailles and the rise of fascism in Europe.
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. (323) 960-5521; plays411.com/reddress

“Alright Then” @ Pacific Resident Theatre
Late October – December
Comic legend and Venice local Orson Bean follows up his critically-acclaimed one-man show “Safe at Home: An Evening with Orson Bean,” recounting events that lead to an unlikely marriage.
703 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.org

“I’m Not Famous” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Nov. 5 – Nov.26
Broadway star Barbara Minkus shares personal insights and a plethora of musical delights.
1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $30. (310) 394-
9779, ext. 2; santamonicaplayhouse.com

Spamilton @ The Kirk Douglas Theatre
Nov. 5 – Dec. 31
The masterminds behind “Forbidden Broadway” skewer Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit “Hamilton” in this parody of the musical taking the country by storm.
9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $30-$80. (213) 972-7231; centretheatregroup.com

VISUAL ART

David Hendren: “Land of Lens” @ Five Car Garage
Through Oct.15
Hendren’s sculptures are inspired by Oklahoma thunderstorms, radio hymns and
a road trip that made him think about the differences between “seeing and being seen.”
(Email info@emmagrayhq.com for location information and to schedule a visit.)

“Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney” @ The Getty
Through Nov. 26
The genius of 80-year-old California pop artist David Hockney is celebrated in this exhibition of paintings, Polaroids and collages from his decades-long career.
1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood. (310) 440-7300; getty.edu

Fall Open Studios @ Bergamot Station
Sept. 9
Bergamot Station hosts an open house in honor of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. The Santa Monica art hotspot’s constellation of galleries explores the work of Latin-American and Latino artists, placing contemporary creators next to time-honored masters.
2525 Michigan Ave., Santa
Monica. (310) 453-7535;
bergamotstation.com

Linda Vallejo: “Keepin’ it Brown” @ bG Gallery
Sept. 9 – Oct. 8
Linda Vallejo reimagines a world of unapologetically brown bodies with this series of paintings transforming white Hollywood stars into imaginary Latin counterparts. Vallejo introduces onlookers to a bronze Marilyn Monroe, Cate Blanchett as Catarina Blancarte, and more.
Bergamot Station G8-A, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 906-4211; santamonica.bgartdealings.com

“Venice Art Forum Group Show” @ FAB-Gallery
Sept. 9 – 17
Artist and teacher Linda Jacobson assembles a broad range of creators in various mediums for an exhibit that captures the power of the creative spirit in its many different forms.
2001 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 630 9216; fab-gallery.com

“Cuba Is” @ Annenberg Space for Photography
Sept. 9 – Mar. 4
More than 120 photos make for a lush exploration of Cuban culture on the fringes. Subcultures like the brash, punk Frikis and the urban fashion of Chongas in Miami are just
a few of the show’s focal points.
2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century
City. (213) 403-4000; annenbergphotospace.org

“Venice Stories” @ Venice Arts Gallery
Sept. 9 – Oct. 6
Local artists are the centerpiece of this group exhibition, which underscores the unparalleled diversity of the beach community and its creators.
13445 Beach Ave., Venice.
(310) 392-0846; venicearts.org

Olga de Amaral @ Latin American Masters
Sept. 9 – Oct. 10
A veteran master of mixed media, Colombian artist Olga de Amaral transforms textiles into sculpture with the aid of gesso, fiber and precious metals.
Bergamot Station E-2, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 829-4455; latinamericanmasters.com

“I Come from Everywhere and Everywhere I Go” / “Yo Vengo de Todas Partes y Hacia Todas Partes Voy” @ Lois Lambert Gallery
Sept. 9 – Nov. 4
Lois Lambert Gallery brings together Cuban artists Alejandro Gómez Cangas, Maykel Linares, Darwin Estacio Martinez, Luis Rodriguez NOA, Adislen Reyes Pino and Eduardo Rubén for “a celebration without borders,” inspired by and named after the words of poet and revolutionary José Martí.
Bergamot Station E-3, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 829 6990; loislambertgallery.com

Bruce Cohen @ Leslie Sacks Gallery
Sept. 9 – Nov. 4
Cohen flaunts his painting prowess in this contemporary spin on still life. Flowers, vases, books and windowsills dominate his arrangements, offering viewers the chance to explore a world living between objects.
Bergamot Station B-6, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 264-0640; lesliesacks.com

“The Art of the Platinum Print” @ Peter Fetterman Gallery
Sept. 9 – Dec. 2
Beloved by photographers and collectors alike, the platinum print represents photography’s legacy of craftsmanship behind the camera and inside the dark room. This historical survey features work by prominent artists and portraits of notable figures.
Bergamot Station A-1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 453-6463; petterfetterman.com

Robert Minervini: “Life in the Shadows” @ Edward Cella Art+Architecture
Sept 9 – Oct. 28
Painter Robert Minervini’s depictions of flora enchant viewers with bold-as-can-be coloring and dynamic use of space. Creating an uncanny world out of an abundance of balance, Minervini’s work is both atmospheric and bright.
2754 S. La Cienega Blvd., Palms. (323) 525-0053; edwardcella.com

Lawrence Halprin: “Alternative Scores – Drawing from Life” @ Edward Cella Art+Architecture
Sept. 9 – Oct. 28
Architect Lawrence Halprin took up drawing as a daily practice of creation and observation, and this is the first exhibit of rarely-seen sketches, watercolors and inks by the urban and environmental design icon.
2754 S. La Cienega Blvd., Palms. (323) 525-0053; edwardcella.com

“Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960 to 1985” @ The Hammer
Sept. 15 – Dec. 31
“Radical Women” underscores the critical importance of feminist voices during key moments of the Chicano Rights Movement, while also paying attention to the rebellious and relentless spirit of Latin-American women.
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. (310) 443-7000; hammer.ucla.edu

“Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy and Activism in the Americas” @ Ben Maltz Gallery
Sept. 17
Otis College of Art and Design invites viewers to think about social art practices in this exhibition and bilingual publication that considers the transformative role environment and community has on the practice of contemporary art.
9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. (310) 665-6800; otis.edu

“HOPE” @ ESMoA
Sept. 17 – Jan.28
HOPE engages Cuban artists’ history and influence in the world of video art while also meditating on how the medium has helped filmmakers grapple with the contradictions of their country.
208 Main St., El Segundo. (424) 277-1020; esmoa.org

“Photography in Argentina, 1850-2010” @ The Getty
Sept. 16 – Jan. 28
Spanning more than 300 works by 60 artists, this vast collection of photography in Argentina critically examines the country’s distinct identity and the
role the medium had in challenging
these narratives.
1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood.
(310) 440-7300; getty.edu

“The Metropolis in Latin America” @ The Getty
Sept. 16 – Jan. 7
Photographs, prints, plans and maps explain how explosions of growth, social upheavals and indigenous revival shaped the unique character of Latin America’s urban spaces from the mid-19th to late 20th century.
1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood. (310) 440-7300; getty.edu

Sheinina Lolita Raj: “Intercultural” @ FAB-Gallery
Sept.21
Raj uses self-portrait and a panoply of cultures to project a unifying message of power and humanity.
2001 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 630 9216; fab-gallery.com

Carolyn Castaño: “A Female Topography, 2001-2017” @ Laband Gallery
Sept. 23 – Dec. 10
Carolyn Castaño’s first career survey traces her vibrant and forcefully feminine work across drawing, collage, painting, video and installation.
Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. (310) 338-3087; cfa.lmu.edu/labandgallery

“Strange Experiments of the T-shirt Kind” @ CLEAN {aesthetic}
Sept. 30
T-shirt creator Clean {aesthetic} hosts a one-night festival of unique prints, limited-edition merch and floor-to-ceiling creations at its Playa retail location, with drinks provided by Craft Brew Alliance & Class Wines.
323 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. (310) 821-2527; cleanaesthetic.com

Fernando de Szyszlo @ Latin American Masters
Oct. 14 – Nov. 14
Survey the seven-decade career of Peruvian artist Fernando de Szyszlo in this richly textured show that links Peru’s pre-Columbian identity to the present through his abstract paintings and sculptures.
Bergamot Station E-2, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 829-4455; latinamericanmasters.com

WestEdge Design Fair @ Barker Hangar
Oct. 19 – 22
More than 150 designers join forces for a four-day event in which design professionals and interior design enthusiasts can mingle, shop and learn from various speakers.
3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $20-$95. westedgedesignfair.com

Alison Blickle: “Supermoon” @ Five Car Garage
Oct. 21 – Dec.21
Supermoon is one of New York artist Alison Blickle’s first forays into the West Coast scene. The site-specific installation of sculpture, oil painting and drawing gazes at the ritualistic beauty of the female form and its relationship to
the moon.
(Email info@emmagrayhq.com for location information and to schedule a visit.)

“Identity in Los Angeles” @ Annenberg Beach House
Through Oct. 28
Art Division students studied short stories, films and poems about immigration, gender and race, then responded with sculpture, photography, video, painting and drawing through the lens of their own experiences.
415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica. (310) 458-4904; annenbergbeachhouse.com

Venice Arts’ 24th Anniversary Gala @ Venice Arts Gallery
Nov. 4
Venice Arts celebrates its 24th birthday with a gala and silent auction honoring The Sokol Family, with guests enjoying libations and small bites, live music, a student-run photo booth and a caricature drawing station.
13445 Beach Ave., Marina del Rey. $125-$175. (310) 392-0846; venicearts.org

Francisco Toledo @ Latin American Masters
Nov. 18 – Jan. 13
Francisco Toledo’s unbounded approach to genre and material has made him one of Mexico’s standout art talents. This show also features his new self-portraits.
Bergamot Station E-2, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 829-4455; latinamericanmasters.com

“Cold War Spaces,” “Vessel of Change” + “Russians” @ The Wende Museum
Nov. 19 – Apr.29
The Wende Museum takes a wide look at the culture and times of the Soviet Union with an exhibit of candid photography of Russian life in the late 1970s, a study of Cold War architecture and playful video art about the 1989 Malta Summit.
5741 Buckingham Pkwy., Ste. E,
Culver City. (310) 216-1600;
wendemuseum.org

 

Music

Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr. @ The Forum
Sept. 13, 15, 16 & 18
One of the most influential guitarists of all time shares a bill with a master of blues, rock and soul fusion.
3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. (310) 330-7300; fabulousforum.com

Josh Groban @ The Broad Stage
Sept. 14
This intimate evening with the honey-voiced singer-songwriter benefits The Broad Stage’s arts education and community programming.
1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org

Sugar in the Gourd, Nettie Rose, Fred Sokolow @ Boulevard Music
Sept. 16
The women of this Americana-roots quartet can trade beautiful harmo-
nies, hammer a foot-stomping fiddle tune or dig deep into an Appalachian murder ballad. Santa Monica lyrical folk artist Nettie Rose Freed and her mentor, guitarist Fred Sokolow, open.
4316 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. (310) 398-2583; boulevardmusic.com

Bettye LaVette @ The Broad Stage
Sept. 28
Still going strong after 50 years in music, this supreme vocalist sings an evening of soul-melting R&B.
1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org

Gorillaz, Vince Staples @ The Forum
Oct. 5
Damon Albarn’s virtual band expands its artful fusion of hip-hop and rock with new collaborations, including a dance track featuring Staples.
3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. (310) 330-7300; fabulousforum.com

New West Symphony @ The Broad Stage
Oct. 6
Grant Cooper conducts an evening of Mozart, Falla, Piazzolla and Beethoven, with flamenco dancer Siudy Garrido and JP Jofre doing an original piece on bandoneon.
1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (805) 497-5800; newwestsymphony.org

A.J. Croce @ McCabe’s Guitar Shop
Oct. 6
The son of singer-songwriters Jim Croce and Ingrid Croce has carved out his own raspy, bluesy identity,
and comes to town behind a soulful new record.
3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.com

The Dustbowl Revival @ Skirball Harvest Festival
Oct. 8
These rising local luminaries of vintage Americana celebrate an adventurous new album as headliners of the Skirball’s annual Sukkot celebration, which turns the cultural center into a lively public marketplace.
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood. (310) 440-4500; skirball.org

Shawn Colvin @ The Troubadour
Oct. 12
The singer-songwriter best known
for 1997’s “Sunny Came Home” embarks on a 20th anniversary
tour of her breakthrough album
“A Few Small Repairs.”
9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. (310.) 276-1158; troubadour.com

The Stanley Clarke Band @ The Broad Stage
Oct. 14
Bass virtuoso Stanley Clarke, also
of the band Return to Forever,
performs electric and acoustic jazz
and blues, backed by a troupe
of rising star musicians.
1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org

Arcade Fire, Angel Olsen @ The Forum
Oct. 20
Indie rock greats Arcade Fire continue to explore more adventurous musical territory; singer-songwriter Olsen has
a voice that can mesmerize.
3900 W. Manchester Blvd,
Inglewood. (310) 330-7300;
fabulousforum.com

Santa Monica Symphony @ Barnum Hall
Oct. 22
The symphony’s free “Détente with Russia” concert features Anatoly Lyadov’s “The Enchanted Lake,”
Sergei Prokoviev’s “Romeo and Juliet” and Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5 in D minor.”
600 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica.
(310) 395-6330; smsymphony.org

 

Lee Ann Womack @ The Troubadour
Nov. 1
The country singer-songwriter behind the 2000 crossover hit “I Hope You Dance” delves into rootsier territory with her new album “The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone” and its hypnotic single “All the Trouble.”
9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 276-1158; troubadour.com

Azmeh, Avital and The Knights @ The Broad Stage
Nov. 8
Trailblazing mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital and soulful clarinetist-composer Kinan Azmeh team up with The Knights for a program of original, baroque and romantic masterworks.
1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org

Kinky Friedman @ McCabe’s Guitar Shop
Nov. 18
The enigmatic singer- songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician and Jewish cowboy poet is taking some new tunes on tour.
3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.com

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