There seems to be some sort of misunderstanding: a good portion of the world still sees Los Angeles as a cultural wasteland, a a silly little city entirely devoid of intellectual offerings. However, as you and I well know, that simply isn’t the case. We may have only been incorporated as a city 163 years ago, but we weren’t born yesterday. This is a land—our land—is a launching pad for bold ideas and smart thinking. We’re plenty sharp, we just lack the pretentions of our friends back East.
And even if our absorptions might seem a little outlandish at times, it’s that very whimsy that defines us. That’s what keeps things interesting. So, in the spirit of interest, and thinking for thinking’s sake, we offer you this veritable cornucopia of cultural offerings for the next week. Enjoy!
Allison Burnett, Dan Fante, Anna David, David Ulin*, & Alan Watt present & sign My First Novel: Tales of Woe and Glory (Book Soup, 7pm, Free)
Art Night: Pasadena (Art Center, Armory Center for the Arts, the Norton Simon Museum, et al, 6-10pm, Free)
In Your Hands: A Multimedia Workshop with Alexis Pauline Gumbs A hands-on workshop with artist Alexis Pauline Gumbel; "an opportunity to create multi-directional portals of wisdom across distance, time and death." (USC School of Cinematic Arts, SCI 209, 9:30am-12:30pm, Free but reservations required)
LA Archives Bazaar "Organized by L.A. as Subject and presented by the USC Libraries, the annual event celebrates the diversity of Southern California’s history. For scholarly researchers, journalists, history buffs, and those simply interested in exploring the stories of Los Angeles, discovery awaits everyone at the Archives Bazaar." (USC Doheny Library, 9am-5pm, Free)
UpClose: California Cuisine—What It Is & Why It Matters (sponsored by KCRW) Hosted by Evan Kleiman and moderated by Ruth Reichl Panelists include Roy Choi (Kogi BBQ truck)Joyce Goldstein (SQUARE ONE), Eduardo Ruiz (Corazon y Miel), Nancy Silverton (La Brea Bakery), and Sang Yoon (Father's Office). (Moss Theater @ New Roads School, 3pm, $30)
Housing, Federal Policy, and Implications for Communities (USC Urban Growth Seminars) In this seminar, Professor Bostic will reflect on his 3 years in Washington D.C. as a political appointee in the Obama Administration as the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Dr. Bostic will discuss the lessons learned, including insights about designing policy, implementing it, and how to navigate our political system. These lessons have relevance for the debates and gridlock in today’s federal government, as well as for policy and planning at all levels and across all sectors. (RGL 101 @ USC, 12:15-1:30pm, free)
Frank Gehry, Esa-Pekka Salonen & Nicolai Ouroussoff: Creative Collaboration in Music and Architecture Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry and internationally renowned conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen will discuss the process of creative collaboration in music and architecture. (Billy Wilder Theater @ The Hammer Museum, 7:30pm, Free)
Los Angeles Review of Books Launch Party The Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) will be celebrating the launch of their latest print edition. A number of contributors will read selections from their pieces (Skylight Books, 7:30pm, Free)
Food and the Diverse Metropolis, an LA History Roundtable (Classrooms 1 & 2, Huntington Library, 12-1pm, Free but RSVP requested)
Altadena Craftsman Heritage Bus Tour Bus tour of Craftsman architecture in Altadena. "Altadena is a community north of Pasadena that comprises an eclectic collection of historic properties,including many Craftsman bungalows." Note: this event is part of the Pasadena Craftsman Heritage Weekend, visit their website for additional events. (Altadena, 9am-12pm, 12-1pm, $45)
Taste of Soul Festival The Taste of Soul Los Angeles features a taste of all things 'soulful' including food from localrestaurants, live entertainment, displays from local artists, and exhibits from local businesses and organizations." (Crenshaw Blvd between Stocker and Rodeo Rd, 10am-6pm, Free)
Hyperion Avenue Open Studie Tour & Making LA Fundraiser Join de LaB on Saturday, October 19th for a self-directed tour of five fascinating architecture studios, all within walking distance of one another. Participating studios include Michael Maltzan Architecture, Warren Techentin Architecture, MASS Architecture & Design, Lehrer Architects and MAKE Architecture. Afterwards, join the group for a buy-your-own-happy hour at Hyperion Public (2538 Hyperion Avenue). (Hyperion Avenue, Silver Lake, 10am-6pm, 3-6pm, $20)
Halloween Double Feature @ Electric Dusk Drive-In HALLOWEEN PARTY AT THE DRIVE-IN! Costumes are encouraged. Beetlejuice followed by Poltergeist. (1000 San Julian St, enter on 11th St., 6:30-10:30pm, $11)