This Weekend at LACMA: Ambulante Film Series, Teen Night, Mother’s Day, and More

As usual the weekend at LACMA is packed full with art, music, film, family activities, and much more. Start your weekend with pianist Greg Reitan, who brings his trio to Jazz at LACMA—bring a picnic and enjoy the park during this free concert.

Tonight and tomorrow we are proud to present Young Women Filmmakers from Mexico—a special series—free admission, by the way—co-organized with the nonprofit AMBULANTE and co-hosted with the Consulate General of Mexico. Friday screenings feature Natalia Almada’s El General and Yulene Olaizola’s Intimidades de Shakespeare y Víctor Hugo (Shakespeare and Victor Hugo’s Intimacies). Almada will be on hand for a Q&A following El General. On Saturday, watch Tatiana Huezo’s El Lugar Más Pequeño (The Tiniest Place) followed by Lucia Gaja’s Mi Vida Dentro (My Life Inside), the story of Rosa—an illegal immigrant charged with murder in 2003. Both films will include Q&A’s with their directors; Rosa’s attorney, Yuriria Marván, will also be here to say more about the case. Check out this week’s Unframed post for trailers from all four films.

This weekend at LACMA is also all about families—and especially all about Mom. Start your activities on Saturday either at LACMA with Family Tours of the collection, or at Charles White Elementary School for awesome family activities related to the exhibition on view there, Shinique Smith: Firsthand (see our Unframed post from this week for more about the show). On Saturday night, drop your teenagers off at After Dark—a TEENS-ONLY party that takes over all the exhibitions inside BCAM, including Ends and Exits, Stephen Prina: As He Remembered It, and Chris Burden’s Metropolis II. The party is free but tickets are required. There will be live bands and DJs, free food, and no parents. Moms and Dads, if you want to stick around on campus while your kids have a ball, treat yourselves to dinner at Ray’s, drinks at Stark Bar, or take in the free screenings in the Bing mentioned above. More info on Teen Night is here.

Jack Goldstein, Untitled, 1988, The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, © Jack Goldstein Estate

Jack Goldstein, Untitled, 1988, The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, © Jack Goldstein Estate

Then of course there is Mother’s Day itself. Ray’s is offering a special Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinnercheck out the menu and make reservations at 323 857-6180. Pair your meal with a stroll through our galleries: may we suggest Henri Matisse: La Gerbe, Hokusai, or Hans Ricther: Encounters? We’ve also got free family art activities on the L.A. Times Central Court.

Henri Matisse, La Gerbe (The Sheaf), 1953, LACMA, gift of Frances L. Brody in honor of the museum’s twenty-fifth anniversary, © 2012 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Henri Matisse, La Gerbe (The Sheaf), 1953, LACMA, gift of Frances L. Brody in honor of the museum’s twenty-fifth anniversary, © 2012 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Fans of William Wegman, Kerry James Marshall, Maya Lin, Louise Bourgeois, Bruce Nauman, or William Kentridge will want to stop into the Brown Auditorium on Sunday afternoon for free back-to-back showings of the award-winning series Art21. The first explores the theme of “identity” in various artists’ works, while the second episode is fully dedicated to Kentridge’s creative process. (Nauman fans: find time for For Beginners in BCAM while you’re here.)

The weekend closes with a free performance from the Lyris Quartet. The foursome was just here earlier this week for a powerful rendition of Steve Reich’s WTC 9/11 and Different Trains. They return this weekend for more classical fare: works by Beethoven and Gerard Shurmann.

Scott Tennent

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