This Weekend at LACMA: Zen Paintings Exhibition Closes, Free Outdoor Film, Concerts, and More

This weekend is your last chance to see The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin, on view in our Pavilion for Japanese Art. Born in 1685, Hakuin Ekaku is considered the most influential Zen Buddhist master of the last 500 years—as well as one of the most influential Zen artists of the Edo period. His ink-on-paper paintings and calligraphy were spontaneous and expressive, and The Sound of One Hand is the first exhibition in the West devoted to his work.

Hakuin Ekaku, Oyakoko: Love for One’s Parents, 18th century

If you’re looking for free concerts this weekend, we’ve got you covered every single day. Tonight, the Tall & Small Band, an 11-piece jazz band featuring tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb (who boasts 20 years as part of the Tonight Show Band during the Johnny Carson era) and trombonist Linda Small hits the stage for Friday Night Jazz. Saturday evening you can catch a free performance of Rogelio Mitchell’s blend of calypso, reggae, and jazz during the outdoor Latin Sounds concert. And on Sunday, the Lyris String Quartet performs Mendelssoh’s Quartet in A minor, Opus 80 during the free Sundays Live concert in the Bing Theater. 

As with every Friday in August, we’re screening a free Tim Burton film in Hancock Park. Tonight, bring your family and a picnic to see James and the Giant Peach, produced by Burton and directed by Henry Selick.

 

Inside the museum, our “Once Upon a Time in the Middle East” film series continues with The White Meadows, by Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, and Climates, starring and directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. The trailers for both are below, but if you need further convincing on Climates, consider this recommendation from the Coen Brothers and Josh Brolin. The series continues tomorrow night with the 1940 film The Thief of Baghdad (screening early, at 5 pm), followed by the 1979 film Alexandria, Why?

 

And there is still yet more film happening at LACMA this weekend! Our Monster Matinee series—free for members, $5 for everyone else—features the irrepressible Mothra, in breathtaking Toho-Scope!

 

Scott Tennent

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