Trust me when I say, you’ll want to be at LACMA this weekend for Saturday’s Muse ‘til Midnight all out bash celebrating Hans Richter: Encounters. The party begins at 8 pm with after-hours access to the dazzling exhibition featuring the German Modern art and filmmaking pioneer, Hans Richter, and his contemporaries. Part of the fun includes the interactive Dada Dance workshop and the Constructivist Collage station going on from 8–10 pm. Then, beginning at 10 pm, dance the night away at the Silent Disco featuring San Francisco DJs Motion Potion and Shouts! and Los Angeles’s KCRW DJs Jeremy Sole and Mario Cotto on the ones and twos. A party isn’t complete without food and beverage; each entry comes with two complimentary drinks and food for purchase, from Executive Chef Jason Fullilove, will please the palette immensely! For tickets, visit lacma.org or call 323-857-6010.
The last days of free public programming at the San Bernardino Art + Film Lab at Perris Hill Park are this weekend and includes two free outdoor film screenings, Oral History Drop-ins, and free Instant Film and Composition workshops. On Friday night at 8:30 pm the notorious Gojira, a radioactive reptile, wreaks havoc on Japan in this metaphorical sci-fi adventure. On Saturday night at 8:30 pm, The Kid with a Bike pulls at the heart-strings in the tale of an orphan and his search for love and acceptance. If you can’t make it to San Bernardino this week, make sure to see and take part in this traveling art project in September in the city of Altadena.
Free, live music at LACMA begins Friday night with Jazz at LACMA, featuring the Cross Hart Jazz Experience and their dynamic take on jazz standards at 6 pm. Latin Sounds in Hancock Park keeps the torch burning bright with the Justo Almario Afro-Colombian Ensemble. Saxophonist and composer Justo Almario has been paving the way in Latin/funk/jazz genres with artists the likes of Freddie Hubbard and Cal Tjader. Finally, on Sunday at Sundays Live the Los Angeles Symphonic Winds, directed by Steve Piazza, perform works by Holst and Stravinsky. Reservations are not required, these events are open to all.
Make time to experience some of our favorite exhibitions currently on view, like Princely Traditions and Colonial Pursuits in India and Newsha Tavakolian in the Ahmanson building and Talk of the Town: Portraits by Edward Steichen from the Hollander Collection and Compass for Surveyors: 19th Century American Landscapes in the Arts of the Americas building. And don’t overlook The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA before it closes in mid-September. Time well spent; you’ll see a potential future for your museum and have an opportunity to join the public discussion.
Families visiting the museum this Sunday are invited to create art based on precious artworks from the rich exhibition Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from the Royal Museum for Central Africa at Andell Family Sundays. And take note: this Friday is the next-to-last Friday of Late Summer Hours that includes access to the Resnick Pavilion, BCAM building, and Ray’s and Stark Bar until 11 pm, with free general admission beginning as early as 3 pm for L.A. County residents. See you at LACMA.