Ethiopian-born contemporary artist Julie Mehretu makes large-scale gestural paintings that combine abstract expressionism with pop art through layers upon layers of markings and architectural references. In conjunction with the current Mehretu exhibit spanning works from 1996 to the present day, LACMA presents a panel discussing her work from feminist perspectives.
Moderated by exhibit co-curator and Whitney Museum assistant curator Rujeko Hockley, the panel participants include artist Sadie Barnette, Hammer Museum associate curator Erin Christovale and independent curators Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and Essence Harden.
Lydia Lunch got her start as the nihilist 16-year-old frontwoman of the 1970s no-wave band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks. The singer, writer, podcaster and counter-culture icon has been raising hell ever since. Her “Retrovirus” ensemble of guitarist Weasel Walter, bassist Tim Dahl and drummer Bob Bert offers a retrospective bridging her entire career in music.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 / 7:30–11 p.m. / Staples Center
“The End of the Road World Tour” is legendary rock band KISS’ final concert tour that began on Jan. 31, 2019, in Vancouver, Canada, and concludes on July 17, 2021, with a show in New York City, where the band originated in 1973. Before they put the face paint away for good, the band will “Rock and Roll All Nite” at 114 shows. David Lee Roth opens with a set of Van Halen favorites.
Thursday, March 5, 2020 / 7–10 p.m. / The Airliner
Creative Ritual is Los Angeleno’s monthly event for writers, artists, photographers, designers, filmmakers and bohemian layabouts to connect, swap ideas or just let loose and knock back a drink or two. Join us at our new home, the recently revamped Airliner in Lincoln Heights.
Friday, March 6, 2020 / 5–10 p.m. / Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum’s ‘First Fridays” series kicks off with a future-forward lecture followed by an eclectic evening of music. Moderated by L.A. Times writer Patt Morrison, Dr. Alexis Komor and Dr. Roey Tzezana discuss the future of medicine and technology and some exciting innovative developments like diagnostic genetic profiling and CRISPR.
After the talk, enjoy musical performances by Wajatta, the duo of comedian/musician Reggie Watts and techno producer Danny Tejada; wily angular post-punk quartet French Vanilla; and Cafe Molly, aka musical whistler Molly Lewis. The DJ Lounge features sets from Mustache Mondays host Josh Peace and resident DJ Novena Carmel.
Saturday, March 7, 2020 / 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. / Japanese American National Museum
Presented by the Japanese American National Museum, this free, one-day celebration expands on the “transcendient” heroes featured in artist Taiji Terasaki’s exhibition, “Heroes at Borders.” In addition to performances by FandangObon, East L.A. Taiko and El Santo Golpe, the event features talks on food, arts activism and human rights in L.A.; as well as workshops on letter writing, paper crane folding, zine making, memory crafting, weaving; and a discussion and book-signing with “Almond” author Allen Say.
The museum will also offer free admission to the following exhibits: “Transcendients: Heroes at Borders,” “Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb” and “Common Ground: The Heart of Community.”
Sunday, March 8, 2020 / 9–10:30 p.m. / Dynasty Typewriter At The Hayworth
“Uncut Gems” might be the most commanding role Adam Sandler ever took on, but the legendary comedian’s career is full of precious, ridiculous films more than worthy of a weekend Netflix binge followed by a deeper exploration of his old comedy albums, preferably on CD. All we know about the two recently announced stand-up sets at Dynasty Typewriter is that they promise “enchantment.” Sold.