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LA Insider | Week of January 25, 2024: Happy Phantom, Misfits, Low Recordings, Fresh Produce & Poets Read!

Among this weekend's art events are openings for three museum exhibitions in which artists explore the notion of home and life in the diaspora. Some very worthwhile films are on our list this week along with music events you might not want to miss. There's also poetry for your soul, and part 2 of our look at SoCal farmers' markets for a fun encounter with fresh food straight from the source. Still hungry? Check out Long Beach Black Restaurant Week!

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From the exhibition, 'I Will Meet You Yet Again: Contemporary Sikh Art' @ Fowler Museum at UCLA

Fowler Museum at UCLA | UCLA Campus Westwood
I Will Meet You Yet Again: Contemporary Sikh Art
January 28—May 26, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 27 | 6–9pm | RSVP
More than 40 contemporary works of painting, textile, soundscape, poetry and digital media that converge around the notion of home, grounded in the personal and gendered perspectives of the Sikh community, a socio-religious group from India’s Panjab region.

Craft Contemporary | Miracle Mile
ART IRAN: Falling into Language
January 28—May 5, 2024
Opening Reception: (Members): Saturday, January 27 | 6–9pm
Public Opening: Sunday, January 28 | 11am–5pm
Nine expatriate artists engage with the Persian language as a visual and symbolic device, exploring their life in the diaspora and concepts of “home” via the alphabet. Annual membership: $60. Artist talk Sunday, January 28 at 12pm. Free Admission Sundays

Roberts Projects | Mid-Wilshire District
Justin Williams: Synonym
January 27—March 9, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 27 | 6–8pm
Paintings by the Australian, Santa Fe, New Mexico-based artist stem from an intricate autobiographical story rooted in his upbringing in Melbourne, Australia, his ancestral connections to Alexandria, Egypt and visions conjured by the surreal landscape of the American Southwest.

Lowell Ryan Projects | West Adams
Erin Trefry: Happy Phantom
January 27—March 2, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 27 | 5–8pm
In this series of eleven paintings in muted colors, the LA-based artist continues her exploration of sentiment, time and figuration, particularly in relation to familial narratives and relationships.

James Fuentes | Hollywood
Elsa Rensaa: Out of the Wilderness and Into the Blue
January 27—February 17, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 27 | 6–8pm
Figurative paintings from the 1970s to 1990s rendered in meticulous applications of thin acrylic washes to produce lush, syncretic visual portals that draw from a vast and visionary range of references including Ancient Nordic, Egyptian and Eastern imagery, in addition to Renaissance, Art Nouveau and Dada art movements.

Human Resources | Chinatown
Minor Gaps Between
January 19—February 4, 2024
Curated by Nahui Garcia, this group show is inspired by conversations around the arcane and the mystical. Featuring 00ll668, Derek Holguin, Jiayun Chen and Rodolfo Sousa.

USC Pacific Asia Museum | Pasadena
Another Beautiful Country: Moving Images by Chinese American Artists
January 26—April 21, 2024
A survey of work by ten Chinese American artists who explore fluctuating ideas of nationhood and belonging and the diverse ways immigrants and their families embody, imagine and reciprocate intercultural experiences. Artist talk, Saturday, January 27 from 1–2pm

Film, Music, Theatre & Festivals & Dance

Unsettling Landscape: Experimental Films by Southeast Asian Women Filmmakers @ Hammer Museum Billy Wilder Theater, Westwood

FILM: Unsettling Landscape: Experimental Films by Southeast Asian Women Filmmakers
Hammer Museum Billy Wilder Theater | Westwood
Sunday, January 28, 2024
Curated by UCLA Associate Professor Jasmine Nadua Trice, Unsettling Landscape focuses on short films and videos that critically engage with questions of land, landscape and the myriad forms of mediation that have been used to capture their image. 

FILM: The Misfits
Now Instant Image Hall | Chinatown
Thursday, January 25, 2024 | 7pm
Flannery Silva frames Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe’s final film, The Misfits (1961). Directed by John Huston and adapted from an Arthur Miller short story, this contemporary western revolves around a Reno divorcee, an old-school cowboy, his tow-truck driving best friend, and a bronc-rider played by Montgomery Clift. Tickets: $15

MUSIC: Johanna Hedva and Xina Xurner
2220 Arts + Archives | Filipinotown
Thursday, January 25, 2024 | 8pm
JOAN presents an evening of performances by Johanna Hedva and Xina Xurner, in conjunction with If You’re Reading This, I’m Already Dead, the first institutional solo exhibition in Los Angeles by artist Johanna Hedva. Tickets: $15

MUSIC: Low Recordings: Feelin’ Rhythm with Seven Davis Jr
The Goldish | Highland Park
Thursday, January 25, 2024 | 8pm
This night promises deep dance music with soul, groove and smooth rhythm. Free with RSVP.

THEATRE: Dance at the Odyssey: 3x3
The Odyssey | West Los Angeles
January 26—28, 2024
Friday and Saturday: 8pm; Sunday: 2pm
In 3x3, the Mexican company Punto de Inflexión presents a program in which the feminine and deep emotions are exposed. Part of the Dance at the Odyssey dance festival. Tickets: $25

Fine Foods, Quick Bites + Bars

Photo by Anne Preble

Here's Part 2 of our round-up of LA area farmers' markets for your shopping, grazing and cooking pleasure... If you missed Part 1, take a look here.

Beverly Hills Farmers' Market
9300 block of Civic Center Drive, between Third Street & Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
Sundays: 8am–1pm
A certified market offering California-grown, fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables, juices, breads, specialty items and more in a festive outdoor setting.

Culver City Farmers' Market
Main Street, Culver City
Tuesdays: 2–7pm
This smaller scale market on Main Street in Downtown Culver City offers a good selection of meat, seafood, fresh produce and prepared foods for a mid-week shortcut to food prep. 

Santa Monica Farmers’ Market
155-199 Arizona Ave, Santa Monica
Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays: 8am–1pm
This fantastic sprawling farmers' market – especially on Wednesdays – only a couple of blocks from Santa Monica Beach and intersecting the 3rd Street Promenade, offers a dazzling selecting of flowers, produce, organic, artisanal and conventional food products and other delights in a great setting. Worth a ramble even if you're not shopping! (*Obviously our editor's favorite)

Marina Del Rey Farmers' Market
14101 Panay Way, Marina del Rey
Saturdays: 9am–2pm
Fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables, gourmet foods, handmade gift items and more.

Long Beach Marina Farmers’ Market
In the parking lot of the Alamitos Bay Marina, at 6602 E Marina Drive, one-quarter mile south of E 2nd Street, just west of Pacific Coast Hwy.
Sundays: 9am–2pm
More than 40 vendors, including big-name local growers, plus prepared fresh seafood and baked goods. 

Literary, Readings & Book Launches

The Long Freeway: Poets Read Los Angeles @ Chevalier’s Books, Larchmont Village

The Long Freeway: Poets Read Los Angeles
Chevalier’s Books | Larchmont Village
Thursday, January 25, 2024 | 6pm
Moderated by Elizabeth Metzger and Liz (L.A.) Johnson, this poetry night will feature readings by Natalie Shapero, Morgan Parker, Prageeta Sharma, Kien Lam and Dean Rader. Free with RSVP.

Words, Music and Objects
Tomorrow Today | Chinatown
Friday, January 26, 2024 | 6pm
Bookstore and press Tomorrow Today hosts a night of literary readings by Moose, Alex Goodale, Marcel Monroy, Stella Ramos and Z.No Scott. There will also be music by Leng Bian and objects for sale by Alfonso Pottery.

Things To Do & Workshops

the underpinning Conversation @ LA State Historic Park, Chinatown

Long Beach Black Restaurant Week
Various Locations | Long Beach
January 25—28, 2024
Last weekend to indulge in Long Beach’s annual culinary celebration. Presented by Axiom Kitchen, this festival highlights restaurants, food trucks, caterers, bakeries and more.

the underpinning Conversation
LA State Historic Park | Chinatown
Saturday, January 27, 2024 | 1:30–3:30pm
Theresa Hyuna Hwang, Molly Rysman and Sissy Trinh will examine themes of housing, public infrastructure and green space during this public talk. The discussion will also be in conversation with Clockshop’s commissioned project, the underpinning, by artist Rodrigo Valenzuela. Free with RSVP.

X-TRA Moving Sale
Granada Buildings | MacArthur Park
Sunday, January 28, 2024 | 11am–3pm
X-TRA, the art publication, is hosting a sale of art books, artist editions, back issues of the magazine, furniture and more.

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