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Wednesday, April 23

Culture Fix: Allen Roberts on Earth as Medium

Fowler Museum

North Campus at UCLA, Los Angeles, 90095


Across the African continent, artists have found inspiration in the earth’s soils, pigments, plants, and stones. For this opening day gallery talk, UCLA World Arts and Cultures Professor Allen F. Roberts visits Earth Matters to explore how these materials express cultural identity and provide connections to earlier generations, present needs, and future aspirations.

After the talk, join us for light refreshments and cool beverages in our David Courtyard from 1–3 pm.

Presented in conjunction with UCLA’s 10th Earth Day Fair, organized by E3 and UCLA Sustainability.

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Lunchtime Art Talks: MARK DION

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024


Lunchtime Art Talks take place every Wednesday at 12:30pm. The Hammer's curatorial department leads free and insightful 15-minute discussions about works of art currently on view or from museum collections. This talk will be led by Brooke Hodge, director, exhibitions management & publications.

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HAMMER SCREENINGS: This is Not a Dream

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024


Tracing the influences of Andy Warhol, John Waters, and Jack Smith to the perverted frontiers of YouTube and Chatroulette, This Is Not a Dream charts a path across four decades of avant-garde experimentation and radical escapism through the moving image. A Q&A with director Gavin Butt follows the screening. (2012, Dirs. G. Butt and B. Walters, 119 min.)  

In conjunction with Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology.

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Broadly Speaking - Comedy That Makes You Think

ACME Comedy Theater

135 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood, CA 90036

8:00pm to 10:00pm

Featuring the comedy stylings of Alex Alexander (The P.E.Z. Show, 2 Broke Girls, Justified, LIpstick Jones) Laura House (writer for Blue Collar TV, The George Lopez show, the Emmy-winning Samantha Who? and CBS’ Mom.) and a surprise guest!

Special Guest Keren Taylor (recently named a CNN hero ) tells us about WriteGirl (a recipient of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award) and how you can help young women empower themselves through creativity and self-expression.

And celebrity contestant Gary Anthony Williams (Whose LIne…, The Boondocks, The Internship, Undercover Brother) wagers his own money playing The Game is Rigged.

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Thursday, April 24


Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024


Mindful Awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Mindfulness has scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being.

The free weekly drop-in sessions take place in the comfortable seats of the Billy Wilder Theater and are open to all who are interested in learning how to live more presently in life. No special clothing is required, and participants are welcome to stay for 5 minutes or enjoy the entire 30-minute session.

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Art of Japan

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 92656


Immerse yourself in Japanese culture and art by exploring the outstanding collection of painting, netsuke, ceramics, and prints on this 50-minute tour that looks at the museum's collection of works dating from 3000 B.C. to the present. Taking place in the Pavilion for Japanese Art, the tour is enhanced by the unique viewing experience.

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W Westwood x M Dot Spring Pop Off!

W Hotel Los Angeles Westwood

930 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024

5:00pm to 9:00pm

M Dot Design Studio and W Westwood create a travel inspired pop up shop event and mixer with Newmark Models that will launch M dot Design Studio’s SUMMER 2014 first coast to coast tour into full motion.

Hosted by Celebrity Style Expert Jennifer Chan, this pop off event will expose guests to different travel destinations, and give an insider peek in to the Los Angeles Fashion Industry. Meet and greet with the host and designers as they style models live and speak about the ins-and-outs of the fashion scene.
This travel-inspired soiree will feature Los Angeles Designers like M dot, dot dot, Costella Handbags, as well as select curated Jewelry Designers. What’s a vacation without that spa and music downtime? Bliss Spa will be providing infamous hand massages complimented with fresh scents with DJ Junkyard Dog’s set spinning all evening long. The topper of the night will be our RAFFLE GIVEAWAY of an M dot piece.

Location: W Westwood
930 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024

About the Hosts and Designers:
• W Happenings produces the hottest events for W Hotels globally bringing in stars not limited to cuisine, fashion, art, and music unique to each local W destination. http://www.wlosangeles.com
• Jennifer Chan is a savvy fashion and beauty editor in the entertainment industry where she has exhibited her expertise across various media outlets including E! Online, InStyle.com, Fashionista.com, and WWD. http://www.thejenniferchan.com
• Bliss Spa World famous spa label dedicated to wellness and happiness offering soothing uplifting experiences with their massage services, skincare products and treatments, and fun atmosphere which can be found at many of the W Hotel locations. http://www.blissworld.com
• Costella Handbags designed by Brazilian designer and photographer Luciana, add a gentle dose to a scream of confidence to any outfit for all hours of a day mixing colors subtle and bright, textures, sizes, and styles with sprinkles of edge. http://www.costellahandbags.com
• newMark Models is a top modeling agency based in Los Angeles managing talents that have appeared in various arenas including but not limited to fashion photography, magazine editorials, and look books. http://www.newmarkmodels.com
• DJ Junkyard Dog M DOT in-house DJ not only produces a variety of mixes with techno, house, club, and other genres at W Hotel boutique events, but is also the designer for M DOT’s menswear line dot dot. http://soundcloud.com/junkyarddog

Founded in 2009, M DOT DESIGN STUDIO has been featured in world famous magazines including Glamour, Paper, Teen Vogue, Nylon, and Vogue Italia Online, and spotted in various W Hotels like W Hollywood, W Westwood, W San Francisco, W Scottsdale, W San Diego and W Washington DC. The label features founder and designer Michelle Aquino’s exclusive hand-made designs with the custom cut-and-sew concept focusing on a perfect fit for the unique silhouette of each client. As a custom design house, the design label has taken on various collaboration projects whether in fashion lifestyle products or events with infamous bloggers, businesses, boutiques, and hotels. Website: http://www.mdotdesignstudio.com
For more information please contact Michelle from M Dot Design Studio at either [email protected] or 213.278.0832.

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