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Saturday, September 27

Small Museum for the American Metaphor


631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012


Small Museum for an American Metaphor is an exhibition which brings together European perspectives on the American West, and more specifically, the particularities embedded in the idealized fictions surrounding it. The visual argument here is that there is a certain architectonic “idea” that dwells on the celebration of Endlessness as mythicized in the American West. The metaphor is the base for an architecture that blurs the distinction between building and object, collapsing the different scales. It is an architecture that celebrates the fiction of the “wide open” and seeks to re-evaluate/reinterpret the world as a gigantic interior. In that context, a successful intervention is able to define hierarchies, carve out places, and make shared points of reference. The exhibition, much in the tradition of showcasing objects in a defined space, such as a cabinet, “collects”artworks, architectural models, drawings and other elements that consciously fade the distinction between object and representation.

Ultimately it is a show on urban strategies, but starting from the conviction that these very strategies can only be conveyed if presented in an oblique way. The show proposes a method that understands beauty and hedonism not so much as the enemy of hierarchy and organization, but despite all senses of responsibility, its driving force.  

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Monumental Ambiguities: Pre-Columbian artifacts under the spell of the (in)visible.


631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012


A double bill followed by a panel discussion that considers the debate over artifacts, cultural property and historical stewardship in Mesoamerica. In Paradox (2001, 30 min.) Leandro Katz alternates between static views of the stone altar of the mythic Dragon of Quiriguá in Guatemala and imagery of controversial labor practices at nearby banana plantations. Jesse Lerner and Sandra Rozental’s documentary La piedra ausente (The Absent Stone, 2013, 82 min.) recounts the fate of the largest carved stone monolith of the Americas, which represented the pre-Hispanic water deity. When moved in 1964 from San Miguel Coatlinchan to Mexico City’s National Anthropology Museum, the extraction sparked a local rebellion. The stone eventually became an urban monument and altogether different icon of Mexican identity, while back in Coatlinchan, replicas of the absent stone appear everywhere, still resonant in the community’s memory.

In person: Mariana Botey, Jesse Lerner, Sandra Rozental and others

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Die Antwoord

Hollywood Palladium

Hollywood, CA 90028


South African rave rap group Die Antwoord catapulted to overnight success when their edgy music video for 2010 single “Enter The Ninja” went viral. The video was perfect for viral success, looking like an punk art project, but it also had high-quality production, deft rapping and a highly danceable backing track. It's a mix that earned the band a growing cult following and propelled it to a pair of internationally acclaimed albums and concerts with sold out tickets around the world. On the 2013 European tour, the scene was somewhere between a hip-hop show, a rave and a gonzo comedy routine full of frenetic energy, intense dance music and lots of thrusting. On stage, Die Antwoord blasted through an hour and a half of music, including its latest, “Cookie Thumper!” The shows are a visual treat too, with the tattooed co-lead singer Ninja half-naked and wearing a mask fit for a horror movie villain and the other lead Yo-landi Vi$$er sporting bright pink hot pants and pitch-black contact lenses.

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Paolo Nutini

The Wiltern

Los Angeles, CA 90010


Paolo Giovanni Nutini (born 9 January 1987[1]) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and musician from Paisley. Nutini's debut album, These Streets (2006), peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart. Its follow-up, Sunny Side Up (2009), debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart. Both albums have been certified quintuple platinum by the British Phonographic Industry.

After 5 years, Nutini released his third studio album, Caustic Love, in April 2014. The album received extremely positive reviews from music critics. Caustic Love debuted at number one on the UK Album Charts and was certified platinum by the BPI in June 2014.

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Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté

Royce Hall - UCLA

Los Angeles, CA 90095


Mali’s musicians are restlessly creative spirits who voice something universally transcendent amid even the most turbulent of times—that the human spirit needs music to find its place in a world of confusion. Toumani Diabaté is one of the most important of these artists; a beacon of hope and guidance. He plays the kora, a 21-string harp unique to West Africa, and is responsible for bringing this instrument to audiences around the world. Now performing with his son Sidiki, Diabaté traces his family of hereditary musicians back 71 generations. Their new album 'Toumani & Sidiki' (World Circuit Records) has been described as "the finest Toumani collaboration since his classic work with Ali Farka Touré" by The Guardian.

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