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Monday, December 1

The Boone Children's Gallery

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

8:00pm

Come paint with us! Located next to the Korean and Chinese galleries, the Boone Children’s Gallery is a free creative space where visitors of all ages are invited to learn the art of East Asian brush painting. No prior art-making experience is necessary. Friendly and helpful staff introduce painting techniques, offer tips, and even provide high chairs for very young artists. Visitors sit at communal tables in this fun, family-friendly, and resourceful place to relax, create, and make new friends.

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Tuesday, December 2

see the stars (at the planetarium)

Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA

1:30pm

With its spectacular Zeiss star projector, laser digital projection system, state-of-the-art aluminum dome, comfy seats, sound system, and theatrical lighting, the  Samuel Oschin Planetarium Theater is the finest planetarium in the world.  It’s also right in our backyard.  And every day Wednesday-Friday, you can take advantage of the less crowded weekdays to take kiddos to a show.  There are 4 rotating shows, and kiddos under 5 are only allowed in the first show daily (weekdays, that’s at 12:45 pm)

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Wednesday, December 3

The Turkey Platter Museum

Red Pipe Gallery

978 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, 90012

12:00pm

It's just not Thanksgiving without the turkey, and this exhibit has more than 200 of them… Turkey Platters, that is! This is a must-see exhibit of artisanal platters that collector Helen Gleason (mother of Mat Gleason) has acquired over 4 decades. They depict turkeys in styles that range from realism to expressionism, and represent a history of 120 years. The six week exhibition at Red Pipe Gallery opens on November 23, runs through January 4, and is sure to get your appetite going just in time for the holidays. Many of the platters will be for sale!
The exhibit opens Sunday, November 23, from Noon – 5 PM. The Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, Noon - 5 PM. This exhibit will run through Sunday, January 4, 2015. The gallery is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

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Thursday, December 4

Bruce Richards: Future/Past

Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

357 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

10:00am

Los Angeles, CA. - Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles presents the critically celebrated exhibition Bruce Richards: Future/Past newly extended through December 24, 2014. The exhibition offers a full view of Richard’s works spanning several decades. His paintings and sculpture - frequently in dialogue with related sculptures - are created with meticulous clarity, taking on an otherworldly luminosity that catapults them into the surreal. The exhibition is shown in tandem with a reduced version of Twin Visions: Jerome Witkin & Joel-Peter Witkin - which created an international stir.

While cited as having some resonance with the works of Rene Magritte who juxtaposed objects from ordinary life into fantastical compositions, in contrast, Richards employs a more singular focus on one or two objects, suspending them in a timeless space – a burning tire or match, a leaf, a twining snake, a coin etc. – to layer references to history, mythology, art, and personal experience and emotions.

These layers impart enormous symbolic and conceptual weight to seemingly ordinary objects. His works can be both referential and ironic by contrasting art of the past and present, such as his play between a famous Magritte torso and Marina Abramovic's infamous performance where she carved a pentagram onto her belly. In another example he juxtaposes the prehistoric depiction of woman, The Venus of Willendorf, with a work by Jeff Koons. Bruce Richard's visual sleight-of-hand further informs the viewer through his use of titles. Puns and provocative word play provide witty clues to the artist’s frame of reference, sharing a certain sly kinship with another of L.A.’s Cool School icons, Ed Ruscha.

Richards aim "is to engage the viewer in both the title's verbal association and its visual analogy." The late critic and poet, Donald Carroll cited: "These are not images that simply hang on the wall; they hang in the mind as well - agents provocateurs, teasing us, daring us to light the fuse that will set off a chain reaction of associative thought that lies behind - and beyond - these captured, isolated... representatives of the world we think we know... Bruce Richard's images are revealed as unexpected illustrations of who we are and what we think and, above all, how we think."

The exhibition, Bruce Richards: Future/Past is currently on view and extends through December 24, 2014. Jack Rutberg Fine Arts is located at 357 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 AM to 6 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM. For more information contact the gallery at (323) 938-5222 or [email protected]

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