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L.A. Arts Month Kicks off with Music and Acrobatics

By Lauren Mattia
Published: Wednesday, January 05, 2011, at 04:21PM
2010 Arts Month Kickoff Lauren Mattia

The kick-off featured a performance from Cirque du Soleil's "Zumanity."

Los Angeles Arts Month officially kicked off today to a large crowd at Music Center Plaza, where a series of speakers and performers heralded L.A.’s unique art culture. The yearly event aims to encourage residents to explore the arts that Los Angeles has to offer.

The kick-off for the event found its home at Downtown’s Music Center Plaza, and featured a performance by Cirque du Soleil as well as a musical set by David Hidalgo and Louie Perez of Los Lobos. The performances were preceded by speeches from several city officials and cultural leaders, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Arts Month takes place each January, and is comprised of over 160 of gallery events, film screenings, performance art, and festivals that promote L.A’s unique culture “where the cutting edge is neighbored with the historic.” Events will take place all over Los Angeles. Here are a few of the Downtown highlights:

Visions From China: This group exhibition features contemporary art from The Peoples Republic of China and runs until January 8th. The exhibit features work of Chinese artists new to the gallery, and also includes recent pieces by artists whose work has been exhibited at PYO Gallery in Beijing, China. Artists highlighted are Dong Li, Yu Yang, Shen Hao, Zhang Ye Xin, and Yu Da Ming. Runs through January 8/PYO Gallery/ 1100 S. Hope St., Suite 105

Decolonizing Architecture: This exhibition at the REDCAT will be Alessandro Petti, Sandi Hilal and Eyal Weizma's first U.S. presentation that builds on nearly 4 years of research and theory. Originally set up as a residency program in Beit Sahour, Bethlehem and recently re-established as the Decolonizing Architecture/Art Residency (DAAR), they discuss the conflict over Palestine as their main case study. The panel discussion is co-presented by REDCAT and MAK Center for Art and Architecture, and will bring together Alessandro Petti, founding member and director of Decolonizing Architecture/Art Residency; Iain Boal of RETORT, the Bay Area collective of writers, activists and scholars, and co-author of Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War; architect and UCSD professor Teddy Cruz whose work centers around urban research/design within context of the U.S.-Mexico border; and Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG. The panel will be moderated by MAK Center’s director, Kimberli Meyer. Runs through February 6, Tuesday-Sunday (12-6pm)/REDCAT/631 W. 2nd Street

Sallie Whistler Marcucci: L.A. Artcore presents an exhibit of works by visual artist Sallie Whistley Macucci, titled “Whistler’s Aunt.” The exhibition will be the artist’s first in California, and highlight’s Marcucci’s bold patterns and flat shapes, “evocative of ancient Roman cities, Medieval tapestries and Japanese paintings.” Runs through January 30, 12-5pm/LA Artcore at Union Center for the Arts/120 Judge John Aiso St

FACE to FACE on METAL: ADC Contemporary Art Gallery collaborates with the Consulate General of Argentina to present an exhibition that highlights the work of Jorge Albertella and Gerardo Hacer. Runs through January 10/ADC Contemporary Art Gallery/1330 Factory Place, Building i

A Selection of Works from MOCA’s Permanent Collection: This exhibition is comprised of some of the most significant works from MOCA’s permanent collection which spans many of the major art movements of the 20th century, from abstract expressionism to pop art. Tickets cost $10 for general public and $5 for seniors and students. January 6-31/MOCA/250 S. Grand Ave

LA Craft Experience: Located in Chinatown’s Central Plaza, Downtown’s newest outdoor market features vendors from all over Los Angeles. In this shopper’s paradise, guests can find screen prints, letterpresses, jewelry, home accessories, children’s gifts, and much more.
Second Saturday of every month, 6:00 pm/ Chinatown’s Central Plaza/943 N. Broadway

Direct from Brazil--Grupo Corpo Glorya Kaufman and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion present Brazilian dance group, Grupo Corpo (literally translated to “body group”), which incorporates a modern dance style with vigorous pop and urban beats. Don’t miss this performance, which has received rave reviews from the New York Times for its “spectacular dancing.” Tickets start at $25. January 28-30/Dorothy Chandler Pavilion/135 N. Grand Ave.

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