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Downtown Culture: Wrinkles of the City, Alternative Library and Academic Stand-Up

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, March 02, 2011, at 11:39PM
Courtesy LA Freewalls Project

French artist JR includes the Downtown Arts District for the L.A. edition of his international street project "Wrinkles in the City."

This week in Downtown you can see new works of an international street artist before they are marked up, art performances a-plenty at Grand Avenue's REDCAT and MOCA, and watch the Central Library flex its alternative art mojo. Plus, a stand-up comic performing at the Downtown Comedy Club has an unexpected day job.

“Wrinkles of the City”: The French street artist known as JR has been making waves the last few weeks with his L.A. edition of "Wrinkles of the City." New pieces can be found on the side of the Angel City Brewery at 216 S Alameda St; the loft building on 808 E. 3rd; and a warehouse at 2476 Hunter St by the 10 Freeway-- as well as the walls at 696 S. Myers St and the side of the Hotel Bristol at 8th and Olive. All of this follows his 2010 appearance in the Historic Core.

Now the artist is using his TED fellowship to create Inside Out, a global, participatory art project.


Art Performance: The League of Imaginary Scientists holds the third and final phase of “The Evolving Contraption”—titled "The Zephyr Experiment—for MOCA's Engagement Party. While museum guests experiment with flying and floating theories, The Blasting Company Romanian Division will provide the street music soundtrack for the successes, or failings, of the night. Thu Mar 3 7pm / MOCA Grand Avenue / 250 S. Grand

Alternative Aloud: If there was such a thing as a public broadcasting late-night talk show that represented L.A., this would be it. The Library Foundation takes a break from its regular programming to bring you an evening of artful post-punk culture. The night includes comedian Patton Oswald, John Wesley Harding, artist Catherine Opie, and raucous alternative music with He's My Brother She's My Sister. $15. ADD: ALOUD notes This Is Your Library is sold out but "Still come 4 drinks, Pinks hotdogs, & a performance by He's My Brother, She's My Sister" Thu Mar 3 8pm / Los Angeles Central Library / 630 W. 5th

'Dudamel conducts Bruckner' with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The evening includes Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7, and Webern’s Five Pieces for Orchestra. Thu Mar 3 8pm (plus Fri Mar 4 8pm and Sun Mar 6 2pm)/ Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand


CIVIL RITES: Company of Angels presents new works from a playwriting workshop made of residents who are mostly from the Hotel Alexandria. Fri Mar 4 (8pm); Also Sat Mar 5 (8pm), Sun Mar 6 (7 pm); Fri Mar 11 (8pm), Sat Mar 12 (8pm), Sun Mar 13 (7pm) / Company of Angels at The Alexandria / 501 S. Spring 3rd Floor


Walking Tours: The Studio for Southern California History introduces The Rafu Shimpo's Little Tokyo tour led by Michael Hirano Culross. It is free, but reservations are required. Sat Mar 5 10am / Meet in front of the Rafu Shimpo (138 Onizuka Street)

ADD MAR 3: "News to us" tweets Rafu Shimpo about the tour in their name. The Studio for Southern California confirms "the tour is done by the Studio" led by guide Mike Hirano Culross, who happens to be a Rafu staffer.

The 10th Annual Lantern Festival: will include family-oriented, artist-led workshops in traditional lantern making, calligraphy, origami, face painting and kite construction near the Chinese American Museum in El Pueblo. Entertainment includes lion and fan dancers and a martial arts exhibition. Free. Sat Mar 5 noon to 7pm / Chinese American Museum / 525 N. Los Angeles

Down and Out: Artist Emmeric Konrad introduces a new mural on the outdoor “canvas” of the 5th and Spring watering hole. Sat Mar 5 7pm / Down and Out / 501 S. Spring

“Ripe: A Wine Show About Art Tasting” is the new offering by Crewest featuring selected street artists who make contemporary street art from recycled wine bottle, barrels and corks. Opening Reception: Sat Mar 5 6pm / Crewest / 110 Winston

The 11th Annual Brazilian Carnaval 'Exotica' features music by Chalo Eduardo, alternative Brazilian dance music by DJ Chris Brazil, and Brazilian Nites samba dancers. The night includes food, drink, a 100-piece drum corp and a drawing for a free trip to Brazil. Costumes are encouraged. Sat Mar 5 8pm / Club Nokia L.A. Live / 800 W. Olympic

Downtown Comedy Club: Comedian Paul Blomeyer's bio has not-so-subtle hints of his day gig. He is an Associate Teaching Professor in the College Writing Program at USC, making his dry delivery about everyday life somehow funnier. While it is wise to not over-analyze the craft of comedy, the educator was asked if a collegiate creative writing curriculum could ever include writing for stand-up. Blomeyer e-mailed back: “I do think that a good comedy act is as well-structured as any argumentative essay and that students could learn structure by analyzing stand-up acts.” Mar 5 8pm (Krystal Gibbons headlines the 9pm slot) / Downtown Comedy Club / 114 W. 5th

Master of Jazz: Pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who also serves as LA Phil Creative Chair for Jazz, performs with Wayne Shorter on saxophone, Dave Holland on bass and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. Sat Mar 5 8pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand


‘One Day When We Were Young’: Emerging opera singers are featured in Opera Buffs’ Spring Showcase: “All are vocalists of great promise, selected as the most talented among the 40 singers heard at our last Auditions Program.” Sun Mar 6 2pm / Colburn School / 200 S. Grand

Stories from Korea: With the Los Angeles Master Chorale, composer Mark Grey brings works based on writings by Kim Namsoo in a performance that “blends hints of the country's cherished musical and cultural traditions with western art music.” The night includes classical arrangements of traditional Korean songs. Sun Mar 6 7pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

Checking In: It is always a busy week at Downtown's infamous alt-club The Smell. Sunday features Gobble Gobble, Captain Ahab, Foot Village, and Heller Keller. Sun Mar 6 9pm / The Smell / 247 S. Main


Big Sound Band: The 20–piece John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble has swing-era music take on orchestral arrangements by Hollenbeck. The ensemble includes Matt Mitchell of Claudia Quintet, Theo Bleckmann of Refuge Trio and a list of featured players including saxophonist Tony Malaby, trombonist Jacob Garchik and bassist Kermit Driscoll. Mon Mar 7 8:30pm / REDCAT / 631 W. 2nd


Animation: Los Angeles premiere’s of Animated Works by Nancy Andrews, who uses a hybrid of storytelling, documentary, puppetry and vaudeville. Tue Mar 8 8:30pm / REDCAT / 631 W. 2nd


‘PIANO AND’: Pianist Danny Holt's “no-holds-barred”-style Piano + Percussion Project also features Andrew Tholl, and Sarah Seelig in a night of interdisciplinary collaborations. Wed Mar 9 8:30pm / REDCAT / 631 W. 2nd

More Exene: X-Frontwoman Exene Cervanka's new solo outing “The Excitement of Maybe” has its CD release party at The Redwood. Exene will be performing. Wed Mar 9 9pm / Redwood Bar & Grill / 316 W. 2nd

Opera: “Turn of the Screw” conducted by James Conlon. Soprano Patricia Racette makes her role debut as the Governess. Opens March 12. Runs through March 30 / Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 135 N. Grand


Theater: "33 Variations" with Jane Fonda ends its run at the Ahmanson on March 6. "Wrinkles" continues at East West Players until March 13.

On-Going Hoops: The Denver Nuggets visit L.A. to play the Clippers on Saturday, March 5 (7:30pm); Lakers host the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday, March 4 (7:30 pm) and the 2011 Pac-Ten Tournament opens on Wednesday, March 9.

Add Puck: For the Downtown hockey fan, the Kings host the Vancouver Canucks on March 5 (7:30pm) and the Dallas Stars on March 7 (7:30pm). Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

Oscar Catch-Up: If you are not still venting on Facebook about “The Social Network” being robbed at the Oscars, you can catch “The King’s Speech,” winner of Best Actor, Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, on the big screen at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live.


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