Calendar

Jul
1
Sat
Self Control @ Eastern Projects Gallery
Jul 1 – Jul 29 all-day

 

Eastern Projects Gallery is pleased to present, Self Control, a collection of seven Los Angeles based artists work that exemplifies life struggles.

ARTISTS: ALEX KIZU (DEFER), ALEX VENTURA (AXIS), BOB ROBERTS, CHARLIE ROBERTS, CHALI 2NA, CHRIS HAUETER, ERNESTO VAZQUEZ

Self Control brings together seven Los Angeles based artists backgrounds in graffiti art, tattooing, and Jiu Jitsu. Each artist has faced their own daily struggle yet through their artist ability and discipline, produce passionate, emotional, and energetic work. Just like in Martial Arts, this exhibition exemplifies the discipline and integrity that needs to be approached when handling life’s uncertainties.

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 1, 2017 5pm-10pm.
This event is free and open to the public.

 

Jul
15
Sat
BLACK IS A COLOR @ Charlie James Gallery
Jul 15 – Aug 19 all-day

Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun 12pm – 5pm
ARTIST’S RECEPTION: APRIL 8, 2017, 6-9PM


Charlie James Gallery
 is pleased to present black is a color, a group exhibition curated by Essence Harden, with works by Sadie Barnette, Adee Roberson, Lauren Halsey, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Texas Isaiah, Azikiwe Mohammed, Nikki Pressley, and Patrick Martinez.

What would it be to see pink on the wall and name it black?

“black is a color” asks how color has been employed as a central musing on black subjectivity. The exhibition considers how color-as spectra, chroma, saturation, and vessel-is a utility of/on blackness. In thinking through the process of hyperpigments, in particular, the show centers luster and vibrancy as speculative sites on kin, cosmology, resistance, and place. Here, black optics and corporeality are equally entangled with pleasure and play as with the durability and gravity implied by black. Through each artist’s lens, color comes to (en)compass visions of black life, futures, and presence. In a gesture towards abstraction in which blackness is and is not locatable, then, “black is a color” is an epistemological exploration of black diasporic wonderings.

About the Curator:
Essence Harden (Oakland, CA) works at the intersections of blackness, art, and cultural history. Essence is a Ph.D. candidate, independent curator, writer, and artist. Her visual work has appeared at Good Children Gallery, Black Portraitures III, SOMarts, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA). Her writing has appeared in Performa Magazine, SFAQ: International Arts and Culture, Everyday Feminism, Palmss Magazine, and Acres. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Essence earned her B.A in History from UC Berkeley and her M.A in African American Studies from UC Berkeley, and is a currently pursuing her Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley. Her dissertation queries post Black Power constructions of black masculinity, queerness, and fashion.
Wax Chromatic @ Charlie James Gallery
Jul 15 – Aug 19 all-day

Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 12pm – 5pm
Artist Reception – July 15, 6-9pm

Alexander Reben’s interactive work Wax Chromatic, will premiere in Los Angeles at Charlie James Gallery, opening Saturday, July 15. In this control-by-oration installation, viewers will be able to transform the gallery’s environment by imagining and verbalizing almost any color imaginable. Upon speaking the name of their preferred hue, the room – as will the symbiotic relationship between humanity and technology – will be illuminated with the articulated color. Color is of particular interest to Reben, given its concurrent massless nature and profound visual impact, as well as its infinitely variable gradations. The work continues the artist’s exploration into how through intelligent manipulations of our surroundings, we are becoming ever-more integrated into our environments-and they in turn, are increasingly becoming extensions of ourselves.
Alexander Reben explores humanity through the lens of art and technology. His work deals with human-machine relationships, synthetic psychology, artificial philosophy and robot ethics among other topics. Using “art as experiment” his work allows for the viewer to experience the future within metaphorical contexts. His artwork and research has been shown and published internationally and he consults with major companies guiding innovation for the social machine future. Alexander has exhibited at venues both in the U.S. and internationally including The Vienna Biennale, MAK Contemporary Art Museum, The Vitra Design Museum, Ars Electronica, Volta, The Whitney Biennial, CERN, TFI Interactive, IDFA, ArtBots, The Tribeca Film Festival, The Camden Film Festival, Doc/Fest, and The Boston Cyberarts Gallery. His work has been covered by NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Washington Post, Fast Company, Filmmaker Magazine, New Scientist, BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, Cool Hunting and WIRED among others. He has lectured at TED, SXSW, TTI Vanguard, Google, UC Berkeley, SMFA, CCA, MIT and other universities. Reben is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab where he studied human-robot symbiosis and art. He is a 2016-2017 WIRED innovation fellow and a visiting scholar in the UC Berkeley psychology department.
Jul
27
Thu
BID Board of Director Meeting @ Far East Plaza
Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The Chinatown BID Board of Directors Meeting is held on the 4th Thursday of odd months.

AGENDA

  1. Public Comments
  2. Approval of Previous Minutes
  3. Chinatown Development/Projects Update
  4. New Business
  5. Chinatown Marketing/2017 Events Update
  6. Chinatown Quality of Life Update
  7. Adjournment

Any questions, or to request to be added to the Board Agenda, please submit a request prior to the meeting to info@chinatownla.com for consideration.

*Validated Parking in Far East Plaza parking garage below building.

Aug
3
Thu
Chinatown After Dark @ Far East Plaza
Aug 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Chinatown After Dark happens on the First Thursdays at Far East Plaza. The monthly event features an opportunity for innovative chefs to test out new menu items and pop-up concepts. Chinatown’s regulars promote specials and other incentives. Each month’s event feature talented musical acts from vocalists to DJs to instrumentals. Good vibes under clear skies in the breezy Southern California evening, join us next time and see what’s new in the neighborhood!

Aug
5
Sat
Undiscovered Chinatown Walking Tour @ Throughout Chinatown
Aug 5 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Visit a temple, an herbal shop, art galleries, antique stores, and more! The 2 1/2 hour walking tour will take visitors to a number of off-the-beaten-track points of interest and will guide those interested in shopping to some of Chinatown’s best bargains and its trendiest shops. Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to wind your way through a myriad of alleyways, plaza stalls, and classical courtyards to discover the charm of L.A’s Chinatown.

For those interested, please rsvp online here.

Undiscovered Chinatown Highlighted Walking Tour @ Throughout Chinatown
Aug 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Held in conjunction with the 8/5 Chinatown Summer Nights Event 5pm-midnight.

Visit a temple, an herbal shop, art galleries, antique stores, and more! The 1 1/2 hour walking tour will take visitors to a number of off-the-beaten-track points of interest and will guide those interested in shopping to some of Chinatown’s best bargains and its trendiest shops. Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to wind your way through a myriad of alleyways, plaza stalls, and classical courtyards to discover the charm of L.A’s Chinatown.

For those interested, please rsvp online here.

Chinatown Summer Nights @ Central Plaza
Aug 5 @ 5:00 pm – Aug 6 @ 12:00 am

Part food event, part summer party, Chinatown Summer Nights presents an exciting hot spot for Angelenos this summer. Taste the many culinary offerings of Chinatown and LA’s gourmet food trucks; sample the neighborhood’s wares; watch Chinese chefs perform cooking demonstrations; experience large-scale, outdoor video projections; take part in hands-on, Chinese cultural activities presented by local organizations and museums; sip on craft brews and dance in Central Plaza with 89.9 KCRW’s DJ’s!

Central Plaza (943 N Broadway)

“New Chinatown” Photo Booth (6pm-10pm)
Original Vintage Cutouts Circa 1940

Artisan (5pm-9:30pm)
Brush Painting by Nori Shirasu
Calligraphy by Guojian Cui
Clay Sculpture by Keluo Xu
Dough Sculpture by Chris Lee
Face Painting by Tai-Ling Wong
Fruit Carving by THAIS Inc.

Arts & Craft Workshop (5pm-8:30pm)
Along the River” during Qingming Festival – Part I

Central Plaza Main Stage | KCRW DJ
5PM-8PM TBA
8PM KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad
10PM KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole

Craft & Vintage Market
Alucik
ACEoteric
D Collective
LA MENO
NyLaurent
Sol De Cobre

Culinary Stage
Hosts: TBA

Cooking Demo
Eating Competition

Food Trucks 5pm-midnight
Crepes Bonaparte
India Jones Chow Truck
Jogasaki Burrito
Lobsta Truck
Tokyo Doggie Style
Wise Babeque
Yalla Truck

Roaming Magician – Minh Tran (8pm-10pm)

Mandarin Plaza (970 N. Broadway)

1950’s Vintage search light
provided by Bob Meza with Victory Searchlight

Craft Beer Garden 5pm-midnight
coming soon

LA WEEKLY Live Music Stage
Curated by Kevin Bronson of Buzzbandla.com
5PM MetronOhm
6PM Lucy & La Mer
7PM Chris Price
8PM Wait. Think. Fast.
9PM Isle & Fever
10PM HAWAI
11PM The Federal Empire

Aug
26
Sat
LA Weekly’s Artopia @ Los Angeles Union Station
Aug 26 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

LA Weekly's Artopia

LA Weekly’s fifth annual art party, Artopia, is a celebration of the vibrant arts and culture scene in Los Angeles. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2017, in DTLA at Union Station, a Historic-Cultural monument and “the last of the great train stations.”

For the second year in a row, we have enlisted the help of internet radio network and DJ collective dublab to curate the sights and sounds. From performance artists to DJs to filmmakers and dance troupes, an impressive lineup of artists will fill your senses.

The bash runs from 8:00pm to 11:00pm with VIP entry starting at 7:00pm.

Artopia benefits dublab, a non-profit, online radio station dedicated to the growth of music, arts and culture.

Please note this event is strictly 21+.

Sep
2
Sat
Undiscovered Chinatown Walking Tour @ Throughout Chinatown
Sep 2 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Visit a temple, an herbal shop, art galleries, antique stores, and more! The 2 1/2 hour walking tour will take visitors to a number of off-the-beaten-track points of interest and will guide those interested in shopping to some of Chinatown’s best bargains and its trendiest shops. Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to wind your way through a myriad of alleyways, plaza stalls, and classical courtyards to discover the charm of L.A’s Chinatown.

For those interested, please rsvp online here.