Here are five great things you should do in Southern California this week, from art to food to music, to an adventure we’ll call "the Wild Card," from the makers of the 5 Every Day app. Get this as a new podcast in iTunes. If you want five hand-picked things to do in Los Angeles every day, download the free 5 Every Day from the App Store.
ART: Phantasma Gloria
It's best around 10 a.m., when the sun pokes over the hill and refracts through the hundreds of bottles, marbles and vessels filled with colored water. It reaches up some 24 feet into the sky, with dolphins and a Virgin de Guadalupe woven into its weird glass patchwork. This is the Phantasma Gloria, a giant piece of public art on the private grounds of "Randyland," which is what Echo Park resident Randlett Lawrence calls his front yard. If you find yourself near Lemoyne Street some enchanted mid-morning, it's a radiant diversion. Inspired by the Watts Towers and encouraged by his art-friendly neighbors in Echo Park, Lawrence has been tinkering on his sculpture for over a decade. He adds new elements regularly, so every time you visit it’s a whole new kaleidoscope of sunshine.
CITY: Pop-up Mag
What is a magazine? Like a lot of great words with Z's in them, its etymology is Arabic. It means "storehouse." So we can safely say that any container full of ideas qualifies as a magazine. Tonight, the container is the theater at the Ace Hotel downtown, and the ideas are told by a diverse group of artists through true stories, documentary films, photography, sound and music. Yep, it's another "issue" of Pop-Up Magazine, an improbable hybrid of TED Conference, festival and conceptual vaudeville put together by the good people of California Sunday, a traditional wood-pulp magazine of the highest order. The lineup includes Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Sam Green, musician Angel Deradoorian, writer/director team Phil Lord and Chris Miller, New York Times Magazine staffer Jenna Wortham and tons more. Almost guaranteed to make you smarter.
FOOD: Pressed Freeze
Science hasn't always served the best interests of humanity, but when it comes to the development of new desserts, the nerds are doing us right. We can only assume it takes an advanced physics degree to create what we are about to tell you about: A method for transforming cold-pressed organic juice into soft-serve ice cream without adding anything or sacrificing flavor. This is what the juice chain Pressed Juicery has figured out how to do, somehow. They call it a "Freeze." It's just juice, guys, transmuted by some scientific magic — Maxwell's Demon or Schroedinger's Cat or something — into a sublimely fluffy iced delight that you can top at your discretion with Himalayan salt and goji berries. They are going to make a billion dollars on this, mark our word. You can get your hands on this important innovation at the new Pressed Freeze location in Hollywood — or at the Glendale Americana, like a true patriot.
This weekend, the Hammer Museum is presenting “All The Instruments Agree,” which they are calling an exhibition. Or a concert. Or both. It’s conceived as an exhibition in the form of a concert. It’s a two-day festival of continuous performances from sound artists. Arty bands. Visual artists who also make music. Some highlights include industrial music pioneer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, and GLITTERBUST, a new project from Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. The Cairo-based artist Hassan Khan will perform a multi-track work for the first time in the U.S., and a local band we love called the Bushes play Sunday. It’s a truly weird rap project from two well-respected visual artists, Ry Rocklen and Nick Lowe, who perform long absurdist raps about globalization. But that’s just a fraction of the fantastic lineup.
WILD CARD: Institute for Art and Olfaction
(Photo: Etienne/glassholic via Flickr Creative Commons)
Los Angeles has many smells. The sour brine of the sea, the bouquet of dusty chaparral, the warm waft of the taco truck. Bottling these ineffable wonders seems like the last great alchemy — distilling the essence of physical things with weight and mass, capturing them in bottles, blending them into little aromatic love spells. It almost seems heretical. Maybe some things can’t be contained. The “Institute for Art and Olfaction” — a nonprofit devoted to experimentation with scent — is on a mission to put the tools of perfumery into the hands of artists and laymen alike. They hold regular workshops and open sessions, and collaborating with artists on all kinds of odorous projects. The I.O.A. holds open sessions every Wednesday night for $40. People at any level of ability are welcome to tinker with perfume-making in their Chinatown storefront. They also host special sessions, like this weekend’s two-day intensive on floral accords, hosted by the institute’s perfumer in residence, Ashley Eden Kessler.
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