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October 2014

California Dreamin’: The Sounds of Laurel Canyon, 1965-1977

October 31
|Every day until November 30, 2014
The GRAMMY Museum,
800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States
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In the 1960s and ’70s, Laurel Canyon was the soul of the West Coast folk and rock scene

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Vroom: The Art of the Motorcycle

October 31
|Closed Mondays
The Forest Lawn Museum,
6300 Forest Lawn Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90068 United States
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Iron horse. Chopper. Crotch rocket. Motorcycles aren’t just a means of locomotion; they’re cultural symbols. You don’t have to be an easy rider to appreciate these vintage bikes and motorcycle-themed works.

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Pompeii: The Exhibition

October 31
|Every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until January 4, 2015

With over 150 precious artifacts, from garden frescoes to gladiator armor, experience life in the former Roman city before a volcanic eruption destroyed it

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Marsden Hartley: The German Paintings 1913-1915

October 31
|Every week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until November 30, 2014

nfluenced by his two years in Berlin, the works of American modernist painter Marsden Hartley reference World War I, Native American motifs, and military symbols

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African Cosmos: Stellar Arts

October 31
|Every week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until November 30, 2014

This is the first major exhibition exploring the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with traditional and contemporary African arts

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Big Quilts in Small Sizes: Children’s Historical Bedcovers

October 31
|Closed Wednesdays

Ten quilts chosen from the museum’s collection, all of them made for children, reflect the same meticulous stitching and geometric patterns that have been used to create bedcovers in the United States for centuries

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Hammer Projects: N. Dash

October 31
|Closed Mondays

Rooted in direct experimentation with materials, this exhibition explores Dash’s use of natural materials; her handling of paper, canvas, cotton, and linen; and her intentional placement of her works within the surrounding architecture

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Hammer Projects: Mario Garcia Torres

October 31
|Closed Mondays

Filmed as though it were a motivational speech or a TED talk, Garcia Torres’s video speculates on the fraught biography of fake scribe Alan Smithee

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New Directions: A Juried Exhibition of the Textile Society of America

October 31
|Closed Mondays
Craft & Folk Art Museum,
5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
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The Textile Society of America has organized its first juried exhibition of contemporary textile art in conjunction with its 2014 biennial symposium

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Home and Away: The Printed Works of Ruth Asawa

October 31
|Through January 1, 2015

Known for her wire sculptures and public fountains, Ruth Asawa also produced numerous printed works while in residence at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in 1965. Many of these intimate portraits of her family and friends, as well as studies of flowers and chairs, will be shown.Various times.

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Hoy Space: Roya Falahi

October 31
|Through December 6, 2014
Vincent Price Art Museum,
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754-6099 United States
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In conjunction with the Los Angeles Islamic Arts Initiative, artist Falahi’s large-format photographs take center stage. Various times.

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The Importance of Being Earnest

October 31
|Every day until November 14, 2014
A Noise Within Theatre,
3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107 United States
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It’s the play that outed Oscar Wilde and landed him behind bars

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The Trip to Bountiful

October 31
|Every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until November 2, 2014
Ahmanson Theatre,
135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States
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Led by three-time Emmy award winner Cicely Tyson, the fresh-from-Broadway production finds a temporary home in L.A. Nominated for four Tony awards, it tells the heartbreaking and inspiring tale of an elderly woman who dreams of returning to her hometown of Bountiful, Texas, one last time. Various times.

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Nightmare City: A Video Nasties Celebration

October 31
|Every day until October 31, 2014
The Cinefamily,
611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
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For nearly all of October, Cinefamily willscreen once-censored videos

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Hollywood Costume

October 31
|Through March 15, 2015
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures,
8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90036 United States
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More than 100 items spanning century of cinema history are on display in this exhibition that was put together by costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis

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Breeders’ Cup Style & Beauty Lounge

October 31
|Through November 1, 2014
Santa Anita Park,
285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91007 United States
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Enjoy a day of luxury in the Style and Beauty Lounge at the Breeders’ Cup World Championship horse races

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Clare Graham & MorYork: The Answer Is Yes

October 31 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Closed Mondays
Craft & Folk Art Museum,
5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
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Clare Graham takes recycling to the next level

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Burning Down the House: Ellen Brooks, Jo Ann Callis, Eileen Cowin

October 31 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Every week on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until January 11, 2015
Pasadena Museum of California Art,
490 East Union Street, Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
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PMCA’s latest installation brings us the work of Brooks, Callis, and Cowin. Their storytelling photography addresses the evolving role of women, their torments and obsessions, and the domestic conflict they faced in Southern California from the 1970s to the early 2000s. 

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Stas Orlovski: Chimera

October 31 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Every week on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until January 11, 2015
Pasadena Museum of California Art,
490 East Union Street, Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
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Bouncing off the projections of 18th- and 19th-century Phantasmagoria, Stas Orlovski’s installation is a drawing accompanied by a soundscape of Victorian-era instruments taken from Steven Roden’s personal collection.

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An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle

October 31 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Every week on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until January 11, 2015

The collages of Jess Collins that accompanied his poet and partner Robert Duncan’s works earned the duo infamy as modernist pioneers in the 20th century. This exhibition centers on their relationship as well as their creations.

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