Holiday what? Is there something special going on this weekend? Didn't think so. If you're not feeling the Halloween spirit, use the next three days to explore some long-running LA events you may have not yet seen, and which have nothing to do with tricks, treats or sexy cops.
What: 'Bruce of Los Angeles' Gallery Opening
Why: Pop tart Galley says: "Bruce Bellas, or Bruce of Los Angeles as he came to be known, arrived in California in 1946 and immediately began challenging the norms of acceptable society. With post-war conservatism growing, Bruce of Los Angeles photographed Muscle Beach's most beautiful male bodies and published an extensive body of homoerotic work during a time when institutionalized homophobia was the norm. His pin-up images of the male physique pressed the boundaries between art and obscenity. Having influenced contemporary photographers such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber, and Herb Ritts, Bruce of Los Angeles is regarded as a 'creative force in the establishment of the modern homosexual identity.'"
When: Opening Party Friday, October 28, (through December 31), Free
Where: Pop tART Gallery, 3023 West 6th Street, at South Virgil Avenue, (323-314-7779 or lapoptart.com)
What: Charles and Ray Eames: Eames Words
Why: Part of the city-wide Pacific Standard Time art initiative, this show features the simple, innovative works of iconic couple Charles and Ray Eames. This exhibit shares the innovative work of the Eames’ modernist designs by focusing on "the lesser-known aspects of their lives, revealing their appreciation of the value of humble objects and useful tools."
When: Daily, through January 16, $10 ($5 for students)
Where: Architecture + Design Museum, 6032 Wilshire Boulevard, at South Fairfax Avenue, (323-932-9393 or aplusd.org)
What: Beauty CULTure
Why: On a weekend dedicated to costumes and face paint, check the Annenberg's much-lauded collection of photographs exploring the notion of female beauty and the "cult-like glorification and multi-billion dollar industries that surround it."
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday (through November 27), 11am-6pm, Free
Where: Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, at West Olympic Boulevard, (213-403-3000 or annenbergspaceforphotography.org)
What: George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Why: The Grammy Museum provides an in-depth look of the "quiet Beatle" by bringing together a collection of rare photographs, video and artifacts including hand written song lyrics to 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps', the suit Harrison wore during The Concert for Bangladesh, instruments, personal sketchbooks, notebooks and journals.
When: Friday, 11:30am-7:30pm, Saturday, Sunday 10am-7:30pm, (through February 12), $12.95
Where: Grammy Museum, 800 West Olympic Boulevard, at South Figueroa Street, (213-765-6800 or grammymuseum.org
What: For the Record: Tarantino in Concert
Why: From his use of 'Stuck in the Middle With You' in "Reservoir Dogs" to 'Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood' in "Kill Bill," Quentin Tarantino's use of music is always smart, usually unexpected and often iconic. For the Record celebrates the best of Tarantino's soundtracks through theatrical recreations of the music and moments of films including "Jackie Brown", "Pulp Fiction", "Kill Bill" and more.
When: Wednesday-Saturday (through November 12), 9pm, $20-$35
Where: Barre VT, 1714 North Vermont Avenue, at Prospect Avenue, (323-661-6163 or showatbarre.com)