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PLAN ForYourArt: January 20-26

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There has never been more worldwide attention on the creative culture of Los Angeles.

Each Week, ForYourArt highlights select cultural offerings throughout the week ahead to help you PLAN ForYourArt.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 20
L.A. Art Show
Los Angeles Convention Center (Downtown)
11am-8pm
The sixteenth annual L.A. Art Show (through Sunday January 23rd) returns with a series of performances, installations, curated exhibitions, symposia and demonstrations; including the 26th Annual Los Angeles IFPDA Print Fair, featured program, China Today, and Art Weekend LA, a new cultural event that provides docents and shuttle buses to the LA Convention Center.

ArtBites: Americana Part I
LACMA (Mid-Wilshire)
6-9:30pm
Art historian and chef Maite Gomez-Rejon will lead an informal discussion and tour of LACMA's renowned collection of American Art. Participants will learn about the European influence in America's artistic and culinary traditions, and cook a modern meal at the ArtBites Kitchen, adapted from historic cookbooks.

Collective Show Los Angeles 2011
Various Locations (Chinatown)
6-9pm
An artist-organized exhibition of Los Angeles-based contemporary art groups, featuring artist-run spaces and projects formed in the past five years. The exhibition will include screenings, performances and talks, as well as artwork by over 20 groups. The opening reception will feature performances by The Sterio Blak, Corey Fogel, DUBKNOWDUB and L.A. Pedestrians.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 21
Al Taylor: Wire Instruments and Pet Stains, The Donkey Show, and Daniel Cummings: Recent Paintings
SMMoA (Santa Monica)
7-9pm
The opening reception for three new exhibitions: Al Taylor: Wire Instruments and Pet Stains, The Donkey Show, and Daniel Cummings: Recent Paintings. The Donkey Show, guest curated by Jim Heimann and Josh Kun, explores myth and reality in the border town of Tijuana through the tradition of tourist photographs taken by Americans wearing sombreros and posing on top of donkeys and one of the greatest urban legends in all of California history: the Tijuana donkey show, the much-rumored, often-referenced, but never proven south of the border sex show.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22
Sympathetic Magic: Video Myths and Rituals
Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena)
7-9pm
Curated by Catherine Taft, the exhibition explores the storytelling, ritual, and everyday "sympathetic" magic of video art. Artists include: Neil Beloufa, Nancy Buchanan, Spencer Douglass and Gustavo Herrera, Naotaka Hiro, Ulysses Jenkins, Aaron GM, Cynthia Maughan, Nikhil Murthy, Catherine Ross, Marnie Weber, and Bruce and Norman Yonemoto with Mike Kelley. Also opening at the Armory, are Ruins of Daedalus' Labyrinth, a maze-like installation by Thai-born, Los Angeles-based artist Nuttaphol Ma, and Cafe Kiss of the World, an installation by Haruko Tanaka.