THE BLOG
07/21/2010 04:36 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Plan ForYourArt: July 22-28

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, JULY 22
New Original Works (NOW) Festival
REDCAT (Downtown)
8:30pm
The first week of the NOW Festival harnesses wild-in-the-streets energy to fuel two new works that celebrate the spirit of rebellion and escalate the politics of power to the level of the operatic, Maureen Huskey's The Exile of Petie Delarge and Killsonic's Tongues Bloody Tongues. Screenings of the 'week one films' will also be held Friday and Saturday nights.

Irving Blum Speaks
SMMoA (Santa Monica)
7pm
Art world legend, Irving Blum, discusses his years in the New York art scene of the 1970s and 80s, and about his distinguished work in Los Angeles at the seminal Ferus Gallery. Irving Blum Speaks will be a rare opportunity to hear Blum discusses his life and career in art. Admission is $15.

FRIDAY, JULY 23
Dennis Hopper Film Series
Cinefamily (Fairfax)
7:30pm and 9:30pm
As part of the Dennis Hopper Film Series, a month-long retrospective of Hopper's work, Cinefamily, in association with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) and Los Angeles Filmforum present Night Tide (7:30pm) and Tracks (9:30pm), with director Henry Jaglom in person.

SUNDAY, JULY 25
Conversations with Artists: Catherine Opie
LACMA (Mid-Wilshire)
2pm
On the occasion of the exhibition Catherine Opie: Figure and Landscape, join artist Catherine Opie and writer Eileen Myles for a discussion about Opie's photographs and the themes of identity and the American landscape. Book signing to follow. Admission is free, tickets available one hour prior.

MONDAY, JULY 26
West of Rome Public Art: A Night of Growth and Discovery
The Farley Building
7pm
West of Rome Public Art holds its first benefit in conjunction with the collaborative project by Mike Kelley and Michael Smith, A Voyage of Growth and Discovery. Taking place in the exhibition space, the benefit will be a transformative experience of psycho-aesthetic immersion with the artists directly involved in the creation of this mind-blowing voyage. The benefit will feature performances, unexpected and unconventional events, and an unusual conjunction of surprises and enlightening moments.