THURSDAY, MAY 3
Autumn Lights Night
Farmers & Merchant Bank (Downtown)
This fundraising event for the annual exhibition Autumn Lights L.A. will feature light installations, neon and black light art, photography, projections and other light-based creations by a variety of artists. VIP admission is $50 and includes early admission at 7 p.m., an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a raffle, a photo booth, entertainment, and art for sale. General admission is $10 and begins at 9 p.m.
The Sea and the Cloud
MOCA Grand Ave. (Downtown)
For the second "Engagement Party Art Talk," MOCA has invited The Public School to present two discussions about isolation, monitoring, and habitability against a backdrop of dissolving social institutions, familial structures, employment, and more. James Merle Thomas will present Tektite Revisited -- his research into NASA's short-lived program -- covering aquanauts, anechoic chambers, and the problems of modern living. Benjamin Bratton will speak about the "cloud" and planetary scale computation, with its effects on territory, law, and place. This free event will also feature a discussion moderated by artist Sean Dockray.
Creative Cultivation: dublab's 2012 Fundraiser Dinner
C Project (Hollywood)
Benefit dinner for Los Angeles art and music collective dublab. This event will feature musical performances from dublab members and friends including Anenon, Carlos Niño, Julia Holter, and Cut Chemist. Starry Kitchen and bread&wine will provide dinner and The Virgil will host a "pop-up mixology station" featuring signature cocktails and Lagunitas Beer, DRY Soda, Le Grande Courtage Champagne, and select wines. Tickets are $100 and available online.
FRIDAY, MAY 4
She's Not There
Public Fiction (Highland Park)
Opening night of the three day event "She's Not There" including performances by Jim Brown, D'Ette Nogle, and the Calder Quartet. The collection will also feature works and performances by Anthony Burdin, Aurie Ramirez, Charles Ray, Mark Grotjahn, Eli Langer, Corey Fogel, Lauren King, Scoli Acosta, D'Ette Nogle, Frances Stark, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Ann Faison, Dave Muller, and the Dick Slessig Combo. "She's Not There" continues May 5-6.
Slake No. 4 Launch Party
Atwater Crossing (Atwater Village)
Party celebrating the release of the fourth issue of Los Angeles literary magazine Slake. This event will feature live music, an art show featuring Slake No. 4 artists including Anne McCaddon, Brenna Youngblood, Kevin Zacher, Ted Soqui, Anne Fishbein, Allen Tombello, and Ginny Cook. There will also be a dance performance, food for purchase, and free beer and pie. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door, and available online.