The best of this weekend's cultural happenings, brought to you by Flavorpill LA.
Unique Los Angeles Independent Design & Gift Sale
California Market Center
110 E 9th St
This year, head on over to Unique Los Angeles' famous holiday show for the best Christmas shopping adventure in the city. Browse cool knickknacks from over 300 local designers and artists while indulging in beer and eats, comforted by knowing that a portion of proceeds go to help out 826LA. As if those weren't good enough reasons to do your holiday shopping at Unique, scoring a free Shepard Fairey Studio No.1 tote, learning how to draw monsters from Stefan G. Bucher of dailymonster.com, taking home an original photo from Oh Snap! Studios, and of course the satisfaction of buying local certainly are.
Leonardo da Vinci and Bill Viola
Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles
1023 Hilgard Ave
"I don't know why they are called Old Masters," notes renowned da Vinci scholar Carlo Pedretti, "when in fact, they were young radicals." Pedretti is at the center of the Italian Cultural Institute's current exhibition, which pairs The Last Angel by video installation artist (and hometown hero) Bill Viola with a group of da Vinci drawings rarely exhibited in the US. Angel in the Flesh is both the most famous of these drawings--depicting a scandalously androgynous figure of beatific sensuality--and the title of Pedretti's newly released book, a saucy scholarly tome on the life of da Vinci's muse and companion, Salai. The unexpectedly familial correspondences between da Vinci's and Viola's angels occasions a meditative sense of wonder, and demonstrates the enduring vitality and salience of the radical master.
-Shana Nys Dambrot
Create:Fixate 8-Year Anniversary: Infinity
613 Imperial St
Saturday Dec 5 (7pm-2am)
Hot on the heels of its hit fundraiser, Create:Fixate is throwing itself a much-deserved birthday party after eight years of promoting the arts in Los Angeles. Infinity riffs on the Chinese numerological significance of the number 8 as a catalyst for unlimited potential, and features Create:Fixate's signature blend of multimedia arts--including fashion, live painting by guest artist Michael Pukac, jewelry, and video projections--set to a diverse soundtrack of both spun and live music. Chock full of goodies from almost every medium, this fête has all the ingredients to satiate even the most discerning art lover.
-Heather Jeno Silva
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