LA Area Events

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UCLA Center for the Study of Women has many thought provoking events
to start the new academic year.

Queer Mondays is a non-elitist, un-curated LGBT experimental performance series that takes place on the last Monday of every month.
Highways Performance Space and Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Tea and Morphine: Women in Paris 1880 to 1914
January 26 – May 4, 2014
Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90024
Although women were often exalted and idealized in late 19th century French graphic art, many women were leading lives of desperation and despair. This exhibit explores how more realistic images, whether of morphine addicts or prostitutes, began to portray the full range of women’s experiences.

A Royal Passion:  Queen Victoria and Photography
February 4 – June 8, 2014
The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA

Find Your Roots: An Art Exhibition
February 14 – May 4, 2014
Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA
The City of West Hollywood Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, the Russian Advisory Board and Lark Gallery West Hollywood present “Find Your Roots:” An Art Exhibition. The “Find Your Roots” artists come from many different countries, faiths, regions and ethnic backgrounds, including Russia, Italy, Korea, Serbia, Israel, Iran, Japan, Ukraine, Austria, Germany, Poland, Great Britain, Turkey, Armenia and Romania, as well as the United States.
Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA

Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World
March 8 – September 2, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum, 369E. 1st St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Curated by Takahiro Kitamura and photographed and designed by Kip Fulbeck, Perseverance is a groundbreaking exhibition and the first of its kind. Perseverance will explore Japanese tattooing as an art form by acknowledging its roots in ukiyo-e prints. This exhibition will also examine current practices and offshoots of Japanese tattooing in the U.S. and Japan. Perseverance features the work of seven internationally acclaimed tattoo artists, Horitaka, Horitomo, Chris Horishiki Brand, Miyazo, Shige, Junii, and Yokohama Horiken, along with tattoo works by selected others. Through the display of a variety of photographs, including life-sized pictures of full body tattoos, these artists will cover a broad spectrum of the current world of Japanese tattooing.

Natural Subjects Art Exhibit: Keith Lord and Nancy Macko
April 1 – May 22, 2014
Harris Gallery, University of LaVerne (across from the student center)
Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., or by appointment / Admission is free.

“Mothers of Invention” a Sculptural Exhibit of Women Inventors
April 4 – 27, 2014
Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Road Barracks 16, San Diego, CA 92106
Artist, Kristine Albrecht has explored the roles of women in society through watercolor paintings and clay for the past two decades. She addresses issues facing both women of the day and women of her mother’s generation. In 2013, she began her current series in clay which illuminates individual women inventors and pioneers whose stories are little known or have been forgotten. Through her research, she found that rarely were the contributions of women acknowledged in the same way as their male counterparts and that women struggled for their ideas to be heard.

World City: Khukh Tenger & Huun-Huur Tu
April 19, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
W.M. Keck Children’s Amphitheatre, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Khukh Tenger, which means “Blue Sky” in Mongolian, showcases the unique dance traditions, customs and rituals of these nomadic people. Accompanying these folk dances is the talented Huun-Huur Tu, a musical group practicing the traditional art of “throat-singing”. This ancient form of music-making is a technique in which a single vocalist can simultaneously produce two pitches. Performing at 11am and 12:30pm, you won’t want to miss this unique interpretation of traditional song and dance.

The Denim Day Press Conference & Event
April 23, 2014
GUESS? Inc. Headquarters, 1444 South Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA  90021
Free parking in GUESS Lot 2 (enter from 15th Street).
RSVPs are required and non-transferable.  Identification will be checked upon arrival.  RSVP deadline: April 18.

Will Obamacare Succeed? Drew Altman, PhD, President & CEO, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Speaks to Town Hall Los Angeles
April 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Reception from  11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles, 506 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071
After three years of heated debate, the question many consumers still have about the Affordable Care Act is, “Will this work for me?” Polls show that consumers are uninformed or confused about what the law means for them. With approximately 22% of California’s eligible population enrolled in marketplace plans as of February 1, 2014, the challenge now is to guide the public through the implementation process. Employers, health departments, and the media must all communicate the unbiased facts and analysis to the public to make health reform real. What are the challenges ahead nationally and in California?
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Global Ecofeminism Conference: Women, Sustainability, and the Environment
April 26, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405

An Evening with Arianna Huffington ~ THRIVE: The Third Metric to Redefining Success
and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
May 7, 8:00 p.m. (Reception from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.)
All Saints Church-Beverly Hills, 504 North Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, CA  90210
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Questions for My Mother and Questions My Mother Can’t Answer
May 11, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA 90815
The afternoon begins with Questions for My Mother, a documentary theatre piece created by Long Beach high school sophomores and juniors in Sparking Curiosity, a 12-week workshop led by CSULB Department of Theatre Arts faculty Andrea Caban. Questions My Mother Can’t Answer is a moving and funny show written and performed by Caban, in which she goes on a mind-body-soul healing mission after being hit by a New York City cab. Caban portrays eight women of-a-certain-age and finds that life is not about avoiding accidents or tragedies, but how we deal with them. A collaboration with CSULB Department of Theatre Arts.  Free admission.

Freedom Socialist Party National Convention
May 24 – 26, 2014
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council 36 Building, 514 Shatto Place, Los Angeles, CA  90020.

Yvonne Rainer: Dances and Films
May 27 – October 12, 2014
The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA

20th L.A. Film Fest
June 11 – 19, 2014
L.A. Live, Downtown Los Angeles

Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392 – 1910
June 29 – September 28, 2014
LACMA, Hammer Building, Level 2, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90036

Dinner With A Cause
October 9, 2014
JW Marriott, L.A. Live, Los Angeles, CA
Benefits Downtown Women’s Center