This week features a thousand better ways to spend your money than a horrifically unique solid black bat tattoo behind your ear, leaving you with a flock of five on each side of your head, carefully accumulating over the past few years of your adult life, just like the webs of spiders slowly making their way down your pants. Oh, I'm talking about an actual tattoo exhibit at the reputable Natural History Museum, Monsterpalooza, and something called the Electric Pussycat.
"Tattoo: An Exhibition"
Daily until April 15
The Natural History Museum
This is your final and last weekend to visit this historic ink. And, it's Friday the 13th, so maybe you can skip the lame $13 tattoo to add to the collection of coffins on the side of your neck, and see some quality artistry since the dawn of being inked. This is another touring exhibit first seen in 2014 at the Musee du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac in Paris. Tattoo: An Exhibition displays the history of body ink going back 5,000 years. The LA showing includes a look at California's own tattoo history and even a recreated version of the oldest continuously run tattoo parlor in America, Bert Grimm's World Famous Tattoo.
http://nhm.org for tickets and more info
And then there was Monsterpalooza...
April 13 6pm to 11pm
April 14-15 11am to 6pm.
Pasadena Convention Center
There will be special FX artists galore, so bring your own monster mask or have a pro gore you out there, and it's not even October---YESSS. I think we could all use a little springtime screaming. Horror screenings, contests, over 250 exhibitors, and a carefully cryptically vague promise of celebrity guests. All in all, still a way better use for your shitty weak sauce tattoo money. The palooza even has a Monster Museum. I mean, Friday the 13th is supposed to be scary, right? Additionally, I will jump on any opportunity to be covered in blood and not have to deal with people coming up to me and asking if I need an ambulance.
http://monsterpalooza.com for tickets and more info
Grand Spanking Opening April 14
301 E. Broadway Glendale, CA
If blood and guts aren't you thing, how about wood and nuts? Can you say,"Yeah baby, yeah?" Well, the latest creation by artist Zach Neil of fine bar and eatery experience establishments is going to make you want to shag both now and later---maybe in your pants as you read this. Two words: Electric Pussycat; a new psychedelic Austin Powers dance venue in downtown Glendale. This Saturday April 14th, the two-story thematic masterpiece opens its doors to the go go dancer in all of us. More of a stool hogger? There will be more than just alcohol to swig at this psychedelic party. The Electric Pussycat has a grilled cheese and milkshakes bar menu developed and concocted by Neil and executive Chef Chris Binotto, who has been known to palate partner up with Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto (credentials for us TV watchers haha). Liquid courage needing or naturally ballsy, there will be some great conversation starters with strangers when you let them know you're drinking a signature "Fook You" or "Cryogenic Freeze" cocktail. Here's a teaser, a really big one for me at least, Neil's next adventure, a This Is Spinal Tap something or other in downtown LA. I'm on the lookout.
The Exhibition Back-burner.
(for when there's still time for you to find time)
Daily until May 5th
Corey Helford Gallery
Artists David Connelly and Zoey Taylor (together known as Dosshaus collective) will be wandering in cardboard costumes about the multi-room cardboard crafted exhibition every Saturday at 1pm until May 5.
coreyhelfordgallery.com for more info
Something Resembling Truth
Daily until May 13
Jasper Johns retrospective of over 120 pieces never to be see in LA. Free admission first Thursdays April 5 and May 3 from 4-7pm. The Broad is always a fun time, and if it sucks, MOCA is right across the street.
http://thebroad.org for tickets and more info
King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh
Daily until January 19
California Science Center
The collection is the largest ever to be displayed outside of Egypt. LA is just one location as part of a years-long international tour. Why now? Well, it's the centennial of the discovery of King Tut's tomb by British archeologist Howard Carter in 1922. Don't worry, you have plenty of time, it's open from 10am to 5pm daily until January 19th of next year.
http://californiasciencecenter.org for tickets and more info
Museum of Failure
Daily until March 8, 2019
Hollywood & Highland
From Sweden to Hollywood, this exhibit with spend 1 year inviting Los Angelans and beyond a look into great failures over human history. This museum is a reminder when in this world it seems there is no time for failure (or that any misstep is death sentence of perpetual inability), failures often precede works of art, and if we don't learn to learn from and later laugh at ours, we will become resistant to trying and in turn resistant to living with our imperfect selves or imperfections. They are there for a reason, and they have a purpose. Our greatest failures as artists have the potential to birth our greatest assets if we take the time to channel them.
http://failuremuseum.com for tickets and more info
Skirball Cultural Center
A permanent collection for kids, yet playing and climbing a life size arc filled with animals sounds like a great time for me. Finding your inner child as an adult is a must if you are going to survive in this world where people, places, and things old and new become less and less mind blowing. Ya feel me? Oh they invented a flying car? Figured they'd do that.
Sensory Sensitive Fridays encourage and accommodate through art special demos and activities for children with developmental disabilities such as Autism. I find this very very spectacular as studies show that Autistic children learn from and interact best with other children their own age as opposed to adults. Add art to the equation = gold.
https://www.skirball.org/noahs-ark for tickets, calendar of events, and more info
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