Sugar plums: arts calendar from December 16 to 22

Art of live performance in virtual reality, classic ballet of sugar plum fairies, audio theater usurping the founders, local purchases of artisans in Chinatown, art on urban legends, art on the feminist moment, songs of Christmas in the park, Spike Lee in conversation, sound bath of the Healing Solstice, and photographing locked up neighbors.

Wooden people: Pamela Martinez, Sophia Stevenson, Sancha, Nao Bustamante at REDCAT

Thursday December 16

Nao Bustamante: Wooden people at REDCAT (Live & Virtual). Artist Nao Bustamante’s latest work overlays ancient myths onto the melodrama of the telenovela, while battling ideas of queer existence, love, and connection to the cosmos. A series of episodic 360-degree virtual reality (VR) films that was shot at REDCAT, where the theater plays a metaphorical role in the central narrative, Bustamante brings together luminaries of the performance art world from Los Angeles in works live on stage and in the REDCAT lobby, where audiences can experience a long, immersive trailer via a VR headset one hour before and after the performance. 631 W. 2nd St., downtown; Thursday-Saturday, December 16-18; 8:30 p.m. $ 25; Virtual: Saturday December 18; 8:30 p.m. $ 15; redcat.org.

LA theater works

Franklinland at LA Theater Works (Audio). This comic book about the American Revolution highlights the relationship between William Franklin and his brilliant, domineering and insanely self-centered father Ben. As Ben Franklin plants the seeds of a new republic, King George III appoints William Royal Governor of New Jersey – a change in affairs that creates a family disruption of revolutionary proportions. Franklinland is written by Lloyd suh, directed by Anna Lyse Erikson, stars Gregory Harrison, and Larry Powell, and is part of LATW Relativity series of science-themed plays. Premieres to download on December 16; $ 20; latw.org.

The Long Beach Ballet Nutcracker (Photo: Katie Ging, courtesy Long Beach Ballet)

Friday 17th December

Nutcracker at the Long Beach Ballet. The Long Beach Ballet continues its annual holiday tradition for the 39th year and, as always, the internationally acclaimed production features special guest performances and additional surprises – like a full symphony orchestra, a flying sleigh, a real live horse. , live fireworks, and a cast of over 200. Former Disney designers Elliot Hessayon ​​and Scott Schaffer created the sets, Australian artist Adrian Clark designed the costumes and acclaimed magician Franz Harary created special effects. No idea who the horse is. Terrace Theater, Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach; Friday December 17, 7:30 p.m .; Saturday December 18, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Sunday December 19, 1 p.m. & 6 p.m. $ 34 to $ 115; nutcracker from longbeach.com.

Treasure Party Holiday Edition at Cakeland. A treasure feast (i.e. shopping) with specials, giveaways, and giveaways from small independent businesses in LA’s Chinatown. Visit shops and cafes and enjoy the Cakeland Gallery War of beauty, an immersive art experience between dark and light with newly added and improved features. Along with a special half-price entry, there will be goodies and freebies – and the whole neighborhood will be filled with free, one-of-a-kind hidden gems of hyperlocal businesses and restaurants like Angry Egret Dinette, Chunky Paper, Flouring LA, Heaven’s Market, Pearl River Deli, Sesame LA, Steep LA, Merci Café, Tomorrow Today. Cakeland.LA, 936 Mei Ling Way, Chinatown; Saturday December 18, 4 pm-8pm; $ 10; cakeland.la.

Bix Archer: Everything in my Domain, 2021. Oil on canvas, 60 x 54 in. (Photo by Daniel Greer; courtesy of Make Room)

Saturday, December 18

Urban whispers at Make Room Los Angeles. Urban legends are the tools used to make sense of the intense and absurd reality of city life. In Urban whispers, artists from diverse urban settings explore visual interpretations of urban myth as it applies to their practice. From hyper-urban scenes to delicate pastoral fantasies, the show highlights how we deal with life in an environment that is completely fabricated – and completely human. Collectively, these stories we tell are also our love letters to the cities we inhabit. A two-chapter group show (phase one opens at WOAW’s Queen’s Road Central in Hong Kong on December 16), phase two opens closer to home, at Make Room’s Melrose Avenue location, with an artists’ Christmas market in the courtyard of the gallery. The LA chapter features the work of a variety of artists working in cities around the world, including Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, Miami and San Francisco. 5119 Melrose Ave., East Hollywood; Vernissage & market: Saturday December 18, 2 pm-6pm; exhibition visible until January 8; free; makeroom.la.

Brandy Trigueros: Boudoir (Building Bridges Art Exchange)

Story: Through the female lens at Building Bridges Art Exchange. Thirteen artists explore a range of topics, including gender identity and sexuality, women’s rights and women’s-led movements around the world that have triggered much-needed social and cultural change. The exhibition focuses on the visual female perspective, photographically told ‘stories’, establishing a very intimate and personal photographic discussion of their particular worldviews. Topics concerning gender roles, identity, the search for a sense of self and one’s place in nature, performance, paintings and transformation are taken into account, as some artists seek to employ a conceptual approach. or experimental, including performance and video, while others have taken a more traditional photographic approach. Bergamot Station Art Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; Vernissage: Saturday December 18; visible until February 12; free; buildingbridgesartexchange.org.

Installation view of SeenUNseen in LA Louver

Beyond Baroque presents Alison Saar and Myriam JA Chancy in conversation at LA Louver. A special in-person reading and conversation featuring artist Alison Saar and author Myriam JA Chancy, in conjunction with the exhibition curated by Saar for LA Louver, SeenUNseen, the program will support FOKAL’s relief efforts during the earthquake in Haiti. Chancy will read from his new novel, What a storm, what thunder, recently included on “Best of 2021” lists by Kirkus, Amazon, Chicago and New York Public Libraries, and NPR. The reading will be followed by a discussion between Chancy and the Saar. Customers will also have the opportunity to see SeenUNvu, which brings together ten artists whose work channels and reveals the intangible energies that permeate our world. 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice; Saturday December 18, 4 pm-7pm; $ 25 to $ 50; beyond the baroque.org.

Reserve Soup

Sunday 19 December

Spike Lee at Book Soup. Book Soup features Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee in conversation with filmmaker Ernest R. Dickerson, celebrating the launch of the filmmaker’s new book, PEAK – a lavish visual celebration of Spike’s life and career to date, features stories from Lee and includes hundreds of never-before-seen photographs of David Lee, Spike’s official photographer on set. Opening his archives, Lee provided behind-the-scenes material on the making of his iconic films, documentaries, TV shows and music videos. Colburn School, Zipper Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., downtown; Sunday December 19, 4 p.m. $ 59 to $ 68 (includes a copy of the book, which Spike will be signing at the event); booksoup.com.

Music center square

Monday, December 20

Chants from the LA Master Chorale in the Plaza (exterior). A free evening of outdoor Christmas carols to celebrate the season. Grant Gershon and Jenny Wong will guide you as they sing along to easy-to-follow favorite songs like Jingle Bells, Silent Night and the dazzling elegance of Handel’s Hallelujah choir. Messiah. They’ll even provide the sheet music, just bring your holiday spirit and consider wearing your ugliest Christmas sweater because Instagram needs it and the nights have been chilly lately. Jerry Moss Plaza at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown; Monday, December 20; 6 p.m .; free; lamasterchorale.org.

Michele Meiche and Grace Oh at Soul Playground

Tuesday, December 21

Rainbow Light Transmission: Journey into the Inner Plane of the Solstice, Energy and Sound Healing with Michele Meiche and Grace Oh at Soul Playground (virtual). For this winter solstice, the Innerplane Journey and Sound Healing session releases energy blockages and helps integrate a higher frequency. As your chakras become more stimulated and this higher vibrational light energy is ingrained, it creates a process of clarification that allows more spiritual light to be infused into the body, releasing the stagnant energy caused by conditioned response patterns and opening you up to the higher frequency. Tuesday, December 21, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m .; $ 55; union.fit.

Brendan Lott: September 12, 2021 at 6:14 a.m. (Walter Maciel Gallery)

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Brendan Lott: Look inside and out at the Walter Maciel Gallery. Staying home day and night with a desire to stay creative during his forties, Lott began taking photos from his DTLA loft in the residential building across the street. He became fascinated with peering into the privacy of others during the pandemic, capturing their behavior and activities in candid moments. “It’s street photography when no one is on the street,” Lott says of the exhibit and the new book containing the full series. “It’s Robert Frank’s The Americans when America is stuck at home. These are the subway portraits of Walker Evans when no one has nowhere to go. These images are not portraits and he avoids showing complete faces; Lott acknowledges that they are problematic because the subjects do not know they are being observed. These are moments in life, titled only with the date and time – and caught in a season of great uncertainty and fear, when we all felt more secure at home. 2642 S. La Cienega, Culver City; On view until December 23; free; waltermacielgallery.com.

Brendan Lott: January 29, 2021 3:11 p.m. (Walter Maciel Gallery)

Rachel J. Bradford