This Weekend at LACMA: The Return of Jazz, Much To Do at Montebello Art+Film Lab, Exhibitions Closing, and More!

April 18, 2014

Add a bit of art and beauty to your weekend by visiting LACMA with friends and family. Friday evening starts it all off with the premiere of the 2014 season of Jazz at LACMA, featuring the Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra on the outdoor stage in front of Urban Light at 6 pm. Since the 1970s, percussionist Pete Escovedo has been breaking down musical barriers and working with greats like Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Cal Tjader, and Tito Puente, just to name a few. Jazz at LACMA is free and open to the public and takes place every Friday through November. Visit us to ring in this season of jazz.

Also happening on Friday night, a double feature of The Decline of Western CivilizationParts I and III in the Bing Theater. Tickets are sold out, but a standby line will offer the chance for last-minute guests to get extra seats.

It’s a busy few days at the Montebello Art+Film Lab, located at Montebello City Park. Friday evening check out the LACMA9 Shorts Program at 7 pm, a collection of all ages-friendly short films. Then on Saturday see more novel film work—this time from emerging Latino filmmakers—in the East L.A. Film Shorts event at 8 pm, in cooperation with TELA SOFA (East Los Angeles Society of Film and Arts). Earlier on Saturday at noon, the Composition Workshop teaches pro techniques on creating expressive images on film and, lastly, visitors to the lab have the opportunity contribute to the Oral History project on Saturday and Sunday.

34697634 Thomas Hill, Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, 1864, William Randolph Hearst Collection

Sunday also marks the end of several temporary exhibitions, including David Hockney: The Jugglers, The Color of Life: Japanese Paintings from the Price Collection, Sydney Fossum in the Permanent Collection, and Compass for Surveyors: 19th-Century American Landscapes. It’s a wide array of subjects, but each exhibition possess a unique appeal worth seeing. Join free daily tours to learn more about LACMA’s collection, like a look at European art on Saturday at 3 pm, or a detailed walkthrough of the Latin American galleries on Sunday, also at 3 pm. Finally, Sundays Live, presenting the Chamber Ensembles from the Colburn School, on Sunday at 6 pm. See you here.

Roberto Ayala