JOAN OF ART: The L.A. Art Show, A Poignant and Important Musical, Sneakers Everyone and The Constitution

There are a lot of super fun things happening this weekend in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas starting with the L.A. Art Show.

The L.A. Art Show continues to lead the way with innovative and one of a kind experiences for an expanding audience. The show is the unparalleled international art experience with over 120 galleries from more than 20 countries exhibiting painting, sculpture, works on paper, installation, photography, fashion, design, video, and performance.

More than 200,000 square feet of exhibition space is committed to today's prominent galleries. I've been going to this event for the last 20 years and I'm never disappointed. Besides great people watching, the eclectic art displayed here is some of the best.

The show takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center at 1201 South Figueroa Street in Downtown LA, 90015. It runs from February 5th through the 9th. Hours are 11am-5pm. For more information and tickets go to LAArtShow.com.

As you know I absolutely love musical theatre and one of my favorite shows Ragtime (which I've seen twice) is back in Southern California at The Carpenter Performing Arts Center February 7th through the 23rd in honor of Black History Month.

This five time Tony Award Winning musical is based on E. I. Doctorow's acclaimed novel which tells the story of three families trying to find their way during the turn of the 20th century in New York City. Each family is struggling with the changing cultural climate in America and each facing the promise of hope and new beginnings in the midst of prejudice and bigotry.

Tony Award winning playwright Terrence McNally wrote the book and features a score filled with memorable songs. The music is haunting and memorable. If you see one musical this year, I highly recommend Ragtime.

For tickets go to Musical.org or call (562) 56-1999. The Carpenter Performing Arts Center is located at 6200 East Atherton Street in Long Beach 90815. It's definitely worth the trip.

Now if you're a fan of sneakers and think of it as art, then SNEAKERTOPIA; SNEAKER AND STREET ART EXHIBIT is the place to be this weekend.

Sneakertopia is the new massive sneaker and street art exhibit, transporting you through a series of immersive, mind-blowing galleries celebrating the art and culture of sneakers. This is a story of creativity, expression, and innovation.

You will witness the sneaker's epic ascension through sports, music, film, fashion, and fantasy.

There will be a 15,000 square foot indoor playground packed with priceless kicks, oversized sights and sounds and interactive street art masterpieces.

SNEAKERTOPIA takes place Friday February 7th through March 1st at 6081 Center Drive, Suite 222, Los Angeles 90045. For tickets go to Sneakertopia.com or call (323) 546-5950.

Lastly there is a powerful, important, and extremely moving play at the Mark Taper. The play is called What The Constitution Means To Me and this is a definite 'must see.'

In fact every man, woman, and mature teenager should see it. At a time when the Constitution is being assailed by those who have sworn an oath to defend it, this buoyant and often stirring civics lesson is the theatrical curriculum Americans desperately need now.

Actress Maria Dizzia brings to life the maddening, mournful history of how women's bodies have been abused by laws and the male dominated courts imperiously interpreting them. And don't worry about the play getting too heavy. It is infused with humor...lots of it.

For tickets to this extraordinary theatrical event go to CenterTheatreGroup.org. The Mark Taper is located at 135 Grand Avenue in Downtown LA, 90012. The show runs through February 28th.

Whatever you do this weekend people, have a great one.


JOAN OF ART: A Weekend Filled With Art, Theatre, Music, and a Couple of Musical Legends

Art comes in many different forms. Many are quite familiar while others are quite unique. SAMSKARA falls in the latter category.

Samskara is an immersive Art Experience taking place in Wisdome - a new immersive art park in the Arts District. Wisdom L.A. is dedicated to presenting the avant-garde transformational experiences and unforgettable events in a unique Los Angeles Arts District where five domes will be set up.

The works of transformational artist Android Jones. Samskara includes: Full dome mapping projection show, Android Jones art gallery, Microdose interactive VR experience, multiple selfie zones all located in the new multi media immersive art park.

SAMSKARA is the scope of experiences which we collect through our life journeys: the infinite flow of feelings, actions, ideas, choices and emotions. There's good samskara and evil samsara. Sounds intriguing doesn't it? I can't wait to experience it this weekend.

Tickets are valid for entry anytime during operating hours and can be used for any dates. They are closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday there are special events that are part of the Samskara After DaRK SERIES.

To find out more or to purchase tickets go to Wisdome.la or on instagram Instagram.com/wisdome.la. Tickets are $29.00 for standard and $19.00 students. The park is located at 527 Colyton Los Angeles.

Now if you like a more traditional type of art there's the yearly L.A. Art Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center which I've been going to for the last ten years and it never disappoints.

The 24th annual LA Art Show is back with hundreds of innovative exhibitors displaying thousands of provocative pieces from January 24th to January 27th. Founded in 1995, the L.A. Art Show has grown into one of the most diverse international contemporary art shows. The show has over 20,000 square feet of space dedicated to making it the largest art fair on the west coast.

This year the LA Art Show will feature 120 galleries each with its own unique theme ranging from contemporary and modern art, ink paintings, historical pieces, pop art and photography. The show also features the work of local and international artists alike. This is an incredible event not to be missed.

Show hours are Thursday, January 24 11am-7pm
Friday, January 25, 2019 | 11am – 7pm
Saturday, January 26, 2019 | 11am – 7pm
Sunday, January 27, 2019 | 11am – 5pm

Place: The Los Angeles Convention Center - West Hall 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA. For tickets go to LAArtShow.com.

After looking at some exciting art what could be better than to be entertained by a legend...Sir Elton John.

Elton John's Farewell Yellow Brick Road is definitely going to be an unforgettable night of entertainment. He will be performing Friday evening at the Staples Center.

His two and a half hour performance promises to be vintage Elton in the sense that he will be reminding us of what a consummate showman he is. The Friday show starts at 8:00pm. The Staple Center is at 1111 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles.

For more information go to StaplesCenter.com.

After seeing some great art and listening to some amazing music, a great way to end the weekend for me is to see a play and that's exactly what I'm going to do.

The play is HIR at the Odyssey Theatre located at 2055 South Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles.

HIR written by Taylor Mac and directed by Bart DeLorenzo is a sly, subversive comedy/drama that explores uncharted frontiers of gender.

The play is a darkly funny, shockingly absurd and an endlessly surprising vision of a world in transition.

Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from Afghanistan with a dishonorable discharge only to discover a household in revolt. The insurgent is his mom. Liberated from an oppressive marriage to Isaac's father by his debilitating stroke and with Max, Isaac's newly out transgender sibling as her ally, Paige is on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. The play was voted the Top Ten Best Theatre of 2015 and garnered amazing reviews.

To purchase tickets go to OdysseyTheatre.com

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, make it a fun one.