Fi­nal chance for hol­i­day fun

Antelope Valley Press - - Showcase - BY JIM SKEEN

This week, we’re check­ing out the Cal­i­for­nia African-Amer­i­can Mu­seum, sam­pling wine at Union Sta­tion, tour­ing art­works of DTLA Metro rail sta­tions, see­ing aerial pho­to­graphs at Glen­dale’s For­est Lawn and get­ting one last shot at some hol­i­day pop ups.

Two at CAAM

The Cal­i­for­nia African Amer­i­can Mu­seum, 600 State Dr. (Ex­po­si­tion Park) has two in­ter­est­ing ex­hi­bi­tions go­ing on.

The first is “Dust My Broom: South­ern Ver­nac­u­lar from the Per­ma­nent Col­lec­tion,” fea­tur­ing as­sem­blages, quilts, sculp­tures, paint­ings and draw­ings ex­e­cuted from found or re-pur­posed ob­jects by largely self­taught artists who spent their ca­reers ex­cluded by the main­stream art world. The works touch on themes of spir­i­tu­al­ity, so­cial justice, folk­lore and daily life among com­mon folk.

The sec­ond ex­hi­bi­tion is “LA Black­smith” fea­tur­ing metal sculp­tures. Ac­cord­ing to the mu­seum’s web­site, the ex­hi­bi­tion ex­am­ines how the Watts Re­bel­lion and other po­lit­i­cal and aes­thetic

ideas shaped mid-cen­tury met­al­work.

“Con­tem­po­rary artists ex­plore metal as ap­pro­pri­a­tion, power and play in twenty-first cen­tury Los An­ge­les,” caa­mu­seum.org says. “For th­ese artists, met­al­work lay­ers the ten­sion be­tween tra­di­tion and re­sis­tance, pre­cious­ness and pos­ture, as well as the sa­cred and the pro­fane.”

Both ex­hi­bi­tions end Feb. 16.

The Mu­seum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues­day through Satur­day; from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun­day; and is closed on Mon­day. Ad­mis­sion is free.

Un­corked: LA Wine Fes­ti­val

The Un­corked: LA Wine Fes­ti­val will be held at 6 p.m., Jan. 4., at Union Sta­tion, 800 N. Alameda St.

The event will fea­ture over 200 wines and cham­pagnes from winer­ies across the globe, live en­ter­tain­ment, gourmet food trucks and a cus­tom photo booth.

VIP ad­mis­sion, $80 plus a ser­vice fee, is at 5 p.m. and in­cludes an ex­tra hour of tast­ing, plus some spe­cial, high-end selections from a hand­ful of winer­ies.

Gen­eral ad­mis­sion is at 6 p.m. Both tick­ets in­clude all tast­ings, with food sold sep­a­rately.

Cock­tail or dress at­tire is re­quested but not re­quired. This event is 21 and over, only.

Tick­ets are avail­able through eventbrite.com

Metro Art

Speak­ing of Union Sta­tion, each month, this iconic LA build­ing serves as the start­ing point for a free tour of the art­work in­side DTLA Metro rail sta­tions. The tours are held on the first Sun­day of each month, mean­ing the next one is com­ing up on Jan. 5.

The tours be­gin at 10 a.m. at the in­for­ma­tion booth in­side the Alameda Street en­trance to the sta­tion. The do­cents dis­trib­ute TAP cards that are pre-loaded with an all-day pass al­low­ing tour par­tic­i­pants to ride the Metro rail and bus sys­tem for free. The tour takes about two hours.

Do­cents will pro­vide in­sight into the art­work, artists and art-mak­ing pro­cesses.

You can make reser­va­tions through Eventbrite, but walk-ups are wel­come.

El­e­vated Eye

Glen­dale’s For­est Lawn Mu­seum, 1712 S. Glen­dale Blvd. is host­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion “The El­e­vated Eye: Aerial Pho­tog­ra­phy Past and Present.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures nearly 150 photos that ex­am­ine the his­tory of aerial pho­tog­ra­phy, from its ori­gins in the 19th Cen­tury to the tech­nolo­gies of the mod­ern age, in­clud­ing satel­lite photos and drone pho­tog­ra­phy. The photos are drawn not only from the mu­seum’s col­lec­tion, but also from the Getty Re­search In­sti­tute, Hunt­ing­ton Li­brary, art col­lec­tions and botan­i­cal gar­dens; and the spe­cial col­lec­tions of Los An­ge­les Pub­lic Li­brary.

The ex­hibit also has a model of the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion from the Columbia Memo­rial Space Cen­ter, a “CubeSat” satel­lite from In­teror­bital Sys­tems and cam­era-equipped drones.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is on dis­play through March 8.

The mu­seum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues­day through Sun­day. Ad­mis­sion is free.

Go­ing soon

A num­ber of hol­i­day at­trac­tions are wrap­ping up their runs over the next few days, in­clud­ing:

• LA Zoo Lights, clos­ing Jan. 5. Zoo Lights fea­tures light-up an­i­mals, in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays, a mag­i­cal disco ball for­est and the world’s largest il­lu­mi­nated pop-up book. Tick­ets are $21.95 for adults and $16.95 for chil­dren 2 to 12. Tick­ets can be pur­chased at la­zo­o­lights.org, the zoo is lo­cated at 5333 Zoo Dr.

• Moon­light For­est at the Los An­ge­les Ar­bore­tum, 301 N. Bald­win Ave., closes Jan. 12. This dis­play fea­tures large in­ter­ac­tive lantern art­works, in­clud­ing dragons and a gi­ant shark. There’s a chil­drens’ area with neon swings. Tick­ets range from $20 to $28, depend­ing on time and date se­lected. Tick­ets through Eventbrite.

•Ice skat­ing at Per­sh­ing Square, 532 S. Olive St., closes Jan. 20. The 7,000-square-foot rink is the largest in the city. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Mon­day through Thurs­day; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri­day; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Satur­day; and 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sun­day. Ad­mis­sion is $9 and skate ren­tal is $5. You can get tick­ets through eventbrite.

Cour­tesy photo

Glen­dale’s For­est Lawn Mu­seum, 1712 S. Glen­dale Blvd. is host­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion “The El­e­vated Eye: Aerial Pho­tog­ra­phy Past and Present.”

Cour­tesy photo

The Cal­i­for­nia African Amer­i­can Mu­seum, 600 State Dr. (Ex­po­si­tion Park) has two in­ter­est­ing ex­hi­bi­tions go­ing on.

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