Art and love top week­end events

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This week, we’re learn­ing about travel op­por­tu­ni­ties at the Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, get­ting cud­dly for Valen­tine’s Day in Grand Park, cel­e­brat­ing Black History Month in Hol­ly­wood and tak­ing in art ex­hi­bi­tions in Santa Mon­ica, Grif­fith Park, the Arts District and at LACMA.

LA Travel and Ad­ven­ture Show

The LA Travel and Ad­ven­ture Show re­turns from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 15-16, to the Los Angeles Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, 1201 S. Figueroa St.

You can get in­for­ma­tion about more than 350 des­ti­na­tions around the globe, meet with travel ex­perts and hear travel celebri­ties such as Rick Steves, Samantha Brown, Pauline From­mer and Peter Green­berg. There will be stages fea­tur­ing sem­i­nars on savvy trav­el­ing, as well as a per­for­mance stage fea­tur­ing mu­sic and dance from around the world.

A day pass is $15 at the door.

If you need a pass­port or need to re­new a pass­port, lis­ten up. You can get that taken care of and get into the show for free. The U.S. State De­part­ment will have ta­bles set up so you can do the whole process — ap­pli­ca­tion, photos and pay­ment — in a few min­utes. They do ask that you regis­ter in ad­vance, al­though the year I re­newed my pass­port, I just showed up. For in­for­ma­tion about what you’ll need to bring with you, visit https:// trav­elshows.com/shows/ los-angeles/pass­port-ac­cep­tance-pro­gram/

Love in the Park

If you’re look­ing for a bud­get-friendly ro­man­tic night out, the Mu­sic Cen­ter has you cov­ered with a free event, “Valen­tine’s Day at Grand Park: Lovers Rock.”

From 7-11 p.m., Feb. 14, Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., will be trans­formed with mood light­ing and cu­rated mu­sic to turn into a premier date spot. Bring a pic­nic or

grab some grub from one of the food trucks, sit down at ta­bles for two around the park’s foun­tain and cap the “Rooted in the reg­gae sounds of the 1970s and in Caribbean night­clubs in Lon­don, Lovers Rock is more than a mu­sic genre — it serves as a space of love, iden­tity and re­sis­tance, fos­ter­ing a nu­anced in­ter­sec­tion of gen­der and ex­pres­sion,” grand­parkla. org says.

DJ Li­nafor­nia will serve as the even­ing’s selec­tor to help get cou­ples in the mood. There will also be a com­pli­men­tary photo booth to help cap­ture the mo­ment.

stARTup Art Fair

The stARTup Art Fair re­turns to Venice, set­ting up in The Kin­ney, a bou­tique ho­tel at 737 West Wash­ing­ton BLVD., from 6-10 p.m. Feb. 14, noon to 9 p.m., Feb. 15 and from noon to 7 p.m., Feb. 16.

The idea of the fair is for art pa­trons to meet and buy art­work di­rectly from the artists them­selves in an ap­proach­able and re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment. The event fea­tures over 80 artists — in­clud­ing a room cu­rated by the Lan­caster Mu­seum of Art and History (MOAH).

The MOAH room will fea­ture works by six LA-area artists: Lil­lian Abel, Dani Dodge, Ste­vie Love, Lynne McDaniel, An­nie Seaton, and Stephanie Syd­ney.

In ad­di­tion, MOAH will host free, on­site port­fo­lio re­views with art his­to­rian and critic Betty Ann Brown, artist and owner of Grif­fith Moon Publishing Kim­berly Brooks and as­sis­tant cu­ra­tor of the Lan­caster Mu­seum of Art and History, Robert Ben­itez.

A day pass is $15 in ad­vance at www. star­tu­part­fair.com or $20 at the door.

A Cel­e­bra­tion of Love

For­est Lawn - Hol­ly­wood Hills, 6300 For­est Lawn Drive, will host “A Cel­e­bra­tion of Love,” a Black History Month cel­e­bra­tion, at 7 p.m., Feb. 15.

The event fea­tures a mix of mu­sic, dance and spo­ken word. Fea­tured per­form­ers in­clude Elaine Gibbs of the in­ter­na­tional mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion show “The X Fac­tor,” co­me­dian Six Foota Slimm and key­note speaker Ter­rance Roberts, an au­thor, re­tired pro­fes­sor and one of the Lit­tle Rock Nine.

The event will be held in­side the Hall of Lib­erty at For­est Lawn - Hol­ly­wood Hills. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a pre-show re­cep­tion, with a 7 p.m. cur­tain for the per­for­mance. Seat­ing is avail­able on a first-come, first-served ba­sis. Ad­mis­sion and parking are free.

‘Sot­to­bosco’

Hauser & Wirth, 901 East 3rd St. (Arts District), is host­ing “Sot­to­bosco,” the first LA solo ex­hi­bi­tion of works by Swiss artist Ni­co­las Party.

Sot­to­bosco is an Ital­ian word for the un­der­growth and the name of a genre of paint­ing de­voted to botan­i­cal and zo­o­log­i­cal life in na­ture’s darker re­gions.

“Com­prised of new paint­ings, sculp­tures, site-spe­cific mu­rals and an ar­chi­tec­tural in­stal­la­tion, ‘Sot­to­bosco’ con­jures the shad­owy world of the for­est floor in a bril­liant pas­tel uni­verse where sub­ject, form, and time col­lapse in vis­ual splen­dor,” the gallery’s web­site said. “Best known for his unique ap­proach to land­scapes, por­traits and still life scenes cre­ated in pas­tel, Party di­rects his idio­syn­cratic choice of medium to­ward oth­er­worldly de­pic­tions of ob­jects both nat­u­ral and man-made.”

There will be an open­ing re­cep­tion for the ex­hi­bi­tion from 3-7 p.m., Feb. 15.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is on dis­play through April 12. The gallery hours are 11 to 6 p.m., Tues­day through Sun­day. Ad­mis­sion is free.

The Work of Lu­chita Hur­tado

Be­gin­ning Feb. 16, the Los Angeles County Mu­seum of Art is host­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion “Lu­chita Hur­tado: I Live I Die I Will Be Re­born.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion, de­scribed as the first in the United States to show­case Hur­tado, traces her for­ays into abstractio­n, ex­per­i­ments with lan­guage, en­gage­ments with na­ture and ecol­ogy and, most sig­nif­i­cantly, her per­sis­tent re­course to self-por­trai­ture and the hu­man fig­ure, ac­cord­ing to LACMA.

“Hur­tado’s work is char­ac­ter­ized by an orig­i­nal view of the world that is both grounded and tran­scen­den­tal, and her sub­ject mat­ter makes use of un­ex­pected per­spec­tive s— look­ing straight down or across her own body, or straight up to a glimpse of sky — us­ing cos­mic mo­tifs and geo­met­ric ab­strac­tions,” lacma.org says. “To the artist, the hu­man body is part of the world, not sep­a­rate from na­ture.” The ex­hi­bi­tion will run through May 3. LACMA is lo­cated at 5905 Wil­shire Blvd. and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon­day, Tues­day, Thurs­day; from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri­day; and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Satur­day and Sun­day. It is closed Wednesday.

Ad­mis­sion is $20 for LA County res­i­dents and $25 for oth­ers. Note that LA County res­i­dents can get in free af­ter 3 p.m., Mon­day through Fri­day. Those 17 and younger get in free.

Mas­ters of the Amer­i­can West

And fi­nally, wrap­ping up this art-heavy week­end, is the an­nual “Mas­ters of the Amer­i­can West” ex­hi­bi­tion and art sale at the Autry Mu­seum.

The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures paint­ings and sculp­tures by 64 of the top Western artists to in­clude: Ge­orge Carl­son, G. Rus­sell Case, Tammy Gar­cia, Lo­gan Maxwell Hagege, Mark Mag­giori, Billy Schenck and Mian Situ.

“Mas­ters 2020 of­fers a glimpse into the ever-vi­brant and dynamic world of Western Amer­i­can art,” Amy Scott, the Autry’s ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent for Re­search and In­ter­pre­ta­tion and Mar­i­lyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Cu­ra­tor of Vis­ual Arts, said. “A range of stylis­tic tra­di­tions, from re­al­ism to im­pres­sion­ism and abstractio­n, now sit com­fort­ably side-by-side. From clas­sic fron­tier sto­ries to con­tem­po­rary Na­tive vi­sions, ‘Mas­ters’ embraces a widen­ing ar­ray of artists that to­gether cel­e­brate both the history and con­tem­po­rary beauty of the West.”

All of the art­work in the “Mas­ters” show will re­main on view and avail­able for pur­chase through March 22.

The Autry is lo­cated at 4700 Western Her­itage Way in Grif­fith Park.

It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Satur­day and Sun­day and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tues­day through Fri­day.

Ad­mis­sion is $14 for adults, $6 for chil­dren 3 to 12.

COUR­TESY PHOTO

From 7-11 p.m., Feb. 14, Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., will be trans­formed with mood light­ing and cu­rated mu­sic to turn into a premier date spot.

COUR­TESY PHOTO

The idea of the stARTup Fair is for art pa­trons to meet and buy art­work di­rectly from the artists, in an ap­proach­able and re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment.

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