This weekend is a big holiday for everyone: it’s Mother’s Day! Even if your mother isn’t nearby, you likely know some sort of motherly figure in Los Angeles who you can treat to a good time. And mom’s beyond? We have some suggestions for things you can get them from LA to help spread the love. In an effort to provide a little pre-weekend RECAP, here are some gift ideas for out of town and in town moms in addition to a listing of things going on in town. Thank you mothers!
This looks like a lot of fun for more than just the family: REDCAT is welcoming the INternational Children’s Film Festival for the weekends of May 4 and May 5, May 11 and May 12, and May 18 and May 19. There will be lots of fun family art movies playing and they are just $5 each!
“Community Engagement” is such a buzz phrase. It is a reminder that privileged people feel obligated to acknowledge and interact with those who are lesser than they are. It’s a chance for the king to step down from the thone to touch hands with the plebeians, if you will. Activities in this world involve everything from free admission days to casual canned food drives, actions that are well intentioned (and important) but ultimately very stationary and insulated. There is no actual stirring of the community: it’s the epidermis of community engagement’s deep skin.
LACMA opened a show this past Saturday that actually lives up to the phrase “community engagement” because it requires a community to activate it. Held within an elementary school, Shinique Smith‘s Firsthand is sewn to the fabric of a community and inspires all visitors to see topical references and personal connections within knots of fabric. The show anchors itself outside of the institution and uses art as the catalyst for conversation.
Little Ink Print is an almost “cutesy” little ink and paper good studio from Los Angeles. They make little posters and prints geared toward the younger Angeleno but made with the older, affordable art loving Angeleno in mind. The work is the perfect little something to brighten up a nursery or young person’s room in a creative way.
On the fifteenth day of Holiday, my LA friend gave to me: Hug-A-Tree’s Soft Toys.