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Performers really write with their bodies. If you give them a piece of writing, it becomes a completely different thing once it’s spoken and acted by a performer. The strange alchemy that they’re able to do has everything to do with energy and the force of their imagination…

What I love about actors, really, is that they only have their history and their observation of the world to call on. It’s actually sort of like learning how to play poker really well: you have to make that decision so quickly… They’re in touch with the cosmic reality of life and also the memory of life. In the way that writers excavate, actors embody.Hilton Als, PARIS LA 16

LAXART and the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens present LIVES OF THE PERFORMERS, a work-in-progress by Hilton Als.

The piece is directed by Peter Born and will be performed by Helga Davis and Victoire Charles—the Los Angeles stand-in for Okwui Okpokwasili, who was in a previous iteration.


Sunday and Monday, November 17 and 18, at 7:30 pm.


7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Hilton Als, Lives of the Performers, from top: Helga Davis in performance at Triple Canopy; Davis; Victoire Charles; Hilton Als at the Soho Playhouse, New York City, January 19, 2018, photograph by Ali Smith; Davis and Okwui Okpokwasili at Triple Canopy. Images courtesy and © the author, the performers, and the photographers.


Octavia Butler, a mother of Afro-Futurism, was the first African-American woman to gain widespread recognition for her science fiction writing. An exhibition at the Huntington Library—the home of her archive—looks at the work,  life, and times of this groundbreaking literary figure through an examination of her journals, letters, photographs, drafts, and first editions.


HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, California.





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WEEKLY WRAP UP | AUG. 25-29, 2014

Historic Farmer's Market, Los Angeles, 1960s

Historic Farmer’s Market, Los Angeles, 1960s

This week on the blog we saw one of the largest flowers in the world bloom at the Huntington Library & Gardens in Pasadena – Titan Arum a.k.a “The Corpse Flower.” We visited Le Louvre in Paris and took a look at the new installation in the Department of Decorative Art from Louis XIV to Louis XVI where we saw a beautiful gold coffee grinder. The British prog rock band Yes played at the Greek Theater in L.A. We marveled at the architecture of The Church of Notre-Dame du Raincy. We attended a screening of the must-see documentary for every Angelino – Los Angeles Plays Itself. We announced Michaela Eichwald’s exhibition of paintings and sculpture at Palais de Tokyo in ParisJana Euler at Kunsthalle Zürich, and Matias Faldbakken at Standard (Oslo). And, one of our favorite bookshops in Los Angeles – Family – reopened this past week with the launch of Sean Wilsey’s new book ‘More Curious.’





This weekend, Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum), one of the largest flowering plants in the world, bloomed at the Huntington Library & Gardens. Titan Arum is also known by the nickname “The Corpse Flower,” for the awful scent it gives off. The plant only flowers every couple of years, for about two days at a time, and it is hard to predict when it will happen. This bloom is a rare and special occurrence. If you have the chance, head to the Huntington today before the flower shrivels up. They are open from 10am-4:30pm. The lines were long this weekend, but it was worth the wait to glimpse this giant magical flower.




The prize-winning coiffures in a contest in Munich, Germany on May 1, 1964. They were designed for evening wear and hairdressers said anyone with a little time can copy them. (AP Photo)

The prize-winning coiffures in a contest in Munich, Germany on May 1, 1964. They were designed for evening wear and hairdressers said anyone with a little time can copy them. (AP Photo)

MAY 26th – 30th, 2014

MONDAY: Photographs of The Huntington Library and Gardens in Pasadena California, where beautiful cacti are in bloom in the desert gardens.

TUESDAY: The first ever LA River campout. Hang out with the folks at Clockshop, learn how to camp under the stars, make a fire, pitch a tent, and cook outdoors.

WEDNESDAY: Internet art collective The JOGGING presents a screening with MOCAtv in Los Angeles.

THURSDAY: San Francisco magazine-in-a-box THE THING QUARTERLY comes to Los Angeles to launch their latest issue with artist David Korty at Night Gallery.

FRIDAY: J’ai Froid. Chill out at this exhibition of artwork from Northern Europe at castillo/corrales, on view until July 26 in Paris.