The Hollywood Fringe Festival gets small-scale theater going all over the city, Wikipedia gets rewritten, Tony Greene's art receives posthumous celebration and a Spalding Gray monologue receives posthumous re-creation. And who are those New Yorkers telling us about Los Angeles' art scene? A guide to what's happening all over El Lay:
The Hollywood Fringe Festival. Plays about zombies, Barbies, Craiglist and everything in between are what you'll find at this annual theater festival that features more than 300 scheduled shows at 45 venues around Hollywood. Expect interesting theater on the cheap. Don't know where to start? Laist has a rundown of six fun shows. Through June 29, in various locations around Hollywood, hollywoodfringe.org.
"Tony Greene: Room of Advances," at the MAK Center. Though he passed away in 1990 at the age of 35, Greene's work is enjoying a resurgence thanks to the Los Angeles artists who collected his work. Greene was the subject of a small show-within-a-show at the Whitney Biennial in New York and is now on view at the "Made in L.A." biennial at the Hammer Museum. This beautifully hung exhibition at the MAK gathers more than two dozen works from the three-year period before his death. And it couldn't be more stunning: The intimate scale of Greene's earthy pieces, painted with deep shades of brown, black and red, seem designed for Rudolf Schindler's low-slung architecture. Overall, a deeply meditative experience. Through Sept. 7, 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood, makcenter.org.
Unforgetting L.A. #4: Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at 356 S. Mission Rd. Since last summer, online culture magazine East of Borneo has hosted Wikipedia editing sessions intended to get Los Angeles online. Volunteers help write the cultural history of our region into what has become the starting point for any and all Internet research. This includes entries on artists, curators and instititions of diverse backgrounds. Beginners are welcome, so if you haven't edited Wikipedia before, do not be shy. Bring your own laptop and power cord. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at 356 S. Mission Road, downtown L.A., 356mission.com. RSVP appreciated.
"Rumstick Road" at 356 Mission Rd. In the late 1970s, monologist and actor Spalding Gray lost his mother to suicide. To deal with her death, he created an experimental performance in collaboration with Elizabeth LeCompte. Now LeCompte, with Ken Kobland, have created a video reconstruction of that seminal work. All of it made more poignant by the fact that Gray himself committed suicide in 2004. Screening 8 p.m. Friday at 356 S. Mission Road, downtown L.A., 356mission.com.
"Gerard & Kelly: Reusable Parts/Endless Love," at the Hammer Museum. In 2010, conceptual artist Tino Seghal had a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim that featured several performances (one interactive) that were not allowed to be recorded (no photography, no video). Gerard & Kelly didn't record it, but they recorded themselves describing all of the actions in one of his performances, titled "The Kiss." For the Hammer's "Made in L.A." biennial, the artists will perform aspects of the work based on instructions they recorded. Saturday and Sunday, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, hammer.ucla.edu.
New York magazine's Culver City artist tour. In which the New Yorkers arrive to tell L.A. what their art is all about. New York mag is teaming with LAXART for artist events and tours in Culver City. There will be painting workshops, animation workshops and exhibitions of work. This is making me think I may have to organize my own tour, with stops at the 7-Eleven for locally sourced Slurpees and a visit to the statue of the dancing lion in a mumu. The first event gets rolling at 11 a.m. Saturday at LAXART, 2640 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City, laxart.org.