Go south, PST people — to Long Beach and Orange County

Music · Visual arts

Pacific Standard Time got you overwhelmed? Me too, guys! But here’s a way to break it up, geographically speaking. The weekend of 3-4 December you can lose the L.A.-centricity and check out what’s going on Down Under, you know … Behind the Orange Curtain, er… I mean, you can visit our dear neighbors to the SOUTH!

In fact, we’ve got a juggernaut of the arts going on, and it’s bursting out of Los Angeles County in all directions. A fabulous weekend program coming up~!

Saturday December 3 is Orange County day for Pacific Standard Time. Orange County museums collaborate to offer a day of free or discounted admission, curatorial tours and other special events.

Guggenheim Museum at Chapman University
Free admission Dec 3.
10:30 am | Curatorial tour of Everyman’s Infinite Art by Harold Gregor.

Laguna Art Museum
Half price admission Dec 3.
12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm | Behind-the-scenes tours with Grace Kook-Anderson, curator of the exhibition Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971.

Orange County Museum of Art
Half-priced admission Dec 3.
In conjunction with State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970, family activities will be held throughout the day. Additional programs include:
12 pm | Curatorial tour, State of Mind
1 pm | Artist talk, Ilene Segalove
2:30 pm | Artist performance, Susan Mogul
3 pm | Curatorial tour, Two Schools of Cool 
4 pm | Screening, Susan Mogul’s Woman’s Building and Lynn Hershman Leeson’s Women/Art/Revolution.

University Art Gallery at University of California, Irvine
Free admission on December 3.
3 pm | Curatorial tour, The Radicalization of a ‘50s Housewife, revisiting Barbara T. Smith’s transgressive artwork Birthdaze. The performance symbolized Smith’s journey away from 50s society life towards 60s feminism, avant-garde culture and beyond.Now, wake up Sunday, December 4, and go to Long Beach.

Start with the Long Beach Museum of Art, where I had a recent first visit — and it’s marvelous. 

Long Beach Museum of Art
Free admission.
11 , 11:30 am, 2:15 pm | Curatorial tours of Exchange and Evolution: World Wide Video Long Beach, 1974-1999.
All day | Screening of Joan Jonas’ I Want to Live in the Country (and Other Romances) in the Lane Oceanview Gallery.

Museum of Latin American Art
Free admission.
11 am, 2 pm, 4:15 pm | Curatorial tours of MEX/LA: “Mexican” Modernism(s) in Los Angeles, 1930-1985.
2:00 – 3:30 pm | Josh Kun, Little Willie G discussion and performance presented by GRAMMY Museum. To reserve seats, rsvp@molaa.org.
3:15 – 4:30pm | Concert, Rubén Guevara and the Eastside Luvers followed by tour, MEX/LA. Legendary East LA Chicano vocalist, composer and producer Rubén “Funkahuatl” Guevara (Ruben & the Jets, Frank Zappa, Con Safos) and his new band perform songs from their new CD The Tao of Funkahuatl. Click here for more event information.

University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach
Free admission.
2 , 3:45 , 5 pm | Curatorial tours, Peace Press Graphics, 1967-1987: Art in the Pursuit of Social Change.
4 – 7 pm | Zachary Ginder Duo live jazz
5 – 6 pm | Lou Reed event ticket drawing. Bring business card for free tickets to see Lou Reed and Bob Ezrin in Conversation on January 27 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. 
6 – 7 pm | Closing reception, Peace Press Graphics with wine, refreshments and cocktail snacks. Free to public. Exhibition closes Dec 11.

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