A scene from the New York premiere of “Seize the King.” The play is being performed at Occidental College this weekend. | Richard Termine/The New York Times

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2021 Arts & Culture Editions November

By Pablo Nukaya-Petralia

For theatergoers, record buffs, art lovers, film fans, here’s what’s happening in and near NELA this weekend:

Seating for performances of Seize the King at Occidental College is first come first served.

 Theater

Live, indoor theater makes a triumphant return to Occidental College’s Keck Theater, with students staging “Seize the King,” a contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare’s “Richard III.” Written by Occidental professor Will Power, the play was a New York Times critic’s pick when it debuted in New York City earlier this year. “Seize the King” will be performed Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 18 – 20, at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, November 21. The Nov, 20 performance will feature a post-show talk with director Power and members of the cast. Admission is free and seating is first come first served; masks are to be worn at all times and non-Occidental guests must provide proof of vaccination.

An installation view of “Songs Forevermore” by Marnie Weber at ODD ARK•LA | Photo by Ruben Diaz

Gallery exhibitions

Songs Forevermore” is the title of an exhibit on display now through Dec. 4 at the ODD ARK•LA gallery in Highland Park. Part installation and part record collection, the show features 250 hand-collaged and painted vinyl record covers by Marnie Weber (each including the soundtrack to her feature film “The Day of Forevermore”). For information, email the gallery at odd.ark.la@gmail.com. The gallery is open 11a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

“A Wake for the West” at Bermudez Projects. 

“A Wake for the West” is the title of an exhibition of paintings and drawings by the artist Cody Norris at Bermudez Projects in Cypress Park. The exhibition expands on the artist’s works depicting the loss of nature due to extreme weather.
One theme is the impact of forest fires, which Cody, a former firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service, knows all too well. The exhibition is on display now through Dec. 31. Bermudez Projects is open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The Obama portraits, on display now at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art | Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Museum exhibitions

Two official paintings of Barack and Michelle Obama, which typically hang in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, are on display now through Jan. 2 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The upcoming museum free days are on Nov. 20 and Dec. 14. On display in the gallery adjacent to the Obama portraits is an exhibit entitled “Black American Portraits,” a display of works with Black Americans as subject spanning two-centuries of portraiture. Advance online tickets are required. For more information and to order tickets, click here. 

One of the silent film posters on exhibit now in “The Silent West” at the Autry | Image from Autry website

Calling all film buffs. Now through Dec. 4 the “The Silent West,” is on display at the Autry Museum of the American West, focusing on film posters from Westerns in the silent film era of the 1910s and ‘20s — films like “North of 36” and “Rose of the Golden West.” An accompanying film series complements the exhibition, with the Autry screening “North of 36” Dec. 4.

Pablo Nukaya-Petralia is a writer and editor from Los Angeles, CA. An Eagle Rock native and graduate of Occidental College. He regularly covers local art and culture while also working as the social media manager for the Boulevard Sentinel. Feel free to contact him at ppetraila@me.com with tips and news.

Pablo Nukaya-Petralia
Pablo Nukaya-Petralia is a writer and editor from Los Angeles, CA. An Eagle Rock native and graduate of Occidental College. He regularly covers local art and culture while also working as the social media manager for the Boulevard Sentinel. Feel free to contact him at ppetraila@me.com with tips and news.

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