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Los Angeles This Week: Art with Street Cred and a Colorful Way to Honor the Dead

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Photo by Jon Furlong, courtesy of Subliminal Projects

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The five coolest things to do in and around Los Angeles this week

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This is an art lover’s kind of week in Los Angeles. Fans of Shepard Fairey’s Obey Giant posters and murals can get a behind-the-scenes look at his process at Covert to Overt, a show of photographs by one of his collaborators, Jon Furlong. Music lovers have one last chance can get up close and personal with one of the area’s most creative choral groups, the Silver Lake Chorus, before their residency at the Hotel Café ends. Quirky art meets impeccable design at DABSMYLA’s collaboration with Modernica. And if you want to be part of the scene yourself, you can dress up and participate in the gorgeous artistry of the homemade floral wreathes and elaborate skeleton costumes on view at the city’s Dia de los Muertos celebration. 

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Oct. 24 | Book Signing
Covert to Overt
Shepard Fairey has earned his fame with a fair amount of blood, sweat, and tears. Though his "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" stickers and street art made him a household name in the 90s, he is still taking to the streets where it all began to put up a wheatpaste poster or two. (His last foray in Detroit resulted in an arrest and subsequent hearing. He’s all in.) For this show at Fairey’s gallery Subliminal Projects, photographer Jon Furlong captures Fairey and his OBEY Giant team as they install gallery shows and large-scale murals, and even take to the streets. On Saturday, the last day of the exhibition, Fairey will be signing copies of a book that coincides with the exhibit.
4-5 p.m. | Subliminal Projects, 1331 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles | 213-213-0078 | free | website 

Oct. 26 | Music
A Cappella
The Silver Lake Chorus is a locally-grown chorale group with some serious street cred. Their repertoire includes songs written for them by Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver), Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie) and Ben Lee. They’re also no strangers to the glitter of Hollywood: their sound has made its way onto an Andy Samberg and Akon collaboration and was used as a theme song for an SNL movie. They are no joke and best experienced live. Thankfully, you can catch their last night of residency at the Hotel Café, a perfectly intimate space for this supersized sound.
9 p.m. | The Hotel Café, 1623 ½ N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles | 323-461-2040 | $10 | website 

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Oct. 17- November 15 | Art
Before and Further
Imagine an art show that covers every crevice of a 4,000 square foot building. There are very few artists that can pull that off successfully, but DABSMYLA has just the right amount of attitude and talent to make this ambitious show, Before and Further, work. The duo’s style is fun and whimsical without being saccharine. It has bite. Here they collaborate with Modernica, so we’re talking limited edition Modernica furniture, artwork, and sculptures that are all for sale. But this experience will be enjoyable to art collectors at every level, because Dabs and Myla are artists of the people. They never take themselves too seriously. You may remember their backdrop for the MTV awards, or even their murals that dot the LA landscape and beyond. They’re unforgettable, as is this installation. And yes, there’s a secret room viewable only through a peephole.
12 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday- Sunday | The Modernica Factory, 2901 Saco St., Vernon | 323-933-0383| free | website 

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Oct 24 | festival
Dia De Los Muertos
The annual Dia de los Muertos celebration is one of the most vibrant and lively holidays Los Angeles sees. The event is held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which is filled with elaborate altars full of that have all been erected for beloved family members and ancestors and hold offerings like delicate tissue paper art, flowers, the honored relatives’ favorite foods, and delicate sugar skulls. Participants dress up in colorful calaca (skeleton) costumes, and the day includes a traditional procession with traditional Aztec blessing, music and dance performances, and food vendors from all over Los Angeles.
12 p.m.-12 a.m. | Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood | 323-469-1181 | $20 | website 

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Weekend Escape
San Diego
San Diego is an easy drive from Los Angeles but will make you feel like you’re a million miles away. It’s like an alternate version of Los Angeles devoid of celebrity attitudes, less paparazzi and more punk rock. Stay at Andaz San Diego and you might never want to leave your hotel. There is a rooftop pool with 360 views of the entire city, a live DJ, and a seriously well-stocked bar. There is even wine tasting in the lounge every night from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. The food at served at Rooftop 600 is organic and farm-fresh, and the drink menu leaves nothing wanting. If you do end up leaving the grounds, you will find yourself in San Diego’s Gas Lamp Quarter which is filled with historical buildings and a wide variety of restaurants and is only a quick taxi ride away from the USS Midway, a decommissioned aircraft carrier turned museum.

Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding. 

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