10 Political Things to Do in L.A. Before (and After) the Election
While the 2012 presidential election is the biggest reason people are hitting the polls, we all know that local campaigns can be just as important, and here in Los Angeles, that means the ballot itself is a lot more interesting, compared to those in other parts of the country. Given the recent syphilis outbreak in the adult-entertainment industry, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation is urging us to bring condoms back to porn by voting "yes" on Measure B. Meanwhile, local artists such as Mia Doi Todd, Frohawk Two Feathers and Om'Mas Keith are going out of their way to tell Californians to vote "yes" on Prop 37, which would place labels on genetically engineered foods.
With so much responsibility in our hands, it's easy to be overwhelmed, so why not exercise our right to take part in a little culture? From politically-themed theater and environmentally-minded art to exhibitions we can visit from the safety of the couch, here are 10 shows that get our vote.
LA Comedy Festival
10. Los Angeles Comedy Festival
Yes, we know the election is serious business, but we also know from experience that taking the time to fit in a few laughs is a major initiative, especially when it comes to politics. While the LA Comedy Festival isn't exactly held in conjunction with the election, the timing is perfect -- and whether or not the comedy fest is a political event, we think the election itself should help inspire the bulk of the material. Various Hollywood locations; Nov. 2-11; various prices. LAComedyFest.com.
Soo Kim Soo Kim's (Searching), two hand-cut inkjet prints
9. Soo Kim: Midday Moon
In her second solo exhibition at Angles Gallery, artist Soo Kim subtly raises issues related to overpopulation, capitalism and the economy with a new series of photographs depicting densely-packed metropolitan landscapes. From NYC's Times Square and London's Piccadilly Circus to the city of Taipei, Kim's images reflect commercial activity as a global urban phenomenon. 2754 S. La Cienega Blvd.; opens Nov. 3, 6-8 p.m.; Tues. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; through Dec. 22. (310) 396-5019, AnglesGallery.com.
Drive Theater Company
8. 44 Plays for 44 Presidents
Perhaps inspired by the Nails' 1980s one-hit-wonder "88 Lines About 44 Women," 44 Plays for 44 Presidents at the Attic Theatre is just what you'd expect from the title: bite-sized plays for attention spans that have been compromised by the Internet.5429 W. Washington Blvd.; Thurs. - Sat. 8 p.m., through Nov. 3, special election-night performance Nov. 6, 8 p.m.; $15. DriveTheatre.org.
7. Chor Boogie, Divided States of America
Speaking of the Internet, online exhibitions can be just as politically provocative as any of the ones you'll find at brick-and-mortar galleries and museums. Case in point: aerosol artist Jason Hailey, aka Chor Boogie, takes iconic U.S. images such as the Statue of Liberty, the American flag and the dollar bill and manipulates them into new images that provide commentaries on issues of immigration, class disparity and poverty in general.
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