A Very Robot Christmas
The holidays can be a trying time, especially for your wallet. But if you want to indulge in some fun, free events, then you've come to the right place. Borrow party tips from Jazz Age icon Dorothy Parker or laugh at dating survival stories from Anna David and Co. If you'd rather get in the holiday spirit, this week's roundup also includes a traditional tamale festival, a winter market and a robot Christmas spectacular.
5. A Robot Christmas Show
If, when someone wishes you a Merry Christmas, visions of pop art robot portraits don't immediately dance in your head, maybe that needs to change. Melding the curatorial vision of Coagula's Mat Gleason with the multiplatform artistry of robot overlord Dave Pressler, A Very Robot Christmas is part pop-up shop, part fine art show, part merch heaven, part family-friendly game-time and part grown-up nerdgasm. Between the books, paintings, prints, award-winning TV shows and vinyl toy-modeling, Pressler's unhealthy level of obsession with talking tin cans transcends the confines of cartooning to create a universe of avatars having profoundly human experiences. Pressler's "robromance" is infectious -- and when you throw in an all-out Christmas theme, it's downright irresistible. Kids are the focus of the afternoon's G-rated party; the evening opening promises to be much less child-friendly, with live music by twoversusone and a litany of adult beverages and cheekier early work on offer. Of course, the gallery next door is still trussed out as a wine bar for children, so the lines might get a bit blurry. But that's the point, isn't it? To merge fantasy and reality, nostalgia and sci-fi, high and low style and, of course, people and the 'bots they love. If there's going to be a war on Christmas, at least let it be an intergalactic robot war! Red Pipe Gallery, 978 Chung King Road, Chinatown; Sat., Dec. 14, 7-11 p.m.; exhibition continues Wed.-Sat., noon-5 p.m., through Jan. 4; free. (310) 663-1296, redpipegallery.com. --Shana Nys Dambrot