[Editor's Note: After we went to press, we were informed that the date for Bass Elegy/Devil's Night (for M.K.) has been moved from Sat., Aug. 25 to Sat., Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.]
Courtesy of the artist and Night Gallery Invitation image for Adam Gordon's "The Light Will Shine: Bulimic gushing tears at the bottom of an indoor well with a broken wrist."
This week, an exhibition feels like a haunted graveyard, a performer turns his body into a chemistry experiment and a sculptor exploits building codes.
5. Devil's Night in the middle of the day
In urban Detroit in the 1970s and '80s, the night before Halloween, called Devil's Night, was a mess of arson and violence: Eight hundred fires were set in 1984 alone. L.A. artist Mike Kelley came from Detroit, as did his bandmates in punk group Destroy All Monsters. The weird legacy of violence and urban decay haunted Kelley's work and the band's music and, in some sense, it will haunt Scott Benzel and Mark Hagen's performance at LAXART this weekend. Called Bass Elegy/Devil's Night (for M.K.) in honor of Kelley, who died in February, the performance will involve a wrecked car with a bass cabinet inside it. Detroit techno, ghettotech, booty bass and some original compositions will play out of the wreck. 2640 S. La Cienega Blvd.; Sept. 1, 8 p.m. (323) 868-5893, laxart.org.