Eastside Weekend: Monsters in Eagle Rock; Loteria in Elysian Valley; Golem in Lincoln Heights


Kaiju monster by Orbital Ox at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland in Eagle Rock.


Oh, No, Look, Out! It’s A Giant Monster! Actually, in this light it’s not that bad. In fact it’s hugging that building. And you know what, when you get down to it what defines a monster as a “monster”? Kaiju is Japanese for “strange creature,” and so a whole lot of artists are reinterpreting monsters at Supahchute Kaiju Show 2: Cuter, Better, Fatter, Stronger with original paintings, sculptures and figurines. Saturday, March 14 at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland in Eagle Rock.


“Espiranza” by Celina Jacques

The mother figure hangs brightly in most cultures, either as a symbol of fertility, of enlightenment or of mother earth. The Mujeres de Maiz Collective will host Madre, Mother, an exhibit celebrating different interpretations of how artists experience motherhood, and cohabiting with the planet. Saturday, March 14 at Avenue 50 Studio.
Some people cross the street when they see a black cat or they detour so they don’t have to walk under a ladder. But what’s important in life is to celebrate those superstitions. Friday the thirteenth is just another day. Enjoy a screening of the silent film “The Golem” with musical accompaniment by the electroacoustic Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble and get a feel for your goosebumps. Friday, March 13 at HM157 in Lincoln Heights.
A Place To Bury Strangers play The Echoplex Sunday. Yes, it’s a school night and who knows what the night has in store for the city, but it’s an experience to see the Brooklyn noise rockers drone on with their mayhem. Think of a burning effigy in reverse, fibers reconstituting themselves into articles of clothing, all the while the rest of the world continues to spin on its axis. Part Time Punks is Sunday, March 15.

La Chalupa #48 by Joe Bravo

Fifty artists were given a Loteria card and were told to make something from the image. La Loteria is the popular card game with images, symbols, characters and other figures in Mexican culture (maybe that one crazy uncle that no one is allowed to talk to anymore). Artists include Miriam Martinez, Roger Trivinos, Gabriela Zapata and Joe Bravo just to name a few. ¡Loteria! is Saturday, March 14 at Cactus Gallery, which is also celebrating  their 10-year Anniversary.

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Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis’ stories, reviews and photos at Avenue Meander.

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