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and appearances by Lauren Toyota, Nicole Allen and Flower Bullock, creator of Stone Girl Treats & Eats, who teaches how to use cannabidiol. The Renaissance Hotel, 1111 Ocean Blvd., Long Beach; Sun., Nov. 11, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; $10-$40, 12 & under free. (562) 437-5900, vegancookiecon.com. —Siran BaBayan
mon 11/12 BOOKS
Murder Mystery
That dozens of unsolved murders were finally solved remains a high point of 2018, and detective novelists have seized upon these latest developments with characteristic vigor. Tonight, Live Talks L.A. presents Paul Levine and Michael Connelly discussing Connelly’s new book, Dark Sacred Night
(A Ballard and Bosch Novel) ($29, Little, Brown and Company). In this latest page- burner, Detective Renée Ballard stumbles upon former detective Harry Bosch rum- maging through old files to solve a cold case. After he leaves, she finds out that he’s really on to something and they join forces to close the books on the case at last. Ann and Jerry Moss Theater, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica; Mon., Nov. 12, 8 p.m.; $52 reserved + book/$42 general + book/$20 general. (310) 855-0005, livetalksla.org/events/ michael-connelly/. —DaviD COtner
tue 11/13 MUSiC
A Quintet of Premieres
The Green Umbrella series is always one
of the highlights of L.A. Philharmonic’s season, as adventurous members of the orchestra band together as the L.A. Phil New Music Group to perform strange and experimental avant-garde pieces in front of diverse, open-minded audiences on Tuesday nights. But with L.A. Phil celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the orchestra is taking the bold step of filling every Green Umbrella program this season with the world premieres of new works. Tonight, Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki presents a program of new music by European com- posers Francesco Filidei, Arnulf Herrmann, Lotta Wennäkoski, Miroslav Srnka and Yann Robin. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown; Tue., Nov. 13, 8 p.m.; $20-$60. (323) 850-2000, laphil.com. —Falling JaMeS
wed 11/14 art
Clay Makes a Comeback
Ceramics has been having an extended moment of popularity and acclaim in fine- art circles, as more and more contempo-
Susanna Mälkki conducts world- premiere new music in the L.A. Phil’s Green Umbrella series: See Tuesday.
rary artists embrace the appeal of this slow, heavy, messy medium. Not content to sim- ply appreciate the appeal of this exception- ally analog and physical material, perhaps as a countermeasure against the surge of the digital and virtual, new generations of sculptors are pressing tradition into the service of the modern. One of the most in- triguing voices in the clay conversation has been Matt Wedel, whose new show, “Ev- erything is everything,” opens in Venice this week. Wedel’s unique vision merges his own family background (his dad is a potter) with art historical confidence and expressively personal narrative to create eccentric, painterly ceramic sculptures that innovatively interpret elements from
PhOtO By vern evanS
natural and psychological landscapes. L.A. Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice; opening reception: Wed., Nov. 14, 6-8 p.m.; exhibit Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., thru Jan. 5; free. (310) 822-4955, lalouver.com.
—Shana nyS DaMBrOt
aCtiviSM
Challenging Homelessness
While the response from Los Angeles’ political leaders to the city’s homeless epidemic has been less decisive leader- ship and more unfulfilled promises and moribund policymaking, the participants at the L.A. Homelessness Challenge aren’t as content to sit around waiting for the
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