5 things to do in la this week: from kurt cobain to tarantino

Here are our top five picks of what you need to see, hear and do in LA this week.

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Apr 20 2015, 11:10pm

Image from 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck'

Babylon Group Show
LA hardcore band Trash Talk's ripping new retail space aims to be way more than just a place for cool kids to hang out (although it will undoubtedly be an epicenter of that), thus the decision to NOT set up shop on Fairfax. Babylon, as the skate utopia is rightfully named, wants to be more of a hub for collaboration, where kids and creatives can convene to skate the bowl, shoot the shit, and make 'zines. Case in point: tonight marks the opening of a group art show with works by Ari Marcopoulos, Ray Potes, Jerry Hsu, Sandy Kim, and more. Two things are for certain: free beer and a line out the door.

Monday, April 20, at Babylon LA, 1320 N. Highland Blvd.
http://babylon.la

Screening: Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck
If there's a film that could put an end to the mythology and speculation surrounding the life and death of legendary Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, Montage of Heck, the new HBO documentary directed by Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture), would be it. But alas, there isn't. With unrestricted access to journals, artwork, cassettes, and even a sex tape handed over by controversial wife Courtney Love, the film is the first authorized documentary since Cobain's tragic death at age 27 in 1994.

Tuesday April 21 at 7:30 at Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd.
egyptiantheatre.com

Reading: Adilifu Nama discusses his book Race on the QT: Blackness and the Films of Quentin Tarantino
Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is known for his campy blood spatter, hyper-stylized fight scenes, and provocative subject matter in adrenaline-fueled movies that include the uncensored use of the n-word. So it comes as no surprise that he is the latest subject of a book by professor and author Adilifu Nama, a brilliant mind who specializes in decoding and discussing race in media, specifically in comic books. 

Wednesday, April 22 at 7 PM at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
http://booksoup.com

Matthew Barney's Cremaster
The Cremaster Cycle, the five-part cult film by multimedia visual artist and Björk ex Matthew Barney, will screen in its entirety at The Hammer Museum over the course of several days. "A grand mixture of history, mythology, and autobiography exploring the creation of form. Each of the five films is projected on 35mm film, and presented in the order of its making." Made over the course of eight years, from 1994-2002, The Cremaster Cycle is nothing short of epic, deranged, and totally mind-blowing.

April 21 - April 24, The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.
hammer.ucla.edu

Spring Pop Up at Chin's Push, curated by Hesse Press
Tucked away on the York Blvd. block of Highland Park is an unassuming hidden storefront known as Chin's Push. The alternative event space is run by 23-year-old Lydia Glenn-Murray, and has been featured in Artforum and Art in America. This weekend, the tiny gallery, regularly used for niche art exhibitions and obscure performances, will host a pop-up shop featuring work by Nature World, Hesse Press, Sonya Sombreuil-Cohen, and more. Come, because beer, music, and fun.

April 24-16, Chin's Push, Friday April 24 7-10 PM, Sat & Sunday 12-7 PM, 4917 York Blvd
www.chinspush.com