Through April 29 - Won Ju Lim: Casting at Haines Gallery. If you saw Won Ju Lim's YBCA exhibition Raycraft Is Dead a couple years back you know not to miss this solo show at Haines, full of fragmentation and reconstruction in the form of paintings, sculptures, lightboxes, and film. Her new work uses Proust and the multiple meanings of the verb "to cast" as jumping-off points, and the breadth of her practice is impressive (I can't wait to see more film from her!).
Every first Thursday - Tourettes Without Regrets at the Oakland Metro Operahouse. I recently attended my first TWR, their "Fuck Valentine's Day" edition, and as I was standing there packed into a crowd of diverse freaks watching various vulgar and hilarious acts on stage I was just extremely grateful for this Bay Area institution. The messier it is the better, and this month's "Awesome April" installment looks like it will be quite the beautiful mess.
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams might have confounded some of its viewers at the time of its release in 1990, but it reads as pure prescient poetry now, especially with the director's focus on the destruction caused by human ignorance. Each of the eight "dreams" stands on its own, though there are subtle linkages as well, and it is completely impossible for me to pick a favorite. I love them all for different reasons.
Hans Herbert Grimm hoped his 1928 book about a young German solider during WWI would achieve the same success as All Quiet on the Western Front, but sadly Schlump never took off in his lifetime. Possibly it was too smart and satirical, with a main character who is relatable but decidedly less than a clear hero. However, rarely has an author been able to capture the extremes of war as masterfully as Grimm did here, and by reissuing it now NYRB has given contemporary readers a chance to rediscover this gem.
Mild High Club played a sold out Tuesday night show at the Starline last night...which means that will probably be the last time I'll be able to see them in a venue that small. This video gives you a good taste of their weirdo-psych sound; please enjoy!