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Performance/Public Art Festival
Photos: Suzanne Lacy (top), Lloyd Hamrol (bottom)

Performance art: It's usually thought of as historical (it was big in the 1970s) or rarefied (you mean it's not like theater, yet it has actors?). But it's been in the news lately, due to MOCA's controversial gala dinner with human centerpieces.

Well, fasten your seat belts, art lovers: It's going to be a bumpy ride when Pacific Standard Time launches the Public Art and Performance Festival, 11 days of mostly free events all over Los Angeles. A sampling includes "Preparation F" by John White, in which football players strip and scrimmage for no charge in a Pomona gallery; a monologue in which smart, funny critic Andrea Fraser recounts a 1971 feminist men's radio chat show; and music including Lou Reed performing noise rock ($45), and seminal L.A. punk bands X and the Dead Kennedys playing inside MOCA ($50).

There are also fascinating and free public art works each day, such as "Disappearing Environments," in which tons of dry ice shrouds the land in fog highlighted with flares.

Each evening, the Black Box pop-up café/bar in Hollywood will serve as a sort of postmodern Cedar Tavern for artists and fans to talk over the day's events. (We'll be the ones wearing the berets.)

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