Events Posted Oct 04, 2018



SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM





SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1st, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

DECEMBER 3rd, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15th, 4:00 - 6:00



Events Posted Oct 04, 2018

Fantastic Four Book Signing, 10/13 at Arcana!

4:00 - 6:00 PM FOR A






Please join us at Arcana next Saturday, October 13th, to celebrate the west coast launches for four fantastic new releases published by our dear friends at Deadbeat Club and The Ice Plant. In addition to all the photographers being present, we will be serving Jacques Marlow's signature Ice Plant Margarita and delighting you  with the renowned accordion stylings of Ms. Erin Schneider.

Should rotten luck preclude you from being able to attend this venerable gathering,  fear not: you can order signed copies of all four books here


Events Posted Oct 02, 2018

2018 Culver City Arts District Art Walk!

The Culver City Arts District and Arts District Residents Association are proud to present this year’s Art Walk and Roll Festival on Saturday, October 6th from 12-6pm. "The Festival will feature distinguished artists, live music, eclectic food trucks, wine and beer gardens, tastings, fun kid’s activities, interactive art experiences and so much more! Grab a map and take a self-guided stroll and visit our local galleries, restaurants and retail. Events will take place throughout Culver City Arts District, including our first ever designated street closure that stretches along the Arts District, (Washington Blvd will be closed between McManus and Caroline Ave). Visit established art galleries with special installations; explore the popup marketplace featuring arts and crafts vendors."


At Arcana we'll be hosting Zine-making workshops run by our friends at LA Zine Fest!  All workshops will include instruction on how to fold an 8-page zine. Scissors, glue, pens/writing implements, and magazines will be available for all participants at each workshop.


12:00-1:30 - “'This is a Photo Zine. Please bring photos and images, in any medium you prefer, to piece together your photo story in zine form. (Magazines will be on hand for those who forget their photos.) If you feel so inclined you can even bring some kind of instant film camera to take snaps during the workshop to also include in your zine."


2:30-4:00  - “'Grids and Gestures: A Diary Comic. Draw a comic, even if you have no prior drawing experience! The 'grids and gestures' technique, created by cartoonist Nick Sousanis, instructs participants to rely on drawing shapes and straight or scribbled lines in various ways to tell a story. You’ll use this technique to create a comic that tells stories about the maker’s week and the events within that time frame—a sort of diary comic. This technique is a great way to break through a creative rut or get over your fear of drawing!"


4:30–6:00 pm - "Going Home. This workshop is intended to explore through writing a personal notion of home as both a physical place and a feeling or state; and how a home can be altered, whether through the passage of time (as in, "You can't go home again"), neighborhood change, or the physical loss of a home.


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Events Posted Sep 04, 2018

"A Guide to the Dirty South - Atlanta” at Helms Design Center

Join Jennifer Bonner (@jbonn90057 ), Director of MALL and THIS X THAT (@thisbythat ) on Thursday, September 6 for the LA book launch of “A Guide to the Dirty South - Atlanta” at Helms Design Center (8745 Washington Blvd). Presented in partnership with @HelmsBakeryDistrict We will be offering the book for sale at the event tomorrow (and in the shop after tomorrow).


“Drawing on the format of the urban guidebook, Jennifer Bonner’s A Guide to the Dirty South―Atlanta generates a new discourse about the architecture of the American South. By guiding readers on a tour of Atlanta, this project seeks to reclaim a regional identity for cities otherwise deemed to be a "backwoods" by the East and West Coasts. Borrowing from the hip hop industry and recognising the rivalry between the two coasts, A Guide to the Dirty South―Atlanta acknowledges that amidst the NYC-LA rivalry, the South had its own story to tell, and redirects our attention to a ‘third coast’.

 Steeped in geography, historical events, typology, storytelling, and popular culture, the guide takes idiosyncratic trajectories through the city that urge a long overdue reading of Dirty South regionalism through architecture. Part tour guide, part architectural manual, the publication also features oral histories through a set of interviews with prominent architects, theorists, chefs, community leaders, and hip hop artists, from architectural historian Mario Carpo to hip-hop group Goodie Mob.


Authored by Jennifer Bonner, director of architecture studio MALL, A Guide to the Dirty South―Atlanta takes the reader on a tour of “Rap City”, “Pop up Surface Lots”, “Architecture of Quarantine” and a “Geography of Smells”. Wittily designed, and featuring beautiful illustrations throughout, A Guide to the Dirty South―Atlanta is perfect for those new to the architectural delights of Atlanta and long-time fans alike."


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Events Posted Aug 27, 2018

CURATORIAL HUB ⚡️ EXHIBITION LAUNCH > Micah Hahn + Nicola Vruwink !

Please join us on Sunday, September 9th, 4:00 - 6:00 pm to launch the latest Curatorial Hub exhibition:




With a wink and a nod to the Velvet Underground's "All Tomorrow's Parties," artists Michah Hahn and Nicola Vruwink's installation at Arcana will explore hope, desire, longing, and relationships.


Presented with Bettina Hubby's  Curatorial Hub -- an online gallery featuring affordable and diverse work by well-known and emerging artists from Los Angeles and beyond. To complement its cyber-space-seat at, a exhibition series has launched at Arcana: Books on the Arts! The third show in the series will feature artists micah Hahn and Nicola Vruwink, with an opening reception on Sunday, September 9th from 4-6pm. 

These month long exhibitions at Arcana are cozy 2-person joints, curated in part by Curatorial Hub artists along with founder, Bettina Hubby. This partnership between Arcana and C⚡️H provides a space for artists to showcase their work, while also sparking conversation about the meaning of and the relationship between the physical and virtual worlds and how our lives now occupy both.


Events Posted Aug 21, 2018

Book Signing and Reading > Mirror Domme by Kate Parfet with Autre Magazine

Please join us this Sunday (8/26), 4:30-6:30, for an intimate poetry reading and signing with Kate Parfet and Autre Magazine! Parfet’s collection of prose follows the sudden death of a lover that illumines for the speaker a new self, one that dares to be visible in the context of loss. The reading will be followed by a short Q&A and accompanied by refreshing libations courtesy of the wonderful Yola Mezcal and Gia Coppola Mood Wine!

Events Posted Aug 18, 2018

innen Pop Up Signings!

This Saturday + Sunday

August 18th + 19th - 1:00 - 7:00 PM

innen Pop Up Shop with FIRST EDITION

at Arcana: Books on the Arts, Culver City


Saturday Events:

1:00 PM - Zine signings with Jerry Hsu, Cali Thornhill Dewitt, Patrick O'Dell, and Christine Forrer

4:00 - 7:00 PM Zine signing with Francesca Gabbiani

Music by Secret Circuit




8675 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232    310-458-1499

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Events Posted Aug 08, 2018

Innen at Arcana!

Next weekend (8/18 + 19, 1:00 -7:00 pm each day) Innen Books will be at Arcana!  Innen  (Zürich) is setting up shop at Arcana with a slew of ‘zines, books, “First Edition” shirts, rare / signed / sold-out Innen titles.

Shop Innen and Zug whilst enjoying the melodic tones of @secretcircuit, rubbing elbows with superstar local artists from the Innen roster – signings to be announced – and sipping early evening cold refreshments ... see you then! 

Events Posted Jul 27, 2018

Book Signing, Discussion, and cake! > SIMONE SHUBUCK - July 28th, 4:00-6:00


Please join us TOMORROW! Saturday, July 28th, 4:00 - 6:00 for a book signing and conversation with artist SIMONE SHUBUCK

The discussion - about her new book, her project 'Wifey,' and the relationship between art and food - will be moderated by curator Laura Fried and will include Wifey collaborator and James Beard nominated pastry chef Natasha Pickowicz. (And, yes, there will be cake — and Yola Mezcal!)

If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a copy of SIMONE SHUBUCK signed by the artist, please place your order here or call us at 310-458-1499.


In the summer of 2017, Simone Shubuck launched Wifey, a Brooklyn pop up that fused art, food, ceramics, flowers, and bit of retail in an elevated DIY way. During the process, Shubuck realized that so much of what she was doing directly connected to a show she staged as a student at the San Francisco Art Institute in the early 1990s. Wanting to formalize that multi-decade connection, she decided to make a book.

While at the Art institute, Shubuck studied painting, but probably spent more time tagging on the streets in the middle of the night than in her studio. When it came time to produce her student show, she constructed 10 cakes festooned with pink ham hocks, a school of fresh sardines, a tent of chicken feet, and live crickets within a hat box within a cake. It was these images that attracted chefs Ignacio Mattos and Natasha Pickowicz - both of New York's Estela, Flora Bar, and Cafe Altro Paradiso - to the project. They became partners and began experimenting with dreamy layer cakes which were served at Wifey to great acclaim. 

As described by Ella Riley-Adams on "She had made a paged project before; a short run of zines for Natasha Pickowicz’s bake sale benefit at Altro Paradiso. “It had more of a punk vibe,” Shubuck says—150 copies, printed in Chinatown. The new book feels more like a collector’s item: a retrospective of off-kilter cakes, blossoming drawings, and character-filled ceramics that charts Shubuck’s creative course. (It’s the ideal gift for the cool girl in your life.) As Alex Wagner writes, next to a bright yellow page in the book: “Simone’s work—on paper, in clay, in life!—retains a glorious sense of mess and possibility and freedom.” 
Click here to read more about Ms. Shubuck's book on
Events Posted Jun 07, 2018

Shaniqwa Jarvis West Coast Book Launch + Signing Saturday, June 9th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Arcana!

Shaniqwa Jarvis’ first book Shaniqwa Jarvis presents one hundred and sixty pages of editorial and personal work spanning two decades drawn from the photographer’s archive. This lovely hardbound volume published by Baque Creative features an introduction by photographer Ryan McGinley accompanied by a meticulous selection of pictures from her favorite personal series such as “Bathroom Portraits” - shot in the toilets of bars in the early 2000s - along with editorial work for clients like The Gap, The New York Times, Supreme, Billboard, and Riposte that includes portraits of SZA, Lee Scratch Perry, George Condo, Cardi B, and a few requisite selfies.


Ms. Jarvis’ work is known for blending the aesthetics of modern fashion photography with the sensitive, unfiltered emotion of art portraiture. In some of her best-loved imagery she captures vivid reality across a wide variety of subjects that always appear to be an extension of herself. The images speak to raw, disparate feelings imbued with a deep sparkling optimism. The photos in this collection are an invitation to join Jarvis on a journey to see the world from her vantage point - one that is female, black, tirelessly hardworking, and brimming with raucous, positive vibrations. These are images of celebrities who seem like best friends, vintage shots of downtown New York notables in their heyday, children, loved ones in all colors of the rainbow, and delicate landscapes and travel souvenirs. Here is sorrow and joy commingling in pictures, many of them highly autobiographical, all representing a progressive and optimistic world.


So join us Saturday, June 9th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM to meet Ms. Jarvis and celebrate the arrival of this fabulous new book! If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a copy of Shaniqwa Jarvis signed by the photographer, please place your order here or call us at 310-458-1499.


Click here to read more about Ms. Jarvis in the New York Times.