Sep 132018
 

Vagabon- Cold Apartment

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/13-9/16/18)-

Thursday

Slothrust are playing a free acoustic set at Amoeba Records before their show at Lodge Room on Friday

Downtown LA’s Artwalk returns for its monthly event

Gold Star are playing at Highland Park Ebell with Shannon Lay and Harrison Whitford opening

The Wiltern is having a movie night with a screening of Pulp Fiction

Azealia Banks is playing at The Fonda Theatre

Friday

Rostam are playing at The Fonda Theatre with Bedouine opening

Slothrust are playing at Lodge Room with Summer Cannibals opening

Poet Olivia Gatwood will be performing at the Bootleg Theater with poet Edwin Bodney and singer Joaquina Mertz

The Aero Theatre is hosting a Hitchcock double feature- Notorious and Suspicion

Juana Molina is performing at The Teragram Ballroom

Hooveriii are having a record release party at The Echo with Frankie & The Witch Fingers and Patrick Nolan & Perfection also performing

Saturday

Vagabon will be performing at The Getty for their free music series Off The 405

Allah-Las are headlining the free Open Arts & Music Festival in downtown Glendale. Other musical performers include The Altons, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Thumpasaurus, plus there will also be art demonstrations, an arts market, art installations and more

In conjunction with the opening of LACE’s exhibition The Mojave Project, there will be a conversation with Mojave Project director Kim Stringfellow and writer, activist and NPCA California Desert program manager Chris Clarke from 2:30-4pm before the reception for 4-7pm (free)

The Hitchcock double feature series continues at the Aero Theatre tonight with Rear Window and Rope

GØGGS are playing at The Teragram Ballroom with Shark Toys and C57BL/6 opening

Oddnesse and Livingmore are opening for Gold Casio at The Hi Hat

Sunday

Artist Larry Bell will be in conversation with Hammer Museum curator Aram Moshayedi at Hauser & Wirth in conjunction with his current exhibition at the gallery Complete Cubes

Alvvays are opening for The War on Drugs at The Hollywood Bowl

Prism Tats are performing at The Hi Hat with Bryan John Appleby, and Tomten opening

Patti Smith, Karen O, Flea, Lucinda Williams, and Talib Kweli are just some of the performers gathering at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel for a concert for Pathway to Paris, “a non profit organization dedicated to turning the Paris agreement into reality”

White Boy Scream are performing a free show at Zebulon with Hit Bargain, Nephila, and William Hutson + Ted Byrnes also performing

Saint Etienne are playing at The Fonda Theatre

The Bootleg Theater is hosting a night of punk rock bands- Youth Brigade, Lower Class Brats, JFA and Mystery Actions

 

Sep 072018
 

Cut Copy- Standing In The Middle Of The Field

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/6-9/9/18)-

Thursday

Milo Greene are playing a free show at Amoeba Hollywood

Artist Todd Gray will be discussing his work at Meliksetian Briggs gallery

The High Curbs are playing at The Hi Hat with Ah God, On Drugs, and Cigarette Bums

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is having a free outdoor film screening with work from Mera Karachi Mobile Cinema and The Echo Park Film Center

Rico Nasty is performing at the Echoplex with special guest Maliibu Miitch

The Memories are playing with Wild Wing and Rumblepak at The Echo

Twin Seas and TWINKIDS are opening for Balún at the Bootleg Theater

Friday

Cut Copy are playing at The Wiltern

Dance DTLA continues in Grand Park, this week with music from the 90s

The Molochs are having a record release show at the Lodge Room with Smokescreens opening

The Egyptian Theatre is showing Jean-Luc Godard’s film Sympathy for the Devil with a discussion with cinematographer Tony Richmond following the screening

The Entire Universe and Crush (Cole & Zumi from The Black Lips) are opening for Easy at The Echo

Saturday

At Zebulon from 2-4pm there will be a performance by Modular Soundbath with visuals by Vinyl Williams plus tarot readers and reiki ($5 suggested)

Grand Park and Outfest are hosting Proud Picnic and Movie Night– featuring the full length film When The Beat Drops as well as several short films

Bergamot Station in Santa Monica is hosting a night of Fall openings at its galleries which will be open until 8pm

The Babe Rainbow are playing at Zebulon with Mapache opening

Slaughter Beach, Dog are playing at the Moroccan Lounge

Fitness are playing a free show at The Hi Hat with Beginners

Sunday

LVL UP are playing at The Echo with Pllush and Follies opening

The Egyptian Theatre is showing Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon with an introduction by actor Leon Vitali

Long Beach Comic Con continues today (also Saturday)

Aug 312018
 

Lauren Halsey- The Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project (Prototype Architecture) 2018

Lauren Halsey- The Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project (Prototype Architecture) 2018

Currently at the Hammer Museum is Made in L.A. 2018, the museum’s fourth biennial exhibition of artists working in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. The diverse group of artists included range in age from 29 to 97.  With so many excellent works in the exhibition, it was very hard to choose which of them to highlight. The following are just a few selections from the exhibition that stood out.

Lauren Halsey’s sculptures (pictured above), won the Mohn Award, a jury award which honors artistic excellence. You can also see another one of her sculptures at MOCA, until September 3.

Selection of works by Luchita Hurtado

The paintings above are from the oldest artist showing in the exhibition, Luchita Hurtado. At 97, she is just starting to get recognition for a lifetime of work.

The youngest artist in the show is Diedrick Brackens (shown below) who uses weaving and textile making to tell stories that reflect on cultural and personal narratives from his childhood in Mexla,Texas.

Diedrick Brackens

The most entertaining of the works in the exhibition is OURCHETYPES, created by Jade Gordon and Megan Whitmarsh. Taking up an entire room, it consists of videos, sculptures, and a publication all dealing with issues of self discovery, adulthood, womanhood, happiness, and success all from a tongue in cheek, retro New Age perspective.

Jade Gordon & Megan Whitmarsh, OURCHETYPES

There are also other video installations that are well worth spending time with.  Gelare Khoshgozaran’s Medina Wasi: Connecting Town, was shot mainly in Mecca and Thermal in the Coachella Valley, along with footage from US military bases in the desert that have created towns meant to simulate Middle Eastern towns for troops to have simulated battles in. She combines this with interviews with US veterans who discuss their memories of the landscape when they were in the Middle East. Neha Choksi’s multichannel video installation Everything sunbright, examines our relationship to the sun and includes images from nature, a dance performance, and children making drawings of the sun all tying together themes of birth, life, and death.

This weekend Hammer Museum has programming to accompany the exhibition. On Saturday, taisha paggett will present a series of solo and duet dance performances and on Sunday, composer/performer Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs is assembling a group of mothers to explore the tropes and meanings of motherhood and Von Doog is offering empathic musical readings in the gallery prior to the performance.

This exhibition closes on Sunday 9/2.

 

Aug 312018
 

Bad Bad Hats- Nothing Gets Me High

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/30-9/2/18)-

Thursday

LACMA has a free screening of Kusama- Infinity, a film about artist Yayoi Kusama with a post screening conversation with director Heather Lenz

Alice Bag is playing a free show at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park with Generacion Suicida

Taken By Trees (Swedish songwriter Victoria Bergsman’s solo project) will be performing a free show at Amoeba Records

 

Friday

Bad Bad Hats are playing at The Roxy Theatre with Cumulus opening

DIIV are playing a free show (but RSVP) with Sextile at the Echoplex

Grand Park’s DJ Nights series continues with a night curated by Nosaj Thing

Get your holiday weekend started with Friday Fireworks at Dodger Stadium after they play the Arizona Diamondbacks

Juiceboxxx is playing with Charge It To The Game, No Win, and Margot Pauline at The Hi Hat

Here Lies Man and Jungle Fire are playing a free show at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park

Metric are opening for The Smashing Pumpkins at The Forum (also Thursday)

 

Saturday

It’s the last weekend of Hammer Museum’s exhibition Made in L.A. 2018 and today you can see dance performances by artist taisha paggett along with her installation for the show

Brazilian artist Liniker e os Caramelows is performing at the Bootleg Theater

Beverly Hills Cop is the Cinespia Hollywood Forever Cemetery screening this evening

The Stevenson Ranch Davidians, The Tulips and Saint Cecilia are playing a free show at the Highland Park Bowl

Jurassic Shark are playing at the Lodge Room with Diners and Wild Wing opening

The Mad Walls are playing with The English Language, Rearranged Face and Mooncult at The Hi Hat

La Santa Cecilia is playing a free show at Burton Chace Park in Marina Del Rey- RSVP here

The Aero Theatre is showing Pink Floyd- The Wall

 

Saturday and Sunday

Golden Road Brewery is hosting Made in LA– a 2 day Music and Arts Festival with 50% of all ticket sales going to ArtShareLA. Performers include Dorothy, Saint Motel, Buyepongo and DUCKWRTH ($10 per day)

 

Sunday

At the Hammer Museum, composer/performer Carolyn Pennypacker will be assembling Mothers Choir, “a group of mothers, including her own—to investigate the complicated tropes and trip-outs of the meanings of mother” and there will be “empathic musical readings” in the gallery prior to the performance by Von Doog.

Cinespia’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery screenings continue with Now and Then

The Aero Theatre is showing Los Angeles Plays Itself along with a discussion with director Thom Anderson

Marbled Eye and Blues Lawyer are opening for Sheer Mag at the Troubadour

Geneva Jacuzzi is performing at The Echo with CMON and Toucan

 

 

Aug 252018
 

The Marciano Art Foundation, established by Paul and Maurice Marciano (co-founders of the Guess clothing brand), opened its doors in May of 2017 in Los Angeles and is a great addition to the city’s art spaces. It is currently showing Olafur Eliasson: Reality Projector (pictured above), an immersive kaleidoscopic piece created specifically for this location, with a soundscape created by Jónsi of Sigur Rós. A rotating selection of works from the Marcianos’ permanent collection is also on view as well as Instagram favorite Yayoi Kusama’s With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever.

The foundation is housed in a former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple and there is a room dedicated to objects that the Masons left behind.

Both the inside and outside of the building retain the symbols and remnants of the Masonic history as well.

It is free to go to the MAF but it is recommended that you reserve tickets online.

Aug 232018
 

Billy Changer- She’s Good To Go

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/23-8/26/18)-

Thursday

The Frights are signing their new album and playing a free show at Amoeba Hollywood

As part of Hammer Museum’s free programming for Made in L.A. 2018, artist Suné Woods, award-winning poet Fred Moten, and pianist & composer James Gordon Williams will present “a multimedia evening of wordplay, found imagery, improvised music, and moving images” titled You are mine. I see now, I’m a have to let you go.

Kishi Bashi is playing a free show at Skirball Cultural Center

It’s the last two weeks of free Shakespeare in Griffith Park, tonight’s play is Titus Andronicus, with a free pre-show discussion of LACMA’s current exhibit, To Rome and Back: Individualism and Authority in Art, 1500-1800, with Leah Lehmbeck and David Bardeen

The Delirians and Jackie Mendez are playing a free show at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park

Lee Fields & The Expressions are performing at the Echoplex

 

Friday

The Wende Museum in Culver City is hosting a Happy Hour with drinks in the garden and a curator’s talk on art and alcohol (free but RSVP required)

No Parents are playing with The Paranoyds, Junkie, and The High Curbs at 1720

Church in The Park, described as “equal parts jazz club, dance party and live remix experiment”, is taking place free at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park with Mark de Clive-Lowe,  The Beat Junkies, Ras G, Linafornia and more

La Brea Tar Pits Museum has free admission from 5-8pm

Super Whatevr are playing at The Hi Hat with King Shelter, Beach Goons, and Ridgeway

Bambu and DJ Phatrick are performing at the Bootleg Theater

 

Saturday

Rodriguez, from the famous documentary Searching for Sugarman, will be performing at The Luckman Fine Arts Complex

For The Getty’s free music night, Off the 405, Combo Chimbita will be performing

Hammer Museum is hosting a group therapy session followed by a sewing workshop (free)

LACMA’s Summer After-Hours Party Muse ‘Til Midnight, includes late night access to the special exhibition 3D: Double Vision and LACMA’s permanent collection of Modern Art and European Painting and Sculpture in the Ahmanson Building, DUBLAB DJs, visual installations, performances, drinks, and more ($30)

Summer Happenings at The Broad continues with a night of “Chinese punk, post-punk, ritual performance, film, psychedelia and more” with performances including- Xiu Xiu and Re-TROS, Daniel Collás, Juliet Swango and Jie Ma performing Collás’ original score to accompany Zhou Hongbo’s film Lotus Ferry and more

Mura Masa is performing at The Novo with Empress of opening

Highland Park Bowl is hosting a free night of music with Insect Surfers, The Hidden Depths, and King Flamingo

 

Sunday

Billy Changer and Rudy de Anda are opening for Combo Chimbita at The Echo

LAMAG is hosting the free talk A Guide to Gallery Representation, moderated by Jonathan T.D. Neil, exhibition artists Andrew Norman Wilson, Lena Daly, and Château Shatto Director/Founder Olivia Barrett from 2-4pm at the gallery in Barnsdall Art Park as part of LAMAGLearn

In conjunction with Adler Guerrier: Conditions and Forms for blck Longevity at the California African American Museum, Guerrier and Los Angeles based artist Todd Gray will discuss their related interests in examining landscape and history through photography and collage, moderated by curator Diana Nawi. This event is followed by a special garden tour from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Natural History Museum that includes free NHM admission with event RSVP.

CHANGES: Works at Union Station, is a free afternoon (1-6pm) of 20 site specific performances and interactive works from Los Angeles artists taking place in and around Union Station

Aug 172018
 

Oddnesse- I Used To

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/17-8/19/18)-

*special note – This weekend is Echo Park Rising and there are A LOT of bands playing (full list here). In the listings below I have selected a few good options if you want to check out some good, free, music- but there are still plenty of great bands playing that had to be left out just to keep this post a reasonable length! *

Friday

Friday Flights, The Getty’s free art and music series, continues with Ian Svenonius’ Escape-ism, a fashion show by label NO SESSO, a music project by Tyler Matthew Oyer, a performance by psych-folk band Gun Outfit, a pop up book shop, and more

Smokescreens are playing a free show with Susan at Highland Park Bowl

Hauser and Wirth is having a one-night-only screening of Paul McCarthy’s cisuM fo dnuoS ehT / The Sound of Music, in which the 1965 film is projected upside down and in reverse (free but register)

Tonight’s choices for Echo Park RisingJustus Proffit at Spacedust at 5pm or at Stories Books & Cafe at 8:10pm, Linafornia at The Echo at 5:20pm, Slut Island at the Echoplex at 5:40pm, Billy Changer at Spacedust at 6pm, The Molochs at the Echoplex at 7:30pm, James Supercave at the Laveta Stage at 9:20pm, Wild Wing at Stories Books & Cafe at 9:50pm, Current Joys at the Echoplex at 10pm

Metro Art is screening I Am Love at Union Station as the final installment of their food film series (free)

Mystic Braves are having a record release show at the Teragram Ballroom with The Creation Factory and The Pesos

Saturday

Today and tonight’s choices for Echo Park RisingAvi Buffalo at Little Joy Cocktails at 4:10pm, Cold Showers at The Echo at 5:50pm, The Paranoyds at the Echoplex at 6:20pm, Livingmore at Trencher at 7pm, Lukas Frank at Taix Champagne Room at 7pm, Flatworms at The Echo at 7:30pm, Triptides at Nico & Bullitt at 8pm, Oddnesse at Taix Champagne Room at 9pm,  Potty Mouth at Lot 1 Cafe at 10pm, The Entire Universe at Cosmic Vinyl at 11pm, Alley Cats at Lot 1 Cafe at 11:59pm

Blum & Poe are having an art auction and benefit for the California Coalition for Women Prisoners

Praz-Delavallade is hosting a launch party for Carla Issue 13 and a closing party for As You Like It – C’est Comme Vous Voulez, their current exhbition, with cocktails, hotdogs and music by Andrew Norman Wilson (free)

The Egyptian Theatre has a double feature of Blue Velvet and River’s Edge

Saturday and Sunday

All My Friends Music Festival is taking place at ROW DTLA with a huge list of performers including Gucci Mane, Jhene Aiko, RL Grime, and Little Boots on Saturday and M.I.A. , Jamie xx, Armand Van Helden, Yo Gotti, Anna Lunoe, and Cut Chemist on Sunday ($100 per day/ $157 for both days)

Sunday

Today and tonight’s choices for Echo Park RisingNONA at Sticky Rice at 3:20pm, Goon at The Echo at 4:30pm, The Tissues at the Echoplex at 5:50pm, Hit Bargain at The Echo at 6:10pm, LA Drones at the Echoplex at 7:30pm, Sister Mantos at The Echo at 7:50pm, Orchin at Little Joy Cocktails at 9:10pm, Gospel Beach at The Echo at 9:30pm, Lo Hum at The Semi-Tropic at 10pm

Lucy Sparrow’s Sparrow Mart– her handmade, all felt supermarket with everything available for purchase- continues at The Standard, Downtown L.A.

Catch Independent Shakespeare Co.’s production of Titus for free in Griffith Park