Oct 302014

Rockwell- Somebody’s Watching Me

LMFAO were not the first of Motown founder and CEO Berry Gordy’s relatives to achieve billboard success. In 1984, thirty years ago, Rockwell, (aka Kennedy William Gordy) Berry Gordy’s son, released this song. It peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 2, thanks in no small part to his childhood friend Michael Jackson’s backing vocals.

Oct 302014


Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/30-11/2) for Halloween and Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos)-


Lucha VaVoom: Night of the Vampire– Mexican masked wrestling and burlesque with a Halloween theme- http://luchavavoom.com/

Thursday and Friday

It’s the last two days of the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride in Griffith Park which also includes a haunted house, maze and sideshow- http://www.losangeleshauntedhayride.com/#

The Mondrian Hotel is hosting Strange and Unusual: An Interactive Experience for the Recently Deceased- a Beetlejuice themed party complete with recreated sets from the film- https://nightout.com/events/strange-and-unusual-halloween-party-thursday-mondrian-la-los-angeles-2014/tickets#.VFKy3-dfnU4

Friday (Halloween)

The biggest event of the night is the West Hollywood Annual Halloween Carnival– over 500,000 people are expected to attend- http://www.weho.org/Home/Components/News/News/2832/23

At Crawloween, an event sponsored by ACME Hospitality group, all five of their downtown bars Library Bar, Sixth Street Tavern, Beelman’s Pub, Spring St. Bar and King Eddy Saloon are having differently themed parties, candy and $4 cocktails (including one called the Skullsplitter, a hangover predictor if ever there was one)- https://t.e2ma.net/message/xsqtq/d13p8b

Cinefamily is hosting a “Childhood Haunts” Halloween party with scary video compilations, a midnight ghost story, drinks, dancing and more- http://www.cinefamily.org/films/spectrefest-2014/#childhood-haunts-halloween-party

LACMA Costume Ball: The Living Museum where people dress as works of art and enjoy DJs, food and drink, late night gallery walks and live horror installations- http://www.lacma.org/event/costume-ball

Friday and Saturday

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton is at the Nokia Theater- http://www.nokiatheatrelalive.com/events/detail/danny-elfmans-music-from-the-films-of-tim-burton-3


Día de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery is Los Angeles’ biggest Day of the Dead event and has altars, face painting, food and live entertainment including La Santa Cecilia- http://www.ladayofthedead.com/

Grand Park is having a Dia de Los Muertos party as well with music, altars, and dancers- http://grandparkla.org/ai1ec_event/downtown-dia-de-los-muertos-concert/

Thursday through Sunday

Dark Harbor on the Queen Mary in Long Beach has mazes, monsters, rides, live entertainment and of course food and drink- http://www.queenmary.com/events/dark-harbor/

Olvera Street has numerous Día de los Muertos events- http://www.olvera-street.com/Calendar/Day-of-the-Dead-Event/day-of-the-dead-event.html

The Purge:Breakout requires you and your group to solve puzzles and clues to escape or be purged- http://purgebreakout.ticketleap.com/purgehalloween/

Alone: An Existential Haunting is not the usual haunted house experience- it describes itself as a “site-specific, immersive and artistic exploration of fear, loneliness and self preservation” which you must go through, you guessed it- alone- http://www.thealoneexperience.com/about/

Also-through November 8th at the Mountainview Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena, Unbound Productions presents Wicked Lit- classic horror literature is transformed into an immersive theater experience  – http://unboundproductions.org/wicked-lit/

Oct 302014

Iceage- The Lord’s Favorite

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend- non-Halloween edition- (10/30-11/2)-


Experimental filmmaker James Benning is giving a lecture at the Hammer Museum (free) – http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2014/10/ucla-department-of-art-lectures-james-benning/

Representatives from arts journals mono.kultor (Berlin) and ANP Quarterly (Los Angeles) will be discussing their publications. This coincides with mono.kultor’s retrospective at KK gallery in Chinatown- http://www.acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles/monokultur

Free acoustic performance of the score of Invisible Cities in Union Station- http://thesource.metro.net/2014/10/27/metro-presents-invisible-cities-to-perform-acoustic-opera-at-union-station/


Yelle at the Fonda Theatre- http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/249102

Friday through Sunday

Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo at the LA Convention Center- http://comikazeexpo.com/


USC  is screening The Punk Singer followed by a discussion with Kathleen Hanna (the subject of the film) after-free with RSVP- http://web-app.usc.edu/web/ecal/event/detail/909625?calendar_id=113

Cinefamily is showing Mulholland Dr. at midnight- http://www.cinefamily.org/films/heavy-hitter-midnites/#heavy-midnites-mulholland-dr

Saturday and Sunday

Iceage at the Echo- http://www.theecho.com/event/641671-iceage-los-angeles/


Director Michelangelo Antonioni’s film Blow Up is at the American Cinematheque – http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/blow-up-0

Frankie Rose at the Bootleg Theatre- http://foldsilverlake.com/event.cfm?id=163040&cart

Oct 252014





Kehinde Wiley The World Stage: Haiti at Roberts & Tilton

Today (10/25) is the last day to see Kehinde Wiley’s The World Stage:Haiti, the latest in his series of global portraits. For this exhibition he altered his usual process for finding subjects.

From the press release:

…Kehinde Wiley found beauty in Haiti bringing it to the forefront by creating his own beauty pageants, in the long tradition of pageant culture native to the region. In previous World Stage iterations, Wiley conducted his castings on the streets. With The World Stage:Haiti, he employed a different approach specific to the culture: open calls on the radio, posters around the streets of Jacmel, Jalouise and Port-au-Prince culminating in beauty pageants. Across the Caribbean, pageants serve as mass entertainment events, allowing locals to do more than exhibit poise, talent and physical beauty; pageants are a manifestation of collective cultural values. Wiley’s pageant winners were chosen randomly rather than through a judging process. By showing the pageant contestants paintings of European masters on which the new works would be based, Wiley deepened the connection between both place and era.

For a really fascinating look at his previous work and process, I recommend watching the recent PBS documentary Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace, available on their website (free).

Oct 242014





Oliver Jones Love the Skin You’re In at Gusford Gallery (images via their site)

Plastic surgery is popular topic, especially in Los Angeles, and even more so this week, after a famous actress reappeared looking different enough to cause a flurry of media and public speculation.

British artist Oliver Jones’ photorealist drawings, created in colored chalk pastel, look at and question the beauty industry and our appearance obsessed world. In many of the images the subject is looking directly into the eyes of the viewer. Are we judging them, relating to them, questioning them? Is it possible to love the skin you’re in? And if so, for how long?

This exhibition closes 10/25.

Oct 232014

Daryl Hall & John Oates- I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)

This song, from their 1981 album Private Eyes, was the pair’s fourth number one single. It will also be forever linked for me to this Bob Fossil scene from The Mighty Boosh.

Hall & Oates are playing at the Greek Theatre on Sunday, 10/26.