Dec 182014
 

Stevie Wonder- Superstition live on Sesame Street

This live-in-the studio version of Superstition was performed on Sesame Street in 1973.

Wonder will be playing at the Forum theater this Saturday, December 20th, for the 19th Annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert.

Dec 182014
 

Fartbarf- Homeless in Heathrow

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (12/18-12/21)-

Thursday

Hammer Museum is showing Nightcrawler as part of its series The Contenders. Rene Russo and writer/director Dan Gilroy will be there for a Q & A after the screening- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/the-contenders/nightcrawler-with-dan-gilroy-rene-russo/

Ed Templeton is signing his book at MOCA Grand Avenue- http://edu.moca.org/calendar/2014-12-18

Friday

The Music Center Holiday Sing-Along provides live accompaniment and lyric sheets, you provide the singing (free)- http://www.musiccenter.org/events/activearts/holiday-sing-along/

For more holiday fun, John C. Reilly is hosting A Very Janky Christmas Spectacular- an additional show has been added to the sold out event- http://www.bootlegtheater.org/

Fishbone is at the Troubadour along with The Bots and others- http://www.troubadour.com/event/699099-fishbone-los-angeles/

Friday and Saturday

The City Ballet is performing The Nutcracker with a twist as The Nutcracker Swings– this time it takes place in 1946 during WWII in Hancock Park at the iconic Coconut Grove nightclub- with music by Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington- http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/908770

Saturday

Fartbarf are at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach- http://www.alexsbar.com/event/187367

Stevie Wonder is performing Songs in the Key of Life at the Forum- http://www.fabulousforum.com/event/stevie-wonder.html

Elf is playing at the Aero theater- http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/elf-2

LACMA is showing two of Hitchcock’s greatest films- Notorious and Vertigo. $5 gets you tickets to both- http://www.lacma.org/event/notorious

Hooded Fang are at the Smell- http://thesmell.tunestub.com/event.cfm?id=183795&cart

Saturday and Sunday

AMRA has created a multisensory (including music and aromas) art show which will have visitors led through the exhibit in the dark. It’s at Human Resources for two nights- http://humanresourcesla.com/event-details/2014/11/21/122014-122114-amra-set-the-mood.html

Sunday

Drinking and collage and brunch come together at Thank You For Coming  for the last Drinkollage of the year- http://www.thankyouforcoming.la/2014/12/last-drinkollage-of-2014-scissors-magazines-glue-drinks/

The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks Extravaganza! is at Nokia Live- http://www.nokiatheatrelalive.com/events/detail/the-brian-setzer-orchestra

Dec 142014
 

Aimee Mann’s Christmas Carol part 1

Missed the recent return of Aimee Mann’s holiday variety show? Well, you can always get in the Christmas spirit with this four part video series from 2008, directed by Tim Heidecker. Amy plays Scrooge and is visited by the ghosts of past, present and future.  Michael Penn (her husband), John Krasinski, Michael Cera, Tim Heidecker, John C. Reilly, Grant Lee Phillips, and Paul F. Tompkins all make appearances.

Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I__bnTbLyv4

Part 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LuxjHyDzmg

Part 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVctmeY6COs

Dec 132014
 

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From a distance the paintings in Nicolas Grenier’s  One Day Mismatched Anthems Will Be Shouted in Tune, his exhibition at Luis de Jesus gallery, look like patterns and gradients. On closer inspection though, words materialize to comment on the societal structures currently controlling us.

In the first image above, Middle Ground II, anger in the darker colors moves to the “whatever” placed in gray. The center text reads “toward a bipartisan middle ground”. In the second, One Day Mismatched Anthems Will Be Shouted in Tune, the top text line fading in the pinkish gray reads “mass of folks that are left out and slowly sink to the bottom”, and further lines describe increasing ways that “folks” deal with their lot in life until the bright yellow center which reads “few folks that actually make things what they are”.

From the press release-

For Grenier, color functions as a kind of ecosystem to house the social, political, and cultural systems that serve as points of departure within the work. Gradation is used as a scalable, mutable device for organizing the paintings into large, concentric forms, as well as the interface through which we experience smaller letterforms and vectors. Thus, color plays a double agent: working to both solidify meaning (produce readability) and obscure signs as they become recognizable.

Grenier will be speaking at the gallery Saturday, December 13th at 3pm. This show closes December 20th.

(top image via Luis de Jesus gallery)

Dec 122014
 

The Smashing Pumpkins- Tonight, Tonight

This song is from The Smashing Pumpkins 1996 album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.  The video was directed by husband and wife team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who also created the feature film Little Miss Sunshine. It was inspired by A Trip to The Moon, Georges Méliès’ famous silent movie.  The couple in the video are also a couple in real life and are both voices for animated characters. Tom Kenny is the voice of Spongebob Squarepants (among many others) and Jill Talley is the voice of Karen, Plankton’s computer wife, on the same show.

The Smashing Pumpkins are touring with a new album (although not the other original members) and Billy Corgan has been getting a lot of press recently for his candid remarks about other bands and singers in an interview in The Independent and on the Howard Stern show.

The Smashing Pumpkins are one of the bands playing at the Forum Sunday (12/14) for KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas, which also features alt-J, Imagine Dragons, Interpol, Modest Mouse, Tears for Fears, Vance Joy, and Weezer.

Dec 112014
 

The Dodos- Confidence

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (12/11-12/14)-

Thursday

Michael Auder, who was once involved with Andy Warhol’s Factory and lived in the Chelsea Hotel, will be presenting and discussing his films at Farenheit gallery- http://fahrenheit.flaxfoundation.org/thursday-december-11-730-pm-michel-auder-screening-and-artist-talk/

Author Joshua Wolf Shenk continues his Cheap Talk series at Clockshop this week with author Sarah Tomlinson in which they will discuss working in Los Angeles. It’s aptly titled “Collaborations with a Difficult City”($5)- https://www.facebook.com/events/1507744229506398/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Allah-Las are playing at the El Rey with Dream Boys- http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/254005

Downtown Artwalk- http://www.downtownartwalk.org/december_art_walk

Friday

Grant recipient Rachel Sussman is speaking at LACMA in a talk titled “The Poetics of Space” (free but standby)- http://www.lacma.org/event/poetics-space

A former member of LCD Soundsystem makes up half of the band Museum of Love and New Build has two members of Hot Chip- both of them are playing the Regent Theater- http://www.theregenttheater.com/event/720313-museum-love-lcd-soundsystem-los-angeles/

Saturday

Luis de Jesus gallery is hosting an informal talk with artist Nicholas Grenier- https://www.facebook.com/events/590105951123467/?ref=22

Echo Park is having a holiday parade- http://www.echoparkcommunityparade.com/

NELA (Northeast LA) is having its gallery night- http://nelaart.org/

Barnsdall Art Center is having a free holiday art sale (or $8 with a drink and tamale)- http://www.barnsdallonline.com/2014holidaysale/

Santa Monica’s Annual Pub Crawl benefits Westside Food Bank and participants are asked to come dressed in “Santa/Holiday attire”- http://www.santamonicapubcrawl.com/

American Football are playing with The Dodos at the Fonda Theatre- http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/252170

Saturday and Sunday

Harry Shearer & Judith Owen Present… Christmas Without Tears(Aka Does This Tree Make Me Look Fat?) at Largo is holiday fun, songs and special guests with proceeds going to various charities- http://www.largo-la.com/event/693403-harry-shearer-judith-owen-los-angeles/

Get your local Xmas gifts at Renegade Craft Fair in Grand Park (free)- http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles-december-market-details

Also try the Echo Park Craft Fair- http://www.echoparkcraftfair.com/

Sunday

The Dodos are at Alex’s Bar (in Long Beach)- http://www.alexsbar.com/event/185924

Yusuf / Cat Stevens is playing at the Nokia Theatre- http://www.nokiatheatrelalive.com/events/detail/yusuf-cat-stevens