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
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.
From a distance the paintings in Nicolas Grenier’sOne 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.
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.