Jan 292015

Bush- Letting the Cables Sleep

This song is from Bush’s 1999 album, The Science of Things.  Bush disbanded in 2002, reformed in 2010, and have since released two albums, The Sea of Memories in 2010 and Man on the Run in 2014. The video for Letting the Cables Sleep was directed by Joel Schumacher, who also directed many feature films including The Lost Boys and St. Elmo’s Fire.

Bush is currently on tour and playing the Wiltern on Saturday (1/31).

Jan 292015

Kishi Bashi- Philosphize In It! Chemicalize With It

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (1/29-2/1)-


The Flux Screening series returns to Hammer Museum- tonight it’s a short film by Ben Mor, a film by Ben and Joe Dempsey, and a video by Gia Coppola. There’s a courtyard after party as well- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/01/flux/

So Many Wizards are having a free show and record signing at Amoeba Hollywood- http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3196/


LACMA is showing Uptight, a “seldom-seen thriller that transposes John Ford’s classic film The Informer to Cleveland in the tense days after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr” written by the director Jules Dassin, Julian Mayfield and Ruby Dee- your $5 ticket includes Taxi Driver as well- http://www.lacma.org/event/uptight

Friday through Sunday

Art Los Angeles Contemporary art fair is at the Barkar Hangar. Goldstar has some cheap tickets- http://artlosangelesfair.com/

Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair returns to the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. This is free, or you could check out the preview on Thursday for $10 and see No Age and Prince Rama perform. The first 2,000 people get  Ticket Edition by Edie Fake- http://laartbookfair.net/


Kishi Bashi is playing at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex- http://www.luckmanarts.org/events/

It’s Museums Free-for-All day and over 20 in and around LA are participating including LACMA, Skirball and more- http://www.socalmuseums.org/

Night on Broadway festival has a ton of events planned including a free screening of Metropolis at the Ace Theatre, as well as pop-up shops, art shows, and music – all taking place- you guessed it- on Broadway downtown- http://nightonbroadway.la/

If you are downtown for that event, it’s also Arts District Night where several galleries are open late from 6-9pm- https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zcx8IfGrG5cw.kknyFKFcamUk

Nothing are at Jewels Catch One with Tony Molina- http://www.ticketfly.com/event/725153-nothing-los-angeles/

Anna Sew Hoy and Liz Magic Laser will be signing books at Various Small Fires gallery at 12:30pm- https://www.facebook.com/events/321973654674447/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Saturday and Sunday

Paramount Ranch is having its second art fair. This year they are charging $5 (cash only)- https://www.facebook.com/paramountranch


356 Mission/ Ooga Booga II is having Slider vs Sliders “a burger brunch and book party for This Equals That and Fancy Desserts. Tamara Shopsin and Brooks Headley cook up dueling sliders, plus games, prizes and a swinging salami”- http://356mission.tumblr.com/post/108225787050/sliders-vs-sliders-sunday-february-1-11-30-am

Jan 242015




Today is the last day to see British artist Gillian Wearing’s exhibition everyone at Regen Projects.  The two new video works are especially affecting. Fear and Loathing, the artist’s first work produced in the US, presents a split screen with two people wearing masks, one on each side, alternating monologues about either a fear or a loathing from their personal lives.  In the second, We are Here, residents of the West Midlands of England, tell stories of their lives as if they have returned from the dead. This piece was inspired by the American poet Edgar Lee Masters’ 1915 book Spoon River Anthology.

The artist also includes portraits of herself within the exhibition, including a portrait of herself in a mask of her younger self, a large necklace with a pendant that is a mask of her face, and a series of sculptures of her hand with different fortune teller readings written on them.

There’s a certain sadness to the exhibition as Wearing examines lives caught in circumstances that are often beyond their control. This ties in to the idea of the fortune teller, who is sought out for the feeling that life is predestined.  Yet the various fortune tellers here tell different stories for the same hand. Perhaps these are like the different stories we are presenting to the world throughout our lives, at times with our true faces masked.


Jan 222015

Spandau Ballet- True

This song, from the album of the same name, was a number one hit on the UK singles chart for four weeks in 1983. The band’s name, according to Martin Kemp’s autobiography, came from graffiti of the slang term seen by friend Robert Elms in a bar in Berlin. The term is a reference to the Spandau Prison in Germany where prisoners were often hanged by the drop method which caused them to twitch and “dance”.

Lead singer Gary Kemp and his brother Martin, who plays bass guitar for the band, are both actors, and are perhaps most famous for playing twin English gangsters in The Krays.

Spandau Ballet are playing two shows in Los Angeles this weekend (1/24 and 1/25) at The Wiltern- http://www.wiltern.com/

Jan 222015

Night Terrors of 1927- When You Were Mine (featuring Tegan and Sara)

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (1/22-1/25)-


Tickets are still available to see Bill Nye (The Science Guy) and Eugene Mirman talk about science and space for StarTalk LIVE! at the Palace Theatre with special guest Tig Notaro- http://www.theecho.com/event/738139-startalk-live-bill-nye-los-angeles/

Or for a smaller space-related event -check out The Last Bookstore’s talk with George D. Morgan who wrote a book about Mary Sherman Morgan- America’s first female rocket scientist- http://lastbookstorela.com/events/reading-george-d-morgan-conversation-ashley-stroupe/

Heidi Duckler Dance Theater is re-imagining Parts and Labor, 23 years later in the parking lot behind Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). Also happening on Friday (1/23)- https://heididuckler.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0Si0000006TMOzEAO

SoCal band The Donkeys are playing at the Echo- http://www.theecho.com/event/754623-donkeys-los-angeles/


Night Terrors of 1927 are having a record release show for their debut album at The Roxy- http://www.theroxy.com/event/736573-night-terrors-1927-west-hollywood/

designLAb at the Pacific Design Theater is having its first opening reception of the year with over 10 new contemporary art exhibitions- https://www.facebook.com/events/1526507720931852/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Arts District Alliance is hosting two shows at two different galleries downtown- one with artists from China, the other, artists from the Arts District- RSVP for the party at the Container Yard and a chance to meet the artists- http://www.artsdistrictalliance.org/#speakers

Artist Alice Wang and curator Michael Ned Holte will be in conversation at the 18th Street Arts Center- http://18thstreet.org/events/23jan2015

Missing snow? Angel City Brewery is having a “snow day” complete with hot toddies in a real snow outside garden and a showing of The Goonies by a simulated fireplace before live music in the evening- http://angelcitybrewery.com/events/snow-day/

FIDLAR are playing a sold out show at the Regent Theater- it might be worth hunting down tickets- http://www.theecho.com/event/738167-fidlar-los-angeles/


Subliminal Projects is having an opening for Agents Provacateurs, a group show of “ subversive skateboard graphics and artworks”- http://subliminalprojects.com/exhibition/agents-provocateurs/

GRMLN are playing a free show at Origami Records- http://www.origamimusic.blogspot.com/


Artist Kaz Oshiro will talk/play music at his book signing with artist and musician John Wiese at LACMA- http://www.lacma.org/event/oshiro-and-wiese

West of Rome Public Art is debuting CANDIDATE: Execution in Progress- a performance that will include music, political theater and movement at Church of the Epiphany- https://www.facebook.com/events/585483571582780/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Jan 152015

The (English) Beat- Mirror in the Bathroom

This song is from The Beat’s (The English Beat in America) 1980 album, I Just Can’t Stop It. The band is now split into two touring bands- the US version led by Dave Wakeling and the UK version led by Ranking Roger, both members of the original 80’s group.

The US band are playing at The Roxy on Saturday 1/17.


Jan 152015

John Grant- GMF

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (1/15-1/18)-


John Grant is having a free concert at the Hammer Museum and it’s the last weekend of the Jim Hodges show as well- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/01/john-grant-in-concert/

Tennis System are performing at Amoeba Hollywood for free- http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3182/index.html


LACMA is showing Network (ticket also includes admission to Klute)- http://www.lacma.org/event/network

Glaswegian musician Rustie is at El Rey- http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/256009


Part pot luck, part slide show Slideluck LA will present the work of over 20+ photographers set to music while you eat and drink (5$ open bar-beer and wine)- https://www.facebook.com/events/1438809453008224/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Artist Chelsea Knight drove around the country having local actors read monologues and break character- tonight at ltd los angeles,  actors from LA will try to do the same, drinks will be served as well- http://www.ltdlosangeles.com/upcoming_exhibition.html

LACMA’s film double bill today is East of Eden and The Godfather– see both for $5- http://www.lacma.org/event/east-eden

Also at LACMA, as part of The Director’s Series, Michael Govan (LACMA CEO) will be speaking with Tacita Dean following a screening of Manhattan Mouse Museum, Dean’s film about the artist Claus Oldenburg in his studio- http://www.lacma.org/event/director%E2%80%99s-series

The English Beat are at The Roxy- http://www.theroxy.com/event/728793-english-beat-west-hollywood/


Photographer Mark Ruwedel will speak with author Tyler Green and sign his book at LACMA- http://www.lacma.org/event/ruwedel-and-green

Dead Kennedys are at the Roxy- http://www.theroxy.com/event/719459-dead-kennedys-west-hollywood/

All Weekend (Thursday-Sunday)

There are two big art fairs this weekend- Photo LA and the LA Art Show, both downtown.

Miwa Matreyek’s incredible dance/animation projection performances have been mentioned on this site before– and this weekend along with the performance group Cloud Eye Control (Anna Oxygen, and Chi-wang Yang) she will be performing Half Life at the Redcat which was inspired by blog entries by women who experienced the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis-  http://www.redcat.org/event/cloud-eye-control-half-life