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).
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
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/
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/
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.
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/
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
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/
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.
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
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