Feb 262015

Jon Brion- You Can Still Ruin My Day

Even if you have not heard of composer, musician and producer Jon Brion, chances are you probably have heard something he created or participated in creating. He has produced albums for a huge list of artists including Best Coast, Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann, Spoon, and of Montreal.  He also co-produced Kanye West’s Late Registration.

Brion also composed the scores and created original music for a number of films including Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, ParaNorman, and Synecdoche.

This Friday (2/27) he is playing original music and covers at Largo- http://www.largo-la.com/event/758633-jon-brion-los-angeles/

Feb 262015

La Luz- Call Me in the Day

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/26-3/1)-


Artist and critic Lorraine O’Grady,  probably most famous for her first performance piece Mlle Bourgeoise Noire,  is giving a free talk at MOCA Grand Ave- http://sites.moca.org/the-curve/art-talk-lorraine-ogrady-2/

Mayor Garcetti’s favorite movie is Airplane!? When Zócalo and KCRW asked him to pick a movie to screen at The Million Dollar Theater, this comedy classic was his selection. Tonight he’ll be there along with Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker (the trio who directed, wrote, and produced Airplane!) to discuss it after the film (free with registration)- http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/event/?postId=57931

Dan Snaith aka Caribou is playing three nights at the Fonda Theatre starting tonight- http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/255148

Cathedrals are playing with Empires, LANY, and Rush Midnight at the Echo (advanced
tickets are sold out but there may be tickets at the door)- http://www.theecho.com/event/733021-popshop-west-028-cathedrals-los-angeles/


Seattle band La Luz are at the Bootleg HiFi with The Shivas and The Lovely Bad Things- http://foldsilverlake.com/event.cfm?id=189118&cart

If you haven’t seen the fascinating Los Angeles Plays Itself, why not check it out for free in Union Station, one of the many iconic locations seen in the film clips. Q&A with the director will follow- http://www.metro.net/about/union-station/#/?i=5

King Tuff is playing with Sonny and the Sunsets for CouchTrippin’ 2015: Los Angeles which will also have live art and Lagunitas beer- free with RSVP at Mack Sennett Studios- http://www.eventbrite.com/e/couchtrippin-2015-los-angeles-tickets-15411475137

Jon Brion is playing at Largo = http://www.largo-la.com/event/758633-jon-brion-los-angeles/

Craft Spells are at the Echo- http://www.theecho.com/event/737163-craft-spells-los-angeles/


The area around Santa Monica and Highland has gradually become its own arts district and ForYourArt is hosting A Hollywood Walk of Art: The Awards Shows– a free self guided tour of the area (and a few other Hollywood galleries) with events that include free donuts at Donut Time- http://www.foryourart.com/theawardsshows/

Robert Williams will be discussing his exhibition SLANG! Aesthetics at The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park- http://www.barnsdall.org/2015/01/02/robert-williams-slang-aesthetics-20-years-influence-juxtapoz/


Dengue Fever are playing a free set at Amoeba Hollywood- http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3228/

Composer and musician William Basinski performs his latest concert-length ambient soundscape The Deluge (2014) at MOCA Grand Ave (free)- http://edu.moca.org/calendar/2015-03-01

No Joy, Nightmare Air, and Flaamingos are playing at the Echo- http://www.theecho.com/event/721651-no-joy-nightmare-air-los-angeles/

Feb 222015



Today (2/22) is the last day to see Pierre Huyghe at LACMA. There is so much to see within the show and it is, at times, overwhelming. You enter the exhibition with your name announced by a live announcer and then proceed through the maze like space to find aquariums with live sea creatures in them; video work, including a film with a monkey walking around wearing the mask of a girl; sculptures including the one pictured above with a head of live bees (Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt)) ; and Human, a live dog who is around the gallery at various times.  It’s Huyghe’s first retrospective in his twenty-five year career and well worth a trip into his unique visual world.

Feb 222015




Today (2/22) is the last day of exhibition LOUIS VUITTON SERIES 2 – Past, Present and Future in Hollywood.

From their website:

The Series 2 exhibit is a modern and unexpected interpretation of a fashion show that contextualizes the Spring 2015 Women’s Ready-to-Wear collection, conceived by Women’s Artistic Director, Nicolas Ghesquière. The exhibit allows visitors to explore the creative process behind the collection through a “series” of distinctive rooms that thematically share his influences and inspirations as well as the excitement of the fashion show experience.

It is an interesting exhibit and does immerse you in the fashion show world. There is even a video section where you learn about the process of creating the items themselves.  And free stickers at the end!

Feb 192015

N.W.A.- Express Yourself

This song is from the 1988 album Straight Outta Compton and is probably N.W.A.’s most radio friendly song. It also includes a lyric by Dr. Dre in which he claims to not do drugs, a position that had probably changed by 1992 when he released his solo album The Chronic. Tone Lōc, who had a number one album in 1989 (when this video was made) with singles Wild Thing and Funky Cold Medina, also makes an appearance in the video. Dr. Dre turned 50 this week, on 2/18.

Feb 192015

Kendrick Lamar- i

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/19-2/22)-


British painter John Currin’s first Los Angeles show in over ten years opens tonight at the Gagosian gallery- http://www.gagosian.com/exhibitions/john-currin–february-19-2015

If you missed checking out John Craig Freeman’s interactive work in progress at LACMA last week, you have another chance- http://www.lacma.org/event/augmented-reality-viewing-0  and later Dru Donovan (former student and studio manager of Larry Sultan) is doing a gallery walk-through of Sultan’s exhibit- http://www.lacma.org/event/gallery-walk-through

Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky will be performing and giving a talk at the Central Library- http://www.lfla.org/event-detail/1087/Afrofuturism-The-Hidden-Code


The Egyptian Theater has several Oscar Themed events including a screening of the nominated documentary shorts, live action shorts, and animated shorts. There are also two free events- one a conversation with the Oscar nominated film editors, the other a panel discussion with nominated production designers and set decorators- http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/egyptian_theatre_events


Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year! The Annual Golden Dragon Parade takes place in Chinatown to celebrate the year of the sheep/ram- http://lagoldendragonparade.com/

Situation Room is a new gallery space in Eagle Rock. For their opening they will be screening over 50 from video artworks- https://www.facebook.com/events/1527722457495287/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

Artist talk: David Schafer is in conversation with Lauren Mackler at Diane Rosenstein Gallery discussing his current exhibition of sound sculptures- http://www.dianerosenstein.com/news/2015/2/10/artists-talk-david-schafer-in-conversation-with-lauren-mackler/

Saturday and Sunday

Kendrick Lamar is headlining the Air+Style music and sports festival at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Other acts include Steve Aoki, Cults, Phantogram, Tennis System, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and more. Sports will include snowboarding and skiing competitions   – http://www.air-style.com/en/events/air-style-los-angeles/tickets


The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park has a new show opening today- Robert Williams in SLANG Aesthetics! in conjunction with 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz. Today there is also a free screening of Mr. Bitchin with Williams there in person- http://www.barnsdall.org/2015/01/02/robert-williams-slang-aesthetics-20-years-influence-juxtapoz/

Poetic Research Bureau in Chinatown is screening  Amiri Baraka’s recently rediscovered documentary The New Arkhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1391622701149155/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming