Apr 302015
 

Doldrums- She is the Wave (feat. Guy Dallas)

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/30-5/3)-

Thursday

Doldrums are at the Echo with Moon King- http://www.theecho.com/event/783833-doldrums-los-angeles/

LA Weekly’s event Artopia takes place at the Container Yard and promises art, street art, performances, DJs, drinks and more ($40)- http://microapp.laweekly.com/artopia/2015/

At MOCA Grand Ave, Bruce Hainley, author of Under the Sign of [sic]: Sturtevant’s Volte-Face (Semiotext(e), 2013), joins MOCA’s Chief Curator Helen Molesworth for a discussion on Sturtevant: Double Trouble or you could go to MOCA Geffen for a performance of Migrant (2015) made for the William Pope L. exhibition- http://edu.moca.org/calendar/2015-04-30

Artist Thomas Heatherwick is speaking at the Hammer- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/04/artist-talk-thomas-heatherwick/

The Soft Moon are playing the Roxy- http://www.theroxy.com/event/736559-soft-moon-west-hollywood/

Friday

Artist Pedro Reyes is speaking at the Hammer Museum- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/05/artist-talk-pedro-reyes/

First Fridays are at the Natural History Museum- bands this time are Kinky and Salt Petal- http://www.nhm.org/site/activities-programs/first-fridays/may-2015

Mikal Cronin is at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock with Wand- http://cfaer.org/event/mikal-cronin/?instance_id=17395

Terry Malts is at La Cita with Hard Left as part of La Cita’s all weekend long Cinco de Mayo Fiesta- http://www.lacitabar.com/event/cinco-de-mayo-fiesta/

They Might Be Giants are playing the Regent Theater- http://www.theregenttheater.com/event/735709-evening-they-might-be-giants-los-angeles/

Friday through Sunday

Paris Photo Los Angeles is back at the Paramount Studios- http://www.parisphoto.com/losangeles

Photo Independent will also be back nearby at Raleigh Studios- http://photoindependent.com/

Saturday

If you missed Coachella but still want to go to a festival out in the desert, this weekend is Desert Daze where $55 gets you a lineup that includes Dan Deacon, Warpaint, DIIV, RJD2, Fever the Ghost, Mini Mansions, and more- http://desertdaze.org/lineup/

John Zorn is performing at LACMA for free (with museum admission)- http://www.lacma.org/event/zorn

Manic Street Preachers are at the Fonda- http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/268466

OK Go are at the Wiltern with Kitten- http://www.wiltern.com/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/eventdetail&eventId=09004D5FF9EB4ECF&oid=0

Sunday

HomeLA, the artist/dance troupe that performs in various residences will be be at the J.B. Merrill House- https://www.facebook.com/events/749386905178842/

If you are up early Luis de Jesus Gallery is having an informal breakfast and artist talk with Ken Gonzales-Day- https://www.facebook.com/events/747879558659058/

Apr 232015
 

Eternal Summers- Wonder

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/23-4/26)-

Thursday

Eternal Summers are opening for Turbo Fruits at The Roxy- http://www.theroxy.com/event/805159-turbo-fruits-eternal-summers-west-hollywood/

Tonight is the last screening of Matthew Barney’s Cremaster series with Cremaster 3 (2002) at the Hammer- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/04/cremaster-3/

Friday

Matthew Barney and composer Jonathan Bepler will discuss their recent collaboration River of Fundament (premiering at UCLA on Saturday) with professor Kenneth Reinhard at the Hammer Museum. Free but get there early- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/04/matthew-barney-kenneth-reinhard/

Fuzz are playing the El Rey Theatre- http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/268738

Saturday

Kaiser Chiefs are at The Wiltern along with We Are Scientists- http://www.wiltern.com/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/eventdetail&eventId=09004E3B9FA13E4B&oid=0

The Dead Milkmen are at the Troubadour tonight and Sunday- http://www.troubadour.com/event/784017-dead-milkmen-los-angeles/

Saturday and Sunday

The Brewery is having the first of its biannual art walks (free admission and parking)- http://breweryartwalk.com/

The Jackalope Art Fair is taking place in Old Pasadena- http://www.jackalopeartfair.com/

Sunday

LACMA is having a community day to celebrate their 50th Anniversary with free admission (even to ticketed exhibits) and events- http://www.lacma.org/event/community-free-day

Artist Vincent Lamouroux is painting Silver Lake’s deserted Sunset Pacific Motel, also known as the “Bates Motel”, and its surroundings (including trees) white with lime wash to turn it into a temporary art installation that will be completed today for the opening (3-6pm)- https://www.facebook.com/events/1585322768418505/

Reptar will be playing a free in-store show at Origami Records- http://origamimusic.blogspot.com/

Apr 192015
 

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Today (4/19) is the last day to see both Robert Williams’ exhibition Slang Aesthetics! and 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz, a group exhibition by guest curators Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace Gallery and Gary Pressman of Copro Gallery at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG), in Barnsdall Park.

Robert Williams has had a long career, from working on famous 60′s comic book Zap Comix to later helping to create Juxtapoz Magazine in 1994 to provide exposure for underground artists.  His paintings are highly skilled and detailed and each one has a story explaining the meanings behind the work.

The Juxtapoz exhibition has a diverse range of artists including Mark Ryden, Margaret Keane, Triston Eaton, Brett Armory, Andrew Schoulz and too many others to list here. Also drawing crowds are two of Kazuhiro Tsuji’s eerily lifelike sculptures of Dali (pictured above) and Andy Warhol.

Apr 182015
 

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The honey poured on the subjects of Blake Little’s portraits, at his current exhibition Preservation at Kopeikin Gallery, creates a strange effect. With their eyes forced closed they become frozen in time, transformed from their former selves into something completely different.

Check out the exhibition before it closes 4/18/15.

 

(images via Kopeikin Gallery)

Apr 182015
 

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Currently at Roberts & Tilton, the exhibition And There Is An End is a wonderfully eclectic mix of painting and sculpture.

From the press release-

A search for poetic truths entails a search for art that not only has a dialogue with  contemporary  issues, but talks back to us. This exhibition brings together disparate voices to convene in a context spanning multiple generations and varied identities. With a range of works that acknowledges the individual via paintings and sculptural works with an unabashed display of the personal, the hand and the intuitive, implementing autonomous figuration and tactile expressions of materials that question the act of production and active image making.

This show closes 4/18/15.

Apr 162015
 

The Replacements- Alex Chilton

This song is off The Replacements’ fifth album, Pleased to Meet Me, released in 1987.  The song references singer Alex Chilton who was the lead singer of two bands, The Box Tops and Big Star. He also played guitar on The Replacements song Can’t Hardly Wait, also on the album Pleased to Meet Me.

The Box Tops are probably best known for the song The Letter (below).

Big Star’s In the Street may sound familiar too as it was covered by Cheap Trick and that cover was used as the theme for That 70′s Show.

The Replacements are playing at the Hollywood Palladium on 4/16.

Apr 162015
 

Bad Religion- Los Angeles is Burning

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/16-4/19)-

Thursday

William Pope L.’s Migrant (2105), which was made for his current exhibit, will be performed at MOCA – free and free evening admission- http://edu.moca.org/calendar/2015-04-16

The Replacements are playing at the Hollywood Palladium- http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/the-replacements-2/#.VS9d4GaDRFU

Toro y Moi are at the Fonda Theatre- http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/268563

The Live Read series at LACMA continues this week with Major League guest directed by Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike). A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door two hours before start time- http://www.lacma.org/event/live-read-major-league

Friday

Bad Religion are playing at the Fonda Theatre with OFF!- http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/268555

Peaking Lights are playing at The Echo- http://www.theecho.com/event/815591-sensations-fix-los-angeles/

WAND and Dunes are playing along with two other bands for $8 at The Smell- http://thesmell.tunestub.com/event.cfm?id=202711&cart

Saturday

Record Store Day is back and there are lots of venues doing something special to celebrate. Origami Vinyl is having DJ sets, bands (including Fever the Ghost), giving gift bags to the first group of customers and there will be a free ice cream truck. Permanent Records is also having performers including John Doe and Exene from X.  Amoeba Records isn’t on the list but is having events at the store as well as one across the street at Space 15 Twenty. The official list of venues is here- http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues

You may not have heard of many of the bands playing Brokechella, BUT it is an annual event that gets bigger every year, just like its namesake, and it’s a pretty good deal. For $20 you get art shows, bands, comedy and variety, giant jenga puzzles, a vendor fair, Puppychella for dog owners, and more-all in Downtown’s Warehouse District-  http://brokechella.com/

Always wanted to see the inside of the Magic Castle but never scored an invite from a magician? One way to get a peek is to check out their Swap Meet taking place 9am-3pm (from the Terrace to the Peller Theatre) where you can also shop around for a variety of magic related items ($8)- http://www.magiccastle.com/visiting/calendar.cfm?id=1475

If you are around WeHo and see people dressed in black with bowler hats and wearing artistic looking sandwich boards, they are part of the 100 Walkers performance piece. More info here- http://www.onehundredwalkers.com/100-walkers-west-hollywood/

Saturday and Sunday

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is back with a huge list of free and ticketed (many only $1) events and readings- authors include Tavis Smiley, Billy Idol, Octavia Spencer, Kate Mulgrew, Amber Tamblyn, Patton Oswalt, Vikram Chandra, Roy Choi and many, many, more- http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/tickets-and-schedule/schedule/

Sunday

CAFAM (Craft and Folk Art Museum) is hosting a gallery tour and conversation  with exhibition juror Cat Jimenez, Executive Director of the Lucie Foundation, and a group of exhibiting artists from the show Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video (free with RSVP)- http://www.cafam.org/programs/