Sep 262015
 

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Noah Purifoy’s current retrospective at LACMA offers a comprehensive look at the influential assemblage artist.

A little background on the artist from LACMA’s website

Noah Purifoy (1917-2004) lived and worked most of his life in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, California. A founding director of the Watts Towers Art Center, his earliest body of sculpture, constructed out of charred debris from the 1965 Watts Rebellion, was the basis for 66 Signs of Neon, a landmark group exhibition about the riots that traveled to nine venues between 1966 and 1969. In line with the postwar period’s general fascination with the street and its objects, Purifoy’s 66 Signs of Neon constituted a Duchampian approach to the fire-molded alleys of Watts, a strategy that profoundly impacted artists such as David Hammons, John Outterbridge and Senga Nengudi.

In the late 1980’s, after eleven years of public policy work for the California Arts Council, where Purifoy initiated programs such as Artists in Social Institutions, bringing art into the state prison system, Purifoy moved his practice to the Mojave desert. He lived there for the last fifteen years of his life, creating ten acres of large-scale sculpture constructed entirely from junked materials.

For more information on Purifoy and his Joshua Tree Outdoor Museum (where some of the pieces in the exhibition are from) KCET has an interesting article- www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/san-bernardino/noah-purifoy-joshua-tree-sculpture-garden-photos.html

Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada closes Sunday 9/27/15.

Sep 242015
 

Front 242- Headhunter

This song is from Belgian EBM band Front 242′s 1988 album Front by Front. The video was made by photographer and director Anton Corbijn, whose new film Life, releasing in the US in December of this year, is about Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock (played by Robert Pattinson) and his friendship with James Dean.

Front 242 are playing at the Avalon in Hollywood this Sunday, 9/27/15.

Sep 242015
 

Glass Animals- Hazey

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/24-9/9/27/15)-

Thursday

Pop Up Magazine is an evening of music, true stories, photography, documentary film,radio, and more presented live onstage at the Ace Hotel Theater and sponsored by LA TImes California Sunday Magazine- https://www.acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles/pop-up

Echo Park Film Center is showing The Exiles, a film about young Native Americans in Bunker Hill in the late 1950s, at Union Station (free)http://www.echoparkfilmcenter.org/events/epfc-filmcicle-and-metro-present-the-exiles-at-union-station/

Cut Chemist are playing in Venice at the Del Monte Speakeasy for $3 if you RSVP with Redbull Sound Select- https://www.redbullsoundselect.com/events/2015/09/red-bull-sound-select-presents-los-angeles

OOFJ are headlining a show at Arts At Play II- http://www.ticketfly.com/event/921367-oofj-muna-sahy-uhns-los-angeles/

Friday

Glass Animals are playing at the Wiltern- http://www.wiltern.com/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/eventdetail eventId=09004EA4D62942D6&oid=0

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, of Throbbing Gristle (who is also performing on Saturday), will be speaking with writer Simon Reynolds at the Hammer Museum (free)- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/09/genesis-breyer-p-orridge-simon-reynolds/

The Rooftop Film Experience is showing Pulp Fiction on the roof of the Montalban Theater in Hollywood. $17 gets you a chair, headphones and blanket (although that last item will probably not be necessary)- http://www.timeout.com/newyork/shop/sept-pulp-fiction-1994

Mew are playing with The Dodos at the Fonda Theatre- http://www.goldenvoice.com/#/event/279569

Saturday

Museum Day Live!, hosted by the Smithsonian Magazine offers free admission to several museums around the country with a ticket. In Los Angeles The Grammy Museum, Museum of Latin American Art, Autry Muesum, and more are included (sign up for your ticket)- http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/

Titus Andronicus are playing a free “stripped down, intimate, brunch set” at Permanent Records at noon before their sold out Roxy show- https://www.facebook.com/events/967128923310334/

Tarfest is back at the La Brea Tarpits with bands, performances and live painting by artists including Greg “Craola” Simkins (free)- http://www.launchla.org/tarfest/

Chinatown’s 77th Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival has a moon viewing (with telescopes from Griffith Park Observatory), artisans, cooking demos, food trucks, a beer garden and bands including Funeral Party- http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventcategoryId=4&date=2015-09-26&eventId=331

Shamir is performing at the El Rey Theatre- http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/280664

Saturday and Sunday

ALL THE INSTRUMENTS AGREE: an exhibition or a concert is “back-to-back live performances by local, national, and international sound artists, music collectives, art bands, and visual artists whose practices extend to the production of sound” alternating between two outdoor stages in the Hammer courtyard. Participating artists include industrial music pioneer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Cairo-based artist Hassan Khan, whose live-mixed multi-track work Taraban will be performed for the first time in the U.S.; and GLITTERBUST, a new project by Kim Gordon and Alex Knost- http://hammer.ucla.edu/instruments/

Two events at Watts Towers- The 34th Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival (Saturday) & The 39th Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival (Sunday) with food, vendors and activities as well as the musical performances (free)- http://www.wattstowers.org/#!events/c1rvj

Sunday

A supermoon full eclipse is happening tonight (not to happen again until 2033) and Griffith Park is hosting a viewing party with live piano music- http://www.griffithobservatory.org/events/Lunar_Eclipse_September_2015.html

Or you could check out the eclipse in Frogtown at the Bowtie Project on the LA River while picnicking, eating s’mores (provided) and listening to “slightly spooky stories” at Reading By Moonrise. Telescopes will also be provided ($5)https://www.facebook.com/events/446412388871682/

Gehry and Art: Irving Lavin and Frank Gehry in Conversation at LACMA is sold out but there will be a standby line starting at 12pm (free)- http://www.lacma.org/event/lavin-and-gehry

Abbot Kinney’s annual festival is on- http://www.abbotkinney.org/

As of today there are still seats at the Hollywood Bowl for the Grace Jones and Future Islands show- http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/grace-jones-future-islands/2015-09-27

Sep 202015
 

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Mark Bradford- Dead Hummingbird, 2015 (image via Hammer Museum)

Today (9/20/15) is the last day to see the majority of artist Mark Bradford’s exhibition Scorched Earth at the Hammer Museum.

From the museum’s site:

Comprising a suite of new paintings (on view through September 20), a multimedia installation (on view through September 27), and a major painting on the Lobby Wall (on view through November 15), this new body of work by the Los Angeles–based artist Mark Bradford refers to formative moments in his life and ruminations on the body in crisis. As an artist who has long been interested in strategies of mapping and the psychogeography of the city he calls home, Bradford uses his characteristic painting style to excavate the terrain— emotional, political and actual—that he inhabits. Examining the moment and afterlife of the 1992 uprisings in Los Angeles, which he experienced from his studio in Leimert Park, Bradford has translated the outrage and lasting wounds of the riots into these new paintings. Scorched Earth is Bradford’s first solo museum exhibition in Los Angeles.

For more on Mark Bradford, his life and work, this LA Times article is an excellent portrait of the artist- http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/miranda/la-ca-cam-mark-bradford-scorched-earth-hammer-20150621-column.html

Get out of the heat and check it out- it’s free!

Sep 172015
 

Cut Copy- Free Your Mind

This song is from Cut Copy’s 2013 album Free Your Mind. The video was directed by Christoper Hill and stars Alexander Skarsgard as a cult leader. For more info on the video there is an interesting interview with Hill here.

Cut Copy is playing at the Mad Decent Block Party this Sunday 9/20/15.

Sep 172015
 

Le Butcherettes- Demon Stuck in Your Eye

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/17-9/9/20)-

Thursday

Le Butcherettes are playing a free acoustic set at Amoeba Hollywood to promote their new album A Raw Youth which includes contributions from John Frusciante and Iggy Pop- http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3457/index.html

designLAb is having its public reception for sixteen art and design exhibitions at the Pacific Design Center- http://www.pacificdesigncenter.com/event/designlab-september-reception/

Jerry Stahl will be at The Last Bookstore to read from Permanent Midnight, his now 20 year old memoir about drug addiction along with writers Joe Clifford and Ryan Leone who will also read from their books about addiction- http://lastbookstorela.com/events/under-the-influence-20-years-of-permanent-midnight-with-jerry-stahl-joe-clifford-and-ryan-leone/

Friday

The students from Ghetto Film School Los Angeles will be screening 10 short narrative films (non-dialogue, six minutes each) at LACMA followed by a Q&A with the students (free)- http://www.lacma.org/event/ghetto-film-school-la-2015

Cinefamily is paying tribute to the late Roddy Piper with a double feature of They Live and Hell Comes to Frogtownhttp://www.cinefamily.org/films/friday-night-frights/#friday-night-frights-roddy-piper-df-feat-they-live-hell-comes-to-frogtown-w-sandy-king-in-person

Dapper Day encourages guests to don their vintage finest at Disneyland, there is also a free Dapper Day Expo at the Disney Hotel- http://dapperday.com/fall-2015-disneyland-ca

Nosaj Thing, Tourist, Jacques Greene, George Maple, Durante are all playing at the Wiltern for The Sound You Needhttp://www.wiltern.com/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/eventdetail&eventId=09004F19FB5642BD&oid=0

Ibeyi are performing at the Mayan Theater- http://www.clubmayan.com/events_calendar/event/91

Saturday

#YESALLWOMEN  is an art auction and fundraiser for the East Los Angeles Women’s Center ($20 ticket includes two drinks)- http://www.yesallwomenart.com/about/

Start getting in the Halloween mood with Cinespia’s showing of Carrie at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery- http://cinespia.org/event/carrie/

LA Cider Fest is at Raleigh Studios with general admission including 2.5 hrs of cider and beer tasting for $65 or sign up for Goldstar and get the VIP for the same price (or $35 for general admission)- http://www.labeerandciderfest.com/

The Music Center is hosting late night party Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours to celebrate DUBLAB’s 16th Anniversary with DJ’s, dancing, silk screening, video and lighting installations, live music and more with artists Devendra Banhart, Peaking Lights and many others scheduled to participate (free but standby only) – http://www.musiccenter.org/sleepless

Groundhog Day is the outdoor movie this week at Barnsdall Park ($15 or for $25 include the wine tasting)- http://www.eventbrite.com/e/september-19th-barnsdall-art-park-foundation-presents-groundhog-day-tickets-18273083284?ref=ebtnebtckt

Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk) is playing songs from his solo record at the Getty for Saturdays off the 405 (free but parking is $10 after 5 $15 before)- http://www.getty.edu/visit/cal/events/ev_533.html

Saturday and Sunday

Mad Decent Block Party is back and performers include Cut Copy, Major Lazer, Vic Mensa and Diplo- http://maddecent.com/events/mad-decent-block-party-los-angeles-2/

Sunday

Bob Colacello, Vanity Fair writer and former editor of Interview magazine is talking with photographer Catherine Opie about his book, Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up, and her book, 700 Nimes Road, at LACMA Art Catalogues (free)- http://www.lacma.org/event/opie-and-colacello

At Luz de Jesus Gallery author Alix Sloan will be discussing and signing her book Launching Your Art Career: A Practical Guide for Artists along with a panel of artists who contributed to the book- http://laluzdejesus.com/launching-your-art-career/#more-15759

Angel City Brewery is having Oktoberfest in September with a full day of festivities- http://angelcitybrewery.com/events/angel-city-oktoberfest/

Danish band Mew are performing a free show at Fingerprints Records in Long Beach- http://fingerprintsmusic.com/finprintswp/live-at-fingerprints/mew-live-in-store-performance/

Sep 122015
 

Peach Kelli Pop- Princess Castle 1987

At Pehrspace tonight (9/12/15), Peach Kelli Pop are playing as part of Razorcake’s Residency which includes bands Massenger, Winter Break and King Walrus & the Magicians.  It’s their last show before leaving for a European tour. Or you can just watch them running around Los Angeles in the video above.