Jan 282016

Seu Jorge- Changes

There were rumors that Kanye might make an album of David Bowie covers, but there is already a great one that exists. Brazilian artist and actor (he was also in the excellent City of God), Seu Jorge, created Portuguese cover versions of several Bowie songs for the Wes Anderson film, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.  Several of the songs are in the film, while others are only on his album The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions Featuring Seu Jorge.

Jan 282016

Story of the Running Wolf- Stratospheric

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (1/28-1/31/16)-


Story of the Running Wolf is opening for Parade of Lights at the Bootleg Theater

Artist Carlos Betancourt will be speaking and signing his book at Arcana Books in Culver City

Winter are playing at The Echo with Dante Elephante, Summer Twins, The Dream Ride and DJ Honey Power opening

The Soft Moon are playing at The Regent Theater

Holly Herndon is playing at the Teragram Ballroom

Thursday through Sunday

The LA Art Show is at the LA Convention Center- buy tickets online for $5 off $20


Depart Foundation is having a book release and signing for Marc Horowitz’s book Phillips Auction Catalog, at a McDonalds on Wilshire to stick with the juxtaposition of images of fast food and classic art pieces found in the book

Michelangelo Antonioni’s famous film Blow Up is playing at the Nuart Theatre

Friday through Sunday

Art Los Angeles Contemporary is back at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica- cheaper tickets still available on Goldstar

StARTup Art Fair is at the Highland Gardens Hotel in Hollywood and represents independent artists- cheaper tickets on Goldstar

Friday through Tuesday

Cinefamily Theater is having a David Bowie film marathon which includes- The Hunger (at midnight Friday), Labyrinth, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence and a tribute film to his work as an actor- Cracked Actor: Bowie on Film


Museum Free-For-All-Day has free admission to many LA museums including MOCA, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, LACMA and more

Night on Broadway returns this year and features free entertainment and arts programming in 7 of Broadway’s historic theaters, an
on-street festival area featuring booths and pop-up shops from local businesses, and a main stage with bands that include Ozomatli and Aloe Blacc

Kitten is playing at the Fonda Theatre with Hunny & Olivver the Kid

Saturday and Sunday

Fabrik Expo, the sister show to Photo Independent premieres at Willow Studios  downtown

The art fair at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills returns for its third iteration


In conjunction with her solo exhibitions at MOCA Pacific Design Center, and at the Hammer Museum, photographer Catherine Opie joins MOCA Chief Curator Helen Molesworth and Hammer Chief Curator Connie Butler for a conversation about the concepts of portraiture, gender, celebrity, and creativity at play in the artist’s photographs at the Hammer (free)

The bands Froth, Hott Mt, and Black Sea will incorporate at least two My Bloody Valentine songs each into their sets at The Echo for Part Time Punks’ My Bloody Valentine Nite

Jan 212016

David Bowie- Playing Himself on Extras

David Bowie’s work as an actor varied throughout his career, from playing a vampire with Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon in The Hunger, to a goblin king in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. But he also had a great sense of humor which can be seen in his cameo in Zoolander and this moment playing himself in Ricky Gervais’s Extras.

Jan 212016

David Bowie- Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide (from the film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars)

This video is footage from the documentary film of Bowie’s final concert as the stage persona Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon in July of 1973, and was directed by Donn Alan “D.A.” Pennebaker.

It’s been almost two weeks since David Bowie died and it’s still hard to believe he’s gone. A singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actor and fashion icon- he was an exceptional artist and innovator throughout his career.

His final album Blackstar was released two days before he died and the video below for Lazarus was released less than a week before that. It’s a stunning creative work made more poignant as he was clearly aware of his impending death while making it.

David Bowie’s legacy will live on in the artists he’s influenced, and those he will continue to influence in the years to come. He was an inspiration to so many, including myself. He will be missed, but we are lucky to have so much of his work to enjoy and discover.

Jan 212016

Shigeto- Detroit Part 1

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (1/21-1/24/16)-


Giant Robot Biennale 4 at the Japanese American National Museum closes this weekend but today you can see it with free admission all day (last admission at 7:30pm)

Inspired by the ambient glow of Dan Flavin’s “monument” for V. Tatlin (1969), Monument is a yearlong series of performances by Los Angeles–based musicians and sound artists in the current installation of MOCA’s permanent collection. This week’s free performances are by Anenon (Brian Allen Simon) and $3.33 (Celia Rae Hollander)

New Yorker writer Larissa MacFarquhar will be reading from her book, Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices and the Overpowering Urge to Help at Hammer Museum (free)


Chrome Sparks is at The Echo

designLAb, at the Pacific Design Center, celebrates its fifth year on Friday, January 22, from 5 to 9:30 PM with new art, architecture, design, sound and taste exhibitions as well as one-night only special performances (free)

All Them Witches are at The Roxy

Annuals are playing at The Silverlake Lounge along with Strange Hotel, The Knitts, Triptides and Eyes on the Shore

Friday through Sunday

PhotoLA is back at The Reef downtown. Cheaper tickets can still be found on Goldstar for Friday and Sunday


There’s a newish flea market in Glassell Park called The Artsy Flea. $1 gets you in and there is free parking

The Aero Theatre is showing Lawrence of Arabia

The Egyptian Theatre is showing a double feature of Kurosawa films- Rashoman and Ikiru


Shigeto is playing at The Echo with Groundislava opening

Gehry and Science, at LACMA, features a conversation between Frank Gehry and acclaimed scientist Arnold J. Levine, the second of the talks the museum is having in conjunction with the Gehry exhibition (free but standby only)

Art Catalogues at LACMA is having a discussion and book signing with artists The Haas Brothers and Liza Lou