Mar 312016
 

Elvis Costello & The Attractions- (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding

This song was written and produced by Nick Lowe with Costello’s version  released on the B-side of Lowe’s 1978 single American Squirm.  Elvis Costello released the song on the American version of his 1979 album Armed Forces.

Costello is playing two shows at The Theatre at The Ace Hotel in Los Angeles this weekend 4/2 and 4/3.

Mar 312016
 

Leikeli47- Heard Em Say

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/31-4/2/16)-

Thursday

Leikeli47 is opening for Santigold at the Hollywood Palladium

The Hammer Museum is screening Stan VanDerBeek’s short animated films that he made while he studied at Black Mountain College (free)

Noel Fielding (from The Mighty Boosh) is performing at The Fonda Theatre (also Friday and Saturday)

For the poetry reading for Tender Omnibus at LACMA, some of the authors included will read work from the volume of landmark texts chronicling the first 25 years of Tender Buttons Press

A little outside Los Angeles, in Valencia, Kim Gordon is speaking at CalArts

Friday

Bleached are playing a free set at Amoeba Hollywood to celebrate their new album Welcome the Worms

Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours is back this Friday (sold out but limited tickets will be sold after 9:30pm)

Natural History Museum is having its First Friday event with Car Seat Headrest performing along with Night Beats

Martin Starr (Silicon Valley, Party Down) is one of the judges and is playing with his band as part of Literary Death Match at the Ace Hotel. For the match itself four writers read their work (for seven minutes or less) and then are judged and reduced to a final two who compete in a literary game. New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean is one of the writers participating this time.

The Shining is the horror movie this week at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park

Dante Elephante and Cool Ghouls are opening for Mothers at the Echo

Saturday

Deru is performing his concept album 1979 with EFFIXX at The Regent

The biannual open studios Brewery Art Walk downtown begins (free)

As part of the 5th Annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival at Cinefamily, Rob Corddry will be presenting Arthur, and later John Mulaney will present The Burbs

Cool Ghouls are playing at the Hi Hat in Highland Park

Field Music are playing at The Roxy

Sunday

Skirball is having an afternoon of poetry readings for the anthology Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, with actor Wes Bentley, contributors Erika Ayón, liz gonzález, Ron Koertge, and Florence Weinberger presenting poems from the collection. Afterword poets Lynn Emanuel (Then, Suddenly), David Lazar (The Body of Brooklyn), and Tim Seibles (Fast Animal) will read from their respective works.

Help break the world record for largest tea party at the California Science Center with unlimited tea (bring your own cup) and activities with proceeds going to Miriam’s House

The biannual open studios Brewery Art Walk downtown continues from Saturday (free)

Mar 252016
 
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“4995” (image courtesy of Regen Projects)

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“4600” (image courtesy of Regen Projects)

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“0521” (image courtesy of Regen Projects)

For his current solo exhibition Choreograph at Regen Projects, James Welling combines his images of architecture and landscape (common in his previous work), with photographs of dancers to create beautiful dreamlike worlds. Welling once studied dance at the University of Pittsburgh before stopping after a year to go to CalArts, and his continued love of dance is evident in the work.

The process for the creation of these layered images is explained in the press release

To create these works Welling photographed over a dozen dance companies in New York, Philadelphia, Ottawa, and Los Angeles. The dance photographs were then merged with photographs of architecture (buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcel Breuer, and Paul Rudolph) and landscape imagery (western Connecticut, southern Florida, and Switzerland) in Photoshop’s fundamental red, green, and blue color channels, which are basic to all color photographs. The resulting electronic files were altered by the artist using Photoshop’s Hue and Saturation layers to create complicated, multi-hued photographs, which were then printed on rag paper using a 10 color Epson Stylus Pro 9900 inkjet printer.

For more information on how he achieved the look of the photos in Photoshop, there is a booklet at the front desk that contains a breakdown of the color channels and a list of each color adjustment layer.

This show closes 3/26/16.

 

Mar 242016
 

A Tribe Called Quest- Jazz (We’ve Got)/ Buggin’ Out

Malik Isaac Taylor, better known as Phife Dawg, passed away this past Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 45 years old. He was a founding member of A Tribe Called Quest, whose albums played an influential part in hip hop history. The Low End Theory, from 1991, with its jazz sampled beats and lyrical stylings of Phife and Q-Tip, remains one of the best hip hop albums of all time.

There is an interesting documentary about the band- Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest. It was directed by actor Michael Rapaport, and although the group ended up not supporting it, Phife went to the premiere anyway and seemed to be glad he did.

2016 is really taking a lot of talent from the world.

Rest in Peace.

 

Mar 242016
 

Sunflower Bean- Easier Said

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/24-3/27/16)-

Thursday

Sunflower Bean are playing at The Echo with Weaves

The Hammer is hosting the panel- Crafted at Black Mountain: Skill, De-Skill, and Contemporary Art Practicewhichconsiders emergent practices against the backdrop of Black Mountain College’s legacy of highly skilled workmanship” with organizer and  moderator Jenni Sorkin, assistant professor, UC Santa Barbara; Wendy Kaplan, head of decorative arts at LACMA; Helen Molesworth, chief curator at MOCA;  Jenelle Porter, independent curator; and Andrew Perchuk, deputy director, Getty Research Institute at 7:30pm. If you get there early you can also check out the exhibition walk-through with artist Krysten Cunningham at 6:30pm.

The Central Library is having a free screening of Tangerine and a Q & A with the director Sean Baker

designLAb are having a public reception at the Pacific Design Center with several art and design exhibitions on view (free)

Plague Vendor are performing and signing their new album Bloodsweat at Amoeba Hollywood (free)

Yuck are playing the Echoplex with Bigthief and JUNK

Friday

It’s the last week of Music for Train Stations with dublab at Union Station- this week it’s a DJ set by Victoria O’Halon with a live performance by Mark Van Hoen, a UK artist “whose experimental music straddles both the electronic underground and pop worlds”. (4-6pm)

Cold Showers are playing at Complex in Glendale

The Egyptian Theatre is showing a Sterling Hayden/ Stanley Kubrick double feature of Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb / The Killing

The Aero Theatre is showing a Terrence Malick double feature of perhaps his best films- Badlands/ Days of Heaven

Hibou are opening for Hey Marseilles at The Echo

The Memories, Dunes and Crow Baby are playing at The Hi Hat in Highland Park ($5)

Saturday

Wolfmother are playing at The Fonda Theatre with Deap Valley

Terrence Malick weekend at The Aero continues with The Thin Red Line

Cinefamily is showing Errol Morris’ excellent The Thin Blue Line in the afternoon and Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger than Paradise in the evening

Dengue Fever are playing at The Regent

KXCS is having a free festival at USC with a list of bands that includes Tennis System and Mansions on the Moon (register if you are not a USC student here

Sunday

Happy Easter!

The Aero is showing Bugs Bunny Cartoon Classics in the afternoon including Easter Yeggs for some holiday fun that is good for kids and adults

All Weekend

Opening Thursday night and running 11-5pm Friday through Sunday, it’s the return of the Cat Art Show LA – this time at Think Tank Gallery. Artists include Mark Ryden, Norman Reedus, Scott Hove and more with part of the proceeds going to Kitten Rescue.

Wondercon, the sister show to Comic Con International is at the Los Angeles Convention Center

 

 

Mar 182016
 
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Doppelgangers (in foreground)

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Detail of Doppelgangers

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Home is Where You Are Happy, No.1

 

At Amy Yao’s solo exhibition at Various Small Fires, Bay of Smokes, fear of a polluted and harmfully modified environment play a central role. An industrial manufactured scent fills the gallery, lead blankets are on towel racks and a mountain of rice reveals on closer inspection that it has bits of plastic and pearls (real and fake) mixed in. In this time of GMO’s, toxic water in Flint, and the gas leak at Porter Ranch, it’s hard not to be paranoid about what is really happening to our natural surroundings and how poisonous our daily lives really are, especially in ways we cannot discern. Yao’s exhibition is a creative and at times playful examination of these issues, but the darkness of the theme, like the scent remains a constant presence.

This exhibition closes 3/18/16.

 

 

Mar 172016
 

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Sadly, artist @tfail lost her battle with cancer last week on 3/9/16. I always loved finding her work around Los Angeles.

If you are not familiar with her work, here are some links –

http://tfail.tumblr.com/

http://www.tinastclaire.com/

https://www.instagram.com/tfail/

My deepest sympathies go out to her friends, family, and fellow artist partner @hauntedeuth.

Rest in Peace.