Apr 282016
 

Deap Vally- Bad For My Body

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/28-5/1/16)-

Thursday

If you can get on line or know someone who can you might be able to get $30 tickets to see Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at the Troubadour

MOCA Grand Ave is free tonight and is also having a panel discussion presented with Zocalo Public Square tonight titled Were the ’90s L.A.’s Golden Age?

Also in the area, REDCAT is having a free screening of student work from the CalArts School of Film/Video (on Friday and Saturday evening as well)

Iggy Pop is playing at The Greek Theatre with the lineup from his new album, Post Pop Depression, that includes Josh Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen and Dean Fertita(Queens of the Stone Age), Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys) and Matt Sweeney

Friday

The LA Dodgers are playing the San Diego Padres and there will be fireworks

Melissa Brooks and The Aquadolls are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Summer Twins, So Many Wizards, and Jurassic Shark

Friday through Sunday

Photo Independent returns to Raleigh Studios with lots of good programming in addition to the exhibitors. ($15 or discounted tickets on Goldstar)

Saturday

The Regent Theater is having Dance in A Panic, a monthly “British Style Rock N’ Roll dance party”. For this one, Deap Vally, Le Butcherettes & KAV will be performing and Andy Rourke of The Smiths will DJ

Eternal, an exhibition of artist Tina St Clair’s (tfail) final works, opens at 1621 N. Cahuenga Blvd from 7-11pm

De La Soul are headlining Rhyme Fest at the Belasco Theatre

The West Hollywood Design District and Parachute Market are having their first outdoor marketplace called A Street Af(fair)

The Night Sea are performing a “sonic and visual experience” at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever (free with RSVP)

Atlas Genius are playing at the El Rey Theatre with Skylar Grey and The Young Wild

Saturday and Sunday

Jackalope Art and Craft Fair returns to Pasadena (free)

Sunday

HOLYCHILD, Reggie Watts, Theophilus London, Mayer Hawthorne, and Fortpolio are all performing at the Teragram Ballroom for Berniebash, with all proceeds going to the Bernie Sanders campaign

The Rock ‘N’ Roll Flea Market is back at The Regent Theater

 

 

Apr 212016
 

Vetiver- Wonder Why

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/21-4/24/16)-

Thursday

Bent Shapes are playing with Shark Toys at the Bootleg Theater

As part of MOPLA (Month of Photography LA), Adhesive & Co. is having Instagram Jam, a curated and projected photo exhibition at Smashbox Studios (free with RSVP)

Angel City Brewery is teaming up with the Natural History Museum for an educational program about bugs in Los Angeles and a special “Bug Juice” will be served (not made of bugs) -all to help celebrate Earth Day

Blackbird Blackbird are playing with Chad Valley at The Echo

Nosaj Thing is playing at The Regent Theater

Thursday and Friday

356 Mission gallery is hosting Just Speak Nearby: The Politics & Practices of Art Writing, with the Trinh T. Minh-ha film Reassemblage (1982, 40 min) and a lecture on Thursday and a day of speakers and performances on Friday including Dynasty Handbag

Friday

Vetiver are playing at The Troubadour

Grand Park is having an Earth Day event from 9am-2pm where you can rid yourself of e-waste, check out some artwork and get a free tree

Cinefamily is showing Michael Rappaport’s documentary film about A Tribe Called Quest, Beats, Rhymes & Life, as a tribute to Phife Dog with proceeds to be donated to his family

The Aero Theatre is showing a George Kennedy double feature- Cool Hand Luke / The Human Factor

Saturday

Tennis System are one of the many artists playing Broke LA (formerly Brokechella) which highlights lesser known acts at their music and arts festival in downtown Los Angeles ($20)

Story of the Running Wolf are opening for Battle Tapes at The Hi Hat in Highland Park

The Situation Room in Eagle Rock is having their second annual Femmes’ Video Art Festival, showing contemporary video art this weekend and next. The screening is free, outdoors, and there will be snacks.

Puro Instinct is playing along with Mode, and Cellars at El Cid

Sunday

The Long Beach Zine Festival is a free event with exhibitions and talks happening at the Museum of Latin American Art with Avi Buffalo performing

Obsessed with Making a Murderer? Steven Avery’s lawyers Dean Strang and Jerry Buting will be at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel to discuss the case, a possible sequel to the series, and more ($60)

Several of David Domingo’s Super 8 films are being shown at the Egyptian Theatre with Domingo present at the screening

Brentwood is having their Spring Arts Festival

Apr 162016
 
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Mara De Luca, INDIO, 2015 (image courtesy Edward Cella Art & Architecture)

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Mara De Luca, INDUSTRY, 2014 (image courtesy Edward Cella Art & Architecture)

Today (4/16/16) is the last day to see Mara De Luca’s solo exhibition Driving Sunset at Edward Cella Art & Architecture.

From the press release

An MFA graduate of CalArts, De Luca explores the conceptual and expressive potential of process-driven abstract painting. Her works are informed by her study and re-appropriation of art historical conventions, her visual interpretation of literary sources, and the recurring visual tropes of contemporary high-end fashion advertising. Inspired by Los Angeles’ stark contrasts, a place where beautiful natural landscapes coexist alongside endless freeways and countless billboards, De Luca reveals a depth in the superficiality of surface, and an emotive complexity in formal concision.

The show’s title is a reference to Joan Didion’s novel Play It as It Lays, in which the main character drives around Los Angeles aimlessly while trying to clear her mind. There’s a sense of that sought after calm in these paintings whose colors and dark cloud-like shapes bring to mind the skies and sunsets of California.

Apr 162016
 
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© Eleanor Macnair (image courtesy Kopeikin Gallery)

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Untitled, 1975 © William Eggleston

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© Eleanor Macnair (image courtesy Kopeikin Gallery)

Nan one month after being battered 1984 Nan Goldin born 1953 Purchased 1997 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P78045

Nan one month after being battered, 1984 © Nan Goldin (image courtesy tate.org.uk)

Currently at Kopeikin Gallery are Eleanor Macnair’s delightful Play-Doh recreations of famous photographs (I’ve included the original photos for comparison, they are not in the show).  In the second part of the gallery is Michael Lange’s serene series Wald/Fluss (Forest/River).

WALD | Landscapes of Memory forest in Germany (image courtesy of Kopeikin Gallery)

This exhibition closes 4/16/16.

Apr 152016
 

Guns N’ Roses- Welcome to The Jungle

This song is from Guns N’ Roses 1987 debut album Appetite for Destruction. The band has recently reunited and will be playing Coachella this weekend (4/15/16) and next. Axl Rose’s serpentine moves, however, will not be present for the show. He broke a bone in his foot and will be borrowing Dave Grohl’s throne from his injury for the performances.

Apr 142016
 

Fat White Family- Whitest Boy On The Beach

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/14-4/17-16)-

Thursday

If you missed Fat White Family in Los Angeles you can still catch their crazy live show at The Observatory in Santa Ana with Gateway Drugs

Fahrenheit Gallery downtown is screening Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman with a panel discussion to follow

MOCA Chief Curator Helen Molesworth is leading a walk through of the exhibition  Don’t Look Back: The 1990s at MOCA (free)

Artists Auriea Harvey and Eddo Stern are at LACMA to discuss video games and virtual reality as forms of expression (free but standby)

Downtown Art Walk is celebrating World Art Day with a special exhibition

Friday

Cinefamily is showing Penelope Spheeris’ 1983 film Suburbia, her story of disillusioned suburban LA youth

Peaking Lights and Gavin Hardkiss are playing a Batiste Rhum Party at Resident downtown

Goldie is playing at Los Globos

Odd Nights at The Autry is a free monthly event combining live music, art, a market and a beer garden

The English Beat are playing at The Roxy

Saturday

It’s Record Store Day and there are a bunch of fun events- Amoeba Records has Toby Dammit, Lance Rock and Fred Armisen doing guest DJ sets during the day and then moves the party to Space15Twenty where MNDSGN and Best Coast will DJ and Kevin Morby will perform

It’s also Obscura Day where Atlas Obscura plans multiple offbeat events in cities around the world including Los Angeles

Keith Rocka Knittel’s Everything Must Go! Swap Meet is happening from 5-9pm at Charlie James Gallery in Chinatown with DJ sets, churros, drinks and potentially some things to buy

Saturday and Sunday

Downtown Burbank Arts Festival has over 100 artists showing their work on the four blocks of San Fernando Boulevard between Angeleno Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard

Sunday

MOCA Pacific Design Center is having a screening of the Elizabeth Taylor film Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, to coincide with the Catherine Opie exhibition 700 Nimes Road, which features pictures from Taylor’s Bel-Air home (free)

Dilly Dally, Feels, and The Tissues are playing at The Echo

 

Apr 072016
 

DMX- Party Up (Up in Here)

This song is from DMX’s 1999 album …And Then There Was X and was his most successful single. DMX has had some serious ups and downs over the last decade and a half since this song was released.  He had a cameo in Chris Rock’s 2014 film Top Five and guest starred on a recent episode of the sitcom Fresh Off the Boat, but in February of this year he was rushed to the hospital after being found unconscious in a hotel parking lot.

He’s doing better now though, and is on tour making a stop at The Novo (formerly Club Nokia) in Los Angeles on Sunday, 4/10/16 to play a $15 show.