Mar 302017
 

Generationals- Keep It Low

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/30-4/2/17)-

Thursday

Artist Kerry James Marshall will be in conversation with Helen Molesworth at the Colburn School (200 South Grand Avenue) which will include discussion of his MOCA exhibition (free but get there early!)

The Orwells are playing with No Parents and The Walters at the Regent Theater

Angel City Brewery is hosting the opening of “What Does DTLA Mean to You?” an exhibition showcasing the work of artists from the Arts District and Skid Row

Drill Los Angeles Music Festival at the Echo and Echoplex begins tonight with 3 day passes starting at $46.50, or you can buy tickets for the individual shows. Tonight Bob Mould is playing with Immersion and Alina Bea.

Hammer Museum is hosting a free panel discussion- The Not So Silver Screen: Black Women in Media with actress Diahann Carroll, actress and director LisaGay Hamilton and more

Kane Strang, Tracy Bryant, and Emily Edrosa are playing at the Bootleg Theater

Friday

Generationals are playing at the Teragram Ballroom

Mikal Cronin is playing with a string & horn ensemble as part of Drill Los Angeles at the Echo. Wand, Laetitia Sadler, Fitted, and more are also on the bill

The Aero Theatre is showing 2001: A Space Odyssey with a brand new 70mm print

Why? are playing at the Regent Theater with Open Mike Eagle and Rituals of Mine

Methyl Ethel are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Vorhees and BOYO

Saturday

The Getty Museum is having multiple performances of Selected Shorts: April Antics: Fictions & Foolery, a chance to see the popular podcast live with Jane Kaczmarek hosting and a cast that includes Yvette Nicole Brown, Sharon Gless, Liev Schrieber and more (also Sunday)

Meatbodies are opening for Delicate Steve at the Teragram Ballroom

International Pillow Fight Day is happening at Pershing Square with DJs and food trucks

Electric Six are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Residual Kid and VOWWS

For the last night of Drill, Wire will be performing at the Echo as well as Julia Holter, Mild High Club and more.

Sunday

CAFAM is hosting- Social (Media) Politics of Photography in the Digital Age- A Discussion with Arpad Kovacs & Ramin Talaie for “Focus Iran 2: Contemporary Photography and Video”. This is a good opportunity to check out that exhibition as well as Chapters, which includes a great variety of the book arts of Southern California. CAFAM is pay what you wish on Sunday but RSVP for the talk if you are interested.

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears are playing at the Troubadour

The Rock ‘N’ Roll Flea Market returns to the Regent Theater for its monthly event

 

 

Mar 162017
 

Elvis Depressedly – Pepsi/Coke Suicide

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/16-3/19/17)-

Thursday

Kitten is opening for Shiny Toy Guns at The Regent

Young Thug is performing at The Novo

The Broad is hosting a screening of Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel as part of their Un-Private Collection series. The film examines the life and work of artist, musician, and educator, Tony Conrad, directed by Tyler Hubby. Afterwords there will be a conversation with Hubby and Tony Oursler (whose work is on view in the collection installation, Creature, at The Broad through March 19) moderated by Henry Rollins. Kim Gordon, who collaborated with Tony Conrad, will perform to close out the night. Your ticket for this program also lets you skip the line at The Broad for general admission entry from March 14-19, 2017.

Monument, the musical tribute to Dan Flavin’s sculpture, returns to MOCA Grand Ave with musicians Patrick Shiroishi, Dylan Fujioka and Paco Casanova performing. (free and a chance to see the new and excellent exhibition Kerry James Marshall: Mastry.)

Friday

GØGGS (another Ty Segall band) are playing at The Echo with Flat Worms, Warm Drag and Naked Lights

The Egyptian Theatre is showing a Patrick Swayze double feature- Point Break and Roadhouse

Artist Tony Oursler will be in conversation with author Branden Joseph at The Broad ($10 includes same night access before the program to the museum)

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and a bunch of bars in town are having events- Angel City Brewery has bands, corned beef tacos and green ice cream and churros to go along with the debauchery and Tom Bergin’s Irish pub will have it’s annual party in their parking lot all day and night

Saturday

Early in the afternoon LACMA is showing several films by artists connected to Virginia Dwan’s galleries in conjunction with their recent exhibit- Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959- 1971 (free)

A little further away on a campground near Santa Barbara is the Starry Nites Festival. The line-up for the two day event includes Elvis Depressedly, The Kills, Teenage Fanclub, The Dandy Warhols, Kolars, Feels, Cat Power and many more. You can go for the day or camp on the grounds.

The Dig are playing at The Echo with Nico Yaran, and Boone Howard

Sunday

The LA Marathon runs from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica- keep your eyes on street closures when making plans

GØGGS are playing at The Hi Hat with Yah Mon and Enemy

Cinefamily is showing Brian de Palma’s Blowout

Mar 102017
 

Katharina Grosse’s current exhibition at Gagosian, consists of dynamic brightly colored canvases and one cast metal sculpture. Unlike traditional painting, these works are created using a spray gun which creates the unique effects.

Her process is described in the press release-

Embracing the events and incidents that arise as she paints, Grosse opens up surfaces and spaces to the countless perceptual possibilities of the medium. While she is widely known for her temporary and permanent in situ work, which she paints directly onto architecture, interiors, and landscapes, her approach begins in the studio. With calculated focus, she allows new patterns and procedures in her paintings to emerge from action, further multiplying this potential with stencils cut from cardboard and thick foam rubber—tools with which to develop further cuts, layers, and perspectival depths. Grosse’s gestures unfold all at the same time in unmixed acrylic colors, engulfing the viewer in a toxic sublime.

In this exhibition, selected works from several interconnected suites of untitled paintings produced during the last twelve months demonstrate this constant interaction of process and material. Base shapes migrate from one painting to another, appearing in new layers or fusing into clusters that advance and retreat. The paintings record Grosse’s ongoing choices about color, density, and velocity. In one group, monadic forms proclaim their specific hues within larger zones of color. A red shape takes its place amidst expressive jewel-toned streaks. A plane of cerulean blue opens, or perhaps closes, to a black and yellow void. In other more complex orchestrations, these coloristic moments become so compelling that the canvas, which supports it all, is easily forgotten.

Grosse also made news this past summer with her installation for MOMA P.S. 1, titled Rockaway!. Located at Fort Tilden, she used a similar technique to paint an abandoned and soon to be demolished building (due to being structurally unsound after Hurricane Sandy).

 

 Grosse’s gallery exhibition closes this weekend, 3/11/17.

 

 

Mar 092017
 

Los Angeles Police Department- Grown

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/9-3/12/17)-

Thursday

Los Angeles Police Department are opening for LVL UP and Palm at The Echo

Hauser & Wirth is screening Jason Rhoades, The Artist Speaks, which gives more perspective on the artist’s installations at the gallery (free)

Japandroids are playing at The Fonda Theatre

For LACMA’s Bring the Noise series, tonight they are pairing a live performance by the band YACHT scoring the film Alien

Downtown Art Walk’s theme this month is Herstory, and includes a one night only exhibition of women artists for Women’s History Month

Death by Unga Bunga are playing with The Fontaines at The Satellite

Warbly Jets are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Twin Temple, Gutxi Bibang, and Starcrawler

Friday

Art Night Pasadena returns for its biannual event with free museums, music, and performances and free shuttles to take you to the different locations. You can also combine it with Old Pasadena’s Happy Hour Week (running until 3/17)

Terry Malts is playing at The Hi Hat with Acid Tongue, Wyatt Blair and Gabbi Green

The Egyptian Theatre is showing a Terrence Malick double feature, with two of his best- Badlands and Days of Heaven

Lady Lamb is playing with Dustin Lovelis at the Bootleg Theater

Chastity Belt are playing with Summer Cannibals, Lisa Prank and Mint Field at Resident

The Molochs are playing with Feels, Franky Flowers, and Surfbort at The Echo

Pure Bathing Culture are playing at the Echoplex with Big Search, Ablebody, and American Nights

Saturday

Trisha Brown Dance Company will be performing In Plain Site starting at Chris Burden’s Urban Light sculpture at LACMA (free)

The Creation Factory and Gateway Drugs are opening for The Warlocks at The Hi Hat

Grand Park is hosting Downtown Bookfest, with performances (including one by Cut Chemist), readings and activities

Alex Lahey is playing at The Echo with Emerson Star, and Liv Slingerland

Cinefamily is screening John Carpenter’s They Live (also Sunday)

Bambu  is performing with DJ Phatrick at the Bootleg Theater

Sunday

Trisha Brown Dance Company will be performing In Plain Site again, and this time the location is Hauser & Wirth

With LA experiencing a housing shortage, it’s a good time to brush up on tenant rights and LACE is hosting the Los Angeles Tenants Union Workshop for Artists- Know Your Rights & Gentrification 101

The Egyptian Theatre is showing Terrence Malick’s epic film Tree of Life

Soviet Soviet are playing with The Wraith and DETH CRUX for Part Time Punks night at the Echoplex

 

Mar 042017
 

                                                                         (above work by Sandra Low, Steve Seleska, and Amy Kaps)

Currently at Walter Maciel Gallery is With Liberty and Justice for Some, for which the gallery invited artists from across the country to do 8×8 inch portraits of individuals who came to the United States as immigrants- including historic subjects, personal friends, relatives, strangers, and sometimes self portraits. The gallery is also donating a portion of each sale to various non-profit groups including ACLU, Planned Parenthood, The Trevor Project, Center for Reproductive Rights, and the LA and SF LGBT Centers. Also showing at the gallery is I.D. Please!, with works by artists Hung Liu, John Bankston, Lezley Saar, John Jurayi, Maria E. Piñeres, Nike Schröder, Dana Weiser and Monica Lundy, who have all developed studio practices based around notions of identity.

This exhibition closes 3/4/17.

Also closing this weekend in Culver City-

Egan Frantz’s The Oat Paintings at Roberts & Tilton

(image via Roberts & Tilton)

And at Kopeikin Gallery are Ardeshir Tabrizi’s Observations in Linear Time (palm tree), and Jason Engelund’s Meta-Landscapes and Visual Ambient Drones (blue).

(images via Kopeikin)

Mar 022017
 

Japanese Breakfast- Everybody Wants to Love You

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/2-3/5/17)-

Thursday

Cultural critic and philosopher Slavoj Zizek is giving a talk at the Broad Art Center on UCLA’s campus (free)

Machine Project is hosting Meeting #2 of the Legion of Hackers for the Revolution

Poet Sesshu Foster and artist Arturo Romo are reading at MOCA Grand Avenue (free)

AOE is playing with Tolliver and Abjo at the Bootleg Theater

Friday

For the Natural History Museum’s First Friday event, Japanese Breakfast and Emily Wells are performing and there will be tours, a discussion on food, and DJs

For SCUM’s first year anniversary The Smell is hosting a party with performers that include Alice Bag, Seth Bogart, Xina Xurner plus drag performances and DJs

Elohim, WRLD, and smle are playing at the Echoplex

Saturday

Temples are playing with Night Beats, Deap Vally, Froth and JJUUJJUU at The Regent Theater

Artists Jeffrey Sklan, Christopher James, Spacegoth, 8333, along with curators Jason Ostro and Elena Jacobson are giving an informal talk at the Gabba Gallery

Best Coast, Grouplove, The Lovely Bad Things, Liz Phair and more are performing at the El Rey Theatre with all proceeds to benefit Planned Parenthood

LACMA is having a free screening of the first episode of Patriot, a new TV series from Amazon, and a conversation with creator/executive producer Steve Conrad, executive producers James Parriott and Charlie Gogolak, executive producer Gil Bellows, and actors Michael Dorman, Kathleen Munroe, and Chris Conrad

The Aero Theatre has a Shirley MacLaine double feature- The Apartment (which was just referenced at the Oscars) and Being There

Sinkane are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Grateful Shred

Sunday

Mykki Blanco is playing at The Roxy with Cakes Da Killa

Photographer Jules Allen will be discussing his recent book Marching Bands with UC Irvine Professor Joe Lewis at LACMA Art Catalogues (free)

Cosmonauts are headlining My Bloody Valentine Nite at the Echoplex with Thigh Master, Echolust and Deaf Dance

The Rock ‘N’ Roll Flea Market returns to The Regent Theater for its monthly event

Laura Stevenson, Chris Farren, and Ogikubo Station are playing at the Bootleg Theater