Jun 292017
 

Sir Sly- Astronaut

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/29-7/3/17)-

Thursday

Sir Sly are playing the El Rey Theatre with PAPA

For MOCA’s free (but RSVP) music night at The Geffen Contemporary location- the bands are Surf Curse, Tacocat and Starcrawler

At MOCA’s Grand Avenue location, photographer Deana Lawson will be discussing the work of Kerry James Marshall for the Artists on Artists series (free)

This week’s free concert at Santa Monica Pier is Lemaitre and Coast Modern

For this week’s Oracle Film Series at The Broad, Claire Denis’ film Beau Travail will be shown along with Rineke Dijkstra’s short Annemiek ($10)

The Hammer Museum has a free screening of Fellini’s Juliet of the Spirits

Bedouine is playing at the Bootleg Theater with CHIMNEY opening

Frankie and the Witch Fingers are opening for The Paranoyds at The Echo

Friday

For the last of the Constitutional Happy Hour programs at The Hammer Museum, the topic is hate speech

For the first DJ Night in Grand Park, Peanut Butter Wolf will be performing along with other DJs he has chosen

Junior Boys, Kilo Kish, How to Dress Well and Chrome Sparks (DJ set) are playing at the Globe Theatre

Ducktails is playing at the Hi Hat with Jimmy Whispers and Martin Frawley

Saturday

Meatbodies and Feels are playing at the Teragram Ballroom

The Districts are playing at the Troubadour with The Spirit of the Beehive and Norwegian Arms opening

The outdoor movie at The Autry in Griffith Park this week is Top Gun

For the first of Chinatown’s Summer Nights there are artisan and culinary presentations, a craft and vintage market, a beer garden, a live music stage and more. Plus there are some excellent art galleries nearby worth checking out.

Matthew Modine and Vincent D’Onofrio will be discussing Full Metal Jacket before its screening at The Egyptian Theatre

Tycho is playing at the Greek Theatre with Todd Terje & The Olsens

Sunday

Deap Vally, Plague Vendor, The Red Pears, Zig Zags, Flat Worms and many more are playing the all day Dirty Penni Fest at The Echo and Echoplex

The Egyptian Theatre is showing Jaws

Street Food Cinema at Los Angeles State Historic Park is showing Fight Club

All Weekend (Friday-Sunday)

The Anime Expo is at the Los Angeles Convention Center (running until 7/4)

626 Night Market returns to Santa Anita Park

Free outdoor Shakespeare performances return to Griffith Park with Measure for Measure

Jun 222017
 

Toothless- Sisyphus

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/22-6/25/17)-

Thursday

Bombay Bicycle Club’s Ed Nash has a new project- Toothless- and they are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Minnow

Tonight at These Days gallery, artist Tanner Goldbeck is having a walk through of his show Never Say Never and a conversation afterwards with friend and artist Gronk Nicandro, followed by a screening of the 1953 film War of the Worlds

For The Jumpsuit Project: Hollywood, taking place in front of L.A.C.E. tonight and tomorrow, artist Sherrill Roland will be sharing his personal story and engaging in conversations with passersby about incarceration while wearing an orange jumpsuit.

Santa Monica Pier’s free concert series starts this week with Khalid and Bibi Bourelly

Tennis System are playing at The Hi Hat with Kid Bloom and Low Speech

Aldous Harding is playing at The Echo with Midnight Sister and Annie Hardy opening

Or you could check out !!! (Chk Chk Chk) with Honus Honus and Sego next door at the Echoplex

Friday

Black Lips are playing at The Regent Theater with Timmy’s Organism opening

YACHT and Zach Cowie are both DJ’ing at Zebulon

The Egyptian Theatre is showing E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial at 7:30pm and The Dark Crystal at 10pm as part of their celebration of 1982

Saturday

Samuel Freeman gallery is hosting an exclusive screening of Bight of the Twin, a documentary that “tells the story of cultural engineer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and the Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker Hazel Hill McCarthy IIIs journey to Ouidah in Benin to explore the origins of the Vodoun (Voodoo) religion”. The screening will be followed by a Q & A session with Liz Warner, host of Alternate Take at Dub Lab.

Walter Etc., Peach Kelli Pop and DINERS are playing at The Echo

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson is performing Suite for Ma Dukes, an homage to J Dilla’s work through orchestral interpretation, and new originals,  for Grand Performances  (free)

The first of the Summer Happenings at The Broad is Warhol Icon, a night of performances inspired by Nico, with Jenny Hval, Kembra Pfahler, Tiny Vipers, Geneva Jacuzzi, Vaginal Davis, and Nao Bustamante ($25 advance/ $30 at the door)

Self Help Graphics & Art are having their annual Print Fair and Exhibition

La Luz are playing at The Getty for their free music series Off the 405

Arroyo Seco Weekend has a big two day lineup that includes Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Alabama Shakes, and Broken Social Scene on Saturday, Mumford & Sons, Weezer, and The Shins on Sunday ($125 one day/ $225 weekend pass)

Sunday

Brazilian actor and musician Seu Jorge is performing The Life Aquatic: A Tribute to David Bowie with an orchestra at The Hollywood Bowl

Machine Project presents The Four Fiscal Quarters, an anti-capitalist opera, free in Pan Pacific Park (also Saturday)

AIR are playing at The Greek Theatre with Lo Moon

Artist Peter Shire will be in conversation with MOCA assistant curator Anna Katz at the City of West Hollywood Council Chambers (free)

Ham & Eggs Tavern has a night of free music that includes bands Mind Monogram and Todavia

*Thursday- Sunday*

BET Experience returns to L.A. Live with performers that include Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, Migos, Gucci Mane, Jhene Aiko as well as other events that happen throughout the weekend

The Angel City Games , one of the largest adaptive sports events on the West Coast, is at UCLA and this time will including 5 Paralympic sports

Jun 152017
 

Boys Noize- Mayday (Snowden O.S.T.)

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/15-6/18/17)-

Thursday

Kevin Morby is celebrating his new album at Amoeba Records with a record signing and a live performance

As part of their Oracle Film Series, The Broad is showing Harun Farocki’s A New Product and Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in the Woods

Phoenix, Mac DeMarco and The Lemon Twigs are playing at the Hollywood Bowl

MOCA is starting its summer music series at The Geffen Contemporary location with Teebs, Milo, Josef Leimberg and DJ Nobody (free with RSVP)

There’s a free screening of Ovarian Psychos, a documentary on the all female East LA bike club at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Friday

Boys Noize is performing at Exchange LA with special guest Pilo

For the first of the Getty’s Friday Flights of the summer- Brendan Fernandes is presenting Free Fall 49, a dance performance that honors the victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, with musician How to Dress Well acting as DJ; guitarists and William Tyler and Noveller are performing; and there will be an installation by artist Sam Rowell (free)

Hammer Museum is celebrating Bloomsday with a staged reading of James Joyce’s only play Exiles, live music by Rattle the Knee, and Guinness on tap (free) and if you get there early you can also check out Constitutional Happy Hour

Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours returns, this time with a birch tree maze, video art installations, DUBLAB DJ sets, live performances and more ($20 online / $30 at the door)

Future, Migos, Tory Lanez, A$AP Ferg and Zoey Dollaz are in concert at The Forum

Saturday

Photographer Steve Schapiro will be at Fahey/Klein Gallery to sign his new book and talk about his civil rights era photos

The Pasadena Chalk Festival is on this weekend and afterwards you can see Chicano Batman performing for KCRW’s Summer Nights at One Colorado (free)

Diversity Speaks is a series of panel discussions at the Kirk Douglas Theater (as part of the LA Film Festival) that will cover topics that include- Transgender Visibility, Asian and Asian American Representation in Film/TV, What it Means to Be Out in Hollywood, and more (free but register)

Cinespia’s outdoor film screening at Hollywood Forever this week is The Usual Suspects

Sunday

Bob Baker Marionette Theater is bringing back performances of The Circus, after 40 years, with restored puppets, backdrops and the original soundtrack

Hollywood Fringe Festival continues with a variety of shows at various theaters (until 6/25)

Angel City Brewery is having a food truck and music fest for Father’s Day

New Move are playing at the Hi Hat with Sister Mantos and David Divad

Redd Kross are playing at The Echo with J.F.A, The Side Eyes, and more

 

 

Jun 082017
 

NVDES- 8A.M.

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/8-6/11/17)-

Thursday

NVDES are opening for Waters at The Roxy

Hammer chief curator Connie Butler will be discussing Marisa Merz’s work at the Hammer, followed by a screening of artist Tacita Dean’s short film of Merz’s husband Mario Merz and a discussion with Dean (free)

At MOCA Grand Avenue, assistant curator Lanka Tattersall will be leading a walk through of Patrick Staff: Weed Killer at 6pm, and at 7pm author S. Løchlann Jain will be discussing Staff’s work and the subject of cancer, which she wrote a book about (free)

So Many Wizards are having celebrating their vinyl release with a performance at The Hi Hat with Roses, Susan, and Trabants

This month’s Downtown Art Walk features a Short Film Fest

Merchandise are playing at The Echo with B Boys and Chasms

Boogarins are playing at the Bootleg Theater with JJUUJJUU

Friday

First Fridays returns to the Natural History Museum with a discussion on LA food with Jonathan Gold, Bricia Lopez, and Josh Kun, and performances by Nick Hakim, Gabriel Garzón-Montano, and Wild Belle

Constitutional Happy Hour at the Hammer Museum is covering the topic of voting rights this week

Hurray for the Riff Raff are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Making Movies

For Raphael Montañez Ortiz’s opening at LAXART he will be performing his Ritual Piano Destruction Concert and Humpty Dumpty Performance

Yoke Lore is opening for Overcoats at The Echo

There’s a free screening of Spike Jonze’s Her at Union Station

Saturday

White Fence is performing at The Getty for their free summer concert series Off the 405

Celebrate Prince by watching Purple Rain in Poinsettia Park

Or you can celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The Princes Bride outside The Autry in Griffith Park

NELA’s Second Saturday Art Gallery Night is a fun way to check out the galleries in Northeast LA

Valley Queen is headlining Play Like a Girl’s night of female led bands at The Echo

Sunday

The Secret City artistic tent revival group is having their first outdoor gathering- with live music, dancers and an LA theme- during the day at Grand Performances

South Londoner Ray BLK is performing at The Roxy with Rayana Jay and Rotana

Saint Pé (of Black Lips and Diamond Rugs) is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Never Young and Vex Ruffin

Ciclavia returns to create car-free streets- this time in Glendale and Atwater Village

All Weekend

It’s LA Pride and there are events from 6/9-6/11 including LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium (Friday), LA Pride Festival in WeHo (Saturday has Chromeo, ILOVEMAKONNEN and Young M.A. among the performers, and Sunday has Brandy and Lil Mo) and this year instead of the traditional parade there will be the Resist March to coincide with the National Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington DC.

LA Design Festival has design related events happening all over the city from 6/8-6/11 (free and ticketed)

Jun 012017
 

Two Sheds- You Get To Me

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/1-6/4/17)-

Thursday

Both MOCA locations are free from 5-8pm tonight. At MOCA Grand Avenue there will be a discussion of the influx of art galleries and artist run spaces in Boyle Heights and adjacent areas, with artist collective Ultra-red, Leslie Berestein Rojas- KPCC’s immigration and emerging communities reporter, and Eric Avila, urban cultural historian and professor of Chicano Studies and Urban Planning at UCLA.

Springtime Carnivore are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Cones and BUZZY

As part of the Tip of Her Tongue series, The Broad is hosting Alexandro Segades’ multimedia theater performance Future St., described as “a science fiction saga about corporate boy bands and holographic newscasters crowd controlling a society of clones” and explores “desire, surveillance, and the sinister forces of normalization”. ($25, also a performance on Friday)

Mount Kimbie are playing at the El Rey Theatre

Flint Eastwood is opening for FLETCHER at The Echo

Durand Jones & The Indications are playing at Resident

Friday

Two Sheds are opening for Blake Hazard (of The Submarines) at Resident

Pasadena Museum of California Art is having an extended free Friday to celebrate its 15th birthday with events throughout the day and evening including readings from authors from the Red Hen Press, spotlight talks, and on the third floor terrace The Astral Plane will be DJ’ing and there will be complimentary drinks and snacks provided

Happyness are playing at the Bootleg Theater with BOYO

Friday and Saturday

i3 Arts Fest is taking place at three locations downtown tonight and tomorrow. Interaction Park is taking place in Grand Park and will have large scale interactive art installations and live music that includes The Gaslamp Killer and Mike G from Odd Future (free). Immersion Square at Pershing Square is Saturday’s ticketed event with DJs and art cars ($40 advanced tickets), and Innovation Plaza at Grand Performances on Friday and Saturday will have a free performance by William Close and the Earth Harp Collective. (The Earth Harp is the world’s longest stringed musical instrument)

Saturday

At the REDCAT Gallery, filmmaker Khadim Dai will be presenting a selection of his videos and discussing his approach to documenting the refugee journey and his daily life (he has been a refugee for most of his life, first escaping Afghanistan due to persecution by the Taliban as a member of the Hazara minority). The presentation is part of  It is obvious from the map, REDCAT’s current exhibit (closing 6/4) that “examines the role of maps and map-making in the movements of large numbers of people from the conflict zones of the Middle East and Africa toward Europe”. The exhibit includes work from Djordje Balmazovic from Škart collective who, together with the NGO Grupa 484, have been making maps in collaboration with migrants in refugee camps across Serbia, retracing their westbound journeys (*note-I just recently saw some of these at Baltic Center for Contemporary Art in Newcastle, UK and they are engrossing)

Artist Pippa Garner will be in conversation with writer/curator Laura Fried at Redling Fine Art with a short performance to follow

At The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Dog Star 13 (part of The Dog Star Orchestra experimental music festival) will be having a concert (free with museum admission)

Soundpedro is having a free “ear-oriented multi-sensory event” at Angels Gate Cultural Center

KCRW’s Summer Nights starts this weekend with Chico Mann and Captain Planet performing for free in the One Colorado courtyard

Avi Buffalo is playing with Dante Elephante and Rufrano at The Echo

Sunday

As part of The Dog Star Orchestra experimental music festival, artist $3.33 (Celia Hollander) will be performing Air Out at Bowtie Project. It features three performers in three parked cars using car stereos and a mobile audience to “adapt an iconic symbol of isolation as a form to explore openness, harmony, and synchronicity” ($5)

Los Angeles Film Forum is hosting The Site of Memory: Enframed Histories as Ritual at The Egyptian Theater, “a cursory look at Black women film and video artists from or working in Southern California” with filmmakers dana washington and Suné Woods, and curators Jheanelle Brown and Darol Olu Kae present to discuss the work

Elvis Costello and The Imposters are playing at The Greek Theatre

Tigers Jaw, Saintseneca, and Smidley are playing at The Regent Theater

Dead Soft are opening for Goon at The Hi Hat