Apr 192018
 

Acid Tongue- Get Free

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/19-4/22/18)-

Thursday

Acid Tongue are opening for Moonwalks at Resident

LACMA has a free screening of United Shades of America: The Border which includes a conversation with W. Kamau Bell

MOCA Music returns to The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA with performances by Berhana, Rayana Jay and Linafornia plus Modern Funk Fest DJs, food trucks, and drinks. You can also check out the Adrián Villar Rojas exhibition at the museum (free with RSVP)

Sarah Blasko is playing at the Bootleg Theater

Friday

Art Buzz, ICA LA’s Happy Hour, returns with a tour of Harald Szeemann’s exhibition followed by drinks and snacks (free but register)

It’s the first night for performances of Stardust, A Dance Tribute to David Bowie by Complexions Contemporary Ballet at The Music Center (runs through Sunday)

Tomo Jacobson + Sun Araw, The Orchardist, and Embassador Dulgoon are playing at Coaxial Arts Foundation

Guantanamo Baywatch are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with French Vanilla, Dumb Fucks, and The High Curbs opening

Saturday

Bring a mat or blanket to VSF gallery for Healing Sound Bath, an immersive 45-minute set on gong by Sat Purkh of Rama Institute amid Kathryn Garcia’s outdoor installation (free)

CAP UCLA is hosting Eighth Blackbird featuring Will Oldham (Bonnie “Prince” Billy) at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Peach Kelli Pop are celebrating their new EP, Which Witch, with a free in-store performance at Permanent Records and later in the evening Permanent Records is hosting a free Record Store After Party at The Hi Hat with Hooveriii, RFRC (Rearranged Face & Red Channel), and Golden Grease

The Aero Theatre is showing a Godard double feature of Breathless and Band of Outsiders

Frankie Rose, Cold Beat, and Business of Dreams are playing at Zebulon

The Nude Party are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Liily, and The Pantones opening

Saturday and Sunday

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is at the USC Campus and has a TON of free and ticketed programming

Renegade Craft Fair returns to Los Angeles State Historic Park (free)

Sunday

Take advantage of free Metro rides for Earth Day

LACMA is showing the documentary A Day on the Grand Canal with the Emperor of China or Surface is Illusion but So Is Depth, a film by directors Phillip Haas and David Hockney (free)

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock is hosting their 14th Annual Art Auction from 1-5pm (free)

Guest curator Jackie Clay will be at ICA LA to discuss the exhibition sisters and brothers, and her research into black visual culture and queer video as part of an open house day of events that also includes Rafa Esparza in conversation with Jamillah James

The Thai New Year Songkran Festival is happening in Thai Town

Levitation Room are playing at Resident with The Mad Walls, Grave Flowers, and Supermercat opening

Apr 152018
 

Jidenna- Long Live the Chief

Here are some suggestions for how to spend your last day at Coachella

1:00-1:40pm The Delirians on the Sonora Stage

2:00-2:40pm B Boys on the Sonora Stage

3:25-4:10pm Japanese Breakfast on the Gobi Stage

4:55-5:40pm FIDLAR on the Mojave Stage (and if you get there early enough you can catch some of Aminé’s 3:45-4:40pm set)

6:00-6:35pm Cardi B on the Coachella Stage

6:55-7:40pm Jidenna on the Gobi Stage

7:50-8:40pm Princess Nokia on the Sonora Stage

8:30-9:20pm- King Krule on the Mojave Stage

9:30pm Migos on the Sahara Stage

10:20pm Eminem on the Coachella Stage

For a preview of these artists plus a few other options for today-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 142018
 

Angel Olsen- Shut Up Kiss Me

It’s Day 2 of Coachella 2018 and here are my suggestions for who to see-

12:30-1:30pm Salami Rose Joe Louis on the Mojave Stage

2:00-2:40pm Sudan Archives on the Gobi Stage

2:20-3:00pm Sir Sly at the Outdoor Theatre

3:05-3:50pm Big Thief on the Gobi Stage

3:45-4:30pm Django Django on the Mojave Stage

4:55-5:40pm Flatbush Zombies on the Mojave Stage

5:30-6:15pm Angel Olsen on the Gobi Stage

6:05-7:00pm BROCKHAMPTON on the Mojave Stage

7:05-8:05pm David Byrne on the Outdoor Theatre Stage

7:55-8:45pm Tyler, the Creator on the Coachella Stage

This slot is a challenge to choose and depends on what you feel like hearing the most- 8:40-9:30pm Fleet Foxes on the Outdoor Theatre // 8:50-9:40 Oh Sees on the Sonora Stage // 8:35-9:20 Alvvays on the Mojave Stage

10:10pm alt-J on the Outdoor Theatre Stage or Jungle on the Mojave Stage from 9:50-10:40pm

11:05pm Beyoncé

For a preview of today’s bands-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 132018
 

SZA- Drew Barrymore

It’s Day 1 of Coachella and with so many great artists performing it’s often hard to choose who to see (especially with overlapping set times). Here are my choices for today-

1-1:30pm Señor Kino is on the Sonora Stage

1:45pm-2:35 Elohim is on the Sahara Stage

2:35-3:20pm Moses Sumney is on the Gobi Stage /OR/ 2:55-3:30pm Fazerdaze is on the Sonora Stage

5:00-5:45pm Helado Negro is on the Sonora Stage

6:10-6:55pm The Regrettes are on the Sonora Stage

7:10-8:00pm Vince Staples had one of the best albums of 2017 and is on the Coachella Stage

8:55-9:50pm St. Vincent is at the Outdoor Theatre (and you might catch the end of The War on Drugs’ 7:30-8:25 set)

9:55-10:45pm- SZA, who also had one of the best albums of 2017, is performing on the Coachella Stage

11:25pm The Weeknd is on the Coachella Stage or you could check out Jamiroquai on the Mojave Stage

*One note- this excludes the Yuma tent where there will be a great selection of DJs playing- including at 9:15pm- Detroit Love: Carl Craig, Kyle Hall & Moodymann

Looking to preview some of the artists playing today? Playlist below-

 

 

 

Apr 122018
 

Prism Tats- Mamba

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/12-4/15/18)-

Thursday

Yamashiro’s Night Market is back- take a shuttle from Mosaic Church (Hollywood and La Brea) and enjoy a drink and a beautiful view of the city

Sir Sly is opening for Marian Hill at the Fonda Theatre

Downtown LA Art Walk returns- this time with a celebration of World Art Day

Before he plays Coachella, Perfume Genius will be performing at The Mayan with Big Thief opening

Y La Bamba and KERA are playing at The Moroccan Lounge

Friday

Prism Tats is playing at The Moroccan Lounge with Wild Powwers opening

Jacob Jonas The Company and Dance Camera West are hosting the 17th Annual Dance + Camera Festival that includes To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier– a series of free dance programs at Santa Monica Pier- Friday, Saturday and Sunday (free but RSVP)

Surface Magazine is hosting Design Dialogues No. 45 with Muji Art Director and Japan House Chief Creative Director Kenya Hara in conversation with Surface Editor-in-Chief Spencer Bailey at Vantage Room at Hollywood & Highland (free with RSVP)

The band Winter is having a record release show at The Echo with Vinyl Williams and Sabrina is Not in This Chat opening

Saturday

LACMA has a free screening of the documentary film Hockney in conjunction with the exhibit currently on view David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life

For CalArts and Hauser & Wirth’s first performance collaboration, 30 student dancers will present HUMAN- multiple solo performances going on simultaneously within the public spaces of the gallery (free but RSVP)

Downtown Burbank Arts Festival returns with over 200 artists, art activities, live music, book signings, and more (also Sunday)

Justus Proffit is playing at The Factory downtown with Kaz Mirblouk, Sheer, and Good Ruin opening

As part of Noir City: Hollywood- The 20th Annual Los Angeles Festival of Film Noir at the Egyptian Theatre– tonight there is a screening of L.A. Confidential which includes a discussion with author James Ellroy

Sunday

Zebulon is hosting a free screening of Luis Buñuel’s film The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, followed by a dance party hosted by the band The Entire Universe

Alamo Drafthouse is hosting a Wayne’s World Movie Party at The Regent Theater with a screening, live music, a Q&A with director Penelope Spheeris, and more

Congressman Ted Lieu and former U.S. Attorney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman will be discussing Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 elections at the Hammer Museum (free)

The Memories, James V and Dillon PC are playing at The Moroccan Lounge with Colleen Green DJ’ing

Apr 052018
 

Wallows- Pleaser

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/5-4/8/18)-

Thursday

Wallows are playing a free show at Amoeba Hollywood today at 5pm and signing their debut EP afterwards

The Broad is offering free admission to their Jasper Johns exhibition on the first Thursday of the month- (today and 5/3) from 4-7pm and afterwards you can head across the street for MOCA’s free night

Artist Jennifer Gutierrez Morgan is leading a milagro making workshop for CAFAM’s CraftNight– $10 includes supplies, drinks and snacks

Cherry Glazerr are opening for The Breeders and Elijah Wood will be playing a DJ set at The Fonda Theatre

Vera Sola is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Hush Arbors opening

Friday

Nightmare Air are playing with Draemings at the Bootleg Theater

Natural History Museum’s First Fridays event includes a tour of the History Department, a discussion of oil and its role in the history of LA, DJs, and music by Chelsea Jade and Jamila Woods

The Independent Art Book Fair starts today and runs until Sunday at 939 Studios DTLA

The Breeders are playing at The Theatre at Ace Hotel with Post Pink opening

Friday and Saturday

The Music Center is transforming into a “Disco wonderland clad in gold and mirrors” for its event- Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours. The event begins at 11:30pm and runs until 3 am- with large scale projections, roller skaters (Friday), DJs, pop-up dance happenings, screenings, art installations, live music, a makeup station, and more (plus cocktails and small bites)

Saturday

Artist Walead Beshty will be in conversation with executive director of LAXART, Hamza Walker at Regen Projects

Feels are playing a free show for Hipsville’s 1 Year Anniversary at The Offbeat-A Bar on York, with Cat Scan opening

Melted are having a record release party at The Hi Hat with Awakebutstillinbed, Decent Criminal, and Pancho and the Wizards also performing

Ex Stains and Hit Bargain are opening for DJ Jonathan Toubin’s NY Night Train party at Zebulon

Electric Six are playing at the Bootleg Theater with The Manx and Northern Faces opening

Alice Bag Band is having a record release party at The Echo with Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries opening

Saturday and Sunday

The Brewery Art Walk returns with its twice annual event- a great opportunity to check out the complex and the artist’s studios

Sunday

Barnsdall Art Center, loacted in beautiful Barnsdall Park, is having a free Art and Craft Fair

SadGirl are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Peach Kelli Pop, Healing Gems and Bruiser Queen opening

Loma are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Jess Williamson opening

 

Mar 292018
 

Alice Boman- End of Time

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/29-4/1/18)-

Thursday

Mereba will be performing a free show at Zebulon along with Rocco DeLuca, and a screening of three films from 27Transmissions

As part of MOCA’s Artists on Artists Series, Awol Erizku will be discussing the exhibition Adrián Villar Rojas: The Theatre of Disappearance at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (free)

Mary Ocher is performing at The Hi Hat with Rachel Mason opening

Diarrhea Planet are opening for The Darkness at The Fonda Theatre

Friday

Mourners are playing with Tennis System and Fast Friends at Moroccan Lounge

Terminal A, Girl Tears, VNLVX, and ENEMY are playing at The Smell

Corey Helford Gallery is hosting an artist talk with Adrian Cox and Heavy Metal magazine

Mint Field are playing at Resident with Draag

The Technicolors are playing at The Hi Hat with Harrison Whitford and YESES opening

Saturday

The Mistake Room is screening Tuan Andrew Nguyen’s The Island with an artist panel to follow

Titus Andronicus are playing at the Bootleg Theater

Jarina de Marco, Amindi K. Fro$t and Hunnah are playing a benefit for CARECEN LA at The Hi Hat

Flora & Fauna are hosting Disco Dining Club-a free daytime party to celebrate Spring at the Ace Hotel Downtown with DJs, tarot readings, and “immersive, interactive pagan Spring characters”

Holy Shit, The Pesos, and Raderson are playing a free show at Zebulon

Sunday

Alice Boman is performing at Moroccan Lounge with Russian Red and Runner

Pasadena City College Flea Market is having its once a month free event

The Aero Theatre is showing Ben-Hur

The Rock N Roll Flea Market returns to The Regent Theater

Mar 242018
 

Gordon Parks, “Untitled”, Alabama (1956)

Gordon Parks was an incredible photographer who’s influence continues to be felt in photography today. He had a long creative career that also expanded beyond photography to include writing several books, composing music, and directing films- the most famous being Shaft.

The Gordon Parks Foundation recently hosted the exhibition ELEMENT, which focused on several of the photographs that inspired Kendrick Lamar’s video from his album DAMN, seen below. The photo pictured above can be seen as part of the exhibition of Gordon Parks’ work I Am You Part 2 at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. It is from his series Segregation Story for Life magazine which focused on the daily lives of three black families in Alabama in 1956.

The photo below is a still from Kendrick Lamar’s Element. The video was directed by Jonas Lindstroem and The Little Homies (Kendrick Lamar and Dave Free).

 

To see more of Parks’ work and the work he has influenced, The Gordon Parks Foundation’s website is a good resource for upcoming exhibitions around the world.

Mar 082018
 

Protomartyr- Don’t Go To Anacita

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/8-3/11/18)-

Thursday

Son Lux are playing at The Regent Theater with Gordi and Wills opening

Photographer Matthew Rolston will be discussing his exhibition Art People: The Pageant Portraits at Ralph Pucci in Hollywood, with arts writer and editor Katya Tylevich. RSVP here

Darlingside are playing at The Echo with Henry Jamison opening

Grammy award winning musical director of the LA Opera, James Conlon will be discussing his recent collaboration with the Joffrey Ballet, and making the mythology of Orpheus and Eurydice modern at the Hammer Museum

Holly Miranda is playing a free show at Zebulon

LACMA is having a free screening of Lean on Pete starring Steve Buscemi with a conversation with writer/director Andrew Haigh to follow

No Age are playing an all ages show at Highland Park Ebell

Palm are playing at the Echoplex with The Spirit of the Beehive and Jerkagram opening

Friday

ArtNight Pasadena returns with a night of free museums, performances, music, and more- with free shuttles to take you around

Moaning are having a record release party at The Echo with Froth and Numb.er opening

Union Station is hosting Josh Nelson & The Discovery Project’s multi-disciplinary artistic collaboration and presentation- combining video, performance art, light and art installations with his original music (free)

ICA LA’s  event Art Buzz, is a happy hour tour of the exhibition Skip Arnold: Truffle Hunt followed by “libations and tastings” (free but RSVP)

Orb, Flat Worms, and Hooveriii are playing at Zebulon

Ghostface Killah will be performing at the Echoplex’s 2ooos era Hip Hop Party-Echo Flex

Current Joys are playing with Celebrity Crush at Lodge Room

Saturday

Protomartyr are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Shame and GLAARE opening

ICA LA is partnering with Crayon Collection to host a free all ages workshop with artist Pearl C. Hsiung focused on crayon creations

No Win and Luke Rathbone are opening for Criminal Hygiene at the Bootleg Theater

The Aero Theatre is playing a double feature of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

The Wedding Present are playing at The Echo with Terry De Castro opening

Saturday and Sunday

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the East LA Walkouts, Fowler Museum along with the Chicano Studies Research Center will have two days of free programming- on Saturday there will be a speaker’s program with Walkout participants and scholars and on Sunday there will be screenings of the 1995 documentary Taking Back the School, and the 2005 HBO film Walkout! with a Q +A to follow

Sunday

Artist Luchita Hurtado will be in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG)– free but RSVP (1pm with light refreshments at 2pm)

MOCA Community Day at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA will include activities, performances and two panels with artists and activists- one discussing Art as Transformation and the other Envisioning a Different Framework– both focusing on LA’s homelessness crisis. Free but bring white tube socks to donate.

Bootleg Theater is hosting Lancaster– jazz music by Eric Revis, Jeff Parker, Joshua White and Guillermo Brown

Hibou are playing the Echoplex with Death Bells, Floating Room, and Alien Boy

Haunted Summer are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Alyeska and Gold Casio opening

Mar 022018
 

Superet- Pay It Later

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/2-3/4/18)-

Friday

For the second of the Natural History Museum’s First Fridays– Superet are opening for Mondo Cozmo as well as a performance by Shannon Lay. The programming will also include a special tour and a lecture on the upcoming possibilities of the 2028 LA Olympics.

Burger-A-Go-Go is a two night event at 1720 with bands The Coathangers, Death Valley Girls, The Flytraps and Feels performing tonight

Griffith Observatory their free first Friday program All Space Considered, where the curatorial staff discuss astronomy and space science

Ex-Cult are playing at the Lodge Room with Lars Finberg, and The Side Eyes

Cut Chemist is playing a show at the Teragram Ballroom

Saturday

It’s the last weekend to see the Cuba Is, photography exhibition at Annenberg Space for Photography and tonight there is a closing celebration with live music, free Cuban coffee and treats, and extended hours (6-8pm)

Burger-A-Gogo continues its two night event at 1720 with bands Dengue Fever, Winter, Summer Twins and Patsy’s Rats performing tonight

The 2018 LA IPA Fest at Mohawk Bend is a great way to sample beers from over 60 breweries (also Sunday)

Dai Burger and Uniiqu3 are playing at Union Nightclub

Saturday and Sunday

Air + Style Two Day Festival taking place at EXPO Par at LA Coliseum is not cheap ($149 for both days, $79 for one), but there are a lot of good bands playing including Cut Copy, Mura Masa, Twin Peaks, Ex-Cult on Saturday, and Sunday’s lineup includes Phoenix, Gucci Mane, Washed Out, Cloud Nothings, and Phantogram

Sunday

For MOCA’s Artists on Artists series, photographer Paul Mpagi Sepuya will be guiding a tour and discussing the recently opened exhibition Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin

Beta Main is hosting the free workshop Mindfulness and Self-Care Tools for Healthy and Joyful Living, facilitated by Victor Narro, Project Director of the UCLA Labor Center, and Laureen Lazarovici, writer and managing editor for the Kaiser Permanente Labor Management Partnership

Tall Juan is playing at The Echo with Gabriella Cohen and The Pantones opening

CLARA-NOVA is playing at The Moroccan Lounge with The Mynabirds and Rainstorm Brother opening