Oct 252018
 

Tess Parks- Life After Youth

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/25-10/28/18)-

Thursday

Kitten are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Blame Candy and New Dialogue opening

Artist Rodney McMillian will be discussing some of the works in Hammer Museum’s Adrian Piper exhibition for their Artist Dialogues series

ESG are playing at The Regent Theater with Alice Bag and L.A. Qoolside opening

MOCA Curatorial Assistant Rebecca Lowery is leading a walkthrough of One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art at their Grand Avenue location (free)

Shana Nys Dambrot will be speaking with artist Robbie Conal at gallery Track 16 (free but RSVP)

Celebrate Halloween in Little Tokyo tonight with a free outdoor screening of Godzilla (1954)

Cypress Hill are playing at the El Rey Theatre

Ex-Cult are playing with Die Group and Enemy opening at the Moroccan Lounge

 

Friday

Tess Parks is playing at Zebulon with Cosmonauts and Entrance

It’s week two of the free Friday performances celebrating the Triforium downtown. This week YACHT will play a DJ set and there will be performances by Julianna Barwick, the LA Opera, and Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs

The Other Art Fair, presented by Saatchi Art, is at a new location- the Barkar Hangar in Santa Monica- and runs through Sunday ($15)

Fashion designer Jason Wu will be speaking at LACMA with senior curator of costume and textiles Sharon Takeda ($10)

Exploded View and Exek are playing at The Echo

 

Saturday

The Día de Los Muertos celebration returns to takeover Hollywood Forever Cemetery with live music, dance performances, altar pieces, face painting, food, a marketplace and more ($25)

Grand Park is hosting Noche de Ofrenda (Night of Altars/ Offerings) with Self Help Graphics and Art & Lore Media and Art, a night honoring the deceased. The event begins with the unveiling of the park’s Día de Los Muertos altars, and continues with music and dance performances, and more (free)

Seu Jorge is performing The Life Aquatic- A Tribute to David Bowie at The Luckman Fine Arts Complex

Black Moth Super Rainbow are playing at Lodge Room with The Stargazer Lilies and Air Credits

The Red Pears are playing at the El Rey Theatre with Jurassic Shark, Spendtime Palace and a DJ set by Sister Mantos

KCRW is hosting Masquerade, a Halloween party at the Historic Los Angeles Theatre, with DJ sets by Santigold, DaM-FunK, and Brothers Griiin, performances by Cherry Glazerr, White Denim, Wajatta, Shannon Shaw and Lucent Dossier Experience, a costume contest and more

Superet are playing with Midnight Sister and special guests for a free Halloween Party at Bootleg Theater

 

Sunday

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is playing at The Hollywood Bowl with Danny Elfman (Jack) and Catherine O’Hara (Sally) performing live along with a live orchestra. Tonight is the only show not sold out (yet)

Aero Theatre is showing Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein

Y La Bamba is performing at Lodge Room with Kera opening

Celebrate Día de Los Muertos on Olvera Street with altars and a nightly procession at 7pm (running 10/25- 11/2)

The Luxembourg Signal are opening for The Ocean Blue at the Echoplex

Busdriver is performing at Zebulon with Deantoni Parks and Matthewdavid

Aug 312018
 

Bad Bad Hats- Nothing Gets Me High

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/30-9/2/18)-

Thursday

LACMA has a free screening of Kusama- Infinity, a film about artist Yayoi Kusama with a post screening conversation with director Heather Lenz

Alice Bag is playing a free show at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park with Generacion Suicida

Taken By Trees (Swedish songwriter Victoria Bergsman’s solo project) will be performing a free show at Amoeba Records

 

Friday

Bad Bad Hats are playing at The Roxy Theatre with Cumulus opening

DIIV are playing a free show (but RSVP) with Sextile at the Echoplex

Grand Park’s DJ Nights series continues with a night curated by Nosaj Thing

Get your holiday weekend started with Friday Fireworks at Dodger Stadium after they play the Arizona Diamondbacks

Juiceboxxx is playing with Charge It To The Game, No Win, and Margot Pauline at The Hi Hat

Here Lies Man and Jungle Fire are playing a free show at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park

Metric are opening for The Smashing Pumpkins at The Forum (also Thursday)

 

Saturday

It’s the last weekend of Hammer Museum’s exhibition Made in L.A. 2018 and today you can see dance performances by artist taisha paggett along with her installation for the show

Brazilian artist Liniker e os Caramelows is performing at the Bootleg Theater

Beverly Hills Cop is the Cinespia Hollywood Forever Cemetery screening this evening

The Stevenson Ranch Davidians, The Tulips and Saint Cecilia are playing a free show at the Highland Park Bowl

Jurassic Shark are playing at the Lodge Room with Diners and Wild Wing opening

The Mad Walls are playing with The English Language, Rearranged Face and Mooncult at The Hi Hat

La Santa Cecilia is playing a free show at Burton Chace Park in Marina Del Rey- RSVP here

The Aero Theatre is showing Pink Floyd- The Wall

 

Saturday and Sunday

Golden Road Brewery is hosting Made in LA– a 2 day Music and Arts Festival with 50% of all ticket sales going to ArtShareLA. Performers include Dorothy, Saint Motel, Buyepongo and DUCKWRTH ($10 per day)

 

Sunday

At the Hammer Museum, composer/performer Carolyn Pennypacker will be assembling Mothers Choir, “a group of mothers, including her own—to investigate the complicated tropes and trip-outs of the meanings of mother” and there will be “empathic musical readings” in the gallery prior to the performance by Von Doog.

Cinespia’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery screenings continue with Now and Then

The Aero Theatre is showing Los Angeles Plays Itself along with a discussion with director Thom Anderson

Marbled Eye and Blues Lawyer are opening for Sheer Mag at the Troubadour

Geneva Jacuzzi is performing at The Echo with CMON and Toucan

 

 

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

 

Jan 122018
 

Shannon Lay- Asa

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (1/11-1/14/18)-

Thursday

Shannon Lay is opening for Ablebody and So Many Wizards at The Hi Hat

MOCA Grand Avenue and LA Film Forum are hosting the film screening- Estrellas de Ayer: Latin Camp–  “a new constellation of Latina/o American fascination with Hollywood starlets: José Rodríguez Soltero’s classic Lupe (1966); the celebration of decadentism in the Colombian film Pasión y Muerte de Margarita Gautier (1964), by Enrique Grau & Luís Ernesto Arocha; and other films that pay homage to Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, and Lupe Vélez, replete with campy nods to the star system” ($15)

The LA Art Show opened yesterday and continues today until Sunday

The LA Launch Party for Oral History Project’s Women of Rock is tonight at Zebulon with live performances and discussion panels with artists that include Phranc, Neon Music, Alice Bag, Patty Schemel and more

Poet Srikanth Reddy will be giving a free reading and book signing at Hammer Museum

Luna are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Big Mother Gig opening

Friday

Artist Carolina Caycedo will be speaking as part of a participatory book launch/event at LACMA that begins in the exhibition A Universal History of Infamy, and includes performances by Marina Magalhães, Isis Avalos, and Samad Raheem Guerra (free)

Sextile are playing at The Hi Hat with Flat Worms and Warm Drag opening

The Egyptian Theatre is showing a double feature of The Florida Project and Shadow of the Vampire with a discussion in between the films with Willem Dafoe

Emily Wells is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Haunted Summer opening

Red Aunts are playing with The Lamps and Des Roar at The Echo

Saturday

Sadly, gallery and event space Machine Project is closing its doors- for their final event they are having a print sale from 2-6pm, followed by a closing party with beer and surprise performances

The Bookstore at MAF is hosting a reading with writers Alissa Bennett and John Marr- Bennett will share two of her essays about dead celebrities and Marr will read from his work chronicling tragic accidents (both will be signing their respective zines after)

Neon Indian and Holy Ghost! are playing DJ sets with Gigamesh at Exchange LA

American Culture are playing with Plague Survivor at Zebulon

Sunday

The California African American Museum is hosting an all day symposium to mark the closing of the exhibition We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85- with opening remarks by Alison Saar honoring her mother Betye Saar and Samella Lewis, Faith Ringgold in conversation with her daughter Michele Wallace, a workshop, a performance, a closing reception and more (free but register)

White Magic are opening for Linda Perhacs at Zebulon

Big Boi is playing at The Regent Theater with The Cool Kids opening

No Win are opening for Teenage Faces at The Hi Hat

Justus Proffit and The She’s are opening for Potty Mouth at the Bootleg Theater

All Weekend

The Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA  has numerous performances happening throughout the weekend at  REDCAT (many of them free)

dineL.A. is back for its winter edition and runs until 1/26

Oct 052017
 

Gorillaz- Ascension feat. Vince Staples

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/5-10/8/17)-

Thursday

There are still a few tickets left to see Gorillaz play at The Forum with special guest Vince Staples

Artist and writer Myriam Gurba will be discussing specific works from the exhibition Radical Women at the Hammer Museum

The War on Drugs are playing at the Greek Theatre with Phoebe Bridgers opening

Anna Maria Maiolino’s performance piece Solitário ou Paciência (Solitaire or Patience) will be recreated at MOCA Grand Avenue by Rebeca Hernandez to go along with the exhibition Anna Maria Maiolino (free, and free entrance to the exhibition)

Pinegrove are playing with Florist and Lomelda at the Echoplex

Sinkane is opening for Turkuaz at the Teragram Ballroom

Friday

Santa Monica Pier is hosting a free movie night- this week the film is The Princess Bride

Saint Etienne are playing at the Fonda Theatre

As part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival, Alice Bag will be speaking at the Ahmanson Auditorium at MOCA Grand ($10)

Saturday

The Container Yard downtown is hosting Fresh Coat Mural Festival, a free party with music by Peanut Butter Wolf and RJD2, and a chance to check out some new murals

Red Bull Music Academy Festival is hosting- St. Vincent: Fear the Future, a brand new show, at Paramount Pictures Studio

CalJam 17 Fest is taking place in San Bernadino with bands that include Foo Fighters, Royal Blood, Wolf Alice, Liam Gallagher, The Kills, White Reaper and more ($99+)

Justus Proffit and BOYO are opening for Ratboys at the Bootleg Theater

Mashrou’ Leila are playing at The Regent Theater

Sunday

Grand Park is hosting the The Big Draw LA’s Make Your Mark in the Park- a chance to learn how to draw with lessons led by Ryman Arts students (free)

Artist Mary Corse will be in conversation with art critic and historian Suzanne Hudson at LACMA’s Art Catalogues (free)

Future Primitive is having a 20th Anniversary Party with Cut Chemist, DJ Shortkut and J Rocc, at the Echoplex

Ciclavia returns- this time stopping car traffic in Chinatown, DTLA, Boyle Heights and Echo Park, plan accordingly

 

 

Aug 172017
 

Veronica Bianqui- If Love’s A Gun, I’m Better Off Dead

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/17-8/8/20/17)-

Thursday

For the last of the free Twilight Concerts at Santa Monica Pier, Warpaint is playing with Wild Belle opening

NAVEL.LA (co-organized with Ghosting TV and WOAH) is hosting the premiere screening of ECLIPSECORE, 27 artists respond to the 2017 North American Eclipse, which will also include live music and a DJ set, and a discussion with researchers from NASA JPL (free but RSVP) and donate

It’s the first night of Echo Park Rising, a free multi-venue, all ages music festival. Too many bands to list them all but for each night I’ll put a few band listings- tonight’s highlights include- The Blank Tapes and Sextile at Taix; Creation Factory and Dungen at The Echo; and The Red Pears and Goon at The Echo Patio (schedule here)

Gordi is playing at Resident

Mt. Joy are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Avid Dancer and Dr. Doctor opening

Friday

Echo Park Rising suggestions for tonight- Veronica Bianqui, Fartbarf, and Hundred Waters are on the Liberty Stage; Cones, NVDES, and Meatbodies are playing at the Echoplex; Sugar Candy Mountain, BOYO, and Billy Changer are among the performers at Spacedust; Levitation Room and Creation Factory are playing late shows at Stories Books & Cafe; and Freedom Fry and HOLYCHILD are playing at The Lost Lot Venue (schedule here)

Terry Malts is playing with Business of Dreams, Real Numbers, and Wellness at The Hi Hat

FIGat7th Downtown Festival returns for another week with a free performance by Sinkane

The Music Center’s Dance DTLA programming has a different theme each week- this time it’s Argentine Tango

Saturday

Echo Park Rising suggestions for tonight- Jurassic Shark, Henry Clay People, Laetitia Sadier, and Surf Curse are playing at the Echoplex; The Paranoyds, Alice Bag, and The Buttertones are playing the Liberty Stage; The Los Angeles Police Department are playing at Taix; and Tennis System are playing at The Lost Lot Venue (schedule here)

LACMA’s Muse til Midnight party returns with DJ’s and late night access to the galleries ($25 members / $35 non)

X will be playing a free show with Meat Puppets at Pershing Square

Some Like It Hot is the outdoor movie at Hollywood Forever this week

Cinefamily is showing Liquid Sky (off site at the Vista) at midnight with cinematographer Yuri Neyman, and production/costume designer Marina Levikova in person

For Grand Performances this week, Daedelus will recreate EDM/IDM songs with an accompanying band and vocalists (free)

Prism Tats are opening for Pickwick at the Bootleg Theater

Sunday

Echo Park Rising suggestions for tonight- Veronica Bianqui and Summer Twins are playing at Spacedust; Moaning are playing at the Echoplex; Dante Elephante and The Tissues are playing at Lot 1 Cafe; and Avi Buffalo and Brightener are playing at Taix; (schedule here)

Independent Shakespeare Co. is performing The Two Gentlemen of Verona free in Griffith Park (also Wed-Saturday)

The Rock N Roll Flea Market returns to The Regent Theater

 

Apr 062017
 

Steady Holiday- Terror

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/6-4/9/17)-

Thursday

CAFAM is hosting a zine making workshop with L.A. Zinefest followed by a special film screening of Flight in Heels and a reading with the “Afrofuturistic women’s liberation artist collective”, #SNATCHPOWER. ($7 includes on drink, access to the gallery shows and materials for the workshop- RSVP requested)

The Damned are playing with Alice Bag and the Sissy Bears at the Belasco theater

Bleached, The Regrettes, Upset and The Side Eyes are playing at the Echoplex

Terry George who directed Hotel Rwanda and more recently The Promise, about the Armenian genocide, will be in conversation with producer and physician Eric Esrailian and Dr. Stephen D. Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation, at the Hammer museum, moderated by journalist and filmmaker Carla Garapedian. They will be discussing the challenges and politics of representing real-world atrocities within the constraints of the film medium. (free)

David Bazan is playing at the Bootleg Theater with The Mynabirds opening

Friday

Steady Holiday is playing at Resident with Saígo and Haathi

The Natural History Museum is having its First Friday event, this time with lectures on the future of food, DJs, and performances by the bands Sunflower Bean and Tonstartssbandht

The Aero Theatre is showing a double feature of Walter Hill’s films The Warriors and Streets of Fire with Hill discussing them in between screenings

It might be worth taking a road trip to see Sigur Rós play at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Great Horror Movie Night is showing a double feature of Fright Night and Ghostbusters at the Griffith Park Old Zoo

Saturday

The 6th Annual Kite Festival is taking place adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier from 11am-4pm and will be honoring Disney artist Tyrus Wong

Broke LA (formerly BROKECHELLA) is back with bands that include James Supercave, Bloodboy, and BOYO, art installations, comedians and more for $25.

Or you could head to The Observatory in Santa Ana for the two day festival- When We Were Young. Saturday’s lineup includes Morrissey, AFI, Cage The Elephant, Joyce Manor, Beach Fossils, and more.. ($100 for Saturday only)

Jason Reitman brings his Live Read series back-this time at The Theatre at Ace Hotel- for a reading of Juno with Ellen Page and Jennifer Garner reprising their roles from the film and Tracee Ellis Ross, Tig Notaro, Alia Shawkat, Kristin Wiig and more providing additional voices (all proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood)

Artists Justin Cole and York Chang will be giving a talk about their exhibition at Samuel Freeman gallery in Culver City

Sunday

At The Observatory in Santa Ana it’s day two of the festival- When We Were Young. Band today include Descendents, FIDLAR, Silversun Pickups, Dr. Dog, Tijuana Panthers, Sunflower Bean and more ($60 Sunday only)

Chairlift and Kristin Kontrol have added an early show (2pm) at the Echoplex after the Saturday night show sold out

Hammer Museum is hosting Stand Up and Fight Back: Tactics and Strategies for Effective Creative Activism at The Wiltern with Reverend James Lawson and Nadine Bloch (free but RSVP)

British band Sleaford Mods are playing their first ever U.S. show  at the Echoplex– it’s sold out but it might be worth hunting down some tickets

 

 

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

 

Oct 282016
 

cityofladayofthedead

Here are some of the things to do to celebrate Día de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead in and around Los Angeles-

Saturday (10/29)

One of the biggest Día de los Muertos celebrations in Los Angeles is at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. For its 17th Annual event the theme is The Tree of Life. This year the featured performer is Julieta Venegas, and there are numerous music and dance performances on the various stages around the cemetery, as well as altars, an art exhibition, local food and arts and crafts vendors and more. ($20)

Sunday (10/30)

MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art)  in Long Beach is having an all day festival including a Day of the Dead procession, live music and performances, sugar skull decorating, face painting and more. You can also check out the Museum’s Day of the Dead art and altars exhibit. (free)

San Pedro is having a big Day of the Dead festival with live entertainment, food, an altar competition and more

Downey is having its 4th Annual Día de los Muertos Art Festival. Along with several dance performances, musical performances, two film screenings Macario and Book of Life, an altar contest, an exhibition with local artists and more plus free admission and parking

As part of Pasadena’s Day of the Dead celebrations they are having a free screening of Book of Life at One Colorado

Through November 2

Día de los Muertos events are occurring all week on Olvera Street– with community altars on display, performances, face painting and more

November 2

Self Help Graphics and Art is hosting a free Día de los Muertos party in Boyle Heights with Alice Bag among the musical guests performing, food and craft vendors, face painting, children’s workshops and a traditional ceremonial blessing

Through November 6

Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos Altars and Art Exhibition spans the park with many creative altars, some traditional and some more contemporary. There is a community altar created by Ofelia Esparza and there are lunchtime tours running through 11/5 with some of the artists.

Jun 302016
 

Alice Bag Band- Gluttony

The above video is from the Penelope Spheeris’ LA punk documentary The Decline of Western Civilization and features the band’s 1980 performance.

Lead singer and LA native Alice Bag just released her debut self titled album this month and is having a record release party on Saturday 7/2/16 at The Echo with Generacion Suicida and Fatty Cake and the Puff Pasties opening.

For more information on Alice Bag, check out her website or this excellent article from Remezcla.