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

 

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

 

 

Oct 132016
 

The Lemon Twigs- These Words

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/13-10/16/16)-

Thursday

The Lemon Twigs are having a free in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood to celebrate the release of their new album Do Hollywood. If you purchase the album you also get a free 7″ both of which they will be signing afterwards.

Author, musician and producer Greg Tate will be discussing visionary black aesthetics and politics in 21st-century America with artist Sanford Biggers at the Hammer Museum

Temples are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Triptides

The High Five Art Launch Party is happening at The Autry and includes after-hours access to the museum, rides on the ferris wheel, a free California themed tote and a chance to meet the artists and designers who who participated in the 2016 High Five Art Contest ($5 admission)

TOBACCO is playing with Odonis Odonis at the Echoplex

This month’s Downtown LA Artwalk is focusing on the artists who contribute to Smile South Central

The Helio Sequence are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Genders

Friday

LACMA is hosting a free screening of By Sidney Lumet, Nancy Buirski’s documentary film about the director, with a discussion with Buirski and guests to follow

Gavlak Gallery is hosting Feminist Friday, a “casual but directed conversation about contemporary issues related to feminism”.  It is also a good opportunity to check out Marnie Weber and Betty Tompkins’ coinciding exhibitions.

The Theatre at the Ace Hotel is getting in the Halloween spirit with a screening of Carrie and a prom-themed after party, all proceeds will benefit weSPARK’s cancer support programs.

Allison Crutchfield and The Fizz are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Radiator Hospital and Ovlov

Friday-Sunday

Machine Project is having an underwater art show at the Annenberg Community Beach house. You can check out the work from above the pool but the best viewing will be by reserving a ticket for the times available (free) and getting into the water with goggles.

Saturday

Danny Brown is performing at The Fonda Theatre and a free download of his new album, Atrocity Exhibition, is included with the ticket

Electric Dusk Drive-In’s horror films for Halloween continue this week with Poltergeist

RJD2 is playing a $5 show at The Novo with Daddy Kev

Saturday and Sunday

Found LA is offering a series of free tours at religious centers and places of worship in different neighborhoods around the city- you can register for more than one but registration is required.

The Beverly Hills Art Show is a nice way to be outdoors and check out the work of over 240 artists (free)

Sunday

Artist Mickalene Thomas and MOCA Curatorial Assistant Rebecca Matalon will be in conversation regarding Thomas’ current MOCA Grand Ave exhibition- Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady? at 12:30 pm and at 3pm MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson will be speaking with artist R. H. Quaytman about her exhibition- R. H. Quaytman, Morning: Chapter 30. (free with museum admission)

Black Marble are playing the Echoplex’s Part Time Punks night

There are still a few seats left for the Glass Animals show at The Greek Theatre

CicLAvia’s route is the “Heart of LA” this time- closing streets to traffic in Boyle Heights, Chinatown, and DTLA

*A bit further afield*

This weekend (Friday-Sunday) is the Desert Daze festival at The Institute for Mental Physics in Joshua Tree. There are a lot of great bands playing including Deerhunter, Temples, Washed Out, Thee Oh Sees, The Raveonettes, Cherry Glazerr, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Television, La Luz, White Fence and more. You can buy single day passes or stay the weekend and camp.

 

Aug 252016
 

DIIV- Doused

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/25-8/28/16)-

Thursday

DIIV are playing at The Fonda Theatre with Wild Nothing

Metro Art is having an Artist Conversation with Todd Gray, Ken Gonzales-Day and Phung Huynh in the Union Station Ticketing Hall in conjunction with the exhibition, The Makers: Portraits of Metro artists whose work enriches the rider’s journey, featuring portraits by Todd Gray

The Album Leaf are playing a free show at Amoeba Records to celebrate their new album Between Waves, which they will also be signing

At the Hammer Museum’s panel discussion The Streisand EffectMade in L.A. 2016 artist Dena Yago, her frequent collaborator Sean Monahan, and Rachel Berks of Otherwild Goods and Services will discuss the “ever-expanding role and function of today’s creative industries and the blurring of lines between art and commerce”

Singer Julien Baker is performing at the El Rey with Phoebe Bridgers and Julia Jacklin

Artist Thomas Kuntz is giving a tour of the LACMA exhibition Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, and will speak about his experiences working with Guillermo del Toro on the film Crimson Peak (standby only)

Fascinator is playing with TeamMate and Middle Kids at The Echo

Friday

For the Getty’s Friday Flights, its free music and art series, the program includes a project by artist David Horvitz and musician Xiu Xiu; a performative lecture by Martine Syms; a bassoon and vocal collaboration between Archie Carey and Odeya Nini presented by wild Up; and B A S E (a durational rule game) by choreographer Laurel Jenkins.

Cut Chemist is the DJ for this installment of the free event DJ Nights at The Music Center Plaza

Punk icon Keith Morris will be signing his book My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor and speaking with Jim Ruland at Skylight Books

If you like your drinks and bands combined with wild animals check out the LA Zoo’s Roaring Nights- this month it’s Indie Night. Or for an under the sea vibe you can check out The Aquarium of the Pacific’s Deep Dive event which in addition to the bands has DJs and a film about surfers

Culture Club are playing at the Hollywood Bowl (also Saturday)

Saturday

Diane Coffee (Shaun Fleming of Foxygen) is the performer this time for the Getty’s Saturdays off the 405 Music Series

Corey Helford Gallery is having a huge party for the opening of their 10 Year Anniversary Group Exhibition

Artist Jackie Winsor is giving a talk at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel (free but RSVP required)

Meatwave are opening for Violent Soho at The Echo

Sunday

FYF Fest is sold out for the weekend and Saturday but there are still tickets available for Sunday’s show- highlights of which include LCD Soundsystem, Grace Jones, Young Thug, Wild Nothing, Father John Misty, Beach House and more

The Arclight in Hollywood is showing the epic film Lawrence of Arabia

Only two more weeks left to see Shakespeare’s The Tempest free in Griffith Park

 

 

Mar 312016
 

Leikeli47- Heard Em Say

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/31-4/2/16)-

Thursday

Leikeli47 is opening for Santigold at the Hollywood Palladium

The Hammer Museum is screening Stan VanDerBeek’s short animated films that he made while he studied at Black Mountain College (free)

Noel Fielding (from The Mighty Boosh) is performing at The Fonda Theatre (also Friday and Saturday)

For the poetry reading for Tender Omnibus at LACMA, some of the authors included will read work from the volume of landmark texts chronicling the first 25 years of Tender Buttons Press

A little outside Los Angeles, in Valencia, Kim Gordon is speaking at CalArts

Friday

Bleached are playing a free set at Amoeba Hollywood to celebrate their new album Welcome the Worms

Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours is back this Friday (sold out but limited tickets will be sold after 9:30pm)

Natural History Museum is having its First Friday event with Car Seat Headrest performing along with Night Beats

Martin Starr (Silicon Valley, Party Down) is one of the judges and is playing with his band as part of Literary Death Match at the Ace Hotel. For the match itself four writers read their work (for seven minutes or less) and then are judged and reduced to a final two who compete in a literary game. New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean is one of the writers participating this time.

The Shining is the horror movie this week at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park

Dante Elephante and Cool Ghouls are opening for Mothers at the Echo

Saturday

Deru is performing his concept album 1979 with EFFIXX at The Regent

The biannual open studios Brewery Art Walk downtown begins (free)

As part of the 5th Annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival at Cinefamily, Rob Corddry will be presenting Arthur, and later John Mulaney will present The Burbs

Cool Ghouls are playing at the Hi Hat in Highland Park

Field Music are playing at The Roxy

Sunday

Skirball is having an afternoon of poetry readings for the anthology Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, with actor Wes Bentley, contributors Erika Ayón, liz gonzález, Ron Koertge, and Florence Weinberger presenting poems from the collection. Afterword poets Lynn Emanuel (Then, Suddenly), David Lazar (The Body of Brooklyn), and Tim Seibles (Fast Animal) will read from their respective works.

Help break the world record for largest tea party at the California Science Center with unlimited tea (bring your own cup) and activities with proceeds going to Miriam’s House

The biannual open studios Brewery Art Walk downtown continues from Saturday (free)

Mar 032016
 

Lower Dens- To Die In L.A.

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/3-3/6/16)-

Thursday

​Los Angeles–based artist Laura Owens and art critic and historian Suzanne Hudson discuss the landscape of painting in our city at MOCA Grand Ave (free)

Mar Vista Art Walk is back on Venice Boulevard from Inglewood Boulevard to Beethoven Street

Upset is headlining a free show at Harvard & Stone (free)

La Santa Cecilia is performing live at Amoeba Records and signing their new album

Friday

Lower Dens are playing First Fridays at the Natural History Museum with Gardens & Villa

Every Friday in March in Union Station, dublab and Metro Art are having Music for Train Stations. Inspired by Brian Eno’s 1978 ambient masterpiece, “Music for Airports“ every week there will be a DJ set and live performance- this week it is a DJ set by Ale and a live performance by The Tenses.

At 3pm M. Ward is playing a free show at Amoeba Records in Hollywood and signing his new album

Candis Cayne is hosting Le Bal, a night of drag performances at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel

Friday-Sunday

Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival is screening films all weekend at the Egyptian Theatre

Saturday

The Chinese American Museum is hosting the Los Angeles Lantern Festival with performances, arts and crafts and more (free)

Artists & Fleas is opening its second location (the other is in the Arts District) in Venice

The Theatre at the Ace Hotel is having a special screening of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch Drunk Love with 50 members of Wordless Music Orchestra and wild Up ensemble performing a live orchestral accompaniment

Sunday

Machine Project’s UFO and alien abduction theme continues this Sunday night with a Double Feature with Winona Bechtle and Joe Merrell giving lectures on famous abduction cases and a screening of The UFO Incident starrring James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons ($10)

L.A. Zine Fest is at The Majestic Downtown (free)

Le1f is performing at The Echo with Junglepussy

Ciclavia returns and this time is in The San Fernando Valley

Oct 162014
 

The Bots- 5:17

Things to do in and around Los Angeles this weekend (10/16-10/19)-

Thursday

The Bots are playing a free show at Amoeba Hollywood-http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3126/

Of Montreal are performing at the Mayan theater- http://www.clubmayan.com/events_calendar/event/60

Jim Hodges’ collaborative film Untitled, being shown at the Hammer, is a montage of clips from news organizations, and pop entertainment footage which looks at queer activism and the AIDS epidemic. There will be other showings at the Hammer but this is the only one in the evening- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2014/10/untitled/

Paradise Magazine is having a free event (with free wine) and performances at Akbar- https://www.facebook.com/events/498446293592301/

Massive attack are at the Greek Theater- https://www.greektheatrela.com/events/event_details.php?id=2896

Thursday- Saturday

Culture Collide Festival is at various venues and includes bands from around the world including Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah; Cloud Nothings; Fractures; Quantic; and Monokino; among numerous others- http://www.culturecollide.com/festivals/losangeles/lineup/

Friday

The New Pornographers are playing along with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at the Wiltern- http://www.livenation.com/events/372262-oct-17-2014-the-new-pornographers

Friday and Saturday

All you can eat free pancakes at Pancakes & Booze Art Show, there will also be, as the name suggests- booze and art, as well as live painting, music and a free photo booth, not bad for $5- https://www.facebook.com/events/673049362743408

Saturday

Nas is performing Illmatic (for its 20th anniversary) at The Orpheum theater- http://www.livenation.com/events/387857-oct-18-2014-hennessy-v-s-presents-nas-time-is-illmatic-tour

We’re getting closer to Halloween and Barnsdall Art Park is showing Carriehttp://www.barnsdall.org/events/outdoor-movie-nights/

The Moon Block Party is an all day music festival in Pomona- acts include Spoon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Black Lips and more- http://moonblockparty.org/

Saturday and Sunday

The Beverly Hills Art Show- http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow/?NFR=1

Saturday night and Sunday afternoon Santa Monica Art Studios is having its 10th annual Open Studios event- https://www.google.com/calendar/event?eid=bXNzYjFjZm1lZ2p1dGsyMTM0aDlrM2hoZGsgc2FudGFtb25pY2FhcnRzdHVkaW9zQG0&ctz=

Sunday

Nicole Miller: Believing is Seeing, the artist’s video project is showing at LACMA – http://www.lacma.org/event/nicole-miller-believing-seeing-5

Sep 042014
 

Allah-Las- Buffalo Nickel

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/4-9/7)-

Thursday

John Baldessari and Meg Cranston are speaking at USC (free)- http://roski.usc.edu/calendar/event/910899/graduate-lecture-series-john-baldessari—-meg-cranston?calendar_id=172

OK Go is playing with the Allah-Las at the Santa Monica Pier for the last show of the season (free)- http://smpier.dola.com/event/2014/09/04/okgo

Parisian agency Louis Creative Workshop is having its US Launch party at the W Hotel in Hollywood. The celebration will include live painting by street artists, an art exhibition and the first 50 guests will receive a signed print (free with RSVP) – https://www.facebook.com/events/1526436434237753

It’s the last farmers market of the year at Yamashiro Hollywood- http://www.lacityfarm.com/last-week-for-2014-yamashiro-farmers-market/

Friday

Allah-Las are also playing a free set at Amoeba Records Hollywood- http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3076/

Abbott Kinney First Fridays- http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

The Rentals are at the Fonda with We Are Scientists- http://www.axs.com/events/252778/the-rentals-tickets?skin=thefonda

Saturday

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre has a one night performance of Dancing at Dunbar, taking place at the historic Dunbar hotel- https://heididuckler.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0Si0000005HjN9EAK

Saturday and Sunday

LACMA is having a two day symposium on the topic of Expressionism, coinciding with their current show- http://www.lacma.org/event/symposium-locating-expressionism

Sunday

It’s the 40th anniversary of John Waters’ Female Trouble and it is showing at the Aero Theatre. Fred Armisen and Harper Simon will be there to discuss it- http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/female-trouble-0

MOCA Grand Avenue presents Sunday Studio: Moving Images that Break the Mold– where people of all ages can try making experimental films with technical assistance from MOCA educators before projecting them in mini-screening tents- http://edu.moca.org/calendar/2014-09-07

Jun 242014
 

Kitten- Money

Money is quite different from Kitten’s usual New Wave-y pop style, but it’s interesting to see other ways the band might go in the future. The 80’s influence can certainly be seen in singer Chloe Chaidez’s styling, which is a little reminiscent of Madonna’s Desperately Seeking Susan days.

Kitten is playing a free acoustic set at Amoeba Hollywood on Tuesday, 6/24.