Feb 232018
 

Mister Heavenly- Makin’ Excuses

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/23-2/26/18)-

Friday

If you are free earlier in the day The College Art Association is hosting Distinguished Artist Interviews from 3:30-5:30, with Catherine Opie interviewed by Helen Molesworth; The Promise Piece, Ten Years Later– A message from Yoko Ono; and Judy Baca interviewed by Anna Indych-López (free)

The Regent Theatre in Westwood has two screenings of The Room with Tommy Wiseau in person

ICA LA (Institute of Contemporary Art) is hosting Art Buzz: Harald Szeemann– a happy hour tour of the exhibit led by The Good Works Executive Director Elsa Longhauser and Director of Learning and Engagement Asuka Hisa (free but RSVP)

Basia Bulat is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Hayley Gene Penner opening

American Pets are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with LEAN and Tim Atlas

Saturday

Mister Heavenly are playing at the Lodge Room with Healing Gems and Velour Afternoon

It’s the Fourth Annual Bob Baker Day– a free all day carnival celebration that includes marionette performances, musical entertainment, a marching band puppet procession led by DJ Lance Rock of Yo Gabba Gabba, games, workshops, and more

Fowler Museum is hosting an all day event- Symposium: Blackness and the Art of Empowerment in Bahia Brazil, with speakers, artist presentations, a book signing and more

MOCA is hosting the all day event- Feminism and the State: Art, Politics, and Resistance– with a keynote address by artist Martha Rosler, two talks and a roundtable discussion

Skinny Lister are playing an early show at The Echo with Will Varley opening

San Fermin are playing at the Echoplex

Sunday

Hammer Museum is hosting a free screening of Chocolate Babies, Stephen Winter’s political satire, with a Q and A to follow with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy to follow

Artist Mike Kaplan (who created the A Clockwork Orange movie poster) and LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan will be discussing The Art of the Movie Poster at LACMA Art Catalogues (free)

The Lodge is hosting an artist talk and film screening with Chad Attie in conjunction with his current exhibition The Last Island

As part of FLAX (France Los Angeles Exchange) Zebulon is hosting a free event that includes a screening of Animal Glisse by Bertrand Dezoteux, and a performance by Katie Gately

Henry Wolfe and Lucy Arnell are opening for Zoe Sky Jordan at the Bootleg Theater

 

 

 

Feb 092018
 

Spendtime Palace- Sonora

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/8-2/11/18)-

Thursday

Roger Guenveur Smith is will be presenting his solo performance Frederick Douglass Now at CAAM (get there early- they are expecting a large turnout!)

LACMA has a free screening of Anna Deveare Smith’s film of her performance piece, Notes from the Field, with a discussion with Smith to follow (free)

Art historian Thomas Crow will be discussing religion in contemporary art at Hammer Museum

Fu Manchu are playing a free live set at Amoeba Hollywood before their show at The Troubadour on Friday

Friday

Dead Prez are playing at The Roxy with Lyrics Born opening

YACHT are playing at the Lodge Room with French Vanilla opening

Writer Laurie Penny will be discussing science fiction, sexual liberation, intersectional feminism and more at The Last Bookstore (free)

The Big Pink, Collapsing Scenery and Palm Springsteen are playing a free show at Zebulon

Saturday

Artist Catherine Opie will be in conversation with architect Michael Maltzan, and deputy director and curator of LAXART Catherine Taft at Regen Projects

Picture This, at The Virgil, is a live comedy show where the stand-ups are drawn live by animators and cartoonists with unpredictable results (free)

For Rock Lottery, taking place this time at The Echo, 25 different musicians meet at 10 am and are divided into groups of five to create and rehearse songs that are then played at a show that night. This event’s musicians include Mikal Cronin, Mike Watt, Patty Schemel, and Kelcey Ayer.

Simian Mobile Disco and Matthew Dear are playing DJ sets for the LAMP 5 year Anniversary party at 1720

Sunday

Spendtime Palace are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Santoros, The Bash Dogs, and Bear Call opening

Broken Hearts Circus at Angel City Brewery will combine drinks and food with games, a stilt walker, circus performers, live music and more (free)

Froth are one of the bands playing at Part Time Punk’s My Bloody Valentine Nite at The Echoplex

 

Apr 142016
 

Fat White Family- Whitest Boy On The Beach

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/14-4/17-16)-

Thursday

If you missed Fat White Family in Los Angeles you can still catch their crazy live show at The Observatory in Santa Ana with Gateway Drugs

Fahrenheit Gallery downtown is screening Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman with a panel discussion to follow

MOCA Chief Curator Helen Molesworth is leading a walk through of the exhibition  Don’t Look Back: The 1990s at MOCA (free)

Artists Auriea Harvey and Eddo Stern are at LACMA to discuss video games and virtual reality as forms of expression (free but standby)

Downtown Art Walk is celebrating World Art Day with a special exhibition

Friday

Cinefamily is showing Penelope Spheeris’ 1983 film Suburbia, her story of disillusioned suburban LA youth

Peaking Lights and Gavin Hardkiss are playing a Batiste Rhum Party at Resident downtown

Goldie is playing at Los Globos

Odd Nights at The Autry is a free monthly event combining live music, art, a market and a beer garden

The English Beat are playing at The Roxy

Saturday

It’s Record Store Day and there are a bunch of fun events- Amoeba Records has Toby Dammit, Lance Rock and Fred Armisen doing guest DJ sets during the day and then moves the party to Space15Twenty where MNDSGN and Best Coast will DJ and Kevin Morby will perform

It’s also Obscura Day where Atlas Obscura plans multiple offbeat events in cities around the world including Los Angeles

Keith Rocka Knittel’s Everything Must Go! Swap Meet is happening from 5-9pm at Charlie James Gallery in Chinatown with DJ sets, churros, drinks and potentially some things to buy

Saturday and Sunday

Downtown Burbank Arts Festival has over 100 artists showing their work on the four blocks of San Fernando Boulevard between Angeleno Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard

Sunday

MOCA Pacific Design Center is having a screening of the Elizabeth Taylor film Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, to coincide with the Catherine Opie exhibition 700 Nimes Road, which features pictures from Taylor’s Bel-Air home (free)

Dilly Dally, Feels, and The Tissues are playing at The Echo

 

Mar 172016
 

September Girls- Love No One

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/17-3/20/16)-

Thursday

Black Radical Imagination is a touring program of “experimental short films emphasizing new stories from within the African diaspora” showing tonight at MOCA Grand Avenue (free)

Artist Roy Dowell is giving an exhibition walk-through of Hammer Museum’s exhibition Leap Before You Look, and later painter and associate professor and director of graduate studies of painting and printmaking at Yale University, Anoka Faruqee will be giving a lecture on Josef Albers

Tam O’Shanter is having an all day celebration for St. Patrick’s Day

Friday

LACE in Hollywood is having a Feminist Friday Mixer– a “Consciousness-Raising-meets-Happy-Hour” event (free)

PaleyFest continues with the cast of Difficult People and Patton Oswalt moderating

Slow Hollows are playing with Jerry Paper at the Teragram Ballroom

Friday through Sunday

Grrls on Film at Loyola Marymount University is a series of free panels and screenings including  a showing of The Decline of Western Civilization with a discussion afterwords with director Penelope Spheeris on Saturday, and Lost Grrls: Riot Grrl in Los Angeles on Sunday. Also on Sunday is Grrls on Stage with musical sets by Peach Kelli Pop and Kim and the Created, spoken word performances and a fanzine making table

String Theory is performing Remembering Water, a combination of dance, projections and music that incorporates giant harps, at Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica

Friday and Saturday

Crispin Glover is at the Egyptian Theatre presenting “Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show, Part 2,” an hour-long presentation of images from Mr. Glover’s illustrated books accompanied by his dramatic narration” before a showing of his second feature It is Fine! Everything is Fine. On Saturday it’s the “Big Slide Show, Part 1” before a screening of his debut film What is It?. He will also be signing his latest book following both performances.

Saturday

Bergamot Station is having a Spring Fling Event with live music, tango and origami lessons, and plenty of art to check out in the galleries

Chairlift are playing at the El Rey Theatre

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery is having a spoken word event for their current exhibition SKIN with artists Derrick Maddox, Linda Ravenswood and special guests Yosimar Reyes and Maceo Paisely ($5)

Tubing in the LA River may sound crazy- but it’s happening-L.A.ZY River is having a tubing event but you have to email them for the full details. You can also cheer from the sidelines or go to the opening event or after party. (free but bring your own tube)

Blanck Mass is at the Resident in the Arts District

Sunday

September Girls are playing at the Echo

MOCA’s Artists on Artists series continues, this time at the West Hollywood Council Chambers with Miranda July speaking about Catherine Opie and her current exhibition Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road  (free)

As part of Bach in the Subways, there is a Bach Marathon at Union Station with performances throughout the station as well as a dance performance and one that includes the Bob Baker Marionettes (free)

Jan 282016
 

Story of the Running Wolf- Stratospheric

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (1/28-1/31/16)-

Thursday

Story of the Running Wolf is opening for Parade of Lights at the Bootleg Theater

Artist Carlos Betancourt will be speaking and signing his book at Arcana Books in Culver City

Winter are playing at The Echo with Dante Elephante, Summer Twins, The Dream Ride and DJ Honey Power opening

The Soft Moon are playing at The Regent Theater

Holly Herndon is playing at the Teragram Ballroom

Thursday through Sunday

The LA Art Show is at the LA Convention Center- buy tickets online for $5 off $20

Friday

Depart Foundation is having a book release and signing for Marc Horowitz’s book Phillips Auction Catalog, at a McDonalds on Wilshire to stick with the juxtaposition of images of fast food and classic art pieces found in the book

Michelangelo Antonioni’s famous film Blow Up is playing at the Nuart Theatre

Friday through Sunday

Art Los Angeles Contemporary is back at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica- cheaper tickets still available on Goldstar

StARTup Art Fair is at the Highland Gardens Hotel in Hollywood and represents independent artists- cheaper tickets on Goldstar

Friday through Tuesday

Cinefamily Theater is having a David Bowie film marathon which includes- The Hunger (at midnight Friday), Labyrinth, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence and a tribute film to his work as an actor- Cracked Actor: Bowie on Film

Saturday

Museum Free-For-All-Day has free admission to many LA museums including MOCA, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, LACMA and more

Night on Broadway returns this year and features free entertainment and arts programming in 7 of Broadway’s historic theaters, an
on-street festival area featuring booths and pop-up shops from local businesses, and a main stage with bands that include Ozomatli and Aloe Blacc

Kitten is playing at the Fonda Theatre with Hunny & Olivver the Kid

Saturday and Sunday

Fabrik Expo, the sister show to Photo Independent premieres at Willow Studios  downtown

The art fair at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills returns for its third iteration

Sunday

In conjunction with her solo exhibitions at MOCA Pacific Design Center, and at the Hammer Museum, photographer Catherine Opie joins MOCA Chief Curator Helen Molesworth and Hammer Chief Curator Connie Butler for a conversation about the concepts of portraiture, gender, celebrity, and creativity at play in the artist’s photographs at the Hammer (free)

The bands Froth, Hott Mt, and Black Sea will incorporate at least two My Bloody Valentine songs each into their sets at The Echo for Part Time Punks’ My Bloody Valentine Nite

Sep 172015
 

Le Butcherettes- Demon Stuck in Your Eye

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/17-9/9/20)-

Thursday

Le Butcherettes are playing a free acoustic set at Amoeba Hollywood to promote their new album A Raw Youth which includes contributions from John Frusciante and Iggy Pop- http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3457/index.html

designLAb is having its public reception for sixteen art and design exhibitions at the Pacific Design Center- http://www.pacificdesigncenter.com/event/designlab-september-reception/

Jerry Stahl will be at The Last Bookstore to read from Permanent Midnight, his now 20 year old memoir about drug addiction along with writers Joe Clifford and Ryan Leone who will also read from their books about addiction- http://lastbookstorela.com/events/under-the-influence-20-years-of-permanent-midnight-with-jerry-stahl-joe-clifford-and-ryan-leone/

Friday

The students from Ghetto Film School Los Angeles will be screening 10 short narrative films (non-dialogue, six minutes each) at LACMA followed by a Q&A with the students (free)- http://www.lacma.org/event/ghetto-film-school-la-2015

Cinefamily is paying tribute to the late Roddy Piper with a double feature of They Live and Hell Comes to Frogtownhttp://www.cinefamily.org/films/friday-night-frights/#friday-night-frights-roddy-piper-df-feat-they-live-hell-comes-to-frogtown-w-sandy-king-in-person

Dapper Day encourages guests to don their vintage finest at Disneyland, there is also a free Dapper Day Expo at the Disney Hotel- http://dapperday.com/fall-2015-disneyland-ca

Nosaj Thing, Tourist, Jacques Greene, George Maple, Durante are all playing at the Wiltern for The Sound You Needhttp://www.wiltern.com/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/eventdetail&eventId=09004F19FB5642BD&oid=0

Ibeyi are performing at the Mayan Theater- http://www.clubmayan.com/events_calendar/event/91

Saturday

#YESALLWOMEN  is an art auction and fundraiser for the East Los Angeles Women’s Center ($20 ticket includes two drinks)- http://www.yesallwomenart.com/about/

Start getting in the Halloween mood with Cinespia’s showing of Carrie at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery- http://cinespia.org/event/carrie/

LA Cider Fest is at Raleigh Studios with general admission including 2.5 hrs of cider and beer tasting for $65 or sign up for Goldstar and get the VIP for the same price (or $35 for general admission)- http://www.labeerandciderfest.com/

The Music Center is hosting late night party Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours to celebrate DUBLAB’s 16th Anniversary with DJ’s, dancing, silk screening, video and lighting installations, live music and more with artists Devendra Banhart, Peaking Lights and many others scheduled to participate (free but standby only) – http://www.musiccenter.org/sleepless

Groundhog Day is the outdoor movie this week at Barnsdall Park ($15 or for $25 include the wine tasting)- http://www.eventbrite.com/e/september-19th-barnsdall-art-park-foundation-presents-groundhog-day-tickets-18273083284?ref=ebtnebtckt

Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk) is playing songs from his solo record at the Getty for Saturdays off the 405 (free but parking is $10 after 5 $15 before)- http://www.getty.edu/visit/cal/events/ev_533.html

Saturday and Sunday

Mad Decent Block Party is back and performers include Cut Copy, Major Lazer, Vic Mensa and Diplo- http://maddecent.com/events/mad-decent-block-party-los-angeles-2/

Sunday

Bob Colacello, Vanity Fair writer and former editor of Interview magazine is talking with photographer Catherine Opie about his book, Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up, and her book, 700 Nimes Road, at LACMA Art Catalogues (free)- http://www.lacma.org/event/opie-and-colacello

At Luz de Jesus Gallery author Alix Sloan will be discussing and signing her book Launching Your Art Career: A Practical Guide for Artists along with a panel of artists who contributed to the book- http://laluzdejesus.com/launching-your-art-career/#more-15759

Angel City Brewery is having Oktoberfest in September with a full day of festivities- http://angelcitybrewery.com/events/angel-city-oktoberfest/

Danish band Mew are performing a free show at Fingerprints Records in Long Beach- http://fingerprintsmusic.com/finprintswp/live-at-fingerprints/mew-live-in-store-performance/

Sep 122015
 

Thomas Demand

Catherine Opie

Florian Maier-Aichen

Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition, organized by UCLA art department professor Russell Ferguson and currently at the Hammer Museum, is an engaging exploration into the concept of creating a photograph.

From the museum’s statement:

When we say of a portrait that it is a perfect likeness, we mean not just that it accurately delineates its subject. There is a further implication that the image penetrates beyond surface appearance to give us some deeper sense of the person depicted. The same logic can be applied more broadly. There was a time when it seemed a plausible goal for the artist to resolve a picture so conclusively that the result of his or her work would potentially transcend simple representation to reveal the essence of the subject. Today such a project might seem naïve.  We are glutted with images. What single picture might separate itself from this flood? Any such attempt to make such a work will lead inevitably to the question of composition. This issue is perhaps most urgent for artists working in in photography, a medium that now pervades every corner of daily life. The exhibition Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition looks at artists’ work with carefully composed photographic images.

The images chosen for the exhibition are often not exactly what they seem on first glance. Thomas Demand’s Diving Board is actually a model created in cardboard and paper. Florian Maier-Aichen’s La Brea Avenue in the Snow was inspired by a historical photo which he then created by drawing in snow on to his photo of Los Angeles houses and adding cars from different eras. Catherine Opie’s portrait of artist Lawrence Wiener appears at first like a Rembrandt painting but it’s the details within the image that draw you in for another look.

There are so many incredible images in the exhibition, it’s hard not to want to talk about them all. Check it out this weekend for free with two exhibition tours given by Russell Ferguson on Sunday (it closes 9/13/15).

(images via Hammer Museum and Art in America)

Jun 252015
 

Basement Jaxx- Where’s Your Head At

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/25-6/29/15)-

Thursday

MOCA Grand Avenue is screening Take None, Give None, a documentary about the nation’s first racially integrated motorcycle club (free)- http://sites.moca.org/the-curve/screening-take-none-give-none/

Nosaj Thing is performing a free set and signing his new album Fated at Amoeba Records in Hollywood- http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3354/

Griffith Park’s free Shakespeare in the Park festival begins tonight. This year it’s Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing- http://www.iscla.org/

Friday

Miwa Matreyek is performing two shows for free at Union Station of her multimedia work which involves her shadow interacting with projected animation- https://www.facebook.com/events/880621822020716/

Lucky Dragons are the artists/performers for this session of Friday Flights at the Getty Center- http://www.getty.edu/visit/cal/events/ev_501.html

The Echo is having a pre-party for Lolipalooza 2 with a lineup including Tropical Popsicle, and The Memories- $12 or free with Lolipalooza 2 ticket- http://www.theecho.com/event/885563-lolipalooza-2-pre-party-los-angeles/

Gardens & Villa are playing at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock- http://fyfpresents.com/2015/gardens-villa/

The Lovely Bad Things are at The Smell- http://www.thesmell.org/

Saturday

MOCA Grand Ave is having a panel and book signing in conjunction with the release of Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles, with artists Zoe Crosher, Bettina Hubby, Michael Shields, and Ed Templeton and moderated by David L.Ulin of the Los Angeles Times. The artists will “share their distinct visions of the city’s visual landscape”. (free)- http://sites.moca.org/the-curve/panel-and-book-signing-five-artists-in-search-of-a-city/

Lolipop Records and the Echo present Lolipalooza 2 with a list of bands that includes White Fence, Cosmonauts, Corners, Winter, So Many Wizards and more- http://www.theecho.com/event/837711-lolipalooza-2-los-angeles/

Roses, Dunes, Sandlot, and DYGL are all playing a house show downtown for $5 with free beer- https://www.facebook.com/events/1604144926516758/

The Roots are at Club Nokia with Erykah Badu- http://www.clubnokia.com/events/detail/271821

Chinatown Summer Nights returns with live music from The Janks as well as other bands, cooking demonstrations, acrobatic shows, a beer garden, DJs, and more- http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventcategoryId=4&eventId=424

Tijuana Panthers are headlining Summer and Music a free festival in Long Beach- http://summerandmusic.com/

Sunday

Basement Jaxx are at the Hollywood Bowl with Bootsy’s Rubber Band featuring Bootsy Collins and Tuxedo opening- http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/basement-jaxx-bootsys-rubber-band-featuring-bootsy-collins-tuxedo/2015-06-28

For the panel discussion Photography and Composition at the Hammer Museum, Thomas Demand, Elad Lassry, and Catherine Opie will discuss themes in the exhibition Perfect Likeness with curator Russell Ferguson- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/06/photography-and-composition/

Devendra Banhart is talking with Zach Pennington, the head writer of the awesome LA app 5 Every Day, at LACMA’s Art Catalogues. There will be a DJ for the reception and a performance with Banhart’s band as well as a book signing (free)- http://www.lacma.org/event/devendra-banhart

All weekend

The BET Experience is taking place at LA Live with a mix of free (including a Janelle Monae performance) and ticketed events- http://www.bet.com/bet-experience/2015/schedule.html

Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) has events all weekend to celebrate the culmination of The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, which had different artists putting up billboards along Interstate 10. Events include film screenings, artist talks, bus tours of the city, workshops and more- http://nomadicdivision.org/exhibition/the-manifest-destiny-billboard-project-2/

May 102014
 

melaniewillhidevonlintelgallery

Melanie Willhide- T and V, Mesa Elks, 2008

Farrah Karapetian has put together a wonderful collection of photographs from various artists for Von Lintel Gallery’s inaugural exhibition in Los Angeles titled Lay of the Land. It’s fitting then that the artists in the show, including Zoe Crosher, Ed Ruscha, and Catherine Opie, are primarily based in Los Angeles and that many of the photos have a connection to Los Angeles in some way.

Farrah Karapetian is both an artist and a curator. She also recently curated the excellent Unsparing Quality at Diane Rosenstein Fine Art.

This show closes 5/10.

Dec 052013
 

The Bangles- Hazy Shade of Winter (Simon and Garfunkel Cover)

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend-

Thursday (12/5)

Two interesting talks tonight-

Also on Thursday-

Friday (12/6)-

Saturday (12/7)-

Sunday (12/8)-