May 032018
 

Anna McClellan- Nail-biting Song

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/3- 5/6/18)

Thursday

Head to Amoeba Records in Hollywood for a free live set from Young Fathers before they open for LCD Soundsystem and Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend

The Aero Theatre is showing a double feature of Idiocracy and All The President’s Men, with Idiocracy writer/director Mike Judge and screenwriter Etan Cohen discussing the films with screenwriter Ken Pisani between the screenings

It’s the first of The Broad’s two Thursday evenings offering free admission to Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth

Johanna Samuels is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Harrison Whitford

MOCA Assistant Curator Lanka Tattersall is leading a walkthrough of MOCA Grand Ave’s exhibition Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin (MOCA admission is free Thursday evenings)

Dante Elephante are playing at The Hi Hat with Veronica Bianqui, The Altons and Lily Waters

Friday

Anna McClellan is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Media Jeweler and Staffers opening

First Fridays returns to the Natural History Museum with performances by Earth Girl Helen Brown and Homeshake, DJs, and a panel discussion on the evolution of Los Angeles as a city

LCD Soundsystem vs Yeah Yeah Yeahs is happening at the Hollywood Bowl (also Saturday)

No Joy are opening for Baths at the El Rey Theatre

Perera Elsewhere is playing at The Hi Hat with Huxley Anne opening

Saturday

ACID-FREE, a three day art book market that includes video screenings, music, talks, readings, and more, is taking place at Blum & Poe today and Sunday with an opening night on Friday (free)

The Gloomies and Jimmy Whispers are opening for Cullen Omori at The Echo

Pianos Become The Teeth, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, and Queen of Jeans are playing at the Bootleg Theater

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Oscuro de Mayo, a free event at Resident with a DJ set by Dave Parley of Prayers and live performances by August Eve and Sister Mantos

Pink Mexico are playing at The Hi Hat with Honus Honus and Cold Beaches opening

Sunday

In conjunction with the exhibition In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art, LACMA is hosting a free panel discussion “regarding how women operate and negotiate their way in Iran as artists, from the perspective of the film and music industries as well as the fine arts.” The panelists are Newsha Tavakolian (Tehran-based artist and documentary photographer, whose work is represented in the exhibition), Dr. Nacim Pak-Shiraz (film historian, University of Edinburgh), and Dr. Nahid Siamdoust (Post-doctoral Associate, Yale University, and author of Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran) and the discussion will be moderated by LACMA curator Linda Komaroff.

Stories Of: Jealousy Edition is taking place at The Regent Theater with storytellers that include Shirley Manson, Aparna Nancherla and Madame Gandhi, DJ sets, live music, and proceeds going to Peace Over Violence

The Rock N Roll Flea Market returns for its monthly free event at The Regent Theater

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

 

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

 

 

Nov 172016
 

Dante Elephante- Pasadena Dreams

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (11/17-11/11/20/16)-

Thursday

Los Angeles musician Devendra Banhart will be performing at MOCA Grand Ave as part of a series of in-gallery programs focusing on core ideas in the exhibition Doug Aitken: Electric Earth (free)

Artist Jack Whitten is giving a talk at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery (free with RSVP)

Death Valley Girls are playing at the Echoplex with Gateway Drugs, C.G. Roxanne and the Nightmares, and Kill A Punk For Rock and Roll with DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, and Dave Foley (Kids in the Hall) hosting

As part of Hammer Museum’s Bureau of Feminism Initiative, they are showing Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman, a film “about a young black lesbian trying to make a film about an obscure 1930s black actress”. Dunye will join curator Erin Christovale after the screening for a discussion. (free)

Rainbow Arabia is playing at Non Plus Ultra with KATIEE

Water Slice, Klangstof, and Slow Talker are playing at The Satellite

Friday

Slow Club are playing at The Echo with Annie Hart

It’s the first night of LA Zoo Lights, the annual  holiday event at the zoo

Ricky Eat Acid is headlining a night at Union

Fartbarf are playing with David and the Curse at El Cid

Saturday

The Great Los Angeles Walk returns and the route this year is Pico Boulevard from downtown to the ocean (free)

REDCAT is hosting The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation (also Sunday)

The Egyptian Theatre is showing a double feature of the Warren Beatty films Shampoo and Heaven Can Wait

Meatbodies are playing with Feels, Melted, and Ivy Leaguers at The Hi Hat

Saturday and Sunday

DesignerCon at the Pasadena Convention Center mixes collectible toys and designer goods with pop art. The event also features panelists and art demonstrations happening over both days

Sunday

Dante Elephante are opening for The Orwells at Resident

Angels Flight Literary West is launching its monthly literary salon series, focused on writing about Los Angeles, at Clifton’s Cafeteria. This week’s authors are Dana Johnson and David Kukoff

For MOCA Grand Ave’s Artists on Artists series, Lauren Halsey will be leading an informal walkthrough of the exhibition Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like A Lady?

L.A. Drones!, Future Shoxxx, TV Heads and more are playing at The Echo for Subspace’s Zine Release Show

 

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)

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

Oct 292015
 

 Vulkano- Choir of Wolves

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/29-11/1/15)-

One quick note before the list- check out my Halloween and Día de Los Muertos post for what there is to do around town for those holidays

Thursday

The Night Gallery downtown is screening Zara Hayes film about painter Derek Boshier “What Do Artists Do All Day?” followed by a Q&A with her, Boshier, and Christoper Finch

Mexican artist Astrid Hadad’s cabaret performances begin at REDCAT (through Sunday 11/1)

Israeli photographer Adi Nes is speaking at Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Bergamot station

Dr. Piotr Naskrecki, nature photographer and entomologist, is speaking at the Annenberg Space for Photography (free)

Friday

Swedish band Vulkano are opening for British band Cheatahs at The Echo

Machine Project is teaming up with CAFAM for a night of pumpkin carving and “some exciting and ghastly chemistry experiments“, $20 includes the pumpkin

Ska orchestra Western Standard Time are playing a free show at One Santa Fe downtown

A Club Called Rhonda is having a pre-Halloween event called Death Becomes Her at the Globe Theater downtown with a lot of indie-electro DJ fun ($35 pre-sale/$50 at the door)

Lot 1 Cafe is hosting “A Nightmare Before Halloween”, a free show with Dante Elephante headlining

Friday through Sunday

Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo is back at the LA Convention Center. Stan Lee, Carrie Fisher, Elvira, William Shatner and more will be in attendance

Saturday (not too many non-Halloween events- for Halloween go here)

Hard Day of the Dead EDM festival begins- Deadmau5 is headlining Saturday with Hot Chip, Future, Flying Lotus, Nero and more; on Sunday Skrillex headlines with A$AP Ferg, Glass Animals and Groove Armada among the many other performers

Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine are playing along with Fartbarf and others at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach (also Friday)

Melvins are headlining a show at The Echo

Sunday

Johnson Hartig, founder of the clothes label Libertine, is in conversation with famous clothes designer Bob Mackie at LACMA for Hartig’s book Libertine: The Creative Beauty, Humor, and Inspiration Behind the Cult Label  (free)

Artist Molly Barnes is speaking at Rosamund Felsen Gallery downtown

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Flea Market is back at the Regent Theater ($2- or free if you eat next door at Prufrock Pizzeria)

Kristen Hersh is in conversation with LA Weekly’s Andy Hermann at Book Soup for her book Don’t Suck Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt and playing later at The Echo