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

Feb 092017
 

Austra- I Love You More Than You Love Yourself

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/9-2/12/17)-

Thursday

Austra is playing at the El Rey Theatre with The Range

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst will be discussing their six year photo collaboration at Annenberg Space for Photography (free but you have to register)

Downtown LA Art Walk returns for its monthly event

Artist Thomas Houseago will be discussing Max Ernst for MOCA’s Artists on Artists series at their Grand Avenue location (free)

Hanni El Khatib is playing at the Teragram Ballroom

Michael Nau is playing with Valley Queen at Resident

Mr. Elevator is having an album release party at The Echo with Vinyl Williams and Drugdealer

Friday

Wax Tailor is playing at The Fonda Theatre with L’Orange

The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica is showing The Man Who Fell to Earth, starring David Bowie, with a discussion with cinematographer Tony Richmond to follow

Brazilian band Boogarins are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Winter opening

Mating Ritual is playing at The Hi Hat with Satchmode

Saturday

Clockshop and the National Park Service are having an afternoon of outdoor activities along the LA River at the Bowtie Project, including nature walks, a sculpting workshop, and a campfire with s’mores after sunset (free with RSVP)

NELA’s (Northeast LA) Second Saturday Gallery Night returns to Highland Park

Tyvek are playing at The Hi Hat with Fred Thomas

The Egyptian Theatre is hosting a double feature of David Lynch’s Wild at Heart and The Wizard of Oz

Heron Oblivion are playing with White Magic at the Bootleg Theater

Sunday

Animal Collective are playing a DJ set the Globe Theatre

LACMA CEO Michael Govan will be discussing furniture, art and architecture with Flavin Judd at LACMA’s Art Catalogues (free)

The Rose Bowl Flea Market returns for its monthly event

The Egyptian Theatre is showing Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Sep 012016
 

Night Beats- Power Child

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/1-9/4/16)-

Thursday

Night Beats are playing at the Echoplex with C.G. Roxanne and the Nightmares, Vanilla, and L.A. Witch

Matthias Müller’s Home Stories and Ida Lupino’s The Bigamist are being shown this week as part of The Broad’s film series Doll Parts ($12 includes night access to the full museum)

Get creative for CraftNight: Recycled Puppet Making Workshop with Invertigo Dance Theatre at the Craft & Folk Art Museum ($8 includes materials, drinks and snacks)

LACMA is having a free screening of Kicks, writer/director Justin Tipping’s debut film, with the director and actors discussing the film afterwords

Unknown Mortal Orchestra are playing a free concert at the Santa Monica Pier with Steady Holiday

Friday

Film composer John Williams (of Star Wars fame) returns to the Hollywood Bowl to conduct music from various films with a selection of clips projected on the big screen (also Saturday and Sunday)

The LA County Fair returns to the Fairplex in Pomona and runs until the end of the month

Dance Downtown is at the Music Center- this time with a disco theme (free)

Saturday

Cinespia is showing Alfred Hitchock’s The Birds at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Cinefamily is showing the David Bowie concert film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in Barnsdall Art Park

Melissa Brooks & The Aquadolls are headlining a show at The Echo

Love The Lord of the Rings Trilogy? You can see them all, in their extended versions, for $15 at the Aero Theatre today from 1pm

Fiesta Hermosa, billed as the “Largest Arts & Crafts Fair in Southern California”, returns to Hermosa Beach for the weekend (including Monday)

Sunday

Mykki Blanco is headlining a show at Union Nightclub

Cinespia is showing True Romance at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

It’s the last night of the last weekend to see free Shakespeare (The Tempest) in Griffith Park

L.A. Drones are part of the electronic band lineup for the last night of Complex’s three night concert series Manufactured in Los Angeles

Sex Stains are having an album release party at The Echo with The Side Eyes and Egrets on Ergot

 

 

Jan 282016
 

Seu Jorge- Changes

There were rumors that Kanye might make an album of David Bowie covers, but there is already a great one that exists. Brazilian artist and actor (he was also in the excellent City of God), Seu Jorge, created Portuguese cover versions of several Bowie songs for the Wes Anderson film, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.  Several of the songs are in the film, while others are only on his album The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions Featuring Seu Jorge.

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

Jan 212016
 

David Bowie- Playing Himself on Extras

David Bowie’s work as an actor varied throughout his career, from playing a vampire with Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon in The Hunger, to a goblin king in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. But he also had a great sense of humor which can be seen in his cameo in Zoolander and this moment playing himself in Ricky Gervais’s Extras.

Jan 212016
 

David Bowie- Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide (from the film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars)

This video is footage from the documentary film of Bowie’s final concert as the stage persona Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon in July of 1973, and was directed by Donn Alan “D.A.” Pennebaker.

It’s been almost two weeks since David Bowie died and it’s still hard to believe he’s gone. A singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actor and fashion icon- he was an exceptional artist and innovator throughout his career.

His final album Blackstar was released two days before he died and the video below for Lazarus was released less than a week before that. It’s a stunning creative work made more poignant as he was clearly aware of his impending death while making it.

David Bowie’s legacy will live on in the artists he’s influenced, and those he will continue to influence in the years to come. He was an inspiration to so many, including myself. He will be missed, but we are lucky to have so much of his work to enjoy and discover.