Nov 022017
 

Hott MT- Tranceforming

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (11/2-11/5/17)-

Thursday

MOCA Grand Avenue is having a free (but RSVP) music night with DJDS, DJ Frosty, Wyldeflower and Deejay.fm

At The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, architect Liam Young will be discussing artist Adrián Villar Rojas and his current MOCA exhibition (free)

Daniel Johnston is playing at the Orpheum Theatre

Artist Nao Bustamante will be discussing certain works on a walk-through Hammer Museum’s Radical Women exhibit. There will also be music for Latinas Out Loud:Ayer Es Hoy with Sotomayor, Sin Color and Chulita Vinyl Club performing (free)

Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha are playing at The Echo with JJUUJJUU

Friday

Metro Art is screening Agnés Varda’s film Mur Murs at Union Station as part of its series of documentaries about Los Angeles (free)

A Giant Dog are playing with Wild Wing and Chief White Lightning at the Bootleg Theater

The Drums are playing at the Fonda Theatre with Methyl Ethel (also Thursday, and Saturday with Slow Hollows)

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Ian Sweet opening

Yaeji is having an EP release party at El Cid

Saturday

Grand Ave Arts All Access has free admission and events planned all day at many of the cultural institutions located on Grand Ave including MOCA and the LA Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Grand Park still has its altars for Día de los Muertos up until Sunday

Wand are playing at the Hi Hat with Lars Finberg and Olga opening

Self Help Graphics are having a Día De Los Muertos Celebration

“Weird Al “Yankovic, John Stamos, Elle King and more will be singing iconic songs from the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory film as it plays on the Hollywood Bowl movie screen

Dopium.LA is a one night event in Chinatown where artists will create “original pieces to bring the plaza (aka the “Canvas”) to life through mixed media, from sculptures, paintings and photographs to video and light projections” plus music, food and drink (free but register)

Ministry are playing at the Hollywood Palladium with Death Grips opening

Saturday and Sunday

ComplexCon’s two day event has performers that include N.E.R.D., A-Trak, A$AP Ferg, M.I.A., Young Thug, Gucci Mane, D.J.Khaled; as well as panels, an art exhibition, shopping and more

Sunday

Hott MT are opening for Reptaliens and Fawns of Love at the Echoplex

Artist Ellen Gallagher will be in conversation with LACMA curator Christine Y. Kim at Hauser & Wirth, where Gallagher’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles is currently on view (free but register)

Yelle is playing at Resident with Lewis OfMan opening

The Rock N Roll Flea Market returns to The Regent Theater (free)

 

Oct 282017
 

Today in Los Angeles celebrate Día de Los Muertos at the huge Hollywood Forever celebration which will have ceremonial altars, theatrical performances, Aztec Ritual Dancers, face painting, food trucks, a marketplace,  music that includes Aterciopelados, Cuco, Ximena Sariñana, Very Be Careful, La Chamba, and more.  Get there early, it gets very crowded.

You can also celebrate the holiday in Grand Park- the altars will remain set up until 11/5, but tonight is Noche de Ofrenda, which will feature traditional dance and prayer led by the local indigenous community, as well as Los Angeles-based poets and musicians.

 

Oct 262017
 

Beach Fossils- Down the Line

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/26-10/29/17)-

Thursday

Coaxials Arts and Cathode Cinema are hosting the Super Spooktacular Halloween Show– with “spooky and weird” films, live performances and more

The Greek Theatre is showing Shaun of the Dead, with all attendees getting a free t-shirt (while they last)

The Blank Tapes are opening for Delicate Steve at the Moroccan Lounge plus King Tuff are playing a DJ set

Busdriver is playing with jazz ensemble The Underground Railroad at Zebulon

Friday

FIGat7th is having an all day (til 8pm) Day of the Dead Celebration, with sugar skull face painting, tequila tasting, and live DJs

For The Charlie Factory at The Standard Downtown LA, artist Charlie le Mindu is hosting a series of nights with different performers- tonight it is Peaches and Black Cracker

Rozwell Kid and Mylets are opening for The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die at The Echo

Miss Kittin, Keoki and more are playing Sex Cells’ night at Resident

Thievery Corporation are playing at the Hollywood Palladium

Saturday

For the 18th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, there will be face painting, altars, a market, food, and performances by musicians Aterciopelados, Cuco, Ximena Sariñana, Very Be Careful and La Chamba

Grand Park begins it’s Día de los Muertos celebrations this evening with Noche de Ofrenda, a celebration that includes traditional dance and prayer led by the local indigenous community, as well as Los Angeles-based poets and musicians (altars are up through Nov 5)

Roky Erickson is playing at The Roxy with Death Valley Girls opening

For The Charlie Factory at The Standard Downtown LA, artist Charlie le Mindu is hosting a series of nights with different performers- tonight it is Kembra Pfahler from The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black

Broken Social Scene are playing at The Wiltern with The Belle Game opening

Saturday and Sunday

The Growlers are hosting a music festival at the LA Waterfront in San Pedro with a huge list of great performers including-Beach Fossils, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Girl Talk, Danny Brown, Dan Auerbach, La Luz, Rostam, Frankie Cosmos, Beth Ditto, Butthole Surfers, and many more

Heritage Square Museum is hosting Halloween & Mourning Tours where you can learn about death and mourning etiquette during the Victorian era

Sunday

LACMA is hosting Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Day: Celebration and Film Screening– with short films, a Q & A with veteran filmmakers, and a reception to follow (free)

It’s the last day of Stan Lee’s Comic Con at the LA Convention Center (runs from Friday)

Slowdive are playing at The Wiltern with Cherry Glazerr opening

Livingmore are playing with Nightgown, Rival Cavves, and Ever So Android at The Echo

For The Charlie Factory at The Standard Downtown LA, artist Charlie le Mindu is hosting a series of nights with different performers- tonight it is Ssion and Princess Vitarah

 

Sep 072017
 

Freedom Fry- Shaky Ground

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/7-9/10/17)-

Thursday

The Regrettes and The Paranoyds are playing a free show at the Dr. Martins Store in  Studio City- RSVP here

Musician and writer Tim Kasher is screening his debut feature film at the Bootleg Theater with a concert and Q & A to follow

LACMA has a free screening of an episode of One Mississippi and includes a conversation with Tig Notaro, executive producer Kate Robin, and some of the cast

For the third installment of Paul McCarthy’s free outdoor film series at Hauser & Wirth, the films are Heidi and Waterworld

Chance The Rapper’s brother Taylor Bennett is also a rapper and he’s performing at the Echoplex tonight with Melo Makes Music

New Mystics are playing at The Echo with HOTT MT, The Red Pears and Yeses opening

Irish punk band Stiff Little Fingers are playing at the El Rey Theatre with Death By Unga Bunga opening

Fruit Bats are playing a solo set with Jed Maheu opening at Resident

Friday

The Ohana Music Fest starts today at Doheny State Beach with Social Distortion, Pixies, TV On The Radio, The Orwells and more- it’s not cheap though- each night is $100+ (continues Saturday with Eddie Vedder headlining  and Sunday with Jack Johnson headlining)

To celebrate the life of Jeanne Moreau, the Aero Theatre is showing a double feature- La Notte and Diary of a Chambermaid (Saturday they are showing Jules and Jim and Bay of Angels)

The Wiltern is showing Easy Rider with a live band providing the soundtrack

Corbin & Shlohmo are playing at The Novo

Kolars are playing at The Echo with Livingmore and Moded opening

 

Saturday

Sunstock Solar Arts & Music Festival returns for its second year with bands Freedom Fry, Robert DeLong, Ra Ra Riot, Fuzzy Crystals, and more

ICA LA (Institute of Contemporary Art) is having it’s Grand Opening Weekend with exhibition tours, talks, performances, workshops and more (free, also on Sunday)

It’s the second day of the Day N Night Fest in Anaheim and tonight Chance The Rapper, SZA, Vic Mensa, Earl Sweatshirt, Lil Uzi Vert, and Playboi Carti are just some of the many performers (Travis Scott headlines Friday)

Pamela M. Lee, Osgood Hooker Professorship in Fine Arts, Stanford University, will be at LACMA to discuss the art scenes in New York and Los Angeles at the time Virginia Dwan operated her galleries in the two cities. The free lecture is in conjunction with LACMAs current exhibition Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971

For the opening of their exhibition at Gavlak Gallery, Los Super Elegantes will be performing a medley of their greatest performances

Lemaitre are playing at the El Rey Theatre with Blackbird Blackbird and STANAJ opening

Sunday

As part of the second day of events for ICA LA’s Grand Opening Weekend, leading scholars of Latin American art and culture Josh Kun, Rubén Gallo, and James Oles will join conservator Harriet Stratis to discuss the life and work of Martín Ramírez (free, register here)

It’s the last night to see The Muppets Take The Bowl and catch the fireworks at The Hollywood Bowl

It’s the last day (and night) of the Day N Night Fest– Kendrick Lamar is performing with a huge list of performers that includes YG, 21 Savage and Princess Nokia

Grand Park is hosting the Beat Swap Meet- a chance to score some vinyl and check out some b-boy and b-girl moves (free)

Mar 092017
 

Los Angeles Police Department- Grown

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/9-3/12/17)-

Thursday

Los Angeles Police Department are opening for LVL UP and Palm at The Echo

Hauser & Wirth is screening Jason Rhoades, The Artist Speaks, which gives more perspective on the artist’s installations at the gallery (free)

Japandroids are playing at The Fonda Theatre

For LACMA’s Bring the Noise series, tonight they are pairing a live performance by the band YACHT scoring the film Alien

Downtown Art Walk’s theme this month is Herstory, and includes a one night only exhibition of women artists for Women’s History Month

Death by Unga Bunga are playing with The Fontaines at The Satellite

Warbly Jets are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Twin Temple, Gutxi Bibang, and Starcrawler

Friday

Art Night Pasadena returns for its biannual event with free museums, music, and performances and free shuttles to take you to the different locations. You can also combine it with Old Pasadena’s Happy Hour Week (running until 3/17)

Terry Malts is playing at The Hi Hat with Acid Tongue, Wyatt Blair and Gabbi Green

The Egyptian Theatre is showing a Terrence Malick double feature, with two of his best- Badlands and Days of Heaven

Lady Lamb is playing with Dustin Lovelis at the Bootleg Theater

Chastity Belt are playing with Summer Cannibals, Lisa Prank and Mint Field at Resident

The Molochs are playing with Feels, Franky Flowers, and Surfbort at The Echo

Pure Bathing Culture are playing at the Echoplex with Big Search, Ablebody, and American Nights

Saturday

Trisha Brown Dance Company will be performing In Plain Site starting at Chris Burden’s Urban Light sculpture at LACMA (free)

The Creation Factory and Gateway Drugs are opening for The Warlocks at The Hi Hat

Grand Park is hosting Downtown Bookfest, with performances (including one by Cut Chemist), readings and activities

Alex Lahey is playing at The Echo with Emerson Star, and Liv Slingerland

Cinefamily is screening John Carpenter’s They Live (also Sunday)

Bambu  is performing with DJ Phatrick at the Bootleg Theater

Sunday

Trisha Brown Dance Company will be performing In Plain Site again, and this time the location is Hauser & Wirth

With LA experiencing a housing shortage, it’s a good time to brush up on tenant rights and LACE is hosting the Los Angeles Tenants Union Workshop for Artists- Know Your Rights & Gentrification 101

The Egyptian Theatre is showing Terrence Malick’s epic film Tree of Life

Soviet Soviet are playing with The Wraith and DETH CRUX for Part Time Punks night at the Echoplex

 

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.

Aug 042016
 

Dilated Peoples- Show Me The Way ft. Aloe Blacc

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/4-8/7/16)-

Thursday

Dilated Peoples and The Visionaries are playing The Official 2Mex Benefit Show at The Regent Theater

Tickets are still available for the Iris Nights Lecture Series at the Annenberg Space for Photography with Heather McClintock and Colin Finlay (free)

Artist Wu Tsang will be discussing filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl for MOCA’s Artists on Artists series (free)

The Theatre at the Ace Hotel is screening Toro y Moi: Live From Trona with a Q &A afterwards and an after party with a Toro y Moi DJ set

Natalia Lafourcade is playing a free show at the Santa Monica Pier with Monsieur Periné

For The Broad’s film series Doll Parts, there will be a screening of Paul McCarthy’s Cultural Soup and David Schmoeller’s Tourist Trap ($12 ticket also includes entrance to the Cindy Sherman exhibition)

Mother Feather are playing a free show at the Bootleg Theater

Thursday- Saturday

It’s the final weekend of the New Original Works Festival 2016 at REDCAT

Friday

For its 50th anniversary, Ford Theatres will be screening Tiempo de Morir, based on Gabriel García Márquez’s short story, which was adapted by Carlos Fuentes and Márquez for film.  Film director Rodrigo García, Márquez’s son, will be discussing it with the co-founder of Libros Schmibros, David Kipen. before the screening. ($18)

Brew at the L.A. Zoo combines live music, DJ’s, and craft beer with pop up keeper talks and “close up animal encounters” ($65 includes beer samples)

HAELOS are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Golden Daze

Saturday

Blitzen Trapper are playing opening for Kansas as part of Pershing Square’s free concert series

Theater director Peter Sellars will be in conversation with Gronk at CAFAM

Proud + Outfest Movie Night in Grand Park is a free outdoor movie (Moulin Rouge!) and live music event

Tijuana Panthers are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with The Buttertones

Details are still limited but so far Audacity and No Age will be among the bands playing Save The Smell Fest, an event to raise money for the venue. Tickets are $25 but the location is still unknown (although it will probably be downtown)

Sunday

Sufjan Stevens is playing along with Kurt Vile and the Violators and Ibeyi at the Hollywood Bowl

DTLA Proud Festival has performances, parties, a pop-up water park and more to celebrate the revitalization of DTLA and the growing LGBT community ($10)

The Rock ‘N ‘Roll Flea Market returns to the Regent Theater (free)

May 052016
 

Bleached- Wednesday Night Melody

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/5-5/8/16)-

Thursday

Bleached are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with NO PARENTS and Feels

Writer Lawrence Weschler will be speaking with painter Ramiro Gomez at the Hammer Museum

Beach Slang are headlining a show at the Troubadour

Juliana Barwick is playing at Highland Park Ebell with Mas Ysa

Friday

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals are performing a free show at Amoeba Hollywood

There’s a Prince Tribute at City Hall (free)

Cinefamily is closing their Underground USA film festival with Richard Linklater’s debut film Slacker

Friday and Saturday

The Pancakes & Booze Art Show returns to Los Angeles- $5 gets you free pancakes, along with art, musical performances and more

Friday through Sunday

Hammer Museum along with The Institute for Art and Olfaction and Luckyscent/Scent Bar is hosting the AIX Scent Fair with workshops and panels and a party on Saturday hosted by Zackary Drucker (free)

Saturday

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) is having Feminism 4.0, a panel discussion and launch party for Artillery’s May/June Photography Issue (free)

Grand Park is having Downtown Bookfest with performances, readings, activities and pop up bookshops

Big Freedia, aka The Queen of Bounce, is performing at The Regent

Saturday and Sunday

Echo Park Craft Fair returns to Mack Sennett Studios with high quality local vendors ($10)

RuPaul’s DragCon is at the LA Convention Center with celebrity guests, contestants from Drag Race, panel discussions, and more

Sunday

The Egyptian Theatre is having a double feature for Mother’s Day of Rosemary’s Baby and David Cronenberg’s The Brood

 

Apr 212016
 

Vetiver- Wonder Why

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/21-4/24/16)-

Thursday

Bent Shapes are playing with Shark Toys at the Bootleg Theater

As part of MOPLA (Month of Photography LA), Adhesive & Co. is having Instagram Jam, a curated and projected photo exhibition at Smashbox Studios (free with RSVP)

Angel City Brewery is teaming up with the Natural History Museum for an educational program about bugs in Los Angeles and a special “Bug Juice” will be served (not made of bugs) -all to help celebrate Earth Day

Blackbird Blackbird are playing with Chad Valley at The Echo

Nosaj Thing is playing at The Regent Theater

Thursday and Friday

356 Mission gallery is hosting Just Speak Nearby: The Politics & Practices of Art Writing, with the Trinh T. Minh-ha film Reassemblage (1982, 40 min) and a lecture on Thursday and a day of speakers and performances on Friday including Dynasty Handbag

Friday

Vetiver are playing at The Troubadour

Grand Park is having an Earth Day event from 9am-2pm where you can rid yourself of e-waste, check out some artwork and get a free tree

Cinefamily is showing Michael Rappaport’s documentary film about A Tribe Called Quest, Beats, Rhymes & Life, as a tribute to Phife Dog with proceeds to be donated to his family

The Aero Theatre is showing a George Kennedy double feature- Cool Hand Luke / The Human Factor

Saturday

Tennis System are one of the many artists playing Broke LA (formerly Brokechella) which highlights lesser known acts at their music and arts festival in downtown Los Angeles ($20)

Story of the Running Wolf are opening for Battle Tapes at The Hi Hat in Highland Park

The Situation Room in Eagle Rock is having their second annual Femmes’ Video Art Festival, showing contemporary video art this weekend and next. The screening is free, outdoors, and there will be snacks.

Puro Instinct is playing along with Mode, and Cellars at El Cid

Sunday

The Long Beach Zine Festival is a free event with exhibitions and talks happening at the Museum of Latin American Art with Avi Buffalo performing

Obsessed with Making a Murderer? Steven Avery’s lawyers Dean Strang and Jerry Buting will be at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel to discuss the case, a possible sequel to the series, and more ($60)

Several of David Domingo’s Super 8 films are being shown at the Egyptian Theatre with Domingo present at the screening

Brentwood is having their Spring Arts Festival