May 192018
 

This weekend head to Hauser & Wirth to check out artist Mark Bradford’s exhibition New Works. His first gallery exhibition in Los Angeles in over fifteen years, the paintings included continue to explore societal issues through his dramatic use of color, and his unique technique- which involves combining layers of printed paper with paint and then cutting into these layers to create intricate patterns and shapes. They are incredible to see in person.

From the press release-

Bradford employs the ‘tools of civilization’ – billboards, merchant posters, newsprint, comics, magazines, and endpapers – to conflate cultural and political forces, and create layers of social commentary in paintings that evoke deep feeling. ‘How we build and destroy ourself are the materials that I’m really interested in,’ the artist once stated, ‘and paper is one of the main ways in which information is displayed.’ Through his rigorous physical approach to the material presence of painting, Bradford has addressed powerful issues of our time, including the AIDS epidemic, the misrepresentation and fear of queer identity, and systemic racism in America. His recent work engages in a broader excavation of American history to raise questions about the preservation of the past and the transference of power.

In the new works on view at Hauser & Wirth, Bradford probes stories found in comic books to question the archetype of the antihero and the influence of the media on contemporary society, while also revisiting misconceptions of black identity and gender as seen in previous works. ‘New Works’ presents paintings that extend the artist’s examination of homophobia and racism in American society, continuing themes explored in Bradford’s multimedia installation ‘Spiderman’ (2015), which was shown at the Hammer Museum in LA in 2015.

Also at the Hauser & Wirth space are two other exhibitions worth checking out- Louise Bourgeois: The Red Sky and Romanian artist Geta Brătescu’s The Leaps of Aesop. All of these shows close 5/20/18.

If you go on 5/19, at 2pm artist Matthew Day Jackson will be discussing his work with curator Hamza Walker, Executive Director of LAXART.

 

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

 

Nov 092017
 

De Lux- Oh Man The Future

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (11/9-11/12/17)-

Thursday

Artist Artemisa Clark will be giving a walk-through and discussing artworks from Hammer Museum’s Radical Women exhibition (free)

Blanck Mass are playing at Resident with Egyptrixx opening

Red Nation Film Festival continues with independent films showcasing the Native American and Indigenous perspective (running until 11/19)

Pete Tong is at the Hollywood Bowl presenting Ibiza Classics with the Heritage Orchestra with a special appearance by Moby

Hovvdy are playing with Jurassic Shark and Young Jesus at the Bootleg Theater

Friday

LA based artists Candice Lin and Miljohn Ruperto will be discussing Lin’s article and Ruperto’s work in the new issue of X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, at Ghebaly Gallery

De Lux are opening for Cut Copy at The Shrine Auditorium

Hamilton Leithauser is playing at the Fonda Theatre with Courtney Marie Andrews opening

Saturday

Artist Zoe Leonard will be discussing her work with curator Hamza Walker at Hauser & Wirth (free but register)

DUBLAB is hosting a free record fair at Zebulon

Shigeto is playing at the Echoplex with Ela Minus opening

Tropicalia Fest is happening at Queen Mary Park with a TON of bands playing including- Los Tigres del Norte, Chicano Batman, Kali Uchis, King Krule, Jhené Aiko, Surf Curse, Thee Commons, Slow Hollows, Red Pears and more

The Dead Ships are playing at The Moroccan Lounge with SPELLES and Velvet opening

Hennessey + Ingalls are having their annual art book sale- a good chance to start getting some holiday gifts (running till 11/12)

Sunday

Artist Sterling Ruby is doing a walk through of the exhibition Mike Kelley: Kandors 1999-2011 at Hauser & Wirth

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is celebrating recently opened site-specific exhibition, Adrián Villar Rojas: The Theater of Disappearance, with free admission all day, DJs and more

It’s the second and last day of DesignerCon at the Pasadena Convention Center

Artist Alex Israel will be in conversation with critic and curator Jack Bankowsky at LACMA Art Catalogues with a book signing and reception to follow (free)

Fazerdaze is playing at The Echo with Common Holly opening

The Grove’s Annual Tree Lighting celebration returns with performances and fireworks

Rebirth Brass Band are playing at the Teragram Ballroom

 

May 042017
 

Day Wave- Something Here

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/4-5/7/17)-

Thursday

Day Wave is giving a free in-store performance at Amoeba Records with a record signing to follow

Hammer Museum is having a free screening of Do Not Resist, a documentary on the militarization of American police, with a discussion to follow with Black Lives Matter founder Patrisse Cullors

MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson is leading a walk-through of the current Carl Andre exhibition at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (free and free entrance to the museum)

The Stevenson Ranch Davidians are playing a free show at Harvard & Stone

Avec Sans are playing at Resident with Fiona Grey

Friday

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Hecho in LA: Taco Madness & Micheladas is taking place at La Plaza de Culturas y Artes downtown, with DJs and live art to go along with the food and drink (free and 21+)

LACMA is having a free screening of an episode of the series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, with a conversation with Bourdain to follow

Chico Mann & Captain Planet, Buyepongo, and QUITAPENAS are performing at the Natural History Museum as part of their First Friday event (and Cinco de Mayo)

The New Beverly is showing a double feature of Terrence Malick’s Badlands and Richard Compton’s Macon County Line

Saturday

Los Angeles Family School is having its daytime Spring Fair 2017 with live music by Moby, The Pop Ups and Freedom Fry

The Eclectic Festival is taking place in Pasadena with an art walk and music that includes OZOMATLI and Irene Diaz (free)

Photographer Robert Herman is giving a lecture at Annenberg Space for Photography on how to self publish a book from start to finish ($15 for lecture only/$50 plus signed book/ $75 book and 20 minute private consultation)

Oddisee and Good Compny are performing at the Regent Theater

The Glitch Mob are playing a DJ set at Exchange LA with Nosaj Thing

Paul Bergmann is headlining a show at The Echo with Bart Davenport and Dimber performing

Sunday

The Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre is having two free site specific dance performance for The 1988 series: Punctuation Station, at Westfield Culver City, and includes a public discussion after (reservation required)

It’s probably a good time to check out the Artists Political Action Network who are having a meeting on Sunday with a voter registration to follow at the American Legion in Highland Park (if you miss this one, meetings are on the first Sunday of every month)

LAXART Executive Director and Curator, Hamza Walker and MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson, will be discussing the Maximalist work of Jason Rhoades at Hauser & Wirth (free but registration recommended)

This is the last night of Feist’s three night visit to the Palace Theatre and at this writing, it’s the only night with pairs of tickets left

Jan 122017
 

Surf Curse- All is Lost

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (1/12-1/15/17)-

Thursday

The theme of the main exhibition for tonight’s Downtown LA Artwalk is “We the People” and check out Indoek’s 27 Frames Art Show, Silent Auction and after party at Think Tank Gallery (free)

Pearl Charles of The Blank Tapes is headlining a night of bands at The Echo that includes Big Search, GospelbeacH, and Golden Daze

MOCA Curatorial Assistant Rebecca Matalon is leading a walk through of Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady? on MOCA Grand Ave’s free night and/or check out the last week of Doug Aitken’s exhibition Electric Earth at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (also free tonight)

Photo LA begins at The Reef (and runs through Sunday, with discounted tickets on Goldstar)

And so does the LA Art Show at the Los Angeles Conventions center

Friday

Surf Curse are playing at the El Rey Theatre with Palm Reader and BOYO

iam8bit gallery and Everything is Terrible! are hosting a free opening party for The Jerry Maguire Video Store, a recreation of a video store except with every video being Jerry Maguire. Check here for additional ticketed performances during the show’s run from tonight until 1/29

DineLA begins and runs through 1/27

The Regrettes are having an album release party at The Echo with Dog Party and Starcrawler

Mike Watt and The Secondmen are playing with DIEGROUP at The Redwood Bar

Potty Mouth are headlining a free show at The Hi Hat with Lindsay B, Fast Friends, and Justus Proffitt

Foxes Magazine is hosting a night of Elvis tributes at The Satellite with a long list of bands that includes The Blank Tapes and Veronica Bianqui

Saturday

Trajal Harrell will be performing a customized version of his dance piece Judson Church Is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure) / Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church in the Hammer Museum courtyard (free, also on Sunday)

Geneva Jacuzzi, Sextile, L.A. Drones, Egrets on Ergot and Second Still are playing at HM157

The Aero Theatre is showing Bob Fosse’s classic film Cabaret

Purity Ring is doing a DJ set for Exchange LA’s Inception night

Sunday

Regen Projects is hosting a conversation between artist Theaster Gates and Hamza Walker, executive director of LAXART

Head to LACMA to experience Ana Prvacki’s Tent, quintet, bows and elbows, “a sculpture, a sound piece, and a performance”. It will be activated at 4:15 with a conversation and book signing to follow. (free)

Comedy collective Power Violence are at The Satellite with guests that include Pete Holmes and band Roses

Feb 182016
 

Dr. Dog- Bring My Baby Back

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/18-2/22/16)-

Thursday

SPEED SHOW LA: Manifesto is a one night art show all taking place on the computers in an internet cafe. This time in Koreatown with over 20 artists participating including Petra Cortright and Yung Jake (free)

Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker are discussing their collaborative work curating Made in L.A. 2016, the Hammer Museum’s biennial, at MOCA Grand Ave (free)

Avid Dancer are playing with Gothic Tropic and Banta at The Echo

Poet Paisley Rekdal is reading at The Hammer Museum (free)

Friday

Dr. Dog are playing at The Wiltern with Hop Along

The Chocolate and Art Show is at KGB Studios in Chinatown with DJs, bands, henna tattoos and of course, chocolate and art (also Saturday)

Human Resources is hosting Meet & Greet 2016 which describes itself as “somewhere in between a party and a science fair: an opportunity meet some of the new & independent arts organizations in Los Angeles” with each participant giving 2-minute presentations (free)

The Dream is playing at The Troubadour

The Seth Bogart Show is a “televisual performance” at The Echo with Seth (formerly of Hunx & His Punx), Geneva Jacuzzi, Chela and Cold Beat

Film School are also playing at The Echo

Saturday

homeLA’s dance performance will take place this time in a private home in Angeleno Heights

For part of their John Sayles weekend programming, Cinefamily is hosting Master Class for which Sayles will be discussing his work before a screening of City of Hope

Questlove will be performing at The Globe Theatre with The Gaslamp Killer opening

Saturday and Sunday

The Air + Style Festival is at Expo Park with J.Cole, HAIM, Danny Brown, A-Trak, Incubus and more over the two days (Goldstar has discount tix)

Sunday

Artist Wyatt Mills is speaking with curator, art critic and author Shana Nys Dambrot at Project Gallery

Keanu Reeves and Alexandra Grant will be discussing their collaborative book Shadows at LACMA’s Art Catalogues (free)

The Festival of (in)Appropriation is back at the Egyptian Theatre with its collection of new film and video artworks made from already existing media

Expert Alterations and Future Death are opening for Ringo Deathstarr at The Echo