Feb 152019
 

Mike Krol- What’s The Rhythm

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/15- 2/17/19)-

Friday

Hauser & Wirth is hosting the world premiere of CSSC – It Begins – The Coach The Skull and the US premiere of DADDA – Poodle House Saloon, two new films by Los Angeles artist Paul McCarthy, at The Montalbán Theater in Hollywood (free)

LACMA will be running artist Martha Fiennes moving-image artwork Yugen free all day in the Bing Theater with a discussion at 6pm with the artist and actor Julian Sands

Art Buzz returns to ICA LA with a happy hour tour of Maryam Jafri’s I Drank the Kool-Aid But I Didn’t Inhale led by curator Jamillah James and Director of Learning and Engagement Asuka Hisa, followed by refreshments (free)

Miya Folick is playing at the Lodge Room with Barrie and Kingsbury opening

The 6th Annual Dre Day Los Angeles is taking place at the Echoplex with special guests Battlecat and DJ Melo-D of The Beat Junkies and an evening of Dre-related music

Marc Almond of Soft Cell will be performing a “best of ” set at the Globe Theatre along with a DJ set by Hercules & Love Affair, a performance by The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black and more for Sex Cells 2 year anniversary

Storefront Church, Orchin, Harrison Whitford, and Michael Vidal are playing at the Bootleg Theater

 

Saturday

Mike Krol is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Vertical Scratchers and Heflin opening

In conjunction with Frieze Art Fair and Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Bergamot Station is hosting Art + Brunch, 20+ gallery exhibitions and brunch bites throughout the complex (free)

Or get up early (7am!) and have breakfast at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA as part of their collaboration with Frieze Los Angeles. It will be followed by conversations between MOCA Director Klaus Biesenbach, Hans Ulrich Obrist and artists Lauren Halsey, Korakrit Arunanondchai, and Luchita Hurtado plus free admission to their current exhibitions

At Hammer Museum, artists Kandis Williams and Devin Troy Strother join gallery director Ebony L. Haynes for a discussion about “the contemporary tensions of presenting the black body as it relates to sexuality, politics, and history” (free)

Writer Doreen St. Felix will be speaking with Amandla Stenberg at The Underground Museum and it’s the last weekend to see Deana Lawson: Planes

Broncho are playing at the Lodge Room with Pinky Pinky opening

Facial and SLUGS are opening for JR Slayer at The Hi Hat

 

Sunday

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is hosting a free panel discussion on Zoe Leonard’s fictional work The Fae Richard Photo Archive. The history, form and content of the work as well as its current relevance will be discussed by a panel that includes filmmaker Garrett Bradley, noted art historian Huey Copeland, and MOCA Associate Curator Lanka Tattersall with former MOCA Assistant Curator Rebecca Matalon moderating. The work is part of the current exhibition Zoe Leonard:Survey and can be seen at the museum as part of their free weekend admission.

LACMA is hosting a discussion of the legacy of artist Charles White in conjunction with the exhibition Charles White: A Retrospective, with Ilene Susan Fort, the museum’s curator emeritus of American art and curator of the Los Angeles venue of the exhibition; Ian White, son of Charles White, an artist in his own right and archivist of his father’s work; Judithe Hernández, renown contemporary artist and one of Charles White’s students; Kellie Jones, Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology in African American Studies at Columbia University; and Peter Clothier, noted writer and art critic. (free but tickets required)

At ICA LA, photographer Lucas Blalock and ICA Curator Jamillah James will be discussing his work in conjunction with his solo exhibition at the museum

Mikey Carnevale of The Frights is playing at The Roxy with The Grinns

Milk. are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Andy Fonda and Superbloom opening

 

Art Fairs running all weekend

Art Los Angeles Contemporary is at the Barkar Hangar ($29 + fees) and there will be a free shuttle to the stARTup Art Fair ($15 + fees online) at The Kinney Hotel if you want to do both in the same day

Frieze Los Angeles is taking place at Paramount Pictures Studios but there are currently only tickets available for the Curated Program which includes the outdoor Studios backlot, artist projects, film and talks but not the indoors gallery section ($20 and only available on Sunday as of this writing)

At The Stalls at Skylight ROW DTLA is the inaugural SPRING/BREAK Art Show ($20 + fees)

Superfine! Art Fair is taking place at DTLA’s Magic Box at The Reef with 90% of the artwork ranging from $100- $5000 ($10 entrance fee if purchased online)

Felix LA is a new free contemporary art fair taking place at The Hollywood Roosevelt

Feb 082019
 

P.O.S- Faded

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/7- 2/10/19)-

Thursday

Artist Lauren Halsey will be at LAXART to play a version of Name That Tune with professor and music critic Josh Kun and curator Hamza Walker (free)

Cass McCombs is playing a free live show at Amoeba Hollywood

The 3rd Annual edition of Love You Down returns to the Echo and Echoplex  with performances by Warpaint (celebrating their 15th anniversary), SWIMM, Gardens & Villa, Facial, and more (continuing on Friday)

Stonefield are playing with Hooveriii and Monarch at Zebulon

 

Friday

Flatworms are having a record release party at Zebulon with Automatic and Kaz Mirblouk also performing

Alex Cameron & Roy Molloy Acoustic Duo are performing at Pico Union Project

Brownies & Lemonade are bringing their party to The Regent Theater with secret special guests to celebrate the Grammys

Ural Thomas & The Pain are performing at the Bootleg Theater

 

Saturday

Arcana Books is having a launch party and book signing for Cole Sternberg:The Nature of Breathing in Salt, a collection of the artist’s paintings and photography

Chinatown is hosting an all day festival to celebrate the New Year that includes art, live music, performances, food trucks, a market, and more- plus the 120th Annual Golden Dragon Parade

Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours is back with its late night party (it starts at 11:30pm) that includes live music, DJs, dance parties, and art installations- this time the theme is Quinceñera Reimagined

Hammer Museum is having a free opening party for their winter exhibitions Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968–2018 and Dirty Protest with DJs, cocktails and food trucks

Cartoonist Jason Little will be at LACMA with actors James Urbaniak and Todd Alcott for a free (with ticket) slide show performance and lecture on the history of anaglyph 3-D comics

Steve Gunn is playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore opening

Costume historian Maxwell Barr will be dressing a live model at The Getty to illustrate the craftsmanship involved with the clothing of the elite of the 18th century

The Tracks, Janelane and Lily Waters are playing at the Moroccan Lounge

 

Sunday

P.O.S is performing at The Roxy Theatre

Allen Ruppersberg will be in conversation with Walker Art Center senior curator Siri Engberg at the Hammer Museum where an exhibition of his work is currently being shown

Play bingo and support a good cause at Zebulon’s fundraiser for Alexandria House with Neil Hamburger, Bobcat Goldthwait, Megan Koester and Anna Seregina

Rose Bowl Flea Market returns for its monthly event

Vikesh Kapoor and Matt Dorrien are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with special guest Noël Wells

Aug 312018
 

Lauren Halsey- The Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project (Prototype Architecture) 2018

Lauren Halsey- The Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project (Prototype Architecture) 2018

Currently at the Hammer Museum is Made in L.A. 2018, the museum’s fourth biennial exhibition of artists working in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. The diverse group of artists included range in age from 29 to 97.  With so many excellent works in the exhibition, it was very hard to choose which of them to highlight. The following are just a few selections from the exhibition that stood out.

Lauren Halsey’s sculptures (pictured above), won the Mohn Award, a jury award which honors artistic excellence. You can also see another one of her sculptures at MOCA, until September 3.

Selection of works by Luchita Hurtado

The paintings above are from the oldest artist showing in the exhibition, Luchita Hurtado. At 97, she is just starting to get recognition for a lifetime of work.

The youngest artist in the show is Diedrick Brackens (shown below) who uses weaving and textile making to tell stories that reflect on cultural and personal narratives from his childhood in Mexla,Texas.

Diedrick Brackens

The most entertaining of the works in the exhibition is OURCHETYPES, created by Jade Gordon and Megan Whitmarsh. Taking up an entire room, it consists of videos, sculptures, and a publication all dealing with issues of self discovery, adulthood, womanhood, happiness, and success all from a tongue in cheek, retro New Age perspective.

Jade Gordon & Megan Whitmarsh, OURCHETYPES

There are also other video installations that are well worth spending time with.  Gelare Khoshgozaran’s Medina Wasi: Connecting Town, was shot mainly in Mecca and Thermal in the Coachella Valley, along with footage from US military bases in the desert that have created towns meant to simulate Middle Eastern towns for troops to have simulated battles in. She combines this with interviews with US veterans who discuss their memories of the landscape when they were in the Middle East. Neha Choksi’s multichannel video installation Everything sunbright, examines our relationship to the sun and includes images from nature, a dance performance, and children making drawings of the sun all tying together themes of birth, life, and death.

This weekend Hammer Museum has programming to accompany the exhibition. On Saturday, taisha paggett will present a series of solo and duet dance performances and on Sunday, composer/performer Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs is assembling a group of mothers to explore the tropes and meanings of motherhood and Von Doog is offering empathic musical readings in the gallery prior to the performance.

This exhibition closes on Sunday 9/2.

 

Jun 282018
 

Devon Welsh- Vampires

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/28-7/1/18)-

Thursday

MOCA Grand Avenue is hosting Ready or Not, Here I Come: A Conversation on Architecture and Hip Hop, with architectural researcher, practitioner, and Syracuse University professor Sekou Cooke moderating a panel on the subject with artists Lauren Halsey and Amanda Williams (and you can see Lauren Halsey’s work at the museum along with your free admission)

Nik Freitas is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Mike Viola and Supermoon opening

Dam Funk, Jay Worthy, 1 Take Jay, Nocando, Airplane James and DJ Cypress Moreno are performing at Resident for a night called Don’t Come to LA

No Win are opening for The Dirty Nil at the Moroccan Lounge

Locus Pocus and Coma Girls are opening for Gregory Ackerman at The Hi Hat

Friday

Devon Welsh, of Majical Cloudz, will be releasing his debut album soon and tonight he will be playing a free show at The Getty as part of their Friday Flights series. Also included in the programming, electronic musician Sarah Davachi will perform a site specific piece and No)one, Art House will also perform a site specific music piece that will include dancers and vocals by musician Akua accompanied by trumpeter Anthony Calonico.

Writer and critic Hilton Als will be giving a reading at LAXART followed by a conversation between Als and poet Robin Coste Lewis (free but get there early- the space is not huge and its first come first, served)

Michael Rault is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Levitation Room and Dustin Lovelis opening

Fishbone are playing a free show at the Levitt Pavillion in MacArthur Park- RSVP- here

Saturday

The Broad is having the first of its 2018 Summer Happenings, this one kicking off the museum’s new exhibition A Journey That Wasn’t with performances by Gang Gang Dance, DJ Stretch Armstrong, Jean Grae, Terry Riley, Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, Terry Jane O’Neill, Jmy James Kidd, The Sunland Dancers and Zap Mama.

Chinatown Summer Nights is back with a free night that includes art, performances, a market, a screening of Jurassic Park, and music by bands include Gothic Tropic, Enola Fall and more

The Hollywood Bowl is hosting a sing-a-long and screening of Grease

Wand are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Sofia Bolt and Eloe Omoe opening

Unscene Fest, focused on the music and art scene in LA is taking place at The Hi Hat and includes bands Goon, Draag, Girl Friday, and more

Cold Cave are bringing the ’80s dark synth sound back at the Fonda Theatre with Black Marble and Choir Boy opening

Sunday

Dirty Penni Fest 3 is taking place at The Echo and Echoplex with lots of bands including- No Age, Sadgirl, Feels, Mt. Eddy, Frankie and the Witch Fingers, and Potty Mouth

Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge in North Hollywood is celebrating its 60th Anniversary with a Parking Lot Sale and Art Show that will include live music (free)

Head to the Egyptian Theatre to celebrate summer and a fear of the ocean with a screening of a vintage 1978 print of Jaws

Day 2 of Unscene Fest at The Hi Hat includes bands Illuminati Hotties, Young Jesus, Justus Proffit and more

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