Jun 282018

Devon Welsh- Vampires

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


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


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


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


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

Feb 092018

Spendtime Palace- Sonora

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/8-2/11/18)-


Roger Guenveur Smith is will be presenting his solo performance Frederick Douglass Now at CAAM (get there early- they are expecting a large turnout!)

LACMA has a free screening of Anna Deveare Smith’s film of her performance piece, Notes from the Field, with a discussion with Smith to follow (free)

Art historian Thomas Crow will be discussing religion in contemporary art at Hammer Museum

Fu Manchu are playing a free live set at Amoeba Hollywood before their show at The Troubadour on Friday


Dead Prez are playing at The Roxy with Lyrics Born opening

YACHT are playing at the Lodge Room with French Vanilla opening

Writer Laurie Penny will be discussing science fiction, sexual liberation, intersectional feminism and more at The Last Bookstore (free)

The Big Pink, Collapsing Scenery and Palm Springsteen are playing a free show at Zebulon


Artist Catherine Opie will be in conversation with architect Michael Maltzan, and deputy director and curator of LAXART Catherine Taft at Regen Projects

Picture This, at The Virgil, is a live comedy show where the stand-ups are drawn live by animators and cartoonists with unpredictable results (free)

For Rock Lottery, taking place this time at The Echo, 25 different musicians meet at 10 am and are divided into groups of five to create and rehearse songs that are then played at a show that night. This event’s musicians include Mikal Cronin, Mike Watt, Patty Schemel, and Kelcey Ayer.

Simian Mobile Disco and Matthew Dear are playing DJ sets for the LAMP 5 year Anniversary party at 1720


Spendtime Palace are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Santoros, The Bash Dogs, and Bear Call opening

Broken Hearts Circus at Angel City Brewery will combine drinks and food with games, a stilt walker, circus performers, live music and more (free)

Froth are one of the bands playing at Part Time Punk’s My Bloody Valentine Nite at The Echoplex


Nov 302017

The High Curbs- Empty Bottles

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (11/30-12/3/17)-


Writer Raquel Gutiérrez will be giving a walk through and discussing certain works from Hammer Museum’s exhibition Radical Women. Later in the evening there is a film screening of various experimental films created by Latin American women artists (both events free)

FYOHNA is opening for Wildling at Resident

CAFAM is hosting CraftNight at Angel City Brewery where you can have a pint while enjoying an air-dry clay workshop ($10)

Summer Moon and Mereki are opening for Dhani Harrison at the El Rey Theatre

Prism Tats is opening for Dommengang at The Hi Hat

Downtown Boys are playing with Generacion Suicida and Ex-Stains at the Echoplex

iam8bit gallery is having its 3rd Annual Handmade Holiday Show


Metro Art is showing Ava DuVernay’s documentary This is the Life at Union Station (free)

Slothrust are playing at The Echo with And The Kids and SLUGS

Hundred Waters are playing at the El Rey Theatre with Julianna Barwick and Banoffee

Blitzen Trapper are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Lilly Hiatt


DocuSlate, a day dedicated to documentary films presented by NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFLMA) is $10 per program or for $25 you can see all the programs and enjoy an open bar

Hauser & Wirth is having a Holiday Market (also Sunday)

Union Station is also having a Holiday Market with live entertainment, a beer garden and Santa

The Dandy Warhols are playing with POW! at the Teragram Ballroom

HUNNY’s Winter Talent Show at the Echoplex includes bands Potty Mouth and King Shelter


The High Curbs are opening for Hockey Dad at the Bootleg Theater with Jurassic Shark

Artist Alec Soth will be in conversation with photographic historian Kate Albers at Arcana with a book signing to follow

LAXART will be screening States of Crisis at the City of West Hollywood Library- a video program that includes videos by artists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Honduras and Peru reflecting on political, economic and ecological crises. This program is in conjunction with the exhibition Pacific Standard Time LA/LA: Video Art in Latin America at LAXART. (free)

John Waters performs A John Waters Christmas, his one man show, at The Comedy Store

Jun 082017


Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/8-6/11/17)-


NVDES are opening for Waters at The Roxy

Hammer chief curator Connie Butler will be discussing Marisa Merz’s work at the Hammer, followed by a screening of artist Tacita Dean’s short film of Merz’s husband Mario Merz and a discussion with Dean (free)

At MOCA Grand Avenue, assistant curator Lanka Tattersall will be leading a walk through of Patrick Staff: Weed Killer at 6pm, and at 7pm author S. Løchlann Jain will be discussing Staff’s work and the subject of cancer, which she wrote a book about (free)

So Many Wizards are having celebrating their vinyl release with a performance at The Hi Hat with Roses, Susan, and Trabants

This month’s Downtown Art Walk features a Short Film Fest

Merchandise are playing at The Echo with B Boys and Chasms

Boogarins are playing at the Bootleg Theater with JJUUJJUU


First Fridays returns to the Natural History Museum with a discussion on LA food with Jonathan Gold, Bricia Lopez, and Josh Kun, and performances by Nick Hakim, Gabriel Garzón-Montano, and Wild Belle

Constitutional Happy Hour at the Hammer Museum is covering the topic of voting rights this week

Hurray for the Riff Raff are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Making Movies

For Raphael Montañez Ortiz’s opening at LAXART he will be performing his Ritual Piano Destruction Concert and Humpty Dumpty Performance

Yoke Lore is opening for Overcoats at The Echo

There’s a free screening of Spike Jonze’s Her at Union Station


White Fence is performing at The Getty for their free summer concert series Off the 405

Celebrate Prince by watching Purple Rain in Poinsettia Park

Or you can celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The Princes Bride outside The Autry in Griffith Park

NELA’s Second Saturday Art Gallery Night is a fun way to check out the galleries in Northeast LA

Valley Queen is headlining Play Like a Girl’s night of female led bands at The Echo


The Secret City artistic tent revival group is having their first outdoor gathering- with live music, dancers and an LA theme- during the day at Grand Performances

South Londoner Ray BLK is performing at The Roxy with Rayana Jay and Rotana

Saint Pé (of Black Lips and Diamond Rugs) is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Never Young and Vex Ruffin

Ciclavia returns to create car-free streets- this time in Glendale and Atwater Village

All Weekend

It’s LA Pride and there are events from 6/9-6/11 including LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium (Friday), LA Pride Festival in WeHo (Saturday has Chromeo, ILOVEMAKONNEN and Young M.A. among the performers, and Sunday has Brandy and Lil Mo) and this year instead of the traditional parade there will be the Resist March to coincide with the National Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington DC.

LA Design Festival has design related events happening all over the city from 6/8-6/11 (free and ticketed)

May 042017

Day Wave- Something Here

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


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


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


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


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

Mar 192015

Sea Lions- Tell You

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/19-3/22)-


The first of the four Venice Art Crawls this year is tonight and will have art, live painting, music, performances and more- https://www.facebook.com/theveniceartcrawl

Jason Reitman’s live read at LACMA for tonight is Dazed and Confused. Advanced tickets are sold out but there will be some available at the door two hours before showtime- http://www.lacma.org/event/live-read-14

Thursday and Friday

The members of The Both return to Largo for Aimee Mann and Ted Leo’s One Way Mission to March: a Springtime Variety Show along with Jonathan Coulton and Tim Heidecker- http://www.largo-la.com/event/787739-aimee-mann-ted-leos-one-way-los-angeles/


Tijuana Panthers are playing with Oxnard band Sea Lions at the Echo- http://www.theecho.com/event/734779-tijuana-panthers-los-angeles/


The Million Dollar Theater downtown is showing Bonnie and Clyde with live jazz/ragtime before the screening ($10)- http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/events/443/bonnie-and-clyde-screening-at-the-million-dollar-theatre

Church Sessions is hosting an evening with John Doe and Exene from X and Robyn Hitchcock at the First Unitarian Church- http://www.theecho.com/event/779743-church-sessions-john-doe-los-angeles/


of Montreal is playing at the Regent Theater – http://www.theregenttheater.com/event/746573-montreal-los-angeles/

LAXART gallery in Hollywood is having another panel discussion on photography titled Remembering Forward from 4-6pm (free)- http://laxart.org/events/view/remembering-forward-conversations-on-photography-2/#images

Heidi Duckler Dance Company’s newest piece explores the intersection of dance and architecture as the audience moves around Mayne’s Morphosis in Culver City for Space Opera– discounted to $15 if you are a Culver City resident, or $25 if not- https://heididuckler.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0Si00000075EQCEA2

Artist William Pope.L and MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson discuss Pope.L’s Trinket at the MOCA Geffen (free with RSVP and museum admission)- http://sites.moca.org/the-curve/art-talk-william-pope-l-and-bennett-simpson/

Ciclavia is taking over the San Fernando Valley this time- http://beta.ciclavia.org/ciclavia_the_valley

Mar 052015

Eleanor Friedberger- Stare at the Sun

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/5-3/8)-


Eleanor Friedberger (of The Fiery Furnaces) is playing at the Echo- http://www.theecho.com/event/764729-eleanor-friedberger-fiery-los-angeles/

MOCA Grand Ave along with REDCAT is co-presenting a lecture with curator Raimundas Malašauskas- http://sites.moca.org/the-curve/2012/02/23/curators-lecture-series-raimundas-malasauskas/

Director Jim McBride (Breathless, The Big Easy) will be in conversation with Peter Markham at Veggie Cloud in Highland Park after a screening of his 1967 film David Holzman’s Diaryhttp://cargocollective.com/veggiecloud/


Viet Cong are playing a sold out show at the Echo but there may be some tix at the door- http://www.theecho.com/event/726185-viet-cong-los-angeles/

Canadian band Stars are at the Fonda with Leisure Cruise- http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/254267

First Friday at the Natural History Museum has JMSN and starRo performing- http://www.nhm.org/site/activities-programs/first-fridays/march-2015

Marco Benevento is playing at the Bootleg Theater- http://foldsilverlake.com/event.cfm?id=183350&cart

Friday and Saturday

REDCAT is premiering Thom Anderson’s (who also made Los Angeles Plays Itself) newest essay film The Thoughts That We Once Hadhttp://www.redcat.org/event/thom-andersen-thoughts-once-we-had


The group show Paper Cut opens at Subliminal Projects and the cut paper related works look pretty incredible on the website (RSVP required)- http://subliminalprojects.com/exhibition/paper-cut/


Farrah Karapetian and Zoe Crosher are among the artists who will be discussing photography for week one of Remembering Forward: Conversations on Photography at LAXART’s new space in Hollywood- for the full list and to RSVP- http://laxart.org/events/view/remembering-forward-conversations-on-photography/#images

It should be good weather for the Rose Bowl Flea Market this Sunday- http://rgcshows.com/rosebowl.aspx

All weekend

PaleyFest Los Angeles runs through 3/15 and gives fans a chance to see the casts of popular tv shows discuss them live at the Paley Center. This weekend’s lineup includes Homeland (3/6), A Salute to Comedy Central (3/7), The Good Wife (3/7), Girls (3/8) and Scandal (3/8). More info here- http://media.paleycenter.org/paleyfest-la-2015

May 012014

Danny Brown- Grown Up

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/1-5/4)-


The All American Rejects & Youngblood Hawke charity event for Tick Born Disease Alliance at the El Rey- http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/249877

The Horrors and Toy at First Unitarian Church- http://www.theecho.com/event/527623-britweek-music-sessions-los-angeles/


CalArts Film/Video Showcases at REDCAT (FREE)- http://www.redcat.org/event/calarts-filmvideo-showcases


First Fridays at the Natural History Museum w/HOLYCHILD- http://www.nhm.org/site/activities-programs/first-fridays/may-2014

Abbott Kinney First Fridays- http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

Friday and Saturday

Pancakes and Booze Art Show- https://www.facebook.com/events/213799398792482


Danny Brown at The El Rey- http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/248465

A Discussion with Joshua Decter and LA book launch at LA><Art- http://laxart.org/events/view/a-discussion-with-joshua-decter-and-la-book-launch/#images

Symposium on the work of Mike Kelley at Janm Tateuchi Democracy Forum-RSVP closed but may allow walk-ins- http://sites.moca.org/the-curve/2014/04/24/mike-kelley-in-los-angeles/

A Seance with Andy Warhol at the Underground Museum- http://theunderground-museum.com/news

Angel City Brewery 2nd Annual Heritage Fest- art, music and beer (FREE)- http://angelcitybrewery.com/events/angel-citys-2nd-annual-heritage-fest/

White Fang at The Echo- http://www.theecho.com/event/451663-white-fang-los-angeles/


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo a day early:

At Grand Central Market- http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/blog/279/cinco-de-mayo-grand-central-market-style

Tortilla Republic’s Block Party- http://tortillarepublic.com/west-hollywood-california/tortilla-republic-2nd-annual-viva-la-fiesta-cincocuatro-de-mayo-block-party/

It is also Britweek and there are various events going on around Los Angeles- for more info- http://www.britweek.org/events/?date=2014-05-04&city=Los%20Angeles

Apr 262014




If you are in Culver City make sure to look up on La Cienega (near Washington) to see the billboard of Rebecca Morris’s cats, an addition to her show at LA><ART, Fantastic LA, which consists of abstract paintings named after popular songs. Morris is also currently included in the Whitney Biennial.

Also at LA><Art is Patricia Fernández’s multimedia installation Paseo de los Melancólicos, which explores the history of Spain during the time of the Spanish Civil War.

These shows both close 4/26.

The outside of the gallery has a mural by Fritz Chesnut (seen above in silver) which will be on view until 4/30.

Feb 222014



Elias Hansen: I’m a long way from home and I don’t really know these roads.

Anat Ebgi gallery is showing Elias Hansen’s new sculptures until 2/22. There are numerous beakers and other glassware combined with natural materials in setups that look, especially when lit with colored lights, like bizarre science experiments, or possibly something more suspicious.

Also in Culver City and closing 2/22:

Patrick Wilson’s geometric paintings in “Steak Night” seem to move the longer you stare at them- at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.

Tony de los Reyes’s show “Border Theory” at Angles Gallery paintings and lithographs are both abstract and political as the lines within them follow the natural border between the United States and Mexico created by the Rio Grande (or Rio Bravo).

Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis have a show called “Unexplored Territory” at Kopeikin Gallery that consists of video and photography that explores human’s desire to control natural elements like fire, and balances this concept with machines acting in ways that make them seem human. There is a video in the center room in which two fans on one power cord seem to be in a sort of dance/fight.

At LAXART, Brendan Fowler recreates photos with a commercial industrial embroidery machine creating a blend of photography and sculpture.