May 102018
 

ScHoolboy Q- John Muir

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/10-5/13/18)-

Thursday

Hammer Museum has a free screening of the short film Eve, by Susan Bay Nimoy, with a discussion to follow

American Pleasure Club (fka Teen Suicide) are playing at The Hi Hat with Special Explosion and Wreck and Reference opening

Khalid is playing at the Greek Theatre with PrettyMuch opening

CalArts Writers Showcase is hosting a free reading series featuring its graduating Creative Writing MFAs at REDCAT

Doja Cat is playing at The Echo with StarBoi3 and L8loomer opening

Erika Wennerstrom (of Heartless Bastards) is playing at the Bootleg Theater

Friday

There are still some seats left for The Championship Tour at The Forum featuring Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SiR, and Lance SkiiiWalker (also Thursday)

There’s a screening of the Hitchcock classic Rear Window at Vista Theatre

Or you can check out Hitchcock’s Psycho as well as the non-Hitchcock sequels Psycho II and Psycho III for the triple feature at the Aero Theatre

RuPaul’s DragCon begins today and runs until Sunday

Born Ruffians are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Little Junior opening

Liam Gallagher is playing with Richard Ashcroft at the Greek Theatre

Saturday

Photographer John Divola will be in conversation with Getty Museum Department of Photographs curator Amanda Maddox at Arcana Books followed by a book signing

Artist Charles Gaines and curator Connie Butler are giving a free walk-through of the Mark Bradford exhibition at Hauser & Wirth

BoldPas: An Art Takeover is a free one day art event in Pasadena with 13 large scale installations in the historic alleyways, live painters, art activities, and more

EatSeeHear’s outdoor movie at LA State Historic Park this week is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Hit Bargain are playing at Rec Center with Media Jeweler, Moira Scar, and Fucked Forever

Hovvdy are playing at The Hi Hat with Lomelda and Diners opening

Sunday

Curator Connie Butler is leading a walk-through of the exhibition of video art Unspeakable: Atlas, Kruger, Walker at Hammer Museum

Celebrate Mother’s Day 2018 with the double feature of Grey Gardens and Mommy Dearest at the Egyptian Theatre

The Telescopes, LSD & The Search For God, No Sun, and Snowball II are playing Part Time Punks 13th Anniversary show at the Echoplex

Pllush are opening for Editors at The Belasco

Emmy Award winner Debbie Allen is giving free dance outdoor lessons at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

May 032018
 

Anna McClellan- Nail-biting Song

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/3- 5/6/18)

Thursday

Head to Amoeba Records in Hollywood for a free live set from Young Fathers before they open for LCD Soundsystem and Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend

The Aero Theatre is showing a double feature of Idiocracy and All The President’s Men, with Idiocracy writer/director Mike Judge and screenwriter Etan Cohen discussing the films with screenwriter Ken Pisani between the screenings

It’s the first of The Broad’s two Thursday evenings offering free admission to Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth

Johanna Samuels is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Harrison Whitford

MOCA Assistant Curator Lanka Tattersall is leading a walkthrough of MOCA Grand Ave’s exhibition Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin (MOCA admission is free Thursday evenings)

Dante Elephante are playing at The Hi Hat with Veronica Bianqui, The Altons and Lily Waters

Friday

Anna McClellan is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Media Jeweler and Staffers opening

First Fridays returns to the Natural History Museum with performances by Earth Girl Helen Brown and Homeshake, DJs, and a panel discussion on the evolution of Los Angeles as a city

LCD Soundsystem vs Yeah Yeah Yeahs is happening at the Hollywood Bowl (also Saturday)

No Joy are opening for Baths at the El Rey Theatre

Perera Elsewhere is playing at The Hi Hat with Huxley Anne opening

Saturday

ACID-FREE, a three day art book market that includes video screenings, music, talks, readings, and more, is taking place at Blum & Poe today and Sunday with an opening night on Friday (free)

The Gloomies and Jimmy Whispers are opening for Cullen Omori at The Echo

Pianos Become The Teeth, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, and Queen of Jeans are playing at the Bootleg Theater

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Oscuro de Mayo, a free event at Resident with a DJ set by Dave Parley of Prayers and live performances by August Eve and Sister Mantos

Pink Mexico are playing at The Hi Hat with Honus Honus and Cold Beaches opening

Sunday

In conjunction with the exhibition In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art, LACMA is hosting a free panel discussion “regarding how women operate and negotiate their way in Iran as artists, from the perspective of the film and music industries as well as the fine arts.” The panelists are Newsha Tavakolian (Tehran-based artist and documentary photographer, whose work is represented in the exhibition), Dr. Nacim Pak-Shiraz (film historian, University of Edinburgh), and Dr. Nahid Siamdoust (Post-doctoral Associate, Yale University, and author of Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran) and the discussion will be moderated by LACMA curator Linda Komaroff.

Stories Of: Jealousy Edition is taking place at The Regent Theater with storytellers that include Shirley Manson, Aparna Nancherla and Madame Gandhi, DJ sets, live music, and proceeds going to Peace Over Violence

The Rock N Roll Flea Market returns for its monthly free event at The Regent Theater

Apr 262018
 

The Entire Universe- Just Don’t

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/26-4/29/18)-

Thursday

Celebrate Giorgio Moroder’s birthday with a DJ set from the man himself as well as performances by Roy Ayers, YACHT and more at the Globe Theatre

Tonight both MOCA locations offer free admission and it’s a good opportunity to see the excellent exhibition Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus Goldin

Yamashiro’s Night Market is back- take a shuttle from Mosaic Church (Hollywood and La Brea) and enjoy a drink and a beautiful view of Hollywood

Goon are playing at The Hi Hat with The Lentils, Girl Friday, and Folies opening

Friday

The Entire Universe are playing a free show at Zebulon with Moon Honey and FACIAL opening

ELOHIM are playing at The Fonda Theatre

James Supercave is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Pompeya, and Lukas Frank opening

Penguin Prison is playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Little Monarch and Dylan Gardner opening

Friday through Sunday

Grand Park is hosting Our L.A. Voices: Spring Arts Festival, a free 3-day performing and visual arts showcase, including dance, music and theatre performances, a public marketplace for local artists, youth concerts and more

Saturday

Blum & Poe is hosting a free public conversation on artist Robert Colescott with panelists Erin Christovale, Bridget R. Cooks, and Joe Lewis

LACMA is hosting Readings by Rocío Carlos, Sesshu Foster, Carribean Fragoza, and Stephanie Guerrero, with the writers reading their works in response to the exhibition A Universal History of Infamy: Those of This America (this free program will take place off-site at Charles White Elementary School)

ARRAY @The Broad is screening The Watermelon Woman and Jewel’s Catch One with a conversation moderated by Dear White People creator Justin Simien with the filmmakers, Cheryl Dunye and C.Fitz, immediately following The Watermelon Woman screening ($30 tickets include admission to The Broad)

The Smokers Club Fest takes place over two days at the Queen Mary in Long Beach and today’s lineup includes- Wiz Khalifa, Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz, Snow Tha Product, Blocboy JB, and more

Das Mörtal is performing at Union Nightclub

Sunday

Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair returns with its free event to Pasadena (also Saturday)

The Secret Society of The Sisterhood join together at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever to tell stories- performers tonight include Aparna Nancherla, Kirsten Vangsness, and Suzi Gardner (of L7)- proceeds from this event will go to Women Against Gun Violence

The Smokers Club Fest takes place over two days at the Queen Mary in Long Beach and today’s lineup includes- Kid Cudi, Mac Miller, Isaiah Rashad, Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, Juicy J, Earl Sweatshirt, Dave East and more

Wild Pink and Night Shop are opening for Dana Buoy at Resident

 

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

Apr 152018
 

Jidenna- Long Live the Chief

Here are some suggestions for how to spend your last day at Coachella

1:00-1:40pm The Delirians on the Sonora Stage

2:00-2:40pm B Boys on the Sonora Stage

3:25-4:10pm Japanese Breakfast on the Gobi Stage

4:55-5:40pm FIDLAR on the Mojave Stage (and if you get there early enough you can catch some of Aminé’s 3:45-4:40pm set)

6:00-6:35pm Cardi B on the Coachella Stage

6:55-7:40pm Jidenna on the Gobi Stage

7:50-8:40pm Princess Nokia on the Sonora Stage

8:30-9:20pm- King Krule on the Mojave Stage

9:30pm Migos on the Sahara Stage

10:20pm Eminem on the Coachella Stage

For a preview of these artists plus a few other options for today-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 142018
 

Angel Olsen- Shut Up Kiss Me

It’s Day 2 of Coachella 2018 and here are my suggestions for who to see-

12:30-1:30pm Salami Rose Joe Louis on the Mojave Stage

2:00-2:40pm Sudan Archives on the Gobi Stage

2:20-3:00pm Sir Sly at the Outdoor Theatre

3:05-3:50pm Big Thief on the Gobi Stage

3:45-4:30pm Django Django on the Mojave Stage

4:55-5:40pm Flatbush Zombies on the Mojave Stage

5:30-6:15pm Angel Olsen on the Gobi Stage

6:05-7:00pm BROCKHAMPTON on the Mojave Stage

7:05-8:05pm David Byrne on the Outdoor Theatre Stage

7:55-8:45pm Tyler, the Creator on the Coachella Stage

This slot is a challenge to choose and depends on what you feel like hearing the most- 8:40-9:30pm Fleet Foxes on the Outdoor Theatre // 8:50-9:40 Oh Sees on the Sonora Stage // 8:35-9:20 Alvvays on the Mojave Stage

10:10pm alt-J on the Outdoor Theatre Stage or Jungle on the Mojave Stage from 9:50-10:40pm

11:05pm Beyoncé

For a preview of today’s bands-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 122018
 

Prism Tats- Mamba

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/12-4/15/18)-

Thursday

Yamashiro’s Night Market is back- take a shuttle from Mosaic Church (Hollywood and La Brea) and enjoy a drink and a beautiful view of the city

Sir Sly is opening for Marian Hill at the Fonda Theatre

Downtown LA Art Walk returns- this time with a celebration of World Art Day

Before he plays Coachella, Perfume Genius will be performing at The Mayan with Big Thief opening

Y La Bamba and KERA are playing at The Moroccan Lounge

Friday

Prism Tats is playing at The Moroccan Lounge with Wild Powwers opening

Jacob Jonas The Company and Dance Camera West are hosting the 17th Annual Dance + Camera Festival that includes To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier– a series of free dance programs at Santa Monica Pier- Friday, Saturday and Sunday (free but RSVP)

Surface Magazine is hosting Design Dialogues No. 45 with Muji Art Director and Japan House Chief Creative Director Kenya Hara in conversation with Surface Editor-in-Chief Spencer Bailey at Vantage Room at Hollywood & Highland (free with RSVP)

The band Winter is having a record release show at The Echo with Vinyl Williams and Sabrina is Not in This Chat opening

Saturday

LACMA has a free screening of the documentary film Hockney in conjunction with the exhibit currently on view David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life

For CalArts and Hauser & Wirth’s first performance collaboration, 30 student dancers will present HUMAN- multiple solo performances going on simultaneously within the public spaces of the gallery (free but RSVP)

Downtown Burbank Arts Festival returns with over 200 artists, art activities, live music, book signings, and more (also Sunday)

Justus Proffit is playing at The Factory downtown with Kaz Mirblouk, Sheer, and Good Ruin opening

As part of Noir City: Hollywood- The 20th Annual Los Angeles Festival of Film Noir at the Egyptian Theatre– tonight there is a screening of L.A. Confidential which includes a discussion with author James Ellroy

Sunday

Zebulon is hosting a free screening of Luis Buñuel’s film The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, followed by a dance party hosted by the band The Entire Universe

Alamo Drafthouse is hosting a Wayne’s World Movie Party at The Regent Theater with a screening, live music, a Q&A with director Penelope Spheeris, and more

Congressman Ted Lieu and former U.S. Attorney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman will be discussing Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 elections at the Hammer Museum (free)

The Memories, James V and Dillon PC are playing at The Moroccan Lounge with Colleen Green DJ’ing

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

 

Mar 292018
 

Alice Boman- End of Time

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/29-4/1/18)-

Thursday

Mereba will be performing a free show at Zebulon along with Rocco DeLuca, and a screening of three films from 27Transmissions

As part of MOCA’s Artists on Artists Series, Awol Erizku will be discussing the exhibition Adrián Villar Rojas: The Theatre of Disappearance at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (free)

Mary Ocher is performing at The Hi Hat with Rachel Mason opening

Diarrhea Planet are opening for The Darkness at The Fonda Theatre

Friday

Mourners are playing with Tennis System and Fast Friends at Moroccan Lounge

Terminal A, Girl Tears, VNLVX, and ENEMY are playing at The Smell

Corey Helford Gallery is hosting an artist talk with Adrian Cox and Heavy Metal magazine

Mint Field are playing at Resident with Draag

The Technicolors are playing at The Hi Hat with Harrison Whitford and YESES opening

Saturday

The Mistake Room is screening Tuan Andrew Nguyen’s The Island with an artist panel to follow

Titus Andronicus are playing at the Bootleg Theater

Jarina de Marco, Amindi K. Fro$t and Hunnah are playing a benefit for CARECEN LA at The Hi Hat

Flora & Fauna are hosting Disco Dining Club-a free daytime party to celebrate Spring at the Ace Hotel Downtown with DJs, tarot readings, and “immersive, interactive pagan Spring characters”

Holy Shit, The Pesos, and Raderson are playing a free show at Zebulon

Sunday

Alice Boman is performing at Moroccan Lounge with Russian Red and Runner

Pasadena City College Flea Market is having its once a month free event

The Aero Theatre is showing Ben-Hur

The Rock N Roll Flea Market returns to The Regent Theater

Mar 242018
 

Gordon Parks, “Untitled”, Alabama (1956)

Gordon Parks was an incredible photographer whose influence continues to be felt in photography today. He had a long creative career that also expanded beyond photography to include writing several books, composing music, and directing films- the most famous being Shaft.

The Gordon Parks Foundation recently hosted the exhibition ELEMENT, which focused on several of the photographs that inspired Kendrick Lamar’s video from his album DAMN, seen below. The photo pictured above can be seen as part of the exhibition of Gordon Parks’ work I Am You Part 2 at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. It is from his series Segregation Story for Life magazine which focused on the daily lives of three black families in Alabama in 1956.

The photo below is a still from Kendrick Lamar’s Element. The video was directed by Jonas Lindstroem and The Little Homies (Kendrick Lamar and Dave Free).

 

To see more of Parks’ work and the work he has influenced, The Gordon Parks Foundation’s website is a good resource for upcoming exhibitions around the world.