Dec 022017
 

Today, December 1st, is Day With(out) Art, a national day of action and mourning organized by Visual AIDS with arts organizations and institutions in response to the AIDS crisis. It is also World AIDS Day, an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the disease.

In 2014, on the 25th anniversary of Day With(out) Art, Visual AIDS commissioned seven artists/collaboratives to create short videos for a program titled ALTERNATE ENDINGS, which are now available to watch online.  This year Visual AIDS has created another video program –ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS, previewed above.

From their Vimeo channel

Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS, the video program prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new and innovative short videos from artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia LaBeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Brontez Purnell.

In spite of the impact of HIV/AIDS within Black communities, these stories and experiences are constantly excluded from larger artistic and historical narratives. In 2016 African Americans represented 44% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States. Given this context, it is increasingly urgent to feature a myriad of stories that consider and represent the lives of those housed within this statistic. ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS seeks to highlight the voices of those that are marginalized within broader Black communities nationwide, including queer and trans people.

The commissioned projects include intimate meditations of young HIV positive protagonists; a consideration of community-based HIV/AIDS activism in the South; explorations of the legacies and contemporary resonances within AIDS archives; a poetic journey through New York exploring historical traces of queer and trans life, and more. Together, the videos provide a platform centering voices deeply impacted by the ongoing epidemic.

Next week on 12/7 (Thursday), MOCA Grand Avenue in Los Angeles will be screening this program followed by a performance by Kia LaBeija and a discussion featuring Reina Gossett and Kia LaBeija in conversation with Day With(out) Art curators Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett. (this event is free)

In New York it will be screened on 12/4 (Monday) at Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture with a post-screening discussion featuring artists Cheryl Dunye, Ellen Spiro and Thomas Allen Harris in conversation with curators Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett. (free but make sure to register as the event at The Whitney filled up quickly)

 

Oct 192017
 

Mitski- Townie

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/19-10/22/17)-

Thursday

Art historian Elena Shtromberg will be discussing the work of artist Anna Maria Maiolino at MOCA Grand Avenue (free)

Screaming Females are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Street Eaters and Hit Bargain

LACMA is hosting a free screening of 11/8/16, a documentary made up of 16 stories from 16 different filmmakers all taking place in America

Warbly Jets are having an album release party at Moroccan Lounge with The Entire Universe opening

Nick Hakim is playing at the Echoplex with Sam Evian and Jimmy Whispers opening

Sego are at The Echo with Goldensuns and Oddnesse opening

Friday

The Lemon Twigs are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Cut Worms and Fatal Jamz (also Saturday)

The Pancakes and Booze Art Show returns to Los Angeles with art from over 100 artists, performances, and of course pancakes and booze (also Saturday)

Front Porch Cinema’s free movie at Santa Monica Pier this week is the live action Beauty and the Beast

Angel Olsen is opening for Arcade Fire at The Forum

Cloak & Dagger Festival runs tonight and tomorrow til 2am at the Globe Theatre and The Palace Theatre. Tonight the lineup includes The Jesus and Mary Chain, TR/ST, Mykki Blanco, HEALTH and more

Saturday

The Brewery Artwalk is back for its Autumn edition- a great chance to check out the artists in the large complex and get some food and drink while there (also running on Sunday)

Hauser and Wirth is having a public opening for Mike Kelley: Kandors 1999-2011, with food, drink and music by Moon Uterus

Curls (with Christopher Owens of Girls) are playing with Sure Sure at Moroccan Lounge

Allah-Las are playing at The Regent Theatre with Entrance and Mapache opening

Pop-Up Magazine at The Theatre at Ace Hotel brings a magazine to life with “film, photography, film, radio, and original music all mixed together and performed live onstage”- for this iteration presenters include LeVar Burton and TV writer Cord Jefferson

Moses Sumney is playing at the El Rey Theatre with Sudan Archives

Crystal Castles are playing at The Wiltern

Sunday

Mitski is playing with Palehound opening at the Fonda Theatre

The Beverly Hills Art Show is back for its two day outdoor show with over 245 artists (also Saturday)

The A.G. Geiger Art Book Fair is taking place in Chinatown and is focused on art books, zines and music created by people on the West Coast (free)

Santa Monica Art Studios is having its annual open studios event (opening night is Saturday 6-9pm)

Eyelids are playing with Two Sheds and The Broken Hearts at The Echo

 

Mar 022017
 

Japanese Breakfast- Everybody Wants to Love You

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/2-3/5/17)-

Thursday

Cultural critic and philosopher Slavoj Zizek is giving a talk at the Broad Art Center on UCLA’s campus (free)

Machine Project is hosting Meeting #2 of the Legion of Hackers for the Revolution

Poet Sesshu Foster and artist Arturo Romo are reading at MOCA Grand Avenue (free)

AOE is playing with Tolliver and Abjo at the Bootleg Theater

Friday

For the Natural History Museum’s First Friday event, Japanese Breakfast and Emily Wells are performing and there will be tours, a discussion on food, and DJs

For SCUM’s first year anniversary The Smell is hosting a party with performers that include Alice Bag, Seth Bogart, Xina Xurner plus drag performances and DJs

Elohim, WRLD, and smle are playing at the Echoplex

Saturday

Temples are playing with Night Beats, Deap Vally, Froth and JJUUJJUU at The Regent Theater

Artists Jeffrey Sklan, Christopher James, Spacegoth, 8333, along with curators Jason Ostro and Elena Jacobson are giving an informal talk at the Gabba Gallery

Best Coast, Grouplove, The Lovely Bad Things, Liz Phair and more are performing at the El Rey Theatre with all proceeds to benefit Planned Parenthood

LACMA is having a free screening of the first episode of Patriot, a new TV series from Amazon, and a conversation with creator/executive producer Steve Conrad, executive producers James Parriott and Charlie Gogolak, executive producer Gil Bellows, and actors Michael Dorman, Kathleen Munroe, and Chris Conrad

The Aero Theatre has a Shirley MacLaine double feature- The Apartment (which was just referenced at the Oscars) and Being There

Sinkane are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Grateful Shred

Sunday

Mykki Blanco is playing at The Roxy with Cakes Da Killa

Photographer Jules Allen will be discussing his recent book Marching Bands with UC Irvine Professor Joe Lewis at LACMA Art Catalogues (free)

Cosmonauts are headlining My Bloody Valentine Nite at the Echoplex with Thigh Master, Echolust and Deaf Dance

The Rock ‘N’ Roll Flea Market returns to The Regent Theater for its monthly event

Laura Stevenson, Chris Farren, and Ogikubo Station are playing at the Bootleg Theater

 

Sep 012016
 

Night Beats- Power Child

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/1-9/4/16)-

Thursday

Night Beats are playing at the Echoplex with C.G. Roxanne and the Nightmares, Vanilla, and L.A. Witch

Matthias Müller’s Home Stories and Ida Lupino’s The Bigamist are being shown this week as part of The Broad’s film series Doll Parts ($12 includes night access to the full museum)

Get creative for CraftNight: Recycled Puppet Making Workshop with Invertigo Dance Theatre at the Craft & Folk Art Museum ($8 includes materials, drinks and snacks)

LACMA is having a free screening of Kicks, writer/director Justin Tipping’s debut film, with the director and actors discussing the film afterwords

Unknown Mortal Orchestra are playing a free concert at the Santa Monica Pier with Steady Holiday

Friday

Film composer John Williams (of Star Wars fame) returns to the Hollywood Bowl to conduct music from various films with a selection of clips projected on the big screen (also Saturday and Sunday)

The LA County Fair returns to the Fairplex in Pomona and runs until the end of the month

Dance Downtown is at the Music Center- this time with a disco theme (free)

Saturday

Cinespia is showing Alfred Hitchock’s The Birds at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Cinefamily is showing the David Bowie concert film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in Barnsdall Art Park

Melissa Brooks & The Aquadolls are headlining a show at The Echo

Love The Lord of the Rings Trilogy? You can see them all, in their extended versions, for $15 at the Aero Theatre today from 1pm

Fiesta Hermosa, billed as the “Largest Arts & Crafts Fair in Southern California”, returns to Hermosa Beach for the weekend (including Monday)

Sunday

Mykki Blanco is headlining a show at Union Nightclub

Cinespia is showing True Romance at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

It’s the last night of the last weekend to see free Shakespeare (The Tempest) in Griffith Park

L.A. Drones are part of the electronic band lineup for the last night of Complex’s three night concert series Manufactured in Los Angeles

Sex Stains are having an album release party at The Echo with The Side Eyes and Egrets on Ergot

 

 

Jul 312014
 

Mykki Blanco- Haze.Boogie.Life

Things to do in and around Los Angeles this weekend (7/31-8/3)-

Thursday

Mykki Blanco at Los Globos- http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/600323-ihc-los-angeles/

Made in LA:Music continues at the Hammer Museum with DJ Marcus Wyatt and DJ Doc Martin- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2014/07/made-in-la-music-deep-w-dj-marques-wyatt-dj-doc-martin/

Summer Nights in the Garden at the Natural History Museum gardens with DJs, tours, drinks and tonight bird house building- http://www.nhm.org/site/activities-programs/summer-nights-in-the-garden

Omar Souleyman at the Santa Monica Pier (free)- http://tcs.dola.com/event/2014/07/31/omar-souleyman

Thursday-Saturday

REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival 2014 continues with Program 2- http://www.redcat.org/event/nowfest-2014-week-two

Friday

Grand Performances presents a screening of the animated French film Les Triplettes de Belleville with a live score by the original composer- http://www.grandperformances.org/events/les-triplettes-de-belleville-3/

Arcade Fire, The Unicorns and Dan Deacon at the Forum (also Saturday)- http://www.fabulousforum.com/event/arcadefire.html

Echo and the Bunnymen are playing the Orpheum Theatre- http://goldenvoice.com/shows/details/?id=250361

Saturday

Over thirty Los Angeles street artists will be part of a pop-up at Kesspro Studios in the downtown arts district, curated by Roy Paz with Cartwheel Art as the media partner. Food, drink, music, and a raffle-with proceeds from sales donated to The Epilepsy Foundation of LA- http://www.cartwheelart.com/2014/07/12/save-the-date-august-2-the-streets-will-never-be-the-same/

Burger Records presents Burger-a-Go-Go at the Observatory in Santa Ana- bands include- Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls, Bleached, Shannon and the Clams and more- http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/burger-a-go-go

Inner City Arts is having a benefit which will include a rooftop concert with performances by Peanut Butter Wolf, Yacht, De Lux and dublab DJs- http://www.inner-cityarts.org/how-you-can-help-summerevent.php

Sunday

ShopWalk DTLA- discounts, sales and events at restaurants and shops downtown- http://shopwalkdtla.com/

Free admission to see a sneak preview of the sequel to Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s The Trip- The Trip to Italy at Cinefamily (pre-registration required)- http://www.cinefamily.org/films/special-events-august-2014/