Jan 122017

Surf Curse- All is Lost

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


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


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


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


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

Oct 282016



Los Angeles is a great place to celebrate Halloween and with so many things to do it can get hard to choose. Here are some suggestions:

Friday (10/28/16)

It’s sold out on Saturday and Sunday but there are tickets available tonight to see Danny Elfman perform as Jack Skellington, Catherine O’Hara as Sally, Ken Page as Oogie Boogie, and Paul Reubens as Lock while a live orchestra plays in sync with the film for Halloween at the Hollywood Bowl: “Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas”

L.A. Girlfriend along with Nicky Blitz and Disco Shrine are playing The Goth Ball at Resident where costumes are encouraged

LACMA is screening Pan’s Labyrinth in conjunction with their exhibit Guillermo del Toro: at Home with Monsters


The Santa Monica Zombie Crawl starts at 6pm and has food and drink specials all night as well as an after party ($12 for the wristband)

Villains Tavern in the Arts District is having a free Halloween bash with Rumprollers Organ Trio and a traditional NOLA jazz band

The Boulet Brothers 16th Annual Halloween Ball is at The Globe Theater which will be turned into a night club/haunted mansion. The party includes three floors of DJs, “interactive horror areas”, carnival games, performances and more, with Clive Barker and Drag Race star Violet Chachki in attendance for a meet and greet  ($30)

Cinefamily is showing Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie


Cinefamily has two showings of the 1959 Vincent Price film The Tingler with their seats wired to simulate the effect used at the original film’s screening which had seats equipped with buzzer shocks for certain key moments in the film

cARTel Collaborative Arts LA is hosting SpiritSpirit: a cocktail and ghost story pairing at Think Tank Gallery with performances, music, a DJ, craft cocktails, “Summon the Spirits” immersive game, and one prize each for the best dressed- theme and non-theme ($15) . You can also combine it with Think Tank’s escape room and get $5 off with code SPIRITX2

All weekend and Halloween

The theme for this year’s free Haunted House presented by Rotten Apple 907 in Burbank is The Not So Enchanted Forest. Although it is free to go, donations are requested- this year’s charity is VBAS (Volunteers of Burbank Animal Shelter)

The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride in Griffith Park has a “Secret Society” theme this year and for the first time ever passengers will leave the safety of the hay wagon for a section of the trip. There is also a haunted suburb to go trick or treating in, a haunted maze, and more.

Think Tank Gallery is hosting Trap House-a combination art show/ escape room running all day and night. The sci fi/ horror themed art show is free. The escape room is a ticketed half hour experience with a human trafficking and organ harvesting theme.

If you missed The Nightmare Before Christmas at the Hollywood Bowl you could see it in 4D at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

Halloween (Monday)

The biggest event in the city has to be the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval– a massive free street party (500,000 people!) on Santa Monica Blvd.  with multiple music stages and a chance to see some of the most creative costumes around.  Palihouse nearby has tickets for their rooftop party ($20) and there are also additional parties at several places in the area. Definitely don’t drive there though- it gets pretty hectic!

Organ virtuoso Clark Wilson is improvising a soundtrack for a screening of the classic silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

LA Opera’s incoming Artist in Residence, Matthew Aucoin will create and conduct a new score for chamber orchestra for the film Nosferatu at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

LACMA is showing The Bride of Frankenstein with extended access to the Guillermo de Toro (5-8pm) included in the ticket price ($15-20)



Sep 032015

FIDLAR- West Coast

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/3-9/6)-


FIDLAR is playing a set at Amoeba Records to celebrate their new record Too and signing copies afterwards- http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3453/

HEALTH are playing a free show at Los Globos sponsored by Fader and Coors Light-RSVP here- http://mailer.thefader.com/pages/rsvp/rsvp-coors-light-the-fader-refreshla-w-health-this-thursday-september-3-2015

It’s Craft Night at CAFAM-this time it’s Felt Objects inspired by the L.A. River with Billy Kheel ($8)http://www.eventbrite.com/e/craft-night-at-cafam-felt-objects-inspired-by-the-la-river-with-billy-kheel-tickets-17325692613

Think Tank Gallery is having Summer Send Off and BBQ and Brew with live music, food and art, as well as a panel discussion on throwing events in Los Angeles (free)- https://www.facebook.com/events/1464309240538839/

Cinefamily is showing the work of the Quay Brothers (curated by Christopher Nolan) all weekend but tonight is the only night Nolan will be in attendance- http://www.cinefamily.org/films/the-quay-brothers-in-35mm/#the-quays-in-35mm-w-christopher-nolan-in-person-2


There are still tickets left to the Barnsdall Park Wine Tasting- four selections for $30- http://www.barnsdall.org/events/friday-night-wine-tastings/

The LA County Fair opens today in Pomona with Patti Labelle and Chaka Khan performing- http://www.lacountyfair.com/

Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile’s solo project Ducktails is playing at The Echo- http://www.theecho.com/event/862339-ducktails-los-angeles/

Tijuana Panthers are playing at the Regent- http://www.theregenttheater.com/event/905755-tijuana-panthers-los-angeles/

Mystic Braves are playing at the Teregram Ballroom- http://www.teragramballroom.com/event/917181-mystic-braves-los-angeles/


The Observatory in Santa Ana is hosting Burger Records Burger-a-go-g-2- with a big list of bands including Cults, Bleached, Cherry Glazerr- http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/burger-a-go-go-2

The outdoor movie at the Autry this week is Fight Club with live music beforehand- http://eatseehear.com/schedule/fight-club/#.VSwk6pTF-UA

The Damned are at the Fonda Theatre- http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/278592


Fiesta Hermosa, calls itself the “Largest Arts & Crafts Fair in Southern California,” and is going on all weekend in downtown Hermosa Beach- http://fiestahermosa.net/


The Hollywood Bowl is showing E.T. while the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs John Williams’ score (also on Friday and Saturday)- http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/et-extra-terrestrial/2015-09-06

Diet Cig are playing at the Bootleg with Kera and the Lesbians- http://www.ticketfly.com/event/902821-diet-cig-los-angeles/

All weekend (Friday through Labor Day)- Chungking Road in Chinatown is having a weekend of events including art openings, BBQ, live music, art talks, and more (free)- https://www.facebook.com/events/917714784968895/