Sep 122019
 

The War Toys- 9 to 5

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/12-9/15/19)-

Thursday

(Sandy) Alex G will be performing free at Amoeba Hollywood at 6pm

Artist Larry Bell will be in conversation with MOCA curator Mia Locks to celebrate the debut of Bell’s Bill and Coo at MOCA’s Nest (2019), located in MOCA’s sculpture garden at MOCA Grand Avenue (free)

Gouge Away, G*U*N*N*, Justus Proffit, and Entry are playing free at Chewing Foil for a Vans sponsored event which also includes free art and food

The Hollywood Bowl is screening the classic musical An American in Paris with the score performed live by the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Explosions in the Sky are performing at the Hollywood Palladium with Sessa opening (or catch them Friday at the Yost Theater)

Charlie Cunningham is playing at The Echo with The Still Tide opening

Joey Pecoraro is playing at the Echoplex with Ian Ewing opening

 

Friday

Cate Le Bon is opening for Mac DeMarco at The Greek Theatre

Young Jesus and Ada Lea are playing at the Bootleg Theater

LACMA is free after 3pm today (and all weekdays) for Los Angeles residents and stay for the free jazz concert from 6-8pm

Gruff Rhys is performing at Zebulon with Sophia Knapp opening

Jay Som is playing at the Echoplex with Affectionately and Boy Scouts opening

Generacion Suicida are playing at The Hi Hat with Zoloa, Fuga, and Stormhouse opening

 

Saturday

The War Toys are playing at The Smell with Makeout Reef, Archer Oh, and Los Shadows

Open Arts and Music Festival is taking place in Glendale from 3-10pm with music by performers including Kilo Kish, Nick Waterhouse, and Sister Mantos, public art, an arts market, a Golden Road beer garden and more, all free

LAMAG is hosting a discussion at 2:30pm titled Making a Living as an Artist, with Offal exhibition artists Panteha Abareshi and gloria galvez, moderated by Gas founder/director Ceci Moss

Mar Vista’s mile long music and art walk (Venice Blvd from Inglewood Blvd to Lyceum Ave) is taking place from 4-10pm

18th Street Art Center is hosting a free evening of video screenings, open studios, and performances

Ex Hex are playing a free show at The Getty as part of their Saturdays Off the 405 concert series

Deca and Ehiorobo are performing with DJ Marvl at The Hi Hat

 

Sunday

Bon Iver is playing at The Forum with Sharon Van Etten

Cake and Ben Folds are performing with special guest Tall Heights at The Greek Theatre

Learn how to make cyanotypes (photo blue prints) in the sun at The Getty’s free photography workshop

The Egyptian Theatre is showing a double feature of The Godfather and The Godfather II

Cafe Tacvba are playing at The Hollywood Bowl with Cherry Glazerr

Sep 052019
 

Oso Oso- Reindeer Games

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/5-9/8/19)-

Thursday

Tycho is performing at The Greek Theatre with Chrome Sparks

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is free tonight and they are showing the West Coast premiere of the short films First (2019) and Negative Two (2019) with a conversation between Dominica founder Martine Syms and the filmmakers following the screening

The Getty Museum is having a free screening of Citizen Lane, a portrait of Irish collector of modern art, Hugh Lane

Meatbodies and Morgan Delt are opening for Psychedelic Porn Crumpets at The Regent Theater

 

Friday

Goon are opening for Valley Queen at the Lodge Room

Ty Segall & Freedom Band are continuing their residency at Teragram Ballroom– tonight playing his new album First Taste and his 2016 album Emotional Mugger. The Orange Man are opening.

The Aero Theatre is having a midnight screening of John Waters’ classic Pink Flamingos

Lia Ices is playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Henry Wolfe

There’s a free dance party at Zebulon with Mogwai DJ’s

 

Friday through Sunday

Saatchi Art’s The Other Art Fair opens to the public today and runs through Sunday at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica

Classic Photographs Los Angeles is happening through Sunday at ROSEGALLERY at Bergamot Arts Center with photographic art from 12 galleries and dealers

 

Saturday

Oso Oso are playing with The Sidekicks and Future Teens at The Hi Hat

Ever Present, the free performance series at The Getty returns with a celebration of plant culture inspired by Mort Garson’s 1976 classic electronic album Mother Earth’s Plantasia. The album will be streaming all day in the Robert Irwin designed garden, and performers include New York-based Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, known for composing with plant-based bio data, ambient guitarist Noveller, Florist’s Emily A. Sprague, Lucky Dragons, and Gregg Kowalsky—all performing amid a custom stage installation by Hand & Rose. There will also be presentations, interactive synthesizer work stations, and more.

LACMA’s summer after-hours party Muse “til Midnight returns with DJ sets from Actress, Octo Octa, and Yu Su, a live performance by Julianna Barwick, art activities, access to several current exhibitions, drinks, food, and more

Karen O and Danger Mouse are performing at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Cinespia is showing the 1982 film Blade Runner at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Tennis System are celebrating their Lovesick record release at The House of Machines with Spare Parts for Broken Hearts and Glaare also performing

Keys N Krates and TroyBoi are performing with Zedd at Los Angeles State Historic Park for the Zedd in The Park event

Janelane, Fur Dixon, and Solvej Schou are performing a free show for Electric Women night at Zebulon

 

Sunday

Sad Park are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with North Morlan and Goldy

Hater, Sonoda, and The Pantones are playing an early show (5:30pm) at the Echoplex

The Egyptian Theatre is showing all three of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s THREE COLORS series Blue, White, and Red

Joy Again are playing at The Echo with Field Trip and King Nun opening

Aug 302019
 

This is the last weekend (closing 9/1) to see Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite at Skirball Cultural Center.

From the center’s website-

See the iconic images that amplified one of the most influential cultural movements of the 1960s: “Black Is Beautiful.” Featuring over forty photographs of black women and men with natural hair and clothes that reclaimed their African roots, Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite, organized by Aperture Foundation, New York, is the first-ever major exhibition dedicated to this key figure of the second Harlem Renaissance.

Inspired by the writings of activist and black nationalist Marcus Garvey, Brathwaite (b. 1938) combined his political vision with the medium of photography to effect social change. Along with his brother Elombe Brath (1936–2014), Brathwaite founded two organizations that were instrumental in realizing his vision: African Jazz-Art Society and Studios, a collective of artists, playwrights, designers, and dancers, in 1956; and Grandassa Models, a modeling group for black women, in 1962. Working with AJASS and Grandassa Models, Brathwaite organized fashion shows featuring clothing designed by the models themselves, created stunning portraits of jazz luminaries, and captured behind-the-scenes photographs of the black arts community.

During an era when segregation still prevailed across the United States, Brathwaite’s work challenged mainstream beauty standards that excluded women of color. His photographs celebrated black beauty and instilled a sense of pride throughout the community. Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite demonstrates how the medium of photography is an essential cultural tool in the dissemination of new visual paradigms and political ideas.

Aug 292019
 

KOTA The Friend- SEDONA

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/29-9/1/19)

Thursday

Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones are performing at 1720 with Hitmakerchinx and Cedaa opening

Designer Thomas Heatherwick (whose projects include Vessel in Hudson Yards and Google HQ in Silicon Valley) will be discussing “the future of the city, the advent of the virtual realm, and how to create meaningful public spaces that bring people together” with Dezeen editor Marcus Fairs at Second Home Serpentine Pavilion at La Brea Tar Pits (free)

The Music Center Plaza is having re-opening events all weekend- tonight Go Get Em Tiger and The Mullin Wine Bar are hosting a special Block Party with live music by DJ Element, with drinks, food, games, giveaways, and more

Bryan Ferry is performing at The Greek Theatre

The Rare Occasions, White Elephant, Babe Parade, and Primitive Heart are playing at The Factory

The Aero Theatre is showing a double feature of Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb and The Magic Christian

 

Friday

Kota The Friend is performing at the Troubadour with No Suits and Haseeb opening

Ty Segall & Freedom Band are continuing their residency at Teragram Ballroom– tonight playing his new album First Taste and his 2016 album Emotional Mugger. Lamps are opening.

Peach Kelli Pop are playing at The Hi Hat with Small Crush, Blink 183 (covers of Blink 182 w/members of Peach Kelli Pop and Joyce Manor), and Fuss

The Aero Theatre is showing a double feature of Office Space and Clerks

The Courtneys and Ian Sweet are playing at the Bootleg Theater

 

Saturday

These Days gallery is hosting Runners of The Sun, An Evening of Art & Tarot with artwork by Amelia Rose and free oracle card readings

Pasadena Day Dream Festival is taking place at Brookside at The Rosebowl with The Cure, Pixes, Deftones, Mogwai, Throwing Muses, The Joy Formidable and more playing ($150)

Made in LA Fest is happening over two days at Golden Road Brewing. Today’s bands- Jasper Bones, Pell, Cold War Kids, and Lemaitre

Independent Shakespeare Co. is performing Twelfth Night in Griffith Park tonight (and for the last time of the season on Sunday)

Slaughter Beach, Dog are playing at Lodge Room

The Aero Theatre is showing all three of the original Mad Max films

 

Sunday

From 2-7pm, Broad Fest, a free afternoon of music, dance, and interactive entertainment, is taking place on The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. There will be music performances, dance lessons, art making and more

Made in LA Fest continues at Golden Road Brewing. Today’s bands- Key LeBlanc, Lauren Ruth Ward, Donavon Frankenreiter, Phantom Planet, and Rob Leines

Maestro of the Movies: The Music of John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl celebrates the famous composer with performances of his music by the LA Philharmonic along with some film clips from the movies (performances on Friday and Saturday as well)

Weirdo Night returns to Zebulon with an evening of performances hosted by Dynasty Handbag

 

Aug 232019
 

CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop, Annenberg Space for Photography‘s latest exhibition, includes an excellent selection of photos from the beginning of hip-hop until now. Over 75 original and unedited contact sheets are also being shown. These are a great addition to the exhibition and give the viewer added insight into the thought process that went into the final work.

In the center of the gallery, there is an exclusive new documentary short film featuring several of the photographers from the show at work and in conversation. There is also a pop-up record shop featuring rare hip-hop on vinyl.

This exhibition closes 8/25/19.

Aug 222019
 

A Universe of One, 2018

A Universe of One, 2018 (detail)

The Dream of Flight, 2019

The Dream of Flight, 2019 (detail)

Currently at Kohn Gallery is New York-based artist María Berrío’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.

From the press release-

Inspired by her youth in the countryside of Bogotá, Colombia, Berrío’s paintings explore the experience of immigrant identity, intercultural connectivity and the beauty that is found in the diversity of cultures and countries. Berrío depicts her figures with richly detailed and patterned backgrounds of exteriors and interiors. The large, detailed mixed media canvases employ lush, carefully crafted, multilayered Japanese papers and paint, resulting in scenes replete with pensive yet confident figures amid a scene of visual exuberance.

Berrío’s work often places female figures at the center of her intricately woven landscapes. Painted with watercolor details, her figures stare out of the composition determined to confront the viewer from their own surreal surroundings. Her work is evocative of predecessors such as Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, both known for their exceptional degree of emotional directness and figural distortion in the place of conventional beauty. Berrío’s works float seamlessly between historical and contemporary artistic styles as they employ a wide visual vernacular ranging from expressionism to graphic, abstract marks.

The variety of media and techniques found in María Berrío’s practice emphasizes the interwoven cultural breadth of the world in which we live, where globalization and injustice touch the lives of everyone. Each character Berrío paints is a symbol of this new reality and the strength that can issue from it. For the artist, a female soldier on the front lines is as brave and mighty as the mother who protects her children from the perils of war. These depictions of women are seen as guiding spirits who are strong, vulnerable, compassionate, courageous and in harmony with Nature and themselves. With these combinations of human traits and emotions, Berrío fortifies her belief that with womanhood every action is considered beautiful and strong, no matter how small or large.

For her current show, A Cloud’s Roots, Berrío focuses especially on place and migration. The individuals are seen in preparation for their travels, in moments of transition, and in various states of uncertainty. Berrío states, “the ambiguity is intentional; although I may have a specific idea in mind when making the work, the actual piece lacks cultural specificity to allow for all symbolic possibilities.” Berrío therefore gravitates towards symbols with global cultural significance, such as braids, birds, and flowers, with the hope that they allow diverse audiences to bring their own understanding to the work.

In her recent work, A Cloud’s Roots (2018), Berrío creates a fictional species of tree based on the dragon’s blood tree, found exclusively on an island off the coast of Yemen. The dragon’s blood tree has adapted perfectly to the island’s desert-like climate and rocky soil, inhospitable to most other plant life. It is a powerful symbol of survival and resilience, able to thrive even in the most unlikely conditions. The figures in the piece are compelled to leave their home but they carry with them the knowledge that they too have the power to put down roots wherever they go.

By reflecting on the beauty of our immigrant nation, Berrío’s new body of work aims to rewrite the narrative of American history to include the stories of people who have long been excluded. It makes space for those who were not born in this country, but come here full of hope and desire to make it their home. As the art canon expands its scope and redefines its boundaries, Berrío imagines a future in which people with diverse perspectives can walk into an institution and see themselves reflected back. Berrío states, “so many immigrants, myself included, are stuck in the inbetween, not quite from here, and no longer from there. I create work that bears witness to this liminal state of being and acknowledges it as an essential part of being American. I wish to convey that which can never be conveyed: the sheer joy of being, of creation, and the undiscoverable mystery of being alive.”

This exhibition closes 8/24/19.

Also, if you are in New York City, she recently created several glass and ceramic mosaics that can be seen in the Fort Hamilton Pkwy Station.

 

Aug 222019
 

Shannon Lay- Recording 15

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/22-8/25/19)-

Thursday

Artist Kelly Akashi is giving a walk-through of the Sarah Lucas exhibition at Hammer Museum and then stay for ASCAP’s free On the Come Up concert with hip hop and R&B musicians that include Adrian Marcel, Marco McKinnis, Asiahn, Darius Coleman and more

No Parents are playing a free show with Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries and The Witching Hours at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park

Snail Mail is playing at The Wiltern with SASAMI and Choirboy

Skirball Cultural Center is free tonight with a performance by trumpeter/lyricist/producer Josef Leimberg as well as a chance to check out the current exhibitions

Generationals are playing at Lodge Room with Pure Bathing Culture opening

The Aero Theatre is showing the Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon classic Some Like It Hot

Itasca is playing a free show at Zebulon with Dollar Band

 

Friday

Ty Segall & Freedom Band are continuing their residency at Teragram Ballroom– tonight playing his new album First Taste and his 2011 album Goodbye Bread. Oog Bogo is opening.

Kyle Craft & Showboat Honey are playing at Moroccan Lounge with Balto opening

Spendtime Palace and Boa are opening for The Nude Party at The Echo

L.A. Live is having a block party with live painting, pop-up shops, $5 food and drink menus at their restaurants, performances, and more

The Wiltern is hosting a Kill Bill night with a screening of both films plus movie inspired drinks, a DJ playing from the soundtrack, and more

The Aero Theatre is showing the Steve McQueen film The Great Escape

Cold Showers, Foie Gras, and Edges are playing an early show at Zebulon to benefit fire relief aid for Echo Park residents

 

Friday through Sunday

DTLA Proud Festival is taking place in Pershing Square with DJs, bands, drag performers, and more. On Friday the festival is free, and on Saturday and Sunday  Summertramp adds water slides to the fun.

 

Saturday

Shannon Lay is playing at Pico Union Project with Mikal Cronin and Kacey Johansing

Hammer Museum is hosting Abortion Laws: State by State, a panel discussion that will address “the various state-specific anti-choice efforts, and considers ramifications for the future of Roe v. Wade and reproductive rights more broadly”. Shaniqua McClendon, political director for Crooked Media, will be moderating a discussion with California Senator Connie M. Leyva, Loyola Law School professor Brietta Clark, and NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Amy Everitt.

Space 15 Twenty is having an early live music event with Justus Proffit, Cape Weather and XINXIN playing free

Over 20 bands are playing the Mondo Hollywood event at Catch One including Man…or Astroman, L.A.Witch, Levitation Room, and The Night Times, plus burlesque performances throughout the evening

Molly Burch is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Jackie Cohen and Noël Wells opening

The Egyptian Theatre is hosting the Bob Fosse double feature- Cabaret and All That Jazz

The Getty’s free concert series Off the 405 continues with performances by San Cha and La Mera Candelaria

 

Saturday and Sunday

Viva! Pomona music festival is happening over two days at The Glass House with a long list of bands that includes Beach Goons, Y La Bamba, French Vanilla, Junkie, Kicked Off the Streets, Not From England, Inner Wave, Little Jesus, Jean Dawson, Lealani, Los Retros, and many, many more. $25 per day

Independent Shakespeare Co. is performing Twelfth Night in Griffith Park on Saturday. On Sunday get there early for crafts and Players in the Park featuring Shakes-Queer with drag performer Pickle and ISC’s Xavi Moreno teaching everyone to recite Shakespeare before a performance of Pericles.

 

Sunday

Long Beach’s Zaferia District is having the one day music and comedy festival Happy Sundays at several local venues. Bands include Janelane, Billy Changer, The Molochs, The Gems, Triptides, Cat Scan, Tropa Magica, Prettiest Eyes, Girl Tears, and more plus comedy with Neil Hamburger

The Aero Theatre is showing a double feature of Working Girl and Thelma and Louise with an introduction by author Sloan De Forest

L.A. Drones are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Programmed for Pleasure, Magic Wands, Blood Candy, and Tangients

Versus, Plus/Minus, The Asteroid No.4, and The Flash Hits are playing at the Echoplex