Apr 042019
 

Goth Babe- Car Camping

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/4-4/7/19)-

Thursday

The Drums are returning to play a free show at Amoeba Records and to sign their new album Brutalism

For tonight’s CraftNight at Craft Contemporary, Mimi Haddon will be leading a workshop on making sock animals

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is hosting the free program Poets, Priests, Martyrs: Henry Dumas, Joseph Jarman, MLK, a series of collaborations between MOCA and writer and artist Harmony Holiday. This edition features musician R.A.P.ferreira live alongside a recitation of poems by writer Henry Dumas (1934–68). A recording of a Dumas poem read by the late jazz musician and composer Joseph Jarman, and a recording of a piece by drummer Max Roach made in Martin Luther King’s honor will be also be played.

Justus Proffit and Hotline TNT are playing at rec center with Gum Country and Cryogeyser

Dilly Dally are playing at The Echo with Chastity opening

Dimber are opening for Sweet Spirit at the Bootleg Theater

 

Friday

Goth Babe are playing at 1720 with Jurassic Shark, The Grinns, The Licks, and OMW2HEAVEN

Natural History Museum’s First Friday event this month has performances by Harriet Brown and Drama, DJs, discussions, plus food trucks and cocktails

Vaguess is having a record release party at The Factory with support from Wild Wing and Traps PS

A.O. Gerber, Small Forward, and Cape Weather are playing at Weber Rations

It’s Aquarium of the Pacific’s free night and a chance to see the sharks in Shark Lagoon. Afterwards you can check out First Friday Long Beach’s County Fair event that includes live performances, fun and games, an art show and lots more

 

Friday through Sunday

For LA based director, writer and visual artist Lars Jan’s work The White Album, taking place at the Center for the Art of Performance UCLA with Early Morning Opera, he created a multimedia performance that uses Joan Didion’s essay, read in its entirety by actress Mia Barron, and combines it with a parallel performance taking place behind her. The audience is also split into two sections, one large and seated, and one mobile.

 

Saturday

Kitten and Hatchie are opening for Girlpool at The Regent Theater

The Warlocks are playing with Stevenson Ranch Davidians at The Hi Hat

The Egyptian Theatre continues its Festival of Film Noir with a double feature of Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil and Louis Malle’s Elevator to the Gallows

The Pesos are having a free record release party at Zebulon with The Tyde and Red Theme

Stella Donnelly is performing at the Bootleg Theater with Faye Webster opening

 

Saturday and Sunday

Brewery Art Walk returns and is a fun way to spend the day seeing artists work in their studios in the huge complex

Renegade Craft Fair is taking place at Los Angeles State Historic Park and includes over 200 local and national makers and designers (free)

 

Sunday

The Regent Theater is showing the film STIV: The Life And Times of Stiv Bators, a documentary about the former lead singer of the bands Dead Boys and The Lords of the New Church

Zebulon is having a free screening of Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise with a Q& A to follow with actor Richard Edson

José González & The String Theory are playing at the Los Angeles Theatre

The Prids and Soft Science are playing at the Echoplex with Tangients and Sick Wish

The Blank Tapes are playing at The Hi Hat with Blanco Niño, Ecstatic Union and Cosmo Gold

Mar 282019
 

Illuminati Hotties- (You’re Better) Than Ever

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/28-3/31/19)-

Thursday

Hammer Museum is showing the documentary Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland at 5pm followed by a staged reading performance of Say Her Name: The Lives That Should’ve Been at 7:30

Winter and Triptides are playing songs from their new collaborative album Estrela Mágica at Bootleg Theater

Slothrust are playing at the Troubadour with Rituals of Mine opening

Artists Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler will be at LACMA to discuss their film installation Flora currently on view, with noted art historian Richard Shiff and LACMA curator Stephanie Barron (free)

RY X is performing with orchestral support at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

The Happy Fits are playing at The Hi Hat with Deal Casino

Mija is performing at the Moroccan Lounge with G.Smith opening

 

Friday

The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art opens to the public today and continues through Sunday (Goldstar has discount tickets)

The Donkeys are playing at The Hi Hat with Dustin Lovelis and Glossies

Doe and Eureka California are playing a show at Gold Diggers

Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is hosting Night Dive, an adults only party with live bands, DJs, art, food and more

 

Saturday

Illuminati Hotties are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with SLUGS, Rosie Tucker, and bad snacks opening

From 1-3pm at LAMAG in Barnsdall Park educator Marta Feinstein will be teaching a mixed media self portrait workshop (free)

The Egyptian Theatre has a double feature of the noir films Appointment with Danger and Shadow on the Wall as part of their programming for Noir City: Hollywood, a film noir festival running until 4/7

Sam Evian is opening for Cass McCombs at The Fonda Theatre

Tuareg artist Bombino is performing at Zebulon with Alex Siegel (also Sunday)

 

Sunday

Vince Staples is performing at The Novo with JPEGMAFIA (also Saturday)

Zebulon is hosting a free screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

Atsuko Okatsuko is hosting a night of interactive games, videos, and discussions in the style of a Japanese Game Show at Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth. Guests include Frankie Quinones, Christina Anthony, Francesca Fiorentini, Matt Rogers, and Laurie Kilmartin. Proceeds from the event will go to RAINN.

New Candys are playing at The Echo with Be Forest, Slow Crush, and Holy Fawn

Sonoda, Deep Fields, Gold Cage and Easy Love are playing at The Hi Hat

Mar 142019
 

Tashaki Miyaki- Facts of Life

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/14-3/17/19)-

Thursday

1720 is hosting 45 Live with performances by Lord Finesse, Peanut Butter Wolf, J Rocc, Prince Paul, and special guests

MOCA Grand Avenue is showing Babette Magolte’s film The Sky on Location with the artist in attendance for the event

Tobe Nwigwe is performing at The Regent Theater

Downtown LA Artwalk returns with open studios and gallery shows

 

Friday

Refest Los Angeles 2019, is a salon that “explores innovative strategies in participatory performance that catalyze social change”. It is being hosted by Navel and CultureHubLA and will have interactive installations, performances and “experiences” by LA artists and artists from CultureHub’s global community (free with RSVP)

Odd Nights at The Autry includes a market, live music, food trucks, and the galleries at the museum stay open until 9pm ($5)

Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is free on Fridays from 6-9pm for Shark Lagoon Nights

Jeffertitti’s Nile are playing a free show at Zebulon with special guests

 

Saturday

Tashaki Miyaki are playing a free show at the Highland Park Bowl with Magic Wands, The Mercury Wheel, and Miguel Mendez & The Yoga Elite

LAMAG is hosting a free screening of Mariah Garnett’s film Trouble, a documentary about her relationship with her Northern Irish father who she met as an adult. The screening also includes a Q&A with the artist to follow plus snacks and drinks.

There’s a free ten hour Bach Marathon happening at Union Station, with various concerts taking place throughout the station

Artist Silke Otto-Knapp will be in conversation with Darby English, University of Chicago’s Carl Darling Buck Professor of Art History and the College, at Regen Projects at 2pm, in conjunction with Otto-Knapp’s exhibition Land and Sea at the gallery

Actor/ Director Alex Cox will be at the Egyptian Theatre to speak between screenings of Repo Man and his recent film Tombstone Rashomon

Sam Valdez and Rodes Rollins are playing at the Moroccan Lounge

New York Night Train with Jonathan Toubin, the all night dance party of uncommon soul music on vinyl, is happening at Zebulon

 

Sunday

LACMA is hosting a free lecture at 1pm by Sarah Kelly Oehler, Field-McCormick Chair and Curator of American Art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and organizing curator of Charles White: A Retrospective (currently at the museum), on the artist’s formative years in Chicago

Zebulon is having a free screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 film Barry Lyndon

The Egyptian Theatre is showing a Patrick Swayze double feature- Road House and Point Break

CLAVVS are playing at The Echo with Tigercide and a special guest

 

Mar 082019
 

Empress Of- When I’m With Him

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/7-3/10-19)-

Thursday

Damien Jurado is playing at Highland Park Ebell with Anna St.Louis opening

Justus Proffit is having a record release party at Zebulon with Pardoner and Orchin also performing

MOCA Grand Avenue is having the last iteration of its Blame the Audience free film series organized by Jason Simon. Tonight features the films Tiger Morse by Andy Warhol, If Andy Warhol’s Super-8 Camera Could Talk by Roddy Bogawa, and Outfitumentary by K8 Hardy.

There’s an art walk and block party with live music, live artists, vendors, art, and more in Mar Vista

Brooklyn based multimedia artist Miss Eaves will be performing her songs at The Hi Hat (free)

Adia Victoria is playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Dick Stusso and Sofia Bolt opening

 

Friday

ArtNight Pasadena returns with its free evening of live music, performances, and free admission to museums and galleries in Pasadena. There will also be free shuttles to take you around to the various locations.

Artist Carrie Mae Weems is combining music, text, projection and video for her performance based work Past Tense at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel. The work looks at the famous work Antigone and its relevance to today’s political times.

French for Rabbits and Kate Teague are playing a free early show at Gold-Diggers

Big Wild are playing at The Novo with Robotaki and Mild Minds opening

Rosie Tucker will be performing at The Hi Hat to celebrate the release of her new LP

Small Forward and Jerkagram are opening for Reptaliens at The Satellite

Black Midi are playing at the Bootleg Theater with SK Kakraba and Superet opening

 

Saturday

Empress Of is playing at the El Rey Theatre with Salt Cathedral and Saro opening

At Bergamot Station there will be several artist talks starting at 10:30am with Stan Edmonson, Lou Beach and Pierre Picot speaking at Craig Krull; Laurie Raskin at Skidmore Contemporary Art at 11:30am; and Gabriel Sanchez and Carlo Macucci at Lora Schlesinger Gallery at 12:30pm

Helms Bakery District has free screenings all day of over 24 short films on architecture and design. They will be shown on a loop in the six participating showrooms.

Atlas Obscura and Adam Papagan are hosting a screening of Public Access Talent Show, which focuses on performances unique to LA, at Zebulon

Beatriz Cortez and Rafa Esparza will be at Craft Contemporary to speak about their collaborative relationship as artists and friends and their work (free but rsvp)

Hauser & Wirth will have a free daylong screening of Piero Manzoni Artista in conjunction with his exhibition at the gallery- Piero Manzoni. Materials of His Time

Sad Park are playing at The Smell with The Groans, Gold Vine and .XOM

Julia Holter is playing Lodge Room with Tess Roby opening

Sammy Brue, Alaska Reid and Will Fox are playing a free show at Bootleg Theater

 

Sunday

Zebulon has a free screening of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove- Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb and later they are hosting Weirdo Night with Dynasty Handbag, Patty Schemel and other performers along with a screening of the 1983 film City of Lost Souls, a queer punk musical starring Jayne County

It’s the last day to see Ralph Ziman’s Casspir Project at The Rendon Gallery and the second day of live painting that Ziman will be doing at the gallery with fellow artist Keya Tama

Smokescreens and The Molochs are opening for The Monochrome Set at the Echoplex

DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler of Arcade Fire) will be performing at 1720

Lowland Hum are playing at the Bootleg Theater

Jonathan Bree is playing at The Echo with Big Search and Das Kope opening

Mar 012019
 

Sharon Van Etten- Seventeen

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/1- 3/3/19)-

Friday

First Fridays is back at the Natural History Museum with a panel discussion of the fires in California, performances by Shannon Shaw (of Shannon & The Clams) and Pinky Pinky, DJs, food trucks, cocktails and more

Director Ondi Timoner will be in person for a Q&A after the 7pm screening of his film Mapplethorpe at the Nuart Theatre (also on Saturday)

Jungle are playing at the Hollywood Palladium with Houses

Potty Mouth are having a record release party at The Factory with performances by Ariel View, The Aquadolls and Guppy (bonus- free cake!)

 

Saturday

Sharon Van Etten is performing at the Grammy Museum

Luis De Jesus gallery is having an artist talk with Chris Engman in conjunction with his solo exhibition Refraction

There is a free screening at LACMA of Meow Wolf: Origin Story, a documentary about the New Mexico DIY collective, with a post screening conversation with the filmmakers and Meow Wolf founders

Lunice is opening for Boombox Cartel at The Shrine Auditorium

Waxahatchee and Bonny Doon are playing DJ sets for the free dance party Close For Comfort at Gold-Diggers

Superet are opening for Caroline Rose at the Teragram Ballroom

 

Sunday

There’s a free screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 film Lolita at Zebulon

Dirty Laundry TV is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with Spring Fling Fest an afternoon/ evening of bands including Jurassic Shark, Sister Mantos, Healing Gems, and more

Hammer Museum is hosting the forum- Gerrymandering at Its Worst: A North Carolina Case Study- with Representative Pricey Harrison of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Saumya Narechania, director of census and community engagement at National Democratic Redistricting Committee, and moderator Shaniqua McClendon, political director for Crooked Media, discussing the controversial practice

CicLAvia is back- this time shutting down streets to cars in Culver City, Mar Vista and Palms

Sundressed and awakebutstillinbed are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Alien Boy and Sunsleeper opening

Feb 272019
 

Every week before posting the list of events for the weekend in Los Angeles, I listen to all the bands that are playing around the city (and occasionally elsewhere) to narrow down what shows I think are worth checking out. When I hear a band or singer I like, I choose one of their songs to put in that month’s playlist.

Below is the January 2019 playlist and currently there are monthly public playlists on the website’s Spotify profile going back to January of 2018.

Mar 022018
 

Superet- Pay It Later

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/2-3/4/18)-

Friday

For the second of the Natural History Museum’s First Fridays– Superet are opening for Mondo Cozmo as well as a performance by Shannon Lay. The programming will also include a special tour and a lecture on the upcoming possibilities of the 2028 LA Olympics.

Burger-A-Go-Go is a two night event at 1720 with bands The Coathangers, Death Valley Girls, The Flytraps and Feels performing tonight

Griffith Observatory their free first Friday program All Space Considered, where the curatorial staff discuss astronomy and space science

Ex-Cult are playing at the Lodge Room with Lars Finberg, and The Side Eyes

Cut Chemist is playing a show at the Teragram Ballroom

Saturday

It’s the last weekend to see the Cuba Is, photography exhibition at Annenberg Space for Photography and tonight there is a closing celebration with live music, free Cuban coffee and treats, and extended hours (6-8pm)

Burger-A-Gogo continues its two night event at 1720 with bands Dengue Fever, Winter, Summer Twins and Patsy’s Rats performing tonight

The 2018 LA IPA Fest at Mohawk Bend is a great way to sample beers from over 60 breweries (also Sunday)

Dai Burger and Uniiqu3 are playing at Union Nightclub

Saturday and Sunday

Air + Style Two Day Festival taking place at EXPO Par at LA Coliseum is not cheap ($149 for both days, $79 for one), but there are a lot of good bands playing including Cut Copy, Mura Masa, Twin Peaks, Ex-Cult on Saturday, and Sunday’s lineup includes Phoenix, Gucci Mane, Washed Out, Cloud Nothings, and Phantogram

Sunday

For MOCA’s Artists on Artists series, photographer Paul Mpagi Sepuya will be guiding a tour and discussing the recently opened exhibition Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin

Beta Main is hosting the free workshop Mindfulness and Self-Care Tools for Healthy and Joyful Living, facilitated by Victor Narro, Project Director of the UCLA Labor Center, and Laureen Lazarovici, writer and managing editor for the Kaiser Permanente Labor Management Partnership

Tall Juan is playing at The Echo with Gabriella Cohen and The Pantones opening

CLARA-NOVA is playing at The Moroccan Lounge with The Mynabirds and Rainstorm Brother opening

Nov 022017
 

Daniel Johnston- Some Things Last A Long Time

There’s a sweet sadness to the music of Daniel Johnston. He has been around for a while and there is an excellent documentary about him, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, from 2005, that chronicles his life and career, as well as his struggles with manic depression and schizophrenia. His songs have been covered often by artists including Beck (covering the song below for an album of Johnston covers by various artists) Beach House, Yo La Tengo and many more. Johnston also has two songs included on the soundtrack for the movie Kids.

Daniel Johnston is playing tonight (11/02/17) at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.

 

May 042017
 

Day Wave- Something Here

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

Thursday

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

Friday

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

Saturday

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

Sunday

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