Sep 262019
 

Deadbeat Beat- You Lift Me Up

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/26-9/29/19)-

Thursday

Bombay Bicycle Club are playing at The Mayan with Blaenavon

Ghostly is celebrating its 2oth Anniversary with performances by Gold Panda, Geotic, Mary Lattimore, Shigeto, and DJ SV4 at The Regent Theater

Pop Up Magazine’s “live magazine show” returns to The Theatre at the Ace Hotel, this time with the theme The Escape Issue in collaboration with The California Sunday Magazine. Performers include comedians Jordan Carlos and Chris Duffy, poet Sarah Kay, photographers Lucas Foglia and Lisette Poole, and more

Nightmares on Wax and Luke Vibert are DJ’ing at 1720

Pacer, Simulcast, and Devon Williams are opening for Stolen Jars at The Satellite

 

Thursday-Saturday

Lambda Lit Fest Los Angeles celebrates LGBTQ writers and includes tons of free programming throughout the city including performances and workshops. A day long celebration on Saturday at Pico Union Project concludes the programming with a presentation by Tegan and Sara from their new memoir, performances by artists including Phranc, Dynasty Handbag and Tommy Pico, and a karaoke party.

 

Friday

Deadbeat Beat are playing at All Star Lanes with Gum Country, Shells, and Dummy

Van Nuys Arts Festival is taking place at the civic center with live music, interactive art, a 3D maze, and more- all free

Ty Segall & Freedom Band are continuing their residency at Teragram Ballroom– tonight playing his new album First Taste and his 2014 album Manipulator. DMBQ are opening.

De Lux are opening for Friendly Fires at The Fonda Theatre

Hot Chip are playing with Holy Fuck at Shrine Expo Hall

 

Saturday

Blum & Poe are screening the LA premiere of Olompali: A Hippie Odyssey outdoors behind the gallery with a performance by folk band The Storytellers (free but RSVP required)

Deanna and Ed Templeton are signing their books at Arcana Books

The 38th Annual Watts Towers Day of The Drum Festival is taking place with free music and dance performances all day

Hammer Museum is having a free opening night party for the new Lari Pittman exhibition, which will include live DJs, drinks, and food trucks, as well as late night access to the gallery

The Berries, Justus Proffit, Alms, and Dummy are playing at The Hi Hat

Sunflower Bean, Ella Vos, and Ximena Sarinana are performing free as part of Tastes & Sounds Fall Crawl on South Lake Avenue in Pasadena

Deadbeat Beat are playing a free show in Long Beach at 4th Street Vine

Tegan and Sara are performing and telling stories to celebrate their new memoir at The Orpheum Theatre

 

Sunday

Artist Lari Pittman will be in conversation with curator Connie Butler at Hammer Museum to discuss his recently opened retrospective

At ICA LA’s free open house, celebrate new exhibitions No Wrong Holes: Thirty Years of Nayland Blake and Sadie Barnette: The New Eagle Creek Saloon and from 2-3pm artist Nayland Blake will be in conversation with curator Jamillah James

Events continue at Watts Towers Arts Centers Campus with The 43rd Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival

Michael Kiwanuka is opening for Gary Clark Jr. at the Hollywood Bowl

Pond are playing at The Fonda Theatre with Maraschino opening

 

Sep 202019
 

Every month I listen to the majority of bands/musicians that play in Los Angeles before deciding which shows to recommend. Songs are then added to a playlist for that month. If there are a lot of good bands, it gets split into two. These are August’s selections.

 

Sep 202019
 

Jeffrey Gibson, “PEOPLE LIKE US”, 2019

Jeffrey Gibson

2019’s Whitney Biennial presents an interesting selection of work, by a mostly young and diverse group of artists. The works included in the show are consistently good, and often intriguing, but this time around nothing is particularly outrageous or polarizing- a contrast to many of the previous iterations.

Not that there wasn’t any drama surrounding the show. This time around, however, the controversy was not with an artwork but with former Whitney executive board member Warren B. Kanders and his ownership of Safariland, a tear-gas canister maker. He has since resigned after protests and threats of withdrawal from several of the artists included in the show. Artist collective Forensic Architecture’s film, Triple Chaser, on view in the exhibition, investigates Safariland and Kanders.

Below are a few highlights from the exhibition.

Janiva Ellis ” Uh Oh, Look Who Got Wet”, 2019

Daniel Lind-Ramos, “Centinelas (Sentinels)”, 2013

Section of Nicole Eisenman’s, “Procession”, 2019

This exhibition closes 9/22/19.

 

Sep 192019
 

Jess Cornelius- No Difference

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/19-9/22/19)-

Thursday

Kilo Kish will be performing free (with registration) at Dr. Martens Studio City Store in Studio City

LACMA CEO Michael Govan will be in conversation with artist Thomas Joshua Cooper at LACMA about the exhibition he co-curated-Thomas Joshua Cooper: The World’s Edge (free but ticket required)

CAAM and Art + Practice are hosting a program on contemporary art writing with panelists- author Lynell George; Carolina Miranda, Staff Writer at the Los Angeles Times; and Lindsay Preston Zappas, founder, publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (Carla); moderated by Harry Gamboa Jr., artist, author, and educator. (free)

Ex Hex are playing at Zebulon with Seth Bogart (of Hunx and his Punx) and Rose Dorn

Celebrate the work of musician Daniel Johnston (who sadly passed away on 9/11/19) at The Hi Hat with Haunted Summer, Mirrorball, Nick Thorburn, Daniel Brummel, and more, performing covers of his songs with proceeds going to The SIMS Foundation which helps musicians and their families cope with mental illness.

Sita Bhaumik, artist, writer, curator, and co-founder of the People’s Kitchen Collective; Dani Burrows, curator of the Politics of Food series at the Delfina Foundation; John Echevestes, CEO, La Plaza de Cultural y Artes and La Plaza Cocina; and Laura Fried, founding executive director and curator of Active Cultures will be discussing the intersection of art and food at ICA LA before the opening of CURRENT:LA FOOD, their public art triennial in October (free). The panel discussion will be moderated by Asuka Hisa, director of learning and engagement and co-curator, CURRENT: LA FOOD and Danielle Brazell, general manager, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.

Daniel Lanois will be performing a free live show with his band Heavy Sun at Amoeba Hollywood to celebrate his work on The Music of Red Dead Redemption 2: Original Soundtrack

 

Friday

UCLA Film & Television Archive is screening exploitation films all weekend at Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater- tonight they are focused on drugs- She Shoulda Said ‘No!'(1949),  Narcotic (1933), and Marihuana (1936) ($9)

Tijuana Panthers are playing at The Regent Theater with No Age, The Hurricanes and Mu$ty BoYz

Ty Segall & Freedom Band are continuing their residency at Teragram Ballroom– tonight playing his new album First Taste and his 2014 album Manipulator. DMBQ are opening.

Jazz quartet Broken Shadows will be performing the music of Ornette Coleman at Zebulon

Lower Dens is playing at the Lodge Room

Kamasi Washington is performing at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

There’s a free screening of Captain Marvel on the fantail of Battleship IOWA located on the LA Waterfront in San Pedro

Flying Lotus is playing at The Novo with Brandon Coleman Spacetalker and Salami Rose Joe Louis

Boogarins are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Winter opening

Odd Nights at The Autry continues with live music, drinks, food, art gallery access, a market and more ($5)

 

Saturday

Jess Cornelius is opening for Cones at the Bootleg Theater

dublab is joining Bedrock LA in Silverlake to celebrated their respective 20th and 10th anniversaries. The fundraising event will include live performances, DJ sets, sound installations, activations, food trucks, drinks, and more. Performers include Shlohmo, Los Retros, Baths, DJ Koala, Peanut Butter Wolf, and many more

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary at The Greek Theatre with entertainment by Sia, Rufus Wainwright, Jennifer Lewis, Lily Tomlin, Tig Notaro and more

The Black Madonna is headlining a night of DJs at 451 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

Orchin and Storefront Church are opening for Hatchie at the Echoplex

 

Sunday

Barnsdall Art Center is hosting an Art and Craft Fair, a nice way to support local artists and check out some art  (free)

dublab continues its anniversary celebration at Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions, a free afternoon DJ dance party

Stone Irr is performing at The Love Song with Daniel Talton

Tweens and Total Heat are opening for Sheer Mag at Teragram Ballroom

Blackalicious is performing at The Roxy Theatre with Roots & Tings, and Bukue One

The Intelligence are playing at The Satellite with Earth Girl Helen Brown and VNLVX

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.