Apr 112019
 

Prettiest Eyes- Don’t Call

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/11-4/14/19)-

Thursday

Skirball is hosting the panel discussion Black is Beautiful: Then and Now in conjunction with the opening of Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite. The panel includes the artist’s son and director of the Kwame Brathwaite Archive, Kwame S. Brathwaite, along with fashion designer Mimi Plange, photographer Tyler Mitchell, and costume designer Ruth Carter. ($20)

Goon are playing with Dead Soft at the Moroccan Lounge

MOCA Grand Avenue is hosting BlackStar Film Festival. The screening to be followed by a discussion with the founder Maori Karmael Holmes (free)

Damon & Naomi are playing at Zebulon with Exploding Flowers

Wicca Phase Springs Eternal is playing at the Echoplex with Horse Head and MIRSY

 

Friday

ICA LA is hosting Art Buzz, a happy hour tour of Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake with curator Jamillah James and Director of Learning and Engagement Asuka Hisa, with refreshments to follow

Prettiest Eyes are playing at El Cid with Meatbodies, Chud, and The Chonks

Drugdealer is performing at the Teragram Ballroom

 

Friday through Sunday

Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair 2019 is happening at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. The free event includes conversations, workshops, performances and other programs and is a great place to find and purchase art books.

 

Saturday

Bergamot Station is having a Spring Open House, a free event with opening receptions, artist talks, and more

Curator David J. Getsy will be giving a public lecture at West Hollywood City Council Chambers titled Rubbish and Dreams: The Genderqueer Performance Art of Stephen Varble in 1970s New York, from 2-4:30pm. The talk is in conjunction with the exhibit he curated for ONE GalleryThe Gutter Art of Stephen Varble: Genderqueer Performance in the 1970s, Photographs by Greg Day. A Q&A with Getsy will follow the lecture.

Independent music stores will celebrate Record Store Day with exclusive releases and events. Amoeba Records in Hollywood will have gift bags, live silk screening, and guest DJ sets

Emily Reo is having a record release party at Junior High with performances by Foxes in Fiction and Lush Agave

Old school hip hop legends Eric B. & Rakim are performing at The Novo

 

Saturday and Sunday

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books returns to the USC Campus with tons of free and ticketed events and readings, plus music, chef demos, booksellers, and more.

 

Sunday

Zebulon continues their month of free screenings of Jim Jarmusch films with Down By Law

Summer Cannibals are playing The Redwood Bar & Girl

Cruz de Navajas are playing with Pelada, All Your Sisters, Some Ember and Temple of Angeles at the Echoplex

Apr 132017
 

The Buttertones- Sadie’s A Sadist

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/13-4/16/17)-

(*note- this is Easter Weekend and Coachella, so listings are a little more limited this week)

Thursday

The Buttertones are playing a free show at Amoeba Records and the band will be signing their new album Gravedigging after the show

Artist Michael Smith is speaking at the Hammer Museum (free)

Cinefamily is showing the film Somewhere Beautiful with a live set by Avi Buffalo and Andrea Silva (who have songs in the film). The director of the film, Albert Kodagolian, will also be present with the director of the film that inspired him, Atom Egoyan.

Seattle rapper Dave B is performing at The Echo

Writer Annabelle Gurwitch is in conversation with Jonathan Gold at Skylight Books to launch her new collection of essays- Wherever You Go, There They Are

Friday

Subject: Los Angeles is a four night program at The Bob Baker Marionette Theater consisting of “L.A. ephemera featuring archival films, guest presenters, music, and puppets that explore hidden threads of L.A. history”. Tonight is Subject: Los Angeles as Eden which explores the ways L.A.’s image has been presented as a paradise.

LACMA is screening an episode of the CNN original series, United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, titled Immigrants and Refugees, with a discussion with Bell to follow (free)

Julia Jacklin is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Gold Star and Christian Lee Hutson opening

Saturday

Marco Benevento is performing at the Bootleg Theater with Wyndham, and The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers opening

The VRLA (Virtual Reality) Expo 2017 is at the Los Angeles Convention Center with panels, presentations and a chance to check out new games

The Egyptian Theatre is hosting a double feature for their Hollywood Feud: Bette vs Joan series, with All About Eve and Mildred Pierce

Kid Wave is playing with Sudan Archives, Aalok and Hydro Kitten at The Echo

Sunday

The Aero Theatre is showing Bugs Bunny Cartoon Classics, including Easter themed ones, at 2pm with free candy for kids

Later, the Aero is showing Donnie Darko, with director Richard Kelly in person

Jan 262017
 

Dustin Lovelis- Off The Rails

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (1/26-1/29/17)-

Thursday

LA band The Regrettes are playing a free show at Amoeba Records in Hollywood

Bergamot Station is hosting The Night of Ideas, ” a 7-hour marathon of debates, live performances, readings, art installations, screenings and music”  that  explore the idea of utopias (free with registration)

As part of The Broad’s program The Un-Private Collection, musician and art collector, Flea, will be speaking with artist Thomas Houseago (who has work in The Broad’s current exhibition Creature) at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

There are still tickets available to see photographer Candace Feit discuss her work with the transgender community in India at the Annenberg Space for Photography (free with registration)

Seratones are playing with Communist Daughter and Ever So Android at The Echo

Friday

Blum & Poe is hosting Poetry & Piano, an evening with music from Donal Fox and readings by Will Alexander, Tisa Bryant and Robin Coste Lewis in conjunction with Sam Durant’s exhibition at the gallery ($10 suggested donation with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood)

Cayetana are opening for Mikey Erg and Lemuria at The Echo

Bootleg Theater is hosting Girlschool 2017, a 100% women-led music festival with bands that include Deap Vally, The Bird and the Bee, The Regrettes, Winter, and more playing, DJ’ing, and speaking over three nights ($16 per night or $45 for 3 days)

Peach Kelli Pop, SadGirl, and The Paranoyds are playing a benefit at Music Tastes Good in Long Beach

No Age are playing at Non Plus Ultra with Drug Apts

Saturday

My favorite of the LA art fairs, stARTup Art Fair returns to the Highland Gardens Hotel (opening on Friday and closing Sunday). The programming is worth looking into and last year each of the independent artists took over one of the unique hotel rooms and turned it into a temporary gallery  (discounts on Goldstar and Groupon)

Night on Broadway returns to celebrate the history of the famous downtown LA street, with music and performances both on the street and in the historic theaters, all free

Art Los Angeles Contemporary continues at The Barker Hangar (also Friday and Sunday- discounts on Goldstar)

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls are playing at The Wiltern

Sunday

Dustin Lovelis is opening for Prism Tats at The Hi Hat

The big Museum Free-For-All is on with museums that include LACMA, the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Descanso Gardens, MOCA, and more

REDCAT is screening the documentary The Murder of Fred Hampton: The Struggle Continues by Howard Alk and Michael Gray, with a panel discussion to follow with artist Sam Durant, activist and educator Ericka Huggins and UCLA scholar Robin Kelley

If you missed No Age on Friday you can see them in Long Beach at The Federal Underground

’80s band Gene Loves Jezebel are playing at The Echo with Fatal Jamz

May 052016
 

Bleached- Wednesday Night Melody

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/5-5/8/16)-

Thursday

Bleached are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with NO PARENTS and Feels

Writer Lawrence Weschler will be speaking with painter Ramiro Gomez at the Hammer Museum

Beach Slang are headlining a show at the Troubadour

Juliana Barwick is playing at Highland Park Ebell with Mas Ysa

Friday

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals are performing a free show at Amoeba Hollywood

There’s a Prince Tribute at City Hall (free)

Cinefamily is closing their Underground USA film festival with Richard Linklater’s debut film Slacker

Friday and Saturday

The Pancakes & Booze Art Show returns to Los Angeles- $5 gets you free pancakes, along with art, musical performances and more

Friday through Sunday

Hammer Museum along with The Institute for Art and Olfaction and Luckyscent/Scent Bar is hosting the AIX Scent Fair with workshops and panels and a party on Saturday hosted by Zackary Drucker (free)

Saturday

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) is having Feminism 4.0, a panel discussion and launch party for Artillery’s May/June Photography Issue (free)

Grand Park is having Downtown Bookfest with performances, readings, activities and pop up bookshops

Big Freedia, aka The Queen of Bounce, is performing at The Regent

Saturday and Sunday

Echo Park Craft Fair returns to Mack Sennett Studios with high quality local vendors ($10)

RuPaul’s DragCon is at the LA Convention Center with celebrity guests, contestants from Drag Race, panel discussions, and more

Sunday

The Egyptian Theatre is having a double feature for Mother’s Day of Rosemary’s Baby and David Cronenberg’s The Brood

 

Nov 132015
 

Andra Day- Forever Mine

Today (11/13/15) at Amoeba Records, Andra Day will be performing from her album Cheers to the Fall for Club Vinyl. There will be live vinyl pressings and Amoeba will be offering 50% off vinyl from artists performing at 30 Days in LA as part of the event as well.

Jun 112015
 

Mystic Braves- Desert Island

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/11-6/14/15)-

Thursday

June’s DTLA Artwalk has a film and video theme- stop by the Regent Theater for a short film festival (free) in between checking out the galleries- https://www.facebook.com/events/1625739987649195/

Writer Claudia Rankine is reading at MOCA Geffen (free with RSVP)- http://sites.moca.org/the-curve/reading-claudia-rankine/

The LA Film Fest has begun (running til 6/18) and tonight at LACMA they are showing Too Late, “a dark love letter to Los Angeles”, which stars John Hawkes and includes a conversation with the filmmakers- http://www.lacma.org/event/too-late

HOLYCHILD are playing a free set at Amoeba Hollywood- http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3352/

Neon Trees are at the Fonda Theatre with Alex Winston- http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/274667

Friday

Downtown Dark Nights returns to LA Live with $5 food and drink specials, live music, art installations and live painting by several street artists- http://www.lalive.com/events/nokia-plaza/detail/dark-nights-at-la-live-150612

Producer and DJ Peanut Butter Wolf is kicking off the Music Center downtown’s Bring Your Own Dance Moves their free weekly dance party- http://www.musiccenter.org/byodm

MOCA Grand Ave is having a book launch at their store for Architectones: Art In the Living Environment which will feature a roundtable conversation with François Perrin, Maura Lucking, Jan Tumlir, Bryony Roberts, and Mark Hagen; a performance by Veilhan and James Goldstein and music by DJ Vincent Tajan, as well as a book signing- http://sites.moca.org/the-curve/book-launch-architectones/

Friday through Sunday

It’s LA Pride and the festival goes all weekend with a parade (Sunday), Thunderground Roller Disco, and live music from artists including Kesha and Tinashe – http://lapride.org/

Saturday

Mystic Braves are the headliners of a four band show at the Troubadour that also includes So Many Wizards- http://www.troubadour.com/event/769081-mystic-braves-los-angeles/

The Los Angeles Design Festival closing night street party is free and in Chinatown with the addition of a pop up market- http://ladesignfestival.ticketmob.com/event.cfm?id=100095&cart

NELA Art Gallery Night is a great way to check out the galleries in the Highland Park area- https://www.facebook.com/NELAart

The Autry in Griffith Park is having a movie night on their south lawn- this week it’s The Grand Budapest Hotel with Mansions on the Moon playing before the show- http://eatseehear.com/schedule/the-grand-budapest-hotel/#.VR7KYfnF9HU

Sunday

Rob Forbes, creator of Design Within Reach along with Eric Heiman, creative director of the San Francisco design studio Volume Inc. will discuss Forbes’s new book, See for Yourself: A Visual Guide to Everyday Beauty, with a book signing afterwords at LACMA (free)- http://www.lacma.org/event/rob-forbes

Ink-N-Iron, a festival celebrating hot rods, tattoos, 50′s fashion and burlesque returns to the Queen Mary in Long Beach (also Friday and Saturday) and tonight the live music includes Fishbone, Gary Numan, and Peter Murphy among others- http://longbeach.ink-n-iron.com/

Apr 162015
 

Bad Religion- Los Angeles is Burning

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/16-4/19)-

Thursday

William Pope L.’s Migrant (2105), which was made for his current exhibit, will be performed at MOCA – free and free evening admission- http://edu.moca.org/calendar/2015-04-16

The Replacements are playing at the Hollywood Palladium- http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/the-replacements-2/#.VS9d4GaDRFU

Toro y Moi are at the Fonda Theatre- http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/268563

The Live Read series at LACMA continues this week with Major League guest directed by Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike). A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door two hours before start time- http://www.lacma.org/event/live-read-major-league

Friday

Bad Religion are playing at the Fonda Theatre with OFF!- http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/268555

Peaking Lights are playing at The Echo- http://www.theecho.com/event/815591-sensations-fix-los-angeles/

WAND and Dunes are playing along with two other bands for $8 at The Smell- http://thesmell.tunestub.com/event.cfm?id=202711&cart

Saturday

Record Store Day is back and there are lots of venues doing something special to celebrate. Origami Vinyl is having DJ sets, bands (including Fever the Ghost), giving gift bags to the first group of customers and there will be a free ice cream truck. Permanent Records is also having performers including John Doe and Exene from X.  Amoeba Records isn’t on the list but is having events at the store as well as one across the street at Space 15 Twenty. The official list of venues is here- http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues

You may not have heard of many of the bands playing Brokechella, BUT it is an annual event that gets bigger every year, just like its namesake, and it’s a pretty good deal. For $20 you get art shows, bands, comedy and variety, giant jenga puzzles, a vendor fair, Puppychella for dog owners, and more-all in Downtown’s Warehouse District-  http://brokechella.com/

Always wanted to see the inside of the Magic Castle but never scored an invite from a magician? One way to get a peek is to check out their Swap Meet taking place 9am-3pm (from the Terrace to the Peller Theatre) where you can also shop around for a variety of magic related items ($8)- http://www.magiccastle.com/visiting/calendar.cfm?id=1475

If you are around WeHo and see people dressed in black with bowler hats and wearing artistic looking sandwich boards, they are part of the 100 Walkers performance piece. More info here- http://www.onehundredwalkers.com/100-walkers-west-hollywood/

Saturday and Sunday

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is back with a huge list of free and ticketed (many only $1) events and readings- authors include Tavis Smiley, Billy Idol, Octavia Spencer, Kate Mulgrew, Amber Tamblyn, Patton Oswalt, Vikram Chandra, Roy Choi and many, many, more- http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/tickets-and-schedule/schedule/

Sunday

CAFAM (Craft and Folk Art Museum) is hosting a gallery tour and conversation  with exhibition juror Cat Jimenez, Executive Director of the Lucie Foundation, and a group of exhibiting artists from the show Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video (free with RSVP)- http://www.cafam.org/programs/

Mar 242015
 

Mini Mansions- Death is a Girl

Tonight (3/24) Mini Mansions are signing their new album The Great Pretenders and performing a live set at Amoeba Records Hollywood (and Amoeba San Francisco on 3/27). They also just released a video for their song Vertigo which features Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys.

Jan 292015
 

Kishi Bashi- Philosphize In It! Chemicalize With It

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (1/29-2/1)-

Thursday

The Flux Screening series returns to Hammer Museum- tonight it’s a short film by Ben Mor, a film by Ben and Joe Dempsey, and a video by Gia Coppola. There’s a courtyard after party as well- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/01/flux/

So Many Wizards are having a free show and record signing at Amoeba Hollywood- http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3196/

Friday

LACMA is showing Uptight, a “seldom-seen thriller that transposes John Ford’s classic film The Informer to Cleveland in the tense days after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr” written by the director Jules Dassin, Julian Mayfield and Ruby Dee- your $5 ticket includes Taxi Driver as well- http://www.lacma.org/event/uptight

Friday through Sunday

Art Los Angeles Contemporary art fair is at the Barkar Hangar. Goldstar has some cheap tickets- http://artlosangelesfair.com/

Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair returns to the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. This is free, or you could check out the preview on Thursday for $10 and see No Age and Prince Rama perform. The first 2,000 people get  Ticket Edition by Edie Fake- http://laartbookfair.net/

Saturday

Kishi Bashi is playing at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex- http://www.luckmanarts.org/events/

It’s Museums Free-for-All day and over 20 in and around LA are participating including LACMA, Skirball and more- http://www.socalmuseums.org/

Night on Broadway festival has a ton of events planned including a free screening of Metropolis at the Ace Theatre, as well as pop-up shops, art shows, and music – all taking place- you guessed it- on Broadway downtown- http://nightonbroadway.la/

If you are downtown for that event, it’s also Arts District Night where several galleries are open late from 6-9pm- https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zcx8IfGrG5cw.kknyFKFcamUk

Nothing are at Jewels Catch One with Tony Molina- http://www.ticketfly.com/event/725153-nothing-los-angeles/

Anna Sew Hoy and Liz Magic Laser will be signing books at Various Small Fires gallery at 12:30pm- https://www.facebook.com/events/321973654674447/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Saturday and Sunday

Paramount Ranch is having its second art fair. This year they are charging $5 (cash only)- https://www.facebook.com/paramountranch

Sunday

356 Mission/ Ooga Booga II is having Slider vs Sliders “a burger brunch and book party for This Equals That and Fancy Desserts. Tamara Shopsin and Brooks Headley cook up dueling sliders, plus games, prizes and a swinging salami”- http://356mission.tumblr.com/post/108225787050/sliders-vs-sliders-sunday-february-1-11-30-am