May 232019
 

Smokescreens- Waiting For Summer

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/23-5/26/19)-

Thursday

There are still $4 tickets available for YG’s album release event at The Novo

Artist, writer, and former dean of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Carmen Winant, will be speaking at The Hammer

LACMA is screening Southland Tales with a conversation to follow with director Richard Kelly

Justus Proffit is kicking off his tour with Cryogeyser at Non Plus Ultra with Lunch Lady and Alms also performing

Knife Knights (Ishmael Butler of Digable Planets, Shabazz Palaces and producer/composer Erik Blood) are performing at the Bootleg Theater with special guest Lando Chill

Mating Ritual are playing an early free show with Lizzy Land at Gold Diggers

 

Friday

We Rise is a week long event (running until 5/27) promoting belonging and positive mental health with a lot of free programming including talks and film screenings, an art gallery, and more. Today Indigenous based arts & culture group Meztli Projects is hosting a free silkscreening lab, and later Creativity as The Way Through, an artist led discussion on processing trauma and challenges through art, will take place on the main stage. Check the schedule for the full weekend’s programming

If the weather is good grab some wine and food and head to LACMA where every Friday there are free outdoor jazz performances. This week- Otmaro Ruiz will be performing.

Joy Again are playing an early show with Milly and Lauren Early for Minty Boi’s night at El Cid

Producer Irwin Winkler will be introducing a double feature of Raging Bull and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie at the Egyptian Theatre

THICK, MELTED, and Toys That Kill are playing at The Factory

The Restless Age are opening for 90s band The Lemonheads at the Teragram Ballroom

 

Saturday

Smokescreens are playing with The Warlocks, Levitation Room, The Tulips, The Violet Mindfield, and Send Medicine at The House of Machines

Ever Present (formerly Friday Flights) a free performance night at The Getty , starts this week with electronic composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith leading a guided meditation experience and opening sets by Cool Maritime and Emily Sprague

Artists Juan Capistrán and Kim Fisher will be discussing their work in the current exhibition COLA 2019 at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG)

Photographer Mona Kuhn will be in conversation and signing her book She Disappeared Into Complete Silence at Arcana Books

Aero Theater is showing Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

 

Sunday

The 8th Annual LA Zine Fest is free and taking place at Helms Bakery in Culver City with panels, workshops, art installations, and, of course, zines

Cinespia’s film series in Hollywood Forever Cemetery continues with Hitchcock’s Rear Window

Zebulon is hosting a free screening of Luis Buñuel’s That Obscure Object of Desire

Part Time Punks is hosting a night of 70s punk bands at the Echoplex with The Avengers, The Dils and The Alley Cats and special guests. The night is a celebration of the life of Jimmy Wilsey who performed with The Avengers and later Chris Isaak, with funds raised to benefit Wilsey’s surviving child.

Jay Electronica is performing at the Troubadour with Tre Capital and Salaam Nation

 

Apr 252019
 

Bass Drum of Death- Just Business

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/24-4/27/19)-

Thursday

For MOCA’s 40th Anniversary they are hosting a series of exhibitions organized by LA based artists and MOCA curators with work drawn from their permanent collection. Tonight multimedia artist Elliot Hundley will lead a walkthrough of his exhibition Open House: Elliott Hundley at the Grand Avenue location (free tonight and every Thursday evening)

At Art+Practice, multidisciplinary artists Alima Lee and Kya Lou will be discussing their individual practices as well as their process and experiences documenting black life in Los Angeles. This talk is part of the programming for the exhibition Time is Running Out of Time: Experimental Film and Video from the L.A. Rebellion and Today.

Olden Yolk and The Lentils are opening for Chris Cohen at Lodge Room

Feels are playing with Ex Hex at the Teragram Ballroom

Artist Stan Douglas will be speaking at Hammer Museum

Local Natives are playing a free show at Amoeba Records in Hollywood

Artist and director Marie Voignier will be at LAXART to discuss her film Tinselwood, currently on view at the gallery

 

Friday

Bass Drum of Death are playing at Lodge Room with Jimmy Whispers opening

Hand Habits are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Lomelda and Tasha opening

The Dodgers are playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium with fireworks to follow

Bikini Kill are playing at the Hollywood Palladium

Slick Rick will be at Amoeba Records in Hollywood to celebrate and sign copies of The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick for its 30th Anniversary

 

Friday through Sunday

For the first time Photoville, the free annual photo festival with galleries built from repurposed shipping containers, is heading to Los Angeles. It will be taking place at the Annenberg Space for Photography this weekend and next with programming that includes nighttime projections, talks, workshops, family activities and a beer garden. At the same time the exhibition CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop, which showcases the work of hip hop photographers, will open at Annenberg Space for Photography with special hours to coincide with the festival.

 

Saturday

Artist Lia Halloran will be at Luis de Jesus Los Angeles at 2pm to discuss her exhibition Double Horizon

Dream Phases and Franky Flowers are playing at The House of Machines

The artists of Keystone Art Space are having an open studio night from 6-10pm

White Denim are playing at the Teragram Ballroom

Automatic and Gomme are playing at The Monty Bar

Arcana Books is hosting a launch party from 4-6pm for issue 2 of Creative Director Alexander McWhirter’s thematic annual art and fashion journal, Public.

Compltr is playing at All Star Lanes with Sheer, Trends, and June Swoon

 

Saturday and Sunday

Grand Park is hosting the free two day festival, Grand Park’s Our L.A. Voices- a Pop-up Arts+Culture Fest, featuring short film, dance, music, spoken word and theatre performances, and visual art, created by L.A. artists. There will also be a marketplace with artwork for sale.

Jackalope are bringing their free local artisan Spring Fair to Old Pasadena’s Central Park

 

Sunday

Celebrate the Thai New Year all day at the Songkran Festival in Thai Town which includes a parade, beauty pageant, live music, dance performances, food, and more

Emily Wells is playing the Bootleg Theater with KERA opening

Zebulon has a free screening of Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man

Telekinesis are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with SONTALK and The Pretty Flowers

Big Red Machine (Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner of The National) are performing at the Hollywood Palladium

Feb 082019
 

P.O.S- Faded

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/7- 2/10/19)-

Thursday

Artist Lauren Halsey will be at LAXART to play a version of Name That Tune with professor and music critic Josh Kun and curator Hamza Walker (free)

Cass McCombs is playing a free live show at Amoeba Hollywood

The 3rd Annual edition of Love You Down returns to the Echo and Echoplex  with performances by Warpaint (celebrating their 15th anniversary), SWIMM, Gardens & Villa, Facial, and more (continuing on Friday)

Stonefield are playing with Hooveriii and Monarch at Zebulon

 

Friday

Flatworms are having a record release party at Zebulon with Automatic and Kaz Mirblouk also performing

Alex Cameron & Roy Molloy Acoustic Duo are performing at Pico Union Project

Brownies & Lemonade are bringing their party to The Regent Theater with secret special guests to celebrate the Grammys

Ural Thomas & The Pain are performing at the Bootleg Theater

 

Saturday

Arcana Books is having a launch party and book signing for Cole Sternberg:The Nature of Breathing in Salt, a collection of the artist’s paintings and photography

Chinatown is hosting an all day festival to celebrate the New Year that includes art, live music, performances, food trucks, a market, and more- plus the 120th Annual Golden Dragon Parade

Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours is back with its late night party (it starts at 11:30pm) that includes live music, DJs, dance parties, and art installations- this time the theme is Quinceñera Reimagined

Hammer Museum is having a free opening party for their winter exhibitions Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968–2018 and Dirty Protest with DJs, cocktails and food trucks

Cartoonist Jason Little will be at LACMA with actors James Urbaniak and Todd Alcott for a free (with ticket) slide show performance and lecture on the history of anaglyph 3-D comics

Steve Gunn is playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore opening

Costume historian Maxwell Barr will be dressing a live model at The Getty to illustrate the craftsmanship involved with the clothing of the elite of the 18th century

The Tracks, Janelane and Lily Waters are playing at the Moroccan Lounge

 

Sunday

P.O.S is performing at The Roxy Theatre

Allen Ruppersberg will be in conversation with Walker Art Center senior curator Siri Engberg at the Hammer Museum where an exhibition of his work is currently being shown

Play bingo and support a good cause at Zebulon’s fundraiser for Alexandria House with Neil Hamburger, Bobcat Goldthwait, Megan Koester and Anna Seregina

Rose Bowl Flea Market returns for its monthly event

Vikesh Kapoor and Matt Dorrien are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with special guest Noël Wells

Dec 142018
 

Conner Youngblood- The Birds of Finland

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (12/14-12/16/18)-

Friday

Conner Youngblood is performing at the Moroccan Lounge

John Grant is playing at The Lodge Room with Two Medicine opening

Holidaze, a benefit for the community of Paradise California, is taking place at Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth with a list of comedians performing including Bob Odenkirk and The Lucas Brothers, as well as a “musical experience” by LYNAS, and surprise guests

Union Station is having a free cocoa concert with a performance by reggae band The Lions, DJ sets by Connie Price, a cocoa bar, a holiday craft zone, free cotton candy, and more

Tijuana Panthers are playing at The Roxy with Gothic Tropic and The Cozzmos opening

The Shacks are opening for Middle Kids at the Echoplex

 

Saturday

Arcana Books is hosting an event to celebrate Todd Hido’s new book Bright Black World, with a book signing and refreshments from 4-6pm

Z Berg & Friends are having a Holiday Show at Pico Union Project

Bergamot Station is having their annual Winter Open House, a free day of art, artist talks, food, and entertainment that includes The Other Reindeer Carolers and a performance by Kybele Dance Company

Helena Deland is playing at The Echo with Buzzy Lee

Artist Thomas Demand will be in conversation with LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan at Art Catalogues at LACMA. Demand will also be signing copies of his new book. (free)

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic are playing at Catch One with special guest Peanut Butter Wolf

 

Sunday

In the morning Hauser & Wirth is hosting a 90 minute soundbath meditation amidst the mobiles of their Calder exhibition ($15)

To celebrate the opening of The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at LACMA, there will be a free lamp lighting ceremony followed by performances by the Sri Lanka Foundation of Performing Arts and Thath Jith Dance Company

Zebulon is having a Holiday Bazaar all day (free also on Saturday) and afterwords Pavo Pavo, Cornelia Murr and Greg Uhlmann will be playing a free show

Childish Gambino will be performing at The Forum with special guest Rae Sremmurd

Dec 062018
 

Suuns- Watch You, Watch Me

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (12/6- 12/9/18)-

Thursday

Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley (White Fence) will be performing together as Drinks at Pico Union Project with BEEF -Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint) and Bryan Hollon (Boom Bip/Neon Neon)

MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson will lead a walkthrough of Zoe Leonard’s exhibition at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (free admission on Thursdays)

CAFAM is hosting CraftNight with artist Boyd Hale who will teach participants about poster making using recycled street posters, signage and paint- $10 include materials, drinks and snacks

Kevin Krauter is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Field Trip and Stone Irr opening)

Kevin Morby is playing an early (6pm) free show at Gold-Diggers

Har Mar Superstar and Sabrina Ellis will be performing the songs of Dirty Dancing at the Regent Theater

 

Friday

Neko Case is performing at the Orpheum Theatre

Warm Drag and Shark Toys are opening for The CIA at Resident

The Aero Theatre is hosting a free double feature of the Tamara Jenkins’ films Slums of Beverly Hills and The Savages

She & Him are performing at The Wiltern with special guest Alice Wetterlund (also Thursday

Skating Polly and Potty Mouth are playing at the Moroccan Lounge

 

Saturday

SUUNS are playing at Lodge Room with Graham Van Pelt opening

Photographers Mona Kuhn and Deanna Templeton will be discussing their work at Arcana Books and signing their books

Hip hop artist Shad will be performing at the Moroccan Lounge

Photographer Paul Mpagi Sepuya will be discussing work he chose from LACMA’s Photography and Prints & Drawings collections (free with RSVP)

Self Help Graphics & Art is having a Holiday Marketplace which, along with work to buy, will have workshops, food, and music

Peter Bjorn and John are playing at Teragram Ballroom with Talos and Taken By Trees

 

Saturday and Sunday

Long Beach Museum of Art is hosting EMERGE:Art Fair, a free event that features the work of 7 emerging to mid-career artists based in Southern California (free)

Renegade Craft Fair returns to Los Angeles State Historic Park and is a good place to buy gifts for the holidays

 

Sunday

Stevie Wonder’s House Full of Toys Benefit Concert is at the Staples Center with special guests Anderson .Paak, Leon Bridges, Chanté Moore, Ella Mai and more

Spike Lee will be discussing his films Do The Right Thing and Crooklyn at the Egyptian Theatre’s double feature (Lee will also be discussing his work at other film screenings happening there this weekend)

Aero Theatre is showing The Big Lebowski for its 20th Anniversary

Pylon Reenactment Society are playing at the Echoplex with The Tissues opening

Landladyland Live, Adam Schatz’s live talk show, is happening at the Bootleg Theater with guests Daedelus, William Tyler, Booker Stardrum,  and Cosmic Perspectives with Mary Liz

Morricone Youth are opening for Pinback at the Regent Theater

Jul 262018
 

Bee Bee Sea- D.I. Why Why Why

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/26-7/29/18)-

Thursday

As part of Hammer Museum and KCRW’s Summer Concert series, tonight Cut Chemist will be performing with Buyepongo

LACMA is screening Edward Yang’s film Yi Yi ($7)

Thurmon Green is performing free at MOCA Grand Avenue to continue the series of Listening Sessions presented as part of Lauren Halsey: we still here, there

Send Medicine are having a record release concert at Moroccan Lounge with Tashaki Miyaki and Ramonda Hammer also playing

Avid Dancer are opening for Rainstorm Brother at the Bootleg Theater

Friday

Sleepless, The Music Center’s late night event (11:30pm-3am), returns with pop up dance performances, a virtual reality experience, a molecular gastronomy lab, DJ sets, art installations, musical performances and more ($20 advance/ $30 at the door)

Roger Guenveur Smith’s Frederick Douglass Now is a free solo movement and performance taking place as part of Grand Performances and featuring Lulu Washington and percussionist Marcus Miller

Billy Changer, Healing Gems, Pancho & The Wizards and The Gnars are playing at The Smell

VOWWS are playing at Resident with Second Still, Creux Lies and Shitgiver

Saturday

Bee Bee Sea are playing Dirty Water Records night at Zebulon with The Darts, The Atom Age And Mean Motor Scooter

Artist John Houck will be at the Hammer Museum to discuss the work of Christina Quarles, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, and Nancy Lupo that is included in the exhibition Made in L.A. 2018, of which he is also a part

Arcana Books is having a book signing and conversation with artist Simone Shubuck (and there will be cake!)

The Broad’s Summer Happenings series continues with an evening inspired by Joseph Beuys and the Fluxus movement, with performances by Matmos, EYE, Pharmakon, FlucT, Total Freedom, and Nelson Patton with Lonnie Holley ($30)

For the last of Resident’s free summer concert series, FEELS will be performing

Ain’t I A Womxn?A Genders Promenade is Freewaves’ free event taking place in LA State Historic Park featuring 20 independent artists and 10 art collectives that aims to explore intersectional identities with performance art, spoken word, sonic art, media projections and zines

Chastity are opening for Mourn at the Bootleg Theater

Sunday

X-Tra is having a Summer Issue Launch and Sketchy Garden Party at Hauser & Wirth (drawing and pens will be provided along with refreshments-all free)

Airiel, Tennis System, and Topographies are playing at the Echoplex

At ICA LA for the opening of Maryam Jafri’s exhibition I Drank the Kool-Aid but I Didn’t Inhale, ICA Curator Jamillah James and Maryam Jafri will discuss “her process using research and interdisciplinary approaches to make work of conceptual inquiry on such perennial subjects as consumer culture, representation, economics, and politics” (free but RSVP)

Street and graffiti artist Eric ” KING CRE8″ Walker is giving a free workshop in drawing fonts and elements used in graffiti and street art at The California African American Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Charting the Terrain (free but register)

The Hidden Depths and The Hurricanes are opening for Santoros at the Bootleg Theater

Jun 072018
 

Alexis Taylor- Beautiful Thing

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/7- 6/10/18)-

Thursday

Artist Andrea Fraser will be at the Hammer Museum discussing her book 2016 in Museums, Money, and Politics, about the intersection of electoral politics in the form of donations and private-nonprofit art institutions

Prism Tats are opening for Maps & Atlases at Lodge Room

Chris Cohen is playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Hand Habits and Shannon Lay opening

MOCA Grand Avenue’s store is having a book launch and signing for curator and author Charlotte Cotton’s Public, Private, Secret: On Photography and the Configuration of Self, MOCA Grand Avenue is hosting a free lecture with artist Dianna Molzan, and it’s free to check out the exhibitions at the museum

King Tuff is playing at the Teragram Ballroom

Wooden Shjips are playing at the Bootleg Theater

Friday

Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip is playing at the Troubadour with Annie Hart opening

LACE is hosting MexiCali Biennial Launch/CALAFIA, a two day performance centered series that will continue at various venues across California and Mexico throughout 2018-2019

Downtown Dark Nights at LA Live returns with $5 food and drink deals at the restaurants, local artisans and vendors, performances, live painting, music and more

BRONCHO are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Howlin’ Rain

Chaos Chaos are playing at The Echo with Tangerine and Slut Island opening

Saturday

Photographer Shaniqwa Jarvis will be signing her book at Arcana Books

Mix poetry and cocktails at LAXART’s I Heart Poetry and Day Drinking, with poets Amy Gerstler and Ariana Reines

Jeremy Enigk is playing at the Troubadour with Chris Staples opening

LACMA is having a Dapper Day event with docent tours of David Hockney: 82 Portraits, a free film screening of MONDO Hollywood (but make a reservation), music and dancing, and a Dapper Day marketplace

A Place to Bury Strangers are playing at The Regent Theater with SEXTILE and Prettiest Eyes

The Records and The Automatics are playing with Color TV and Smokescreens at The Redwood Bar

Saturday and Sunday

LA Pride returns to WeHo for their annual event- on Saturday Kehlani will be headlining the musical performances, and the parade is on Sunday with Tove Lo headlining the musical performances that evening

Sunday

Head to Union Station to check out the last day (it starts Thursday) of artist Alexa Meade’s interactive art installation and add your own contribution to the work

Business of Dreams, D.A. Stern, and nunofyrbeeswax are playing at The Redwood Bar

The Goon Sax are playing with Patience, French Vanilla and Lunch Lady at the Echoplex

Thursday-Sunday

LA Design Festival is hosting talks, installations, and events around Los Angeles, most of them free, some requiring RSVP

 

May 182018
 

Tricky feat. Martina Topley-Bird- When We Die

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/17-5/20/18)-

Thursday

MOCA Music, a free (with RSVP) night of musical performances at The Geffen Contemporary location, will feature THE MARIAS, Jarina De Marco, Sister Mantos, and a DJ set by Chulita Vinyl club

Ariel Pink is playing at The Wiltern with DIIV opening

The Broad and X-TRA are hosting a discussion of artist Joseph Beuys with NY writer Lynne Tillman and LA visual artist Kerry Tribe ($15)

Dead Horses are opening for Horse Feathers at the Bootleg Theater

Artists Taisha Paggett and Ashley Hunt will be discussing their individual work and ongoing collaboration at Art+Practice

Aïsha Devi is performing at the Echoplex with GILA and bod opening

Friday

Tricky is performing at The Fonda Theatre with Young Magic opening

LACMA is hosting a free screening of American Animals with a conversation with writer/director Bart Layton and actor Blake Jenner to follow

Vita and the Woolf are opening for The Lighthouse and the Whaler at Moroccan Lounge

Generacion Suicida are playing at The Hi Hat with The Wraith and Tenement Rats

Peter Hook & The Light are playing at The Wiltern

Saturday

Off the 405, The Getty’s free music night, is back with Allah-Las

Annenberg Space for Photography is having an after hours night (6-9pm), a chance to check out the exhibit Not an Ostrich: And Other Images from America’s Library, as well as enjoy some food and music (free but register)

Artist Matthew Day Jackson will be in conversation with LAXART Executive Director Hamza Walker at Hauser & Wirth

Arcana Books is hosting a book signing and a discussion of the work of artist Sister Corita Kent

Reptaliens are playing at The Hi Hat with HOTT MT and Samira Winter opening

Mute Swan are playing with Young Lovers, Blue Velvet Drapes, Take Pictures, and Birds of Bad Weather at Lot 1 Cafe

Sunday

Spend part of your day enjoying the outdoors and checking out some artwork at the Beverly Hills Art Show (free, also on Saturday)

Once a year for Museums of the Arroyo Day, six museums offer free admission- The Gamble House, Heritage Square, LA Police Museum, Lummis Home, Pasadena Museum of History, and The Autry

Dum Dum Zine’s L.A. Zine Week Kick Off Party is happening at The Hi Hat with performances by Sheer, dimber, Cheekface, Taleen Kali, Magic Wands, live readings, literary prizes and more

Color TV are playing at Junior High with River Gods and The City Hall

Apr 022015
 

Kitten- Cut It Out

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/2-4/5)-

Thursday

Artist talk: Charles Gaines and Sam Durant at the Hammer Museum- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/04/artist-talk-sam-durant-charles-gaines/

The G2 Gallery is kicking off Earth Month by having an off site exhibition of photos taken at various national parks. The reception takes place at Pico House downtown with wine and hors d’oeuvres (free with RSVP) – http://www.calendar.theg2gallery.com/site-artist-reception-2/#prettyPhoto

Guster is playing with Kishi Bashi at the Wiltern- http://www.wiltern.com/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/eventdetail&eventId=09004D90F44A5513&oid=0

Mikky Ekko is performing at Sonos Studio for free with RSVP but get there early as there will be a big crowd and the studio is not that big- http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sonos-studio-pandora-an-evening-with-mikky-ekko-tickets-16165500447

Thursday through Saturday

Cinefamily is showing the films of Hal Hartley with the director himself in attendance- http://www.cinefamily.org/films/the-films-of-hal-hartley/

Friday

Kitten is playing at the Troubadour (also on Saturday)- http://www.troubadour.com/event/779781-kitten-los-angeles/

New York performer and nightlife personality Linda Simpson is presenting The Drag Explosion, a collection of her snapshots of the 80′s and 90′s drag community, for which she will provide live narration to accompany her photos and will also host a post-performance Q&A. It’s free and happening at the West Hollywood Council Chambers- http://one.usc.edu/linda-simpson/

TV on the Radio is at the Hollywood Palladium- http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/tv-on-the-radio/#.VRzbqWaDRFU

Saturday

Artists Ed Templeton and Thomas Campbell will be signing their books at Arcana Books in Culver City- http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=e1aefb300c0b30799e5ae413b&id=154c0231a5&e=b170ad139d

Los Angeles Beer Fest is at LA Center Studios downtown- $40 for a three hour session of beer tasting (food not included)- http://www.drinkeatplay.com/labeerfest/

Sunday

The Bunny Museum in Pasadena is open from 2-7pm (usually it’s only by appointment) and you can celebrate Easter by feeding some of their live bunnies while looking at the collection of over 30,000 bunny items- http://www.thebunnymuseum.com/

Also worth noting:

April is here and so is MOPLA, the month long photography event in Los Angeles- http://www.monthofphotography.com/#about-2