Mar 082019
 

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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

Dec 102016
 

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Carrie Mae Weems currently has two exhibitions in Chelsea at Jack Shainman Gallery’s spaces. Included in the work at the 24th Street space is All the Boys (2016), in which slightly blurred images of young black men wearing hooded sweatshirts are placed next to text panels that include information, some of it redacted, about the black victims of police violence. While those images are more subtle, the most affecting piece in the exhibition is the video All The Boys: Video in Three Parts. It includes some of the cell phone footage from several of the recent deaths of black men at the hands of police, including Eric Garner and Philando Castile, and is incredibly difficult to watch. This is interspersed with funeral scenes, the dreamlike image of a man running on a treadmill with a clock in the background, and Weems’ calm voice speaking over the scenes.

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In the 20th Street space are images that will be more familiar to those aware of Weems’ previous work Roaming and Museums and is an interesting contrast to the work in the other gallery. In Scenes & Take (2016), she places herself, with her back to the viewer, on the sets of various successful television shows created by and starring black people, including Empire and Scandal. She then includes commentary in text on the side of the images.

In a recent interview with the New York Times she mentions the reasoning behind this focus on Hollywood-

I decided to go and stand in spaces where I think significant transformations are taking place in television as a way of pointing, trying to understand the role of black actors. Directors like Lee Daniels and Shonda Rhimes are laying the foundation for what can be imagined within the context of American culture. Most people go for their programming to paid television, so there’s an economic shift. Network television has been left to poor people.

Both these exhibitions close Saturday 12/10/16.

Mar 102016
 

Black Moth Super Rainbow- Windshield Smasher

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/10-3/13/16)-

Thursday

Hammer Museum is having a workshop titled Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking, which “introduces synergetics, a comprehensive energetic geometry system developed by (Buckminster) Fuller, through demonstrations and hands-on model building” (free with material provided)

DTLA Art Walk is back for its monthly event andcheck out SKYLINE 2016’s opening art and architecture event (running nightly until the 19th)

Lucius is playing a live set at Amoeba Records Hollywood to celebrate their new album Good Grief

Filmforum at MOCA Grand Ave is having an evening of video work by Carrie Mae Weems including her feature length Coming Up For Air, preceded by Afro-Chic ($12)

Eleanor Friedberger is playing at The Satellite

At REDCAT, Toronto piano virtuoso Eve Egoyan is performing “Earwitness”  a multimedia performance concert experience in which she plays compositions specially commissioned for piano and visuals ($20)

Friday

ArtNight Pasadena is back with its night of free museums, art shows, performances, music and more with free shuttles to all destinations

Music for Train Stations continues at Union Station- this week with a DJ set by Richard Cartier and a live performance by Electric Sound Bath, “a duo creating music as a meditation with traditional Nepalese singing bowl, acoustic bells, found sounds and modular synth”

PaleyFest begins tonight at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood with the cast of Empire and continues through 3/20 with a variety of current popular televisions shows and their actors and creators

Great Horror Movie Night is showing Poltergeist in the Griffith Park Old Zoo

Saturday

NELA (Northeast Los Angeles) Second Saturday Gallery Night is a great way to check out the area

The 10th Annual Santa Monica Airport Artwalk has live music and performances as well as open studios (free)

Theater artist Taylor Mac is having his performance event 24-Decade History of Popular Music at UCLA’s Royce Hall

Terry Malts is part of a lineup at the Echo that includes Lightning Bolt, Wax Idols and more for Force Field’s 10 Year Anniversary

Saturday and Sunday

Black Moth Super Rainbow are just one of the many, many, many bands playing the last two shows of the Burger x Observatory 5 Year Anniversary Show in Santa Ana. Slowdive, Black Lips, and Thee Oh Sees headline Saturday and Crystal Castles and The Orwells headline Sunday ($40/day or $70 both days)

Sunday

LACMA is celebrating Nowruz, the Iranian New Year and spring with a day of performances and a parade

Pure Bathing Culture are playing at the Echo with Pillar Point