Oct 312019
 

Boy Harsher- Fate

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/31-11/3/19)-

Thursday

Foxes Magazine is hosting a Halloween Extravaganza at Lodge Room with a performance by theremin virtuoso Armen Ra, live bands performing songs by Bauhaus, Alice Cooper and The Damned, a burlesque show, DJ and more

The West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval runs from 6-11pm and is filled with fun costumed madness for a one mile stretch of Santa Monica Blvd. It gets VERY crowded. Don’t drive there.

Dead Ghosts are playing at El Cid with Adult Books and Venetian Blinds

 

Friday

Constitutional Happy Hour returns to Hammer Museum this time with Loyola Law School professor Kimberly West-Faulcon discussing the executive branch—Article II.

Metro Art is screening the 1926 film The Adventures of Prince Achmed with live music provided by Gamelan Merdu Kumala, as the first installment of their animated film series at Union Station. (free)

It’s the first night of the Substance 2019 concert at the Los Angeles Theatre with performances by Gary Numan, Adult., Xeno & Oaklander, and Kanga. For tickets to both nights go here.

TR/ST is playing The Novo with SRSQ and Saro opening

Johnny Goth and Ralph Castelli are playing at The Hi Hat with Finkel

 

Friday through Sunday

Blum & Poe is hosting the ACID-FREE Los Angeles Art Book Market. The three day event includes over 90 West Coast and international exhibitors presenting new publications and projects, film programming by Now Instant Image Hall and La Collectionneuse, an archival exhibition curated by Guadalupe Rosales, music by Pacoima Techno, and a schedule of additional programming.

 

Saturday

Boy Harsher are playing as part of the second night of the Substance 2019 concert. Tonight’s bands also include A Place to Bury Strangers,  John Maus, Black Marble, Crack Cloud and more

Día de los Muertos returns to Hollywood Forever for an all day/night event that includes over 100 altars, five stages of musical and theatrical performances, Aztec Ritual Dancers, an art exhibition, arts and crafts vendors, face painting, food, drink and more. Musical performers this year include Sávila, The Delirians, Lido Pimienta, and Café Tacvba. Get there early it draws a big crowd.

From 11am-4pm is Grand Ave Arts: All Access, a day of free programming that includes free admission to MOCA Grand Avenue, family films at REDCAT, an art and architecture tour of the Central Library, a backstage tour of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, a chamber music performance, a chance to check out the altars for Día de los Muertos in Grand Park and more

From 4-10pm Self Help Graphics is having a Día de los Muertos Party with performances by Buyepongo, Blanco Y Negro and more, plus a procession with life size Calaveras, face painting, crafting, and you can check out their exhibition Ancestral Lights

Artist Donna Huanca will be discussing her work at Marciano Art Foundation with British Venezuelan curator and art historian Cecilia Fajardo-Hill (free but ticket required)

Lala Lala is opening for Whitney at The Wiltern

Miss June are playing an early show at Moroccan Lounge

Guerilla Toss are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Gap Girls and Jonny Kosmo

 

Sunday

Artist Charles Gaines will be discussing his work and approach to art making with Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum, Laura Owens, and Gary Simmons, LA-based artists and former students of Gaines, at Hauser & Wirth (free but register)

Cherry Glazerr are part of this iteration of Dynasty Handbag’s Weirdo Night at Zebulon. Other performers include Peter Kim, Vik Floyd, Sandy Smiles, and the Uberdanzlabor Theatre of Gdansk.

Mykki Blanco, Brooke Candy, Phranc, and more will be performing at The Regent Theater for Queer Noise, a fundraiser for ONE Archives Foundation

Oct 242019
 

Mikal Cronin- Show Me

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/24-10/27/19)-

Thursday

Oh Land is performing at the Bootleg Theater with Arthur Moon

X-TRA magazine is having a Fall Launch at Now Instant which includes a screening of artist and writer Nick Herman’s Some Among Others: Mexican Sound and Video Art

Poet Jana Prikyl is reading her work at the Hammer Museum

Plague Vendor are playing at The Echo with No Parents and Spirit Mother

D. A. Stern and Marso are playing a free show at Gold Diggers with a DJ set by Polyplastic

 

Friday

Mikal Cronin is playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Shannon Lay and Spring Summer

Late Night! At The Skirball features an outdoor screening of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining to coincide with their exhibition Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs. The event includes late night access to the galleries as well as a DJ, food trucks. a bar and more. ($5)

Michael Govan, the CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of the LACMA, will be discussing the experience of working with Dan Flavin on the artist’s final commission, an installation in the interior of a church, Chiesa di Santa Maria Annunciata in Chiesa Rossa, Milan, at Bridge Projects

FIGat7th is hosting its 5th Annual Day of the Dead Celebration with face painting, tequila tasting, DJs and a Design Your Own Poster printmaking workshop by Self Help Graphics & Art (free)

Aldous Harding is playing at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever with Hand Habits opening

WHAP! Lecture Series at the West Hollywood Public Library continues with Sarah Roberts’ Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media

RF Shannon and Jess Williamson are playing a free early show at Gold Diggers

Danny Brown is performing at The Regent Theater with Ashnikko and Zeelooperz

The Echoplex is hosting Firewalk With Me: A Twin Peaks Halloween Party with live performances and DJ sets- including a performance by Angela Seo of Xiu Xiu, photobooths, art installations, and more

Heart Bones (Har Mar Superstar and Sabrina Ellis) are performing at the Bootleg Theater with The Pink Slips and DYGL opening

 

Saturday

Photographer Stephen Wilkes will be at Fahey/Klein Gallery to give a talk and sign his book from 2-4pm

Grand Park and Self Help Graphics & Art are hosting the annual commemoration of Noche de Ofrenda (Night of Altars) with a first look at the altars and live entertainment at Grand Park’s Performance Lawn

The Theatre at the Ace Hotel with the LA Opera is showing Hitchcock’s Psycho with a live orchestra performing the score. Tonight there is also a Hitchcock Halloween Afterparty to follow. (screenings of Psycho taking place on Friday and Sunday also)

Saintseneca is playing at the Bootleg Theater with A.O. Gerber opening

Morrissey is playing at the Hollywood Bowl with special guest Interpol

Fell Runner, Sofia Bolt, and Bridal Party are playing a free show at Zebulon

 

Saturday and Sunday

The Fall Brewery Art Walk is a great way to check out what artists are creating in this massive complex (free)

Heritage Square is hosting Los Angeles True Crime Stories, which will present historic characters, crime reenactments and early investigators recreating conventional methods of the day to solve cases and bring perpetrators to justice. Additionally, participants will discover how poisons and other typical methods of murder were employed in early Los Angeles crime history. ($20)

 

Sunday

Cody Trepte and Charles Gaines will be in conversation at Meliksetian Briggs (RSVP at bottom of this pdf)

Chief curator Connie Butler is leading a walkthrough of Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence at the Hammer Museum at 2pm

Author Alice Hoffman will be discussing her new novel The World That We Knew at Skirball Cultural Center ($10)

Alexander Nemerov, chair of art and art history at Stanford University, will be at The Getty for the talk- True Guilt: Edward Hopper and the Death of George Bellows (free but ticket required)

Prepare to be scared at Hollywood Forever Cemetery where there is a screening of the 1974 horror classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre

(Sandy) Alex G is playing at The Fonda Theatre with Tomberlin and Slow Pulp

Marc Almond of Soft Cell is performing at the Palace Theatre with a special performance by Dita Von Teese

Nov 012018
 

Frankie Cosmos- Apathy

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (11/1-11/4/18)-

Thursday

Hammer Museum is screening the film Dark Money with a Q&A with director Kimberly Reed and political director for Crooked Media Shaniqua McClendon to follow. (free)

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is hosting Vote For Your Lives Rally, an event in collaboration with For Freedoms, Summit, and March For Our Lives, to share ideas and inspire voter turnout leading up to the midterm elections. The event includes an electronic bus by Jenny Holzer & March For Our Lives and features Aja Monet, Alex Ebert, Beau Sia, Jammal Lemy, Kristina Wong, Madame Gandhi, Muna Malik, and Philip Agnew, and others.

Swing Left is hosting a free (RSVP for a ticket) night of music, comedy and activism at the Palace Theater to promote The Last Weekend, an effort to get people out to vote. Featured performers include The Bird and The Bee with Dave Grohl, Moby, Karen O and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Nap Eyes are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Will Fox and runnner opening

 

Friday

The Velaslavasay Panorama will be opening its doors as part of 24th Street Theatre’s free annual Día de los Muertos Festival and will host performances and art demonstrations and more for the event

It’s the last of the performance nights celebrating the Triforium. Performers tonight include Thao Nguyen (of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down), Taiko Projects, world champion whistler Molly Lewis, Restless Nites DJs, and “onsite scent activations” by the Institute for Art and Olfaction

Crooked Colours are playing at the El Rey Theatre with Evan Giia and Wolves

Cloud Nothings are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Shells and Divinity Band opening

 

Saturday

Grand Ave Arts All Access is a free day of arts and programs including a scavenger hunt at The Broad, free tours of the Central Library and the theaters at The Music Center, musical performances by the Colburn School and the LA Chamber Orchestra, free all day admission at MOCA and more. Also make sure to head to Grand Park to check out the altars that were created for Día de los Muertos.

FIDLAR are playing at the Hollywood Palladium with special guests Dilly Dally and The Side Eyes

Tropicalia Fest is a big two day festival taking place at Queen Mary Park in Long Beach. Morrissey and Cardi B are headlining a huge list of bands that include Mazzy Star, Mon Laferte, Natalie Lafourcade, Ronnie Spector, Leo Dan, Allah-Las, Surf Curse, Vundabar, and many, many more

Hard Day of the Dead festival is at Los Angeles Historic Park with performers that include Justice, Die Antwoord and Cashmere Cat

Great Lake Swimmers are playing at The Echo with Native Harrow opening

The Menzingers are playing at The Regent Theater with Tiny Moving Parts and Daddy Issues opening

 

Sunday

Frankie Cosmos is playing at The Regent Theater with Kero Kero Bonito and Tanukichan

LACMA is hosting Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Day- Celebration and Film Screening– a free event with screenings of the short films created in the Veterans Make Movies program

The Fowler Museum is having an Arts of Africa Festival- a day of African inspired food, music, storytelling and more

La Luz are playing at The Echo with Shy Boys opening

Death From Above are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with CRX opening

Kruder & Dorfmeister are playing a DJ set at The Fonda Theatre with visuals by Lichterloh

Oct 252018
 

Tess Parks- Life After Youth

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/25-10/28/18)-

Thursday

Kitten are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Blame Candy and New Dialogue opening

Artist Rodney McMillian will be discussing some of the works in Hammer Museum’s Adrian Piper exhibition for their Artist Dialogues series

ESG are playing at The Regent Theater with Alice Bag and L.A. Qoolside opening

MOCA Curatorial Assistant Rebecca Lowery is leading a walkthrough of One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art at their Grand Avenue location (free)

Shana Nys Dambrot will be speaking with artist Robbie Conal at gallery Track 16 (free but RSVP)

Celebrate Halloween in Little Tokyo tonight with a free outdoor screening of Godzilla (1954)

Cypress Hill are playing at the El Rey Theatre

Ex-Cult are playing with Die Group and Enemy opening at the Moroccan Lounge

 

Friday

Tess Parks is playing at Zebulon with Cosmonauts and Entrance

It’s week two of the free Friday performances celebrating the Triforium downtown. This week YACHT will play a DJ set and there will be performances by Julianna Barwick, the LA Opera, and Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs

The Other Art Fair, presented by Saatchi Art, is at a new location- the Barkar Hangar in Santa Monica- and runs through Sunday ($15)

Fashion designer Jason Wu will be speaking at LACMA with senior curator of costume and textiles Sharon Takeda ($10)

Exploded View and Exek are playing at The Echo

 

Saturday

The Día de Los Muertos celebration returns to takeover Hollywood Forever Cemetery with live music, dance performances, altar pieces, face painting, food, a marketplace and more ($25)

Grand Park is hosting Noche de Ofrenda (Night of Altars/ Offerings) with Self Help Graphics and Art & Lore Media and Art, a night honoring the deceased. The event begins with the unveiling of the park’s Día de Los Muertos altars, and continues with music and dance performances, and more (free)

Seu Jorge is performing The Life Aquatic- A Tribute to David Bowie at The Luckman Fine Arts Complex

Black Moth Super Rainbow are playing at Lodge Room with The Stargazer Lilies and Air Credits

The Red Pears are playing at the El Rey Theatre with Jurassic Shark, Spendtime Palace and a DJ set by Sister Mantos

KCRW is hosting Masquerade, a Halloween party at the Historic Los Angeles Theatre, with DJ sets by Santigold, DaM-FunK, and Brothers Griiin, performances by Cherry Glazerr, White Denim, Wajatta, Shannon Shaw and Lucent Dossier Experience, a costume contest and more

Superet are playing with Midnight Sister and special guests for a free Halloween Party at Bootleg Theater

 

Sunday

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is playing at The Hollywood Bowl with Danny Elfman (Jack) and Catherine O’Hara (Sally) performing live along with a live orchestra. Tonight is the only show not sold out (yet)

Aero Theatre is showing Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein

Y La Bamba is performing at Lodge Room with Kera opening

Celebrate Día de Los Muertos on Olvera Street with altars and a nightly procession at 7pm (running 10/25- 11/2)

The Luxembourg Signal are opening for The Ocean Blue at the Echoplex

Busdriver is performing at Zebulon with Deantoni Parks and Matthewdavid

Oct 282017
 

Today in Los Angeles celebrate Día de Los Muertos at the huge Hollywood Forever celebration which will have ceremonial altars, theatrical performances, Aztec Ritual Dancers, face painting, food trucks, a marketplace,  music that includes Aterciopelados, Cuco, Ximena Sariñana, Very Be Careful, La Chamba, and more.  Get there early, it gets very crowded.

You can also celebrate the holiday in Grand Park- the altars will remain set up until 11/5, but tonight is Noche de Ofrenda, which will feature traditional dance and prayer led by the local indigenous community, as well as Los Angeles-based poets and musicians.

 

Oct 262017
 

Beach Fossils- Down the Line

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/26-10/29/17)-

Thursday

Coaxials Arts and Cathode Cinema are hosting the Super Spooktacular Halloween Show– with “spooky and weird” films, live performances and more

The Greek Theatre is showing Shaun of the Dead, with all attendees getting a free t-shirt (while they last)

The Blank Tapes are opening for Delicate Steve at the Moroccan Lounge plus King Tuff are playing a DJ set

Busdriver is playing with jazz ensemble The Underground Railroad at Zebulon

Friday

FIGat7th is having an all day (til 8pm) Day of the Dead Celebration, with sugar skull face painting, tequila tasting, and live DJs

For The Charlie Factory at The Standard Downtown LA, artist Charlie le Mindu is hosting a series of nights with different performers- tonight it is Peaches and Black Cracker

Rozwell Kid and Mylets are opening for The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die at The Echo

Miss Kittin, Keoki and more are playing Sex Cells’ night at Resident

Thievery Corporation are playing at the Hollywood Palladium

Saturday

For the 18th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, there will be face painting, altars, a market, food, and performances by musicians Aterciopelados, Cuco, Ximena Sariñana, Very Be Careful and La Chamba

Grand Park begins it’s Día de los Muertos celebrations this evening with Noche de Ofrenda, a celebration that includes traditional dance and prayer led by the local indigenous community, as well as Los Angeles-based poets and musicians (altars are up through Nov 5)

Roky Erickson is playing at The Roxy with Death Valley Girls opening

For The Charlie Factory at The Standard Downtown LA, artist Charlie le Mindu is hosting a series of nights with different performers- tonight it is Kembra Pfahler from The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black

Broken Social Scene are playing at The Wiltern with The Belle Game opening

Saturday and Sunday

The Growlers are hosting a music festival at the LA Waterfront in San Pedro with a huge list of great performers including-Beach Fossils, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Girl Talk, Danny Brown, Dan Auerbach, La Luz, Rostam, Frankie Cosmos, Beth Ditto, Butthole Surfers, and many more

Heritage Square Museum is hosting Halloween & Mourning Tours where you can learn about death and mourning etiquette during the Victorian era

Sunday

LACMA is hosting Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Day: Celebration and Film Screening– with short films, a Q & A with veteran filmmakers, and a reception to follow (free)

It’s the last day of Stan Lee’s Comic Con at the LA Convention Center (runs from Friday)

Slowdive are playing at The Wiltern with Cherry Glazerr opening

Livingmore are playing with Nightgown, Rival Cavves, and Ever So Android at The Echo

For The Charlie Factory at The Standard Downtown LA, artist Charlie le Mindu is hosting a series of nights with different performers- tonight it is Ssion and Princess Vitarah

 

Oct 282016
 

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Here are some of the things to do to celebrate Día de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead in and around Los Angeles-

Saturday (10/29)

One of the biggest Día de los Muertos celebrations in Los Angeles is at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. For its 17th Annual event the theme is The Tree of Life. This year the featured performer is Julieta Venegas, and there are numerous music and dance performances on the various stages around the cemetery, as well as altars, an art exhibition, local food and arts and crafts vendors and more. ($20)

Sunday (10/30)

MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art)  in Long Beach is having an all day festival including a Day of the Dead procession, live music and performances, sugar skull decorating, face painting and more. You can also check out the Museum’s Day of the Dead art and altars exhibit. (free)

San Pedro is having a big Day of the Dead festival with live entertainment, food, an altar competition and more

Downey is having its 4th Annual Día de los Muertos Art Festival. Along with several dance performances, musical performances, two film screenings Macario and Book of Life, an altar contest, an exhibition with local artists and more plus free admission and parking

As part of Pasadena’s Day of the Dead celebrations they are having a free screening of Book of Life at One Colorado

Through November 2

Día de los Muertos events are occurring all week on Olvera Street– with community altars on display, performances, face painting and more

November 2

Self Help Graphics and Art is hosting a free Día de los Muertos party in Boyle Heights with Alice Bag among the musical guests performing, food and craft vendors, face painting, children’s workshops and a traditional ceremonial blessing

Through November 6

Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos Altars and Art Exhibition spans the park with many creative altars, some traditional and some more contemporary. There is a community altar created by Ofelia Esparza and there are lunchtime tours running through 11/5 with some of the artists.

Oct 242015
 

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Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos in Los Angeles

Here are some suggestions for celebrating:

Oct.24th- Día de Los Muertos at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery– The theme this year is Shamanic Visions of the Huichol. Lila Downs is one of the musical performers this year and there are altars, art exhibits, theatrical performances, face painting and of course food and drink. This celebration gets pretty busy as the day goes on so go early for the full experience. ($20)

Grand Park will have altars set up throughout the park from Oct. 24-Nov. 2, with events on the 24th

Famous Olvera Street downtown will also have events and altars from the Oct. 24th through Nov. 2, with a Novenario Procession nightly

Fig at 7th is having a free all day event on Friday Oct.30th for Day of the Dead which includes Sugar Skull Face Painting, Tequila Tasting, and music from KCRW DJ Raul Campos

Live music, altars, dance performances, art exhibitions and more are all part of Downey’s free Dia de los Muertos Art Festival on Nov. 1

Oct 222015
 

Slothrust- 7:30 AM

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/22-10/25/15)-

Thursday

Slothrust is opening for Heartless Bastards at the Fonda Theatre- http://www.goldenvoice.com/#/event/278599

LACMA is hosting Digital Memory and Memorials, a talk with artists Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, Joseph DeLappe and scholar Marita Sturken (free but standby only)- http://www.lacma.org/event/digital-memory-and-memorials

YACHT are performing at the Teragram Ballroom- http://www.teragramballroom.com/event/927083-yacht-los-angeles

John Fleck: Blacktop Highway begins at REDCAT- a one man show with horror themes, just in time for Halloween (running through Sunday)- http://www.redcat.org/event/john-fleck-blacktop-highway

Friday

Brooklyn band Small Black is playing at the Roxy with Painted Palms- http://www.theroxy.com/event/913931-small-black-west-hollywood/

You can watch Guardians of the Galaxy and get some fresh ocean air at the Santa Monica Pier (free)- https://www.facebook.com/events/1489885368002360

Candis Cayne is hosting Le Bal: A One Night Only Drag Extravaganza at the Ace Hotel- http://www.acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles/le-bal

Saturday

Día de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever claims to be the biggest in the country. This year Lila Downs is headlining, and there will be dance performances, art shows and altars as well as food and drink all around the cemetery to celebrate ($20)-  http://www.ladayofthedead.com/

Grand Ave Arts All Access has several events going on from 10am-5pm including a working orchestra rehearsal of LA Opera’s production of the new opera Moby-Dick, architectural tours of the Broad Museum, free entrance to MOCA  and more- http://grandavearts.tumblr.com/

If you are downtown you can also attend the free Sixth Street Bridge Farewell Festival and Concert with performances by War, Aloe Blacc, and others and a fireworks show at the end to say goodbye to the iconic bridge that will soon be demolished- https://www.facebook.com/events/923096777770808/

Dimond Saints are playing at the El Rey Theatre- http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/281565

Hammer Museum is having Hammer Bash to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions of work by Frances Stark and Lawren Harris. DJs, drinks and food from 8-10 (free)- http://hammer.ucla.edu/hammerbash/

Saturday and Sunday

The Observatory in Santa Ana is hosting the awesome 2-day event Beach Goth 4– bands include The Growlers, Grimes, Die Antwoord, Juicy J, The Drums, FIDLAR, DIIV, Cherry Glazerr, Warpaint, and many, many, more ($100 for both days)- http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/beach-goth-4

Luna are playing at the Teregram Ballroom with Quilt. For Sunday’s show the band will be the performing album Penthouse in its entirety- http://www.teragramballroom.com/event/851763-luna-los-angeles

Sunday

LACMA is having a special screening of Claes Oldenburg’s “Possibly a Special on the Bag” which goes behind the making of his famous giant ice bag (free)-http://www.lacma.org/event/possibly-special-bag

Artist Frances Stark will discuss “the political subtext and artistry” of the film Casa de mi Padre starring Will Ferrell. He will be there along with the director, writer and producer “for a post-screening conversation about the distinctly unfunny
consequences of America’s appetite for drugs, including drug-related violence in Mexico”(free)- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/10/casa-de-mi-padre/