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

Aug 172018
 

Oddnesse- I Used To

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/17-8/19/18)-

*special note – This weekend is Echo Park Rising and there are A LOT of bands playing (full list here). In the listings below I have selected a few good options if you want to check out some good, free, music- but there are still plenty of great bands playing that had to be left out just to keep this post a reasonable length! *

Friday

Friday Flights, The Getty’s free art and music series, continues with Ian Svenonius’ Escape-ism, a fashion show by label NO SESSO, a music project by Tyler Matthew Oyer, a performance by psych-folk band Gun Outfit, a pop up book shop, and more

Smokescreens are playing a free show with Susan at Highland Park Bowl

Hauser and Wirth is having a one-night-only screening of Paul McCarthy’s cisuM fo dnuoS ehT / The Sound of Music, in which the 1965 film is projected upside down and in reverse (free but register)

Tonight’s choices for Echo Park RisingJustus Proffit at Spacedust at 5pm or at Stories Books & Cafe at 8:10pm, Linafornia at The Echo at 5:20pm, Slut Island at the Echoplex at 5:40pm, Billy Changer at Spacedust at 6pm, The Molochs at the Echoplex at 7:30pm, James Supercave at the Laveta Stage at 9:20pm, Wild Wing at Stories Books & Cafe at 9:50pm, Current Joys at the Echoplex at 10pm

Metro Art is screening I Am Love at Union Station as the final installment of their food film series (free)

Mystic Braves are having a record release show at the Teragram Ballroom with The Creation Factory and The Pesos

Saturday

Today and tonight’s choices for Echo Park RisingAvi Buffalo at Little Joy Cocktails at 4:10pm, Cold Showers at The Echo at 5:50pm, The Paranoyds at the Echoplex at 6:20pm, Livingmore at Trencher at 7pm, Lukas Frank at Taix Champagne Room at 7pm, Flatworms at The Echo at 7:30pm, Triptides at Nico & Bullitt at 8pm, Oddnesse at Taix Champagne Room at 9pm,  Potty Mouth at Lot 1 Cafe at 10pm, The Entire Universe at Cosmic Vinyl at 11pm, Alley Cats at Lot 1 Cafe at 11:59pm

Blum & Poe are having an art auction and benefit for the California Coalition for Women Prisoners

Praz-Delavallade is hosting a launch party for Carla Issue 13 and a closing party for As You Like It – C’est Comme Vous Voulez, their current exhbition, with cocktails, hotdogs and music by Andrew Norman Wilson (free)

The Egyptian Theatre has a double feature of Blue Velvet and River’s Edge

Saturday and Sunday

All My Friends Music Festival is taking place at ROW DTLA with a huge list of performers including Gucci Mane, Jhene Aiko, RL Grime, and Little Boots on Saturday and M.I.A. , Jamie xx, Armand Van Helden, Yo Gotti, Anna Lunoe, and Cut Chemist on Sunday ($100 per day/ $157 for both days)

Sunday

Today and tonight’s choices for Echo Park RisingNONA at Sticky Rice at 3:20pm, Goon at The Echo at 4:30pm, The Tissues at the Echoplex at 5:50pm, Hit Bargain at The Echo at 6:10pm, LA Drones at the Echoplex at 7:30pm, Sister Mantos at The Echo at 7:50pm, Orchin at Little Joy Cocktails at 9:10pm, Gospel Beach at The Echo at 9:30pm, Lo Hum at The Semi-Tropic at 10pm

Lucy Sparrow’s Sparrow Mart– her handmade, all felt supermarket with everything available for purchase- continues at The Standard, Downtown L.A.

Catch Independent Shakespeare Co.’s production of Titus for free in Griffith Park

Aug 022018
 

The Growlers- Good Advice

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/2-8/5/18)-

Thursday

Swearin’ and Mike Krol are playing at Highland Park Ebell

Artist Shinique Smith will be discussing his work with executive director of LAXART Hamza Walker at The California African American Museum (free)

British artist Lucy Sparrow’s all felt supermarket Sparrow Mart opened yesterday at The Standard, Downtown LA, with all items inside available for purchase. It will be open until 8/31 and is free with no reservation is required

Titus Andronicus is now part of Griffith Park’s free outdoor Shakespeare performances by the Independent Shakespeare Co.

Owen is playing at The Echo with Laura Stevenson and Goon opening

Trace is playing at the Echoplex with Moontower opening

Friday

There’s a lot to do in Pasadena tonight- Pasadena Museum of California Art is having one of its last free Fridays (it’s closing for good the beginning of October) and you can check out their Summer Book Sale (continuing throughout the weekend). Also tonight, Norton Simon Museum is free, and you can head to Jackalope’s Summer Nights evening artisan market (also taking place on Saturday 3-10pm)

The Molochs are playing at The Hi Hat with Janelane, Post Life and Gold Cage

The Egyptian Theatre is hosting a weekend of 3D horror movies- tonight it is Friday the 13th III and Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror

Directors Jim Abrahams and David Zucker and actor Robert Hays will be discussing Airplane! after a screening at the Aero Theatre

As part of a Worble Skate Video premiere, Cobra Man are playing a free show with Wild Wing at the Bootleg Theater

Kedr Livanskiy is performing at The Roxy Theatre with Gel Set, Avalon, and Sage Caswell

Saturday

Artist and musician Phranc will be discussing her work with Tom Knechtel over coffee and donuts at 11am at Craig Krull Gallery

As part of Hammer Museum’s programming for the exhibition Made in L.A. 2018, artist Gelare Khoshgozaran will be discussing Daniel Joseph Martinez’s work for the show at 3pm

The Midnight Hour featuring Ali Shaheed Muhammad and composer Adrian Younge are performing for KCRW HQ’s free Summer Nights’ Backyard Party

Gabba Gallery is having an opening night reception for Remix: The Art of Music, featuring over 70 artists’ work inspired by music, with a portion of proceeds from the sales going to Adopt the Arts, which helps fund arts programs in elementary schools

Cat Power is playing a free show as part of Marina del Rey’s Summer Concerts

Jeff Lynne’s ELO is playing at The Forum (also Sunday)

Sunday

The Growlers Beach Goth 2018 is taking place at Los Angeles State Historic Park with a great lineup of bands that includes The Drums, The Voidz, Bleached (as The Ramones), Doug E. Fresh, GWAR, La Luz and more, plus Death of a Clown Cabaret- “LA’s queer showcase of demented drag”

Bon Iver will be performing Come Through, a collaboration with TU Dance company, at the Hollywood Bowl

Actor George Segal will be at the Aero Theatre to discuss the film Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf after the screening

The Rock ‘N’ Roll Flea Market returns with its free monthly event to The Regent Theater

yOya are having a release party at The Hi Hat with Colyer, Sheriffs of Schroedingham, and Sofia Wolfson opening

 

Jun 282018
 

Devon Welsh- Vampires

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/28-7/1/18)-

Thursday

MOCA Grand Avenue is hosting Ready or Not, Here I Come: A Conversation on Architecture and Hip Hop, with architectural researcher, practitioner, and Syracuse University professor Sekou Cooke moderating a panel on the subject with artists Lauren Halsey and Amanda Williams (and you can see Lauren Halsey’s work at the museum along with your free admission)

Nik Freitas is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Mike Viola and Supermoon opening

Dam Funk, Jay Worthy, 1 Take Jay, Nocando, Airplane James and DJ Cypress Moreno are performing at Resident for a night called Don’t Come to LA

No Win are opening for The Dirty Nil at the Moroccan Lounge

Locus Pocus and Coma Girls are opening for Gregory Ackerman at The Hi Hat

Friday

Devon Welsh, of Majical Cloudz, will be releasing his debut album soon and tonight he will be playing a free show at The Getty as part of their Friday Flights series. Also included in the programming, electronic musician Sarah Davachi will perform a site specific piece and No)one, Art House will also perform a site specific music piece that will include dancers and vocals by musician Akua accompanied by trumpeter Anthony Calonico.

Writer and critic Hilton Als will be giving a reading at LAXART followed by a conversation between Als and poet Robin Coste Lewis (free but get there early- the space is not huge and its first come first, served)

Michael Rault is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Levitation Room and Dustin Lovelis opening

Fishbone are playing a free show at the Levitt Pavillion in MacArthur Park- RSVP- here

Saturday

The Broad is having the first of its 2018 Summer Happenings, this one kicking off the museum’s new exhibition A Journey That Wasn’t with performances by Gang Gang Dance, DJ Stretch Armstrong, Jean Grae, Terry Riley, Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, Terry Jane O’Neill, Jmy James Kidd, The Sunland Dancers and Zap Mama.

Chinatown Summer Nights is back with a free night that includes art, performances, a market, a screening of Jurassic Park, and music by bands include Gothic Tropic, Enola Fall and more

The Hollywood Bowl is hosting a sing-a-long and screening of Grease

Wand are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Sofia Bolt and Eloe Omoe opening

Unscene Fest, focused on the music and art scene in LA is taking place at The Hi Hat and includes bands Goon, Draag, Girl Friday, and more

Cold Cave are bringing the ’80s dark synth sound back at the Fonda Theatre with Black Marble and Choir Boy opening

Sunday

Dirty Penni Fest 3 is taking place at The Echo and Echoplex with lots of bands including- No Age, Sadgirl, Feels, Mt. Eddy, Frankie and the Witch Fingers, and Potty Mouth

Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge in North Hollywood is celebrating its 60th Anniversary with a Parking Lot Sale and Art Show that will include live music (free)

Head to the Egyptian Theatre to celebrate summer and a fear of the ocean with a screening of a vintage 1978 print of Jaws

Day 2 of Unscene Fest at The Hi Hat includes bands Illuminati Hotties, Young Jesus, Justus Proffit and more

Apr 262018
 

The Entire Universe- Just Don’t

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/26-4/29/18)-

Thursday

Celebrate Giorgio Moroder’s birthday with a DJ set from the man himself as well as performances by Roy Ayers, YACHT and more at the Globe Theatre

Tonight both MOCA locations offer free admission and it’s a good opportunity to see the excellent exhibition Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus Goldin

Yamashiro’s Night Market is back- take a shuttle from Mosaic Church (Hollywood and La Brea) and enjoy a drink and a beautiful view of Hollywood

Goon are playing at The Hi Hat with The Lentils, Girl Friday, and Folies opening

Friday

The Entire Universe are playing a free show at Zebulon with Moon Honey and FACIAL opening

ELOHIM are playing at The Fonda Theatre

James Supercave is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Pompeya, and Lukas Frank opening

Penguin Prison is playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Little Monarch and Dylan Gardner opening

Friday through Sunday

Grand Park is hosting Our L.A. Voices: Spring Arts Festival, a free 3-day performing and visual arts showcase, including dance, music and theatre performances, a public marketplace for local artists, youth concerts and more

Saturday

Blum & Poe is hosting a free public conversation on artist Robert Colescott with panelists Erin Christovale, Bridget R. Cooks, and Joe Lewis

LACMA is hosting Readings by Rocío Carlos, Sesshu Foster, Carribean Fragoza, and Stephanie Guerrero, with the writers reading their works in response to the exhibition A Universal History of Infamy: Those of This America (this free program will take place off-site at Charles White Elementary School)

ARRAY @The Broad is screening The Watermelon Woman and Jewel’s Catch One with a conversation moderated by Dear White People creator Justin Simien with the filmmakers, Cheryl Dunye and C.Fitz, immediately following The Watermelon Woman screening ($30 tickets include admission to The Broad)

The Smokers Club Fest takes place over two days at the Queen Mary in Long Beach and today’s lineup includes- Wiz Khalifa, Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz, Snow Tha Product, Blocboy JB, and more

Das Mörtal is performing at Union Nightclub

Sunday

Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair returns with its free event to Pasadena (also Saturday)

The Secret Society of The Sisterhood join together at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever to tell stories- performers tonight include Aparna Nancherla, Kirsten Vangsness, and Suzi Gardner (of L7)- proceeds from this event will go to Women Against Gun Violence

The Smokers Club Fest takes place over two days at the Queen Mary in Long Beach and today’s lineup includes- Kid Cudi, Mac Miller, Isaiah Rashad, Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, Juicy J, Earl Sweatshirt, Dave East and more

Wild Pink and Night Shop are opening for Dana Buoy at Resident

 

Aug 172017
 

Veronica Bianqui- If Love’s A Gun, I’m Better Off Dead

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/17-8/8/20/17)-

Thursday

For the last of the free Twilight Concerts at Santa Monica Pier, Warpaint is playing with Wild Belle opening

NAVEL.LA (co-organized with Ghosting TV and WOAH) is hosting the premiere screening of ECLIPSECORE, 27 artists respond to the 2017 North American Eclipse, which will also include live music and a DJ set, and a discussion with researchers from NASA JPL (free but RSVP) and donate

It’s the first night of Echo Park Rising, a free multi-venue, all ages music festival. Too many bands to list them all but for each night I’ll put a few band listings- tonight’s highlights include- The Blank Tapes and Sextile at Taix; Creation Factory and Dungen at The Echo; and The Red Pears and Goon at The Echo Patio (schedule here)

Gordi is playing at Resident

Mt. Joy are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Avid Dancer and Dr. Doctor opening

Friday

Echo Park Rising suggestions for tonight- Veronica Bianqui, Fartbarf, and Hundred Waters are on the Liberty Stage; Cones, NVDES, and Meatbodies are playing at the Echoplex; Sugar Candy Mountain, BOYO, and Billy Changer are among the performers at Spacedust; Levitation Room and Creation Factory are playing late shows at Stories Books & Cafe; and Freedom Fry and HOLYCHILD are playing at The Lost Lot Venue (schedule here)

Terry Malts is playing with Business of Dreams, Real Numbers, and Wellness at The Hi Hat

FIGat7th Downtown Festival returns for another week with a free performance by Sinkane

The Music Center’s Dance DTLA programming has a different theme each week- this time it’s Argentine Tango

Saturday

Echo Park Rising suggestions for tonight- Jurassic Shark, Henry Clay People, Laetitia Sadier, and Surf Curse are playing at the Echoplex; The Paranoyds, Alice Bag, and The Buttertones are playing the Liberty Stage; The Los Angeles Police Department are playing at Taix; and Tennis System are playing at The Lost Lot Venue (schedule here)

LACMA’s Muse til Midnight party returns with DJ’s and late night access to the galleries ($25 members / $35 non)

X will be playing a free show with Meat Puppets at Pershing Square

Some Like It Hot is the outdoor movie at Hollywood Forever this week

Cinefamily is showing Liquid Sky (off site at the Vista) at midnight with cinematographer Yuri Neyman, and production/costume designer Marina Levikova in person

For Grand Performances this week, Daedelus will recreate EDM/IDM songs with an accompanying band and vocalists (free)

Prism Tats are opening for Pickwick at the Bootleg Theater

Sunday

Echo Park Rising suggestions for tonight- Veronica Bianqui and Summer Twins are playing at Spacedust; Moaning are playing at the Echoplex; Dante Elephante and The Tissues are playing at Lot 1 Cafe; and Avi Buffalo and Brightener are playing at Taix; (schedule here)

Independent Shakespeare Co. is performing The Two Gentlemen of Verona free in Griffith Park (also Wed-Saturday)

The Rock N Roll Flea Market returns to The Regent Theater

 

Jul 062017
 

The Regrettes- Seashore

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/6-7/9/17)-

Thursday

The Regrettes are playing a free show with The Tracks at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park

Art historian Anna Chave will be discussing artist Carl Andre’s work at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (free)

Beach Fossils are playing at the El Rey Theatre with She-Devils and Ablebody

Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival begins tonight and runs until 7/16

Hammer Museum is having a free concert night with musical performances by Grace Mitchell and WARGIRL

Froth, Adult Books, Moaning, and Urgent Care are playing at The Echo

Friday

For the opening of her show at HVW8 Gallery, artist and musician Kilo Kish will be performing (free but RSVP)

The Los Angeles Philharmonic will be performing along with a screening of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at the Hollywood Bowl (also Saturday)

Grand Performances ‘s performance this Friday is The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse at California Plaza

Fartbarf and Honus Honus are playing with The Manx and Facial at The Echo

Saturday

Reggie Watts is performing for The Getty Museum’s free concert series Saturdays Off the 405, with a DJ set by YACHT

For Play Like A Girl’s female led band night at The Echo– Madame Gandhi, Veronica Bianqui, Le Ra, and Fawns of Love are performing

Street Food Cinema is showing Grease in Griffith Park with live music before the film

HOTT MT, Goon, Draag, Alyeska, and Wolf Woodcock are all playing for the Goon curated Unscene Fest at the Hi Hat (free)

Part Time, Haunted Horses, L.A. Drones!, and Deth Crux are playing at El Cid

Sunday

Renegade Craft Fair returns to LA and this time will take place at Los Angeles Historic Park (also Saturday)

Bob Baker Marionettes are giving a free performance at the Levitt Pavillion in MacArthur Park

Blondie are playing with Garbage and Sky Ferreira at the Hollywood Bowl

Independent Shakespeare Co. continues its performances of Measure for Measure in Griffith Park (also Wed-Saturday)