Jul 182019
 

Bill Baird- Your Dark Sunglasses Won’t Make You Lou Reed

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/18-7/21/19)-

Thursday

Italian composer , sound artist, and performer, Drum & Lace will be at Bootleg Theater for her semi songs EP release show that will include visuals, a light installation, and a dance performance

There’s a free performance of Roger Guenveur Smith and Marc Anthony Thompson’s Portrait of Charles White at The California African American Museum

Goon are having an LP release party at the Echoplex with Draag and Kevin also playing

Tyler Ramsey (former lead guitarist from Band of Horses) will be playing with My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel at Highland Park Ebell

Hammer Museum’s free Summer Concert Series continues this week with Wild Belle performing

Will Fox and Mara Connor are playing an early free show at Gold-Diggers

 

Thursday through 7/28/19

OUTFEST Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival opens Thursday with an Opening Night Gala and a screening of Circus of Books, about the recently closed WeHo store directed by the daughter of the store’s owners. It continues in various locations with screenings that include shorts and television episodes.

 

Friday

UCLA Film & Television Archive is screening the double feature Roman Holiday and Three Coins in a Fountain at Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater ($9)

21 Savage is performing at Shrine Expo Hall with Calboy and Young Nudy

Dean Wareham will be performing the Galaxie 500 album On Fire at the Teragram Ballroom

Potty Mouth and Colleen Green are opening for Dressy Bessy at Moroccan Lounge

Learn to dance the Argentine Tango at The Music Center’s Dance DTLA night in Grand Park

It Looks Sad. are playing at The Hi Hat with Derek Ted opening

 

Saturday

Bill Baird is playing a free show at Highland Park Bowl with Manhattan Murder Mystery and Mirrorball

ICA LA is hosting Reading the News-a 34,000 Pillows workshop with artist collaborative Díaz Lewis. 34,000 is the quota of detained immigrants per day in 250 facilities around the country mandated by the US Congress and enforced by ICE. Pillows from recycled clothing will be created and added to the 34,000 Pillows project to be sold for $159 (an amount that reflects the average amount of taxpayer money spent each day by Congress to detain one person daily) with 100% of proceeds donated to national and local immigration organizations. While the pillows are made there will also be a reading of news, literature, and poetry. (free)

Union Station is hosting Magic & Mystery, a free night of performances by magicians on the South Patio

Independent Shakespeare Co. is having free performances of the play Twelfth Night in Griffith Park all weekend and tonight as part of their Salon Series, Invertigo Dance Theatre Artistic Director Laura Karlin will lead an exploration into creating story through choreography.

 

Saturday and Sunday

Hauser & Wirth is hosting LITLIT: Little Literary Fair, a free two day book fair celebrating independent booksellers, book publishers, and book makers from Los Angeles and beyond. While you are there, make sure to check out the excellent David Hammons and Guillermo Kuitca exhibitions.

 

Sunday

Sculptor Liz Larner will be discussing artist Chris Burden at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA as part of their Artists on Artists series

Turn It Up!, a new group advocating for gender parity in music, is hosting an afternoon concert fundraiser at the Echoplex, with performances by Solvej Schou, Phranc, and The Groans as well as the Turn It Up House Band featuring Abby Travis (Sumo Princess), drummer Tosha Jones (the Randies), bassist Gere Fennelly (Redd Kross), and guitarists Blare Bitch & Sharon Needles (both from Betty Blowtorch) with vocalists Lisa Kekaula (Bellrays), Nina Diaz (Girl in a Coma), Drew Arriola Sands (TrapGirl), Kristine Nevrose (the Tissues), Alice Bag, Adele Bertei, and Abby Travis.

Later at the Echoplex, Ringo Deathstarr, Tennis System, Blushing and The Meeting Places will be playing for Part Time Punks night

UCLA Film & Television Archive’s screenings at the Hammer Museum continue with three 1990s DIY indie films- Sarah Jacobson’s I Was A Teenage Serial Killer and Mary Jane’s Not A Virgin Anymore and Tina Krause’s Limbo ($9)

Singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade will be performing with maestro Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl

We Were Promised Jetpacks are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Catholic Action opening

Jul 122019
 

Juan Capistrán, Psychogeography of Rage (sending up searchlights in the form of flames) Western, 2019

Kim Fisher- Los Angeles Hedge, 2019

Kim Fisher, Woman Behind Rocks, 2019

Sabrina Gschwandtner, Cinema Sanctuary, 2019

Sabrina Gschwandtner, Cinema Sanctuary (close-up)

Enrique Castrejon, You, me, and all of us are in this together/Reach out to those that don’t know their status, 2019

Enrique Castrejon, You, me, and all of us are in this together/Reach out to those that don’t know their status, 2019 close-up

Every year The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) awards grants to the city’s best mid-career artists. The work created with these grants is then shown in the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) in Barnsdall Park for the C.O.L.A.(City of Los Angeles) exhibitions.

COLA 2019 is made up of 11 artists working in various mediums. Two of the artists, Juan Capistrán and Kim Fisher were also shown together as part of Hammer Museum’s biennial exhibition, Made in L.A. 2014. For this show, Capistrán created large brick sculptures that he placed in sites in South Los Angeles that haven’t been rebuilt since the 1992 LA Riots. In his section of work in the gallery, he includes photos of these temporary site specific installations as well as some of the brick sculptures- two of which have balloons tied to them spelling GRATIS. The bricks can be seen as objects of destruction or building blocks, and the dual meanings work well in the context of the work.

Kim Fisher’s large collages capture another side of Los Angeles. From the hedge she used for the largest piece, to the ocean, swimming pools, and car culture, included in her others, the graphics and color come together in a way that feels very much like the traditional ideas associated with the city.  The different sections, created to look as if they were torn or cut from magazines, form collages that feel like scattered memories that have somehow arranged themselves cohesively.

Sabrina Gschwandtner took forgotten films made by female directors and stitched them together to form patterns drawn from the history of quilt-making. The use of a craft that is traditionally associated with women and tying it an artistic pursuit that women are only more recently being acknowledged for is an interesting juxtaposition. The resulting work is stunning graphically and reminiscent of Agnés Varda’s colorful house of film reels created for LACMA’s Agnés Varda in Californialand from 2014.

Enrique Castrejon created sculptures that stem from his work in an LGBTQ center in Los Angeles. His sculptures of fragmented bodies are surrounded by strips of paper with HIV infection rates. The humanity of the figures contrasts with the overwhelming strips of typed documentation that swarms all around them.

All of the work created for this exhibition is incredibly strong and these annual exhibitions are a great way to see some of the best work being created by Los Angeles artists today. If you can’t make it to the exhibition there is a video on the site that takes you on a walk through with one of the curators. Also make sure to catch Stephanie Taylor’s Municipal Art Song, which plays at the entrance to the exhibition. She created song lyrics based on text from LAMAG and DCA’s websites and catalogs, and used them to create sheet music using Schoolhouse Rock! as an inspiration. The result is really funny, especially if you read a lot of press releases.

This exhibition closes 7/14/19.

 

 

Jul 112019
 

Drinker- Something I Want

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/11-7/14/19)-

Thursday

As part of Hammer Museum’s Summer Concert Series, Pavo Pavo will be performing in the courtyard. Get there early for happy hour from 6:30-7:30pm and to check out the galleries until 8pm.

Poet Amanda Gorman will be reading at MOCA Grand Avenue and entrance to both MOCA galleries is free this evening

Y La Bamba are performing at The Echo with Rituals of Mine and Vanessa Zamora opening

Bleached are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with The Linda Lindas

Hollywood Night Market at Yamashiro is a lovely way to have some food and drinks while enjoying beautiful views of the city- free shuttles leave from the Mosaic parking lot

 

Friday

The Underground Museum is showing Arthur Jafa’s The White Album and Jean-Luc Godard’s The Image Book. There will be a short conversation with  Arthur Jafa between films. (free)

Business of Dreams and Jo Passed are opening for Mauno at the Bootleg Theater

Jackie Mendoza is playing a free show at The Love Song with Ed Balloon and YUS

How Did This Get Made?, a podcast hosted by Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas, is having a live performance at The Wiltern

The Music Center’s Dance DTLA, a free night of dance instruction and music in different styles, takes place tonight with a hip-hop theme

Freddie Gibbs & Mad Lib are performing at The Novo

Draemings are playing a free show at the Levitt Pavilion with Vaya Futuro, El Mañana, and Bananaleafboy + XOLO

 

Saturday

Ever Present (formerly Friday Flights) is a free night of artistic performances taking place at The Getty. This iteration of the series, Cosmos, will include performances by Deradoorian, Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, Jennifer Moon & Laub, and A.S.T.R.A.L.O.R.A.C.L.E.S

Cyndi Lauper is performing at the Hollywood Bowl with their orchestra and jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant opening (this show is also taking place on Friday)

Hauser & Wirth is screening Britt Banks’ film Ronald: Part 1 with a Q& A with the director to follow (free but register)

The Get Around is a Mar Vista Music & Art Walk and Venice Art Crawl joint event, with music, art vendors and exhibitions, readings, Burning Man art cars, performances, and more- taking place over 3.5 miles from 2-10pm

Vansire and BOYO are playing at The Roxy

Carter Ace and Rat Fancy are opening for Bloodboy at the Bootleg Theater

 

Sunday

Drinker are performing at the Bootleg Theater with Misty Mtn and Talker opening

The UCLA Film and Television Archive is showing the 1989 thriller Miracle Mile at the Hammer Museum with director Steve De Jarnatt present for the screening ($9)

The Egyptian Theatre is showing a double feature of Jack Nicholson films- Chinatown and the sequel The Two Jakes

Independent Shakespeare Co. is having free performances of the play Twelfth Night in Griffith Park all weekend- tonight includes Drag Queen Story Hour with Pickle reading a children’s version of Twelfth Night

Jun 272019
 

Christian Lee Hutson- Northsiders

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/27-6/30/19)-

Thursday

LACMA is showing Yasujiro Ozu’s film An Autumn Afternoon ($7 for non-members) in the Bing Theater

Emily Reo is opening for Charly Bliss at Lodge Room in Highland Park

Cape Weather and King Dream are opening for Spooky Mansion at Resident

Art Life Practice is hosting the workshop Post-Painterly Abstraction at Hammer Museum- $40 includes wine, snacks, and the art materials needed to explore the techniques of the Abstract Expressionism Movement through “pouring, spraying, dropping, sponging, smearing, and more”

Hollywood Night Market at Yamashiro is a lovely way to have some food and drinks while enjoying beautiful views of the city- free shuttles leave from the Mosaic parking lot

 

Friday

Christian Lee Hutson, is opening for Okkervil River at The Troubadour

LACMA is hosting a free screening of Steve Loveridge’s Sundance award-winning film MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A., a personal profile of the artist and her journey from refugee immigrant to pop star

Sad Park, The Cozzmos, MoonFuzz, and Conductura are playing at The Smell

FIGFEST, the free concert series at FIGat7th, concludes tonight with STRFKR and De Lux

L.A. Live is hosting a Friday Night Block Party with $5 food and drink menus at many of the restaurants, live painting, street performers, and pop-up shops

Rufrano and Squirrel Flower are playing an early free show at Gold-Diggers

Night Beats are performing at The Roxy with Kate Clover and Hallow Gallows and a DJ set by Cosmonauts

Lido Pimienta, Delsonido, and Subsuelo are performing as part of the free concert series at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park

 

Saturday

COLA 2019 artist Alice Könitz will be hosting a Self Reliance Talk and Workshop with survival expert Christopher Nyerges at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park at 1:30pm

LACMA is hosting a free screening of the short films created in the Spring 2019 Veterans Make Movies program from 2-4pm. There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Self Help Graphics is having its Annual Print Fair and Exhibition from 12-5pm

Photographer Bill Owens will be at Arcana Books to celebrate and sign his brand new book documenting the Rolling Stones’ Altamont Free Festival, Bill Owens: Altamont 1969 from 4-6pm.

Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals are performing at The Forum with special guests Earl Sweatshirt and Thundercat

Cinespia’s movie in Hollywood Forever Cemetery tonight is Reality Bites

Sinkane is performing at the Bootleg Theater with The Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show

Steady Holiday are opening for Yeasayer at the Teragram Ballroom

 

Saturday and Sunday

If you are a fan of Stranger Things– this weekend the Santa Monica Pier will be transformed into the “Upside Down” of Hawkins, Indiana, including carnival games, a slime dunk tank and The Curiosity House which will include Demogorgons

 

Sunday

From 11am-6pm Hauser & Wirth will host a screening of Art21’s Extended Play featuring artist Luchita Hurtado, running it on a loop throughout the day

CicLAvia returns- this time it’s Mid City Meets Pico Union- closing streets to traffic from Washington and La Brea (Mid City Hub) to 7th, and Venice Blvd from 7th to Hoover (Pico Union Hub)

Independent Shakespeare Co. heads back to Griffith Park this weekend with free performances of the play Twelfth Night

Mara Connor and Pete Molinari are playing a free early show at Gold-Diggers and if you missed seeing Sinkane on Saturday stay to catch his DJ set

The Technicolors are playing at The Roxy with King Shelter and Palm Springsteen

Jun 132019
 

RVG- Alexandra

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/13- 6/16/19)-

Thursday

English singer-songwriter, musician and producer, Imogen Heap, will be performing at The Greek Theatre with frequent collaborator Guy Sigsworth

Will Oldham will be performing and signing his book at Family Bookstore (free)

The Downtown Art Walk returns tonight for its monthly event

Warbly Jets, Hembree, and BLOXX are playing at The Roxy

Pile are playing at the Bootleg Theater with State Champion and Clear Capsule opening

Bedouine is playing Moroccan Lounge with Holy Hive opening

Hollywood Night Market at Yamashiro is a lovely way to have some food and drinks while enjoying beautiful views of the city- free shuttles leave from the Mosaic parking lot

 

Friday

Australian post punk band RVG are playing at Gold Diggers

FIGFest, the free music night at FIGat7th, continues this week with performances by Sudan Archives and Oddisee & Good Company

Business of Dreams, Devon Williams, and Gun Outfit are playing a free show at the Highland Park Bowl

The Egyptian Theatre is showing a double feature of Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Any More followed by John Cassavetes’ A Woman Under The Influence. The screening includes a discussion with actress Jodie Foster following the first film.

Aero Theatre is showing a double feature of Bonnie and Clyde (Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in the title roles), followed by Robert Altman’s Thieves Like Us

Diane Coffee is playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Claire George and Deep Fields opening

Ramonda Hammer is having a record release party at The Echo with Spare Parts for Broken Hearts and Cosmo Gold also performing

 

Saturday

Choreographer, artist, and writer Will Rawls will be sharing his work in progress, which incorporates dance, sound and stop-motion animation, and is currently in production as part of his residency at the Hammer.

Shannon Lay is playing a free show at The Love Song with Half Gringa

Girlpool are playing a free show in Pasadena at One Colorado as part of KCRW’s Summer Nights programming

CIACLA (Contemporary Irish Arts Center) is opening in Bergamot Station and for the launch of its summer program is having live performances by Amanda Coogan and other artists to coincide with the opening of Coogan’s site specific installation, The Ladder is Always There

Smokin Grooves Festival is taking place at Queen Mary Events Park with a very long list of performers including Erykah Badu, Usher, Ella Mai, T-Pain, Pink $weats, Ravyn Lenae, Mereba, Kari Faux, The Pharcyde, Slum Village, Twista, Maverick Sabre, and more

Self Discovery for Social Survival, a collaborative film from record label Mexican Summer and surf and outdoor brand Pilgrim Surf + Supply, is premiering at The Palace Theatre with a live score performed by Allah-Las, Connan Mockasin, and Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT.

The Cult are playing at The Greek Theatre with Prayers, Zola Jesus, and VOWWS opening

 

Saturday and Sunday

Pasadena Chalk Festival, is an annual free two day festival with hundreds of chalk works plus live music

Hollywood Fringe Festival runs this week through June 30th with tons of performances taking place at many of the theaters in the Hollywood area

 

Sunday

As part of Bloomsday, a celebration of the life of James Joyce, Hammer Museum will be hosting a dramatic reading from Ulysses featuring veteran actors Síle Bermingham, James Gallo, James Lancaster, John Lee, Johnny O’Callaghan, and Sonya Macari and later have a Guinness in the courtyard while listening to Rattle the Knee

FEELS, Flat Worms, and Speck are playing at Rec Center

Toro y Moi, Noname, and Ian Isiah are opening for Chromeo at the Hollywood Bowl

Faultline bar is hosting TOM’s Bar 2019 Daddywood, a benefit for The Tom of Finland Foundation with performances by Le1F, Brooke Candy, Sky Ferreira and more

Girl Pusher and Deli Girls will be opening for Machine Girl at 1720

Jun 062019
 

Froth- Laurel

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/6-6/9/19)-

Thursday

Film at LACMA is having a free screening of Empty Metal followed by a post-screening conversation with co-directors Bayley Sweitzer and Adam Khalil, an artist and filmmaker whose work is featured in the  Whitney Biennial

Hand Habits are opening for Broken Social Scene at The Fonda Theatre

Filmmaker, artist, and award-winning cinematographer Arthur Jafa will be speaking with writer Saidiya Hartman at the Hammer Museum

Sebadoh are playing at The Roxy Theatre with Flower opening

Little People is performing with Arms and Sleepers, and Newman Wolf at The Echo

Jarina de Marco and Sister Mantos are playing a free show at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park

Spiral Stairs (Pavement co-founder Scott Kannberg), Human Barbie, and Near Beer are playing at the Bootleg Theater

 

Friday

Froth are having an album release show at Lodge Room with Cosmonauts, Adult Books, and Automatic also performing

FIGFEST, a free summer concert series happening at FIGat7th downtown, begins this week with performances by Cherry Glazerr, Liily, and Benjamin Lee Ritchie Handler

Artist and muralist Kent Twitchell is giving a walkthrough of Charles White: A Retrospective at LACMA

Culture Abuse are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Tony Molina, Entry, and Dare opeing

Lee Fields & The Expressions are playing at the El Rey Theatre with Holy Hive And Brainstory

Hear a discussion on earthquakes, check out DJs, have some drinks and snacks, and see musical performances by Claude Fontaine, Gavin Turek, and Brasstacks- all happening as part of Natural History Museum’s First Fridays monthly evening programming

Vundabar and Dehd are opening for together PANGEA at The Regent Theater

 

Friday through Sunday

LA!PRIDE Festival is taking place all weekend in West Hollywood starting with a free opening ceremony on Friday which includes a Vogue Ball & Drag Show, a film screening, and performances by Paula Abdul, Todrick Hall and DJ Goodboy.  The concert on Saturday includes performances by The Drums, Cupcakke, and Meghan Trainor, and Sunday’s performers include Years and Years, Ashanti, Sateen, The Veronicas, and Miss Vanjie. There will be a parade on Santa Monica Blvd on Sunday from 11am-2pm

 

Saturday

Hammer Museum is having an opening celebration party for the new exhibition Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel

BoldPas: A Day of Art and Play in Old Pasadena is a free all day event where you can see art installations created by LA based artists with the artists on hand to present their work, instructor led art activities at various locations and more

Fenne Lily is opening for SOAK. at the Echoplex

Celebrate PRIDE at the Troubadour with Kitten, Iconique, Mood Killer, and Blu Detiger performing

Inner Wave are playing at The Fonda Theatre with Eyedress and Jean Dawson opening

 

Sunday

Field Medic is playing an early show at Moroccan Lounge

Zebulon is having a free screening of Alain Resnais’ film My American Uncle and later Erik Davis will present- Welcome to the Weird, a free slideshow and talk “that riffs on the historical, conceptual, and aesthetic considerations of living in weird times”.

May 302019
 

Sego- Shame

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/30-6/2/19)-

Thursday

Artists Shinique Smith and Rirkrit Tiravanija will be discussing their history of transforming museum spaces with journalist Jori Finkel at The Hammer

Holy Wave are playing with Triptides and Gold Cage at The Factory

Apex Manor are playing with Coastal Clouds and Near Beer at the Bootleg Theater

Bennett Simpson and Rebecca Lowery will be giving an exhibition walk through of The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (both MOCA locations are free on Thursday evenings)

LACMA is having a free screening of Halston with a post screening conversation with director Frédéric Tcheng and producer Roland Ballester

Mogli is playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Josin opening

Xiu Xiu are bringing their unique sound to Lodge Room with composer Gregg Kowalsky opeing

Performance art duo Princess (Alexis Gideon and Michael O’Neill) will be performing Out There, a live music and video album, at Zebulon. CRICKETS, a new performance and recording project with Roddy Bottum (Faith No More), JD Samson (Le Tigre/MEN), and Michael O’Neill (Princess, MEN), will also be performing.

 

Friday

Sego are playing at Moroccan Lounge with Hate Drugs and Lens Mozer opening

Skirball is hosting Late Night! Pride in Fashion- celebrating the beginning of Pride Month with a celebration of the exhibitions Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich and Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite from 6-10pm plus a DJ, food trucks, a cash bar and more

Death Bells and Hit Bargain are opening for Odonis Odonis at Zebulon

Dodger Stadium is hosting LGBT Night with Dodger owners Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss throwing out ceremonial first pitches, Nicki Blonsky singing the national anthem, the Dodgers playing the Phillies, fireworks after the game, and more

Wavves is playing at Lodge Room with Puzzle and Slut Island (also Saturday)

 

Friday through Sunday

FEMMEBIT is a “platform and triennial festival uniting an all-female roster of Los Angeles based artists working in video and new media”. There will be screenings, panel discussions, live performances and more taking place at Civic Center Studios

The free Lummis Days Festival celebrates the arts, history and ethnic diversity of Northeast Los Angeles with programming that includes a screening of Con Safos:Reflections of Life in the Barrio by Emmy Award winner Jimmy Velarde at Occidental College on Friday, plus live music, exhibitions, workshops, dance performances and more at various locations on Saturday and Sunday

 

Saturday

Venice Pride kicks off LGBTQ+ Pride Month with an illumination of the Venice Pride Sign and Block Party (free)

Outpost Los Angeles City Market is a free cultural festival taking place at Rolling Greens in the Arts District with workshops, panels, and more- plus performances by Porches, Kirin J Callinan, Negative Gemini, Ana Roxanne and a DJ set by Neon Indian

18th Street Arts Center is hosting its Pico Block Party and Artisan Marketplace (free)

The Specials are playing at The Novo with L.A. Salami opening

Jai Wolf is playing at The Shrine Expo Hall with Shallou, Evan Giia, and Ford. opening

Plastic Cactus are playing at The Hi Hat with Easy Love, Chelsea Rose, and The Sob Sonnets

NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance Off w/ Jonathan Toubin is a night of soul music on vinyl at Zebulon with a live performance by LA band Los Blancos

 

Sunday

MOCA Community Day is taking place at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA and is centered around the homelessness crisis in LA, specifically “the youth population affected by the crisis, and how creative experiences can spark change”. The day will feature performances, information booths, workshops, and activities over the course of the day. (free)

The Aero Theatre is hosting a Jim Jarmusch double feature- Stranger Than Paradise and Down By Law

Zebulon is hosting a free screening of Alain Resnais’ film Providence and later Weirdo Night returns with performances by Dynasty Handbag, Malik Gaines, Amelia Bande, Kate Berlant, Dance-Y-Oke and more

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

 

May 102019
 

Hammer Museum’s current exhibition Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968-2018 is a fascinating and fun look at the work of the Conceptual artist. Walking through the show, the variety of the work and the artist’s sense of humor keep the exhibition engaging from start to finish.

Much of Ruppersberg’s work created in Los Angeles is specific to the city, especially how it was during the late 1960s and early 1970s.  The contrast between the urban city life and the natural surroundings of mountains, desert and beach can be seen in several of his pieces including the “Location Pieces”. For “Al’s Cafe”, he created a restaurant in downtown LA where everything from the menus, receipts, and tongue-in-cheek dishes, was a work of art. Examples of the “meals” include “Rock Varieties Smothered in Pine Needles” and the “Patti Melt”, a studio photo covered in toasted marshmallows. He later went on to create “Al’s Grand Hotel” which consisted of several rooms of various themes, run by the artist. For a little over a month of weekends, guests came to stay overnight. Like his restaurant, the hotel became a meeting place for the Los Angeles arts community.

Language and the printed word play a very important in Rupperberg’s work. He rewrote Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray on several large canvases that take up an entire room in the show. For a series of paintings he recreated newspaper articles of strange crimes and then wrote comments on the canvas “translating” them.

Driving around Los Angeles he noticed the ubiquitous DayGlo posters made by Colby Printing and used them to print The Singing Posters: Allen Ginsberg’s Howl by Allen Ruppersberg (Parts I-III). For this work the poem is recreated phonetically in a series of these posters, along with some commercial advertising posters, and placed together to form a large mural.

Ruppersberg is still creating, collecting, and exploring the world around him. This show celebrates his unique perspective while also presenting a glimpse of what it was like to be an artist in Los Angeles at the time he was making this work.

This exhibition closes 5/12/19.

 

 

 

May 022019
 

Broncho- Keep It In Line

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/2- 5/5/19)-

Thursday

Big Thief are performing at The Fonda Theatre with Victoria Williams

Photographers Lynsey Addario and John Moore will be discussing their work as part of the programming for Photoville (see below)

Ruby Haunt are playing at El Cid with Storefront Church and Sports Coach

Yamashiro’s Night Market returns to the hills above Hollywood tonight from 5-10pm- catch a free shuttle from Mosaic Church to get there

Draemings are playing a free show at Zebulon with Crook and Ever So Android

Bikini Kill are playing at the Hollywood Palladium with Le Butcherettes

 

Thursday through Sunday

Photoville, the free annual photo festival with galleries built from repurposed shipping containers, returns for its second week in Century Park with programming that includes nighttime projections, talks, workshops, family activities, and a beer garden. While there check out the exhibition CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop, which showcases the work of hip hop photographers, at Annenberg Space for Photography.

 

Friday

Broncho will be performing at the Natural History Museum with Lauren Ruth Ward for the museum’s monthly First Friday event. This year’s programming explores Forces of Nature and for this evening they will have speakers discussing California’s floods. There will also be DJs and food trucks.

L.A. Live is having a block party with $5 food and drink items at many of the restaurants, pop up shops, street performers, live painting by several artists, and more (free)

Beach Goons and No Parents are opening for SWMRS at The Belasco Theater

The Church will be at The Regent Theater performing their album Starfish

 

Friday and Saturday

Union Station is celebrating its 80th Anniversary for two days with live entertainment, an electronic photo exhibition of the station’s history, special menu items at the station’s restaurants, tours, a marketplace and more

 

Saturday

Hammer Museum is hosting Omniaudience, a program comprised of listening sessions, conversations, and performances from 1:30-5pm. For this iteration- Nikita Gale will have a listening session devoted to the creation, distribution, and reception of River Deep, Mountain High, which was produced by Phil Spector and performed by Tina Turner; Alexander Provan will deliver a lecture, illustrated with chart-toppers, on the use of consumer-behavior data and neurobiology research in the production of pop songs; C. Spencer Yeh will present a live quadraphonic performance of material from The RCA Mark II (Primary Information, 2017), which is composed of recordings of non-musical sounds created with the eponymous, 60-year-old synthesizer; and Nour Mobarak will speak about the vocalization of sound and phonetics in relation to her recent work. She will then be joined in conversation by Gale, Provan, and Yeh to discuss “how recordings of human voices quantify and categorize speakers—and how the components of language might, alternatively, be experienced as indeterminate sonic materials”.

Otomo Yoshihide and David Novak will be at Blum & Poe to discuss “noise, an underground music made through an amalgam of feedback, distortion, and electronic effects, which first emerged as a genre in the 1980s, circulating on cassette tapes traded between fans in Japan, Europe, and North America”. (free)

Melodie McDaniel will be signing her book Riding Through Compton about the participants of a youth riding and equestrian program in the neighborhood at Arcana Books. A conversation will follow with book contributors Amelia Fleetwood and Mayisha Akbar (who leads the program).

Ezra Furman is playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Pancho Morris

Snowball II are playing an early show at Resident

Tomo Nakayama is opening for Jeremy Enigk (formerly of Sunny Day Real Estate) at The Roxy Theatre

Field Trip and Small Forward are opening for Foliage at The Echo

 

Sunday

This week’s free screening at Zebulon is Luis Buñuel’s Los Olivados

Later that evening Weirdo Night returns to Zebulon with performances by Dynasty Handbag, Drum Run, and Smiling Beth and more

Artist Gary Lang will be in conversation with artist Sarah Jones at Wilding Cran Gallery where Lang currently has an exhibition

Amnesia Scanner are playing at 1720

Anthony da Costa is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Mason Stoops