Automatic and L.A. Takedown are opening for Mr. Elevator at The Echo
LA based experimental vocalist and contemporary composer Odeya Nini will be speaking at The Broad as part of their series The Logic of Poetry and Dreams (free but reserve ticket)
Crywolf is performing an acoustic set at Moroccan Lounge with Emilie Brandt
The Aero Theatre is hosting their 15th Annual shorts program with a focus on female directors- which includes a discussion with several of the filmmakers to follow the screenings
The Egyptian Theatre is showing the film Freaked with a discussion to follow with directors Alex Winter and Tom Stern as well as co-writer Tim Burns, composer Kevin Kiner; production designer Catherine Hardwicke; special effects artists Steve Johnson, Tony Gardner and Bill Corso; actors John Hawkes and Lee Arenberg; and Henry Rollins and Paul Leary of the Butthole Surfers.
Steve Gunn is playing at Zebulon with Olgaa opening
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (12/5-12/8/19)-
Artist Catherine Opie is giving a walk-through of Lari Pittman’s exhibition at Hammer Museum at 6pm
The Make-Up are playing at Zebulon with Seth Bogart
If you missed Visual AIDS’s screening of STILL BEGINNING for Day With(out) Art you can see it tonight at MOCA Grand Avenue (free)
Director Jazmin Garcia will be speaking at The Broad as part of their series The Logic of Poetry and Dreams (free but reserve ticket)
Lisa Prank is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Rose Melberg, and Worriers
Protomartyr and Show Me The Body are opening for Daughters at the Belasco Theater
Sasha Sloan is playing at the Fonda Theatre with Winnetka Bowling Club
Constitution Happy Hour returns to Hammer Museum with UC Irvine political science and law professor Rick Hasen discussing the First Amendment and campaign misinformation.
The Theatre at The Ace Hotel with CAP UCLA is screening Dawson City:Frozen Time with a live score composed by Alex Somers and performed by Wild Up. The film tells the story of the discovery of over 500 silent film reels from the 1910s and 20s in Dawson in north western Canada in the 1970s by a construction crew who found it buried in a subarctic swimming pool.
Cocoa Concerts continue at Union Station with latin jazz group Conganas. There will also be a cocoa bar, Santa selfies, a Candy Cane Lane and more (free)
Surfbort are playing at Lodge Room with Dumb Fucks and Nice
Sonny & The Sunsets are playing at The Hi Hat with The Gonks and The Flusters
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (11/29-12/1/19)-
Justus Proffit is playing a free show at the Monty Bar to celebrate the release of his new EP Return to Zero- with additional performances by The Freakees, Macko, and Laundry Boys
Bob Baker Marionette Theater is celebrating its Grand Opening at its new location in Highland Park with a day of free puppet shows on the hour starting at 11am, celebrating the six decades of the theater. Additional exhibits, activities, and more will occur throughout the day, with historic Bob Baker photography and a virtual reality Bob Baker experience next door at MorYork. At 7:30pm is the ticketed event, Rise of the Harlequins! The BBMT Season Kickoff, which includes behind the scenes videos, a puppet show, a party with a DJ and cake and more.
Zebulon is hosting a free screening of the 1970 Czechoslovak New Wave film Valerie and Her Week of Wonders followed by a dance party
Hammer Museum and MOCA are partnering with Visual Aids for the 30th Annual Day With(out) Art. This year the program is STILL BEGINNING featuring seven newly commissioned videos responding to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic by Shanti Avirgan, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Carl George, Viva Ruiz, Iman Shervington, Jack Waters/Victor F.M. Torres, and Derrick Woods-Morrow (free).
The Broad will be presenting a screening of artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien’s short video, This is Not an AIDS Advertisement (1987, Super 8 transferred to video, 10 min), hosted and co-organized by West Hollywood’s poet laureate, Steven Reigns. Following the screening, Reigns, along with author Meliza Bañales aka Missy Fuego, award-winning author Bernard Cooper, and writer, musician, and choreographer Brontez Purnell, will speak to how HIV and AIDS have impacted their lives personally, and present examples of their own work. (free)
Fowler Museum is screening How to Survive a Plague, having two dance performances, and more for World AIDS Day. This is in addition to the weekly storytelling performances that are part of their exhibition Through Positive Eyes
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (11/14-11/17-19)-
Ronald Rael, the Chair of the Department of Architecture at UC Berkeley, will engage in a presentation and discussion about art making at the US_Mexico border with W|ALLS featured photographer, designer, craftsperson, and founder of Art Made Between Opposite Sides (AMBOS) Tanya Aguiñiga at Annenberg Space for Photography. (free but register)
Artist Vishal Jugdeo will be discussing his work at The Hammer
Maxo Kream is performing at the Echoplex with Q Da Fool and Slayter
The KVB, Numb.er, and Houses of Heaven are playing at The Echo
Filmforum at MOCA (Grand Avenue location) is showing All That You Can’t Leave Behind, a program of films both personal and political featuring new works by Essi, Ja’Tovia Gary, Darol Olu Kae, Rhea Storr, Sara Suarez, and ariella tai. Filmmakers Suarez and Kae will be in-person to discuss their work.
Adult Swim Festival 2019 is taking place at Banc of America Stadium in DTLA. On Friday performers include Dethklok, Captain Murphy, Leikeli47, Health, and more. On Saturday Vince Staples, Jamie XX, 2 Chainz, Tierra Whack, clipping., Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, and more will perform, along with a live version of The Eric Andre Show. There will also be screenings, games and attractions, and more.
Spaceland and Other Music are hosting The Get Together 2019 Label Fair and Music Festival at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. On Friday Joe Kay, Marco McKennis, and Full Crate are performing. On Saturday is the Record Label Fair and performances by Anna Wise, William Basinski, and more. In the evening, Lee Fields will be perform backed by El Michels Affair, as well as Bobby Oroza, Brainstory and Holy Hive.
Artists Gilbert & George will be in conversation with critic Jonathan Griffin at Sprüth Magers (free but RSVP)
Bridge-s, is a performance series at The Getty curated by Solange Knowles and features a new performance by Gerard & Kelly, with a special musical score by Solange featuring Cooper-Moore, brought to life by a group of dancers and musicians across Getty’s iconic architecture. The performance piece takes place all day around the center and also includes film screenings and an artist talk with British-Ghanaian philosopher Kodwo Eshun.(free)
From 12:30- 2:20pm LACMA is offering a free taste of the Japanese Nebuta Festival with a large paper lantern float depicting Japanese folk hero Kintoki by Nebuta Master Hiroo Takenami on display and a series of short performances by taiko drummers, flute and hand cymbal players, and dancers taking place in front of the float.
LAXART is hosting a performance of the in progress, debut play Lives of the Performers, by critic and writer Hilton Als. Free, first come first served. (also on Monday)
The Annual Tree Lighting celebration with performances and fireworks is happening at The Grove
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/31-11/3/19)-
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
Dead Ghosts are playing at El Cid with Adult Books and Venetian Blinds
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.
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)
Guerilla Toss are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Gap Girls and Jonny Kosmo
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
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/17-10/20/19)-
Bryan Barcena, assistant curator and manager of publications will give a walkthrough of the second iteration of MOCA’s Open House exhibition series, Open House: Gala Porras-Kim (free and free entrance to both of MOCA’s locations on Thursday evenings)
DMBQ, the heavy psychedelic rock band from Japan, are playing at Zebulon with Grave Zone and 657B/6
LMNOP and Teddy Roxpin are DJ’ing an after hours at Moroccan Lounge with Heaven The Dude performing live
The Obsessives are playing at The Hi Hat with Jordan Krimston, Weatherboxes and Rebecca Black
City and Colour is performing with a full band at the Fonda Theatre with Ruby Waters opening
Hammer Museum is hosting Constitutional Happy Hour, a chance to learn about the US Constitution with some drinks- this time with Damon Huss of the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Los Angeles, discussing judicial review.
Sad Park are playing at The Smell with Not From England and Whaja Dew
Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is hosting Lucas Nights: The Art of the Card—Tarot and Lotería, a free program that includes a discussion of the history of tarot and Lotería imagery, tarot and Lotería card making, tarot readings, a raffle, DJ and more, taking place on Exposition Park’s South Lawn
Kazu Makino (Blonde Redhead) will be performing songs from her first solo album at Lodge Room with My Empty Phantom opening
Surf Curse are playing at the Fonda Theatre with Dirt Buyer and Spitting Image opening
The Ace Hotel is having a 20 Year celebration with performances at their theater by Ryuichi Sakamoto, serpentwithfeet, and Zola Jesus with an after party to follow
Galantis are playing at the Shrine Expo Hall with Hook N’ Sling, LP Giobbi, and Raiden Integra (also Saturday with Hook N’ Sling and Ezou)
Friday through Sunday
All weekend MOCA, with Film Independent in partnership with KCRW, is hosting The New Wave, a showcase of films, conversations and performances, all free plus free admission to both galleries.
yeule is one of the many artists playing at Catch One for 100% ElectroniCON’s vaporwave festival. Other artists include George Clanton, Saint Pepsi, Slayyter, FrankJavCee, NxxxxxS, Bruce Smear and many more.
Beverly Hills Art Show returns for its Fall Show running all day with over 245 artists (free and also on Sunday)
For The Getty’s art talk, Art as Transformation: Photography for Social Change, artist LaToya Ruby Frazier will be discussing how she has used photography to fight injustice (free but ticket required)
Artist Echiko Ohira accompanies Exhibitions Curator Holly Jerger on a walkthrough of the artist’s first solo museum exhibition, Finding the Center: Works by Echiko Ohira at Craft Contemporary. (free and the museum is free on Sundays)
Field Medic and Great Grandpa are opening for Cavetown at the Fonda Theatre
Cryogeyser are playing at The Echo with Bob Villain and The Eyyes
PDC Design Gallery’s inaugural exhibition, SUPERSHOW, featuring the work of Los Angeles-based artists Fallen Fruit (David Allen Burns and Austin Young) is having a reception tonight from 5-10pm
For The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA’s third installment of the Return to Exile series it will celebrate Amiri Baraka’s Jihad Records and The Black Arts Repertory Theatre with a pop-up presentation featuring an audio and ephemera archive of jazz poetics LPs, original prints, and rare books, and culminating in a live read of Baraka’s 1964 play The Slave.
Mercury Rev and Beth Orton will be performing Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete at the Palace Theatre
Adia Victoria is opening for Tank and the Bangas at the Fonda Theatre
Iron and Wine are performing with Calexico at the Orpheum Theater
Ruby Haunt are playing a free show at Zebulon with LFZ
Tangerine and Krost are playing along with Kid Hastings at Non Plus Ultra
Seven Saturdays are playing a free show at Gold Diggers with Layton
Artist and filmmaker Rhys Ernst will be in conversation with LGBTQ film historian Jenni Olson after a screening of Something Special (aka Willy/Milly) 1986- “a whimsical teen comedy about a teenage girl who wants to be a boy” at Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater ($9)
Michael Jang will be signing his photography book Enter the Jang at Arcana Books
There’s an opening party at Fowler Museum for Through Positive Eyes, “a large-scale photography and storytelling project created in collaboration with more than 130 people living with HIV/AIDS”. The celebration includes a discussion with co-curator David Gere followed by drinks and a DJ set. (free)
Cat Scan are having an album release party at The Hi Hat with Traps PS and Susan
Odd Ark in Highland Park is having an Artist’s Swap Meet in their parking lot
Los Angeles-based artist Analia Saban will be discussing her work with the Founder and Executive Director of The Mistake Room, Cesar Garcia, and her latest edition made in collaboration with Mixografia where the talk is taking place
The “surrealist variety show” The Butterfly Cabinet, curated by Guy Blakeslee is free and happening at Zebulon
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/26-9/29/19)-
Bombay Bicycle Club are playing at The Mayan with Blaenavon
Ghostly is celebrating its 2oth Anniversary with performances by Gold Panda, Geotic, Mary Lattimore, Shigeto, and DJ SV4 at The Regent Theater
Pop Up Magazine’s “live magazine show” returns to The Theatre at the Ace Hotel, this time with the theme The Escape Issue in collaboration with The California Sunday Magazine. Performers include comedians Jordan Carlos and Chris Duffy, poet Sarah Kay, photographers Lucas Foglia and Lisette Poole, and more
Nightmares on Wax and Luke Vibert are DJ’ing at 1720
Pacer, Simulcast, and Devon Williams are opening for Stolen Jars at The Satellite
Lambda Lit Fest Los Angeles celebrates LGBTQ writers and includes tons of free programming throughout the city including performances and workshops. A day long celebration on Saturday at Pico Union Project concludes the programming with a presentation by Tegan and Sara from their new memoir, performances by artists including Phranc, Dynasty Handbag and Tommy Pico, and a karaoke party.
Deadbeat Beat are playing at All Star Lanes with Gum Country, Shells, and Dummy
Van Nuys Arts Festival is taking place at the civic center with live music, interactive art, a 3D maze, and more- all free
Ty Segall & Freedom Band are continuing their residency at Teragram Ballroom– tonight playing his new album FirstTaste and his 2014 album Manipulator. DMBQ are opening.
Tegan and Sara are performing and telling stories to celebrate their new memoir at The Orpheum Theatre
Artist Lari Pittman will be in conversation with curator Connie Butler at Hammer Museum to discuss his recently opened retrospective
At ICA LA’s free open house, celebrate new exhibitions No Wrong Holes: Thirty Years of Nayland Blake and Sadie Barnette:The New Eagle Creek Saloon and from 2-3pm artist Nayland Blake will be in conversation with curator Jamillah James
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/22-8/25/19)-
Artist Kelly Akashi is giving a walk-through of the Sarah Lucas exhibition at Hammer Museum and then stay for ASCAP’s free On the Come Up concert with hip hop and R&B musicians that include Adrian Marcel, Marco McKinnis, Asiahn, Darius Coleman and more
No Parents are playing a free show with Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries and The Witching Hours at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park
Snail Mail is playing at The Wiltern with SASAMI and Choirboy
Skirball Cultural Center is free tonight with a performance by trumpeter/lyricist/producer Josef Leimberg as well as a chance to check out the current exhibitions
Generationals are playing at Lodge Room with Pure Bathing Culture opening
The Aero Theatre is showing the Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon classic Some Like It Hot
Itasca is playing a free show at Zebulon with Dollar Band
Ty Segall & Freedom Band are continuing their residency at Teragram Ballroom– tonight playing his new album First Taste and his 2011 album Goodbye Bread. Oog Bogo is opening.
Kyle Craft & Showboat Honey are playing at Moroccan Lounge with Balto opening
Spendtime Palace and Boa are opening for The Nude Party at The Echo
L.A. Live is having a block party with live painting, pop-up shops, $5 food and drink menus at their restaurants, performances, and more
The Wiltern is hosting a Kill Bill night with a screening of both films plus movie inspired drinks, a DJ playing from the soundtrack, and more
Hammer Museum is hosting Abortion Laws: State by State, a panel discussion that will address “the various state-specific anti-choice efforts, and considers ramifications for the future of Roe v. Wade and reproductive rights more broadly”. Shaniqua McClendon, political director for Crooked Media, will be moderating a discussion with California Senator Connie M. Leyva, Loyola Law School professor Brietta Clark, and NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Amy Everitt.
Space 15 Twenty is having an early live music event with Justus Proffit, Cape Weather and XINXIN playing free
Over 20 bands are playing the Mondo Hollywood event at Catch One including Man…or Astroman, L.A.Witch, Levitation Room, and The Night Times, plus burlesque performances throughout the evening
Molly Burch is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Jackie Cohen and Noël Wells opening
The Getty’s free concert series Off the 405 continues with performances by San Cha and La Mera Candelaria
Saturday and Sunday
Viva! Pomona music festival is happening over two days at The Glass House with a long list of bands that includes Beach Goons, Y La Bamba, French Vanilla, Junkie, Kicked Off the Streets, Not From England, Inner Wave, Little Jesus, Jean Dawson, Lealani, Los Retros, and many, many more. $25 per day
Independent Shakespeare Co. is performing Twelfth Night in Griffith Park on Saturday. On Sunday get there early for crafts and Players in the Park featuring Shakes-Queer with drag performer Pickle and ISC’s Xavi Moreno teaching everyone to recite Shakespeare before a performance of Pericles.
Long Beach’s Zaferia District is having the one day music and comedy festival Happy Sundays at several local venues. Bands include Janelane, Billy Changer, The Molochs, The Gems, Triptides, Cat Scan, Tropa Magica, Prettiest Eyes, Girl Tears, and more plus comedy with Neil Hamburger
The Aero Theatre is showing a double feature of Working Girl and Thelma and Louise with an introduction by author Sloan De Forest
L.A. Drones are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Programmed for Pleasure, Magic Wands, Blood Candy, and Tangients
Versus, Plus/Minus, The Asteroid No.4, and The Flash Hits are playing at the Echoplex
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/15-8/18/19)-
*special note for this week’s weekend planner – Echo Park Rising festival begins Thursday and there are A LOT of bands playing as well as numerous activities and deals from local businesses in the neighborhood. In order to make this post a manageable size I have created a separate post with my band selections for each night as well as a playlist of those choices. *
Los Angeles Beatz by Girlz is setting up a beat making station at The Echo Patio to teach people how to sequence drums, record and loop synths, and produce their own music with Ableton Live and the Push Unit from 5:30-7pm. (part of Echo Park Rising)
Los Angeles LGBT Center is showing Labyrinth for their the movie night Out Under The Stars in Hollywood Forever Cemetery with all proceeds benefiting the center’s programs and services
Hibou are playing at The Hi Hat with Tangerine and Jordan Gatesmith (Wellness)
Andrew Bird is playing a free show at KCRW Headquarters as part of their Summer Nights programming
UCLA Film & Television Archive is screening a double feature of Suburbia and Rock ‘N’ Roll High School at Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater with director Penelope Spheeris in person ($9)
Blum & Poe’s>BTWN x PERFORMANCE< events continues with Kandis Williams Presents “Eurydice” her ongoing project that “investigates the relationship between ‘black identity’ and ‘mainstream culture’ “. She uses the Greek myth of Eurydice as a vehicle for her “inquiry into the subjects of a racialized imagination and its subsequent logics, by staging a structured engagement of blackness and spectacle within a mythic pre-Socratic configuration of the underworld.”
Cinespia is having its 9th Annual Movies All Night Slumber Party at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, starting the evening with Never Been Kissed, followed by I Know What You Did Last Summer and ending late night with Jawbreaker.
88Rising:Head in the Clouds music festival is happening in LA State Historic Park with performers including Rich Brian, Dumbfoundead, AUGUST 08, and more
Yola Día Festival is taking place in LA Historic Park with performers Lykke Li, Cat Power, SOPHIE, Courtney Love, Megan Thee Stallion, Kelsey Lu, Empress Of, Cupcakke, and Lia Ices
CicLAvia’s closing down streets to vehicles from West Hollywood to East Hollywood for their Meet the Hollywoods event. Santa Monica Blvd will be closed from San Vicente to Highland. Highland is closed from there to Hollywood Blvd and Hollywood is closed from Highland to Vermont. There will be a few intersections to cross with a vehicle but its probably best to join the car free fun or use public transportation to get around.
Author Stephen van Dyck will be discussing his memoir People I’ve Met From The Internet at Skylight Books with writer Matias Viegener
Independent Shakespeare Co. is performing Twelfth Night in Griffith Park tonight. Get there early to join a workshop with teaching artists where participants will learn more about the characters, plot and choices of the evening’s play, plus take a backstage tour and check out some of the costumes and props. Reserve a spot for this free pre show workshop here. (On Friday the play is also Twelfth Night and Saturday it is Pericles)