Jun 292017
 

Sir Sly- Astronaut

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/29-7/3/17)-

Thursday

Sir Sly are playing the El Rey Theatre with PAPA

For MOCA’s free (but RSVP) music night at The Geffen Contemporary location- the bands are Surf Curse, Tacocat and Starcrawler

At MOCA’s Grand Avenue location, photographer Deana Lawson will be discussing the work of Kerry James Marshall for the Artists on Artists series (free)

This week’s free concert at Santa Monica Pier is Lemaitre and Coast Modern

For this week’s Oracle Film Series at The Broad, Claire Denis’ film Beau Travail will be shown along with Rineke Dijkstra’s short Annemiek ($10)

The Hammer Museum has a free screening of Fellini’s Juliet of the Spirits

Bedouine is playing at the Bootleg Theater with CHIMNEY opening

Frankie and the Witch Fingers are opening for The Paranoyds at The Echo

Friday

For the last of the Constitutional Happy Hour programs at The Hammer Museum, the topic is hate speech

For the first DJ Night in Grand Park, Peanut Butter Wolf will be performing along with other DJs he has chosen

Junior Boys, Kilo Kish, How to Dress Well and Chrome Sparks (DJ set) are playing at the Globe Theatre

Ducktails is playing at the Hi Hat with Jimmy Whispers and Martin Frawley

Saturday

Meatbodies and Feels are playing at the Teragram Ballroom

The Districts are playing at the Troubadour with The Spirit of the Beehive and Norwegian Arms opening

The outdoor movie at The Autry in Griffith Park this week is Top Gun

For the first of Chinatown’s Summer Nights there are artisan and culinary presentations, a craft and vintage market, a beer garden, a live music stage and more. Plus there are some excellent art galleries nearby worth checking out.

Matthew Modine and Vincent D’Onofrio will be discussing Full Metal Jacket before its screening at The Egyptian Theatre

Tycho is playing at the Greek Theatre with Todd Terje & The Olsens

Sunday

Deap Vally, Plague Vendor, The Red Pears, Zig Zags, Flat Worms and many more are playing the all day Dirty Penni Fest at The Echo and Echoplex

The Egyptian Theatre is showing Jaws

Street Food Cinema at Los Angeles State Historic Park is showing Fight Club

All Weekend (Friday-Sunday)

The Anime Expo is at the Los Angeles Convention Center (running until 7/4)

626 Night Market returns to Santa Anita Park

Free outdoor Shakespeare performances return to Griffith Park with Measure for Measure

May 182017
 

Miike Snow- My Trigger

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/18-5/21/17)-

Thursday

Greg Tate is giving a free lecture on the work of Kerry James Marshall at MOCA Grand Ave which is also free all day for Art Museum Day

Oliver Stone will be introducing his film Nixon at the Aero Theatre

LACMA is having a free screening of Breakable You, starring Holly Hunter and Alfred Molina, with a conversation with director and writer Andrew Wagner to follow

The Orbiting Human Circus featuring The Music Tapes combines music, stories, games and magic and it’s happening at the Bootleg Theater

Rubblebucket are playing with Sego and Alexander F at the Troubadour

Friday

It’s week two of Hammer Museum’s Constitutional Happy Hour with $5 drinks and discussion of an aspect of the Constitution- this time the topic is LGBT and gender based rights

Downtown Dark Nights returns to L.A. Live with $5 drink and food menus, live painting, a market, music and more (free)

Björk Digital, which includes six Virtual Reality experiences, begins today at the Magic Box at The Reef. Tickets are going fast. ($35 and running until 6/4)

The Jesus and Mary Chain are playing at The Wiltern

Ho99o9 are playing with Injury Reserve and The Bots at the Echoplex

Saturday

KCRW is hosting the art, music and food event Skyline at L.A. Historic Park with Miike Snow, Duke Dumont, Lido, Eden, MICHL, and Elohim performing

Off the 405, The Getty’s free music night, is back for the next few Saturdays- this week Nite Jewel is performing

KROQ is having its Weenie Roast y Fiesta 2017 at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, with Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Cage the Elephant, Lana del Ray and more performing

There are still tickets left for Ceremony’s early show with Cold Beat and Initiate at The Echo (part of their three day residency)

Sunday

It’s Museums of the Arroyo Day during which The Gamble House, Heritage Square, L.A. Police Museum, Lummis Home, Pasadena Museum of History, and The Autry are all free from noon to 5pm

It’s the second day of The Beverly Hills Art Show – a nice free way to spend the day outside checking out art

DIIV is playing at the Regent Theater with The Paranoyds and Tashaki Miyaki opening

Tonight is the second night U2 are playing at the Rosebowl to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Joshua Tree album with The Lumineers opening

Inhalt, Kontravoid, and Boan are bringing their retro electronic sounds to Part Time Punks night at the Echoplex

 

Mar 302017
 

Generationals- Keep It Low

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/30-4/2/17)-

Thursday

Artist Kerry James Marshall will be in conversation with Helen Molesworth at the Colburn School (200 South Grand Avenue) which will include discussion of his MOCA exhibition (free but get there early!)

The Orwells are playing with No Parents and The Walters at the Regent Theater

Angel City Brewery is hosting the opening of “What Does DTLA Mean to You?” an exhibition showcasing the work of artists from the Arts District and Skid Row

Drill Los Angeles Music Festival at the Echo and Echoplex begins tonight with 3 day passes starting at $46.50, or you can buy tickets for the individual shows. Tonight Bob Mould is playing with Immersion and Alina Bea.

Hammer Museum is hosting a free panel discussion- The Not So Silver Screen: Black Women in Media with actress Diahann Carroll, actress and director LisaGay Hamilton and more

Kane Strang, Tracy Bryant, and Emily Edrosa are playing at the Bootleg Theater

Friday

Generationals are playing at the Teragram Ballroom

Mikal Cronin is playing with a string & horn ensemble as part of Drill Los Angeles at the Echo. Wand, Laetitia Sadler, Fitted, and more are also on the bill

The Aero Theatre is showing 2001: A Space Odyssey with a brand new 70mm print

Why? are playing at the Regent Theater with Open Mike Eagle and Rituals of Mine

Methyl Ethel are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Vorhees and BOYO

Saturday

The Getty Museum is having multiple performances of Selected Shorts: April Antics: Fictions & Foolery, a chance to see the popular podcast live with Jane Kaczmarek hosting and a cast that includes Yvette Nicole Brown, Sharon Gless, Liev Schrieber and more (also Sunday)

Meatbodies are opening for Delicate Steve at the Teragram Ballroom

International Pillow Fight Day is happening at Pershing Square with DJs and food trucks

Electric Six are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Residual Kid and VOWWS

For the last night of Drill, Wire will be performing at the Echo as well as Julia Holter, Mild High Club and more.

Sunday

CAFAM is hosting- Social (Media) Politics of Photography in the Digital Age- A Discussion with Arpad Kovacs & Ramin Talaie for “Focus Iran 2: Contemporary Photography and Video”. This is a good opportunity to check out that exhibition as well as Chapters, which includes a great variety of the book arts of Southern California. CAFAM is pay what you wish on Sunday but RSVP for the talk if you are interested.

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears are playing at the Troubadour

The Rock ‘N’ Roll Flea Market returns to the Regent Theater for its monthly event

 

 

Jan 282017
 

This is the last weekend to see Kerry James Marshall:Mastery at Met Breuer in New York, definitely one of the best exhibitions I saw in 2016.

Here is Met Breuer’s overview of the exhibition-

This major monographic exhibition is the largest museum retrospective to date of the work of American artist Kerry James Marshall (born 1955). Encompassing nearly 80 works—including 72 paintings—that span the artist’s remarkable 35-year career, it reveals Marshall’s practice to be one that synthesizes a wide range of pictorial traditions to counter stereotypical representations of black people in society and reassert the place of the black figure within the canon of Western painting.

Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts rebellion in 1965, Marshall has long been an inspired and imaginative chronicler of the African American experience. He is known for his large-scale narrative history paintings featuring black figures—defiant assertions of blackness in a medium in which African Americans have long been invisible—and his exploration of art history covers a broad temporal swath stretching from the Renaissance to 20th-century American abstraction. Marshall critically examines and reworks the Western canon through its most archetypal forms: the historical tableau, landscape and genre painting, and portraiture. His work also touches upon vernacular forms such as the muralist tradition and the comic book in order to address and correct, in his words, the “vacuum in the image bank” and to make the invisible visible.

The exhibition runs concurrently with Kerry James Marshall Selects, a room curated by Marshall, of work from the Met collection “ranging from the Northern Renaissance to French post-Impressionism, and from African masks to American photography of the 1950s and ‘60s, underscoring the global and historical nature of the influences that are predominant in his practice”. This is a wonderful addition that adds another layer of perspective to the work.

Taking up two floors of the building, and with work that is often filled with detailed imagery, make sure to leave enough time to take it all in.

For more information on the artist, this New York Times article discusses the retrospective, the artist’s history, and includes quotes from an interview the author had with Marshall in his studio.

This exhibition closes on 1/29/17. If you are in Los Angeles, or visiting, it will open at MOCA Grand Avenue on March 12, 2017.

 

 

 

(Image courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Photo by Nathan Keay)