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

Mar 222019
 

 

Currently at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA are Laura Owens mid-career survey and Zoe Leonard: Survey. Two very different exhibitions, each exceptional in their own way.

Laura Owens’ exhibition (pictured above), captures the exuberance of her work throughout her career from the mid-1990s until today. Looking at the colorful paintings, it’s the details you don’t notice at first that give them added depth and life. Textured paint seems to float above the canvas and in some of the work sculptural pieces extend beyond the frame. Traveling from room to room you can see her style grow and change while still keeping elements from the previous work.

Zoe Leonard’s exhibition (seen below) is a thought provoking collection of the artist’s work that varies between the political and the personal and sometimes a blending of the two.

A tree sliced apart and bolted back together is suspended in a room that also contains contact sheets of birds in flight. In another, there’s a line of suitcases, one for every year of the artist’s life. There are photos taken of the sun and a table with stacks of postcards of various views of Niagara Falls.  Black and white photos of animals who have been killed and dismembered confront you in another section of the gallery. Nature, death, and the passing of time are common themes present in Leonard’s work and in our own lives. The effect is meditative.

There are also the more overtly political works. For Tipping Point (pictured below) which she created in 2016, she created a tower of 53 copies of James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, one for each year since the book was published. On one wall a typed copy on onionskin of her famous work I want a president, that she wrote when poet Eileen Myles ran for president, hangs between two pieces of glass. (This work was also printed as a large mural for The Highline in New York in 2016)

From MOCA’s website-

New York–based artist Zoe Leonard (b. 1961) is among the most critically acclaimed artists of her generation. Over the past three decades, she has produced work in photography and sculpture that has been celebrated for its lyrical observations of daily life coupled with a rigorous, questioning attention to the politics and conditions of image making and display.

Zoe Leonard: Survey is the first large-scale overview of the artist’s work in an American museum. The exhibition looks across Leonard’s career to highlight her engagement with a range of themes, including gender and sexuality, loss and mourning, migration, displacement, and the urban landscape. More than it focuses on any particular subject, however, Leonard’s work slowly and reflectively calibrates vision and form. Using repetition, subtle changes of perspective, and shifts of scale, Leonard draws viewers into an awareness of the meanings behind otherwise familiar images or objects. A counter-example to the speed and disposability of image culture today, Leonard’s photographs, sculptures, and installations ask the viewer to reengage with how we see.

On Sunday, 3/24, MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson will lead a final walkthrough of both of these exhibitions before they close on Monday 3/25/19.  Admission is free to the museum and this event this weekend.

Mar 212019
 

And The Kids- Champagne Ladies

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/21-3/24/19)-

Thursday

Composer, conductor, pianist, and writer Matthew Aucoin will be in conversation with comedy writer and performer Megan Amram (The Good Place, Parks and Recreation) at the Hammer Museum (free)

Lucille Furs are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Dream Phases, Jane Church and Easy Love

Halfnoise is playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Gothic Tropic and And That opening

No Win are having a record release party at Highland Park Ebell with Gymshorts and Los Bolos also performing

Bad Suns are playing a free show at Amoeba Hollywood and signing copies of their new album Mystic Truth

 

Friday

And The Kids are playing with Ramonda Hammer and Cardioid at The Satellite

Hauser & Wirth is hosting the three night film series (it started Thursday) I Still Dream About California, organized by Annie Leibovitz to accompany her exhibition at the gallery. The film this evening is Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye. Tickets are sold out but you can still join the waitlist.

Rayland Baxter is playing at the Teragram Ballroom with T. Hardy Morris and Mattiel opening

Justus Proffit, Janelane and Rose Dorn are opening for Living Hour at The Factory

Jimmy Whispers is playing a free show at Zebulon with Lael Neale

 

Saturday

Artist Jennifer West will be choosing artwork from LACMA’s Photography and Prints & Drawings collections to display in the Study Center and discussing why she selected them and how they relate to her own art practice as part of LACMA’s Artists on Art series. (free but ticket required)

There’s a lot to do at Grand Park today- first Bernie Sanders will be having a rally there at 2:30pm and later the ACLU has a free all day event that includes speakers, a panel discussion, and a performance by Tom Morello (of Rage Against The Machine) with special guests Vic Mensa and K. Flay

From 12-5pm is the 13th Annual Santa Monica Airport Artwalk, with open art studios, art exhibitions, art demonstrations, performances, and more (free)

Amyl and The Sniffers are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Richard Rose and Shark Toys opening

Hippie Sabotage are playing at the Hollywood Palladium

 

Sunday

MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson will lead a final walkthrough of both Zoe Leonard: Survey and Laura Owens at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA – both exhibitions close on Monday 3/25 (admission to the museum and this program are both free)

Bootleg Theater is showing the rarely seen 1947 film Les Jeux Sont Faits, based on a screenplay by Jean-Paul Sartre, at 6pm and afterwards Psychic Love are playing a free show at 8:30pm to celebrate the release of their new album

R.L.Kelly, Merce Lemon, Cuddle Formation, and Glowing Birds are playing at The Smell

Zebulon is having a free screening of Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange at 1pm

The LA Marathon is taking place throughout the city, cheer on the runners and prepare for a lot of street and highway ramp closures

Dec 202018
 

The Growlers- Lonely This Christmas

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (12/20-12/23/18)-

Thursday

The Egyptian Theatre is hosting a double feature of Batman Returns and Gremlins

Curator and writer Jamillah James will be discussing work from Adrian Piper’s exhibition at the Hammer Museum

Fishbone are playing at The Regent Theater with The Expanders, LAW, and Bite Me Bambi

Flat Worms are having a 7″ Release Party at The Echo with P22 and Speck opeing

Sam Valdez and Rodes Rollins are playing a free show at The Bootleg Theater

 

Friday

The Growlers are playing a holiday show at The Wiltern

Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? The Egyptian Theatre thinks so and is showing it as part of a double feature with Trail of Robin Hood

Celebrate Winter Solstice with a Sound Bath at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock ($20-25)

Questlove will be performing at The Regent Theater

Union Station is having another free Cocoa Concert that includes a performance by Lil’ Mo and the Dynaflos, a holiday light display, free cotton candy and more

Lumerians are opening for JJUUJJUU at Zebulon

Keys N Krates are performing at the El Rey Theatre

 

Saturday

Get in the holiday spirit at Grand Park’s free immersive nighttime art experience Winter Glow– 12 acres of art, projection and light display (running until 12/25)

LA Zoo Lights is the zoo’s holiday program with glow dancers and stilt walkers, ice sculpting, DJs, plus projections and lights displays around the zoo (running until 1/6/19)

Bob Baker Marionette Theater is performing their adaptation of The Nutcracker at the Pasadena Playhouse (all weekend and next week as well)

Funky Sole is celebrating its 19th Anniversary at The Echo with a night of DJs including special guest Cut Chemist

 

Sunday

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is free every weekend until March 25th and will probably be less crowded this weekend because of the holidays- a great time to see the Zoe Leonard and Laura Owens exhibitions

Cults are playing at The Echo with Guards opening

The Aero Theatre is showing It’s A Wonderful Life twice, at 4pm and 7:30

Mar 032016
 

Lower Dens- To Die In L.A.

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/3-3/6/16)-

Thursday

​Los Angeles–based artist Laura Owens and art critic and historian Suzanne Hudson discuss the landscape of painting in our city at MOCA Grand Ave (free)

Mar Vista Art Walk is back on Venice Boulevard from Inglewood Boulevard to Beethoven Street

Upset is headlining a free show at Harvard & Stone (free)

La Santa Cecilia is performing live at Amoeba Records and signing their new album

Friday

Lower Dens are playing First Fridays at the Natural History Museum with Gardens & Villa

Every Friday in March in Union Station, dublab and Metro Art are having Music for Train Stations. Inspired by Brian Eno’s 1978 ambient masterpiece, “Music for Airports“ every week there will be a DJ set and live performance- this week it is a DJ set by Ale and a live performance by The Tenses.

At 3pm M. Ward is playing a free show at Amoeba Records in Hollywood and signing his new album

Candis Cayne is hosting Le Bal, a night of drag performances at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel

Friday-Sunday

Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival is screening films all weekend at the Egyptian Theatre

Saturday

The Chinese American Museum is hosting the Los Angeles Lantern Festival with performances, arts and crafts and more (free)

Artists & Fleas is opening its second location (the other is in the Arts District) in Venice

The Theatre at the Ace Hotel is having a special screening of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch Drunk Love with 50 members of Wordless Music Orchestra and wild Up ensemble performing a live orchestral accompaniment

Sunday

Machine Project’s UFO and alien abduction theme continues this Sunday night with a Double Feature with Winona Bechtle and Joe Merrell giving lectures on famous abduction cases and a screening of The UFO Incident starrring James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons ($10)

L.A. Zine Fest is at The Majestic Downtown (free)

Le1f is performing at The Echo with Junglepussy

Ciclavia returns and this time is in The San Fernando Valley