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
Twin Oaks are playing at The Satellite as part of a free night of bands that includes Magic Bronson, Bandie and Wax Charmer
The Egyptian Theatre is showing a double feature of Airplane! and Stripes with a discussion between screenings with directors Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker.
The Aero Theatre has a Pedro Almodóvar double feature of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and All About My Mother with a discussion with director Almodóvar between films (sold out but there will be a stand-by line)
Jimmy Whispers is playing at The Hi Hat with Dark Tea, Cyrus Gengras, and The Lentils
Kicked Off The Streets are playing with Sustivity, Cardboard Boxer and Law at The Smell
Saturday and Sunday
Celebrate the Lunar New Year Festival in downtown Monterey Park with live entertainment, food, traditional lion and dragon dancers and more
Gold-Diggers is hosting a benefit for WIRES Wildlife Rescue Organization who are working to provide aid to the animals affected by the wildfires in Australia. Performers includes Ben Lee, William Tyler, Meatbodies and more. ($15.45)
Z Berg & Friends (Ryan Ross, Bruce Hornsby, Johnathan Rice, Avalon Lurks, KERA, and Brad Oberhofer) will be performing a Friday The 13th Christmas Show at Pico Union Project
Automatic are playing at Zebulon with Peanut Butter Wolf and Mo Dottie
The Hi-Fi Honey Drops are playing for Union Station’s free Cocoa Concert this week
Robyn Hitchock & Friends are performing at Largo at the Coronet
Goldie is performing at 1720 to celebrate 25 Years of Metalheadz
Artist Hugo Crosthwaite will be speaking at Luis de Jesus Los Angeles at 2pm in conjunction with his solo exhibition at the gallery
Bergamot Station is having a Winter Open House and 25th Anniversary Celebration from 11-6pm with artist talks, live music, and a chance to check out the current shows in the galleries
Shop Artisinal’s Holiday Makers Market is taking place in the Playhouse Lot in Pasadena and includes snow and Santa selfies, kids crafts. and more, as part of its free programming
Flat Worms, L.A. Drones, Nice and Fimes are playing at Permanent Records Roadhouse to benefit Youth Emerging Stronger (formerly LA Youth Network)
Fox Academy are playing at El Cid with Ruby Haunt and Johnny Goth
New York Night Train w/ Jonathan Toubin is happening at Zebulon
Saturday and Sunday
Rolling Loud is two days of hip hop at Banc of California Stadium Grounds with performers that include Chance the Rapper, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug on Saturday and Future, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill, YG, Da Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Yachty, Doja Cat, and many more on Sunday
The Aero Theatre has a double feature of Motherless Brooklyn and Primal Fear with a discussion between films with actor-director Edward Norton and producer Hawk Koch
Until 12/25 Grand Park’sWinter Glow has multiple night time public art installations set up for the holiday season (free from sunset to 10pm)
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 (11/21-11/24/19)-
Devon Welsh of Majical Cloudz has a new solo project and is performing at Bootleg Theater with Sorry Girls. Get there early for a screening of Moses Sumney’s new music video Virile with a behind the scenes Q & A at 6:30pm (free with RSVP).
Music producers Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Young will be performing together at The Midnight Hour at Lodge Room
The Get Up Kids are playing at the Echoplex with Kevin Devine and The Whiffs opening
Curator Jamillah James will be leading a tour of No Wrong Holes: Thirty Years of Nayland Blake followed by a happy hour with light refreshments at ICA LA for their monthly Art Buzz event (free but register)
Our Girl are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Particle Kid and a DJ set by SadGirl
Moon Duo are playing at Lodge Room with Umberto opening
Julia Jacklin is playing at the El Rey Theatre with Christian Lee Hutson
Bootleg Theater is screening a double feature of Louis Malle’s God’s Country, about the farming community in Glencoe, Minnesota in 1979, which was thriving at the time. Forced to abandon the project early, Malle returns in 1985 to follow up, and finds that things have taken a dark turn during the Reagan era. The second film is Lee Grant’s The Willmar 8 a film about “a group of eight women who, in 1981, carried out the longest bank strike in American history to protest gender discrimination at great cost to their reputations, marriages and livelihoods in the 14,000-person town of Willmar, Minnesota- 60 miles north of Glencoe”.
Kanye West is premiering his new opera Nebuchadnezzar at the Hollywood Bowl, directed by performance artist Vanessa Beecroft and feature music from West’s Sunday Service choir.
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
It’s the last weekend (closing 11/11) to see Christian Marclay’s fun interactive exhibition Sound Stories and Mary Corse’s A Survey in Light and tonight there is also free jazz with a performance by Al Williams Jazz Society (LACMA is free for residents with ID starting at 3pm weekdays and is open Fridays until 8pm)
The Hollywood Bowl is hosting a screening of Disney’s Coco with a live orchestra accompanying the film (also on Saturday)
Girl Gang Craft is having a holiday market at Grand Central Market (free and also on Sunday)
Arroyo Arts Collective and Avenue 50 Studio are hosting a holiday art market in conjunction with NELA’s Second Saturday Art Walk
DROELOE are performing at The Novo with MEMBA and Eastghost
Instrumental rock groups MONO and The Album Leaf will be performing at the Regent Theater
L.A. Drones! and CHUD are playing a free show at Gold Diggers
Saturday and Sunday
Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw is taking place at Dodger Stadium with a great lineup that includes- IDK, FKA twigs, YG, BROCKHAMPTON, Thundercat, 21 Savage, DaBaby, Yuna, yasiin bey and more, plus carnival games
Tropicalia Fest is happening a bit further afield in Pomona with two days of music- performers include Natalia Lafourcade, Zoé, La Santa Cecilia, Quitapenas, and more on Saturday and on Sunday bands include Oh Sees, Wallows, The Drums, Surf Curse, FIDLAR, Skegss, Beach Fossils, Hockey Dad, The Red Pears, The High Curbs and many, many, more
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