Oct 112019
 

Francisco Rodriguez “Aridity”, 2019

Francisco Rodriguez “In the Garden”, 2019

Currently at Steve Turner gallery in Hollywood are three excellent painting exhibitions. The first, pictured above, is Francisco Rodriguez’s Midday Demon.

From the press release

Steve Turner is pleased to present Midday Demon, a solo exhibition of new paintings by London-based Francisco Rodriguez, most of which feature an isolated male figure within a desolate urban landscape. In some, the figure is upright and smoking a cigarette. In others, he appears to have passed out. The artist describes the bleak setting as one that fosters exhaustion, listlessness, sadness, dejection, restlessness, anxiety and depression. Rodriguez observed the phenomena of the “midday demon” while growing up in Santiago, one of the largest cities in South America; again in London where he has lived for the last five years; and also during a recent residencies in Poland and Ukraine. He ponders the effects of the oppressive midday sun and wonders if such “spirits” actually do appear at that hour. Are his figures victims of some  “midday demon”; or are they the demons themselves?

In the second gallery are Rebecca Shippee’s paintings for The Creators, featuring four portraits that are scaled to life and painted from observation.

From the press release

Her subjects are queer, their bodies altered medically or through wardrobe choices. One figure bears top-surgery scars and whimsical tattoos, while another wears emerald green silk pajamas and a nameplate reading Boyland. The show’s title refers to self-fashioning, the art of inventing oneself, a pursuit particularly vital to queer life as well as to the fact that all the sitters are cultural creators–artists, writers and activists. In choosing to portray individuals with whom she has close personal relationships, Shippee rejects the traditional notions of “active artist” and “passive muse.” Instead, she portrays the sitters as creators of their own images.

Rebecca Shippee “Noah”, 2019.

 

In the third gallery are Jon Key’s paintings for Violet Alabama, a solo exhibition “inspired by the artist’s personal history and memories of growing up in rural Seale, Alabama”.

From the press release

Through self-portraiture, Key explores the lineage and history of his identity through four themes–southern-ness, blackness, queerness, and family–each of which he represents chromatically with green, black, violet and red. He will also exhibit portraits of his father and grandfather to highlight the friction between the generations and the challenges of being a queer Black man in the Deep South.

Jon Key “The Man (No. 4)” and “The Man (No. 3)”, 2019

Jon Key “Family Portrait (No. 1)”, 2019 (front) and “Man in Red Room 1”, 2019

All three of these exhibitions close 10/12/19.

Oct 102019
 

From the press release-

Klowden Mann is proud to present San-Diego-based artist Andrea Chung’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, … Only to meet nothing that wants you. The exhibition features large-scale cyanotype works depicting under-sea images of coral that have then been bleached with sugar crystals—a material woven throughout Chung’s practice for over a decade in reference to its relationship to colonialism in the Caribbean. The cyanotypes are placed in context with a brass chandelier that recalls designs from the 19th century; where crystals would hang, Chung has hung glass vials filled with sugar in various shades.

Chung’s practice often utilizes perishable and precious materials with strong underlying histories, forming relationships to pre-emancipation images of the Caribbean, touristic misrepresentations of people and place, the export or import of goods and materials, and the labor of the human body. Completing the quote by Nayyirah Waheed that Chung used as the title of her first solo museum exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in 2017, “You broke the ocean in half to be here,” the title of the exhibition at Klowden Mann answers with the second half of the phrase, “…Only to meet nothing that wants you.”

In the cyanotype works, coral bleaching becomes a metaphor for colonialism, and the expanding of the philosophy and impact of imperialism on colonial populations and cultures. The addition of sugar crystals to the already highly sensitive cyanotypes underlines Chung’s interest in creating work that defies the notion of artworks as static objects that are meant to remain unchanging and unyielding in the face of shifting environments and time; in a way that also reflects the constant uncontrolled and irresponsible effects of human actions on the environment, and on vulnerable populations. The works are intended to shift and change over the course of the exhibition, as the sugar embeds further in the cyanotype, falls, and expands. The works are linked to the environment in which they are placed in a way that Chung cannot predict and control—and along with the chandelier, ask the audience to consider who pays for the superficial opulence and beauty to which so many have become accustomed.

The work in this exhibition is really stunning, and the fact that it is work that is changing with time, makes seeing it feel even more special. Like so much of the beauty in the world, and especially in nature, you appreciate it, while wondering how long it will still be around to be seen.

This exhibition closes 10/12/19.

Oct 102019
 

Bleached- Hard to Kill

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/10-10/14/19)-

Thursday

Artist Sadie Barnette and her father Rodney Barnette will be celebrating their shared birthday at ICA LA, with an art talk, DJ, and a performance by Global Street Dance Masquerade- taking place along with her newest project The New Eagle Creek Saloon, a tribute to her father’s bar, Eagle Creek Saloon, the first black-owned gay bar in San Francisco

Downtown LA’s Art Walk returns for its monthly event with lots of galleries in the area staying open late

Snow Tha Product is performing at the El Rey Theatre

Numb.er are opening for Drahla at The Echo

Mega Bog, L.A. Takedown and Spookey Ruben are performing free at Zebulon with Dent May DJ’ing

 

Friday

ArtNight Pasadena returns for its biannual event with a free evening of live music, performances, and free admission to museums and galleries in Pasadena. There will also be free shuttles to take you around to the various locations.

Hassan Hajjaj: My Rockstars Experimental- Live has the Moroccan phototographer, designer and filmmaker, creating sets and clothes from his portraits and videos- this time for the stage of The Ford and including live performances by musicians Afrikan Boy, Bumi, Simo Lagnawi, Marques Toliver, Gail Ann Dorsey and Omar Offendum at The Ford. My Rockstars Experimental, Volume I was shown at LACMA in 2013.

Adam Melchor is opening for singer dodie at the Hollywood Palladium

Dan Luke and the Raid are opening for The Parlor Mob at the Bootleg Theater

 

Saturday

Bleached are playing at the Lodge Room with Dude York and Lunch Lady

Psychic Twin is having a free single release party show at Gold Diggers with Drum & Lace opening

Culver City Arts District is hosting its annual Art Walk and Roll, a free festival with live music, food trucks, and more, plus a chance to see all the art shows happening in the area.

If you are in Culver City, head to Luis de Jesus Los Angeles to hear artist Laura Krifka discuss her paintings currently on view at the gallery

2019 Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation has three different programs starting at 3pm at REDCAT

Arto Lindsay is playing at Zebulon featuring Rodrigo Amarante, along with Ofir Ganon playing solo/duo with Chris Bear (Grizzly Bear)

Joywave are opening for Bastille at The Greek Theatre

Mereba is performing at the Ford Theatre with We Are King

 

Sunday

At Fowler Museum on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings, to accompany its exhibition Through Positive Eyes, seven HIV-positive Angelenos known as the Los Angeles Through Positive Eyes Collective will share their photographs and personal narratives (today beginning at 1pm)

The Dead End Kids Club is having its 1st Fall Ball at The Echo with performances by Z Berg, Ryan Ross, Palm Springsteen and Dan Keyes

Highland Park is having its first Oktoberfest at The Hi Hat with music by West Coast Prost, Oktoberfest inspired food and of course, German Bier

Andrew Combs is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Harrison Whitford and Austin Manuel

 

Monday

Temples are playing at the Echoplex with Trupa Trupa

Kishi Bashi is performing at The Regent Theater with Takenobu opening

The Spirit of the Beehive are opening for Ride at the Teragram Ballroom

Weirdo Night is happening at Zebulon with performances by Dynasty Handbag, Marawa The Amazing, Casey Jane Ellison and Earth Girl Helen Brown

Oct 032019
 

Big K.R.I.T. – Energy

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/3-10/6/19)-

Thursday

Porches is performing at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever

Artist Hannah Black is giving a free lecture at Hammer Museum

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

Joan Shelley is performing at the Moroccan Lounge

 

Friday

Big K.R.I.T. is performing at the Belasco Theater

Constitution Happy Hour returns to Hammer Museum with a discussion of the Treason Clause with Loyola law school professor David Glazier and drinks available for purchase

Metro Art is hosting a free screening in Union Station of Song of the Sea with an introduction by artist, animation director and filmmaker, Lyndon J Barrois.

Norton Simon Museum is free from 5-8pm the first Friday of the month and tonight you can see Hitchcock’s Lifeboat as well as opening night of the exhibition By Day & by Night: Paris in the Belle Époque

Vivian Girls are playing with Great Grandpa and Reckling at The Regent 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

 

Saturday

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)

Roy Kinsey is performing at Gold Diggers

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

Rüfüs Du Sol are playing at Los Angeles State Historic Park with Bob Moses and Lastlings

John Digweed is performing at Exchange LA

Blanck Mass is performing at Zebulon with Helm and Steve Hauschildt

 

Sunday

CicLAvia returns with Heart of LA, shutting streets to car traffic in Westlake, Chinatown, DTLA, and Boyle Heights.

If you are downtown for CicLAvia grab some mole at La Feria de los Moles in Grand Park

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

Sep 262019
 

Deadbeat Beat- You Lift Me Up

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/26-9/29/19)-

Thursday

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

 

Thursday-Saturday

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.

 

Friday

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 First Taste and his 2014 album Manipulator. DMBQ are opening.

De Lux are opening for Friendly Fires at The Fonda Theatre

Hot Chip are playing with Holy Fuck at Shrine Expo Hall

 

Saturday

Blum & Poe are screening the LA premiere of Olompali: A Hippie Odyssey outdoors behind the gallery with a performance by folk band The Storytellers (free but RSVP required)

Deanna and Ed Templeton are signing their books at Arcana Books

The 38th Annual Watts Towers Day of The Drum Festival is taking place with free music and dance performances all day

Hammer Museum is having a free opening night party for the new Lari Pittman exhibition, which will include live DJs, drinks, and food trucks, as well as late night access to the gallery

The Berries, Justus Proffit, Alms, and Dummy are playing at The Hi Hat

Sunflower Bean, Ella Vos, and Ximena Sarinana are performing free as part of Tastes & Sounds Fall Crawl on South Lake Avenue in Pasadena

Deadbeat Beat are playing a free show in Long Beach at 4th Street Vine

Tegan and Sara are performing and telling stories to celebrate their new memoir at The Orpheum Theatre

 

Sunday

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

Events continue at Watts Towers Arts Centers Campus with The 43rd Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival

Michael Kiwanuka is opening for Gary Clark Jr. at the Hollywood Bowl

Pond are playing at The Fonda Theatre with Maraschino opening

 

Sep 202019
 

Every month I listen to the majority of bands/musicians that play in Los Angeles before deciding which shows to recommend. Songs are then added to a playlist for that month. If there are a lot of good bands, it gets split into two. These are August’s selections.

 

Sep 192019
 

Jess Cornelius- No Difference

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/19-9/22/19)-

Thursday

Kilo Kish will be performing free (with registration) at Dr. Martens Studio City Store in Studio City

LACMA CEO Michael Govan will be in conversation with artist Thomas Joshua Cooper at LACMA about the exhibition he co-curated-Thomas Joshua Cooper: The World’s Edge (free but ticket required)

CAAM and Art + Practice are hosting a program on contemporary art writing with panelists- author Lynell George; Carolina Miranda, Staff Writer at the Los Angeles Times; and Lindsay Preston Zappas, founder, publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (Carla); moderated by Harry Gamboa Jr., artist, author, and educator. (free)

Ex Hex are playing at Zebulon with Seth Bogart (of Hunx and his Punx) and Rose Dorn

Celebrate the work of musician Daniel Johnston (who sadly passed away on 9/11/19) at The Hi Hat with Haunted Summer, Mirrorball, Nick Thorburn, Daniel Brummel, and more, performing covers of his songs with proceeds going to The SIMS Foundation which helps musicians and their families cope with mental illness.

Sita Bhaumik, artist, writer, curator, and co-founder of the People’s Kitchen Collective; Dani Burrows, curator of the Politics of Food series at the Delfina Foundation; John Echevestes, CEO, La Plaza de Cultural y Artes and La Plaza Cocina; and Laura Fried, founding executive director and curator of Active Cultures will be discussing the intersection of art and food at ICA LA before the opening of CURRENT:LA FOOD, their public art triennial in October (free). The panel discussion will be moderated by Asuka Hisa, director of learning and engagement and co-curator, CURRENT: LA FOOD and Danielle Brazell, general manager, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.

Daniel Lanois will be performing a free live show with his band Heavy Sun at Amoeba Hollywood to celebrate his work on The Music of Red Dead Redemption 2: Original Soundtrack

 

Friday

UCLA Film & Television Archive is screening exploitation films all weekend at Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater- tonight they are focused on drugs- She Shoulda Said ‘No!'(1949),  Narcotic (1933), and Marihuana (1936) ($9)

Tijuana Panthers are playing at The Regent Theater with No Age, The Hurricanes and Mu$ty BoYz

Ty Segall & Freedom Band are continuing their residency at Teragram Ballroom– tonight playing his new album First Taste and his 2014 album Manipulator. DMBQ are opening.

Jazz quartet Broken Shadows will be performing the music of Ornette Coleman at Zebulon

Lower Dens is playing at the Lodge Room

Kamasi Washington is performing at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

There’s a free screening of Captain Marvel on the fantail of Battleship IOWA located on the LA Waterfront in San Pedro

Flying Lotus is playing at The Novo with Brandon Coleman Spacetalker and Salami Rose Joe Louis

Boogarins are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Winter opening

Odd Nights at The Autry continues with live music, drinks, food, art gallery access, a market and more ($5)

 

Saturday

Jess Cornelius is opening for Cones at the Bootleg Theater

dublab is joining Bedrock LA in Silverlake to celebrated their respective 20th and 10th anniversaries. The fundraising event will include live performances, DJ sets, sound installations, activations, food trucks, drinks, and more. Performers include Shlohmo, Los Retros, Baths, DJ Koala, Peanut Butter Wolf, and many more

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary at The Greek Theatre with entertainment by Sia, Rufus Wainwright, Jennifer Lewis, Lily Tomlin, Tig Notaro and more

The Black Madonna is headlining a night of DJs at 451 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

Orchin and Storefront Church are opening for Hatchie at the Echoplex

 

Sunday

Barnsdall Art Center is hosting an Art and Craft Fair, a nice way to support local artists and check out some art  (free)

dublab continues its anniversary celebration at Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions, a free afternoon DJ dance party

Stone Irr is performing at The Love Song with Daniel Talton

Tweens and Total Heat are opening for Sheer Mag at Teragram Ballroom

Blackalicious is performing at The Roxy Theatre with Roots & Tings, and Bukue One

The Intelligence are playing at The Satellite with Earth Girl Helen Brown and VNLVX

Sep 122019
 

The War Toys- 9 to 5

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/12-9/15/19)-

Thursday

(Sandy) Alex G will be performing free at Amoeba Hollywood at 6pm

Artist Larry Bell will be in conversation with MOCA curator Mia Locks to celebrate the debut of Bell’s Bill and Coo at MOCA’s Nest (2019), located in MOCA’s sculpture garden at MOCA Grand Avenue (free)

Gouge Away, G*U*N*N*, Justus Proffit, and Entry are playing free at Chewing Foil for a Vans sponsored event which also includes free art and food

The Hollywood Bowl is screening the classic musical An American in Paris with the score performed live by the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Explosions in the Sky are performing at the Hollywood Palladium with Sessa opening (or catch them Friday at the Yost Theater)

Charlie Cunningham is playing at The Echo with The Still Tide opening

Joey Pecoraro is playing at the Echoplex with Ian Ewing opening

 

Friday

Cate Le Bon is opening for Mac DeMarco at The Greek Theatre

Young Jesus and Ada Lea are playing at the Bootleg Theater

LACMA is free after 3pm today (and all weekdays) for Los Angeles residents and stay for the free jazz concert from 6-8pm

Gruff Rhys is performing at Zebulon with Sophia Knapp opening

Jay Som is playing at the Echoplex with Affectionately and Boy Scouts opening

Generacion Suicida are playing at The Hi Hat with Zoloa, Fuga, and Stormhouse opening

 

Saturday

The War Toys are playing at The Smell with Makeout Reef, Archer Oh, and Los Shadows

Open Arts and Music Festival is taking place in Glendale from 3-10pm with music by performers including Kilo Kish, Nick Waterhouse, and Sister Mantos, public art, an arts market, a Golden Road beer garden and more, all free

LAMAG is hosting a discussion at 2:30pm titled Making a Living as an Artist, with Offal exhibition artists Panteha Abareshi and gloria galvez, moderated by Gas founder/director Ceci Moss

Mar Vista’s mile long music and art walk (Venice Blvd from Inglewood Blvd to Lyceum Ave) is taking place from 4-10pm

18th Street Art Center is hosting a free evening of video screenings, open studios, and performances

Ex Hex are playing a free show at The Getty as part of their Saturdays Off the 405 concert series

Deca and Ehiorobo are performing with DJ Marvl at The Hi Hat

 

Sunday

Bon Iver is playing at The Forum with Sharon Van Etten

Cake and Ben Folds are performing with special guest Tall Heights at The Greek Theatre

Learn how to make cyanotypes (photo blue prints) in the sun at The Getty’s free photography workshop

The Egyptian Theatre is showing a double feature of The Godfather and The Godfather II

Cafe Tacvba are playing at The Hollywood Bowl with Cherry Glazerr

Sep 052019
 

Oso Oso- Reindeer Games

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/5-9/8/19)-

Thursday

Tycho is performing at The Greek Theatre with Chrome Sparks

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is free tonight and they are showing the West Coast premiere of the short films First (2019) and Negative Two (2019) with a conversation between Dominica founder Martine Syms and the filmmakers following the screening

The Getty Museum is having a free screening of Citizen Lane, a portrait of Irish collector of modern art, Hugh Lane

Meatbodies and Morgan Delt are opening for Psychedelic Porn Crumpets at The Regent Theater

 

Friday

Goon are opening for Valley Queen at the Lodge Room

Ty Segall & Freedom Band are continuing their residency at Teragram Ballroom– tonight playing his new album First Taste and his 2016 album Emotional Mugger. The Orange Man are opening.

The Aero Theatre is having a midnight screening of John Waters’ classic Pink Flamingos

Lia Ices is playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Henry Wolfe

There’s a free dance party at Zebulon with Mogwai DJ’s

 

Friday through Sunday

Saatchi Art’s The Other Art Fair opens to the public today and runs through Sunday at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica

Classic Photographs Los Angeles is happening through Sunday at ROSEGALLERY at Bergamot Arts Center with photographic art from 12 galleries and dealers

 

Saturday

Oso Oso are playing with The Sidekicks and Future Teens at The Hi Hat

Ever Present, the free performance series at The Getty returns with a celebration of plant culture inspired by Mort Garson’s 1976 classic electronic album Mother Earth’s Plantasia. The album will be streaming all day in the Robert Irwin designed garden, and performers include New York-based Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, known for composing with plant-based bio data, ambient guitarist Noveller, Florist’s Emily A. Sprague, Lucky Dragons, and Gregg Kowalsky—all performing amid a custom stage installation by Hand & Rose. There will also be presentations, interactive synthesizer work stations, and more.

LACMA’s summer after-hours party Muse “til Midnight returns with DJ sets from Actress, Octo Octa, and Yu Su, a live performance by Julianna Barwick, art activities, access to several current exhibitions, drinks, food, and more

Karen O and Danger Mouse are performing at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Cinespia is showing the 1982 film Blade Runner at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Tennis System are celebrating their Lovesick record release at The House of Machines with Spare Parts for Broken Hearts and Glaare also performing

Keys N Krates and TroyBoi are performing with Zedd at Los Angeles State Historic Park for the Zedd in The Park event

Janelane, Fur Dixon, and Solvej Schou are performing a free show for Electric Women night at Zebulon

 

Sunday

Sad Park are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with North Morlan and Goldy

Hater, Sonoda, and The Pantones are playing an early show (5:30pm) at the Echoplex

The Egyptian Theatre is showing all three of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s THREE COLORS series Blue, White, and Red

Joy Again are playing at The Echo with Field Trip and King Nun opening