Apr 042019
 

Goth Babe- Car Camping

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/4-4/7/19)-

Thursday

The Drums are returning to play a free show at Amoeba Records and to sign their new album Brutalism

For tonight’s CraftNight at Craft Contemporary, Mimi Haddon will be leading a workshop on making sock animals

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is hosting the free program Poets, Priests, Martyrs: Henry Dumas, Joseph Jarman, MLK, a series of collaborations between MOCA and writer and artist Harmony Holiday. This edition features musician R.A.P.ferreira live alongside a recitation of poems by writer Henry Dumas (1934–68). A recording of a Dumas poem read by the late jazz musician and composer Joseph Jarman, and a recording of a piece by drummer Max Roach made in Martin Luther King’s honor will be also be played.

Justus Proffit and Hotline TNT are playing at rec center with Gum Country and Cryogeyser

Dilly Dally are playing at The Echo with Chastity opening

Dimber are opening for Sweet Spirit at the Bootleg Theater

 

Friday

Goth Babe are playing at 1720 with Jurassic Shark, The Grinns, The Licks, and OMW2HEAVEN

Natural History Museum’s First Friday event this month has performances by Harriet Brown and Drama, DJs, discussions, plus food trucks and cocktails

Vaguess is having a record release party at The Factory with support from Wild Wing and Traps PS

A.O. Gerber, Small Forward, and Cape Weather are playing at Weber Rations

It’s Aquarium of the Pacific’s free night and a chance to see the sharks in Shark Lagoon. Afterwards you can check out First Friday Long Beach’s County Fair event that includes live performances, fun and games, an art show and lots more

 

Friday through Sunday

For LA based director, writer and visual artist Lars Jan’s work The White Album, taking place at the Center for the Art of Performance UCLA with Early Morning Opera, he created a multimedia performance that uses Joan Didion’s essay, read in its entirety by actress Mia Barron, and combines it with a parallel performance taking place behind her. The audience is also split into two sections, one large and seated, and one mobile.

 

Saturday

Kitten and Hatchie are opening for Girlpool at The Regent Theater

The Warlocks are playing with Stevenson Ranch Davidians at The Hi Hat

The Egyptian Theatre continues its Festival of Film Noir with a double feature of Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil and Louis Malle’s Elevator to the Gallows

The Pesos are having a free record release party at Zebulon with The Tyde and Red Theme

Stella Donnelly is performing at the Bootleg Theater with Faye Webster opening

 

Saturday and Sunday

Brewery Art Walk returns and is a fun way to spend the day seeing artists work in their studios in the huge complex

Renegade Craft Fair is taking place at Los Angeles State Historic Park and includes over 200 local and national makers and designers (free)

 

Sunday

The Regent Theater is showing the film STIV: The Life And Times of Stiv Bators, a documentary about the former lead singer of the bands Dead Boys and The Lords of the New Church

Zebulon is having a free screening of Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise with a Q& A to follow with actor Richard Edson

José González & The String Theory are playing at the Los Angeles Theatre

The Prids and Soft Science are playing at the Echoplex with Tangients and Sick Wish

The Blank Tapes are playing at The Hi Hat with Blanco Niño, Ecstatic Union and Cosmo Gold

Mar 282019
 

Illuminati Hotties- (You’re Better) Than Ever

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/28-3/31/19)-

Thursday

Hammer Museum is showing the documentary Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland at 5pm followed by a staged reading performance of Say Her Name: The Lives That Should’ve Been at 7:30

Winter and Triptides are playing songs from their new collaborative album Estrela Mágica at Bootleg Theater

Slothrust are playing at the Troubadour with Rituals of Mine opening

Artists Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler will be at LACMA to discuss their film installation Flora currently on view, with noted art historian Richard Shiff and LACMA curator Stephanie Barron (free)

RY X is performing with orchestral support at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

The Happy Fits are playing at The Hi Hat with Deal Casino

Mija is performing at the Moroccan Lounge with G.Smith opening

 

Friday

The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art opens to the public today and continues through Sunday (Goldstar has discount tickets)

The Donkeys are playing at The Hi Hat with Dustin Lovelis and Glossies

Doe and Eureka California are playing a show at Gold Diggers

Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is hosting Night Dive, an adults only party with live bands, DJs, art, food and more

 

Saturday

Illuminati Hotties are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with SLUGS, Rosie Tucker, and bad snacks opening

From 1-3pm at LAMAG in Barnsdall Park educator Marta Feinstein will be teaching a mixed media self portrait workshop (free)

The Egyptian Theatre has a double feature of the noir films Appointment with Danger and Shadow on the Wall as part of their programming for Noir City: Hollywood, a film noir festival running until 4/7

Sam Evian is opening for Cass McCombs at The Fonda Theatre

Tuareg artist Bombino is performing at Zebulon with Alex Siegel (also Sunday)

 

Sunday

Vince Staples is performing at The Novo with JPEGMAFIA (also Saturday)

Zebulon is hosting a free screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

Atsuko Okatsuko is hosting a night of interactive games, videos, and discussions in the style of a Japanese Game Show at Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth. Guests include Frankie Quinones, Christina Anthony, Francesca Fiorentini, Matt Rogers, and Laurie Kilmartin. Proceeds from the event will go to RAINN.

New Candys are playing at The Echo with Be Forest, Slow Crush, and Holy Fawn

Sonoda, Deep Fields, Gold Cage and Easy Love are playing at The Hi Hat

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

Mar 142019
 

Tashaki Miyaki- Facts of Life

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/14-3/17/19)-

Thursday

1720 is hosting 45 Live with performances by Lord Finesse, Peanut Butter Wolf, J Rocc, Prince Paul, and special guests

MOCA Grand Avenue is showing Babette Magolte’s film The Sky on Location with the artist in attendance for the event

Tobe Nwigwe is performing at The Regent Theater

Downtown LA Artwalk returns with open studios and gallery shows

 

Friday

Refest Los Angeles 2019, is a salon that “explores innovative strategies in participatory performance that catalyze social change”. It is being hosted by Navel and CultureHubLA and will have interactive installations, performances and “experiences” by LA artists and artists from CultureHub’s global community (free with RSVP)

Odd Nights at The Autry includes a market, live music, food trucks, and the galleries at the museum stay open until 9pm ($5)

Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is free on Fridays from 6-9pm for Shark Lagoon Nights

Jeffertitti’s Nile are playing a free show at Zebulon with special guests

 

Saturday

Tashaki Miyaki are playing a free show at the Highland Park Bowl with Magic Wands, The Mercury Wheel, and Miguel Mendez & The Yoga Elite

LAMAG is hosting a free screening of Mariah Garnett’s film Trouble, a documentary about her relationship with her Northern Irish father who she met as an adult. The screening also includes a Q&A with the artist to follow plus snacks and drinks.

There’s a free ten hour Bach Marathon happening at Union Station, with various concerts taking place throughout the station

Artist Silke Otto-Knapp will be in conversation with Darby English, University of Chicago’s Carl Darling Buck Professor of Art History and the College, at Regen Projects at 2pm, in conjunction with Otto-Knapp’s exhibition Land and Sea at the gallery

Actor/ Director Alex Cox will be at the Egyptian Theatre to speak between screenings of Repo Man and his recent film Tombstone Rashomon

Sam Valdez and Rodes Rollins are playing at the Moroccan Lounge

New York Night Train with Jonathan Toubin, the all night dance party of uncommon soul music on vinyl, is happening at Zebulon

 

Sunday

LACMA is hosting a free lecture at 1pm by Sarah Kelly Oehler, Field-McCormick Chair and Curator of American Art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and organizing curator of Charles White: A Retrospective (currently at the museum), on the artist’s formative years in Chicago

Zebulon is having a free screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 film Barry Lyndon

The Egyptian Theatre is showing a Patrick Swayze double feature- Road House and Point Break

CLAVVS are playing at The Echo with Tigercide and a special guest

 

Mar 082019
 

Empress Of- When I’m With Him

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/7-3/10-19)-

Thursday

Damien Jurado is playing at Highland Park Ebell with Anna St.Louis opening

Justus Proffit is having a record release party at Zebulon with Pardoner and Orchin also performing

MOCA Grand Avenue is having the last iteration of its Blame the Audience free film series organized by Jason Simon. Tonight features the films Tiger Morse by Andy Warhol, If Andy Warhol’s Super-8 Camera Could Talk by Roddy Bogawa, and Outfitumentary by K8 Hardy.

There’s an art walk and block party with live music, live artists, vendors, art, and more in Mar Vista

Brooklyn based multimedia artist Miss Eaves will be performing her songs at The Hi Hat (free)

Adia Victoria is playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Dick Stusso and Sofia Bolt opening

 

Friday

ArtNight Pasadena returns with its 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.

Artist Carrie Mae Weems is combining music, text, projection and video for her performance based work Past Tense at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel. The work looks at the famous work Antigone and its relevance to today’s political times.

French for Rabbits and Kate Teague are playing a free early show at Gold-Diggers

Big Wild are playing at The Novo with Robotaki and Mild Minds opening

Rosie Tucker will be performing at The Hi Hat to celebrate the release of her new LP

Small Forward and Jerkagram are opening for Reptaliens at The Satellite

Black Midi are playing at the Bootleg Theater with SK Kakraba and Superet opening

 

Saturday

Empress Of is playing at the El Rey Theatre with Salt Cathedral and Saro opening

At Bergamot Station there will be several artist talks starting at 10:30am with Stan Edmonson, Lou Beach and Pierre Picot speaking at Craig Krull; Laurie Raskin at Skidmore Contemporary Art at 11:30am; and Gabriel Sanchez and Carlo Macucci at Lora Schlesinger Gallery at 12:30pm

Helms Bakery District has free screenings all day of over 24 short films on architecture and design. They will be shown on a loop in the six participating showrooms.

Atlas Obscura and Adam Papagan are hosting a screening of Public Access Talent Show, which focuses on performances unique to LA, at Zebulon

Beatriz Cortez and Rafa Esparza will be at Craft Contemporary to speak about their collaborative relationship as artists and friends and their work (free but rsvp)

Hauser & Wirth will have a free daylong screening of Piero Manzoni Artista in conjunction with his exhibition at the gallery- Piero Manzoni. Materials of His Time

Sad Park are playing at The Smell with The Groans, Gold Vine and .XOM

Julia Holter is playing Lodge Room with Tess Roby opening

Sammy Brue, Alaska Reid and Will Fox are playing a free show at Bootleg Theater

 

Sunday

Zebulon has a free screening of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove- Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb and later they are hosting Weirdo Night with Dynasty Handbag, Patty Schemel and other performers along with a screening of the 1983 film City of Lost Souls, a queer punk musical starring Jayne County

It’s the last day to see Ralph Ziman’s Casspir Project at The Rendon Gallery and the second day of live painting that Ziman will be doing at the gallery with fellow artist Keya Tama

Smokescreens and The Molochs are opening for The Monochrome Set at the Echoplex

DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler of Arcade Fire) will be performing at 1720

Lowland Hum are playing at the Bootleg Theater

Jonathan Bree is playing at The Echo with Big Search and Das Kope opening

Mar 012019
 

Sharon Van Etten- Seventeen

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/1- 3/3/19)-

Friday

First Fridays is back at the Natural History Museum with a panel discussion of the fires in California, performances by Shannon Shaw (of Shannon & The Clams) and Pinky Pinky, DJs, food trucks, cocktails and more

Director Ondi Timoner will be in person for a Q&A after the 7pm screening of his film Mapplethorpe at the Nuart Theatre (also on Saturday)

Jungle are playing at the Hollywood Palladium with Houses

Potty Mouth are having a record release party at The Factory with performances by Ariel View, The Aquadolls and Guppy (bonus- free cake!)

 

Saturday

Sharon Van Etten is performing at the Grammy Museum

Luis De Jesus gallery is having an artist talk with Chris Engman in conjunction with his solo exhibition Refraction

There is a free screening at LACMA of Meow Wolf: Origin Story, a documentary about the New Mexico DIY collective, with a post screening conversation with the filmmakers and Meow Wolf founders

Lunice is opening for Boombox Cartel at The Shrine Auditorium

Waxahatchee and Bonny Doon are playing DJ sets for the free dance party Close For Comfort at Gold-Diggers

Superet are opening for Caroline Rose at the Teragram Ballroom

 

Sunday

There’s a free screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 film Lolita at Zebulon

Dirty Laundry TV is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with Spring Fling Fest an afternoon/ evening of bands including Jurassic Shark, Sister Mantos, Healing Gems, and more

Hammer Museum is hosting the forum- Gerrymandering at Its Worst: A North Carolina Case Study- with Representative Pricey Harrison of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Saumya Narechania, director of census and community engagement at National Democratic Redistricting Committee, and moderator Shaniqua McClendon, political director for Crooked Media, discussing the controversial practice

CicLAvia is back- this time shutting down streets to cars in Culver City, Mar Vista and Palms

Sundressed and awakebutstillinbed are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Alien Boy and Sunsleeper opening

Feb 272019
 

Every week before posting the list of events for the weekend in Los Angeles, I listen to all the bands that are playing around the city (and occasionally elsewhere) to narrow down what shows I think are worth checking out. When I hear a band or singer I like, I choose one of their songs to put in that month’s playlist.

Below is the January 2019 playlist and currently there are monthly public playlists on the website’s Spotify profile going back to January of 2018.

Feb 222019
 

Yacht Punk- Need A Reason

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/22-2/24/19)-

Friday

Yacht Punk, ellle belle, and Compress Collide are opening for No Small Children at The Hi Hat

There’s a fundraiser and release party at the Echoplex for theLAnd- a new magazine by LA locals for LA locals created by an editorial collective of former L.A. Weekly employees- with performances by Open Mike Eagle, Baths, Nocando and more

Jenny O. is playing at the Bootleg Theater wit RF Shannon and Ferdy Mayne opening

Moaning are playing at Zebulon with David Scott Stone, Automatic, and French Vanilla

 

Friday and Saturday

In celebration of Black History Month, Hauser & Wirth is hosting Personal Problems, a free film series organized by LA-based artist Charles Gaines. Friday they are showing Black Girl, by Ousamane Sembène, and Until, Until, Until by Edgar Arceneaux. The screenings will be followed by a brief Q& A with Charles Gaines and Edgar Arceneaux. On Saturday at 2pm they are showing Personal Problems, directed by Bill Gunn, and at 7:30pm three short films will be screened along with the full length film Outside the Law, directed by Rachid Bouchareb.

 

Saturday

The 5th Annual Bob Baker Day is taking place in Los Angeles State Historic Park and will have puppet shows, DJ sets, workshops, carnival games and more, all free

GRMLN are playing at The Smell with Wellness and Lionmilk

Yuna, DUCKWRTH, Mikky Ekko and Che’Nelle are playing at Miyavi’s Record Release Show at the El Rey Theatre

Bambu is performing at the Bootleg Theater with DJ Phatrick

Night Shop is playing a free early show at Gold Diggers with Sofia Bolt and Laena Geronimo

 

Sunday

It’s the last day to see Kahlil Joseph’s film Fly Paper at MOCA Pacific Design Center before it closes and the space itself closes for good

Zebulon is having a free screening of The Man Who Fell to Earth, starring David Bowie

The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach is having a free all day Afro-Latinx Festival, with performances, food, craft vendors, art workshops and more, plus free admission to the museum

Sunny War is playing a free early show with Lonesome Leash at Gold Diggers

Feb 152019
 

Mike Krol- What’s The Rhythm

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/15- 2/17/19)-

Friday

Hauser & Wirth is hosting the world premiere of CSSC – It Begins – The Coach The Skull and the US premiere of DADDA – Poodle House Saloon, two new films by Los Angeles artist Paul McCarthy, at The Montalbán Theater in Hollywood (free)

LACMA will be running artist Martha Fiennes moving-image artwork Yugen free all day in the Bing Theater with a discussion at 6pm with the artist and actor Julian Sands

Art Buzz returns to ICA LA with a happy hour tour of Maryam Jafri’s I Drank the Kool-Aid But I Didn’t Inhale led by curator Jamillah James and Director of Learning and Engagement Asuka Hisa, followed by refreshments (free)

Miya Folick is playing at the Lodge Room with Barrie and Kingsbury opening

The 6th Annual Dre Day Los Angeles is taking place at the Echoplex with special guests Battlecat and DJ Melo-D of The Beat Junkies and an evening of Dre-related music

Marc Almond of Soft Cell will be performing a “best of ” set at the Globe Theatre along with a DJ set by Hercules & Love Affair, a performance by The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black and more for Sex Cells 2 year anniversary

Storefront Church, Orchin, Harrison Whitford, and Michael Vidal are playing at the Bootleg Theater

 

Saturday

Mike Krol is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Vertical Scratchers and Heflin opening

In conjunction with Frieze Art Fair and Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Bergamot Station is hosting Art + Brunch, 20+ gallery exhibitions and brunch bites throughout the complex (free)

Or get up early (7am!) and have breakfast at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA as part of their collaboration with Frieze Los Angeles. It will be followed by conversations between MOCA Director Klaus Biesenbach, Hans Ulrich Obrist and artists Lauren Halsey, Korakrit Arunanondchai, and Luchita Hurtado plus free admission to their current exhibitions

At Hammer Museum, artists Kandis Williams and Devin Troy Strother join gallery director Ebony L. Haynes for a discussion about “the contemporary tensions of presenting the black body as it relates to sexuality, politics, and history” (free)

Writer Doreen St. Felix will be speaking with Amandla Stenberg at The Underground Museum and it’s the last weekend to see Deana Lawson: Planes

Broncho are playing at the Lodge Room with Pinky Pinky opening

Facial and SLUGS are opening for JR Slayer at The Hi Hat

 

Sunday

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is hosting a free panel discussion on Zoe Leonard’s fictional work The Fae Richard Photo Archive. The history, form and content of the work as well as its current relevance will be discussed by a panel that includes filmmaker Garrett Bradley, noted art historian Huey Copeland, and MOCA Associate Curator Lanka Tattersall with former MOCA Assistant Curator Rebecca Matalon moderating. The work is part of the current exhibition Zoe Leonard:Survey and can be seen at the museum as part of their free weekend admission.

LACMA is hosting a discussion of the legacy of artist Charles White in conjunction with the exhibition Charles White: A Retrospective, with Ilene Susan Fort, the museum’s curator emeritus of American art and curator of the Los Angeles venue of the exhibition; Ian White, son of Charles White, an artist in his own right and archivist of his father’s work; Judithe Hernández, renown contemporary artist and one of Charles White’s students; Kellie Jones, Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology in African American Studies at Columbia University; and Peter Clothier, noted writer and art critic. (free but tickets required)

At ICA LA, photographer Lucas Blalock and ICA Curator Jamillah James will be discussing his work in conjunction with his solo exhibition at the museum

Mikey Carnevale of The Frights is playing at The Roxy with The Grinns

Milk. are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Andy Fonda and Superbloom opening

 

Art Fairs running all weekend

Art Los Angeles Contemporary is at the Barkar Hangar ($29 + fees) and there will be a free shuttle to the stARTup Art Fair ($15 + fees online) at The Kinney Hotel if you want to do both in the same day

Frieze Los Angeles is taking place at Paramount Pictures Studios but there are currently only tickets available for the Curated Program which includes the outdoor Studios backlot, artist projects, film and talks but not the indoors gallery section ($20 and only available on Sunday as of this writing)

At The Stalls at Skylight ROW DTLA is the inaugural SPRING/BREAK Art Show ($20 + fees)

Superfine! Art Fair is taking place at DTLA’s Magic Box at The Reef with 90% of the artwork ranging from $100- $5000 ($10 entrance fee if purchased online)

Felix LA is a new free contemporary art fair taking place at The Hollywood Roosevelt