Aug 152019
 

Andrew Bird- Sisyphus

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/15-8/18/19)-

*special note for this week’s weekend planner – Echo Park Rising festival begins Thursday and there are A LOT of bands playing as well as numerous activities and deals from local businesses in the neighborhood. In order to make this post a manageable size I have created a separate post with my band selections for each night as well as a playlist of those choices. *

Thursday

Motel Radio and Dante Elephante are opening for Summer Salt at The Fonda Theatre

Los Angeles Beatz by Girlz is setting up a beat making station at The Echo Patio to teach people how to sequence drums, record and loop synths, and produce their own music with Ableton Live and the Push Unit from 5:30-7pm. (part of Echo Park Rising)

Reggie Watts & Karen are performing with Danke at the Teragram Ballroom

Fartbarf are playing a free show at the Levitt Pavilion with Numb.er

FYOHNA is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Maddie Jay and The Born Love

Hollywood Night Market at Yamashiro is a lovely way to have some food and drinks while enjoying beautiful views of the city- free shuttles leave from the Mosaic parking lot

 

Friday

Ty Segall & Freedom Band are continuing their residency at Teragram Ballroom– tonight playing his new album Taste and his 2011 album Goodbye Bread. The Intelligence is opening.

UCLA Film & Television Archive is screening director Isaac Julien’s Young Soul Rebels at Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater  ($9)

Los Angeles LGBT Center is showing Labyrinth for their the movie night Out Under The Stars in Hollywood Forever Cemetery with all proceeds benefiting the center’s programs and services

Hibou are playing at The Hi Hat with Tangerine and Jordan Gatesmith (Wellness)

 

Saturday

Andrew Bird is playing a free show at KCRW Headquarters as part of their Summer Nights programming

UCLA Film & Television Archive is screening a double feature of Suburbia and Rock ‘N’ Roll High School at Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater with director Penelope Spheeris in person ($9)

Blum & Poe’s >BTWN x PERFORMANCE< events continues with Kandis Williams Presents “Eurydice” her ongoing project that “investigates the relationship between ‘black identity’ and ‘mainstream culture’ “. She uses the Greek myth of Eurydice as a vehicle for her “inquiry into the subjects of a racialized imagination and its subsequent logics, by staging a structured engagement of blackness and spectacle within a mythic pre-Socratic configuration of the underworld.”

Cinespia is having its 9th Annual Movies All Night Slumber Party at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, starting the evening with Never Been Kissed, followed by I Know What You Did Last Summer and ending late night with Jawbreaker.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor are playing at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

88Rising:Head in the Clouds music festival is happening in LA State Historic Park with performers including Rich Brian, Dumbfoundead, AUGUST 08, and more

 

Sunday

Yola Día Festival is taking place in LA Historic Park with performers Lykke Li, Cat Power, SOPHIE, Courtney Love, Megan Thee Stallion, Kelsey Lu, Empress Of, Cupcakke, and Lia Ices

CicLAvia’s closing down streets to vehicles from West Hollywood to East Hollywood for their Meet the Hollywoods event. Santa Monica Blvd will be closed from San Vicente to Highland. Highland is closed from there to Hollywood Blvd and Hollywood is closed from Highland to Vermont. There will be a few intersections to cross with a vehicle but its probably best to join the car free fun or use public transportation to get around.

Author Stephen van Dyck will be discussing his memoir People I’ve Met From The Internet at Skylight Books with writer Matias Viegener

Independent Shakespeare Co. is performing Twelfth Night in Griffith Park tonight. Get there early to join a workshop with teaching artists where participants will learn more about the characters, plot and choices of the evening’s play, plus take a backstage tour and check out some of the costumes and props.  Reserve a spot for this free pre show workshop here. (On Friday the play is also Twelfth Night and Saturday it is Pericles)

Aug 152019
 

Goon- Choke Throat

This week from Thursday to Sunday (8/15-8/18/19) is Echo Park Rising and there are SO MANY bands playing- all for FREE! (full list here) There are also deals from local businesses, DJ sets, and more, happening as well so make sure to check out their website.

In the listings below I have chosen some of the best shows to see for each day.  I’ve also made a playlist if you want to check out some of the bands ahead of time.

 

Thursday

Janelane are playing at The Echo from 6-6:30pm and later Skin Mag are at there from 7:40 to 8:10pm.

Beauty Queen are at Sticky Rice from 8:10 to 8:40pm

Billy Changer are playing at Spacedust from 9-9:30 followed by Foliage from 10-10:30pm

Healing Gems are at The Echo from 10:30-11pm followed by Goon from 11:30-11:59pm

 

Friday

If you are starting the day early- Cigarette Bums are playing at Spacedust from 3:30-4pm followed by Vaguess from 4:30-5

Jane Church is playing at Sticky Rice from 4:50-5:20pm

Rosie Tucker is playing at Sticky Rice from 6:30-7pm

Veronica Bianqui is playing at TAIX French Restaurant from 7-7:30pm

Ariel Beesley is playing at Little Joy Cocktails from 7:10-7:40pm

Paper Idol are playing at The Echo from 7:30-8pm

Colleen Green is playing at Cosmic Vinyl from 8-9pm

Tracy Bryant is playing the Echoplex from 8:30-9pm

Sister Mantos is playing on the Liberty Stage from 8-8:40pm followed by The Red Pears playing from 9-10pm

Justus Proffit is playing at Stories Books & Cafe from 9:30-10pm

ela minus is playing at The Echo from 9:45-10:15pm

Death Hags are playing at Sticky Rice from 9:50-10:20pm

Juiceboxxx is playing at TAIX French Restaurant from 10-10:45pm

The Paranoyds are playing at the Echoplex from 10-10:30pm

Neil Frances is playing at The Echo from 10:30-11:30pm

MIRSY is playing at Sticky Rice from 11:30-11:59pm

Drinker are playing at The Semi-Tropic from 12-12:40am

 

Saturday

LA Qoolside are playing the Liberty Stage from 4-4:30pm

Tanukichan is playing at The Echo from 4-4:30pm

Small Forward are playing at Trencher from 6-6:30pm

Los Retros is playing at The Echo from 6:30-7pm

French Vanilla are playing the Liberty Stage from 7-7:45pm

Matt Rose is playing at The Semi-Tropic from 7-7:40pm

Ryan Pollie (LAPD) is playing at Sticky Rice from 8:10-8:40pm

Sofia Bolt is playing at The Echo from 8:20-8:50pm

Cosmonauts are playing the Echoplex from 9-9:40pm

Austin Manuel is playing at Cosmic Vinyl from 9-10pm

SadGirl are playing the Liberty Stage from 9-10pm

Big Search is playing at Sticky Rice from 9:50-10:20pm

Hooveriii are playing at Little Joy Cocktails from 10-10:30pm

Caught a Ghost are playing TAIX French Restaurant from 10-10:45pm

TV Party are playing at Sticky Rice from 11:30 to 11:59pm

 

Sunday

Loyal Lobos is playing at Sticky Rice from 4-4:30pm

Brendan Eder Ensemble are playing at Stories Books & Cafe from 5-5:30pm

Spelles is playing at Trencher from 5:30-6pm

The Entrance Band are playing at the Echoplex from 7:30-8pm

Draemings are playing at The Echo from 8:15-8:45pm

The High Curbs are playing at Spacedust from 8:30-9pm

Photo Ops is playing at Sticky Rice from 9-9:30pm

Fell Runner are playing at The Semi-Tropic from 9-9:40pm

Steady 45s are playing at the Echoplex from 10-10:30pm

Susan are playing at Sticky Rice from 10:40-11:10pm

Dream Phases are playing at Sticky Rice from 11:30-11:59pm

 

Aug 142019
 

Every week before making suggestions for which bands to see in Los Angeles, I preview every band or performer I find a listing for. If I think they are worth checking out I put them in that month’s playlist and then when the month is over I review it and make it public.

This month there was a lot of good music so the playlist has been split into two.

Aug 122019
 

Silver Jews- Random Rules

I first heard about David Berman and his band Silver Jews a while ago, as they were one of those bands you heard about if you were a Pavement fan. But sadly, I never got around to listening to them until now.

Stephen Malkmus and David Berman went to the University of Virginia and later moved together to Hoboken, New Jersey.  There Malkmus, along with their other roommate Bob Nastanovich, played with additional bandmates as Pavement, and together with Berman they formed the Silver Jews, although Berman soon remained the only constant member of the band.

When I discovered that David Berman had passed away and read the many quotes from his songs posted online by friends and fans, I finally spent some time listening to his music. There are just so many great lines in these songs. For instance, from Random Rules, posted above- “In 1984, I was hospitalized for approaching perfection/ Slowly screwing my way across Europe, they had to make a correction”. It’s a funny opener and the whole song is filled with quotable lyrics. Towards the end are the lyrics “I asked the painter why the roads are colored black/ He said, ‘Steve, it’s because people leave/And no highway will bring them back’.” So many of his songs are like this, the humor mixed with the pathos.

Silver Jews disbanded in 2009 and Berman quit making music for awhile. In 2011 he started a blog. In May, ten years after he stopped making music, he released the album Purple Mountains. The lyrics to the songs on this album, including the one below, are poignant, made even more so after his death. In a recent interview with Exclaim!, he discusses each song off that album.

Purple Mountains- All My Happiness Is Gone (song starts 2:06)

He also wrote poetry, and this poem, from his book Actual Air, is just so incredible I’m presenting it in its entirety (via poemhunter).

Self-Portrait at 28

I know it’s a bad title
but I’m giving it to myself as a gift
on a day nearly canceled by sunlight
when the entire hill is approaching
the ideal of Virginia
brochured with goldenrod and loblolly
and I think “at least I have not woken up
with a bloody knife in my hand”
by then having absently wandered
one hundred yards from the house
while still seated in this chair
with my eyes closed.

It is a certain hill
the one I imagine when I hear the word “hill”
and if the apocalypse turns out
to be a world-wide nervous breakdown
if our five billion minds collapse at once
well I’d call that a surprise ending
and this hill would still be beautiful
a place I wouldn’t mind dying
alone or with you.

I am trying to get at something
and I want to talk very plainly to you
so that we are both comforted by the honesty.
You see there is a window by my desk
I stare out when I am stuck
though the outdoors has rarely inspired me to write
and I don’t know why I keep staring at it.

My childhood hasn’t made good material either
mostly being a mulch of white minutes
with a few stand out moments,
popping tar bubbles on the driveway in the summer
a certain amount of pride at school
everytime they called it “our sun”
and playing football when the only play
was “go out long” are what stand out now.

If squeezed for more information
I can remember old clock radios
with flipping metal numbers
and an entree called Surf and Turf.

As a way of getting in touch with my origins
every night I set the alarm clock
for the time I was born so that waking up
becomes a historical reenactment and the first thing I do
is take a reading of the day and try to flow with it like
when you’re riding a mechanical bull and you strain to learn
the pattern quickly so you don’t inadverantly resist it.

II two

I can’t remember being born
and no one else can remember it either
even the doctor who I met years later
at a cocktail party.
It’s one of the little disappointments
that makes you think about getting away
going to Holly Springs or Coral Gables
and taking a room on the square
with a landlady whose hands are scored
by disinfectant, telling the people you meet
that you are from Alaska, and listen
to what they have to say about Alaska
until you have learned much more about Alaska
than you ever will about Holly Springs or Coral Gables.

Sometimes I am buying a newspaper
in a strange city and think
“I am about to learn what it’s like to live here.”
Oftentimes there is a news item
about the complaints of homeowners
who live beside the airport
and I realize that I read an article
on this subject nearly once a year
and always receive the same image.

I am in bed late at night
in my house near the airport
listening to the jets fly overhead
a strange wife sleeping beside me.
In my mind, the bedroom is an amalgamation
of various cold medicine commercial sets
(there is always a box of tissue on the nightstand).

I know these recurring news articles are clues,
flaws in the design though I haven’t figured out
how to string them together yet,
but I’ve begun to notice that the same people
are dying over and over again,
for instance Minnie Pearl
who died this year
for the fourth time in four years.

III three

Today is the first day of Lent
and once again I’m not really sure what it is.
How many more years will I let pass
before I take the trouble to ask someone?

It reminds of this morning
when you were getting ready for work.
I was sitting by the space heater
numbly watching you dress
and when you asked why I never wear a robe
I had so many good reasons
I didn’t know where to begin.

If you were cool in high school
you didn’t ask too many questions.
You could tell who’d been to last night’s
big metal concert by the new t-shirts in the hallway.
You didn’t have to ask
and that’s what cool was:
the ability to deduct
to know without asking.
And the pressure to simulate coolness
means not asking when you don’t know,
which is why kids grow ever more stupid.

A yearbook’s endpages, filled with promises
to stay in touch, stand as proof of the uselessness
of a teenager’s promise. Not like I’m dying
for a letter from the class stoner
ten years on but…

Do you remember the way the girls
would call out “love you!”
conveniently leaving out the “I”
as if they didn’t want to commit
to their own declarations.

I agree that the “I” is a pretty heavy concept
and hope you won’t get uncomfortable
if I should go into some deeper stuff here.

IV four

There are things I’ve given up on
like recording funny answering machine messages.
It’s part of growing older
and the human race as a group
has matured along the same lines.
It seems our comedy dates the quickest.
If you laugh out loud at Shakespeare’s jokes
I hope you won’t be insulted
if I say you’re trying too hard.
Even sketches from the original Saturday Night Live
seem slow-witted and obvious now.

It’s just that our advances are irrepressible.
Nowadays little kids can’t even set up lemonade stands.
It makes people too self-conscious about the past,
though try explaining that to a kid.

I’m not saying it should be this way.

All this new technology
will eventually give us new feelings
that will never completely displace the old ones
leaving everyone feeling quite nervous
and split in two.

We will travel to Mars
even as folks on Earth
are still ripping open potato chip
bags with their teeth.

Why? I don’t have the time or intelligence
to make all the connections
like my friend Gordon
(this is a true story)
who grew up in Braintree Massachusetts
and had never pictured a brain snagged in a tree
until I brought it up.
He’d never broken the name down to its parts.
By then it was too late.
He had moved to Coral Gables.

V five

The hill out my window is still looking beautiful
suffused in a kind of gold national park light
and it seems to say,
I’m sorry the world could not possibly
use another poem about Orpheus
but I’m available if you’re not working
on a self-portrait or anything.

I’m watching my dog have nightmares,
twitching and whining on the office floor
and I try to imagine what beast
has cornered him in the meadow
where his dreams are set.

I’m just letting the day be what it is:
a place for a large number of things
to gather and interact —
not even a place but an occasion
a reality for real things.

Friends warned me not to get too psychedelic
or religious with this piece:
“They won’t accept it if it’s too psychedelic
or religious,” but these are valid topics
and I’m the one with the dog twitching on the floor
possibly dreaming of me
that part of me that would beat a dog
for no good reason
no reason that a dog could see.

I am trying to get at something so simple
that I have to talk plainly
so the words don’t disfigure it
and if it turns out that what I say is untrue
then at least let it be harmless
like a leaky boat in the reeds
that is bothering no one.

VI six

I can’t trust the accuracy of my own memories,
many of them having blended with sentimental
telephone and margarine commercials
plainly ruined by Madison Avenue
though no one seems to call the advertising world
“Madison Avenue” anymore. Have they moved?
Let’s get an update on this.

But first I have some business to take care of.

I walked out to the hill behind our house
which looks positively Alaskan today
and it would be easier to explain this
if I had a picture to show you
but I was with our young dog
and he was running through the tall grass
like running through the tall grass
is all of life together
until a bird calls or he finds a beer can
and that thing fills all the space in his head.

You see,
his mind can only hold one thought at a time
and when he finally hears me call his name
he looks up and cocks his head
and for a single moment
my voice is everything:

Self-portrait at 28.

There is only so much time to read, listen to, and see all the wonderful things people have created. David Berman made work well worth spending some of that precious time on.

Rest in Peace.

Aug 082019
 

Ty Segall- Taste

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/8-8/11/19)-

Thursday

Weyes Blood is performing at The Fonda Theatre with Dustin Wong

Artist Lizzi Bougatsos and Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) will be performing sonic improvisations to accompany projections of Penny Slinger’s early experimental silent films at Blum & Poe (free)

Sidney Gish is playing at Moroccan Lounge with Julia Shapiro of Chastity Belt opening

Hollywood Night Market at Yamashiro is a lovely way to have some food and drinks while enjoying beautiful views of the city- free shuttles leave from the Mosaic parking lot

 

Friday

Ty Segall & Freedom Band are continuing their residency at Teragram Ballroom– tonight playing his new album Taste and his 2010 album Melted. Vice Cooler is opening.

Better Oblivion Community Center are playing at The Wiltern with Taylor Hollingsworth opening

Metro Art’s Movements at Union Station continues with its final installment- this time featuring La Junta as their Los Angeles DJ collective. The event also includes a drop-in silkscreen stencil workshop led by Self Help Graphics & Art, a photo booth and food trucks.

UCLA Film & Television Archive continues its screenings in the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum with a night of programming that includes the 1961 film Nude on the Moon followed by Smut Without Smut: Bizarro Horror Night, a collection of “hardcore horror movies with the hardcore removed”. ($9)

The Underground Museum’s Purple Garden Cinema film this week is Wanda. Novelist Rachel Kushner will be there to give a special introduction to the film. (free)

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are playing at The Greek Theatre with Phosphorescent and Altin Gun opening

 

Friday and Saturday

It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Hollywood Bowl’s night of Tchaikovsky music with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor Bramwll Tovey, and the USC Trojan Marching Band performing plus fireworks ending the evening

 

Saturday

As part of Blum & Poe’s >BTWN x FILM + MUSIC< series, artist Jim Shaw and filmmaker/curator Jodi Wille will present shorts from the Counterculture Film Vaults followed by music by Shaw and friends within an installation of the artist’s creation (free)

For the closing of Barbara Stauffacher Solomon’s exhibition Relax into the Invisible at LAXART, L.A.-based artists Emily Mast and Barnett Cohen will present an afternoon of dance and theater inspired by Solomon’s work. Performances will take place from 3-5pm.

Artists Genevieve Gaignard and Samuel Levi Jones will be giving a walk through of their respective solo exhibitions at Vielmetter Los Angeles followed by a conversation with Leigh Raiford, associate professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. (free)

Fat Beats 25th Anniversary is taking place at The Regent Theater with performances by Dilated Peoples, Tha Alkaholiks, LA Breakers with J. Rocc, Cut Chemist, and more

Rosie Tucker and Skin Mag are opening for Pixx at Moroccan Lounge

Y La Bamba is performing at KCRW HQ in Santa Monica as part of their free Summer Nights party programming. There is also a free screening at 10pm of Good Boys (but you have to RSVP)

 

Saturday and Sunday

Hip-hop music festival Real Street is taking place in Anaheim with lots of big acts including A$AP Rocky, Cardi B, Future, Migos, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Meek Mill and more.

 

Sunday

Moaning and Traps ps are playing at The Smell for a Bernie Sanders For President 2020 Campaign Fundraiser

Blum & Poe are showing Richard Kovitch’s PENNY SLINGER: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, followed by a discussion with Penny Slinger

Independent Shakespeare Co. is having a free performance of the play Twelfth Night in Griffith Park tonight (Friday and Saturday they will be performing Pericles)

Death Cab for Cutie are playing at the Hollywood Bowl with Car Seat Headrest

Aug 012019
 

Clarke and the Himselfs- So Sorry

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/1- 8/4/19)-

Thursday

Black Pumas are playing a free show at Amoeba Hollywood at 6pm with an album signing to follow

Julia Holter is playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Ana Roxanne opening

Ricky Hell & The Voidboys, The Freakees, and more are playing at The Hi Hat to benefit Al Otro Lado, a bi-national, direct legal services, non-profit organization serving indigent deportees, migrants and refugees in Tijuana and L.A.

Descanso Gardens is having Beer Garden Night from 5-8pm

Hollywood Night Market at Yamashiro is a lovely way to have some food and drinks while enjoying beautiful views of the city- free shuttles leave from the Mosaic parking lot

 

Friday

The Underground Museum’s Purple Garden Cinema film this week is Birth. Cinematographer Bradford Young (Arrival, Selma) and artist Nicole Miller will be discussing Birth‘s cinematographer Harris Savides after the film. (free)

Cayucas are playing at The Roxy Theatre with Skyway Man and Mmmonika

Jeffrey Silverstein and Sonoda are playing an early (7pm) free show at Gold-Diggers

ASL interpreter Stacy De La Rosa is giving a tour and workshop for Hervé Tullet: An Ideal Exhibition as part of Summer School at ICA LA.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic are playing with Fishbone, Dumpstaphunk, and Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf at the Greek Theatre

The Bird and The Bee are playing at the Ford Theatres

 

Saturday

Clarke and the Himselfs is playing a free show with Prism Tats at Zebulon

Arcana Books is hosting an exhibition opening and book signing for Gary Cannone: Albums by Conceptual Artists

Jackalope Summer Nights market returns to Pasadena’s Central Park with over 200 local artisans, food trucks and a beer garden (free- also happening on Friday)

French DJ/Producer and founder of Ed Banger Records, Busy P will be performing with friends at 1720

Metro Art’s Movements at Union Station continues this week with Heat-Wave, an LA based party series founded by DJs Daniel T. and Wyatt Potts, with a focus on international funk and disco records.

Limp Wrist: 20 Years of Total Joteria is a night of queer punk rock at The Regent Theater with bands Limp Wrist, Heterofobia, Provoke, Frisco Dykes, and Twompsax

Drugdealer is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Maraschino

The Younger Lovers are opening for Imperial Teen at The Echo

 

Saturday and Sunday

UCLA Film & Television Archive is hosting a weekend of films by Mary Lambert at Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater. Saturday it’s Pet Semetary and Pet Semetary II followed by a talk with director Mary Lambert, actors Brad Greenquist, Miko Hughes and Dale Midkiff, and editor Tom Finan. On Sunday they are showing Siesta followed by a talk with director Mary Lambert, actors Jodie Foster and Ellen Barkin, and editor Glenn Morgan. Both discussions will be hosted by April Wolfe.

HARD Summer Music Festival is two days of EDM and hip hop artists taking place at The Speedway in Fontana. Artists include Major Lazer, Kid Cudi, Dillon Francis, Gunna, A-Trak, Juice WRLD, RL Grime, Sheck Wes, JPEGMAFIA, Schlomo, and more

 

Sunday

David Lynch and Hans Ulrich Obrist will be in conversation at the Second Home Serpentine Pavilion at La Brea Tar Pits

ICA LA is having the free daytime closing party Summer Cooldown 2019, from 2-6pm, with DJs, drinks, and food, plus the last chance to see the exhibitions Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake, 2009-2017 and Lucas Blalock: An Enormous Oar.

Lodge Room in Highland Park is hosting Ohhh Rasss! Ras G Memorial Fundraiser. The LA producer/musician/ DJ passed away this week on July 29th.

Independent Shakespeare Co. is having a free performance of the play Twelfth Night in Griffith Park tonight with an earlier performance by Mexican folk musicians La Victoria

The B52s are playing at the Microsoft Theater with OMD and Berlin

Weirdo Night is happening at Zebulon, with performances by Dynasty Handbag, Allie Alvarado, Minivan, Popstar Nima, and Charles Galin

Jul 252019
 

Lala Lala- Water Over Sex

Thing to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/25-7/28/19)-

Thursday

Megan Thee Stallion, Rico Nasty, Blueface, Comethazine, Tierra Whack, DaBaby and more will be performing for the XXL Freshman 2019 Concert at The Novo

Justus Proffit and Outer Spaces are opening for Radiator Hospital at The Hi Hat

Hammer Museum’s free Summer Concert Series continues this week with a performance by The Tracks as well as KCRW DJs, food trucks and a cash bar

Skirball Cultural Center is free on Thursdays and this week there is a free sunset concert with marimba super-group Río Mira performing

Hollywood Night Market at Yamashiro is a lovely way to have some food and drinks while enjoying beautiful views of the city- free shuttles leave from the Mosaic parking lot

 

Friday

The Underground Museum’s Purple Garden Cinema is hosting FWD: Short Films. The free program, curated by MEMORY, will feature a range of work from emerging and established filmmakers.

Metro Art has a new program featuring LA based DJ collectives- Movements at Union Station. The first night in the series will feature The Soul Children, an LA based crew of artist, promoters and DJs. The event will also include a drop-in silkscreen stencil workshop led by Self Help Graphics & Art, a photo booth and food trucks.

B Boys are playing a free show at Hotel Figueroa with Bodega and Shark Toys

Golden Vessel is performing at El Cid with Instupendo and The Nicholas

The Music Center’s Dance DTLA, a night of free dance lessons and music ,continues this week with a disco theme

UCLA Film & Television Archive is screening an action film double feature of Sister Street Fighter and Lady Terminator, at Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater ($9)

Florist are playing at Pico Union Project with Hand Habits (solo)

 

Saturday

The Getty’s free concert series Off the 405 continues this week with Lala Lala

Bergamot Station is having a Summer Open House all day with live music, art openings, a book sale, art talk, food, drink, and more

The Box is screening Leigh Ledare’s The Task at 2pm with a conversation with the artist and Catherine Taft, director and curator at LAXART, to follow from 4:30-6:30pm

Morgan Delt is playing at the Lodge Room with Pearl Charles, Vinyl Williams, The Sunsettes, and Mad Alchemy Light Show

The Drums are playing at the Hollywood Palladium with CHAI

Smokescreens, Holy Tunics, and Susan are playing at The Monty Bar

UCLA Film & Television Archive is screening a double feature of the Paris-set films Funny Face and Paris Blues, at Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater ($9)

Latin American folk-rock group Aterciopelados are playing a free show at Pershing Square with Elefante opening

 

Sunday

To celebrate the opening weekend of The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness, Zak Ové’s sculptural installation, LACMA is hosting an afternoon of art, music, which will include a discussion with Ové. A performance by Trinidad Steel Drum Band begins at 4 pm, followed by a conversation with Ové at 5 pm. (free)

Independent Shakespeare Co. is having a free performance of the play Pericles in Griffith Park tonight (also Saturday)

Shutups, Weird Night, Launcher, Slaughterhouse, and Shitgiver are all performing at The Rec Center

Cam’ron is playing a $5 show at The Novo

Johanna Samuels and Dylan Rodrigue are opening for Lou Roy at the Bootleg Theater

 

All Weekend

OUTFEST Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival continues in various locations with screenings that include shorts and television episodes. This weekend some of the screenings will be at the outdoor Ford Theatre including- the Kathy Griffin documentary, with Griffin in conversation with Louis Virtel pre-screening on Thursday, and the documentary Gay Chorus Deep South on Friday which includes a performance by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.

Jul 182019
 

Bill Baird- Your Dark Sunglasses Won’t Make You Lou Reed

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/18-7/21/19)-

Thursday

Italian composer , sound artist, and performer, Drum & Lace will be at Bootleg Theater for her semi songs EP release show that will include visuals, a light installation, and a dance performance

There’s a free performance of Roger Guenveur Smith and Marc Anthony Thompson’s Portrait of Charles White at The California African American Museum

Goon are having an LP release party at the Echoplex with Draag and Kevin also playing

Tyler Ramsey (former lead guitarist from Band of Horses) will be playing with My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel at Highland Park Ebell

Hammer Museum’s free Summer Concert Series continues this week with Wild Belle performing

Will Fox and Mara Connor are playing an early free show at Gold-Diggers

 

Thursday through 7/28/19

OUTFEST Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival opens Thursday with an Opening Night Gala and a screening of Circus of Books, about the recently closed WeHo store directed by the daughter of the store’s owners. It continues in various locations with screenings that include shorts and television episodes.

 

Friday

UCLA Film & Television Archive is screening the double feature Roman Holiday and Three Coins in a Fountain at Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater ($9)

21 Savage is performing at Shrine Expo Hall with Calboy and Young Nudy

Dean Wareham will be performing the Galaxie 500 album On Fire at the Teragram Ballroom

Potty Mouth and Colleen Green are opening for Dressy Bessy at Moroccan Lounge

Learn to dance the Argentine Tango at The Music Center’s Dance DTLA night in Grand Park

It Looks Sad. are playing at The Hi Hat with Derek Ted opening

 

Saturday

Bill Baird is playing a free show at Highland Park Bowl with Manhattan Murder Mystery and Mirrorball

ICA LA is hosting Reading the News-a 34,000 Pillows workshop with artist collaborative Díaz Lewis. 34,000 is the quota of detained immigrants per day in 250 facilities around the country mandated by the US Congress and enforced by ICE. Pillows from recycled clothing will be created and added to the 34,000 Pillows project to be sold for $159 (an amount that reflects the average amount of taxpayer money spent each day by Congress to detain one person daily) with 100% of proceeds donated to national and local immigration organizations. While the pillows are made there will also be a reading of news, literature, and poetry. (free)

Union Station is hosting Magic & Mystery, a free night of performances by magicians on the South Patio

Independent Shakespeare Co. is having free performances of the play Twelfth Night in Griffith Park all weekend and tonight as part of their Salon Series, Invertigo Dance Theatre Artistic Director Laura Karlin will lead an exploration into creating story through choreography.

 

Saturday and Sunday

Hauser & Wirth is hosting LITLIT: Little Literary Fair, a free two day book fair celebrating independent booksellers, book publishers, and book makers from Los Angeles and beyond. While you are there, make sure to check out the excellent David Hammons and Guillermo Kuitca exhibitions.

 

Sunday

Sculptor Liz Larner will be discussing artist Chris Burden at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA as part of their Artists on Artists series

Turn It Up!, a new group advocating for gender parity in music, is hosting an afternoon concert fundraiser at the Echoplex, with performances by Solvej Schou, Phranc, and The Groans as well as the Turn It Up House Band featuring Abby Travis (Sumo Princess), drummer Tosha Jones (the Randies), bassist Gere Fennelly (Redd Kross), and guitarists Blare Bitch & Sharon Needles (both from Betty Blowtorch) with vocalists Lisa Kekaula (Bellrays), Nina Diaz (Girl in a Coma), Drew Arriola Sands (TrapGirl), Kristine Nevrose (the Tissues), Alice Bag, Adele Bertei, and Abby Travis.

Later at the Echoplex, Ringo Deathstarr, Tennis System, Blushing and The Meeting Places will be playing for Part Time Punks night

UCLA Film & Television Archive’s screenings at the Hammer Museum continue with three 1990s DIY indie films- Sarah Jacobson’s I Was A Teenage Serial Killer and Mary Jane’s Not A Virgin Anymore and Tina Krause’s Limbo ($9)

Singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade will be performing with maestro Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl

We Were Promised Jetpacks are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Catholic Action opening

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Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/11-7/14/19)-

Thursday

As part of Hammer Museum’s Summer Concert Series, Pavo Pavo will be performing in the courtyard. Get there early for happy hour from 6:30-7:30pm and to check out the galleries until 8pm.

Poet Amanda Gorman will be reading at MOCA Grand Avenue and entrance to both MOCA galleries is free this evening

Y La Bamba are performing at The Echo with Rituals of Mine and Vanessa Zamora opening

Bleached are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with The Linda Lindas

Hollywood Night Market at Yamashiro is a lovely way to have some food and drinks while enjoying beautiful views of the city- free shuttles leave from the Mosaic parking lot

 

Friday

The Underground Museum is showing Arthur Jafa’s The White Album and Jean-Luc Godard’s The Image Book. There will be a short conversation with  Arthur Jafa between films. (free)

Business of Dreams and Jo Passed are opening for Mauno at the Bootleg Theater

Jackie Mendoza is playing a free show at The Love Song with Ed Balloon and YUS

How Did This Get Made?, a podcast hosted by Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas, is having a live performance at The Wiltern

The Music Center’s Dance DTLA, a free night of dance instruction and music in different styles, takes place tonight with a hip-hop theme

Freddie Gibbs & Mad Lib are performing at The Novo

Draemings are playing a free show at the Levitt Pavilion with Vaya Futuro, El Mañana, and Bananaleafboy + XOLO

 

Saturday

Ever Present (formerly Friday Flights) is a free night of artistic performances taking place at The Getty. This iteration of the series, Cosmos, will include performances by Deradoorian, Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, Jennifer Moon & Laub, and A.S.T.R.A.L.O.R.A.C.L.E.S

Cyndi Lauper is performing at the Hollywood Bowl with their orchestra and jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant opening (this show is also taking place on Friday)

Hauser & Wirth is screening Britt Banks’ film Ronald: Part 1 with a Q& A with the director to follow (free but register)

The Get Around is a Mar Vista Music & Art Walk and Venice Art Crawl joint event, with music, art vendors and exhibitions, readings, Burning Man art cars, performances, and more- taking place over 3.5 miles from 2-10pm

Vansire and BOYO are playing at The Roxy

Carter Ace and Rat Fancy are opening for Bloodboy at the Bootleg Theater

 

Sunday

Drinker are performing at the Bootleg Theater with Misty Mtn and Talker opening

The UCLA Film and Television Archive is showing the 1989 thriller Miracle Mile at the Hammer Museum with director Steve De Jarnatt present for the screening ($9)

The Egyptian Theatre is showing a double feature of Jack Nicholson films- Chinatown and the sequel The Two Jakes

Independent Shakespeare Co. is having free performances of the play Twelfth Night in Griffith Park all weekend- tonight includes Drag Queen Story Hour with Pickle reading a children’s version of Twelfth Night