Feb 132020
 

Winter- Bonsai

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/13-2/16/20)-

Thursday

As The World Berns, a fundraiser for candidate Bernie Sanders, is taking place at the Bootleg Theater with musical performances by Gold Star, Olivia Kaplan, Alex Lilly, Austin McCutchen & The Western Stars, Cornelia Murr, Clinton Patterson, Gus Seyffert and more

Moaning are playing a free (with RSVP) show at Moon Room

Hammer Museum is hosting The How and Why of Political Advertising, with LMU professor Fernando Guerra and campaign strategist John Thomas joining moderator and Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson to break down the politics and law behind campaign spending and advertising.

Poet and educator Shonda Buchanan is speaking at The Broad as part of its lecture series The Logic of Poetry and Dreams

Brazilian artist Sessa is playing at Zebulon with SK Kakraba

Pink Mountaintops, Corridor, KEEN, and Clear are playing a free show at Highland Park Bowl

 

Friday

Spend Valentine’s Day in Grand Park with a celebration of Lovers Rock with DJ Linafornia (free)

Hammer Museum is having a free screening of the film Moonlight

Bat for Lashes is performing at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Massage, Starry Eyed Cadet, and Dummy are playing a free show at Highland Park Bowl

Saintseneca are opening for Murder by Death at the Regent Theater

The Aero Theatre is showing Casablanca for Valentine’s Day

Tan Cologne are playing at The Hi Hat with Grant Earl Lavalley and Glances opening

 

Saturday

Winter are opening for Part Time and Garry Wilson at the Regent Theater with Bryson Cone

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is hosting Brutally Early (it starts at 7:30am)- a free morning of conversations with artists including- Simone Forti, Kandis Williams, Shirin Neshat, Miles Brenninkmeijer, Patrick Staff, Rodney McMillian, and choreographers Gerard & Kelly- hosted by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Klaus Biesenbach (in addition, it begins with coffee and donuts and ends with champagne and ice cream)

As part of  The Broad’s Un-Private Collection conversation series, artists Christopher Wool and Kim Gordon will be speaking with critic and curator John Corbett

Artist Joe Sola will be in conversation with author Jarett Kobek (I hate the internet) at Honor Fraser at noon

17 DJs (including Grimes) are performing in 5 rooms for Rhondavous A Lovers Ball at Catch One

If you are a fan of ambient music, Malcolm Cecil will be performing at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church with Cool Maritime and Yialmelic Frequencies opening

 

Sunday

For the last day of Phillip K. Smith III’s exhibition at Bridge Projects there will be a day of activities including a soundscape by William Basinski, a relaxation workshop, and a tea tasting as part of their Oasis programming (also on Saturday)

Artist Dominique Moody will be in conversation with journalist Lynell George at the California African American Museum

Hammer Museum is hosting the climate justice themed Panic Party, with DJs, cocktails, after hours gallery access, short films, artist activations, voter registration, vegan food and more

Lucy Arnell, Nico Yaryan and more are performing as part of a Benefit for Australia at Permanent Records Roadhouse

 

All Weekend

StARTup LA Art Fair returns to The Kinney Venice Beach on Friday evening. It is one of the better art fairs as it offers a chance to meet the artists (who take over rooms in the hotel) and buy from them directly

Art Los Angeles Contemporary opens Thursday running until Sunday and has moved to The Hollywood Athletic Club from the Barker Hangar

Spring/Break Art Show is taking place all weekend starting Friday at Skylight ROW DTLA

Felix Art Fair returns to the Roosevelt Hotel (opening night Thursday). Although last year it was free, this year tickets are $25

Frieze Art Fair runs all weekend but only has program tickets (no gallery tent) available for Saturday and Sunday

Nov 212019
 

Julia Jacklin- Pressure to Party

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (11/21-11/24/19)-

Thursday

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).

There are still free tickets available to see LA based educator, writer, theater actor, and documentarian Carolina Rivera Escamilla read her work in conjunction with Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again, for The Broad’s series The Logic of Poetry and Dreams

Union Station is having it’s annual holiday tree lighting (with snow) and the first of this year’s cocoa concert series, starting at 6:30pm

Bloc Party are performing their 2005 album Silent Alarm at the Hollywood Palladium

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

 

Friday

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

 

Saturday

Artist Thomas Joshua Cooper, who has exhibitions currently on view at Hauser & Wirth and LACMA, will be in conversation with Michael Govan at Hauser & Wirth at 11:30am (free but register)

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) is having a cyanotype workshop with educator Marissa Gonzalez Kucheck at 12pm.

The Great LA Walk is your annual chance to walk across Los Angeles county with a group of other energetic walkers. This year’s route runs from Arcadia, through Pasadena and onward to City Hall.

Cultural Traffic Arts Fair is happening at Delicious Pizza, free from 12-8pm

Death Valley Girls and Crocodiles are playing at Lodge Room

Creature Feature Festival II is happening at the Bootleg Theater with performers that include The Blank Tapes, Early Evil, Young Creatures and more

L.A. Drones, Death Hags, and Big Fun are performing at El Cid

 

Saturday and Sunday

Renegade Craft Fair returns to Los Angeles State Historic Park with its free holiday market

 

Sunday

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.

Nov 052015
 

Kendrick Lamar- Alright

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (11/5-11/8/15)-

Thursday

Artist Glenn Ligon is speaking for free at MOCA Grand Ave about work in their permanent collection, including his own recently acquired Untitled (America, America)

LACMA is screening the feature film Station to Station, about Doug Aitken’s 24 day project of the same name. For this project a train traveled from the Atlantic to the Pacific making stops along the way where a “constantly changing group of artists, musicians, and performers took part in a series of unique happenings”. The screening is followed by a conversation between the film’s director, Doug Aitken, and Film Independent curator, Elvis Mitchell with an opening performance by Sun Araw. $25 general admission tickets available here

For CraftNight: Handmade & Foraged, L.A. Papermaking at the Craft & Folk Art Museum you can sample edible creations using foraged ingredients from “food revolutionaries” Josey Baker, Mia Wasilevich, and Pascal Baudar.  Afterwards dye pulp with local plants and materials under the guidance of Hiromi Paper International to create handmade paper samples- $8 includes food, drink and supplies. RSVP here

Eleanor Friedberger (of The Fiery Furnaces) is playing El Cid with Fay

Reptar are playing Club Bahia with Holiday Mountain, Breathers and Green Gerry

Thursday-Sunday

Only in Hollywood Music + Arts Festival has a HUGE list of events going on throughout the weekend, most of them free. One of the opening night parties is at Festival Hub Space 15 Twenty and there are multiple art gallery pop-ups, live music and comedy as well.   Also make sure to get a button for $1 that gets you great discounts including 2 for 1 drinks at Aventine, $3 off any purchase over $5 at Amoeba Records, free truffle fries with your burger at Umami, percentages off purchases at many local businesses, and more.

Friday

Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours has an impressive amount of late night activities (beginning at 11:30pm and running until 3am), including Daniel Lanois performing a “breakthrough ambient/electro visual experience” on the penthouse floor,  DJ sets on the 2nd and 3rd floors, a dance party, a music and scent experience curated by The Institute of Art and Olfaction, on site screen printing and lots more- try your luck on standby line to get in for free or pay $20 to skip the regular line and get a pillowcase to screenprint

So Many Wizards are playing a free show at Taix

Beat Connection are at The Echo with Psychic Twin

Beach Party are playing a free show downtown at One Santa Fe

Friday and Saturday

The Hammer Museum is having ENGAGE MORE NOW!, a free international conference on the subject of public
engagement. “The symposium will convene a group of experts to consider ongoing practices initiated by artists and museum professionals—both within and outside of institutions—that are designed to engage the public in discursive projects that may take the form of social practice, performance, or artistic intervention.”

Saturday

Top Acid in Santa Ana is throwing the free Way Too Fun Fest with 4 music stages and bands including The Lovely Bad Things, So Many Wizards, Gap Dream and more

Saturday and Sunday

To start your Christmas shopping early there’s The Jackalope Art & Craft Fair, which returns to Old Pasadena with over 200 local artisans who were hand selected by jury members. Free with free art workshops as well.

Sunday

Kendrick Lamar is part of 92.3′s The Real Show at The Forum along with Future, Rae Sremmurd, Jeremih, Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign and Jidenna. Tickets are only resale but there are plenty of those as of this writing ( $76+)

At LACMA author Nina Ansary and artist Shirin Neshat discuss women in Iran in general, as well as Neshat and her work followed by a booksigning for Ansary’s book Jewels of Allah (free)

Wax Idols are playing at Complex LA in Glendale

Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth) is playing a solo acoustic show at The Echo