This is the last weekend (closing 9/1) to see Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite at Skirball Cultural Center.
From the center’s website-
See the iconic images that amplified one of the most influential cultural movements of the 1960s: “Black Is Beautiful.” Featuring over forty photographs of black women and men with natural hair and clothes that reclaimed their African roots, Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite, organized by Aperture Foundation, New York, is the first-ever major exhibition dedicated to this key figure of the second Harlem Renaissance.
Inspired by the writings of activist and black nationalist Marcus Garvey, Brathwaite (b. 1938) combined his political vision with the medium of photography to effect social change. Along with his brother Elombe Brath (1936–2014), Brathwaite founded two organizations that were instrumental in realizing his vision: African Jazz-Art Society and Studios, a collective of artists, playwrights, designers, and dancers, in 1956; and Grandassa Models, a modeling group for black women, in 1962. Working with AJASS and Grandassa Models, Brathwaite organized fashion shows featuring clothing designed by the models themselves, created stunning portraits of jazz luminaries, and captured behind-the-scenes photographs of the black arts community.
During an era when segregation still prevailed across the United States, Brathwaite’s work challenged mainstream beauty standards that excluded women of color. His photographs celebrated black beauty and instilled a sense of pride throughout the community. Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite demonstrates how the medium of photography is an essential cultural tool in the dissemination of new visual paradigms and political ideas.
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/22-8/25/19)-
Artist Kelly Akashi is giving a walk-through of the Sarah Lucas exhibition at Hammer Museum and then stay for ASCAP’s free On the Come Up concert with hip hop and R&B musicians that include Adrian Marcel, Marco McKinnis, Asiahn, Darius Coleman and more
No Parents are playing a free show with Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries and The Witching Hours at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park
Snail Mail is playing at The Wiltern with SASAMI and Choirboy
Skirball Cultural Center is free tonight with a performance by trumpeter/lyricist/producer Josef Leimberg as well as a chance to check out the current exhibitions
Generationals are playing at Lodge Room with Pure Bathing Culture opening
The Aero Theatre is showing the Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon classic Some Like It Hot
Itasca is playing a free show at Zebulon with Dollar Band
Ty Segall & Freedom Band are continuing their residency at Teragram Ballroom– tonight playing his new album First Taste and his 2011 album Goodbye Bread. Oog Bogo is opening.
Kyle Craft & Showboat Honey are playing at Moroccan Lounge with Balto opening
Spendtime Palace and Boa are opening for The Nude Party at The Echo
L.A. Live is having a block party with live painting, pop-up shops, $5 food and drink menus at their restaurants, performances, and more
The Wiltern is hosting a Kill Bill night with a screening of both films plus movie inspired drinks, a DJ playing from the soundtrack, and more
Hammer Museum is hosting Abortion Laws: State by State, a panel discussion that will address “the various state-specific anti-choice efforts, and considers ramifications for the future of Roe v. Wade and reproductive rights more broadly”. Shaniqua McClendon, political director for Crooked Media, will be moderating a discussion with California Senator Connie M. Leyva, Loyola Law School professor Brietta Clark, and NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Amy Everitt.
Space 15 Twenty is having an early live music event with Justus Proffit, Cape Weather and XINXIN playing free
Over 20 bands are playing the Mondo Hollywood event at Catch One including Man…or Astroman, L.A.Witch, Levitation Room, and The Night Times, plus burlesque performances throughout the evening
Molly Burch is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Jackie Cohen and Noël Wells opening
The Getty’s free concert series Off the 405 continues with performances by San Cha and La Mera Candelaria
Saturday and Sunday
Viva! Pomona music festival is happening over two days at The Glass House with a long list of bands that includes Beach Goons, Y La Bamba, French Vanilla, Junkie, Kicked Off the Streets, Not From England, Inner Wave, Little Jesus, Jean Dawson, Lealani, Los Retros, and many, many more. $25 per day
Independent Shakespeare Co. is performing Twelfth Night in Griffith Park on Saturday. On Sunday get there early for crafts and Players in the Park featuring Shakes-Queer with drag performer Pickle and ISC’s Xavi Moreno teaching everyone to recite Shakespeare before a performance of Pericles.
Long Beach’s Zaferia District is having the one day music and comedy festival Happy Sundays at several local venues. Bands include Janelane, Billy Changer, The Molochs, The Gems, Triptides, Cat Scan, Tropa Magica, Prettiest Eyes, Girl Tears, and more plus comedy with Neil Hamburger
The Aero Theatre is showing a double feature of Working Girl and Thelma and Louise with an introduction by author Sloan De Forest
L.A. Drones are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Programmed for Pleasure, Magic Wands, Blood Candy, and Tangients
Versus, Plus/Minus, The Asteroid No.4, and The Flash Hits are playing at the Echoplex
Thing to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/25-7/28/19)-
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
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
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
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)
Johanna Samuels and Dylan Rodrigue are opening for Lou Roy at the Bootleg Theater
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.
Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair 2019 is happening at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. The free event includes conversations, workshops, performances and other programs and is a great place to find and purchase art books.
Bergamot Station is having a Spring Open House, a free event with opening receptions, artist talks, and more
Curator David J. Getsy will be giving a public lecture at West Hollywood City Council Chambers titled Rubbish and Dreams: The Genderqueer Performance Art of Stephen Varble in 1970s New York, from 2-4:30pm. The talk is in conjunction with the exhibit he curated for ONE Gallery– The Gutter Art of Stephen Varble: Genderqueer Performance in the 1970s, Photographs by Greg Day. A Q&A with Getsy will follow the lecture.
Independent music stores will celebrate Record Store Day with exclusive releases and events. Amoeba Records in Hollywood will have gift bags, live silk screening, and guest DJ sets
Emily Reo is having a record release party at Junior High with performances by Foxes in Fiction and Lush Agave
Old school hip hop legends Eric B. & Rakim are performing at The Novo
LACMA is hosting a free screening of the 1949 film Caught, featuring a character based on Howard Hughes. The event includes a post screening conversation with Karina Longworth and Edgar Wright, and a book signing of Seduction: Sex, Lies and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood
Union Station is having its Annual Tree Lighting and Cocoa Concert (free and indoors due to the rain)
California hip-hop collective BROCKHAMPTON are performing at the Shrine Expo Hall
Molly Nilsson is playing at Zebulon with Patience and Paige Emery opening
Starting today and running until Sunday at The Theatre at Ace Hotel is HYPERSPECTIVE, a “free immersive film festival experience” in a 360 degree dome theater that include short and long-format immersive films
Spendtime Palace are playing with Pinky Pinky and The Brazen Youth at the Bootleg Theater
Doe Paoro and Springtime Carnivore are playing at the Lodge Room
Death Valley Girls are playing at The Echo with Salt Lick, Secret Stare and Adult Parts opening
For Day With(out) Art 2018,Hammer Museum will be screening the hour long video program Alternate Endings, Activist Risings which highlights the impact of art in AIDS activism through short videos commissioned from community organizations and collectives
Justus Proffit and Jay Som will be performing songs from their recent collaboration at the Moroccan Lounge with Fime and Nikolas Escudero opening
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend 12/7-12/10/17)-
MOCA Grand Avenue is screening ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS, a series of short films created for Day With(out) Art, followed by a performance by Kia LaBeija and a discussion featuring Reina Gossett and Kia LaBeija in conversation with Day With(out) Art curators Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett. (free)
Exhibition artist Felipe Dulzaides and John Loomis, author of Revolution of Forms: Cuba’s Forgotten Art Schools, will be in conversation at LAMAG about the remarkable history and architecture of Havana’s Esculeas Nacionales de Arte (National Art Schools) (free)
Syd (from The Internet) is playing at The Novo with special guests Buddy, Malia and DJ Young 1
Alex Lahey is playing at The Echo with Dude York and Liv Slingerland opening
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker by Miami City Ballet is at The Music Center until Sunday (12/10)
LACMA is hosting an evening with Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail which includes a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining
Skirball Cultural Center is hosting a Hanukkah Festival exploring the holiday through the traditions of Los Angeles’s Latin American community- with music, dance, workshops and storytelling (keep in mind this event depends on the fire crisis hopefully being contained by this time)
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/6-10/9/16)-
Deap Vally are playing a free set at Amoeba Hollywood and signing their new album Femejism
Monument, the performance series which pairs Los Angeles–based musicians and sound artists with pieces within the current installation of MOCA Grand Ave’s permanent collection, returns with Greg Kowalsky and Damon Eliza Palermo(free)
Eric Erlandson of Hole has created Pretty Looking Back: An orchestral interpretation celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hole’s first album, “Pretty On the Inside” taking place at the Regent Theater
Skirball Cultural Center is hosting Into the Night, an after hours event to accompany their current exhibit Pop for the People, which will include poster printing with artists from Self Help Graphics & Art, performances by Seth Bogart and Chela, as well as food and drink
Hauser Wirth & Schimmel is hosting a panel discussion with Rita Ackermann, Kim Gordon, Richard Jackson, and Paul McCarthy. Ackermann will moderate a lively discussion focused on painting as performance, the importance of failure in art, the role of the accident in artwork, and the artist as exhibitionist. (free but mandatory RSVP)
Terry Malts is playing at the Hi Hat with Devon Williams