Aug 302019
 

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.

Aug 222019
 

Shannon Lay- Recording 15

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/22-8/25/19)-

Thursday

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

 

Friday

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

The Aero Theatre is showing the Steve McQueen film The Great Escape

Cold Showers, Foie Gras, and Edges are playing an early show at Zebulon to benefit fire relief aid for Echo Park residents

 

Friday through Sunday

DTLA Proud Festival is taking place in Pershing Square with DJs, bands, drag performers, and more. On Friday the festival is free, and on Saturday and Sunday  Summertramp adds water slides to the fun.

 

Saturday

Shannon Lay is playing at Pico Union Project with Mikal Cronin and Kacey Johansing

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 Egyptian Theatre is hosting the Bob Fosse double feature- Cabaret and All That Jazz

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.

 

Sunday

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

 

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.

Apr 112019
 

Prettiest Eyes- Don’t Call

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/11-4/14/19)-

Thursday

Skirball is hosting the panel discussion Black is Beautiful: Then and Now in conjunction with the opening of Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite. The panel includes the artist’s son and director of the Kwame Brathwaite Archive, Kwame S. Brathwaite, along with fashion designer Mimi Plange, photographer Tyler Mitchell, and costume designer Ruth Carter. ($20)

Goon are playing with Dead Soft at the Moroccan Lounge

MOCA Grand Avenue is hosting BlackStar Film Festival. The screening to be followed by a discussion with the founder Maori Karmael Holmes (free)

Damon & Naomi are playing at Zebulon with Exploding Flowers

Wicca Phase Springs Eternal is playing at the Echoplex with Horse Head and MIRSY

 

Friday

ICA LA is hosting Art Buzz, a happy hour tour of Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake with curator Jamillah James and Director of Learning and Engagement Asuka Hisa, with refreshments to follow

Prettiest Eyes are playing at El Cid with Meatbodies, Chud, and The Chonks

Drugdealer is performing at the Teragram Ballroom

 

Friday through Sunday

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.

 

Saturday

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 GalleryThe 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

 

Saturday and Sunday

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books returns to the USC Campus with tons of free and ticketed events and readings, plus music, chef demos, booksellers, and more.

 

Sunday

Zebulon continues their month of free screenings of Jim Jarmusch films with Down By Law

Summer Cannibals are playing The Redwood Bar & Girl

Cruz de Navajas are playing with Pelada, All Your Sisters, Some Ember and Temple of Angeles at the Echoplex

Nov 292018
 

Molly Nilsson- Days of Dust

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (11/29-12/2/18)-

Thursday

Tennis System are opening for El Ten Eleven at the Teragram Ballroom

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

SWIMM and Mating Ritual are playing at the Bootleg Theater

 

Friday

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

 

Saturday

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

Grand Central Market is hosting it’s Fifth Annual Holiday Marketplace (also on Sunday)

Union Station is also having a holiday marketplace which includes a performance by The Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Milagres are playing at The Echo

Tomberlin is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Christian Lee Hutson opening

 

Sunday

Hauser & Wirth is hosting a Holiday Market showcasing LA based makers, nonprofits, and performers (also on Saturday)

The East Los Angeles Christmas Parade is taking place, starting at noon on Whittier Blvd

Photographer Luther Gerlach will be at The Getty to demonstrate how to make wet plate collodion negatives, ambrotypes and tintypes (free)

Celebrate Hanukkah at Skirball Cultural Center with musical performances, workshops and storytelling

Zebulon is hosting a free screening of Elia Kazan’s film Splendor in the Grass, with an introduction to the film by Natasha Gregson Wagner (actress Natalie Wood’s daughter) and film scholar Jim Hosney

Artist Ed Templeton will be signing his new book at Arcana

CicLAvia is back and shutting down streets to traffic in Chinatown, Boyle Heights and DTLA

Dec 072017
 

Alex Lahey- Every Day’s The Weekend

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend 12/7-12/10/17)-

Thursday

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)

Midnight Sister is playing at The Moroccan Lounge with Cones and Duk opening

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

Friday

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

Jane’s Addiction are playing a benefit show for Rhonda’s Kiss at the Hollywood Palladium

Saturday

Self Help Graphics is having a Holiday Marketplace which will also include a series of workshops and printmaking demos, music and food

LACE is hosting an L.A. Makers Pop-Up Market

Renegade Craft Fair is at Los Angeles State Historic Park (also Sunday)

Tijuana Panthers are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Enjoy and Bane’s World opening

SALES are playing at The Regent Theater with Yeek and Chaos Chaos opening

Line & Circle are playing at Basic Flowers with Tino Drima and Umm opening

Bedouine are playing at Lodge Room Highland Park with Springtime Carnivore opening

Sunday

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)

Stevie Wonder’s Annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert includes performances by special guests Andra Day, Dave Matthews, Pharrell, Savion Glover and Tony Bennett and takes place at the Staples Center

For the second night of KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas, performers include Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, Phoenix, Weezer, Morrissey and more

Everything Is Terrible! is having a 10th Birthday Party at The Regent Theater with screenings from their found footage video collection, live puppets and costumes, and more

Oct 062016
 

Tourist- To Have You Back

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/6-10/9/16)-

Thursday

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

The Fall Market and designLAb’s gallery event are both on at the Pacific Design Center

For this week’s CraftNight at CAFAM, artist Mimi Haddon will be teaching participants to make fiber sculptures, wall hangings, or wearable art ($10 includes materials, drinks, and snacks)

Miike Snow is playing at The Shrine Auditorium with Zella Day

Tycho are playing at the Fonda Theatre (also Friday)

Friday

Tourist is playing at the El Rey Theatre

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

Grouplove are playing at the Hollywood Palladium

For their Cinema Under the Stars event, the Getty Villa is showing Monty Python’s The Life of Brian ($5 +$10 for parking)

Resident is hosting Feminist Friday featuring the band mini bear (free with rsvp)

Mystic Braves are headlining a night of bands at the Troubadour

Saturday

Culver City Arts District’s Art Walk runs from 2-6pm with music performances, workshops, art activities and more

The Getty Villa is showing Richard Lester’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for the second night of their Cinema Under the Stars event ($5 +$10 for parking)

Allah-Las are playing with TOPS at the Regent Theater

GTA are performing at The Shrine Auditorium

Kula Shaker are playing at The Roxy

Saturday and Sunday

Santa Monica Art Studios is having its 12th Year Anniversary Open Studios

Sunday

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

There’s a free mole festival, La Feria de los Moles, taking place on Olvera Street

Robyn Hitchcock is playing at Largo

Weirdo Night! is back at El Cid for more experimental comedic performance and video hosted by Dynasty Handbag