May 232019
 

Smokescreens- Waiting For Summer

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/23-5/26/19)-

Thursday

There are still $4 tickets available for YG’s album release event at The Novo

Artist, writer, and former dean of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Carmen Winant, will be speaking at The Hammer

LACMA is screening Southland Tales with a conversation to follow with director Richard Kelly

Justus Proffit is kicking off his tour with Cryogeyser at Non Plus Ultra with Lunch Lady and Alms also performing

Knife Knights (Ishmael Butler of Digable Planets, Shabazz Palaces and producer/composer Erik Blood) are performing at the Bootleg Theater with special guest Lando Chill

Mating Ritual are playing an early free show with Lizzy Land at Gold Diggers

 

Friday

We Rise is a week long event (running until 5/27) promoting belonging and positive mental health with a lot of free programming including talks and film screenings, an art gallery, and more. Today Indigenous based arts & culture group Meztli Projects is hosting a free silkscreening lab, and later Creativity as The Way Through, an artist led discussion on processing trauma and challenges through art, will take place on the main stage. Check the schedule for the full weekend’s programming

If the weather is good grab some wine and food and head to LACMA where every Friday there are free outdoor jazz performances. This week- Otmaro Ruiz will be performing.

Joy Again are playing an early show with Milly and Lauren Early for Minty Boi’s night at El Cid

Producer Irwin Winkler will be introducing a double feature of Raging Bull and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie at the Egyptian Theatre

THICK, MELTED, and Toys That Kill are playing at The Factory

The Restless Age are opening for 90s band The Lemonheads at the Teragram Ballroom

 

Saturday

Smokescreens are playing with The Warlocks, Levitation Room, The Tulips, The Violet Mindfield, and Send Medicine at The House of Machines

Ever Present (formerly Friday Flights) a free performance night at The Getty , starts this week with electronic composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith leading a guided meditation experience and opening sets by Cool Maritime and Emily Sprague

Artists Juan Capistrán and Kim Fisher will be discussing their work in the current exhibition COLA 2019 at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG)

Photographer Mona Kuhn will be in conversation and signing her book She Disappeared Into Complete Silence at Arcana Books

Aero Theater is showing Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

 

Sunday

The 8th Annual LA Zine Fest is free and taking place at Helms Bakery in Culver City with panels, workshops, art installations, and, of course, zines

Cinespia’s film series in Hollywood Forever Cemetery continues with Hitchcock’s Rear Window

Zebulon is hosting a free screening of Luis Buñuel’s That Obscure Object of Desire

Part Time Punks is hosting a night of 70s punk bands at the Echoplex with The Avengers, The Dils and The Alley Cats and special guests. The night is a celebration of the life of Jimmy Wilsey who performed with The Avengers and later Chris Isaak, with funds raised to benefit Wilsey’s surviving child.

Jay Electronica is performing at the Troubadour with Tre Capital and Salaam Nation

 

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

Aug 172018
 

Oddnesse- I Used To

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/17-8/19/18)-

*special note – This weekend is Echo Park Rising and there are A LOT of bands playing (full list here). In the listings below I have selected a few good options if you want to check out some good, free, music- but there are still plenty of great bands playing that had to be left out just to keep this post a reasonable length! *

Friday

Friday Flights, The Getty’s free art and music series, continues with Ian Svenonius’ Escape-ism, a fashion show by label NO SESSO, a music project by Tyler Matthew Oyer, a performance by psych-folk band Gun Outfit, a pop up book shop, and more

Smokescreens are playing a free show with Susan at Highland Park Bowl

Hauser and Wirth is having a one-night-only screening of Paul McCarthy’s cisuM fo dnuoS ehT / The Sound of Music, in which the 1965 film is projected upside down and in reverse (free but register)

Tonight’s choices for Echo Park RisingJustus Proffit at Spacedust at 5pm or at Stories Books & Cafe at 8:10pm, Linafornia at The Echo at 5:20pm, Slut Island at the Echoplex at 5:40pm, Billy Changer at Spacedust at 6pm, The Molochs at the Echoplex at 7:30pm, James Supercave at the Laveta Stage at 9:20pm, Wild Wing at Stories Books & Cafe at 9:50pm, Current Joys at the Echoplex at 10pm

Metro Art is screening I Am Love at Union Station as the final installment of their food film series (free)

Mystic Braves are having a record release show at the Teragram Ballroom with The Creation Factory and The Pesos

Saturday

Today and tonight’s choices for Echo Park RisingAvi Buffalo at Little Joy Cocktails at 4:10pm, Cold Showers at The Echo at 5:50pm, The Paranoyds at the Echoplex at 6:20pm, Livingmore at Trencher at 7pm, Lukas Frank at Taix Champagne Room at 7pm, Flatworms at The Echo at 7:30pm, Triptides at Nico & Bullitt at 8pm, Oddnesse at Taix Champagne Room at 9pm,  Potty Mouth at Lot 1 Cafe at 10pm, The Entire Universe at Cosmic Vinyl at 11pm, Alley Cats at Lot 1 Cafe at 11:59pm

Blum & Poe are having an art auction and benefit for the California Coalition for Women Prisoners

Praz-Delavallade is hosting a launch party for Carla Issue 13 and a closing party for As You Like It – C’est Comme Vous Voulez, their current exhbition, with cocktails, hotdogs and music by Andrew Norman Wilson (free)

The Egyptian Theatre has a double feature of Blue Velvet and River’s Edge

Saturday and Sunday

All My Friends Music Festival is taking place at ROW DTLA with a huge list of performers including Gucci Mane, Jhene Aiko, RL Grime, and Little Boots on Saturday and M.I.A. , Jamie xx, Armand Van Helden, Yo Gotti, Anna Lunoe, and Cut Chemist on Sunday ($100 per day/ $157 for both days)

Sunday

Today and tonight’s choices for Echo Park RisingNONA at Sticky Rice at 3:20pm, Goon at The Echo at 4:30pm, The Tissues at the Echoplex at 5:50pm, Hit Bargain at The Echo at 6:10pm, LA Drones at the Echoplex at 7:30pm, Sister Mantos at The Echo at 7:50pm, Orchin at Little Joy Cocktails at 9:10pm, Gospel Beach at The Echo at 9:30pm, Lo Hum at The Semi-Tropic at 10pm

Lucy Sparrow’s Sparrow Mart– her handmade, all felt supermarket with everything available for purchase- continues at The Standard, Downtown L.A.

Catch Independent Shakespeare Co.’s production of Titus for free in Griffith Park

Jul 192018
 

Car Seat Headrest- Nervous Young Humans

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/19-7/22/18)-

Thursday

Kauf is performing with Sam Evian as part of Hammer Museum’s free Summer Concerts series

LACMA is showing the 1988 film Fresh Horses with a pre-screening conversation with Kate Hagen, Writer and Director of Community at The Black List, and Maggie Mackay, Board Chair/Executive Director of Vidiots moderated by film critic April Wolfe

Holy Wave are playing at the Echoplex with Versing, Smokescreens, and Gold Cage

Friday

Car Seat Headrest are playing at The Wiltern

Friday Flights returns to the Getty Center with performances by Geneva Jacuzzi, Dynasty Handbag, Corey Fogel, Elliot Reed; Gas Gallery’s truck will be parked on Getty’s plaza with an exhibition inside; artists Barbara T. Smith and Andrea Bowers will discussing artists’ books (free but advanced ticket required); and there will be an Artists’ Book Fest

Colleen Green is playing a free show at the Highland Park Bowl with support from Star

Flat Worms are playing with The Lavender Flu, Lamps, and Grave Zone at Zebulon

Odd Nights, a monthly event at The Autry, has the museum galleries open late, a full bar, live music, a market and more ($5)

U.S. Girls are playing at the El Rey Theatre with Prettiest Eyes opening

Charlotte Gainsbourg is playing at the Fonda Theatre

Saturday

Bergamot Station is having a Summer Celebration from 2-5pm with a beer garden, live music, an art book sale at Rose Gallery, artist talks, and more

Cold Showers are playing at Bar Sinister with L.A. Drones and Sin Asps

Annenberg Space for Photography is having an after hours event with extended gallery hours and live music

Vinyl Williams is having a record release party at Lodge Room with Triptides and Deep Fields opening

Resident’s free summer concert series continues with Dommengang

Sunday

Independent Shakespeare Co. continues its performances in Griffith Park of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a special pre-show performance by Invertigo Dance Theatre

P.H.F, C Roy, Milk, and Emily Edrosa are playing at The Factory

Jess Williamson is playing at Zebulon with Kacey Johansing and Anna St. Louis opening

Fine Points are playing at The Hi Hat with JUNK and The Primals opening

Jul 122018
 

FEELS- Tell Me

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/12-7/15-18)-

Thursday

Hammer Museum is staying open until 10:30pm tonight with extended gallery hours, performances by Still Woozy and Neil Frances, KCRW DJs, food trucks and a cash bar

We Are Scientists are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Beverly opening

Downtown LA Art Walk’s monthly event takes place tonight at various venues

Drugdealer is performing at the Teragram Ballroom with Jackson MacIntosh and Launder

Bellows is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Diners and Post Life opening

Friday

For the second installment of Metro Art’s film series Film…mmm at Union Station, City of Gold, a portrait of LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold, will be shown with an introduction by Jenn Harris, Deputy Editor of the LA Times Food section

The Coathangers and Dommengang are playing at Resident

Smokescreens are having a free Record Release party at Monty Bar with The Molochs and D.A. Stern also performing

Celebrate Friday the 13th with a double feature of Donnie Darko and The Evil Dead at the Aero Theatre

Friday Night Wine Tastings continues at Barnsdall Art Park

Saturday

The Getty’s free summer concert series Off the 405 continues this week with LA band FEELS

KCRW’s Summer Nights programming heads to The California African American Museum (CAAM) with extended hours at the museum, food trucks, a beer garden, and DJ sets by Garth Trinidad and Aaron Byrd

Tiki Night 2018, the Egyptian Theatre’s annual event, includes a Tiki marketplace, live music, dancers, cocktails, and screenings of Bosko and the Rebirth of Tiki, and The Whimsical Imagineer with a discussion between films with documentary subjects Bosko Hrnjak and Rolly Crump (via Skype), moderated by King Kukulele

Resident’s free (but RSVP) summer music series continues with The Paranoyds

Y La Bamba is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Katzú Oso and Sister Mantos opening

Sunday

Hammer Museum is showing the final match of the World Cup live at 8 am and stick around for a discussion between artist Luchita Hurtado (whose work is in Made in L.A. 2018) and writer Andrianna Campbell at 1pm

Catch the second day of the Lotus Festival at Echo Park Lake with dancers, music, a performance by the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, and more

Independent Shakespeare Co.’s free festival in Griffith Park continues with A Midsummer Night’s Dream (running Wed-Sunday)

The Diplomats: Dipset Forever Reunion Tour is happening at The Regent Theater

Jun 072018
 

Alexis Taylor- Beautiful Thing

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/7- 6/10/18)-

Thursday

Artist Andrea Fraser will be at the Hammer Museum discussing her book 2016 in Museums, Money, and Politics, about the intersection of electoral politics in the form of donations and private-nonprofit art institutions

Prism Tats are opening for Maps & Atlases at Lodge Room

Chris Cohen is playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Hand Habits and Shannon Lay opening

MOCA Grand Avenue’s store is having a book launch and signing for curator and author Charlotte Cotton’s Public, Private, Secret: On Photography and the Configuration of Self, MOCA Grand Avenue is hosting a free lecture with artist Dianna Molzan, and it’s free to check out the exhibitions at the museum

King Tuff is playing at the Teragram Ballroom

Wooden Shjips are playing at the Bootleg Theater

Friday

Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip is playing at the Troubadour with Annie Hart opening

LACE is hosting MexiCali Biennial Launch/CALAFIA, a two day performance centered series that will continue at various venues across California and Mexico throughout 2018-2019

Downtown Dark Nights at LA Live returns with $5 food and drink deals at the restaurants, local artisans and vendors, performances, live painting, music and more

BRONCHO are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Howlin’ Rain

Chaos Chaos are playing at The Echo with Tangerine and Slut Island opening

Saturday

Photographer Shaniqwa Jarvis will be signing her book at Arcana Books

Mix poetry and cocktails at LAXART’s I Heart Poetry and Day Drinking, with poets Amy Gerstler and Ariana Reines

Jeremy Enigk is playing at the Troubadour with Chris Staples opening

LACMA is having a Dapper Day event with docent tours of David Hockney: 82 Portraits, a free film screening of MONDO Hollywood (but make a reservation), music and dancing, and a Dapper Day marketplace

A Place to Bury Strangers are playing at The Regent Theater with SEXTILE and Prettiest Eyes

The Records and The Automatics are playing with Color TV and Smokescreens at The Redwood Bar

Saturday and Sunday

LA Pride returns to WeHo for their annual event- on Saturday Kehlani will be headlining the musical performances, and the parade is on Sunday with Tove Lo headlining the musical performances that evening

Sunday

Head to Union Station to check out the last day (it starts Thursday) of artist Alexa Meade’s interactive art installation and add your own contribution to the work

Business of Dreams, D.A. Stern, and nunofyrbeeswax are playing at The Redwood Bar

The Goon Sax are playing with Patience, French Vanilla and Lunch Lady at the Echoplex

Thursday-Sunday

LA Design Festival is hosting talks, installations, and events around Los Angeles, most of them free, some requiring RSVP