Sep 052019
 

Oso Oso- Reindeer Games

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/5-9/8/19)-

Thursday

Tycho is performing at The Greek Theatre with Chrome Sparks

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is free tonight and they are showing the West Coast premiere of the short films First (2019) and Negative Two (2019) with a conversation between Dominica founder Martine Syms and the filmmakers following the screening

The Getty Museum is having a free screening of Citizen Lane, a portrait of Irish collector of modern art, Hugh Lane

Meatbodies and Morgan Delt are opening for Psychedelic Porn Crumpets at The Regent Theater

 

Friday

Goon are opening for Valley Queen at the Lodge Room

Ty Segall & Freedom Band are continuing their residency at Teragram Ballroom– tonight playing his new album First Taste and his 2016 album Emotional Mugger. The Orange Man are opening.

The Aero Theatre is having a midnight screening of John Waters’ classic Pink Flamingos

Lia Ices is playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Henry Wolfe

There’s a free dance party at Zebulon with Mogwai DJ’s

 

Friday through Sunday

Saatchi Art’s The Other Art Fair opens to the public today and runs through Sunday at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica

Classic Photographs Los Angeles is happening through Sunday at ROSEGALLERY at Bergamot Arts Center with photographic art from 12 galleries and dealers

 

Saturday

Oso Oso are playing with The Sidekicks and Future Teens at The Hi Hat

Ever Present, the free performance series at The Getty returns with a celebration of plant culture inspired by Mort Garson’s 1976 classic electronic album Mother Earth’s Plantasia. The album will be streaming all day in the Robert Irwin designed garden, and performers include New York-based Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, known for composing with plant-based bio data, ambient guitarist Noveller, Florist’s Emily A. Sprague, Lucky Dragons, and Gregg Kowalsky—all performing amid a custom stage installation by Hand & Rose. There will also be presentations, interactive synthesizer work stations, and more.

LACMA’s summer after-hours party Muse “til Midnight returns with DJ sets from Actress, Octo Octa, and Yu Su, a live performance by Julianna Barwick, art activities, access to several current exhibitions, drinks, food, and more

Karen O and Danger Mouse are performing at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Cinespia is showing the 1982 film Blade Runner at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Tennis System are celebrating their Lovesick record release at The House of Machines with Spare Parts for Broken Hearts and Glaare also performing

Keys N Krates and TroyBoi are performing with Zedd at Los Angeles State Historic Park for the Zedd in The Park event

Janelane, Fur Dixon, and Solvej Schou are performing a free show for Electric Women night at Zebulon

 

Sunday

Sad Park are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with North Morlan and Goldy

Hater, Sonoda, and The Pantones are playing an early show (5:30pm) at the Echoplex

The Egyptian Theatre is showing all three of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s THREE COLORS series Blue, White, and Red

Joy Again are playing at The Echo with Field Trip and King Nun opening

Mar 222019
 

 

Currently at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA are Laura Owens mid-career survey and Zoe Leonard: Survey. Two very different exhibitions, each exceptional in their own way.

Laura Owens’ exhibition (pictured above), captures the exuberance of her work throughout her career from the mid-1990s until today. Looking at the colorful paintings, it’s the details you don’t notice at first that give them added depth and life. Textured paint seems to float above the canvas and in some of the work sculptural pieces extend beyond the frame. Traveling from room to room you can see her style grow and change while still keeping elements from the previous work.

Zoe Leonard’s exhibition (seen below) is a thought provoking collection of the artist’s work that varies between the political and the personal and sometimes a blending of the two.

A tree sliced apart and bolted back together is suspended in a room that also contains contact sheets of birds in flight. In another, there’s a line of suitcases, one for every year of the artist’s life. There are photos taken of the sun and a table with stacks of postcards of various views of Niagara Falls.  Black and white photos of animals who have been killed and dismembered confront you in another section of the gallery. Nature, death, and the passing of time are common themes present in Leonard’s work and in our own lives. The effect is meditative.

There are also the more overtly political works. For Tipping Point (pictured below) which she created in 2016, she created a tower of 53 copies of James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, one for each year since the book was published. On one wall a typed copy on onionskin of her famous work I want a president, that she wrote when poet Eileen Myles ran for president, hangs between two pieces of glass. (This work was also printed as a large mural for The Highline in New York in 2016)

From MOCA’s website-

New York–based artist Zoe Leonard (b. 1961) is among the most critically acclaimed artists of her generation. Over the past three decades, she has produced work in photography and sculpture that has been celebrated for its lyrical observations of daily life coupled with a rigorous, questioning attention to the politics and conditions of image making and display.

Zoe Leonard: Survey is the first large-scale overview of the artist’s work in an American museum. The exhibition looks across Leonard’s career to highlight her engagement with a range of themes, including gender and sexuality, loss and mourning, migration, displacement, and the urban landscape. More than it focuses on any particular subject, however, Leonard’s work slowly and reflectively calibrates vision and form. Using repetition, subtle changes of perspective, and shifts of scale, Leonard draws viewers into an awareness of the meanings behind otherwise familiar images or objects. A counter-example to the speed and disposability of image culture today, Leonard’s photographs, sculptures, and installations ask the viewer to reengage with how we see.

On Sunday, 3/24, MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson will lead a final walkthrough of both of these exhibitions before they close on Monday 3/25/19.  Admission is free to the museum and this event this weekend.

Feb 152019
 

Mike Krol- What’s The Rhythm

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/15- 2/17/19)-

Friday

Hauser & Wirth is hosting the world premiere of CSSC – It Begins – The Coach The Skull and the US premiere of DADDA – Poodle House Saloon, two new films by Los Angeles artist Paul McCarthy, at The Montalbán Theater in Hollywood (free)

LACMA will be running artist Martha Fiennes moving-image artwork Yugen free all day in the Bing Theater with a discussion at 6pm with the artist and actor Julian Sands

Art Buzz returns to ICA LA with a happy hour tour of Maryam Jafri’s I Drank the Kool-Aid But I Didn’t Inhale led by curator Jamillah James and Director of Learning and Engagement Asuka Hisa, followed by refreshments (free)

Miya Folick is playing at the Lodge Room with Barrie and Kingsbury opening

The 6th Annual Dre Day Los Angeles is taking place at the Echoplex with special guests Battlecat and DJ Melo-D of The Beat Junkies and an evening of Dre-related music

Marc Almond of Soft Cell will be performing a “best of ” set at the Globe Theatre along with a DJ set by Hercules & Love Affair, a performance by The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black and more for Sex Cells 2 year anniversary

Storefront Church, Orchin, Harrison Whitford, and Michael Vidal are playing at the Bootleg Theater

 

Saturday

Mike Krol is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Vertical Scratchers and Heflin opening

In conjunction with Frieze Art Fair and Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Bergamot Station is hosting Art + Brunch, 20+ gallery exhibitions and brunch bites throughout the complex (free)

Or get up early (7am!) and have breakfast at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA as part of their collaboration with Frieze Los Angeles. It will be followed by conversations between MOCA Director Klaus Biesenbach, Hans Ulrich Obrist and artists Lauren Halsey, Korakrit Arunanondchai, and Luchita Hurtado plus free admission to their current exhibitions

At Hammer Museum, artists Kandis Williams and Devin Troy Strother join gallery director Ebony L. Haynes for a discussion about “the contemporary tensions of presenting the black body as it relates to sexuality, politics, and history” (free)

Writer Doreen St. Felix will be speaking with Amandla Stenberg at The Underground Museum and it’s the last weekend to see Deana Lawson: Planes

Broncho are playing at the Lodge Room with Pinky Pinky opening

Facial and SLUGS are opening for JR Slayer at The Hi Hat

 

Sunday

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is hosting a free panel discussion on Zoe Leonard’s fictional work The Fae Richard Photo Archive. The history, form and content of the work as well as its current relevance will be discussed by a panel that includes filmmaker Garrett Bradley, noted art historian Huey Copeland, and MOCA Associate Curator Lanka Tattersall with former MOCA Assistant Curator Rebecca Matalon moderating. The work is part of the current exhibition Zoe Leonard:Survey and can be seen at the museum as part of their free weekend admission.

LACMA is hosting a discussion of the legacy of artist Charles White in conjunction with the exhibition Charles White: A Retrospective, with Ilene Susan Fort, the museum’s curator emeritus of American art and curator of the Los Angeles venue of the exhibition; Ian White, son of Charles White, an artist in his own right and archivist of his father’s work; Judithe Hernández, renown contemporary artist and one of Charles White’s students; Kellie Jones, Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology in African American Studies at Columbia University; and Peter Clothier, noted writer and art critic. (free but tickets required)

At ICA LA, photographer Lucas Blalock and ICA Curator Jamillah James will be discussing his work in conjunction with his solo exhibition at the museum

Mikey Carnevale of The Frights is playing at The Roxy with The Grinns

Milk. are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Andy Fonda and Superbloom opening

 

Art Fairs running all weekend

Art Los Angeles Contemporary is at the Barkar Hangar ($29 + fees) and there will be a free shuttle to the stARTup Art Fair ($15 + fees online) at The Kinney Hotel if you want to do both in the same day

Frieze Los Angeles is taking place at Paramount Pictures Studios but there are currently only tickets available for the Curated Program which includes the outdoor Studios backlot, artist projects, film and talks but not the indoors gallery section ($20 and only available on Sunday as of this writing)

At The Stalls at Skylight ROW DTLA is the inaugural SPRING/BREAK Art Show ($20 + fees)

Superfine! Art Fair is taking place at DTLA’s Magic Box at The Reef with 90% of the artwork ranging from $100- $5000 ($10 entrance fee if purchased online)

Felix LA is a new free contemporary art fair taking place at The Hollywood Roosevelt

Dec 202018
 

The Growlers- Lonely This Christmas

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (12/20-12/23/18)-

Thursday

The Egyptian Theatre is hosting a double feature of Batman Returns and Gremlins

Curator and writer Jamillah James will be discussing work from Adrian Piper’s exhibition at the Hammer Museum

Fishbone are playing at The Regent Theater with The Expanders, LAW, and Bite Me Bambi

Flat Worms are having a 7″ Release Party at The Echo with P22 and Speck opeing

Sam Valdez and Rodes Rollins are playing a free show at The Bootleg Theater

 

Friday

The Growlers are playing a holiday show at The Wiltern

Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? The Egyptian Theatre thinks so and is showing it as part of a double feature with Trail of Robin Hood

Celebrate Winter Solstice with a Sound Bath at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock ($20-25)

Questlove will be performing at The Regent Theater

Union Station is having another free Cocoa Concert that includes a performance by Lil’ Mo and the Dynaflos, a holiday light display, free cotton candy and more

Lumerians are opening for JJUUJJUU at Zebulon

Keys N Krates are performing at the El Rey Theatre

 

Saturday

Get in the holiday spirit at Grand Park’s free immersive nighttime art experience Winter Glow– 12 acres of art, projection and light display (running until 12/25)

LA Zoo Lights is the zoo’s holiday program with glow dancers and stilt walkers, ice sculpting, DJs, plus projections and lights displays around the zoo (running until 1/6/19)

Bob Baker Marionette Theater is performing their adaptation of The Nutcracker at the Pasadena Playhouse (all weekend and next week as well)

Funky Sole is celebrating its 19th Anniversary at The Echo with a night of DJs including special guest Cut Chemist

 

Sunday

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is free every weekend until March 25th and will probably be less crowded this weekend because of the holidays- a great time to see the Zoe Leonard and Laura Owens exhibitions

Cults are playing at The Echo with Guards opening

The Aero Theatre is showing It’s A Wonderful Life twice, at 4pm and 7:30

Nov 012018
 

Frankie Cosmos- Apathy

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (11/1-11/4/18)-

Thursday

Hammer Museum is screening the film Dark Money with a Q&A with director Kimberly Reed and political director for Crooked Media Shaniqua McClendon to follow. (free)

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is hosting Vote For Your Lives Rally, an event in collaboration with For Freedoms, Summit, and March For Our Lives, to share ideas and inspire voter turnout leading up to the midterm elections. The event includes an electronic bus by Jenny Holzer & March For Our Lives and features Aja Monet, Alex Ebert, Beau Sia, Jammal Lemy, Kristina Wong, Madame Gandhi, Muna Malik, and Philip Agnew, and others.

Swing Left is hosting a free (RSVP for a ticket) night of music, comedy and activism at the Palace Theater to promote The Last Weekend, an effort to get people out to vote. Featured performers include The Bird and The Bee with Dave Grohl, Moby, Karen O and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Nap Eyes are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Will Fox and runnner opening

 

Friday

The Velaslavasay Panorama will be opening its doors as part of 24th Street Theatre’s free annual Día de los Muertos Festival and will host performances and art demonstrations and more for the event

It’s the last of the performance nights celebrating the Triforium. Performers tonight include Thao Nguyen (of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down), Taiko Projects, world champion whistler Molly Lewis, Restless Nites DJs, and “onsite scent activations” by the Institute for Art and Olfaction

Crooked Colours are playing at the El Rey Theatre with Evan Giia and Wolves

Cloud Nothings are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Shells and Divinity Band opening

 

Saturday

Grand Ave Arts All Access is a free day of arts and programs including a scavenger hunt at The Broad, free tours of the Central Library and the theaters at The Music Center, musical performances by the Colburn School and the LA Chamber Orchestra, free all day admission at MOCA and more. Also make sure to head to Grand Park to check out the altars that were created for Día de los Muertos.

FIDLAR are playing at the Hollywood Palladium with special guests Dilly Dally and The Side Eyes

Tropicalia Fest is a big two day festival taking place at Queen Mary Park in Long Beach. Morrissey and Cardi B are headlining a huge list of bands that include Mazzy Star, Mon Laferte, Natalie Lafourcade, Ronnie Spector, Leo Dan, Allah-Las, Surf Curse, Vundabar, and many, many more

Hard Day of the Dead festival is at Los Angeles Historic Park with performers that include Justice, Die Antwoord and Cashmere Cat

Great Lake Swimmers are playing at The Echo with Native Harrow opening

The Menzingers are playing at The Regent Theater with Tiny Moving Parts and Daddy Issues opening

 

Sunday

Frankie Cosmos is playing at The Regent Theater with Kero Kero Bonito and Tanukichan

LACMA is hosting Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Day- Celebration and Film Screening– a free event with screenings of the short films created in the Veterans Make Movies program

The Fowler Museum is having an Arts of Africa Festival- a day of African inspired food, music, storytelling and more

La Luz are playing at The Echo with Shy Boys opening

Death From Above are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with CRX opening

Kruder & Dorfmeister are playing a DJ set at The Fonda Theatre with visuals by Lichterloh

Sep 072018
 

Cut Copy- Standing In The Middle Of The Field

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/6-9/9/18)-

Thursday

Milo Greene are playing a free show at Amoeba Hollywood

Artist Todd Gray will be discussing his work at Meliksetian Briggs gallery

The High Curbs are playing at The Hi Hat with Ah God, On Drugs, and Cigarette Bums

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is having a free outdoor film screening with work from Mera Karachi Mobile Cinema and The Echo Park Film Center

Rico Nasty is performing at the Echoplex with special guest Maliibu Miitch

The Memories are playing with Wild Wing and Rumblepak at The Echo

Twin Seas and TWINKIDS are opening for Balún at the Bootleg Theater

Friday

Cut Copy are playing at The Wiltern

Dance DTLA continues in Grand Park, this week with music from the 90s

The Molochs are having a record release show at the Lodge Room with Smokescreens opening

The Egyptian Theatre is showing Jean-Luc Godard’s film Sympathy for the Devil with a discussion with cinematographer Tony Richmond following the screening

The Entire Universe and Crush (Cole & Zumi from The Black Lips) are opening for Easy at The Echo

Saturday

At Zebulon from 2-4pm there will be a performance by Modular Soundbath with visuals by Vinyl Williams plus tarot readers and reiki ($5 suggested)

Grand Park and Outfest are hosting Proud Picnic and Movie Night– featuring the full length film When The Beat Drops as well as several short films

Bergamot Station in Santa Monica is hosting a night of Fall openings at its galleries which will be open until 8pm

The Babe Rainbow are playing at Zebulon with Mapache opening

Slaughter Beach, Dog are playing at the Moroccan Lounge

Fitness are playing a free show at The Hi Hat with Beginners

Sunday

LVL UP are playing at The Echo with Pllush and Follies opening

The Egyptian Theatre is showing Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon with an introduction by actor Leon Vitali

Long Beach Comic Con continues today (also Saturday)