Oct 312015
 

Thinking of staying in this Halloween? You can still enjoy the spirit of Halloween from the comfort of your home, courtesy of two films currently streaming on Netflix.

The first, The American Scream, is the story of three families in Fairhaven, Massachussetts and their personal quests to turn their homes into Halloween haunted houses. The perfectionism and creativity of the attraction creators combined with the support and help of their families, make for an incredibly touching film with plenty of humor mixed in. It’s also a portrait of the community, and it’s a joy to see people come out in large numbers to see the finished work on Halloween.

Part love story, part vampire film, part Western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, takes place in the fictional, often seemingly deserted Bad City in Iran (it was shot in California). With its ghostly oil rigs and a mysterious pit full of dead bodies, it’s also a place with a lot of bad things going on beyond just the local vampire. The Girl spends her nights wandering around town doling out justice and interacting with the troubled locals. One night she ends up making a connection with a young gardener who has done some bad things himself. Although less a traditional horror movie and more a surreal look at isolation and loneliness with horror themes, it is also beautifully shot with a great soundtrack.

Mar 122015
 

Repo Man Trailer

Repo Man (1984), Alex Cox’s film about aliens, car repossession, and punk rock takes place in Los Angeles in the 1980′s and stars Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton. It received good reviews at the time of its release and has since become a cult classic. The punk rock soundtrack is great too and includes tracks like the one below- Black Flag’s TV Party, as well as songs from Fear, Iggy Pop and Circle Jerks, who make an appearance in the film.

Alex Cox went on to make Sid and Nancy and Straight to Hell (which features Joe Strummer and Courtney Love) .

Repo Man is playing at the Regent Theater on Sunday (3/15) with a performance afterwards by Harry Dean Stanton and a band that includes Harper Simon.

http://www.theregenttheater.com/event/798391-double-feature-screening-los-angeles/

Jan 152015
 

John Grant- GMF

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (1/15-1/18)-

Thursday

John Grant is having a free concert at the Hammer Museum and it’s the last weekend of the Jim Hodges show as well- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/01/john-grant-in-concert/

Tennis System are performing at Amoeba Hollywood for free- http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3182/index.html

Friday

LACMA is showing Network (ticket also includes admission to Klute)- http://www.lacma.org/event/network

Glaswegian musician Rustie is at El Rey- http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/256009

Saturday

Part pot luck, part slide show Slideluck LA will present the work of over 20+ photographers set to music while you eat and drink (5$ open bar-beer and wine)- https://www.facebook.com/events/1438809453008224/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Artist Chelsea Knight drove around the country having local actors read monologues and break character- tonight at ltd los angeles,  actors from LA will try to do the same, drinks will be served as well- http://www.ltdlosangeles.com/upcoming_exhibition.html

LACMA’s film double bill today is East of Eden and The Godfather– see both for $5- http://www.lacma.org/event/east-eden

Also at LACMA, as part of The Director’s Series, Michael Govan (LACMA CEO) will be speaking with Tacita Dean following a screening of Manhattan Mouse Museum, Dean’s film about the artist Claus Oldenburg in his studio- http://www.lacma.org/event/director%E2%80%99s-series

The English Beat are at The Roxy- http://www.theroxy.com/event/728793-english-beat-west-hollywood/

Sunday

Photographer Mark Ruwedel will speak with author Tyler Green and sign his book at LACMA- http://www.lacma.org/event/ruwedel-and-green

Dead Kennedys are at the Roxy- http://www.theroxy.com/event/719459-dead-kennedys-west-hollywood/

All Weekend (Thursday-Sunday)

There are two big art fairs this weekend- Photo LA and the LA Art Show, both downtown.

Miwa Matreyek’s incredible dance/animation projection performances have been mentioned on this site before– and this weekend along with the performance group Cloud Eye Control (Anna Oxygen, and Chi-wang Yang) she will be performing Half Life at the Redcat which was inspired by blog entries by women who experienced the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis-  http://www.redcat.org/event/cloud-eye-control-half-life

Nov 132014
 

The Psychedelic Furs- Pretty In Pink

This song was originally recorded in 1981 for the band’s album Talk Talk Talk. It was re-recorded in 1986 for use on the soundtrack of John Hughes’ film Pretty in Pink, clips of which play in the video. The film’s cast includes Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Jon Cryer (also known more recently as one of the men on Two and a Half Men), James Spader and Harry Dean Stanton.

The Psychedelic Furs are playing with 90s era band The Lemonheads at the Fonda theater on Saturday, 11/15.

Oct 302014
 

Iceage- The Lord’s Favorite

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend- non-Halloween edition- (10/30-11/2)-

Thursday

Experimental filmmaker James Benning is giving a lecture at the Hammer Museum (free) – http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2014/10/ucla-department-of-art-lectures-james-benning/

Representatives from arts journals mono.kultor (Berlin) and ANP Quarterly (Los Angeles) will be discussing their publications. This coincides with mono.kultor’s retrospective at KK gallery in Chinatown- http://www.acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles/monokultur

Free acoustic performance of the score of Invisible Cities in Union Station- http://thesource.metro.net/2014/10/27/metro-presents-invisible-cities-to-perform-acoustic-opera-at-union-station/

Friday

Yelle at the Fonda Theatre- http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/249102

Friday through Sunday

Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo at the LA Convention Center- http://comikazeexpo.com/

Saturday

USC  is screening The Punk Singer followed by a discussion with Kathleen Hanna (the subject of the film) after-free with RSVP- http://web-app.usc.edu/web/ecal/event/detail/909625?calendar_id=113

Cinefamily is showing Mulholland Dr. at midnight- http://www.cinefamily.org/films/heavy-hitter-midnites/#heavy-midnites-mulholland-dr

Saturday and Sunday

Iceage at the Echo- http://www.theecho.com/event/641671-iceage-los-angeles/

Sunday

Director Michelangelo Antonioni’s film Blow Up is at the American Cinematheque – http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/blow-up-0

Frankie Rose at the Bootleg Theatre- http://foldsilverlake.com/event.cfm?id=163040&cart

Sep 042014
 

Allah-Las- Buffalo Nickel

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/4-9/7)-

Thursday

John Baldessari and Meg Cranston are speaking at USC (free)- http://roski.usc.edu/calendar/event/910899/graduate-lecture-series-john-baldessari—-meg-cranston?calendar_id=172

OK Go is playing with the Allah-Las at the Santa Monica Pier for the last show of the season (free)- http://smpier.dola.com/event/2014/09/04/okgo

Parisian agency Louis Creative Workshop is having its US Launch party at the W Hotel in Hollywood. The celebration will include live painting by street artists, an art exhibition and the first 50 guests will receive a signed print (free with RSVP) – https://www.facebook.com/events/1526436434237753

It’s the last farmers market of the year at Yamashiro Hollywood- http://www.lacityfarm.com/last-week-for-2014-yamashiro-farmers-market/

Friday

Allah-Las are also playing a free set at Amoeba Records Hollywood- http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3076/

Abbott Kinney First Fridays- http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

The Rentals are at the Fonda with We Are Scientists- http://www.axs.com/events/252778/the-rentals-tickets?skin=thefonda

Saturday

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre has a one night performance of Dancing at Dunbar, taking place at the historic Dunbar hotel- https://heididuckler.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0Si0000005HjN9EAK

Saturday and Sunday

LACMA is having a two day symposium on the topic of Expressionism, coinciding with their current show- http://www.lacma.org/event/symposium-locating-expressionism

Sunday

It’s the 40th anniversary of John Waters’ Female Trouble and it is showing at the Aero Theatre. Fred Armisen and Harper Simon will be there to discuss it- http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/female-trouble-0

MOCA Grand Avenue presents Sunday Studio: Moving Images that Break the Mold– where people of all ages can try making experimental films with technical assistance from MOCA educators before projecting them in mini-screening tents- http://edu.moca.org/calendar/2014-09-07

May 222014
 

Holy Fuck- Red Lights

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/22-5/26)-

Thursday

Creativity: The Perfect Crime– Philippe Petit (who walked a tightrope between the towers of the World Trade Center) speaks about creativity at the Central Library Downtown (free/ standby tix only)- http://www.lfla.org/event-detail/991/Creativity-The-Perfect-Crime-

Holy Fuck at the Roxy- http://www.theroxy.com/event/566495-holy-fuck-james-supercave-west-hollywood/

Ericka Beckman presents three of her films at MOCA- http://sites.moca.org/the-curve/2014/05/13/los-angeles-film-forum-at-moca-presents-ericka-beckman/

Yamashiro Farmer’s Market is back!- http://www.lacityfarm.com/our-markets/yamashiro/

And so is the one on the Sunset Strip- http://www.sunsetstripmarket.com/

Friday

designLAB event at the Pacific Design Center- 14 galleries having receptions for shows- https://www.facebook.com/events/623052471120510/

Superhumanoids at the Echo (free)- http://www.theecho.com/event/562927-superhumanoids-cardiknox-los-angeles/

Saturday

Los Angeles Poverty Department is having a parade/performance/brass band- Walk the Talk-and Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead will be a part of it- a PDF with a full description of the event is here- http://www.lapovertydept.org/new-project/lapds-new-project.html

The Big Lebowski on the lawn at the Autry- http://schedule.eatseehear.com/event/2014/05/24/the-big-lebowski#.U35Sxy9fnU4

Protomartyr at Permanent Records (free)- http://www.permanentrecordschicago.com/news.php

Sunday

Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon at the Egyptian theatre- http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/barry-lyndon-4

Tony Molina, Big Eyes at the Roxy- http://www.theroxy.com/event/535607-against-me-west-hollywood/

Monday (Memorial Day)

Target Free Mondays at LACMA

Also this weekend- Lightning in A Bottle Festival- http://lightninginabottle.org/

Feb 282014
 

Cutie and the Boxer- Official Trailer

Currently on Netflix streaming and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, Cutie and the Boxer is a glimpse into the lives of two artists, Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko.

Noriko was only a 19-year old art student when she met 41-year old  artist Ushio, and they have remained together ever since. While the film presents Noriko’s sacrifices and frustrations within the relationship, it also shows the process that goes into the artistic work itself for each of them. Now, forty years later, she is showing her own work and emerging from the shadow of her husband’s career.  It’s a fascinating, intimate portrait of the couple.

For more information on Ushio:

http://www.ushioshinohara.com/

This is a good interview with Noriko:

http://thehairpin.com/2013/08/interview-with-noriko-shinohara

Feb 092014
 

Miwa Matreyek from TED Talks

Miwa Matreyek is performing this piece, Myth and Infrastructure, (shown above) and her most recent- This World Made Itself at the REDCAT theater. An additional show was added for tonight 2/9 at 7pm- the rest are sold out.

http://www.redcat.org/event/miwa-matreyek