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Arts, Public Spectacle The Anti-Picasso: <em>Gerhard Richter Painting</em> Reveals Contemporary Master Just Wants to Be a Regular Guy

The Anti-Picasso: Gerhard Richter Painting Reveals Contemporary Master Just Wants to Be a Regular Guy

Gerhard Richter Painting, the title of Corinne Belz' new documentary, is at once literally accurate and conceptually deceptive. True, the bulk of the footage consists of the German artist working on large canvasses with paint and diverse tools (mostly large objects that the subtitles refer to as "squeegees"), while a...…
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Calendar, Archive Apocalypse Then

Apocalypse Then

Science fiction on film can be divided into two eras, BSW and ASW, riven by the pivotal day May 25, 1977 — otherwise known to the initiates as "The Day Star Wars Opened." George Lucas' potent combination of 1940s serials anxiety, Japanese samurai adventure films, Joseph Campbell mumbo jumbo and...…
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Calendar, Archive Like a Velvet Glove in a Comic Bookstore

Like a Velvet Glove in a Comic Bookstore

Saying that Daniel Clowes "writes and draws comics" is like saying that the Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt "writes and records pop songs." Sure, it's not inaccurate, but it doesn't remotely convey the achievement of Clowes' dazzling body of work. Clowes broke out in the '80s as part of the generation...…
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Film, Lars Von Trier's <i>Zentropa</i> at LACMA

Lars Von Trier's Zentropa at LACMA

At the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, director Lars Von Trier made some deliberately incendiary statements at a press conference promoting his latest film, Melancholia. So many websites salivated over his "I understand Hitler" provocations out of context that if you were to Google "Lars Von Trier" today, the first word...…
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Film, L.A. Observed Preview

L.A. Observed Preview

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Film, <i>Reality Bites</i>: The Ultimate Sellout?

Reality Bites: The Ultimate Sellout?

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Film, The New Sex Flick

The New Sex Flick

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Film, <i>The Rum Diary</i>: Johnny Depp's Hunter S. Thompson

The Rum Diary: Johnny Depp's Hunter S. Thompson

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Film, <i>Inni</i>: Sigus Ros' Second Movie

Inni: Sigus Ros' Second Movie

Their fellow anthemic NPR darlings Arcade Fire and Radiohead may fiercely divide public opinion, but there aren't a lot of Sigur Rós haters: People either love the Icelandic post-rock band or are content to let their ethereal sounds fade into the background. It follows that there probably aren't going to...…
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Film, Joel Schumacher Interview

Joel Schumacher Interview

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Film, Serge Gainsbourg at the Movies

Serge Gainsbourg at the Movies

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Arts, Public Spectacle Serge Gainsbourg: Did He Really Act in Jerry Lewis' Infamous Holocaust Film <em>The Day the Clown Cried</em>?

Serge Gainsbourg: Did He Really Act in Jerry Lewis' Infamous Holocaust Film The Day the Clown Cried?

If you pay attention to cultural waves, you're probably aware that L.A. is currently going through a Serge Gainsbourg moment. This coming Sunday, Aug. 28, the Hollywood Bowl (as part of KCRW's World Festival) will be hosting a tribute to the French cult musician featuring Beck, Sean Lennon, Gainsbourg's influential...…
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Music, The Allah-Las Put Their Retro Where Their Mouths Are

The Allah-Las Put Their Retro Where Their Mouths Are

You can hear the Allah-Las on YouTube, and you can see them every Tuesday in August at the Echo, where they're headlining a free residency. But in neither case, according to the band, will you be getting the actual Allah-Las experience: the thing itself, the work of art with the...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Bring in Da Kraut Funk: Nite Jewel Performs Tomorrow for Re:Play L.A.

Bring in Da Kraut Funk: Nite Jewel Performs Tomorrow for Re:Play L.A.

Ramona Gonzalez, aka Nite Jewel, was the first artist we considered here at LA Weekly when putting together our Re:Play L.A. series, which consists of four local indie artists covering their favorite classic albums, for free, at the Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Boulevard. From the get-go, we've been fans...…
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Music, Nite Jewel on performing Kraftwerk's Computerworld in <i>L.A. Weekly</i> Re:Play L.A. Series

Nite Jewel on performing Kraftwerk's Computerworld in L.A. Weekly Re:Play L.A. Series

Ramona Gonzalez, aka Nite Jewel, was the first artist we considered here at L.A. Weekly when putting together our Re:Play L.A. series, which consists of four local indie artists covering their favorite classic albums, for free, at the Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Boulevard. From the get-go, we've been fans...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Tomorrow Night: Sun Araw, L.A.'s Modern-Day Psychedelicist, Tackles Brit Power-Pop Classic <em>Bandwagonesque</em>

Tomorrow Night: Sun Araw, L.A.'s Modern-Day Psychedelicist, Tackles Brit Power-Pop Classic Bandwagonesque

When we asked Cameron Stallones, the fascinating L.A.-based polymath who performs and records as Sun Araw, to cover a favorite album in its entirety at L.A. Weekly's RE:Play L.A. series at the Hard Rock Café in Hollywood, we expected him to pick something like Pink Floyd's Ummagumma, Lee Scratch Perry's...…
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Music, <i>Bandwagonesque</i>: Teenage Fanclub Wasteland

Bandwagonesque: Teenage Fanclub Wasteland

When we asked Cameron Stallones, the fascinating L.A.-based polymath who performs and records as Sun Araw, to cover a favorite album in its entirety at L.A. Weekly's RE:Play L.A. series at the Hard Rock Café in Hollywood, we expected him to pick something like Pink Floyd's Ummagumma, Lee Scratch Perry's...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Jimmy Scott Live? Send In the Goosebumps: A Rare Chance to See the Unforgettable Crooner

Jimmy Scott Live? Send In the Goosebumps: A Rare Chance to See the Unforgettable Crooner

So what if your legendary band performed at the Hollywood Bowl? Or CBGBs? Or the Apollo? How many singers can you go check out at the Echoplex that can boast of having performed at Twin Peaks' motherfucking Black Lodge, aka that creepy room with the red curtains and the backwards-speaking...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Omar Souleyman at the Echo 7/12/11

Omar Souleyman at the Echo 7/12/11

Who: Omar Souleyman Band Where: The Echo When: Tuesday, July 12 Remember Konono Nº1? In 2005, decidedly non-"World Music" types went bonkers over the Congotronics album, and this amazing Congolese dance troupe with makeshift instruments found itself making the hipsters dance at hipster venues all over the country, and collaborating...…
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Theater, Eddie Izzard at the Hollywood Bowl

Eddie Izzard at the Hollywood Bowl

If you check out Eddie Izzard's Twitter feed, you'll be welcomed by an iPhone self-portrait of the 49-year-old actor-comedian looking trim and smooth-faced, sporting a smart goatee and dashing, plucked eyebrows. His current location is set to "Earth," and his Twitter-size autobiography states, "I'm a British European, I think like...…
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