It was a lucky shot, some say of Nick Ut's famous Vietnam War photo The Terror of War, or Napalm Girl, as it is more commonly known. Less lucky, of course, was the little girl in the photo, Kim Phuc. She was running down the street, naked, after a napalm...
On Saturday, spectators of all ages were out in multitudes on a beautiful summer night in Glendale to celebrate the 21st annual Cruise Night. Brand Boulevard, one of the main streets through downtown Glendale, was closed to traffic and lined with over 250 classic, pre-1979 cars. There was plenty of food to be had and many of the businesses on Brand stayed open late for the festivities The evening ended with fireworks and a 50th anniversary concert from The Kingsmen, who performed their ultimate party hit, "Louie, Louie." All photos by Jared Cowan.
The World Cup has taken Los Angeles by storm. With viewings beginning at 9 a.m., soccer fans have congregated at some of the best bars in the city including The Village Idiot, Goal, The Parlour on Melrose, Big Wang's and more. Whether they're cheering for their native country, favorite players or mourning the USA's loss, Angelenos have paid close attention to the Cup, showing that soccer is becoming more than a fad. All photos by Daniel Kohn.
The 11th annual "hybrid vision" New Original Works Festival at REDCAT debuts eight new pieces, a varied batch of multidisciplinary works by mostly early-career artists intent on shaking up creative traditions. For the first weekend of three, the festival kicks off with a bill featuring choreographer-dancer Wilfried Souly in Saana/The Foreigner, a solo to live music by multi-instrumentalists, while the Rosanna Gamson/World Wide dance troupe's Still interprets "the neuroscience of dreams." Finally, with a 20-member cast, a choir and chamber orchestra, Overtone Industries' ICELAND is an experimental opera/work of musical work conceived and directed by company main man O-Lan Jones in collaboration with singer-songwriter Emmett Tinley. REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., dwntwn.; Thu., July 24-26, 8:30 p.m.; festival continues through Aug. 9; $20, $16 for REDCAT members/students, $14 for CalArts students/faculty/staff; three-weekend festival pass $40. (213) 237-2800, redcat.org/event/nowfest-2014-week-one.More
Best known as the NOW Festival, the 11th annual celebration of new original dance and other performing arts opens with dancer Wilfried Souly collaborating with Senegalese Kora player Amadou Fall and multi-instrumentalist Tom Moose, choreographer Rosanna Gamson and her troupe World Wide with Still, and contemporary opera from Overtone Industries. Next Thursday, program II opens with Carole Kim’s multi-media work with dance by Oguri and Roxanne Steinberg, table-top puppetry by Marsian De Lellis and new dance and music by d. Sabela grimes. Program III closes the series with a new theatrical work by John Fleck and new dance by Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY.More
She is considered by many to be the reigning ballerina dancing today and he is equally stellar. Established stars in Russia, they left to guest with American Ballet Theater and others, mostly in the classical ballet. Originally scheduled for January with a classical emphasis, in the interim the program took on a more contemporary mode with works by big-name modern choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Ohad Naharin and Arthur Pita. On a prior visit, Osipova and Vasiliev were ferocious in a contemporary pas de deux. They don't just do tutus.More
Grab your dancing shoes and head downtown to join choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance for this year's National Dance Day. Founded by SYTYCD's Nigel Lythgoe and Dizzy Feet Foundation, its free events will have feet flying in several U.S. cities. In L.A., the Music Center is a co-sponsor for an all-day event inviting everyone, no matter their age or agility, to enjoy the chance to dance as the action moves from Grand Park to the fountains to the Music Center Plaza. But first! Go online (musiccenter.org/ndd) to learn the routines, which range from easy to advanced. Then on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., join the dancing throngs in Grand Park led by Lythgoe and SYTYCD choreographer Chris Scott. At noon, cool down at the Grand Park fountain as Baby Loves Disco hosts a family-friendly dance party, or mosey over to the Music Center and spend the afternoon learning repertoire in specific styles from top-notch local companies including CONTRA-TIEMPO (urban Latin, from 12:15 to 1 p.m.), Lula Washington Dance Theatre (contemporary/Afro-Cuban, from 1:15 to 2 p.m.), and Culture Shock (hip-hop/street dance, from 2 to 3:15 p.m.). Now in its third year, the day brings so much fun, it's easy to forget that its goal is to highlight the health and wellness benefits of exercising through dance. Dancers know that already; National Dance Day lets the rest of us in on the secret. Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn., and the Music Center Plaza, 135 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Sat., July 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; free. musiccenter.org/ndd.More
Zachary Hose was born and raised in southeast Tucson, Arizona, an area plagued by poverty, gangs and drug cartels. Tempted by addiction, in constant trouble with the law, he somehow persevered. Today he's better known as experimental electronic musician Zackey Force Funk. A month before the release of new album...
The Sunset Strip burned up the music scene as Nico Vega launched their Lead to Light record release bash Monday night at The Roxy. Dark Waves played an amazing debut performance, while Queen Caveat broke open the the jammed packed club. Nico Vegas frontwoman Aja Volkman danced in the crowd, brought the party on stage, and painted dots on fans foreheads. Good times as always on the Strip! All photos by Michele McManmon.
It's a question for the ages: Why isn't there any good food in Malibu? The query is based on a generalization — certainly, there are some good things to eat in Malibu — but the pickings are notoriously slim. (VICE recently dubbed the place "a culinary wasteland.") For such a...
Milo's Kitchen, a part of California-based Big Heart Pet Brands, is taking its homestyle dog treats on the road this summer with the "Treat Truck." The dogified food truck is making stops all over the country, ending up in New York early September. The truck stopped at Redondo Beach Dog Park Friday morning entertaining the pups with treats, a photo-booth and play zone. Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck offered samples of the line's six flavors, all with chicken or beef as the first ingredient, and all made in the U.S.A. with no artificial colors or preservatives. All photos by Nanette Gonzales.
The most impressive thing about Drumroll by Steve McQueen, the video artist who became an Oscar-winning director with 12 Years a Slave, is the way in which it gives an almost omniscient view of a big city without making that city seem any less dense and unwieldy than it is...
The first Queer Biennial is a national survey focusing on the current moment in out/queer/LGBT visual culture — a salient idea, and one that's sure to be expanded upon in the future. Though its curator, Ruben Esparza, and its first venue, Coagula Curatorial, are both L.A. institutions, the Biennial has elements planned for New York, Mexico and Europe and includes artists from the American West, East and Mid, and even a little bit of Canada. Contributions come from bondage-friendly photographer and director Rick Castro; jewelry designer and metalworker Angela Gleason; filmmaker, writer, photographer and mixed-media artist Bruce LaBruce; photocollagist and neon sculptor Lili Lakich; and portraitist, muralist and illustrator Miguel Angel Reyes. Musicians and performers include Themegoman, Crystal Powers and Devan M, along with photographer and indie-erotica provocateur Dave Naz; Austin Young, champion of transgender fabulosity in photography, performance, film and public spectacle; and conceptualist and curator Esparza, whose pun-laden mixed-media work mashes up commercial and alternative cultural signifiers. As you might expect, the exhibition (and related happenings both at the opening and during the July 26 Perform Chinatown festival) is provocative in its ideas and inclusive in its style, with artists sharing only a sensibility that Esparza describes as "not shying away from sexuality, identity, the body and all-around queerness." What you might not have anticipated? The familiarity and accessibility on display here. After all, the show is fundamentally just about the human experience. Coagula Curatorial, 974 Chung King Road, Chinatown; Sat., June 28, 7-11 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues Wed.-Sat., noon-5 p.m., through July 26. (424) 226-2485, queerbiennial.com.More
The July Kamikaze Exhibits at downtown studio gallery PØST are a staple of the summer season for art lovers attracted to places and practices that are still somewhat off the beaten path. Although the neighborhood around this industrial side-alley venue has seen exponential changes as the Arts District moniker attracted fancier denizens, its doggedly independent character has remained intact — and another full month of its now-infamous, artist-curated, one-night shows is in the offing. On 31 consecutive nights, the space hosts 31 different solo or group shows organized by artists who are given free rein to be as minimal or ambitious as they want to be, as long as they can manage to install, open and de-install in the course of a single day. The results are every bit as eclectic and insane as that sounds. While the curators aren't showing their own work, their organizing efforts surely provide insight into their creative practices. The diverse crew of artists in charge includes installation/performance artists JEFF&GORDON (July 1), painter Jay Erker (July 8), sculptor and installation artist Margaret Honda (July 11), painter and video artist Annie Wharton (July 14), illustrator and collagist Sarajo Frieden (July 16), sculptor Eric Johnson (July 20) and cosmic interdisciplinary conceptualist Dani Tull (July 28). Don't think about it, just do it. PØST, 1904 E. Seventh Place, dwntwn.; receptions nightly, Tue., July 1-Thu., July 31, 7-9 p.m.; free. (213) 488-1280, postlosangeles.org.More
Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix and Dominic's Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale hosted a jubilee featuring skating stars and world champions performing in a variety of costumed musical acts. The best part? An post-show all-skate party! All photos by Star Foreman.
Mood Indigo is bitter candy, a heartbreaker that uses sugar as a trap. The director, Michel Gondry, has a brilliant, contradictory brain. He's a swoony pessimist, a big-dreaming romantic who believes in love at first sight but never lets his films end with a kiss. Instead, his idea of a...
Wish I Was Here, partially funded with money raised through Kickstarter by actor and second-time director Zach Braff, isn't nearly terrible enough to satisfy all the grumblers who are hoping to see it fail. When Braff couldn't secure traditional financing for the film, he appealed to the fan base he'd...
Recently at the Brazilian restaurant Wood Spoon, the waiter introduced the dishes by saying "Natalia made ..." without saying who Natalia is. There's a welcome sense of intimacy in Natalia Pereira's so-small-you'll-probably-miss-it spot, and its straight-ahead, good, old-fashioned Brazilian cooking is refreshing amidst so many downtown places trying to be fusion-this and weird-ingredients-that.
In their current show, "Animal Charm," a two-decade collaboration between artists Richard Bott and Jim Fetterley, built carpet-covered mounds, turned off the lights, then projected pulsing videos onto the carpet. The best work, Tappeto Mortale, is installed in the front room. It's like rolling, carpeted, psychedelic colored hills are protrudingRead more about this event
Bergamot Station is a fantastic place full of free art shows and free parking and lovely people, but it doesn't exactly top the list of utopian social experiments and spiritual collectives in Southern California history. No, there are many more candidates for those top spots — among them, the 1970s-eraRead more about this event
Brothers Django and Sam Stewart, the centerpieces for L.A. quintet Nightmare and the Cat, are more inspired by each other than by their notable pedigree. The 20-something-year-old sons of Eurythmics' Dave Stewart and Bananarama's Siobhan Fahey have been making their mark on the late-night talk show circuit, as well asRead more about this event
Maybe you thought Live in San Francisco was the White Fence album you'd been waiting for, and maybe that was because you were one of the many awestruck people who end up flattened against the back wall when Fence mainman Tim Presley and pals seize the stage. But now PresleyRead more about this event
Thu., July 24, 8:30 p.m., Fri., July 25, 8:30 p.m., Sat., July 26, 8:30 p.m., Thu., July 31, 8:30 p.m., Fri., Aug. 1, 8:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 2, 8:30 p.m., Thu., Aug. 7, 8:30 p.m., Fri., Aug. 8, 8:30 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 9, 8:30 p.m.
The 11th annual "hybrid vision" New Original Works Festival at REDCAT debuts eight new pieces, a varied batch of multidisciplinary works by mostly early-career artists intent on shaking up creative traditions. For the first weekend of three, the festival kicks off with a bill featuring choreographer-dancer Wilfried Souly in Saana/TheRead more about this event
As leader of San Antonio trio Girl in a Coma, Nina Diaz possesses one of the more stirringly powerful voices in punk rock. Of course, GIAC are more than a punk band, as Diaz's singing frequently crosses over from thunderous, hard-rock workouts to melodically beguiling pop ballads, but she's takingRead more about this event
Movies at Hollywood Forever are great — if you're into crowd scenes. Those who like a bit less hubbub with their outdoor cinema would be wise to check out Long Beach's funky little Sunnyside Cemetery, which looks like a film set but is actually the real deal (and it's moreRead more about this event
For the better part of the past decade, Dierks Bentley has helped usher in a new era of country music. His catalog has spawned seven No. 1 hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs charts and cemented his status as one of mainstream country's superstars. Every year since 2006, the 38-year-oldRead more about this event
Thu., July 24, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m., Fri., July 25, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. and Sat., July 26, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.
Life is precious and ephemeral, and moments of greatness, which can be so fleeting in the overall scheme of things, should be savored while they're still here. The recent passing of local bass legend Charlie Haden makes us appreciate even more the ongoing presence of double bassist Ron Carter, who'sRead more about this event
Virginia punk-thrashers Municipal Waste are the modern-day spiritual kin to such '80s crossover greats as D.R.I. and Suicidal Tendencies. Albums such as 2012's The Fatal Feast showcase a ferocious beast whose primary lyrical obsessions include beer, pizza, partying and horror movies. While the subject matter may not be that serious,Read more about this event
A year after NorCal native Yoodoo Park, known as GRMLN, released his debut LP, Empire, he has joined a label (Carpark Records), garnered solid reviews and announced the arrival in September of his new LP, Soon Away. GRMLN's ocean breeze–tinged power pop finds itself nestled somewhere between Wavves and VelvetRead more about this event
Sat., July 26, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., July 27, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Chicago-based Renegade Craft Fair is a bit like the best of Etsy come to life. Though the site has no official affiliation with the fair, both personify the rapid growth and popularity of the DIY aesthetic, and you'll find many Etsy vendors selling stuff at the in-the-flesh craft fair.Read more about this event
A composer of film scores, remixer and longtime collaborator with Brian Eno and Coldplay, East London's Jon Hopkins makes electronic music for — strange twist! — human beings. Hopkins has just released Immunity (Domino), which, a bit unlike his past, largely downtempo/ambient stuff, places the emphasis squarely on the dance,Read more about this event
Grab your dancing shoes and head downtown to join choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance for this year's National Dance Day. Founded by SYTYCD's Nigel Lythgoe and Dizzy Feet Foundation, its free events will have feet flying in several U.S. cities. In L.A., the Music Center is aRead more about this event
A serious contender to be the coolest thing ever to happen at the library, the Saturday-night, after-hours ruckus "Machinations at the Library" sees a crew of interdisciplinary artists creating a mess and making some noise throughout the building — interacting with its collections as they see fit. Under the progressiveRead more about this event
It's beyond foolish to try to force La Santa Cecilia into some convenient pigeonhole. The local sextet deftly draws upon such traditional Latin music styles as cumbia, bossa nova and tango, but they're just as likely to mix in klezmer, jazz, folk and even new wave. Earlier this year, theyRead more about this event
Prepare for some full-on tiki immersion therapy. Don the Beachcomber and the Origins of the American Tiki Bar is an examination of the career of the legendary adventurer/entrepreneur/boozehound, presented by tiki savant/author/all-around authority Sven Kirsten, the cat responsible for Taschen must-haves Book of Tiki and the new Tiki Pop, AmericaRead more about this event
It's been almost four years since Cotton Jones released their last full-length album, Tall Hours in the Glowstream, but the Maryland combo is back on the road again and setting up intimate shows in seemingly every available living room in the country. The Silverlake Lounge isn't much bigger than mostRead more about this event
A rambling Lincoln Heights mansion, HM157 opens its doors for all sorts of events. The launchpad for new projects from underground music luminaries and cult sensations, including Prince Poppycock, it also hosts classes and fundraisers for community organizations. The place really is a local gem. The residents and friends ofRead more about this event
Pop and folk stars in the late 1960s and early '70s may have played on the Sunset Strip but they jammed and lived in Laurel Canyon. Entire albums have been dedicated to L.A.'s musical Shangri-La, namely Joni Mitchell's Ladies of the Canyon. Harvey Kubernik's 2009 book, Canyon of Dreams: TheRead more about this event
Some bands wear their influences on their sleeves, but L.A.'s Washing Machines helpfully put them in their song titles: "Sonic Fuck" ain't so far from Sonic Youth, and "Vaseline" ain't so far from one of The Vaselines' sarcasto-pop tracks. (Alt. title: "Urinal Vaseline," just to rep for local noiseniks TheRead more about this event
Storytelling has experienced something of a renaissance in the past decade or so. Whether on This American Life, through StoryCorps or in any given issue of Grit, people love to hear other people wax poetic, rhapsodic or orgasmic about their lives. Tonight's Moth GrandSLAM — not to be confused withRead more about this event
More than three-quarters of Boston's 31 million album sales are for their 1976 eponymous debut and its '78 follow-up, Don't Look Back. So gargantuan were these creations that the band, built around founding guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Tom Scholz, remains an arena-filling radio staple, despite releasing only four full-lengths since. Boston's secret isRead more about this event
Violaist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson has developed a reputation for being one of L.A.'s most adventurous young composers, finding himself involved in film and television projects on larger and larger scales. His own music is just as challenging, as he often creates large ensembles that perform chamber, jazz and Latin hybrid works.Read more about this event
If you've ever sat at a Starbucks — or on the sofa — and struggled with writer's block, comedian and screenwriter C.W. Neill feels your pain. Coffee shops are the refuge of the half-assed, who go there to do work only to get sidetracked updating this and tweeting that. ExceptRead more about this event