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Sunday, November 23
Larry Sultan: Here and Home
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22
The late Larry Sultan, whose LACMA retrospective just opened, photographed his father and mother with the same curious distance he employed when photographing porn stars in the valley, which says a lot about his work. It’s all about style, posture and personality, but it’s best when those personalities have some Read more about this event
L-E-V
Batsheva Dance Company and Kibbutz Dance have left, but continuing the parade of Israeli-based contemporary dance companies, L-E-V arrives with perhaps the most adventurous program with its improvisationally-inspired dance club-riff House. Led by Gal Behar and Batsheva alum Sharon Eyal the troupe is known for its collaborative, multi-media productions and Read more about this event
Arjuna Neuman: Caesium Forest
Sun., Nov. 23, 8 p.m.
In the trailer for Arjuna Neuman’s new film, Caesium Forest, you see a swat team outside a hotel room, then a Christian man in a space that looks like a slapdash club, talking about how grateful he is. Later, there will be an explosion in the hotel room and the Read more about this event
Jesse McLean: The Message Is the Medium
Sun., Nov. 23, 7:30-9 p.m.
The work of media artist Jesse McLean has been shown at museums and festivals the world over but Los Angeles Filmforum presents her first solo show here in Los Angeles. Jesse McLean: The Message Is the Medium starts at 7:30 p.m. with McLean in person. Five videos (The Eternal Quarter Read more about this event
Panel Discussion on Clare Graham & MorYork: The Answer is Yes
Sun., Nov. 23, 3-4 p.m.
Curator Brooks Hudson Thomas moderates a panel discussion on the museum’s current exhibit, Clare Graham & MorYork: The Answer is Yes, with Oliver Furth, Mallery Roberts Morgan, Gerard O’Brien and Mayer Rus. The 65-year-old, Highland Park-by-way-of-Canada artist (he worked for 25 years as a senior art director at the Walt Read more about this event
Phosphorescent
Sun., Nov. 23, 8 p.m.
You don’t have to be a country bumpkin to whisper your pleasure for Phosphorescent. Matthew Houck (the man behind the moniker) has a sold-out banner across his Red Bull Sound Select date, proving those country-twang vocals and lovelorn lyrics have a heavy swoon factor when paired with Houck’s bedroom folk/country Read more about this event
Limelight
Sun., Nov. 23, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton appeared onscreen together only once: in Limelight, which the Aero is screening on 35mm at 7:30 p.m. Chaplin — who wrote, directed, produced, starred and composed the score — was denied re-entry to the United States after premiering the film in London, having been accused Read more about this event
Monday, November 24
Larry Sultan: Here and Home
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22
The late Larry Sultan, whose LACMA retrospective just opened, photographed his father and mother with the same curious distance he employed when photographing porn stars in the valley, which says a lot about his work. It’s all about style, posture and personality, but it’s best when those personalities have some Read more about this event
David OReilly
Remember that creepily awesome video game in Her? Animator David OReilly created that. He also went on to make a real game, Mountain, which challenges the very idea of what it means to be a video game: In it, you are a mountain, and that’s about it. Tonight, the Irish-born, Read more about this event
Common, Jay Electronica
Mon., Nov. 24, 7 p.m.
Despite his nom de guerre, there’s nothing common about Common, aka Lonnie Rashid Lynn. He might star in Hollywood movies, work with Kanye and even get invited to read his poetry in the White House (unwittingly stirring up a tempest in a teapot in the process), but none of that Read more about this event
It Did Happen Here: Anti-Nazi Activism in Los Angeles
Mon., Nov. 24, 4 p.m.
It Did Happen Here: Anti-Nazi Activism in Los Angeles is that rare event that proves false the perception that Los Angeles is merely a superficial cesspit of the frivolous and the dissipated. You’ll see historians Caroline Luce (UCLA) and Laura Rosenzweig (San Francisco State) discussing a pending digital exhibition on Read more about this event
Tuesday, November 25
Leah Zeger, The Nick Mancini Trio
Tue., Nov. 25, 7 p.m.
It helps to have a famous last name, and to play the vibraphone, that rarest of traditional jazz instruments (just below flute, well above pocket-comb). But what has really driven Nick Mancini’s success is his mind-bending ability to flat-out rip on the vibes, using his custom mallets to pummel us Read more about this event
Joey Sellers Jazz Aggregation
Tue., Nov. 25, 9 p.m.
They say true artists are all a little crazy, and anyone who plays trombone with four kazoos sticking out of the bell qualifies. Joey Sellers makes some of the craziest sounds ever on the trombone, which belies his complete mastery over music: As a performer who honed his abilities in Read more about this event
Chris Kraus Lectures on Frances Scholz's Amboy
Tue., Nov. 25, 7 p.m.
Writer Chris Kraus appears in the film that Cologne-based artist Frances Scholz made for her exhibition at Tif Sigfrids Gallery. The film is about an artist named Amboy, who may or may not be real, and Kraus is purportedly lecturing about him. But since Kraus, like everyone else, does not Read more about this event
Playboy on Stage: A History of the World’s Sexiest Nightclubs
Tue., Nov. 25, 7-8 p.m.
Former model Patty Farmer chronicles the heyday of the Playboy Club in her new book, Playboy on Stage: A History of the World’s Sexiest Nightclubs. A few years after the magazine’s founding, Hugh Hefner opened the first club in downtown Chicago in 1960, followed by locations around the world. At Read more about this event
Jade Claw, Kung Fu Executioner
Tue., Nov. 25, 7:30-11:30 p.m.
More kung fu at the New Beverly: Jade Claw at 7:30 p.m. and Kung Fu Executioner at 9:20. In the former, a man seeks to avenge the death of his father by learning the particularly lethal “Shadow Claw” technique; the latter likewise tells of father-vengeance, this time on the part Read more about this event
Juicy J
Tue., Nov. 25, 9 p.m.
As Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in L.A. winds down, Memphis rapper Juicy J will be using this one-off concert to showcase material from his soon-to-be-released fourth solo effort, Pure THC: The Hustle Continues. The founding member of the Academy Award–winning Memphis collective Three 6 Mafia released “Low” back Read more about this event
JP Munro: The Source
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 20
As is nearly always the case with L.A. artist JP Munro’s work, the paintings in his new exhibition, “The Source,” at China Art Objects reward you for getting close. The exhibition feels like an odd amalgamation of colonial history and ancient mythology with some Modernism worked in, and some of Read more about this event
Larry Sultan: Here and Home
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22
The late Larry Sultan, whose LACMA retrospective just opened, photographed his father and mother with the same curious distance he employed when photographing porn stars in the valley, which says a lot about his work. It’s all about style, posture and personality, but it’s best when those personalities have some Read more about this event
Jonas Wood
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 10
The first work you see when you enter David Kordansky’s new mid-city gallery are Jonas Woods’ 9 to 11 foot tall paintings of single plants in painted pots against white backgrounds. But if these seem static and unnecessarily large, you’ll get a quirkier more down-to-earth experience as soon as you Read more about this event
The Pelvic Floor
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 29
To prepare for their joint exhibition at Young Art, Cara Benedetto and Davida Nemeroff went to Las Vegas together. The idea was to make separate work, informed by a shared experience. The photographs Nemeroff took of a couple involved in a tense conversation at a Vegas bar are pretty affecting. Read more about this event
Wednesday, November 26
Onslaught, Artillery, Striker
Wed., Nov. 26, 6 p.m.
When thrash bands started speeding up heavy metal in the early 1980s, it was principally American acts (notably Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth) that popularized this reckless assault on a previously most Anglo of genres. Visionary black metallers Venom aside, one of Britain’s few retaliatory volleys was Bristol’s Onslaught, which Read more about this event
Todd Rundgren
Wed., Nov. 26, 7 p.m.
It probably would be enough if Todd Rundgren simply trotted out his old favorites, such as the blue-eyed soul of “Hello It’s Me” or the psychedelic pop of Nazz’s “Open My Eyes.” But the self-proclaimed Hermit of Mink Hollow has never stopped evolving over the years. His early power pop Read more about this event
Jonas Wood
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 10
The first work you see when you enter David Kordansky’s new mid-city gallery are Jonas Woods’ 9 to 11 foot tall paintings of single plants in painted pots against white backgrounds. But if these seem static and unnecessarily large, you’ll get a quirkier more down-to-earth experience as soon as you Read more about this event
Odd Nerdrum
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Continues through Dec. 6
Odd Nerdrum is one of the most important and controversial painters in the world — obsessing and scandalizing museum patrons and Juxtapoz readers alike. Collectors regularly shell out six figures for his infuriatingly brilliant fusion of hard-core Old Master skill and style with even more hard-core sexual and scatological scenarios. Read more about this event
Richard Pryor: Live in Concert & Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
Wed., Nov. 26, 7:30-11 p.m.
Two Richard Pryor movies for the price of one: The first, Richard Pryor: Live in Concert, was shot in 1979, and features the famous funnyman’s commentary on family, sex, race, heart attacks and brushes with the law. The second, Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip, received a Grammy award Read more about this event
JP Munro: The Source
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 20
As is nearly always the case with L.A. artist JP Munro’s work, the paintings in his new exhibition, “The Source,” at China Art Objects reward you for getting close. The exhibition feels like an odd amalgamation of colonial history and ancient mythology with some Modernism worked in, and some of Read more about this event
Larry Sultan: Here and Home
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22
The late Larry Sultan, whose LACMA retrospective just opened, photographed his father and mother with the same curious distance he employed when photographing porn stars in the valley, which says a lot about his work. It’s all about style, posture and personality, but it’s best when those personalities have some Read more about this event
Thanksgiving Feast Show
Wed., Nov. 26, 8-9 p.m.
Think your relatives are a pain to be with during the holidays? Upright Citizens Brigade’s Thanksgiving Feast Show demonstrates how the year’s most important meal is really done. The theater’s top performers, including Suzi Barrett, Alex Berg, Julie Brister, Neil Campbell, Todd Fasen, Drew Difonzo-Marks, Alex Fernie and Deborah Tarica, Read more about this event
The Pelvic Floor
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 29
To prepare for their joint exhibition at Young Art, Cara Benedetto and Davida Nemeroff went to Las Vegas together. The idea was to make separate work, informed by a shared experience. The photographs Nemeroff took of a couple involved in a tense conversation at a Vegas bar are pretty affecting. Read more about this event
Thursday, November 27
Andy C, Armanni Reign
Thu., Nov. 27, 10 p.m.-3 a.m.
Andy C, easily the planet’s most popular drum ’n’ bass DJ, established RAM Records more than two decades ago, at the age of 16. This summer, RAM Drum & Bass USA, Volumes 1, 2 and 3 were released in succession. Each an hour in length, the compilations give a comprehensive Read more about this event
Turkey Trot L.A.
Thu., Nov. 27, 7 a.m.
The second annual Turkey Trot L.A. won’t soothe your guilt at eating all that Thanksgiving food. It’s a chance to be grateful for your health and work up an appetite over 5k and 10k courses through downtown’s streets. For kids, there’s a 1k run, which can be an unfathomable distance Read more about this event
Friday, November 28
Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa, Michael Vidal
Fri., Nov. 28, 9 p.m.
Former Ponytail/Ecstatic Sunshine guitar looper Dustin Wong pairs with Japanese pop singer Takako Minekawa on Savage Imagination (Drag City), a curiously great little slab of experimental “pop” music offering welcome rays of aural light. The duo’s intuitive interfacing of guitar, voice, keyboards, sampler and digital effects creates fertile ground for Read more about this event
Larry Sultan: Here and Home
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22
The late Larry Sultan, whose LACMA retrospective just opened, photographed his father and mother with the same curious distance he employed when photographing porn stars in the valley, which says a lot about his work. It’s all about style, posture and personality, but it’s best when those personalities have some Read more about this event
Mikhailovsky Ballet: Flames of Paris
Nov. 28-29, 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 29-30, 2 p.m.
In the United States, the mega-rich buy sports franchises or elections. In Russia, they buy ballet companies. At least, that’s what happened in 2007, when Russian fruit tycoon Vladimir Kekhman moved to make the Mikhailovsky Ballet the best that money could buy. With a checkered history dating back to the Read more about this event
The Pelvic Floor
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 29
To prepare for their joint exhibition at Young Art, Cara Benedetto and Davida Nemeroff went to Las Vegas together. The idea was to make separate work, informed by a shared experience. The photographs Nemeroff took of a couple involved in a tense conversation at a Vegas bar are pretty affecting. Read more about this event
Mega Nutt's Funky Fridays
Fridays, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
Teacher, jamster and respected L.A. musician Lonnie Marshall knows how to throw a nice and nutty party. Just ask his cohorts from Fishbone, Trulio Disgracias and Red Hot Chili Peppers, with whom he’s shared the stage for some memorable bashes, mashes and groove-driven madness over the years. Now the bassist Read more about this event
Jonas Wood
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 10
The first work you see when you enter David Kordansky’s new mid-city gallery are Jonas Woods’ 9 to 11 foot tall paintings of single plants in painted pots against white backgrounds. But if these seem static and unnecessarily large, you’ll get a quirkier more down-to-earth experience as soon as you Read more about this event
I Love Lucy on Stage
Fri., Nov. 28, 8-10 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 29, 2-4 & 8-10 p.m.
Lucy’s got some ‘splaining to do. No doubt you’ve watched reruns of I Love Lucy your entire life. Now is your chance to witness the crazy antics of that redheaded screwball Lucy (Sirena Irwin), her husband Ricky (Bill Mendieta) and their best friends Fred and Ethel (Bill Chott and Lisa Read more about this event
Odd Nerdrum
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Continues through Dec. 6
Odd Nerdrum is one of the most important and controversial painters in the world — obsessing and scandalizing museum patrons and Juxtapoz readers alike. Collectors regularly shell out six figures for his infuriatingly brilliant fusion of hard-core Old Master skill and style with even more hard-core sexual and scatological scenarios. Read more about this event
Milton Nascimento
Fri., Nov. 28, 8-11 p.m.
This Brazilian singer/guitarist exploded into world consciousness nearly 50 years ago on early collaborations with Herbie Hancock (Courage) and Wayne Shorter (Native Dancer), and on his own albums during that time, which redefined Brazilian music beyond bossanova. Nascimento's unmistakable voice became the model for the trademark vocal lines of the Read more about this event
JP Munro: The Source
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 20
As is nearly always the case with L.A. artist JP Munro’s work, the paintings in his new exhibition, “The Source,” at China Art Objects reward you for getting close. The exhibition feels like an odd amalgamation of colonial history and ancient mythology with some Modernism worked in, and some of Read more about this event
Small Business Weekend
Fri., Nov. 28, 1:30-9:30 p.m., Sat., Nov. 29, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Battling the hot greed of Black Friday that evaporates into the cold comfort of the following day, the SoCal Etsy Guild and the L.A. Girl join forces to find some warmth in the human touch of Small Business Weekend. The Guild, which started as a clearinghouse for the homey and Read more about this event
Saturday, November 29
Majic Bullet Theory, It's OK, Non Credo
Sat., Nov. 29, 9 p.m.
Non Credo might be just a duo but they can stir up a universe of adventurously strange sounds, from exotic art-pop chansons and febrile orchestral passages to disciplined free-jazz improvisations and darkly twisted cabaret balladry. With her acrobatic, operatic vocals, Kira Vollman does the singing, while Joe Berardi (The Fibonaccis, Read more about this event
Off, NASA Space Universe, Gay Kiss
Sat., Nov. 29, 8:30 p.m.
The hair-flailing zeal of guitarist Dimitri Coats permeates and personifies Off!, the band he co-founded with former Black Flag/Circle Jerks frontmouth Keith Morris in 2009. With the exception of Morris (who for many fans is L.A. punk incarnate), Off!’s members arrived from a broad palette of styles: Coats formerly fronted Read more about this event
Larry Sultan: Here and Home
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22
The late Larry Sultan, whose LACMA retrospective just opened, photographed his father and mother with the same curious distance he employed when photographing porn stars in the valley, which says a lot about his work. It’s all about style, posture and personality, but it’s best when those personalities have some Read more about this event
Small Business Weekend
Fri., Nov. 28, 1:30-9:30 p.m., Sat., Nov. 29, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Battling the hot greed of Black Friday that evaporates into the cold comfort of the following day, the SoCal Etsy Guild and the L.A. Girl join forces to find some warmth in the human touch of Small Business Weekend. The Guild, which started as a clearinghouse for the homey and Read more about this event
Aratani World Series: Cup of Java
Sat., Nov. 29, 7 p.m.
Despite its wieldy official title: Cup of Java-Gamelan & Dance from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, this opening event of the Aratani World Series blends Javanese music and dance from Indonesia with local gamelan performers. The blending is both figurative and literal since the performers are rehearsing separately in Indonesia and here, but Read more about this event
Caturday
Sat., Nov. 29, 7-9:30 p.m.
Giant Robot and its next-door gallery annex, GR2, are nothing if not cat people. Also, they are staunch supporters of indie comics, illustration and wry pop culture in all its literary and quirky-merch forms, and a shining example of the power of small businesses to survive and prosper by forming Read more about this event
EOTO
Sat., Nov. 29, 9 p.m.
Electronic duo EOTO will put on a performance that you’ve never seen before — or ever see again. That’s because every EOTO set is live (the guys bring a whole slew of state-of-the-art music technology) and 100% improvised — no pre-recorded backing tracks, loops or drops. The entire set, starting Read more about this event
JP Munro: The Source
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 20
As is nearly always the case with L.A. artist JP Munro’s work, the paintings in his new exhibition, “The Source,” at China Art Objects reward you for getting close. The exhibition feels like an odd amalgamation of colonial history and ancient mythology with some Modernism worked in, and some of Read more about this event
Maz Jobrani
Sat., Nov. 29, 8-9 p.m.
Stand-up comic/actor Maz Jobrani, aka the “Persian Pink Panther,” spreads holiday mirth Iranian-style. A member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, Jobrani also co-hosts the podcast Minivan Men (with fellow comics Al Madrigal and Chris Spencer) and last year starred in two movies, I Come in Peace and Jimmy Read more about this event
17th Annual Three Stooges Big Screen Event
Sat., Nov. 29, 2-4 & 8-10 p.m.
Relieve your pre-Christmas stress by watching the wise-cracking, eye-poking and slap-happy misadventures of Moe, Larry and Curly. For their 17th Annual Three Stooges Big Screen Event! – this year themed “Three Slaps and Yer Out!” – the Alex Film Society has handpicked 35mm prints of the shorts Playing the Ponies, Read more about this event
Hot Chip (DJ set)
Sat., Nov. 29, 9:30 p.m.
The hipster dream team of New York’s DFA Records and the U.K.’s Hot Chip come together to present a curated night of quality music. Three of the five members of Hot Chip — Felix Martin, Al Doyle and Joe Goddard — will flex their DJ skills with what promises to Read more about this event
Odd Nerdrum
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Continues through Dec. 6
Odd Nerdrum is one of the most important and controversial painters in the world — obsessing and scandalizing museum patrons and Juxtapoz readers alike. Collectors regularly shell out six figures for his infuriatingly brilliant fusion of hard-core Old Master skill and style with even more hard-core sexual and scatological scenarios. Read more about this event
We Heart Eagle Rock Block Party
Sat., Nov. 29, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Small Business Saturday takes over Colorado and Eagle Rock boulevards with the We Heart Eagle Rock Block Party. Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, Owl Talk Clothing and Milkfarm L.A. are just a few of the quirky and fashionable shops that are in on this year’s action. Head behind “family resource” the Green Read more about this event
Mikhailovsky Ballet: Flames of Paris
Nov. 28-29, 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 29-30, 2 p.m.
In the United States, the mega-rich buy sports franchises or elections. In Russia, they buy ballet companies. At least, that’s what happened in 2007, when Russian fruit tycoon Vladimir Kekhman moved to make the Mikhailovsky Ballet the best that money could buy. With a checkered history dating back to the Read more about this event
Audien
Sat., Nov. 29, 9 p.m.
The 22-year-old DJ and producer Audien is known for his combo of uptempo trance and progressive house. Since 2008 when he began DJing, Audien has played at Beyond Wonderland, Ultra Music Festival and EDC. He’s been featured on Armin Van Buuren’s A State of Trance and Hardwell’s Hardwell On Air, Read more about this event
The Pelvic Floor
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 29
To prepare for their joint exhibition at Young Art, Cara Benedetto and Davida Nemeroff went to Las Vegas together. The idea was to make separate work, informed by a shared experience. The photographs Nemeroff took of a couple involved in a tense conversation at a Vegas bar are pretty affecting. Read more about this event
The Krampus
Sat., Nov. 29, 8-10 p.m.
Al Ridenour lectures on Krampus, Santa’s evil counterpart and a popular figure of German and European folklore, who’s also been turning up in American pop culture. Using film clips and costumed members of the Krampus L.A. Troupe, Ridenour uncovers the 17th-century origins of the devil-like creature with hooves and horns, Read more about this event
I Love Lucy on Stage
Fri., Nov. 28, 8-10 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 29, 2-4 & 8-10 p.m.
Lucy’s got some ‘splaining to do. No doubt you’ve watched reruns of I Love Lucy your entire life. Now is your chance to witness the crazy antics of that redheaded screwball Lucy (Sirena Irwin), her husband Ricky (Bill Mendieta) and their best friends Fred and Ethel (Bill Chott and Lisa Read more about this event
Jonas Wood
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 10
The first work you see when you enter David Kordansky’s new mid-city gallery are Jonas Woods’ 9 to 11 foot tall paintings of single plants in painted pots against white backgrounds. But if these seem static and unnecessarily large, you’ll get a quirkier more down-to-earth experience as soon as you Read more about this event