Life of Cameron Tanja M. Laden's account of the fascinating life of L.A. artist/occultist Cameron had readers turning pages last week ("Cameron's Connections to Scientology and Powerful Men Once Drew Headlines, But Now Her Art Is Getting Its Due," Oct. 10). Pan69 writes simply, "Wonderful." Rafael Calderon agrees, writing, "An enthralling account of a woman living her life, neither asking nor giving quarter." But...
Based on San Francisco’s wildly successful Litquake, Lit Crawl L.A. is a literary take on the bar crawl. Now in its second year, the NoHo Arts District event consists of three “rounds” of literary events at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. (plus an after-party at 10 p.m. on the upper floor of the Federal Bar), all free and walking distance from the North Hollywood Metro station. Start the night with an unmistakably Hollywood crowd of writers — Annabelle Gurwitch, Richard Kramer (My So-Called Life), Peter Mehlman (Seinfeld) and Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day) — at Po§ch. Stay for the whole round (until 7:45) or continue your crawl for Poesia Para la Gente at the Metro station, a mini–Literary Death Match with Lara Marie Schoenhals (White Girl Problems) at XMA, a “poetry three-way” at Romantix Adult Boutique, or reimaginings of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and A Ghost Story at the Antaeus Company Library (it’s almost Halloween!). Grab a drink between rounds and then catch Red Hen Press’ comedic poets at Tamashii Ramen, or magic literature plus Magic Castle magicians at Bow and Truss. For round three, check out stories paired with specially created dishes at the Art Institute Culinary School. Dine and dash so that you can make it to Spinder, a literary version of dating app Tinder, at Big Wangs. If these events aren’t setting your mind on fire, don’t worry — the whole point of the Lit Crawl is to hop from venue to venue (of which there are 30!), sampling a uniquely L.A. lineup of bookish events. Various North Hollywood venues, see litcrawl.org/la/schedule for schedule; Wed., Oct. 22, 7 p.m. litcrawl.org/la. —Sascha BosMore
Back when a group of Internet-savvy bloggers created the first HallowMEME party in New York in 2009, it was mostly an excuse to throw a costume party where fellow attendees would actually appreciate their clever get-ups based on obscure memes, GIFs and YouTube videos. “Back in the days of Three Wolf Moon,” event producer Andrea Rosen says, referencing a popular meme based on ironic T-shirt reviews on Amazon.com, “popular culture was mostly unaware of Internet culture.” Five years later, “There’s almost no differentiation between the two, so the event has grown as memes have made their way into mainstream.” Costumes at last year’s soiree brought to life memes involving sharknados, emojis, cronuts, Beliebers and Kim Kardashian at the Met Ball. This year, Forced Meme Productions’ first party on the West Coast ought to be just as fun, and it culminates in a highly competitive costume contest judged by Internet professionals IRL. Silverlake Lounge, 2906 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake.; Thu., Oct. 23. 8 p.m.; winners announced at 10 p.m.; free, RSVP required: 2014-la-hallowmeme.eventbrite.com. (323) 663-9636, hallowme.me. —Jennifer SwannMore
While the Nightmare on Elm Street series went from “One, two, Freddy’s coming for you” to “Nine, 10, Robert Englund’s at a convention again,” it started out as a frightening look at small-town America, a place that was, in its way, just as ruined as the face of its serial-killer villain, Freddy Krueger. Wes Craven’s visionary work of horror struck directly at one of the most potent aspects of the human experience — dreaming — and transmogrified it into deeply personal violence, which, when paired with sick humor, took up a special place in the hearts of fans. By the time Don’t Sleep: An All-Nighter on Elm Street (Pts. 1-7), a 35mm marathon of the films, wraps up, you’ll stumble blinking into the daylight. Just don’t sleep through these movies — you might wake up in a multiplex chased by a spool of film that wants to have its way with you. Also scheduled: special Elm Street guests TBA, and if you’re lucky, maybe the resident Cinefamily DJs will play DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s “A Nightmare on Elm Nightmare on My Street” so you can really start dreaming of death.More
Tenacious D’s devil-worshipping chubby rockers Jack Black and Kyle Gass have been making fans laugh since they wrote “Fuck Her Gently” more than a decade ago, so who better to stage comedy in a music festival setting? Last year’s inaugural Festival Supreme included Adam Sandler, Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis, Eric Idle, Tim & Eric, The Mister Show Experience, Garfunkel & Oates and The Mighty Boosh, as well as surprise appearances by Conan O’Brien, The Lonely Island and Billy Idol. This year’s lineup of comedy and bands (and a few performers who are doing both) features Cheech & Chong, Dethklok Metalocalypse, Workaholics, Margaret Cho, Norm Macdonald, Fred Armisen, Janeane Garofalo, Nick Kroll, Dr. Demento, Peaches, Eagles of Death Metal, The Aquabats and a reunion of The State. Also new this year? “The Circus of Death,” where you’ll encounter a spooky train ride, merry-go-round, puppets and freak-show characters to put you in the mood for Halloween. Costumes are encouraged. Dressing like Cheech or Chong — beanie, mustache, spliff — is highly encouraged. Shrine Expo Hall and Grounds, 665 W. Jefferson Blvd., University Park; Sat., Oct. 25, 2 p.m.; $99. festivalsupreme.com. More
When it comes to the life of Bruce Haack, separating truth from fiction is not easy. The groundbreaking electronic music composer and inventor is said to have taught himself to play piano by age 3. By 8, he apparently was escaping his abusive mother's wrath by sneaking off to Indian...
Visual allure often isn't a virtue we value when chasing obscure flavors in L.A.'s international neighborhoods. In fact, adventurous diners tend to appreciate the opposite: The grungier the location, the more accomplished we feel for having sought it out. Looks be damned — let the fireworks happen on the flavor...
The Los Angeles art world has been saying a collective "hallelujah" since the arrival in January of Philippe Vergne as MOCA's new director. Although some East Coast commentators condemned the appointment — citing in particular a budget crisis scandal in which Vergne resorted to selling off a number of works...
Lily Simonson does serious research for her paintings. She studies specimens or goes on expeditions (she's on her way back to Antarctica this fall). But her paintings, like the ones in her "On Ice" exhibition at CB1, don't necessarily read as scientific. They read as intuitive, painterly explorations of what rock forms, icicles and iciness feel and look like. They're the kind of things you just like. And the way the main gallery is black-lit and her paintings glow seems to shrug off the gravitas of both art and science. 207 W. Fifth St., dwntwn.; through Oct. 26. (213) 806-7889, cb1gallery.com.More
It's just math. With ever more overflowing arts districts and only so many Saturday nights a month, a bumper crop of shows opens tonight in Culver City — and several galleries are ringing in the new season by showing off their marquee rosters. Exact hours and show durations vary, so you'll want to check gallery sites for complete details. Promising and must-see highlights include Brooklyn-based artist KAWS at Honor Fraser, offering new work extrapolating from the Peanuts comics. The artist styles these images to the point of abstraction with his trademark bold color schemes, along with more gestural, black-and-white works (through Oct. 31). Also Kehinde Wiley's World Stage series at Roberts & Tilton (through Oct. 25) continues with an iteration based on Haiti's pageant culture, using the artist's iconic portraits of everyday folks rendered in his lavishly regal style. Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst's Post / Relationship / X at Luis de Jesus (through Nov. 1) surveys their years-long transgender love affair and artistic collaboration with recent photos that debuted at Paris Photo L.A., as well as a brand-new video piece. Sandow Birk at Koplin Del Rio (through Oct. 17) presents the third in his aesthetically and emotionally intense series transcribing the entire Koran and illuminating it with images of contemporary secular life in America. Rebecca Farr offers haunting mixed media paintings on canvas and the release of her new book at Klowden Mann through Oct. 18). The Miaz Brothers take on "The Masters" in a new series of ghostly, witty paintings at Fabien Castanier (through Oct. 11), in the Italian sibling-collaborators' first U.S. show. Tim Gratkowski at Walter Maciel (through Nov. 1) shows new two- and three-dimensional, retro-slick and expressively abstract mixed-media collages. Patricia Chidlaw at George Billis Gallery (through Nov. 1) installs a diverse suite of urban landscape paintings, which go beyond photorealism to show us our common world in an uncommon light. Honor Fraser Gallery, 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City; thru Nov. 1; free. (310) 837-0191, honorfraser.com.More
Jake Paltrow's Young Ones is a dustbowl Western with a sci-fi twist. It looks and sounds like the past: The plains are barren, the people wear cheap cotton and the score, by Nathan Johnson — all vibrating, beautiful melancholy — could be layered over any John Ford flick. But when...
Among its many attributes, Justin Simien's exuberant debut feature, Dear White People, proves that we're not yet living in a "post-racial America": Forget for a moment that there are so many vexing problems entwining race, class and economics that we haven't been able to put a Band-Aid on, let alone...
A Fuller Life is a family affair, produced and directed by Samantha Fuller, in honor of her late father, Samuel Fuller, the great journalist-turned-filmmaker (Forty Guns, Pickup on South Street, The Naked Kiss).
Reminiscent of Koyaanisqatsi in both form and content, Anlo Sepulveda and Paul Collins's experimental documentary Yakona tells the story of the San Marcos River — or rather, lets the river share its own origin tale and life story.
Perhaps Ruben Östlund's most sophisticated thought experiment yet, the provocative and wise Force Majeure is a penetrating study of that most ludicrous of social pretenses — masculinity, toxic and ubiquitous.
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Victory Lap is a variety show, emphasis on the variety: There’s a traditional house band and stand-up comedians (Megan Koester, Brendon Small, Dan St. Germain) between sets, but then there are the weirder things: puppet surgery, tap dancing, busking. Even stranger is what takes place offstage: slow dancing, usually. That’sRead more about this event
Sinkane’s slippery grooves have their roots in Africa, as does their creator, the London-born, Sudan-bred, Brooklyn-based musician Ahmed Gallab. But calling his music Afrobeat or Afro-pop would be far too reductive. On Mean Love, his second album for James Murphy’s DFA Records, he layers funky guitar and clavinet hooks, swayingRead more about this event
Based on San Francisco’s wildly successful Litquake, Lit Crawl L.A. is a literary take on the bar crawl. Now in its second year, the NoHo Arts District event consists of three “rounds” of literary events at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. (plus an after-party at 10 p.m. on the upperRead more about this event
“I’m a happy idiot, waving at cars,” Tunde Adebimpe croons on TV on the Radio’s upcoming album, Seeds. “I’m going to bang my head to the wall till I feel nothing at all.” You can’t blame him for being in a daze after everything his group has been through inRead more about this event
Much like her mentors and former tour mates The Weeknd, Jillian Rose Banks is part of a wave of nu-soul singers who filter their R&B reveries through a synthesized, hip-hop lens. “So I got edges that scratch,” she purrs. “But I’m so tired of eating all of my misspoken words.”Read more about this event
Rufus du Sol operate differently from their dance-music counterparts. Instead of banging out predictable, recycled drops at quick intervals, the Australian trio takes its time crafting subtle, gentle grooves. Rufus du Sol’s debut album, Atlas, doesn’t draw from a wide selection of sounds, but it doesn’t need to. The bubblingRead more about this event
It’s getting dark outside, and the end of daylight saving time is drawing near. Perfect timing for the new Skirball show “Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933-1950.” In 1933, Jews were banned from the German film industry, so they began emigrating to the United States, where EuropeanRead more about this event
The Melvins still bring the thunder in their latest incarnation, joined now by Butthole Surfers’ Paul Leary and Jeff Pinkus on their new album, Hold It In. The group’s trademark sludgy, metallic opuses are twisted into further weirdness by the inclusion of the Buttholes, with a new tune such asRead more about this event
Back when a group of Internet-savvy bloggers created the first HallowMEME party in New York in 2009, it was mostly an excuse to throw a costume party where fellow attendees would actually appreciate their clever get-ups based on obscure memes, GIFs and YouTube videos. “Back in the days of ThreeRead more about this event
People sometimes forget that The Swell Season was about more than just Glen Hansard, the Irish actor-singer who also fronts The Frames. At their best, The Swell Season was a marriage of equal parts, yin and yang, with Czech singer-pianist Markéta Irglová providing a sweetly soothing and natural contrast toRead more about this event
With their latest (and 16th) studio release, The Violet Flame, out last month, Erasure display their dance-floor relevancy in 2014 just as they did three decades ago with “Chains of Love.” For anyone who mourns the days when electronic dance music didn’t bring to mind kandi or offensively donned NativeRead more about this event
It’s usually useless to try to predict what Bob Dylan might do next. He’s traditionally untraditional about mixing his set lists with unexpected obscurities while dramatically rearranging the early hits. So what are we to make of his tour last month in Australia, where he played the same songs inRead more about this event
Even with the change of seasons (however subtle that might be in Southern California), the Hollywood Bowl hosts one more big outdoor spectacle as if it were still summer. The main appeal of We Can Survive — an annual benefit for the Young Survival Coalition and Living Beyond Breast CancerRead more about this event
While the Nightmare on Elm Street series went from “One, two, Freddy’s coming for you” to “Nine, 10, Robert Englund’s at a convention again,” it started out as a frightening look at small-town America, a place that was, in its way, just as ruined as the face of its serial-killerRead more about this event
Gorgon City’s highly anticipated debut album, Sirens, is full of ear-catching vocalists: Jennifer Hudson, Katy B, Laura Welsh. But don’t let that distract you from the music, which holds its own both on and off the dance floor. Sirens has its share of booty bounce, but it also has aRead more about this event
Tenacious D’s devil-worshipping chubby rockers Jack Black and Kyle Gass have been making fans laugh since they wrote “Fuck Her Gently” more than a decade ago, so who better to stage comedy in a music festival setting? Last year’s inaugural Festival Supreme included Adam Sandler, Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis, EricRead more about this event
The 18th Street Art Center has been host and home to a quarter-century of the most progressive, fearless, experimental, visual and performing arts in Los Angeles history. So it’s fitting that its silver anniversary takes up the whole weekend. 18is25 starts with the de rigueur big gala benefit on SaturdayRead more about this event
Drummer Terry Bozzio first came to prominence in the band of Frank Zappa, a manic presence propelling the group as featured in the movie Baby Snakes. Bozzio then went on to co-found the ’80s hit band Missing Persons before eventually landing with Jeff Beck. Since leaving Beck, Terry has spentRead more about this event
Although Día de los Muertos, the Mexican tradition of honoring and celebrating the dearly departed, won’t start until Oct. 31, there’s a new Día coming to Long Beach today — Día de los Verdes. The festival takes place at the Growing Experience, a seven-acre farm that once was an emptyRead more about this event
With more than 80 million albums sold worldwide, Daryl Hall and John Oates are the best-selling duo in music history. The Philadelphia-based, soul-infused pop outfit ruled the charts during the late 1970s and into the ’80s with such hits as “Sara Smile,” “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do),”Read more about this event
Rachael Yamagata continues to sing well-crafted pop songs that are pretty without being sugary, and romantic without lapsing into complete bathos. The Virginia-born singer-songwriter is able to take her own experience and transmute it into music that is both universal and personal. “All those words you said at the endingRead more about this event
America’s policy of never-ending war comes at an incalculable price, and it’s our military — our youth — who get stuck carrying the debt. At The Warrior’s Return: From Surge to Suburbia, that ghastly cost, reckoned in loss of life, limbs, innocence and even sanity, will be addressed by twoRead more about this event