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Saturday, November 22
Peter Hook & the Light
Sat., Nov. 22, 9 p.m.
Thirty-four years after Ian Curtis hanged himself on the eve of what would have been Joy Division’s first American tour, there continue to be two competing visions of the Manchester post-punk band’s legacy. Earlier this year, Bernard Sumner and drummer Stephen Morris brought to town the latest incarnation of New Read more about this event
Macy Gray, Sayed Sabrina, The Episodes
Sat., Nov. 22, 7 p.m.
When it comes to Macy Gray, the fabulously idiosyncratic R&B wild woman who completely redefined the sound and look of the American soul diva, one must expect the unexpected. As talented as she is eccentric, Gray’s legacy of weirdness is as rich and infamous as her multiplatinum successes. Gray remains 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
Wolfgang Gartner, Brazzabelle, Popeska
Sat., Nov. 22, 10 p.m.
Wolfgang Gartner has a pretty impressive portfolio. He’s produced tracks with the likes of Skrillex, Deadmau5, Tïesto and Will.I.Am, and has been nominated for several International Dance Music Awards and a Grammy. Credentials aside, Gartner keeps his music lively with a mix of electro, progressive and tech house beats. With Read more about this event
The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women
Sat., Nov. 22, 3-4 p.m.
In his new memoir, The Man from Essence: Creating A Magazine for Black Women, featuring a forward by Camille O. Cosby, former CEO and publisher Edward Lewis discusses Essence’s standing as the world’s first and longest-running magazine for African-American women, which has run covers with everyone from Michelle Obama to Read more about this event
Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
Sat., Nov. 22, 8 p.m.
In New Orleans, trumpet is king. Buddy Bolden, King Oliver and Louis Armstrong triumphantly announced the arrival of jazz to the world, and their legacy has continued on through modern-day brass-men Wynton Marsalis, Terrence Blanchard and Nicholas Payton, themselves all native sons of New Orleans. Enter Irving Mayfield, who with Read more about this event
Happy Birthday, “Hurricane Mama”
Through Nov. 22
There it is as you enter the august space of Disney Hall: The world’s largest bag of french fries. Actually, it’s the hall’s custom-built pipe organ, a mighty, massive instrument that’s celebrating its 10th anniversary with a series of events titled Happy Birthday, “Hurricane Mama”! The roof-rattling power and glory Read more about this event
Last Comic Standing Live Tour
Sat., Nov. 22, 8-10 p.m.
For eight seasons, comedians have been battling for laughs on the NBC reality show. The series has featured such comics as Amy Schumer, Ralphie May, Kathleen Madigan, Todd Glass, Gabriel Iglesias and many others. The current season has proven to be the most popular, thanks to new judges Roseanne Barr, Read more about this event
Ballet RED
Known for her rock music video with ballet dancers shod one foot in a pointe shoe and the other in a stiletto heel, Josie Walsh and her Ballet RED revel in ballet’s renegade side. The choreographer and her dancers comfortably move from music video to live stage for Urban Angels. 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
What a Riot!: An Earthquake, Two Mudslides and a Girl on Fire
From concert posters to movie advertisements to just about everything connected to Disneyland, many of the brightest moments in 20th-century graphic design have emanated from California. Designer and CalArts professor Louise Sandhaus has spent years exploring the state’s aesthetic contributions, and her book of Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California 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
Alesso
Sat., Nov. 22, 9 p.m.
Alesso has been churning out hits since 2012, when he released the chart-topping “Calling (Lose My Mind)” with Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso. He also accompanied Ingrosso’s famous trio on their farewell tour. Alesso strikes a perfect balance between infectious, danceable, Swedish-style house music and uplifting, beautifully written melodies. This, Read more about this event
The L.A. Philharmonic
Sat., Nov. 22, 2 p.m.
They get sentimental easily over at Disney Hall, and tonight the L.A. Phil celebrates the 10th birthday of the house organ known as Hurricane Mama, a 6,134-pipe gargantuan whose long arms sprout like vines within the woodwork thicket of Frank Gehry's little shack. Conductor Gustavo Dudamel invites bad-boy organist Cameron Read more about this event
Bullets Over Broadway, Hannah and Her Sisters
Sat., Nov. 22, 5-9:30 p.m.
There’s a strong argument to be made that Woody Allen never made a better movie than Hannah and Her Sisters, which LACMA is screening as the second half of a 35mm double feature at 7:30 p.m. Few other filmmakers are as devoted to teasing out the sadness and beauty of Read more about this event
L-E-V
Through Nov. 22, 8:30 p.m. and Through Nov. 22, 7 p.m.
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
Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach
Sat., Nov. 22, 2-3 p.m.
Historian Mary Adams Urashima discusses one of the first Japanese-American communities on the West Coast in her new book, Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach. The rural community in north Huntington Beach was settled by Japanese immigrants in the early 19th century prior to the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. Read more about this event
Marcel Camargo: The Brazil You Never Heard
Sat., Nov. 22, 9 p.m.
Even if you've never heard of Marcel Camargo, you've probably already heard Marcel Camargo, in the form of his guitar playing behind names you should also have heard of -- Michael Buble, Sergio Mendes, Flying Lotus, Macy Gray, and others. Camargo's current solo project is called The Brazil You Never Read more about this event
Richard Misrach
Sat., Nov. 22, 6-8 p.m.
Photographer Richard Misrach has become one of the most influential artists of his generation, mostly thanks to the swashbuckling ambition of his large-scale environmental landscapes of sea and desert. But among aficionados of photographic tech, he’s also revered for his pioneering early adoption of color film as a tool of 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
Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre
Sat., Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Like the fabled scouts of the America’s Westward expansion, for three decades L.A.’s pre-eminent site specific dance troupe has lured audiences out of their safe local world to become urban adventurers exploring SoCal’s extraordinary cultural and architectural heritage. From Laundromats, historic jails, underground streetcar garages, and the concrete walls of 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
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
Through Nov. 22, 8:30 p.m. and Through Nov. 22, 7 p.m.
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