It was the happiest day of Phillip Cho's life. Shortly after New Year's Day in 2005, he learned that he had acquired a fortune of $600 million — a windfall from his brother, who had won a settlement in a corporate espionage lawsuit, and who planned to give Cho access...
Shana Mabari's new Illumetric is a highlight of the West Hollywood skyline — or at least your Santa Monica Boulevard eyeline. You may have already noticed the three regal, luminous, giant geometric gems, glowing red, blue and yellow with a mysterious inner light, nestled in the median grass across from Barney's Beanery. Mabari's twin interests in art and technology have inspired several phases of her work, the latest of which finds expression in these classic futuristic forms, heirs to SoCal's archetypal Light & Space movement as well as its upbeat pop sensibility. The city's Art on the Outside program lights them up each evening, starting at sunset, to great effect. Mabari tells us she’ll be in the Palihouse bar from 5 to 6 p.m., for an informal, no-host bar and indoor gathering, and then will head to the park across the street (where the Sal Guarriello Veterans Memorial is) for a half-hour of public viewing, Q&A, etc. Palihouse, 8465 Holloway Drive, W. Hlywd.; Tue., Sept. 9, 5-6:30 p.m.; free. (310) 994-1690, shanamabari.com.More
With funding from an Indiegogo campaign, Licia Perea, her Latina Dance Theater Project and the ever-adventurous Bootleg Theater return with a new edition of BlakTina 2. The obliquely named showcase spotlights midcareer and emerging Latino and African-American choreographers based in L.A. Dancemakers Cyrian Reed, Dorcas Román, Marina Marina Magalhães/Allison Gray and Michelle Funderburk contribute new works, while Sofia Carreras, Rande Dorn, Joshua Romero, Crystal Sepúlveda and Maura Townsend offer previously restaged pieces. The styles include hip-hop, tap, jazz and even spoken-word, with poetry by Maya Angelou. Bootleg Theater, 2200 Beverly Blvd., Echo Park; Thu.-Sat., Sept. 4-6, 7:30 p.m.; $20. (213) 389-3856, bootlegtheater.org.More
Sept. 3: Dustin Lance Black, Craig Borten.
Love books but hate literary events? That's the tagline for Reza Aslan's monthly conversation series, "The Writer's Room." The third installment happens this week — and it's an accurate hook. For starters, the event happens in a posh, glittery nightclub. There's a house band and a full bar (even a two-drink minimum). The crowd is eclectic, engaged and, frankly, a bit raucous — with the encouragement of Aslan, who conducts the interviews with irreverent verve and a side-splitting humor not frequently in evidence during his public-intellectual cable news appearances. Defining the literary community as "anyone who makes their living with words," Aslan's guest list includes journalists, poets, songwriters, scholars, comics, novelists — and, of course, screenwriters. The August edition is a double bill, as Aslan (himself a practitioner of fiction and teleplays in addition to his scholarly journalism) welcomes the screenwriters behind two of the year's most high-profile books-turned-movies: Scott Neustadter (The Fault in Our Stars) and Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey). Expect personal and professional insight, anecdotes and advice among the clinking of glasses and waves of laughter that happen when writers get real. DBA Hollywood, 7969 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Wed., Aug. 6, 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.); $30; 21 and older. (855) 367-7969, dbahollywood.com.More
Twice each year, the MAK Center hosts young artists from outside the United States, giving them an apartment they can stay in for three months while working on a project based on Los Angeles. The spring-summer residency just ended and Copenhagen-based Maria von Hausswolff is showing the four-minute film noir she made. It delves into suicide, scandal, murder and romance. Vienna-based Björn Kämmerer made a 16mm film inspired by the "bad guy" targets used for shooting practice. 1137 S. Cochran Ave., Mid-Wilshire; on view through Sept. 7. (323) 651-1510, makcenter.org.More
fri 7/25 Dierks Bentley GREEK THEATRE 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...
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...
The David Smith exhibition that LACMA put on in 2011 was full of competent metal sculptures, made by the sculptor from the 1940s to the 1960s. It was called "Cubes and Anarchy," a very macho, modernist title. L.A. artist Evan Holloway, who's poked at the over-confident grandeur of modernists before, took a notebook with him to Smith's show. He sketched Smith's sculptures from the side; seen from this angle, they lose their boldness. Now, suddenly, they're compelling because they're wispy, delicate and sweet. Holloway's drawings are part of the Armory Center for the Arts' current show, "The Fifth Wall." 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena; through Dec. 14. (626) 792-5101; armoryarts.org.More
Artist Tony Greene made all his work between his 1987 CalArts graduation and his 1990 death from AIDS-related complications. In his paintings, he walks this fine line between control and excess: carefully calculated rectangles surrounding yellowed images of body parts, which have been accented with cream- and rust-colored lettering that's garishly rustic. They're hanging in midcentury architect Rudolf Schindler's Kings Road House now, and they're perfect there, against the smooth, minimal concrete walls. The house gives the paintings all the seriousness they deserve, while the paintings make the house more human. 835 N. Kings Road, W. Hlywd; through Sept. 7. (323) 651-1510, makcenter.org.More
Weep at another whiff of an Elmore Leonard adaptation, one that nails down neither the peppery laughs nor the street-crime desperation that are key to the writer's work. Instead, the comedy is too broad to take the characters seriously, and the vibe is breezily aimless, a mistake in a story...
After The Princess Bride made Robin Wright a star, she shocked Hollywood by saying no. No to The Firm and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. No to Jurassic Park, Dirty Dancing, Born on the Fourth of July and Batman Forever. She even said no to the cover of Vanity Fair...
Jeremy Degruson and Ben Stassen's animated Thunder and the House of Magic kicks off with an unconscionable act of cruelty: A family abandons a cat on the street, leaving him to desperately dodge traffic.
Among our local missions, San Fernando Rey de España has the largest and creepiest collection of relics, statues, weapons, paintings, flags, clothing and tools, which take up several rooms on the property.
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The open road and its seemingly infinite, flat expanses are irresistible to lead-footed dreamers — for about five hours. Nearly 2,500 miles long, Route 66 was the main cross-country route between Chicago and Los Angeles and boasted hundreds of opportunities to answer the neon sirens' call, or maybe just moveRead more about this event
Over the course of four albums, Brooklyn's Bear in Heaven have carved out a unique sound, which straddles the line between epic and intimate. Ornate but never fussy, progressive but seldom pretentious, their head-rush, synth-driven songs take the best bits of shoegaze and dream-pop and crank the volume up toRead more about this event
The Lotus and the Storm, Lan Cao's high-profile follow-up to her best-selling debut, Monkey Bridge, revisits her preoccupation with how U.S. involvement in the war in Vietnam continues to reverberate through both countries, via a family saga. Reportedly the first Vietnam War novel written by a Vietnamese-American, Monkey Bridge illustratedRead more about this event
The Queen of Burlesque winds down her final round of U.S. tour dates with her trademark sexy, sassy show in the heart of Hollywood. At a young age, when she was still Heather Renée Sweet, Dita Von Teese fell in love with vintage glamour, a passion that has fueled herRead more about this event
When Stiff Little Fingers emerged from Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1977, their militantly raucous sound echoed the violent contradictions of their religiously and politically divided hometown. Early songs such as "Suspect Device" and "Alternative Ulster" decried the waste and ruin of "the Troubles," and lead singer Jake Burns' hoarse-throated roarRead more about this event
Artist Tony Greene made all his work between his 1987 CalArts graduation and his 1990 death from AIDS-related complications. In his paintings, he walks this fine line between control and excess: carefully calculated rectangles surrounding yellowed images of body parts, which have been accented with cream- and rust-colored lettering that'sRead more about this event
No one will ever forget the "Here It Goes Again" treadmill dancing phenomenon, which took the music video world by storm and put OK Go on the map in 2006. These days the Chicago-bred, L.A.-based four-piece is still high on creating innovative single-take videos, but their power-pop is undeniably infectiousRead more about this event
No place in L.A. transports you from the proverbial traffic jam to the ancient Delphic world like the Getty Villa's Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater, a lovely outdoor venue inspired by the Greeks and Romans. New York-based theater group SITI Company is returning for the villa's annual outdoor theater production.Read more about this event
Canadian singer Dallas Green croons sleepy songs under the name City & Colour, blending easy-listening arrangements and soft washes of strings with laid-back vocals. "I don't know what drugs to take to successfully alter the state that my mind has been in of late," he croons mournfully on "Of SpaceRead more about this event
The popular local storytelling show Don't Tell My Mother! has become so successful that it's moving to a bigger, more centrally located venue, where the performers break ground tonight with an all-new back-to-school show. Given the theme, it's only appropriate that actress-director Joanna Kerns, aka Maggie Seaver on Growing Pains,Read more about this event
"Jail Guitar Doors" is the title of a 1977 song by The Clash, which championed fellow rockers Keith Richards and Wayne Kramer, who at the time were facing serious prison sentences on drug charges. In 2009, decades after he'd finally cleaned up and gotten his musical career going again, formerRead more about this event
With funding from an Indiegogo campaign, Licia Perea, her Latina Dance Theater Project and the ever-adventurous Bootleg Theater return with a new edition of BlakTina 2. The obliquely named showcase spotlights midcareer and emerging Latino and African-American choreographers based in L.A. Dancemakers Cyrian Reed, Dorcas Román, Marina Marina Magalhães/Allison GrayRead more about this event
Compare and contrast, shall we, two singer-songwriters of somewhat different stripes: The ever-clever Irish/Englishman known as Elvis Costello (real name Declan MacManus) is nothing if not open-eared about his musical endeavors, from his 1977 debut, in which his snarling-crooning vocals and witty-witty wordplay first reared their pointy heads, onward toRead more about this event
Though L.A. Beer Week doesn't officially kick off until Sept. 20, you might as well get the party started a few weeks early with an art show you can drink to. Held at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, "The Coaster Show" has invited more than 300 artists to transform 4-inchRead more about this event
KDAY's annual Fresh Fest returns with a rather unexpected lineup. The show features performances by Mobb Deep, Mack 10, Trick Daddy, Above the Law, Jayo Felony and 2nd II None. Perhaps the most interesting choice is Mase, the former Bad Boy affiliate who rose to international music acclaim alongside DiddyRead more about this event
Guitarist Mike Miller has been busy much of the past year, splitting his time touring worldwide with Boz Scaggs as well as Frank Zappa band offshoots The Grandmothers of Invention and Banned From Utopia. Miller continues to draw praise from better-known contemporaries, who often can be seen at his occasionalRead more about this event
Flash back to the Roaring Twenties, when America was in the midst of the Prohibition: Booze was banned, stealthy speakeasies adorned Washington Boulevard, and the Culver Hotel was making its grand debut — and smuggling illicit alcohol through its underground tunnels. The grand old hotel marks its 90th anniversary withRead more about this event
She Keeps Bees takes listeners to the next level of enchantment through a series of low-key, solemnly mellow songs, which unfold with slowly increasing power on their new album, Eight Houses. Singer-guitarist Jessica Larrabee intones lonely interludes such as "Feather Lighter" with a sad, soulful deliberation that recalls Cat Power.Read more about this event
Long Beach's Summer and Music (SAM) has been putting on free live shows all season, and tonight it's ending things with fan favorite BuskerFest. A tribute to the age-old tradition of street performances, BuskerFest is a music festival where the bands compete for your "money" (wooden nickels). The act withRead more about this event
Since the release of their breakthrough debut in 2006, Los Angeles' own Shiny Toy Guns were one of the first bands to successfully blend indie rock with synth pop. On a brief, six-show tour, the outfit is returning to the club circuit for the first time in years. Not havingRead more about this event
L.A. theater troupe Captured Aural Phantasy wipes the dust off vintage comic books for live readings done in the style of old-school radio dramas. Over the years, it has taken audiences on superhero adventures and journeyed into the infamous comic book Senate hearings of 1954. When the group's fall seasonRead more about this event
Twice each year, the MAK Center hosts young artists from outside the United States, giving them an apartment they can stay in for three months while working on a project based on Los Angeles. The spring-summer residency just ended and Copenhagen-based Maria von Hausswolff is showing the four-minute film noirRead more about this event
Linda Komaroff, head of LACMA's Art of the Middle East department, recently acquired Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj's My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume I for the museum. It includes footage of nine musicians known by the artist, some more famous than others, playing against patterned fabric and wearing fantastic, comfortable-looking costumesRead more about this event
Peter Seth is an award-winning director, producer and television writer, but his debut novel, What It Was Like, just may launch him as a name worthy of precious bookshelf space. The story is set in 1968, when an innocent enough love affair blossoms between two summer camp counselors. Hardly aRead more about this event
Taylor Greenwood is the latest musician touted by the seemingly ubiquitous Dave Grohl, who strums guitar on her gentle acoustic ballad "Sing You to Sleep." The local singer-songwriter has a fittingly lulling voice, and although she's not doing anything radically new, Greenwood has an engaging presence and considerable commercial potential.Read more about this event