"Yo!" A black man in a filthy, yellow, collared shirt lies sprawled out in the middle of the Sixth Street sidewalk, out cold. No more than four inches from his face is a Business Improvement District officer, who shouts again: "Yo!" "Is he breathing?" asks a woman passing by, worried...
President Obama came to town again to rake in some funds and clog some traffic. The only view of his visit you probably saw were the brake lights of the car ahead of you in the traffic jam he caused, but here's what was really going on. All photos by Ted Soqui.
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 setup certainly sounds like someone went down a certain rabbit hole or nibbled the wrong mushroom: Combine belly dance with street dance to retell the story of Alice in Wonderland. Yet mixing Middle Eastern dance with contemporary dance forms is exactly what the 20-member Bellydance Evolution and choreographer Jillina Carlano are all about. The 5-year-old troupe combines contemporary dance, acrobatics, street dance, theatrical hip-hop and tribal dance to present narrative stories. Here they take on the Lewis Carroll classic with an original score by Paul Dinletir and Ozzy Ashkenazi's live beats. After all, what could be more appropriate than a hip-hop white rabbit? John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hlywd.; Fri., Aug. 1, 8:30 p.m.; $23-$43, $12-$20 students & children. (323) 461-3673, fordtheatres.org.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
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...
Day 2 of the 2014 edition of the Gathering of the Juggalos (Thursday, July 24) in Thornville, Ohio saw Cannibal Corpse, Yelawolf, Dark Lotus, Caskey, Axe Murder Boyz, Blaze, the Juggalo Night Court, fireworks, shopping carts, the outdoor strip club and all the contained madness that happens at the Gathering. Photos by Nate "Igor" Smith.
It has all the elements of a tall tale told in a Mississippi barroom: Have you heard? Bob's wife went out to Los Angeles and says a restaurant there is serving Hoppin' John for $14!! Can you imagine? Naaaw. It couldn't be. Hoppin' John: that murky side dish found at...
We've got so many restaurants, you could eat at a different joint every day of the year -- and probably the rest of your life -- and never go to the same place twice. It would be impossible (both physically and financially) to try them all, but luckily, you have us. Check out The Year in L.A. Food (So Far).
Prominently squatting near the head of a long bridge connecting an archipelago of four small islands to the mainland, Panama City's new Biomuseo looks from a distance like an abstract turtle painted in bright colors. As you draw nearer to the building, the fragmentation of the design becomes clearer, and...
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.
Philip Seymour Hoffman is an island of rumpled calm in Anton Corbijn's urgent A Most Wanted Man, a glum-out-of-principle espionage story based on a John Le Carré novel. The role demands that Hoffman be quiet, steady, occasionally frustrated, and that he hold secrets — often from us, which is a...
"The heart wants what it wants," Woody Allen has taught us, and apparently what his heart wants these days is not to have to bother with writing second drafts of film scripts. His latest, Magic in the Moonlight, plays like a sumptuous vacation, its stars larking about in 1920s finery...
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
When Aerosmith released "Seasons of Wither" in 1974, the power ballad was distinguished by its elegantly chilling arpeggios and singer Steven Tyler's bittersweet evocation of a Massachusetts winter and the end of a love affair. But Aerosmith's own season of wither has been going on for decades now. The BostonRead more about this event
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
If there is one thing Bob Beckel and the folks over at Fox News have helped everyone to learn in the last few weeks, it's that the phrase "Chinaman" shouldn't be tossed around too freely. Aside from millionaire Jeffrey Lebowski, in fact, it's hard to believe anybody would use thatRead more about this event
For the last five years, KCRW has been making Los Angeles' cool summer evenings even cooler with its Summer Nights series in various outdoor spaces throughout the city. As part of that series, City of Angels native son Marques Wyatt shepherds summer 2014's final Made in L.A. evening at theRead more about this event
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 14
In stories that still circulate about dark-haired, distinctive-looking John Altoon, who died too young in 1969, he tells students that they should go give Hiroshima a call, because things in real life are bigger and darker than learning to draw. Or, when French wunderkind Yves Klein visits L.A. and saysRead more about this event
When Syrian techno star Omar Souleyman began playing his hyper shaabi street sound at weddings in his home region of Jazeera, locals were jazzed — and word soon spread to the West, where he became a YouTube sensation. A frantic flash of traditional dance-party tunes, electro beats and slang-filled poeticismsRead more about this event
These days when you think Arcade Fire, it's all mirrors and Reflektors. But Arcade Fire wasn't always confetti and dancing. Thirteen years after forming, the Canadian art rockers are pioneers of 21st-century indie music, traversing themes of organized religion, coming of age, hope, nostalgia and death. Their sound is knownRead more about this event
The setup certainly sounds like someone went down a certain rabbit hole or nibbled the wrong mushroom: Combine belly dance with street dance to retell the story of Alice in Wonderland. Yet mixing Middle Eastern dance with contemporary dance forms is exactly what the 20-member Bellydance Evolution and choreographer JillinaRead more about this event
Though dancey and dirty-rockin' with equal aplomb, exquisitely melodic and highly seductive onstage, Echo the Bunnymen never quite enjoyed the success of fellow '80s new-wave counterparts Duran Duran or Depeche Mode. Still, their fan base is nearly as passionate. Influential to everyone from Radiohead to Coldplay to Courtney Love, leaderRead more about this event