Music scholars, art curators and grumpy old men playing chess in the park have long debated the definition of "the blues." They will never reach a consensus. There are many irrefutable images of the blues: juke joints, a roadside chain gang, Son House's metal-clad ring finger. But it is also the bed ... More >>
This week, one artist pays homage to hits of the 1960s, another pays homage to a discount store and a group of photographers make images too unwieldy to hang on a wall.
5. Jazz without music
Free-jazz pianist and poet Cecil Taylor has a deep, mysterious voice, and his readings sound like his play ... More >>
One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2012 issue. Check out our entire People 2012 issue here.
The art world sometimes takes itself too seriously. Franklin Sirmans doesn't. But that doesn't mean he isn't a serious player. He just knows how to have fun, even while doing s ... More >>
Phil Chang: Five Sheets of Thin Paper, 2011; courtesy of the artist and Pepin Moore, Los AngelesHoliday art doesn't have to be snowy. Art. The greatest gift of all. Forget those cheese 'n sausage gift baskets, and get your loved ones something that won't rot their guts, like limited edition p ... More >>
East Village West; see Sat.Get ready for a host of arty parties in the coming days, as Pacific Standard Time and Fashion Week events take over town. There's also a sure-to-be ferocious fun tribute night pitting two '80s faves against each other on the dance floor, as well as two pop-in worthy ... More >>
Anita RosenbergPatti and Futura at FUN Gallery NYCPatti Astor -- indie actress, ground-breaking curator, Manhattan party girl and current SoCal resident -- is stirring things up again, this time here in Echo Park. Patti's headline-grabbing FUN Gallery in NYC (1981-1984) was the very first to ... More >>
Art in the Streets, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Photo by Gregory Bojorquez, Courtesy of MOCAWe've just been forwarded an email sent by the Brooklyn Museum to a street artist in the "Art in the Streets" show, currently on view at the MOCA. The Brooklyn Museum was scheduled to be the next ... More >>
The Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday celebrates its survival after nearly going under (and temporarily closing its Geffen Contemporary branch) with a 30-year retrospective exhibition.MOCADoug Wheeler, 'RM 669.'â€‹Collection: MOCA's First 30 Years happens through May 3 and features 6,000 pieces o ... More >>
M.I.A., as shot by Shawn Mortensen
The other night as M.I.A. was winding down her Coachella performance of "Paper Planes," she dedicated the song to longtime L.A. photographer Shawn Mortensen, who died last week at the age of 42. We've received a few notes of remembrance from friends and colleagues ... More >>
Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre has been on fire this month, each week delivering films from the birth and golden era of hip hop. This is the final week of the month-long series. Tonight they're turning over the reigns to the estimable Delicious Vinyl crew, who will be screening rare foot ... More >>