It was not your typical happy hour on the Sunset Strip. Last Thursday, the Standard Hotel hosted the L.A. premiere of The Source Family, a documentary by Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos. In honor of the 1970s Hollywood commune portrayed in the film, which is the first feature for both directors, the ... More >>
With the internet slowly becoming a cat-photo-based economy and content providers creating human work days filled with animal cuteness overloads, it's a wonder that a slow, pensive film like Denis Côté's Bestiaire didn't come along sooner. Or perhaps, given it's thoughtful observation of beast beh ... More >>
If experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger had written Hollywood Babylon today (instead of during the 1950s), his subjects would have been among Saturday night's turnout at the MOCA members' opening for Kenneth Anger: ICONS. Just substitute guitarist Dave Navarro for Rudolph Valentino, plus-size porn ... More >>
Before there was Beetle Juice, Batman or Edward Scissor Hands, there was Pee-wee Herman. Yes, the original guy you didn’t want to get mixed up with. The loner. The rebel. In 1985, Pee-wee's Big Adventure premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theatre and marked the breakthrough collaboration for director ... More >>
Tonight at Sugar in Silverlake, the Mae Shi play at the Spectrum art opening (see below). The Fleet Foxes, of Seattle, bring their harmonies to the Echo on Saturday and Spaceland on Sunday. Also check out my interview with singer Robin Pecknold in this week's print edition.