PlaceInvaders’ latest L.A. event included a wine-paired, multicourse dinner by Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef season 12 and head of hotly anticipated Arts District restaurant Nightshade. The evening was set at the Wolford House, a midcentury modern home built by Frank Lloyd Wright protégé James De Long in the late 1940s.
Underground rapper Evidence performed to a sold-out crowd at the Novo by Microsoft on Saturday, June 16. Performing tracks from his album Weather or Not, Evidence led the crowd through a night of special guests and surprise performances, including sets by DJ Mishap, Huey Briss and Niko Beats, Vel the Wonder, Meyhem Lauren, Sa-Roc and more.
The multifaceted MC and photographer has garnered a huge cult following with his introspective follows and classic head-knocking beats. All photos by Tyler Hagen. @t_hagenphotos.
Splash House, the younger and cooler cousin of Coachella, started the season with a bang over the June 9-10 weekend. A two-day all-day pool party featuring DJs such as Zhu, WHAT SO NOT, Justin Martin and Duke Dumont brought in the summer vibes right! All photography by Shane Lopes.
Canadian TV stars and world-class mentalist duo The Sentimentalists (Chris Mysterion and Steffi Kay) brought their acclaimed magic/sideshow/burlesque show Something Strange to the CIA in Burbank. The sold-out show featured amazing performers from both Canada and USA.
Burlesque legend Mosh brought down the house with her fan dance, while Kali Von Wunderkammer, creator of The Southern Sideshow Hootenanny, did two burlesque sets — one with a bed of nails and the other on a stage of broken glass. Cecil the Sad Clown, winner of "Master of Comedy" in the 2016 Burlypicks Nationals and breakout contestant on America's Got Talent, drew a chicken out of his (ahem) pants. Rounding out the burlesque performers was Canadian superstar Paige Turner (known as the Painted Lady, Paige is Canada's most tattooed burlesque performer).
On the magic front, The Sentimentalists did three sets, each one crazy cool. I honestly could not even begin to guess how they do the things they do. Canadian magicians were the only magicians in the house on Saturday night, with Chris Turchi (CHRYSTERIOUS) doing some light ball play and Brandon David reading minds and throwing cards.
Something Strange is a monthly show in Canada, and we can only hope that here in L.A. it comes back again and again to amaze and delight.
All photos by Star Foreman
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After four consecutive sold-out nights at the Hollywood Bowl back in October, Depeche Mode returned yet again to L.A. on Tuesday, May 22, for a completely sold-out performance at the Honda Center as part of their Global Spirit Tour. The beloved U.K. synth-pop legends performed a career-spanning mix of hits, along with more recent fan favorites. Accompanying them on this date were California natives Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
All photos by Levan TK (Instagram: @levan_tk)
Titmouse Inc., the animation studio behind cartoon hits on Adult Swim, Netflix, Amazon Video and many more, hosted its somewhat annual Smash Party in Hollywood on Saturday, May 19.
Guests were invited to destroy their unwanted property in a giant cage surrounded by an audience. You could smash anything from plates and dishes to toilets and old-school tube TVs. Titmouse even provided an arsenal of weapons, including axes, baseball bats, crowbars or — the crowd favorite — the bowling ball.
If the insanity of the smash pit wasn't enough for you, Nekrogoblikon had a surprise performance to start the night. They were followed by the absolute craziness unleashed by cult band Radioactive Chicken Heads. All photos by Tyler Hagen. @t_hagenphotos.