"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...
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 World Cup has taken Los Angeles by storm. With viewings beginning at 9 a.m., soccer fans have congregated at some of the best bars in the city including The Village Idiot, Goal, The Parlour on Melrose, Big Wang's and more. Whether they're cheering for their native country, favorite players or mourning the USA's loss, Angelenos have paid close attention to the Cup, showing that soccer is becoming more than a fad. All photos by Daniel Kohn.
The 11th annual "hybrid vision" New Original Works Festival at REDCAT debuts eight new pieces, a varied batch of multidisciplinary works by mostly early-career artists intent on shaking up creative traditions. For the first weekend of three, the festival kicks off with a bill featuring choreographer-dancer Wilfried Souly in Saana/The Foreigner, a solo to live music by multi-instrumentalists, while the Rosanna Gamson/World Wide dance troupe's Still interprets "the neuroscience of dreams." Finally, with a 20-member cast, a choir and chamber orchestra, Overtone Industries' ICELAND is an experimental opera/work of musical work conceived and directed by company main man O-Lan Jones in collaboration with singer-songwriter Emmett Tinley. REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., dwntwn.; Thu., July 24-26, 8:30 p.m.; festival continues through Aug. 9; $20, $16 for REDCAT members/students, $14 for CalArts students/faculty/staff; three-weekend festival pass $40. (213) 237-2800, redcat.org/event/nowfest-2014-week-one.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...
The Sunset Strip burned up the music scene as Nico Vega launched their Lead to Light record release bash Monday night at The Roxy. Dark Waves played an amazing debut performance, while Queen Caveat broke open the the jammed packed club. Nico Vegas frontwoman Aja Volkman danced in the crowd, brought the party on stage, and painted dots on fans foreheads. Good times as always on the Strip! All photos by Michele McManmon.
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...
Milo's Kitchen, a part of California-based Big Heart Pet Brands, is taking its homestyle dog treats on the road this summer with the "Treat Truck." The dogified food truck is making stops all over the country, ending up in New York early September. The truck stopped at Redondo Beach Dog Park Friday morning entertaining the pups with treats, a photo-booth and play zone. Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck offered samples of the line's six flavors, all with chicken or beef as the first ingredient, and all made in the U.S.A. with no artificial colors or preservatives. All photos by Nanette Gonzales.
On June 28th, more than 40 of L.A. and Mexico's hottest taco makers gathered at El Pueblo de Los Angeles downtown to showcase the best of Southern California's taco scene. Curated by the World's First Tacorazzo, Bill Esparza, Tacolandia attendees enjoyed music, drinks, a tequila tasting and of course, plenty of taco goodness. All photos by Anne Fishbein.
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...
If you know painter Joe Goode, who road-tripped to L.A. from Oklahoma in 1959 to make his go as an artist, you probably know his drawings of torn paper or paintings of blue skies. They're pretty nonchalant and usually modestly sized, so it's surprising to see how big and majestic the new paintings in his "Flat Screen Nature" show at Kohn Gallery are. They're two-tone expanses of color painted on sheets of fiberglass. Even though you could tumble right into those deep blues, Goode's still not taking himself too seriously. Every piece has weirdly ragged edges and the titles are jokes: Honk if You See Jesus for one with a ghostly shape near the bottom, or Coming Attraction for one that looks like a big-screen sunset. 1227 N. Highland Ave., Hlywd.; through Aug. 29. kohngallery.com.More
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
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...
Beyond the cruiser crowd on Whittier Boulevard and the neighborhood dive bars filled with old-timers, East Los Angeles boasts a mass of music lovers with a taste for the dark side. A new bar in the area is catering to this cool, creepster crowd, and a new night highlights the best bands in black.
Obscure Sundays had Rikk Agnew playing Christian Death songs last week. This week, the wicked vibe continues with seminal L.A. goth group Kommunity FK making a rare appearance. Singer Patrick Mata’s tortured tunes always hold up no matter who’s backing him, and with openers Texylvania and Experiment Perilous, this one will be a solid night of spooky rock and demonic dance bliss. DJs Rocco Horror, Virtigo, Dark Chrystal and Ralphie Nigmatic spin death rock, dark wave, industrial, goth and punk before, between and after bands.
Update: This show is now at Sage Restaurant & Lounge, 6511 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier, CA. 90601
The king of retro L.A., Charles Phoenix celebrates the gaudy goodness and kitschy cool of the city’s landmarks in his books, tours and website. His irreverent style is always educational and always a laugh riot, because that’s how he rolls.
This week, he rolls all right, returning to a favorite locale, Glendale’s Moonlight Rollerway, for a show and skate dance party. The rink’s skating stars and some world champions will perform costumed musical acts, interspersed with Phoenix’s always colorful commentary.
Dominic, “The World’s Greatest Roller Rink Organist,” according to Phoenix, provides his musical stylings and afterward, it’s hot wheels all the way as the floor is opened to everyone laced up. This one should get pretty wild: The “Hokey Pokey” is promised. Free snack-bar treats, skate rental and parking across the street at Home Depot with paid admission.
Hell's Belles THE SATELLITE
1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake, Friday, June 27, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $12
By their very nature, tribute bands are nothing new or novel. But when gals tackle testosterock legends - and pull it off - musically, that's something special. Hell's Belles have earned a rep for killing the loud vox and monster licks of AC/DC, but with members based around the country, they don't get out to L.A. often, making this show a rare one to salute.
One Belle, Sharon Needles (not to be confused with the season six winner of RuPaul's Drag Race), is no stranger to heavy-metal fans here. She's known on the cover-band circuit (KISS cover maidens PRISS) and for her original music with L.A. legends Betty Blowtorch, a band that proved you don't need balls to play ballsy rawk.
UPDATE 6/27: Originally scheduled openers Black Sabbitch had to cancel. In their place KROQ faves Badflower will now open the show.
Singer Amy Clarke last year in the Sunset Triangle Plaza.
Sunset Triangle Plaza, and elsewhere throughout the city Sunset and Griffith Park boulevards, Silver Lake, Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Free
The annual celebration known as Make Music Los Angeles is back to mark the summer solstice and unify the city in melodious sounds and goodwill. It might seem a bit hippie, but no one can deny the power of music in bringing people together.
MMLA takes place throughout the city, running the gamut genre-wise, from jazz to punk and hip-hop to opera, with simultaneous festivities in more than 700 cities worldwide.
In Silver Lake, one of the liveliest events takes place in the Sunset Triangle Plaza in front of Mornings Nights Cafe (also where the Saturday farmers market takes place). At press time, the lineup for this hap was being put together, but we attended last year and it was a vibrant example of the diversity the neighborhood offers musically, from drum jams to pop-rock to folk. Despite the area's much-derided "hipster" evolution, this one promises zero posturing and pure partying.
A Rave Called Ra 333 LIVE 333 S. Boylston Ave., downtown. Friday, June 13, 9 p.m.- 3 a.m. , $20-$30, 18+
When it comes to events, our philosophy is: the more flamboyant and theme-y, the better! Friday, Perish Dignam and the Studio 69 kids are back with a new gilded gathering, A Rave Called Ra, an Egyptian fantasy ball featuring Middle Eastern enchantments such as belly dancers, fire dancers and a ton of DJs making you walk, well, dance like an Egyptian all night. Cleopatra cosplay shall be in full effect.
Have a ball (or two) with this weekend's outrageous, mixed-crowd club rubs.
6510 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, Saturday, May 31, 9 p.m., $15 presale, $20 at the door. 21+
On Saturday, San Francisco's famed Trannyshack, with hostess Heklina, returns to L.A. for more dragging and ragging with a special live performance by NYC hard-body Cazwell (who's all boy ... yeah boi!). The party's procession of cross-dressing crazies is another doozie, too: Love Connie, Killer, Ambrosia Salad, Cupcake Canne, Toxic Waist, Wendy Ho, Devan M., Sue Casa, Sugah Betes and Paulie Addams.
Memorial Day weekend remains, hands down (and up) the most action-packed of party times. There are so many great events and parties - big parties that require outfit planning and, often, scheduled recuperation the following ay. Here are our top three happenings, for extremely varied tastes, from fantastical frolic to retro rockin' to poolside grooving.
ELEVEN 8811 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, Saturday, May 17, 10 p.m.-4 a.m., No cover before midnight.
The appeal of Disney villains is a dark and deep-seated mixture of nostalgia, fear and fascination. There has always been something about Maleficent, the sinister siren from Sleeping Beauty, that made her arguably the most venerated and voraciously adored of all, and not just with Goths and pop culture geeks. Now that the theatrical version of her story, starring the beguiling Angelina Jolie, is about to hit movie theaters, expect Maleficent mania to gain full momentum.
One thing's for sure: The gay and drag community will have fun with her. Plastic Fantastic, the newish club we touted here recently, is devoting a whole night to the mistress of evil and mayhem. The club from Luke Nero and Andres Rigal will be offering giveaways from the film for the best costumes during its "Night of a Million Maleficents" event, and you can bet your horny headpiece that the looks will be as sexy as they are scary. DJs Aaron and Aaron provide the anything-but-sleepy dance sounds, and the party's always-colorful hosts are sure to bring character-driven ferocity that rivals anything Disney has conjured.
White Fence's latest album, For the Recently Found Innocent, took Tim Presley out of the isolation of his bedroom and into the studio — well, into Ty Segall's one car garage with a foot of soundproofing on each wall, a space so tight Presley says your drink would knock over...
RADIO BROADCAST #27707–20–14 Fanatics! Thank you so much for checking out these notes. Before anything, I hope you are digging the summer, or whatever weather you're in and that these amazing songs we have lined up for you are just what you need. A few highlights to note. The Calico...
Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar! Monday, July 21 Lady Gaga STAPLES CENTER Since she first burst onto the scene and into the hearts and minds of her little monsters, Lady Gaga has become a genre unto herself. Beyond her hit-laden catalog, featuring many of the...