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Avant-Opera Pick: Ragnar Kjartansson Extends Mozart's Figaro Into a State of Bliss

23 minutes ago by Falling James
Adventurous conductor Christopher Rountree leads his equally adventurous ensemble Wild Up into a state of Bliss as they perform Ragnar Kjartansson's twisted adaptation of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro in L.A. Phil's fully staged production with lavish costumes, for 12 (!) consecutive hours.
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Music Pick: Phil Ranelin & Tribe Renaissance

23 minutes ago by Falling James
It's hard to quickly summarize the wide-ranging musical career of Phil Ranelin, but the new three-album set on Wide Hive Records, Phil Ranelin Collected 2003-2019, is a good place to start. The Indianapolis native has been based in Los Angeles since the late 1970s, and over the course of his career the straight-ahead trombonist-composer has worked with such musicians as trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, pianist Freddie Redd, vocalist Sarah Vaughan, saxophonist Art Pepper, vocalist Ella Fitzgerald and trumpeter Gerald Wilson.
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Art Pick: Gallery Night at the Bendix Building

23 minutes ago by Shana Nys Dambrot
You can’t miss the towering red neon sign atop the Bendix Building. Once and partly still a bustling garment industry center of manufacture and merchandising, increasingly, it’s also home to a dance company (Heidi Duckler), artist studios (about 40) and independent contemporary art galleries (about 10 at last count). And this weekend, that number ticks up, with the inaugural exhibition at Von Lintel Gallery anchoring a night of opening receptions throughout the building.
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Art Pick: Mike Mollett and L.A. Mudpeople at MorYork

1 hour ago by Shana Nys Dambrot
Mollett’s current exhibition at MorYork Gallery's new Highland Park location features a number of his small and large spheres, ball-shaped tumbleweeds made of scavenged materials which can be rolled and shaken and played with, as well as a series of quieter sculptures and prints based on the urban/organic scavenging idiom. The exhibition is on through May 30, but Sunday afternoon it is activated by the Mudpeople and Bent City in a live performance event.
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Music Pick: The Hives, Refused and Bleached

1 hour ago by Falling James
The Hives' new single, "I'm Alive," is another triumphant rise from the grave by the ever-demonstrative and rambunctious Swedish garage-rock band. They're co-billed with their countrymen Refused, who mix hardcore and metal on their sludgy 2015 release, Freedom. The bill is brightened by locals Bleached, who are emerging from a long absence with songs from their upcoming album, Don't You Think You've Had Enough?
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12 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Week

1 hour ago by LA Weekly
From an extravaganza a punk can't miss to a celebration of the humble but enduring zine, here are the 12 best things to do in Los Angeles this week!
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Music Pick: Loren Connors

2 hours ago by Falling James
Like many guitarists, Loren Connors plays the blues, but he does it in a way that is experimental and unpredictable rather than slavishly traditional or nostalgic. The native of New Haven, Connecticut, describes his music as "avant blues," and the extended musical passages on such albums as The Departing of a Dream, Vol. VI, and Angels That Fall unfold as eerily glowing new-music soundscapes.
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Kick Off Summer with Wine, Picnics, BBQ and Baseball

3 hours ago by Michele Stueven
Memorial Day weekend is the official start of summer and it intersects perfectly with National Wine Day. From Vino Day at Eataly LA to the Annual Katana Red Sun BBQ, here’s what’s popping up this week.
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Drag in L.A.: Adore Delano Makes Beautiful Music and More

3 hours ago by Michael Cooper
Los Angeles was a top destination for drag even before Drag Race, but with the show filmed here, and many staying here after their big break, the queen quotient is off the charts — and with the arrival of the 5th Annual RuPaul's DragCon at Los Angeles Convention Center this Memorial Day weekend, even more so. To celebrate, we're spotlighting a mix of "wo-men" who have been on the Emmy-Award winning show and some who haven't. Here, a look at chart-topping songstress and fierce local femme Adore Delano.
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Drag in L.A.: Hometown Queen Mayhem Miller Has Made Her Mark

4 hours ago by Michael Cooper
Los Angeles was a top destination for drag even before RuPaul's Drag Race, but with the show filmed here, and many staying here after their big break, the queen quotient is off the charts. Eith the arrival of the 5th Annual RuPaul's DragCon at Los Angeles Convention Center this Memorial Day weekend, even more so. To celebrate, we're spotlighting local "wo-men" who have been on the Emmy-Award winning show and some who haven't. Here, meet Mayhem, a Drag Race alum who was funking up the club circuit long before she came to TV.

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