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Sep 10th, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

Sorry folks, I haven’t updated it in a while, so here’s what I’ve been up to, as of September 2013:

Where I am working these days.

LISTEN:
Radio pieces I produced and music review segments on KPCC Public Radio in Los Angeles.

Radio pieces and online features for National Public Radio (NPR)

WATCH:

The TV show I Co-produce: Artbound on KCET public television here in Los Angeles.

Short Documentaries I produced for Artbound:

Craft Happening: Tanya Aguiñiga

Cut Chemist: Cross City Mixtape

READ:

The cultural journalism project where I’m the managing editor: Artbound

Magazine features in Filter Magazine, Nylon Guys, Red Bulletin, Flaunt Magazine, and monthly Guide sections for Los Angeles Magazine

Concert reviews, interviews and feature stories for Los Angeles Times Online. 

Features that were in the Los Angeles Times paper.

Features and calendar section for Los Angeles Magazine.

Feature stories for LA Weekly Print.

400+ blog posts for L.A. Weekly.

Artist features for KCET Public Media’s Artbound project.

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Jun 19th, 2012 @ 10:38 am

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Axl Rose Declines Inclusion to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, declares Real G ‘n’ R to be Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and DJ Ashba

Apr 11th, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

Axl Rose is a sweeeheart. I just got this press release:


To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,

When the nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were first announced I had mixed emotions but, in an effort to be positive, wanting to make the most of things for the fans and with their enthusiasm, I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing. Of course I realized as things stood, if Guns N’ Roses were to be inducted it’d be somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation.

Since then we’ve listened to fans, talked with members of the board of the Hall Of Fame, communicated with and read various public comments and jabs from former members of Guns N’ Roses, had discussions with the president of the Hall Of Fame, read various press (some legit, some contrived) and read other artists’ comments weighing in publicly on Guns and the Hall with their thoughts.

Under the circumstances I feel we’ve been polite, courteous, and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out. Taking into consideration the history of Guns N’ Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in “our” induction (that for the record are decisions I don’t agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things… no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected.

For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It’s their show not mine.

That said, I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of “Guns N’ Roses”.

This decision is personal. This letter is to help clarify things from my and my camp’s perspective. Neither is meant to offend, attack or condemn. Though unfortunately I’m sure there will be those who take offense (God knows how long I’ll have to contend with the fallout), I certainly don’t intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision. Since the announcement of the nomination we’ve actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” scenario all the way around.

In regard to a reunion of any kind of either the Appetite or Illusion lineups, I’ve publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing’s changed.

The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of “for the fans” or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and DJ Ashba.

Izzy came out with us a few times back in ‘06 and I invited him to join us at our LA Forum show last year. Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in ‘06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned. Duff joined us in 2010 and again in ‘11 along with his band, Loaded, opening in Seattle and Vancouver. For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that’s enough.

There’s a seemingly endless amount of revisionism and fantasies out there for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities. Until every single one of those generating from or originating with the earlier lineups has been brought out in the light, there isn’t room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion.

Maybe if it were you it’d be different. Maybe you’d do it for this reason or that. Peace, whatever. I love our band now. We’re there for each other when the going get’s rough. We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can.

So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn’t owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another’s, or in this case several others’, expense.

But hey if ya gotta then maybe we can get the “no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he doesn’t care about the fans” crap out of the way as quickly as we can and let’s move on. No one’s taking the ball and going home. Don’t get it twisted. For more than a decade and a half we’ve endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes and unscrupulous, irresponsible media types. Not to imply anything in this particular circumstance, but from my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball’s never been in our court.

In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or as ironic as it may seem, I’d like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns’ induction. More importantly I’d like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we’ve had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N’ Roses music.

I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted and to our fans we look forward to seeing you on tour!!

Sincerely,

 

Axl Rose

 

P.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III

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Crystal Method Discuss the Soul of Detroit and their ‘ReGeneration’ Collab with Motown Force of Nature Martha Reeves

Feb 27th, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

 Crystal Method made their name in the first wave of American raves in the 1990’s, but for the ReGeneration Music Project, the L.A. duo was encouraged explore sounds from back in the day. They teamed up with Martha Reeves from the seminal Motown group Martha and the Vandellas to create a track about the city where she lives: Detroit. With a quick deadline, just a few days, they had to work together to make track that was danceable and meaningful. Reeves’ diva attitude made the recording session a challenge for the electro dudes, but when it all congealed they made a soulful rocker.

We met up with the Crystal Method and discussed the state of Detroit, creating music on a killer deadline, and the force of nature that is Martha Reeves.

 How did you get approached for this project?

Scott Kirkland: Our manager said that there was this thing that was going to blend genres. We talked with one of the producers at Coachella, and we got a phone call that said, this is what it’s all about. They wanted us to do an R&B song, they wanted us to work with a legend. And we were like, yeah.

Ken Jordan: I remember being in the pit at Coachella at the Sahara tent in the pit. Our manager was there he was screaming something at us, “Blaaaaah, Music, Blaaaah, Documentary, Blaaaaah, legends,” and then it became this.

When did you find out that you were working with Martha Reeves from Martha and the Vandellas?

SK: We actually suggested her. And she was great because she gave us a sense of history to the track.

What was your first impression about Detroit?

KJ: You know we play Detroit regularly, but we had never seen it like we saw it during the filming. We saw neighborhoods with more empty lots than houses. There were perfectly good, not very old buildings, totally uninhabited. That was really strange. But then, they have the nicest, most upbeat people. It was quite a contrast.

How did Detroit work its way into the song?

KJ: We saw the Heidelberg project, which is an artistic interpretation of urban decay, where this artist Tyree Guyton he has taken this area that he grew up in, where he remembers his grandfather sitting on the porch, and they painted together these fond memories of this time.

But now it was broken down and left for dead. People left their houses behind, then they were torn down by vandalism or by the city. We didn’t realize that by taking what some people called trash, and adding color and hope to what seemed to be a hopeless situation, it activated something in the community. And that was special. No longer was it about something that was not there, it was about what is there.

Martha is a friend of the artists, and we took a tour of the area that’s represented in the movie. Seeing the building where Martha first performed in front of a large audience torn down, and the empty lots. It seems like there was so much there, Motown and everything, then they were like, “we’re outta here, we’re going to L.A.” It had a real “left behind” vibe. But for people like Martha, who care enough to stay, and to be a voice for the city, that’s why it’s having a bit of a resurgnce right now.

What was your first meeting with Martha like?

SK: Everything was crazy. When she first showed up, the crew was like, “Oh my God, she missed her cue, the cameras aren’t ready.” So they ran up to her, gave her a bunch of sheets for her cues, and she was like, “oh no we’re not, we’re gonna go get breakfast first. You don’t want to see me hungry.” So everyone was like, ok, she’s in control. Let’s go to breakfast. She walked in and there wasn’t a table, so someone just stood up and gave her their table, there were all these people coming up to her. Everyone was talking to her, about the old times. It was effortless conversation, she was a real power source that you didn’t want to mess with.

KJ: The first time we met her, you know cause she’s in her 70’s, she’s got a bright tight red and white stripe stage thing on, and some heels too.

SK: She was looking good. We got some grits with her. From that moment on, this is taking a ride on a something that was kind of dangerous, but you knew would be a lot of fun.

What was it like working with her?

SK: Some of the stuff we wrote were things she wouldn’t ordinarily sing. These weren’t stop signs, these were just detours to go to a different place. She wasn’t shutting down. Nothing got stale or stuck for too long.

KJ: Over all it was effortless and it worked out great, but we sprung the song on her at the last minute. We just wrote the lyrics, and we had to write on that day. There was a little tension. She didn’t want to sing certain things, and she wasn’t sure where we were coming from. But it worked out. She was trying to protect Detroit.

What role is electro playing in the world today?

SK: We are amazed by its ability to connect with people. We’ve always known, even when there was that pickup in the late nineties, when they said that it was going to be the next big thing. It didn’t have the foundation then. Everything was more radio based. You had to have a song on the air, you had to be someone before they put you on air. There were all these roadblocks. Now, with the way that social media, and your ability to consume much more content, people find things rapidly. They don’t need a radio station. They don’t need a program director to have passion for a project and get it on the radio. They don’t need a million dollar video on MTV. They find it through Youtube, a friend, or a blog. It’s much more organic.

What about Skrillex, why do you think that has he gotten so big?

You have these crazy meteoric rises. You think of Sonny, Skrillex, and he was doing a Tuesday night fo 200 people, and now he’s doing festivals with 80,000 people. Or 10,000 people a night at shows. And he’s doing it in a genre that is much edgier than a lot of things, but it’s also melodic too, and approachable. He’s a great songwriter and a great musician in a way that’s very in tune . His music is like flipping the channels on TV, it’s like, oh here’s the Terminator, there’s a dude getting his head blown off, oh look, there’s a pretty girl. It has this movement that keeps people interested. They’re never over 4 minutes long. Very succinct. There are a lot artists making their way to the top. It’s really exciting.

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Crystal Method Discuss the Soul of Detroit and their ‘ReGeneration’ Collab with Motown Force of Nature Martha Reeves

@ 6:35 pm

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 Crystal Method made their name in the first wave of American raves in the 1990’s, but for the ReGeneration Music Project, the L.A. duo was encouraged explore sounds from back in the day. They teamed up with Martha Reeves from the seminal Motown group Martha and the Vandellas to create a track about the city where she lives: Detroit. With a quick deadline, just a few days, they had to work together to make track that was danceable and meaningful. Reeves’ diva attitude made the recording session a challenge for the electro dudes, but when it all congealed they made a soulful rocker.

We met up with the Crystal Method and discussed the state of Detroit, creating music on a killer deadline, and the force of nature that is Martha Reeves.

 How did you get approached for this project?

Scott Kirkland: Our manager said that there was this thing that was going to blend genres. We talked with one of the producers at Coachella, and we got a phone call that said, this is what it’s all about. They wanted us to do an R&B song, they wanted us to work with a legend. And we were like, yeah.

Ken Jordan: I remember being in the pit at Coachella at the Sahara tent in the pit. Our manager was there he was screaming something at us, “Blaaaaah, Music, Blaaaah, Documentary, Blaaaaah, legends,” and then it became this.

When did you find out that you were working with Martha Reeves from Martha and the Vandellas?

SK: We actually suggested her. And she was great because she gave us a sense of history to the track.

What was your first impression about Detroit?

KJ: You know we play Detroit regularly, but we had never seen it like we saw it during the filming. We saw neighborhoods with more empty lots than houses. There were perfectly good, not very old buildings, totally uninhabited. That was really strange. But then, they have the nicest, most upbeat people. It was quite a contrast.

How did Detroit work its way into the song?

KJ: We saw the Heidelberg project, which is an artistic interpretation of urban decay, where this artist Tyree Guyton he has taken this area that he grew up in, where he remembers his grandfather sitting on the porch, and they painted together these fond memories of this time.

But now it was broken down and left for dead. People left their houses behind, then they were torn down by vandalism or by the city. We didn’t realize that by taking what some people called trash, and adding color and hope to what seemed to be a hopeless situation, it activated something in the community. And that was special. No longer was it about something that was not there, it was about what is there.

Martha is a friend of the artists, and we took a tour of the area that’s represented in the movie. Seeing the building where Martha first performed in front of a large audience torn down, and the empty lots. It seems like there was so much there, Motown and everything, then they were like, “we’re outta here, we’re going to L.A.” It had a real “left behind” vibe. But for people like Martha, who care enough to stay, and to be a voice for the city, that’s why it’s having a bit of a resurgnce right now.

What was your first meeting with Martha like?

SK: Everything was crazy. When she first showed up, the crew was like, “Oh my God, she missed her cue, the cameras aren’t ready.” So they ran up to her, gave her a bunch of sheets for her cues, and she was like, “oh no we’re not, we’re gonna go get breakfast first. You don’t want to see me hungry.” So everyone was like, ok, she’s in control. Let’s go to breakfast. She walked in and there wasn’t a table, so someone just stood up and gave her their table, there were all these people coming up to her. Everyone was talking to her, about the old times. It was effortless conversation, she was a real power source that you didn’t want to mess with.

KJ: The first time we met her, you know cause she’s in her 70’s, she’s got a bright tight red and white stripe stage thing on, and some heels too.

SK: She was looking good. We got some grits with her. From that moment on, this is taking a ride on a something that was kind of dangerous, but you knew would be a lot of fun.

What was it like working with her?

SK: Some of the stuff we wrote were things she wouldn’t ordinarily sing. These weren’t stop signs, these were just detours to go to a different place. She wasn’t shutting down. Nothing got stale or stuck for too long.

KJ: Over all it was effortless and it worked out great, but we sprung the song on her at the last minute. We just wrote the lyrics, and we had to write on that day. There was a little tension. She didn’t want to sing certain things, and she wasn’t sure where we were coming from. But it worked out. She was trying to protect Detroit.

What role is electro playing in the world today?

SK: We are amazed by its ability to connect with people. We’ve always known, even when there was that pickup in the late nineties, when they said that it was going to be the next big thing. It didn’t have the foundation then. Everything was more radio based. You had to have a song on the air, you had to be someone before they put you on air. There were all these roadblocks. Now, with the way that social media, and your ability to consume much more content, people find things rapidly. They don’t need a radio station. They don’t need a program director to have passion for a project and get it on the radio. They don’t need a million dollar video on MTV. They find it through Youtube, a friend, or a blog. It’s much more organic.

What about Skrillex, why do you think that has he gotten so big?

You have these crazy meteoric rises. You think of Sonny, Skrillex, and he was doing a Tuesday night fo 200 people, and now he’s doing festivals with 80,000 people. Or 10,000 people a night at shows. And he’s doing it in a genre that is much edgier than a lot of things, but it’s also melodic too, and approachable. He’s a great songwriter and a great musician in a way that’s very in tune . His music is like flipping the channels on TV, it’s like, oh here’s the Terminator, there’s a dude getting his head blown off, oh look, there’s a pretty girl. It has this movement that keeps people interested. They’re never over 4 minutes long. Very succinct. There are a lot artists making their way to the top. It’s really exciting.

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Falafelpocalypse! Veggie All-Stars of Elf Pick Up Chick (Peas)

@ 6:21 pm

A city as great as L.A. needs some falafel worth a damn! Or so says the food dudes of Hot Knives, who have set out to perfect some hot falafel balls to make your brain explode. Now after working on their concoctions for the last month, they’re ready to hit the streets with their manifesto:

New York’s got it. So does Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam. You can buy freshly fried herb-balls tucked into drippy bread from a late-night cart, stand or window in every most every city. Not our parts of LA, we’re loathe to admit. Demand falafel! We’re worth it, we deserve it!

Tuesday night the guys post up at Elf, their tiny cafe next to the boho-emeth fauxhemian Mohawk Bend, to try their hands at making the best Falafel this side of Beirut. They’re so certain of their prowess, they even made this video proclaiming their irresistible veggie nugs.  

el Falafel (Coming Soon!!!) from Hot Knivez on Vimeo.

The deal:

WHEN: Tue., Feb. 28

WHAT TIME: 10PM – 2:30 AM

WHERE: late-night window of Elf Cafe, 2135 Sunset Blvd.

HOW: Cash only!

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Bleeding Knees Club Fall Down a ‘Simpsons’ K-Hole

@ 6:08 pm

The snotty brat-rock of Bleeding Knees club gets sucked into a Simpsons K-Hole for their new video directed by John Vermilyea, one of the animators who made those always awesome “Treehouse of Horrors” episodes. Watch the Aussies ride broomsticks, play with a monster drummer and go postal on some evil trees. It’s like Evil Dead 2 + stoner bros, which, of course, is totally epic.

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Echo Park Jazz and Non Projects Present 826LA Benefit with Asura and Anenon

Feb 21st, 2012 @ 11:04 am

Join us for the eighth edition of Echo Park Jazz’s benefit series for 826LA, we team up with L.A. label Non Projects to present a special label showcase February 23 at Lot 1 Cafe.

This is for sure one of our best shows yet. We feature Asura, the project of cellist Ryan York, who creates delicate grooves for spacestation cocktail parties. York is formally trained as a jazz musician, but has earned international notoriety for his place among L.A. beat scene peers Flying Lotus, Baths, and Matthew David. York will bring a live backing band for a rare set mixing his jazz training with some electronic manipulations.

Also joining him is Anenon, the project of Non Project head Brian Simon, opens, with otherworldly explorations with saxophone, looping pedals, and electronics.

This is a very special night of underground jazz, which supports 826LA’s fantastic efforts to provide tutoring services for kids in Echo Park and beyond.

Hope to see you there!

Best,
Drew Tewksbury

Lot 1 Cafe
1533 W. Sunset
Echo Park

Doors at 9 / Show starts at 9:30
21 and up
$5 all proceeds go to 826LA, a non-profit writing and tutoring center.

ASURA trio:
andres renteria - percussion, loops
richard sears - rhodes
ryan york - double bass, cello


http://nonprojects.net/
http://826la.com/
http://asuraprojects.com/
http://cargocollective.com/anenon

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Sexy Zoo Party, Kenny Loggins, Zombie Apocalypse, Fake Frenchie Music Fest

Feb 10th, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

Tired of yawning and playing solitaire? Here’s some rad business going down this weekend!

February 10 

FILM: Citizen Kane & The Magnificent Amberson’s double feature [Egyptian]

THEATER: Groundling’s Zombie Apocalypse series [Groundlings Theater]

THEATER/KIDS: Sound of Music [The Historic Plummer Auditorium]

MUSIC: Kenny Loggins! [Alex Theater]

CONVENTION: Gem Faire: No Holograms will be in attendance, just a bazillion rocks and twinkily things. [Santa Monica Civic Auditorium]

MUSIC: Nous non Plus and Paris Loves LA, 60’s Parisian cover band [Bootleg]

February 11

FOOD: Indulge LA, Chocolate Festival and Pastry Show. [Olympic Collection]

WORKSHOP/KIDS:  Family Drawing Hour: Artful Improvisation [Getty Center]

THEATER: Opera Simon Boccanegra starring Placido Domingo [Dorothy Chandler Pavilion]

February 12

OUTDOORS: Sex and the City Zoo 3

More info: “wildly romantic Valentine’s Day event celebrating animal mating, dating and cohabitating, is presented by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) on Sunday, February 12, 2012, 5 pm, in the Zoo’s Witherbee Auditorium.  The lighthearted, adults-only affair begins with a reception featuring tempting desserts, alluring wines and “animal walk-abouts,” which include chats with keepers and the chance to observe small animals up close.  Then, the heart of the evening is a provocative presentation – with audience participation — by Zoo veteran Jason Jacobs, who offers insights about relationships in the animal kingdom.  "Sex and City Zoo 3" climaxes [ew] with an optional four-course dinner at Reggie’s Bistro inside the Zoo.”

MUSIC: Swell Season at the intimate [McCabe’s Guitar shop]

LECTURE: LECTURE: GENUINE OR FAKE? ESTABLISHING AUTHENTICITY IN TRADITIONAL CHINESE PAINTING [LACMA]

WORKSHOP: Graffiti Workshop with Galo “Make One” Canote [Mercado Paloma]

OUTDOOR/FOOD/LECTURE: 28TH Annual Los Angeles Wild Mushroom Fair [LA Arboretum]

TALK: Amy Poehler in conversation with Jane Lynch [Aero Theater]

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Soviet Posters, 67 Ellens, Hot Rods and Pedal Cars, Industrial Lou Reed, Female Computers of WWII

Jan 27th, 2012 @ 10:38 am

Friday, January 27

MUSIC: Petrovic Blasting Company at the Echo

Sorta gypsy jazz meets Russian vodka hall brew music. What’s a vodka hall? Shhh. Don’t ask.

More info: “In 1989, in the encroaching mountains of Serbia or Tennessee, an idea occurred between two brothers; or rather, a quixotic dream: to build a bridge from Turkey to Europe. This bridge would be lined with tapestries and populated by a thousand great white birds. Soaring over the Mediterranean sea, as it were, commuters would be flanked by low growing patches of colorful flora. The bridge would be a swath of color and light, a paintbrush stroke between continents, between cultures, between civilizations. On each independence day of each independent country, elaborate displays of fireworks would erupt from the bridge and the Christmas lights would crawl across the bridge like festive veins of ivy on the eves of all the world’s favorite holidays.

 The brothers were pleased by their idea, and so they set off to play music in the streets, that they may raise the funds (approximately $85 billion would do) by the generosity (monetarily speaking) of the persons whose lives they one day hope to improve.

OUTSIDE: Grand National Roadster Show at the Pomona Fairplex, Pomona, CA in Building Nine from January 27th- 29th

Pomona is known for having killer car shows, but this huge show takes the cake. Also, for car geeks this year is lovingly known as the “Deuce year.” Sounds gross, but it’s not. I swear. It’s the 80th anniversary of ’32 Ford

More Info: “In all eight Fairplex exhibit buildings and the surrounding grounds, the Grand National Roadster Show roars into town with the finest roadsters in the country, vying for the coveted America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award.  This show is huge:  more than 500 roadsters, customs, hot rods and motorcycles competing for top awards.  Hundreds more roll in for the 7th annual Drive-In for additional prizes on Saturday and Sunday. The 63rd Annual Grand National Roadster Show will feature, the 1932 Ford in the 80th Anniversary of “The Deuce”.” 

THEATER: Martin McDonagh’s  “The Lonesome West”

From the twisted mind who brought us the riotous blood fest The Lieutenant of Inishmore and the hilariously dark In Bruges, the Ruskin Group Theater presents Martin McDonagh’s play about violence and family in Ireland.

More Info: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm through March 4, 2012 LosAngeles, CA – A four time Tony Award nominee and two-time Academy Award winning playwright, Martin McDonagh will have his work, The Lonesome West, presented in Los Angeles for a limited run at the critically acclaimed Ruskin Group Theatre beginning January 27, 2012.

ART/SMARTS: Initial Points: Anchors of America’s Grid

*The Center for Land Use Interpretation is located behind an unmarked door next to the Museum of Jurassic Technology. If the Museum of Jurassic Technology is a mysterious, steam-punk wondercabinet, then the CLUI is the hi-tech, human geography-obsessed conjoined twin. 

More Info: This new exhibit looks at the historic surveying infrastructure of the USA, and how literal monuments of place have evolved into expressive cornerstones of space. An exhibition by the Center for Land Use Interpretation in association with the Institute of Marking and Measuring with contributions by the National Museum of Surveying and the Principal Meridian Project.

 ART/SMARTS/MUSIC: LONG BEACH TRIPLE FEATURE: LOU REED: Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe / Lou Reed and Producer Bob Ezrin In Conversation at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center AND STATIC NOISE: The Photographs of Rhona Bitner

So much awesome coming from the fine people of CSULB. First is a 3-D sound installation recreating a 1975 industrial performance by Lou Reed, then there’s Rhona Bitner’s photos from iconic music venues, and finally a discussion by Lou Reed with producer Bob Ezrin. Ask Lou what was up with that LULU thing with Metallica.

More info: STATIC NOISE: The Photographs of Rhona Bitner, opening January 27, 2012 at University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach, presents West Coast photography and music lovers their first opportunity to view up close the art of New York-based Rhona Bitner. The exhibition features twenty-eight photographs from Bitner’s ongoing LISTEN series, a body of work devoted to the exploration of significant sites in American music history in their present condition—from Electric Lady Studios and CBGB in New York to the Sound Factory and Whisky à Go-Go in Los Angeles.

Metal: In 1975 RCA Records originally released Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music as a double album. It was seen as a radical departure from previous Reed recordings of the time as it had no songs or even recognizably structured compositions. Drawing more from minimalist American composer La Monte Young’s avant-garde compositions and drone music than from conventional rock and roll, Metal Machine Music is now seen, in retrospect, as a groundbreaking foray into industrial music and sound art. Metal Machine Trio, a 2009 live performance with John Zorn at the Blender Theatre in New York, using special microphone techniques by the sound engineers acousticians at Arup.

The University Art Museum, CSULB will present the world premiere audio installation of Metal Machine Trio as an ambisonic 3-D re-creation. In collaboration with the Arup team in New York, Reed has been able to recreate, for museum visitors, this groundbreaking composition from exactly the same acoustic perspective he had while performing it onstage. 

THEATER/SPECTACLE: Michael Jackson Immortal/Cirque du Soliel at Staples Center

The gloved one may be gone, but Michael Jackson’s music and moves live on through Cirque du Soleil’s production of “the Immortal World Tour.” The whimsical dance troupe takes on Jackson’s comeback tour that was tragically cut short, providing an outsized extravaganza worthy of the King of Pop.

ART/SMARTS: Sci Arc / Materials & Applications: LA Freewaves and Julie Lazar:
Kaleidoscope of Pacific Standard Time

Ok, so no John Cage songs will be played, but this still sounds great. Expect some outlandish antics and some experimental sonic tomfoolery.

More info: To honor California-native John Cage’s centenary and his liberating spirit, RE:COMPOSITION is a thematic program that considers how current compositional practices are enabling artists in a variety of disciplines to reconstitute aspects of their art creation. Though no John Cage compositions will be performed during RE:COMPOSITION, the program embraces the pioneering role which Cage played in the expansion and liberation of visual art and musical compositional practices both internationally and in California during the 20th Century.

Saturday, January 28

ART(ish): The 2nd Annual Ellen Art Show @ The Terrell Moore Gallery

Who wouldn’t want to see 67 portraits of Ellen? Yeah, me neither. But, it’s for a good cause, and I’m sure there will be some hilarious/awesome/awful poses from the star of Mr. Wrong.

More Info: This event is a charity fundraiser for The Trevor Project, www.TheTrevorProject.org, and a party for Ellen Degeneres, in honor of her 54th birthday. There will be 54+ portraits of Ellen Degeneres on …display at the event, painted by artists from LA, NYC, & Miami, as well as Las Vegas, Philadelphia, South Carolina, and Ohio. All portraits will be sold to benefit The Trevor Project.

ARTS/SMARTS: Deconstructing Perestroika/ Craft and Folk Art Museum

Two of LA’s best kept secrets, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, and the Wende Cold War museum are teaming up like a Voltron of radicalness. Russian art under Communism is totally fascinating because 1.) all art had to be made for the state and 2.) it somehow resembled American art at the same time. Yeah, yeah, there’s huge differences with the subject matter, and Russian art never could go as batshit crazy as American art, but it’s really interesting to see how a medium dictates what a piece of art can look like. The screen print is one great example, and this show highlights the confines and liberating aspects of the medium. Oh and Russia. Lots of images of Russia or something.

More info: In collaboration with The Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War, CAFAM will present Deconstructing Perestroika, the first major exhibition in the United States of hand-painted Soviet-era political posters that were inspired by a new government policy of transparency in the former Soviet Union. Organized to mark the 20th anniversary of the former Soviet Union’s demise in December 1991, this exhibition highlights some of the key political and cultural shifts that defined the era and ultimately led to the fall of the former superpower, namely Mikhail Gorbachev’s transformative policies of Glasnost and Perestroika in the late-1980s and early-1990s. These posters illustrates the tradition of hand-painted poster design, known in Russian as avtorskii plakat, which is an outgrowth of traditional Soviet agitprop. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Ljiljana Grubisic, Director of Collections and Public Programs at The Wende Museum.

Sunday, January 29

FAMILY: Sustainable Sundays: Soil, Dirt and Land at the NHM

Get the dirt on dirt! (see what I did here, har har). Here’s some family stuff for people with pipsqueaks, and for those who just want to know how to turn those thumbs green.

More info: Sunday, January 29, 2012;  9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Grand Foyer, Level 1

Get a closer look at the precious resource right beneath our feet and learn about the science of soil with our experts!  Get your gardening and composting questions answered, try your hand at pottery, and meet some critters that call dirt their home!

 Workshop 1 pm - 3 pm: The Science of Soil with Master Gardener Vanessa Vobis

Calling all naturalists and gardeners! Embark on a journey beginning 4.6 billion year ago during Earth’s formation to learn about the history of soil. What are soil’s origins, how is it regenerated, who (or what) needs it and why should you care? In present times, our understanding of soil has changed: politically and socially, what is soil? And what does soil mean to the people that grow our food?

FILM: Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of World War II / Downtown Indie

The untold story of female mathematicians in World War II? Probably the most awesome documentary subject ever! Mathletes! No really, this rules. There’s even a discussion afterward where you can discuss how much this rules. 

 More Info: In early December 1941, Betty Jean Jennings was a freshman completing her first semester at a rural Missouri college. In Philadelphia, Doris and Shirley Blumberg were seniors at Girl’s High and Marlyn Wescoff was completing a minor in business machines at Temple University. In an era of limited career opportunities for women, these bright students anticipated low paying careers as schoolteachers or bookkeepers. But on Sunday, December 7, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and changed these young women’s lives forever. With Pearl Harbor suddenly drawing the US in to WWII, the Army launched a frantic national search for women mathematicians.

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Judy Chicago Blows Up a Football Field, Luis Buñuel Film Fest, Plane Crash As Art, Wu Tang Clan Ain’t Nothin’ to Funk Wit

Jan 20th, 2012 @ 10:37 am

Friday January 20

Tribute band battle: Abbey Road vs The DyManic Duo

It’s the question of the ages. The Beatles vs. the Stones. But at Brixton South Bay’s cover bandstravaganza, you can have it all. Cover bands Abbey Road (the Beatles) and DyManic Duo (the Stones) play a back to back set, making everyone happy.

Luis Buñuel Retrospective at the Aero

Surrealist Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel may be most well known for his works with Salvador Dali, but his long career showcased a style that was confrontational and beautiful at the same time. His infamous Un Chien Andalou is an eye opping experience, literally.

More info: In 1929, Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel - then only as old as the century - gave the world an electrifying jolt. His short film “Un Chien Andalou,” a Surrealist collaboration with artist Salvador Dalí, simultaneously hypnotized with mirthful dream logic and accosted the eye with sudden-impact images (the most famous of which, fittingly, is a severely accosted eye). Buñuel’s career in film would span the next half-century, jumping between countries of production as circumstance dictated. After making “Un Chien Andalou” and its feature-length playmate in Europe, he fled the Spanish Civil War and sought refuge first briefly in Hollywood and then in Mexico, where his “Mexican period” in filmmaking began. There he produced alternately searing and satirical razor-sharp gems of class commentary such as THE YOUNG AND THE DAMNED (LOS OLVIDADOS), THE CRIMINAL LIFE OF ARCHIBALDO DE LA CRUZ and THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL.

Saturday January 21

Wu-Tang Clan at Club Nokia.

Twenty years after the Staten Island rap crew began, Wu-Tang is back to rappin’ with original members RZA, GZA, Raekwon, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killa. Hopefully Old Dirty Bastard will be looking down from heaven Bone Thugs and Harmony-style and ghost rappin some wit.

A Butterfly for Pomona – Judy Chicago

Judy Chicago made history with her iconic art piece, the Dinner Party, but she was also  known for turning fireworks into artwork.  In this piece sponsored by the Pomona College Museum of Art, Chicago blows up a football field in a pyrotechnic display.

Derby Doll battle: LA Ri-ettes vs. San Diego Wildfires

Skate and destroy! The original  roller derby revival girls return to the Doll House for some high-speed antics. Watch Judy Gloom, Tara Armov, and Tawdry Tempest compete in the place where Alex “Axles of Evil” Cohen once rolled.

Art Lande and Albert “Tootie” Heath at CalArts

Slip into some old school jazz with some new school players as faculty from CalArts play with some jazz icons.

More Info: A rare collaboration and appearance in LA by two jazz legends!  Both musicians are cultural treasures, having worked with many of the greatest artists in jazz history. First set: A four movement piece by four different pianists. Performers include faculty and alumni of CalArts: Art Lande, David Roitstein, Cathlene Pineda, and Rory Cowal.

Second set: A dedication to Eddie Marshall, a dear friend of Art Lande and Tootie Heath. Lande and Heath will play some free improv, some standards, and some of Marshall’s music.

Accidents in Abstract Painting – Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson has been a long-standing art fixture in Pasadena and his new work is totally bizarre and great. It’s an equation: Plane + Wall = Art.

More Info: Pasadena-based artist Richard Jackson will mount Accidents in Abstract Painting, his previously unfulfilled dream performance in which he crashes a remote-controlled, large-scale model airplane filled with paint into a wall that reads “Accidents in Abstract Painting.” For Jackson, this act makes an ironic comment on Action Painting and the concept of chance so prominent in abstract painting.

Anne Carson at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever

Act like a hipster, a real one, from the 20’s and get all like, poetry-y at Anne Carson’s reading from her new book, Nox. Snaps!

More Info: Anne Carson is a Canadian poet, essayist, translator, and professor of Classics. She has published sixteen books, the latest of which is NOX (New Directions, 2010), a book of poetry. Antigonick (New Directions, 2011), a comic book of Sophocles’ Antigone with art by Bianca Stone, is forthcoming.

Sunday January 22

Georges Méliès Shorts Program at the Aero Theater

If you saw Martin Scorcesse’s ode to the silent era Hugo, then you’re familiar with Georges Méliès the French filmmaker whose imagination brought audiences to other worlds. This screening series will show some of his rarest films with live musical accompaniment.

Magnificent Marine Invertebrates: Family Tide Pooling at Abalone Cove

The Natural History museum presents a day of hanging with all creatures slimy and spiny, during this offsite visit to Abalone cover, where science guys help families understand the worlds hidden in tidepools.

More info: “Join Dr. Gordon Hendler, Curator of Echinoderms (sea stars and relatives) and museum colleagues at Abalone Cove, one of the most beautiful rocky reefs in Southern California, for an up close and personal tide pooling experience. Discover mollusks, anemones, sea stars, crabs, marine worms, and their intertidal neighbors. Participants will learn about tide pool ecology, marine biology and what it is that makes tide pool creatures the most exotic and fascinating to Angelenos.”

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Sage Vaughn, Scandi Films, Gypsy Jazz, French Synth, and the Adventure Show!

Jan 13th, 2012 @ 11:43 am

Bored as hell? Here’s some LA fun stuff comin up this weekend!

Friday, January 13

*Awesome LA street-turned-fine artist Sage Vaughn has his first solo exhibit of the year at Known Gallery. He’s made his reputation painting gangsta birds. It’s way cooler than it sounds, trust me.

More info: Known Gallery is excited to start off this year with “Last Year”, a show of new works by Sage Vaughn and a very special guest. This will be Sage’s first solo exhibition at Known Gallery, featuring new large-scale woven editions based on paintings and collages from his ongoing ENVELOPE SERIES. Contrasting the nonchalant qualities of collage making and the painstaking exactness of woven tapestry, this work becomes part of an experiment in making art that can exist both off and outside the gallery walls.

*Helen Hunt, star of the blockbuster film Twister, performs Our Town at the Broad Stage

More info: Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe-winner Helen Hunt stars in this groundbreaking new version of Wilder’s iconic American play. Our Town tells the story of young lovers George and Emily, whose life in a small New England town becomes a microcosm of every day life. The wisdom of the play, rendered through a deceptively simple story, makes Our Town an enduring treasure of the American theater.

*LA Phil’s Mahler Project kicks off with “9 SYMPHONIES, 3 WEEKS, 2 ORCHESTRAS, 1 CONDUCTOR.” Gustavo Dudamel directs the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death. It’s kinda a big deal.

*80’s obsessed French synth outfit M83 plays club Nokia with rave-rockers Big Black Delta.

More info: http://goldenvoice.com/shows/details/?id=33822

*Django-fied gypsy jazzers Noah and the Megafauna perform at the Downtown Indie, and debut their new music video. Free!

*The Divide will be the Nuart’s midnight movie and actor Michael Biehn will be there in person! Ask him how he felt about being totally cut out of Terminator 2.

More info: In this unrated graphic and violent post-apocalyptic thriller, nine strangers—all tenants of a New York high rise apartment—escape a nuclear attack by hiding out in the building’s bunker-like basement.

*The B-52’ play the Grove of Anaheim R-r-r-r-rooooock Lob-sta!

Speaking of which:

*The Aquarium of the Pacific stays open late for Shark Lagoon Night where visitors can get up in the grills of some toothy predators. Free!

More info: The public is invited to get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators at the Aquarium of the Pacific for free during Shark Lagoon Nights. Guests will have the opportunity to touch more than 150 sharks and see large sharks like the sand tiger shark at the Shark Lagoon exhibit on select Friday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Shark Lagoon brings guests closer to these predators than they ever imagined was possible. Guests can touch and learn about sharks, shop, purchase drinks and snacks, and enjoy live music during select Shark Lagoon Nights.

Saturday, January 14

*Staycations are so last year. Turn your travel dreams into reality at the Travel and Adventure Show at the Long Beach Convention Center, which features vacation deals, excursion giveaways and presentations by TV travel gurus. Make your 2012 all about escapes, not excuses.

More info: Now in its seventh year - the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show is your ticket to discover authentic travel experiences, snap up the deals, win trips and giveaways, and be entertained and delighted at this amazing travel extravaganza. You’ll hear travel tips from the experts including travel legends Andrew Zimmern, Samantha Brown, Pauline Frommer, Patricia Schultz and more.  Experience ziplining, dive in the scuba pool, and see cultural performances.

* For all those people bonkers for bonsai, the LA Arboretum presents the Baiko-En Bonsai Kenkyukai Show and Sale. Get your shrub on!

More info: The Baiko-En Bonsai Kenkyukai Society will present the only show of deciduous miniaturized trees in the US.  This show features Japanese graybark elms, ginkgo, zelkova and maple trees in their dormant stage.  Demonstrations each day will show how to prune the branches and roots of ordinary nursery plants, transforming them into classic bonsai planted in the traditional shallow pots.  Bonsai trees, both finished and partially trained by club members, will be offered for sale.

*Golden Globe Foreign-language nominee series closes with a FREE panel discussion at the Egyptian Theater from the directors of the Golden Globe nominees including Pedro Almodovar, Jean-Pierre And Luc Dardenne, Asghar Farhadi, Angelina Jolie, and Zhang Yimou. Yeah, that’s Angelina. Will Brad show up????? ZOMG!!!

*The 13th annual Scandinavian film festival LA takes over the Writers Guild Theater. Expand your Scandiphilla beyond girls with dragon tattoos.

More info: Full lineup of films

*Indie-Americana band Wheeler Brothers leave Texas behind for the Mint theater, where they will get yer boots a-stompin!

More info: Formed in Austin, TX, the Wheeler Brothers are made up of brothers Nolan (guitar/piano/vocals), Tyler (bass) and Patrick Wheeler (drums) along with Danny Matthews (guitar/vocals), and A.J. Molyneaux (lap steel/guitar/vocals). They have quickly emerged as one of Austin’s most exciting up-and-coming bands whose style is described as “ball-of-fire Americana” by the Austin Chronicle. They will be making their way across the West Coast through the beginning of the New Year hitting SXSW, Colorado, California & Texas along the way. Wheeler Brothers are touring in support of their debut release, Portraits (Bismeaux Records), which dropped last summer and features sing along, guitar driven jams with clear, crisp vocals and plenty of down-home Southern twang.

*The Craft And Folk Art Museum presents Paper Theater, a family event to make collage stories from old magazines. Can they use my stack of unread New Yorkers? I’ve got a tower of them.

More info: Join artist and puppeteer Leslie K. Gray to explore Kamishibai, an ancient type of Japanese storytelling using picture cards. You’ll create a fascinating world of lively characters created with magazine cuttings and cardboard. Finally, perform your special stories with the group.

Sunday, January 15

Yangzhou Puppet Theater at the Chinese Cultural Arts Celebration at the Huntington Gardens. Who doesn’t love a puppet? No really. Who? I want names.

More info: Explore the music, theater, and folk crafts of China in a day-long event that celebrates the beginning of the lunar new year season, ushering in the Year of the Dragon. The event is a prelude to The Huntington’s Chinese New Year Festival, which will be held on Feb. 4–5. Artists and performers from Jiangsu Province, China, will present traditional puppet opera and demonstrate crafts such as inner-painted glass, paper cutting, and sugar sculpture. Dragon dancers and musicians will add to the spirit of celebration

*Behind Mythbusters presents those two weird guys from the show who will, presumably, bust the shit out of a myth or two, in front of a live audience at the Nokia Theater.  Hope they don’t try that cannonball trick again…

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Beer and Loathing at the Rolling Stone Restaurant at the Hollywood & Highland Center

Jan 9th, 2012 @ 10:15 am

For LA Weekly Arts, I wrote a short piece about the Rolling Stone Restaurant in the Hollywood and Highland Center. That’s right, just around the corner from a Hard Rock Cafe and those guys who dress like Transformers on the street. While this is a restaurant review, I really look at how the branding of Rolling Stone has changed in a media climate where magazines no longer have the cultural capital that they once had. This restaurant represents magazines’ new job as curators, but does it work? Are the bacon-brussel sprouts really good?  Read it here: Rolling Stone Restaurant: Beer and Loathing at the Hollywood & Highland Center.

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Rose Pruning, Mariachi Punks, Black Dahlia Tours, Behind Charles Bronson’s Mustache

Jan 6th, 2012 @ 11:23 am

Who says there’s nothing to do in LA. Here’s some Tewksbury-approved business going down for the next 72 hours:

January 6th

*The FIRST First Friday at the Natural History Museum, featuring Mariachi El Bronx, and a lecture by super skeptic (no really he works at Skeptic Magazine) Michael Shermer. Bronx are punks-turned-Mariachis, and are local heroes. They’re not ironic either, they’re killer musicians in love with oom-pahs and frenzied strums.

More info: “Synthesizing 30 years of research, Michael Shermer upends traditional thinking about how humans form beliefs about the world. Simply put, beliefs come first, and explanations for beliefs follow. Shermer provides countless real-world examples of how this process operates, from politics, economics, and religion to conspiracy theories, the supernatural, and the paranormal. And ultimately, he demonstrates why science is the best tool ever devised to determine whether or not our beliefs match reality.”

*The mostly hilarious Groundlings perform a pretty great improv and sketch comedy night called Science Fair. Of course, Groundlings is where many SNL people get their starts. I’m sure you already know this, but it’s bodacious. Saturday too.

*Quetzal at Fais Do Do. They’re this institution of an LA band playing their record release show, at the historic Fais Do Do club, which used to be a jazz house along the formerly busy strip of jazz haunts in the West Adams district. Most of those houses are churches now, but Fais Do Do is a creole style classic.

More info: “Quetzal, an east LA chicano group that has been performing in LA for 2 decades, will perform their first show of 2012 at Café Fais Do Do on January 6 in Mid City, previewing material from their first record for Smithsonian Folkways out Feb 28, ‘Imaginaries.’ Quetzal was formed by guitarist/singer Quetzal Flores, a vehicle for social commentary, art and activism that rose from the ashes of the 1992 uprisings in LA. Quetzal is joined by his wife and music partner Martha Gonzales and together they mash traditional son jarocho music from Veracruz with rock, R&B and salsa for a fiery, cathartic experience.”

*Noises Off  The kitchy classic opens in Pasadena for a short run at A Noise Within theater. Old people and aspiring nudists love it.

More info: “Michael Frayn’s joyfully out-of-control British farce features an under-rehearsed and over-worked bumbling troupe of veteran thespians, with a penchant for drama more personal than professional, readying themselves for the world premiere of a new play whose auspicious title is Nothing On.  In the process they bring the house down, quite literally.”

*Action hero and mustache innovator Charles Bronson was married apparently. His wife Harriet discusses and signs Charlie & Me at Book Soup

More info: “Hollywood memoir by the first wife of actor Charles Bronson which details their high profile marriage and divorce, and her life as the “ex” Mrs. Famous who reinvents herself as a talk radio host. Many never-before-seen family photos.”

LA Lakers VS Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center.

Sports, Sports, Sports!

January 7th

*The historic Egyptian theater will be screening “the lost episodes of the Honeymooners,” whose Ralph Kramden always imagined sending his wife Alice to the moon, years before lunar landings were even possible.

More info: “One of television’s most influential and beloved programs, “The Honeymooners” starring Jackie Gleason first appeared on the DuMont network’s “Cavalcade of Stars” and then on “The Jackie Gleason Show.” For decades, the early “Honeymooners” live telecasts were lost. Now, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the very first episodes, the American Cinematheque screens a selection of the rare gems from the MPI Home Video/Jackie Gleason Enterprises “Lost Episodes” box set. Join us at the Egyptian for a night of hilarious antics from hapless Brooklyn bus driver Ralph Kramden (Gleason), his long-suffering but loving wife Alice (Audrey Meadows), Ralph’s neighbor and pal, sewer worker Ed Norton (Art Carney) and Norton’s wife Trixie (Joyce Randolph) in episodes that have been hidden away for decades!”

*The Room plays at Landmark’s Regent Theater. Sorry if you already know this, but the room is this longstanding cult film produced by this nutjob Tommy Wiseau. He owns this (in)famous billboard with his face on it. He’s the Angelyne of the movie world, only uglier. He will be there in person if you want to find out what’s wrong with him.

More info:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjxYLchvnRA

*Rose pruning seminar? Yes, this exists. I assume that when you get old that the rose pruning seminar is where you go to find hot dates. Or maybe for youngsters looking for sugardaddies/mommas? Who knows. It sounds like a euphemism, but I’m sure rose pruning is actually really innocent.

More info: “Join the curator of the Arboretum’s Victorian Rose Garden, for a workshop about rose pruning and rose care.  January is a big month for roses; proper pruning and soil building will determine the health and beauty of roses throughout the year.  Jill will demonstrate all the techniques for pruning a variety of different types of roses, lead a discussion on disease control and soil building, and teach you how to nurture perfect roses!”

*Esotouric leads a Black Dalhia tour on the anniversary of her death. These are fun little tours put on by old school LA journos. Getting sawed in half costs extra, I assume, and it would be half as painful as that Black Dahlia movie starring Josh Hartnett. 

More Info: “65 years ago this week, a young woman named Elizabeth Short vanished from downtown Los Angeles. We give this tour several times each year, and the early January tour is always special. We hope that you can join us for this 65th Anniversary Edition. The tour is approximately 4 hours, and will we return in time for riders to take high tea—should they choose—in the Rendezvous Court (the Olive Street Lobby where Beth Short spent some the last known hours of her life)”

*Cinefamily presents Wallace Berman’s Underground (Toni Basil, Tosh Berman, Russ Tamblyn & George Herms in person). It’s a festival of his fascinating short films, with their roots in psychedelic LA.

More Info: “In the mid-1960s, underground wunderkind and collage art luminary Wallace Berman became the true nerve center of a brilliant kind of social assemblage, inspiring and communing with a close-knit circle of actors and artists who screened their underground films domestically among a group of Topanga Canyon bohemians. These films (made by folks with their ears to the ground of the L.A. scene like Bruce Conner, Dean Stockwell and Russ Tamblyn) were influenced by Berman’s spiritualist and radically amateur concepts of art, in which sculpting out of woodscraps later gave way to pioneering photocopy works and the now-legendary mail art publication Semina. Tonight’s program features the world premiere of Bruce Conner’s edit of Dean Stockwell’s film Pas De Trois, and visits with Berman’s friends and collaborators to explore the fascinating intersection among art, Hollywood, and the institutions of the semi-commercial underground!”

January 8th

*Oshogatsu Family Festival at the Japanese American National museum. While I don’t know what Oshogatsu means, I do know that there will be a hell of a lot of origami happening. It’s free all day, and a dragon or two should be showing up. It IS the year of the dragon, after all. Also there will be a CRAZY Onigiri contest where you can make CRAZY rice sphereoids!

* Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins at the Geffen Playhouse. Kathleen Turner plays the firebrand journo in this continuing performance at the Geffen, which opens this week. Kathleen Turner Overdrive will not open the show.

More info: “Two-time Tony and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner sizzles as Molly Ivins, the brassy Texan reporter whose liberal journalism skyrocketed her to the national stage. From writing Elvis Presley’s New York Times obituary to becoming the most widely-read self-proclaimed “pain in the ass to whatever powers come to be,” Ivins, often described as a modern-day Mark Twain, made rabid fans and enemies alike with her sharp-tongued humor and unabashed political criticism. This acclaimed show captures the redheaded reporter’s indomitable character by weaving personal anecdotes with her colorful take on national politics.”

*Hammer Conversations: Amiri Baraka & Kellie Jones

I really think Amiri Baraka is one of the best names I’ve ever heard. I’d go to this just because of that. Also I don’t think it’s a compliment to be called the “Poet Laureate of New Jersey.”

More info: “Now Dig This! curator Kellie Jones and her father—renowned poet, playwright, and activist Amiri Baraka—discuss their collaboration on Jones’s book EyeMinded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art, which investigates various perspectives on art making throughout different generations. Baraka is the author of more than 40 books of essays, poems, drama, and music history and criticism. The former Poet Laureate of New Jersey, he has received numerous honors including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and an Obie Award for his play Dutchman (1963). A book signing will follow the conversation.”

All Weekend:

Free Shows at the Satellite all weekend as part of a 15 show series:

Friday, January 6 - Montë Mar, Light FM, The Alternates, Younglight  (feat. Michael Feerick of Amusement Parks On Fire and Micah Calabrese of Giant Drag)

Saturday, January 7 - The Black Apples, Whispering Pines, Last in Class, Brainstorm

Sunday, January 8 - Big Moves, Tennis System

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Nov 18th, 2011 @ 6:08 am

New Music Tuesday: Adanowsky, Can’s ‘Tago Mago,’ and David Lynch

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