We pick out some of the city's best concerts, screenings and things to do, every day, just for you. 1. Look back on Machine Project's wonderful wackiness Celebrate the indescribable installations that have set up shop at Machine Project over the years at this launch party for the Echo Park space's new book, Machine Project: The Platinum Collection. The evening includes performances by Chris Kallmyer, Cliff Hengst, the Reader’s Chorus and screenings of works from the Machine archive and highlights of upcoming projects. (Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Blvd. 7pm; free.) 2. Watch Moshe Kasher work out his new TV show Oakland kid-made-good Moshe Kasher is bawdy and dark, wily and confrontational as a stand-up. His upcoming Comedy Central show, Problematic, is a joke-fueled 21st-century take on '80s daytime talk shows. For this preview show at NerdMelt, he's tapped speechwriter Jon Lovett along with comedians Josh Androsky, Guy Branum and Felipe Esparza. Advance tickets are sold out, but you can hop into the standby line at the door. (NerdMelt, 7522 Sunset Blvd. 7pm; free.) 3. Catch a solo set from Bob Mould Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman Bob Mould hits the Echo on Thursday for the opening night of Drill: Los Angeles. The fest marks the 40th anniversary of legendary post-punk outfit Wire's first performance. Wire themselves will close out the fest following multiple nights of performances by Julia Holter, Mild High Club, Laetitia Sadier and Fitted (Mike Watt, Bob Lee, Matthew Simms
It appears the controversial new building going up at the corner of 9th and Hill streets in Downtown L.A.—the one that will block one view of the Eastern Columbia Building—will be going forward as planned. Two different appeals by angry neighborhood residents and preservation advocates were quashed by the City Council at a meeting yesterday. The so-called “clock block” tower, formally known as the Alexan, will rise 27 floors high, while the Art Deco landmark Eastern Columbia Building is only 13. Right now the illuminated clock at the top of the building can be seen from every direction around it. At the time that the Eastern Columbia Building was built, in 1930, it was one of the tallest buildings in the region. Back then, the city had a height limit of 150 feet, but a special exemption was made for the decorative clock tower, which reaches a total of 275 feet tall and has been an icon of the DTLA skyline ever since. The clock itself was restored in 2005 as part of an overhaul of the building into luxury condominiums. The residents of those condos have been among the most vocal opponents to the arrival of the Alexan, including hiring the attorney who filed these most recent protests with the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee, as Curbed L.A. reports. The filings argued that, because the design initially proposed for the Alexan was much smaller, before the extra, clock-blocking floors were added to the blueprints, it should have to start the process over with a
So technically there's no actual fried chicken being served, but that didn't stop Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul super fans from lining up to see the Los Pollos Hermanos pop-up in Downtown Los Angeles. Gustavo Fring's fictional fast-food chain will be in the Arts District today and tomorrow only, from noon to 10pm. There's plenty of merch and curly fries to be had. But first, you have to go through that line. Check out these photos from today's dedicated attendees. A post shared by @jetterz on Mar 29, 2017 at 2:05pm PDT A post shared by Mark Anthony Marquez (@mrpuzzled) on Mar 29, 2017 at 12:54pm PDT A post shared by la musician/singer/songwriter (@dustinrobinson) on Mar 29, 2017 at 12:51pm PDT A post shared by Chad Fernandez (@chadfernandez1) on Mar 29, 2017 at 2:07pm PDT A post shared by Eugene Shin (@eugeneshin88) on Mar 29, 2017 at 2:12pm PDT A post shared by Two Men Chew (@twomenchew) on Mar 29, 2017 at 1:59pm PDT A post shared by Jack Klink (@jacklink01) on Mar 29, 2017 at 1:19pm PDT Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
A massive pillow fight free-for-all is taking place in Downtown's Pershing Square this weekend, should you feel a need to whack a bunch of strangers with a soft, fluffy object. And who among us hasn’t felt that particular impulse, really? International Pillow Fight Day comes to Los Angeles on Saturday, April 1, from 2:30pm to 5pm. That’s April Fool’s Day, but we’re pretty sure this event is actually real. In fact, the event is something of an annual tradition at this point, dating back to 2010. Hundreds of pillow-toting warriors will fill Pershing Square Park and begin swinging around at every person they see. As feathers fly, DJs will provide a musical soundtrack and food trucks will be on hand to feed those who work up an appetite from all that thwacking. If you’re going to attend, the organizers make two requests on their Facebook event: first, that you bring along brooms, rakes and garbage sacks to help clean up the feathers and scraps that will inevitably litter the plaza once the fight concludes, and, secondly, that you only fight with soft pillows. This is not the time to bring along a firm, button-tufted or zipper-closed couch cushion that could put someone’s eye out. The event is totally free to attend, no tickets required. Just show up in some comfy clothes ready to get smacked in the face. Pillow Fight Day is family-friendly and kids are welcome to attend along with grown-ups looking for some kid-like fun. International Pillow Fight Day Los Angeles 2017 ta
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is finally taking shape. The final phase of construction—the one that will adorn the structure with that massive glass bubble—will start on June 1. It took years to even break ground on the long-delayed project, and the Academy had to deal with complaints and lawsuits from community activists who targeted the Renzo Piano-designed dome in particular, claiming it was as an eyesore unbecoming to the neighborhood, among their concerns about traffic, parking and other issues. Once the legal wrangling and P.R. drama settled down, initial construction began in March of 2016. Now that the May Company structure near LACMA has been gutted, and the primary Academy Museum structure is built, it is time for MATT Construction and a German glasswork specialist firm to get to work on the 130-foot orb, according to Hollywood Reporter. MATT Construction has recently worked on build-outs for the Broad, Skirball Cultural Center and the new wing of the California Science Center. Once complete, the show-stopping sphere will be home to the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and the Dolby Terrace, a domed event space. The orb will connect to the May Company Building structure with what the designers describe as a curtain of glass, allowing light to stream straight into the main building (imagine a soap bubble landing on a flat surface if you’re having trouble visualizing). Originally, the goal had been an opening date of mid-2017, but that deadline was tossed b
Among the worst-kept summer music festival secrets, the Classic West was officially announced today after a couple of teases earlier in the month. The good news? Some of the tickets are actually more affordable than we were expecting. The Classic West will take over Dodger Stadium for two nights this summer, with sets from the Eagles, Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers on Saturday, July 15, and Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire on Sunday, July 16. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, April 7, at 10am. But there are also—deep breath—seven separate presales starting as early as April 3. Regular two-day tickets start at $150 and go all the way up to $950. It's certainly not cheap—and there are no single-day tickets available—but considering that you'll see six bona fide '70s classics, $150 seems a reasonable fee to at least get in the door. The VIP packages, of course, are far from affordable. You can secure a spot at the front of the lower bowl alongside some VIP perks—oooh, a commemorative ticket and lanyard—for $795, with floor seat, parking and refreshment packages climbing as high as $2,750. Over on the opposite coast, New York's Citi Field will host a carbon copy of the festival on July 29 and 30, appropriately dubbed the Classic East. The Classic West takes place July 15 and 16 at Dodger Stadium. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
We pick out some of the city's best concerts, screenings and things to do, every day, just for you. 1. Celebrate March 29 with $3.29 beers Golden Road named its signature 329 Lager after the 329 days of sunshine that grace Los Angeles. As March 29 rolls around, the Glendale-adjacent brewery is throwing a 329 Day Carnival, with live music, games, rides, face painting and pints of beer for just $3.29. Expect a variety of 329 Lager specialty brews, including with coffee, orange blossom honey and more. (Golden Road Brewing, 5410 W San Fernando Rd. 6-10pm; free.) 2. Watch some Shakespearean striptease Nothing says hump day diversion like tapas and topless ladies. Settle in at El Cid for dinner and a performance by Sultry Sweet Burlesque, which is presenting "Toil and Trouble," a Shakespearean-themed Ides of March show that features a fair amount of togas hitting the floor. (El Cid, 4212 Sunset Blvd. 7:30-10:30pm; $20-$35.) 3. Spend an evening at the Watkins Family Hour Nickel Creek siblings Sean and Sara Watkins host this bluegrass-slanted variety show on a semi-regular basis. Tonight's guests include Inara George of local indie pop duo the Bird and the Bee. (Largo, 366 N La Cienega Blvd. 8:30pm; $30.) Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Do you ever imagine what it might be like if Waze could help you streamline everything in your life, not just find the fastest route around traffic? Well, it turns out that the app's developers are already a step ahead of you. Waze will be rolling out new features for your life outside the car, starting by allowing you to pre-order your Dunkin’ Donuts. Now, when you fire up Waze to help you find the best way to go about your morning commute, you’ll see a new feature called Order Ahead that will let you alert your selected local Dunkin’ Donuts to your desires and time of arrival. The feature only works for the popular breakfast chain at the moment, but that’s likely to change soon. Waze execs are looking to a future where your groceries, prescriptions or anything else you pick up along your daily driving routines, could all be pre-set and timed for you to collect them. "It could be almost anything that a driver could order ahead and have ready for pickup," Jordan Grossman, head of Waze's business partnerships in North America, told the L.A. Times. Waze is owned by Google who probably already has a pretty extensive dossier about your whereabouts and purchasing patterns, so in the future, one can easily foresee them relying on that data pool to use the app to suggest any number of potential upsells keyed to your physical location or driving destinations. While they work on that, we’ll have to settle for a cup of coffee and a classic glazed. Want more? Sign up here to stay
If you've ever wanted to do the backstroke in a pool of sprinkles—à la a more sugary Scrooge McDuck—then prepare your sweet tooth for the Museum of Ice Cream. The Museum of Ice Cream, which first popped up in New York last year, will make its way to Los Angeles this spring. The hands-on ice cream-themed experience promises 10 reimagined installations across a space four times larger than New York's. You'll find it at 2018 East 7th Place in the Arts District from April 22 until May 29. Part ice cream parlor, part Pop Art gallery space, the Museum of Ice Cream includes a rotating selection of scoops from the likes of McConnell's, Salt & Straw, Coolhaus and CREAM. On the installation side, you'll find everything from a melted popsicle jungle to a room filled with 10,000 "bananas"—and of course that hundred-million-sprinkles pool. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 3 at 9am, with two American Express presales (one for regular card-holders, one for fancy Platinum members) beginning March 30 at 9am. Each ticket—priced at $29, or $18 for children (3-12) and seniors (60+)—includes two ice cream tastings and other surprise treats. It's a pretty steep cost to snap a couple of Instagram pics, but we suggest securing your tickets right away if you're interested; the entire run sold out in just a couple of hours in New York and prompted resale tickets as high as $100 on Craigslist. If you need any more convincing, here's a look at the museum when it first opened in New York.
Cinespia’s beloved outdoor summer movie series has announced the first slate of films they will be screening this year. Longer days and wildflower blooms are great and all, but if you ask us, the first time we spread our blanket out at Hollywood Forever Cemetery for an evening movie is the true sign that the season has arrived. The May film selections set a perfect opening tone for the season with several choices that prominently feature our own fair city. May 13: Chinatown This classic starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunnaway ranks among the best movies ever made about Los Angeles, so obviously it's perfect to kick off the iconic screening series, and where better to watch it than at a real Hollywood landmark? May 20: Boogie Nights A popular choice for outdoor screening programs, Paul Thomas Anderson’s saucy story of a young man in the Southern California adult entertainment industry is sure to make for a fun night out. May 27: North by Northwest This Alfred Hitchcock essential has been such a hit in previous Cinespia lineups that they’re giving fans what they love and bringing it back for an encore showing. We’ll never get enough of Cary Grant as a Madison Avenue ad man who gets swept up in a case of mistaken identity. May 28: Clueless The film Clueless is already 22 years old at this point, and, no, we can’t believe that either. Spend your Memorial Day weekend driving down memory lane (just remember to like, totally pause at stop signs) with this teen adaptation