I was watching Jeopardy once, and the answer was, 'This leader did some sightseeing in a newly defeated Paris in June of 1940.' The contestant said, 'Who is Adolf Hitler?' and Alex Trebek replied, 'That is correct.' Really? That's the answer to the question 'Who is Hitler?': A guy who went antiquing through Europe? Because I feel like I know that name from something else.
Jane Borden performs at Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill on January 7th at 8pm, the Pleasure Chest on January 8th at 8pm and M.I. Westside Comedy Theater on January 9th at 10pm. Tickets are under $10.
Scope out 130 pieces from 64 artists at this annual juried group exhibition housed inside of the Soap Plant/Wacko complex. You can pick up works from some familiar names as well as largely undiscovered, emerging talent including commercial illustrators, graphic designers, tattooists, scenics, students, street taggers, animators and working gallery artists.
Amid all the mirrored surfaces and hazy ambiguities of Olivier Assayas’s bewitching, brazenly unconventional ghost story, this much can be said with certainty: Kristen Stewart has become one hell of an actor. The former Twilight star was easily the standout feature of Assayas’s last film, the slightly stilted study of actors Clouds of Sils Maria, quietly yanking the rug from under the feet of Juliette Binoche. Here, Stewart doesn’t need to steal the film from anyone: She’s in virtually every crisp frame of it, holding the camera’s woozy gaze with her own quizzical, secretive stare and knotted body language. Her performance is a galvanizing human influence on the film, even as her character, introverted American-in-Paris Maureen, seems forever on the verge of voluntary evaporation. A haute-couture clothes buyer and general gofer to an insufferable A-list celebrity (shades of Sils Maria, though Assayas is on a very different thematic path), practicing medium Maureen is haunted, in all senses, by the recent death of her twin brother. Stalking his former abode at night, seeking a final communication, she encounters a spirit or two—but whose? And are those insidious, anonymous texts that start invading her phone from another amorphous entity? As Maureen’s already fragile composure begins to fray, it’s hard to tell if she’s plagued by absence or uncanny presence: Even her boss is barely visible, leaving a trail of curt notes and messages in her wake. Among the many things that ap
The virtue of courage is high up on the list of Disney princess must-haves (just below kindness, beauty and a strapping prince in tight pants). So three cheers for Dreamgirls director Bill Condon and star Emma Watson for having the courage to make a live-action musical adaptation of Disney's adored Beauty and the Beast with 2017 gender politics and a diverse cast. Not only is this new Belle the studio's most feminist princess to date, the update boasts the first (and second) interracial kiss to ever appear in a Disney movie, as well as the first openly gay character. And it's all done with a lovely feeling of integrity. Today's Beauty and the Beast is a lavish pull-out-all-the-stops musical. Watson brings sincerity to the role of Belle, the only bookworm in an 18th-century French village. (Her singing isn’t bad either). Luke Evans is hilarious as her sexist meathead suitor, Gaston, whose charming come-ons include: "Do you know what happens to spinsters in the village when their fathers die? They beg for scraps." Josh Gad (who voiced Olaf the snowman in Frozen) is Gaston's adoring sidekick Le Fou. The pair’s one-sided bromance is a highlight. Belle’s inventor dad (Kevin Kline) is on his way to market when he takes a wrong turn and finds himself locked in the gothic castle belonging to the Beast (Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey, hiding behind a furry face and a CGI-supplanted physique). Of course, the Beast is actually a dashing prince, transformed by a kind witch as punishmen
Comic-Con International brings its unique brand of super-fandom to Orange County at this annual convention. Comic, anime, gaming, movie and TV lovers can head to the Anaheim Convention Center for three days full of sneak peeks, Q&As, premiere screenings and special guests. And no comic convention would be complete without a costume contest; register by March 17 to participate in the large-scale onstage Masquerade competition.
Fun Home, the new musical and winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score, is coming to the Ahmanson from February 22 through April 1, 2017. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, this incredibly nostalgic musical follows the life of Alison Bechdel as she seeks to answer the mysteries surrounding her life. The story follows her at three different stages, from childhood to adulthood, until she finally sees her parents from the perspective of an adult. Adam Feldman of Time Out New York calls it a “... Broadway musical of enormous intelligence and sensitivity...” Fun Home is a groundbreaking musical for being the first to have a lesbian protagonist and a show that you don't want to miss.
Celebrate the life of the late Mexican megastar as the Vista screens Selena with a sing-a-long and a ruffly costume contest. The showing of the Jennifer Lopez-starring biopic coincides with both Cesar Chavez Day and the anniversary of the singer's death. All proceeds will benefit Latino legal civil rights.
Sigur Rós will perform three shows with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall this spring. It's part of the LA Phil's Reykjavík Festival, a two-week exploration of Iceland's captivatingly eclectic music scene that covers the spectrum from chamber works to pop music. The rest of the series, curated by Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason and LA Phil Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen, features a slew of other Scandinavian musicians, including a packed opener topped by múm and amiina, as well as a closing-night performance from film composer Jóhann Jóhannsson and record label Bedroom Community's Valgeir Sigurðsson, Nico Muhly and Sam Amidon.
KROQ morning fixtures Kevin and Bean host this annual comedy blowout at the Shrine Auditorium. Like an LA counterpart to the UK's Red Nose Day, the show pulls in a "shut up and take my money" caliber of comedians, with proceeds from the event going to charity (Fisher House and Cedars-Sinai NICU). Be sure to snag a seat for the sure sell-out show, otherwise you'll be left begging for tickets on the KROQ request line. This year's performers include Bill Burr, Anjelah Johnson, David Koechner, Jimmy Pardo, Adam Ray, Jonah Ray and Taylor Williamson.
This year's Young Literati Annual Toast has star power in spades. Busy Philipps, Colin Hanks and Constance Wu, among others, have helped to curate the event. The exclusive event will explore the city's literary roots and its cultural impact with readings from the L.A. Public Library. The night promises to be fun time too, with cocktails and appetizers along with a VIP after-party. Tickets are not cheap, but all proceeds going to the Los Angeles Public Library. Lovers of the written word: splurge to keep prose alive.
Indulge your inner foodie and shopaholic at this weekly food-focused market. The Brooklyn export has landed in the Arts District and become a hotbed of fantastic food and retail vendors, with some that are testing out their dishes before launching a full-blown brick-and-mortar in the city. Bonus: there is plentiful (and free, for two hours!) parking in the nearby parking garage.
The interior of Downtown's whimsical, literary sanctuary, the Last Bookstore, practically begs for a regular stage show. Enter the Last Book Review: Comedians Ever Mainard and Caitlin Bergh recruit a lineup of storytellers, comics and authors to share humorous tales, personal essays and one very witty book review.
In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: a human who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to, and her life was not saved. Instead, it was stolen.
See legendary post-punk outfit Wire celebrate the 40th anniversary of their first performance with this L.A.-only festival. They'll follow up three nights of performances by Julia Holter, Mild High Club, Laetitia Sadier and Fitted (Mike Watt, Bob Lee, Matthew Simms and Wire bassist Graham Lewis and guitarist Matthew Sims), with a special opening night acoustic set from Bob Mould.
L.A.'s own rootsy folk-rockers one-up Mumford & Sons by having an actual family connection in the band: the Goldsmith brothers, Griffin on drums and Taylor on vocals and guitar. The band sounds like an ode to the Laurel Canyon music scene of the early '70s, while their harmonies and tales of the road betray a deep devotion to the Eagles and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Center Theatre Group is celebrating its 50th anniversary season with a unique performance. For each performance of Remote L.A., 50 audience members head onto the streets of Los Angeles for a guided audio tour directed and produced by Rimini Protokoll, an award-winning international documentary theater team. The headphones will provide audience members a soundtrack to what they are seeing, and will also give the group various tasks, turning them from audience members to participants. Your guide is "Heather," a computer-generated audio guide who will lead your group on a journey through the streets, tunnels and terrances of L.A. You'll travel by Metro and on foot through places familiar and strange, revealing the city in ways you've never seen before. Remote L.A. is a pedestrian live art theatrical experience in which you are both the observer and the observed. Note: The performance is approximately 100 minutes, plus a 30-minute walk to and from the Music Center with a total walking distance of around four miles - so wear comfy shoes!
There's a clear soft streak hidden in Tig Notaro's deadpan delivery, enough that the acclaimed comedian is mounting an annual festival in the memory of late acress Suzanne Krull. Tig herself heads up a lineup with Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho, Amy Burkman and more. Proceeds benefit MOSTe, an L.A.-based program that empowers girls from underserved neighborhoods with leadership skills.
The newest flea market on the block, the Venice outpost of this artisan/craft-focused flea market mini-empire is bringing records, vintage and vintage-inspired clothing, cosmetics, jewelry and more to the Westminster Avenue Elementary School. A handful of small batch confectioners provide sweet treats to snack on or take home, while food trucks and nearby restaurants provide heartier bites. Though relatively small in size, owing perhaps to its prime location bookending the neighborhood’s famed Abbot Kinney stretch, vendors hawk a diverse range of hand-made and expertly curated wares that seems to simultaneously fit in and stand out in one of the nation’s most unusual neighborhoods.
Every Saturday and Sunday, the UCB franchise's longest-running, most beloved showcase starts when a base cast of the theater's current top-brass—including founding UCB members Matt Walsh, Matt Besser and Ian Roberts—takes the stage. Then they introduce the surprise celebrity alumnae and friends who will be joining them (think Horatio Sanz, Ben Schwartz, Adam Pally). And finally, another special guest takes the stage, a non-improviser (think Flea, Cat Power, Rebel Wilson, Lena Dunham) who opens the show with a personal story, that's deftly mined for laughs by the players. But you have to go to find out who's there—that's part of the fun. Looking for a cheap night out? Sunday shows are free, but seating is first-come, first-served, so be sure to arrive early.
L.A.'s craft beer scene has grown exponentially in the past few years, leaving beer fiends to wonder not if there's a brewery they want to check out, but when and how many. That's where LA Beer Hop comes in. Started by husband and wife Hal and Cindy Mooney, Beer Hop offers brewery tours on the weekends, offering tours that focus on different L.A. neighborhoods. Tours last for 4-5 hours and are led by a knowledge Beer Hop guide, driving each group to three breweries while providing fantastic information along the way. No two tours are alike: on a South Bay excursion, you may be taken to Monkish, Three Weavers and Phantom Carriage one weekend, and King Harbor, The Dudes and Absolution Brewing on another. East/Central LA tours traverse the city from Mumford to MacLeod to Eagle Rock Brewery. And at $69, the tours are a steal—not only do you have a built-in designated driver, but each brewery includes a sizeable flight, letting you try a wide variety and leaving you thoroughly tipsy (at the bare minimum). The Beer Hop bus arranges for pick-up at metro stops to ensure as little driving on your part as possible. And your fellow tour members? Well, that can all depend, but after a flight or two we're sure you'll all be singing together on the bus in no time.
There's nothing very menacing about Ariana Grande's latest album, Dangerous Woman, unless you find powerful vocal performances frightening. The pop superstar goes full-diva with a collection of soaring Mariah Carey-style ballads, set alongside crossover tracks featuring Lil Wayne and Future. British pop group Little Mix and R&B singer-songwriter Victoria Monét support.
The multiple Tony-winning An American in Paris is making its Los Angeles premiere March 22-April 9, 2017. Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss, The Light in the Piazza) wrote the book; the show features classic George and Ira Gershwin songs, including several from the iconic 1951 film, such as “I Got Rhythm” and “S Wonderful.” The stage adaptation was nominated for 12 Tonys, winning four. There may be no replacing Gene Kelly, but one of “American’s” Tony wins was for Best Choreography (Christopher Wheeldon) and it collected three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards for its dancing.
Silver Lake's legit little music venue offers up some of the best local music in the city every Monday night... for free. Check out LA bands that are about to make it big (acts like Fitz & the Tantrums, Superhumanoids and even Local Natives have graced the residency stage) without spending a dime—well, except on maybe a beer, or a round for the folks onstage. Check the Satellite calendar to see who's on the bill each month. Acts often have a rotating cast of openers, so you can see different bands each week while watching the main act work on material, become more comfortable onstage and find their rhythm as the month goes on. Then a few years from now, you can say "I saw them when...."
Is Magic Mike one of your favorite movies? Then the Hollywood Men is for you. The show's website says it best, "You can expect a high-energy, tastefully provocative, and fully choreographed male strip show featuring only the best looking and most talented exotic male entertainers in Los Angeles." The strip acts have various themes, including the Gladiator, The Matrix, Fifty Shades of Grey and, of course, a cop and firefighter. You can catch the show at OHM Nightclub in Hollywood on Fridays at 8:30pm and Saturdays at 8:30pm, and additional nights at other venues. Check the show's website for more details on where they will be performing.
About 80 high schoolers were chosen to spend a week learning from local creative luminaries. Our sincere congratulations to them, but what does that mean for you, the general public? You have the chance to see them perform in three multidisciplinary performances, a cinematic arts screening and a visual arts exhibition.