The line at Dolorosa, Studio City. Photo by LC Stapleton
Flash for Dolorosa
Five Los Angeles Tattoo Parlors are offering $60 flash (non-custom) tattoos to benefit Planned Parenthood today. Kiss my Angeles organized the fundraiser after Sarah Bhorntus was inspired by her own interest in getting tattooed to commemorate the Women’s march (Hello Giggles). Although appointments are all booked up, a few of the tattoo parlors are tattooing on a first-come-first-serve basis. Cash only!
Whiskey Fest 2016. Photo by Bob Lee for the LA Beat
Los Angeles magazine will return to the La Brea Tar Pits Museum for its second annual Whiskey Festival on Wednesday, February 22 from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. Not only can you enjoy both timeless classics and tastes from modern craft distilleries, but you are able to meet the master distillers. Experts will be attending from “distinguished and celebrated brands” such as Buffalo Trace, Four Roses Distillery, Kikori, Rebel Yell, WhistlePig, Woodford Reserve and Bruichladdich. If you are able to pronounce the last one, you are an honorary Scot. Also keep your eye out for one of our favorites, Macallan/Highland Park.
Inspired by an editorial by Ed Leibowitz, “Whiskey A Go Go: A 100-Proof Guide to the City’s Favorite Spirit,” the first Whiskey Festival impressed us last year with high quality drams and cocktails. This year we expect more of the same, along with a menu provided by Tres LA while The Aaron Durr Band entertains the room. In addition, guests will enjoy complimentary shoe shines and cigars.
Proceeds will benefit Para Los Niños, a local charity dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty for low-income children. Tickets are $95, all-inclusive. 21 years or older. Free parking is available after 7pm in the LACMA lot at Wilshire and Spaulding. Get your tickets now!
“The Man Who Skied Down Everest” (1975, The Film Detective) Japanese alpinist Yuichiro Miura, who set a world speed skiing record in 1964, sets his sights on conquering Mount Everest, albeit in a very different way: with the assistant of his expedition team, numerous sherpas and a parachute, Miura climbs the colossal mountain with the intent of becoming the first person to ski down the steep and treacherous South Col pass between Everest and Lhotse. Oscar-winning documentary plays more like an extended meditation on a seemingly impossible dream than any sports documentary; entries from Miura’s diary (read by actor Douglas Rain, the voice of HAL 9000 in “2001”), which become Zen koans over the avant-garde score by Canadian percussion ensemble Nexus and Larry Crosley, hone the focus on the emotional and spiritual challenges of the journey, including his guilt over the death of six sherpas in a cave-in, which fuel his doubts about the whole expedition. The result is a glacially paced but frequently insightful and moving look at the mind of an athlete, with the actual descent down Everest, which takes up a fraction of the movie, more or less an afterthought (albeit a harrowing one). The Film Detective’s Blu-ray gives a sparkling presentation to Mitsuji Kanau’s cinematography.
Adam And The Ants were a whole lot of fun when they showed up in the early eighties. Big thumping drums, spaghetti western guitars, and a flash dancing dandy up front, yodelling his masochistic desires. Kind of like the Rocky Horror Picture Show, they became a focal point for those kids who were just finding out about weird art and sex stuff and wanted to turn toward it and away from their Foreigner-listening peers. It really was one of the most un-Foreigner-like things you could experience on MTV at the moment everyone started watching it. They were a willfully odd pop band, Glam Rock revivalists at heart with more modern outfits, and a post-punk sensibility underlying these catchy hit songs. Adam Ant’s return to the Fonda last week, following a roughly twenty year absence from LA, surpassed any reasonable expectations.
It helped that the material chosen for this show was pulled mainly from the Ants’ three albums and related singles, with Kings Of The Wild Frontier played in full for the show’s first half, as well as some well chosen nuggets from his solo career and a joyful cover of “Bang A Gong”. It also helped that the band he’s put together is reverent to the spirit of the original and plays the songs flawlessly with a lot of power. Most crucial of all, the man at he center of it all has lost none of his power to command a stage and yodel about the thrill of a good beating.
While the Kings-in-full performance hit all the expected notes, the second set contained a few surprises; in addition to the expected solo hits and Prince Charming=era songs, was a healthy slice of the Dirk Wears White Sox album, songs American audiences never got to see live. Their versions of the ancient b-sides “Red Scab” and “Physical” sounded like the Melvins, noisy and unhinged. But even their take on “Desperate (But Not Serious)” was menacing. As a fan of the raw, old stuff, it was a joy to see him celebrating that part of his history, and pulling it off so well.
LA locals the Glam Skanks have been supporting the entire tour, and received a warm shout-out from the headliner: “they have a future.” And why not? They look and sound like a party, and partying is going to be in style for a long, long time to come.
Peach in Copenhagen, photo courtesy of Doug Deutsch PR
In 2014, Peach Reasoner gave a concert in Venice that the LA Beat wrote about. Two years later, Peach has brought the same energy and purity of voice to a new live CD, Peach and the Almost Blues Band: A Night in Copenhagen. Voted the Blues Artist of the Year by the L.A. Music Awards, along with receiving other music awards, Peach is known for her dynamic, powerful singing and excellent guitar work. Peach recently sat down with The Los Angeles Beat to discuss the album, her experiences in Denmark and some of the songs.
Q: How did the audiences in Copenhagen treat you? Did they love your music?
A: I’ve been very well received in Denmark from the onset. It probably helped initially that I’m an American guitar-slinging blues woman (because there are few of us out there). But the Danes just like good music! So if the band rocks, the audiences will love you. It’s pretty simple. Continue reading →
According to writers, Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro, and Tony Gilroy the wall was built to keep out monsters; big, bad, souless monsters that resemble gigantic prehistoric reptiles, who swarm the wall every 60 years to kill and bring the dead bodies back to their Queen so she can eat. Apparently, her royal majesty has a ravenous appetite.
When the film opens, we meet William (Matt Damon) a mercenary in China during the Song dynasty. He and his crew, consisting of twenty men, are searching for blackpowder to bring back to Europe and sell for major bucks.
Unfortunately, things aren’t going smoothly for the group. They are pursued by Khitan bandits, who wind up killing everyone except William, his sidekick, Tovar (Pedro Pascal) and two others.
The four men seek refuge in a nearby cave, but are soon attacked by an invisible monster. Even though they didn’t see it, they know it’s a monster because Tovar slashed off the creature’s arm and it definitely did not belong to a human.
‘Lyrics From Lockdown’ is a true story and Bryonn Bain lived it.
He was racially profiled and wrongfully incarcerated by the New York police when he was a Harvard Law student. Once released, Bain’s saga became a cover story for the Village Voice. He called it ‘WalkingWhile Black‘ and it received the largest response in the history of the nation’s most widely read progressive newspaper.
Shortly after, Bain’s law school professor, Lani Guinier, suggested that he create a ‘hip hop opera’ based on his experience with the criminal justice system — and that’s exactly what he did.
Using poetry, comedy, dance, blues, spoken word, calypso, classical music, a live band, and striking visuals, Bryon and his director Gina Belafonte take us on a journey through the very flawed criminal justice system, giving us an extraordinary evening of theatre.
Aaah Valentine’s Day: What better holiday to take us on a journey from loss and longing, to the promise of requited love, to smitten persuasion and romantic occasion on back again than the currently released album celebrating love in all its varying states and vicissitudes than Don Most’s latest musical venture: Mostly Swinging!
Featuring all manner of romantic intrigue and translucence, the album explores everything from soul mate serendipity, the lull between lovers, the brunt of breakups, to spatial bankruptcies in the form of distance between paramours. Yet you simultaneously cannot even be sad listening to some of the more heavy, if you will, love songs on this set: An instant mood booster in all its modern-day, astonishing, ol’ skool, glory!
Lover Come Back to Me is an ostensible break up song or at the very least “I’m missing you” melody, yet the most buoyant and effervescent one I ever did behold. (Love Stinks by J. Geils it is not and frankly those boys could have learned a thing or two from Mr. Most and his swinging ways!!!—Evoke some positivity man!!!)
Blue Skies smile down upon us quite decidedly as the brass soars higher than anyone could ever imagine in said song– superseeding even the birds! And frankly, how they make such a majestic sound up above and beyond any sort of atmospheric air pressure is beyond me! Continue reading →