Childish Gambino Brings the House Down at Adidas #747WarehouseSt

Childish Gambino performing at Adidas #747WarehouseSt. Photo by Genesia Ting.

The ever elusive Childish Gambino treated Adidas fans to a special surprise headlining performance this past week.  Amongst all the excitement and creativity, workshops and Maker lab, exclusive drops and raffles – no one was prepared for the entertainment of the night.

An already exciting lineup with Playboi Carti, 21 Savage, and Lil Uzi Vert, fans knew Adidas had to top it.  The first unannounced headliner was Kid Cudi, who was briefly introduced by Kanye West.  Just recently introduced back to the spotlight, Kid Cudi really enjoyed himself on stage.  He performed a good mix of classics and new hits from “Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'”, and even performed “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” off of Kanye’s hit album “The Life of Pablo.”

Shortly after, they began setting up the stage for a band.  “Childish Gambino” flashed across the screens and darted away.  Fans began squirming and pushing to the front.  Gambino appeared in a smoky haze, and reminded fans to simply enjoy the music and try to stay away from phones and cameras.

Backed by haunting vocals and performing ridiculously high falsettos, Gambino made an entrance that was highly appreciated.  He ran through a wide list of songs – with a mixture of “Awaken, My Love!”, “Because the Internet,” and “Kauai” with special emphasis on “The Worst Guys,” “Sober,” “Redbone,” and “3005”.

Although given an audience grade of “6/10” by Gambino, it was clear that everyone in the warehouse event thoroughly enjoyed his performance.  Gambino himself is not a fan of performing live, so this performance was truly a treat to Los Angeles.

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‘Red Sparrow’ Not Your Typical Spy Film and That’s a Very Good Thing

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Photo courtesy of 20th Century Films

First off, Jennifer Lawrence is absolutely mesmerizing in this film. She plays Dominika Egorova a prima ballerina with the Bolshoi Ballet who is forced to turn spy when an on-stage ‘collision’ ends her career. ‘Red Sparrow,’ which is tightly directed by Francis Lawrence (“Hunger Games”), opens with Dominika dancing on the stage before Moscow’s elite. It’s obvious she is everyone’s darling.

At the same time, we meet an American C.I.A. agent, Nate Nash (Joel Edgerton), whose meeting with his Russian mole in Gorky Park is abruptly cut short when narcotic cops show up. Soon, these two stories come together in the most intriguing way. After her so-called ‘accident,’ Dominika realizes that not only has she lost her career, but she’s also on the verge of losing all the perks that came with it, including her Moscow apartment and her health insurance, which she desperately needs to pay for her sick mother’s (Joely Richardson) care.

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Movie Review: ‘The Cured’ Presents a New Zombie Twist

The Cured,” in theaters and on demand Feb. 23, 2018, is a smart, new Irish zombie film from director David Freyne. It makes me think that the UK really knows how to do zombism-as-infectious-disease. (See the excellent “28 Days Later” and “The Girl With All The Gifts.”)

The film starts after most of a massive zombie outbreak has been contained, and a cure has been discovered that works for about 75 percent of the infected. This good news comes with significant problems, however: for one thing, the cured zombies remember every awful thing they did while infected and, worse still, the population is seriously conflicted about letting them reintegrate into society. It’s a clever concept with parallels to unwanted refugees and minority populations.

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Off-Broadway Pulitzer Winning ‘Talley’s Folly’ Makes It to Hollywood’s Hudson

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning “Talley’s Folly” at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre in Hollywood, California, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.

Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson, winner of Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York drama critics Circle award in 1980, has been brought to the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood by Bright Eyes Productions.

The 90-minute play (as you will be instructed by character Matt Friedman, a Jewish man) is set in a dilapidated, but dignified Victorian Boathouse “folly” in Lebanon, Missouri in 1944, where he arrives to plead his love to Sally Talley, daughter of the locally excentric, but conservative Protestant, Talley family.
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watt’s picture of the week – sunday, february 18, 2018

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Beat Recommends: Dr. Octagon Monday at the Belasco Theater

The arrival of the album Dr. Octagonocologyst was a big event for us rock guys who also liked some hip hop, back in 1996. It had all the right elements for us – a crazily inventive and hilarious rapper in Kool Keith, a supernaturally skilled turntablist in DJ Qbert, and producer Dan The Automator, whose smeared, psychedelic soundtracks provided the perfect backdrop for Keith’s head-spinning narration. The combination of these three titans made for a supergroup that really worked, one that played to everyone’s strengths and resulted in a totally singular sound. It was futuristic and not afraid to say so — its opening track promised the sound that happens when “rap moves onto the year 3000” — without ever losing connection to the old-school sound that Keith helped pioneer when he was in the Funky 4+1. Continue reading

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Pop-up Retrospective of Bill Barminski at Castelli Art Space

The influential and prolific artist Bill Barminski has an upcoming pop-up career retrospective curated by his friend and film editor Scott Arundale at Castelli Art Space for only two nights. The one-of-a-kind show will exhibit the artist’s work spanning the last 30 years on Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

A little over 30 years ago, Arundale bought Barminski his first canvas and encouraged him to put together a solo show. This launched Barminski into the spotlight of the burgeoning LA art scene. Arundale also produced Barminski’s first few gallery shows, and the two later collaborated on Baz Lurhmann’s “Sunscreen” video.

The retrospective will feature over two dozen paintings by Barminski from various stages of his career. The primary focus will be on the mid-80s and 2000s. The exhibit will also feature a never-before-seen large bronze sculpture.

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Celebrate the Year of the Dog in Chinatown!

Photo by Mike Watt

This weekend, LA’s Chinatown celebrates the year of the dog with the 119th Annual Golden Dragon Parade. The annual celebration will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17th, 2018. Join over 110,000 fellow Angelenos in the big celebration. Colorful floats, multiple marching bands, entertainers, decorated cars, and dancers will parade from Hill Street and Temple along Bernard, and back to Hill Street and Temple. MAP And if you like firecrackers, how about 500,000 firecrackers? Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (Cartoon Antics Edition)

Teen Titans: The Complete First Season” (2003, Warner Archives Collection) Debut season of the much-loved WB animated series about a quintet of youthful superheroes who divide their energies between fighting a baroque array of villains and contending with the same high school quandaries – friendship, romance, identity – that most of the viewers wrangled with (or were in the midst of wrangling) on the other side of the tube. Continue reading

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Liquid Kitty Punk Rock BBQ Returns to the Westside!

Liquid Kitty may have closed at the end of August, 2016, but the soul of the pUnk rOck BBQ lives on. Cafe NELA in Highland Park has done a fine job of hosting the BBQ, but the Westsiders don’t all show up. Now, “two former Liquid Kitty employees, Damian and Jason are now part owners of Harvelle’s in Santa Monica and are running the place.” So Westside people, denizens of the South Bay, you can come out from hiding now.

Come on back to the Liquid Kitty Punk Rock BBQ to rock out to six local bands this Sunday, Feb. 18th from 1pm – 7pm. Admission is free, and there will be free hot dogs and cheap booze, like $2 Rusty Beers and $6 Lowlifes.  is located at 1432 4th Street Santa Monica, CA 90401. There is lots of parking, and the club is only 350 yards from the Expo line!

SET TIMES

1:00pm: SHIT 4 BRAINZ

2:00pm: ATOMIC SHERPAS

3:00pm: LAWNDALE

4:00pm: PRV13 (formerly PUNK ROCK VATOS)

5:00pm: SUPERBEAN

6pm: THE MORMONS

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