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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‘A Night With Janis Joplin’ Is Coming To The Saban Theatre and I Can’t Wait To See It

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Photo courtesy of “A Night With Janis Joplin”

Janis Joplin was one of the greatest blues singers of our time. Her husky, earthy and explosive voice, still to this day has one of the most recognizable sounds that has the power to move you both emotionally and physically.

Not only did Janis have an incredible instrument, but she threw herself body and soul into every number she performed. She reminded me of the great gospel singers who would time after time “take us to church” as soon as they opened their mouth. This was Janis.

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‘Black Panther’ Is In One Word A Masterpiece

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‘Black Panther’ written by Joe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler (who also brilliantly directed the film based on Stan Lee’s and Jack Kirby’s Marvel comics character of the same name) is absolutely hands down one of the best and most original, exhilarating superhero films I’ve seen to date.

The mostly black cast that includes Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther), Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Sterling K. Brown, Danai Gurira (as the most powerful warrior in all of Wakanda), Daniel Kaluuya, Andy Serkis (the very evil arms merchant), Ulysses Klaue, Martin Freeman (a CIA agent), and Florence Kasumba, all give incredible, riveting performances. Continue reading

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