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

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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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Adidas Reveals More Detail on it’s Pinnacle Basketball Experience At 747 Warehouse St. in Los Angeles

Kicking off an unprecedented festival in basketball culture, the adidas 747 Warehouse St. opens its gates to Los Angeles on February 16th and 17th, bringing together basketball fans and those who are passionate about sport, music, design, innovation and sneakers.

747 Warehouse St. embodies adidas’ belief that basketball is never just a game. It’s much more. It’s creativity, innovation, music, community, sport and style –  all of which will be showcased in one space within 747 Warehouse St., where attendees will discover how adidas creates in basketball.

Over the course of two days, 747 Warehouse St. will feature unforgettable live music performances by the most electrifying acts in music, appearances from some of the biggest names in basketball; speaker panels (TLKS); product customization; exclusive product releases; and more. 747 Warehouse St. will offer three distinct experiences: an evaluation of performance in the Test Center, building the future of footwear on the Production Line, and driving culture and creation in the Engine Room.

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Mardi Gras 2018: ‘Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler’ in L.A.

Second line at The LB Bayou Fest 2015 (Photo by Elise Thompson)

Let the good times roll, Los Angeles! Time to purge your sins by getting them out of your proverbial system on Fat Tuesday, or make it just another reason to celebrate the good life while the gettin’s still good. Here’s a list of where to eat and celebrate in Los Angeles for Mardi Gras.

African-American Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
The 16th annual celebration brings Mardi Gras second-line dancers, hip-hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circles, West African dancers, storytellers and more to the Aquarium of the Pacific on Feb. 24 and 25, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The event is free with Aquarium admission, which is $30 adults, $18 ages 3-11 and there is a $10 off coupon at the site.

For more information visit their website.

Amoeba Records – FAT TUESDAY at Amoeba, Hollywood

Amoeba will celebrate their love for New Orleans with their annual FAT TUESDAY Mardi Gras celebration featuring DJs and a parade with masks, beads, and musicians on Tuesday, Feb. 13th at 3:00 p.m. DJ Bennett kicks off the party jams at 3 p.m. and the Mardi Gras Parade is at 4 p.m. “Bring your horn or percussion and join us for our annual party procession to “When The Saints…” and share the cacophonous joy of Fat Tuesday. There will be BEADS and mayhem for the kids and big ones alike.” Amoeba will donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to two charities working to preserve the musical and cultural heritage of New Orleans: Tipitina’s Foundation, a non-profit that “grew out of the New Orleans music venue, Tipitina’s, based in New Orleans, Louisiana,” with a mission is to protect and preserve the musical culture of New Orleans and Louisiana, as well as New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, which, since 1998, is “dedicated to keeping New Orleans’ performers alive in body, mind, and spirit by providing comprehensive health care and mental health/social services.”

Amoeba Hollywood is located at 6400 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028. For more information call (323) 245-6400.

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watt’s picture of the week – monday, february 12, 2018

near where my prac pad is at the angels gate cultural center in my pedro town is the newly renovated gaffey street pool (a big THANK YOU to brother matt‘s ma for helping to get that going) and now it sports a tile mural w/olde-timey pedro imagery of stuff like “shanghai red’s” (torn down years ago) and the angels gate lighthouse (still here).

photo by mike watt

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Not Another Candlelit Dinner! Try Something Different this Valentine’s Day!

Had enough of overpriced, predictable “romantic” dinners? Break out of your rut with these exciting Valentine’s Day Activities!

CHECK OUT MEXICAN MASKED WRESTLING AND BURLESQUE

2-/14 & 2/15   8 p.m.    $35 – $55

Los Angeles’ wildest variety show is back with their annual Valentine’s spectacular! Lucha VaVOOM brings together Mexican Masked Wrestling, Burlesque and Comedy at the gorgeous Mayan Theater in DTLA. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 and Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, you can look forward to “a huge helping of love, romance and hot lucha action … a perfect date night or place to meet that special someone.”

The show “Ooh La La Lucha!!!” stars special guest commentator Ron Funches (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Black•ish, New Girl, Undateable) and a host of incredible talent from the Lucha and performance world. Lucha superstar Rey Fénix from Mexico, LV crowd favorite luchadora Dama Fina, sleazy Joey Ryan (creator of the “Penis Plex”), and Tijuana’s flamboyant gender-bending exótico Ruby Gardeña will be there to amaze and delight. Dancers include Chicago’s burlesque superstar Michelle L’Amour, devastating dancer and fire performer Erica Snap, and the incredible aerialist Kate Winwegan).

Doors for this 21+ event open at 7 p.m.  and the show goes from 8 – 11 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at $35.00 for general admission tickets (includes balcony and mezzanine seats) and $55.00 for ringside seating. For tickets and more info, visit the website.

DO THE DOWNWARD DOG WITH A TINY GOAT ON YOUR BACK

2/14   10:15 AM

Goat yoga? Of course. Do I even have to explain? I will let The Archworks Studio and Classroom in Larchmont explain.”Bring someone you love to partner yoga with baby goats taught by certified instructor, Beverly O’ Donohue. Baby Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Billy & Burlap will open your hearts and widen your smiles. Sign up for your most memorable Valentine’s ever.” I wonder if they will let me just lie on my stomach and giggle as goats jump over me. If your partner is a dude without a man-bun, you might owe him one after this, like maybe the Mexican wrestling and burlesque. Not that activities are gendered or anything.

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Our First Look at Taco Window in Jefferson Park

Taco Window. All photos by Lauren Gibson/Afropix for The LA Beat.

Heard about the recently-opened Taco Window in Jefferson Park on NextDoor. Decided to check it out. For my taste buds, the Carne Asada was too spicy, but the Chicken and Carnitas tacos are great. Finish off your meal with fresh made churros. They also have fish and vegan options.

Photography by Paula Lauren Gibson/AfroPix©

Open Mon – Sat: 11am – 8pm. 2622 W Jefferson blvd Los Angeles,CA 90018

Phone: +1 (323) 373 9671 www.tacowindow.com

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (24 Hour Vampire Mission Edition)

subUrbia” (1996, Warner Archives Collection) Richard Linklater and Eric Bogosian transpose the setting of Bogosian’s play from a convenience store parking lot in Massachusetts to one in Texas, but retain its core premise, with a cross-section of disaffected high school grads grinding various axes of discontent and regret while awaiting the arrival of a former classmate, now enjoying stardom as a musician.

As ’90s zeitgeist goes, “SubUrbia” benefits from Linklater’s attention to the details of small town life, a uniformly excellent cast, with Giovanni Ribisi (depressed), Steve Zahn (knucklehead) and Ajay Naidu (voice of reason) as stand-outs, and Bogosian’s dialogue, which retains its bite. The characters’ chronically disaffected nature may wear thin after two hours, but the film mostly avoids becoming a thudding checklist of slacker attitudes and cultural detritus like “Reality Bites.” The soundtrack is a cross-section of Clinton-era college radio staples (Girls Against Boys, Superchunk, Boss Hog, and two original songs by Sonic Youth). Warner’s DVD is widescreen and includes the theatrical trailer.

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Jesika von Rabbit’s New Band to Headline at Bootleg Theater

Jesika von Rabbit will be headlining at the Bootleg Theater this Thursday. She’ll be debuting her new band and songs from her new second solo album. Sumo Princess (featuring Abby Travis and Gene Trautman) will be opening the evening’s entertainment along with Pair of Arrows.

Jesika von Rabbit has expanded the two-piece to four with former Gram Rabbit member and Silverlake area producer Ethan Allen on lead guitar, Boston transplant Dan Kashuck on drums and Lee Joseph will continue on bass. The new lineup will allow Jesika to perform and interact with fans in a more intimate and direct way.

She’ll be performing new songs like her delicious cover of “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” plus a few new songs at the Bootleg on Thursday night. Jesika’s Bootleg show will be a similar knockout performance like the one at the Desert Daze festival earlier this year featuring a giant rabbit, gyrating dancers in masks of former and current presidents adding some zest to the evening’s festivities!

The Bootleg show starts at  8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at 2220 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA, 90057.  More info also on Facebook .

If you miss Jesika’s show on Thursday you can with a hop, skip and jump go to the iconic Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneer Town to catch her there with the new band and new songs on Friday, Feb. 9. with Spindrift at 8:30 p.m. for fun start to the weekend. Also more info here on Facebook.

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Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters  “Live At David Lynch’s Festival Of Disruption”

I’m going to start this review off by dispensing with the large, white elephant in the room: Led Zeppelin.

I don’t want to start a review of anything Robert Plant does by even mentioning the band; I don’t really even want to talk about it. Not because I don’t love them. I do. It’s just that so many people continue to compare poor Robert to the band he left close to forty years ago, it must be a horrible thing to compete with.

I know I wouldn’t want to continually be reminded of my first interview (actually with Robert) … But, he continues to cover songs from that part of his life and this film is no exception. So let’s talk about Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters at David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption DVD. Continue reading

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