‘Forever Plaid’ premiered in New York City in 1989 and ran for five years. Since then it has been produced across the country and internationally. Having seen it twice before, I can honestly say that it has not lost its charm.
This is the story of four young singers killed in a car crash who find themselves miraculously revived from the dead. Since the accident happened while on the way to their first-ever big concert, they’re thrilled that they get to fulfill their dream and perform the show after all. Of course it’s been more than fifty years since their demise so the group is more than a little nervous.. But no worries, they’re still at the top of their game.
Co=directed by Scott Dreier, a former ‘Plaids’ member, and Kurtis Simmons, with musical direction by Bill Wolfe, this excellent ICT production stars, Jackson Hinden as Sparky, Travis Leland as Frankie, Robert Petrarca as Smudge and Nick Tubbs as Jinx.
Logan (Hugh Jackman) is not the same superhero that he once was. He’s tired. He’s old, he may be dying and he drives a limo.
That’s right, our super hero mutant is a limo driver. If that’s not bad enough, Logan’s BFF/mentor, Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) now 90 years old, is suffering from brain seizures that paralyze everyone around him, making him a major danger to mutants and non mutants alike.
When the film opens the year is 2029 and for Logan is living in El Paso under his original name, James Howlett. He has not aged well and his powers are failing. His deadly razor claws no longer pop out of his hand easily and his ability to regenerate are waning.
When Logan’s not driving inebriated teens to the prom in a beat up limo, he spends his time taking care of Charles, who he has hidden away in an old farm near the Mexican border. Charles only other companion is the albino telepath, Caliban (Stephan Merchant) who plays nursemaid to him.
Chicago natives Noname and Ravyn Lenae performed for a sold-out show of 1000 at the Regent Theatre in Los Angeles while on the Telefone Tour – her first (and highly anticipated) tour ever. You may not have heard of either, but Lenae’s sultry sounds and Noname’s melancholic poetry are sure to enter your realm of music soon. Continue reading →
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.
Larry “Fuzzy” Knight’s BLOWIN’ SMOKE Rhythm & Blues Band Featuring The FABULOUS SMOKETTES
7-9:30pmBogie's Lounge, 32001 Agoura Rd., at the Westlake Village Inn
Bassist extraordinare "Fuzzy" Knight (Spirit, Ike Turner Revue) brings his blues and soul revue to Westlake Village. Read about them in the LA Beat here. Tickets: $10. Info: (818) 889-2394 or http://www.bogies-bar.com/.
Slow Kiss, Turning Violet, Elkhead
9:00 pmThe Redwood Bar, 316 W. 2nd St. Los Angeles, 90012
Champagne on Main
11am-6:30pmMain Street, Downtown Ventura
A "Spring Wine Walk and Street Fair" returns with a street fair and live music. Champagne, chocolates, wine and craft beers will be featured at the walk between 3 and 6pm. Street fair: Free. Wine Walk: $50. V. I P. Chocolate Lounge $70. Info: (805) 628-9588. Purchase tickets at: www.champagneonmain.com.
12th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival
10am gates open, 11am music startsStudio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd, Camarillo
Phantom Blues Band headlines, with Debbie Davies, Chris Cain, R.J Mischo, Michael John and The Bottom Line featuring Mikey Mo, Crooked Eye Tommy, Jim Gustin and Truth Jones. Tickets $30. (Pre-Sale), $40. (Day of Show). Kids 12 and under, free with paid Adult General Admission. V.I.P. Tickets $125. (online only). Festival proceeds benefits Food Share and other Ventura County area charities (please bring a food item to donate). Info: (805) 501-7122 or visit venturacountyblues.com/