LA Through a Cracked Lens: Remembering Kobe

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watt’s picture of the week – sunday, january 26, 2020

yesterday was the l.a. waterfront’s 6th annual lunar new year festival and it was at the cabrillo way marina in my pedro town… the mouse is the first animal of the zodiac, time for a whole new beginning – kung hei fat choy!

photos by mike watt

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All Star Funk Jam At The Wisdome: Live Review

DeWayne “Blackbyrd” McKnight on guitar, center. Photo by Bob Lee for the LA Beat.

LA is both a good city and kind of a tough city to be in if you want to get a new scene happening. There’s no shortage of musicians, no shortage of audience, but real estate is expensive and venues that cater to the adventurous have a tendency to open and close with regularity. The Wisdome is a live music and art venue not quite like any that exists in LA right now, or really anywhere else I know of. And it is presently doing something that I have thought should be done for years: presenting live music in a planetarium environment, where the listener can stare at psychedelic projections on the roof, while a live band plays in front of them. With the right music, and the right visual artist, this combo can blow minds, and the All Star Funk Jam hosted by Fishbone’s Norwood with several of the members of Trulio Disgracias and multiple stellar guests in attendance, the venue realized a good amount of its potential.

Much of the evening was dedicated to songs by Funkadelic, with P-Funk veteran guitarist Dwayne “Blackbyrd” McKnight among the assembled players on stage. Opening with a blast through the guitar feature “Maggot Brain”, one could recline in chairs at the center of the floor, watch the spacey visuals above, and experience the sensation of sailing through outer space on a cloud of distortion. This is a pretty neat trick, a real brain massage that is not readily available at just any nightclub. Continue reading

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Pop-up Alert: Chicago Obsession Honey Butter Fried Chicken Coming to Los Angeles for One Day Only

Honey Butter/Pizzana Chicken Parm Sandwich. Image courtesy of Honey Butter Fried Chicken.

Chicagoans have been obsessing over Honey Butter Fried Chicken for the last few years, with the esteemed eatery earning accolades from legions of fried-chicken aficionados. Now Angelenos can try three of Honey Butter’s award-winning sandwiches for one day only during a pop-up event at Brentwood pizzeria Pizzana on Monday, January 27.

The crave-worthy trio — one featuring fried chicken and honey butter, a chicken parm sandwich made with jidori chicken thigh, Fior de Latte parmesan, San Merzano DOP tomatoes, and basil, and “The O.G.” Fried Chicken Sandwich (featuring jalapeno mayo and slaw) — can be ordered during lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., unless they sell out earlier.

Pizzana is located at 11712 San Vicente Blvd. Website

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Movies Till Dawn: Secret Rites of the Saturday Morning Strange

The Peanut Butter Solution” (Severin Kids, 1985) After catching a glimpse of two ghosts, young Michael Mackay becomes completely bald; the same said ghosts then offer him magical glop, comprised largely of peanut butter, which causes him to then sprout impossibly long and decidedly sentient follicles. North Americans of a certain age may remember being baffled or terrified as kids by this bizarre children’s film from Canada, which aired regularly on cable on both sides of the 49th parallel in the 1980s and ’90s; though intended as a paean to the power of imagination, and well acted by its young cast, a combination of lysergic visuals (a strict teacher operates a sweat shop that uses child labor and Mackay’s hair to create magic paintbrushes), alarming ghosts (whose bodies burned in a fire), living, J-horror-styled hair and some eyebrow-raising moments (like where Mackay’s pal, Siluck Saysanasy of “Degrassi” fame, decides to apply the peanut butter) render “Solution” as a unbalanced cousin to such iconoclastic kids’ fare as “Matilda,” “The Witches” and “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.” The Blu-ray, from Severin’s kid-movie imprint, is chock full of extras, including commentary by Mackay and producer Rock Demers, an interview with Saysanasay and always-welcome observations by Paul Corupe of Canuxploitation.com.

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mini-welp: Pat Todd & the Rankoutsiders


Pat Todd & the Rankoutsiders-The Past Came Calling

Ex-Lazy Cowgirls frontman Pat Todd is bringing his band the Rankoutisders to the Park Bar & Grill in Pasadena tomorrow night, January 25th. Their latest album, The Past Came Callin’, is an odds and sods collection of songs that never found their way onto record before. There is plenty of stomping and swaggering rockers and a handful of ballads on the album’s fourteen tacks. From the first notes of “If Only I could Fly Backwards,” you know you are in for a solid set of rock and roll. Don’t expect new ground to be broken–there are a few covers, and the Todd original “Yeah, Ya Had a Bad Night” manages to cop a riff from Booker T and a vocal melody from the Clash and somehow make it work–but the path it takes is one I’ve never gotten sick of.

Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders, with Buzz Clic Adventure, Mogg, Exploding Pintos & Richard Duguay. Saturday, January 25, 8 pm, Park Bar & Grill, 2007 W. Burbank Bl, Los Angeles 91506.

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Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice: LA Opera Premieres a Major New Work

Poster for Eurydice (Courtesy of LA Opera)

From February 1st through 23rd, LA Opera will present the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s opera Eurydice, co-commissioned by the company and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Sarah Ruhl adapts the libretto from her play of the same name, based on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. The Opera has also programmed an entire festival, Eurydice Found, around the event, with programs taking place at partner institutions around Los Angeles including a staged reading of Ruhl’s play at the Getty Villa on February 22nd.

The legend of Orpheus and Eurydice has been irresistible to artists of all stripes throughout the ages, and is strikingly popular at the opera: Jacopo Peri’s Euridice, from 1600, is the oldest opera whose complete store still exists, and at least three of the dozens of other operatic re-tellings that have been staged over the centuries–Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and Offenbanch’s Orpheus in the Underworld are still part of the standard repertoire, and several others are being presented as part of the festival, including Charpentier’s The Descent of Orpheus to the Underworld to be performed by the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music on February 29 and March 1. While most iterations of the tale put the spotlight on Orpheus and his epic journey into the underworld to reclaim his lover from Hades, Ruhl’s version is told from Eurydice’s perspective.
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The Intown Report’s Gig Picks of the Week 1/23/20 – 1/29/20

Buzz Clic Adventure photo by Hilary Russell

Looking for cool live music this week? Here’s some show recommendation

Thursday 1/23

The Edison – Death Valley Girls

The Redwood BarStar Party, The Insect Surfers, Mecolodiacs + Silent X

Friday 1/24

Alex’s Bar – 20th Anniversary with Mike Watt & the Secondmen, Miriachi El Bronx + Nina Diaz

Gallagher’s Huntington BeachDwarves, Blind House, Blackstar Rockets + more

The Hi Hat – Object As Subject, The Groans + Boy Deluxe

Iron City Tavern (San Pedro) – The Buttonholes, Hard Rooster, Brother Earl & the Cousins

Maui Sugar Mill – Paper Hearts, Johnny Madcap & The Distractions, Dead on the Wire + Darlington Mansion

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“Knot Done Yet!” The Hollywood Museum Celebrates 40 Years of “Knots Landing” by Unveiling Original Series Costumes in Lobby

(L-R) Joan Van Ark, Michele Lee, Donelle Dadigan, Donna Mills, Leeza Gibbons; Photo by Nina Prommer, courtesy of The Hollywood Museum

On the second weekend of January 2020, it was difficult to distinguish the second decade of the 21st century from the third-to-last decade of that of the 19th (i.e. the latter half of the 1970s) as Joan Van Ark, Michele Lee, and Donna Mills (aka the ladies of Knots Landing) descended upon the lobby of the Hollywood Museum.

Looking almost exactly the same as they did in the hazy days of Disco, this fierce and fabulous threesome celebrated the show’s 40th anniversary as only renown TV stars could, by unveiling original costumes worn by all three women (on temporary loan from Warner Brothers and other personal collections) from the classic television drama in the memorabilia-clad foyer of the old Max Factor building.

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Sunrise: A Classic Film Rises Again With A New Score

Composer Jeff Beal (photo courtesy Los Angeles Master Chorale)

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans won three Oscars at the inaugural Academy Awards ceremony in 1929. The Los Angeles Master Chorale, in conjunction with the Sundance Institute, is bringing the silent classic back to the big screen at Walt Disney Concert Hall this Sunday at 7 pm, with a new score for choir and chamber orchestra by the Emmy Award winning composer Jeff Beal (his theme for House of Cards is permanently imprinted on my brain from binge-watching) and librettist Joan Beal. Artistic Director Grant Gershon conducts.

Directed by F.W. Murnau, the film was named by the Academy as the years’s “Unique and Artistic Picture,” in addition to receiving Oscars for Cinematography and was one of the three films for which Janet Gaynor was awarded Best Actress (the others were 7th Heaven and Street Angel). Joining the Chorale are sopranos Holly Sedillos & Suzanne Waters and tenor Dermot Kiernan. Sedillos is an LA native whose recent credits include performances with the LA Phil at Disney Hall under the baton of John Adams and for John Williams on the score of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Waters is in her sixth season with the Chorale and also sang on Jedi in addition to many other films and on recordings by everyone from Herb Alpert to Neil Young. Kienran is a native of Kells, Ireland in his first season with the ensemble. The film is preceded by a panel discussion with the Beals, UCLA cinema and Media Studies research professor Janet Bergstrom and Peter Golub, director of the Sundance Film Music Program. Tickets from $29. For more information, visit Los Angeles Master Chorale.

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