Category Archives: Miscellanious

Movies Till Dawn: SF & F

“Black Widow” (2021, Marvel Studios) Setting aside the legal hullaballoo between Disney and star Scarlett Johansson, this long-gestating solo adventure for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s perennial bridesmaid has a wealth of aesthetic high points but ultimately underserves the character. As … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Horror Business (Blood in Black and White)

“Dr. X” (1932, Warner Archives Collection) As I mentioned in a 2016 write-up, this absolutely out-to-lunch thriller, from “Casablanca” director Michael Curtiz, “folds cannibalism, serial murder, deranged scientific experiments, artificial flesh, and unseemly obsessions into its 76-minute running time.” The … Continue reading

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Treefort Music Fest: Venture Up North To Boise For Over 400 Bands, Plus Storyfort, Foodfort And Many Other Forts Too

Treefort is Back! Boise’, and the Pacific North West’s most popular event has returned after the unplanned ‘hiatus’ that was called 2020. All the top ‘Forts’ will be there, including Foodfort, Alefort, Comedyfort, Kidfort, Hackfort, Filmfort, Dragfort, Yogafort and Storyfort. … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: There’s a New State Fair in Town- FREE tickets

What a crazy 16 months it has been with the rollercoaster ride of coronavirus and a long void of anything fun in 2020. The blackhole of social distance may have ebbed & flowed, but we need playtime and human stimulation … Continue reading

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A Generous Helping of ‘Lunch,’ Served at the Moroccan Lounge and Nuart

Lydia Lunch (Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, 1980 solo debut “Queen of Siam”) comes to Los Angeles direct from her home in New York, where The Wrinkle Room & Moroccan Lounge will present An Evening of Spoken Word & Music … Continue reading

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Dio Cancer Fund To Celebrate Ronnie James Dio’s Birthday With Virtual Fundraiser

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund was established to honor one of the top heavy metal rock vocalists of all time. He tragically lost his fight with stomach cancer on May 16, 2010. On Saturday, July … Continue reading

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Queer Communion: Ron Athey – A Richly Transgressive Career on View at The ICA LA

A retrospective look at the fascinating and prolific career of LA-based performance artist Ron Athey through film & videos, writings, portraits, props, costumes, photographs and more! Curated by USC Roski School of Art and Design’s Amelia Jones, taking place at … Continue reading

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Ska Boom! The Lively Origins of American Ska

“Ska Boom! An American Ska & Reggae Oral History” is a great new book from Marc Wasserman, ska enthusiast and bassist/lyricist of the first NJ ska band, Bigger Thomas. His heartfelt introduction and Stephen Shafer’s excellent opening history of ska … Continue reading

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Help Save LA’s Last Chili Bowl-Shaped Restaurant

Businesses shaped like cameras, tamales, coffee pots, a stockinged leg, animals, hats, and more emerged in the 1920s through the 1940s as a quintessentially Los Angeles art form, with a novel charm that attracted customers and gawkers alike. Sadly, most … Continue reading

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The Ford Amphitheatre Comes Alive

The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre is a wonderful, intimate, 1,200 seat outdoor venue located in the Hollywood Hills. Founded in 1920, the Ford stage has been graced legends from all corners of the performing arts–from the Ramones to Pharoah Sanders … Continue reading

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