Tayla Parx’s We Need to Talk Tour: Recap and Photo Gallery

Tayla Parx at the Mint. Photo by Genesia Ting for the Los Angeles Beat.

The name Tayla Parx might not yet ring a bell, but chances are, you know of a few hits she’s penned. There’s “7 rings” and “thank u next” by Ariana Grande, “High Hopes” by Panic at the Disco, “Love Lies” by Khalid and Normani, and “I Like That” by Janelle Monae, among others. Parx is an incredibly talented songwriter and has now stepped into the spotlight. I got to catch her sold-out performance at the Mint, for her first-ever headlining show in Los Angeles.

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‘KCRW’S Left, Right & Center Live!’ Primed for Pre-Super Tuesday at the ‘Broad Stage’

KCRW’s Left, Right, and Center Live! at the Broad Stage. Photo by Ben Gibbs, courtesy of The Broad Stage.

KCRW’S own popular local prime time and NPR nationally syndicated radio show, “Left, Right & Center,” will be live at The Broad Stage, this coming Thursday, February 20, 2020.

The nearly sold-out show will feature a panel of guests, as per its moniker and intent, from the left and right in political views, along with its host, Josh Barro, as its “center.” Along with Barro, panelists are Elizabeth Bruenig, Left, Tom Carney, Right, and special guests Keli Goff and Gustavo Arellano.

This special live and panel discussion comes timely and just prior to Super Tuesday primary election voting. California has moved its primary up early this year to March 3, 2020, where, historically, more delegates can be won on Super Tuesday than on any other single day. Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: TV Archaeology (and New Discoveries)

The Twilight Zone (2019): Season One” (2019, CBS DVD/Paramount Home Video) The middle ground between light and shadow gets another revamp, this time from “Us” director Jordan Peele. The ten episodes in its debut season for the CBS All Access subscription service strive for the tone and intent of Rod Serling‘s original series, which mixed speculative fiction storylines with socially conscious themes; here, Peele examines race, toxic masculinity, the immigration issue, and other hot buttons through the prism of time travel, the pros and cons of wishes, alien visitors and other phenomena. The stories themselves are a mixed bag – some, like “The Comedian,” with Kumail Nanjiani, compare favorably to the original run, while others, like the man-pocalyptic “Not All Men,” sag under the weight of their moral lecturing (though it should be mentioned that Serling had, at times, a heavy thumb in that regard, too). Still, Peele’s intentions feel right, and his “Zone” succeeds far more often than other classic TV reboots and recent anthology series. CBS/Paramount’s four-disc Blu-ray set includes commentary by the producers (but not Peele) on several episodes, numerous making-of featurettes, extended and deleted scenes, and a tribute to Serling.

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Mardi Gras 2020: Where to Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler in LA

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

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, in the Catholic tradition is your last chance to enjoy all of the foods that are forbidden during the four-week ritual fasting of Lent. It is also your last chance to really kick up your heels. Here are the best spots around Los Angeles to let the good times roll!

Long Beach Mardi Gras in Shoreline Village

Long Beach is a city known for its festivals, and Mardi Gras is no exception. Boasting what is probably the only truly New Orleans-style Second Line parade in LA, The festival will be taking over Shoreline Village and Rainbow Harbor tomorrow, Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The free parade will start at 2:30 p.m. in Rainbow Harbor at the Nautilus Shell, continuing on to Shoreline Village. Thousands of revelers gather at this festival every year for live music, Stilt Walkers, Hula Hoopers, Tarot Card Readers, and bead throws. The Big Butter Jazz Band and Sugar Daddies and DJ Delvik will be bringing the music. Dress up, dance, and wave your handkerchief in the air!

You can pay to park in the Aquarium of the Pacific Parking/Queensway Bay Garage, 99 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 or the Pike Parking Garage, 65 South Cedar Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802.

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This Week at the Music Center: Yuja Wang; Weimar, Eurydice Continue

Pianist Yuja Wang (Kirk Edwards, courtesy of the artist)

Chinese pianist Yuja Wang, one of the brightest stars in classical music, will be performing in recital at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Tuesday, February 18th at 8:00 pm. Ms. Wang has become a critical and fan favorite, combining vitruoso musicianship and a strong sense of musical dymanics with humor, showmanship and fashion sense that are not always present on the concert stage. Her ambitious program spans the millennia of musical tradition, from Bach, Brahms and Chopin through to Scriabin, Berg and Ravel, and includes work by comparably lesser known composers Baldassare Galuppi and Federico Mompou. Tickets and more information at LAPhil.com

Also ongoing at the Music Center are the Weimar and Eurydice festivals. Tonight through Sunday, the Philharmonic are staging complete musical dramas from Weill and Hindemith, while LA Opera will be bringing Eurydice back four more times, beginning Valentine’s Day at 7:30 at the Dorothy Chandler. As part of the festival, the Opera is also presenting a new installation, “Lumme’s Dream,” based on an aria from Ellen Reid’s opera p r i s m from 10 am to 3 pm on February 22nd, free and open to the public. The video is a collaboration between directorJames Darrah and cinematographer Adam Larsen. For more information, visit LA Opera

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The Intown Report’s Gig Picks of the Week 2/13/20 – 2/19/20

Slaughterhouse video by Hilary Russell

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

Thursday 2/13

Bootleg Theater – As The World Berns: Fundraiser for Bernie Sanders with Gold Star, Olivia Kaplan, Alex Lilly, Austin McCutchen & the Western Stars, Cornelia Murr, Clinton Patterson, Gus Seyffert + more!

Petie’s Place – Zander Schloss, Comics N’ Chaos + DJ Greg Hetson

The Redwood Bar – The Hellflowers, The Carvels NYC,+ Grave Dancers Union

Friday 2/14

Chain Reaction – Tacocat, Winter + Total Heat

Doll HutAgent Orange, Chuy Poluka & the BarRoom Junkies, The Afraid, H.B.H. + VFMS

Gallagher’s – Yellowman

Teragram Ballroom – Mac DeMarco, Cherry Glazerr, William Tyler, Rodrigo Amarante, Cornelia Murr, Soko, Prettiest Eyes, Molly Lewis, Pearl Charles + Jess Cornelius (Planned Parenthood Benefit)

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Alternative Valentine’s Week Activities for the Discerning Non-Conformist

SweeTarts hearts. Photo by Monique A. LeBleu.

With contributions by Elise Thompson.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which holiday is the most manipulative of all? Over-booked exclusive restaurants, if-you-have-to-ask-you-can’t-afford-it roses, and after-dinner bedroom stress and apprehension: everyone has had that one bad date in their lives. And chances are it happened on that blackest of days when pressure and expectation are at their highest for couples: Valentine’s Day.

As Hallmark holidays go, Valentine’s Day is the one destined each year to break hearts, as well as bank accounts, when things don’t go well. For singles, it can bring on equal stress and unwarranted self-judgment, especially if you are not yet fortunate enough to see how blissfully free you are. But for a day that should be all about love, this one doesn’t have to suck all the air out of your life, or your love life, and neither does it have to be celebrated on just that one day of the year.

Here is a list of Valentine’s Day-themed things to do in L.A., and do it differently, for couples, singles, Galentine’s and Palentine’s, that won’t require you to wade through over-crowded dining rooms, rent a tux, open a small loan, or even be “in love.” Continue reading

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Beverly Hills’ Theatre 40, in Association with The City of Beverly Hills, does it again with Another Rousing Room-to-Room Rendition of “The Manor!”

An ostensibly joyous wedding party opening in Medias Res; circa 1920s America; the declaration of a 47,000 Square foot Beverly Hills Mansion boasting 55 rooms bestowed to the newly merry married couple; A grand piano laden with wedding gifts from the likes of Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and Fatty Arbuckle; the entertainment of guests who gifted the couple with their actual presence featuring not only an unscrupulous politician, but the underprivileged crush of the bride’s youth, along with his conniving show girl of a wife: What in tarnation could go wrong…? So opens Theatre 40’s (in association with the City of Beverly Hills Community Services Department) annual production of The Manor by Kathrine Bates performed at—well–Beverly Hill’s sprawling and venerable Greystone Mansion.

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‘Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’ Proclaims ‘Sid and Marty Krofft’ to Receive 2,687th Star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame!’

Photo Courtesy of BHBPR

On the morning of Thursday, February 13, 2020, Hollywood Blvd. is going to get a whole lot more colorful and kid-friendly as the creators of one of the most unique and innovative children’s television shows will be honored with their very first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Best known as the driving force behind the likes of H. R. Pufnstuf and The Krofft Supershow, the inevitable star dedicated to puppeteer/producing duo Sid and Marty Krofft is long overdue!

The ceremony is set to take place in front of the aptly named (70s sounding) Funko Store at 6201 Hollywood Blvd is scheduled to commence at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time. On hand to assist The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in hosting the event: Emcee Rana Ghadban, President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Beverly D’Angelo, and Greg Garcia along with three Brady Bunch cast members: Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, and Susan Olsen rounding out the fan faring celebratory crew!

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watt’s picture of the week – tuesday, february 11, 2020

there’s a new pad to do gigs now in my pedro town! the sardine at 1101 s pacific ave (used to be the old “ramona’s bakery”) is putting on shows, everyone who can should try and play here – c’mon down!

photo by mike watt

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