The Intown Report’s Gig Picks of the Week 3/14/19 – 3/20/19!

Flat Worms photo by Hilary Russell

Looking for something cool to do to do this week? Here’s some fine show recommendations.

Thursday, 3/14

Cafe Nela – The Mourners, The Yellin Bells (with Peter Lewis of Moby Grape), Seacon, + Uncle Duane’s Band

Doll Hut – Green Jelly, Chucky Chuck, Terminally Ill, Functional Lunatics, + The Wanderers

Friday, 3/15

Cafe Nela – Pat Todd & the Rank Outsiders, Moist & Meaty, The Claws, + Beggars & Choosers

Furstworld Gallery (Joshua Tree) – Fur Dixon

Redwood Bar – Jesika Von Rabbit, Annie Hardy, + DJ Nights in Retrograde (Magic Wands)

Zebulon– Jeffertiti’s Nile Continue reading

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Movie Review: Lords of Chaos

The Jonas Åkerlund directed “Lords of Chaos” combines documentary, true crime story, drama and horror genres. Regardless of whether you’re watching it at face value, already have a vague knowledge of the chronology, or are a die-hard historian or fan, the movie is a violent ride, highlighting events and personal histories while using a large amount of creative indulgence. The first thing on-screen is a disclaimer saying the film is based on truth, lies and what really happened. This film about the birth of the early ‘90s Norwegian black metal scene, church burnings and murders, has been made for the cinematic screen with source material from the book “Lords of Chaos” by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind, as well as the Norwegian documentary “Satan Rides The Media.”
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watt’s picture of the week – wednesday, march 13, 2019

yesterday it was clear enough to see the catalina casino from my pedro town… one good thing about so cal and all these recent storms: getting our skies scrubbed!

photo by mike watt

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Where to Find Your Car Monday Morning: An Updated Map to All of the Pubs in LA (2019)

In honor of St Paddy’s Day, here is our updated map of the pubs of Los Angeles. Scottish pubs are Blue, English pubs are red, and Irish pubs are naturally green The map is set up to be updated by anyone, even you! But don’t try to pull a stunt like adding Paddy O’Furniture’s ’cause we will catch you! Check out the interactive Google Map.

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Adolescents, Mudhoney & Claw Hammer at The Glass House 3.9.19

All Photos: Deb Frazin

I’m bruised all over, my back hurts, and my ears are ringing: those are 3 signs that someone went to a kick-ass punk show. Last night we made the trip from DTLA to Pomona to catch Claw Hammer, Mudhoney, and Adolescents at The Glass House, and the 30-mile drive was well worth it.

I was excited to see Claw Hammer for the 2nd time in one week (they rarely reunite to play shows, and I loved them in the 90’s). Their show at The Satellite was amazing, but their set at The Glass House felt a bit different (in a good way) because they were playing in a larger venue, on a bigger stage. They played a hard, solid set, and the sound was perfect – clean and loud (just the way I like it). Their set was shorter than the previous show I saw (because they were the openers), but the set list was very satisfying, and the crowd really loved them. And yes, they did play “Uncontrollable Urge”!

Next up was one of my favorite bands: MUDHONEY. Unfortunately, there were some technical problems at the beginning of the show (no electricity), but they finally got it together, then started plowing through everyone’s favorites: “Into the Drink”, “Suck You Dry”, “I’m Now”, “Touch Me I’m Sick”, “Asshole”, and many more. But the big treat of the night was their encore; their mindblowing cover of The Dicks “Hate the Police” (I posted a clip of it at the end of this review for your listening pleasure). There is nothing better than a Mudhoney show. NOTHING.

Finally, The Adolescents hit the stage, and we got hit with a magnitude 9.5 punk rock earthquake. They played an awesome, loud, super fun set. Tony Adolescent always brings it, the band was on fire, and they gave us all the classics: “Word Attack”, “Amoeba”, “Brats in Battalions”, “Kids of the Black Hole”, “Rip It Up”, etc. A great, rowdy, loud, sweaty show! After the show, we went backstage, said hello to everyone, then Tony followed me and my friend Martin Wong (of the “Save Music in Chinatown” benefit shows) and his family over to Donut Man in Glendora for some delicious donuts. A perfect evening.

This triple-whammy show was just what this punk needed – I feel revitalized!

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Santa Anita Suspends Racing after 21st Horse Fatality

Statue of Zenyatta at Santa Anita Park (photo by Ted Kane)

Live racing is canceled today and the rest of the weekend at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, and perhaps beyond that. Track management made this difficult decision following the euthanizing of the four year old filly Lets Light The Way after she sustained a foreleg injury during morning workouts on Tuesday, March 5th. This was the 21st fatal injury sustained by a horse in either racing or training since the current meeting began last December 26th. The causes for this spike in fatalities are unknown–an unusually cold and wet winter seems one likely suspect–but until these can be determined and remedied, the track is making the right call in suspending racing and full workouts.

This current crisis of equine fatalities at Santa Anita has thrown horse racing into disarray in Southern California and, given the track’s prominence, will cause profound reverberations across the country’s entire racing industry. You need look no further than the now canceled card of March 9th and the postponement of the Grade II San Felipe Stakes, a traditional prep race on the Triple Crown circuit previously won by such legendary horses as California Chrome, Sunday Silence and Triple Crown winner Affirmed on their way to victory in the Kentucky Derby and beyond. In the era that ended with the shuttering of Hollywood Park, each track was able to pick up each other’s slack in an emergency and would have provided an obvious solution. Los Alamitos Racecourse in Orange County has already been helpful in opening its facilities for horseman to use to continue their stables in training and, depending on how expeditiously Santa Anita is able to resolve its safety issues, may end up hosting some of the race dates, though their inability to conduct turf racing would still result in some continuing disruption in the sport. Continue reading

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POP’s The Magic Flute Has Three Lives Left

E. Scott Levin and Laura Broscow on opening night at the El Portal (photo courtesy Pacific Opera Project)

Pacific Opera Project’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute received an enthusiastic reception on opening night, Saturday, March 2nd, at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. The show’s Nintendo-inspired staging and English libretto was replete with  metacritical gags relating to both classic video games as well as operatic conventions. If the audience’s consistent and appreciative laughter is any guide, the Venn diagram of opera buffs and veteran gamers has a greater overlap than might otherwise have been expected.

Bass-Baritone E. Scott Levin, having collaborated with POP director Josh Shaw on the libretto, performed the crucial role of Papageno with both comic aplomb and tremendous vocal power. The rest of the cast, from Alexandra Schoeny’s luminous Pamina to the trio of sopranos who gamely portrayed the Three Spirits as mushrooms from Mario Kart, all rose to the challenges presented by both Mozart’s score and the modern staging.  Conductor Edward Benyas handled POP’s orchestra expertly, particularly in the softer passages.

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Movies Til Dawn: Silents, Please

Der Hund von Baskerville” (1914/1929, Flicker Alley) Two silent takes on the Sherlock Holmes adventure “The Hound of the Baskervilles” by Austrian writer-producer-director Richard Oswald, a largely unsung figure in German Expressionist film. Both versions bear only passing resemblances to Arthur Conan Doyle’s story – it’s boiled down to Holmes (Alwin Neuss in 1914 and Carlyle Blackwell in 1929), a hound and the villain Stapleton, while Watson only rates an appearance in the latter version. The “Hunds” also hew closer to serials of the period – both feature a surfeit of secret panels and passages, which Neuss’s Holmes overcomes with a barrage of Bondian gadgets (Blackwell appears to get by on sheer gusto). But the ’29 version, written and directed by Oswald (who wrot the ’14 “Hund”), stands out for its striking camera angles and Gothic lighting, especially on the impressive English moors set, which underscores scholars’ comparison of his surviving work (much of which is lost or obscure) to major German Expressionists like Fritz Lang. Both are entertaining, energetic features that make the most of their brief (65-minute) running times; Flicker Alley’s set features the 2018 remaster of the ’29 version, which was long thought lost; supplemental features cover the restoration and the enduring popularity of “Hound” through interviews with Holmes experts Glen Miranker and Russell Merritt, who also penned the lavishly illustrated liner notes.

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An Insider’s Guide to the Best Snorkeling Spots in Catalina

The Casino in Avalon on Catalina Island. Photo by Elise Thompson.

Written by David Hamburg, Founder and Chief Editor of Globo Surf

There is a reason why Santa Catalina is so charming–it is filled with beautiful hidden harbors, beaches, and coves, and the waters are brimmed with eye-catching sea life. The best part is that you don’t need to drain your savings to make Catalina your holiday destination. There are plenty of cheap accommodation and things to do, which makes the island an excellent vacation spot on any budget.

If you are a watersports junkie, there are a good deal of activities that you can do in the Marine protected areas. Boaters, swimmers, and scuba divers converge on this part of the world to get close to the elusive sea life. Of course, Santa Catalina is also an awesome place for snorkeling. So here is an overview of the best spots for the sport as well as information on how to stay safe inside your snorkeling mask.

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The Intown Report’s Gig Picks of the Week 3/7/2019 – 3/13/2019!

GayC/DC photo by Hilary Russell

Looking for something cool to do to do this week? Here’s some fine show recommendations:

Thursday, 3/6 

Satellite – Claw Hammer, Mike Watt & the Missingmen, + Shark Toys

Viper Room – Turbulent Hearts, + Diamante

Wiltern – The Crystal Method, Moby, + Kate Nash

Friday, 3/7

Cafe Nela – Insect Surfers, Bloody Brains, + Jeepster

Ham & Eggs Tavern – Privileged Perverts, The Atolls, + Mango Napalm

Highland Park Bowl – GayC/DC, + No Small Children

Rec Center – Terminal A, Mooncult, Rearranged Face, + Speed of Light Continue reading

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