Looking for cool live music this week? Here’s some show recommendation
LEM HQ (835 N.La Brea) – Jagged Baptist Club, JUGGs + guest DJ Annette Zilinskas
The Observatory – Dimebash
Redwood Bar – Mark & the Tiger, Vanilla Suga, + Caitlin Edwards
5 Star Bar – Naked Aggression, Informal Society, The Complicators, 390 + Bad Bruno
Gallagher’s Huntington Beach – Big Rig Dollhouse, Cornfed Project + Streetwalkin Cheetahs
The Glass House – Joyce Manor, Drab Majesty, Automatic, VOWWS, Entry, Full of Hell, Gitterer + Nice
The Observatory – Reverend Horton Heat, Deke Dickerson, The Buttertones,+ The Paladins (also Sat.)
Old Town Pub – The Rocketz, The Hellflowers, The Lungs + Baron Bandini
The signing of “Robert Williams: The Father of Exponential Imagination” on January 11, 2020, at The Last Bookstore, was packed.
There was an art talk with one of our favorite folks, Mat Gleason, of Coagula Magazine, and the room was transformed into the church of art. But Williams doesn’t believe art should be treated that way–he believes that “Art should be treated like the dirty whore she is–everyone gets a turn.”
Robert Williams is credited with creating the Lowbrow art scene. He worked for Zap Comics, created Juxtapoz Magazine, and spent many nights hawking art at the Zero Gallery, which was an after-hours drinking establishment where I was a curator in the 80s. Continue reading
“Big Trouble in Little China” (1988, Shout! Factory) Trucker Kurt Russell discovers that his big-mouth-and-big-gun approach might not help pal Dennis Dun reclaim his fiancée (Suzee Pai) from an ancient Chinese sorcerer (James Hong) living under the streets of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Popcorn thrill-ride from John Carpenter (and a script rewrite by W.D. Richter) mixes ’80s-style action with Shaw Brothers-influenced fantasy-adventure (veteran Hong Kong star Carter Wong plays one of the magician’s super-charged enforcers); though it failed to find an audience until years after its release, “Big Trouble” is far more entertaining and imaginative than many of the decade’s crash-bang efforts, including the first two “Raiders” sequels, which earned better returns with more leaden takes on international-flavored action. Shout! Factory’s two-disc Blu-ray bundles vintage extras – a rollicking commentary track with Carpenter and Russell, deleted scenes, interviews and a making-of featurette – with new material, including commentaries by producer Larry J. Franco and special effects artist Steve Johnson and new interviews with Hong, Dun and others.
NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) holds an annual convention in Anaheim that is the biggest happening for musicians and industry people in Southern California. Thousands of people flock to the huge, industry-only event that boasts over 1500 exhibitors, who are there launching new products, hosting signings, promoting live demos from famous musicians and organizing jam sessions. The floor is crowded with everyone from owners of musical instrument stores (who all of this is aimed at), to famous musicians and people whose names you have only ever seen on a cymbal. Where else could you hang out with Vic Firth and Bootsy Collins?
Craving Korean food but K-Town’s too far away? Bibigo Kitchen, a new Bibigo concept billed as “fine-casual modern Korean,” recently opened inside Westfield Century City.
Don’t get this mixed up with Bibigo, whose to-go locations include one in this mall’s food court. Bibigo Kitchen is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of shoppers, making dining here a different, much more relaxing experience.
Though you order at the counter, this is otherwise a sit-down restaurant. To begin with, there’s a welcoming bar serving beer, wine, and Korean infused spirits, in addition to five types of kombucha, in flavors such as lavender & hibiscus, mango & ginger, and peach & passionfruit.
The second World War was a nasty business. It seemed like it became a bizarre game of “follow the leader” for adults. As portrayed in Oscar-nominated JoJo Rabbit, the Germans seem brain dead from sniffing explosives and gunpowder, each one desperate to be king of the hill. Daddy issues thrust Hitler into the father role for a desperate nation who were being sanctioned to death by the United States and her allies after World War Ein.
This satire is a little masterpiece. Yes, it is a comedy, although there should be nothing to laugh about given the subject matter. Yes, it is a tragedy, with plenty to cry about as a lonely boy grows up with his single mother who has to fend for herself while her husband is away at war. The boy is an only child who gets an imaginary playmate–Adolph Hitler–played by the director, Taika Waititi himself. Jojo then goes off to Hitler Youth camp with his happy-go-lucky pal and adventure ensues.
it’s been done for half a year now but watt wants the rest of so cal to know about the 25th street mural made possible by julie bender and all the kind people who helped her. wanna see it? go just west of patton avenue on the north side of 25th street in my pedro town.
photos by mike watt
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Last Thursday, January 9, 2020, Burt Ward, who played Robin on the television series, Batman, joined his co-star Adam West on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In fact, their two stars are paired up in front of The Guinness World of Records Museum, a high-traffic area for tourists.
Several stars came out for the unveiling of the 2,683rd Star in the Category of Television, including Lee Merriwether (Catwoman) and Terry Moore (Venus Flytrap) from the television show. Filmmaker Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) entertainment reporter and actor Maria Menounos (Fantastic Four, One Tree Hill) and entertainment reporter Nancy O’Dell (Entertainment Tonight) spoke in tribute to Ward at the ceremony. The Batmobile was also there, which attracted so much attention it is a star in its own right.
Besides his stint as Boy Wonder, Burt Ward founded Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions with his wife Tracy and has continued his charity finding homes for specialty breeds of dogs for 25 years. They have also created Gentle Giants puppy and dog food. In tribute to his two passions, there was a standard poodle painted to look like Robin at the event.
UPDATED: 1/11/20 2:30 p.m. – photos.
Dion Neutra was his father’s son. It wasn’t easy being the son of a world-famous architect. He loved his dad and once showed me a tree in the backyard of his home where his father’s ashes were scattered. Close to each other always even in death. They built houses together..
I had the opportunity to see quite a few. Dion and his lovely wife, Lynn, took us on a tour. I almost moved into the treehouse apartment built in their front yard. I loved the houses they had built with reflecting pools and California cool designs.
Dion was a happy man. He loved his wife, his work considering the Neutra name, and maintaining the excellence of the integrity of the Neutra name that was brought with each project.