On the second Thursday of every month, I join my pals Verdilak at Begbie at Alpine Village for Jupiter 8. We play synthpop, electro and industrial tunes for your dancing pleasure.
This month Fractured Transmission and D/Sir play live at the party. We’re pretty excited about this and would love to see you there too. Jupiter 8 is 21+ only at Alpine Village in Torrance. Party starts at 10 p.m. and the cover is $5. For more info, see the Facebook invite.
Art by Hine Mizushima
Supahcute is a great art blog and Leanna Lin’s Wonderland is pretty awesome store. When the two collaborate on an art show, you know it’s going to be good.
Last Saturday, “Supahcute Science Fair” opened at the Eagle Rock boutique. It’s a group show filled with adorable, kid-friendly art that is all inspired by science. Check out photos below the jump and ready my story “Can Science Be Cute?” in L.A. Weekly.
Some pieces are still available for purchase. Check out Leanna Lin’s website for more info.
Right now, the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo has a great exhibition on Japanese tattoos. It opened on Saturday and runs through the summer. It’s a big, nicely curated show that gives a lot of insight into the history and future of these massive and intricate tattoos.
I don’t have any tattoos, thanks to a fear of pain and an inability to make up my mind about what kind of art I want on my body. However, I think tattoos are gorgeous. That’s why I headed down to the opening festivities on Saturday. People showed off their body art. Some of the best artists around did live demonstrations.
Check out the photos below the jump and read more about the event in my story for L.A. Weekly, “Japanese Tattoos as Fine Art.”
Beat Swap Meet happened again in Chinatown yesterday. Of course, I picked up some new-old records for myself. You can check out those purchases in the above photo. I’m kind of excited to play “I Want to Touch You” by Catherine Wheel on vinyl sometime in the near future.
I also got to play at Beat Swap Meet yesterday. Here’s the set list.
XTC– Generals and Majors
The Clash– This Is Radio Clash
Austra and Gina X– Mayan Drums
Echo and the Bunnymen– Heads Will Roll
Siouxsie and the Banshees– Monitor
The Jam– Start!
Fun Boy Three- Lunatics…
Fad Gadget– Back to Nature
I have to gigs coming up this week. On Thursday, you can catch me play at Club Berlin at Alpine Village in Torrance. On Friday, I’ll be at Underground at the Grand Star.
Feel like dancing or just hanging out and listening to some good tunes this month? I have four gigs scheduled for September. Mark them down on your calendar now. I’ll post more info on these closer to the dates of the events.
Beat Swap Meet @ Grand Star Jazz Club
Club Berlin @ Alpine Village
Club Underground @ Grand Star Jazz Club
Shadowplay @ Grand Star Jazz Club
People have been talking about Heroes of Cosplay for weeks. Some have a list of reasons for disliking it. Plenty of people in the scene are offended by it. I finally saw the Syfy reality series last night. It was kind of boring. I kept wishing it were more like RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Cosplayers and drag queens have a lot in common. Both frequently rely on pop culture references to push their art forward. Both require a hefty skill set. The best cosplayers, like the best drag queens, are good with costumes, make-up and hair, plus they can perform for an audience on some level. More importantly, though, both are part of scenes that have been wildly misunderstood by the general public.
RuPaul’s Drag Race is good TV. It’s a fun competition with a lot of big personalities in the running. Yet, there are also a lot of heartfelt moments on the show. When you’re watching it, you know that there’s something greater to it than over-the-top costumes and lip-sync performances. It’s a show about identity and community. If that’s what Heroes of Cosplay intended, it missed the mark entirely.
Edgar Wright with artist Joey Spiotto (Photo: Liz Ohanesian for L.A. Weekly)
I write a weekly column for L.A. Weekly’s arts blog, Public Spectacle. The column is called “Cult Stars” and, in it, I try to cover different aspects of the art and entertainment worlds. You could probably call it a “geek” column of sorts, although I don’t.
In the most recent installment of said column, I went to “The Official Edgar Wright Art Show” at Gallery 1988. Nearly 100 artists paid tribute to Wright’s work, from Spaced to The World’s End. The latter comes out on Friday. It was an interesting show, as well as a popular one. People got in line early for a chance to get inside and purchase one of the limited edition prints. Also, Wright attended the event with frequent collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
Read all about it in the latest installment of “Cult Stars.”
(cross-posted with lizohanesian.com.)
I have three DJ gigs this week. Here are the details.
The stage at CIA.
There’s a venue in North Hollywood called the California Institution of Abnormal Arts (CIA). It’s on one of those big, Valley boulevards that practically beg for you to speed along without a second glance. But this spot, set back only a bit from the street, is marked by a clown on the gate and a clown on the front door. They aren’t as eye-catching as the big, polka-dot guy atop Circus Liquor a few blocks east, but you will notice them. I have plenty of times before Saturday night, but for some odd reason or other, never stopped to peek inside. I’ve actually had friends, a lot of them, play here and yet, it wasn’t until two nights ago that I made the trip here.
Clearly, I have been missing out on something special. CIA is the coolest venue I’ve seen in the Valley. It appears small, even after you walk inside. The actual performance area is roughly comparable in size to an itty-bitty punk club. It’s a little rough around the edges too. Look closely and you’ll find tiny cracks in the patterns on the floor of the stage. The scruffiness goes with the decor, which is a mix of oddball vintage finds. There are old mannequins done up in bizarre fashion, skills, dolls heads and lots of candles. The more you explore, the more bizarre this space is.
Saturday night, I’ll be playing at Club Microwave, which is held at CIA in North Hollywood. This gig is particularly cool for a few reasons.
1. I’m playing all vinyl, all synthpop. The musicians on the bill are playing chip tunes.
2. It’s all ages. (Be aware that those under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult.)
3. It’s in the Valley. I don’t think I’ve had a gig in the Valley before this, which is weird considering that I grew up there.
Anyhow, I hope you’ll attend. If you want a Facebook reminder, check out the invite.