Get with THE PROGRAMWhat better way to make 5 p.m. on Friday get here sooner than to start planning the rest of your week right now? Here are the top picks for concerts and other events happening around town.
|Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (Credit: Kim Fox)|
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20
The Fug Girls @ Barnes & Noble (The Grove)
Go Fug Yourself is one website that I make sure to visit at least once a day. If you can't laugh at Katy Perry traipsing around the MuchMusic Awards in a nude bodysuit with bedazzled privates, I most likely do not want to associate with you. Not only are Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan witty fashion bloggers, they're published authors. Messy, the sequel to their debut young adult novel Spoiled, just hit stores, and they'll be discussing and signing copies at the Grove tonight, as well as Vroman's in Pasadena on June 24.
THURSDAY, JUNE 21
Vans Warped Tour @ Orange County Great Park (Irvine)
Whether you're 14 or 24, nothing says it's summer like spending a day under the sun at Warped. The three L.A.-area shows are all this week (tomorrow in Pomona and Sunday in Ventura), so there's really no excuse to miss at least one of the dates. Newer bands not to check out: Dead Sara, Hyro Da Hero and Stepdad. For fans of the older school, Anti Flag performs on all three days and MxPx singer and bassist Mike Herrera is doing a solo acoustic set in Pomona. For everyone in between: Taking Back Sunday, the Used and New Found Glory.
|Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (20th Century Fox)|
FRIDAY, JUNE 22
In Theaters This Week
The highly-anticipated Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter from the innovative director of Wanted, Night Watch and Day Watch, Timur Bekmambetov; Pixar's latest animated treasure, Brave, features my favorite Scottish actress, Kelly Macdonald ("Boardwalk Empire"); Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World; Henry Thomas is Hank Williams in The Last Ride; Woody Allen in Italy (To Rome With Love)
James Bond Weekend
Satisfy your 007 fix with a weekend full of Bond double features. Friday @ The Aero (Hollywood): Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies; Saturday @ The Egyptian Theatre (Hollywood): The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day; Sunday @ The Aero: Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace
Nancy Silverton and Matt Molina @ Williams-Sonoma (Beverly Hills)
Do you start drooling uncontrollably at the word 'Mozza'? Grab a napkin and head to Williams-Sonoma Beverly Hills where Silverton – the chef behind Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza – and Molina – the chef in charge of both kitchens – are signing copies of The Mozza Cookbook: Recipes from Los Angeles's Favorite Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria. Most importantly, they will also be doing a cooking demo.
|Jenny Lewis (Warner Bros. Records)|
The Avett Brothers @ Nokia Theatre (Downtown)
Where punk meets bluegrass for a modern-day honky tonk, you have the Avett Brothers. It doesn't matter if it's Seth or Scott Avett at the mic, either of their emotive vocals pull at your heartstrings and cause entire venues to break out into song. Another of favorite part of their shows is watching cellist Joe Kwon sing along and playfully jump around to songs like "Kick Drum Heart" and "Laundry Room."
Jenny Lewis @ The Observatory (Santa Ana)
Sorry, but you'll have to head beyond the Orange Curtain for this one since her Largo shows on Wednesday and Thursday are already sold out. This is your only other chance to see her (rescheduled from last October) I Heart CALI tour. Her solo albums, Rabbit Fur Coat and Acid Tongue, are in constant rotation on my playlists, but there's really no substitute for experiencing her magnetic charm and wicked pipes in person. She'll also be performing June 24 at Hollywood Bowl as part of Glen Campbell: The Goodbye Tour with Dawes, Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne and Kris Kristofferson.
|The Ramones, shot by Ian Dickson (late20thcenturyboy.com)|
SATURDAY, JUNE 23
Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present
Through Oct. 7 @ Annenberg Space for Photography (Century City)
I'm sure you've seen the lamp post banner ads for this all over town, and the exhibit is finally opening. Curated by Gail Buckland, author of the 2009 book this first major museum exhibition of rock photography is based on and shares its name with, Who Shot Rock & Roll presents 175 images from over a hundred photographers, like Annie Leibovitz, Richard Avedon and Ian Dickson. Just pick an era, and many of its most influential artists are represented: Chuck Berry, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Joy Division, Fugazi, U2, etc.
Rebel @ J.F. Chen (Hollywood)
Today is the last day of James Franco and MOCA's exhibit inspired by the film Rebel Without a Cause. A collection of photography, painting, film, video installation, sculpture and drawings by artists that include Terry Richardson, Ed Ruscha and Harmony Korine, the pieces explore themes from the film as well as its off-camera drama.
The Cult with Against Me! and The Icarus Line @ The Palladium (Hollywood)
"Fiiiiire, smoke she is a rising." – ahh, that takes me back to seventh grade. I am just as curious to see how well the Cult frontman Ian Astbury has held up as most people probably are to see Laura Jane Grace at the helm of Against Me! on Saturday.
New Edition @ Nokia Theatre (Downtown)
This one also takes me back to grade school. I'm not going to lie, I know pretty much every word on their Heart Break album. Sorry all of you NKOTB and BSB fans, they've got nothing on "Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike" (Ralph and Johnny).