Thursday, July 26, 2012

Events for July 26-Aug. 1


The Big Gundown (American Cinematheque)



Spaghetti Westerns Unchained @ Egyptian Theatre (Hollywood)
American Cinematheque's series of Spaghetti Westerns in anticipation of Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Django Unchained kicks off with a double feature of The Big Gundown and The Hills Run Red. Other films in the series include The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, A Fistful of Dollars and the film that inspired Tarantino's title and setting, 1966's Django.


The Fairchilds @ Whisky A Go Go (West Hollywood)
Frontman Cyril Niccolai is a modern-day Renaissance man. The accomplished singer-songwriter studied medicine and law, dabbles in photography, plans to run the New York City marathon, scuba dives, plays tennis and golf, loves food, literature and art and is a total tech geek. His main focus, though, is the Fairchilds. Make sure to check out their new single, "High," featuring guitarist Orianthi.

Sunset Concerts @ Skirball Cultural Center (West Los Angeles)

The Skirball's 16th annual free concert series begins tonight, celebrating the best in world music with the East African, Congolese and Caribbean flavors of Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga. Sunset Concerts runs through Aug. 30 and includes other artists like La Santa Cecilia, De Temps Antan and Eric Bibb's String Band.


Ryan Guzman and Kathryn McCormick (Sam Emerson, SMPSP)


In Theaters This Week
I loved Kathryn McCormick when she was a Season 6 finalist on "So You Think You Can Dance." She takes on her first movie role in Step Up Revolution alongside other "SYTYCD" alums Twitch and Phillip Chbeeb and my favorite choreographer/judge Mia Michaels. Choreography was done by "SYTYCD" alum Travis Wall; Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill star in The Watch. Also in theaters: Klown; Sacrifice; Searching for Sugar Man


"The Producers" @ Hollywood Bowl (Hollywood)
The Mel Brooks musical comedy comes to the Bowl with an all-star cast that includes Richard Kind, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dane Cook and Rebecca Romijn. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, additional performances are on Saturday and Sunday.



The Big Lebowski @ Cinespia (Hollywood)
The Dude abides. Pre-sale reservations are sold out, so hopefully you'll be able to go early and get in line for the Coen brothers' cult classic. DJs Turquoise Wisdom and Elijah Wood spin before and after the screening.


Dirty Projectors @ The Wiltern (Koreatown)
The New Yorkers just released their latest full-length, Swing Lo Magellan, a unique non-theme album for Dirty Projectors which delves into a more personal realm for frontman Dave Longstreth.


U.S. Open of Surfing (Huntington Beach)
The annual extravaganza of skateboarding, music and, of course, surfing events takes place through Aug. 5 in Surf City. Expect to see athletes like Kelly Slater, Malia Manuel, Taj Burrow and Stephanie Gilmore at the most anticipated ASP Prime event, along with the skating world's Paul Rodriguez, Eli Reed and Ryan Reyes.



Fiona Apple, Blake Mills @ The Palladium (Hollywood)
The enigmatic songstress released her first album in seven years, The Idler Wheel…,  earlier this summer and heads to Los Angeles with the city's own Blake Mills in tow. The guitar virtuoso opens for and accompanies Apple on guitar during her set.

The Memorials @ Troubadour (West Hollywood)
Spearheaded by former the Mars Volta drummer, Thomas Pridgen, along with vocalist Viveca Hawkins and guitarist Nick Brewer, the Memorials bring forth a sound that's as unique and diverse as each of the member's past experience with acts such as Juliette Lewis, Soulive, Cee Lo and Foxy Shazam.




JJAMZ @ The Wiltern (Koreatown)

The supergroup comprised of Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley), James Valentine (Maroon 5), Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet) Michael Runion and Z Berg (The Like) just released their debut album, Suicide Pact, July 10. The five members of JJAMZ (pronounced juh-Jamz) are good friends and wrap up their tour with Neon Trees back home in Los Angeles.

Kelly Clarkson @ Hollywood Bowl (Hollywood)
The pop star headlines MYFM's My Big Night Out along with the Fray and support act Carolina Liar.



thenewno2 @ Amoeba Music (Hollywood)
Band members Dhani Harrison and Paul Hicks produced sophomore effort, thefearofmissingout, which is being released today. Join the entire band to celebrate the release with a performance and album signing.


"Memphis" @ Pantages Theatre (Hollywood)

AP calls "Memphis" "The very essence of what a Broadway musical should be." The acclaimed production begins its Pantages run tonight and is sure to transport you to1950s Memphis with music, dancing and soaring emotions. Through Aug. 12.



"Red" @ Mark Taper Forum (Downtown)

Alfred Molina and Jonathan Groff star in the explosive play centered around celebrated bad boy of the art world, Mark Rothko. Paint and emotions collide on canvas as the Russian-American artist works on pieces commissioned by the Four Seasons restaurant in New York.

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