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|Daron Hollowell of El Sportivo|
THURSDAY, FEB. 21
El Sportivo & the Blooz @ El Cid (Silver Lake)
New York-based Daron Hollowell (aka El Sportivo) celebrates the Feb. 26 release of the collective's debut album (via White Iris) with a special release show featuring his White Iris partner, L.A. producer and musician Lewis Pesacov (guitarist of Fool's Gold, Foreign Born; Best Coast producer). Nights + Weekends' country-tinged, blues rock tracks – such as "Waking World" and "Oh Lowe," dripping with sultry lap steel, and the plaintive "The Night's So Cold" – leave me breathless. Seeing the songs performed live is going to be quite a treat.
$5 Ramen @ Daikokuya (Little Tokyo)
It's the 11th anniversary of the ramen shop's Little Tokyo location, so they're celebrating by offering bowls of their regular size tonkotsu ramen topped with luxurious Kurobuta pork belly chashu for only $5 (regular prize is $8.95). Normally there is a line out the door and a wait time of an hour for a seat in the restaurant, so be prepared to hang around the front of the shop for a while a bit longer for this $5 deal that lasts through Friday.
FRIDAY, FEB. 22
Gibson Guitartown Charity Auction @ Bonhams (Hollywood)
The massive Gibson guitar sculptures that adorn the Sunset Strip end this year's tour tonight as they are auctioned off to benefit the Los Angeles Fund of Public Education's "Arts Matter" campaign, supporting art and music eduction in public schools. The 18 guitars feature designs by the likes of Shepard Fairey and RISK, celebrating Sunset Strip legends from the Doors to Buffalo Springfield and have been autographed by artists such as Stephen Stills, Zakk Wylde and members of Bad Religion and Dead Sara.
|Keri Russell in Dark Skies (Dimension Films)|
In Theaters This Week
Josh Hamilton and Keri Russell ("Felicity," "The Americans") are a couple trying to save their family from aliens in the sci-fi/horror pic Dark Skies; Inescapable stars Alexander Siddig, Marisa Tomei and Pacey, I mean, Joshua Jackson; Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays a father whose wrongly accused son is serving a prison sentence for drug distribution, so he obviously has to go undercover to infiltrate the drug cartel in Snitch. Also in theaters: Bless Me, Ultima
Oscar-Nominated Shorts of 2012 @ The Egyptian (Hollywood)
American Cinematheque's Oscar Season series continues with a day of screenings of Oscar-Nominated shorts. Beginning with the live-action http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/oscar-nominated-live-action-shorts-of-2012 at 7:30 p.m. ("Asad," "Buzkashi Boys," "Curfew," "Death of a Shadow" and "Henry"), directors from each short are going to be on hand to introduce their works. The evening continues with the animated shorts at 10 p.m.: "Adam and Dog," "Fresh Guacamole," "Head Over Heels," "Maggie Simpson in the Longest Daycare" and "Paperman," as well as three additional shorts.
Control @ Avalon (Hollywood)
It's not common for club nights in Hollywood to last as long as the Friday dance destination known as Control at Avalon Hollywood has, featuring sets by artists like Skrillex, Rusko and Wolfgang Gartner over the years. The evening celebrates its four-year anniversary tonight with a first-time performance by Jack Beats, joined by Carnage and resident Whiiite.
SATURDAY, FEB. 23
Best Picture Showcase @ AMC Theaters (citywide)
If you've been too busy to catch all of this year's Oscar nominees for Best Picture in the theaters, this is your chance to see all nine of them in AMC's annual, one-day marathon event. For $60, you can watch Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty all in a row, from 10 a.m. today through 7:55 a.m. Sunday, just in time to get some sleep before the broadcast of the award show tomorrow night.
MONDAY, FEB. 25
Skye @ Hotel Café (Hollywood)
The Morcheeba frontwoman released her third solo effort, Back to Now, last fall, produced by the Grammy-winning Stephen Fitzmaurice (Paloma Faith, Metronomy). The album is a gorgeous blend of Skye Edwards' ethereal voice, synth – of course – and strings. The undisputed Queen of Trip-hop stops by Hotel Café for a two-night stand that starts tonight. Don't miss the experience of seeing her perform in such an intimate venue.
TUESDAY, FEB. 26
The Lovely Bad Things @ The Echo (Echo Park)
The L.A./O.C. foursome wrap up their February Tuesday-night residency at the Echo on the very day their new album, The Late Great Whatever, releases via Volcom. The band successfully blends a plethora of influences, from the Pixies and Sonic Youth to the B-52s and Redd Kross, into their own brand of punk rock that will have you dancing, thrashing your head around and even laughing. Catch them live before they spread their wings across the country on the way to SXSW.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27
Willy Moon @ Bootleg Theater (Westlake)
You may recognize the Kiwi-English musician's frenetic "Yeah Yeah" from Apple's commercial where the new iPod touch and nano models jump and flail across the screen. However, there is so much more to the artist. Although he is a mere 23 years old, he culls musical arrangements and sounds from eras past for a fresh, unique sound. He swings through the Bootleg in anticipation of the April 2 release of Here's Willy Moon.