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THURSDAY, OCT. 10
|Liars (Zen Sekizaw)|
Culture Collide Festival @ Various venues (Echo Park)
The three-day extravaganza invades Los Angeles with performances from bands representing all corners of the world. Aside from the many American acts – such as Liars, Rob Crow, NO and Bleached – Denmark's the Raveonettes, Canada/Germany's King Khan & the Shrines, the UK's Alice Russell, Fuck Buttons and Keaton Henson are all part of the lineup. UCB Theatre presents comedy sets from the likes of Maria Bamford, Nick Thune, Rory Scovel, Natasha Leggero and more. There is also a Creative Summit that includes panel discussions on the subjects of Innovators (Moby, Shepard Fairey and Dhani Harrison), International Festivals, licensing and Beers of the World this afternoon, as well as Record Labels, Bands and Bands and Spirits of the World on Friday.
Beyond Fest @ The Egyptian (Hollywood) and Aero (Santa Monica)
This new film festival, brought to you by American Cinematheque and Amity, combines the best in horror, sci-fi and fantasy now through Halloween. Events kick-off tonight with a screening of John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13 and discussion with the film's star, Austin Stoker. There are more discussions with the likes of Richard Donner, Clive Barker, Jörg Buttgereit and Joe Begos. In addition, there are premieres of Why Don't You Play in Hell? and The Last Days on Mars with Live Schrieber, live performances from Goblin and a Nerdist Writers Panel. There's the eighth annual Dusk-to-Dawn Horrorthon on Oct. 26 with back-to-back screenings of six films that include Amityville II: The Possession, The Fly, Hell High and The Sentinel. A screening of F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu caps off the festivities on Oct. 31 with live musical accompaniment from Cliff Retallick.
Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare @ Fairplex (Pomona)
Tonight marks the start of a new Halloween event curated by the musician and filmmaker that combines haunted-house attractions with a music festival, running through Nov. 2. Aside from three terrifying mazes based on Zombie's House of 1,000 Corpses, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto and The Lords of Salem, there are outdoor screenings of classics like The Phantom of the Opera, The Last Man on Earth and House on Haunted Hill. The musical lineup includes 3OH!3 tonight, Ozomatli Oct. 13, The Used Oct. 17, Andrew W.K. on Halloween and Rob Zombie Nov. 2.
FRIDAY, OCT. 11
|J. Roddy Walston & The Business|
J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Gringo Star @ Troubadour (West Hollywood)
I am obsessed with "Heavy Bells" from J. Roddy Walston & The Business new album, Essential Tremors, which released last month. The track builds from a twangy, head-nod inducing verse to an explosive chorus that defines the Baltimore band's soulful, southern and punk core. If they can translate even an ounce of the track's energy to the stage, then this will make for an incredible show. Atlanta's Gringo Star are set to get the crowd going with songs from their upcoming album, Floating Out to See (available Oct. 22).
In Theaters This Week
Tom Hanks is Captain Phillips in Paul Greengrass' biopic of the merchant mariner whose ship was taken over by Somali pirates in 2009; CBGB tells the story of the legendary club with Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint and Ashley Greene; Escape from Tomorrow, the guerrilla horror film shot at Disneyland and Walt Disney World; Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Jeffrey Wright in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete; Danny Trejo reprises his secret agent role in Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills, which also stars Mel Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofía Vergara and Amber Heard; Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay for this adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, starring Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Ed Westwick, Paul Giamatti and Stellan Skarsgård. Also in theaters: Cassadaga; I Used To Be Darker; The Institute; Shepard & Dark; The Trials of Muhammad Ali
SATURDAY, OCT. 12
Psycho @ L.A. State Historic Park (Elysian Park)
If you're suffering "Bates Motel" withdrawals (Ugh, new episodes aren't coming until next year), then perhaps a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's classic film can help ease your pain. While Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga are incredible as the Bates in the television show, there's no denying the depths of creepiness that Anthony Perkins' performance reaches in the 1960 cinematic treasure. Angeleno band Grey Eastern performs at 6:30 p.m., and you can grab some movie snacks from food trucks such as the Wing Joint, Chanchos Tacos, Downtown Dogs and Umami Burger.
Artisanal LA @ L.A. Mart (Downtown)
I know some of you like to get all of your holiday shopping done before Thanksgiving, so why not get a head start this weekend at Artisanal LA's fall show. Aside from picking up handmade home goods and edible treats from over 200 purveyors, there are tastings, chef demos, workshops, panels, hosted drinks, DJs and giveaways to keep you busy. This show's makers on hand include Petersen Pottery, Lula Mae, Morning Glory Confections, Granola Mama's Handmade and Pressed Juicery.
|Michael Franti (Lauren Dukoff)|
Michael Franti & Spearhead @ The Fonda (Hollywood)
The NorCal group couldn't have picked a more apt title for their latest album than All People since their music appeals to just that. Since the early 1990s, they've successfully married funk, hip-hop, reggae, folk, jazz and rock with lyrics that inform and inspire listeners of every age to action. Their live performances are just as engaging, charged with electrifying energy and passion that is sure to ignite the Fonda's dance floor with new tracks like "I'm Alive (Life Sounds Like)" and "Show Me a Sign."
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 16
Atoms for Peace @ Hollywood Bowl (Hollywood)
To witness Thom Yorke's vocals filling the legendary venue is an unforgettable experience, and to see him fronting this rock supergroup – composed of Nigel Godrich on keys, synths and guitars, Flea on bass, Joey Waronker on drums and Mauro Refosco on percussion – should be phenomenal. You can expect to hear many of the songs from the album, AMOK, they released earlier this year, but you might also be treated to some unexpected covers and gems from Radiohead's deep catalog.
Pure Bathing Culture @ The Echo (Echo Park)
If you're a Vetiver, Foxygen or Damien Jurado fan, then you should definitely check out Pure Bathing Culture since they've all collaborated with Sarah Versprille and/or Daniel Hindman. The Portland, Ore. duo just released their debut album, Moon Tides, in August, and its gorgeous melodies, soaring vocals and dreamy synths captivate with tracks like "Dream the Dare," "Only Lonely Lovers" and "Golden Girl." I've seen them perform with Andy Cabic before, so I know both members put on a terrific live show.