Thursday, January 30, 2014

Events for Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2014


Lolawolf (Michael Leviton)


Lolawolf @ The Echo (Echo Park)
The New York band, fronted by Zoë Kravitz and featuring Reputate's James Levy and Jimmy Giannopoules, makes its L.A. debut tonight at the Echo. The evening is set to include tracks from their forthcoming self-titled EP (available Feb. 4), including the cheeky "Drive (Los Angeles)," sweet "What Love Is" and 80s-tinged "Chainz." All of the songs I've heard so far from Lolawolf are incredibly danceable, so this should make for a fun outing.



Cat Art Show @ 101/exhibit (6205 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood)
Catch the final days of this feline-focused art show that everyone was meowing about after its opening reception last weekend. From Shepard Fairey, Buff Monster and Gary Baseman to Mercedes Helnwein, Tim Biskup and Incubus' Brandon Boyd, artists interpret the role of cats as not only domesticated companions but as muses and inspirations. Even if you aren't a kitty lover, their renderings are sure to bring a smile to your face. Through Sunday afternoon.


In Theaters This Week
Andy Garcia, Vera Farmiga and Taissa Farmiga in At Middleton; Labor Day, directed by Jason Reitman, takes places over the holiday weekend that changes the lives of 13-year-old Henry Wheeler (Gattlin Griffith), his mother (Kate Winslet) and a stranger who needs their help (Josh Brolin); Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller are three best friends navigating the dating world in That Awkward Moment. Also in theaters: California Scheming; Tim's Vermeer


Mayer Hawthorne @ Palladium (Hollywood)
The soulful L.A. singer-songwriter released his third studio album, Where Does This Door Go, over the summer, boasting some of the best tracks of his career thus far. Songs like "Her Favorite Song," "The Only One" and "Corsican Rosé" are so smooth, they can give the most timid a boost of bravado to ask the hottie standing over at the bar for a spin on the dance floor with just one listen. If you have yet to experience Mayer Hawthorne live, please go to this show. Although your feet will be sore from dancing all night, you will definitely thank me later for all the fun you had.

Johnathan Rice


Johnathan Rice @ Bootleg Bar (Westlake)
Last year, the L.A. singer-songwriter released his third solo album, Good Graces, his first work since putting out the critically lauded I'm Having Fun Now album under the moniker of Jenny & Johnny with Jenny Lewis. He also collaborates with Lewis on the score for Song One, which stars Anne Hathaway and Johnny Flynn and just premiered at Sundance. Lewis also appears on Good Graces, along with Z Berg, the Watson Twins, Farmer Dave Scher and Chad Marshall, so it's safe to assume at least one of the guests will make an appearance for a song tonight at Bootleg.


Chinese New Year Festival @ Chinatown
The Year of the Horse is said to be one of exuberance, so celebrate all that the year ahead holds in store at the oldest New Year spectacular in the country taking place through Sunday afternoon. The 115th Annual Golden Dragon Parade begins Saturday's festivities at 1 p.m. with floats, dancers and bands streaming down the streets, led by this year's Grand Marshal, Mayor Eric Garcetti. After the parade, enjoy cultural performances and workshops, traditional and gourmet street food, craft beer fem Eagle Rock Brewery and a live music stage curated by Buzz Bands LA's Kevin Bronson with local acts like the Happy Hollows and Raw Geronimo.



Fútbol: The Beautiful Game @ LACMA (Miracle Mile)
While American football celebrates its two top teams today, fútbol fans still have a few more months until the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil. Never fear, though, soccer lovers. LACMA has something to help pass the time, a new exhibit that examines the sport and its influence on nationalism, globalism and the common human experience through video, photography, painting and sculpture from around 30 international artists. Works from Miguel Calderon, Robin Rhode, Kehinde Wiley and Andy Warhol are just a few of the stunning pieces to take in as the exhibit runs through July 20.

Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)


Jared Leto Double Feature @ Egyptian Theatre (Hollywood)
Jared Leto has scooped up several awards and is the frontrunner for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the role in Dallas Buyers Club that lured him out of temporary acting retirement. Whether it was in that film, Prefontaine, Chapter 27 or Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream (2000), Leto immerses himself completely into character. American Cinematheque celebrates the actor with a double feature Dallas Buyers Club and Requiem for a Dream, featuring two of his greatest performances, and a discussion with him between the two films.


National Frozen Yogurt Day @ Yogurtland (Citywide)
Honor the goodness that is frozen yogurt with a visit to your local Yogurtland. They celebrate their third annual event today with free yogurt and toppings from 4 p.m. to 7p.m. today. Not to be outdone, Menchie's is celebrating on Thursday (Feb. 6) with your first 6 ounces free. You just have to like their Facebook page, and they'll send you a coupon.



Mother Falcon @ The Echo (Echo Park)

The Austin-based orchestral band begins a monthlong, Wednesday night residency at the Echo tonight. Mother Falcon is composed of 15 to 20 members that play strings, trumpets, saxophones and even a bassoon, Greek bouzouki and glockenspiel, and the songs on their sophomore effort, You Knew, are mesmerizing. I'm not sure how all of them are going to fit on the Echo stage, but a thoroughly unique and entertaining experience is guaranteed to be in store. If you can't make it tonight, do try to check them out one of these Wednesdays in February.

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