Before he collided with a limousine, Gabriel, an Anna's hummingbird with a head and throat cloaked in iridescent magenta feathers, could spiral 130 feet in the air, dive 60 miles per hour in a courtship display, hover, and fly backward. When he arrived in rehab caked in road grime, he was so badly injured that he could barely perch. But Terry Masear, one of the busiest hummingbird rehabbers in the country, was determined to save this damaged bird, who seemed oddly familiar. During the four months that Terry worked with Gabriel, she took in 160 hummingbirds, from a miniature nestling rescued by a bulldog and a fledgling trapped inside a skydiving wind tunnel at Universal CityWalk, to Pepper, a female Anna's injured on a film set. In their time together, Pepper and Gabriel form a special bond and, together, with Terry's help, learn to fly again. Woven around Gabriel's and Pepper's stories are those of other colorful birds in this personal narrative filled with the science and magic surrounding these fascinating creatures. A heartwarming account of the trials and triumphs a hummingbird rehabber encounters while caring for her tiny, fragile patients.
1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
SOAK has won widespread praise, and comparisons ranging from Laura Marling to Cat Power, for her textured tales of adolescence, family and friendship. Still just 18 years old, Bridie Monds-Watson has been performing in her home of Derry since the age of 14, where she'd split her time between studying, the local skate-park, and her burgeoning songwriting (touring in the school holidays, and launching Derry's City of Culture hours before a GCSE exam). Then, in 2014 she became the first signing to CHVRCHES' singles label, releasing the beautiful 'Blud' and touring with the likes of George Ezra and Tegan & Sara. In the same summer that most of her friends got their ALevel results, SOAK penned an album deal with Rough Trade Records and aired the beautiful 'B a noBody'.
Her forthcoming album will cement Bridie Monds-Watson's ascent from a raw talent to a unique artistic voice for 2015 ("a vivid portrait of teenage deep-thinking…intricate, ambiguous psychodramas" Guardian)
6010 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Pistachio is, well, a nutty band. Formed in the fall of 2014 by old sailing buddies Devin Hollister and Antony D’Avirro with drummer Zach Briefer, Pistachio has quickly found their way combining the funky rhythms characteristic of 1970’s soul with an unabashed rock and roll flare. From the outset, the band set out to do something different by combining the unique aspects of the wide variety of genres they grew up listening to. Their influences ranged from rock and funk, all the way to latin and Eastern European folk music. However, the band found common ground during their tenure in the University of California, Berkeley’s Jazz program. Their early gigs solidified a sound built from rich harmonies, funky grooves, and improvisation. In November 2014, the band worked furiously to record their first EP, Tehuantepec. Released in February 2015, the EP is a dish best served piping hot on a platter of groove.
1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
Founded in the fall of 2012, Beach Party was a smashed to basics garage punk band from the first night they played a pool party and the first morning they woke up drunk and wondering where those brand new head wounds had come from. This mystery was never solved but naturally, great things were in their future. While some may grumble at their name, LA's good times garage punks Beach Party have some cred behind them. Last year's single, "Can't Surf / Fun," was recorded by Ty Segall and the band have shared stages with Best Coast, Bass Drum of Death, and Black Lips. It’s the tough side of ‘60s garage, the too-smart-for-its-own-good part of first-wave punk and the jet-engine beginnings of hardcore, when a band like the Zero Boys could share a bill with the Ramones and everyone would go home happy and bloody. Which, funnily enough, is exactly the way Beach Party started in the first place.
Now, the band prepares to release their second EP, Ripper, recorded by Sonny Diperri (Portugal The Man, Hanni El Khatib,STRFKR).
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Artforum International editor Michelle Kuo, E.A.T. director Julie Martin, and UC Santa Barbara professor W. Patrick McCray discuss the legacy and impact of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), a groundbreaking collaboration between engineers and artists. The panel, moderated by LACMA associate curator Jennifer King, focuses on E.A.T. projects, including 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering, a series of performances in 1966 involving 10 artists and over 30 engineers from Bell Laboratories.
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
In Sharon Lockhart’s Goshogaoka, a subtle and multi-layered social portrait filmed in Japan, the exercise routines of a girls’ basketball team digress into distinct studies. Elad Lassry’s Untitled (Ghost) investigates the tradition of “spirit” or “ghost” photography, seen by some as evidence that photosensitive film can capture the immaterial, such as apparitions and auras. (S. Lockhart, Goshogaoka, 1997, 16mm, 63 min.; E. Lassry, Untitled (Ghost), 2011, 35mm film, silent 18 min.)
2102 E. 1st St., Boyle Heights, 90033
CASA 0101 Theater is proud to present “Little Red”, a contemporary musical adaptation, with a punk-rock Chicana twist, of the classic fairytale Little Red Riding Hood. This Familia-friendly musical takes us on a rebellious teenager’s journey through the treacherous Holly-Woods where she must forgo technology and modern transportation in order to visit her ailing grandmother. Standing in her way is Don Coyote, a loner teen rocker that tries to seduce Red with his style, cool demeanor, and British accent, only to try and rob Red of the most precious thing that she has yet to appreciate – her family. With the help of the bumbling boyscout, Corky Woodsmán, and his owl Paz, will Little Red be able to brave the dangers of the Holly-Woods and the smooth talking Don Coyote? Will she be able to help her grandmother and find the value in her family’s traditions? Come find out in this fun and fresh adaptation of the classic tale that will have audiences laughing and cheering. Featuring original music by Grammy award-winning artist, Quetzal.