448 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, 90013
Modern Sky (China’s largest indie record label) is teaming up with Culture Collide on a special Chinese Indie Night with four unique acts from the Mainland: folk troubadour Song Dongye, synth-rockers New Pants, indie-pop darlings Hedgehog, and folk-rockers Miserable Faith. Don’t miss this night of fresh sounds from an emerging rock capital.
695 E. Colorado, Pasadena, CA 91101
Greg Renoff discusses and signs Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal. After years of playing gigs everywhere from suburban backyards to dive bars, Van Halen led by frontman extraordinaire David Lee Roth and guitar virtuoso Edward Van Halen had the songs, the swagger, and the talent to turn the rock world on its ear. The quartet’s classic 1978 debut, "Van Halen," sold more than a million copies within months of release and rocketed the band to the stratosphere of rock success. On tour, Van Halen’s high-energy show wowed audiences and prompted headlining acts like Black Sabbath to concede that they’d been blown off the stage. By the year’s end, Van Halen had established themselves as superstars and reinvigorated heavy metal in the process. Based on more than 230 original interviews including with former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and power players like Pete Angelus, Marshall Berle, Donn Landee, Ted Templeman, and Neil Zlozower, Van Halen Rising reveals the untold story of how these rock legends made the unlikely journey from Pasadena, California, to the worldwide stage
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, 90025
Paring things down to the bare essentials of voice and piano, celebrated mezzo-soprano Julia Migenes takes the audience on a musical journey to the heart of Kurt Weill’s music, from Berlin to Paris to New York. Accompanied by Mitsuko Morikawa on piano and directed by Academy Award-nominated director Peter Medak, Migenes performs in the language of each “stopover” — German, French and English — exploring the work of this brilliant composer and the powerful lyrics that complement his music.