6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
(THROUGH JUNE 16) It's the most OUTRAGEOUSLY FUN Broadway musical: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT! This spectacular show tells the uplifting story of a trio of friends on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. An international hit with over 500 dazzling, 2011 Tony Award-winning costumes, PRISCILLA features a hit parade of dance-floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “Finally” and “I Will Survive.”
611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA
In addition to being one of the mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth, Greg Proops is now the host The Greg Proops Film Club: a lugubrious, salacious, verbacious monthly podcast! First up, Greg records his latest episode live on the Cinefamily stage, and then it’s time for one of Al Pacino’s greatest screen performances. Greg sez: “Pacino is a gay bank robber, who knocks over a bank to pay for a sex change for his lover. The robbery goes awry and turns into a cynical media event. This is wild Seventies filmmaking at its best. Gripping and real, Pacino is on fire as the sensitive and complicated Sonny — and John Cazale plays the unforgettably, sullen, laconic Sal. Sidney Lumet is one of the great directors of the era (Network, Serpico, The Verdict), and has the conscience to make this unlikely heist movie into a running discussion of authority, sexual identity and civil rights. Pacino once strode the earth as a protean force; come and dig him in his jungle element.” Proops will deconstruct, reanimate and regale this fine classic, plus tackle 467 ancilliary tangents in an expert flick of the verbal wrist. Be there!
Dir. Sidney Lumet, 1975, 35mm, 125 min.
1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
L.A.-based painter SAGE VAUGHN will be by signing copies of his stunning new monograph ICE AGE.
For Sage Vaughn, art offers an endless way to explore the nebulous borders between humanity and the wild world. “To me that line between nature and city life is always ebbing and flowing, with the two forces continually influencing each other,” says Vaughn, whose dreamy yet disquieting paintings frequently feature members of the animal kingdom as their subjects. “You see it in coyotes running out onto the freeway and grass growing out of pavement—it’s this ongoing push-and-pull that echoes the conflict we feel within ourselves as we try not to give into our own wildness.”
In his debut book Ice Age (Zero+ Publishing), Vaughn presents over a hundred paintings from the last half-decade of his career. Both magical and melancholy, the paintings often set vibrantly hued birds and butterflies against drab, near-photorealistic backgrounds that portray unsettling city scenes. “In a lot of ways birds seem like the best metaphor for what I’m talking about with my work,” says Vaughn, whose paintings recently appeared in the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art’s Transmission LA: AV Club (a collaborative exhibition curated by Mike D of the Beastie Boys. “The fact that we chop these trees down and strip all the branches off and put them in concrete and string wires from them so we can talk to each other, and that birds still land on those trees just like they do in the forest—those are the kinds of things that fascinate me.” Spliced throughout Ice Age are several representations of Vaughn’s “envelope pieces,” a series of free-and-easy creations including everything from painted sketches to collages.
Born in Oregon but raised in the San Fernando Valley, Vaughn first learned to draw with the help of his father, a commercial artist for Disney. “That’s how my dad and I hung out—we made art,” he says. Despite his penchant for drawing and painting, however, Vaughn decided to forgo pursuing a career in art in favor of studying to become a doctor. But after 3 years at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Vaughn dropped out and returned to Los Angeles to work construction while honing his painting style in a makeshift studio in a friend’s garage.
In 2001,Vaughn teamed up with his grandmother for his debut exhibition at a community center in the Valley. Within the next few years Vaughn was showing in New York City and San Francisco and—by 2006—featured in exhibitions in both the U.S. and abroad. Over the last seven years, Vaughn’s work has appeared in group and solo shows at leading-edge galleries like The DACTYL Foundation for the Arts in New York, Galerie Bertrand & Gruner in Geneva, Lazarides in London, Art Agents Gallery in Germany, and at Art Fairs such as ArtLA in Los Angeles, VOLTA at the Whitney Biennial in New York, and ArtBrussels in Belgium.
Now working out of his own studio in Pasadena, Vaughn says he’s perpetually inspired by the glimpses of nature he encounters while roaming around L.A. “Sometimes a painting begins with those observations, something like seeing a hawk perched on the top of a lamp over the freeway,” he says. “It might not lead to my painting that moment itself, but it gets me thinking about those sorts of juxtapositions.” Describing his color choices as “extremely Southern Californian,” Vaughn notes that the city’s smog-softened light and color palette have also heavily influenced his aesthetic. “The haziness of the light in Los Angeles is so unique, and the particulate matter in the air has a huge impact on the way we see distance,” he says. “I think that really comes through in my paintings.”
In capturing those wild things in his work, Vaughn ultimately presents a subtle yet powerful meditation on what he considers a formidable tension within humanity itself. “Nearly all of us struggle with that conflict between our more feral side and the need to give up certain instincts so that we can mutually excel as a civilization,” he says. “Our instincts are constantly colliding with the agreements we’ve made with society and—as a result of that—we’re left having to control the chaos within ourselves.”
1323-A Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401
The 3rd Annual Westside Shodown Standup Competition.
Come vote for your favorite comedian!
Winner gets $500 cash, a paid gig at LMU, meetings with CAA, WME, Consortium Ent. and Levity Ent.
To submit go to westsidecomedy.com/shodown