The Weekend Go Go: Rock Bottom Remainders, Who Shot Rock ‘n Roll, “the Rock” Unveiled

Really famous authors playing music.

It’s the weekend of rock and sometimes roll.

More accurately, it’s the weekend when rock rolls to a stop.

You’ll want to be there when it does.

Past Whose Bedtime?

They’re authors.  They’re rockers.  They’re authors and rockers. They’re the Rock Bottom Remaindersthe all-author rock band that counts Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan and Matt Groening among its members.  So basically, the best celebrity lit band of all time.

Maybe the only celebrity lit band of all time.

After performing together for 20 years, the Rock Bottom Remainders will hold their FINAL public concert at the El Rey Theater this Friday, June 22nd as part of their “Up Past Our Bedtime Tour”.

Not that you can relate, night owl.

Stephen King will join the band for the first time since 2007 and the Rock Bottom Remainders will welcome musical guest Roger McGuinn, former lead singer and lead guitarist for The Byrds.  Signed lithographs of David Horsey’s band drawing (above) as well as signed books by the authors will be available for purchase.  A pre-concert reception with the authors is also an option for purchase.

So basically, your best chance to chat about “Lost” with fellow fan Stephen King.

Lest you think this is merely a vanity stunt , the band has raised over $2 million for charity.  The El Rey gig will benefit  The Midnight Mission, The Los Angeles Downtown Women’s Center, and a new Emerging Author Series, to be launched January 2013, via concert presenter Live Talks Los Angeles.

Hopefully, at least one of those emerging authors knows how to rock a maraca.

ROCK BOTTOM REMAINDERSFriday, June 22nd @ 8:30; pre-concert reception from 6:30-7:30pm; $40-$300El Rey Theater, 5515 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036;

Who wants to be sedated…?

Rock ‘n Roll Will Never Die

Rock ‘n roll is about the music.  Of course.  But it’s also about the ephemera, the hard-to-pin-down, the attempt to grasp the X factor of talent and yes, genius, by any and all means possible.

Starting this Saturday, grasp at will.

WHO SHOT ROCK ‘N ROLL: A Photographic History, From 1955 to the Present is a traveling exhibit of 50 years of rock ‘n roll curated by shutterbug and author Gail Buckland, organized by the Brooklyn Museum, and opening this Saturday, June 23rd at the Annenberg Center for Photography.

Check out 166 portraits, album covers, and crowd shots by rock photog luminaries like Annie Leibovitz, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Lynn Goldsmith, Henry Diltz and Bob Gruen as well as new(er) camera-kids-on-the-block such as David LaChapelle, Mark Seliger and Max Vadukul.

You’ve been wanting to ogle Madonna when she was still a mere mortal.

Also accompanying the exhibit are a slide show and documentary as well as lectures with the artists, collectors, designers, and documentarians.  Additionally, KCRW will be organizing a series of July-August concerts with Moby, Portugal. The Man, and Raphael Saadiq with accompanying DJ sets by Jason Bentley, Dan Wilcox and Gary Calamar, and Anne Litt.

Madonna probably won’t make an appearance…but you definitely should.

WHO SHOT ROCK ‘N ROLL: A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY, FROM 1955 TO THE PRESENT —  Sat, June 23 – Oct 7; Sun, Wed, Th, Fri – 11am-6pm; Sat 11am-9pm. Free/Parental discretion advised because of content —  Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Ave of the Stars, Century City, 90067.  213.403.3000.

Rock on.

A Rolling Stone

Unless you’ve actually lived under a rock the past few months, you’re probably aware of the journey of a 340-ton granite boulder from its home in Riverside County to its new home on, appropriately, Miracle Mile.

The stone may not have gathered moss but it did get an awful lot of media attention.

The leviathan of the rock world is a component of reclusive artist Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass and is perched over a 456-foot-long slot constructed by Heizer  on LACMA’s Wilshire campus.   After the ribbon-cutting ceremony this Sunday, June 24th at 11:00 a.m., visitors will be able to take gratis walks through the channel and under the rock on a daily basis.

Yes, you’ll be between a rock and a hard place.

If the rock rolled through your ‘hood on its eleven night journey in March, you’re eligible for free museum admission to all LACMA exhibits and collections from June 24 to July 1, 2012.  Check for your zip code here and bring proof of residence.

Trust Ms. Go Go: this is the Rock of Ages you want to see.,

LEVITATED MASSOpens Sun, June 24 @ 11: am; freeLACMA, Resnick North Lawn (off 6th Street), 5905 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036, 323.857.6000;

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

CORRECTION: Post has been updated with correct link to the Annenberg Space for Photography.  The previous link read “.com” but should read “.org”

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