The Weekend Go Go: Bill Graham’s Rock ‘n Roll, Trapeze, Dark and Wounded + Mother’s Day Weekend Cheat Sheet!

Welcome to the revolution - Bill Graham gestures behind Tina and Mick
Welcome to the revolution – Tina & Mick grind.  Bill Graham gestures.

Sex.  Madness.  Rock ‘n roll.

Just another spring weekend in Los Angeles.

The Legend Behind the Legends

If you’re not a person of a certain age, you’ll wish you were after seeing Bill Graham and the Rock ‘n Roll Revolution.

Opening Thursday, the Skirball exhibition is a celebration of the original rock ‘n roll impresario of Fillmore and Winterland fame, the man behind Live Aid and Human Rights Now!, and friend (and occasionally, enemy) to everyone who was anyone in the music business from the Sixties until his death in the early Nineties.

Intrigued?  Just wait.

Highlights of the exhibition, which will travel to Chicago and Cleveland, include a display of live performance and backstage footage of bands and artists who performed in Bill Graham Presents concerts, recordings of Graham sharing anecdotes about the aforementioned artists,  three new posters commissioned for the exhibit by iconic Bill Graham Presents artists Bonnie MacLean, David Singer, and Randy Tuten, and items given to Graham by artists including Keith Richards’s leather boots,which Graham repaired with duct tape during the 1981 tour.

Yeah, you got plastic boots….

BILL GRAHAM AND THE ROCK ‘N ROLL REVOLUTIONOpens Thurs, May 7; noon -5 pm. Through Oct 11, 2015.  $10 GA; free on Thursdays —  Skirball Cultural Center,  2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, LA 90049.  More info HERE.

The height of Granfoolery...
The Hot Granfalloon: sweet as sin….

A Raucous Ruckus

Got an itch you can’t scratch?

Want to put some shimmy in your shake-it-like-a-Polaroid?

Get down and dirty this Saturday with TRAPEZE: THE HOT GRANFALLOON.  The Bay area-based troupe of hot decibels and even hotter dames is swinging into the Syrup Loft downtown for a wild night of swivel and sway.

The Syrup Loft, Downtown’s sweet and secret den of iniquity hosts SF’s infamous Delachaux and the Klown of Dirty Volt Records, L.A.’s dapper Gentleman Callers and Shakti Bliss: queen of the Dirty Electro-Swing.  Don your sheik and sheba best and dance away your demons

Last bur certainly not least, eyeball an international bevy of burlesque beauties whose twist is guaranteed to make you shout.

Let the sin begin….

TRAPEZE: THE HOT GRANFALLOONSat, May 9; 9pm.  $15 presale/$20 atd/21+The Syrup Loft, 939 Maple Ave, Ste 301
DTLA 90015.  Tix & more info HERE.

Where dark dreams live...
Casa de Rosas: where dark dreams live….

Shadows on the Wall

Artist James Picard is not afraid of ghosts.

In fact, exploring the dark sites of the soul is his stock in trade.

This Sunday, Picard is bringing international tour The Dark & The Wounded back to Los Angeles.  Staged at bleak locations — previously  at L.A.’s Lincoln Heights Jail and Linda Vista Hospital — Picard will stage his live painting and immersive art experience for one day only at Casa de Rosas, which housed the Sunshine Mission: L.A.’s oldest shelter for homeless women.

Exhibition attendees will not only experience Picard’s work but also the setting and the unsettling energy that inspired him.  Further enhancing the on-site experience is a musical soundscape created for The Dark & The Wounded by film composer Jeff Danna (Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Lakeview Terrace, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus).

Don’t be afraid of the dark.

THE DARK & THE WOUNDED — Sun, May 10: 1:30pm  – 9pm. $30 — Casa De Rosas, 2600 Hoover Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007.  Tix and info HERE.

Take Mom to brunch, then this at night.  Painting by Stephen Kalinich.
Take Mom to brunch, then give her culture in the evening. Painting by Stephen Kalinich.

More Weekend Go Go Fun — Mother’s Day Weekend Cheat Sheet!

LitFest Pasadena —  All things literary!  Jonathan Gold & Roy Choi talk!  Antojitos, margaritas & open mic!  Sat May 9

Echo Park Craft Fair — 70+ artisans!  Historic Mack Sennett Studios! Free parking with shuttle!  Sat May 9 & Sun May 10

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars — Inspiring concert!  Free pre-show talk, performance, and music instrument demonstration!  Documentary subjects! — Sat, May 9

Library Girl Presents: Treat Your Mother Right — Motherhood-themed readings!  10+ writers!  Music! Treats!  Sun May 10

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go!

Correction: TRAPEZE:The Hot Granfalloon was incorrectly listed at TRAPEZE: The Hot Granfoolery.  Ms. Go Go regrets the error!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Are you saying this exhibition is NOT being shown in THE city of it’s birth: San Francisco?

    I am, frankly, appalled, if that is the case !

    I guess I’ll have to go eat chocolate worms,

    And drink gin!




    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Yes, VERY weird that the Bill Graham exhibition isn’t going to San Francisco. Grave oversight on somebody’s part!

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