The Weekend Go Go: Noir City, Record Store Day, World Art Day/Dark Progressivism

The Art of Darkness: Noir City Hollywood
The Art of Darkness…and murder.

Couldn’t get tix to a certain desert music fest?

Read on.

You’ll be glad you stayed in town.

NOIR CITY HOLLYWOOD: The Art of Darkness — It may be sunny in L.A. but it’s always dark in Noir City.  Presented by the American Cinematheque and Film Noir Foundation,The 18th Annual Los Angeles Festival of Film Noir kicks off tonight with a Latin-themed reception and a double bill of double dealings and deception starting with The Bitter Stems (Los Tallos Amargos):  a critically acclaimed (and critically under-screened), award-winning film out of Argentina. Your ticket admits you to the Opening Night reception for beer, wine, empanadas and dulce de leche delish with vintage cop cars and a thematic soundtrack courtesy of DJ Wyatt Magnum.  The second feature RiffRaff deliver shadows and subterfuge in Panama City by way of the RKO lot.  Can’t make it tonight?  There are nine nights (through April 24) and 19 more films of betrayal, banter and bitterness still to come.  Why: Watching Argentina’s Best Film of 1956, one of American Cinematographer’s “100 Best Photographed Films of All Time” (DP Ricardo Younis), with a score by Astor Piazzolla, the greatest Argentine musician of the 20th century — all in the same movie! Plus, empanadas.


RECORD STORE DAY – For fans of vinyl, April 16 is a hallowed day. Not sure what the fuss is about?  Today’s a great day to find out.  Now in its ninth year, participating RSD indie shops all over the world will feature exclusive, limited quality (Get ’em while you can!) releases/collectibles including: picture discs; classic reissues (Creedence Clearwater Revival 1969 Box Set from Concord (UMG); and exclusive tracks by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle, Jason Molina, Brandi Carlile, Florence + The Machine, Regina Spektor, John Grant, New Barbarians, and hundreds more.  Not all record stores will be participating and not all participating shops will have all of the above.  And that’s what makes it exciting.  Why: the thrill of the hunt.

Dark Progressivism at World Art Day 2016
Dark Progressivism at World Art Day 2016

WORLD ART DAY IN DTLA ARTS DISTRICT —  World Arts Day/IAA — Los Angeles 2016 kicked off Thursday, is officially Friday and continues through the weekend.  Some of the best, most cohesive programming is happening in conjunction with Cartwheel Art Tours this Sunday, April 17 with the first L.A. pre-screening of Dark Progressivism: On Rupture and Rebellion: a documentary about the social/historical influences on L.A.’s urban, graffiti and tattoo art scene.  Linger at The Container Yard for the post-screening Q & A with host Greg Escalante, co-founder of Juxtapoz Magazine then head out into the L.A. River-adjacent Arts District for a mural and neighborhood walking tour with Steve Grody’s Graffiti L.A.  Your ticket includes a stop at oh-so-cool Art Share-LA and a private tour and tasting at neighborhood treasure Angel City Brewery. Why: One stop arts programming/urban adventure.  Also, beer.

U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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