Only In Hollywood Fest Takes Over Nov. 5-8

Posted by Amoebite, October 28, 2015 03:41pm | Post a Comment

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mild high club
Mild High Club

The inaugural Only in Hollywood Music and Arts Festival will take over the Hollywood area for four days, from Nov. 5-8.

Featuring more than 100 performances, the festival will hit various venues in the area, including Amoeba Hollywood. On Thursday, Nov. 5, we’ll have a live  in-store performance with Stones Throw Records signee Mild High Club at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, electro star Egyptian Lover will spin at Amoeba at 7 p.m., in celebration of his new double-vinyl album, 1984. And on Sunday, Nov. 8, we’ll have DJs from Web radio collective Dublab spinning in-store from 2-4 p.m. As always, all of Amoeba’s events are free and all-ages.

Mild High Club is the moniker of Alexander Brettin, whose spacey psych-pop has graced the same stages as like-minded artists such as Ariel Pink, R. Stevie Moore and Silk Rhodes. Check out the Beatlesesque “Windowpane,” taken from the recently-released debut album, Timeline (on LP or CD).

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Join Amoeba at Hollywood Food Fest Sunset & Dine Sept. 24

Posted by Amoebite, September 7, 2015 05:06pm | Post a Comment

sunset dineSunset & Dine features food and drinks from dozens of local vendors on Sept. 24. The food festival takes place at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $25. Children under 12 are free.

We’ll be on hand with our booth, so come by, spin the prize wheel and pick up some swag!

In addition to drink tickets and all the food you can eat, Sunset & Dine will feature a live concert curated by Amoeba Music, featuring reggae-soul band and Stones Throw Records signees The Lions. Their latest album, Soul Riot, is out now. Check out the song "Going Nowhere" for a sample of their classic sound:


The fest will feature food, beer and wine from the following participants and more:

Blue C Sushi
Ciabatta Bar
Cleo at the Redbury
Fabiolus Cucina
The Farmer's Belly
Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop
Shophouse Southeast Asian Kitchen
Los Balcones
33 Taps
Tinhorn Flats
Urban Masala

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California Fool's Gold's Guide to Los Angeles's Revival Cinemas

Posted by Eric Brightwell, December 22, 2014 10:34am | Post a Comment
Hollywood Cinerama, Los Angeles, 2003.
Hollywood Cinerama, Los Angeles, 2003 (image credit: Hiroshi Sugimoto)

No city on Earth is more closely associated with motion pictures than Los Angeles. 10% of all movie theaters in the entire country are located in California and Los Angeles County is home to over 100 of them. Although most of Los Angeles's theaters, like those throughout the country, showcase only the latest Hollywood product, there are also specialty theaters which show art films, adult films, classic films, experimental films, foreign films, independent films, revival films, &c. I've previously written about Southern California's drive-in theaters (For Ozoners Only) and overlooked commercial foreign language cinemas (Los Angeles's Secret, Foreign Language Movie Theater Scene). This is my guide to the repertory cinemas or revival houses. 

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Exodus shocker -- the latest Hollywood Bible cartoon isn't very realistic

Posted by Eric Brightwell, December 17, 2014 09:06am | Post a Comment

The other day I found out that some people are outraged by the casting in a Hollywood film -- in this case Ridley Scott's latest effort, Exodus: Days of Future Past (or whatever its full title is). They're apparently so upset that they're boycotting it, which is something I do with all but one or two Hollywood films every year although I refer to it simply as not paying to see it.

The problem that the boycotters have, it seems, is that Exodus is almost completely historically inaccurate (It's safe to guess that most of the Egyptian and Jewish characters are most portrayed by Anglo-Saxons and presumably speak Modern (if pretentious) English with a modern British accent, or approximation of one. Without having watched a trailer I'd guess that there aren't a lot of apparently Middle Eastern Africans portraying Middle Eastern Africans and the actual actors of African descent are used entirely for background color and supporting roles). 

Apparently these scandalized and offended won't-be viewers have never seen a Hollywood film before... or assumed that they'd somehow completely change their raison d'etre. Even at Hollywood's artistic peak in the 1930s, racial sensitivity and historical accuracy were not exactly hallmarks of Hollywood films -- making loads of money was, and that's what they did and they did it well. At one point Hollywood made loads of money with elaborately choreographed, brilliantly scored, escapist musicals. Nowadays Hollywood makes loads of money with loud CGI superhero cartoons. Sometimes -- rarely -- art slips through the cracks. Much more often big, dumb-looking movies like Exodus get released that look rather like the big, dumb movies that Hollywood was mostly pumped out for the last 90 years.

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Mayer Hawthorne DJs Wax on Wax at Madame Tussauds Nov. 5

Posted by Amoebite, October 21, 2014 05:42pm | Post a Comment

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A very cool event is happening Nov. 5 called Wax on Wax, pairing a record swap with the wax figures of celebrities found at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood.

The event is FREE, it’s 21+ and it starts at 8 p.m. RSVP here.

It’s a celebration of all things vinyl, featuring a DJ set from soul man Mayer Hawthorne, along with sets by Dirty Dave, Dan Wilcox and a performance by L.A.’s Beach Party. Amoeba, along with Origami Vinyl and The Record Parlour, is proud to be a part of this pop-up vinyl swap and dance party.

It’s all part of Red Bull Sound Select’s amazing 30 Days in LA series, whereby Red Bull is putting on a new, awesome show every day of November at venues around the city, for a low admission price. Tickets are still available for such shows as Dum Dum Girls Nov. 16 at The Well; Real Estate Nov. 18 at The Belasco; and A$AP Mob Nov. 30 at the Palladium.   

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