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First Fridays at LA's Natural History Museum: 5/4 with AA Bondy and Father John Misty

Posted by Amoebite, April 18, 2012 09:52pm | Post a Comment
It's time again for First Fridays! Once a month, Los Angeles's Natural History Museum stays open late and features live music, excitingFirst Fridays, NHM, Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, LA scientific discussion, and behind-the-scenes curatorial tours as part of the First Fridays program. Amoeba is excited to sponsor this fabulous series of live music, discussion, concessions, tours, DJs, and more.

Join us on May 4 from 5-10pm for live performances from AA Bondy and Father John Misty, KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Valida, and a guest lecture with Amy Stewart on “Wicked Bugs–Fearsome and Ferocious Creatures in Your Backyard and Beyond.” 

Find out more HERE!



14th Annual Los Angeles Film Noir Begins This Friday, April 20th

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 17, 2012 06:15pm | Post a Comment
 

This Friday, April 20th is the kick off for the 14th annual Los Angeles Film Noir Festival @ the Egyptian Theatre! The schedule lists 15 double and triple features running through May 6th and guests include actors Norman Lloyd, Julie Adams and Marsha Hunt as well as the late Geraldine Fitzgerald's son Michael Lindsay-Hogg.



Opening week highlights include the elusive Alan Ladd version of The Great Gatsby, Gloria Grahame's seldom seen Naked Alibi paired with controversial Sinatra crime pic Suddenly, a Cornell Woolrich penned triple Phantom Lady / Black Angel / The Window and a prison break pairing Caged / Big House USA.  If you are unable to make it out to the theater for any of these screenings, our film noir DVD section has many of these titles as well as tons of other great noir gems.



Friday April 20th The Great Gatsby / This Gun For Hire
Saturday April 21st Naked Alibi / Suddenly
Sun 22nd Phantom Lady / Black Angel / The Window
Wednesday  April 25th T-Men / Strange Impersonation
Thursday April 26th Caged / Big House USA



14th Annual Film Noir Festival @ 
the Egyptian Theater 
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028-4605
(323) 466-3456

Hollywood Swinging: a primer for the neighborhoods of Hollywood

Posted by Eric Brightwell, March 26, 2012 09:42pm | Post a Comment
HOLLYWOOD
 

Hollywood Boulevard - 1927
Hollywood Boulevard in 1927 at the opening of Hells Angels at Grauman's Chinese

Hollywood is famous around the world as the one-time center of the American film industry. Although Hollywood isn't the original home of the west coast film industry (nearby Edendale in Echo Park and Sycamore Grove in Highland Park both have stronger claims to that distinction), Hollywood has for almost a century continued to serve as a metonym for that industry (and inspire portmanteaus like Bollywood, Dollywood, Ghallywood, Kollywood, Mollywood, Nollywood, Tollywood, etc); even though that most of the film industry mostly long ago abandoned the neighborhood, primarily for the San Fernando Valley. Hollywood has done an excellent job of branding though. After all, you don't have other countries referring to their film industries as "Bedendale," "Nycamore Grove", or "the Ghalley."


Vintage Hollywood Postcard

The Hollywood neighborhood has expertly continued to pimp its association with the American film industry that formerly called it home where the other neighborhoods did not. In Edendale, the oldest studio was torn down and is now a vacant lot where the 2 Freeway meets Glendale. The old Mack Sennet Studio where Charlie Chaplin and Keystone Cops movies were made is now a public storage facility unceremoniously tucked behind a Jack in the Box. Hollywood, on the other hand, continues to bill itself as "The Entertainment Capital of the World" and adds industry-related tourist attractions like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was installed long after the last pieces of tinsel in tinseltown had blown over the hills.
Homeless on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Today there are relatively few vestiges of Hollywood's cinematic past not installed merely to attract tourists -- of the film studios, only Paramount remains. Of the major label music industry, only Capitol Records remains. The aforementioned Walk of Fame -- to me, at least -- serves primarily as a testament to the ephemeral nature of stardom. Not to be hopelessly cynical but the first time I saw the names like Bryan Adams, Sean "Diddy" Combs, and Paula Abdul, I felt nothing but disinterest. However, for roughly ten million annual visitors it's presumably something terribly exciting and I honestly don't want to disparage that.


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First Fridays at LA's Natural History Museum: 3/30 with Matthew Dear, Songodsuns & more!

Posted by Amoebite, March 5, 2012 03:50pm | Post a Comment
Once a month, Los Angeles's Natural History Museum stays open late and features live music, excitingFirst Fridays, NHM, Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, LA scientific discussion, and behind-the-scenes curatorial tours as part of the First Fridays program. Amoeba is excited to sponsor this fabulous series of live music, discussion, concessions, tours, DJs, and more.

Join us on March 30th from 5-10pm (even though it's the LAST Friday of the month!) for live performances from Matthew Dear and Songodsuns, KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Eric J. Lawrence, “The Dinosaur Hall: the language of exhibit design” tours with Dan Keeffe (Manager, Informal Learning), and a guest lecture from Dr. Jared Diamond  (“Is it Good or Bad that the World has so Many Languages”).

Find out more HERE!

Local Bits: Videos From Frankie Rose, Tearist, Lovely Bad Things

Posted by Billy Gil, February 17, 2012 11:32am | Post a Comment
Frankie Rose – “Gospel/Grace” (Video)

This truly “interstellar” clip (ugh) perfectly fits Frankie Rose’s ghostly harmonies and spacey girl-group instrumentation. You guys are in for a real treat with Interstellar, her forthcoming album, I can’t stop listening to it. (Preorder it now!)
 

Frankie Rose - Gospel/Grace from Slumberland Records on Vimeo.


Tearist – “Unarmed”
 
Tearist has been making some really cool, creepily sexy music here for a while now, employing electronics, theatrics and improvisation to enticing effect. This live session, recorded for terroreyes.tv, sounds like Yasmine and co. are taking it to the next level. The video itself matches the music for shivery atmosphere. I can’t wait to see where they go from here. Read more about the video here. (Check out their album Living: 2009-Present. I've seen it at Amoeba before, so look for that shit!.)
 
 
Lovely Bad Things – “I Just Want You to Go Away”
 
Thumping, energetic super fun power pop from Lovely Bad Things, courtesy of the boys at tonyandgabe.com.

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