If you’re in the mood for some live music (who wouldn’t want to hear a sax and harp played during a La-La Land evening?), RMPConcerts (Rising Monarch Production Concerts) is holding a live performance this Saturday at The Hudson Theatres.
Six-time Oscar nominated composer/conductor Lalo Schifrin (Mission: Impossible, Dirty Harry) will celebrate his 85th birthday with a special concert that spotlights and honors his music. The October 7 event, which will be held at the Alex Theatre (Glendale, Ca), is being presented by Musicians at Play Foundation and AFM Local 47’s Music Fund of Los Angeles in association with Varese Sarabande. Further details below!
Flip Rodriguez’s decision to open up about his experiences with sexual abuse took a ton of guts, and his mental toughness as well as being an inspiration for other people has made him one of American Ninja Warrior’sshining stars. Let’s face it, all these ninjas are awesome in their own right, and during an interview with Flip I asked him how, even in the face of tragedy, he refused to give up. Video of Rodriguez is available below!
An intriguing artist on the rise is Sigrid, a 20-year-old whose career has taken off with the success of her debut single “Don’t Kill My Vibe.” Details on the Norwegian artist and her first U.S. tour is available after the jump.
Travelers who venture to California hit Hollywood in search of movie history, but there’s a valid reason why Culver City is dubbed “the heart of screenland.” Alicia B. Mayer, the great-grandniece of MGM legend Louis B. Mayer is maintaining the family’s legacy and will be on hand to share photos and insights at a special Culver City Centennial event. Details on the August 6th event is below!
The Voiceseason 10 winner and Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Alisan Porterhas a special place in my heart,. as Curly Sue is one of the first movies I reviewed during my time as a UCLA Daily Bruin film critic. Though I’m a creature of habit, change is inevitable, and Porter explains why “change” is more than just the moniker of her latest single.
Italian filmmaker Vittorio De Sica is revered for his prodigious contributions to neorealism, as Shoeshine, Umberto D, and Bicycle Thieves have made their respective marks in cinema. A digital restoration of Il Boom, a 1963 comedy drama that has never before been released, is now playing at the Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills (July 21-27). Details on the film is featured after the jump!
Bands and artists covering each other’s songs is old hat but never grow tiresome if done right. The All-American Rejects and Dashboard Confessional have traversed this well worn path but with a solid (and creatively inspired purpose). For one, they are on summer tour together and offering up their respective interpretations is simply perfect timing. Secondly, they did not “move along” (pardon the pun) and offer up a by the numbers rendition of these two heralded song. Details after the jump!
Starsailor’slast studio album was 2009’s All The Plans, and now the outfit are releasing their sixth effort All This Life on September 1 (via Cooking Vinyl). The album’s first single, “Listen To Your Heart,” is another catchy track that, like some of their best work, builds to a resonant crescendo.
As a Thai Crunch Salad devourer, California Pizza Kitchen is my #1 go-to eatery in Los Angeles, and it’s great to know that they’re also taking an active part in the community with a fundraiser to support the Los Angeles County Fire Department Explorer Program. If you’re eating at CPK somewhere between now and Wednesday, July 19, check out the fundraising details below.