Although I’ve been reporting on movies and interviewing filmmakers/actors for almost 25 years, there is still a ton of movies I’m dying to see. Due to my own laziness and oversight, too many classics and hidden treasures have eluded my grasp, and this year I’ve made a commitment to watch at 1000 movies.
It’s New Year’s Eve, often known as amateur night, because of the pressure to go out and do something, anything, rather than be stuck home when the clock strikes midnight. For some, it’s the lingering superstition that a quiet, uneventful start to the year bodes a quiet uneventful year, while others are just looking for an excuse to party hard, drink champagne and kiss a stranger.
With so many options on the horizon, this week I present my top 5 NYE seens.
- Say Goodbye to the Crüe at Staples Center.
Mötley Crüe signed a legally binding “Cessation of Touring Agreement” in 2014, so when their farewell tour is over, it’s over for good. And it’s over on New Year’s Eve at the Staples Center. While the show has been getting mixed reviews, they are bound to pull out all the stops for this one. Adding my favorite new band, The Struts, as openers is just icing on the booze-filled cake. I think it’s pretty classy of them to pass the torch in such a literal way. Watch for The Struts to dominate the world in 2016.
2. Rock with the Stars at the El Rey
Fear not, those of you looking for another legendary Camp Freddy show. Camp Freddy has returned with a new name and a new venue, in the guise of Royal Machines. Royal Machines will be ringing in New Year’s Eve at the El Rey with Camp Freddy regulars, Dave Navarro, Mark McGrath, Billy Morrison, Donovan Leitch, and Chris Chaney along with unnamed friends, and if you have ever been to a Camp Freddy show, you know those “friends” could be just about anyone. There will be Proseco champagne and Serpent’s Bite whiskey, and you could even win some fabulous prizes, like a Sonos Play 5 or a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf coffee machine. Great musicians, great booze and great prizes? Sounds like a win to me.
3. Live Large at the Downtown Long Beach Block Party
Another of my favorite new bands is Saint Motel. I caught them at the Greek when they opened for Walk the Moon, and they are just fabulous live. Great songs, great energy, and I always love a band with a horn section. They will be joined by another fantastic high energy band, Vintage Trouble, as well as ZZ Ward, Houndmouth, FMLYBND, and a DJ set from OK Go’s Dan Konopka on Pine Avenue in Long Beach for a New Year’s Eve celebration that spans three blocks and features three stages and 12 outdoor bars.
4. Laugh in the New Year with Scrimshaw & Lublin
Want something a little quieter for New Year’s Eve? Maybe you want to laugh more and rock less? If so, Scrimshaw & Lublin’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular may be just the thing. Hal Lublin from Thrilling Adventure Hour and the We Got This podcast teams up with Joseph Scrimshaw from Tabletop to bring you a comedy/variety show at Genghis Cohen in Hollywood. For only $10 you can have your fill of comedy, music and improv. With Lublin involved, it’s bound to be a delight.
5. Toast to the New Year at Villains Tavern
If you are all about the booze and the atmosphere, my favorite bar in L.A., Villains Tavern in the downtown arts district, is holding a no hassle New Year’s Eve. There’s no cover and no reservations, just great drinks, gorgeous atmosphere, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. There will be live music from Moonlight Graham until 11:30, and then DJ Doc Skulley will be spinning from 11:30 to closing.
Photo of Saint Motel by Kathy Flynn | Wicked Goddess Photography
The moniker “Find Your Seen” makes no sense upon first glance, and grammatically we all know that “find you’re seen” is the correct phrase. However, we at FYS don’t always traverse the linear path, and hopefully in our coverage you’ll see that sometimes the journey home isn’t always a straight and narrow path.
It was a banner year at the box office thanks to Jurassic World, the return of the Star Wars franchise and the ending of The Hunger Games franchise, but there were a number of films worthy of your attention that didn’t exactly break the bank at the box office. If you looking for something to catch on cable eventually or to spice up your Netflix viewing, here’s 11 films from 2015 worth taking a chance on. Continue reading “Most Overlooked Films of 2015”
Chicago pop darlings The Academy Is… disbanded in 2011 after releasing three studio albums, Almost Here, Santi, and Fast Times at Barrington High. Following a reunion show at Riot Fest in Chicago this past September to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their first album, Almost Here, they have embarked on a brief reunion tour.
We’ve watched a lot of TV this year and with the year winding down, it’s time to reflect. Here are some of the things that stood out to us about the year in TV for 2015: Continue reading “2015: The Year in TV”
When Taylor Hawkins isn’t traveling the world with the Foo Fighters, he is rocking hard with his classic rock cover band, Chevy Metal. Hawkins, along with singer Wiley Hodgden, and guitarist Mick Murphy, perform awesome hard rock and heavy metal covers; think Van Halen, AC/DC, The Faces and The Rolling Stones. Sometimes fellow Foo Fighter Chris Shiflett joins them on guitar, and Dave Grohl has been known to show up on occasion.
Part of the fun of a Chevy Metal gig is never knowing exactly who will show up. The rest of the fun though is rocking out to expertly played covers of all your favorite songs from the 70s. You’ve never heard a cover band this good before.
Chevy Metal will be kicking off Maui Sugar Mill Saloon’s Outrageous Holiday Weekend with a three hour set this Thursday, December 17th, at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 at the door, and there are no pre-sales, so plan on getting there early as this will sell out.
Chevy Metal at Maui Sugar Mill Saloon
Thursday, December 17th at 8:30pm
18389 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356
$10 at the Door. 21+
Photo credit: Kathy Flynn | Wicked Goddess Photography
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Jason Reitman’s monthly live reads have become one of the hottest tickets in town. They started 4 years ago with a live read of The Breakfast Club with Jennifer Garner, James Van Der Beek, Mindy Kaling, Patton Oswald, and Aaron Paul reading the parts of the detained students. Since then, Reitman has taken on over two dozen readings, including Ghostbusters, Raising Arizona, and Princess Bride. He directed gender-swapped versions of Glengarry Glen Ross and American Pie, and an all-black cast for Reservoir Dogs. Quentin Tarantino famously guest-directed a live read of The Hateful Eight when the script leaked and he was planning on dropping the film in retaliation. Lucky for us, he changed his mind.
Last December Reitman took the live read series even further with a reading of The Empire Strikes Back which was held at the United Artists Theater at the Ace Hotel to hold the larger crowd. The live read featured Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) as Luke Skywalker and Ellen Page (Juno, Inception) taking on the role of Han Solo. Surprise guest Mark Hamill played Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Emperor.
This year, Reitman is once again holding an extra special December live read at the United Artists Theater at the Ace Hotel. This time the script is Tarantino’s True Romance. Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater will be reprising their original roles from the film. So far, we know that Mae Whitman (Arrested Development,) Jon Favreau (Entourage, Chef,) Mark and Jay Duplass, Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects, Casino,) and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Spider-Man) will be in the cast, and who knows what surprises Reitman has in store?
Film Independent Live Read: True Romance at the theater at the Ace Hotel, DTLA – December 16th at 8pm.
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Thrilling Adventure Hour fans rejoice! The live “old time radio show” returns to the Largo stage for two very special shows on December 11th.
Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell hit London this week to premiere their new comedy Daddy’s Home. The actors proved to be a solid comedic duo with the 2010 feature The Other Guys, and now they’re trying to continue that momentum with this upcoming family comedy.