Under an ethereal canopy of white balloons and the long summer night’s fading glow, Angelenos packed the courtyard of the MOCA Geffen last Friday night for PLAY MOCA, the museum’s new multimedia concert series bringing together musicians and artists in a collaborative performance free to the public. Salem and IO ECHO rocked the stage while visuals by Drew Barrymore (yup!) were projected onto the walls and more interestingly, onto the balloons.
My brother and I learned early on into our youthful antics that it’s helpful to have a shorthand. When I read DTMM, the acronym for the excellent storytelling series Don’t Tell My Mother!, my thoughts flashed back to my teenage brother holding flaming juggling torches. “DTM,” he instructed me- don’t tell mom- before he literally played with fire. We quickly moved on to DTD- dad- and then the most secretive and confessional, DTA- don’t tell anyone. Decades later we still use these codes. I’m not surprised that writing about Don’t Tell My Mother! has elicited my overly personal introduction. This show creates an atmosphere of oversharing that is positively infectious. Who isn’t hiding something from their parents that they’re just dying to tell?
Aaron Rose is having a fire sale! Hurry on over to Known Gallery on Fairfax to check out this artist/curator/writer/director’s assortment of “1990s memories” including art, prints, posters, photographs, graffiti zines, art books, t-shirts, sneakers, skateboards, basically anything and everything. The impressive yet accessibly priced collection from Rose’s Alleged Gallery days in New York City includes works by Mike Mills, Ed Templeton, Mark Gonzales, Barry McGee, Mister Cartoon, Geoff McFetridge, Thomas Campbell, Chris Johanson, Mark Borthwick, Sonic Youth, Raymond Pettibon, Terry Richardson and so many more.
Trust me, you don’t want me at your party. It’s bad enough that I spill things at my friends’ lovely homes, but last Thursday I was faced with my biggest challenge yet: could I attend the opening of NK Shop, the excellent new retail collaboration of designers Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe and not spill on their gorgeous textiles, custom furniture or well-curated selection of vintage goods? We’ll see, but first, more on the shop.
For one heavenly evening I was immersed in the crush of highly-recognizable, gorgeous people at the premiere of Your Sister’s Sister at the Arclight, as opposed to the more likely scenario involving me, traffic and the party’s congested wake on Sunset Blvd. This week IFC Films and Flux hosted a swanky party for the excellent new Lynn Shelton film opening this weekend.