The body of work the Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrman has yet released finds new life in an immersive live performance at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz.
Imagine the very best music and dialogue from Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet, Strictly Ballroom, and last year’s The Great Gatsby, backed by a live band, professionally orchestrated, staged, and performed by a group of signers, actors & musicians — each brimming with talent — and you’ll start to piece together an idea of what For The Record: Baz Lurhmann offers.
Last Thursday’s screening of The Royal Tenenbaums at the spectacular Palace Theater in Downtown LA delivered yet again that welcoming feeling Cinespia is famous for. This time around it was pure hipster glitz in the near-winter evening.
20th century LA never knew the pioneer days of gunslingers and cattle rustlers. The first to settle the region came from the furthest away, Boston, New York City, etc. As such, the idea of Los Angeles had to form long before the reality of Los Angeles ever came to be. From the earliest moments, a progressive identity was created, marketed, and sold across the country. Come to LA for your health, the climate, a better life, and more opportunity.
It was a gimmick, but it worked and by the start of World War II, California cemented its progressive position in the country with an old-age assistance laws, unemployment protection for workers, workplace safety measures, and a fixation on the health benefits that the perpetual sunshine was known to offer.
Flash forward several decades and the progress continues to thrive in the 21st century.
The late 60s walk among us and twas The Olms who resurrected them. KCRW once again welcomed me back to one of their exclusive Berkeley Street Sessions, this time for Pete Yorn and J.D. King’s new hippie-revival effort The Olms.
Google defines olms as: European aquatic salamanders with permanent external gills that live in caves.
I define The Olms as: something of a dark-tinted anachronism; two lead singers, led by long-time folk rock stalwart Pete Yorn and a very commendable effort by J.D. King’s hair.