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For the Record: Tarantino will smash your face, leave you begging for more

For the Record, Tarantino

Knife fights, gunfire, and samurai swordplay cleverly collide in this immersive, live performance, which includes some of the best cinema soundtracks ever.  For the Record: Tarantino, “songs and scenes inspired by the films of Mr. Tarantino” are staged, stitched, and brought wildly alive together in an exceptionally intimate arena.

Tarantino won me over from minute one. After a short intro, which included a blazing rendition of Dick Dale’s Misirlou, a lovely brunette playing Honey Bunny from Pulp Fiction, put a fake gun to my chest and threatened my life.

In a word, charmed.

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An Interview with David Blattel: Commercial Photographer and Local Inventor

David Blattel, interview, TetherBLOCK

Spend enough time moving between the various social enclaves of Los Angeles and you’ll discover this 500 square mile sprawl of 4+ million is actually quite a bit smaller than anyone would imagine.

As a commercial photographer, David Blattel shoots among many other clients, the Harley-Davidson calendar each year. He was also my landlord for all of 2013, along with his wife, Vidiots owner Cathy Tauber, while this writer lived in a Topanga guest house (I have since moved to Venice).

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Filmmaker David O. Russell at Vidiots this Sunday

David O. Russell, Vidiots Annex
Film buffs of Los Angeles are sure to drool over this one. Hot tempered, supercool, uber-effing-talented director David O. Russell, known perhaps as much for his on-set antics as he is for his polished cinematic gems (American Hustle, Silver Lining’s Playbook), is coming to Santa Monica mainstay Vidiots this Sunday—February 9—to answer questions in their intimate space, The Annex.
Tickets can be purchased here.
This writer has been a fan of Russell’s film work more than 15 years (Three Kings, and I <3 Huckabees stand out as personal faves, but his more recent stuff is brilliant too).
Last year, I went to a screening of The Sessions (2012′s indie darling, starring Helen Hunt, William H. Macy) and was availed the opportunity to both watch the film as well as chat with director Ben Lewin, all in the close confines of The Annex.
How Vidiots, a local video rental store, has managed to survive the digital transition is anyone’s guess, but with A-list access like this, their place in the cinematic milieu of LA is certain to be cemented.

Baz Luhrmann Shines Again in Los Feliz

For The Record: Baz Luhrmann

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.

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New York Times Los Angeles Risk Of Decline

Here is some New York City sensationalism: the New York Times published and article titled “Report Finds Los Angeles at Risk of Decline.” Okay, dudes. But, truth telling: most of the article is bogus but our “expanding” so quickly from outsider money is something to be concerned about. Who is really in control of LA? Do those people actually care about the city? That’s where we see the imminent decline coming from…

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Bleeding Rainbow Los Angeles

Musical act Bleeding Rainbow is on tour now and is making a few Southern Californian pit stops: catch them at the Church On York on April 30.

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Moderns Los Angeles Synth Pop Sub Urban

Local synth pop act Moderns have recently hit the scene with their totally jam-able song “Sub Urban.” Quite nice: catch it below!

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Cinco De Mayo Party El Conjunto Nueva Ola Echoplex

The Echoplex is welcoming a (pre) Cinco De Mayo bash with El Conjunto Nueva Ola on May 4. Someone named “Skapeche Mode” will be performing as well.

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June Wayne Prints Paintings Tapestries Pasadena California Museum Of Art

PMCA’s next show is a celebration of the work of painter, printmaker, and feminist activist June Wayne’s work. It opens May 4 and will be on view through August 31. Time, Space & Matter: Five Installations Exploring Natural Phenomena will run concurrently.

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