June 28, 2012 |
The Occupy movement galvanized protest singers to assemble in public spaces and shout their grievances last year. In Los Angeles, the potential arrival of a ChinatownWal-Martmay do the same. Wal-Marthas already begun construction on the controversial store at Grand Avenue and Cesar A. Chavez Boulevard, but this Saturday a bevy of union organizers and local and national acts known for social activism will lead what they're billing as "the largest protest against Wal-Mart ever held in the U.S. " Acts that include Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and adventurous folkie Ben Harper (who headlines the Hollywood Bowl the next night)
September 26, 2011
MOVIES Woman With Flowers One of five unfinished experimental works left behind when filmmaker Chick Strand died in 2009, "Woman With Flowers" (Senora Con Flores) was recently completed under the supervision of the Academy Film Archive. The movie will screen as part of a program of Strand's work, including "Waterfall," "Mosori Monika" and "Kristallnacht. " REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. $10. (213) 237-2800. Redcat.org. BOOKS Charles C. Mann The bestselling science writer and historian discusses his newest book with journalist Richard Rodriguez.
May 20, 2011
FRIDAY Vampire Lounge 9865 S. Santa Monica Blvd. Noon-2 a.m. (310) 826-7473 SATURDAY Wanda Sykes Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach 8 p.m. $30-$105 (562) 436-3661 SATURDAY "The Shining" Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. 7 p.m. $10 Cinespia.org SUNDAY Steve Earle reading Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd. 5 p.m. $10 Skylightbooks.com SUNDAY Beverly Hills Beer Festival Thompson Hotel, 9360 Wilshire Blvd.
May 19, 2011
BOOKS Steve Earle is a Renaissance man, but the kind with dirt under his nails and a raspy voice that sounds like it's seen the apocalypse and lived to tell the tale. The singer-songwriter, actor, activist, playwright and author of the story collection "Doghouse Roses" will read and sign his latest book, "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive. " Patti Smith says the novel is "like a dream you can't shake, offering beauty and remorse, redemption in spades. " Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd.
March 6, 2011 |
It's tempting to read Steve Earle's first novel, "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 256 pp., $26, forthcoming in May), through the filter of pop music; the title comes from a Hank Williams song. Yet while Williams' ghost plays a significant role in the narrative, the motivation, Earle explains, is more complex. "It's about mortality," the singer-songwriter says by phone from his New York apartment. Hence, the name of the book, a reference to the last song Williams released before he died on Jan. 1, 1953, in the back seat of a car, on the road to a New Year's Day gig in Canton, Ohio.
February 20, 2011 |
When Colin Gilmore was 8, he remembers his father, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, coming to Lubbock, Texas, to play ? and being on the local news. "He'd moved to Austin by then, so it was good to see my dad, but strange he was on TV. There was no notion he was gonna be a Texas legend, so we were all surprised," the son says, marveling at the gap between his sense of a parent and the public perception. Gilmore's father ? like his mom and their friends ? played music. That's just what they did; the trail-blazing wasn't planned.