@ LACMA - TIM BURTON Exhibition opens Sunday, May 29th.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will present Tim Burton, a major retrospective exploring the full range of Tim Burton's creative work, both as a director of live-action and animated films, and as an artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer.

Taking inspiration from popular culture, fairy tales, and traditions of the gothic, Burton has reinvented Hollywood genre filmmaking as an expression of a personal vision.

On view at LACMA from May 29 through October 31, 2011, the exhibition brings together over 700 drawings, paintings, photographs, moving-image works, storyboards, puppets, concept artworks, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera, including art from a number of unrealized and little-known personal projects. Many of these objects come from the artist's own archive, as well as from studio archives and private collections of Burton's collaborators.

This exhibition was organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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Happy 70th Birthday Bob Dylan - KPFK Tribute to Bob Dylan today from 11a-1p

KPFK invites you to tune in today,Tuesday May 24th from 11am to 1pm when we celebrate the 70th birthday of American songwriting legend, political activist and pop music icon Bob Dylan.

KPFK's John Wiener, Alan Minsky and Maggie LePique will be featuring exclusive fund drive programming and special Bob Dylan premiums including "No Direction Home" 2 DVD set, newly released "Live at Brandeis" University CD, "Dylan Speaks" The Legendary 1965 Press Conference in San Francisco, Special exclusive Dylan interview CD by Jon Wiener including cultual critics and authors Griel Marcus, Sean Wilentz and many others.

Featuring Sean Wilentz, author of Dylan in America; Bob Dylan rarities — interviews on WBAI in NYC from the early sixties; highlights of ten years of interviews about Dylan on KPFK with Greil Marcus, Sean Wilentz, and others; highlights from “No Direction Home”, Martin Scorsese’s documentary on Dylan from his arrival in New York in 1961 to his “retirement” following his motorcycle accident in 1966.

In addition, everyone who pledges will be able to submit a favorite Bob Dylan song that we'll read with fund drive thank you's and consider for airplay on Dylan's birthday.

That's Tuesday, Happy 70th Birthday Bob Dylan Fund Drive Programming May 24th from 11am to 1pm on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara and online at kpfk.org

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BLANK CITY: Opens @ the Nuart Friday, May, 27 -

BLANK CITY tells the long-overdue tale of a disparate crew of renegade filmmakers who emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous moment in New York history. From the late 1970's through the mid 80's, when the city was still a wasteland of cheap rent and cheap drugs, these directors crafted daring works that would go on to profoundly influence the development of independent film as we know it today.

Directed by French newcomer CĂ©line Danhier, BLANK CITY weaves together an oral history of the “No Wave Cinema” and “Cinema of Transgression” movements through compelling interviews with the luminaries who began it all. Featured players include acclaimed directors Jim Jarmusch and John Waters, actor-writer-director Steve Buscemi, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, hip-hop legend Fab 5 Freddy, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, photographer Richard Kern as well as Amos Poe, James Nares, Eric Mitchell, Susan Seidelman, Beth B, Scott B, Charlie Ahearn and Nick Zedd. Fittingly, the soundtrack includes: Patti Smith, Television, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, The Contortions, The Bush Tetras, Sonic Youth and many more.

Made on shoestring budgets in collaboration with the pioneering musicians, visual artists, performers, and derelicts that ruled Downtown, the films surveyed in BLANK CITY are fitting documents of an exhilarating and unique cultural moment. This same legendary-but-fleeting period likewise birthed punk rock, hip-hop and Madonna, and brought New York City to the forefront of the international art world. Unlike the revered musical revolution of this era, this epoch of underground film has never before been chronicled.

BLANK CITY is a love letter to New York, a cultural portrait of Manhattan in the days before Reagan, big money, and gentrification forever altered the fabric of the city. Though a look back, the heart of BLANK CITY does not live in the past. In this new age of digital democracy, the maverick spirit of the New York Underground has risen again in emerging creative communities worldwide. The Do-It-Yourself ethos, audacious storytelling, and sense of urgency guiding "No Wave" and the "Cinema of Transgression" are more relevant and inspiring than ever.

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Blank City Official Trailer from Celine Danhier on Vimeo.


Go See - Clayton Brothers: Inside Out - @ The PMCA 5.14. - 9.4.11. -

The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is proud to present Clayton Brothers: Inside Out, the first solo museum exhibition of the work of Rob and Christian Clayton. Featuring their paintings and mixed-media installations, the exhibition surveys the brothers’ edgy aesthetic inspired by California skateboard and surf culture, punk rock, folk art, cartoons and street art. The Clayton Brothers have been working together since 1996, constructing complex narratives that introduce memorable characters and comment wryly on contemporary life.

After graduating from the Art Center College of Design, the brothers initially maintained separate studio practices, but soon found that their best work was done collaboratively. Through a continuous, organic process of each brother altering what the other creates, a visual harmony and shared idiosyncrasies are established. The resulting dynamic works thus each represent a visual conversation between the brothers, revealing incisive commentary about their personal symbols, memories, and subconscious states, as well as their environment at large.

Inside Out presents work from six major series created since 2001, beginning with four paintings from the In Green Pastures series and ending with the bold, large-scale canvases of the Jumbo Fruit series, whose title suggests the disquiet and irony that characterize the individual works. The pieces in the series As Is are connected by the concept of people, like houses or other objects available for purchase, being presented “as-is,” while the Patient series portrays the medical industry and its patients with both humor and dismay.

Stephen Fleischman, the Director of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and curator of the exhibition, describes the Clayton Brothers’ work as being “consistently informed by vivid color and an eccentric cast of characters. The result is an obsessively rich body of work that strikes the universal chords, but remains deeply personal. Front and center are the unique people, animals and places that occupy the outskirts of the American psyche.”

Rob and Christian Clayton share a studio in La Crescenta, California and are both faculty members at the Art Center College of Design.

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THE FLAMING LIPS @ Hollywood Forever Performing The 'Soft Bulletin' and 'Dark Side Of The Moon' in its Entirety - 6.14. & 6.15.

The Flaming Lips’ two-night stand at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery event is titled “Everyone You Know Some Day Will Die,” (which of course is from the lyrics in the 2002 hugely successful single “Do You Realize??)” and which is otherwise known as the official rock song of Oklahoma. The cemetery shows are set for June 14-15.

The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is famous for being the final resting place of numerous actors, musicians, composers, cinematographers, singers, writers and directors. Both Dee Dee Ramone and Johnny Ramone are buried at the cemetery. Hollywood Forever also includes gravestones for Cecil B. DeMille, Jayne Mansfield, Rudolph Valentino and Douglas Fairbanks.

The Flaming Lips will play their 1999 album The Soft Bulletin on Tuesday, June 14 followed by Wednesday’s performance of their take on Pink Floyd’s 1973 album 'Dark Side of the Moon' (both albums will be played in it's entirety). In 2009 the group released The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing Dark Side of the Moon.

Outdoors on the Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever

6.14 & 6.15.2011 - Gates 7p – Show 9p

Tickets are $40. They are available here.

There will be limited parking on site for a fee.

Hollywood Forever encourages those who come early to bring a picnic and blankets.
You are welcome to bring: blankets, pillows, food and drinks.
You may NOT bring: tents, coolers, chairs of any kind or dogs/pets.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no overnight camping for this show.
*** This Event is Rain or Shine ***


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The Flaming Lips See the Leaves Video from Ollie V on Vimeo.


Mark Morris Dance Group - 30th Anniversary @ The Music Center - 5.5.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Mark Morris Dance Group performs L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato. This brilliant work incorporates 24 dancers, the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus as well as a quartet of world-class vocalists. Featuring the poetry of John Milton – with Handel’s pastoral ode as the musical landscape, along with sets inspired by William Blake’s later watercolors, Morris’ landmark work is presented as part of the first-ever collaboration between the Music Center and LA Opera.

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