LA Weekly presents ARTOPIA - Their 1st annual party celebrating our Best of LA People Issue while honoring some of their favorite talents in the art and music scene of Los Angeles.
Party on with legendary DJ Keith Morris and a live set of future punk rock classics by FIDLAR. Exclusive, interactive art installations curated by Mastodon Mesa will include local artists visions of utopian Los Angeles including work by Alia Penner, Albert Reyes, Isaiah Frizzell of pHeast, Amy Fortunato, Olive Emanuel, James Rojas, and more.
LA Weekly’s ARTOPIA opens to ticket holders on Thursday, May 16, from 6 to 11 p.m. $15 for general admission includes hosted bar, music and art. Starry Kitchen, Ricky’s Tacos, Seoul Sausage Co and Lobos truck will be serving your favorite dishes.
About FIDLAR: Sure, the noisy riffs and shouted lyrics contained within FIDLAR’s short, sonic assaults aren’t the world’s most atonal — many of them even have, brace yourself, melody — but their punk bona fides can’t be questioned. Take their name, an acronym for “Fuck It Dog, Life’s a Risk,” or even better, their intoxicating live shows, from which even those who avoid the pit might emerge with a bloody nose or a black eye. There’s little doubt the Highland Park foursome is headed somewhere, just don’t expect them to be sober when they arrive. - Ben Westhoff
About KEITH MORRIS: Three decades as a punk rock icon — frontman and co-founder of genre legends Black Flag and Circle Jerks and now the voice of super-buzz supergroup Off! — have barely dulled Keith Morris’ signature dreadlocked irreverence and restless revenge-of-the-nerds wrath. Behind the decks, Morris is as likely to spin some Brian Jonestown Massacre or Spacemen 3 as he is a little Stax or Motown (not to mention his beloved hardcore punk) — often in the same set.
About MASTODON MESA: Mastodon Mesa is a nomadic art gallery, founded by Mya Stark in 2009 as part of the Pacific Design Center’s Design Loves Art program and currently operating out of the Melrose Trading Post. Mastodon Mesa, co curated by C.W. Moss, was born out of curiosity, friendliness, and an accident of fate caused by roaming around Los Angeles at random.
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