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  • Arts and Entertainment
    Don Tiki will be performing Don Tiki's Hot Lava Holiday Show at Walt Disney Concert Hall this Thursday. As keepers of the tiki culture flame, Honolulu-based Don Tiki is guaranteed to create the perfect exotica experience for all us mainlanders. We recently caught up with Don Tiki's band leader and composer Kit Ebersbach.
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    Photo by Art of Bleeding On this Sunday October 25th, The Art of Bleeding will perform their piece "The Spirits of Safety Show" at the California Institute of Abnormal Arts. With a mix of live performance, film, puppets, music, fake blood, sexy nurses, robots, gorillas and more, The Art of Bleeding will most likely shock and entertain with their humorous and bizarre antics. LAist caught up with Al Ridenour of The Art of Bleeding...
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    Under Polaris | Photo by Steven Gunther Cloud Eye Control's latest multimedia performance piece, Under Polaris opened Wednesday night at REDCAT and plays throughout this weekend. Under Polaris tells a story of woman (performed by Anna Oxygen) who embarks on an Arctic journey to preserve humanity. Her journey is wrought with challenges -- from the extreme ice elements to her own nadir of self-doubt. As the woman encounters animal spirits, she crosses the many...
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    Photo by Roger Park/LAist On Tuesday night “The Upsetter” and one of the founding fathers of reggae dub, Lee “Scratch” Perry, played to an enthusiastic crowd at the Key Club in Hollywood. Lee Perry’s set proved that one of reggae’s most eccentric and innovative artists can still mash it up and control to the fullness. Even in his early 70s, Perry commands an engaging stage presence and delivery. Decked in an eccentric outfit consisting...
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    From left to right: Kelly Hu, Anna Chi, Talia Shire, Julia Nickson, Lisa Lu and Bai Ling. Dim Sum Funeral revolves around the lives of four estranged Chinese American adult siblings who are summoned home to Seattle to mourn the death of their mother. The film opens this Friday June 12th at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and Laemmle Pasadena. In the movie, all of the children have issues with their mother as well as...
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    Photo by Azul 213 Performing in Los Angeles for the first time, Brazilian jazz composer-arranger Arthur Verocai led a 36-piece orchestra through many of his soulful compositions on Sunday night at the Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA. Sunday night's Verocai performance marks the third installment of the Timeless: The Composer/Arranger Series presented in conjunction by VTech, Mochilla and ArtDontSleep. Previous performances this year included Ethiopian jazz legend Mulatu...
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    On Thursday night at the Henry Fonda Musicbox Theater, Animal Collective played to a sold out audience in support of their recent release, Merriweather Post Pavilion. The concert was a rescheduled performance for a previous postponed date in the month. Thursday’s ecstatic set proved that the band -- Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Geologist (Brian Weitz) -- were in rare and fit form. Opening with the velvety textured “In the Flowers,” the...
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    Photo by Cherie Nutting “A 4,000-year-old rock ‘n’ roll band.” - William S. Burroughs Charging the air of Royce Hall with complex trance-inducing music and magic, The Master Musicians of Jajouka treated Los Angeles to a mesmerizing performance on Friday night. Led by Bachir Attar, the Master Musicians of Jajouka herald from an ancient village located in the Rif Mountains in northern Morocco. The musicians are on tour in the States this month; Friday’s...
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    Photo courtesy of GolinHarris On Sunday night Ethiopian jazz legend Mulatu Astatke performed two engaging sets at the Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex on the campus of Cal State Los Angeles. Mulatu Astatke, along with opening DJ sets from Egon, Quantic and Cut Chemist, is the first performer of the Timeless composer and arranger series at the Luckman. The four-part Timeless series is co-presented by VTech and Mochilla with dates into April...
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    On Sunday night, as part of the "Don't Knock the Rock" film festival at Cinefamily/Silent Movie Theatre, there was a special screening of "Ladies and Gentleman, The Fabulous Stains." Originally released in 1981, "Ladies and Gentleman, The Fabulous Stains" is the story of two young sisters (Marin Kanter and Diane Lane, playing the lead role as Corrine Burns) who team up with their cousin (Laura Dern) to form a punk band call The Stains. As...

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