Happening this week
Come enjoy cold beers & mimosa drink specials at an afternoon of creating in a beginner’s printmaking workshop just in time for Valentine’s Day! Gather your friends to learn all about linocut printing - think hand carved and printed stamps with your own design! If drawing isn’t your thing, no worries - I’ll bring some design templates so you can still experience this medium!
In MOMIX’s stunning reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s iconic dive down the rabbit hole, internationally acclaimed dancer-illusionists conjure the magical world of the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts, amid the visionary choreography of artistic director Moses Pendleton. Amid the splendor, magic and dazzling creativity, you’ll be reminded that all is never what it seems. More: $20 and up; Jan. 24-25, 7:30 p.m.; Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St.; blumenthalarts.org
Returning to Los Angeles from France in 1979, Belgian-born director, screenwriter and artist Agnès Varda began to lens ‘Mur Murs,’ her kaleidoscopic documentary about the city of angels’ striking murals. Bursting with color and vitality, ‘Mur Murs’ does more than catalog unusual public art. It’s an invigorating study of community and diversity. Varda traveled to Compton, training her curious camera on a series of murals whose defiance, beauty and simple existence recontextualized L.A.
Did you know sharks first appeared 455 million years ago, and that they go into a trancelike state when you flip them upside down? Celebrate Kiss a Shark Week with more selachimorpha trivia from marine biologist Andrew Goff and comedians Hype Barnes and Solid Dad Improv Troupe. Goff serves up shark history like buckets of chum, while Solid Dad and Hype Barnes perform shark-themed improv and stand-up.
With a knack for sensitive lyrics, memorable melodies and Ben Gibbard’s wistful vocals, bittersweet and grungy Death Cab for Cutie was a respectable progenitor of emo when ‘Transatlanticism’ catapulted the band to the big time in 2003. Since then, they may have come down commercially, but never creatively. Hell, even impossible-to-please Pitchfork called Death Cab’s masterful 2022 ‘Asphalt Meadows’ an album that “mostly satisfies.”
With their Bandcamp page devoted to an absurdist deconstruction of an answering machine message, NYC’s Cult of Chunk promise artsy weirdness in the vein of giant eyeball-sporting goofball terrorists The Residents. Charlotte’s stripped-down proto grunge trio Jackson Fig summons the elemental force of an earlier era, when indie was forming and not yet classified. Two more Charlotte outfits — post-rock noise trio Ego Death Machine and spiky new wave-accented rockers Moderneverything — fill the bill.
What began as a buoyant solo project from songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nathaniel Banks has blossomed into Nashville-based band Arlie. The combo keeps touch with Banks’ retro-pop influences while stretching out in experimental lo-fi directions. The title track from Arlie's 2022 full length release 'Break the Curse' is a moody affair. Catchy yet candid pop is filtered through hazy haunted production that suggests a journey through mist shrouded forests and an echoing fractured hall of mirrors....
Ready for the ultimate Girl’s Night? Join shoe designer CoccaBee to celebrate True Love: Shoe Love. Enjoy curated drinks by The Mix Queen and the hottest sounds by DJ Pers3vere. Don’t miss a night filled with instagrammable photo ops, chic cocktails and amazing shoes.
Tool Chest Productions presents Hard Rockin Valentine Burlesque Show at Tommy's Pub. Featuring four Burlesque performers plus music and comedy by the hosts. Tommy's Pub has a full bar but also features a wide variety of mocktails. No Cover.