Monday, February 10, 2020 / 8–10 p.m. / The Regent Theater
Jackie Schimmel brings her unfiltered blog-turned-podcast, “The Bitch Bible,” to the stage for a live dose of trash-talking pop culture, millennials, celebrities and reality TV.
After leaving college at 19, Schimmel worked for “Extra,” “Chelsea Lately” and “After Lately” before picking up a cushy job as a receptionist at a financial company. During her free time at work, she would drink champagne and work on launching her blog. Her boss found out and told her to delete it. She said no. A few lucky breaks later and the blog got picked up as a podcast. The world has warmly welcomed her bitchiest thoughts and opinions with open arms.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 / 6–11 p.m. / Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
The Pan-African Film and Arts Festival is America’s largest festival focused on films made by people of African descent, or about people of African descent, representing 40 nations and 26 languages. The festival opens with Frances-Anne Solomon’s “Hero” and closes with Lineo Sekeleoane’s “Zulu Wedding,” as part of 150 films screening throughout. Additionally, the festival includes a comedy showcase, a fashion show, spoken word performances, student films and a John Singleton short film competition, as well as fine art and craft exhibits.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 / 9 p.m. to midnight / The Echoplex
When he isn’t pounding the drums and swirling in the psychedelic mayhem of his band Prettiest Eyes, Pachy Garcia pursues his passion for Jamaican dub music. What started as an IG video series showing Garcia creating a song from scratch — playing all the instruments and mixing it at his home studio — led to the summer release of “Pachyman In Dub” on Permanent Records. And he’s already following it up with his second, “At 333 House” — which is what he calls his studio — out now on Mock Records. Tonight, he’ll perform a few cuts at Dub Club alongside some special guests.
Thursday, February 13, 2020 / 8–10 p.m. / Downtown Independent
A selection of 11 art house films from the famed Locarno Film Festival makes its way to Los Angeles for the fourth year in a row courtesy of local film critics Jordan Cronk and Robert Koehler. The pair assembled this micro-festival for those who can’t make it all the way to Switzerland for the grand event. This year’s screenings include selections from Thailand, Spain, Germany, Japan, the U.K., the Czech Republic and more. The festival kicks off with Tyler Taormina’s “Ham on Rye,” about California teens whose prom experience turns into an uncanny ritual involving a sandwich.
This Valentine’s, take your loved one to the fanciest art fair in town. In just its second year, Frieze now encompasses a whole week of satellite exhibits and happenings around town. Among the 70 participating galleries, some notable names include: David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, Gagosian, Victoria Miro, Pace, Blum & Poe, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, David Kordansky, Commonwealth and Council, Gladstone Gallery and Skarstedt.
Inspired by the historical relationship between California and Latin America, many of the artists exhibited this year created work that deals with cultural identity. A “Focus L.A.” section is dedicated to local art spaces that have been around for 15 years or less, and features young artists of Latin American descent. Paramount’s backlot will host sculptures, performances, installations and videos drawing on the current political context, co-curated by LACMA’s Rita Gonzalez and Pilar Tompkins-Rivas, director of the Vincent Price Art Museum.
Saturday, February 15, 2020 / 7–11 p.m. / Pasadena Presbyterian Church
London native Malcolm Cecil used his education in music and physics to develop TONTO, the largest multi-timbral polyphonic analog synthesizer. It all began with scribbles Cecil and Robert Margouleff scratched onto a tablecloth at a Chinese restaurant. These scribbles later became the most innovative real-time performing electronic music instrument of its time. When Stevie Wonder heard “Zero Time,” the duo’s first album as Tonto’s Exploding Head, he came looking for the synthesizer inventors to help him bring to life the sounds swirling in his head.
Cecil will play selections from 1971’s “Zero Time” and 1981’s “Radiance” accompanied by architecturally mapped analog visuals by J.J. Stratford and Stephi Duckula. Cool Maritime and Yialmelic Frequencies open the night.
Sunday, February 16, 2020 / 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. / The Hollywood Roosevelt
In the flood of major art fairs swelling across Los Angeles over the last couple of weeks, Felix Art Fair stands out for its unique location. In the spirit of the legendary Gramercy International Los Angeles at the Chateau Marmont, around 60 galleries will set up in rooms and bungalows across the Roosevelt in Hollywood. Collectors, artists and enthusiasts can mingle in a more intimate environment and perhaps make purchase decisions over a cocktail by the pool.