The Wild Honey Pie’s ongoing music and dinner party series pairs Checker Hall executive chef Hovig Agop’s rustic Mediterranean cuisine with performances by some of the collective’s favorite local acts.
This time around, the ever-enchanting and often-intense Miya Folick will perform songs from her debut LP, “Premonitions,” a collection of arresting emotional pop anthems anchored by Folicks’s hauntingly powerful voice. While many of her songs mine deep wells of feeling and self-reflection, there’s also a bit of fun to be had, as demonstrated by the stand-out single “Stop Talking.”
Attendees will enjoy a three-course meal and complimentary specialty cocktails from Slow & Low.
Yonatan Gat was once the guitarist of a hairy, sweaty, three-headed garage-punk monster called Monotonix. After the band came to an end, the Israel-born artist began releasing music under his own name. While departing from the shock-rock of his former band, Gat’s live performances don’t skimp on intensity, gravitating between shamanic exploration and improvised chaos. His most recent album, “Universalists,” features a collaboration with the Algonquin drum group Eastern Medicine Singers, who have come along on tour, adding a visceral rhythmic experience that elevates Gat’s world-traversing sound.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 / 6-10 p.m. / The Theatre at Ace Hotel
After winning over audiences at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, “The Farewell” swept IndieWire’s critics’ survey for best film, director and screenplay. This funny, heartwarming story “based on an actual lie” follows Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi — played by rapper-turned actress Awkwafina — as she returns to Changchun for a family reunion. There, she discovers that although the whole clan has come together because their matriarch, Nai Nai (grandma), only has weeks to live, they’ve decided not to actually tell Nai Nai herself. While Billi clashes with some of her family’s traditions and expectations, the film’s main takeaway is a positive reinforcement of familial bonds full of laughter and a few tender tears.
Writer/director Lulu Wang will be presented the Sundance Institute Vanguard Award as part of the premiere party festivities.
Thursday, June 27, 2019 / 7:30-10:30 p.m. / Aero Theatre
Oliver Stone’s “The Doors” came out in 1991 and depicted the tumultuous times of one of L.A.’s most iconic bands, as well as Jim Morrison’s hedonistic and self-destructive path of indulgence in drugs, sex and the occult, leading to his ultimate demise at age 27. Val Kilmer took method acting to such an extreme while preparing for the lead role that he had to get therapy when filming wrapped to recover from his deep immersion.
After the film screening, attendees will have the chance to ask Kilmer himself about the year he spent rolling around in Morrison’s clothes during a Q-and-A session with Kilmer, Stone and Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, moderated by Jim Hemphill.
Friday, June 28, 2019 / 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. / The Echoplex
Since 2014, the Modern Funk Festival has been nourishing an audience of bass-line enthusiasts culled from the famed weekly party Funkmosphere — which ended an 11-year run in 2017 — and new listeners just dipping their toes into the legacy of the West Coast boogie funk scene established in the 1980s.
This year’s lineup of live acts and DJs includes XL Middleton, sassy vocalist Moniquea and wildman Zackey Force Funk, as well as locals Moon B and Hottbhobo, and all the way from Italy, Ivan Makvel and from France, Amadeo85.
The record fair presented by Discogs is free to the general public from 6-9 p.m. Ticketholders will have access to the exhibitors and vendors until 2 a.m.
Saturday, June 29, 2019 / 3-11 p.m. / Egyptian Theatre
Named in honor of She-Ra’s home planet, the Etheria Film Night is an annual showcase of new sci-fi, fantasy, action, thriller, dark comedy and horror short films directed by women poised to take their vision to the next level. The day begins with a special screening of “Culture Shock” from Hulu’s “Into the Dark” anthology with director Gigi Guerrero in attendance for a Q-and-A with the cast.
Following drinks and red carpet action, Etheria will honor producer Gale Anne Hurd with their Inspiration Award presented by her mentor, Roger Corman. Hurd is responsible for producing some legendary genre films and TV shows, including “Terminator,” which she co-wrote, “Aliens,” “The Abyss,” “Tremors,” “Armageddon” and “The Walking Dead.”
The evening will conclude with a screening of eight outstanding short films, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, awards and an afterparty. Check out the films here.
Sunday, June 30, 2019 / 10-11:45 p.m. / Lodge Room
This summer, the Art Don’t Sleep folks have assembled a string of events around legendary Brazilian musicians, including the great Marcos Valle. Emerging in the 1960s, Valle is best known as one of the most important innovators of the bossa nova genre. However, he always adapted to emerging trends in music over the years, fusing regional styles with rock, soul, jazz and dance music — in fact, one his best-selling songs is 1983’s boogie funk track, “Estrelar.” Unlike some of his broodier contemporaries, Valle’s music is marked by toe-tapping rhythms and catchy melodies, along with a sense of humor that enabled some of his social critiques to slip past Brazilian censors.