Best known as part of pioneering electronic music act Yellow Magic Orchestra and folk-rock band Happy End, Haruomi Hosono’s prolific career over the last 50 years established his legacy as one of the most influential musicians in Japanese pop history.
Hosono has also released a large, varied collection of solo material, and collaborated with countless artists around the world. Now 71 years old, he makes a rare, very special appearance in the U.S. on the heels of indy label Light In The Attic making five of his solo records available on vinyl outside of Japan for the first time.
Fun fact: Hosono is the grandson of the only Japanese passenger and survivor aboard the Titanic.
Connan Mockasin is an enigma. His three albums to date, 2010’s “Forever Dolphin,” 2013’s “Caramel,” and his latest, “Jassbusters,” are sensuous love letters from an alien. Diving into his music is like swimming in macaroni and cheese. Feels weird but tastes good.
Earlier this year, Mockasin toured “Jassbusters” and “Bostyn ‘n Dobsyn,” a film featuring some of his songs, but this Lodge Room performance – billed as ‘Connan Mockasin In The Round’ – promises something more unpredictable, which fits his MO just fine. Be sure to catch the opening act, musical whistler Molly Lewis.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 / 7:30-9:30 p.m. / TCL Chinese Theaters 6
As the first R-rated film adaptation of a comic book, “The Crow,” with its dark tale of love and revenge, thoroughly spoke to the nihilistic pop culture of the 1990s. Brandon Lee’s tragic death during filming adds an irrepressible sense of heartbreak to the viewing experience, but his performance continues to resonate through every gothic antihero that appears on the silver screen.
The screening commemorates the film’s 25th anniversary. A Q-and-A moderated by Brian Collins of Birth.Movies.Death with actress Bai Ling and other cast members will follow the film.
Thursday, June 6, 2019 / 9-11:45 p.m. / The Montalbán
In honor of Rita Guerrero, former lead singer of Mexico City’s La Santa Sabina, and of the band’s 30-year legacy, the Hola Mexico Film Festival presents a screening of “Rita, the Documentary.” The biopic combines stage footage, interviews and intimate behind-the-scenes moments in the life of the artist. Director Arturo Diaz depicts her contribution to the 1990s rock scene, her commitment to social justice as a Zapatista supporter and the strength of character that sustained Guerrero in her battle against breast cancer.
La Santa Sabina will perform live after the screening, followed by César “Vampiro” López, who will perform a set utilizing samples of Rita Guerrero’s voice.
Tickets: $25 / Running from May 31 through June 8, Hola Mexico is the largest Mexican film festival outside of Mexico. / More Information
Friday, June 7, 2019 / 5-11 p.m. / Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is taking the party outside, and setting up a stage under the stars for this year’s final First Friday. The night’s lineup includes Brasstracks, who play funky, jazzy, electro-R&B; L.A.’s favorite disco dancer Gavin Turek and reggae-tropicalia-pop artist Claude Fontaine.
Get a little smarter before dancing the night away and attend one of two talks preceding the show. The first, between science correspondent and host of CW’s “Did I Mention Invention?” Alie Ward and museum research specialists as they uncover secrets about the museum collections; and the second, a discussion between scientist Dr. Lucy Jones and Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison about seismic activity.
Saturday, June 8, 2019 / 6-11:45 p.m. / Inner-City Arts
Inner-City Arts, located in downtown Los Angeles, offers arts education to underserved elementary, middle and high school students. Every year, they open their doors for a rooftop fundraising soiree to help keep their mission going.
In addition to scrumptious food and drink offerings from restaurants around town, this year’s entertainment consists of rock duo Best Coast and garage punk outfit Shannon and the Clams, as well as all-vinyl DJ sets from J.Rocc and Peanut Butter Wolf and a smattering of Dublab DJs to keep the vibe twinkling while attendees peruse art installations by Ry Rocklen, Dana Carly Eitches, Debra Scacco, Davia King and Lisa Schulte.
Sunday, June 9, 2019 / 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. / West Hollywood Park
Thousands of L.A.’s LGBTQ+ community members and supporters will come together for Sunday’s parade; stretching along Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and Fairfax Avenue, as they have since the first pride parade on June 28, 1970. It’s definitely a highlight of L.A. Pride Week.
Four years after its inception, the parade grew to include a festival, hosted at the time in a strip mall parking lot. Now, the festival attracts around 50,000 attendees who swarm in ready to party resplendent in glitter and rainbows. Sunday’s festival line-up spreads out onto three stages featuring numerous acts including Years & Years, Ashanti, Mnek, Saro, The Veronicas, Dej Loaf and Amara La Negra, a Selena tribute band.
The parade is free; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. / Festival tickets: $30-$450 / More Information