THE WEEKLY: ART TAKES OVER LA, WAVY BEATS, B-BOYS/B-GIRLS GET DOWN + MORE

A rundown of the best events in our fair city this week. 

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Photo by: Jay Mark Johnson

PHOTO LA
WHEN: Thursday, January 16 to Sunday, January 19
WHERE: LA MART | 1933 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
WHAT: If the only art you’ve seen lately is the galaxy wallpaper on your laptop, it may be time to step out and sharpen your visual acuity. Photo LA is our city’s premier gathering of the photography and arts communities and promises a vast selection of photography, installations, and seminars. Tix are $20. |  more info

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“The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” (1991) | Damien Hirst
*Prints of the sculpture available at LA Art Show

LA ART SHOW
WHEN: Now through Sunday, January 19
WHERE: LA Convention Center | 1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
WHAT: If Photo LA left you inspired, visit the LA Art Show to round out your journey to aesthetic fulfillment. Three sections await your exploration: Modern & Contemporary, Historic & Traditional Contemporary, and the IFDPA Los Angeles Fine Print Fair. Tix are $20, with a $5 discount if purchased online. | more info

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GIRAFFAGE, GROUNDISLAVA, ASTRONAUTICA
WHEN: Friday, January 17, at 9pm
WHERE: King King | 6555 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
WHAT: Bedroom producer turned in-demand beatsmith Giraffage pays a visit to Hollywood to grace our fair city with what we’re hoping for is more of his signature concoctions of lush vibes, synths and beats. LA’s own Groundislava and Astronautica provide the counter attack to Giraffage, with their own brand of wavy beats to shake up Hollywood. | more info

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LOS ANGELES CYPHER ADIKTS 3 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
WHEN: Saturday, January 17 at 9pm-1am ; Sunday, January 18 at 6pm-9pm
WHERE: Think Tank Gallery | 939 Maple Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015
WHAT: Practice your b-boy stance, or learn from the best at the Cypher Adikts event, celebrating three years of heavy dedication to one of the key elements of hip-hop. Cypher Adikts was founded with the intention to bring back the essence of dance by throwing out formal competitions and rules and instead encouraging the humble cypher.. Expect to see some of the best b-boys/b-girls on the planet  and check out the one night only photo and art show showcase “The Portrait of Hip-Hop: From the Inside Out”, with works from photographers Joe Conzo, Ervin Arana, renowned artists Easy Roc, E3 and more.  | more info

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JOEL KYACK: “OLD SAILORS NEVER DIE” OPENING
WHEN: Saturday, January 18, 6-10pm
WHERE: Francois Ghebaly Gallery | 2245 E Washington, Los Angeles, CA 90021
WHAT: There’s not much info on Joel Kyack’s upcoming show. In lieu of a tradiitional press release, there’s an odd Q&A with the artist. The first question asks: “If you were to be eaten, how would you like it to be?” The multiple choice answers are: a) chewed up; b) swallowed whole; c) from the inside out. Morbid, but we’re intrigued.  | more info

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FOOD IS ART” DINNER BY NYESHA ARRINGTON
WHEN: Sunday, January 19-20; Various Seatings
WHERE: The Farmers Kitchen | 1555 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
WHAT: Ever tried to replicate the fancy platings of high-end, fine dining restaurants? Us too. And we failed. Miserably. Leave the artistry to the experts and sit at the table of Chef Nyesha Arrington, whose dinners this weekend promise a unique dining experience that uses food as a medium for art. An open kitchen will allow you to see dishes like grilled New England Calamari with Tangerine BBQ and marigold being made. | more info

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INVISIBL SKRATCH PIKLZ AT LOW END THEORY
WHEN: Wednesday, January 22, at 9pm
WHERE: Airliner | 2419 North Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90031
WHAT: Low End Theory founder DJ D-Styles is doing us a huge favor and bringing in two of his legendary turntable brethren, Shortkut and DJ QBert, to show LA just exactly how the Bay Area works the one’s and two’s. The Invisibl Skratch Piklz were pioneers in the world of turntablism and they show no hint of retirement just yet.  | more info

RECAP: HAIM PLAYS THE RED BULL SOUND STAGE AT KROQ

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There’s no other way to put it—Haim is cool.

Este Haim started the show by patting KROQ DJ Ted Stryker’s butt and said, “I’ve always wanted to give you a little love pat. And I got it. It’s been my Christmas wish since I was maybe 12 years old, since I heard you play ‘Pretty Fly for a White Guy’ on KROQ.” That moment, the audience knew they were in for an afternoon of entertainment. 

Haim, which also includes Este’s sisters Danielle and Alana (along with drummer Dash Hutton), spent the next hour proving that they’ve got the talent, sense of humor, and the support necessary to make it in the industry. The win-your-way-in event began with Stryker moderating a Q&A session that proved to be so much more than expected. The girls freaked out after being told that Mark Hoppus, singer and bassist of blink-182, not only knew who they are, but also asked them a question via Twitter. Asking “What’s your favorite blink-182 song” ended with the girls singing three-part harmony to a few bars of “Josie,” which the crowd seemed to love just as much.

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After answering a few questions from the audience, the real show began. The band played selections from their debut album “Days Are Gone,” including “Forever,” “Honey & I,” and of course, “The Wire.” All three have vocal chops, and they harmonize and play their respective instruments perfectly. Throughout the show, the audience learned more about the band than any Q&A could produce. The most apparent thing about Haim is their sisterly bond. After referencing “Arrested Development” to each other and pausing between songs to discuss Danielle’s Canadian-beer shirt, the connection that only sisters can have was on full display. And much too soon, after an extended version of “Let Me Go,” the sisters closed their performance with all three pounding it out on their own drums. 

The entire event is streaming until midday on Thursday, so watch it on repeat until then.