Two years ago, I started checking out the new wave of virtual reality projects and wrote about them here and there for L.A. Weekly, Paste and The Robot’s Voice. Two months ago, I started work on a big story for L.A. Weekly on the development of Los Angeles’ community of virtual reality pros and how this intersects with Hollywood. The story came out on Thursday and I’m very happy to add that it’s the cover feature for this week’s print issue.
“From Hollywood to Silicon Beach, L.A. Creatives are Plotting Virtual Reality’s Boom”
Art Center has a data art show going on right now. What I thought was really interesting about this group exhibition was that two of the pieces are inspired in part by Joy Division. I wrote about those works for L.A. Weekly.
“How Joy Division Ended Up in a Data Art Show — Twice”
Also, L.A. Weekly ran a list of cool videos shot in our fine city. I wrote about clips from the Beastie Boys and Massive Attack.
“The 20 Best Music Videos Ever Shot in Los Angeles”
In club news, I’ll be playing Italo disco, freestyle and more at the Lash on Thursday night for Native Love. This is going to be totally different from my usual sets at the Lash for ’90s Goth Klub (which, by the way, is Sunday, October 30– wear a costume) and should be a ton of fun. Hope to see you there.
This week, I’ve been in a deep writing hole trying to finish stuff that you will, hopefully, have the chance to read soon. In the meantime, check out L.A. Weekly‘s Best of L.A. issue. I wrote a few of the entries in here, like “Best Band Name” and “Best Spot for Househeads.”
I have a smattering of DJ gigs coming up in the next few weeks. On Friday, October 14, Das Bunker kicks off its three-day 20th anniversary celebration. I’ll be playing on that first night with my old DJ buddies Frankie and Gerber in the Satellite room. Satellite was a synthpop club that Frankie used to throw. I was of the DJs there around 1999/2000 and it was a the party where I started to develop my own DJ style. It will be so much fun to play this event. More info on Facebook.
Wardance is back on Friday, October 21 at the Grand Star in Chinatown. This month, we’re teaming up with Prism for a dance party that promises to be a lot of fun mix of spooky stuff, synth-y stuff and whatever else we feel like playing. RSVP on Facebook and join us.
Start off Halloween on October 30 with 90s Goth Klub at The Lash. I will hopefully have time to put together an appropriately ’90s goth costume for this. No, it will not be The Crow. Details on Facebook.
I don’t quite remember how it started, but, soon a string of half-jokes bounced around at last call turned into a bona fide idea. We were going to do a Stevie Nicks night at the goth club. A few weeks of promoting commence. I watch the RSVPs, unsure of whether we just had the best or worst idea ever.
This month, Shadowplay fell on December 28. That’s the Saturday between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, a Saturday which many in the club world have come to dread. Christmas in L.A. is typically pretty slow. There are a lot of people who aren’t from here. They go home, only to return just in time for New Year’s Eve. That final party night of the year is huge. It’s also, typically, expensive. That said, people will stay in the weekend prior to save up funds and energy. Still, we managed to get a pretty good amount of people into the club, enough to keep the dance floor full for the bulk of the night. Yay!
Inside Cinefamily’s lobby, the Instagram filter version. (Photo: Liz O. )
I saw The Cure: In Orange as a young teen with VHS access. Perhaps every Cure fan did. The video was always easy to spot at mall stores and video rental shops. In Orange. I didn’t know the difference between “orange,” the fruit/color, and “Or-ange,” the place in France, until the cassette made its way into my parents’ VCR. Sometimes I think I learned more from music than from classes. Regardless, I saw the video a bunch of times, either because a friend had it or I rented it, but the last viewing session was well before the advent of DVD players. To this day, In Orange has not been released in that format. Last night, though, I got to see the famed Cure concert film on the big screen, as a 35 mm print, at Cinefamily. On top of that, I got to DJ before the screening.
This was the first of two screenings at Cinefamily this weekend. (The second one is tonight.) Friday night’s screening sold out with good reason. Cinefamily did a great job of explaining why In Orange is important. I tried to expand on that while talking to my husband and a friend of ours. “It’s the definitive Cure film,” I said. In Orange isn’t like Depeche Mode: 101. There’s no narrative. It’s just the band playing a bunch of songs in an ancient venue. Still, you get a good sense of who they are and who they are going to be. The concert took place in 1986, a year or so before “Just Like Heaven.” They were big, but they were about to get bigger. On stage, you have the classic line-up– Robert, Simon, Porl, Lol, Boris– that would start to fall apart a few years later during the course of making Disintegration. It’s not the original line-up, but it’s the one responsible for a lot of the biggest hits.
Image: Klaus Hiltscher, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike, via Wikimedia Commons
It’s time for my annual birthday DJ gig. This year, the event is taking place on December 28 at Shadowplay, the monthly goth party that I promote with Diana M and Larry G. from Underground. We have a special theme for this month too: Stevie Nicks.
“But, Stevie Nicks isn’t goth,” you protest. To which we answer,”Ha! How many goths do you know who totally dress all Stevie for a night on the town?” I bet it’s a lot. Heck, I’ve done it too and I’ll be busting out the black lace and boots for this gig too. Plus, “Rhiannon” is a jam, which is part of the reason why we picked this theme. I’ve been listening to “Rhiannon” on repeat, while Diana has been watching American Horror Story: Coven. We’re also encouraging people to dress as their favorite Coven characters– cosplay, if you will– if you are so inclined.
Here are the important details. The party starts at 10 p.m. If you RSVP via Facebook (just click join), you and one guest can get in for free before 10:30 p.m. Otherwise, it’s $8. The club is also 21+. If you’re a Facebook user, like our page for more updates.
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I was Tina Belcher for Halloween. For those who don’t know the reference, Tina is the eldest daughter on the animated show Bob’s Burgers. If you have never watched that show, you should. The inspiration came mostly from my friend, Roo. He’s always sending me gifs of Tina’s antics. It’s also inspired by my husband, who is convinced that I was like Tina at 13. He’s kind of right.
Anyhow, after pulling together the costume with stuff in the closet and a few odds and ends picked up for cheap across L.A., we headed to Club Berlin at Alpine Village in Torrance. It was a great night, probably the best Halloween I’ve had in a while. The crowd was fun and energetic. Some good friends hung out with us, including one who was celebrating her birthday. Plus, I did capoeira Tina-style on the dance floor and in the DJ booth. Yes, there’s video. You’ll probably see it at some point. I get a little too into character on Halloween sometimes.
Thanks to everyone who made last night so awesome.
Check out the set list.
Tomorrow is Halloween. I will be dressing up as my current favorite cartoon character– Tina Belcher– and heading down to Alpine Village where I am set to DJ at Club Berlin. For those of you in the South Bay, this is a great opportunity to get some Halloween partying done without traveling too far. The party runs from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. Cover is $5 and the event is 21+. For more info, and to RSVP, head over to Facebook.
On Friday, I’ll be playing at Meltdown Comics for “The Doctor Is In: A Tribute to the Show.” This is the opening event for an art show featuring 100+ artists and it is free to attend. More info on Facebook.
Shadowplay, the monthly goth party I throw with Diana M. and Lawrence G. of Underground, is back this Saturday night. I’m very excited for this event because our guest DJ is Jason Farber. Jason and I have been friends for years. In fact, I played my first big DJ gig at Coven 13 with him. He’s an amazing DJ and a constant inspiration, so I hope you’ll stop by to check out his set.
Shadowplay takes place at the Grand Star in Chinatown. Party starts at 10 p.m. and, if you RSVP, it’s free before 10:30 p.m. Otherwise, the cover is $8.
Thanks to everyone who made it out to Underground last night. Here’s the set list.
I remember the moment when I went from liking The Cure to being, like, totally freakin’ obsessed with The Cure. It’s when I heard Disintegration. That happened sometime in 6th grade. Disintegration was an album that probably really did change my life. It marked a personal change, the beginning of a transformation from being an unintentionally nerdy kid to a defiantly weird teenager.
Sometimes I think that the only albums that really, truly matter are the ones you heard when you’re caught in the midst of puberty. You don’t forget the solace found in those albums that accompanied your teenage meltdowns. You don’t forget that Robert Smith understood you better than your fake friends did.