The way you start off a new year is very important to the way the new year ends up going for you. At least that’s what they say. Put their theory into practice with some of January’s most promising arts events in our fair city – would you like your 2010 to look a little more Bond-like? Would you rather it looked a little more experimental than your 2009? It’s so tempting to answer those questions with: there’s an app for that, but really your city has got what it takes to kick off your new year just the way you’d like.
Friday, January 1 is not likely to be your most shining and perky day. That doesn’t mean you can’t start on a sleek, technologically advanced, Bond-like bend – from 7:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre there’s a double feature of Dr. No and You Only Live Twice. You may not be at your sharpest on Friday, but you’ll soon make a better Bond than Mr. Connery. If you’re less than interested in leaving your house that day, worry not. Saturday evening (January 2) from 7:00 p.m., they’ll be screening Goldfinger and Thunderball – if you don’t have a love/hate relationship with villains after a weekend like that, you’re not cut out to be the next Mr. Bond. And that’s no way to start a new year.
Please click here for the Egyptian Theatre’s full January 2010 calendar.
At Sam Lee Gallery, just near Dodger Stadium, you’ll find local artist Jeff Gambill’s exhibit “Barely There,” on through January 23. His paintings have this generally zen, colorful feeling that convey the transient, transitional message he’s going for. Fresh from a trip to Japan, you’ll definitely see an East Asian influence in each of his works. They don’t scream out at you, but they definitely make you want to look closer. And what better message than looking closer at something that doesn’t shock and awe for a new year? Time to delve a little deeper, kids.
The Sam Lee Gallery is located at 990 N. Hill Street #190. Please call (323) 227-0275 or click here for more information.
New Year, New Music
It’s so easy to fall into an all-Mozart (or all-Beyonce) rut. Take some time in January 2010 to break out of it. It may not last the whole year, but at least you can say you tried. On Saturday, January 16 at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica,Jacaranda invites you to discover Thomas Ades, Benjamin Britten, Peter Maxwell Davies, George Benjamin, and others. The concert, called Licorice and Rosin (“licorice” is a slang term for clarinet and rosin is a solid form of resin used on string instruments), will present some of Britain’s more exciting contemporary music from the last twenty-five years.
If a church is the last place you’d like to be, Monday Evening Concerts at the Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School kicks off 2010 on January 11 at 8:00pm with a concert called “Mostly Californian.” Featuring compositions by Clint McCallum, Luciano Chessa, Michael Pisaro, and others, you will hear sounds of contemporary California. (No, that doesn’t include woeful cries for our current economic situation.) The composers in question present lyrical, theatrical works that won’t sound like anything else you’ve heard before.
Soundtrack for a Revolution
The Grammy Museum just celebrated their first birthday – still haven’t been? Monday, January 11 at 7:00pm they’re presenting Reel to Reel: Soundtrack for a Revolution, a documentary that looks at the American civil rights movement and the unparalleled soundtrack that went along with it. Filled with archive footage, interviews with civil rights leaders, and a soundtrack of freedom songs sung by modern day R&B, Hip Hop, and Soul legends like Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, The Roots, and John Legend. Monday’s screening will be followed by a panel discussion chock full of everyone you’d like to get advice from for a soulful 2010 – Danny Glover, filmmakers Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman, producer Dylan Nelson, and music producer Corey Smyth.
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Via: Fine Arts LA