Thursday, October 20, 2016

Eastside Weekend: Cute Enemies in Eagle Rock; Vince Staples in Echo Park; Neil Hamburger in Silver Lake & more


Lauren Andrews, Tony Bui and Joey Chou are just some of the artists featured at Cute Enemies at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland in Eagle Rock


Sure, Magneto wanted to kill all of human kind for mistreating mutants. And maybe Bowser kept kidnapping Princess Peach over and over again. But you know what? They did it with conviction. They’re villains and they kept the plot moving along. Celebrate the bad with Cute Enemies at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, featuring artwork from Tony Bui, Luaren Andrews, Joey Chou and plenty of other artists showing us the cuter side of villainy. Opening Saturday, January 17.

Vince Staples raps about growing up with a drug dealing father on the track Nate. “As a kid all I ever wanted was to kill a man,” says Staples, who glamorized his father’s gangster lifestyle. On the same song Staples details the abuse his mother received and contrasts that with the glamour of his father. It is biting social commentary and the episode is lyrically balanced with patience and Staples’ catchy hooks. The Long Beach rapper has a sold out show at The Echoplex, Friday, January 16.
Don’t you get it? That’s the joke. That you bothered to show up and get harangued by this guy in a cheap suit. Well, maybe that’s not the joke-joke that you’re supposed to acknowledge. There’s some comedy layered in Neil Hamburger’s bit. Don’t think too deeply about what he says. It’s anti-jokes, but told with such audacity that it hits like an electric bug zapper. Sunday, January 18.
Objects are constantly arranged in intricate patterns all day, every day, but you’re too busy to notice, right? The folks at The Gabba Gallery have put together a show, Kool Layed, celebrating the art of the collage, so you don’t have to go searching for meaning in sugar packets on the edge of the kitchen table. Saturday, January 17.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Pride Day Cleanup sweeps across several locations in Glassell Park. Volunteers will be treated to pan dulce, sandwiches and juice drinks as they engage in this civic duty to clean up local schools, remove graffiti, pick up bulky items and fine scrub other parts of the community. Saturday morning, January 17.

Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis’ stories, reviews and photos at Avenue Meander.

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  1. Why do you promote this rapper crap?

    • @bern To answer you crusty question, music listeners like to know what’s happening in the neighborhood. Stop crumbing on peoples art you cookie monster.

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