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There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical about the circus—animal cruelty, questionable labor practices, two-plus hours of Robert Pattinson making the super-derpy Robert Pattinson face—but there's no denying that a well-executed circus delivers a mixture of laughs and thrills like few other institutions. That's why we're choosing to take the DJ Bizzy/Filip Milenkovic-led party crew Clove Circus at their name and assume their goal is to make the L.A. nightlife scene feel more like an actual circus than ever. If you need proof, these photos from their throwdown at Lexington Social House last weekend should pretty much settle it.
[all photos via The Cobrasnake]
Partying on a Wednesday night: it's not always the easiest thing in the world to do. Sure, we're in L.A., which gives us a tactical advantage over, say, Poughkeepsie, but the fact remains that Thursday is pretty much a universal work/school day, and no matter how hungover you are, you'll probably have to show up. Luckily for us, The Cobrasnake was able to catch all the craziness from last night's Grimes show at the El Rey and after party featuring a performance from the one and only Brooke Candy. We suggest you use it as an example, because if you're going to go balls-to-the-wall on hump day, you'd better make it count.
Less than a week after releasing the new video for "You're Not Pretty But You Got It Goin' On," (featuring dancing convicts), Band Of Skulls continued their tour across the United States in support of their sophomore album Sweet Sour as they brought an energetic, hard-rocking show to the Fonda Theatre last night. Presented by Goldenvoice and KCRW, this rising British power trio (they served as the supporting act when The Black Keys toured Europe earlier this year) showed Southern California how they do things back in Southampton. More»
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"We didn't think it would happen to us." What started as just another sleepy Sunday evening in Santa Monica turned Euro-perilous when Swedish house sensation Avicii unst-unst-unsted his way into the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for his third and final show of the weekend. Avicii, AKA 23-year-old Tim Bergling, crossed over from EDM super-stardom into the mainstream with "Le7els" (some of you know may know it as the sample from that Flo Rida song). More»
Like any destination Hollywood nightspot, the crowd at Lure can differ dramatically depending on a variety of circumstances, and that in turn can seriously affect your experience as a party goer. You certainly wouldn't want to invest your time, money and effort into a hardcore night out only to find that it was Amateur Night and the club was completely inhabited by Tapout-wearing bros from the Inland Empire Rohyphnoling every drink in sight, would you? That's why your best play is to show up on Thursday, best known to the all-local crowd as "LUREsday." Last night's go-around featured tunes from Italian DJ Alex Gaudino, and as we could tell in our time there, the locals were ready to throw down. More»
You probably don't need us to tell you that the world of Hollywood's most exclusive clubs has very little to do with the regular, everyday, "real" world. But then again, the advent of Bootsy Bellows, the burlesque cabaret-themed club in the old Trousdale space from the one and only David Arquette, may be even more joyously detached from reality than most. How can we possibly explain the booze-soaked, marionette-twirling, bawdy-dancing insanity that passes for normal behind these walls? Well, let's point out some of the elements most removed from what anyone might call "polite society." More»
I don't want to oversell it or anything, but it's been really freaking hot lately. Like, "sorry I was late, my car seats melted" hot. Like, "Jessica Simpson can drop some of that baby weight by just sitting in the sun all day" hot. Hot enough, in fact, that just going to a pool party might not be enough on its own to cool you off. Don't despair, though: Angelenos are innovative, and our friends shown here at the Roosevelt came up with some new, creative ways to lower body temperature. We'll explain. More»
The original installment of the MTV Video Music Awards took place September 14th, 1984, just a few days after I was born, so I guess you could say the VMA's and I grew up together. And so, like the brother of the Unabomber or the parents of a spree killer, it's probably time for me to admit that the VMA's have, despite our love, grown up to become something of a monster. How else can we explain that the top moments from last night's show, which took place right here in L.A., included a pregnancy announcement from a woman who sells marshmallow vodka? Don't sweat it if you couldn't bring yourself to tune in, either: we've got all the highs and lows from the carpet, the seats, and the stage. More»
Labor Day: it's kind of implied that you're not going to have to work, right? After all, the whole point of the holiday is to kick back and raise a beer to yourself, the beleaguered American worker. But as great as it can be to do this in a picture-perfect setting like the pool of the Roosevelt Hotel, where yesterday's WET Labor Day Pool Party went down, there's a catch: there's actually quite a bit of labor involved on your end. Don't worry though, it's not necessarily a bad thing. We'll explain. More»
When it comes to summertime parties, the difference between "good" and "legendary" can be enormous. It's pretty hard to mess up the staples of sunshine, crowds, and booze, but after that, a truly great party has ample freedom to separate itself from the pack. Some might choose to do so with big-name live music, or an elegant throwback vibe, or even a classic BBQ. But Andrés Rigal, the maestro behind Summertramp, had a different sort of meat market in mind when he wrapped up the DTLA party series this past weekend with one final gay waterpark blowout. More»
Look, we're not exactly new to the weirdness that lurks on the edges of the nightlife scene. In fact, we vastly prefer bizarre costumes, gothy facepaint, and the occasional exposed buttcheek to the screen-printed button-downs and Axe body spray crowds that haunt the Hollywood clubs on Amateur Night. Nevertheless, we are obligated to point out when a certain party's aesthetic has gone beyond the goofy and into the downright stupefying. We're not saying we don't like the costumes that our pals at The Cobrasnake photographed at Love Bailey's Showbiz Ball, the eclectic creative director's celebration in honor of Schön! Magazine's new issue. If you want things to make any sense beyond this point, I'm afraid you've come to the wrong place. More»
Wednesday, May 22
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.