Flavorpill’s Guide to the Week’s Top 10 LA Events

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Tuesday, September 3


MUSIC: Check Yo Ponytail
Even in this Internet age of relaxed musical biases, any given live-music bill or DJ residency still tends to favor a single genre. LA’s own Check Yo Ponytail, however, programs its parties like people program their iPods: that is, all over the damn place. Co-founder Franki Chan (IHEARTCOMIX) stays true to his borderless doctrine with a steady stream of hardcore punk, lo-fi, indie-hop, DFA dance, witch house, hashtag rap, and more. Headlining CYP2’s latest show is British-based electro musician Zomby, with support from Ohio’s Teengirl Fantasy; SFV Acid from — where else? The San Fernando Valley (Reseda, to be exact); and yet another local favorite, Low Limit. — Stephen Gossett

Wednesday, September 4


BOOKS: Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project about Dogs and Physics
Photographer Theron Humphrey has done what many of us only dream of doing. Following a breakup and the loss of his grandfather, he quit his lucrative day job and rescued an adorable dog on Petfinder. Humphrey soon resolved to hit the road with his new best friend, documenting their adventures in Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics from Chronicle Books, which has more than a hundred fascinating photos of Humphrey’s beloved Coonhound, Maddie. From mailboxes and tree stumps to tractors and fences, it seems Maddie will climb anything if only it means making her owner happy. (And of course, let’s not forget the treats.) Whether it’s an old satellite dish, a rusted gas pump, or an oversize green dinosaur, Maddie’s graceful nature and rare patience make her the ideal subject in this unique photo series that’s equal parts old-fashioned American travelogue and quirky coffee-table tome. Meet Maddie and her master when the pair makes a pit stop at Skylight Books as part of the Maddie Book Tour. — Tanja M. Laden

Thursday, September 5


DANCE: Music by Glass — Dance by Diavolo
American composer Philip Glass cuts to the essence of music with his advanced approach to structure and theory, transcending restrictive labels like folk and pop. Similarly, each of Diavolo’s athletic, empathic dancers reacts, resists, and fuses with his or her environment; a set-inspired improvisational dance exercise becomes an orchestrated collaboration of athletes, gymnasts, actors, and stunt artists in a company founded by artistic director and renowned choreographer Jacques Heim. Set to Glass’s Symphony No. 3 and created exclusively for the Hollywood Bowl, Fluid Entities is a unique marriage of two American avant-garde institutions with music by Glass and Dance by Diavolo. — Tanja M. Laden

FESTIVAL: Bhakti Fest

ART: Ghettogloss presents Broad Brush: New Works by Van Arno

Friday, September 6


FESTIVAL: Trekking LA
Developed in order to support cultural programs and advance local economies, Trekking LA focuses on international street food traditions across the vast patchwork of LA’s diverse, historical, and largely isolated enclaves. The series examines the traditional foods of urban street vendors from around the world, experienced through the microcosms of global culture found within LA’s rich tapestry of neighborhoods. Offering more than authentic food and a brisk walk, Trekking LA partners with local gems to present evenings of food, music, and conversation with some of the people that truly make LA the international city it is. — Shana Nys Dambrot

ART: Collective Typing of The Grapes of Wrath

Saturday, September 7


FOOD/WINE: Pop-Up: Roy Choi & NYC’s Meatball Shop
Roy Choi collaborates with a pair of his old friends, Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow of New York City’s Meatball Shop, for a night at Choi’s Venice resto, Sunny Spot. Expect signature dishes from Meatball Shop’s popular menu along with a meatball Choi created especially for the evening. Also, Vans sneakers have designed a limited-edition shoe that guests can win between bites of all the delicious meatballs, salads, and sides. — Karin E. Baker

ART: The Hounds of Love

Sunday, September 8

ART: Offramp Gallery Fifth Anniversary Showcase