LA happenings in the months of December and January

Lissie comes back rocking at the Box

Lissie, a folk rock artist from Illinois, will perform at the Music Box at the Fonda in Los Angeles on Jan. 15. After debuting her first EP, “Why You Runnin’” about a year ago, Lissie has quickly risen to prominence. Before this release, Lissie began her career by opening for musicians who performed nearby when she attended Colorado State University.
After being noticed by the performing world, she opened for Lenny Kravitz in 2008 and caught the attention of the recording industry soon after. She released her first full album, Catching a Tiger in June 2010. Fans hope that she will perform her newest hits as well as her celebrated cover of Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness,” at her 7 pm Los Angeles show.


Black Swan fulfills all expectations

The long-awaited psychological thriller Black Swan is now playing in movie theaters across the country. The film stars the adored actress Natalie Portman as well as the lesser known  That 70’s Show alumna Mila Kunis.
The renowned director of the film, Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream) is known for engulfing his audiences in delusions and paranoia. His work in Black Swan is no exception.
He tells the tale of a ballerina in the New York City Ballet whose competitive ambition is to dance the role of the Black Swan in Swan Lake. This passion sends her down a dark and reckless path. Its reviewers have confirmed the excitement behind the release of this film.


Next to Normal comes to Ahmanson

The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal is now playing at the Ahmanson Theatre through Jan. 2.
Written by former Columbia students, the celebrated rock musical tells the story of a mother who struggles with bipolar disorder and how her illness affects her family.
The musical also juggles many other concepts and issues such as grieving, suburban life, suicide, drug abuse, and the ethical code of modern psychiatry.
This show has been praised for its innovative and impressive revival of the musical. Viewers are said to experience every emotion, while being captivated all the while. Tickets to see this rare theatrical experience range from $35 to $100.


Folk sensation Iron and Wine to perform at LA’s Wiltern

The legendary singer-songwriter known as Iron and Wine will perform on January 26 at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. After rising to fame with the help of cover songs, such as his famous rendition of “Such Great Heights” in 2002, the man behind Iron and Wine, Samuel Beam, gained a following. His music, compared to Simon and Garfunkel and Nick Drake, is performed mostly with banjo and acoustic and slide guitar.  His newest album, Kiss Each Other Clean, will be released in January and promoted by the new tour. Opening for Iron and Wine is indie-folk band Low Anthem from Providence, Rhode Island.  Sought-after tickets to this show are about $40.