Destroy Boys Embark on Sad Summer Festival Tour

Off the heels of the band’s latest single “Drink” in June, Sacramento-native punk band Destroy Boys are setting of the Sad Summer Festival tour Aug. 6 beginning in their hometown. Check out the single “Drink” below, considered to be an exploration of addiction and comfort.

Destroy Boys are a three-piece band founded by Violet Mayugba (guitar/vocals) and Alexia Roditis (vocals/guitar). Rounded out by drummer Narsai Malik they have been redefining West Coast punk, making waves from the California shoreline to the UK. In addition to having racked up over 60 million streams, their music can be heard in “Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2” game, and Tik Tok has embraced them to the tune of 20 thousand user-made videos and over 3.5 million views. 

Destroy Boys will be heading down to Anaheim on Aug. 7 at City National Grove Tour. Violet spoke to Enter the Venture about the upcoming show:

ETV: What did you miss most from not being able to perform or watch live shows for more than a year?

Violet: I definitely miss the energy from the crowd the most. Being able to look out and see the crowd’s faces with everyone dancing is so special.

ETV: What do you look forward to most about the Sad Summer Festival?

Violet: Meeting new people and playing with bands we’ve never played with before!

ETV: What do you enjoy most about performing Southern California shows?

Violet: SoCal has a special energy since there are so many different areas. No matter where you’re playing, you always get a great crowd!

The band have been outspoken advocates for a myriad of social justice issues, especially when it comes to racial equality, LGBTQA+ rights and inclusion for all, which is prevalent in their music, their actions, and how they use their platform.  Simply being two-thirds female and fronted by a queer woman is uncommon in a scene traditionally dominated by straight men.

Stay connected to Destroy Boys on their website, Instagram, and Facebook.

The Art of Behind the Scenes – Local Event

Los Angeles art gallery KP Projects, which specializes in contemporary and street art, will be hosting a photo exhibit called “The Art of Behind the Scenes” presented by Finch & Partners in association with Jaeger-LeCoultre that will celebrate the most overlooked photographers and moments in entertainment history. The showcase will run from Feb. 11 through Feb. 26 with a VIP cocktail reception taking place on Feb. 21.

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Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman on a specially constructed set during the filming of “The Graduate.” Paramount Studios, Hollywood, 1967. Bob Willoughby.

The rare black and white prints to be displayed will show off spontaneous snapshots captured during the making of the greatest films of the 21st century, from Quentin Tarantino dancing behind camera with Uma Thurman to John Travolta on the set of “Pulp Fiction.” In addition to displaying moments that have never been seen until now, the show also aims to showcase the skills of the photographer whose talents have often been overlooked and uncelebrated.

“The Art of Behind the Scenes” premiered at the 2015 Cannes Festival and after its success was expanded and brought back the following year in 2016 where it traveled to the New York Film Festival with the show’s partners Jaeger-LeCoultre. This year’s display is the first time it is open to the general public and the first time shown in Hollywood.

KP Projects art gallery is located at 170 S. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036. For more information on the exhibit and upcoming galleries, visit http://kpprojects.net and follow them on Facebook.

After It Happened – Arts + Entertainment

Invertigo Dance Theatre is putting together a two-act performance titled “After It Happened” that tells the story of a community rebuilding in the aftermath of a natural disaster. The show takes place on Sept. 30 at Ford Theatres and at New Vic Santa Barbara on Oct. 22 and Oct. 23. To buy tickets, click here.

Souheil Michael Khoury Invertigo

The show was originally inspired when Laura Karlin, Artistic Director of Invertigo Dance Theatre, saw a photography exhibit by photojournalist Emilio Morenatti in Barcelona featuring the people of Haiti recovering a year after the devastating earthquake hit in 2010. The show took cues from the imagery of a rebuilding population and incorporated them into a dance performance that exhibits Invertigo’s signature and stunning athletic physicality. From that initial idea, the show has evolved in a story that is accessible to everyone who can relate to the universal themes such as loss, recovery, transformation and hope.

“In a world now with a shifting climate and natural environments, I think it’s really important to tell a story about recovery and our capacity to do so with humor and grace and sacrifice, and what it means to live through those kinds of situations,” Karlin said.

“After It Happened” will contain beautiful dancing featuring seven dancers and two musicians, with one dancer who switches between playing cello and dancing when necessary. In turn, the musicians will perform an original score by Los Angeles-based composers Toby Karlin and Diana Lynn Wallace and will get involved in some of the action as well.

“Everyone does vocals at a couple of points, so everybody in this show does a bit of everything,” said Karlin. “There’s definite crossover and in some ways we kind of feel like that happens in the aftermath of a natural disaster because when you’re in that kind of situation, everybody does everything and you have to be able to step across from what you think are your limitations.”

The performance is intended to capture the human capacity to create light, song, and re-growth when foundations and structure are swept away.  While the dancers and musicians journey through some dark places, the storytelling is balanced out by the funny and wildly inappropriate moments encountered in times of transition.

“I think the most challenging thing for me is always getting the volume of ideas I have in my head out and into the space with the dancers and then editing,” Karlin said. “So going from whirlwind of ideas in my brain to actually a piece of theatre that will bring the audience in and take them through this dreamy series of theatrical events is something that I really work hard to make happen. I’m really lucky that I have dancers that are capable of bringing virtuosic movement to the stage and I have musicians that can create unique worlds.”

“After It Happened” was named “Top 10 Dance Event 2014” by LA Weekly and “Top 10 Theatre 2014” by Bitter Lemons and this year’s rendition is looking better than ever. The attention to detail is something the company is becoming known for. Invertigo was recently awarded a Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program grant, and Dance Spirit Magazine named it one of the “top six trend-setting companies to watch in LA.”

In addition to performing shows for the public, Invertigo has a strong sense of community engagement that is interwoven in the fabric of the company, empowering everyone who is involved through the creative process. Leading up to its Sept. 30 production, the company explored arts role in the recovery process through a number of community events including two at the Gronk Exhibit at the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum: one in which the community helped to build a set for “After It Happened” using repurposed materials around the theme “what would you take if you could only carry one box out of your house?”, and one in which the public created a public dance installation within the exhibit.

In partnership with the Refugee Forum of Los Angeles and the United Nations Refugee Agency, the dancers presented a preview of “After It Happened” and incorporated a community choreography section involving all attendees at the West Hollywood World Refugee event in honor of the United Nations’ World Refugee Day.

In addition to its performances Invertigo dances with people ages 2 to 92.  This past month Invertigo opened its sixth class location for its “Dancing Through Parkinson’s” program. Weekly classes happen in Venice (Mondays), Beverly Hills (Tuesdays), Tarzana (Tuesdays), and Culver City (Thursdays), and monthly classes happen in Boyle Heights and Torrance.

Be sure to catch Invertigo Dance Theatre’s performance of “After It Happened” at Sept. 30 at Ford Theatres at 8:30 p.m. and at New Vic Santa Barbara on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. To buy tickets, click here.

Orgy @ Whisky A Go Go 1/29

Orgy took elements from the rising nu metal scene of the late 90s and dunked it into a vat of electronic undertones to create a truly unique, industrial metal sound that continues to sludge to this day. Having established themselves as one of the premier pioneers of death pop, they’re back from hiatus and ready to remind everyone why they were so beloved in the first place. Dabbling in glam rock was a much needed crystallized counter-culture to the macho-abrasive sensibility at the time, and through blazing synthesizers, pounding rhythms and liquid metal vocals, they were able to fit in with contemporaries despite their natural ability to stand out. The band’s unmistakable mind-altering guitars fused with digitized beats got the fans interested in them while the visually appealing, hallucinogenic live shows kept them coming back for more. Orgy truly shines on the stage, and there’s no doubt violet rays will be coming down in Hollywood this Friday.