Spring into Fall: Knitting Factory News Vol. 1 Issue XVI

Knitting Factory News

Welcome to Knitting Factory News, our intermittent (let’s say, twice monthly or fortnightly) bulletin of highlights from inside and outside the Knitting Factory universe. It’s an opinionated guide to featured artists at our California venues, KFE-managed artists on tour, giveaways, ephemera, and…well, things we like, no matter where they came from.

Featured Music Video

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Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Prima Donna are infamous on the LA rock scene. Pure Volume explains, “Their blend of new wave-meets-straightforward indie rock has made them one of the more popular bands in the city.”

Prima Donna’s new music video “Deathless” just premiered on Pure Volume and also received a writeup on Blurt. The song is about betrayal and singer Kevin Preston explains, “The video is cold and dark, just like the song. Arthur—the director—totally captured the vibe.” Check it out for yourself HERE.

Featured Shows

There are a number of exciting live shows happening in California over the next few weeks, including the Long Beach Folk Revival, KABOO Festival and Hi-Fi Rockfest!

Saturday, September 19
Deer Tick – Long Beach Folk Revival– Long Beach, CA
The Nervous Wreckords – KABOO Festival Del Mar – San Diego, CA

Saturday, September 26
The Two Tens– Hi-Fi Rockfest – Long Beach, CA

Sunday, September 27
The Two Tens – The Casbah – San Diego, CA

Saturday, October 3
The Two Tens – Maui Sugar Mill Saloon – Tarzana, CA

Sunday, October 4
Radio Moscow – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA

Tuesday, October 6
Torres – Humphrey’s Concerts– San Diego, CA

Federal Bars

The Knitting Factory’s two Southern California gastropubs—the Federal Bars in North Hollywood and Long Beach—feature a range of resident and one-off shows.


On Sunday, September 20, The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles’ longest running spoken word series, hosts the book launch of My Pulse Is An Earthquake by Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize winner Kristin FitzPatrick, in cooperation with University of West Virginia Press, at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood. The performance stars spoken word artist Sally Shore, with guest cast Jesse Aran Holcomb (Studio City, Its You Not Me), Alison Minami (The Moth) and Allison Walter (Hotel: Secrets and Lies), with musical guest Lucy Peru. For more information, visit www.newshortfictionseries.com.


In Long Beach, don’t miss alternative folk duo HoneyHoney next Saturday, September 26. Lead singer/banjo player/violinist Suzanne Santo and vocalist/guitarist Ben Jaffe met at a costume party then signed a record deal a year later, twisting their gritty, harmony-driven brand of Southern-flavored rock & roll through tales of lost souls, broken boys and girls with gold in their spit. Just two months ago, the duo released their third full-length release titled ‘3.’ Paste Magazine describes HoneyHoney’s style as “display[ing] the common pop thread between alt.country, spaghetti western soundtracks and swampy blues.”

Bow & Truss 

Knitting Factory’s Latin-inspired restaurant Bow & Truss hosts a number of exciting events, including Dine In Movie Night!

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Drive Time

Feast your eyes on the final episode of Knitting Factory’s weekly web series Drive Time, featuring renowned music producer Sean Beavan.

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Drive Time is hosted by Juliette Beavan, the front woman of the critically acclaimed trip-hop rock band 8mm, whose music has been licensed on films and shows such as Pretty Little Liars, Grey’s Anatomy, Underworld: Awakening, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Each six to eight-minute episode follows Juliette driving bands around Austin during SXSW, which inevitably brings out their devil-may-care, on-the-road personalities.

FREE Movies! VIP Screening Series for Korean Film in Focus includes Sci-Fi cult film SNOWPIERCER 


Next week, The Korean Film Council will present a remarkable free screening series of noteworthy Korean films on Wednesday, September 23 and Friday, September 25.

These screenings of four films over two nights are designed as a celebration of the induction of four Korean film artists into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS). The new AMPAS members are directors BONG Joon-ho and IM Kwon-taek and actors SONG Kang-ho and CHOI Min-sik, while the films are Snowpiercer, directed by BONG Joon-ho and starring SONG Kang-ho; Revivre (Cremation) directed by IM Kwon-taek; Nameless Gangster, starring CHOI Min-sik, and The Face Reader, also starring Song. The screenings will be held at the Laemmle Music Hall(“We’re not afraid of subtitles”) in Beverly Hills and each evening’s program will be hosted by filmmaker, critic and former Edinburgh International Film Festival Artistic Director, Shane Danielsen.


The screenings are as follows:

Wednesday September 23; 7:30PM – REVIVRE (Cremation) by IM Kwon‑taek

Wednesday, September 23; 10:00PM – THE FACE READER, by HAN Jae-­rim starring SONG Kang‑ho

Friday,September 25; 5:00PM – NAMELESS GANGSTER: RULES OF THE TIME by YUNG Jong Bin, starring CHOI Min‑sik

Friday, September 25; 10:00PM – SNOWPIERCER by BONG Joon-­ho, starring SONG Kang-­ho

Seating is limited; To reserve your FREE spot at any of the screenings, RSVP HERE.

Giveaway: World Premiere Red Carpet Screening of Martha Davis and The Motels Concert Film September 21 at the Regent DTLA

This week, we’re giving out five pairs of tickets to the world premiere screening of the long-awaited Martha Davis and the Motels’ concert film: THE MOTELS LIVE AT THE WHISKY A GO-GO 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL.

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Following a banner year in which Martha Davis and The Motels have played their most shows since 1985, Vesuvio Entertainment is releasing THE MOTELS LIVE AT THE WHISKY A GO-GO-50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, a lush and tuneful concert film of this iconic artist’s landmark performance at the historic Whisky A Go-Go’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. While The Bangles, Robbie Krieger and many others had shows marking this Sunset Strip institution’s 50th birthday, only Martha Davis and the Motels captured their show for posterity, marking their first ever hi def, 5.1 audio state of the art concert film. Double Emmy® winning cinematographer Roy H. Wagner (NBC’s Elementary; Wes Craven’s NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3) photographed the concert film, with choreographer/director Denise Faye (BURLESQUE) in her directorial debut. Ms. Faye is currently directing Cher’s global “Dressed to Kill” Tour. Golden Globe® nominee Rosanna Arquette and Grammy® nominee Linda Perry both appear in the film introducing Martha and the band.

On September 21, the film will have a gala red-carpet premiere and screening at the Regent Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Doors open at 8:00PM and the screening starts at 8:30PM, after red carpet arrivals, and a drinks reception follows the screening. Martha Davis and other special guests will attend.

The first five people to email Sabrina@platformgrp.com by Monday, September 21 at Noon will win a pair of tickets!


That’s it for this week. We’re writing you because you’ve expressed interest in Knitting factory shows, artists or productions. Like us? Want us to consider covering your artists or shows? Please tell us, your humble writer/editors: Henry Eshelman heshelman@platformgrp.com, Sabrina Zeile sabrina@platformgrp.com and Saeli Eshelman saeli@platformgrp.com; we can take it from there.

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