Friday, July 13, 2012

The City Prolific: Weekend Events July 13 - 15

Last night, the husband and I went to an LA Philharmonic concert at the Hollywood Bowl. (Important summer secret: Bowl tickets for the classical or more obscure events are as inexpensive as $1 if purchased well in advance.) We brought a nice picnic, a bottle of wine, and got wet, very wet, in the heavy rain.  It was a lovely evening.

Too many events to choose from this weekend, and most of them open-air. LA is so great.


Venice Beach Biennial

The Venice Beach Biennial (VBB), a weekend event that makes tongue-in-cheek reference to the “real” Venice Biennale in Italy, will treat the famed Venice Beach boardwalk, Ocean Front Walk, as an outdoor exhibition venue. Over the course of the weekend over 50 fine artists will set up vending stands alongside veteran boardwalk artists, exhibiting new bodies of work, collaborating with the veterans on new projects, displaying site-specific sculptures or installations, and presenting live performances. Directed by Hammer curator Ali Subotnick.

VBB takes artists accustomed to showing in galleries and museums out of their comfort zone, and encourages them to consider their work in a new context. The veteran boardwalk artists will play an active role in this weekend event, and all artists will be working under the same conditions and regulations. Artists may also collaborate with shop owners and restaurateurs to present site-specific projects, interventions, murals, and wall projects. This exhibition will instigate new connections and dialogue between disparate artistic communities and audiences that could potentially sustain itself and deepen over time. Projects will be presented on the boardwalk proper as well as in the Recreation and Parks area near Windward Plaza (adjacent to Muscle Beach and the Graffiti Wall).


Friday, July 13

Saturday, July 14

Sunday, July 15

Ocean Front Walk
Venice, CA

Unique LA's Summer Show

This 2nd annual show features great local homegrown vendors selling unique wares from loads of new, amazing participants for you to shop from as well as your old favorites. There will free drinks for you to enjoy while you browse the great local designers and artists, including a Hendrick’s Gin cocktail inspired by 50 Shades of Grey!  The new Toyota Retreat area filled with fun, totally free, interactive activities such as live screen-printing, hair braiding, DIY projects, massages and more. Also the curated Truck Stop, an outdoor picnic area filled with LA’s best food trucks!

$10 at the door, or buy online to also get a free ticket to the OC Fair.
Kids 12 and under are free.
10% of all ticket sales go to the local non-profit organization GreenWish.

Saturday & Sunday, 11am–6pm

The Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Avenue, Suite 203
Santa Monica 90405-6101


It's Freaky Friday, as evidenced by today's weather. The East Coast and West Coast have merged, bringing us high temps, humidity, and murky skies.

American Cinemateque presents a Coen Brother's Double Feature

THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE, 2001, Focus Features, 116 min.
Joel and Ethan Coen’s haunting tale of passion, crime and punishment, all presented in glorious black-and-white. Billy Bob Thornton stars as Ed Crane, a barber in a small Northern California town in 1949 who is dissatisfied with his life – until his wife’s (Frances McDormand) infidelity presents Ed with an opportunity for blackmail that he thinks will help him to change it. However, Ed’s scheme soon unravels and lays bare even darker secrets before leading to murder.

A SIMPLE PLAN, 1998, Paramount, 121 min.
Dir. Sam Raimi. Brothers Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton think they’ve found the answer to all their problems when they come across a downed plane containing a bag full of money, but their windfall soon leads them down a moral and emotional spiral of lies, betrayal and murder. Sam Raimi combines icy chills with powerful family melodrama in this terrific adaptation of Scott Smith’s acclaimed novel. Bridget Fonda and Gary Cole costar.

Actor Billy Bob Thornton will sign copies of his book The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts at 6:15 PM in the Egyptian lobby and introduce the screening.


Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles 90028

Dance Downtown: Cumbia

Active Arts® at The Music Center invites you to celebrate the sheer joy of dancing at these evenings that bring together live bands, DJs. Learn different dance styles and join in on Downtown’s only open air dance floor. No experience necessary.


Music Center Performing Arts Center
135 N Grand Avenue
Los Angeles 90012

Mexico: Unexpected at Grand Performances

Guadalajara’s Pajar De Nube is scheduled to perform as the sole presenter at the Mexico Unexpected two-night event. This program showcases a dance company that, by fusing international art forms with Mexican influences, exemplify our Southern neighbor’s vibrant contemporary performing arts scene. Guadalajara-based Pájaro de Nube explores the experimental language of music and dance, capturing the surreal by juxtaposing the measured movements of Japanese Butoh with live soundscapes.


Grand Performances
350 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles 90071


Saturdays off the 405 at the Getty

Enjoy outdoor music and evening views of the city and drink in the refreshing summer exhibitions in a casual and spontaneous atmosphere. The evenings feature performances by your soon-to-be favorite bands, along with DJ sets to open and close the night.

Janka Nabay is the undisputed king of bubu, a style of dance music that is characterized by a frantic pace and has centuries-old religious origins in Sierra Leone. The Bubu Gang, featuring members of the Skeletons and Gang Gang Dance, among others, is a posse of musical collaborators Nabay has hooked up with in the US. The Gang creates a wild, high-octane juggernaut of call-and-response vocal interplay, juddering dance-floor rhythms, synths, and guitars. The New York Times writes: “There was also an African apparition: Janka Nabay from Sierra Leone, wearing a straw skirt and singing and dancing to recorded tracks of what he said was a 500-year-old tradition called bubu music. The tracks were modern, and the beat, fast and skeletal and driven by bell taps, was unstoppable, demanding wider dissemination.”


Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Dr
Los Angeles 90049

Street Food Cinema presents "The Lost Boys"

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of “The Lost Boys” at this screening with an appearance by Corey Feldman and his band Truth Movement.  Enjoy dinner and a movie at the Street Food Cinema kick screening of this cult hit.


Exposition Park
700 Exposition Park Drive @ South Figueroa St
Los Angeles

Cinespia Cemetery Screening: Hairspray

Catch this John Waters 1988 classic starring Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono and Devine.  DJ Chris Holmes spins before and after the movie.

Gates open at 7pm, Movie at 8:30pm

Hollywood Forever Cemetary
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles

Spaceland Presents at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park: Allah Las

Spaceland at LevittLA bring you the best in electrified folk and traditional surf with Allah Las and Sonny and the Sunsets.

"The Allah Las are one of my favorite bands of their kind. I have known these guys since the beginning and have seen them grow into a serious band. With songs like "Catamaran" and "Did She Smile", they keep the ladies dancing and the dudes happy." --LA Record

Sonny & the Sunsets’ busted beach-pop songs spark recollections of doo wop’s otherworldly despair, the kitchen sink savoir faire of The Raincoats, a dose of goofball humor from the Michael Hurley school, and positive possibilities exuded by Jonathan Richman, with and without The Modern Lovers.

7:00 pm

MacArthur Park
2230 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, California, 90057

2012 Bastille Day Festival 

Bastille Day is the French national holiday that celebrates independence and freedom and commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789. There are French gastronomic delicacies and live entertainment. Come join in the fun and experience what tens of thousands of people have been enjoying for the past decade, making this annual celebration one of the most well-attended community festivals in Los Angeles.

Entertainment includes:
*A real Pétanque Tournament under the pine trees
*A Parisian Waiters’ Race
*Street performers
*Comedians, singers, artists
*A Fabulous Raffle
*A Unique French Arts and Crafts Fair
*French food, wines and gastronomic delights


Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
4100 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles 90056

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