Friday, August 10, 2012

The City Prolific: Weekend Events August 10 - 12

Raphael Saadiq took the stage at KCRW's Who Shot Rock Summer Series last Saturday night. It was an evening spent drinking wine in the plaza behind CAA, people-watching the very KCRWesque crowd, and strolling the incredible Who Shot Rock and Roll exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography.  Then, Mr. Saadiq took the stage, and blew everyone away. He was really something.


H+ The Digital Series Screening at USC School of Cinematic Arts

One of my dear friends, and master acting coach, Marjo-Riikka Makela appears in this Bryan Singer-produced apocalyptic web series.  USC offers a free screening open to the public, followed by a Q&A with Stewart Hendler, Jason Taylor and John Cabrera.

H+: The Digital Series takes viewers on a journey into an apocalyptic future where technology has begun to spiral out of control.... a future where 33% of the world’s population has retired its cell phones and laptops in favor of a stunning new device – an implanted computer system called H+. This tiny tool allows the user's own mind and nervous system to be connected to the Internet 24 hours a day.

But something else is coming... something dark and vicious... and within seconds, billions of people will be dead... opening the door to radical changes in the political and social landscape of the planet -- prompting survivors to make sense of what went wrong.

7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre
SCA 108, 900 W. 34th Street
Los Angeles, CA

Levitt Pavilion LA presents Bomba Estereo

Bring a picnic to MacArthur Park and watch Colombian quintent Bomba Estéreo draw upon traditional styles of music like cumbia and champeta, with hip-hop grooves and thumping electronics.  The group describes their sound as "electro tropical."  Isn't that what we all want our summer to be?


Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park
2230 W. Sixth St.
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Grand Performances presents Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu

This dynamic hula dance company brought down the house back in 2005 with their trademark thunderous, hip-shaking, theatrical take on Hawai’ian dance.  Here's your chance to be a part of the hoopla.  Bring a picnic and watch Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu weave modern musical forms like opera, electronica, and pop into the lilting visual vocabulary of Hawaii’s traditional dance.


California Plaza
300-350 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

LACMA presents "Puss in Boots"

Screened in the ampitheatre behind LACMA, you may as well turn this into a reason to see some art, and then lounge in one of LA's most beautiful parks.  The films in this series are all family-friendly, but Puss in Boots isn't just for kids.  It's also just a really good movie.

Free. No reservations.

Films start at sundown (between 8 and 8:30 pm).

Dorothy Collins Brown Amphitheater behind LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA


Cinespia Presents: The Terminator

If you haven't seen it in a while, you might expect it's pretty kitschy. But it's actually pretty good.  (Can you believe this guy was our Governor?) DJ Cut Chemist spins before and after the screening.

$10 donation tickets available at gate
gates 7:00 pm / movie 8:30 pm
reservation tickets available now:

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles

bring blankets, drinks and picnic dinner for this screening below the stars. as a courtesy to other moviegoers: no tall chairs!!

Eat | See | Hear Presents "Friday"

Oh, how I love Ice Cube. You know, there are rumors that another sequel to Friday is in the works. So, see the original first, and then see "Next Friday", and then wait.  Be sure not to miss the performance by ALEX MAC. Food Trucks include The Bun Truck, India Jones, Slap Yo Mama, Tainamite and Mustache Mike’s.


Doors at 5:30, Music at 7 and the film at 8:30.

Hollywood Recreation Center
1122 Cole Avenue
Los Angeles, 90038


A day of rest, apparently. Am I wrong? Have I missed something? Submit your event here.

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What is my criteria for events I post, you might ask.  The answer is a) FUN and b) CHEAP.  That is, I primarily post events that are $10 or less, or otherwise offer a good bang for your buck.  I live life on a budget, yet I firmly believe that I have no less fun than the highfalutin big-wig next door.  The only other criteria I employ in selecting an event is whether or not it personally appeals to me.  So, yes, this list is selective and subjective, but attend any or all of the events I post, and you're guaranteed to have a great weekend.

One other tidbit regarding summer events, is that recently I've only been posting outdoor events. When the weather changes, and evening sunlight begins to fade, I'll probably start posting some indoor events again.

Have an event of your own that you'd like to submit? Email me details here.

1 comment:

zerry ht said...

Elated to know about this information on different weekend events. Last month, my friend arranged his company’s get together party and invited me to it too. It was arranged at one of iconic corporate events Chicago and was truly awesome.