Just so the directions ARE VERY CLEAR… we will be on the Malibu beach north of the pier. We *SHOULD* be the only people HANGING OUT WITH A GIANT FINDING NEMO PIÑATA.
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Tonight is our first grunion run!!!! Woo hooo!!!! Remember if you don’t have time to get a fishing license today you can’t bring the critters home… but a lot of people prefer catch and releasing anyhow.
It’s just a lovely night to hang out on a beach together! Sooo, we’re using mythical fish as an excuse… :)
It’s just a lovely night to hang out on a beach together! Sooo, we’re using mythical fish as an excuse… :)
Okay… so for everything you need to know about grunion runs… just check out the information from the Department of Fish & Game after the jump…
Please note, no dogs are allowed on the Malibu beach. We’re as sad about that as you are. (more…)
Submission deadline: NOON ON FRIDAY, JUNE 11TH, 2010
Some of you may recall our article on Fred Rated commercials a while back. Well kids, on June 15th Fred Rated himself (Shadoe Stevens) along with the entire production team of those crazy ad spots will be hanging out with us and Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater! AND WE’VE GOT TWO PAIRS OF TICKETS TO THE 11PM SHOW TO GIVE AWAY!
Are you creative with video? Are you a giant ham with a penchant for electronic appliances? Well, just send us a file or youtube link of your best attempt to create YOUR VERY OWN version of a Fred Rated commercial! We will pick the two best. Not only will the winners get free tickets to the show, but we might just air your spot at the show and on our Facebook page! You’ll be a STAR, baby!!!! (more…)
We’ve not been posting much lately outside of Facebook, but that’s because we’ve been working on some great stuff for the summer. Here’s just a sample… tickets are now officially available for our first Passport to Mexico ¡Margaritas and Mexican Wrestling Night!
The event will be on Sunday, May 30th from 7-10pm and the $27 ticket price include a few drinks, appetizers, and chunky Mexican guys in spandex costumes. What more could you want on a Sunday night, I ask? Nada, you answer!!! :)
Note: Since this is the first time we’ve done this event we are currently limiting the available tickets to 30. We might open up more slots closer to the date, if possible. We would like to do these kinds of events regularly in the future and just want to make sure we’re always planning each one to run as smoothly and enjoyably as possible for everyone.
Dying is easy. Comedy is difficult. ~ Edmund Gwenn
WHAT: The 9th installment of Comedy is Dead in the historic Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, presented by Duncan Trussell and Hollywood Forever.
WHY: Because hysterically laughing our way to the cemetery is what life’s all about, people! DUH!!!
WHEN: Thursday, January 28th, 2010, Doors open at 8pm – Comedians go on at 9pm sharp
WHERE: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood (323) 469-1181
PRICE: Admission is $15 and drinks (beer and wine) are $5. PARKING IS FREE. For more information visit www.comedyisdead.info or send an email to email@example.com or call (310) 909-7965. Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets.
DETAILS: Comedy line-up includes:
Doug Benson (Super High Me, Best Week Ever), Dana Gould (The Simpsons, HBO), Chris Hardwick (Attack Of The Show, Halloween 2), Guy Branum (Chelsea Lately), Nick Kroll (The League, Worst Week), Natasha Leggero (Chelsea Lately, Reno 911), Duncan Trussell (Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO’s Funny Or Die)
WHAT: A very special Fast Times at Ridgemont High-themed night featuring totally rad special guests and performers.
WHEN: October 21, 2009, 8:45-11:55pm
WHERE: Cafe Cordiale , 14015 Ventura Blvd
PRICE: No cover, but reservations highly recommended (call 818 789-1985), as it may sell out. Dinner served till 10:30pm. And no, they don’t serve pizza. Sorry.
DETAILS: All ages. Free parking. Hosted by Donovan Lyman. Guest lineup includes, but is not limited to:
- 9pm - Taylor Negron (who played the pizza delivery guy in the film) with Logan Heftel
- 9:40pm – Poppa’s KitchenBob Romanus who played Damone in the film)
- 10:20 – Comedian Barry Sobel w/ Zachariah Selwyn
- Also on the bill is Jody Whitesides & Adora Vida performing music from the film.
And don’t forget… no shirt, no shoes, no dice.
(Shag as in the iconic illustrator, not as in this… or this… or this.)
What: The first-ever Shag Swapmeet – art, merchandise and ephemera spanning the illustrator’s entire career
When: Saturday, September 12, Noon
Where: Billy Shire Fine Arts, 5790 Washington Blvd., Culver City (323) 279-0600
Details: “Collectors and connoisseurs of illustrator Shag will have a chance purchase a cache of art, merchandise and ephemera spanning his entire career at the first ever Shag Swapmeet. (Some examples here.) Several important original works will be available for sale ranging from the bamboo-framed “The Perils of Trying Too Hard,” from 1998 to his signature triptych, “Departure Idlewild, Stopover Borneo, Arrival Ape City.” Numerous long out-of-print serigraphs, many dating pre-2004 will also be available for sale alongside a limited number of poly-bagged “Paintings by Shag” from the 2006 “Conspicuous Consumption” exhibition. The Shag Swapmeet will also feature signed casino chips, shot glasses, a very limited edition charm bracelet, bar stools, tiki decanters, mugs, toys, exclusive Disneyland Tiki Room purses, signed prints, discounted books, “Shag With a Twist” merchandise and ephemera and much more Shag Swag.”
For a full preview of the objects and advance purchasing options, contact the gallery.
When: Tonight (8/29), 8-11pm
420 North Fairfax
“In the late 1940’s, Herman Leonard’s passion for jazz brought him to the swinging clubs of Broadway, 52nd Street and Harlem. With the camera as his free ticket, he photographed and developed friendships with some of the greats of jazz history including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and many more.
A year’s apprenticeship with Yasuf Karsh provided invaluable experience photographing the likes of Albert Einstein, Harry S. Truman and Clark Gable. In 1956 Leonard was chosen to be Marlon Brando’s personal photographer for an extensive research trip to the Far East. In the late 1950’s Leonard headed for Paris where he worked in fashion and advertising and served as the European photographer for Playboy Magazine.
What: An all-night summer camp movie marathon! Click on the image at left for more details on the film line-up!
Where: Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater, 611 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036, 323-655-2510
When: This Saturday, August 29, starting at 8pm
Price: $12.00 admission, FREEEEEE breakfast to those who survive!
Details: Two kegs of Pabst Blue Ribbon, s’mores and DJs out on the back patio, and the aforementioned free breakfast. No word on whether or not people will be dared to eat live goldfish, but attendees should beware of falling asleep mid-film and waking up on the roof with their hand in a bowl of warm water.
I can’t believe I only *just* read about the passing of Budd Schulberg. I don’t know how I missed it.
While most people might first recognize him for penning incredible scripts such as On The Waterfront, his 1941 novel What Makes Sammy Run is easily one of the most controversial and dead-on observations of the ruthlessness of Hollywood. Written as a scandalous exposé, the reprehensible, self-obsessed behavior of Sammy Glick (a composite of various real people Schulberg knew) was brought into the light as something one should never aspire to, but instead he became the poster boy for a certain breed of man. I discovered the book in a thrift store when I first moved to South Pasadena in the late 80s, and was instantly mesmerized. I remember excitedly driving my Ford Escort over Suicide Bridge a few hours after reading about it, it was one of the first times in my life that reality actually mingled with the literature on my nightstand. Little did I know how many real-life Sammy Glicks I would meet down the road.
When it comes to online event listings, there is no better guide to cool happenings in Los Angeles than Kristin’s List. Not even us! Kristin has an incredible knack for weeding out the very best there is to do in this booming megalopolis of ours and presents it beautifully on a weekly basis. So bookmark her site if you haven’t already.
“Kristin’s List is a project by Kristin Bedford that explores LA’s cultural landscape. As a psychogeographer, artist and lover of the local, Kristin seeks out authentic ways to engage with the city. Born from her curiosity and affinity for list making, Kristin’s List is a resource for fellow explorers looking to experience a creative and original LA.”
Richard Neutra (1892-1970) was a pioneer of 20th century architecture whose geometric, airy structures helped to instill West Coast modernism across the landscape of Los Angeles. This exhibit at the Main Library downtown features 140 rare drawings spanning most of Neutra’s career.
“Nearly 50 years ago, architect Richard Neutra donated a collection of his drawings and sketches to UCLA. They included illustrations of famous projects he had worked on as well as those he had hoped to begin but could never get off the ground.
But the collection was notable because it also included drawings that have nothing to do with architecture: self-portraits, sketches of family members and landscapes that he created while vacationing in Europe and the U.S.
The drawings are stored in the university’ special collections and, for the most part, they have remained out of public view. Now, a new exhibition at the Central Library in downtown L.A. is offering a glimpse into this little-seen facet of Neutra’s output.” (SOURCE)
If you are more interested in checking out his architecture up close, you can take yourself on a tour of Neutra’s buildings around L.A. His former office in Silver Lake still stands as a registered historic place.
ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938–1950
Where: The Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. (310) 440-4500
What: Rare Superman Films
When: Sat., July 18, 2pm
Price: $6 Gen, $5 Members/Students
Details: “Fans of the Man of Steel won’t want to miss this afternoon of rare Superman footage. At this matinee screening, view episodes from the famed Kryptonian’s big-screen debut in the 1948 Hollywood serial. Also see The Adventures of Superpup and The Adventures of Superboy, two never-broadcast pilots meant to replace the Superman television series after lead actor George Reeves’s untimely death.”
ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938–1950
When: Ongoing through August 9, 2009
Price: Included in admission (tickets at the door): $10; $7 seniors/students; $5 kids 2–12; Free to members/kids under 2; FREEEEE TO ALL ON THURSDAYS
Details: “Through never-before exhibited art and objects culled from private and institutional collections, ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950 explores the genesis of cultural icons such as Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel, and Wonder Woman. (more…)
Note: Event listings are updated during the week as we see fit.
Now through 8/31/09 – Photography: The Billboard Show
7/9/09 – Downtown LA Artwalk
7/10-12/09 – Echo Park Community Festival
7/11/09 – Historic North Hollywood Walking Tour, 80′s Prom Party
7/12/09 – Bastille Day Los Angeles; Art and Poetry with Exene Cervenka
ONGOING THROUGH AUGUST 31st
What: THE BILLBOARD SHOW Selling the California Lifestyle – Photographic Landscapes of the 1950s & 1960s
Where: Take My Picture Gary Leonard 860 South Broadway, Downtown (213) 622-2256
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am–2pm & 3–6pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am–2pm; Saturdays 12–6pm; Sundays 12–3pm
Details: “Ever since taking a photograph of the Dodgers as a little boy in 1959, Gary Leonard has documented the mercurial landscape of Los Angeles, from the political to the cultural and economic. A former employee of billboard advertising company Pacific Outdoor recently gave Leonard thousands of billboard slides, a hundred of which are now on view at Leonard’s gallery, Take My Picture (named after his column in various regional publications). Advertising everything from funeral services and early fax machines to civic defense and entertainment, the images provide a rare historical survey of mid-century American commercial design, proving that, much like one of his influences, Weegee, Gary Leonard has an excellent sense of timing.” (SOURCE)
UPDATE: As of January 18, 2010 Betty Bryant’s show at Street is on hiatus. :(
*To launch the image gallery for this HiddenLA Pick, please click on the tasty drink below.*
What: Your own private jazz concert… featuring Betty Bryant singing her heart out
Where: Feniger’s Street, 742 Highland Avenue, Hollywood (323) 461-7813
When: Thursdays 7:15-11 pm and Sundays 6:15-10pm
Some of the best secrets in this town are hidden in full view. You may not have seen the wonderful jazz pianist and vocalist Betty Bryant but if you’ve eaten at the new hotspot Street in Hollywood she just might have seen you. A long-time fan, when chef Susan Feniger took over the old Highland Grounds location, she had her architect create an upstairs nook with the specific purpose of giving Betty a place to play and sing her heart out to the diners below… and that’s exactly what she does every Thursday and Sunday night. Accompanied by long-time bass player Tom Gargano, Betty seranades the dining masses below from her own private catbird seat above them. The secret is this: few diners wonder where the music’s coming from so they’re missing out on where the real fun is. (more…)
THURSDAY, JULY 2ND
SUMMER SEASON BEGINS
Santa Monica Pier TWILIGHT DANCE SERIES
Place: Santa Monica Pier parking lot (on the pier)
Time: 7-10pm every Wednesday thru 9/3
Details: No alcohol is allowed (Dang!). Dogs are allowed as long as they are on a leash. You are more than welcomed to bring your own seating but seats will be available for rental. The full 2009 concert lineup is as follows:
July 2 – Playing for Change and Bushman;
July 9 – Joan Baez and Tift Merritt;
July 16 – Sgt. Garcia, Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca;
July 23 – Squirrel Nut Zippers and Johnny Vana & The Big Band Alumni;
July 30 – Thomas Mapfuno and The Blacks Unlimited;
August 6 – Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women and Paul Thorn;
August 13 – Idan Raichel Project and Elijah Emanuel;
August 20 – Venice and Lucas Nelson & The Promise of the Real;
August 27 – Lila Downs and Very Be Careful;
September 3 – An evening with music icon Patti Smith and her band.
What: Lisa Jack Photography Exhibit: Barack Obama: The Freshman
When: Until July 18, Tuesdays–Saturdays (10am–6pm)
Where: M+B Gallery 612 N Almont Dr, WeHo (310) 550-0050
UPDATE 4/22: Thanks to Ryan for letting us know D+D’s Joke Center is no more. Basically, the lack of love took its toll on Denver Smith, the creator: “…hopefully i can do another show somewhere less stressful. i’m still afraid i’m going to have a heart attack from doing that show. which isn’t very fun. it was just too stressful for me putting that show on every week in a place where the regulars and even employees (not Cheazer) reminded me regularly that they don’t like it. Even when there was good crowds and stuff. i love putting on shows and think i’m pretty ok at it, especially when doug and i did it together, but doing it alone every week was just really getting to me. and the guy who was filling in for Cheazer last night really made me lose it on account of he was very rude. i just can’t keep doing that right now. i want to live!”
Poor guy. :(
D+D’s Joke Center is a *FREE* comedy night that happens 9pm every Tuesday at The Big Fish in Glendale. Although the video makes it seem otherwise, rumor has it that well-known comics occasionally show up to do sets right alongside locals getting their start in front of the heckley dive bar crowd… but you didn’t hear that from me.
The video at left is a This American Life web episode on the show.
The Big Fish 5230 San Fernando Road, Glendale (818) 244-6442
6/21/09 – Opening of the Eagle Rock Rock’N Roll Farmers’ Market
6/22/09 – The Song Stylings of Jackie Chan and Friends – Free Concert in Chinatown; Elvis Costello – Free Show at Amoeba
SUNDAY, JUNE 21st
Eagle Rock’N Roll Farmers’ Market – GRAND OPENING / REOCCURING WEEKLY
Place: 2700 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041 (Located on the upper parking level next to Macy’s)
Time: Every Sunday from 10am to 2pm
Details: Eagle Rock’s groovy new Farmers Market opens up this Fathers’ Day… and if it’s anything like PD Markets’ other locations (I try to attend the Woodman Avenue Market when I can), it’s definitely worth checking out. According to founder Philip Dane, “For those of you that are not familiar with our markets, we are not your ordinary farmers’ market. PD Markets has a unique feel and brings together farmers with artisans and live music. (This Sunday) we have The Bar Band playing 2 sets and of course it’s all Free. Plus we have a Rock Climbing wall and obstacle course for the kids or the kid in you.”
MONDAY, JUNE 22nd
Jackie Chan and Friends – FREE CONCERT IN CHINATOWN Also featured will be Xu Dong Mei, Xu Nin, Jack Tu, Jerry Liao, Yang Zheng, and Ji Tao of the New Lucky Seven, Korean singer Yoo Suengjun, and America’s Sharon Jiao.
Place: Central Plaza, 943-951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles Chinatown
Time: Monday, June 22, 2009 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Details: The always adorable Jackie Chan will reunite friends and pop singers from China in a free performance in Los Angeles Chinatown. The concert will be performed in Mandarin and English. Martial arts performances by both the New Lucky Seven and the Shaolin Warriors of Chinatown will be a part of the evening. According to the press release, Jackie is taking time out from rehearsing for the remake of ‘Karate Kid’ to perform his inspirational music in L.A.’s Chinatown, where his very first U.S. feature film, ‘Rush Hour,’ was shot.
Elvis Costello – FREE IN-STORE CONCERT
Place: Amoeba Records, 6400 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood
Time: June 22, 2009, 8pm
Details: I *really* don’t need to tell you who Elvis Costello (aka Declan McManus, International Art Thief) is, or why you should see him. You already know. And if you don’t? Seriously? Ummm. Well I… I… oh, I just don’t think I can see you anymore. I’m sorry. I really do care about you, but this relationship just isn’t going to work out for me. Yup… that’s a dealbreaker, ladies.
May I present the most kickass stoplight you’ve ever seen. Well okay, your mileage may vary but I’ve been digging on this stoplight since the first moment I saw it. (And yes, I *am* easily entertained.) This was a typical sight on Sunset Boulevard in 1949, as captured in the iconic film Sunset Boulevard just moments before a pivotal flat tire changes Joe Gillis’ life forever, forcing him to hide out in Norma Desmond’s driveway.
I’m normally not one for traffic signals, but I love love love this stoplight. The technology was still relatively new… clearly people couldn’t be counted on to pay attention to simple colored lights yet so they made sure to add an automated sign that announced “Stop” and “Go” as well, just to make sure you were doubly aware of what green and red meant. No excuses, buddy.
Sunset Boulevard is, hands down, my number one top favorite film for sentimental reasons and has been ever since I first saw it with roommates just days after moving back to Los Angeles from San Diego by myself. I loved everything about the movie… the noir cinematography; the incredible dialogue (My favorite line? “Funny how gentle people get with you once you’re dead.” Just wow.); the total sexy hotness of William Holden in his vicuna; the batshitinsaneness of Gloria Swanson’s iconic portrayal of Norma; Erich VonStroheim’s accent; Betty’s smart sassiness; seeing Detective Joe Friday as a skinny party boy; and of course, the monkey funeral… but most of all, I LOVED being able to witness vintage Los Angeles in its glory. The magic of the film hooked me completely.
A few days after seeing the movie, I remember driving around town with my friends in search of the filming locations… it was so exciting to just imagine we were breathing the same air as William Holden and Gloria Swanson had, albeit decades later. Sunset Boulevard was the first film that inspired me to take to the streets and explore old Los Angeles, because the film captured it and showed it to me in real time. It’s a time capsule of the Los Angeles that has since been paved over and considered forgotten… but there are still very tangible traces of that city if you look for them.
I’ve been noticing lately that people seem a bit weary right now. Just kind of… holding on and trying to keep their heads up until the tide turns. Los Angeles is a city with a bit of a manic depressive personality, so when times are hard (riots, earthquakes, fires, floods, unemployment, bad breakup, whatever) usually it’s easy to just look up at the sun and think, “Yeah, my life kinda sucks right now… but look at this weather! Tomorrow will be better!” Lately even the best of us seem to be struggling and feeling a bit down for an extended time, though. We’re all a little bummed that Obama hasn’t filled our lives with rainbows and butterflies yet.
Now I’m one of those annoying people who likes to focus on the good, but sometimes that’s a lot of work during times like these. What to do, what to do. (more…)
Sunday’s passing of Bob Bogle, lead guitarist of The Ventures (the “most successful instrumental combo in rock and roll history” according to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame), has inspired us to pay tribute to what was the original soundtrack for much of Southern California’s beach culture, Surf Music. Strange as it seems, as a third generation native Southern Californian who’s never surfed and is allergic to the sun… Surf Music is the music of my people. Other folks have this and I have this. There are worse lots to have in life. If it wasn’t for the Chuck Berry-on-crack guitar riffs of musicians like The Ventures (who were actually from Washington), Dick Dale and the Del-Tones, Duane Eddy, Link Wray, and even the Bel-Airs, the Beach Boys, and the Surfaris? Well, the Southern California beaches (not to mention the films of Ennio Morricone, Quentin Tarrantino, Robert Rodriguez and Annette Funicello) would’ve been *much* less groovy and danceable. Let’s not even think about a horrible world like that: it totally harshes my mellow, dude. Surf music’s awesome. Learn it. Know it. Live it.
So, in tribute to the talents of Mr. Bogle and the wonders of my musical heritage, I present some totally rad music videos. Some vintage… some newer… all awesome. More after the jump. Enjoy.
True story: Dame Edna once gave me a black eye. With a gladiola. No joke, I had a shiner for a week. But I’ll get to that story in a minute. First things first.
Not *all* great things in LA are hidden… but they all need your support!
What: Dame Edna Everage’s FIRST LAST TOUR
Where: Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown
When: Until June 21
TIP: Subject to availability, $20 Hot Tix may be purchased on the day of performance at the box office (cash only). Exact seat locations are not given over the phone. Tickets limited to two per household. To learn more about Hot Tix, call Audience Services at (213) 628-2772.
If you have had the pleasure of attending any of her previous shows, you have probably already bought tickets for this. If you have never seen Dame Edna live, LISTEN TO ME… get off your rear and make an effort to see her right now because not only may this be your last chance, but your world will instantly become far more fabulous once you do. Trust me on this. I would not steer you wrong. While a Dame Edna show may seem like silly camp, it’s much more. It’s non-stop laughter and who doesn’t need that?!? In truth, Barry Humphries may easily be the quickest witted performer alive. Nobody else holds a candle. Edna is an absolute treasure to watch, so go… and laugh your gladiolus off!
Curious about how she gave me a shiner? Well, that and more Dame Edna info after the jump.