Above, a teaser from the upcoming movie ROCK THE BOAT.
Learn about the past, present and future of the mighty (!?) L.A. River, PLUS enjoy some fantastic tacos and cream puffs along the way
*This tour is perfect for people of all ages who would like to learn more about the river that once brought fresh water to Los Angeles*
Difficult as it is for Angelenos or anyone else to believe, the Los Angeles River was once a very real flowing river, along the banks of which the city was founded. In 1781, 44 people (Los Pobladores) traveled from Sonora, Mexico to settle along its West bank. For more than 100 years, this 51 mile long river was the sole source of water for the city that grew around it.
Have you ever *really* seen the LA River? Do you ACTUALLY know anything about it? Sure, maybe you’ve passed a concrete slab with an LA River sign… but have you seen where it flows? Do you know the *true* stories of the river’s past and present beyond the fictional details you remember from seeing Chinatown? And what about its future? Sure, everyone in Los Angeles has seen the LA River, and many have heard that it’s being revitalized. But who knows where and what exactly is happening on its banks? There’s much more to the story than meets the eye as you pass from a speeding car while commuting. (more…)
SADLY, due to an illness in my family and strangely low ticket sales and an apparent fear of puppets, the birthday party was cancelled. Hopefully we’ll reschedule it again for a future date. :) Thanks to everyone!!!
This is going to be SUCH a fun event, I can’t wait for you all to join us! For what you would normally pay for two martinis at Musso & Franks, you’ll get a night of BORDER GRILL TRUCK FOOD, DRINKS, CAKE, AND A PIECE OF LA HISTORY! Also, think of it this way… besides having fun, your birthday gift to us will helping us to support the Bob Baker Marionette Theater which is really struggling right now.
What better way to spend an evening than marionettes, alcohol, tacos and birthday cake!?
All tickets include:
- Pre-show mixer sponsored by Karlsson’s Vodka
- Admission to Bob Baker’s “It’s A Musical World” Marionette Show
- Ice Cream and Birthday Cake from Hansen’s Cakes
- Full post-show catering and sangria provided by The Border Grill Truck
- Gourmet soft drinks from Gus’ Grown Up Soda
- Plus… who knows what else! :)
PLEASE come to our birthday party! Pretty please!???
Note: If you use the discount “BROKEPEOPLE” you’ll get the tickets at cost. $30!!! Woo hoo!!!
What would Neil Patrick Harris do? Well, we can guarantee you that he would tell you to read the following post very carefully and do *exactly* as it says within the next four days, and nobody will get hurt…
HiddenLA and the wonderful people of Accomplice would like to invite you to join us and experience one of the most fun things going on the streets of Hollywood! (Scroll down to read more information.)
For the next four days (March 22-25), use the code HIDDENLA during checkout for a $20 discount on each ticket. While the discount code is valid for any future date, Sunday, April 11th is Accomplice’s official Hidden Los Angeles Day. For that date, Accomplice will ONLY be accepting reservations from HiddenLA fans… 80 people in all. Tickets should go fast so hurry up and RSVP! The show itself features light drinks and food, but we’ll be holding a no-host day-long cocktail gathering for all our participating HLA fans to hang out together and share their experiences when the show is over! Good times. No, seriously, this will definitely be good times. NPH wouldn’t steer you wrong and neither would we. (more…)
WHEN: Sunday, April 11th, 2010, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer Street
COST: Free admission if you download the flyer (you can also click on the image at right and print that) $5 without the flyer. Pink’s will be there, so bring some hot dog money too!
Feel like embracing some of the incredible history surrounding you? Here’s a great chance! On the 11th of April, the LA Heritage Alliance will be hosting the Third Annual LA Heritage Day. There will be tours of fantastic historic homes, a scavenger hunt, and a variety of presentations, readings, performances, and even cooking lessons!
“In an area sometimes perceived as having no ‘real’ history, L.A. Heritage Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about and enjoy the fascinating people, places and events that have shaped Southern California,” said Cindy Olnick, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Conservancy. “It is also a chance to learn about the incredible variety of local preservation groups, museums, libraries and historical societies serving today throughout Los Angeles County.”
Participating organizations include: The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles; American Cinemateque; Arroyo Arts Collective; Beverly Hills Historical Society; California Art Club; City of Los Angeles, Office of Historic Resources; Claremont Heritage; Culinary Historians of Southern California; Cultural Heritage Foundation of Southern California; Culver City Historical Society; Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum; Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society; Friends of La Laguna; Hancock Park / Windsor Square Historical Society; Highland Park Heritage Trust; Historic Adamson House/Malibu Lagoon Museum; Hollywood Heritage; the L.A. Historic Theatre Foundation; Lanterman House Museum; Las Angelitas del Pueblo; Leonis Adobe; Los Angeles City Historical Society; Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust; the Los Angeles Conservancy; Los Encinos Docent Association; Monterey Park City Historical Society; Montebello Historical Society; Muckenthaler Cultural Center; Olmsted District Preservation Association; Point Fermin Lighthouse; Pomona Heritage; Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site; San Fernando Valley Historical Society; Santa Monica Conservancy; Venice Historical Society; Whittier Conservancy; West Adams Heritage Association; Western Educators, Shooters, and Troopers; and William S. Hart Park and Museum
**OFFICIAL FACEBOOK EVENT LISTING**
(Please RSVP there if you can so we know what to expect.)
This week our HiddenLA soiree will be held at the ever-so-nautically-themed HMS Bounty on Wilshire! Ramon has been at the Bounty for over 40 years and especially in this crazy economy he’s looking very forward to our visit… so let’s be on our best behavior and PACK the joint! Where else in town can you sip cheap cocktails and munch on fried food while lounging in red leather booths bearing the names of impressive regulars from a long ago era… customers like Winston Churchill, William Randolph Hearst and Jack Webb? Nowhere else, that’s where!
Parking and historical information about the HMS Bounty after the jump.
WHAT: The LOST Survival Talent Show
WHERE: Upright Citizen’s Brigade, 5919 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood (323) 908-8702
WHEN: Thursday, February 4, 2010, 8pm
DETAILS: Here’s one for you LOST addicts out there… “The island from LOST is holding a competition to determine who is the most talented! The winner get to return home. Everyone else? They’ll be lucky to make it through the show alive! Join all your favorite castaways — Jack and Locke, Sawyer and Kate, Ben and a Polar Bear, and MORE — as they compete to show off their talents in a desperate bid for survival! We are CONFIDENT that this show is basically what’s going to happen on the last episode of LOST, pretty much word-for-word.”
WHAT: City Labs – a fun one-day fair to browse, discover and connect with 50 local non-profits — organizations doing great things who need your support to maintain sustainability.
WHEN: Saturday, January 23rd, 11am-4pm
WHERE: California Market Center’s Penthouse, 110 East Ninth Street, Downtown
DONATION AT DOOR: $5 per person (includes entry, a free drink, and DIY workshops)
DETAILS: “Join City Labs to answer the call for community service in this great city. With a huge rise in the need for services from non-profits, and a drastic drop in funding and donations, LA’s community organizations need our help Imagine: If a few thousand people each dedicate themselves to 3-5 non-profit groups (signing-up to volunteer, making donations, offering their skills, joining email lists), we’ll have created over 10,000 new volunteers and donations in just one afternoon!!!”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
I know, I know. Posts have been sparse this month, mainly due to lingering illness and preparations for an overseas holiday (more on that in a few days). I feel like I’ve dropped the ball on passing along so much of the holiday goodness that this town has to offer… gee, I hope this makes up for it! :)
WHAT: Horrible Movie Night screening of the 1996 Hulk Hogan holiday less-than-classic, Santa With Muscles! Whachya gonna do, when Santamania runs wild on YOU?
WHEN: This Thursday, December 17, 8pm (Doors open at 7:15)
WHERE: The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood
PRICE: $8. Includes screening, extra live entertainment, beer, wine, and snacks. RSVP to: email@example.com
“…a film so bad, the original screenwriter sued to have his name removed from the credits. This cheesy Christmas disaster features the Hulkster as a millionaire of questionable morals (a stretch –?) who, during a run from the law, is knocked out cold and wakes up thinking he is Santa Claus. He somehow hooks up with an orphanage bedeviled by evil scientists (the head baddie is played by Ed Begley Jr.), and proceeds to do good. You will notice Mila Kunis in one of her first film roles as an orphan. But no rotten movie is complete without the inimitable Clint Howard! This one has got it all.”
WHEN: Today, December 12, from noon to 2am (!)
WHERE: Echo Park. Duh! (More specifically, along Sunset Boulevard between Logan Street and Alvarado)
DETAILS: A day of holiday cheer with shopping specials, performances, and workshops throughout the neighborhood. A fun-filled day of events – you can do your holiday shopping, enjoy great food, drink and entertainment, and support local businesses!
The Echo Park Holiday Parade begins at noon, but other festivities start as early as 10 a.m., with happenings all day and night until 2am! In addition to the festivities, businesses participating in the Echo Park Holiday Shop Hop will be collecting donations for local charities.
Participating vendors include: 826LA, Allston Yacht Club, City Sip LA, Future, K9 Loft, Masa of Echo Park, MediaNoche, Origami Vinyl, Out of the Closet, Rec Center Studio, Stories, The Clinic of Echo Park, The Echo & Echoplex and more!
I meant to go to this on Saturday but I was so focused on decorating the tree that I totally forgot! Fortunately, it’s today too! YAY!
WHAT: “The largest independent design show on the West Coast! Shop directly from over 300 designers and artists, support local design and our economy, and have a blast!”
WHERE: California Market Center, 110 East 9th Street, Downtown
WHEN: Last day is today, December 6, 11am – 6pm
PRICE: $10 – with partial proceeds going to one of my very favorite local non-profits: 826LA! Entry gets you an exclusive-to-the-show limited edition tote bag, a free drink ticket, unlimited re-entry for both days, and access to our great lineup of free workshops. (Children 12 and under are free)
“UNIQUE LOS ANGELES is an exciting two-day shopping event that showcases independent design talent at great prices – with an emphasis on “made in America” goods, 99% of products at the show are proudly made right here in the USA! On top of shopping the wide variety of offerings, the event boasts many exciting Extras & Amenities, including free workshops, a lounge area, and two cafes. Plan to spend the day with us! (more…)
We predicted David Hasselhoff would show up on Sunday, but he must’ve been busy eating cheeseburgers. Also, in order to avoid angering motorists stuck in traffic for three hours on a weekend afternoon, the event time was changed: the temporary construction of a “Berlin Wall” near LACMA was re-scheduled to happen shortly before midnight and be symbolically toppled at midnight by artists who would paint on the symbolic wall. Apparently the event went relatively well, according to the LA Times:
About 700 people gathered on Wilshire Boulevard near Ogden Drive to take part in the Wende Museum’s “A Wall Across Wilshire” event, a symbolic re-creation of the Berlin Wall that once separated East and West Berlin. It was part of the museum’s Wall Project, which commemorates the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the wall…
“I wasn’t too optimistic,” (City Council member Tom) LaBonge said about turnout for the event. “I felt the same way I did about the Berlin Wall: I thought it would never come down. And I never thought this many people would come out on a Sunday. It’s nice to see. Everyone is having a good night. I’ll probably get a few noise complaints tomorrow for the loud music … but it’s well worth it.”
After watching the video below, I’m now eagerly awaiting the upcoming Berlin Wall ride and stage show at Universal Studios. Okay, I just made that up. Or did I?
Video via LAist
What: Dia de los Muertos Celebration “Deadly Stylish,” presented by Self Help Graphics
When: Tonight, Monday November 2, from 5-11pm
Where: East Los Angeles Civic Center, 4801 East Third Street
Details: Click on flyer below for larger view.
WHEN: This Thursday night, October 29th, at 8pm! All ages, but it might be late on a school night for little ones.
WHERE: The Bob Baker Marionette Theater, 1345 W. 1st Street, Los Angeles 90026
COST: Normally I might look into getting a HiddenLA discount, but Bob Baker’s theater has been in dire jeopardy and his business needs every penny of our support or it will cease to exist. $35 per ticket – purchase them online. Includes Bob’s show, kitsch expert Charles Phoenix, cake, ice cream, plenty of entertainment and Halloween spirit… just all sorts of goodness!
DETAILS: I’d love to get some of our HiddenLA fans together, and what better way to do it than by rallying people to support two of our most iconic, hardworking and fun-loving locals… Charles Phoenix and Bob Baker! ***PLUS THERE WILL BE CAKE AND ICE CREAM!!! YESSSS!!!!***
“Charles Phoenix presents HALLOWEEN at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Thursday October 29 and Friday October 30 at 8pm. Tickets $35 available at www.charlesphoenix.com
A Halloween Puppet Show Spooktacular featuring dozens of amazing vintage hand-made marionettes. Your host, Charles Phoenix, tells the story of Bob’s colorful life and career with vintage slides and classic film and tv clips. Cake and ice cream in the party room will follow the performance of Spooktacular and an appearance by the Master himself!”
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.
Thanks to the great weather, there’s nothing more Southern Californian than going to outdoor movie screenings in the summer. The last Hollywood Forever screening is tonight (Rosemary’s Baby!!! Yikes!) and this Friday in Little Tokyo there will be a final FREE screening of Space Battleship Yamato. You might need a few more blankets, but enjoy an evening outdoors while you still can!
WHAT: Film on the Plaza: Space Battleship Yamato
WHEN: Friday, September 25, 7:30pm
WHERE: Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S San Pedro St, Little Tokyo
DETAILS: A free, family-friendly outdoor screening of an old Japanese cartoon called “Space Battleship Yamato”, aka “Star Blazers.
• Live DJ sets by Akaider.
• $3 beer
• Franken’s Vegan Hot Dogs, FISHLIPS Sushi and other Vendors
• Door Prizes
This outdoor screening features the Japanese anime classic Battleship Yamato aka Star Blazers (1979). Bring a blanket, bring a basket, bring friends, and delay the end of Summer in the heart of Little Tokyo.
Park[ing] Day LA hits the streets of Los Angeles on Friday, September 18th, as artists, designers and activists throughout the city step up to the curb, put a quarter in the meter, and proceed to transform curbside metered parking spots into temporary public parks, joining a national effort to highlight the need for more open space in our cities. Last year there were over 70 parks spread across Los Angeles, built and hosted by community activists, architectural and design firms, advocacy groups and neighborhood councils. Dancing will often be involved as well. To view a map of this year’s locations or add your own, click here.
But thanks to botox, she doesn’t look a year over 200.
On September 4, 1781, Los Pobladores de Los Angeles (44 people in 11 Mexican families – including 22 children – who bravely walked all the way from Nueva España) set out to walk the nine mile trail from the San Gabriel Mission to the Los Angeles River. On that day, our city El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles was born. The 44-acre park we now refer to as Olvera Street protects our city’s original history including the first church, firehouse, theater, the 1818 Avila Adobe (the oldest existing house in the city) and the old plaza… literally, the area is the first heart of Los Angeles.
At 6am on Saturday September 5th, walkers will gather at the San Gabriel Mission and head west for nine miles to re-enact the Pobladores walk along Mission Road to El Pueblo Plaza (Olvera Street), where they will be greeted by birthday festivities. The Walk takes approximately three hours to complete. If you’re a lazy bum and feel like sleeping in, that’s okay. You aren’t the one turning two hundred and twenty eight, but whatever. From 6am to 6pm there will be a party goin’ on over at la Plaza Reina including artisan demonstrations, exhibits, food, entertainment and plenty of birthday cake… or pan dulce or something.
Oh, and in honor of her birthday, the Los Angeles Conservancy will be offering their Facebook fans a $10 membership discount (for new members only) through Monday, September 7. So befriend them on Facebook and help to save our local heritage. (more…)
In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, on November 8th the Wende Museum of the Cold War and artists Shepard Fairey, Kent Twitchell, and Thierry Noir will be erecting a symbolic Berlin Wall aross Wilshire Boulevard. No, I’m not kidding.
The Wall Project, painted by professional and amateur artists, will close Sunday afternoon traffic on one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares for three hours on Nov. 8 beginning at 3 p.m. The project involves the Culver City’s Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War, the city of Los Angeles, the German Consulate General in Los Angeles and other partners… In a reenactment of the actual events, invited dignitaries will break down selected portions of the Wilshire wall, which will be placed directly in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Project leaders plan a live feed of the events between Los Angeles and Berlin, official sister cities since 1967. (Because of the time difference, it will already be Nov. 9 in Berlin, the day the wall came down in 1989).
*CHECK OUR DAILY EVENT LISTINGS FOR THIS & LOTS OF OTHER COOL STUFF!*
8/11 ALERT: GIVE TICKETMASTER THE CODE “2HOORAY” OR “HOORAY” FOR DISCOUNTS ON FLOOR SEATS
8/10 UPDATE: An Los Angeles Times article on the show:
“The new stage production is a “re-imagined” version of Herman’s past theatrical outings, according to promoters. The original version of the show debuted at the Groundlings Theatre in 1981 before playing at L.A.’s Roxy Theatre for five months. The production then went on a 22-city tour that included New York’s Carnegie Hall.
The new production will feature Pee-wee regulars, including Miss Yvonne, Mailman Mike, Cowboy Curtis and Jambi the Genie. Audiences can also count on appearances by Pee-wee’s talking chair, Chairry, and his friend Pterri, the pterodactyl.”
Miss Y-Vonne? Jambi? COWBOY CURTIS? Wait, isn’t Cowboy Curtis dissecting bodies in Las Vegas or something? Huh. So, do any of you readers know any more details? And is this something you can share with the rest of us, Amazing Larry?
Seriously, I remember the exact *moment* I first laid eyes on Pee Wee Herman. I was staying at someone’s house when my mom was out of town and I was alone in their living room flipping through cable (which we didn’t have) when suddenly there he was and I was TRANSFIXED. My friends and I were also big Oingo Boingo fans so the whole Danny Elfman music thing cemented the love. We saw Pee Wee’s Big Adventure on *opening night.* Yeah, that was us. Throughout art school I had a giant photo of him on my wall, and at one point my bedroom even sported a mobile from Big Top Pee Wee, with a flying pig that flapped its wings when you pulled a string. Somehow it went with my decor.
I have always said that the whole “scandal” was unfair… anyone who watched the first show *KNOWS* Pee Wee wasn’t originally created to be a character for children. I’m looking forward to seeing what Paul will do with this, and I’m really really hoping it’s going to be awesome. Fingers crossed. I think if anyone could pull it off, he could. No pun intended. Shame on you.
“Big announcement! I’m doing The Pee-wee Herman Show
LIVE ON STAGE in Hollywood at The Music Box Theatre!!”
*CHECK OUR DAILY EVENT LISTINGS FOR THIS & LOTS OF OTHER COOL STUFF!*
The Downtown Film Festival starts this week with a cool lineup to check out. Film highlights for the week include Spike Lee’s Passing Strange The Movie, LeVar Burton’s Reach For Me, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzie, In the Drink, My Suicide, and Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison.
On the 20th, the Festival will encourage you to get your Green on by presenting the 4th Annual SUSTAINABLE L.A. event. Oh, and as a special treat… because we all know you can’t get your fill of pre-freaky MJ, you can tag along with the cute and funky Jackson brothers during their first tour of Africa in 1974 via Jackson 5 in Africa on the closing night of the event. We never can say goodbye!
Personally, I’ll probably go just for the free double feature tribute to Paul Newman… cuz… sigh. I miss his blue eyes something fierce.
If you’d like to go to the festival but are low on funds, VOLUNTEER!!!
All last week I was racking my poor little head brainstorming how to list upcoming Los Angeles events in a way that would be easy to maintain for me and as useful and user-friendly as possible for you.
Speaking for myself, sometimes time flies by too fast… I see so many great events online that I really want to check out and promptly forget about until the day after they’re over. Or there will be a repeat event and I’ll forget whether it’s the third or the fourth Wednesday. Or I’ll have a night free and toy with the idea of doing a google search to find out what’s happening outside of my apartment but out of laziness will just end up just sitting in front of the tv watching reruns of Monk I’ve already seen instead.
So with my own lameness/laziness in mind, I think I’ve come up with a great solution that makes HiddenLA’s Event Listing easy, convenient and more inspiring to use. You’ll have to let me know what you think. I’m pretty happy with it. Check out a full explanation of the cool new interactive features after the jump.
Just one little request… if you appreciate the resource I’ve created for you, it would rock my world if you would please take a moment to throw a coupla bucks into my Ginger Cocktail Fund so I can go out tonight and toast myself for workin’ my butt off trying to create something you’d like. ‘Cuz I really did! :)
The first step is admitting you have a problem, so here goes. Even though I’m broke and just got through taking 25 boxes of useless crap to thrifts stores during my last move, it’s still tough for me to resist the allure of buying more useless junk at L.A.’s weekend swap meets and flea markets. It’s a sickness. I’m not well. Or perhaps… they’re just that fun.
The thing that saves me is that I always forget which one is on which weekend. I know you can relate. So since I’m my own worst enemy, I’ve decided to fix that little problem. After the jump we’ve got a handy little google map and calendar combo to turn to in the future. You can even sync stuff up to your ical if you like. Look how high tech we are! Woo hoo!