First we had to deal with Carmageddon, and now Debt Ceiling Armageddon – will we ever learn? How do you feel about this mess? Are you worried that the government may default on our obligations? What are your plans if they do?
Seems to me that the best thing to do is enjoy a relaxing weekend, because next week looks like it may be trying for us all. With that in mind, here’s some fun things to do that will take your mind off the current crisis.
Fellow cinema lovers – beat the heat and relax in one of our local air-conditioned theaters. At the Vintage Cinemas Los Feliz 3, you can catch “Beginners” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” with screenings at 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. or an intimate screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2,” screening at 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Over at the Vintage Cinemas Vista Theater, the long-awaiting pairing of Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in “Cowboys and Aliens,” with screenings at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
It was wonderful spending some time with the crew of Skylight Books at the Los Feliz Village Street Fair last Sunday. Now that the only major bookstore is Barnes & Noble, Skylight offers a great alternative to their monopolistic enterprise. This week you can catch Simon Reynolds as he discusses and signs his book, “Retromania” on Sunday at 5 p.m. For more info, check out their website – www.skylightbooks.com.
As the record-breaking run of “Re-Animator, the Musical” begins to reach its end, the Steve Allen Theater continues to offer three shows each weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 8 p.m.) Tickets are $30 general admission and $15 CFI members. On Saturday, stick around for “Tomorrow! with Ron Lynch” at 11:59 p.m. ($8 general admission, $4 CFI members). In addition, something is going on at the Steve Allen every day this week except Monday. On Tuesday at 8 p.m., catch a screening of “Planet of the Vampire Women” followed by a Q&A ($10 general admission, $5 CFI members). Moving on to Wednesday, the return of Ennis & Makinson in “Indifferent Places” for its monthly visit, followed on Thursday by the monthly visit of “Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys,” also at 8 p.m. You can get more info at www.steveallentheater.tix.com.
The weatherman promises another HOT weekend, so use your sunscreen and drinks lots of water if you’re heading out to catch one of our local Farmers Markets. Barnsdall Arts Park hosts theirs every Wednesday from noon to 7 p.m. in the parking lot off Hollywood Boulevard. For weekend enthusiasts, there’s one in the parking lot of the Post Office on Vermont on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You definitely want to check out the Barnsdall each Friday night for the weekly Wine Tasting event (http://friday.barnsdall.org) at the Hollyhock House. You can also purchase discounted monthly passes – check the last tab on the event purchasing page at www.barnsdall.org.
It’s a very busy week at the Greek Theatre. Tonight, Los Lobos and the Los Lonely Boys take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tomorrow night, baby boomers can celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Frampton Comes Alive with the legendary Peter Frampton, starting at 7:30 p.m. Then on Sunday, it’s the Bad to the Bone antics of George Thorogood and the Destroyers, with special guests Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Charlie Musselwhite, beginning at 7 p.m. On Tuesday at 7 p.m., catch local LA singer-songwriter Shane Alexander as he wraps a 19-city tour with Yes and Styx. On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., it’s Lykke Li with special guests Best Coast and Fool’s Gold. Wrapping up the week on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. it’s Hippiefest, featuring Dave Mason, Mark Farner, Rick Derringer, Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals and Gary Wright. For more details on shows at the Greek, check out their website at www.greektheatrela.com/events.
For all your Shakespeare fans out there, did you know that you can catch FREE Shakespeare in Griffith Park every weekend until the end of August? This weekend you can view Hamlet on Friday, and The Merry Wives of Windsor on Saturday and Sunday. All performances begin at 7 p.m. at the Griffith Park Old Zoo nearby 4730 Crystal Springs Drive. For more details, go to www.independentshakespeare.com.
And speaking of great theater, don’t forget the Best of the Fringe series, playing at the Actor’s Circle Theatre, Artworks Theatre & Studios and Theatre Asylum & Lab. The schedule is at www.hollywoodfringe.org, with performances scheduled through August 28.
Moving on to indie music, have you checked out the new Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Boulevard? They have several weekly showcases, including the “On the Rise” series. Check out the details at http://www.hardrock.com/locations/cafes3/events.aspx?LocationID=559&MIBenumID=3.
Thursday night come join StarvationCamp, Mike Gibbons, The People in my Living Room and Logan Heftel at the Shout it Out Promotions showcase at Genghis Cohen (740 No. Fairfax Avenue). Music gets underway at 8 p.m. and the cover is $10. Enjoy great food and drinks, and all ages are welcome. For more details, go to www.shoutitoutpromo.com/calendar.
BEYOND THE HORIZON: The Orange County Fair continues its run tonight at 8:15 p.m. with country superstar Blake Shelton at the Pacific Amphitheater, followed by Tiger Army and special guest The Blasters on Saturday at 7:15 p.m., Melissa Etheridge on Sunday at 8:15 p.m., Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo on Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. and Weezer on Thursday at 8:15 p.m. Over at The Hangar, tonight’s festivities begin with Journey Unauthorized at 8:30 p.m., followed on Saturday with “Led Zeppelin LIVE! starring Heartbreaker at 8:30 p.m. Common Sense, Better Chemistry and Badfish will perform on Sunday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Moving on to Wednesday, catch Purple Reign at 8:30 p.m., followed on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. by Cubensis, Moonalice and Delta Nove. For more details see their website at www.ocfair.com/2011.
Remember, there is also plenty of great music locally at the Hotel Cafe, Room 5, Molly Malone and on the Sunset Strip. Check out their websites for more info. Also check iTunes, ReverbNation and YouTube – be adventurous and be the first to discover new talent – then share it with us all.
For more great options, check out this week’s LA Weekly (www.laweekly.com) and click on the Music tab. In addition, pick up your copy of this week’s edition for your FREE guide to ALL the great concerts scheduled for the summer. You can also go to the calendar pages at www.hotelcafe.com, www.genghiscohen.com and www.room5lounge.com.
Have a great weekend, enjoy Los Feliz and Griffith Park, and we’ll catch you next week. Please feel free to drop me a line at [email protected] with any comments, suggestions or questions. Also drop me a line if you or your group or business has an event you’d like to promote. I’m happy to spread the word for you.
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