Cool Stuff & Good Times

WINTER FUN! – Outdoor Skating Rinks in LA

W Hotel rinkCHILL, your new boozy skating rink @ W Hotel Westwood, 930 Hilgard Avenue (310-208-8765), 21 and up.
Hours: Starting Sunday, ongoing through the winter. Mon-Fri, 3-10pm; Sat-Sun 10am -10pm
Cost: Bring your own skates and your figure eights will be FREE. Skate rental isn’t, it’s $10. The alcoholic drinks won’t be free either.
Details: “The W Hotel Westwood has created the winter wonderland our town sorely lacks, transforming its grounds into a simulated snow extravaganza complete with hybrid-ice skating rink and holiday-styled cabanas.” Woo hoo! I can’t skate, but I can definitely drink spiked pumpkin lattes with the best of ’em.

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EVENT – They Might Be Giants Family Show

WHAT: They Might Be Giants Family Show
WHEN: Saturday, November 14th, 3pm
WHERE: Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive
PRICE: $28 adults, $18 kids
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EVENT – Noche de los Muertos

deadNot ready to stop the fiesta? Head out to East LA, amigos!

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.
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HiddenLA Invites YOU!

spooktacularWHAT: Charles Phoenix presents The Bob Baker Halloween Spooktacular! For  you Facebookers, see our event invitation here.

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!!!!***

Let’s assemble a small gang to attend this special *Halloweenie* event THIS THURSDAY NIGHT! It’ll be a treat. I’d love to meet you! From the official Bob Baker invitation:charles

“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!”

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GAME – The LA Phil? There’s an app for that!

laphilIn an effort to bring some lighthearted fun to the symphony’s image, The LA Philharmonic has taken a cue from the popularity of Guitar Hero and Rock Band… and created their own simple online game and iphone application! Bravo!

TEST OUT YOUR CONDUCTING SKILLS HERE.


EVENT – Fast Times at Cafe Cordiale

Fast Times at Acoustic CordialeWHAT: 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:

And don’t forget… no shirt, no shoes, no dice.


JAVA – What Coffeehouse Would Jesus Go To?

The other day I spent my lunch hour at Centinela Feed buying dog food. I knew I needed coffee to get through the rest of the day and spotted a really interesting looking place called The Coffee Connection that I’d never noticed before. I pulled over immediately to check it out. It just had to be done.

coffee connectionI opened the thick wooden door and was shocked. The beautiful patio and warm wood interior and stained glass windows reminded me a bit of one of my very favorite coffeehouses in town, 18th Street in Santa Monica. But there was a huge difference between The Coffee Connection and any coffee house I’ve ever been in before. IT WAS FREAKISHLY SILENT. There were eight occupied tables, but no sound whatsoever… I had an immediate flashback of the dark ages when I was regularly shushed in libraries (and I’ll admit, that memory made me a bit uncomfortable at first). I whispered my order to the girl at the counter and asked her how long they’d been in business. She said 7 years. I asked if it was always this quiet and she replied that it usually was, and that there’s ample parking lots and no line in the morning “so that’s really good.” (Although it’s probably not good if a coffeehouse wants to make a profit and stay in business.) As I walked to my car, eager to return to the crazy loudness of my desk, I sipped my latte. Gotta say, it was very tasty.

Once I turned the street corner, I realized why the vibe of this coffeehouse was a little different. The Coffee Connection on Centinela (no relation to Jennifer’s Coffee Connection in Studio City, btw), is affiliated with the Vineyard Christian Church next door. As the late, great, Michael Jackson might’ve called it… I was drinking some Jesus Java.

And it was good.

THE COFFEE CONNECTION View Google Map
HOURS: Monday – Friday:  6:30am – 9pm, Saturday:  7am – 5pm, Sunday: Closed
PROS: Ample church parking. Reasonably priced/tasty organic and fair trade coffee. Free Wifi and access to electric outlets. Friendly service. Clean bathrooms. Open early and late. Daily newspapers free to read, some food, great selection of teas, and I’ve heard they offer a free computer if you don’t have your own. Great place to focus on work, reading the Bible or to just hang out, especially if you’re antisocial and don’t like chitchat much.
CONS: Well, there’s the uncomfortable silence. And apparently there were Prop 8 posters in the window during election time which cut down a lot of their customer base. But I can’t deny it’s a great room and good coffee… so that’s all the negative I can say (which might be enough for some).


BENEFIT – The Magical Toyland of Bernie Shine

mickey THE WORTHY CAUSE: Raising funds for Wells Bring Hope, a charity which saves lives by drilling wells to bring safe water to rural villages in Niger, West Africa.
WHAT: Hors d’oeuvres, wine, lots of incredible stuff to look at, a silent auction and a zillion more surprises. This event is being held in the private home of Bernard Shine – founder of the incredibly awesome Shine Gallery in Farmers Market and owner of one of the world’s largest private collections of 1930s Mickey Mouse and Disney memorabilia. Former DA Gil Garcetti will also be exhibiting images from his new book of moving and beautiful photographs, Water Is Key: A Better Future for Africa.
WHEN: This Friday, October 16th, 7pm 
COST: $125 tax deductible

The October 7th cutoff date for reservations has been extended, you so can still attend but space is limited! To RSVP by phone, contact Kristina at 310 274-3105. By e-mail, contact KarolaKRietz@yahoo.com. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGBhF8h6aDE[/youtube]


EVENT – Summer Screening Season Edges to a Close

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! [youtube width=”590″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5oniErmeuE[/youtube]

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
PRICE: FREE 

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.


Oktoberfest WINNERS!!!

WE HAVE OUR FOUR WINNERS! Mitch Viner, Pamela Duell, Andy Ziskin and Shuly Hirsch will be heading downtown to Oktoberfest next month!!! Ausgezeichnet!

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Thought I forgot aboutcha, didn’t ya? NEVER! Although my posts have dwindled due to my selfish need for actual paying income, HiddenLA is still going strong — especially on Facebook. (800+ fans in three months? Woo hoo!) There are a lot of irons are in the fire for the future of this site… but as there’s lots of stuff to see already, I hope you will take this opportunity to explore the goodness that’s already here.

Doing rushed posts just to fill up web space wouldn’t benefit anyone… but I’ll tell you what WILL benefit people… to reward you for the continued support, today we’re having a special ticket giveaway at the end of this post! YAY!!!

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oktoberfestIf you know nothing about Oktoberfest… well, trust me when I say few cultures surpass Deutschland when it comes to organized traditions of bonding with strangers over consumption of beer. Your college roommates included.

Here’s the deal… on October 12, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig (later known as King Ludwig I) of Germany married the Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The people of Munich were all invited to gather on the fields around the gates of the city to join in the royal festivities (the fields were later renamed in Therese’s honor). The next year, the festival was repeated. At first it wasn’t a major festival… there was an agricultural show, some horse races, some fair rides… oh, and a few beer stands. As the festival grew every year, the beer stands multiplied like rabbits and by 1896 the beer stands were replaced with beer tents and halls that were funded by the local breweries. Parades, marksmanship competitions and chariot races were also added. As of 2009, the Munich Oktoberfest is said to be the largest festival on Earth, and is definitely the world’s largest celebration of all things beer. What was originally a day-long festival now span entire weeks… generally beginning in the third weekend in September and ends the first sunday of October.

Since there’s no denying the Oktoberfest folks look like they’re having a good time, around the world people now host their own local versions and Los Angeles is no exception. There are three main Oktoberfest celebrations happening this year (there’s also one in Anaheim), each with its own unique personality. After the jump, where they are AND a contest for FREEEEE tickets!!!

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EVENT – Friday is Park(ing) Day!

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.
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FINALLY! – The FREEEEE Museum Days Calendar!

[youtube width=”350″ height=”295″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSaGrXPvSYE[/youtube]A while ago I did a post listing all of the free museum days in Los Angeles. Once I started using google calendars more, I knew the listing would be far more useful if it had a calendar as well… but there was a lot of information to input so it just took time to get through. I finally finished it last night, although I’m sure it will be updated regularly as museums come and go.

So behold… below is what *should* be the most definitive calendar listing of FREEEEE! museum days in Los Angeles that exists online. So the next time you’re sitting at home in front of the television complaining that you have no money to do anything… this list proves you wrong.

These museums are all cheaper entertainment than renting a movie on Netflix!

I sincerely hope this resource is one you’ll feel comfortable turning to for inspiration to spend more of your future free time exploring, seeing and learning all sorts of incredible new things and less of it whining on the couch while watching Law & Order repeats. Yep, I’m talking to myself… :)

Please feel free to e-mail us with additions, corrections or alterations to the list so we can keep it up to date. Thanks.
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WE’VE GOT WINNERS!!! –
Race to Win an *Amazing* Adventure!!!

Congratulations to the incredibly brilliant
Jeremy Matters, Brian Donnelly and Karen Satlin!!!

We expect full reports of your adventures. Oh, and naturally we also expect you to WIN. No pressure! :)

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Win a FREEEEE pair of CityRace tickets! ($70 value)

Have you been craving a little competitive challenge lately? Would you like to see sides of Los Angeles that you never knew existed? Are you as rabid a fan of The Amazing Race as I am? Oooh, today’s giveaway contest is right up your alley, my friend!!! But be forewarned, you’re going to have to put your thinking caps on to get these tickets… we aren’t about to make this easy for you. What kinda challenge would that be!? What would Phil Keoghan do? 

The first three people to e-mail the correct answers to all the questions after the jump will each win 2 tickets to CityRace Little Tokyo: Upside Downtown on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 10:00am. Contest ends September 12, or when 3 winners have been chosen, whichever comes first.

City Race

“Set out on a challenging 3-hour hunt through one of L.A.’s most diverse neighborhoods in this fun-filled CityRace Urban Adventure Hunt! Teams of 2 to 4 players use brainpower to crack codes, solve tricky puzzles, research little-known facts and more… all while racing against other teams to be first to the finish with the most correct answers. From the heart of downtown’s historic core to the “village” of Little Tokyo, this challenging hunt will take you through some of the city’s most historic neighborhoods. You’ll discover some of the oldest – and newest – sites in downtown L.A. as you solve cryptic clues and brain-teasing puzzles in this iconic urban adventure through L.A.’s past, present and future. This hunt is challenging.

NOW GO GET ’EM AND MAKE ME PROUD!!!  :)
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TONIGHT – Jazz Photography *Icon* Herman Leonard!

ellafitzgeraldWhat: Mingling with 86-year old legendary jazz photographer Herman Leonard in person. Enjoy art and refreshments along with music provided by Joey Altruda and his Cocktail Crew.

When: Tonight (8/29),  8-11pm 

Where: Reserve,
420 North Fairfax

Price: FREEEEE!

Details: AIGA/LA & Reserve present The Photography of Herman Leonard. Meet legendary jazz photographer and coolest guy in the world, Herman Leonard, at his solo exhibition.

“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.

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EVENT – Summer Camp Night at Cinefamily

summercampsummercampNeed an escape? You’re never too old to run away to summer camp!

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.


EVENT – Soundtrack For A Revolution

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soundtrackWhat: A special advanced screening of the film Soundtrack For A Revolutionincluding lecture and live music
Where:
Otis College of Art
When:
Friday, August 27, 2009 – Bands start at 5pm, Screening begins at 7pm
Price:
For more info, contact (310) 846-2586 or IL@Otis.edu.
Details:
Part of Otis’ “Movies that Matter” series, Oscar-winning filmmaker Dan Sturman will also be present for a Q&A session.

“Soundtrack for a Revolution tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music–the freedom songs protesters sang in their fight for justice and equality. The film features vibrant new performances by top artists, including John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Joss Stone and The Roots; riveting archival footage; and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders, including Congressman John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond and Ambassador Andrew Young. Directed, produced and written by Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman; Executive Producer Danny Glover. Official Selection 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and 2009 Cannes Film Festival.”


ONGOING – Just Two More Cemetery Screenings!

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Paper Moon at Hollywood Forever

There’s something so Southern California about watching movies outside on a summer night. I’ve been *dying* to experience Cinespia movie screenings at the Hollywood Forever cemetery, but friends continually refused to go. Some said they were worried about sitting “on top of dead people,” others said they didn’t feel like dealing with crowds. I finally went last weekend so let me just tell all of you the following: the audience does NOT sit on graves, and the crowd and traffic control is far more organized, relaxed and stress-free than expected. It’s a great time all around. If you go just be sure to bring a sweater… it does get cold in the cemetery at night. And bring a nice bottle of wine. Just because life’s more fun that way.

The movie is $10, and it’s $5 extra to park on the cemetery grounds which we did. As I said, it was very organized and our cars ended up being a *very* short walk to the screen. There are two more screenings left in the season according to the Cinespia website. This Saturday night is Singing In The Rain and August 29th is American Werewolf in London.
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COVET THIS – Junk For Joy

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Junk For Joy

HERE’S THE CONCEPT OF “COVET THIS”:

1. We walk into a store spontaneously.
2. We pick out a handful of random things that catch our eye/s.
3. We take covert photos.
4. We post the images with silly captions for you to see.
5. YOU are overwhelmed by an urge to rush to said establishment and possess said items (silly as they may be at times), thereby helping very small businesses to stay afloat during our troubled economy. :)

The Chosen Store: Purveyors of “fun and funky clothing, collectibles and other goodies,” Junk For Joy
The Location: 3314 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank (818) 569-4903
Our Previous Customer Experience: I first wandered into Junk For Joy back in the 80s during a lunch break when I was working at a record company nearby. Although I hadn’t been back in over a decade, I was surprised to find that it hasn’t changed at all. Literally! I think it even has some of the same inventory. It was like visiting the 80s again, only this time I wasn’t wearing blue eyeshadow and moon boots.


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IMAGERY – Lawn Bowling on a Friday Afternoon

Lawn Bowling in Santa Monica on a Friday Afternoon

To see a few more pictures, click on the image at left. If you, too, feel a hankering to do some hardcore lawn bowling, check out the Santa Monica Lawn Bowls Club. Below is a google map showing where the club hangs out in lovely Douglas Park. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen!


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EVENT – FREEEEE Books! And not as free tacos!

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Low on cash but need something new to read?
Rather spend $$$ on a delicious taco?

bigbooks WHAT: Book Soup BOOK SWAP, sponsored by GoodReads and featuring the Kogi truck
WHEN: Saturday, August 15th, 1-4pm
WHERE: Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Boulevard

DETAILS:
Here’s the scoop… you know how you have a bunch of books lying around that you’ll never read again? They’re just taking up space and getting dusty, so gather them up and take them over to Book Soup. Other people will do the same thing. There’s a good chance *they* might want some of your books and *you* might want some of theirs. Let the swapping begin. The Kogi Taco truck will be on hand too – so you can get a head start on reading your new books as you wait in a long line to eat some tasty spicy pork sliders! YUM.


EVENT – Pee Wee Re-Opens Playhouse Doors

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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:

peewee“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.

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For you lovers of 57 year old man-children, Paul Reubens has just officially announced the following:

“Big announcement! I’m doing The Pee-wee Herman Show
LIVE ON STAGE in Hollywood at The Music Box Theatre!!”

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EVENT – Downtown LA Film Festival 8/12-22

*CHECK OUR DAILY EVENT LISTINGS FOR THIS & LOTS OF OTHER COOL STUFF!*

[youtube ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_4PU2e3NhA[/youtube]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 DrinkMy 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!!!

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CONTEST – The Los Angeles Superhero

marvel Calling all comic geeks! To accompany their upcoming Heroes and Villains show, LACMA is announcing a contest to create your own LA-centric superhero or archnemesis.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • 3-5 images of character designs/storyboards
  • One-page synopsis of the plot
  • Images must be jpegs, sized up to 800 x 1000 pixels
  • Image files must not exceed 1 megabyte in size
  • Deadline for submissions is Sept. 15th

Can’t draw? That’s okay. *We’d* still like to hear your ideas. Throw ’em in the comments to entertain us.


EVENT – As Michael Jackson once said… “Jam On!”

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2nd
jam What:  4th ANNUAL PUBLIC FRUIT JAM
Where: Machine Project, 1200 N Alvarado Street
When: 10:00am-1:00pm
Price: FREEEEE!
Details: “Yesiree, it’s that ripe time of year again! Making jam and getting into sticky situations with Fallen Fruit collective is one of our favorite summertime traditions! Bring along your home-grown or public fruit and any clean, empty glass jars you have. At the end everyone will leave with a jar of communal jam. If enough people bring surplus, even the empty handed will leave with jam. Vats of fun for all!

The kinds of jam we make will improvise on the fruit that people provide. The fruit can be fresh or frozen. Fallen Fruit will bring public fruit. We are looking for radical and experimental jams as well, like basil guava or lemon pepper jelly. We’ll discuss the basics of jam and jelly making, pectin and bindings, as well as the communal power of shared fruit and the liberation of public fruit… Thanks very much to Slow Food LA for their help in funding this event!”
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