Top photo by Chris BennionBottom photo by Echo DannonDang! Supergrass is sold out. Otherwise, wed encourage anyone who loves
songs that sear your every molecule with shivering joy to go to Fridays Troubadour
show. Instead . . .
FRIDAY, September 30
Heres a hurricane benefit with a philosophy that fits closely with why we love
New Orleans its all about eating, drinking and music. Weiland Brewery co-owner
Rick Bennett came up with The Big Easy in Los Angeles
, where the more you
imbibe, the more you help. Its simply this: a special food and drink menu with
100 percent of the proceeds going to the Red Cross Relief Fund. So belly up for
blackwater gumbo, Creole catfish and hot links. Bennetts bar staff has been studiously
perfecting hurricanes like the ones weve all had too many of after a night at
Pat OBriens and mint juleps (Theyre surprisingly hard to make, he tells us).
Bands will play, too. And the place is Red Line-able. So give till you puke. Weiland
Brewery, 400 E. First St., downtown; Fri., Sept. 30, 3 p.m.-midnight. (213) 680-2881.
SATURDAY, October 1
Stop reading this if youre one of those purists who only acknowledges A.A. Milnes
original Winnie the Pooh and not the Disneyfied version. The new spectacular Disney
Live! Winnie the Pooh
from the people who brought us Disney on Ice is
a high-tech, high-energy, high-quality production with lots of audience participation.
Kodak Theater, Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave., Hollywood; Fri., Sept. 30,
6:30 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 1 & 8, 10:30 a.m., 1:30 & 4:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 2 & 9, 10:30
a.m. & 1:30 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri., Oct. 6-7, 11 a.m.; $20-$50. (213) 480-3232.
SUNDAY, October 2
Taking over My Two Dads Park (a.k.a. West Hollywood Park) for one big lit-fest
is the Fourth Annual West Hollywood Book Fair
. Bill Maher, Michael York
and Neil Gaiman will sign copies of their latest tomes, and the numerous panel
discussions include All About Me: Writing the One-Person Show (with Michael
Kearns, Julia Sweeney) and Little House on the Bowery (Dennis Cooper, Trinie
Dalton, Richard Hell). Weekly
writer Erin Aubry Kaplan digs into Free
Speech in a Post 9/11 World with Robbie Conal, David Ulin and Steve Rohde. I
will be at the Blurbology 101 tent signing copies of these listings. West Hollywood
Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood; Sun., Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.;
free. (323) 848-6515 or www.weho.org/bookfair
Its the battle of the cultural festivals. Since you can only scarf so many versions of meat pies, choose carefully: At Sabor De Mexico Lindo A Taste of Beautiful Mexico
sample tasty dishes and watch folkloric dancers dance, singing groups sing and mariachis mariach. For three days! Pacific Blvd., betw. Florence Ave. & Randolph St., Huntington Park; Fri., Sept. 30, 5-11 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 2, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; free. (323) 585-1155.
Ill take your tamale and Ill raise you pineapple curry. Its Sri Lankan
. Count on traditional food and beverages, music, dance, theater
and a screening of Parasathu Mal
by famed Sri Lankan actor/director Gamini
Fonseka. Ackerman Grand Ballroom, Second Floor, UCLA, 308 Westwood Plaza, Westwood;
Sun., Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; free. www.slaasc.com
The flier for the 2005 Lithuanian Fair
shows a woman in an ornate peasant
dress dancing with some sort of fabric. Lets hope shell show how to do traditional
folk dances at the fair celebrating art, music and food. St. Casimirs Church,
2718 St. George St.; Sat.-Sun., Oct. 1-2, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; $8, $6 seniors. Semi-formal
dinner cruise on Sat., Oct. 1, 7 p.m.; $110, resv. required. www.lithuanianfair.com
MONDAY, October 3
He was a poet, then a rocker, a publisher, a draw-er, an actor, a film critic. Richard Hell
s latest novel is Godlike
, which should be arriving on my desk any day now. If I had the book in hand, I could tell you that its set in the East Village in the early 70s. His readings are special and rare things. All of which brings up the question: Whats Jim Carroll up to these days? Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Mon., Oct. 3, 7 p.m. (310) 659-3110.
TUESDAY, October 4
You know what? The sun will
come up tomorrow, by gum. You and your hipster/boho/Echo
Park/ironic T-shirt/text messaging/emo boy/blogging pals could really use a dose
. You bet its a hard-knock life and we all have days that
are gray and lonely but stick out your chin, you spineless hipster. When you
sing about it, you feel better, especially when theres a shaggy dog involved.
Pantages Theater, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Tues.-Thurs., 7:30 p.m.;
Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 6:30 p.m.; (additional perf Thurs.,
Oct. 13, 2 p.m.; no evening perf Sun., Oct. 16); Oct. 4-16; $25-$68. (213) 365-3500.
WEDNESDAY, October 5
Hes been called a wacko film mauler and the godfather of idiot cinema (by
way-indie Guerrilla Monster film auteur JMM). Now Emmy Collins screens his deranged
short films The Egoist
, The Chicken Motel
and Rays of Ineptitude
trashy but not as classy as Russ Meyer. The First Annual Emmy Collins Film
also features burlesque dancing and a rare screening of JMMs Super-8
. Hell, its free. Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice;
Wed., Oct. 5, 8 p.m.; free. (310) 306-7330. Also at Echo Park Film Center, 1200
N. Alvarado St.; Thurs., Oct. 6, 8 p.m.; $5. (213) 484-8846.
THURSDAY, October 6
Their names are Chloë, Lisa, Deirdre, Orla and Máiréad, and if last nights sicko film fest left you in need of a cleansing, put on a clean Aran sweater for Celtic Woman
, a little bit Enya, a little bit glockenspiel, and not a bit nasty. Greek Theater, 2700 N. Vermont Ave.; Thurs., Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.; $44.50-$54.50. (213) 480-3232.