By Michael Goldstein
By Dennis Romero
By Sarah Fenske
By Matthew Mullins
By Patrick Range McDonald
By LA Weekly
By Dennis Romero
By Simone Wilson
FRIDAY, February 17
Before there was Weeds, there was Pot Mom. Justin Tanner’s superhilarious, award-winning play about a suburban mom who brings home the bacon via primo bud returns with original star Laurie Metcalf. This listing is not an endorsement of marijuana or other illegal substances. The Third Stage Theater, 2811 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank; opens Fri., Feb. 17, 8 p.m.; runs Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m; $20, $15 seniors & students. (818) 842-4755.
SATURDAY, February 18
Zombies are so misunderstood. Director Stuart Gordon knew this when he made his labor of blood Re-Animator, based on H.P. Lovecraft’s gory story of reanimated cats and walking dead. Now, the brilliant sickos who run the Steve Allen Theater at the Center for Inquiry–West (they swear it’s not a cult) are giving us a chance to see the film at their parking lot–turned–drive-in theater. Classic cars get priority parking, and you can also watch the movie inside the theater. Q&A session with Gordon and star Jeffrey Combs follows. The Steve Allen Theater at the Center for Inquiry–West, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Sat., Feb. 18, 8 p.m.; $10. (323) 960-7785; ?www.plays411.com.
SUNDAY, February 19
Sometimes it’s best to let the press release do the talking: “It would take a trip to more than 11 foreign countries and 24 states and visits to hundreds of individual booksellers to rival the learning and shopping experience you’ll find during a single day at the 39th California International Antiquarian Book Fair.” The big talk this year is “Rare Books 101: Presented by Carol Sandberg and Rachel Weinstein” and a special exhibit titled “Becoming Southern California: Selections From the Braun Research Library Collection.” Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Century City; Fri., Feb. 17, 2-9 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; $15 on Fri. for a 3-day ticket, $10 on Sat.-Sun. (800) 454-6401;www.labookfair.com.
Here’s something even scarier than old books: Handwriting Tells the Truth: An Exhibit on Graphology. On display are writing samples from Vincent van Gogh, Johann Sebastian Bach, criminals, the mentally ill, teenagers and others. See how you compare! UCLA Powell Library Rotunda, Westwood; Sun., 1-10 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs., 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; free. (310) 206-4608.
MONDAY, February 20
Just seeing the words “Harlem” and “Globetrotters” together can get you whistling “Sweet Georgia Brown” all the livelong day. They’re still the original “Ambassadors of Goodwill,” and there’s nothing snarky to say about ’em. Staples Center, 11th & Figueroa sts., downtown; Mon., Feb. 20, 1 p.m.; $15-$130 (what?). (213) 480-3232.
TUESDAY, February 21
Rex Harrison singing “When I Look in Your Eyes” to a seal is one of those beautiful musical moments engraved and put on a pedestal in our brains, so the idea of anybody but the great Mr. Harrison as Dr. Dolittle sounds a little suspicious. But Tommy Tune, who has the height and the dapperness, could be the man for the job as the vet who talks to the animals. The Pantages Theater, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; opens Tues., Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.; perfs Tues.-Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 6:30 p.m.; $25-$68. (213) 365-3500;www.broadwayla.org.
WEDNESDAY, February 22
Supergrass is a band that has defied the tendency of most bands to turn sucky after being great for a few years. These guys just keep getting greater and more super and more grassy with every album, and their latest, Road to Rouen, might have more zithers and brass than previous efforts, but when they roll out the barrel, they rock like their lives depend on it. They even refused a deal from Steven Spielberg to make a Monkees-like TV show so they could concentrate on music. Avalon, 1735 N. Vine St., Hollywood; Wed., Feb. 22, 9 p.m.; $25. (213) 480-3232.
THURSDAY, February 23
This was supposed to be a big secret; then it wasn’t a big ?secret, and maybe this is the first you’re reading about it, ?so here: The Kids in the Hall are reuniting for three shows! Good luck getting tickets. The Steve Allen Theater at the Center for Inquiry–West, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Thurs.-Sat., Feb. 23-25, 8 p.m.; $25. (323) 666-4268;www.steveallen theater.com.
Anyone who is bitten by an infected mosquito can get Dengue Fever. There is no vaccine to prevent Dengue Fever.Dengue Fever is common in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Australia and the Americas. It is widespread in the Caribbean basin. Dengue Fever is most common in cities but can be found in rural areas. It is rarely found in mountainous areas above 4,000 feet. Dengue Fever usually starts suddenly with a high fever, rash, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, and muscle and joint pain. The severity of the joint pain has given dengue the name “breakbone fever.” Nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite are common. You get that we’re talking about the band, not the disease, right? Catch Dengue Fever at Tangier, 2138 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz; Thurs., Feb. 23, 8 p.m.; $10; (323) 666-2407.
Find everything you're looking for in your city
Find the best happy hour deals in your city
Get today's exclusive deals at savings of anywhere from 50-90%
Check out the hottest list of places and things to do around your city