By Hillel Aron
By Joseph Tsidulko
By Patrick Range McDonald
By David Futch
By Hillel Aron
By Dennis Romero
By Jill Stewart
By Dennis Romero
FRIDAY, September 29
Hatred! White supremacists! Terrorists! Drugs! Do these sound like good elements for a musical? The Beastly Bombing, or A Terrible Tale of Terrorists Tamed by the Tangle of True Love, already called “the most offensive and morally unredeemable musical ever heard,” comes to the Steve Allen Theater. The operetta, by Julien Nitzberg and Roger Neill, takes an approach influenced by Gilbert & Sullivan but with more Ecstasy pills. If you haven’t guessed by now, yeah, it’s a political satire. It ain’t Oklahoma! It’s not even Oklahomo!The Steve Allen Theater at the Center for Inquiry–West, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sept. 29 thru Nov. 18; $20. (800) 595-4TIX.
I always thought Jenna Bush was the Dude, Where’s My Car? kinda fun gal. This nonfact, and many others, are confirmed by The Miss Education of Jenna Bush, a one-woman show starring Melissa Rauch of VH1’s Best Week Ever. For example, her sister, Barbara, is really a “stiff ass,” and Jenna’s ability to invent new words — “accountaballistic” — rivals her father’s. After getting raves in NYC, the show comes to L.A. for just four performances. Winston Beigel, the show’s co-writer and producer, tells us, “We sort of have a Waiting for Guffman thing, only ours is Waiting for Jenna— we will leave one seat empty for her, each night, reserved for Jenna Bush. If we’re lucky, maybe she’ll show up!” Upstairs at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Wed.-Sat., Sept. 27-30, 8 p.m.; $20. (310) 888-1520.
SATURDAY, September 30
Tired of playing air theremin to the Star Trek theme song all the time? Ready to learn how to play a real musical instrument that you don’t have to touch? Welp, you’re in luck this weekend, as Duck Soup, “the world’s only pop-culture emporium” (we beg to differ), offers a free theremin workshop taught by a master of the thing, Todd Jaeger. We’ll take their word on that. Duck Soup, 6333 W. Third St., L.A.; Sat., Sept. 30, noon; free. (323) 549-9101.
Comedy Death Ray is a hotshot standup-comedy show well worth checking out on almost any Tuesday, but this weekend’s marathon fourth-anniversary show may be the hotshottiest yet. It’s an all-night show, till 6 a.m. Get ready, cuz here goes: Bob Odenkirk, Neil Hamburger, Patton Oswalt, Paul F. Tompkins, the Fun Bunch, Doug Benson, Brian Posehn, Jeff Garlin, Andy Kindler, Hard ’N’ Phirm, B.J. Novak, Jimmy Pardo, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Brendon Small, the Upright Citizens Brigade and, you bet, more. Wear pajamas (no joke). And get tickets soon: CDR founder Scott Aukerman warns us that Canadians are currently on the road and expected to arrive any minute for this. Adds Aukerman, “Doug Benson, Paul F. Tompkins and Brian Posehn are all around 3 in the morning. Jimmy Pardo is hosting the last four hours; Hard ’N’ Phirm always close at 5:45-ish. The Sklars are at 4:30 . . . it’s epic . . . Any way to get a review or an article in the Weekly?” Sorry, Scott, no can do. Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, 5919 Franklin Ave., Hlywd.; Sat., Sept. 30, 8 p.m.-6 a.m.; $20. (323) 908-8702.
The Asian and tribal arts show to end all Asian and tribal arts shows, called the Los Angeles Asian & Tribal Arts Show, comes to town. Along with amazing displays of thousands of antiques and artifacts, as well as contemporary tribal and Asian art, from Native American pottery to Himalayan textiles to Chinese bronzes, this year boasts new works by famed, reclusive Chinese artist Guan Yuliang, the official artist of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica; opening-night preview benefiting the Fowler Museum, Thurs., Sept. 28, 6-9 p.m., resv. required; Fri.-Sat., Sept. 29-30, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 1, noon-5 p.m.; $10, $50 for opening-night preview. (310) 455-2886.
SUNDAY, October 1
Shine on, you crazy harvest moon. In Asian culture, the Harvest Moon Festival is a celebration of family, food and the full moon. And really, what more reason do we need to gather together for a party? At the 11th Annual Harvest Moon Festival, all are invited for entertainment, exotic foods, water games for the kids (yeah, dunk tanks) and more. Headlining is Jasmine Trias, whose name will forever be followed by “the Filipino-American singer who was the third-place finalist on American Idol’s third season.” Dance troupes and taiko performances will delight too. Arcadia County Park, 405 S. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia; Sun., Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; free. (310) 478-1818.
MONDAY, October 2
MLB playoffs start tomorrow. I take back every mean thing I said about the Dodgers this season, because, as of press time, it looks like they could be division champs or the wild card. Today is the day to go out and stock up the fridge.
Check out hilarious wine critiques on the Web site of Patton Oswalt (whose name has appeared in our listings almost as often as Marty’s and Elayne’s): “Made from the finest, richest Freisa grapes, stolen during the late October fogs in the Langhe region, from the Spezzanio Family. Their oldest son, Nino, tried to stop our soldiers, but we cut the bastard down with our shotguns, and sent the ears back to their mother, who had a knife slid between our cousin Lalo’s rib’s during the Feast of the Virgin last spring.” Mr. Oswalt takes the stage in a show dubbed Patton Oswalt & Friends. Patton — please be my friend. Largo, 432 N. Fairfax Ave.; Mon., Oct. 2, 9 p.m.; $5. (323) 852-1073.
TUESDAY, October 3
While we’re all debating the merits of TV’s new fall season (or, let’s face it, settling down for the Dodgers game), the Museum of Television & Radio presents its series “Media as Entertainment.” The first installment is “Radio” and A Prairie Home Companion: Robert Altman and Garrison Keillor. The films will screen, the men will say smart things, and everybody will go home a better person to watch their TiVo’d How I Met Your Mother. Museum of Television & Radio, 465 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills; Tues., Oct. 3, 7 p.m.; $25. (310) 786-1042.
WEDNESDAY, October 4
Everybody’s already talking Oscar for Helen Mirren’s performance in The Queen. Be the first on your block to see the film, then listen to Ms. Mirren explain how she won’t be taking any constitutionals near Buckingham Palace for quite some time. Part of “Stephen Farber’s Reel Talk” series. Wadsworth Theater, on the Veterans Administration grounds, Bldg. 226, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., W.L.A.; Wed., Oct. 4, 7 p.m.; $20. (310) 479-3003.
THURSDAY, October 5
They’re here; they’re queer; they’re funnier than anything on this page, that’s for sure. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Outlaugh! 2006. These gay comics come from all over the world, and even Monrovia. Margaret Cho, the Gay Mafia, Bob Smith, Suzanne Westenhoeffer, Bruce Vilanch, Michele Balan, the Nellie Olesons, Marga Gomez and many more fill up three days with gut-busting, milk-spewing laughs. The Renberg Theater, 1125 N. McCadden Pl., Hlywd.; Thurs.-Sat., Oct. 5-7, 7:30-11 p.m.; $30. (323) 860-7300.