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, November 3
“Too much freedom?” That is the question the organizers of LA Freewaves posed to 150 film, video and experimental new-media artists all over the world. This rather broad concept will no doubt make for a startling collection of footage, presented on two “phantasmagoric” floors of the Hammer Museum. The festival also includes an installation and reception at Pomona College Museum of Art with Austrian artist Oliver Ressler; a screening and discussion at LACE; and a collaborative event on November 18 at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy. Opening weekend: UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; Fri.-Sat., Nov. 3-4, 7-11 p.m.; free. Oliver Ressler reception/exhibit: Pomona College Museum of Art, 330 N. College Way, Claremont; Sun., Nov. 5, 5 p.m.; free; exhibit runs Nov. 5-Dec. 17. www.freewaves.org. See Art section.
SATURDAY, November 4
“Drinking From the Sky,” “Magic Toast” and “Little Puffer.” Nope, it’s not another psychedelic rock band but a new kid group called The Sippy Cups, who play music that won’t make parents want to spit up. They even have not one but two titles with the word jellyfish, which is always a good sign that they won’t make you feel like the wheels of the bus have been going ’round . . . ’round . . . ’round. House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Sat., Nov. 4, noon; $15, $10 kids under 10. (213) 480-3232.
This isn’t your mamacita’s Day of the Dead celebration: Highways presents Paulina Sahagun’s Calavereando, a theater piece inspired by the San Francisco Mime Troupe as well as Mexican traditions. And death. Lots and lots of death. And global politics — this is Highways, after all. Highways, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica; Fri.-Sat., Nov. 3-4, 8:30 p.m.; gathering follows the performance with tamales,champurrado andpan de muerto; $20. (310) 315-1459.
SUNDAY, November 5
Charles Phoenix is still insisting that downtown L.A. is just like a theme park, and he’s convinced busload after busload of people to fork over $65 to hear his spiel Charles Phoenix’s “Disneyland” Tour of Downtown L.A. All the great downtown landmarks (do we really need to mention them?) will be likened to Adventureland, Main Street USA, Frontierland . . . you get the idea. I don’t, but you do. Meet in front of Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., dwntwn.; Sun., Nov. 5 & 12, noon-6 p.m.; $65, includes snacks, souvenirs, fares & fees; no-host lunch. (866) 754-3374.
MONDAY, November 6
Sexier (way sexier) than Tom Waits, suaver than Buster Poindexter and less of a heel than David Lee Roth, Toledo Diamond is the gigolo’s gigolo. The Toledo Show has played many a Hollywood hot spot, and it’s back for a weekly run at the Vine Street Lounge, with a killer jazzy combo and sultry dancers for “a sexy, smoky, speakeasy song-and-dance extravaganza featuring the down-and-dirty jazzy blues stylings of L.A.’s Toledo.” That’s enough for any Monday night. Vine Street Lounge, 1708 Vine St., Hlywd.; every Mon., 9:30 & 11 p.m.; $10. (323) 493-3988.
TUESDAY, November 7
If you feel like wearing your Princess Leia hair buns to Carrie Fisher’s one-woman show Wishful Drinking, go right ahead, but don’t expect to see many other Star Wars freaks. Ms. Fisher has many other types of fans. There are the ones, like me, who can’t think about scallops without thinking of the stomach-pumping scene from her first novel, Postcards From the Edge, for example. Others will come because she was married to Paul Simon for a blink, or is the daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. Beware of the fans of Under the Rainbow. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood; Tues.-Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 & 7 p.m.; Nov. 7-Dec. 24 (no perf Nov. 17). (310) 208-5454.
WEDNESDAY, November 8
“There are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between are the Doors.” Like, wow. Today the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Doors by installing a plaque somewhere at the Whisky a Go Go. We would like to suggest they mount it on a door. Here is what’s in store (hey, that rhymes, like “fire” and “pyre,” or “the end” with “my friend”). The remaining Doors, none of them Jim Morrison, will be at various Sunset Strip locales signing things, as will Perry Ferrell, who will read Morrison’s poetry, unless something better comes up. The Whisky, 8901 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Wed., Nov. 8, 8 p.m. (310) 652-4202. See Music Pick.
THURSDAY, November 9
Jim Morrison would have loved Family Guy. Especially Baby Stewie. For starters, both had mother issues. I can just see the Lizard King saying to him, “Don’t you love her madly? I want to fuck her.” And then Stewie would wisecrack, “There’s always been a lot of tension between Lois and me, and it’s not so much that I want to kill her, it’s just, I want her not to be alive anymore.” The Museum of Television & Radio presents “What the Deuce Are You Staring At!?! A Collection of Interpretive Work Inspired by Family Guy.”Museum of Television & Radio, 465 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills; Wed.-Sun., noon-5 p.m.; Nov. 9-Jan. 21; free admission, $10 suggested admission for adults, $8 students & seniors, $5 children. (310) 786-1025.