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What to do in Los Angeles this week

Wednesday, Jun 13 2007
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{mosimage}FRIDAY, June 15

1982: The Greatest Year in Geek Cinema — if the people at the American Cinematheque say it’s true, then it must be. They intend to prove their thesis with the following movies for and about nerds: Tron, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Thing, Poltergeist, Cat People, The Dark Crystal, Creepshow, not one of which, I’m either proud or ashamed to say, I have ever seen. The Aero Theatre, 1326 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Fri.-Sun., June 15-17, call for showtimes; $10. (323) 466-FILM or www.­americancinematheque.com.


SATURDAY, June 16

In Our Own Words: South L.A. Youth Create Neighborhood Walking Tours is a fantastic program that rose out of the Southern California Library’s V-Map neighborhood mapping project. Local high school students will take you on a one-mile walk around the Vermont Corridor. It’s a chance to see an often overlooked area and learn about its history and how it’s changing. Southern California Library, 6120 S. Vermont Ave., L.A.; Sat., June 16, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.; free, but reservations required. (323) 759-6063, Ext 15.

“What does it take to become an astronaut of your own psyche?” That is the question posed by Circo de Poesia, the organizers of Psychonauts. If you’re familiar with Carl Jung’s theory of personality, you have a head start as to what this 24-hour event that “aims to tickle attendees’ curiosity about the labyrinths, archetypes, symbols and dreams that lurk inside their own psyche” is all about. Some components: “A New Way of Juggling,” “Mandala Dome,” “The Place and the Thinker.” Oh — and drugs. Lots and lots of drugs. At a private location in Lake View Terrace; Sat.-Sun., June 16-17, 6 p.m.; $50-$75. (310) 779-8081.


SUNDAY, June 17

The laughionados at the Ice House apparently know What a Dad Wants — and it’s the Heineken Light Beer Ladies. Dads are invited to come to the club at 5:45 p.m. for some “sports-themed interactive games,” door prizes and ice cream sundaes, plus the aforementioned HLBLs. Then Carlos Oscar takes the mike for some fatherly humor. The Ice House, 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena; Sun., June 17, show at 7 p.m., pre-show festivities at 5:45 p.m.; $16.50. (626) 577-1894.


MONDAY, June 18

Don’t you wish you could have a dad as funny as Dana Gould? Witness: “The best part about parenthood is that you get to relive your childhood without your parents.” He also does a pretty good Goofy impression. Dia de los Padres is what Largo’s calling its day–after–Father’s Day comedy show with Gould, Jeff Garlin, Greg Fitzsimmons and Alterna-dad author Neal Pollack. Gould’s writing the screenplay adaptation of Pollack’s book, which should make many of us alterna-parents silently seethe with jealousy. Largo, 432 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A.; Mon., June 18, call for showtimes and ticket prices. (323) 852-1073.


TUESDAY, June 19

Don’t know what you’re doing today, but I have Wicked tickets. Everybody says it’s great. Hope so. The Pantages, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.; special matinee Thurs., July 5, 2 p.m. (no performance Wed., July 4; no one under 5 admitted into the theater); $35-$202.50. (323) 468-3500.


WEDNESDAY, June 20

Even though she ignored my request for quotes for our comedy issue, I still worship the ground Charlyne Yi walks on, finger-ice-skates on, plays her clarinet on and drums “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt” on. She has been known to nap with her audience. She might even pretend to die onstage after instructing the crowd to resurrect her with fart-face noises. Steve Allen Theater at the Center for Inquiry–West, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Wed., June 20, 8 p.m.; $5. (323) 666-4268.


THURSDAY, June 21

They promise giveaways, sex tips and even real estate advice, plus a whole lot more, at Women’s Night Out, “a chardonnay-infused, NC-17 version of The View.” Amy Stiller spouts her insecurities, Mrs. Hobbs fingers a squeezebox (that sounds nasty, but it’s not), and you can “ask a gay man” with Tony Tripoli. M Bar, 1253 N. Vine St., Hlywd.; Thurs., June 21, 7:30 p.m.; no cover, $10 food min. (323) 856-0036.

click to enlarge Man, Dana Gould has really been working out. See Monday.
  • Man, Dana Gould has really been working out. See Monday.

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