By Michael Goldstein
By Dennis Romero
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By Simone Wilson
Friday, July 6
Hollywood Boulevard couldn’t conjure up a tropical paradise if the late Don Ho were singing in front of Grauman’s Chinese. So leave it to the American Cinematheque to host its third annual Enchanted Tiki and Luau Weekend, featuring island-inspired movies. On Friday, Julie Andrews and Gene Hackman star in Hawaii (1966), while on Sunday, Rita Hayworth sings “The Heat Is On” in Miss Sadie Thompson (1953). And Saturday includes screenings of tiki-themed TV excerpts from the 1960s, as well as the documentary The Sophisticated Misfit, about local pop artist Shag, plus a luau dinner, live music and Polynesian dancers. The Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Fri., July 6, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., July 7, 4 p.m.; Sun., July 8, 7:30 p.m. Call for prices. (323) 466-FILM.
Saturday, July 7
Slap on the pomade and slip into those seamed stockings, for it’s Hootenanny time. Owners of pre-1965 hot rods and custom vehicles polish off their wheels and tattooed necks for the classic car show, while rockabilly and psychobilly (that’s greaser talk for Presley-meets-the-Pistols) bands, including Social Distortion, Nekromantix, the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Blasters, John Doe, Dave Alvin, and the Long Tall Texans from Brighton, England — no, nothing like the Bay City Rollers from Edinburgh, Scotland — play on three stages. Oak Canyon Ranch, 5305 E. Santiago Canyon, Irvine; Sat., July 7, 11:30 a.m.; $45. (213) 480-3232.
Amanda Palmer, one half of the German cabaret/punk duo from Beantown the Dresden Dolls (a name partly inspired by a Fall song), and Henry Rollins, our favorite caustic ex–punk rocker turned slam poet and radio host of Indie 103.1’s supreme Harmony in My Head (he’s the only DJ who insists on playing the Fall every week — ah, now we get the connection), get under each other’s skin as part of Hammer Conversations. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Wstwd.; Sat., July 7, 7 p.m.; free. (310) 443-7000.
Sunday, July 8
Sumi Jo — the Korean-born soprano famous for her rendition of the “Der Holle Rache” aria in The Magic Flute — reprises her role as Queen of the Night and joins Eric Cutler and Isabel Bayrakdarian in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s production of Mozart’s opera, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hlywd.; Sun., July 8, 7:30 p.m.; $7-$49. (323) 850-2000.
Monday, July 9
Berlin-L.A. Festival Performance is a collaboration between composers-in-residence from Villa Aurora (the Pacific Palisades gathering place for German artists and expats) and the local chamber ensemble California EAR Unit, who’ll unveil new works by current Berlin composers Sebastian Claren, Sabina Ercklentz, Hans W. Koch, Carsten Hennig, Ulrich Kreiger and Charlotte Seither. REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., dwntwn.; Mon., July 9, 8:30 p.m.; $20, $16 students. (213) 237-2800.
Tuesday, July 10The hissing cockroaches of Madagascar, Sumatran tigers and Chilean flamingos need to get their groove on too. The L.A. Zoo’s World Music Night brings out the Masanga Marimba Ensemble, Greek Odyssey, Kenny Hudson’s World Beat, Russia’s Balalaika Rascals and taiko drummers performing at various locations under the stars — and away from the monkey poop. L.A. Zoo, 5333 Zoo Dr., Griffith Park; Tues., July 10, 6-9 p.m.; $16, $10 children 6-15, under 5 free. (323) 644-4200.
Wednesday, July 11
Queen Latifah has come a long way from “Princess of the Posse” in the ’80s, back when hip-hop was music, to Motormouth Maybelle in the upcoming remake of Hairspray. The Grammy-winning rapper, Oscar-nominated actress, Cover Girl model and role model for all full-figured gals previews cuts off her soon-to-be-released, jazz-inspired album Trav’lin Light, a follow-up to 2004’s The Dana Owens Album, which saw her collaborate with Herbie Hancock and Al Green on jazz, R&B and pop covers from “I Put a Spell on You” to “California Dreamin’.” Singer Goapele opens. The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hlywd.; Wed., July 11, 8 p.m.; $6-$43. (323) 850-2000.
The “Missionaries of Mayhem” have given us Chavez Ravine and Water & Power. And now Culture Clash, the Chicano performance troupe of Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza, don the black cape and mask to save us from tyranny and stereotypes in their new comedy, Zorro in Hell!: Cultural Learnings of Early California for Make Benefit Glorious Gringo Nation in Aztlan! Hairy-male nude wrestling not included. Ricardo Montalbán Theater, 1615 N. Vine St., Hlywd.; previews begin July 11-17; thru Aug. 19; $25-$40. (323) 463-0089.
Thursday, July 12
Outfest turns 25 this year, and the opening-night gala features a screening of Robert Cary’s Save Me and an after-party catered by more than 30 restaurants. Director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey and Gods and Monsters) will receive the Outfest 2007 Achievement Award; Sally Field and Rachel Griffiths are among the panelists; and more than 200 films from 26 countries will be shown in various venues, including Itty Bitty Titty Committee, Buttand Bears. (No, not the animal kind, but just as hairy.) Opening Night Gala, Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, dwntwn.; Thurs., July 12, 8 p.m.; $50 and $75. (213) 480-7065 or www.outfest.org.
No, they don’t know where bin Laden is. And the only thing Mike Batayeh, Ara Basil, Gulden, Peter Shahriari, Elham Jazab and Noel Elgrably (comedians of Arab, Turkish, Iranian and Armenian descent who make up the Sultans of Satire) are going to skewer tonight is Bush and all the other ills that plague the Middle East and beyond. “I’m an Arab, a Jew and a Latino all rolled into one cultural train wreck,” says Elgrably. Clearly, the brother knows. And we’re not sure if special guest Marc Maron prays toward Mecca, but don’t give him your car keys, either. The Laugh Factory, 8001 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Thurs., July 12, 8 p.m.; $20. (310) 657-5511.
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