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, July 13
Fans of Dungeons and Dragons, Burning Man and those weird soirees in Eyes Wide Shut will want to journey into the Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball, “a night of fantasy in the dreaming realms of Faerie and beyond the Royal Court of the Goblin King.” Might sound silly, but the performers are no joke. The Eastern dance troupe Desert Sin and interactive performance artistes Lucent Dossier are both guaranteed to beguile, and with myriad aerialists, stilt walkers, puppets and live music from electro-entrancers Brother and AM Pacific, this bacchanal will at the very least offer plenty of surreal sights, all of which must be viewed from behind a mask (despite the date — not a hockey mask). The Henry Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Fri.-Sat., July 13-14, 8 p.m.; $36 Fri. (Sat. sold out). www.labyrinthmasquerade.com.
Riffs and hips collide at the Rock ’n’ Roll Strip Show, a sexy spectacle boasting burlesque babes Kitten DeVille, Ming Dynatease, NYC’s Wau Wau Sisters (who do a mean trapeze act to “Welcome to the Jungle”), small wonder Selene Luna, and a bevy of other beauties. An all-star band provides backing tuneage for the twirling ta-tas. Key Club, 9039 W. Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Fri., July 13, 10 p.m.; $20. (310) 274-5800.
SATURDAY, July 14
It’s one of the most popular flowers in the tattoo world, but do the boho types with lotus marks know what they really mean? The Chinese believe the lotus represents creative power and purity amid adverse surroundings (it grows from the muck and mud of ponds), while for the Hindus, it symbolizes birth and beauty. You can see these beautiful blooms in all their splendor (and not just on the inked lower backs of locals) at the 30th annual Lotus Festival in Echo Park this weekend. An emphasis on Pacific Island arts and crafts will feature a Flower Island Pavilion, with artisans, demos and vendors, along with authentic foods, percussion performances, an exhibit of lotus-themed work (at Cathedral Center of St. Paul, across the street), dragon-boat races in the lake and fireworks after dark. And try to endure the wait for the lake’s historic paddle boats — we hear they may not be there for long. Echo Park, Glendale Blvd. south of Sunset Blvd.; Fri., July 13, 5-9 p.m.; Sat., July 14, noon-9 p.m.; Sun., July 15, noon-8 p.m.; free. (213) 485-1310.
From weird-art comics to punk-rock critiques, the zine scene continues to thrive, and in today’s tech-driven, media-crazed world, we need them more than ever! Zineland is a DIY pub rub spotlighting L.A. zinesters and publishers from ANP Quarterly, Insert Press, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Skylight Books, and many more. ANP’s Aaron Rose will moderate a panel discussion, the Heartschallenger pink ice cream truck will serve up international goodies, and the glam rockers Sounds of Asteroth will rock the courtyard. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Wstwd.; Sat., July 14, 6-10 p.m.; free. (310) 443-7000.
SUNDAY, July 15
The first rule of Felt Club? Talk about Felt Club. The second rule of Felt Club? Bring lots o’ dough (not Play-Doh). The biannual craft fair offers amazing handmade items, some kitschy, some stylish, and everything is created with love. Shop for unique jewelry, baby gifts, paper products, handbags and housewares to the sounds of DJs Dirty Robot and Lance Rock; watch crafting demos and sign up for door prizes awarded by retro-slideshow sultan Charles Phoenix. Craftastic! Ukrainian Cultural Center, 4315 Melrose Ave., L.A.; Sun., July 15, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; $1 donation. www.feltclub.com.
Frenchie fun and frolic on Bastille Day in ?Santa Monica features food, wine, a Provençal petanque tournament, a Parisian waiters’ race, street performers and more. The fanciful fete will even feature a raffle for a trip to Gay Paree. Bergamot Station, Olympic & Cloverfield blvds.; Sun., July 17, 2 p.m.-mid.; $5. ?www.bastilledaylosangeles.com.
MONDAY, July 16
You’re sure to get some tasty tidbits at Zocalo’s An Evening With Jonathan Gold. The Weekly’s colorful culinary critic — the first food writer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize — will discuss his career, the haunts that make him hanker and other epicurean morsels. Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 Fifth St., dwntwn.; Mon., July 16, 7 p.m.; free, reservations recommended. (213) 403-0416.
TUESDAY, July 17
This year’s Orange County Fair offers some major-league talent, but none are as gangsta as Weird Al Yankovic. “White and Nerdy,” Al’s parody of Chamillionaire’s “Ridin’ ” last year, proved the funny man’s still got it . . . and old fans will be happy to know he still Eats It too. Orange County Fair and Exposition Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa; Tues.-Sat., July 17-21, 8-10 p.m.; free with fair admission. www.ocfair.com.
WEDNESDAY, July 18
Comic daredevil Bello stars in Bellobration, a new Ringling Bros. show featuring high-wire stunts, trapeze feats and wild-animal acts. A modern take on the “greatest show on Earth,” the production promises an extrasensory circus experience, with its contemporary music, intense lighting and interactive all-access pre-show (arrive one hour early). Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., dwntwn.; opening night Wed., July 18, 7:30 p.m.; $15-$90. (213) 742-7300.
THURSDAY, July 19
It’s been 40 years since the historic Monterey Pop Music Festival gathered fans for three days of peace, love and rock & roll, commencing the Summer of Love and igniting the careers of icons like Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, all documented in D.A. Pennebaker’s wonderful concert film. The American Cinematheque’s Mods & Rockers program offers a Monterey Pop Reunion tonight, bringing together many of the surviving performers, including Michelle Phillips, Eric Burdon, Grace Slick and Johnny Rivers (big performers unable to attend, such as the Who’s Pete Townshend, will take part via video messages). Eighty-two-year-old filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker presents the film and rare outtakes. See www.modsandrockers.com for full festival schedule, including screenings of other classic Pennebaker rock docs. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Thurs., July 19, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (323) 466-FILM.