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Plus, I really wanted to shoot a chase scene and play with guns. It was the most fun I’ve had working on anything.
What is your dream cast?
I have my dream cast — Phil LaMarr is joining John Colella, Antonio Moon, Jim Roof and John Vargas from The Swear Police — along with Reamy Hall, Judith Shelton and Monroe Makowsky in Swear Police 2: The Interrogation, which is about the internal-affairs investigation into where all the swear-jar money is coming from.
If you had to never leave one block in L.A., where would it be?
Never leave? Why do I have to stay on my block? Did the cops shut it down again?
What do you hate most about living in L.A.?
KTLA weatherman Mark Kriski.
Do you have an actual job?
Are you inferring that standup comedy and making shorts is not lucrative? If so, you would be awfully accurate.
I am a private investigator. Honest.
What’s your favorite medication?
Do cops read this?
How has the economic downturn affected you?
I cut back on my disguise budget.
Why should we help you make Swear Police 2: The Interrogation?
You get credit as a supporting producer in the short. As in, all audience members get thanked for their support, by name, in the credits, for $10. You’ll help us raise the dough to make the short, build the set, get costumes and rent some gear.
If you’ve never seen a weather balloon explode using a defibrillator, that’ll happen both nights, for $10.
If you like swearing — and, other than my mom, who doesn’t? — this is the short-film-production benefit for you! (Plus, I’ll be your friend on Facebook and I never take polls or quizzes, and I’ll totally follow you on Twitter.)
Swear Police 2: The Interrogation Production Benefit at the Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica; Fri.-Sat., May 15-16, 8 p.m., $10. (310) 397-3244.
ROCK & ROLLS OF FILM
Before directing commercials and shooting the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Will Smith and other celebrities for Playboy, Newsweek, Esquire and Vanity Fair, Israeli-born, L.A.-based Moshe Brakha got his start photographing rock stars (some pre-fame, many in Hollywood), from Madonna, Ringo Starr and Neil Young, to punk legends including the Ramones, Screamers, Weirdos and Black Flag. Occupation Dreamer: The Photography of Moshe Brakha gives you the chance to see vintage color and black-and-white shots from the ’70s and ’80s of a young Anthony Kiedis lying on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; Diana Ross covered in pearls; Devo wearing plastic breasts; and the Cars resting in, what else, a car. Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite A245; Sun.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; $14.95, students & seniors $11.95, children $10.95, under 5 free. (213) 765-6803.
SATURDAY, MAY 16
A Cappella Comedy
FOUR MEN AND A PITCH PIPE
They call themselves The Blanks, but you may know them as “Ted’s Band” or “The Worthless Peons” from Scrubs (yeah, that show’s still on). Four-part-harmony versions of such TV theme songs as The Facts of Life, Speed Racer and Flipper might send some people running for the exits, but Sam Lloyd (he plays hapless lawyer Ted Buckland on the show), Paul F. Perry, George Miserlis and Philip McNive have just the right balance of self-aware, nerdy cuteness, you can’t help but snap your fingers along. And they’re good — as in Sweet Adelines good. Believe it or not, they’ve been performing since before Scrubs existed. Their live show adds skits and dorky dance moves, talking toys and costume changes. Mr. Lloyd (he’s Christopher Lloyd’s nephew!) took a moment from “rehearsal” to tell us that the band has more to tackle. “We’ve actually been talking about the ‘O Fortuna’ movement of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana cantata. It’s very grand orchestral music with a giant choir that’s been used in a million movie soundtracks. We think the four of us singing it could be pretty funny/ridiculous entrance music.”
Does he think a cappella music is making a comeback? “Um — doesn’t something have to have been popular in order to make a comeback?” he quips, but does share the biggest thrill of being in an a cappella group: “The women throwing themselves at us — chicks dig a cappella!” Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A.; Sat., May 16, 8 p.m.; $25. (310) 855-0350.
SUNDAY, MAY 17
WOLFGANG DUG JOSEF
2009 is the 200th anniversary of Franz Josef Haydn’s death, and Musica Angelica pays him tribute with Musica Sacra, a program of sacred music by Haydn; his most fervent admirer, Mozart; and Spanish composer and missionary Juan Bautista Sancho, who came to California in 1804, when Haydn was winding down and Mozart was already 6 feet under. “There is a strong connection between these three composers,” says Musica Angelica music director Martin Haselbock, “all of whom practiced the art of musica sacra, the desire to write for the festival liturgical service.” Adds general manager Laura Spino, “At the same time Haydn was enjoying great success in Vienna and London, the first California missions were built, inspiring Spanish composers like Sancho to write music for these beautiful spaces.” The program includes Haydn’s Concerto for Violin, Organ and Strings in F major and Salve Regina for Four Voices, Organ Solo and Orchestra; excerpts from Sancho’s Missa de Los Angeles; and Mozart’s Church Sonatas and Grabmusic for Soprano, Baritone and Orchestra — the latter a dialogue between a Christian soul and an angel, a rather amazing fantasy for its then 11-year-old composer. The soloists include soprano Mary Wilson, mezzo-soprano Carolina Bruck-Santos, baritone Christopheren Nomura, and classical guitarist and Mexican baroque expert Craig Russell, who also provides preconcert insights into the music. Haselbock does double duty as conductor and organ soloist. Colburn School of Performing Arts, Zipper Auditorium, 200 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn; Sat., May 16, 8 p.m. Also at First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St., Santa Monica; Sun., May 17, 4 p.m.; $39-$55, $15 students. (310) 458-4504 or www.musicaangelica.org.
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