Betty Boop, Bowling for Dollars, Brazilian Pop... and a Duck

To people who say that L.A. sucks: Fuck you! (Full disclosure: I think and often say that L.A. sucks.) FRIDAY, JULY 15 What would Serge Gainsbourg say about Les Sans Culottes, the Franco-American pop troupe? Probably something like, “Why the hell are you living in Brooklyn?” which he would pronounce “Bruke-leen.” Named for the “ill-clad and ill-equipped volunteers of the French Revolutionary army,” as the press materials put it, Les Sans Culottes, which means “without underpants,” take on the ’60s French pop sound of Gainsbourg and add arrangements à la the 5th Dimension, to ridiculously groovy effect. The Fold at El Cid, 4212 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake; Fri.-Sat., July 15-16, 9 p.m.; $10. (323) 666-2407. SATURDAY, JULY 16 Do Pasadenans appreciate the finer things in life more than the rest of us? It seems that way; just compare the food at their summer festivals with the food at the Sunset Junction and you’ll get the picture. At this year’s Celebration on the Colorado Street Bridge, you won’t find a single corn dog, but you will find nibbles from McCormick & Schmick and Big Mamma’s Rib Shack. What else? Vintage automobiles, three stages of bands, including Snotty Scotty & the Hankies — who have played every Doo Dah Parade — and loads of kiddie entertainment. Warning: pet adoptions. Proceeds help Pasadena Heritage. That pretty bridge off the 134 freeway (Colorado Street), Pasadena; Sat., July 16, 6-11 p.m.; $15, $7 children. (626) 441-6333. Betty Boop would have been 75 this year (that’s only 15 years older than Deborah Harry). Voiced by Mae Questel, also the voice of Olive Oyl, Ms. Boop made over 80 cartoons in the ’30s. Celebrate her life of coyly posing to the cameras and having no real talent (Paris Hilton, anyone?) at the Betty Boop Festival in — where else? — Montebello. Attention Silver Lake women: There’ll be a look-alike contest and Betty Boop Tattoo Show and Tell. BB memorabilia galore, too. Heavenly Choice Plaza, 534 N. Montebello Blvd.; Sat., July 16, 8:30 a.m.-noon; free. (323) 728-2728. SUNDAY, JULY 17 Brassy Brazilian pop and like-now electronica come together, strike a pose and dance the night away when the eight-piece Bossacucanova take the stage at the Hollywood Bowl. Part of KCRW’s Planet Electronica, with Basement Jaxx and Röyskopp. Jonathan Gold tips us off with the perfect Brazilian accompaniments for your picnic basket: “Stop by Café Brasil [10831 Venice Blvd., Culver City, (310) 837-8957] and pick up some beef risole, heart-of-palm pastis and chicken empadinhas, plus maybe an order or two of grilled shrimp if you have a high tolerance for garlic. Try a delicious Brahma beer. A few cans of buzzy guarana soda will ensure that you stay awake until the other end; otherwise we suggest a well-chilled bottle of Edna Valley Chardonnay from your local supermarket. Believe us, we’ve tasted Brazilian wines, and there is a reason why you probably haven’t.” Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave.; Sun., July 17, 7 p.m.; $34-$12. (323) 850-2000. MONDAY, JULY 18 The Black Watch play the Echo for free tonight. Why is this excellent L.A. band so loved in the U.K.? “Innercity Garden,” the title track from their new EP, has my vote for best song of the summer — like a giant swing that lands you on your own secret party in a cloud. Like Andy Prieboy (speaking of, where the hell has he been?), they survived notoriously lame-o Dr. Dream Records and the grunge era, a breakup and even the departure of signature violinist J’Anna Jacoby. Lead singer–guitarist John Andrew Fredrick has a Ph.D. in English and has written novels to boot. An L.A. treasure? You bet. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; Mon., July 18, 10 p.m.; free. Stephanie Escajeda went to Yale for this? See Tuesday. TUESDAY, JULY 19 Lesley Wolff is a comic who also books some of the funniest names you’ve never heard of but one day will. She’s also a graduate of Penn, a fact she continually reminds us of every month with her All-Ivy Comedy Night at the Improv. Only comics who’ve attended Ivy League schools are on the bill (plus a few special cases). This month it’s a birthday party for Josh Fadem and features Andrea Savage (Cornell), Stephanie Escajeda (Yale), Steven Hofstetter (Columbia), plus posers Melissa Paull, Melinda Hill, Matt Dwyer & Mike O’Connell, and more. If your SAT scores were less than perfect (i.e., like normal humans), you might still get the jokes. The Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; Tues., July 19, 7:30 p.m.; $10, plus two-drink minimum. (323) 651-2583. WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 If it’s Wednesday, it must be — Vegas Bowl! Yep, Sin City comes to Glendale, which we’ve always suspected was a bad, bad fun town. An Elvis impersonator ( . . . or is he?) will be in the building singing his hits, while bowlers have the chance to win $$$$ if they draw certain colored pins at the setup. Yeah, it sounds a little confusing to us, too. There’s also the “5-Ball Poker Shot,” where you bowl five balls for the best poker hand! The Jewel City Bowl, 135 S. Glendale Ave.; every Wed., 9:30 p.m.; $20, includes two games of bowling and shoes. (818) 243-1188. THURSDAY, JULY 21 L.A. in 2009 under the regime of Jeb Bush is the setting for Nic Bettauer’s film Duck, which follows a suicidal elderly man (Philip Baker Hall) and his duck (many, many real ducks) around town. Let’s hope they don’t go to the Grove. There’s an awful lot about the film’s premise that actually sounds too real — but who doesn’t love a movie with ducks? The cast and filmmakers discuss working with poultry after the screening. And the duck will be there! Part of American Cinematheque’s Alternative Screen Independent Film Showcase. Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Thurs., July 21, 7:30 p.m.; $9. (323) 466-FILM.


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