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 youll get the picture. At this years Celebration on the Colorado Street Bridge, you wont find a single corn dog, but you will find nibbles from McCormick & Schmick and Big Mammas 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 (thats 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: Therell 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 KCRWs 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, weve tasted Brazilian wines, and there is a reason why you probably havent. 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 JAnna Jacoby. Lead singerguitarist 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 youve never heard of but one day will. Shes 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 whove attended Ivy League schools are on the bill (plus a few special cases). This month its 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 OConnell, 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 its Wednesday, it must be Vegas Bowl! Yep, Sin City comes to Glendale, which weve 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. Theres 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 Bettauers film Duck, which follows a suicidal elderly man (Philip Baker Hall) and his duck (many, many real ducks) around town. Lets hope they dont go to the Grove. Theres an awful lot about the films premise that actually sounds too real but who doesnt 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 Cinematheques 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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