Dead End Kids, Celebrity Air and Scandinavians — Especially Norwegians

A week of fun and interesting things to do, a.k.a. how to fill time until the new Kate Bush album comes out November 8. FRIDAY, October 14 Arthur “Weegee” Fellig got his nickname from the Ouija board for his uncanny ability to sniff out crime scenes, often showing up well ahead of the police to take his amazing photographs of murder victims, fires, drunks and the depraved denizens of the Gotham night. Along with the Getty’s new Scene of the Crime: Photo by Weegee exhibit is a related films series, Dead End Kids: New York Crime Films 1915–1948. Screening Friday are the 1915 silent film Regeneration, with live piano accompaniment, plus Dead End. On Saturday it’s the James Cagney classic Angels With Dirty Faces and the Weegee drama The Naked City, with a Q&A with screenwriter Malvin Wald following. The Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Dr.; Fri.-Sat., Oct. 14-15, 7:30 p.m.; free, resv. required. (310) 440-7300. Screamfest L.A. Horror Film Festival kicks off today. That means 10 straight days of creepy movies with, we hope, severed body parts: 16 independent features, 27 shorts and other special screenings all designed to chill your bones and/or scare the crap out of you. With titles like Severed, Cookers and The Intruder, surely you’ll find something to tingle your spine. Loews Universal Studios Cinemas, Universal CityWalk; Oct. 14-23. For schedule: SATURDAY, October 15 Today’s Space Vikings — Nordic Stars in the L.A. Galaxy celebrates all things Scandinavian with folk dancing, food (lutefisk and meatballs, probably), music, the Nordic bar, children’s corner (all true) and Björn Borg look-alike contest (not true). Somehow it all ties into the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising’s Dressing the Galaxy exhibit of costumes from Star Wars. Ninth St. & Grand Ave., downtown.; Sat., Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; free. (323) 661-4273. Why this separate 27th Annual Norwegian Faire on the same day at the Scandinavian Fest? Do Norwegians feel their culture shouldn’t be lumped in with the filthy Danes and Swedes? The Peer Gynt Lodge No. 22 Sons of Norway (of Culver City, no less) offer cultural demonstrations of lefse baking and rosemaling, music, food (rømmegrøt) and gifts, all with a Norwegian – not Scandinavian — feel. Peer Gynt Lodge, 3835 Watseka Ave., Culver City; Sat., Oct. 15, noon-5 p.m.; $2. (310) 390-3248. SUNDAY, October 16 How many punk rockers attended the Berklee School of Music? Well, Aimee Mann did. She dropped out to sing with punk band the Young Snakes. How punk rock is that? Of course, now she’s relaxed her musical style to become one of the most laid-back – waaaay back — singer-songwriters. Her new record, The Forgotten Arm, is what we used to call a concept album. It’s about a couple named John and Caroline who meet at a state fair and hop in an old Cadillac for a cross-country road trip. If you, like many, were left out on the sidewalk for her numerous Largo appearances, here’s your chance to see her in a huge, charm-free hall. UCLA Live at Royce Hall, Westwood; Sun., Oct. 16, 7 p.m.; $22-$40. (310) 825-2101 or MONDAY, October 17 Look at this: A Katrina Comedy Benefit with Jay Mohr, Andy Dick, Kevin Nealon, Dane Cook, Louie Anderson and Craig Shoemaker. Each is funny. Each is also easily worth the ticket price alone. This is a no-brainer. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd.; Mon., Oct. 17; $39.50-$49.50. (323) 480-3232. Who are these TreePeople? Are they scary? Apparently, they love to walk in the dark under a full moon. They have invited us to three Spooky Halloween Hikes: a “Li’l Ghoul Hike” for families, a “Spooky Hike” where you’re encouraged to dress your dog in a costume, and the “Ghoulish Hike” for a two-mile workout. Wear comfortable witches’ shoes. TreePeople, 12601 Mulholland Dr., Beverly Hills; Mon., Oct. 17, 7 p.m.; $5. (818) 623-4866. Oh, yeah, the new Virgin Megastore opens today on Hollywood Boulevard with INXS, Gang of Four and, yes, a stunt by Richard Branson. Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave., Hollywood; Mon., Oct. 17, 4 p.m.; free. TUESDAY, October 18 In 1946, the film-noir classic The Postman Always Rings Twice premiered at the Egyptian Theater. To celebrate the theater’s 83rd anniversary, the American Cinematheque has invited movie historian Eddie Muller to host a screening, along with birthday cake and a word from Postman star John Garfield’s daughter Julie. You are encouraged to dress in ’40s attire. Egyptian Theater, 6712 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Tues., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.; $9. (323) 466-FILM. WEDNESDAY, October 19 Architectheads, clear your Eames-designed date book for the next five days for the big annual Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Conference at the Biltmore, this year titled Wright in Hollywood: Frank Lloyd Wright and His Los Angeles Progeny, 1917–1941. At the same time, the Los Angeles Architecture Festival, or ArchiFest for short, takes over many local museums with special tours and exhibits in honor of the city’s “Architecture Month,” as declared by the City Council last year. ArchiFest has too many events to list here, but highlights include tours of work by Frank Lloyd Wright, Lloyd Wright and Eric Lloyd (Lloyds of L.A.), as well as Frank Gehry, Greene and Greene, R.M. Schindler, Richard Neutra and John Lautner, not to mention an FLW film festival, case-study houses tour, walking tour of West Adams, Charles Phoenix’s Slide Show and Downtown L.A. as Disneyland tour, John Crowther’s one-man show Meet Mr. Wright and much more. Wright in Hollywood conference, Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand St., Los Angeles; Oct. 19-23; $150 to $775. For registration information and a full schedule of ArchiFest events throughout October, visit THURSDAY, October 20 Local comic/writer Joe Wilson caught and captured some air that was within breathing range of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as they walked down the red carpet at the Mr. & Mrs. Smith premiere. He then put his one-quart Mason jar of air on eBay. This being Hollywood, he wrote a one-man show about the whole experience titled A Jar of Celebrity Air. As he tells us, “Obviously, air molecules that were anywhere near two genetically blessed movie stars is worth more than the air molecules that are around the rest of us. I have additional pictures that also show Mr. Pitt in proximity to the Jar, as well as the sealing process of the Jar on-site.” After all that, we think he deserves to capitalize “Jar.” Fake Gallery, 4319 Melrose Ave., Hollywood; Thurs., Oct. 20, 8:30 p.m.; $5. (323) 661-0786.

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