Over the Weekend: DJ AM Dies, L.A. Fire Rages, Fight Breaks Out at the Echo and More

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Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 6:00 AM

There was definitely something in the air this weekend in Los Angeles, and it wasn't just ash and smoke. There was a restlessness only further provoked by the heat, raging fire and a week of high profile deaths that began with the loss of Ted Kennedy and Dominick Dunne and ended with that of Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein on Friday. Over the weekend Angelenos either escaped by getting their drink on while lounging pool side or escaped by getting their drink and fighting on the dance floor. Read on for more of what we did and who we saw...

Juno Director Jason Reitman DJs as Bad Meaning Bad at Key Club

click to enlarge Jason Reitman and Mateo Messina - SHANNON COTTRELL
  • Shannon Cottrell
  • Jason Reitman and Mateo Messina
It's easy to become a cynical dance floor junkie in Los Angeles, especially after the celebrity DJ invasion a few years back, where an army of musicians, actors, etc. took over booths to either have the club resident ghost DJ for them or commit horrifying acts of sonic assault on the crowd. Once in a while, though, a person better known for something else will step up to the decks and show the crowd just how DJing is done. ake Jason Reitman for example. Best known as the director of Thank You for Smoking and Juno, Reitman is also one half of the DJ duo Bad Meaning Bad. Along with composer-by-day Mateo Messina, he played a short but memorable set at the Key Club last Friday. Read more in Liz Ohanesian's "Juno Director Jason Reitman Takes to the Decks as Bad Meaning Bad."

Digital L.A. Pool Party at Pagoda Bar

click to enlarge Digital L.A. pool party - SHANNON COTTRELL
  • Shannon Cottrell
  • Digital L.A. pool party
Friends in online entertainment, marketing, advertising and tech schmoozed in their swimsuits for Digital L.A.'s pool party at Yamashiro's Pagoda Bar on Sunday. View photos in Shannon Cottrell's slideshow and read more in Alexia Tsotsis' "Digital Pool Party: Digital L.A. at Pagoda Bar."

Mark Burgess Plays Part Time Punks, Fight Breaks Out
click to enlarge Mark Burgess on stage before the crowd got unruly - SHANNON COTTRELL
  • Shannon Cottrell
  • Mark Burgess on stage before the crowd got unruly
It was something completely unexpected, that the former frontman of an '80s cult band who made his way to L.A. by little more than happenstance prompted a scene teetering on pandemonium. But, this was exactly what happened when Mark Burgess, formerly of The Chameleons, played Part Time Punks at The Echo Sunday night. Read more in Liz Ohanesian's "Mark Burgess Plays Part Time Punks, Fight Breaks Out."

Little Radio Summer Camp at Tony's Bar
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  • Timothy Norris
There was fun in the sun downtown on Sunday for Little Radio Summer Camp with music from Fool's Gold, The Ringers and Spider Problem. And let's not forget the water slide, the pool, or the BBQ from Wurstkuche. View more photos in Timothy Norris' slideshow.

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