Another Lost Weekend?
FRIDAY, March 3
Four former ’80s bandmates reunite for a tribute to the breakout star of the group, who died 15 years earlier, in The Tribute. The show stars Crissy Guerrero, Tracy De Nisi, Laura Milligan and Pinky Turzo, all four of whom co-wrote the play, along with Mr. Guerrero, Dave Foley, who also directs. The amazingly rocktastic pianist Gere Fennelly leads the band. Guerrero and De Nisi were both in Andy Prieboy’s incredible rock opera White Trash Wins Lotto (which has mysteriously disappeared . . . Andy? Annnn-dddeeee?). Foley, who, unlike Zach Galifianakis, returned our call, says working on the show is the most fun he’s had in years. His favorite moment in The Tribute? “My wife’s solo,” he replies, like any good husband would. The Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd.; Fri.-Sat., March 3-4, 8 p.m.; $15. (323) 960-7785.
SATURDAY, March 4
“Hallo. Vould you like a roll in ze hay? It’s fun. Roll, roll, roll in ze hay.” Teri Garr’s deadpan performance as Inga in Young Frankenstein is pure comic genius — the type of thing that never wins Oscars, dammit. Her pronunciation of “enormous schwanzstucker” is just another classic moment in film history. And if imdb.com is to be believed, Madeline Kahn passed on the Inga role, and Garr got the part after Mel Brooks asked her to come back the following day with a German accent, to which she replied, “Vell, yes, I could do zee German ackzent tomorrow — I could come back zis afternoon.” The film screens as part of American Cinematheque’s “Lasting Impressions” series, with Ed Crasnick conducting a conversation with the actress. Then, on Sunday, let’s all gather outside the Kodak Theater and demand an honorary Oscar for the brilliant Ms. Garr. Garr also signs her autobiography, Speed Bumps: Flooring It Through Hollywood,at Every Picture Tells a Story (1311-C Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 6:30 p.m.). Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Sat., March 4, 7:30 p.m.; $9. (323) 466-FILM.
SUNDAY, March 5
Not everyone in Tinseltown is fretting over their Oscar-party menu (mint juleps for Capote; Camel cigarettes for Good Night, and Good Luck;nut logs for Brokeback Mountain).There are other things to do than watch the telecast preceded by 19 hours of pre-show coverage. Not that you could pay me to do any of them, but here are a few options for the real Super Sunday.
You can hang out with other people who have no idea there’s an awards show today at a Fuck the Oscars! Medical Marijuana Comedy Benefit with Joe Rogan, Rick Overton, Ngaio S. Bealum, Chuck Roy and others. Comedy Store, 8433 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Sun., March 5, 9 p.m.; $20. (323) 656-6225.
If Joaquin Phoenix is not present to accept his award, chances are he’s at the Friendship Square Quilt Guild’s Album of Quilts. That man knows his batting from his bearding. UFCW Auditorium, 8550 Stanton Ave., Buena Park; Sat., March 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., March 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; $6. (562) 947-3595.
Sarakasi,an amazing troupe of acrobats from Kenya, perform an eye-boggling afternoon performance, sans Joan Rivers. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Dr., Cerritos; Sun., March 5, 3 p.m.; $21-$41. (562) 467-8818.
Or if you’re good at talking your way into parties, put on something fab and show up at the Pacific Design Center around 9 p.m. when the celebrities arrive for Elton John’s AIDS Foundation bash.
MONDAY, March 6
This could be the last time; this could be the last time. Babe-eee, the last time you see The Rolling Stones before they go back into exile on Main Street. You can’t always get what you want . . . but after this show, it’s all over now. And that’s sad, sad, sad. Or is it happy? Time isn’t exactly on their — or our — side. The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood; Mon., March 6, 7:30 p.m.; $60-$$5,030. (213) 480-3232. See Music Pick.
TUESDAY, March 7
You don’t often hear how television co-stars have strong friendships once the show ends. (Laverne? You called Shirley lately?) But The Odd Couple’s Jack Klugman and Tony Randall were tight buddies on and off the set. When Klugman developed throat cancer, Randall was by his side, encouraging him and helping him get his career back. Klugman presents and signs Tony and Me: A Story of Friendship at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Tues., March 7, 7 p.m.; free. (310) 659-3110.
WEDNESDAY, March 8
When your uncles are named Ira and George, you better deliver a knockout “Embraceable You” or otherwise stay off the stage. That’s not too much pressure, is it? Alexis Gershwin keeps the family flame alive in Gershwin Sings Gershwin, complete with full-bodied versions of “The Man That Got Away” (shouldn’t that be “who got away”?), “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Wed., March 8, 8:30 p.m.; $20. (323) 466-2210.
THURSDAY, March 9
Having gone through more comebacks than a boomerang, Steve Wynn’skiller new album . . . Tick . . . Tick . . . Tick with his band the Miracle 3isfull of rocking scorchers. Some of the lyrics, such as on “All the Squares Go Home,” make you wish Springsteen could still write like he used to. Wynn left/abandoned L.A. for NYC about a decade ago, but, see, they always come back .?.?. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; Thurs., March 9, 8:30 p.m.; $8. (213) 413-8200.
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