Glow, Baby, Glow!
FRIDAY, July 18
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Spirited Sails, by Kalim Chan and Dmitry Kmelnitsky. On view at Glow; see Saturday.
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Shih Chieh Huangs OC-03. On view at Glow; see Saturday.
We begin our week in a fresh, wholesome style and get progressively cutting-edgier. The hills are alive — for two nights — with the legendary Julie Andrews. She’ll host Julie Andrews: The Gift of Music. Though Andrews can no longer sing due to some weird vocal surgery she probably really regrets, she will introduce some fine singers — Stephen R. Buntrock, Christiane Noll, Anne Runolfsson, Kevin Odekirk and Jubilant Sykes (great name) — who will perform classic Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, many of which Andrews originally recorded. (This may actually be painful to watch.) The show will also feature a musical adaptation of Simeon’s Gift, the children’s book Andrews wrote with daughter Emma Walton Hamilton. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hlywd.; Fri.-Sat., July 18-19, 8:30 p.m.; $10-$114. (213) 480-3232.
SATURDAY, July 19
Are you ready to Glow? As the sun begins to set over the Santa Monica Pier, expect the tourists and kiddies to get their sun-parched minds blown. The Glow Network has gone all out for this all-night-long marathon that “takes its spirit from the fabled grunion that live in local waters and come ashore several times a year to spawn in the sand, creating a momentary sensation of iridescence.” Yeah, I didn’t know those randy little fish did drugs either, but whatever. Major commissions by artists Osman Haque and Shih Chieh Huang will be unveiled for you to interact with, along with loads of work by other artists. KCRW DJs and live musicians will keep revelers in the proper spirits, and something very cool is planned for the Ferris wheel, involving a revolving orchestra. And beware of the famed carousel, which gets a treatment by SASSAS and Dublab called “Tonalism.” And dig this — it’s all free. Santa Monica Pier, end of Colorado Ave., Santa Monica; Sat., July 19, 7 p.m.-7 a.m.; free. www.glowsantamonica.com.
SUNDAY, July 20
Attention, goths: Before you discovered your inner ghoul/vampire/moper, there was a show called Dark Shadows. There’s even a movie in the works, with Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, the 175-year-old vampire. Now do I have your morbid attention? Behold Dark Shadows Resurrected, a three-day convention and reunion featuring cast members Jonathan Frid, David Selby, Lara Parker, Kathryn Leigh Scott, John Karlen, Roger Davis, Jerry Lacy and others. Dramatic performances, Q&As, memorabilia sale and more await. Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank; Fri.-Sun., July 18-20; $15, $30 all three days. www.darkshadowsfestival.com.
MONDAY, July 21
The Dodgers are in Arizona today. You can pay respects at a new photography exhibit, Play Ball! Images of Dodger Blue, 1958-1988. The exhibit, curated by David Davis, features images of the team’s arrival in 1957, the Pulitzer Prize–winning photograph of Rick Monday’s rescue of the American flag, Fernando Valenzuela and many more. Los Angeles Central Library’s First Floor Galleries, 630 W. Fifth St., dwntwn.; Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m.; thru Nov. 9; free. (213) 228-7500 or www.lapl.org/events.
TUESDAY, July 22
Cartoon Dump! has been stinking up the Steve Allen Theater once a month. It’s a fake kiddie show hosted by Compost Brite (Erica Doering) with Frank Conniff (Frank on Mystery Science Theater 3000) as Moodsy, the clinically depressed owl introducing “worst cartoons ever.” I watched something called “Titan’s Training Tips” — and they ain’t lying. Recent guests have included Dana Gould, Greg Proops, the Sklar Brothers. Steve Allen Theater, Center for Inquiry–West, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Tues., July 22, 8 p.m.; $10. (323) 666-4268.
WEDNESDAY, July 23
Like magic? Like laughing? Derek Hughes’ Theatre of Magic fills both bills — and makes the bold promise, “It won’t suck.” Hughes is joined most every Wednesday by fellow magician and fellow Derek, Derek DelGaudio. A recent musical guest was Michael Penn, providing drop-in cred. The Little Room at Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A.; Wed., July 23, 9 p.m.; $10. (310) 855-0350.
THURSDAY, July 24
Audiences in France, England and Austria have witnessed “Ron Athey: Self-Obliteration #1: Ecstatic,” but we get a rare chance to see this performance as part of Resonate/Obliterate: A Showcase of Solo Performances, featuring Athey, Julie Tolentino and Juliana Snapper, dubbed “an evening of durational, minimal, and physical live artworks.” Athey’s piece continues his Incorruptible Flesh series and explores the concept of “death rattle” (which means leave the kiddies and easily upset types at home). Remy’s on Temple, 2126 W. Temple St., L.A.; Thurs., July 24, 8:30 p.m.; $25-$50 suggested donation. (323) 661-0322.
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