Jazzed? But Not Motivated?
FRIDAY, June 27
You fans of hip comedy: Let’s see — tickets to Katt Williams start at $50, plus parking ($1,000), beer ($2,000), indoor skydiving at iFLY on CityWalk ($39.95). Or you could go to Comedy Meltdown, where admission is free, beer is free (though a DUI is not; plan accordingly). Mary Lynn Rajskub headlines a bill that includes Kevin Seccia, Heather Thomson, Ben Kronberg and Chip Pope and is hosted by Jonah Ray. Meltdown Gallery, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd. ; Fri., June 27, 8:30 p.m.; free. (323) 851-7223 or www.meltcomics.com.
SATURDAY, June 28
How bad is the economy? If you listen to the National Wildlife Federation, which is getting on the loathsome stay-cation bandwagon by pushing The Great American Backyard Campout, this bad: “Turn off computers, TVs, iPods, Wiis, MP3 players, cell phones and all things high-tech, to experience a night with Mother Nature, listen for nocturnal wildlife (maybe even see a few), stargaze, cook outdoors, tell stories about Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, and explore a whole other world right in their [sic] own backyard.” Um, no thanks! If you must be among the trees and stars, head for Hollywood Bowl’s Sgt. Pepper’s . . . Revisited. Cheap Trick and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra perform the album in its entirety. As a bonus, Gomez singer Ian Ball, Billy Corgan and Nina Simone’s daughter Simone will be there. And the audience does “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” as if it’s been practicing since 1967. Hollywood Bowl, 1701 Highland Ave., Hlywd.; Sat., June 28, 8 p.m.; $10-$110. (213) 480-3232.
SUNDAY, June 29
Sorry, but you’re not getting anywhere near David Sedaris at Vroman’s today, so instead of a trip to the Pasadena bookstore, how about a little — make that a lot of — ocean air? Come to the re-opening of the the historic (by L.A. standards) Malibu Pier, built in 1905. The pier’s been shut down since a storm damaged it in 1995. The party’s a benefit for the Malibu Legacy Park Project, and you can check out the new Surfing Museum while enjoying hors d’oeuvres from the Beachcomber; a Ketel One ice bar serving up Gidget’s gimlets, Catalina sunsets and Zuma surfers; swing band Stompy Jones and a wine tasting. Yeah, my invitation got lost in the mail too. A portion of the ticket price and all of the proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Malibu Legacy Park Project; the park will be constructed in the Malibu Civic Center area, directly adjacent to significant natural resources. It will simultaneously improve water quality, restore native riparian habitat and preserve crucial open space. Malibu Pier, um, Malibu, by the ocean ... you know, the one off PCH; Sun., June 29, 5-9 p.m.; $75, $45 children. (310) 924-2824.
MONDAY, June 30
Bhangra? Yes. Bollywood in Hollywood? Bet your sweet barfi. The Ford Amp’s new J.A.M. Sessions — it stands for “Jazzed and Motivated” — features YOU dancing your buta off with cast members from the upcoming film Khel. John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hlywd.; Mon., June 30, 7 p.m.; free (free parking too). (323) 461-3673.
TUESDAY, July 1
I have more than a feeling you’re fooling yourself, babe, if you think Styx and Boston can scrounge up more than pieces of eight. The best of times was the late ’70s, so don’t let it end, and sing for the day, lady, while rocking the paradise. Don’t look back, blue-collar man, cuz Mr. Roboto’s a man I’ll never be. ... Clearly, I have too much time on my hands. Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City; Tues., July 1, 8:15 p.m.; $45-$75.50. (213) 480-3232.
WEDNESDAY, July 2
The 1968 Tony Palmer–directed music documentary, All My Loving — with the Beatles, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, the Who, Donovan, Cream and Frank Zappa — screens as part of the Mods & Rockers Film Festival, along with world premieres of Robyn Hitchcock: Sex, Food, Death ... and Insects and The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story. After all three films, you might be annoying to talk about music with. Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Wed., July 2, 7:30 p.m.; $10. Festival runs Thurs., June 26-Wed., July 9. (323) 466-FILM or www.modsandrockers.com (most confusing site ever, I think).
THURSDAY, July 3
It’s Fourth of July Eve, a perfect night to celebrate on the mainland with musicians from our 50th state. And since there aren’t going to be any fireworks at the Santa Monica Pier this year, you might as well come out a day early and listen to Hawai’ian music stars Keali’i Reichel, Na Leo and Weldon Kekauoha, who are putting together a One Hawai’i tribute to the mainland for the pier’s Twilight Dance Series. Please note the diacritical mark in the state’s name. They are very touchy about their vowels in the 50th state. Santa Monica Pier, end of Colorado Ave., Santa Monica; Thurs., July 3, 7 p.m.; free. www.twilightdance.org.
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