FRIDAY, JULY 29 Where have the Thrift Store Cowboys been all my life? In Lubbock, Texas, and environs, playing their beautiful rootsy, even surf-y sound. They have a killer instrumental called Man We Ran Them Camels, and are also the first of three groups (and only one is classical) that feature violin in this weeks column. Genghis Cohen, 740 N. Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood; Fri., July 29, 9:30 p.m.; $8. (323) 653-0640. SATURDAY, JULY 30 Take your pick: Blessed be thy frame, or praise the Ford. Its time for the annual Blessing of the Cars. A real priest will add protection to your vehicle but that still doesnt mean you shouldnt use your turn signal. Please, for the love of God, use your freakin turn signal!!!!! Amen. And remember, speed kills. There will be art cars, bands and a competition for custom-made hot rods. Hansen Dam Park, Dronfield Ave. off Osbourne St.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; $5 admission, $20 cars/trucks, $10 motorcycles. (323) 663-1265. Have you ever sat up happy when you hear one of your beloved songs on the radio, only to have that happiness turn to ugly rage when some other, totally lame song suddenly slams into it and has the nerve to merge and squirm under it? Get that crappy song off my good song! Okay, so maybe we dont entirely approve of this business of cutting up and splicing together songs in the name of the mash-up, but Paul V, who brings mash-ups to the masses on Indie 103.1, has convinced us that hes doing the world a favor subverting shitty pop music. Mr. V turned us on to Ray of Gob (Madonnas Ray of Light vs. Sex Pistols Pretty Vacant) and ABBA & the Bunnymen (Voulez-Vous vs. The Killing Moon). Hes bringing San Franciscos first mash-up bootleg party Bootie to L.A. Okay, heres a challenge for you mash-up artists: Make Coldplay sound unboring. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; Sat., July 30, 9 p.m.; $8, $5 before 10 p.m. (213) 413-8200. SUNDAY, JULY 31 Theres a new comedy show in town so new its yet to be named. It kicks off with one of those alty dream-team lineups missing only Janeane Garofalo: Paul F. Tompkins, Blaine Capatch, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Jen Kirkman. Tom Hicks and Mindy Marzec are the producers, and Hicks claims theyre the only performer-free comedy producers in town. Hicks runs successful nights at the Knitting Factory and St. Nicks, but admits, Every show Ive done costs me one friend, so I can only do, like one or two more. Room 5 (above Amalfi), 143 N. La Brea Ave.; Sun., July 31, 7:30 p.m.; $5. (323) 938-2504. Bird of Paradise See Sunday So maybe the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas isnt exactly Bora Bora. American Cinematheques idea of a Tiki Luau Night includes a screening of the rarely seen 1951 Bird of Paradise (think South Seas exotica meets film noir, with Louis Jordan no less), plus special guests, including drink-mixing expert and author Beach Bum Berry, 97-year-old ukulele master Bill Tapia, hula dancers and tiki carvers, plus a performance by King Kukulele and the Friki Tikis. Dinner is also available (beware of poi). Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Sun., July 31, 5 p.m.; $9, dinner $12 (resv. required). (323) 466-FILM. MONDAY, AUGUST 1 Its Monday, its hot. Is a free concert or club experience too much to ask for? Here are two options: The 2005 Henry J. Bruman Summer Music Festival winds down with a performance by La Camerata, featuring violinist Philip Vaiman, guitarist Kenton Youngstrom and vocalist Marissa Steingold, performing music by Bach, Fauré, Debussy and de Falla. UCLA, Anderson School, Korn Convocation Hall, Westwood; Mon., Aug. 1, 1 p.m.; free. (310) 206-5078.And dont forget Spaceland is always free on Mondays. Starlite Desperation begin their August residency. This is a band that moved from Salinas to Detroit. At last theyve settled here in L.A., and theyve definitely brought some of the way-now Motor City sound with them. Spaceland, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd.; every Mon.; free. (323) 661-4380.TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 Architect Josh Schweitzers Smooth Box images of whimsically sexy body parts could just fire up your libido on this otherwise ordinary Tuesday. Hurry over, the exhibit ends next week. Glu, 7424 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood; thru Aug. 8. (323) 857-0510. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3 Normally we wouldnt send our worst enemy to the South Bay during the weekday rush hours (yes, hours), but when the payoff is a quality comedy show that benefits unloved doggies yes, its the Rover Rescue Benefit with comics Evan Davis and Maryellen Hooper the schlep is more than worth it. Comedy & Magic Club, 1018 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach; Wed., Aug. 3, 8 p.m.; $25, plus two-drink minimum. (310) 798-8811. THURSDAY, AUGUST 4 Once upon a beautiful day, an album cover flew down from the heavens picturing a lovely lass standing atop a mountain peak amid blue sky and clouds. It was 1969, and the band declared its 60s love with a name that was audacious for its sweetness: Its a Beautiful Day. Led by David and Linda LaFlamme, the bands big hit was a psychedelic/Jeffersonian Airplanean/electric-violined burner called White Bird. The lyrics promise, White bird will fly/he will fly-eye-eye-eye. The white bird flies again, with the seagulls, thanks to the beautiful city of Santa Monica and its Twilight Concert Series. Please, no talking while the White Bird flies. With Super Diamond, Hot August Night. Santa Monica Pier, Colorado & Ocean aves.; Thurs., Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m.; free. (310) 458-8900 or www.santamonicapier.org.
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