Over the Weekend: Oprah/KFC Backlash, Lebowski Fest, Video Game Girls Burlesque, Anthony Kiedis Gets Iggy Pop's Sweat in His Eye
Mother's Day may already be a Hallmark holiday but that didn't stop Oprah, KFC and El Pollo Loco from turning it into a full-blown, corporate flame (grilled chicken) war over the weekend. Is nothing sacred? As Gendy Alimurung reported on Saturday, "The latest installment in our continuing coverage of the free grilled chicken wars: competitor El Pollo Loco throws itself into the fray, says it will honor the Oprah/KFC free chicken coupons on Mother's Day. KFC, on the other hand, will not honor its own coupon on Mother's Day."
After learning of this news shocker, while many Angelenos spent their Saturday completely freaking out as to what they were going to get mom for Mother's Day now that the Oprah/KFC coupons were a bust, we slept in peacefully (recovering from Thursday and Friday's Lebowski Fest), dreamt of White Russians and Iggy Pop, and saved our energy for Saturday night's big Video Game Girl burlesque event at Bordello. Read on for details about our weekend completely unrelated to chicken...
Iggy Pop performs with Flea, Chad Smith and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols
"I'm not crying, that's just Iggy Pop's sweat in my eye," joked Anthony Kiedis at the MusiCares fifth annual MAP Fund Benefit at Club Nokia on Friday May 8, which honored him with a Stevie Ray Vaughn award for his support of addicts in the music industry. Kiedis was joined by performers Iggy Pop, Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, Bob Forrest of Thelonious Monster, plus Flea and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Read more in Nikki Darling's review of the event and view a full gallery of photos in Colin Young-Wolff's MusiCares slideshow.
Costume contest winners: [L-R] The Jesus, Maude, Walter and The Dude
What's better than two days of wannabe Dudes, Walters and Nihilists facing off to drink White Russians, bowl and watch the movie of all movies together? Nothing, that's what. Costumed fans of The Big Lebowski invaded the Wiltern and Cal Bowl, May 7 and 8, for Lebowski Fest 2009 and we were there to enjoy every piss-soaked-rug minute of it. Read Nicole Campos' reviews of the Day 1 movie party and Day 2 bowling party, and view a full gallery of photos in Timothy Norris' Lebowski Fest '09 slideshow.
Courtney Cruz as Metroid's Samus Aran
It was every gamer's wet dream come true at Bordello on May 9 as Devil's Playground presented Video Game Girls burlesque. The dancers arrived armed and outfitted for an arcade battle, with performances by Super Mario Bros. Princess Peach, Metroid's Samus Aran, Street Fighter's Chun-Li, The Legend of Zelda's Link and Princess Zelda, and BloodRayne's Rayne. Click through the Video Game Girls slideshow to see how they ranked by costume, skills used and execution.