Over the Weekend: Plushies & Furries, The Cure's Secret Show, Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, Idealist Propaganda and Unique L.A.

For those of you who barricaded yourselves indoors with Netflix because of this weekend's "storm watch," let me just say -- damn, you missed out on some amazing events. Here at the L.A. Weekly, we tossed our umbrellas in the back seat, took our chances with the drizzle and hit up everything from Rick Castro's NC-17 screening of his Plushies & Furries documentary to the Echoplex's Christmas Sweater Festival to the Cure's super intimate gig at the Troubadour. Jealous? Read on for more of what we did and who we saw:

Fetish Film Night: Rick Castro's Plushies & Furries Screening at the Egyptian Theater

Over the Weekend: Plushies & Furries, The Cure's Secret Show, Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, Idealist Propaganda and Unique L.A.
Rick Castro screened his Plushies & Furries documentary as part of "Fetish Film Night" at the Egyptian Theater on December 12. Prior to the screening, there was a display of sexually explicit plushie and furry art and Castro later joined the audience for a Q&A. Read Paul Gaita's preview of the event and click the image for the entire NSFW slideshow.

The Cure Play The Troubadour for Surprise MySpace Show
Over the Weekend: Plushies & Furries, The Cure's Secret Show, Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, Idealist Propaganda and Unique L.A.

That's right, L.A. Weekly was lucky enough to get in to the Troubadour on December 13 for the nearly three-hour Cure show, courtesy of MySpace Music. Read Randall Roberts' review, "The Cure Tear Up the Troubadour at Surprise MySpace Show," and watch his video clips from the performance. (Image courtesy of (Frank Micelotta/Getty Images for MySpace.)

Christmas Sweater Festival at the Echoplex

Over the Weekend: Plushies & Furries, The Cure's Secret Show, Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, Idealist Propaganda and Unique L.A.

Nothing says the holidays like an ugly sweater party. The Echoplex threw its Christmas Sweater Festival on December 13 with bands the Pity Party, Happy Hollows, the Deadly Syndrome, Amnion and Castledoor. Click the image for Timothy Norris' slideshow of the best and worst Christmas sweaters you've ever seen.

Glen E. Friedman Idealist Propaganda Opening at Subliminal Projects Gallery
Over the Weekend: Plushies & Furries, The Cure's Secret Show, Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, Idealist Propaganda and Unique L.A.

Legendary Dogtown Z-Boys and music photographer Glen E. Friedman celebrated the opening of his retrospective exhibit, Idealist Propaganda, at Subliminal Projects gallery on December 13. The event was packed and drew big names like hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, Shepard Fairy, director Brett Ratner, Zephyr's Jeff Ho and Rage Against the Machine/One Day as a Lion frontman Zach de la Rocha. Read Jeff Weiss' interview with Friedman, "The Raw Power of Glen E. Friedman," and click the image above for the Idealist Propaganda slideshow.

Unique Los Angeles Design and Gift Event

Over the Weekend: Plushies & Furries, The Cure's Secret Show, Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, Idealist Propaganda and Unique L.A.

December 13-14's Unique Los Angeles was a two-day Downtown shopping event that featured 200 of the best independent designers and artists from across the city. Read Gendy Alimurung's blog about the event, "What Happens When 200 DIY-sters Get in a Room," and check out all the goodies she discovered in her Unique L.A. slideshow.



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