The California Institute of Abnormal Arts is a 21st-century revival of the old-timey sideshow experience, serving up stage acts with modern-day freaks like a Guinness World Record holder who once balanced a refrigerator on his teeth for 10 seconds. This “other” CIA continues to bring bigger and better acts into the fold, including Nana Sasquatch, goth metal band Black Rage and “Sid Terror's 3-D Vault of Horror,” which features colorized moving images from the 1930s and '40s … in 3-D. Under this NoHo-based makeshift big top, the CIA's demented setting is a nod to the opium dens of Old Shanghai, which only adds to its trademark blend of oddball entertainment, consistently tinged with a curious and unexplained brilliance. 11334 Burbank Blvd., N. Hlywd., 91601. (818) 221-8065, ciabnormalarts.com. —Tanja M. Laden
Advertising disclosure: We may receive compensation for some of the links in our stories. Thank you for supporting LA Weekly and our advertisers.