FRIDAY, August 3
Bodies twisting in athletic feats of derring-do that cause the audience to gasp in horror and cry at the beauty of unrestrained physical movement. No, it’s not the X Games — well, actually they are in town — but the acclaimed troupe known as Hysterica Dance Co., which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with three world premieres and fashion costuming by Grey Ant. The L.A. Times calls them “very very raw, very very fragmentary, very very L.A.” John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., Hlywd.; Fri., Aug. 3, 8:30 p.m.; $25. (323) 461-3673.
Bodies twisting in athletic feats of derring-do that cause the audience to gasp in horror and cry at the beauty of unrestrained physical movement. Yep, every mother’s nightmare, X Games 13, comes to town for more death-defying fun. If you know that BMX Freestyle comes in Big Air, Park and Vert varieties, and can tell your SuperMoto from your Step Up, you probably already have your tickets. Events take place at both Staples Center and Home Depot Center, and you can find the whole confusing, multilayered schedule and ticket pricing at www.expn.com.
SATURDAY, August 4
Air guitar is out; Shred School is in. Your one-stop shredding lesson comes to town to teach you how to make sounds come out of your guitar that would make Hendrix rock & roll in his grave (God, literally, only knows what he’s doing in there). Some of the pros who’ve been tapped to fix your licks include Tool’s Adam Jones, Stone Temple Pilots’ Dean DeLeo, Deftones’ Stephen Carpenter and former Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5, among others. The Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Sat., Aug. 4, registration starts at 8 a.m.; $199. www.shred-school.com.
SUNDAY, August 5
Another year, another write-up of the Festival of the Chariots, celebrating 31 years of three stages of jangly entertainment by overeager Hare Krishnas (is that redundant?), 40-foot-tall chariots, plus, as is part of the ritual, the nastiest free feast you have ever thrown in the trash. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t add: Who’s sari now? Ocean Front Walk Plaza, 1530 Ocean Front Walk, Venice; Sun., Aug. 5, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; free. (310) 836-4342.
Sometimes the best events come from you, the reader. Witness: “I am just dropping you a line to let you know (or whomever might be interested at the L.A. Weekly) that we are having our annual memorial at Westwood Chapel for Marilyn Monroe on August 5th at 11am. Now this is going to be the 45th Anniversary of Marilyn’s passing and the event should probably have well over 200 people in attendance (estimates range as high as 300 .?.?. but who knows?). As the memorial does not let TV cameras in I thought L.A. Weekly might be interested in covering this event. Our speakers will include (but not limited to) author/actor John Gilmore, photographer Joshua Greene (Milton Greene’s son) and actress Mamie Van Doren. We are hoping for Jane Russell as well but she has not yet confirmed. Many of the fans will be here from around the world, some traveling as from as far as Germany and Australia. This should be a wonderful event. In addition the memorial will have a reception afterwards which will take us to the Hollywood History Museum where many NEW and RARE items are currently on special exhibit from the collection of Greg Schriener and Scott Fortner.” Signed, “Jill Adams.” Thanks, Jill Adams! You’re hired! Westwood Chapel, 1218 Glendon Ave., Wstwd.; Sun., Aug. 5, 11 a.m.; free. www.marilynremembered.org.
MONDAY, August 6
You don’t have to be a gal or be smart to enjoy the Smart Gals series Are You Interested? 365 Days/365 Plays: Week 39. The gals were inspired by playwright Suzan Lori-Parks’ play-a-day undertaking and came up with a week of community-based writing workshops followed by performance installations in MacArthur Park. There, the plays will be performed “undercover,” and it’s up to roving audience members to identify who’s performing among the crowd. Meeting place: Mama’s Hot Tamales, 122 W. Seventh St., dwntwn. Workshops, Mon.-Fri., Aug. 6-10, 7-9 p.m.: Mon.: poetry, Chris Davidson; Tues.: short fiction, Noël Alumit; Wed.: play writing, Arturo Aranda & Katy Hickman; Thurs.: nonfiction/developing a writing habit, Neda Pourang; Fri.: songwriting, Holly Ramos. Final performance installations: Sat.-Sun., Aug. 11-12, 10 a.m., noon & 2 p.m. (213) 487-4300.
TUESDAY, August 7
Today’s a great day to see the new exhibit The Arts in Latin America, 1492–1820. But while you’re at LACMA, you can also take in one of Katharine Hepburn’s lesser-known films, 1946’s Undercurrent, tagged, “Young bride Ann Hamilton soon begins to suspect that her charming husband is really a psychotic who plans to murder her.” Sound good? LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Exhibit: Aug. 5-Oct. 28; $9, $5 seniors & students, children under 17 free. Film: Tues., Aug. 7, 1 p.m.; $2, $1 seniors. (323) 857-6000.
WEDNESDAY, August 8
When typing “Harry Shearer,” I realized what a great product name that would be. I would definitely buy Harry Shearers. Anyway, aside from being a Simpsons regular and hosting his own NPR yak fest, Le Show, among other credits too enviable to mention, Shearer releases a CD, Songs Pointed and Pointless, this week. To celebrate, he’s performing Harry Shearer Unwigged, With Special Guests. Ooooohhhh — who could that be? His annoying wife, perhaps? House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Wed., Aug. 8, 8 p.m.; $20. (213) 480-3232.
THURSDAY, August 9
Many of you are probably too young to remember Debbie Does Dallas, the 1978 porn movie involving a cheerleader named, I’m guessing, Debbie. Ask your parents about it. Though it’s surprising Andrew Lloyd Webber never saw the theatrical potential in this romp, we finally have Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical. After a successful New York run, the show comes to L.A. and is described as “a saucy tongue-in-cheek romp.” Sure, but whose tongue’s in whose cheek? Your Debbie ticket gets you into an after party with the cast at DeGeneration. And be warned: There’s no sex or nudity in this DDD. Key Club, 9039 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; every Thurs., doors open at 8 p.m.; thru Aug. 30; $35-$55, $15 student rush. (310) 274-5800.