Photo by Sheri DitemanFRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Jerry Seinfeld’s wife gave birth to their third child (Shepherd Kellen Seinfeld, for those of you keeping track) less than two weeks ago, and the comic has wisely hit the road for a tour that we can only hope involves such topics as episiotomies and fontanelles. (“Why do they call it labor? The mother’s not getting paid. She’s just lying there! And what is it with the placenta, anyway?”) Long Beach Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach; Fri., Sept. 9, 7 & 10 p.m.; $45-$75. (323) 480-3232.A Night at the Copa With Pink Martini and Bebel Gilberto comes to the Hollywood Bowl for two nights. It took the so-called little orchestra only seven years (the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band one year after Revolver), but the wait has been worth it for Pink Martini’s Hang On Little Tomato follow-up to 1997’s Sympathique. It’s thrilling and beautiful and will be the CD to play at all those dinner parties you don’t invite me to. The sultry and tropical sounds of Brazilian singer Gilberto should be a heavenly accompaniment. The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood; Fri.-Sat., Sept. 9-10, 8:30 p.m.; $14-$33. (323) 850-2000.SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Hey, kids, it’s the Los Angeles County Fair, where the motto is “Kinder,
Simpler, Funnier.” (They forgot “Hotter.”) Everybody in town will be there. This
year’s highlights: Monster Truck Madness, Mariachi USA, live horseracing, winetasting,
cow-milking demonstrations and Crosby, Stills & Nash. And let’s not forget: deep-fried
avocados on a stick! Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona; Wed.-Thurs.,
11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-mid.; Sat., 10 a.m.-mid.; Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.;
Sept. 9-Oct. 2; $15 weekends, $10 weekdays; children $8 weekends, $6 weekdays;
seniors $12 weekends, $8 weekdays, $5 Weds.; children 5 & under free. Admission
is $1 on Fri., Sept. 9. (909) 623-3111 or www.fairplex.com
Has anyone ever said to you, “Meet me at the BLQ”? No? This weekend, head down
to L.A.’s BLQ (that’s the Byzantine Latino Quarter) for L.A. Greek Fest 2005
at St. Sophia Cathedral. The beautiful building was designed to look like the
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. You can munch on a Greek-Latino tostada and shake it
with Greek folk dancers. There’s also storytelling, theater and live music. Plus
all that Greek food. St. Sophia Cathedral, 1324 S. Normandie Ave.; Fri., Sept.
9, 5-11 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 10, 1-11 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 11, 1-10 p.m.; admission
free on Fri.; Sat.-Sun., $3; children under 12 free. (323) 737-2424 or
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
It’s the fourth anniversary of 9/11, and nobody can talk about that horrific day more searingly than a New Yorker. Especially when that New Yorker is a fast-talking, in-your-face comic named Reno who was just blocks away when the first plane hit. Reno: Rebel Without a Pause features the performer doing an updated version of her show that debuted in NYC just weeks after 9/11 and later became a film by Nancy Savoca. SPARC, 685 N. Venice Blvd., Venice; Sun., Sept. 11, 5 p.m.; $20 (benefits SPARC). (310) 205-9436.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
Amadou & Mariam’s new CD, Dimanche à Bamako, is like musical fudge — simple yet rich and divine. The couple met at the Institute for Young Blind People in Bamako, Mali, and have been making music together since the ’70s. Manu Chao produced and appears on the disc, which explains the nifty Mano Negra–like enchanting arrangements. The Knitting Factory, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Mon., Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m.; $22. (323) 463-0204. See Music feature and Music Pick.TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Screening in the City is a new film series that captures “the rich narratives of place.” More important, it offers us the opportunity to watch movies while drinking in a bar. The series kicks off with Chinatown in Chinatown, which is just too irresistible. Please refrain from saying, “It’s Chinatown, Jake,” too many times during the film. The Mountain, 473 Gin Ling Way, downtown; Tues., Sept. 13, 8:30 p.m.; free. (213) 625-7500.Julia Wolov and Dana Goodman’s previous sketch show, The Julia & Dana Show, was a dirty-mouthed hoot that included jabs at date rape, masturbation and lesbians. The word “furburger” was used gleefully. Their new show is The Adventures of Helen and Ellen. “We are actually calling it a ‘play’ because we wanted to add ‘playwright’ to our résumés! Just kidding,” says Wolov, or maybe Goodman. “It really is a play. It’s about two horny divorcées trying to make it in the big city.” You can bet it’ll be nasty. I.O. West, 6366 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; every Tues., 8 p.m., thru Sept. 27; $10. (323) 962-7560.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
As of press time, your Los Angeles Dodgers still suck at well below .500 for the season, yet they are still in second place behind the San Diego Padres. So, since the season ends in a few weeks, you should head to Chavez Ravine and root them on as they go against the Colorado Rockies. Rah-rah. Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park; Wed., Sept. 14, 7:10 p.m.; $6-$45 tickets still available. (213) 480-3232.THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
Director Jane Anderson’s film of Terry Ryan’s novel, The Prize Winner of
Defiance, Ohio, tells the story of the author’s mother, who entered and
won numerous contests on the backs of cereal boxes to help raise her 10 kids while
her husband was hitting the bottle. Sounds like The Brady Bunch meets Angela’s
Ashes. Q&A session with Anderson after the film. AFI at ArcLight, 6360
Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Thurs., Sept. 15, 8 p.m.; $11. (323) 464-4226.
Photo by Sheri DitemanFRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9