Schlocky movies emphasizing trippy fashions and rock & roll seem more culturally
relevant when they’re packaged under a groovy title like Mods & Rockers.
This year’s offerings go from camp (Valley of the Dolls, Barbarella) to
the truly weird, including the rarely seen Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget
Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?,
the X-rated disasterstarring
Anthony Newley and Joan Collins that many feel is a “muddled ego trip.” There
are actual good films offered, too, including A Hard Day’s Night, The Loved
and Blowup. At the Aero Theater (1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica)
and the Egyptian Theater (6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood); through July 17. For
He was neither mod nor a rocker, but Rembrandt was quite a Dutch treat (sorry).
The Getty screens little-known films on the artist for Celluloid Hagiography:
Looking at Rembrandt
, including an avant-garde costume drama and German silent
films, with discussions by Thomas Y. Levin. The Getty Center, Harold M. Williams
Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Dr.; Fri., July 8, noon & 7 p.m. (also Thurs., July
7, 7 p.m.); free, resv. required. (310) 440-7300.

Are you more the Maria or the lonely goatherd type? Me, I’m all Mother Abbess.
Yep, you don’t have to spend another Saturday night home alone singing along to
“My Favorite Things” again. Make some lederhosen out of your curtains and get
nunny at the Hollywood Bowl’s Sound of Music Sing-along. Let’s see, you
could dress as a deer, a female deer, or one little girl in a pale pink coat,
or a Nazi if you’re dumb as Prince Harry, or you could kill me now. Hollywood
Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hlywd.; Sat., July 9, 6 p.m. pre-show with costume
parade and performance by real von Trapp children (the captain’s grandchildren),
8 p.m. film; $60-$1. (323) 850-2000.
They rock it like they talk it: Ozomatli — an L.A. treasure somewhere between that Venice Beach guy on rollerskates and the Doors — headline another benefit for a good cause at the Ninth Annual Justice Ball. Proceeds benefit Bet Tzedek Legal Services, which provides free legal representation to low-income, elderly and disabled L.A. residents. The ball will also feature Boogie Knights and fake casino gambling. The Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd.; Sat., July 9, 8:30 p.m.; $150 & $75. (323) 656-9069.

Here we go again, as blurbologists from Reseda to Torrance simultaneously type
“Lotus entertain you.” The 28th annual Lotus Festival, “celebrating the
people and cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands,” offers scads of cultural
entertainment; an International Marketplace with arts and crafts, exotic foods
and beverages; martial arts exhibitions; carnival rides and games; an art show;
dragon-boat races on the lake; and “the second largest natural growth of lotus
flowers in the world.” Plus a health fair, fireworks, a tea garden and more. Echo
Park, Park Ave. betw. Glendale Blvd. & Echo Park Ave.; Sat., July 9, noon-10 p.m.,
& Sun., July 10, noon-8:30 p.m.; free, but there is a charge for food, rides,
and arts and crafts items. (213) 485-1310 or

Sounds like a nice date movie: “Secuestro Expressis the frightening
story of one young couple’s ordeal as they careen through the underbelly of Caracas,
Venezuela, in the hands of three thugs on a terrifying overnight journey through
Caracas.” The Hollywood Film Festival presents a sneak preview of the Miramax
film opening in August; Q&A session with journalist David Poland follows. ArcLight
Theaters, 6360 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd.; Mon., July 11, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 464-1478.
do you solve a
problem like George Carlin?
See Tuesday.


George Carlin without the booze and drugs? Isn’t that just a cranky old
man with a ponytail who hates Republicans? This is the man who coined the phrase
“Toledo windowbox” to describe his homegrown weed! He used to have four Vicodins
and two glasses of wine before a show, but now that he’s out of rehab, we imagine
he’ll be even more insightful, caustic and hilarious. Either that or a cranky
old man with a ponytail who hates Republicans. The Comedy & Magic Club, 1018 Hermosa
Ave., Hermosa Beach; Tues., July 12, 8 p.m.; $35, resv. required. (310) 372-1193.

He’s internationally known as an intrepid performance artist, but around here
at the Weekly, Ron Athey is the tattooed love god scoring the last package
of Pop Tarts from the vending machine. He almost never speaks in tongues around
the office, but for The Judas Cradle, he teams with soprano Julianna Snapper
for a “multimedia operatic drama using body and voice.” And when it says “using
body,” you can count on some intense prop-performer interaction. Part of Outfest.
REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., dwntwn.; Wed.-Sat., July 13-16, 8:30 p.m.; $25. (213)
480-7065. See Arts feature.

Today is Bastille Day. Fuck the French. Go to the Santa Monica Pier for Mali:
Tinariwen & Ramatou Diakite.
Tinariwen play the African equivalent of toe-tapping
music and Diakite is a singer known for a style of bluesy pop called wassoulou,
named for the region in Southern Mali where she grew up. Santa Monica Pier, end
of Colorado Blvd.; Thurs., July 14, 8:30 p.m.; free. (310) 458-8901.
Are San Franciscans funnier than us? Seems like it — or maybe it’s just the arrogance.
Find out when Beth Lisick comes to town to read from her latest book Everybody
Into the Pool,
whose introduction reads, “The stories in this book are about
turning out too weird to fit into the mainstream world, the one I came from, but
being too normal for the fringe world I found later.” What world are you in? Fais
Do-Do, 5257 W. Adams St.; Thurs., July 14, 8 p.m. (323) 931-4636.

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