The countdown to the Thanksgiving holiday may have begun but that doesn't mean L.A. has slowed down one bit. From Medieval reenactments in parking lots to flamboyant concerts to costumed queen competitions, this weekend was all about extravagant performances. Here's what we did and what you might have missed:

Of Montreal's Vaudevillian Camp at the Hollywood Palladium


Photo by Timothy Norris. Click image for entire Of Montreal slideshow.

Jeff Weiss and Timothy Norris checked out Athens, Georgia-based band Of Montreal at the Palladium on Saturday night. According to Weiss, “W
Photo by Jackie Canchola. Click image for entire Metal on Metal slideshow.

Liz Ohanesian and Jackie Canchola stepped back in time at the Steve Allen Theater's “For the Glory of Steel” — an event where Medieval tournament battles collided with the mosh pit chaos of L.A. band Crom for a night of metal madness. Read Liz Ohanesian's report on the event, “Chivalry, Honor and Crom.”


Doo Dah Parade Queen Tryouts in Pasadena

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On Sunday I headed east into Pasadena for the Doo Dah Parade Queen Tryouts at the American Legion Hall. Royal hopefuls came in costume and performed their best talents for a panel of beer-guzzling judges. Best part? Dr. Demento was the MC and he introduced the event by saying, “Behind every good man is a woman…” The 2009 Doo Dah Parade will take place January 18th in historic Old Pasadena.