LAWeekly — April 11, 2013
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fri 4/12

COMEDY

The Sweet Six

March Madness isn’t just for basketball or stir-crazy people anymore — now comedians are getting in on the action. Tonight (postponed from a few weeks ago, thanks to scheduling issues at the Hollywood Improv) is the final matchup in the seventh annual March Comedy Madness tournament, or, you know, the one early-spring elimination competition that actually matters. Hosted by comedian and Costa Rican expat Josh Filipowski , at this show, much as in life, applause from the audience determines the winner. Will the final victor be Nick Cobb? Nate Craig? Paige Wesley? Will Jeremiah Watkins emasculate Dennis Lavender ? There are, of course, far too many comics who’ve competed in the tourney — 64 in total — to list here, but tonight, as the final six battle to determine just one champion, you get to see them in their natural habitat. Their sweaty, gritty, fear-fraught habitat: a place in which harsh truths are delivered with laughter, and life is grappled with in mortal combat, just to make you happy. Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Beverly Grove; Fri., April 12, 11:59 p.m.; $12. (914) 629-1225, hollywood.improv.com. —David Cotner

FESTIVALS

The Monster Mash

Whether scaly, one-eyed, furry, slimy, winged, shambling or even undead, monsters are a near-universal fascination. Yet lurking among us are a cult of zealots for whom they have almost religious significance. For that sickly sect, Monsterpalooza is like a three-day Christmas in Hades. (That’s a good thing.) A mind-rending compendium of makeup and effects artists, filmmakers, actors, vendors, panels, screenings and general hoopla, this is the most horrific gathering anywhere. (Again, trust us: That’s good.) Friday’s highlights includes the premiere of a new documentary on stopmotion genius Ray Harryhausen and a special 80th-anniversary celebration of King Kong. Saturday has a Q&A with makeup maven Tom Savini, as well as a reunion of the original cast of Japanese small-screen sci-fi fave Ultraman. And Sunday features 2001: A Space Odyssey’s Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood discussing Kubrick and, yes, HAL, along with nonstop screenings and appearances by the legendary horror empress Barbara Steele, the one and only Linda Blair, the one-man horror encyclopedia Johnny Legend, a gaggle of Karloff, Chaney and Lugosi family members and monstrously more. Expect cultural fetishism at its lowest — and most rewarding. Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, 2500 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank; Fri., April 12, 6-11 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., April 13-14, 11 a.m.-6 p. m.; Fri. & Sun., $20; Sat., $25, $50 for a three-day pass. (818) 843-6000, monsterpalooza.Com/april2013/index.html. —Jonny Whiteside

sat 4/13

ART

See What Develops

If it’s April, it’s the Month of Photography Los Angeles. MOPLA has fast become a highlight of the annual art calendar, combining the concentration of a fair with the sprawl of the city, and involving both lengthy and one-night exhibitions at proper galleries and intriguing pop-ups all over the geographical and stylistic map. One of the most anticipated is the weeklong pop-up presenting Kirk Pedersen: Urban Asia and Susan Swihart: Passing/Outdoors With Jamie Burris . Swihart’s color-rich, surrealistic chronicling of a performance work by Burris combines interpretive shooting with documentary intention; Pedersen’s takes up the age-old tradition of the wandering street photographer but gives it a decidedly modern twist by examining the visually overwhelming urban environment. (Stalking the world’s walls also inspired Pedersen’s love of street art and his founding of the acclaimed street- and photo-centric Zero+ Publishing. ) The Asian metropolises explored through Pedersen’s lens are not the only cities in the world blanketed in thick layers of advertising, commercial signage and expressively aging architecture; but for Western audiences, the foreignness of language and cultural vernacular adds to the wonderment — and the satisfaction of ferreting out the familiar. MOPLA Pop-Up Gallery, 725 S. Los Angeles St., dwntwn.; Sat., April 13, 6-9 p.m.; runs through April 19; free. Mopla.org/programs. —Shana Nys Dambrot

DANCE

The Best of What’s Around

In a season filled with wonderful out-oftown companies dropping in for a bit of SoCal spring, only to take the ticket proceeds back to entertain their home audiences, L.A.’s own bring it all home with the second edition of the Los Angeles Dance Festival. Co-sponsored by Diavolo Dance Company and Brockus Dance Project, the festival fills a weekend with performances by 16 top-notch companies, along with open classes and discussions focusing on what is distinctive about the participating troupes, which range from contemporary to ballet to modern to aerial. Saturday’s two performances include Ate9 dANCE cOMPANY, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Luminario Ballet, Contemporary Modern Dance Cooperative, Ptero Dance Theater, Regina Klenjoski Dance Company, Clairobscur Dance Company and Invertigo Dance Theater. Lula Washington returns for Sunday’s two shows, along with Kin Dance Company, Dance Body Dance, L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, Dorn Dance Company, motion/ TRIBE, Pennington Dance Group and Kybele Dance Theater. It’s a great chance to catch up with local troupes, plus the ticket money stays here to fund shows in the months to come. There’s not enough room here to talk about all of them, but you’ll find great information and links to the participating companies at ladance fest. Org. Brewery Arts Complex, 616 Moulton Ave., Lincoln Heights; Sat., April 13, 6 & 9 p. m.; Sun., April 14, 5 & 8 p.m.; $22 advance purchase, $30 at door, $40 advance purchase for both shows. Ladancefest.org/LADanceFest.org/Tickets_and_Registration. html. —Ann Haskins

sun 4/14

FESTIVALS

How We Got Here

Don’t even try telling this to those snobbish New Yorkers, but Southern California in general, and Los Angeles in particular, are brimming with culture — so much so that we need an official day to reflect on the awesomeness of both. Hence L.A. Heritage Day, an event that started in 2008 and brings food, activities and booths highlighting more than 50-plus organizations dedicated to preserving the city’s heritage. That probably includes some you’ve never heard of. Take the Culinary Historians of Southern California, who hold monthly programs themed around food, with snacks to match (history of peanut butter, anyone?). Since today’s event is being held at El Pueblo Historical Monument, you can be schooled with free tours from the Chinese American Museum, Olvera Street and more. And for the kids? Scavenger hunts! Pico House at El Pueblo Historical Monument, 424 N. Main St., dwntwn.; Sun., April 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; free. Laheritage.blogspot.com/. —Eva Recinos

mon 4/15

CLASSICAL/LITERARY

And Beethoven Begat Tolstoy ...

Art is often as much a method of making connections — this leaf inspiring that poem inciting that song — as it is a linear blast of pure creativity. The Westside Connections Series was born in a rather canny observance of this effect. An initiative of the L.A. Chamber Orchestra, tonight’s Connection, the third, brings author Mona Simpson together with concertmaster Margaret Batjer and a small ensemble, including Chamber music director Jeffrey Kahane (who is also a pianist) to discuss the connections between composers Leoš Janácek and Beethoven and author Leo Tolstoy. UCLA English prof Simpson, whose most recent book is the classical music–heavy 2011 My Hollywood, talks about how Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major (the Kreutzer Sonata, named in honor of the composer’s contemporary violin maestro Rodolphe Kreutzer , who scorned the work when he heard it) inspired Tolstoy’s incredibly depressing novella The Kreutzer Sonata, which itself was an inspiration for Czech composer Janácek’s String Quartet No. 1. Inspiration isn’t like a roomful of monkeys at copying machines making copies of copies but instead perhaps a series of monkeys on springboards diving into an infinite ocean of imagination. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica; Mon., April 15, 7:30 p.m.; $50. (213) 622-7001, thebroadstage.com. —D.C.

tue 4/16

FILM

The 16 Faces of Sally

Flora Rheta Schreiber ’s 1973 Sybil, about a woman with 16 personalities manifested from an abusive childhood at the hands of her schizophrenic mother, sold 6 million copies and made Shirley Ardell Mason the most famous American case of multiple personality disorder. But in 2011, Debbie Nathan’s book Sybil Exposed proved that the story was mostly a lie perpetrated by the author, Mason and Mason’s unethical psychiatrist, Cornelia B. Wilbur. Tonight, Cinefamily screens a 16mm print of the 1976 CBS made-for-TV adaptation of the book, also titled Sybil, but which we like to call Gidget Goes Crazy. This was Sally Field’s first starturning and Emmy-winning role — years before Norma Rae, Steel Magnolias and Forrest Gump, and way, way after Gidget and The Flying Nun. In it, she plays the titular, mousy grade-school teacher with too many voices inside her head, who goes around screaming about “The People! The People!” and drives her fist through a lot of windows. Our favorite through a lot of windows. Our favorite personality? Vicky, the sophisticated one, who wears red lipstick, speaks French and rocks a fabulous French twist. Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave.; Tues., April 16, 7:30 p.m.; $12. (323) 655- 2510, cinefamily.org. —Siran Babayan

FOOD/CONVERSATIONS

Badass Chef, Meet Badass Chef

As part of his aptly named Guts and Glory tour, TV personality, author and chef Anthony Bourdain — also known as that dude who eats crazy shit on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations — will share stories alongside chef-author Roy Choi, whose Kogi trucks made L.A. fall hard for both the now ubiquitous Korean-inflected taco and the even more ubiquitous food truck. For one night only, the chefs share personal stories and let you ask anything you want in a Q&A session. If you can’t stomach the idea of meeting these bad boys of the food world without getting a photo with them, you can shell out a few extra bucks for a VIP ticket. That gives you better seats, a sweet poster and access to a meet-and-greet. Book Soup will be on hand with copies of Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw. Bon appetit! Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Tues., April 16, 7:30 p.m.; $55-$75. Broadwayla.org. —E.R.

ART/CLOSINGS

This Is Not My Beautiful House

For Your Art, a space inside a gallery across from LACMA, continues to present eclectic pop-up projects, including the current interdisciplinary group show, DIALOGUES: Los Angeles-Paris/Art- Architecture. For the latest in an impressive run of programs from the Ceci N’est Pas?... initiative, curator François Perrin takes a look at L.A.’s French connection through the prism of another crosscurrent — the conceptual relationship between art and architecture. Among those in this ambitious, cross-disciplinary gathering are some who identify primarily as visual artists (video installation artist and photographer Doug Aitken, sculptural installation artist Pae White, sculptor Alice Könitz ), some whose practice is decidedly architectural but who make forays into less functional structural experiments (Barbara Bestor), and many whose work draws equally on aspects of several disciplines (multimedia situationist Fritz Haeg , conceptual omnivore Piero Golia ). Many of the artists and architects show work outside the expected genres, with graphics, models, sketches, drawings and other process materials providing deeper insight into their creativity. On view since April 2, tonight’s closing reception and panel discussion feature a conversation with Barbara Bestor and critic Andrew Berardini , in a very civilized midweek affair appealing to the chardonnay-sipping, boundary-blaster in everyone. Vive la difference! For Your Art, 6020 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-City; Tues., April 16, 6-8 p.m.; free. Cnp-la.org. —S.N.D.

thu 4/18

BOOKS

Her Milkshakes Bring All the Boys to the Yard

It’s been a hectic five years since Seattle chocolatier Autumn Martin founded Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery , a purveyor of organic American comfort desserts (a pleasant pleonasm if ever there were one). As if becoming pastry master at Seattle’s Canlis restaurant and head chocolatier at Theo Chocolate, the first roaster of organic and fair trade–certified cocoa in the United States, weren’t enough, now Martin presents her new book, Malts & Milkshakes: 60 Recipes for Frosty, Creamy Frozen Treats, which shows you how to make milkshakes yourself without ever having to trot down to the local fast-food dump and subject yourself to its never-ending retinue of culinary atrocities. Can you stand the concept of a booze-infused or a Bacon Oatmeal Raisin Cookie shake? Also, Martin has the metabolism of a laser beam, so she must be doing something right in the building of her apparently deadly dessert treasures. Diesel Books, 225 26th St., Ste. 33, Brentwood; Thurs., April 18, 7 p.m.; free, book is $17.99. (310) 576-9960, dieselbookstore.com. —D.C.
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