Losanjealous Benevolent Society Events: April 13 – 19

losanjealous benevolent societyThe Losanjealous Benevolent Society gathers a weekly list of strange happenings and fun events in LA–the more ridiculous, the better. Visit our events calendar for the full list. And if you’re organizing or know of an event you think belongs on the list, send us info at tips@losanjealous.com.

FRIDAY

Billy The Mime @ Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
Billy The Mime is not for children or the easily offended .His routines include Dreams Of A Young Crippled Boy, A Day Called 9/11, and Columbine: School’s Out.

Grand Slam XV:
A 3-day sci-fi summit at the Burbank Airport Marriott. Please note: the Battlestar Galactica Breakfast requires a separate ticket. Through Sun 4/15.

Picks of the Harvest: Batch Four @ thinkspace
Group show featuring over 300 works of art from 120 artists representing 21 states and 10 countries. Through Fri 4/27.


SATURDAY

Andrew Brandou: As A Man Thinketh, So He Is
An exhibition of new paintings by Los Angeles artist Andrew Brandou. His first solo show with the gallery explores the history of Jim Jones and the People’s Temple, creating a visual roadmap of the Jonestown story.

Emanate @ Junc Gallery
Emanate is the kick off to our Spring program of exhibitions featuring a select group of emerging artists who in the Junc tradition continue to push the boundaries of illustration vernacular. This is the first time most artists have shown here and it’s a great opportunity to discover the next generation as they begin careers that we’re certain will have a tremendous impact.

Jesse Reno: Symbols and Beings @ BLK/MRKT
The first Los Angeles solo exhibition of Portland-based artist Jesse Reno. The innate beauty of Reno’s engaging, many-layered paintings invites the viewer into the artist’s complex personal mythology, which seeks to explore the increasing disconnect between humanity and nature. Through Sat 5/12.

L.A. Derby Dolls: Fight Crew vs. Tough Cookies
On April 14th, the Tough Cookies will be geared up to finally land that Fight Crew plane. Strap yourselves in, folks, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Meet Lamar Odom @ Macy’s Sherman Oaks Fashion Square
Courtesy of Perry Ellis and Travel + Leisure, meet Lakers triple-double threat, Forward Lamar Odom. First 100 guests receive complimentary Perry Ellis gift bags. Purchase $50 or more of Perry Ellis merchandise and you will receive a free basketball suitable for Lamar to autograph. 2nd level, Men’s Department. 2:00-3:30 pm.

Onesto: So Close to be Touched
Onesto began painting in 1992, and is well known on the Brazilian scene for his artwork and the graffiti videos he also produces. Opening reception Saturday April 21, 3 – 5pm in gallery D5. Through Sat 5/5.

Sexy Beasts
From the Detroit muscle car of the late 60’s and early 70’s, to the super-hip West Coast Chopper. These big engine machines exude raw masculine power, yet are ironically, most definitely feminine in form. With “Sexy Beasts,” Art Murmur Gallery seeks to commemorate these remarkable machines, while at the same time examine the paradox that is sleek icy beauty versus red-blooded untamed brawn. Through Sat 5/26.

Soft Paintings for Gentle People
Marion Peck’s first show at Billy Shire Fine Arts. Peck draws on innocence, attempting to capture a longing for a garden of Eden and successfully brings us to a place of beauty and peace where nothing bad would ever happen. Through Sat 5/19.

Star Wars Origami Experience
Learn how to create some of your favorite Star Wars characters and vehicles during three one-hour sessions with Chris Alexander and other origami experts! This fun workshop takes place in the California Science Center, starting at noon on Saturday, April 14, 2007. Chris, a seasoned member of Origami U.S.A. has created over 40 Star Wars origami figures. It’s easier than you think – the art of paper folding is at your finger tips!

Systema Naturae @ Nucleus
This exhibition will display four remarkable artists creating work visually and thematically to the ideas of Nature. Using “systems of nature” as a creative platform, they compose a body of work that explores our surroundings, behaviors, and mythologies and results in a beautiful and peaceful group of artwork creating a system that is imposed by the use of nature and or ideas of nature. Through Mon 5/7.

Wendy Heldmann – The Middle Distance @ sixspace
For her first solo exhibition at sixspace, The Middle Distance, Wendy Heldmann presents new series of paintings, works-on-paper, and video. The Middle Distance relates directly to a space found somewhere between the foreground and background but it also connotes the idea of compromise or neutrality (middle ground) between two positions. Through Sat 5/12.

Youthful Indiscretions
project: presents four exciting young artists on the edge of breaking out. Featuring: Derek Albeck, Rebecca Urias, Nate Frizzell and Edwin Ushiro.

SUNDAY

Tax Me Deadly
Tax Me Deadly follows the adventures of a hardboiled accountant searching through the loopholes for the dame with the big deductions. Tax Me Deadly’s combination of concert, murder mystery, burlesque show and sideshow stunts – including knife throwing, the bed of nails, fire-eating and more – must be seen to be believed.

The 1983 Burt Reynolds Dodgeball Open
In accordance with this being the official year of the Mustache the Los Angeles Dodgeball Society is proud to bring to you The 27th Annual Burt Reynolds Dodgeball Open aka Mustaches On Ice. This is a mandatory mustache tournament. All players must wear a mustache. Mustaches will be for sale at the event if you are not man or woman enough to grow one. Why Burt Reynolds? If you even need to ask this than I suggest you do some serious soul searching.

MONDAY

Shitfest @ El Cid
The rules are simple, film or videotape your funniest idea, in roughly a minute or less. We’ll air all submissions at El Cid, home of Garage Comedy, in front of a live audience. The winner, based on audience reactions, will receive $400 in cash and be crowned the victor and get to don the coveted Championshit Belt. Every month a new winner will be announced.

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