Losanjealous Benevolent Society: August 24 – 30
The Losanjealous Benevolent Society assembles a weekly list of happenings and events in LA. If you are putting on or know of an event you would like us to include, leave the info below or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sexopolis Hollywood @ Henry Fonda Theater
From the creators of Bondage Ball comes this “Massive Erotic Themed Pajama Party”/”Kink-O-Rama.” Hosted by Ron Jeremy and Seymore Butts. Special guest hosts Sunny Lane, Joanna Angel, Ava Rose and, Ron’s favorite, Courtney Cummz, among many other whores. Features a porn star talent search for all you aspiring porn stars and a “Best & Sexiest Pajama Contest.” Something tells me there wil be some overlap between “sexy” and “best” pajamas. $20 pre-sale.
Some of the jewels of Latin American cinema–an industry stretching back to the silent era that has produced thousands of commercial and art-house films and a galaxy of stars virtually unknown outside the Spanish-speaking world–will be celebrated at LACMA on the occasion of the exhibition The Arts in Latin America, 1492–1820. Guest appearances by two distinguished filmmakers who will discuss their films onstage and engage in a Q&A with the audience: actor Gerardo Taracena (The Violin) and director Fina Torres (Oriana). The Violin, 7 pm; Memories of Underdevelopment, 9:30 pm.
Artists from the U.S. include Caroline Hwang, Ben Woodward, feric, Dan-ah Kim, and Brian Ralph; from Japan: Eishi Takaoka and Kohei Yamashita; from Spain: Olaf Ladousse; from England: French (yes, that’s his name). Together this diverse group of artists delves into different mediums (including silk screen printing, carved wood, simple pen-and-ink drawings) and styles. Not afraid to do the traditionally non-artist “thing” of blending art with products, many of the artists are known across different mediums and by a huge cross-section of people, giving them a wide reach and appealing “to the masses.” This art exhibition will feature their fine art which, for most of these artists, is their primary focus. Opening Reception, 7-10pm. Free Valet Parking. 3521 Helms Avenue, Culver City. Through Sept. 8.
Obviously this is by and large a rock show, but there’s also comedy, art and spoken word stuff worth checking out. Check out Bob Odenkirk and Salvador Plascencia among the other non-rock types. Artwork by Milano Chow, Raymond Pettibon, Tim Presely, Danny Gibson, Travis Millard, Mechgod, Skull Phone and others.
Sarah Silverman @ Largo
What can you say about Sarah? She’s a womanchild genius and one of about 3 or 4 funny living females. As much as I continue to like her, a tiny cynical part of me thinks she has been doing the same act for the last 10 years or so. But I wouldn’t pass up a chance to see her.
Writer and MacArthur Genius Award recipient Alma Guillermoprieto visits ZÃ³calo to explore the importance of music and song in transmitting the spirit of Mexicanness. In a fascinating multimedia lecture, Guillermoprieto uses contemporary Mexican music to illuminate evolving notions of Mexican national identity. By exploring iconic lyrics and film clips that have been considered typically Mexican–both in Mexico and abroad–Guillermoprieto examines the very idea of mexicanidad. BP Hall inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall. 7 pm. Free.
Three talented women will take the stage at Largo for the fifth installment of the Book*Smart Nightclub series. Julie Orringer will read, John Krasinski will do a surprise bit, and Aimee Mann will play us some tunes. Call Largo for reservations – 323-852-1073. All proceeds go to benefit student programming at 826LA.
One night only special event… Lucha VaVOOM 5th Anniversary Show & Party! No Intermission – No seats on the floor to make room for our Big Dance party with all the Wrestlers, Dancers & Comedians Immediately following. General Admission tickets include standing-room-only floor! Expect to see: Return of the mini chicken! Grudge re-match – Cassandro vs. Ruby Gardena: last time Ruby’s head was shaved! Kamikaze Comedy: a different comedian for each match! Dance and mingle with all of your Lucha VaVOOM faves! Dirty Sanchez, Human Tornado, Lola La Cereza, Chupacabra, Poubelle Twins and more. 8 pm. $30.
This exhibition will feature over 80 examples of 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century ephemeral advertising sheets known as broadsides, from the collection of Los Angeles-based performer, scholar, and collector, Ricky Jay. Mr. Jay is considered one of the world’s great sleight of hand artists, and is a respected author, actor, and consultant. His holdings constitute one of the most unusual collections of these playbills in the world. The majority of the pieces in this exhibition are thought to be unique. The subjects of these broadsides mirror the unusual and fantastical interests of Jay, with an emphasis on remarkable entertainers and visual deceptions. Many of these works are featured in Jay’s book Extraordinary Exhibitions, which explores a mix of “sensational, scientific, satisfying, silly, and startling attractions” ranging from an armless dulcimer player and a singing mouse, to an equestrian bee-keeper and a mermaid. Opening night.