The fourth annual Hollywood Fringe Festival is underway, with record attendance already. Running through June 30, the Fringe is hosting five big party nights, which began with their Opening Night Gala on June 12. For more info, check out their website.
AXS TV’s hit, The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands, is currently on hiatus and scheduled to return on July 15 when Season 2 kicks off with Space Oddity, a tribute to the music of David Bowie.
For all you sports fans out there, the NBA and NHL are winding down their playoffs and baseball (Go Brewers!) is back in full swing. Both the hometown teams (Angels and Dodgers) have created special events to get you into their stadiums. Where do you like to catch the action? Don’t forget all the great sports bar in our area, including my favorite, Hooters in Burbank.
As usual, there are plenty of things to do here in LA, so here are a few suggestions of things to do this weekend and next week.
Reading is always a great escape, and our local bookstore, Skylight Books is one of the best around. Tonight catch Alysia Abbott as she reads from Fairyland at 7:30 p.m. Tomorrow at 5 p.m., Elizabeth Ross will read from Belle Epoque. Then on Monday at 7:30 p.m., Rob Yardumian will read from The Sounds of Songs Across the Water. On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Susie Norris and Susan Heeger will discuss their cook book Hand-Crafted Candy Bars. Finally on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Tao Lin reads from Taipei. Take some time and enjoy this jewel of Los Feliz, where you can catch up on some great reads and do some shopping.
It’s never a bad time to catch a movie, and this weekend is no exception. This weekend, at the Vintage Cinemas Los Feliz 3 you can catch The Internship or This is the End, screening at 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m. or 9:45 p.m. In addition, This is the End will screen at midnight. Over at the Vintage Cinemas Vista Theatre, it’s the latest reboot of the Superman series with Man Of Steel, screening at 1:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:50 p.m. and midnight.
Plenty of plays out there for all you theater lovers, besides the multitude available at the Fringe. Check out www.plays411.com and www.Goldstar.com for discounts and listings.
There are also great venues in town to catch the latest indie music. Don’t miss these great shows this week:
For something different, check out the Tuesday LA Underground Superstars show at Simply Thai on Hillhurst – the food is divine and the show features four different acts each week – it’s a can’t miss combination.
Tonight at The Greek Theatre catch the first of three nights for Barry Manilow at 8 p.m. each night. Next Thursday, it’s Summer of Love meets the Joker of Love, with the Steve Miller Band and The Doobie Brothers, starting at 7:30 p.m.
This week at the Hotel Cafe is going to be incredible. I recommend the following shows: The Young Romans at 8 p.m and Carsten Kranzer at midnight tonight; Sunday Summer Jazz and Jam, beginning at 7 p.m. on Sunday; and Clare Means at 8 p.m., followed by Caitlin Crosby at 9 p.m. on Thursday.
Over at WitZend in Venice, I recommend the following The Sing-Off’s Moi Navarro at 9 p.m., followed by Connie Lim at 10 p.m. and Nicki Bove at 11 p.m. on Saturday and Pi Jacobs at 7 p.m., followed by Melissa Polinar at 9 p.m. on Thursday.
If you enjoy the outdoors, don’t forget about the local farmers’ markets on Wednesdays from 12-6 p.m. at Barnsdall Park and on Sundays from 10-4 p.m. at the Post Office. There’s also a farmer’s market at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park on Saturdays from 10-5 p.m.
Don’t forget iTunes, ReverbNation and YouTube – be adventurous and be the first to discover new talent – then share it with us all.
For more great options, check out this week’s LA Weekly and click on the Music tab.
Have a great week, enjoy Los Feliz and Griffith Park, and we’ll catch you soon with an update. Please feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com with any comments, suggestions or questions. Also drop me a line if you or your group or business has an event you’d like to promote. I’m happy to spread the word for you.
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