The fourth annual Hollywood Fringe Festival is going strong, and has already broken their record for ticket sales with two weeks left in this year’s event. Running through June 30, the Fringe is hosting five big party nights, which began with their Opening Night Gala on June 12. The next one is on Wednesday, when they present Rock of Stages. 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, MLB is going strong and NFL is on the horizon (can you believe the first game is August 4?) 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.
Councilmember Tom LaBonge will mark the summer solstice tonight with a sunset hike to the top of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, together with the consular corps and sister cities of the City of Los Angeles. This international affair, now in its 16th year, combines enjoyment of the longest day of the year with an international potluck that celebrates the incredible diversity of the City of Los Angeles. All are invited to enjoy a beautiful sunset and bring international food. Please meet at the north end of the Griffith Observatory parking lot near the Charlie Turner Trailhead at 6 p.m. TODAY for the gentle 1.5 mile walk up to Mount Hollywood, 1625 feet above sea level. Arrangements will be made for those who need special transportation, with shuttles running every 20 minutes until 7 p.m.
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 Sean Carswell, Jim Ruland and Cheryl Klein as they celebrate the release of Carswell’s new novel Madhouse Fog. Tomorrow at 3 p.m., Divya Srinivasan will read from Octopus Alone. Finally, next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Kevin West will discuss and sign Saving the Season. 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 Bling Ring, This is the End, or World War Z, screening at 1:15 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 7 p.m. or 9:50 p.m. 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. and 8:50 p.m.
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.
Just one show this week at The Greek Theatre, as the Last Summer on Earth 2013 kicks it on Sunday, beginning at 7 p.m., featuring Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster, plus special guest Boothby Graffoe.
This week at the Hotel Cafe is going to be incredible. I recommend the following shows: Sweetwater and the Satisfaction at 11 p.m. tonight; Jade Hendrix at 9 p.m. on Saturday; Zane Carney at 9 p.m. on Monday; Kevin Laurence record release show at 8 p.m., followed by Nina Storey at 9 p.m. on Tuesday; and Stop Motion Poetry at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
Over at WitZend in Venice, I recommend the following: Venice Music Crawl, beginning at 12 noon tomorrow; Holly Long at 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Parker Ainsworth at 9 p.m., followed by Kai Brown at 10 p.m. on Thursday.
Elsewhere, check out Owl at 9 p.m. tomorrow night at the Viper Room and the record release party and video premiere for Falling Still on Tuesday at 10 p.m. at Hemingway’s.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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