AXS TV’s hit, The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands, continues on Monday, with filming of the live concert series at the Roxy. This week features Wild Child, a tribute to the music of the Doors. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
The 51st season of our very own Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire, located at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale continues this weekend. The Faire is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check out the Faire’s website and sign up for their weekly emails which include discount tickets. This weekend is Find Your Fantasy Weekend, and features May Day and Gay Day on Saturday and Cinco de Mayo celebration on Sunday. In addition, don’t miss the annual costume contest, with mythical costumes on Saturday and historical costumes on Sunday. Don’t miss the final weekend for Punch & Judy, featuring the son of the family who created the Faire, Brian Patterson. In addition, the Sky Kings Falconry show returns for the remainder of this year’s faire.
For all you sports fans out there, the NBA is in full playoff mode, and baseball (Go Brewers!) and hockey are back in full swing. 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. Saturday at 5 p.m., Marivi Soliven will read from The Mango Bride. On Monday at 7:30 p.m., Joyce Carol Oates will read from The Accursed. On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., join author Mario Bellatin in conversation with translator David Shook. Then on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Nataniel Rich will read from Odds Against Tomorrow. Finally, on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Margot Leitman will read from Gawky. 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 Oblivion and The Company You Keep, screening at 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. or The Place Beyond the Pines, screening at 2:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. The midnight screening will be Doctor Mabuse. Over at the Vintage Cinemas Vista Theatre, it’s Iron Man 3, screening at 12:30 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 9:50 p.m. No midnight screening this week.
Plenty of plays out there for all you theater lovers. Check out www.plays411.com and www.Goldstar.com for discounts and listings. The Hollywood Fringe is just around the corner, from June 6-28. Tickets are on sale now – check out www.hollywoodfringe.org.
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.
The Greek Theatre reopens for this season this weekend, featuring Bach, Rock and Shakespeare 10 on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and the Second Annual Los Lobos Cinco de Mayo Festival with Los Lobos with Robert Randolph, Los Super 7, Willie G of the Midnighters, and special guests Kinky and El Chicano on Sunday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Additional music will be staged in the Plaza area.
At the Hotel Cafe, it’s a week of incredible indie artists, starting tonight with Holly Conlan at 9 p.m. On Saturday, Keaton Simons celebrates the release of his new album Beautiful Pain with a show at 10:30 p.m. Come early and catch Karmina at 9:30 p.m. Then on Sunday, the Sing-Off’s Street Corner Symphony drops by for a 9:30 p.m. show. On Monday, don’t miss Will Hutchinson at 8 p.m., followed on Wednesday with Meiko at 10 p.m. Rounding out the week is the incrediblely talented Caitlin Crosby on Thursday at 9 p.m.
Over at WitZend in Venice, don’t miss Julia Othmer at 10 p.m. tonight, Matthew Jordan at 9 p.m. on Tuesday or Nicki Bove at 10 p.m. on Thursday.
Speaking of great music, Beautiful Pain, the first album by Keaton Simons on his own label, Best Revenge Records, became available on Tuesday, April 30 on iTunes and all other digital outlets. This is definitely a CD you need in your collection!
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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