watt’s picture of the week – tuesday, december 11, 2018

whoa, first time I’ve seen a tanker tied up at berth 46 since… the 1976 explosion/sinking of the ss sansinena – sure hoping the paramount hydra is ship-shape.

photo by mike watt

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Holiday Happenings Today: Tiki, Tacos and Tarot

TIKI WONDERLAND 13

Starting at NOON today, December 9, 2018, North Hollywood tiki bar, Tonga Hut, will be holding a holiday tiki fair in their parking lot. I am going to assume that the 13 refers to how many years this fair has been going and not “M,” the 13th letter in the alphabet meaning “marijuana” or indicating a rogue tiki gang (They kicked my ass, but they sure were colorful!”). Multitudinous vendors include Ms. Formaldehyde, Tiki Swag, Ron Monster, Stilettoed Devil, Azteeki Arcade, Jungle Modern Ceramics, Black Cat Atomic Treasures, Meteor Jewelry, Islanders Trading, and Sweet Siren Designs. DJ Tonga Tom will be spinning holiday tunes outside, and at 6 p.m. DJ Lady Mo will be spinning inside. Food will be available from Durangos Tacos. Best of all, you can get yourself a Zombie or a big Scorpion Bowl right there!

TONGA HUT TIKI LOUNGE 12808 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, California 91606

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LA Through a Cracked Lens: 38 Years Ago

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Liquid Kitty Punk Rock BBQ Sunday with Lawndale, Golden Rulers, Kurt Stifle, Horny Toad and Backbiter at Harvelle’s

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LA Through a Cracked Lens: Happy Birthday to the Hollywood Sign

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Movies Till Dawn: 2018 Gift Guide for Eclectic Insomniacs (Small Screen and Three Stooges Edition)

Goofball TV comedy or existential treatise on the human condition? In the case of Dan Harmon‘s “Community” (2009-2015), both are applicable. The series, about a gaggle of outcasts at a small junior college, embraced a dizzying array of high and lowbrow concepts during its five tumultuous years on NBC (and, briefly, Yahoo! Screen); any program that could address, with both cohesion and humor, alternate reality, statistical theory, spaghetti Westerns and Rankin-Bass holiday specials in the course of its run, is worth a few of your hard-earned moments. The excellent cast, which includes Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash, and for a time, Chevy Chase, is also a high points; Mill Creek Entertainment collects the entire network run on 12 Blu-rays and adds a staggering amount of extras, including numerous commentaries, deleted and extended scenes, and making-of featuretes.

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Roll over Tchaikovsky: Pacific Opera Project’s The Hipsters is Your New Holiday Classical Music Tradition

Daria Somers and Dane Suarez as Mimi and Rudolfo (photo by Martha Benedict, courtesy Pacific Opera Project)

The holidays are here, and in the world of entertainment, that means all the seasonal classics are being dusted off. In Los Angeles, Pacific Opera Project’s traditional holiday offering is their clever staging of “La Boheme: AKA The Hipsters.” First staged in November 2012, The Hipsters has become the company’s signature show and is a delightful alternative for music lovers looking for a big Christmas show that isn’t “The Nutcracker” or “Handel’s Messiah.”

Puccini’s “La Boheme” was first staged in 1896 and, with its beautiful music and bittersweet story of love and loss, has remained in performance on a stage somewhere ever since. POP’s production takes the starving young bohemians of Paris, Christmas Eve 1830, and recasts them as the hipsters we know and … love? … today, sung in French with, as always, a witty Engish translation provided in supertitles. The show runs, appropriately enough, in Highland Park at the Ebell Club, weekends from December 7 through 22, 2018. The cast varies by performance, with full details at Pop’s website. Continue reading

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Guitar Legends at The Novo Salute Veterans And First Responders

Sammy Hagar and Robby Krieger at The Novo, L.A. Live, Sunday, December 2, 2018.

What do Billy Gibbons, Laurence Juber, Orianthi, Emily Estefan, Sammy Hagar, Robby Krieger, Joe Bonamassa, Sammy Hagar, Dave Navarro, Vernon Reid, Don Felder, and Stephen Stills have in common?  Well, they all know their way around the old fretboard, but more pertinently, they were all in attendance last Sunday night at The Novo where they live-to-tape performed in a fund-raiser for various mental and brain wellness charities that serve first responders and veterans.

Playing to a packed house of about 2,000 fans, the show on Sunday, December 2, 2018, had a very intimate feel to it, as do most shows there.  The Novo is part of the L.A. Live complex, which includes The Microsoft Theater, Staples Center, and The Grammy Museum and Theater.  The venue is known for its acoustics and was a perfect setting for the show, which was a great and eclectic collection of guitarists covering many different genres.

Particularly well suited to the venue was Laurence Juber, the man known as “Paul McCartney’s Guitarist”, the man can do things with an acoustic guitar that have to be heard to be appreciated. For The Doors fan in you, Krieger played “Roadhouse Blues” with Sammy Hagar on vocals and Joe Bonamassa on lead guitar. Dave Navarro, Orianthi, and Robby Krieger joined together for “Back Door Man”, and Krieger performed a rousing version of “Light My Fire”.  Emily Estefan performed “Black Magic Woman”, Billy Gibbons not only performed “Sharp Dressed Man” but he also lived the part, dressed in all his glittery finery.    Stephen Stills did “Love The One You’re With”, Don Felder did “Heartache Tonight”, “Hotel California”, and was joined by Gibbons on “Pride and Joy.” Continue reading

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EDM: ‘A Very Synthy Christmas’ Album Release, Party at ‘Scum and Villainy’

In celebration of the release of electronic music artist Moose with a Scarf’s “A Very Synthy Christmas,” Composer and Conductor Anthony Sabatino hosts an open seating party tonight, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the Scum and Villainy Cantina in Hollywood.

“A Very Synthy Christmas” celebrates the season with eight “weird electronic versions of classic Christmas songs,” with “Greensleeves,” “Jingle Moose,” “Deck the Halls,” “Sugar Plum Fairy,” “White Christmas,” “Ukrainian Moose Carol,” “We Wish You a Merry Moosemas,” and “Actual Silent Night.”  Continue reading

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Michelle L’amour Presents “Naked Girls Reading” at Bar Lubitsch

For those of you who are familiar with Nude Art LA you’ll remember Michelle L’amour as part of the evening entertainment with her unique Burlesque act. Michelle will be presenting “Naked Girls Reading” at Bar Lubitsch on Friday, December 8, 2018, starting at 8:30 p.m.

Michelle will, of course, be reading naked, as well as some other talented ladies that includes Natasha Estrada and Athena Fatale, making it an ensemble of three naked ladies reading for the evening’s festivities.

It will surely be a night of luminous beauties fondling over the words of Charles Dickens and igniting passions for a Christmas Carol unlike any previous Christmas since the holiday tome has been written!

 

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