By Vanessa Payes
Some of you are already getting geared-up to get your Cinco de Drinko on. You’re already digging through the closet for that banged-up sombrero that you wear every year.
Put down the beaded Corona necklace and inflatable cactus beer cooler and take in some of these awesome happenings in Los Angeles this week.
Whether you’re into head bangin’ to Black Sabbath, high-voltage masked Mexican wrestling, bowlin’ like Lebowski, or kicking it at the Egyptian with rocker Perry Ferrell, these ten local events read like a love letter to most native Angelenos.
MUSEUM: AWKWARD FAMILY PHOTOS EXHIBIT
Wickedly funny blog, and viral sensation, Awkward Family Photos, unearthed some of the strangest family photographs ever taken. The wacky and uncomfortable poses, hilarious hairdo pairings, and ridiculous matching outfits of these unusual family portraits, have provided viewers with countless hours of shameless amusement. If you can’t seem to get enough of those weird wedding pictures and humorously hokey holiday photographs, you can now catch them on display Wednesday through Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00pm at the California Heritage Museum’s Awkward Family Photos exhibit.
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EVENTS: ATWATER VILLAGE BEER, WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL
Los Angeles’ best food trucks, and micro-breweries, are throwing down some of their finest grub and hops at the Atwater Village Beer, Wine and Food Festival. This year’s festival boasts the bomb bites of The Kogi Truck,The Grilled Cheese Truck, and Cousins Main Lobster. Pair these munchies with tastings of bad-ass brewskis from local breweries like Bootleggers, Golden Road, The Dudes’ and more. Attendees will also have a chance to sample incredible local and imported wines. For the serious aficionado, a VIP ticket offers up early access to the festival, unlimited tastings of beer or wine and dibs on the wine cellar at 55 Degree Wine. The second annual festival takes place on Sunday, April 27th, 1:00pm to 6:00pm. Purchase tickets online.
FASHION : BCBGeneration PARTY WITH CLAIRE ORING
BCBGeneration launches their sexy summer styles with the dream-like creative vision of Claire Oring. The artist/photographer will be creating an original hand drawn window display at BCBG Century City where fans and fashionistas will have a chance to meet and great the lovely lady. Dreamy and decadent, the care-free luxuriation at this launch party will include great discounts, complimentary cake pops and hair crowns by Pravana. Saturday April 26th, 3:00pm-6:00pm at Westfield Century City.
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EVENTS: LEBOWSKI FEST BOWLING PARTY
Many of the Coen Brothers’ films are revered for their hilariously brutal and ironic brand of film noir but it is their 1998 classic,The Big Lebowski, that holds court as the magnum opus of their comedic crime capers. The film has since gained a legion of cult followers, spawned packed midnight screenings, and a new religion based on the film’s most memorable character, “The Dude.” On April 25th and 26th, devout fans in Los Angeles will gather to celebrate the film at Lebowksi Fest 2014 with a movie screening and a bowling tribute at the Fountain Bowl. Sadly, tickets to this year’s movie party are already sold out but the infamously rowdy bowling event is still up for grabs. You can expect outrageous costumes, movie trivia and a special guest appearance by Jeff ‘The Dude’ Dowd, the real life inspiration behind the movie’s beloved slacker, and fan fave, “The Dude.” Purchase tickets for the bowling party online.
EVENTS: LUCHA VAVOOM
Lucha Va Voom is no-holds-barred spectacle that brings Mexican masked wrestling, comedy and burlesque dancers together for a night of rambunctious and raunchy ring-side entertainment. Jack Black and Patton Oswald have dropped in to provide the laughs. Lucha Va Voom’s Cinco De Mayan show at the Mayan theater will bring you twin comedians the Sklar brothers rib-tickling commentary and a full roster of crazy and colorful luchadores like “Chupacabra” and “Dirty Sanchez.” Lucha Va Voom’s Cinco De Mayan is guaranteed to be a riotous night of high-flying, body slamming, tassel twirls and foul funnies. Tickets available online.
MOVIES: JANE’S ADDICTION CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH SPECIAL SCREENING OF GIFT
Hardcore Jane’s Addiction fans may have been privy to Perry Farrell’s 1993 cult documentary- drama Gift, but few have ever seen the movie on the big screen. This rare film was directed by Farrell in 1990 and shot during the recording of the band’s Ritual de lo Habitual album. The movie is a bizarre, albeit beautiful tapestry, that weaves classic concert footage and dreamy heroin-inspired vignettes against the backdrop of Los Angeles’ grimy junkie subculture in the early ’90s. Venice Beach’s iconic street performer Harry Perry also makes a memorable cameo appearance in the movie wearing his turban and strumming his electric guitar as he roller skates along the boardwalk. The film captures the spirit and the haunts of Los Angeles, as it’s home-grown rockers, Jane’s Addiction, were on the rise. In celebration of the band’s 25th anniversary, Gift will be screening on a double bill with Farrell’s favorite movie Drugstore Cowboy. Perry Farrell and director Gus Van Sant will make a special appearance and join fans for this one-off screening on Wednesday April 30th at The Egyptian Theater.
FOOD: MAC AND CHEEZE TAKE DOWN
Pig out on oodles and oodles of cheesy curled noodles on April 27th at the Bootleg Theater as amateur chefs face off and take macaroni and cheese to the next level. Taste the creative concoctions of these bold competitors as they go for hundreds of dollars in prizes and rep their mac and cheese skills. If you’re hopelessly in love with classic all-American comfort food, then you’ll definitely dig on this cook-off. Heads up to those of you who think your mac and cheese recipe rules, there are still slots open to compete. Visit the website for tickets or to register for the competition.
MOVIES: RAMONES IN ROCK AND ROLL HIGH SCHOOL
Punk legends The Ramones made a splash on the silver screen in Roger Corman’s classic, 1979 musical comedy, Rock and Roll High School. This unforgettable movie features the band, and some of their greatest hits, at the height of their popularity. Rock and Roll High School offers up the hilariously cheesy dialogue delivery, bad acting and teen rebellion that hardcore B-movie, and Ramones fans, can truly appreciate. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents a free screening of this low-budget cult flick on Friday April 25th at Montebello City Park.
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MUSIC: BLACK SABBATH AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL
Black Sabbath, the titans of thunderous heavy metal, will hit the stage at the Hollywood Bowl on April 26th for the last date on the North American leg of their world tour. Metal’s madman Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath will be tearing through some of their classics as well as new material from their latest album 13. Join in on the raucous rock and roll of Black Sabbath live as the prince of darkness and company bring their brand of wicked doom-metal to the Hollywood Bowl. Tickets still available.
EVENTS: FIESTA BROADWAY
You don’t have to wait for May to get your “Cinco de Mayo” fiesta on. Every year, the celebration comes early via Fiesta Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. Thousands of native Angelenos come out to celebrate Latino culture with traditional food, live music, crafts and of course dancing. One of the nation’s largest celebrations of Hispanic heritage, this festival covers approximately 24 square-blocks of downtown asphalt and brings free-family-fun for all on April 27th from 11:00 am to 6:00pm. Visit website for map and directions.
Free | Website