Flavorpill Guide to the Week’s Top 10 LA Events

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Monday, August 12

FILM: Final Cut: Ladies And Gentlemen
We’ve suddenly found ourselves in a world where there’s simply too much stuff, which is both good and bad. The most obvious drawback of overproduction is a stagnant economy, but it’s not really a downside when all the manufacturing happens overseas. Yet in many ways, the western world’s recent bloated display of conspicuous consumption is now a benefit to both artists and audiences; there’s so much material to reclaim and re-contextualize that it’s fueling an already creative population which is turning to “used” goods as raw material for brand-new works of art. Besides architecture, design, and fine arts, this inventive spirit extends into the film world, too. Over the course of three years, György Pàlfi — Hungarian director of the disturbing-yet-compelling Taxidermia (2006) — has integrated hundreds of film clips into a single cinematic opus that visually captures this neo-traditionalist spirit of adaptive reuse with the highly appropriate title Final Cut: Ladies And Gentlemen. — Tanja M. Laden

Tuesday, August 13

BOOKS: Red Hen Press at the Annenberg Community Beach House

FOOD/WINE: Grand Park’s Marketplace

Wednesday, August 14

ART: In Conversation: The Colby Poster Archive
X-TRA editors celebrate their summer issue with a conversation about the Colby Poster Archive at the Verdugo Bar, a Glassell Park hotspot that’s hidden away between low-cost housing, convenience stores, and a local recreation center on lightly traveled Verdugo Road. From the front, it’s as nondescript as it gets. Inside, however, it’s a beer-drinker’s party paradise. Verdugo has recently found its stride, and is usually packed with a diverse crowd, like this one. Pay tribute to X-TRA‘s 15th edition by raising a glass to all that makes the magazine so amazing. Expect issues of the beloved periodical, along with drinks, specials, raffles, and of course, some very stimulating conversation. — Tanja M. Laden

Thursday, August 15

ART: Indian Larry: Photographs by Timothy White

FILM: HollyShorts Film Festival

Friday, August 16

ART: Create:Fixate presents Cross Creativity Fundraiser
Local visual artists, musicians, performers, DJs, and other creative types converge for festive happening for a cause. Diehard art appreciators and party fans alike know that Create:Fixate is something of an institution here in the city, and it’s hitting Santa Monica’s massive art space, Cross Campus, in order to help support the art collective’s Young Creatives program, which benefits at-risk youth. Donations, raffle tickets, and all art purchases go towards kids who don’t just love art, but need it, too. — Tanja M. Laden

PARTY: Symbiosis Gathering Pre-Party

Saturday, August 17

 

PERFORMING ARTS: US Air Guitar National Finals
While Guitar Hero may have reduced pretend rock ‘n’ roll to mere button-pushing, the US Air Guitar Championships prove that the second-most popular private bedroom activity is still a sacred art form. Founded in 2003, the competition lets entrants mime frenetic shredding, mimic triumphant wails, change costumes on-stage, and flaunt grimaces that prove rocking out so hard isn’t easy. Like in pro wrestling, there is a certain skill to believable playacting, but don’t expect feats of athleticism — former champion William Ocean came on stage sipping a can of Sparks. — Vincent Chung

Sunday, August 18

CITY GEM: Johnny Ramone Tribute
Most of the Ramones died far too young, but Johnny Ramone’s legacy lives on at Hollywood Forever. An eight-foot-tall bronze statue of the punk-rock forefather is one of the cemetery’s top draws, while the annual tribute to the Ramones guitarist is a beloved LA tradition. This year’s tribute is hosted by iconoclastic director John Waters, who presents his 1990 film Cry Baby in honor of Johnny, who was a big fan of cult films. Vintage Ramones concert footage and music videos are also screened on the 42-foot mausoleum wall. Waters and Cry Baby costar Traci Lords — Johnny’s longtime friend — participate in a Q&A and autograph session. Come dressed as your favorite Ramone for the lookalike contest judged by Johnny’s late wife Linda, along with Sex Pistol Steve Jones. Net proceeds benefit the Johnny Ramone Research Fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center. — Karin E. Baker