Rally Monday

From the L.A. Dodgers mailing list, rally at the Grove:

JOIN US FOR RALLY MONDAY. Monday, October 4, 6:30 p.m. See Lasorda, Garvey, Cey and Newcombe and more!

Live musical performance from LA’s own Ozomatli. Take a chance to win great prizes, including autographed items and Division Series tickets.

The Grove is located on the corner of Fairfax and Third Street in Los Angeles and admission is FREE!

SoCal, represent!

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Even if you don’t follow baseball, you have to dig outfielder Steve Finley hitting a grand slam to win the game today versus the hated Giants — the next-to-last game of the season — and to clinch the National League West Championship. This means they will be in the playoffs for the first time in a while and have the opportunity to win their first playoff game in even longer. Go Blue!

And never mind if we tease our neighbors to the south, the Angels also clinched a title today, the American League West Championship — it’s been quite some time for them, too — by beating the Oakland Athletics. (Condolences to my buddy Tom, DC metroblogger and A’s fan.)

So it took 161 games out of 162 each for the Dodgers and Angels to lock it up, but congratulations to our two SoCal teams. And dig the fact that these two teams have never been in the playoffs the same year. Granted, there is still a long way to go, but can anybody say Freeway Series? ;)

Free Parking

freeparking.gifStarting today, hybrid car drivers can park at any parking meter in the city of Los Angeles without paying. The free parking is to encourage hybrid cars and reward owners who have already purchased them. Drivers still must observe posted limits (1 or 2 hour parking), but get to keep their change for keeping things besides the air clean, like laundry.

Just be mindful of what city you’re in; Burbank, Santa Monica and Glendale among others have not extended this courtesy to their parkers.

In other news, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed a bill into law that allows hybrid cars that get over 45 mpg to drive in the carpool lane with only one person in them. The federal government still needs to approve it though, as federal funds for highways could be withheld if California proceeds with the permits without permission.
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Here Be MONSTERS!

Clive Barker's going to be there, for crying out loud!

Contrary to what seems to be popular sentiment, I think it’s great when Halloween falls on the night before work or school. Why? It allows for a greater proportion of pre-emptive celebrations for this, my most favorite of holidays. When Halloween’s on, say, a Friday, everyone’s geared up for merely one night of madcap debauchery (or what passes as such these days) and then it’s over ’til the next year. When Halloween falls on a Sunday (as it does this year), no one knows what the Hell to do, so it’s pretty much safe to just celebrate the entire week beforehand lest the opportunity for said debauchery passes by with nary a wink from the Bacchanalian forces that lurk in the shadows, man.

But some people take things a step further. Why celebrate a mere week in advance of said All Hallow’s Eve when you can jump-start the whole affair almost a month before and make October resonate with the call of Samhain (sans Danzig)? Heidi Calvert‘s got the right idea, and tomorrow she’s throwing another sure-to-make-history event at her Bluespace entitled “MONSTERS!” Here’s your basic information:

Saturday, October 2nd, 2004
8:30 PM – 1 AM
Bluespace @ 5519 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 465-5682

$10 gallery donation

Featuring the art of CLIVE BARKER * DAVID ARMSTRONG * GIDGET GEIN * JOHN JOHN JESSE * STEVE DIET GOEDDE * HEIDI “BLUEGIRL” CALVERT * TOD “JUNKER” WATERS * RONAN SPELMAN * TIM POLECAT * MISHA * TRAVIS MORLEY * ART OF BLEEDING * VICTOR * CHAD MICHAEL WARD * VK7 * ANNA DEVIA * JASON HOOPER * ROXANNE JITOMIR * DANIEL OWEN * BIG AL * SHELLEE LUNA * ROBERT BOWEN * LESLEY REPPETEAUX * JORDEN HALEY

MONSTER FASHION SHOW BY JUNKER DESIGNS featuring Lenora Claire and Mimi Lemeaux* VIDEOS BY DEAN KARR * FILM BY MICHAEL MEDAGLIA * PERFORMANCE ART BY KITTY DIGGINS * TROMA & COUNT SMOKULA * MUSIC BY CABINET OF CURIOSITIES

SPECIAL GUEST DJ DAVID J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets) and Noah K!

COMPLIMENTARY LIBATIONS COURTESY OF OUR FRIENDS AT RED RUM!

PLUS TROMA Giveaways!

And if you have any doubt that this’ll be a rollicking good time, just have a gander at one of the pictures Jason took at Heidi’s last Bluespace event! They’re not kidding about the free rum, either.

Vin and The Ramones

Heard something on Wednesday night I didn’t think I’d ever hear while listening to a Dodgers game. Vin Sculley was remarking that Tuesday night’s San Diego game saw the first time in Major League history that two Ramons (Ramon Hernandez and Ramon Vazquez, I believe) had ever batted back-to-back. Then he said, “It sounds more like a singing group: The Ramons.”

A little later, after one of his staff informed him of the (relative) existence of The Ramones, and that Joey passed away twelve days ago: “The Ramones were a punk rock group in the 70s and 80s. Well, what do you know about that!”

The sad thought is, of course, who would have thought Vin Sculley would outlive most of The Ramones?