So the LA Weekly‘s been publishing for 30 years now! Thirty years since visionary Jay Ulin launched the iconoclastic free weekly. It’s changed a lot since then–like the city–and these days not everyone’s happy with the changes. It should be said it’s not seeing the Amazon-rainforest-esque destruction that the LA Times has been seeing; its editorial dep’t has not been quite laid to waste the way it has at the Times. But are people still reading the way they used to? With page counts dropping, one wonders.
All that aside, it’s time to celebrate the paper’s continued existence with LA Weekend, a two-day extravaganza of some of the high points of LA art & culture–much of which has been discovered, championed, or affiliated with the storied newsweekly over the decades. From a “Meat Lovers’ Panel” to occasional LA Metblogs author Wil Wheaton, it’s quite an assembly. Not quite sure how the Meat Lovers’ Panel will fare, scheduled as it is opposite the Grilled Cheese Invitational, necessitating a painful choice for fans of high-calorie repasts.
Full schedule behind the jump.
Kevin Scanlon & his LA Weekly Portraits; guest DJs Henry Rollins & Keith Morris; reading & signing by Wil Wheaton; dance by Ryan Heffington; The Human Ear Collective & Geneva Jacuzzi. Info here
Matt Sorum & Friends; screening of The Heart Is A Drum Machine; Taylor Negron; Lonn Friend’s “Life On Planet Rock”; 60s poster artist David Weidman; authors panel w/ Jerry Stahl, Richard Lange & Patrick DeWitt; special performance of Point Break Life; noon “meat lovers’ panel” moderated by Jonathan Gold with Mark Peel (Campanile) & Octavio Becerra (Palate Food + Wine); DJ Kiddkit. Info here