A butch invasion in West Hollywood, a pig-out fest at Cube, and no cars go, what? – all this weekend.
- Butches of all stripes will be out in full force this weekend in West Hollywood, as today marks the first day of the all-weekend conference Butch Voices LA 2010. Intended to be a space to discuss issues affecting butches, including representation, misrepresentation, and presentation, there is a host of events with ample opportunities to butch bond. Jack Halberstam, who’s up there with Judith Butler in terms of Authors Whose Books Changed My Life, will be a keynote speaker on Saturday, and pretty awesome activist Carmen Vazquez will speak on Sunday. Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce and celebrated photographer Cathy Opie are among the panelists participating in a plethora of workshops. Butch Voices LA starts today at 6pm and runs through Sunday; register on-site at Plummer Park Community Center in West Hollywood.
- As Frazgo wrote up a few days ago, author Joe Oesterle wrote a book about how weird Hollywood entitled, aptly, Weird Hollywood. He’ll be on hand tonight at Boardner’s bar to sign copies of the book and talk about eccentric LA. Oh, and special guest star David Markland – who once led our motley crew of bloggers and created CreepyLA – also will make a rock star appearance.
- Cube Marketplace and Cafe on La Brea also has a rooftop space downtown, and on Saturday afternoon, they’re doing what we all should do if we had a rooftop space downtown: have a BBQ party. The Pork ‘n Beans Rooftop BBQ party will feature Bay Area pork impressarios Fatted Calf and fellow Bay Area bud-with-the-beans Rancho Gordo. Proceeds from the event will benefit Cube’s nonprofit arm, which takes a page from Alice Waters and aims to develop “garden-to-table programs for local underprivileged children and their parents.” Hopefully, they will party on without the Bay Area snobbery towards all things heirloom. I say this as someone who lived down the street from Chez Panisse for a few years…I love you, Bay Area, but your snot belongs in a Kleenex, not at the dining room table, yah? The BBQ party is from 1pm to 4pm at Cube’s Downtown space at 550 Ceres Avenue. Tickets are $65 in advance, $75 at the rooftoop door.
- For those of you outside of downtown in, say, Monrovia, the Celebrate the Arts Festival starts today and runs until tomorrow. Frazgo has a nice write-up of the event here.
- From 10am to 3pm, 7.5 miles between East Hollywood and Boyle Heights will be a car-free zone as part of CicLAvia. Hopefully, you will go out and be amazed at what a car-free LA looks like, a la Tom Cruise bewildered at an empty Times Square in Vanilla Sky. Hopefully hopefully, this will be followed by thoughts about how much of our landscape has been lost to wayward urban planning. Will Campbell wrote about it here, and Burns! gave us a nifty idea on how to borrow a bike if you don’t have one (me).
- To reward yourself after having your Tom Cruise moment and walking and/or biking CicLAvia, take the Gold Line up to Pasadena. There at the Pasadena Center, fancy chocolatiers will offer their confections to sample as part of the 4th Annual LA Chocolate Salon. If last year’s is any indication, there also will be alcohol laced with chocolate. Yum. The LA Chocolate Salon starts at 11am and ends at 5pm at the Pasadena Center, 300 Green Street. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.