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“The Wrecking Crew” Screenings Tomorrow Night

wreck320x240.jpgLast Saturday night’s free screening of “The Wrecking Crew” was a huge success with about 1500 people enjoying the outdoor movie and the concert afterward. (I had blogged about it here.) If you wished you could have gone you are in luck as tomorrow night, July 3rd, you get another chance. The Silent Movie Theater is showing the film twice. The film’s Director/Producer Denny Tedesco, son of legendary guitarist Tommy Tedesco, will be there for a Q&A after the screenings.

A synopsis of this important piece of Los Angeles music history:

You heard them playing on the Beach Boys hits, on the Mamas and the Papas’ tunes, on Frank Sinatra records, on Monkees’ singles and they were Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound. Simply put, you heard them everywhere. They have performed on more number-one charted singles than the Beatles, and were one of rock and roll’s most legendary bands, a hit-making machine. Most likely, you never heard their name; if you knew who they were, you called them the Wrecking Crew. Denny Tedesco, son of Crew member Tommy Tedesco, knew their story was too important to leave to just a small circle of friends, and set out to film his father and other members of the Wrecking Crew to capture their story firsthand. The film features conversations with Brian Wilson, Cher, Nancy Sinatra, Mickey Dolenz, Herb Alpert, Lou Adler, Dick Clark, Jimmy Webb, Brian Wilson, Roger McGuinn and many others.

(Tomorrow night’s event is part of the weekly “Don’t Knock The Rock ’08” festival in July and August. Click right here, baby, for all the details of this series.)

The Silent Movie Theater
611 N Fairfax Avenue
8:00 PM Sold out!
10:30 PM

Tickets are $10 each and you can buy tickets online right here.
(Again, full disclosure: the filmmakers are good friends of mine.)

First time Metro “color line” rider reports in.

bertahh.jpg Bottomfeeders Guide to LA

Berta one of our readers and commenters from Far East LA (West Covina) dropped me a note about a free event they were attending at Hollywood & Highland and how they got there cheap and fast.

She has lived in LA for many years with the exception of a couple of years in New York.  While in New York she and her husband learned to rely on their subways to get around fast and cheap.  When they returned to LA they missed efficient public transportation.

With the price of gas coupled with the time to get into some events as it is too close to normal rush hours she has turned to looking at the train as a way to get around.  With her husband disabled public transit was a bit of a worry.  They found quickly that it was no problem and he got a cheaper ticket in the process.  Her story after the jump.  Continue reading First time Metro “color line” rider reports in.

Knitting Factory Facing Possible Closure by City

UPDATE: via LAist, here’s a link to the Notice of Hearing, which notes that there’s also petition “stating the non compliance with the conditions of the Zoning Administrators’ grant approvals” with a whopping 31 signatures and “photographs of illegal activity within the establishment use.”

The Knitting Factory, which opened its doors in a beleaguered, beat down section of Hollywood eight years ago and helped spearhead the neighborhood’s dramatic improvements since, is apparently facing the possibility of revocation of their Conditional Use Permit by LADBS. This would effectively put them out of business:

Dear Friends of The Knitting Factory,

I’m writing this letter to garner support for an upcoming public hearing by the LADBS (Los Angeles Bldg. and Safety) against our venue on Thursday July 17th 2008.

The Los Angeles Building Department is aggressively trying to revoke our CUP (Conditional Use Permit). For those of you who don’t know, a CUP is the conditions that all restaurants, bars, clubs etc must run under in order to keep their doors open. If you lose your CUP, you are essentially closed for business. After eight years in a crime riddled Hollywood corridor, the LADBS and vice state that our venue is a “nuisance” and we do not comply under “upscale restaurant guidelines” (nonsense, food is always served and continues service and will someone please define “upscale” for me). They are also trying to say we do a steady stream of Erotica here, which is absurd, as we’ve only had 3 Adult Entertainment parties over 8 years and 10,000 shows.

Bar owners beware; the city is on a major crack down for what they deem CUP violations.

More info about how you can speak out on behalf of one of Hollywood’s most creative and energetic venues after the jump.
Continue reading Knitting Factory Facing Possible Closure by City

Cinematic Titanic Headed For L.A. Berg

Cinematic Titanic

Do you know what a sampo is?

Do you find yourself absently singing the line, “Who’s the puffy guy who’s a big blurry sex machine? Mitchell!”

You ever wake up in a cold sweat in a twist of sheets and realize you were dreaming about Torgo’s knees?

Chances are, you’ll be at The Ford Amphitheater on June 21st when the crew of Cinematic Titanic steam in for the Los Angeles Film Festival. Mystery Science Theater 3000 is no longer, but its two chief alumni are still out there tearing bad movies to shreds. One of them, the show’s creater, Joel Hodgson, is bringing his current incarnation to Cahuenga Boulevard where he and four of the show’s greatest comic minds will be riffing on the film Wasp Woman in front of a live audience.

Torgo terrifies me, Mitchell is a sex god and I haven’t the faintest idea what a sampo is. But I do know where I’ll be that night. See you there, right?

Here’s the scoop.

Hollywood power outage (update: power restored!)

TV, lights, and worst of all, wi-fi went out about 90 minutes ago.

DWP said they hadn’t determined a cause, but they estimated that power would be restored at 3:45am.

Area affected: Hollywood Blvd. to Mulholland, between Highland and Outpost (I’m one block east of these, so this is clearly an estimate).

UPDATE 7:45pm: Power back on. Blowing out candles now.