GTD This Weekend: Festivals and Celebrity aka A Weekend in LA

This weekend: a few festivals  (books, Asian Pacific film, Franklin Village) and a few notable personalities (Carl Dix, Leonard Nimoy, Lois Lane Teri Hatcher).


Just a reminder to you Pinkos, Cornel West and Carl Dix duke it out tonight at UCLA.  Kevin Ott previewed the talk a few days ago.


  • The LA Times’ Festival of Books always is a lot of fun if you can stand the traffic, the crowds, and, often, the heat.  This year, the festival moves from UCLA to USC.  Guess USC wants to try to convince us that between suntanning on the grass, having sex on campus building rooftops, and dealing with frat boys who hate women, they read too.  If you have any advice for our Travis, who’s contemplating going to the festival, by all means, let her know. Free.  10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday at USC.
  • Cornerstone Theater previews its new play, Unrequited (Between Two Worlds), this weekend.  Opening night is May 4.  $5 to $20 (sliding scale).  8pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday at the Youth Opportunities Watts High School, Mafundi Auditorium, in Watts.
  • Leonard Nimoy – actor, director, photographer, Spock – will talk about his life at work.  And maybe (probably not) about Bilbo Baggins$65.  8pm at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at CSU Long Beach.
  • Frazgo gives us the heads up about this year’s Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, that little parade of eccentricities that is so counter to the Rose Parade that it’s held in the middle of the year.  Sometimes, the parade participants don’t even wave to the crowd.  Now that’s ballsy.  Free.  11am starting at Nina St and Vinedo St; the parade will march down Colorado between Altadena and San Gabriel.
  • The Asian Pacific Film Festival got its start a few days ago with the premiere of Fast Five, directed by Justin Lin.  The festival showcases Asian Pacific films, filmmakers, and actors.  Someone send the filmmakers of Akira a festival pass, please.  From now to May 7.  Check the website for film screening dates, times, and ticket prices.


  • It’s May 1, which means it’s Law Day: a time to remember how important the rule of law is in our society.  Oh, and that laws can really screw you over.   The annual May Day march and rally, a reminder of the economic and social rights that workers, Wisconsin lawmakers be damned, have and/or should have, will be held Downtown.  The LAPD helpfully promises to “have a large enough deployment to handle anything.  […]  We want to keep a lid on anything, but, ideally, we are going to maintain a low profile and facilitate allowing everybody to express their 1st Amendment views in a peaceful and organized manner.”  Right, so let’s not this happen again, ok?  The march and rally start at 10am at Olympic and Broadway.  See the street closures here.
  • It’s the Super Bowl of Pork.  Five great chefs will butcher five great heritage pigs at Cochon 555‘s Los Angeles pit stop of this nationwide pork heaven event.  Read more about your chance to swine and wine here.
  • The Franklin Village Street Fair holds its street festival on Franklin between Bronson and Tamarind.  There will be food, kid-friendly fun, an auction, and music.  And, because the Upright Citizen’s Brigade happens to be right there, the improv theater will have special shows all day along, including an Ultimate Comedy Marathon: 9 hours of non-stop comedy, courtesy Sarah Silverman, Paul F. Tompkins, and others.  The street fair is free and goes from noon to 6pm.  Check the UCB’s website for shows, times, and ticket prices.
  • Hello, Will Shortz.  The Crosswords LA Tournament benefits non-profit organization Reading to Kids.  Confident lovers of the wordplay can compete and hope to make it to the giant chalkboard head-to-head final; not-so-confident ones can register in a non-competitive bracket.  Don’t feel ashamed – I can barely get through the New York Times’ Wednesday puzzle.  One day, we’ll complete the Sunday puzzle in no time at all.  $40 entrance fee, $25 if you just want to watch puzzlers puzzling over a four-letter word for “Crest bearer in heraldry.” 11am to 4pm at Loyola Marymount University.
  • Here you go, another “Only in LA” moment: Lois Lane Teri Hatcher hosts a Charity Yard Sale to benefit St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital and RockSTAR Education.  She, along with Kourtney Kardashian, Goldie Hawn, Jayma Mays (!), and Estella Warren, will sell their “new and gently used celebrity owned items.” For the $30 entrance fee, you’ll get your shot at owning a piece of Hollywood history.  Well, maybe more like a piece of the back of a celebrity’s very large closet.  $30.  From 11am to 4pm at the Tiato Gardens, 2700 Colorado Blvd in Santa Monica.

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