Tag Archives: 2009

So You’re Not Going To Comic-Con

So you’re not going to Comic-Con this year.

Maybe Comic-Con just isn’t your thing. Perhaps you couldn’t find a ticket or you have to work. Or there could be a certain restraining order prohibiting you from crossing the San Diego county line. Whatever the reason, the arrival of Comic-Con is not only good news for the scores of attendees, but it also brings deliciously sweet solace to those of us staying here in L.A. this weekend. Just think of how much easier it’s going to be with far fewer geeks, nerds, fanboys and fangirls to get in the way of the following awesome goings on:

Thursday, July 23

Celebrate Clairefest XXV This Thursday at Footsie's!
Celebrate Clairefest XXV This Thursday at Footsie's!

The Annual Clairefest XXV Barty (Beer/Party = Barty) – Friend of the blog, Claire has invited everyone in L.A. to Footsie’s this Thursday night to celebrate her 25th birthday. “Potato tacos are on me!” she exclaims. So get there early if you want a taco and bring lots of presents.

Footsie’s, 2640 N Figueroa St, LA, CA 90065. Fun starts @ 9pm.

Saturday, July 25

The Muppet Movie at Hollywood Forever Cemetery Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and other muppet superstars in the original feature film from the gentle genius of Henson Studios. This is the ‘true’ story of the muppets’ rise to stardom as Kermit travels across the country to Hollywood, collecting friends along the way and dodging the evil owner of a frog legs restaurant. Continue reading So You’re Not Going To Comic-Con

No Coachella? Go Sumo!

Last year I attended my first sumo match at the U.S. Sumo Open and had the honor of meeting World Sumo Champion Byambajav “Byamba” Ulambayar, who defeated giant Petar Stoyanov for the third consecutive time in the U.S. Sumo Open (men’s heavyweight division).

Former Heavyweight World Sumo Champ "Byamba" Ulambayar and Former "Blonde" Verdell
Current Sumo Champ "Byamba" Ulambayar and Former "Blonde" Verdell (taken during his visit to Warner Bros.)

This weekend you too can check out some hot sumo action as part of the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs all weekend, April 18 and 19, at the Civic Center located at 320 West Newmark Ave in Monterey Park.

On Sunday, April 19 at 1:00 PM, U.S. Sumo Champions will be participating in a demonstration sponsored by the California Sumo Association. Admission is free.

For a complete list of performances and more information on the Cherry Blossom Festival, see the City of Monterey Park’s web site. Free parking and shuttle service to the Festival is available. Continue reading No Coachella? Go Sumo!

Celebrate Thai New Year With A Serious Head Beating

My mother is Thai, my brother is a former Muay Thai kickboxing champion, and I have 30+ Thai cousins and assorted other relatives still living in Thailand. While this doesn’t make me an expert on all things Thai, it does provide me with an overly inflated tone of superiority when discussing Songkran (Thai New Year), which will be celebrated in Thai Town this Sunday, April 5 as part of the 6th Annual Songkran Festival.

Muay Thai Fighter Perdforming the Wai Kru. Taken at Sityodtong Muay Thai, Pasadena, CA, February 9, 2008
Muay Thai Fighter Performing the Wai Kru. Taken at Sityodtong Muay Thai, Pasadena, CA, February 9, 2008

Like all festivals of this sort, there will be overpriced food stalls offering mediocre Thai food, displays of traditional Thai dance, raffles, religious ceremonies (Note to the Ladies: Do not ever touch the monks!), beer tents, and the 2nd Annual International Curry Festival. However, year-after-year, my favorite event of Songkran is watching the Muay Thai fighters duke it out in the ring.

All Songkran Festival events are free to spectators, so this is an excellent opportunity for first timers to introduce themselves to the rad sport of Muay Thai. From what I can tell, there is no obvious boxing schedule posted anywhere on the Songkran Festival site (please let me know if you find one), but from past years, the fights seem to go on from mid morning through late afternoon. If you happen to catch a match this Sunday during the festival, here are some things you should know about the sport. Continue reading Celebrate Thai New Year With A Serious Head Beating

Titillating Trio This Tuesday

Blind Old Freak, Cyrusrex, DJ Anon
BlindOldFreak, Cyrusrex, DJ Anon

Having seen Cortini perform with both modwheelmood and NIN, I fully recommend checking him out as BlindOldFreak on Tuesday, March 10 at Knitting Factory Hollywood. Closing out his 2009 “It’s Going to be a Cold Winter” Tour, BlindOldFreak will be joined by Cyrusrex and DJ Anon (of Booby Trap fame) Tuesday night. This may be your last chance to see him perform an intimate show before he explodes into mega fame. Don’t miss it.

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