Thursday, November 8, 2007

Things To Do This Week: Weekend Edition*

*Thursday counts, kinda, right?

  • Thursday : Of Montreal at the Avalon, Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal: Ten Chi at Royce Hall, "Dark Play or Stories for Boys" at Boston Court Theatre, Little Fish at The Blank Theatre, Wreck of the Unfathomable at Theatre of NOTE, A Judas Priest double feature. First "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" then "Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance vs. Judas Priest" “a doc chronicling the fallout from a 1985 suicide pact between two teens and the subsequent court battle that followed when their families sued CBS Records and Judas Priest on the grounds that subliminal messages in Priest's music started the fire.” at Silent Movie Theatre, Amelia Cuni “The dhrupad vocalist ‘forges an uncanny blend of traditions’ with her original interpretation of John Cage's 18 Microtonal Ragas” at REDCAT or Gail Can See for Three Days “Joshua Faigen's story of a journalist and a woman about to be executed” at Theater Tribe
  • Friday: 4 x 4: Four New Works by Four Queer Artists at Highways Performance Space, The Bald Soprano at the City Garage, The Glory of LivingRebecca Gilman's thriller about a young girl's detour 'into a life misled'" at Victory Theatre Center, Birdy “Study of the social impact of war, adapted by Naomi Wallace from the novel by William Wharton” at the Lounge Theatre, Liberating Jesus! at the Edgemar Center for the Arts, Girlfriend Experience “Paul Tarantino's Internet-era bedroom farce.” at the Next Stage, Parallel Lives “Abridged version of the comedy by Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney” at The Complex, The Piano Lesson “August Wilson's familial battle over an upright piano” at The Hayworth, She Wants Revenge at the Henry Fonda, Strip “Bikini girls grind the pole in George Damian's exotic-dancer story” at the Actor's Playpen or Joanna Newsom at the Walt Disney Concert Hall (!)(!)(!)
  • Saturday: Not Now Right Now (Industry Showcase,CD release party) at Crash Mansion L.A., Jens Lenkman (and Throw Me The Statue) at the Troubadour, Displays of Affection: “Carnality by Mark Loewenstern, Riches by Lee Blessing” at Avery Schreiber Theater, Hero “Soldier returns home early from Iraq, in Luis Alfaro's comedy” at the Studio/Stage , Out of Thin Air: Tales of a 21st Century Wizard “Brandon Scott combines stories, magic, mind-reading, music and quantum physics” at Actors Forum Theatre [this sounds like the coolest thing ever], Stars at the Orpheum or Socialism Conference “The Party for Socialism and Liberation hosts “a day of Marxist speakers, workshops and discussion on the revolutionary struggle against capitalism, war, racism and bigotry” at Hermandad Mexicana Nacional @ 10:00 am (map) [word.]
  • Sunday: The Life and Writings of George Orwell at the Felicia Mahood Senior Center, Rooms 2A-2B “Steve Bindman leads a discussion sponsored by the Secular Jewish Humanists of Los Angeles” @ 11:30 am or Tosca “Casa Italiana Opera Company presents a fully staged production of the Puccini favorite starring Begona Bilbao in the title role, with Don Squillace as the noble Cavaradossi and Mario Biscaldi as that rat Scarpia. Preceded by a five-course meal at 2:30 p.m. [that pretty much sounds like heaven] at the Casa Italiana Community Center of St. Peter's Parish @ 4:30 pm
  • And so since I was actually sent a press release about it (which made me feel really cool and important and influential) I'd like to announce that the :
    • West Coast Premier Of Cult Hit Continues Through December 21, 2007
      Now playing Fridays 11PM at Theatre Asylum, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038.
      Chicago's acclaimed Harvey Finklestein Productions LLC in association with C.A.F.E. is pleased to present the west coast premier of the cult favorite HARVEY FINKLESTEIN’S SOCK PUPPET SHOWGIRLS. The puppeteers consist of Los Angeles area actors Eddie Beasley, Jonathan Caplan, Dorien Davies, Steve Sabellico, and Lowe Taylor. Harvey Finklestein Productions LLC is pleased to announce BACKSTAGE SEATING, which offers audience members a unique view of the production. The BACKSTAGE SEATING is very limited and available on a first come first served basis at the door on the night of the show. This puppet show is ADULTS ONLY.
      HARVEY FINKLESTEIN'S SOCK PUPPET SHOWGIRLS is a truly unique and wholly unauthorized parody of the Joe Eszterhas film Showgirls -- as performed by sock puppets. The play, like the beloved film, follows an ambitious young drifter as she navigates her way through that world of power, topless dancing, seduction, vulgarity, gambling and sex that we call Las Vegas. If you haven't seen sock puppets pole dance, you haven't experienced the true power of the theater.
      Harvey Finklestein premiered Sock Puppet Showgirls in 2002 in Chicago where it played for over nine months and was hailed by critics as: "a great moment in Chicago theatre" (Windy City Times), "hilariously tasteless" (Chicago Tribune), and "a real sock-it-to-'em production!" (Chicago Sun Times). In 2004 Harvey Finklestein retooled Sock Puppet Showgirls and Harvey Finklestein’s Sock Puppet Showgirls played in Chicago before heading to New York to partake in The 2004 New York International Fringe Festival. The show became one of the hottest tickets of the festival while playing at The Cherry Lane Theatre. Since then there have been two successful limited engagement runs of Harvey Finklestein’s Sock Puppet Showgirls at Ace of Clubs in New York, one during the fall of 2005 and one during the summer of 2006.
      Other productions by Harvey Finkelstein Productions LLC include UU7: A Magician Never Tells His Tricks, a live action parody of the James Bond genre told with actors in mascot costumes, a rock band, and a movie screen, also Harvey Finklestein’s A Puppet Christmas Carol, a twisted look at Dickens. Harvey TV is a new puppet-sketch video series and can be seen on Please visit for more information on Harvey Finklestein Productions LLC.
      HARVEY FINKLESTEIN'S SOCK PUPPET SHOWGIRLS performs every Friday at 11:00 pm through December 21, 2007. Tickets are $15, available at the door or 800-838-3006 or on the web at

(and so I've decided that if you wanna send me a press release to publicize or shill for something...I think I'm okay with it, though of course I reserve the right to refuse things that are against my sensibilities.)

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