Greetings, devoted readers. Here are your certifiably surreal Los Angeles events for the weekend of October 21-22, 2011, starring: Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Pancakes & Booze Downtown, “Beetlejuice” the drinking game, and the Lucent Dossier Experience. Enjoy!
Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Once a year, the graves of Hollywood’s famous, infamous and personally beloved are decorated in lavish altar displays of color, candles and skeletons. The event will also feature a special performance by international musical icon Ruben Albarran, as well as an array of diverse, world renowned artists.
Keep an eye open for displays at these celebrity graves:
- Carl Switzer (1927-1959), best known as “Alfalfa” from “Our Gang.” Switzer was shot at age 31 during an argument over a $50 dog reward. His headstone even includes a picture of a dog. Petey, is that you?
- Jayne Mansfield (1933-1967), the iconic blonde bombshell haas a headstone here, despite actually being buried in Pennsylvania. An attention (cough) whore even death, eh?
- Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959), one of the world’s greatest directors, and founder of Paramount Pictures, DeMille guided classics like “The Ten Commandments,” “King of Kings” and “The Greatest Show on Earth” and infamously portrayed himself in “Sunset Blvd.” “I’m ready for my close up Mr. DeMille…”
- Hattie McDaniel (1895-1952), the first African-American actress to win an Academy Award, playing “Mammy” in the 1939 classic “Gone With the Wind.” Like Mansfield, McDaniel isn’t actually buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, although it was her dying wish to be. Racist laws prevented her from being laid to rest among her fellow stars, but in later years the owners of Hollywood Forever Cemetery gave her a lovely memorial on the lawn overlooking the lake.
- Johnny Ramone (1948-2004), the guitarist and founding member of “The Ramones.” Each year since his passing, fans have done this punk rock icon’s grave right, making this one of the most popular photo ops during Dia de los Muertos.
WHERE: Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, Ca
WHEN: Oct. 21 5:00 pm – Oct 22 12:00 am
COST: $10 per person, 6 and under free
PARKING: Free street parking, if you can find it
Pancakes & Booze
FREE all-you-can eat pancake bar to soak up all the booze you can drink while perusing L.A.’s largest underground art show. That’s right, over 1700 unique artists with ridiculous eye candy – including live body painting and art battles. There’s something for every connoisseur of visual delights from paintings to mixed media, photography to sculpture and graffiti. Bonus: Dress up as a brain-munching zombie and you’ll get a free gift at the door!
613 Imperial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
WHEN: October 21, 2011 8:00 pm – Sunday, October 23, 2011 2:00 am
PARKING: Free street parking, or $7 secure lot next door
A Drinking Game: “Beetlejuice”
Troubled by the living? Is death a problem and not the solution? Unhappy with eternity? Just say: “Betelgeuse Betelgeuse Betelgeuse!” Get ready to conjure up everyone’s favorite Bio-Exorcist during this live stage reading of the Tim Burton classic. Actors and audience alike will imbibe on queues from the script. Come early for a costume contest and haunted photo booth.
WHEN: Saturday, October 22, 2011 7 pm
575 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
COST: $10 (TICKETS)
PARKING: Street parking
Lucent Dossier, Kraddy, Imagika Om, and more at the Historic Downtown Palace Theatre
World-renowned avant-garde performance troupe the Lucent Dossier Experience will leave audiences awe-struck with a 90 minute throwdown of spectacular stage theatrics designed to transport the audience into a surreality like none they’ve experienced before. Stay for the post-show afterglow featuring the classical hip-hop stylings of Cello Joe, DJs exploring sexy vaudevillian whomp!, and the potent and pulsating sounds of sonic alchemist Imagika Om.
100% of the art sales and Palace proceeds will go toward the recovery of Brent “Shrine” Spears, Burning Man icon, folk artist and hobo clown. Burners will remember Spears’ beautiful 2008 temple, the Basura Sagrada. He suffered a near-fatal car accident on October 5th, 2011.
Here’s a little taste of last year’s show: 2010 Lucent Dossier Experience
WHEN: October 21, 2011 7:30 pm – October 22, 2011 2:00 am
Downtown Palace Theatre
630 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014
COST: $20.00 – $135.00
TICKETS: Brown Paper Tickets