Surreal L.A. Podcast #8: Halloween Edition featuring Ghost Stories with Paranormal EXP

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Are you afraid of things that go bump in the night? The team at Paranormal EXP LIVES for that sh*t and has the EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) to prove it! Settle in for some spooky stories and sounds from some of L.A.’s most haunted places…Happy Halloween ghosts and ghouls!

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Surreal L.A. Podcast Episode #7: Occupy L.A., Anonymous, Smiley and West

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Don’t miss this boiling pot of hot political debate and bonus words of wisdom from Smiley and West’s Poverty Tour. Shanon & Valley Girl spend a day at Occupy LA where they run into members of Anonymous and ask the million dollar question: “What can the 99% do to take back the wealth and power from the 1%?” The answers may surprise you. Just another day in Surreal L.A.

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Certifiably Surreal Events for the Weekend of October 21 – 22

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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!

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Surreal L.A. Podcast #6: The Downtown Train, Tranny Hookers and Weird Band Stories

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Venture down the rabbit hole with Shanon, Valley Girl and special guests Mr. Now the brooding blogger and Matty “B” Heintz from Los Angeles-based blues band, The Downtown Train. Injected with a jolt of testosterone not commonly found in most Surreal L.A. podcasts, the conversation meanders around subjects like seedy Hollywood strip clubs, tranny hookers and why Courtney Love is such a trainwreck. Buckle up, folks, this will be a bumpy ride.

Also – check out The Downtown Train at Harvard & Stone in Hollywood every Tuesday night during the month of October!

 

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Is American Horror Story Authentic L.A.?

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“American Horror Story” premiered last Wednesday to a lukewarm reception from critics and television audiences alike. Being fans of Ryan Murphy and connoisseurs of weird Los Angeles tales, of both the non-fictional and fictional varieties, Surreal L.A. was waiting with baited breath for this new FX series. The bottom line: it’s more “Nip/Tuck” meets “American Gothic” than it is “Glee,” but is it authentic L.A.? We examine further:

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Certifiably Surreal & Spooky Los Angeles Events for October 7 – October 14

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Each October, Angelinos get a lil’ extra freaky-deaky and we’ve got the events to prove it. So, without further ado, here are your certifiably surreal (and SPOOKY!) events for the week of October 7 – 14.

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The Protest Signs of Occupy L.A.

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Occupy L.A. protesters have staked their claim on Los Angeles City Hall, littering the lawn and sidewalk with tents, sleeping bags and blankets – at least until December. Surreal L.A. spent time with the protesters this past weekend and witnessed a large crowd of mixed-bag Americans, each standing for something…but what, exactly?

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PHOTOS: Top 5 Weirdest Things at the Brewery ArtWalk

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The Brewery ArtWalk in downtown Los Angeles is a twice annual event where the artists and revolutionaries inhabiting the largest art complex in the world graciously open their doors for us regular folk to gawk at their emotionally transparent wares (and hopefully help pay their rent). The Fall artwalk ends today, October 2, at 6pm, but if you want a taste of the strangest, weirdest and most out-there offerings, Surreal L.A. is here for you:

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Surreal L.A. Podcast #5: Hollywood Boulevard, Unemployment, Homeless Teens & “Friday”

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Shanon & Valley Girl join the unemployed masses and seek solace on Hollywood Boulevard, aka the “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” where they meet homeless and pregnant teen, Venice, talk to Green Lantern and other costumed folk, and learn important lessons from the movie “Friday.” Keep it surreal, L.A.!

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Fashion Flash Mob Invades L.A. County Fair

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Amidst the deep fried candy bars and toothless carnies at the L.A. County Fair, the surreal skies of Los Angeles opened and models rained down.

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