Certifiably Surreal & Spooky Events: Halloween Weekend 2011


The veil between the living and the dead is about to get a little thinner, so grab your best scary (or sexy) costume to ward off those spooky spirits and head over to one (or more!) of our hand-picked surreal and spooky Los Angeles Halloween events:

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Certifiably Surreal Events for the Weekend of October 21 – 22


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


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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Video: Nouvelle Vague Concert Highlights @ Ooh La L.A.


The beautiful Fat and Magic (yes, she’s one person even though her name is big enough for two) and I attended the first night of the Ooh La L.A. Festival — a three night musical French make out session (yes, we used tongue) with the city of Los Angeles.

I won’t lie. It got sloppy as French 80s cover band Nouvelle Vague (yes, that’s French for new wave) swayed the crowd with their buxom bossa nova interpretations of what I consider to be the best alternative new wave songs of the Reagan-Era.

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Certifiably Surreal Events 9/29 – 10/6


There is always something profoundly weird and entertaining to do in HelLA, but only on SurrealLA.com can you find events that get our surreal seal of approval:

  • Ooh La L.A. Festival French Kisses the El Rey, Sloppy
  • Occupy Wall Street Brings the Revolution to L.A.
  • Angelinos Decompress from Burning Man
  • The Brewery Gives Good ArtWalk

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Occupy Wall Street Protests Spread to Los Angeles this Weekend


The wildfire of (peaceful) civil unrest fueled by the increasing wealth disparity in the U.S.  has spread across the nation, all the way to the West Coast. You could say that we didn’t start the fire, but for the millions of Americans who have fallen into poverty over the last three years — it’s been burning too hot for too long.

Occupy LA, in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, will be occupying downtown Los Angeles starting this Saturday, October 1st, to protest the financial institutions responsible for the current Great Recession. And it’s about time.

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Decompression Commences at Culmination of 2011 Burning Man in Downtown Los Angeles


Meet Culver City resident Ryan. This year was his first burn. If you don’t know what that means, you’ve probably never taken the trek to Black Rock City in the desolate desert nowhere to party with strangers covered in playa dust for seven days of complete isolation from the everyday grind. Here’s his story:

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Certifiably Surreal Events for Sept. 16 – Sept. 22


There are always fun and fabulous things to do in the City of Angels, but only on SurrealLA.com can you find the Los Angeles events that get our seal of approval:

Steampunk Costume Contest

When: Sunday, September 18, 2011

Time: 11am

Where: Mar Vista Farmer’s Market
Grand View Ave and Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Cost: FREE!


Sex Scandal Bicycle Ride

When: Saturday, September 17, 2011

Time: 4pm – 7pm

Where: The Pleasure Chest
7733 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Cost: FREE!


Inside Scientology Book Signing

When: Friday, September 16, 2011

Time: 7:30pm

Where: Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Cost: FREE! (Book is $28)

73rd Annual Moon Festival

When: Saturday, September 17, 2011

Time: 5pm – 11:30pm

Where: LA Chinatown
943-951 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA,  90012

Cost: FREE!

For more information visit www.chinatownla.com


Certifiably Surreal Events for the Week of Sept. 9 – Sept. 15


If you are throwing or know of an event that is surreal, strange or unusual, please let us know by emailing us at stories@surrealla.com

Here are the certifiably surreal events that made this week’s cut:

  • Marilyn Manson to read Romantic Poetry at the Getty
  • Ghostbusting @ the SoCal Para-Con
  • Mindshare LA Presents Tantra: Exploring the Relationship Between Orgasm and Enlightenment
  • Brazilian Day in Los Angeles

(And don’t miss Artwalk Downtown TONIGHT! )

Marilyn Manson to read Romantic Poetry at the Getty

“O, Rose Thou Art SICK!” But not as sick as Marilyn Manson. The goth rocker will be reading the works of Romantic poet William Blake during the “Dark Blushing” poetry reading at the Getty this Saturday evening.

When: Saturday, September 10

Where: The Getty

Time: Reading begins at 7:30 p.m. Free parking  after 5 p.m. Although reservations are currently full, the Getty will be passing out standby tickets starting at 6 p.m.

Cost: FREE

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The Weird World of California Cat People

Photo Credit: Noah J. Nelson/Turnstyle News

I have to say that Valley Girl is proving to be the purrrrrfect companion on my strange and beautiful journey through Los Angeles. Everywhere we go, something weird happens . . . or maybe we make the weird happen.

Take last weekend, when Valley Girl dragged me kicking and screaming to the Santa Monica Cat Club Cat Show, where crazy cat ladies (and lads) let their prettiest felines out of their cages for a knock-down, drag-out Zoolander-style cat-fight.

To be honest, I was expecting to encounter some kind of untold horror like this clip from the 1982 not-so-classic horror movie Cat People . . .

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