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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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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Surreal L.A. Events for the Week of Sept. 2 – Sept. 8


Hola Angelinos…here are your handpicked, certified surreal, Los Angeles area events for the week of September 1, 2011 – September 8, 2011.

Cinespia presents “Edward Scissorhands”

Tim Burton’s surreal goth fantasy set in an otherworldly suburban nightmare stars Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. Memorable appearances by an eclectic supporting cast including: Anthony Michael Hall, Dianne Wiest and horror king Vincent Price.

When: Saturday, September 3

Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Hollywood)

Time: Gates 7:00 pm / Movie 8:30 pm

Cost: $10 Donation

Hold Up Art presents “Art From a Galaxy Far, Far Away”

Polish up those light sabers for a battle of the best “Star Wars” inspired art from Ricky Martinez and Denise Vasquez.

When: Friday, September 2 & Saturday, September 3

Where: Hold Up Art Gallery (Downtown / Little Tokyo)

Time: Opens at 11 am

Cost: FREE!

Upright Citizen’s Brigade presents “Celebrity Funeral: Nicolas Cage”

No, Nic Cage didn’t crash a motorcycle or pop one too many blood vessels whilst chewing scenery. But…what if…? Lots of funny people pay homage to the star of kitchy classics like “Valley Girl” and “Vampire’s Kiss” (you know, the one where he ate a cockroach).

When: Friday, September 2

Where: Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater (Los Angeles / Hollywood)

Time: 8 pm

Cost: $10

Skirball Cultural Center presents “Houdini: Art and Magic”

A magical exhibition showcasing over 150 artifacts, images (some from Houdini’s personal collection), Art Nouveau–era posters, playbills, theater ephemera, memorabilia and archival and silent-film footage that tell his story. Observe Houdini’s tools of the trade: his straitjacket, a milk can, and the Metamorphosis trunk he used as part of his miraculous escape tricks. A re-creation of his famous water torture cell is also on hand.

When: Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4

Where: Skirball Cultural Center 


  • Tuesday–Friday, 12:00–5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


  • $10 General
  • $7 Seniors and Full-Time Students
  • $5 Children 2–12
  • FREE to Members and Children under 2

Nucleus presents “Zombie in Love” Reception

Don your best prom gear, then get it bloody. It’s time to feast on BRAIIIINZZZZ! Nucleus is having a zombie prom-themed party to celebrate the work of Scott Campbell, illustrator of Zombie in Love, a book by best-selling author Kelly DiPucchio. Campbell will be on hand to sign autographs and greet fans. Refreshments and prizes will be given to those that dress up.

When: Saturday, September 3

Where: Gallery Nucleus (Alhambra)

Time: 7 pm – 11 pm

Cost: FREE!

La Luz de Jesus presents “Encyclopaedia of Hell” Booksigning

A tour de force of darkness, Encyclopaedia of Hell is a manual of Earth written by Lord Satan for his invading hordes of demons, complete with hundreds of unpleasant illustrations, diagrams, and a comprehensive and utterly repulsive dictionary of Earth terms. Get your very own copy and have it signed by witty wordsmith Martin Olson, a two-time Emmy nominee.

When: Saturday, September 3

Where: La Luz de Jesus Gallery (Hollywood)

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Cost: FREE!