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

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

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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 

Time:

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

Cost:

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

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!