People are telling me that Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer, but I’m guessing that these people haven’t been outdoors in the Valley this week where it has been pushing 100 degrees constantly. Unless it suddenly drops to 50 on Tuesday, I’m not buying any of this “end of summer” crap.
It is Labor Day weekend, though, which for the more fortunate of you means three days off and even less of an excuse to stay in this weekend instead of going out to experience some live musical goodness in the city. And there is plenty to keep you entertained on that front. Here’s a small selection of goodies.
SISU @ La Cita – Friday, August 30th
Taking a break from her day job as the drummer of Dum Dum Girls (featured in our last Weekend Jumpstart), Sandra Vu has been busy preparing her full-length album, Blood Tears, for its release in September. Vu will be previewing songs off that rather fine album on Friday night under the name SISU, with Whirr and Nothing completing the lineup at downtown bar La Cita. Tickets are eight dollars for that one and more details are available at the venue’s website.
Into The Night: The Wild Side @ Skirball Center – Friday, August 30th – Tickets
Well, this is going to be interesting. A night of music and entertainment at the Skirball Center, featuring performances from Jenny O, In The Valley Below, and Body Parts, with Travis Holcombe from KCRW on the decks. There will also be life-sized animal puppets, along with ACTUAL ANIMALS, and if that’s not trippy enough, there will be a screening of the once seen, never forgotten Dr. Seuss movie The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. Truly a trippy evening in store for those lucky enough to be there.
John Williams: Maestro of the Movies @ Hollywood Bowl – Saturday, August 31st – Tickets
The king of Hollywood movie soundtracks playing with an orchestra in the spectacular vastness of the Hollywood Bowl. I shouldn’t need to say any more, but if I must, I’ll throw out this little fact: as a film composer, Williams has won five Academy Awards from a total of 48 nominations. 48! That is an absurd statistic, but I would also suggest that if your pulse isn’t set racing by some of the most recognizable film music ever written, I feel a little bit sorry for you.