Posts Tagged ‘Show’

The 28th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show returns to 2nd Street and its side streets this Sunday. Every year from 9am to 3pm on the Sunday following Labor Day, hundreds of cars go on display at this FREE and all-ages car show, along with many food and car-themed vendors on 2nd Street. From classic to modern, spectators can exhibit all sorts of vehicles. The entire stretch of 2nd Street in Belmont Shore closes to through-traffic to allow visitors to freely roam the streets and gaze at all the cars on exhibit. During this time, all local businesses remain open for business, and typically see increased volume due to the influx of visitors. Instead of attempting to describe all the cars, perhaps these photos could tell a better story, and maybe even entice you to visit this year.

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The 27th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show took over 2nd Street and its side streets this past Sunday. Every year from 9am to 3pm on the Sunday following Labor Day, hundreds of cars go on display at this FREE and all-ages car show, along with many food and car-themed vendors on 2nd Street. From classic to modern, spectators could exhibit all sorts of vehicles. The entire stretch of 2nd Street in Belmont Shore closes to through-traffic to allow visitors to freely roam the streets and gaze at all the cars on exhibit. During this time, all local businesses remain open for business, and typically see increased volume due to the influx of visitors. Instead of attempting to describe all the cars, perhaps these photos could tell a better story, and maybe even entice you to return next year.

From the creative genius behind the Pancakes & Booze Art Show comes the Zombie Fashion Show & Creature Art Exhibit, an adult point of view on the traditional horror genre. This art & fashion show takes place this Saturday night at Lot 613 in Downtown Los Angeles, where dozens of Hollywood makeup artists will transform beautiful models into the undead to strut their stuff on the caution tape-lined runway for eager fans to view. In addition to the catwalk show, artists from across the country bring their deathly works of art to exhibit at this show, and many local designers bring their crafts and/or accessories to sell. While the majority of the guests tend to congregate around the catwalk in the middle of the venue, plenty of art and merchandise line the perimeter of the venue. Although the event already has models designated for the catwalk show, attendees may still get into the spirit and dress up on their own, a la cosplay style. Nothing will stop attendees from donning their own zombie makeup & fashion, and strolling amongst the other attendees.

The cover charge costs $10 and provides full access to the venue, which includes the main floor with the vendors & fashion walk, the stage where they will have live music and a DJ, the outdoor area with more art and vendors, and the makeup area where the models will receive their ghastly makeover. No one under 21 may attend. The organizer has combined the Zombie Fashion Show with the Pancakes & Booze Art Show this time instead of separating the events. As such, the Pancakes & Booze Art Show will take place on both Friday and Saturday nights this week, while the Zombie Fashion Show will take place along with the Pancakes & Booze Art Show on Saturday night only. Still, both nights will cost $10 to enter. This post focuses on the Zombie Fashion Show, and contains photos from a previous year’s catwalk show. Stay up to date with what to expect this Saturday night, by liking the Zombie Fashion Show on Facebook.

The 25th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show took over 2nd Street and its side streets this past Sunday. Every year from 9am to 3pm on the Sunday following Labor Day, hundreds of cars go on display at this FREE and all-ages car show, along with many food and car-themed vendors on 2nd Street. From classic to modern, spectators could exhibit all sorts of vehicles. The entire stretch of 2nd Street in Belmont Shore closes to through-traffic to allow visitors to freely roam the streets and gaze at all the cars on exhibit. During this time, all local businesses remain open for business, and typically see increased volume due to the influx of visitors. Instead of attempting to describe all the cars, perhaps these photos could tell a better story, and maybe even entice you to return next year.

From the creative genius behind the Pancakes & Booze Art Show comes the Zombie Fashion Show & Creature Art Exhibit, an adult point of view on the traditional horror genre. At this art & fashion show from this past Saturday night at Lot 613 in Downtown Los Angeles, dozens of Hollywood makeup artists transformed beautiful models into the undead to strut their stuff on the caution tape-lined runway for eager fans to view. Just like at the last Zombie Fashion Show back in May, artists from across the country brought their deathly works of art to exhibit at this show, and many local designers brought their crafts and/or accessories to sell. Now in October, the anticipation for Halloween grows, sparking an increased interest in a show like this, resulting in a significantly larger turnout than the May show.

While the majority of the guests congregated around the runway in the middle of the venue, plenty of art and merchandise lined the perimeter of the venue.

As mentioned above, the originator of the Pancakes & Booze Art Show has devised this alternative art show as well. As a result, guests could expect to munch on pancakes all night, free of charge, though they discreetly placed a tip jar on the counter.

This show has touched so many people that some of them decided to also get into the spirit by dressing up or applying Halloween cosmetics as well.

Prior to the model runway show, a local slow rock band played a few songs. Their set did not last long, for reasons unknown, but I would guess that they had sound issues throughout their set.

As all the guests waited in anticipation of the zombie models, some of the official camera crew set up this camera station at the end of the runway.

Enough with words – you all came here to see some flesh! Words cannot describe as much as photos can, so I will allow you to formulate your own captions for each photo. Without further adieu, observe these photos from the zombie model fashion walk.

Just for fun, go behind the scenes to the makeup area, where the artists worked to the bone gearing these ladies up for a ghoulish night.

Who needs words when pictures illustrate thousands of words at a time? Did you like what you saw? Check out the original Pancakes & Booze Art Show coming up NEXT weekend, right back at Lot 613 in Downtown Los Angeles. This show will only cost $5 to get in, and guests can find free street parking on surrounding streets, so why wait until the next opportunity? Sure it may not have revealing zombie models, but the live nude body painting should make up for the difference.

Get Porked
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 29
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://getporked.eventbrite.com/

Love BBQ and/or pork? Then you cannot miss this one-time dinner event! LA Foodie will record a live podcast during dinner speaking about styles of BBQ and the beers that pair with them. Dinner starts promptly at 8pm, which consists of four carefully crafted pork courses, four 5oz beer pairings, and four dessert pairings. Attendees also receive lots of other goodies to take home. Guests may park in the parking structure behind Beachwood Brewing for up to three hours with validation from the restaurant. No one under 21 may attend. Tickets normally cost $40, but use the promo code newsletter to save $10!

The Business @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 30
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-business

Catch a punk rock show headlined by UK punk band The Business this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $13.

Slam Dance Fest
5:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 31
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/149389055233857/

Kick May in the nads with this end-of-the-month punk rock fest in Los Angeles. With over 15 bands playing across two stages plus live DJ’s, expect one rowdy and unforgettable time. Tickets only cost $6 presale and $8 at the door! The venue will contain a food vendor, a cash bar, and other merchandise vendors. No one under 18 may enter.

Brea SummerFest 2013
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 31
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 1
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 2
St. Angela Merici School, Brea
http://www.summerfestbrea.org/

Brea brings all of the elements of a state fair into one weekend with their annual SummerFest. Find food, rides, live entertainment, games, vendors, and more at this weekend-long fair for the entire family. Guests may enter and park for free – please adhere all signs for parking and entering the fest.

Pacific Islander Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 1-2
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/pacific_islander_festival/

Explore the cultures of the Pacific Islands all weekend at the Aquarium of the Pacific. For just the price of the aquarium’s general admission, guests of all ages will experience music, dancing, arts & crafts, ethnic cuisines, educational programming, storytelling, artisans, and more. Parking at the adjacent parking structure ranges from $5 to $10. The local Passport bus operates for free, so guests may ride public transportation to save money.

5th Annual Downtown Pomona Community Car & Bike Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 1
Thomas Plaza, Downtown Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/534341013294646/

Check out custom & vintage cars & motorcycles at this community auto show in Downtown Pomona this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, any profit or money made from this event via participants and vendors go towards local charities benefiting underprivileged children. Some of the nearby streets provide free parking, while parking lots west of Main St cost nothing to park in.

The Ultimate Radio Control Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 1
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 2
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.rcx.com/

Check out this expo for remote control toys and gadgets as you relive your adolescent life playing with portable mobile vehicles. With plenty of remote control cars, boats, planes, helicopters, and more, guests of all ages will find many attractions to check out. Admission costs $10 presale and $15 at the door, while children get in free with paid adult admission. Parking at the convention center ranges from $5 to $10, or you may park on the street in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

22nd Annual Santa Monica Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 1
Clover Park, Santa Monica
http://www.smgov.net/Portals/Culture/content.aspx?id=15035

Free and open to all ages, this festival in Santa Monica celebrates the local community with family activities, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, vendors, food trucks, cooking demos, and more. Guests can park for free at the location.

Make Music Pasadena
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 1
Old Town Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
http://www.makemusicpasadena.org/

This FREE and all-ages music festival completely covers the streets of Downtown Pasadena. All day long, guests can catch over 150 free concerts from dozens of local bands, including Youngblood Hawke, and other bands that have traveled from afar to play here. Local long-term parking may cost quite a bit, so opt to park further and take public transportation to cut down on costs.

Balls For Balls 2013
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 1
The Mezz Bar, Alexandria Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ballsforballs.philanthroproductions.org/

In a nutshell, gather a team to competitively eat meatballs for charity. The winning team does take a cash prize home. A team of four enters for $60, while individuals enter for $20 and get placed in a random team as a filler. Spectators may enter and watch for free.

1st Annual Long Beach Sea Festival Kickoff Extravaganza
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 1
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.lbseafest.com/index.php/events/kickoff-extravaganza/event/2

This FREE event kicks off the summer series of festivals, as it previews all upcoming festivals that make up the season-long Sea Festival. Guests of all ages will find food trucks, live music, arts & crafts, jumpers, and more. After sunset, bring out the beach chairs and blankets for a free viewing of Finding Nemo on the beach.

AutoCon Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 1
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.autoconevents.com/autocon-los-angeles-2013/

See hundreds of classic, custom, and exotic cars this Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Guests will also find beautiful models, food trucks, and plenty of automotive vendors to spend money on. General admission costs $12, while expedited admission costs $17. Children enter free with a paid adult admission. Please bring cash for parking at the venue. The event takes place outdoors, so dress accordingly for the hot weather, and apply sunscreen.

Lumière Noir: A Higher Frequency
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 1
Proof Bar, Santa Ana
http://noirart.org/lumiere-noir/

This collaborative art project involves various models to create living art in ultraviolet light, or blacklight. Free to attend, attendees will see art, photography, videos, live nude body-painting, and more. As this takes place at a bar, attendees may purchase drinks at their leisure, but no one under 21 may enter.

FotoSensori – ​A Multi-Dimensional Photography Group Show & Fundraiser
6:30 pm – 12:00 am, June 1
Monk Space, Los Angeles
http://www.fotosensori.com/

This atypical art & photography show showcases more than just art – it utilizes all five of the human senses to experience and absorb the art. Over ten photographers will collaborate to present this diverse exhibit to all attendees. Throughout the night, local bands and DJ’s will fill the air with feet-moving beats, while attendees may purchase dumplings or vegan cupcakes to munch on. Attendees can find plenty of free street parking in the nearby neighborhoods. Although the organizers have not enforced an entry fee, they suggest a $15 donation at the door.

16th Annual SoRo Community Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 2
Robertson & Cattaraugus, Los Angeles
http://www.soronc.org/events/sorofest2013

This FREE and all-ages street fair takes place in West LA between Culver City and Beverly Hills. Attendees will find live music, a kids’ zone including rock-climbing, arts & crafts, food trucks, and more. Guests can park for free in the neighborhoods surrounding the fest.

Spring 2013 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Long Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 2
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://patchworkshow.com/craft-fair-locations/long-beach-events/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at multiple locations. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. The surrounding neighborhoods contain plenty of free street parking.

29th Annual Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off
11:00 am – 5:30 pm, June 2
Old Town Tustin
http://www.tustinchilicookoff.com/

Once again taking over the streets of Old Town Tustin, this FREE street fair contains lots of activities to keep the entire family busy and full the entire day. Attendees will find arts & crafts, live entertainment, merchandise vendors, kids’ area, the multitude of chili teams, and much more. This event gets highly crowded each year, and w3hile it requires no admission to enter, guests will end up parking on city streets a few blocks away. To sample chili, guests must purchase tickets for $2 each, and redeem these tickets at the chili teams for samples.

8th Annual Lummis Day Festival
10:30 am – 7:00 pm, June 2
Heritage Square Museum, Northeast Los Angeles
http://www.lummisday.org/

Catch music, dance, poetry, art, and more at this free multicultural festival this Sunday afternoon in Northeast LA. Guests may park for free at the venue.

Chicks That Rock
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 2
Billy O’s, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/132875120235497/

Five female-fronted bands will play at this show in Ventura this Sunday afternoon. Tickets to this show cost $7. No one under 21 may attend.

11th Annual Taste of Alhambra
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 2
2nd & Main, Downtown Alhambra
http://www.downtownalhambra.com/component/option,com_eventlist/Itemid,49/func,details/did,37/

Savor the local flavor of Alhambra at this annual all-you-can-eat food fest on the streets of Downtown Alhambra this Sunday evening. For $50 presale and $60 at the gate, guests 21 and over will receive unlimited food samples from various Alhambra restaurants and unlimited drinks from local establishments. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures.

Go to a fashion show, view models strut down the runway in lingerie, and drool as they walk away. Most men expect this type of behavior to occur when attending or watching a fashion show, such as the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Today’s society places an emphasis on slim models with fair skin, light blue eyes, long flowing hair, and a perfect natural figure. The media strongly portrays women that fit this bill as beautiful and worthy of strutting as a runway model. However, the media refuses to portray anything else as beautiful, especially when it comes to looks and body. Thankfully, modern times and progression have allowed curvy women to take a stand and earn a spot as beautiful in a world consumed by a lust for slim & fit models. Beyond that, where else can models walk? The general public accepts these models because of the realization that they exist and can (sort of) relate to everyday life, that the average schmo can randomly run into a bombshell on the street. But why stop there? Where else can we find beauty? Sometimes, we have to take a step back to observe and identify the effort going into the beauty behind the makeup. In Hollywood, artists travel beyond the makeup kit to add bits & pieces to models, especially in movies when directors require inhuman characters, like zombies. Why portray zombies as scary abominations when we can observe zombies as sexy models?

The annual Zombie Fashion Show & Creature Art Exhibit took place this past Saturday night at the Mezz Bar in the Alexandria Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. At this art & fashion show that cost only $10 to enter, guests 21 and up could dive into a world of beauty and death, surrounded by art, booze, pancakes, dubstep, chocolate, and fashion models. Artists from all over the country submitted their art to display at this show, with some of the artists making an appearance to sell their work.

As the organizers had just recently hosted the Pancakes & Booze Art Show a few weeks ago, they naturally decided to supply pancakes and chocolate to all guests for free. Guests still had to pay for drinks, however.

Throughout the night, as the live DJ’s played their loud dubstep music, some of the zombie models walked among the crowd, doing zombies things while occasionally stopping for photo opportunities.

Unique to this fashion show, guests could actually enter the dressing room while the models got ready for the fashion show. In this room, guests received a first-hand look at the makeup artists giving the models their deathly makeover, as the models remained still to turn into the living dead. As all the models had already changed into their outfits, no nudity occurred at all in here.

Before the zombie models could strut down the runway, a local band delighted the crowd with a set of songs lasting half an hour.

Prior to the Zombie Fashion Show, I located and chatted with Tom Kirlin, the curator behind not only this annual show, but the recurring Pancakes & Booze Art Show, of which the last show occurred two weekends ago in Los Angeles. Having spoken about his events in the past yet never attending one, I relinquished that I broke the ice at this show. His idea behind this show involved combining everything he loved into one venue: pancakes, booze, zombies, and models. Clearly, this man lives the American dream if he can successfully bring all of his interests together and profit off of it.

Once the band had wrapped up their set, the DJ cleared the runway in preparation for a zombie model invasion. One by one, each model slowly dragged themselves onto the runway from the dressing room. Each model remained in character the entire time, moving and acting like how they appeared. A handful of the models did not appear like traditional zombies – some appeared like ghouls, while others appeared like monsters or abominations. A few of the models still looked alive despite the makeup and skimpy outfit. But hey – who dares judge when these ladies boldly showed a lot of skin in front of hundreds of gawkers?

Once all the models completed their first walk down the runway, each of them returned for a second walk, but in a continuous line instead of one at a time. This also gave the crowd a second chance to cheer for their favorite model, a determinant in selecting the finalists for best zombie of the night.

The emcee selected seven of the models as finalists, based on crowd noise. Using that same method, the emcee chose a winner based on which model received the loudest ovation.

By unanimous decision from the audience, the model that punctured her stomach and ate the contents won the zombie pageant. Following her moment in the lights, all models remained in character the rest of the night, with the exception of the few that removed their makeup to resume human life. All other aspects of the show ran on until the end of the night: the dubstep music, the pancakes, the booze, etc. If you wondered if Tom Kirlin appeared in any of my photos, you can see him in the green shirt here:

With an art show like this, any art fan would feel sad to have missed this show. Luckily, the Pancakes & Booze Art Show occurs nationally year-round, with the next show taking place in Philadelphia at the end of the month. One man’s vision has evolved into this epic sexy art show that attracts thousands annually. Follow your dreams, because it can turn into something legendary like this show.

When we think of Cinco de Mayo, we think of ska music, and those darn skanking kids that like to dance to that music. Two of Southern California’s premier ska bands, Voodoo Glow Skulls and Left Alone, went on tour last month, and that tour ended this past Saturday, coinciding with Cinco de Mayo weekend. Hosted by DiPiazza’s in Long Beach, this all-ages show only cost $13 to enter, and as always, comes with free parking. In addition to Voodoo Glow Skulls and Left Alone, four other local ska-punk bands graced the small stage in DiPiazza’s known as the Lava Lounge to leave Long Beach skanking all night.

First up in the night, Schizm took the stage… or at least tried to take the stage on time. This punk rock band from Southgate forgot to bring percussion stands, and as a result, they had to go find some, resulting in a 15-minute late start. Once they finally started, a sizable crowd had already gathered, presumably in anticipation of the great lineup of bands for the night, or in fact for the set of Schizm. Either way, for as short as a time period that they ended up with, they rocked a hard set. As the night’s only band without any correlation to ska, Schizm gave all that they could give – just pure energy in the form of hard fast music. Rarely does an opening band garner a tight pit, but the crowd loved the music, and raged hard during Schizm’s short set.

Isolated Victims acted as the ska warmup for the night once Schizm left. With a brass section featuring two trombones and no trumpet, Isolated Victims brought exactly what the crowd desired in a Latin-based ska band. They varied the types of songs in the set, including a few Spanish songs, and pacing between slow and fast songs. Isolated Victims played an entertaining set with no real surprises – just some good clean ska music.

Seeing them again for the second day in a row, South Central Skankers entered the stage third for the night. Compared to the previous night, they had added a trombone player to their set. The set list remained virtually alike, playing almost the same songs in a similar order from the previous night. They only made a few changes to the set based on the location and allotted time. South Central Skankers have mastered their craft of ska music, and delivered a perfect set on this night. No one could ask for anything better, save for the usual hecklers waiting for the headliner. Unlike Isolated Victims, they did not play anything too fast or hectic, so the pit remained smooth and mobile the entire time.

The last of the openers, Profesor Galactico, started his set next with his band. I originally conceived a band called Profesor Galactico, but later found out the name represented just one person. A step away from the night’s ska-punk theme, Profesor Galactico played a mostly mellow set comprised of indie, ska, and reggae. His music combines these genres plus funk, hip hop, hard rock, and other similar genres. As such, the pit remained still during the set, probably in anticipation that the headliners would go on next. They strived to play feel-good music, but perhaps they played to the wrong crowd, as many punks and rabble rousers had appeared in the audience by now. They still received a decent ovation for their performance, despite many people wanting the next band quick.

As the first headliner of the night, Left Alone started their set once lead vocalist Elvis made a grand entrance into the room. Once he set foot onto the stage, they immediately started playing, causing the audience to go nuts in this tiny venue. Left wasted little time during their set, stringing together song after song with little down time. Songs in their set included Wasted Time, I Hate Emo, The Sinner, and Every Night.

Once the final headliner set up, Voodoo Glow Skulls marched onto the stage and immediately started their set with Insubordination. From this point, chaos ensued in the pit, the tiny pit encased within this small venue. As with any Voodoo Glow Skulls show, lead vocalist Frank always enters with a Lucha Libre mask for at least the first song. From here, they continued to play a lengthy set, with songs like Charlie Brown, El Coo Cooi, Voodoo Anthem, Shoot The Moon, El Baile De Los Locos, and many more. They always end their set with Say Good Night followed by Band Geek Mafia. After these songs, security had left the pit area, but unknowingly did not pay attention to the band lingering on stage. Voodoo Glow Skulls went on to play a two-song encore, sans security to monitor the pit. Luckily, much of the crowd did not have so much energy by this point, so nothing too rowdy occurred.

This show’s flyer mentioned two other bands that could not make it to the show: Shoplifters and Niño Zombi. This makes the second night in a row that Niño Zombi did not show up to a show. Regardless, the bands that did play put on an excellent show that all of the attendees will not soon forget. Some of these bands have additional gigs coming up in the upcoming weekends, so follow them all to discover their next show location. Also check in here every week to discover other great shows or events to attend in Southern California!

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 10
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking does not exist in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here before.

Cheap Sex, Lower Class Brats, The Scarred, and Media Blitz @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 11
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/cheap-sex

Come rock out to some classic punk rock. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Los Angeles Half Marathon & 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 am, January 12
Venice Boardwalk, Venice
http://www.131marathon.com/losangeles/

If you made a New Year’s resolution to get fit, enter yourself into this half marathon or 5K in Los Angeles County. The half marathon costs $105, while the 5K costs $35 to enter.

Southern California Half Marathon & 5K
8:00 am – 11:00 am, January 12
Woodbridge, Irvine
http://www.schalfmarathon.com/

Same as above, except for Orange County. The half marathon costs $65, while the 5K costs $45 to enter. Act quick, because registration closes this Wednesday night!

Into The Wild – Black Star Canyon
8:00 am – 11:00 am, January 12
Black Star Canyon, Silverado, Irvine
http://www.intothewildoctrailrun.com/

Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out Into The Wild, a 9.2k course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration costs $40 presale, and $45 on the day of the race.

Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 12-13
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.adventureexpo.com/Default.aspx?id=d7f275b9-8ec5-49ca-bc7b-f1dd73513ed1

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $10 for one day, or $15 for both days.

The American Wake @ Auld Dubliner
9:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 12
Auld Dubliner, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/456231631105228/

Come see local Irish rock band The American Wake play for free this Saturday night at The Auld Dubliner at Downtown Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

The Chocolate & Art Show (Experience) occurred this past weekend at KGB Studios in Los Angeles. What sounded like an amazing event on the website for the low price of $10 sounded too good to come true… which actually happened. In other words, the organizers did not fully deliver what they promised.

First, I shall describe what they envisioned putting on:
Dedicated to LA’s underground artists, this weekend gala will feature live music, incredible art, nude body painting, and lots of free chocolate. Come see over 75 of LA’s top artists, photographers, designers, live nude body painters, and chocolate. Crispy Truck will serve their delicious liege waffles too! Free parking and $10 cover.

Did all of this really happen? Check out my photos, then scroll down to read what truly happened while I stayed.

Based the on pictures, the event looks like a typical art exhibit. Sadly, this show only lived up to the expectations of a normal art exhibit.

When you call an event a Chocolate & Art Show, guests need to expect to see art everywhere and snack on lots of chocolate. While plenty of art adorned the halls, the only chocolate consisted of a small table with Oreos, chopped fruit, marshmallows, and wrapped mini chocolates (Snickers, Three Musketeers, Butterfingers, etc). Two other vendors present sold desserts, but as vendors, those did not come included with admission.

When you advertise nude body painting as a draw for more attendees, at least clarify that paintings will have nudity on them, not that actual people will sit/stand nude for painters and onlookers. Not a single person showed extra skin the entire time – guests could only see nudity in the paintings.

The website also posts a schedule of the weekend’s live music. However, only one band played in a few hours, and the schedule did not match at all.

After about half an hour of waiting for something to happen, I began to regret leaving Autumn Lights early just to see this event. The description left me with that “More! More!” feeling, which quickly dissipated the longer I spent at KGB. Did I end up arriving at a bad time? I figure Saturday night equals primetime, and thus the best of the weekend should occur at that time. Alas, for a weekend where everyone went out to do something, this show at KGB severely disappointed for not living up to expectations.