The Weekend Go Go: Wicked Lit, Monster Mash, and the Big Squeeze

Walk this way…to Wicked Lit.

Go Go’ers, October is in full, glorious, fall swing.

Your bourbon and eyeball punch?  Perfected!

The Frederick’s of Hollywood Special Order lady?  Your new BFF!

Your Halloween centerpiece of false teeth and bloody fingers?  A hot glue gun mess masterpiece!

Hey…must be the season of the witch.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Go Go’er’s, there are Halloween mazes with dry ice and maniac clowns.  Then, there are 24/7 mausoleums with the can’t-fake-it chill of real dead people, actual undertakers, and creepy, creepy ghost stories.  The latter is Wicked Lit and it is to drooling zombies what erotica is to porn.

Not that there isn’t a place for everything.

Not for the faint of heart, Wicked Lit leads audiences on an immersive, ambulatory theater experience staged throughout the ominously gorgeous Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena

So wear those boots that were made for walkin’, Go Go’ers, ’cause that’s just what you’ll do.

The shivers start as soon as you get out of your car according to Jonathan Josephson, Paul Millet, and Jeff G. Rack: the three Co-Artistic Directors of Unbound Productions. Each of the gents have adapted a horror story by a master of the genre — Johann Ludwig Tieck’s Wake Not the Dead, F. Marion Crawford’sThe Dead Smile, and M.R. James’ Count Magnus — and then directed one of their colleagues’ grim offerings.

Given the promised wickedness, better make sure those boots are made for running…just in case.

WICKED LIT 20127:30pm, October 12-31; select Thurs-Sun nights + Halloween; $50; 13+ recommended; children under 6 not admittedMountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery, 2300 N. Marengo Ave, Altadena,  91001.  DO NOT ENTER FROM FAIR OAKS!

Old school, so cool.

Showbiz Halloween

When you go to horror movies do you:

a) study the artful mummy wrap?

b) pay as much attention to the cobweb draping as the killer?

c) examine gruesome wounds with a creatively critical eye?

If you answered “yes” to all or one of the above, you are A) obsessive, B) an admirer of the craft of creepiness, and C) going to want to put the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s Hollywood Halloween Costume Party & Monster Mash on your spook-season sked.

Because who better to set dress a horror bash than…set dressers?

There will be complimentary food and cocktails (you’ll want a  Zombie, natch), there will be dancing (you’ve been practicing your Thriller moves), there will be a costume contest (your pom-pom monster get-up will rule), a “slasher fashion show” (tips for your next outing!), DJ Zen and a celebrity guest DJ — all at Willow Studios across the parking lot from Villains Tavern (a.k.a. your home away from home).

Chris Fuentes and Paul Botha will host the Hollyween event, which has the staggeringly low entry fee of $10 although they won’t turn you away if you can’t pay.

It’s a benefit, though, slackers, so cough up the Hamilton.

Think of it as an investment in the future of fright.

MPTVF’s Hollywood Halloween Costume Party & Monster Mash — Sat, Oct 13, 7pm-2am; $10 suggested donationWillow Studios, 1324 Palmetto St, DTLA 90013;

FREE PARKING at Sun Chemical Lot, 590 S Santa Fe, LA 90013

Squeamish squeezebox…Thee Hobo Gobbelins @ 4th Annual Accordion Fest

Please, Please Squeeze Me

Tom Waits once said, “A gentleman is someone who can play the accordion but doesn’t.”

With that admonition in mind, head to the OC this Sunday for three stages full of scoundrels and squeezebox.

Louisiana Bayou — everything from Louisiana Swamp pop to sophisticated New Orleans tunes — will dominate the main stage with Zydeco and Cajun dance teacher A.J. Gibbs helping you with your moves, cher.

Go Go’ers, don’t wear out those twinkletoes.  Jim Gilman (a.k.a. “The Squeezinator”.  Of course.) will host at  Stage 3, which will feature dance styles (and lessons!) in West Coast Swing, Latin, Cha Cha, polka, etc.  Performers include Thee Hobo Gobbelins who are clearly not gentlemen and will prove it by bringing a troupe of wild dancers adept at interpreting their circus-gypsy-folk-rock style.

Stage 2 focuses on international artistes including Russian born Semichastnaya:  the accordionist in the Las Vegas Cirque Du Soleil show KA.  You can also bring your own Belly Baldwin for lessons, jam sessions, and repair workshops.

Naturally, accordion storage is free.

There will be a Mardi Gras parade, Ragin’ Cajun and Crepes Bonaparte food trucks, and a Ukulady.

‘Cause everything’s better with a Ukulady.

THE BIG SQUEEZE: THE 4TH ANNUAL ORANGE COUNTY ACCORDION FESTIVALSun, Oct 14, 10am-4pm; $2 (two dollars) or FREE with a can of food for the OC Second Harvest Food Bank; kids under 12: FreeOrange County Market Place , 88 Fair Drive – Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa 92626   (949) 723-6619

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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