The Weekend Go Go: Funny Flickers, Dance Metro, So Many Fotos

What to expect at the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Fest. (Image from The Mind Job by JJ Winlove)
What to expect at the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Fest. (Image from The Mind Job by JJ Winlove)

You’ve recovered from your  choco-bunny hangover.

You’ve dominated the Easter egg hunt/croquet field/Bloody Mary Triathlon once again….

Now, read on for more places to wear your Easter fedora.

Funny As in Ha Ha

Are you averse to light?  Do you have a short attention span?  Do you like flickering images and the healing power of laughter?

LA Comedy Shorts Film FestIf so, grab your tickets for the  LA. Comedy Shorts Film Festival kicking off Thursday night, April 4th, and continuing through Sunday at the Downtown Independent Theater where comedy shorts  — the film  kind, not Spiderman undies kind — from around the world will be screened in blocks.

Most intriguing titles?  Jim Turner’s  Ninja Sex Party – Three Minutes of Ecstasy and Ninja Sex Party – Unicorn Wizard .

You know you want to go there.

Comedy panels include Get Lit: Comedy Writing Panel (writers include Jim Rash from Community) and  fest fave Famous People Talking about S&*% — which usually ends up being S&*% about each other — plus  shmancy parties for pass holders including the opening night  “Casino Royale with Cheese”.

Admit it…you’re hoping for some wicked cheddah….

L.A. COMEDY SHORTS FILM FESTIVALThurs, April 4 – Sun, April 7; $13 – $169Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S Main St DTLA 90012. Check link for various times + party venues

This is underground...literally. Stephan Koplowitz: Red Line Time
Underground art…literally with  Stephan Koplowitz: Red Line Time (Image courtesy of Goethe- Institut Los Angeles)

 Ride and Seek

Watching dance in a theater?  So same old, same old.

Watching dance on a computer screen?  So  much eye strain.

Watching dance at Metro stops along the Red Line?   So fun.

Stephan Koplowitz specializes in grand, multi-media, site-specific performances  — think the bed of the Los Angeles River and the steps of the NY Public Library.

In Stephan Koplowitz: Red Line Time, presented by Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, the award-winning director and choreographer, his eight dancer ensemble, AND his audience (that’s you, oh nimble one) hop on and off the Metro Red Line for a round-trip performance (2 – 2.5 hours) that utilizes the subway stations from Union Station to North Hollywood.

For the price of a $5 one-day Metro Tap Card, you can attend/ride one of three performances on Friday, April 5 and  Saturday, April 6th.

Just want a little dance on the way to your Hollywood appointment? You can see as much or as little of the performance as you want.

Although after you’ve seen Koplowitz and company, you’ll wish your dentist was in NoHo.

STEPHAN KOPLOWITZ: RED LINE TIMEFri, April 5 @ 9am & 6pm and Sat, April 6 @ 4pm; $5 Metro TAP cardUnion Station, 801 N Vignes St, DTLA 90012; meet @ East Portal (next the Metro Customer Center)

Andy Warhol has more than 15 minutes of fame with MOPLA (Image courtesy Karen Bystedt from The Lost Warhols)
Andy Warhol has more than 15 minutes of fame at Month of Photography Los Angeles.  (Image courtesy Karen Bystedt from The Lost Warhols)

Giving It Their Best Shot

Instagram may be ubiquitous but for a reminder of the power of art versus the pop of ephemera, check out the 5th installment of Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA).

The month of unmoving pictures begins this weekend with an official opening reception  on Saturday, April 6th at the Robert Berman Gallery at Bergamot Station.

Berman has curated the MOPLA Group Show featuring artists like John Valadez, Street Photographer and Muralist who photographed his Chicano community in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.  Also on view for one night only at Robert Berman: the first “experimental and interactive Pin-Up Show…with over 60 photographers ‘pinning-up’ images that speak to the theme Desire.”

A theme that just might interest you.

MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY LOS ANGELES (MOPLA) – OPENING RECEPTION —  Sat, April 6th, 6 – 9pm; FREE with reservation — Robert Berman Gallery, B7, Bergamot Station Arts Center, Santa Monica 90404

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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