The Weekend Go Go: World Music, Horror Shorts, Vintage Glad Rags

More lights, great music.
More lights, great music.

Happy day after the merry melee, Go Go’ers.

No eggnog overdose or evergreen allergy?


2013 has plenty of fun in it yet.

World Stage, World Celebration

When it comes to winter festivals of light, Kwanzaa has the best soundtrack by far.

Perfect example?

The World Stage Kwanzaa Music Festival: five nights of  culture, music and celebration starting tonight.

Cofounded by the late drummer and jazz great Billy Higgins and poet Kamau Daaóod, the World Stage anchors the Leimert Park arts scene and hosts the Kwanzaa Music Festival, which opens tonight with broken beat/nu jazz producer and musician Mark de Clive-Lowe and hip-hop producer/rapper Terrace Martin.  Jazz saxophonist Azar Lawrence (sideman to McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, and Woody Shaw) kicks off the weekend on Friday, and  jazz vocalist Dwight Trible lights up Saturday night with Justo Almario & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.  Saxophonist Dale Fielder and former Headhunters percussionist Munyungo Jackson help you say your prayers on Sunday, and jazz saxophonist, composer and band leader Kamasi Washington closes the fest Monday night.

In addition to celebrating and honoring African-American culture and hearing great music, the World Stage, which may be displaced by a proposed underground subway station on the Expo line, deserves both financial and community support.

There couldn’t be a better way to honor the Kwanzaa principle Kuumba (Creativity): “To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.”

THE WORLD  STAGE KWANZAA MUSIC FESTIVALThurs, Dec 26 – Mon, Dec 30 @ 8pm. $15 — The World Stage, 4349 Degnan Blvd, LA 90028

Beyond the B Movie....
Beyond the B Movie….

Sugarplum Fairy Antidote

Unless your Christmas tastes run more to Krampus than Kris Kringle, you’ve probably long passed your tolerance for  jolly and bright.  Luckily for your sanity, the demented folks of the Zed Fest have conveniently scheduled an anti-holiday evening of onscreen horror: retro, foreign and short.

Started in 2010 by “Z movie” devotees Ed Stephens and co-founder Wendy Medrano, the fest’s one-night delirious finale of counter-season programming celebrates the passion of the filmmakers and screenwriters who bring “low-budget indie/amateur, horror/sci-fi/action” projects to the screen.

Saturday’s shiver-and-shake lineup features the Best Short Film winners from the last four years of the Zed Fest Horror Film Festival plus two feature-length screamers including 2013 Outstanding Foreign Language Film Porto Dos Mortos (Beyond the Grave), a post-apocalyptic tale of magic, possession and serial killers.

Also screening is cult classic Silent Night, Bloody Night starring Patrick O’Neal and Mary Woronov, alt-darling of Seventies’ screens and one of several of Andy Warhol’s Factory Superstars appearing in the film  including Ondine and Candy Darling.

Insane asylums, incest, and Factory girls: it’s the perfect post-Xmas present for those who wanted to be very, very bad.

ZED FEST — Sat, Dec 28, 6:30 – 11:30 pm. $15 — Theater Banshee, 3435 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank 91505

Your turn to shop for you
Your turn to shop for you

New Year’s Style

Those Doc Martens and chunky sweaters were swell Xmas prezzies but a little too modern for elegant entrances at your many New Year’s Eve parties.  If your NYE vision is more retro than rockin’, head to the Vintage Clothing & Textile Show this Sunday to spruce up your end-of-year look.

The venerable event, now in its 31st year, features 65 vendors selling everything vintage for men and women, from clothes to accessories to ethnic textiles to linens to jewelry to shoes to collectibles like perfume bottles, buttons and bows.

Rabid dedicated shoppers can pay more to get first crack at the retro goodies.  That extra hour may get you the suave tuxedo or soigné evening gown of your New Year’s Eve dreams, which could mean the difference between a good year and a great one.  Equally important, it’s the last of the five-times-a-year shows to happen before Valentine’s Day.

Not that vintage lingerie needs any justification….

VINTAGE CLOTHING & TEXTILE SHOWSun, Dec 29, 9am – 3pm; 8am early admission.  $7 GA; $20 Early BuyerThe Pickwick Gardens, 1001 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Kim Grant says:

    Thanks for the vintage tip! Hope you all had a happy Holiday and best in 2014! Kim G.

    1. Kim G, hope you not only made it to the show but found some goodies! All best and looking forward to following your fab exploits in 2014.

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