The Weekend Go Go: Pop-up Carmen, Animation Breakdown, Shout-out for Bukowski

Carmen in the 'hood
Carmen in the ‘hood

Valentine’s Day.  The Oscars.  Mardi Gras.   It’s been an emotional roller coaster.

Luckily, this weekend promises to be a little more low-key.

Jealous rage.   Alcoholic poets.   A “Lynchian descent into madness.”

Happy weekend!

Opera’s “Amoral Seductress”

It has been said that “French opera never produced another femme as fatale as Carmen.”

Weigh in on the femme fatale-ness  in Pacific Opera Project‘s POP-Up production of  Bizet’s classic opera, which was initially met with a clamor of disapproval in the 19th century because of the heroine who was described as the “very incarnation of vice”.

Yeah, baby.

Pacific Opera Project, which offers table packages with wine and food at the historic Highland Park Ebell Club, describes their POP-Ups as “a party where opera happens to be playing”.   This might make it sound as if the opera is an afterthought.  Far from it; the company is committed to creating and engaging a new generation of opera lovers with energetic, high-quality, accessible performances in venues both conventional and unconventional.

But let’s face it: sex and violence always sell.

PACIFIC OPERA PROJECT PRESENTS “CARMEN”March 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15.  Doors 7:30; show 8pm. $20 – $100Highland Park Ebell Club, 131 South Avenue Figueroa, Highland Park/Los Angeles 90042.  NOTE: Tickets, especially for tables, sell out EXTREMELY FAST.   Don’t delay getting your tickets HERE.

Northern Ice, Golden Sun (2002) - Faith Hubley
Northern Ice, Golden Sun (2002) – Faith Hubley

An Animation Extravaganza

The Oscars may be over but here’s your chance to get expert on next year’s potential animated shorts: the Saturday night premiere of the Animation Breakdown Roundup at the Cinefamily.

Inspired by animation anthologies like The International Tournee, Kevin Sukho Lee, the animation producer for Yo Gabba Gabba, and Alex McDonald of Animation Breakdown (the “resident home” for Cinefamily animation) commissioned and curated an impressive slate of over two dozen animated shorts, including eight premieres such as Blobby Boys by comics wunderkind Alex Schubert

Go Go’ers, there will not be a Mickey Mouse in sight.

The animation extravaganza continues on Sunday with a Women In Animation evening.  The panel discussion will explore all aspects of animation; panelists include Emily Hubley (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Lauren MacMullen (the Oscar-nominated Get A Horse!, The Simpsons).  The post-panel screening includes Northern Ice, Golden Sun (2002), the Inuit-inspired final film by seminal animator Faith Hubley.

Of course, there will be back yard patio mixer/receptions both evenings.  Make sure you have a pencil handy.

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN ROUNDUPSat, March 8.  Reception 9:30 pm/Showtime 10 pm.  $12 — Cinefamily, 611 N Fairfax, LA 90036. Get tix HERE

WOMEN IN ANIMATIONSun, March 9 @B 7pm (followed by mixer) $8 – $12 — Cinefamily, 611 N Fairfax, LA 90036.  Get tix HERE.

Charles Bukowski at his typewriter in 1988. (Photo by Joan Levine Gannij)
Charles Bukowski at his typewriter in 1988. (Photo by Joan Levine Gannij)

Boozin’ for Buk

It’s hard to believe that Sunday, March 9th is the 20th anniversary of writer Charles Bukowski’s death; his work remains so immediate, so accessible, it seems like he should still be strolling the streets of downtown Los Angeles and knocking back beers.

At the same time, of course.

This Sunday, imbibe in Buk’s memory at 20 Years After: Charles Bukowski Memorial Gathering.  The drink-a-morial will take place at the King Eddy Saloon, which was immortalized in Ask the Dust written by Buk’s idol: seminal Los Angeles writer John Fante.

As befits a writer’s memorial, there will be readings from  L.A. poets Dan FanteS.A. GriffinSuzanne LummisJoan Jobe Smith and Fred Voss; friends and confidantes of Bukowski.  Esotouric’s Richard Schave (Haunts of a  Dirty Old Man bus tour) presents the free/no host event.

In Women, Bukowski said, “‘I think I need a drink.  Almost everybody does only they don’t know it.”

This Sunday, you’ll know it.

20 YEARS AFTER: CHARLES BUKOWSKI MEMORIAL GATHERINGSun, March 9, 6-7:30 pm. FREEKing Eddy Saloon, 131 E 5th St, DTLA 90013.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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