The Weekend Go Go: Hollywood Costumes, American Trash, Good Pie + More

Ooh-la-la L.A. Nicole Kidman's Moulin Rouge costume from Hollywood Costume exhibit
Ooh-la-la L.A.!  Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge from Hollywood Costume.

Welcome to Monster Month.

Want to beat the heat, eat sweets, tour the city, or get ideas on how to wow werewolves of the opposite sex?

The weekend has an event for that.

Ready for their Close-up

Only 30 days left until Halloween!

Ready to retire your Wolf Man costume but stymied for a sequel?

Just in time for inspiration, the final act of Hollywood Costume opens in Los Angeles this Thursday after a run at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A).

Presented by V&A and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the curtain rises on the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Organized by V&A and sponsored by sparkle supplier Swarovski, the Academy welcomes back iconic costumes such as Judy Garland’s ruby slippers fromThe Wizard of Oz and Marilyn Monroe’s white pleated dress from The Seven Year Itch. In addition, the Oscar org will augment the exhibit with new pieces from recent movies including American Hustle, Django Unchained and The Hunger Games.

Presumably, fire fighters will be standing by to manage the Katniss “dress of flames”.

A particularly interesting section of the exhibit, curated by Academy Award®-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis, highlights fertile collaborations between five directors and costume designers including: Alfred Hitchcock and Edith Head; Martin Scorcese and Sandy Powell; Mike Nichols and Ann Roth; and Tim Burton and Colleen Atwood.

If only the latter would advise on your “Edwin Tweezer-hands” costume….

HOLLYWOOD COSTUME —  Thurs, Oct 2 – March 2, 2015; various times. $10 – $20Wilshire May Company Building, 6067 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036.  For more info & tix, go HERE.

American Trash at Earth WE: see amazing art, help the planet
American Trash at Earth WE Gallery: see amazing art, help the planet

Good Art from Bad Rubbish

It’s beautiful.  It’s thought-provoking.  It’s trash.

The latter comment is not a creative critique.

Trash is both the organizing theme of American Trash  as well as the preferred medium in the exhibit opening Saturday at Earth/WE: a  Bergamot Station gallery that champions good causes.

The American Trash subject may sound unpleasant and that’s the point; the 25 artists want to provoke dialogue about plastic garbage in the world’s oceans in order to inspire the public to consume less.

The work itself transcends the “ick” factor, however.  The sculptures, photos, collages and assemblages are literally more than the sum of their parts…and often disorienting in their beauty.

A life-sized camel is constructed of discarded, translucent plastic in colors that evoke a Sahara Desert sunrise.  A pelican assembled from tar-black, plastic junk is both evocative and a stark reminder of the danger posed to marine wildlife from plastic and oil spills.  And the beach-litter-and-shell miniatures by exhibit curator and environmental activist/artist Marina DeBris are a reminder that beachcombers are now more likely to find trash than treasures on the sand.

In addition to raising awareness about single use plastic pollution, the exhibit is a fundraiser for non-profit Green Communications Initiative.

American Trash art: the ultimate green-and-guilt-free purchase.

AMERICAN TRASHSat, Oct 4, 6 -10pm.  FREE; all ages —  Earth/WE Gallery at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica 90404.  For more info, go HERE.

American Pie.
KCRW’s American Pie at the Fowler Museum (Caught in the Moment Photography)

Good Eating

The thrill of victory.

The agony of defeat.

Flaky pie crust.

It may be too late to submit a pie but you’ll still win at the dessert game just by attending KCRW’s 6th Annual Good Food Pie Contest.

Line up early to get a first-come, first served slice of pie at the FREE Sunday event, which moves to UCLA’s Fowler Museum this year. Your chance of getting a taste of the sweet stuff is good; last year’s contest featured 300+ pies in five different categories: Fruit, Nut, Savory, Vegan and Cream/Chiffon/Silk.

Ms. Go Go likes the odds.

Hosted by Good Food‘s doyenne of desserts Evan Kleiman, the event features two new categories this year: comfort fave Cooked Custard  (for your early pumpkin pie fix) and Savory Pies, which is inspired by the Fowler’s Permanent Collection. The long list of illustrious judges includes Pulitzer Prize winning food writer Jonathan Gold (L.A. Times), Christine Moore (Little Flower Candy Company and Cafe) and Zoe Nathanson (Huckleberry).

Bring your pint-sized pie bakers; the Fowler Museum is holding a special kid-centric event. Children can tour the museum galleries, make a kitchen accessory (probably not a knife) and bake a mini-pie.

It’s never too early to train Thanksgiving’s most important contributor.

KCRW’S GOOD FOOD PIE CONTEST —  Sun, Oct 5, 2 pm.  FREE/all ages — The Fowler Museum at UCLA.  For more info, including entrance/parking directions, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Eagle Rock Music Fest — 30 acts!  Six stages!  Still local!  Sat, Oct 4

Vegan Oktoberfest — Vegan craft beer!  Bavarian maidens!  Oompah bands!  Sat, Oct 4

CicLAvia —  Non-motorized transportation!  Heart of LA!   FREE!  — Sun, Oct 5

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lenore says:

    Thank you Kim for the great shout out! Props to you for The GoGo and xoxo eternal!

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