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All that glitters is Broke L.A.

All that glitters is Broke L.A.

Sad you’re not experiencing gusty winds and near-100-degree weather in Coachella?

Drown your sorrows with a music & arts fest, food on the cheap and a socially aware film series.

Bonus: save a fortune on sunscreen.

BROKE L.A. – The festival formerly known as Brokechella has changed its name and with the mission statement of “The Next Big Thing”, claimed its territory as the premier local showcase for I-saw-them-when bragging rights.  On Saturday only, 50 up-and-coming indie, hip-hop, DJ, and comedy acts will tear it up on five stages.   Also check out Broke Film, a No Budget pop-up film festival, plus  nom nom from food trucks and restos like CoolHaus and Guelgagetza.  Bark L.A. (formerly “Puppychella” — insert happy face here) will provide festival dog-sitting (pre-registration only) in addition to adoption opportunities.  Why:  Musical bragging rights for the price of a snack in a desert dust storm.

Finance-challenged foodie alter!

Finance-challenged foodie alter!

PASADENA RESTAURANT WEEK — Craving a meal out but feeling the financial pinch post-Tax Day?  Already received your tax return and want to celebrate? Head to Rose City for the inaugural (and strategically timed!) Pasadena Restaurant Week.   Starting Sunday and extending through Friday, April 29, Pasadena eateries will offer special prix fixe meals including (usually) two-course lunches from $15 to $25 and (usually) three-course dinners from $27 to $45.  Special occasion diners will want to check out the iconic Parkway Grill, which sources from its on-site garden: dinner offerings include Thai shrimp corn dogs, pan-roasted Scottish salmon and a Butterscotch and Chocolate Brownie Trifle.  Vegans and the veggie-curious will want to venture in to Real Food Daily where plant-based lunch choices include Cardini Salad, a Portobello Mushroom Risotto and beverages such as Iced Lime Matte.  Carnivores can chow down for less at Arroyo Chop House, which offers Oysters on the Half Shell, Petit Filet Mignon and a Grand Marnier Souffle (add $7). Why:  Indulging your food fetish without breaking the bank.

Crocodile GennadiySIMA IMPACT CINEMA: 2016 WINNERS SERIES — Starting Tuesday , make the Skirball Cultural Center your destination for thought-provoking documentaries: all winners of the 2016 Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) for documentary feature films.   Taking place on the foruth Tuesday of the month through August, watch compelling films like April’s inaugural offering: Crocodile Gennadiy (Almost Holy) about a vigilante Ukrainian pastor who kidnaps young drug addicts off the streets and rehabilitates them;  Terrence Malick is one of the Executive Producers.  Additional films include: The True Cost (about the dark side of the fashion industry); Omo Child: The River and The Bush (about ritual killing of Ethiopian children believed “cursed”); Dreamcatcher (about teenage prostitutes on the streets of Chicago); and Tell Spring Not To Come This Year (about an Afghan National Army unit in their first year of no NATO support). There’s a post-screening discussion after each of the five films with: filmmakers, humanitarian aid workers, government officials, NGO representatives, cultural anthropologists, and development, education, and human rights experts.  Why:  Expanding your cultural horizons and your empathy while supporting storytellers who make a difference.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Eat your vegetables...and your steak...and your dessert....

Go Go’ers, this is the week to say your prayers, work your rosary, and make novenas because there is all kinds of  temptatious-ness in this big ‘ole city right now.

dineL.A. Restaurant Week(s)

Damn the diet and full feed ahead with many days (and nights!) of deals on nibbles!

This week and next, almost 300 restaurants will be offering three-course prix fixe menus — some for lunch, some for dinner, some for both — so you can gorge gourmet-it around the clock.

Plunk down $16, $22, or $28 for lunch and $26, $34, or $44 for dinner (not including tipples, tax and tip) and get your choice of appetizer, entree and dessert from the New Year’s-resolution-wrecking menus.

JK, there are spa cuisine-worthy offerings for the spartan…and the iron-willed.

(Through Friday, January 28th; January 30th through February 4th; http://discoverlosangeles.com/restaurantweekv2/index.jsp)


Sin for Good....

Sin City Presents Cosmic American Road Show

Sin City, keepers of the Gram Parsons flame,  celebrates his roots music legacyand its own sweet self with the Cosmic American Roadshow and a 10th anniversary kick-off bash at the Mint.

The top-drawer line-up includes Travis Howard, Uncle Lucius, Deadman, and Maxim Ludwig & the Santa Fe Seven. (For those in the know, the latter’s the new project of Ben Redell of Leslie & The Badgers and Welldiggers Banquet).

Put on your top hat and your stars-n-stripes cowboy boots for this one, Go Go’ers.  It’s gonna be a shindig, for sure.

Friday, January 28, doors/7PM; show/8PM ; $10
6010 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90035, 323.954.9400,  http://www.themintla.com/


A picture worth a thousand words....

Dubbed “not for the faint of trousers” (you know who you are),  the new Atwater Village Theater presents the  world premiere of Mlle. God, Oscar-nominated Nicholas Kazan’s re-imagining of  Frank Wedekind’s scandalous “Lulu”.  (Immortalized, you’ll remember, in the Louise Brooks-starrer Pandora’s Box).

Scott Paulin directs the “dark comedy that is a paean to sex, art, and living in the millisecond” (Whoopee!) and inaugurates the new theater and new partnership/season of Ensemble Studio Theater and Circle X Theater Company.

Don’t bring the kiddies.

Premieres Friday, January 28th @8PM; $25;  3269 Casitas Avenue, Atwater Village,  90039.  Free on-site parking.  For reservations and schedule info (including remaining preview performances), call 323.644.1929 or go to www.ensemblestudiotheatrela.org.


Come on over, y'all.

1st & Hope + Americana Night at the Fedora Room

Head on over to 1st & Hope for Sunday supper and a li’l sumpin sumpin.

New chef Yuji Isawa expands the Southern comfort menu to regional home cooking; check out their Momma-cooks-for-company dineL.A. menu: (http://discoverlosangeles.com/restaurantweekv2/details.html?id=32695

Mark Tortorici, host of “The All Night Juke Joint” on KCSN, debuts his Sunday “Americana Night” at the Fedora Room with jazz-tinged roots singer Dafni.

The $10 cover gets you a copy of  Sweet Time, the singer’s new CD.

Sunday’s not for church any more….

Sunday, January 30th @ 9PM; $10 @ Fedora Room, 710 West 1st, Los Angeles 90012, 213.617.8555 http://www.firstandhope.com/

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….