Flavorpill’s Guide to the Week’s Top 10 LA Events


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Monday, August 26

Motown on Mondays: Michael Jackson B-Day Edition ’80s icon and moonwalker extraordinaire, Michael Jackson brought the world a vast repertoire of catchy tunes that captured the zeitgeist of Reagan-era pop culture like no other. Four years after his shocking death at the age of 50, MJ’s legacy not only continues to inspire; his singular songs still have the power to get barflies off their adult high-chairs and onto the dance floor. Motown on Mondays pays homage to the King of Pop with a special birthday edition of its weekly dance party, with resident MoM DJs Expo, Jedi, and Monalisa spinning remixes, samples, covers, and of course, original music from the late, great King of Pop. — Tanja M. Laden

Tuesday, August 27

ART: Works-in-Progress #2

Wednesday, August 28

BOOKS: Sasha Grey: The Juliette Society

Thursday, August 29

CITY/GEM: Billy’s Fish Fry & Community Social Wacko and La Luz de Jesus owner Billy Shire is the man behind this 21st-century monthly salon — a chance for the likeminded to confer while enjoying the creative stimulation of music and the arts. The evenings feature everything from nibbles and music, to art, short films, and in the words of Shire himself, “whatever sticks to the wall.” The latest edition of this ongoing city gem features rock veteran-turned-addiction-specialist Bob Forrest, along with live music from Buddy Zapata’s Junkshop Republic, They Shoot Horses Don’t They, and the community social’s resident musicians, the Michael Rozon Band, featuring a special appearance from Skip Heller and proprietor Billy Shire himself. — Karin E. Baker

FILM: Cinecon 49 Classic Film Festival

Friday, August 30

FESTIVAL: Queen Mary Art Deco Festival View the largest collection of Art Deco in the world at the 9th Annual Queen Mary Art Deco Festival, which gives attendees the opportunity to immerse themselves in the beauty, elegance, and glamour of Art Deco on the gorgeous Queen Mary, herself a testament to the glory of design from the 1920s and 1930s. On Labor Day Weekend, the festival’s events include the Art Deco Grand Ball with live music by the Dean Mora Orchestra; the Starlight Lounge After Party; an Art Deco Double Decker Vintage Bus Tour of Long Beach; a Deco Derby Pajama Party with Historic Horse Races and a vintage martini bar; a Sunday Tea Dance with live music provided by Ian Whitcomb and his Bungalow Boys; a vintage movie, The Big Broadcast of 1936; Martinis Under the Stars, and lots more. — Karin E. Baker


Saturday, August 31

FILM: Vertigo When it’s good, there’s nothing better than a congenial, heroic, funny leading man playing against type — and when that man is Jimmy Stewart, it’s good. A policeman with secrets and demons of his own, he’s in love with a woman he is supposed to be trailing, whose death is either real or staged, but in either case triggers something like a psychotic break in the normally avuncular good guy. Suspense, icy blondes in tailored suits, unmistakable music, and fabulous retro special effects all contribute to the Hitchcock fun-house nightmare world in which nothing is as it seems. — Shana Nys Dambrot

Sunday, September 1

CITY GEM: Pasadena City College Flea Market


ART: A. Quincy Jones: Building for a Better Living Not to be confused with the Oscar-winning composer and producer of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” midcentury modernist A. Quincy Jones is one of the leading architects behind the streamlined staple of postwar American design. His unique aesthetic merged form and function with a style characteristic of his era, yet heavily imbued with a highly personal twist. Jones designed the Palm Springs residence Frey House No. 2, integrating natural elements like a huge rock by leaving it smack-dab in the middle of the living room rather than just doing away with it altogether. It’s this kind of attention to organic matter — both as a challenge and as a resource — that sets Jones apart from his contemporaries. Now, after more than 50 years’ worth of valuable contribution to the world of American architecture, Jones finally gets the attention and respect he deserves in the Hammer’s retrospective, A. Quincy Jones: Building for a Better Living. — Tanja M. Laden