The digital age rendered the VHS obsolete but Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher have been diving into dumpsters and dusty dollar bins to dig up some of the most bizarre video cassettes tapes ever recorded. These guys have curated a spectacular collection of strange and ridiculous videos that run the gamut from public access preachers to embarrassing home movies. The lost, and forgotten footage, is now being screened all over the country as The Found Footage Festival takes volume seven of their bizarre video treasures on tour. Catch these rare and hysterical video treasures when the festival comes to Los Angeles on May 8th and 9th to the Beverly Cinema. Tickets Online.
If you think you know good BBQ, then head out to Long Beach for the 3rd Annual West Coast BBQ Classic. The competition draws pit masters from all over the United States to compete for thousands of dollars in cash and the title of “West Coast’s Best BBQ.” Whether you’re into thick and sweet Kansas City dressing or the mesquite Texas cowboy flavor, these guys will be reppin’ all of your favorite regional BBQ styles. There will be games, live music and of course BBQ tastings, as you try decide whose got the grill skills to win this year’s challenge.The cook-off takes place at the Queen Mary Waterfront Events Park on May 10th. Tickets Online.
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Titan of trance, Armin Van Buuren drops in on the City of Angels on May 9th. There’s no doubt that the Dutch DJ dominates dance music with an impressive four-time consecutive run as number one on DJ Magazine’s Top 100 poll. Trance junkies get your fix of strobe lights, fist pumps and mind-bending beats when the all-star DJ hits the stage and blows it up for his solo performance at the Forum. Tickets online
Join enigmatic and iconic front man, Maynard James Keenan, as he celebrates the big five-o. Keenan’s birthday bash is a must-do for hardcore fans as he will be performing in both A Perfect Circle, and his personal pet-project, Puscifer. The show will also be graced with a performance by reunited, ‘90s alt-rockers, Failure. This night promises to be perfecto for Maynard’s die-hards. Catch the show at The Greek Theater on May 11th. Tickets still available.
There will be Mother’s Day brunches abounding on Sunday, but if you wanna skip out on the traditional and go for something with a little more spunk, then The Will Greer Theatricum Botanicum’s unique take on the Mother’s Day munch down is well worth checking out. The lovely scenic outdoor theater offers up aerial and circus performances, musicians and dancers with brunch served in Theatricum’s gorgeous garden. Delightfully dreamy, this Mother’s Day brunch is an imaginative and fun way to celebrate the number one lady in your life. Visit site for tickets.
Catch the award-winning musical theater adaptation of Green Day’s American Idiot at the Pantages Theater from May 13th-18th. This is a must-see for devotees of the pop-punk mega stars as their concept album comes to life in this original narrative set to the band’s American Idiot album. The show promises to stay true to the drugs, sex, vulgarity and rebellion of punk rock subculture. Tickets online.
This haunting interactive theatrical play is an absolutely disturbing experience. The blacked out theater puts you within just a few feet of your worst nightmares as the performers probe your deepest and darkest psychological torments in “Urban Death.” The play consists of short, episodic scenarios, that taunt your phobias and fears. You can feel feet shuffling, and hear heavy breathing, while you sit in absolute darkness not knowing who, or what, you’ll find standing before you when the lights come on. You may find yourself sitting in front of a heap of zombie corpses that is slowly becoming reanimated or be surprised by a hatchet wielding mad woman standing over the butchered bodies of her family. Check out the creepy and gut-wrenching horror of Urban Death on May 10th at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater
Los Angeles’ home grown beat scene bad-asses, Glitch Mob, bring their high-energy EDM back home on May 10th. Their first tour in two years, the band is promoting their sophomore album Love Death Immortality. If you missed their pulse pounding rhythms at Coachella 2014, catch the trio when they perform on May 10th at Club Nokia. Tickets online
Start your summertime amusement with an outdoor movie screening courtesy of Eat See Hear. This year’s program starts out with Sundance fave, 500 Days Of Summer. This light-hearted, and quirky flick, stars Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and takes viewers on a trip through the 500 day life span of Tom and Summer’s failed relationship. Rarely does a film capture the male perspective on heartache so tenderly and humorously. The film screens on May 10th at the Santa Monica High School Memorial Greek Theater. Food trucks will be lined up and ready to dish out yummy movie snacks. Just bring your blankets and snuggle up. Tickets online.
Down for a midnight movie? Catch Paul Bartel’s 1975 cult-action flick, Death Race 2000, at the Silent Movie Theater on May 9th. Every sci-fi aficionado knows all too well the genius of this murderously macabre masterpiece. The film takes place in America, in the year 2000, when a cruel and deadly transcontinental car race has become the preferred voyeuristic entertainment of the masses. Kill Bill actor, David Carradine, and a young Sylvester Stallone, both star in this campy celluloid classic. The film serves up gratuitous violence galore as racers run over innocent pedestrians for big scores. With its killer cars, hot babes and machine guns, Death Race 2000 is tops when it comes to ‘70s exploitation cinema. Tickets online.