Monday, July 8, 2019 / 7:30-11:30 p.m. / The New Beverly
Ann-Margret, one of the famous leading ladies of the 1960s, became a major star after portraying Kim, an all-American teenager from Sweet Apple, Ohio in 1963’s “Bye Bye Birdie.” The next year, she starred in another musical, “Viva Las Vegas” and then “Kitten with a Whip,” her first dramatic role, in which she played a damsel in distress who turns out to be a juvenile delinquent with a devious plan.
“Murderers’ Row” is a comedy spy film from 1966. This was the second in a series of spoof caper films that centered around the wise-cracking, boozy playboy Matt Helm played by Dean Martin. Ann-Margret portrays the wild daughter of a kidnapped scientist and essentially steals every scene in which she appears.
The Hollywood Jane Revue really gets points for creativity. Indeed, they’ve turned Steven Spielberg’s 1993 saga of dinosaurs gone wild into a sexy striptease experience unlike any other, combining burlesque, boylesque, music and magic.
It may come as no surprise that the troupe also does a version of “Back to the Future” called “Rack to the Future” and have a Wonder Woman-themed burlesque show coming up in August as well. Now if only they could get Rockwell Stage regular Jeff Goldblum to reprise his role as mathematician Ian Malcolm for the performance.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 / 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. / The Echoplex
Dub Club has hosted their world-renowned reggae night every Wednesday for the last 19 (!) years, and it’s quite likely that Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam” is the club’s most played song. Credited as the first female DJ in Jamaican dancehall, Sister Nancy and her 1982 track have been sampled more than 80 times across genres. In fact, it’s a strong contender for the most sampled reggae song of all time.
Catch this legendary lady, alongside special guests Mark Ernestus of Rhythm and Sound and Dub Club’s own Tom Chasteen and Boss Harmony.
Thursday, July 11, 2019 / 8-11:45 p.m. / Moroccan Lounge
After cutting their teeth as punk band Mika Miko at DIY venue The Smell, L.A. natives and sister duo Jennifer and Jessica Clavin emerged as Bleached around 2011. The group is now set to release their third album, “Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?” on July 12 via the Dead Oceans record label.
A sort of transitional record in terms of their personal experience, this is the first album the sisters have written from a place of sobriety. It’s full of the kind of raw introspection and clarity that comes from completely changing your way of life.
The Linda Lindas open the night and Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino serves as DJ.
Friday, July 12, 2019 / 8-11:30 p.m. / Hollywood Bowl
Cyndi Lauper has earned pretty much every award possible for a songwriter, in a career that’s aged as gracefully as a fine, floral wine. Backed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, this iconic lady will run through all the favorites, like “Time After Time,” “True Colors” and of course “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” But, will she perform her infamous ode to self-pleasure, “She Bop”? — which, by the way, she recorded topless in a dark room while tickling herself to capture an authentic vibe.
The opener for tonight is jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 / 8-10 p.m. / The Groundlings Theatre
The Groundlings maintain a solid rotation with their shows, and tonight is the last chance to catch their latest concept, “New York Fashion Groundlings” before the troupe moves on to the next batch of skits.
Groundlings’ show titles tend to have little relevance to the skits they contain, but this show actually starts off with “Fashion Police,” introducing the cast of Laird Macintosh, Chris Eckert, Josh Duveneck, Julian Gant, Andrew Leeds, Michael Chuvren and Allison Dunbar as they strut out in uniforms from the Salvation Army.
In between a whole smattering of funny scenarios, the night will also feature the Groundlings house band putting their spin on Beyonce, Right Said Fred, David Bowie, RuPaul and more.
Sunday, July 14, 2019 / 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. / The Echoplex
Part Time Punks honors post-punk innovator Ian Curtis on the eve of what would have been his 64th birthday with a double bill of broody fun. Curtis took his own life in 1980, leaving behind two albums and a legacy that laid the foundation for the synth-infused punk extrapolations of new wave. They’ll be spinning Joy Division and New Order all night in between live performances by JD tribute act Boy Division and Siouxsie and the Banshees cover band The Happy Haus.