Today's Activity Challenge comes from avid reader and musician Todd Rundgren, who writes, “Dear Tim: I don't want to work, just wanna bang on the drum all day. And I don't want to play, I just wanna bang on the drum all day. Ideally on Saturday ...
Todayâ€™s Activity Challenge comes from avid reader and musician Todd Rundgren, who writes, â€œDear Tim: I donâ€™t want to work, just wanna bang on the drum all day. And I donâ€™t want to play, I just wanna bang on the drum all day. Ideally on Saturday, because I have a work thing on Friday that I canâ€™t get out of, and a playdate on Sunday. What do you got for me?â€What we â€œgotâ€ for you is one of Long Beach Symphonyâ€™s always-inventive Sounds & Spaces events from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave. in Long Beach.
What youâ€™re expected to do at this one is bang the drum all day.The symphonyâ€™s percussion ensemble will lead a percussion fest in which families can learn about all aspects of whack-iness: learning about rhythm, creating their own instruments and participating in an upbeat percussive interactive performance.Orchestra members will also be there with their Instrument Petting Zoo, which allows people to try out musical instruments.Pack a picnic of drumsticks, or throw money at the problem at the on-site food trucks.
Twisted at the PikeIf anything in todayâ€™s post-neo-modernistical times can evoke the bizarre spirit of Long Beachâ€™s long-gone Pike amusement zone, itâ€™s Summer and Musicâ€™s annual Twisted at the Pike bash thrown at the latter-day Pike at Rainbow Harbor, on the ancient burial grounds of the old Pike on South Pine Avenue.This yearâ€™s Twisted goes mad from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, with creepy carny folks, tribal fire belly dancing, innovative music, local chow and, as is always the case anywhere you go these days, craft beer. Can a brother get a can of Tecate around here?
Performers this year include DJ Bix, Sirena Serpentina, Furcast, the Molochs, JJUUJJUU and your headliners, the awesome band Gardens & Villa. Itâ€™s free. Itâ€™s insane!EraserheadstonesThe madness continues Saturday night at the always enjoyable Sunnyside Cemetery, 1095 E. Willow St., where you get some otherworldly sounds by Toaster Music at 7:30, followed by a showing of David Lynchâ€™s surreal 1977 horror film, â€œEraserhead.â€The event is presented by Lolaâ€™s Mexican Cuisine. Tickets, at $12 a throw, are available online at eventbrite.com, or you can take your chances and buy your way in at the gate for $15, cash only, if there are any still available.
Youâ€™re welcome to bring food, though there will, to no oneâ€™s surprise anymore, be food trucks.Friday PlaylistSome tunes from David Lynch Films to get ready for the graveyard thing.1. â€œBlue Velvet,â€ Bobby Vinton2. â€œI Put a Spell on You,â€ Marilyn Manson3. â€œIâ€™m Deranged,â€ David Bowie4. â€œBlue Spanish Sky,â€ Chris Isaak5. â€œThe Perfect Drug,â€ Nine Inch Nails6. â€œBaby Please Donâ€™t Go,â€ Them7. â€œThis Magic Moment,â€ Lou Reed8. â€œSinnerman,â€ Nina Simone9. â€œEye,â€ Smashing Pumpkins10. â€œIn Dreams,â€ Roy OrbisonContact Tim Grobaty at 562-714-2116, email@example.com, @grobaty on Twitter.
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