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What’s Happening This Weekend? Lots!

March 3, 2011

Back in January, I knew that there would be some tough decisions about what to do the first weekend in March.

Leprechauns & Tweed ArtRide Friday March 4?

Bell Arts Women’s March Show opening (Borbala Arvai’s Cave-woman pictured) Friday March 4?

LA’s Natural History Museum FF Friday March 4?

Ventura’s Fashion Week Fairy Tales like Rapunzel pictured Friday & Saturday March 4 & 5?

LA’s Edwardian Ball Sat March 5?

Ojai Mardi Gras Sat March 5?

So what’s a gal to do–even with a fun bike, a fast car, and a press pass? Read on to find links and to learn more about these events:

Read about Leprechauns & Tweed ArtRide March 4 here.

Read about our last ArtRide, Pink Panther Rides Again, and see photos by Lis Schwitters, here.

We start our ArtRides on the Ventura Beach Promenade. On March 4,  on the top floor of the Crown Plaza, performers will be preparing for Fashion Week Ventura’s Fairy Tales: A Passion Play which opens that night for two performances. This event sells out every year, and for good reason: it is an incredible show every year now for five years. This year it’s Fairy Tales–with a twist. Go to the site to see Even though this is a bigger venue, it will again sell out so commit to going now and buy your tickets. You can get them tonight at a pre-party at Crown Plaza.

We will stop at the Artists Union to again enjoy Maxwell’s very fun blacklight show, then ride around town with a stop at El Jardin courtyard to see some of my body prints hanging at Kama Sutra’s Closet. (Several of my body prints can be found on this blog, including this one here. Please click on the link to make the image  larger.)

We’ll end our ArtRide at Bell Arts about 8pm where all three galleries will showcase the work of 40 artists there will be exhibiting work from “March 2011”, a show of art by women. I am really looking forward to seeing Borbala Arvai’s new work “Cave-woman” pictured above; she and I are also working on an interpretation of the Chumash story “The Rainbow Bridge” using her felted art.

If you’re in LA on a First Friday, the Natural History Museum offers a good time: the Museum is open late, musicians perform, you can buy drinks and food, and wander the halls. They even have speakers to discourse on the collection.

Saturday if you’re in LA it’s a no-brainer: go check out the Edwardian Ball, a splendid San Francisco tradition  presenting an elegant, turn of the century celebration of music, theatre, circus arts, DJs, ballroom dance, fashion, technology and, of course, the ominous art and stories of beloved author Edward Gorey. Hosted by Edwardian Ball co-creators Rosin Coven and Vau de Vire Society, the night promises an unforgettable blend of audience participation and performance with darkness, humor, and style in a stunning historic venue. The event also features “Belle of the Ball” Jill Tracy, DJ Xian, Miz Margo, Dark Garden Corsetry, and many special guests. Costumed attire is highly encouraged — all in attendance are invited to return to a time of gentility by creating characters for the occasion.

The show begins at 8:00pm at The Music Box 6126 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028 323-464-0808 Guest artists include Featuring special guest performances by members of LA’s own circus spectacular, Cirque Berzerk.  For a full line-up of talent, including “Belle of The Ball” Jill Tracy with reknowned theramin maestro Armen Ra, go to

All ages are welcome but minors must be accompanied by an adult 21+ with valid ID. General admission tickets are $28 – $35 in advance and it’s VERY likely it will sell out in advance so get ’em now if you’re going. There’s als0 VIP Booths on Main Floor – $450, seats up to 8 people. Tickets: Read more about the Edwardian Ball here: SF Bay Guardian and SF Burlesque Review.

Saturday in Ventura you’ll be torn between the dress-up at Fashion Week Ventura’s Fairy Tales at the Crown Plaza and Mardi Gras in Ojai at the Art Center. Both support good causes and are volunteer based fundraisers. It’s a shame that the two are offered on the same night–but if you plan your weekend well, you don’t need to miss out! Mardi Gras goes late and Fairy Tales starts early! Also keep in mind that the Saturday show is a repeat of the Friday show so if you go on Friday you’ll be free for Mardi Gras on Saturday!

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