Eastside Weekend: Art show plays “What if?” with sequels; vegan food tasting; Big Circus down by the river

Courtesy Bootleg Theater

Cara Pikfo in “O Réjane” | Courtesy Bootleg Theater



French actress Gabrielle Réjane is the focus of this play, blending dance, music and a vivid portrait of the title character. Written by Ilana Turner, this play features music from Andrien Reju, great-great-granddaughter of Réjane, along with Sébastien Miel providing help on the score. Starring Cara Pifko, Joseph WIll and Patrick Wenk-Wolff, with direction by Christopher Sivertsen. Opening night, November 14.


Countless bar fights have broken out over what would happen in a sequel to the cult classic Buckaroo Bonzai. Families have been torn by the hypothetical second chapter in The Rocketeer story. This show offers a glimpse of what could have been, with made up sequels to make us all feel a bit better about our delusions. “Sequel” is currently on display at iam8bit.


You’re not a bad person. Sometimes you get the craving for fast food and it can’t be helped. But fret no more, because Plant Food for Plant People want to ease your soul. Or steal it. Either way you’re eating seitan, wheat meat that will make you think differently about tacos and life. Heavy. Not the food. Heavy being the whole existence thing. Sunday, November 16.

Tacos from Plant food for Plant People.


There was a time when it all made sense and imagination ran on water. Now it takes work time day dreams to make Jay Howell draw. And when he finally gets home to draw he’s thinking about work. Such is the life of a trippy explorer of the mind. But it’s not all scary. “Come Down Easy” opens Friday, November 14.

Pink and Yellow group from Jay Howell


The City of Los Angeles was saturated with culture for years, only it was our tio’s cars, the way our tia spoke and what we wore to school. Now the culture is being celebrated, embraced and feared all at the same time. So, with all that being said enjoy three days of Lowriting, starting in Cal State L.A. on November 17 and culminating with a literary event November 19 at Mariachi Plaza.

“At Odds” from Art Meza


“Traveling Dust” is the byproduct of a collaboration between Chilean artist Javier Tapia and Camilo Ontiveros. The film is an exploration of overlapping themes between the United States and Latin America, such as immigration, artistry, history and diaspora in the modern age. Saturday, November 15.

“Traveling Dust” by Javier Tapia


Some of the best action goes down by the river. Why not enjoy the tunes of local band Big Circus, offering up those sloppy kisses vocals that will make you listen and then really appreciate the soiree of their percussions, string work and lyrics. Yes, the river is fun again. Saturday, November 15.
Local band Big Circus

Local band Big Circus

Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis’ stories, reviews and photos at Avenue Meander.

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  1. Thanks for putting this together. Nice to see what’s going on locally.

    For anybody who has yet to get down to the Frogspot, check it out!

  2. Delicious vegan food is one reason why the number of vegans has doubled in less than 3 years. Here’s a video to help everyone understand why so many people are making this life affirming choice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE

    Join the revolution! http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/step-by-step-guide-how-to-transition-to-vegan-diet/

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