Eastside Weekend: Burlesque in Echo Park; Vermin on the Mount in Highland Park; Viral at Bootleg Theater


Gwen Ruby, Alina Fierra, Amy Paloma Welch perform a burlesque, comedy show with Jazzare, Saturday evening.


Large pillars of memory are dedicated to cinema. You’re walking down the street and suddenly you’re reminded of Willy Wonka or Kramer vs. Kramer. Movies are unavoidable – even in burlesque. Case in point is Jazzare, a musical comedy featuring lace and teasing glances. This go-around features a bevy of dancers with Alina Fierra channeling cinema, costumes, shakes and shimmy. At Echoes Under Sunset, Saturday, January 10.

The spoken word rolls about the feet of people hurriedly walking to appointments all about town, ignored as it spills its vowels, consonants and … long pauses. Vermin on the Mount, the spoken word series, wants to give words a second chance. This go around features authors Samuel W. Gailey, Wendy C. Ortiz, along with creative writers Ashely Perez and Natashia Deón. Give a listen at Book Show L.A., Saturday, Jan. 10.

The city is melting, and all the earthly possessions are pooling about the feet of its citizens. The gothic yarn that Circuit des Yeux represents seem to spill about the ground with folk intentions, but the voice behind this project, Haley Fohr, commands a presence that burns on several layers of the light spectrum. She plays Permanent Records, Saturday, January 10.

Art Meza has cut a swath through the photography community with his intricate images of Chicano culture. The world of Meza includes classic lowriders, pompadours, and stylish outfits that embody the often imitated East L.A. look. The photo exhibit Mi Vida con Chicano Soul is Saturday, January 10.

Ah, yes, cumbias, where the hips and the legs go wild, where people find themselves moving in ways they normally wouldn’t move in an office environment. All that’s thanks to the Los Angeles Vallenato group Very Be Careful. They’ll be doing their thing at Grand Star Jazz Club, Saturday, January 10.

You’re probably paranoid. No one is watching you. Actually, maybe you’re right. Maybe someone is peering into your very personal moments. Who knows, right? To get your mind off such crazy ideas why not stroll over to Mac Roger’s play about privacy in the age of constant human interaction via the Internet. Viral opens Saturday, January 10 at The Bootleg Theater.

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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