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LA Weekend Agenda: Lucha Vavoom, Motley Crue, Go Topless Parade

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This weekend includes a topless parade and a Mötley Crue show on the Sunset Strip. Incredibly, these are two separate events. Take a ride on the wild side, LA.
 
THURSDAY
What:
Lucha Vavoom 9th Anniversary Classic
Why: Los Angeles' favorite Mexican wrestling burlesque spectacle celebrates its ninth anniversary with a high energy evening that will feature legendary luchadore Hijo del Santo, "high-octane striptease" and the other comedic antics that have made Lucha one of LA's favorite longstanding engagements.
When: August 18, 7pm doors, tickets available at Wacko, Brat and downtown's Garage Pizza
Where: Mayan Theatre, 1038 South Hill Street, at West 11th Street, (213-746-4287 or luchavavoom.com)
 
FRIDAY
What:
Mansions on the Moon
Why: LA trio Mansions of the Moon trade in chillout poptronica you can dance to. Check the group's Diplo-approved "Paradise Falls" for reference before seeing the trio at The Mint for a weekend set that MoM promises will get rowdy.
When: 8pm, $12
Where: The Mint, 6010 West Pico Boulevard, at Stearns Drive, (323-954-9400 or themintla.com)
 
What: Sing Your Favorite Book
Why: The Hammer's resident musician and "sound curator" Jessica Catron assembles the weekly lunchtime event Sing Your Favorite Book, during which noted performers do…exactly that. On Friday, jazz vocalist Christine Tavaras will sing selections from David Masumoto's account of his career as an organic peach farmer, Epitaph for a Peach. This event has big quirk potential, and it's also a great reason to duck out of work early. 
When: 1:30pm, free
Where: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, at Westwood Boulevard, (310-443-7000 or hammer.ucla.edu)
 
SATURDAY
What:
Sunset Strip Music Festival
Why: The Sunset Strip music festival officially begins on Thursday, but things get epic, (and likely quite rowdy), on Saturday when the festival takes it to the streets with shows from 50+ acts including a reformed Bush, Public Enemy, Matt & Kim and the strip's original enfants terribles, Mötley Crue. Kick start your heart at the beer garden, autograph tent and other interactive experiences. Tickets include access to the outdoor stages and performances inside The Roxy, The Key Club and The Whisky.
When: Saturday-Monday, 1pm, $55
Where: Sunset Boulevard, between San Vicente Boulevard and Doheny Drive, (ssmf.com)
 
What: Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads Exhibition Opening
Why: LACMA's newest exhibition is the first major public sculpture by Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei and features Weiwei's recreations of the twelve bronze animal heads that once adorned the Zodiac Fountain at Beijing's Old Summer Palace. Created in 1750, the original heads were looted by the Anglo-French troops who took part in the destruction of the palace in 1860. The sculptures are points of contention in China, as is the artist, who is currently prohibited from leaving Beijing.
When: 11am, free
Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard at South Spaulding Avenue, (323-857-6000 or lacma.org)
 
SUNDAY
What:
Celebrity Autobiography
Why: A cast of noted funny people including Jennifer Tilly, Fred Willard, Will Forte and Illeana Douglas will channel such literary luminaries as Vanna White, David Hasselhoff, Sylvester Stallone and Elizabeth Taylor when they perform interpretative readings of the latter group's tawdry, tacky and totally hilarious autobiographies.
When: 7:30pm, call box office for ticket information
Where: Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 Santa Monica Boulevard, at Euclid Street, (310-434-3200 or thebroadstage.com)
 
What: International Go Topless Day
Why: Gawkers be damned, male and female participants will gather on Venice Beach and march topless for a woman's right to go sans shirt in public without being arrested for indecent exposure. Pasties will be provided. Bring your own sunblock.
When: August 21, 2pm, free
Where: Venice Beach at Ocean Front Walk and Navy Street
 

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