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Photo courtesy of the artist Work by Sean Starwars is up at Coagula Curatorial this week in celebration of International Star Wars Day.
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Tired of frequenting the same routine haunts for entertainment? Suffer no longer with these fantastically quirky events, from Kathy Griffin's outspoken stand up at a benefit concert featuring Ozzy Osbourne to a festival where you can witness the awesomeness of an arcade game strapped to a human's back. Kiss that forgettable night out goodbye.
5. Escape From the D-List
Kathy Griffin's gays gasped last month when they found out that Bravo had canceled her late-night talk show, Kathy -- the TMI funny lady has been a fixture on the network since Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, which ran for six seasons. But fear not, fans. Though you'll be hard-pressed to find another talk-show host who'll allow a guest to motorboat her breasts, Griffin -- to quote her many stand-up specials -- has "balls of steel," and "she'll cut a bitch." Word has it Griffin and her BFF, silver fox Anderson Cooper, recently shot a test pilot for a show for CNN. And on May 18, she'll be emceeing An Evening With Women, a benefit for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, produced by rocker Linda Perry and featuring performances by Ozzy Osbourne, Natasha Bedingfield and Sia. In the meantime, make sure to catch tonight's performance. Part of Griffin's current stand-up tour, it undoubtedly will feature the fearless redhead revisiting her favorite topics: The Real Housewives franchise, celebrity screwups and her boozing mom. Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Sat., May 4, 8 p.m.; $50-$110. (323) 308-6300, dolbytheatre.com. -- Siran Babayan
4. The Force Is Strong With This One
If you've never spent the night on a sidewalk in a Wookie costume waiting for the box office to open for the newest Star Wars installment, you might not know about May 4. It's international Star Wars Day -- as in, May the Fourth Be With You -- and it elicits costumed mega-fanship in a remarkably broad segment of the population. Even by superfan standards, however, artist Sean Starwars takes things to an impressive degree: For a start, he legally changed his name to reflect his devotion. Starwars' artwork combines skillfully traditional woodblock printing with the images and allegories of the Star Wars pantheon. Currently ankle-deep in a self-set challenge to complete at least one new print a week for the rest of his life, Starwars moves into Coagula Curatorial this weekend for an all-day commemoration of the most awesome day of the year. His live printmaking will be just one small part of the spectacle. From noon to 6 p.m., you've got your kid-friendly art show, a puppet show, a famous balloon-animal maker and a thematic costume contest; from 6 to 10 p.m. it's the "grown-up" art reception, where costumes are encouraged but not mandatory. At 9 p.m., the ongoing Coagula Comedy Hour night gets all Skywalker Raunch on the stand-up mic, so you'll want to hide the kids and beware the dark side by that point. Coagula Curatorial, 977 Chung King Road, Chinatown; Sat., May 4, noon-11 p.m.; free. (424) 226-2485. coagulacuratorial.com. -- Shana Nys Dambrot
3. All Cinco's Eve
Cinco de Melt-O at Meltdown Comics offers special guest appearances and free beer and tequila.
Just like kids who have both Jewish and Christian parents, now you too can spend time with two different cultures via Meltdown Comics' Cinco de Melt-O. The interns of the Nerdist Showroom -- Jake Baumgart and Adam Murray -- have cobbled together a cornucopia of comedy with stand-up and performances by sketcheteers Kyle Clark, Celeste Reno, Matthew Burnside and many others. The organizers boast that you'll meet the founder of Cinco de Mayo itself, preview the latest buddy sitcom about two serial killers and witness the public shaming of a wizard (as opposed to private shame, which is what most modern wizards experience) -- or, at minimum, enjoy the special guest appearances of DC Pierson (of NYU Internet sensation Derrick Comedy), Dan Telfer (of The Onion), Ed Salazar (the Meltdown) and Ricky Carmona (Mash-Up). In case these chortlesome masterminds aren't tickling your funny bone quite the way you thought they would, there's also free beer and tequila -- for which there is an equal and opposite fall-down for every stand-up. Meltdown Comics, NerdMelt Showroom, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd.; Sat., May 4, 7 p.m.; free. (323) 851-7223, meltcomics.com. -- David Cotner
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