Tonight Kicks off LA Weekly's LA Weekend: Burlesque, Spankings and Jonathan Gold!

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Photo by Elise Thompson for LAist (L-R Jonathan Gold, Mark Peel, Octavio Becerra, Susan Feniger and Vinny Dotola) Last year's event

Tonight and tomorrow LA Weekly will present two days of events "connecting politics, art, music, comedy, theater, film, food and books. The event includes film screenings, speaker panels, book signings and other activities. LA Weekend 2010 will take place at the beautiful art deco Saban Theater on Wilshire near La Cienega. Here are a few highlights.

Tonight at 7pm the event opens with Amy Alkon, the advice goddess. At 8pm Jill Stewart will moderate "The Bad Boys of Blogging." At 9:15pm the subject (and hopefully a live show) will be "Devils Playground: Comic Book Burlesque." There will be a photo show and book signings simultaneously in the lobby.

Tomorrow at noon, LAist favorite Jonathan Gold will be dropping bon mots about "Hot Dogs. The Ins and Outs of Encased Meats." I'm not going to even try to top that double entendre. Afterwards, artist, mucician, actress and mistress of sandcastles Kate Micucci will be there in all her quirky glory.

At 2pm Clown Town City Limits present the tale of three down-and-out clowns via song and sketch comedy. Following at 3pm punk rock icon and artist Gary Panter speaks. Known best for creating the Screamer's logo, he went on to design the visuals for PeeWee's Playhouse.

Next comes Death Metal Afternoon led by the female-fronted Dreams of Damnation, and ending with a screening of Until the Light Takes Us

At 8:45 folksy KCRW favorites The Parson Redheads, a band originated in Oregon, but now with their feet planted firmly in Silverlake. They dress all in white, but I think some of them are technically strawberry blondes. Their catchy tunes are good for either relaxing or cleaning the house.

The Poubelle Twins, Fifi and Bibi, of Lucha VaVoom will be "on hand" with their slap booth to give it to you at your discretion. Choose the body part and the strength of the blow.

Keith Morris DJs! the Rock N Roll pizza truck will be there tonight! Earlz Grille will be serving up grub tomorrow. Check the schedule for more! The low, low price of $12.50 will be donated to the Charles Mingus Youth Art Center.la weekly la weekend