Muscle Beach Championship

By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor

Well, the Labor Day Weekend signals the end of summer. The kiddies are returning to school, I’m seeing Halloween decorations, costumes and candy filling the shelves at the stores, and though the temperatures are in the high 90s or in the 100s, fall and winter fashions are being displayed at the malls.

Here are some suggestions for spending the holiday:

Thursday – Monday, September 1 – 5 Movie Buffs will enjoy the Cinecon Classic film Festival that has been scheduled for this Labor Day Weekend. Rare, unusual and forgotten movies from the silent (with live piano accompaniment) and early sound era will be shown at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., LA. The Hollywood Renaisance Hotel will be the site of the film banquet as well as film books and Memorabilia shows. Costs: $20 required membership; day passes $25-$30, festival pass $100, celebrity banquet $85.

Thursday, Sept 1 The Labeque Sisters will be returning to the Hollywood Bowl with conductor Junajo Mena making his Hollywood Bowl debut leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Sibling pianists Katia and Marielle will be performing Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos. The night’s performance, which begins at 8 p.m., also includes Falla’s Interlude and Dance from La vida breve and Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No.2. Also on the scheduled program is Claude Debussy’s Iberia.

Friday – Monday, September 2-5 The Orange International Street Fair will be taking place all Labor-Day Weekend long at the Plaza Square, Chapman and Glassel in the City of Orange. Fair-goers will find a craft fair, street segments converted into streets of the world with appropriate food and entertainment, nine stages including an Irish Stage, a Greek Stage, German Stage, Mexican Stage, Polynesian Stage, English stage and an All- American stage. There is also a children’s stage and kids’activities. Fair hours are: Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. There is some street parking plus fee lots.

Muscle Beach Championship
Muscle Beach Championship

Friday, September 2 TODAY’S HOLLYWOOD BOWL with these bands The Human League, The B-52s, The Fixx and Berlin scheduled to perform beginning at 7:30 p.m. The evening will be hosted by Berlin’s front woman Terri Nunn. The Human League has sold over 20 million albums worldwide with the help of smash hit singles, “Don’t You Want Me,” “Human,” and “(Keep) Feeling Fascination.” Their ninth studio album Credo was released digitally this month. For over 35 years, the B-52s’ unforgettable dance-rock tunes seem to start a party wherever their music is heard. In October their first-ever live album will be released.

The Fixx have often been heralded as one of the most innovative bands to come out of the MTV era. Their themes are complex, introspective, and thoughtprovoking yet have mass appeal. The Fixx has had dozens of chart-topping hits including the everpopular, “Saved by Zero” and “Stand or Fall.” Multiplatinum selling electronic dance rock veterans, Berlin, are still performing and recording more than 20 years after the release of their ground breaking debut, Pleasure Victim. With vocalist Terri Nunn at the helm, Berlin is currently tour in select US cities during their Regeneraiton Tour in support of their new live CD/DVD Terri Nunn & Berlin: All the Way In. The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 No. Highland Ave, Hollywood CA 90068. Tickets are on sale at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office, (323) 850-2000 or visit

Saturday, Sept 3 Happy Birthday Los Angeles! Once again, the citizens of LA are invited to re-enact the nine-mile walk from the San Gabriel Mission (482 S. Mission Ave., San Gabriel) to found El Pueblo de Los Angeles where the current Olvera Street and Historic Plaza are located. The walk will begin at 6:00 a.m. You can also join the procession at Lincoln Park (3401 Valley Blvd., LA) for a shorter 3- mile journey. At Olvera Street the walkers and visitors will find live music, food and artists and craft booths at the historic site until 3 pm. Tours are offered of the historic buildings that surround the plaza. For more information go to or Or phone, (213) 485-8372. Why not take the Metro subway? Final stop is at Union Station. Exit Union Station and walk across the street.

Saturday, Sept 3 – Monday Sept 5 If you missed the San Fernando Valley Greek Festival on Memorial Day weekend you are welcome to visit the Long Beach Greek Festival. You’ll find live music, a Greek dancing exhibition, Greek food and Greek products offered for sale. Special children activities have been scheduled. Fee: $3 Adults, children 11 and under are free. The Assumption Greek Orthodox church is located at 5761 E. Colorado St., Long Beach, CA 90814. For more information call (562) 494-8929 or go to

Sunday, September 4 It’s the Annual Big Picture Night at the Hollywood Bowl. This year’s program will be different from past years as the audience will see the LA Philharmonic Association and AFI combining to bring The Big Picture: AFI’s Great American Movie Quiz. Questions about the popular scenes from cherished films will be projected on the big screen and answered live by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by one of Hollywood’s foremost film composers, David Newman.

Monday, September 5 It’s a Labor Day tradition, the Muscle Beach Championship bodybuilding, figure, and bikini contest will be held at the Venice Beach Recreation Center at 1800 Ocean Park Front Walk. Male and female bodybuilders come from around the nation and world to compete. The competition is open to all amateurs. The fee is $80 per participant. Spectators are welcome and admitted at no charge. The day’s events beginning with registration at 7:30 a.m. with prejudging starting at 10:00 a.m. There will be a parade of athletes and ceremony at 1:00 p.m., followed by the finals in each division. For more information about the Muscle Beach Championship, the Hall of Fame, or the Walk of Fame, call (310) 399-2775. Good news! “Jolson at the Winter Garden” opening on Tuesday, September 6th at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood has been extended another week, to September 25th. More about this in next week’s column.

By Jean Strauber

Entertainment Writer

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