JOAN OF ART: Big Band Music, Rock and Roll Memories, PhotoLA, and of Course the Super Bowl

Joan Alperin

Joan Alperin

Writer, Registered Critic

I know most of America will be watching the Super Bowl. I have to admit I'm not into football but I do love the commercials. But Sunday makes up just one day of the weekend so here's some fun suggestions before the game of games starts...

One of my favorite swing bands, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is coming to town on Saturday night.

2018 marks the 25th anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's remarkable arrival onto the music scene. Since it's formation in the early nineties in Ventura, California, the band has toured virtually nonstop, performing on average over 150 shows a year, and has produced a sizable catalog of recorded music, with sales of over 2 million albums to date. Early on, during their legendary residency at the Derby nightclub in Los Angeles, they reminded the world, in the midst of the grunge era no less, that it was still cool to swing. The band, co-founded by singer Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren, was at the forefront of the swing revival of that time, blending a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of Jazz, Swing, and Dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will be performing at The Rose in Pasadena. The all original core line-up includes Scotty Morris (lead vocals and guitar), Kurt Sodergren (drums), Dirk Shumaker (double bass and vocals), Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone and vocals), Glen “The Kid” Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (saxophones and clarinet) and Joshua Levy (piano and arranger).

After 25 years, 11 records, over 2800 live shows, and countless appearances in film and television, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is showing no signs of slowing down, and is looking forward to celebrating it's 25th anniversary in 2018.

February 2, 2019 at The Rose in Pasadena
Doors 6pm. Music 7pm. Headliner 9:00pm.
Opening sets by Nick Marechal and Man on Fire
$38 / $48 / $58 / $68 + applicable fees

If you purchase a ticket at a table, you are required to purchase dinner. Minimum spend is $25.00 per person. You must arrive by 7pm. For tickets and more info visit

For the past ten years I've been going to PHOTOLA and this year is no exception. A collaborative platform that links the international photographers, galleries, dealers and publishers. That is PhotoLA. Located at the Historic Barker Hanger in Santa Monica the show runs January 31st to February 3rd, 2019.

You will see the works of the industry elite as well as up and coming talent alike. This is the longest running international art fair on the West Coast that has been in operation for nearly three decades. My favorite photography is black and white and they have plenty of amazing vintage works on hand.

The Barker Hanger is located at 3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica in the Santa Monica airport. To purchase tickets to to

Now if you're a collector of Rock and Roll memorabilia you definitely do not want to miss L.A's Rock 'N' Roll Flea Market which people say is more like a party that happens to sell stuff. I've been there and I completely agree. This is a very cool place especially if you're into vinyl which I am. With vinyl vendors, vintage guitars and continuous cocktails, the Rock 'N' Roll Flea Market gives Los Angeles a hangover cure featuring both the 'hair of the dog' and shopping.

Jamming from 10am to 3pm on the first Sunday of every month at the Regent Theatre downtown, the RNR Flea Market can kickstart a Sunday with the same raucous fun that closed out Saturday night. The $2.00 cover charge is waived for those who eat at Prufrock before shopping which is a lovely pizzeria attached to the venue, offering a simple brunch with a complete section of cocktails.

This is a smaller version of massive outdoor venues like the Rose Bowl and in contrast it offers shoppers a fun social experience while they browse. Great way to spend Sunday morning before the Super Bowl.

And speaking of the Super Bowl if you're not into having a party at your house, there's some classic bars to watch the game. One is The Abbey, voted annually as one of the world's best gay bars.

They have four full bars and the drinks are strong. The place is Gothic meets the Mediterranean with indoor/outdoor spaces, plentiful cabanas and hunky bartenders. The Abbey is located at 692 North Robertson Blvd. West Hollywood CA. For more information go to

Now if you're into watching the game, L.A. icon Barney's Beanery is the place to be.

Located at 8447 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood this is the original branch of a landmark local chain serving an eclectic mix of pub grub in kitschy digs. It opened in West Hollywood in 1920 and very quickly established itself as a fixture in L.A. with a history and a following that is unmatched.

Barney's is a fantastic place to watch your favorite sporting event, play pub style trivia with friends or sing some karaoke.. No reservations are needed. For more information or to check out the menu go to

So folks whatever you choose to do this weekend, make it a fun one.

Joan Alperin
Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death.