The last time Charles Phoenix welcomed an audience to his "Retro Slide Show Tour of Southern California," the consummate host even served homemade ambrosia during intermission. The show that embraces kitsch in every form, from Phoenix's outrageous fashion sense to his wacky slide collection to his coconut-and-canned-pineapple dessert, is back through November at the Egyptian Theatre/American Cinematheque. It's an evening you won't soon forget.
8 p.m. (Saturdays), 1 p.m. (Sundays). $20. 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (866) 754-3374.
Jewish hipsters and culturati head to the Cahuenga
Corridor tonight for J-Flicks' official launch of its first short film, "The
World to Come." According to the invite, it's an eight-minute piece "exploring
the mystical Jewish idea of eternal reward set to the beat of modern culture."
Fifteen bucks grants you entrée, a drink and a sneak peek. 6:30 p.m. $15. 21+.
The Ivar, 6356 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. www.jflicks.com/party
For supersize Bush bashing and political satire, look no further than "McBush." The Powerhouse Theater presents the comic liberal musings of Rick Overton, Roy Zimmerman ("Patriot Act"), Gary Gordon (former mayor of Gainsville, Fla.), Menken and Menken (Second City) and Hanoi JFK and the Swift Boat Crew Review.
8 p.m. Pay what you can. 3118 Second St., Santa Monica. (310) 581-9400.
Reopening for just four weeks is Erik Patterson's "Red Light, Green Light," the second in his "American Family Trilogy." The three siblings of the story have returned for the sequel, which opens with Elliot's hospitalization. All three were the victims of sexual abuse, and now Elliot adds physical assault and hate-crime victim to his personal list.
Runs through Aug. 31. 8 p.m. (Sun.-Tues.). $15. Evidence Room, 2220 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 381-7118.
Blue Seven Gallery keeps it all in the family. "Feld2" art show displays the works of mother Diana Feld-Lipnick and daughter Tara Feld. Group interactions and social constructs make up the theme of the show, to which each artist brings her individual style. Diana uses a broad palette to paint her canvases, while Tara incorporates paintings, drawings, collages and sculpture for a more experimental, mostly black-and-white effect. The show runs through Sept. 23.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sat.). 3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 449-1444. Artists reception Sept. 9., 6-10 p.m.
Musical enthusiasts get silly tonight at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre, where they wonder aloud (and in song), "What If?" As in, What if Sondheim had written "Bye Bye Birdie," or Rodgers and Hammerstein had written "Assassins." Musical parodies are the logical result of this madness, titled, "What If? A Musical Review," and directed by Bruce Kimmel.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), through Sept. 18. $15-$20. 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 960-7784.
Suddenly Seymour's back in L.A. The new acclaimed production of "Little Shop of Horrors" comes to the Ahmanson from Broadway this week. Doo-wop on downtown to revisit Seymour Krelbourn, his man-eating plant of the apocalypse and the catchy tunes of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken.
Aug. 24-Oct. 17. $25-$80. 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772.