This Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday! Are you psyched? Or are you one of millions who don’t really care? If so, this is for you!
Check out the live events here in Los Angeles — plus TV, DVDs and movies that would make appropriate choices for everyone this day if you’d rather jump off a bridge than watch someone jump for a pigskin.
1. Live events (theater and music)
Maybe you want to get out of the house to enjoy the Super Bowl-fan free Los Angeles streets.
- “Avenue Q” is sold out for Sunday, its closing day, but you can also check out one of the most famous modern musicals, “Rent,” in West Hollywood. The matinee showing is at 2 p.m. — so you’ll be there in plenty of time to miss kickoff.
- There’s a “Golden Girls” marathon on TV Sunday (more on that later), but you can actually check out a drag tribute to the Golden Girls (that’s right) Sunday at 2 p.m. in Studio City.
- For some more traditional theater, check out the “What is Art?” event, featuring the hilarious play (I saw it when it was in Pasadena, so personally vouching!) “Art,” along with a visual arts gallery before the show. The Sunday showing is at 6 p.m.
- The king of music that doesn’t always quite sound like music, Philip Glass, has his modern opera “The Fall of the House of Usher” being presented at the Long Beach Opera, based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe. It’s the best place to be if you want to be scared by something other than your team losing.
- Feel free to skip the halftime show and check out some Beatles music in the show “Backbeat,” telling the story of the creation of the Beatles, at the Ahmanson Theatre at 1 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
- Beth Lapides presents her UnCabaret show Sunday at 8 p.m. at First & Hope, where she’ll be joined by Julie Brown, comedian Natasha Legerro, Taylor Negron and Syd Straw.
Just make sure to get back before too late, as Super Bowl Sunday is also reportedly one of the worst days for drunk driving.
You can also stay in — there are plenty of other TV options during the Super Bowl.
- If you prefer your violence undead, AMC has a "Walking Dead" marathon starting at 3 p.m.
- Or do you want to avoid violence entirely? Puppy Bowl IX airs at 3 p.m., with adorable repeats throughout the day.
- In some perfect Super Bowl counterprogramming, the Hallmark Channel is airing a "Golden Girls" marathon until the wee hours of the morning.
- And if you want to get caught up on some of the most buzzworthy interviews in recent memory (Lance Armstrong, anyone?), check out OWN’s marathon of "Oprah’s Next Chapter." (Then flip back to the Super Bowl and immediately suspect everyone of doping.)
- Speaking of buzzworthy, there are also the shows that everyone usually talks about on Sunday nights — not as helpful during the actual game unless you’re on the East Coast, but you can check out “Downton Abbey” on PBS and HBO’s “Girls.” (Did you see last week’s Downton? You better believe I’ll be watching this week.)
(Be sure to check local listings; some cable providers also provide live access on the West Coast to the East Coast feed, so those programs will start three hours earlier.)
3. DVD (Netflix/Redbox/etc.)
- Speaking of “Downton Abbey,” the third season just came out this week on DVD. Yes, you no longer need to go to nefarious websites to get the episodes that are currently airing here (through Feb. 17) but that already aired overseas. These episodes are also the uncut BBC versions, so you can get angry all over again at the moments of subtle genius cut for time here in the States.
- In other TV on DVD, this week also saw the release of the complete series of “Pan-Am” (in case you weren’t one of the six people who watched that) and the eighth season of “Night Court” (why not?).
- This week also has a few releases that all seem to be trying to scare in different ways, sized from child to adult: “Paranormal Activity 4,” “Seven Psychopaths” and the animated “Hotel Transylvania.”
- If you want some more zombies on top of that “Walking Dead” TV marathon, “Warm Bodies” — a zombie love story — opens this weekend.
- Another option for those who don’t care for the Super Bowl but will miss the music of halftime is “Sound City,” a new documentary by Dave Grohl on the rise and fall of Van Nuys recording studio Sound City.
- Or you could check out the latest in the great tradition of old people movies, “Stand Up Guys” starring Alan Arkin, Christopher Walken and Al Pacino. You can tell the demographic this movie is targeted toward given that an important scene in the trailer centers around not being able to work a new car.
- Or you can see if Sly Stallone can outdo Arnold Schwarzenegger’s box office flop “The Last Stand” with his latest, even more aggressively named action film, “Bullet To The Head.”
- Oh, and fans of Chad Michael Murray and/or “Battlestar Galactica” star Katee Sackhoff — check out “The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia.” (No, I don’t know the connection between ghosts from Georgia and Connecticut.)
- This weekend also includes theatrical showings of Oscar nominated shorts, so you can find out about the Oscars categories that you normally don’t know any of the winners from.
And I’m sorry — you’ll have to wait until next weekend for “Top Gun” in 3D IMAX.
This Sunday, even if you don’t care about football, also be sure to remember one important fact: Without the Super Bowl, there wouldn’t be Super Bowl commercials.
What will you be doing this weekend? Did we miss something awesome? Share with us in the comments below.
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