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Weekend Alibi: Mexican wrestling, Derby, My Little Pony

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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The My Little Pony Project exhibit opens this weekend at the Toy Art Gallery. c/o flickr user Good_Egg

This weekend, instead of making a Cinco de Mayo piñata out of all your unread New Yorkers, treat yourself to a real Mexican celebration.

Head downtown to watch a Mexican wrestler get pummeled like a piñata at Lucha VaVoom. This raucous show at the Mayan theater is like a traditional Mexican wrestling match put in a blender with stripteases and comedy sets, to create one crazy margarita. Lucha VaVoom will hold a two-day Cinco de Mayo event, including Mariachi music, folklorico dancers, tamales, tequila and the amazing spectacle known as pointy boot dancing.

Or, watch the Kentucky Derby at the L.A. Athletic Club's "Hold Your Horses" party, also downtown. You can watch the race, place your bets and be treated to some serious mint julep mixology. Plus, they'll have live music and equine-inspired games. Don't be afraid to trot out in your dapper duds.

Can't get enough horses? Starting this Saturday, Melrose Avenue will be transformed into the magical land of equestria as the Toy Art Gallery kicks off its new exhibition of My Little Pony art. My Little Ponies are having a comeback moment. They've got a new TV show that has inspired a rabid fan community, including a surprisingly large number of adult males called "bronies," (as in bro plus ponies).

The ponies are painted by a roster of international artists, including L.A. street artists, Buff Monster and COPE2, musician Mark Mothersbaugh and Perez Hilton. The show will also feature a pop-up shop, street murals and a scavenger hunt.

Cinco de Mayan at Lucha VaVoom

Where: the Mayan Theater, 1038 S. Hill St., LA
When: Friday and Saturday, May 4th and 5th
Admission: $45

Hold Your Horses

Where: LA Athletic Club, 431 West 7th Street, LA
When: Saturday, May 5th, 1 - 4 pm
Admission:$35/person (includes entry, complimentary Mint Julep, buffet, games and live entertainment)

My Little Pony Project

Where: Toy Art Gallery, 7571 Melrose Avenue, LA
When: Exhibit: May 5 - May 26, 2012, Opening night: May 5th, 7pm - 11pm

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