Venture into the Black Lagoon

Call me a crabby misanthrope if you must, but although I like street life, I hate street fairs, and seeing Claremont’s streets overrun on Village Venture gives me the heebie-jeebies. I don’t want a handcarved wooden duck, I don’t want kountry klutter signs, I don’t want pottery or informational brochures or beaded jewelry.

So as usual I high-tailed it out of town. I went to Glendale’s lovely Alex Theater to see, of all things, “Creature From the Black Lagoon,” in 3-D.

Everyone upon entry was handed paper glasses, with a blue lens for your left eye and a red lens for your right. Wearing these with actual glasses proved tricky but not impossible, and the 3-D effects were, well, effective: fish swimming right at us, harpoons headed our way, clawed man-fish hands groping off the screen and toward our faces. The whole thing was a hoot.

Unanswered question: Why do monsters always want our women? Frankenstein, Werewolf, King Kong, the Creature, they always find human women fascinating. Hey, me too, but aren’t there werewomen, queen kongs and creaturettes for them to kidnap? Sheesh.

Anyway, it was the kind of afternoon I like, and if you went to Village Venture, hope you enjoyed it!!

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  • John Clifford

    I LOVE 3-D movies. I’ve been to the 3-D festivals at the American Cinematheque a couple of times. You’ve not lived until you’ve seen the 3-D movies of the atomic bomb explosion experiments in the Nevada desert or the cartoons that were done in 3-D in the ’50s.

    You CAN get clip-on 3-D glasses either in anaglyphic (red and blue) or polarized (a much better 3-D movie system). Check out They also have a lot of other 3-D stuff, including 3-D DVDs for home.

    One of my sincere hopes is that we’ll bring a 3-D festival to the Fox once it’s open. I can hardly wait.

    [Wow! Me neither. — DA]

  • Kristin McConnell

    I never buy things at the street fairs, but it’s fun to see other people buying stuff and to listen to the live music. The Lemon Festival is my favorite — I dance there with my troupe! C’mon! Brave the beads next April. Come for the dancing! LOL


  • meg

    I’m with you about municipal street festivals. Before we moved down here, we lived three blocks away from the main drag of a town that had a junk-and-drunk festival almost every month. Bane of our existence, it was.

    That said, if Pomona had one, I’d go just to support the cause.

    [I’m with you on that, Meg. Nice hearing from the co-author of the M-M-M-My Pomona blog: — DA]