Los Angeles! Eurovision viewing party (and optional cheese contest)
posted May 15, 2013 5:07 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat May 18 at 12:00 PM, Betalevel
963 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Map & Directions)
Eurovision Finals Screening and Cheese Contest
Saturday, May 18th
Doors at 11:30am; contest begins at 12 noon
Betalevel (if you haven't been, read the directions)
Directions to Betalevel:
1) Find yourself in front of “FULL HOUSE RESTAURANT” located at 963 N. Hill Street in Chinatown.
2) Locate the alley on the left hand side of Full House.
3) Walk about 20 feet down the alley (away from the street).
4) Stop.
5) Notice dumpster on your right hand side.
6) Take a right and continue down the alley.
7) Exercise caution so as not trip on the wobbly cement blocks underfoot
8) The entrance to Betalevel is located 10 yards down on left side, behind a red door, down a black staircase.

In an age of musical pluralism, it would seem that song contests should be an anachronism. And yet Idol, The Voice, and other similar franchises remain amongst the top-rated television programs internationally. On the twentieth anniversary of the EU, one might think that European nationalism had died down a bit. But, you know, what’s twenty years compared to hundreds of years of history? And there was a while there when the Eurodisco sound was decidedly outré, having taken a backseat first to the guitar-based approach of grunge and then the global ascendancy of hip hop. More and more, however, the blueprint for the “EDM” on the pop charts was drawn up in studios in Italy or Belgium, circa 1983.

And so, with all this being the case, one might conclude that the Eurovision Song Contest, an annual event celebrating competition, national pride, and above all else the undying beat of disco, would feel strangely relevant again. And maybe, in a way, it does. And yet it still feels cheesy. Very, very cheesy. (In the end, its earnestness is probably what does it in. You just can’t get away with outfits like that anymore if you mean it.) And we say CELEBRATE THE CHEESE!

How, precisely, do we recommend celebrating the cheese?

With cheese, natch!

Bring your favorite European cheese to Betalevel on Saturday*, we’ll bring some of ours, we’ll watch the Eurovision finals together, and while votes are being cast on songs, we’ll cast our own votes — for cheese.

If your cheese wins, you will be crowned the 2013 Head Cheese!
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posted by carsonb at 6:40 PM on May 15, 2013

Also I forgot the coffee. =(
posted by carsonb at 6:41 PM on May 15, 2013

Is that a public parking garage on the other side of Hill St? Although it does look like there's street parking.
posted by Celsius1414 at 8:34 AM on May 16, 2013

How late do you anticipate this going until? I have to take a test that should be done around 1/1:30 and would love to come by and bring cheese and meet some real life mefites for an hour or two...
posted by thankyouforyourconsideration at 9:44 AM on May 16, 2013

Nthing tyfyc....I'm going to a reunion picnic during the day.
posted by brujita at 12:08 PM on May 16, 2013

The broadcast starts at noon pacific time. I think it last for 2 hours, but maybe it's 3?

Parking around there is fairly easy if you look on Yale St and then cut through the parking lots.

To anyone who is thinking about coming: READ THE DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO FIND BETALEVEL
It's in an alley btw Hill St and Chung King Rd, so there isn't a helpful address.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 2:51 PM on May 16, 2013

Well, I'm all in for the next cheese fest (on any and all levels) but looks like I would not make it in time. Thanks for setting up though!
posted by thankyouforyourconsideration at 3:02 PM on May 17, 2013

I am very jealous of the Angelenos who are able to attend this clearly fabulous event. I'd hoped to find something equally fab in SF but so far all I can find is a showing at the Alley Cat Bookstore on 24th. They do say BYOB, but I see no mention of cheese.
posted by cali at 3:23 PM on May 17, 2013

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