THIS WEEKEND: 10 Excellent Events from Pie and Ponies to Burlesque and Blue Men

Plus, special effects genius Gabe Bartalos has a show opening in Long Beach

On what’s expected to be another hot weekend, you can stuff your piehole or shake your booty. Why not do both?

SEE: Gabe Bartalos: Abhorrence and Obsession
He’s the special-effects genius behind the Day-Glo phantasmagoria of Matthew Barney’s art films. This exhibition of grotesque and evocative sets, masks, and sculptures reflects two decades of Bartalos’s work. More information (Sep. 7 – Dec. 8; CSU Long Beach University Art Museum)

DROOL: 5th Annual Good Food Pie Contest
Good Food host Evan Kleiman presides over the festivities, which include a free pie tasting for the public. This year’s celebrity judge lineup includes Short Cake’s Hourie Sahakian, the Hot Knives, the L.A. Times’ Jonathan Gold, and our own pie-enthusiast, Elina Shatkin. Wear an apron and get free admission to LACMA for the day. More information (Sep. 7; LACMA)

HEAR: Why Do the Santa Anas Blow Our Minds?
“Every booze party ends in a fight,” Raymond Chandler wrote of the hot desert winds. “Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands’ necks.” Novelist Janet Fitch joins a meteorologist and a fire captain in an attempt to demystify the seasonal phenomenon that rattles Angelenos. More information (Sep. 6; Grand Park)

SEE: PaleyFest Previews: Fall TV
It’s basically a debutante ball where the major TV networks trot out their newest and biggest productions. Expect a week of screenings and discussions with stars of series like CBS’s We Are Men and the Conan O’Brien-created sitcom, Super Fun Night! More information (Sep. 6-11; Paley Center)

HEAR: Jill Sobule
Quirky and witty or thoughtful and introspective, Jill Sobule’s shows are always good to see. Catch up with the folky singer/songwriter whose last album, 2011’s A Day at the Pass, was a rousing collaboration with John Doe. More information (Sep. 6; McCabe’s Guitar Shop)

DANCE: Bootie LA 
It’s Michael Jackson mashup night at Bootie LA, one of the city’s most irreverent dance clubs. More information (Sep. 7; The Echo)

SEE: Blue Man Group
Get ready for the hilarious and the unpredictable—and a whole lot of blue. The men in blue body paint will not only present new material and new instruments, they’ll debut three original compositions arranged specifically for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Also on the program: fireworks. More information (Sep. 6-7; Hollywood Bowl) 

DROOL: The 2013 Burlympics: The Burlesque & Variety Performance Competition
More than 30 entrants will compete for the crown of Burlesque Queen (okay, we made up that title) in a contest that’s bound to have more variety than the Miss America pageant. More information (Sep. 6-7; Club Fais Do-Do)

TROT: Portuguese Bend National Horse Show
Mr. Ed wouldn’t make the cut. Only top competitors are allowed at the equine extravaganza that showcases experienced riders, challenging jumping courses, and family activities. More information (Sep. 6-8; Ernie Howlett Park)

SEE: The Decameron and Salò
The mini-fest devoted to the films of Pier Paolo Pasolini includes the satirical, smutty adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s medieval allegory, The Decameron, and the grueling Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, a controversial 1975 film that chronicles the sadism and depravity after the fall of Mussolini’s regime. 18 and over. More information (Sep. 7; American Cinematheque, Egyptian Theatre)