Turkey Trot

How to trot your turkey….

Welcome to the year’s only multi-part weekend.

Laugh Factory 36th Annual Free Thanksgiving Day Feast —  Turkey with a side of laughs?!  Yes, please!  Top comedians TBA!  Arrive an hour early for servings at 1:00 p.m, 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.  Open to all!    Thurs 11/26

LAVA’s Thanksgiving at Clifton’s Cafeteria — Join The Los Angeles Visionary Association, a redwood tree and some taxidermied animals from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a no host Thanksgiving get-together at so-old-it’s-new-again Clifton’s Cafeteria.  Space limited – RSVP a mustThurs 11/26

Black Friday

Post-Thanksgiving Epic Walk — You can burn off your too-many-corn-muffins muffin top battling crazed big box shoppers for a microwave.  OR you can revel in fresh air and see L.A. sites with this twelve-mile-loop urban hike led by Big Parade founder Dan Koeppel.  The walk, which includes dirt trails, city streets and hidden stairs, has a mass transit-friendly starting point and mid-hike entry point.  Fri 11/27

Illuminated elephants at the L.A. Zoo.

Illuminated elephants at L.A. Zoo Lights.

L.A. Zoo Lights – Forget the congested drive through Griffith Park with the tired light show.  Instead, head to the L.A. Zoo for a light-and-sound extravaganza including a transformed L.A.I.R.: the zoo’s habitat featuring rare species seen nowhere else in the world.  Plus peep live reindeer while enjoying holiday treats.  Opens Fri 11/27 – Sun 1/3/16

Small (Business) Saturday

5th Annual We Heart Eagle Rock Block Party — Gotta shop?  Shop small and local at Northeast L.A.’s top foodie destination and most walkable ‘hood.  Three dozen shops and eateries will offer discounts, demos, consultations and art exhibits including a Live Drawing + Pop-Up  at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, a Family Fun Zone at The Green Bean, and Milkfarm‘s Meet the Maker: Letterpress Chocolate and  25 cent wine tasting. Sat 11/28

Make It Mar Vista — This small biz Westside shopathon, which was made possible by a Great Streets grant, features 40+ local participating businesses including brick and mortars and artisan booths.  In addition to live music and an art exhibit, check out community events including a paint-by-numbers mural, a Story Corps Mar Vista History Project and a kick-off bike ride along a pop-up dedicated bike lane.  Sat 11/28

Visionary.... (Photo courtesy of VisionLA)

Visionary…. (Photo courtesy of VisionLA)

The Go Go: Beyond the Weekend….

VisionLA Climate Action Arts Festival — In December 2015, UN Delegates meet for the 21st Conference on Climate Change (COP21).

Starting Monday, November 30 in multiple venues over two weeks in the Greater Los Angeles Area, VisionLA ’15  celebrates the power of art to effect change.

You’ll want to clear your calendar….

The comprehensive range of programming includes visual arts  film, music, performance, literary, family friendly, and climate action events and workshops

Highlights include: Clare Graham’s recycled art at MorYork Gallery, Dominique Moody’s Found Object Assemblage workshop; uplifting Words to Save the World with notable L.A. writers including Linda J. Albertano, S.A. Griffin and Peggy Dobreer; TreePeople’s Earthworks workshop on how to harvest rainwater (Hello, El Nino!); and Art Makes Change, a group exhibition of 60 local artists whose work strives to bring awareness to the climate crisis through various fine art mediums.

The above are merely tip-of-the-iceberg highlights in a mind-boggling array of notable events, which include an Opening Gala with KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole and Envision: a closing celebration featuring a full installation dance/concert from Los Angeles based String Theory Productions and an original piece from Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez.

Who knew saving the planet could  be so much fun?

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….


Be the light.... (Photo of A1 Solar Light courtesy of d.Light and IDEO)

A Path Appears: Actions for a Better World  (Photo of A1 Solar Light courtesy of d.Light and IDEO)

T-giving is on the horizon but this weekend is all about art.

Do it, walk it, eat it, watch it, dance it.

Feels so good….

Be the Light

It’s a good week to be reminded of good things happening in the world.

This Thursday, the Skirball Cultural Center not only highlights the above but helps you contribute to the efforts as well.

Inspired by Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Path Appears: Actions for a Better World  is both an exhibit and an immediate opportunity for socially conscious action.

Learn about grassroots campaigns in the fields of health, education, jobs, and civil and human rights in  environments fashioned from found objects: a listening station built of 5000 CDs;  a theater bumpered with used tires;  bubble wrap clouds overhead.

Tamp down the urge to pop the latter.

Check out ingenious designs such as solar lights (see above) and clean cook stoves that are helping to transform lives in developing countries as well as empowering programs that provide preschools for children in Haiti and life/training skills to women and girls in India, Africa and elsewhere.

The exhibition ends with the ActionLab where visitors can turn inspiration into life-changing action.

This holiday, be the change you want to see….

A PATH APPEARS: ACTIONS FOR A BETTER WORLD — Opens Thurs, Nov 19 & runs through Sun, Feb 21; Tues–Fri noon–5pm, Sat–Sun, 10am–5pm. Closed Mon & holidays.  $5-$10; FREE on ThursSkirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, LA 90049; FREE on site parking.  Tix & more info HERE.

Stack 'em up....

Stack ’em up….

Feeding Frenzy

Talk about your genius concept….

Tom Kirlin’s Pancakes & Booze Art Show delivers the perfect, all-in-one night out:


Carbs to soak up the liquor.

A DJ-driven dance party to work off the carbs.

And art.  Because Culture.

A VIP option allows you to go to the head of the entry line although you have to stand in line for pancakes with everyone else.

Not a problem….

You’ll be busy checking out the work of the 150 emerging artists represented on both nights of the flapjack-a-thon.  Become one with the art with live body painting, then document the glory that is you at the FREE photo booth.

You always suspected you had kaleidoscope eyes.

Peep live shimmy-and-shake from Dishrag Burlesque then shake your own self all night long at two stages of live music and DJs in the 10,000 square foot Lot 613 warehouse in the DTLA Arts District.

That’s in addition to the pancakes and beer.

Which would have been reason enough to attend.

PANCAKES & BOOZE ART SHOW — Fri Nov 20 & Sat Nov 21; 8pm – 2am both nights.  $5 GA – $10 VIP pre-sale/21+ LOT 613, LOT 613 (www.lot613.com), 613 Imperial Street, DTLA 90021.  Pre-sale VIP tix & more info HERE.

So many artists...so much time.

So many artists…so much time.

Walk This Way…for Art

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhoods….

This Sunday, stroll, drive or cycle the hills and dales, country roads and city streets of Mt. Washington, Highland Park, Eagle Rock and their Northeast L.A. environs  to discover emerging and established artists in their natural habitats.

In other words, it’s where the magic happens.

The theme of the 23rd Annual Arroyo Arts Discovery Tour is “All Together Now!”  It’s an apt description of the self-guided Discovery Tour’s wide range of artistic disciplines including painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, wood working, fiber art, and more to peruse and purchase.

Check out Michael Arata’s compelling modern sculpture, Connie Rohman’s rich fiber art, ribboned jewelry by Pat Winters, metal sculpture by Heather McLarty and Arroyo Seco-inspired paintings by plein air artists Roderick Smith, Kevin Spitze and Richard Willson.

Discover your new favorite artist. Whittle down your holiday list.

In addition to gorgeous art, the Discovery Tour is an opportunity to visit beautiful, unusual and historic homes, studios and  buildings in one of L.A.’s original artistic communities.  The tour starts at the iconic Southwest Museum where day-of tickets can be purchased and tour maps acquired.  Pre-sale tickets are also available online and at Galco’s Old World Grocery.

Expect this to become your new favorite start to the holidays.

23rd ANNUAL ARROYO ARTS DISCOVERY TOUR — Sun, Nov 22; 9:30am – 5pm. $10 in advance; $15 day of the tour/all agesSouthwest Museum (start of tour/tix pick-up), 234 Museum Dr, LA 90065.  Tix & more info HERE.

Teeny films! Giant impact!

Teeny films! Giant impact! Maybe a pink car!

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Sit ‘n Spin! — Drew Droege, Betty Goldstein, Bryan Kett, The Starr Sisters, Ron Zimmerman “tell the truth, but funny.”  Music by Marty Axelrod: “the Younger Randy Newman.” FREE!!! Thurs 11/19

DesignerCon 2015 – Art & design convention!  Collectible toys and designer apparel! Urban, underground and pop art!  Sat 11/21 & Sun 11/22

TinyTeeny3 —  Expect a spray of hot molten creativity!  Films under four minutes long!  Made by comedy and film people extraordinaire!  Sun 11/22

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….


Pinocchio revisited....

Pinocchio revisited….

1. Flirting with sweaters

2. Overdosing on pumpkin everything

3. Bracing for Muzak Xmas carols.

Ms. Go Go is going out on a limb and calling it fall.

No Strings Attached

Did you love the Little Golden Book of Pinocchio as kid?

Or the Disney movie?

Wood Boy Dog Fish is neither of those things.

Rogue Artists Ensemble‘s retelling of Carlo Collodi’s classic The Adventures of Pinocchio is definitely not for the small fry.

Set in a shabby seaside amusement park, the sophisticated, playfully creepy production, which premieres Friday night  at Bootleg Theater, incorporates puppetry (natch), masks, dance, interactive sets, projected media, illusions and high-tech special effects.

The latter includes a scene set in an old carnival ride that can be enhanced with 3D glasses (for a suggested donation),

Screaming with your hands in the air presumably optional.

WOOD BOY DOG FISH — World premiere Fri, Nov 13 (w/ post-production reception) & Sat, Nov 14 @ 7pm; Thurs, Fri, Sat through Dec 12 @ 7pm; plus two 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday, Nov. 28 and Sunday, Nov. 29 (dark Nov. 26 & 27).  $18 – $50Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd, LA 90057.  Tix & more info HERE.

How to eat in autumn...

How to eat in autumn…

Feast your Eyes

There’s a new Salad Garden in town and the Getty Center’s got it.

Even better, you’re invited for a FREE celebration to welcome leafy goodness before the family holiday onslaught of canned cranberries and cartons of noxious eggnog.

Not to mention a final, lovely fresh air outing before Godzilla finally clobbers the Blob and El Nino sweeps in. (C’mon…rain, already!)

So much to do….

Green and greet!  Meet artist and “Salad for President” blogger Julia Sherman, the mover and shaker behind the Getty Salad Garden, which you can tour to check out the edible greens.

Get inspired!  Sign up for one of the evening’s two, limited-space tours of the Getty’s food-themed exhibitions The Edible Monument: The Art of Food Festivals and Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.  Basically, they knew how to party with food.

Drink in beauty!  Bring a picnic blanket and gaze upon lovely vistas.  Listen to a live set by KCRW DJ Anne Litt.  Sip a special salad-inspired cocktail by New York based cocktail designer Arley Marks; available at the cash bar.

Be glad you’re not in Fargo, North Dakota: temperature 28 degrees.

It’s good to be an Angeleno….

GETTY GARDEN PARTY — Sat, Nov 14; 6-8:30 pm. Art exhibition tours at 6:15 and 6:50; sign-up required/space limited.  FREEGetty Center; For GPS and maps use  N Sepulveda Blvd & Getty Center Dr, LA 90049.  More info HERE.

The loveliest holiday sale in town.

Buy beautiful.

Sunday Lovely Sunday

Does the prospect of malls full of holidazed shoppers make you want to hibernate for the holidays?

Consider the Barnsdall Art Center Holiday Art Sale + Fundraiser where you can literally shop above it all.

Head to Barnsdall Art Park this Sunday for a day of beauty.  Buy gorgeous artisanal goods at the Holiday Art Sale while enjoying delicious local food and drink.  Win raffle prizes.  Support arts education.

Did Ms. Go Go mention FREE admission?

That was easy.

With your holiday shopping — plus totally deserved treat for self  — done, peruse the Fiberlicious exhibit at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

Then, tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece: the newly restored Hollyhock House.

Check off  L.A. bucket list.

Return home refreshed by art and with your holiday shopping done.

Compare with Quiznos and sugar-crazed children at the mall.

BARNSDALL ART CENTER HOLIDAY ART SALE — Sun, Nov 15 10am – 4pm.  FREE admission; $5 food & drink or raffle ticketsJunior Arts Center Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, LA 90027.  Holiday sale tix & info HERE.  Barnsdall Art Park info, including parking, HERE.

Survivor Girls and ukeleles (Photo courtesy of Laurie Kallevig)

Survivor Girls and ukeleles (Photo courtesy of Laurie Kallevig.)

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Los Angeles Comedy Festival — Film!  TV!  Web!  Screenplay!  Stand-up!  Live!  Through Sun 11/22

25th Annual Craftsman Festival — Walking/driving tours!  Workshops!  Films! Receptions at private residences!  FREE admission to exhibition hall!  Fri 11/13 – Sun 11/15

Survivor Girl Ukelele Band Benefit — Great music by local faves!  FREE Indian food!  Benefits survivors of human trafficking!  Sun 11/15

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

What am I supposed to do with this leg? (Photo courtesy of The Art of Falling.)

Thought bubble: “What am I supposed to do with this leg?” (Photo courtesy of The Art of Falling.)

Boy, putting on a raincoat was fun, wasn’t it?

Really made that flasher costume authentic.

And so handy for the thunderstorm a few days later….

Not a Pratfall

Guffaws and grand jetés…where’s the common ground?

Find out this Friday at the Ahmanson with The Art of Falling: a playful collaboration between Chicago’s comedy powerhouse The Second City and the exuberant and athletic Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

How many artistes does it take to explore the theme of “letting go”?

In this case, five choreographers, four writers and 30+ dancers and actors trading off their creative baby.

The decidedly adult mix of storytelling, dance and comedy (12+ recommended!) debuted in a much-praised, four-performance run in Chicago; Friday is the official West Coast premiere after an earlier pop-up teaser at the Ace Hotel.  Come an hour early before each of the three weekend performances for a pre-show, dance-themed talk with Hubbard Street Dance’s Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton.

Presumably, the talk will be PG.

THE ART OF FALLING — Fri, Nov 6 & Sat, Nov 7 at 7:30 pm; Sun, Nov 8 at 2pm. $34-$125/12+  Ahmanson Theatre, Music Center, 135 N Grand Ave, DTLA   213.972.0711.  Tix and more info at musiccenter.org.

Drink your apple a day....

Drink your apple a day…. #HardCoreCiderTour

Hard Core Apples

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, a visit to Saturday’s Hard Core Cider Tour should keep you healthy for the next decade.

Traditionally, “cider” referred to the fermented (i.e. alcoholic) product rather than its juicebox-friendly sibling.

“Hard cider” is actually a redundancy, which the Hard Core Cider Tour has circumvented with their clever name.

You won’t be quibbling over semantics while quaffing these Next-Gen craft faves.

Techniques such as the addition of unusual ingredients and barrel-aging  in wine and whiskey casks create complex ciders that are as far from the bland sweetness of mass-produced cider as fine wine is from Welch’s grape juice.

The 21+ event, which is taking place at Brookside Park near the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, will feature food trucks, music and lawn games as well as the bevy of small-batch producers like Troy, Reverend Nat’s and local fave 101 Cider House.

Leave the sippy cup at home.

HARD CORE CIDER TOUR — Sat, Nov 7; noon – 4 pm.  21+/$45 GA; $40 GA-Group rate (4+); $10 Designated Driver (Only available at the door)Brookside Park, 360 N Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena 91103 (Map)  Tix and more info, including directions, HERE.

K Shoa - Eucalyptus 24 at Create: Fixate - Branching Out.

K Shoa – “Eucalyptus 24” at Create: Fixate – Branching Out.

Out on a Limb

Art.  Music.  Party.

Cross all of the above off your Saturday night bucket list at Create:Fixate – Branching Out.

Debuting its new digs at Werkartz, a brand-new space in Chinatown, Create:Fixate has invited local artists to interpret the event’s themes of trees and growth; international artists are well-represented and the whole affair benefits young artists.

The quarterly culture event kicks off Saturday afternoon with a family-friendly preview including an art supply-stocked Kids Kreativity Zone where budding Picassos can hone blossoming skills while their parents stroll the exhibit.

Starting at 7:00 p.m., the immersive sight and sound art party is 21+; listen to Sebu Simonian from Capital Cities, touring artist Ralicke and KCRW’s Travis Holcombe while perusing art in the main exhibit and in the Optical Lounge, which features performance, graffiti and environmental art plus “pyro portraiture”.

Yes, it involves fire.  Yes, you will be amazed.

CREATE: FIXATE – BRANCHING OUT — Sat, Nov 7.  Family friendly preview 4-7pm; $5 suggested donation before 7pm – 12 years old and under FREE.  21+ Main Event 7pm – 2am; $20 before 9pm/$25 afterWerkartz, 198 Wilhardt St, DTLA 90012.  Tix and more info HERE.

The one, the only.... (Image courtesy of Cartwheel Art Tours)

The one, the only…. (Image courtesy of Cartwheel Art Tours)

Get on the Bus

You know Cartwheel Art Tours as your go-to guides for DTLA street art.  This Sunday, the tour company goes beyond downtown and beyond SoCal with the Graffiti Tour by Steve Grody with Cornbread.  

Presented by Gallery 38 and Art Above Reality, the Graffiti Tour brings Philly flair to L.A. with the first exhibition of Philadelphia’s first street artist Cornbread: the “godfather of graffiti”.

The tour begins with Grody, historian and author of Graffiti LA, explaining graffiti styles and lettering, then explores mural artists at Gallery 38, heads by air-conditioned bus to mid-city, and ends back at Gallery 38 with a special walk-through of Cornbread’s exhibit.  In between, special guest artists explain their work.

Don’t miss the bus.

GRAFFITI TOUR BY STEVE GRODY WITH CORNBREAD — Sun, Nov 8; 2-6pm.  $40 GA; $60 VIP (includes Cornbread print)Gallery 38, 5376 W Adams Blvd, LA 90016.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

A date with the Crypt Keeper...if you dare.

“Heads, I win.  Tails, you ooze.”

You spray-painted the styrofoam balls.

You glued on the Twizzlers.

You stapled pom-poms with abandon.

But somehow, your Halloween costume still doesn’t read Old Hollywood Glamour.

Let the following distract you from fashion failure….

“Hello, Boils and Ghouls”

If the above greeting is familiar, you’ll want to clear your calendar, ready your credit card and start Halloween with a nostalgic bang.

Ms. Go Go is talking a date with the Crypt Keeper…if you dare.

Starting Thursday for a two-night-only run, Captured Aural Phantasy Theater presents Tales from the Crypt: LIVE multi-media performances of classic, 1950’s horror comic books.

Captured Aural Phantasy Theater is the only troupe in the world — and probably the parallel spooky universe as well — that is authorized to dramatize the iconic Tales of the Crypt on stage…and the stage just happens to be in the slightly creepy Bob Baker Marionette Theater.

Which is fitting since legendary horror goofball “the Crypt Keeper” was a puppet.

Expect spooky music, unsettling magic acts and  drinks.  Speaking of drinks, head to Taix Restaurant pre-show, order a #cryptini, tag @captla and get a treat at the door the night of the show.

As if drinks weren’t enough, there will also be candy.  At least…we hope it’s candy.

You never can tell with the Crypt Keeper….

CAPTURED AURAL PHANTASY THEATER PRESENTS TALES FROM THE CRYPT — Thurs, Oct 29 & Fri, Oct 30; 7:30pm  doors/8pm show. $20 presale/$25 doorBob Baker Marionette Theater,  1345 W 1st St, LA 90026.   Tix and more info HERE.

The short life of a pumpkiin.... (Photo courtesy of Machine Project)

When pumpkins drink and drive…. (Photo courtesy of Machine Project)

Pumpkin Kaboom

Recipe for a jolly Halloween:

A sharp knife

Dangerous chemicals

An enquiring mind

An anarchist spirit.


Also: The Self-Carving-Exploding-Pumpkin-Laboratory at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.

Brought to you by the mad scientist artistes at Machine Project, the autumnal art project-meets-Molotov cocktail kicks off your H’weenie weekend and promises “good clean pre-Halloween family fun” including “gruesome oozing” and “frightful explosions”.

In other words, plenty of bang for the yuck.

The fee includes materials and a pumpkin.  You’ll also learn about chemistry and the history of pumpkin carving.

Also, presumably, insurrection-by-gourd.

THE SELF-CARVING-EXPLODING-PUMPKIN-LABORATORY — Fri, Oct 30; 7-9pm. $20 GA. $15 Members (Machine Project & CAFAM). 18+/under 18 must be accompanied by an adultCraft and Folk Art Museum (in Museum Courtyard), 5814 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036.  Tix and info HERE.

Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde + an organ.

Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde + an organ.

Horror in the Hall

See the horror, be the horror.

Don your creepiest costume and head to DTLA for the ultimate exploration of the dark night of the soul.

Ms. Go Go is not talking back alleys but a monster…organ, that is.

Walt Disney Concert Hall presents Paramount’s classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: the first cinematic adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s exploration of good and evil with John Barrymore playing both sides of the split personality.

Organist Clark Wilson delivers the aural drama and musical accompaniment courtesy of the Disney Hall’s majestic instrument.  Also promised: “Sonic thrills and visual chills!”

Costumes are allowed…with restrictions.

For instance, don’t obstruct others’ view with an evil, extra head.

DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE WITH HALLOWEEN ORGAN — Sat, Oct 31; 8pm.  $38 – $68.50Walt Disney Concert Hall, 11a South Grand Ave, LA 90012.  For tix and more info, incl directions & parking, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Metro Day of the Dead Gold Line Art Tour –  Poet/artist Consuelo Flores leads the tour!  FREE but limited to 100 people!  Ends at Self-Graphics!  Sun 11/1

Self Help Graphics – 42nd Annual Dia de los Muertos — Music!  Art!  Food!  Face-painting!  Pachuco Calaca attire encouraged!  Sun 11/1

24th St Theatre’s Dia de los Muertos Block Party  —  Altar making!  Kátia Moraes & Brazilian Hearts headline!  Homemade tamales! FREE  Mon 11/2

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

The costume Edith Head envisioned for me. (Thanks to online researcher Jeri Batzdorff for image.)

Ms. Go Go’s costume psychically envisioned decades ago by Edith Head. (Thanks to Textile Treasury for image!)

Champagne fountain for fiends....

Champagne fountain for fiends….

Could this week be packed with more fun?

Ms. Go Go thinks not.

Clear your calendars.

Awash in Words

Here’s the best Hump Day remedy ever.

Join other lit-loving aficionados and swarm the streets of NoHo this Wednesday for the 3rd Annual NoHo/LA Lit Crawl.

40 events.  35+ venues.  One night.

Better yet, it’s FREE!

Presented in three, 45-minute rounds (7pm, 8pm and 9pm) as well as opening and closing events, LitCrawl offers opportunities to check out wordsmiths of every persuasion — novelists, poets, comics and musicians — tackling a wide variety of genres: horror, noir, confessional, sci-fi and erotic.

NoHo Ho....

NoHo Ho…. #LitCrawlLA

The events take place at venues all over NoHo from a tiki lounge (Wide Awake at the NoHo Lit Crawl from Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center) to a comic book store (Creepy Crawlies from Shades & Shadows) to an adult entertainment shop (Inside The Ultimate Sex Shop of My Imagination from Cultural Weekly).

And if the latter venue gives you a chance to shop for “necessities”?

Hey…you’re the ultimate cultural multitasker.

LITCRAWL L.A./NOHO — Wed, Oct 21; 6pm – 10pm.  FREE/all ages (some venues 21+)Various locations.  More info, including schedule, writers and maps, HERE.

Beach Beautiful

How to best embrace SoCal’s Endless (and then some) Summer?

Head to the WestEdge Design Fair this weekend for the ultimate inspiration from 150+ exhibitors.

Thursday night’s Beach Chic Opening Party benefits the fab A+D Museum and kicks off four days of fabulous design with a silent auction of re-imagined beach chairs designed by top local architects and designers.  Also, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, natch.

Four days of inspiration, entertainment, education and shopping!

Four days of inspiration, entertainment, education and shopping at #WestEdge

Luxury interior designers create indoor and outdoor rooms utilizing Sunbrella fabric for the Sunbrella Perspective Los Angeles Lounge, which will also serve as the fair’s main interior lounge, the site for special events throughout the show and Barker Hanger’s central bar.

In other words, head here for restorative cocktails.

New this year is MADE:MODERN, which showcases dozens of independent creators of contemporary furniture, lighting, sculpture and accessories.  An opening day panel on Craftsmanship & Design complements the celebration of the hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind.  Limited edition items will be available for purchase so bring the plastic.

If you check out accoutrements as much as actors, don’t miss the modern-day speakeasy created by the  Set Decorators Society of America in partnership with Robb Report Home & Style. Head here for daily mixology demos, samplings and specialty design.

Also, specialty cocktails.

Learn more at educational panels!  Topics include: Hollywood in Your Own Home–Set Decorator SecretsBringing the Travel Experience Home: Design Inspiration from Around the World; and Entertaining with Style.

Cocktails will undoubtedly be covered.

WESTEDGE DESIGN FAIR — Thurs, Oct 22/ Opening party, 6:30-10pm. Oct 23/11am-8pm.  Oct. 24/11am-6pm/ Oct. 25/11 am-5pm. Opening party $95/$20 advance online/$25 atd/Parking $10 cashBarker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica Airport.  Tix and more info HERE.

A Pearl of a Fest

Wine has sommeliers.

Beer has cicerones.

Oysters have Maitre Écaillers (Shellfish Masters).

The City of Angels has  Christophe Happillon: L.A.’s only Maitre Écailler and the bivalve guru behind the Oyster Gourmet at Grand Central Market.

DTLA Oyster Fest from the Oyster Gourmet at Grand Central Station

DTLA Oyster Fest from the Oyster Gourmet at Grand Central Station

This weekend, embrace the mollusk magic with the inaugural DTLA Oyster Fest. Admission is FREE; for two days, you can buy $2 oysters directly from oyster farmers from the U.S. and Mexico.

Along with Norman Abell (Acacia Pacific Aquaculture), the guest farmers will be available to chat about proper oyster selection and handling, sustainability of oyster aquaculture, and “merroir”: Happillon’s play on winemakers’ “terroir”, which means “a sense of place” in French.

Participating farms include: Sol Azul Seafarms (El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve: a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Baja CA); Grassy Bar Oysters (Morro Bay, CA); Rock Harbor Oysters (Cape Cod, MA); Morro Bay Oyster Company “Pacific Gold” oysters (Morro Bay); and Hama Hama (Washington State), which has been active since 1922 and is  the oldest oyster farm on the West Coast.

That’s a lot of delectable goodness.

Luckily, the Oyster Gourmet will have an assortment of French wines available to wash down the briny morsels. For a change of pace, the stand’s usual menu of assorted, ecologically sustained seafood will also be available.

Happillon’s Oyster Shucking 101 seminars are full but there’s a strong possibility the Oyster Gourmet will have Friday night shucking seminars post-fest.

You’ve got two days of oyster slurping to lobby for the Best Date Night Ever.

DTLA OYSTER FEST — Sat, Oct 24 & Sun, Oct 25. Fest hours: 11am – 6pm.  Admission FREE; oysters $2 each — The Oyster Gourmet, Hill Street Platform/Grand Central Market, 317 S Broadway, LA 90013.  Parking Garage Entrance: 308 S Hill St.  Map and more info HERE.

Dead souls will roll....

Dead souls will roll….

Old Souls

Dilemma: you love the spirit and tradition of Day of the Dead but find it challenging to honor ancestors while being jostled by a crowd.

Solution: An Evening of Art and Music celebrating Dia de los Muertos from FolkWorks.

Held at the historic, oh-so-cool Church of the Angels on the Pasadena/Highland Park boundary, Saturday’s celebration offers an opportunity to bring a memento of your dearly departed (including pets) to the ofrenda or community altar, which has been created especially for the occasion by a team of local artists.

You’ve been saving your airplane bottles of bourbon for just such  an occasion.

DJ Tita Juana will spin Mexican classics and Chicano oldies during an early evening, open-to-the-public wine and cheese reception where you can peruse work by local artists.

The evening continues with a ticketed concert inside the Church of Angels sanctuary.  Beloved Highland Park band I See Hawks in L.A. delivers their signature, psychedelic-influenced roots music: a perfect choice to celebrate the night of the year when the curtain between this world and the next is believed to be at its “thinnest”.

The Christina Ortega Band brings a cross-cultural sound that embodies the full spectrum of the Golden State’s heritage from the beloved norteño of the migrant farm worker to the Western swing of Dustbowl-era Okies working the oil fields.

“Musician’s musician” Matt Cartsonis, who’s played with Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Glen Campbell, Warren Zevon, Lucinda Williams and Steve Martin, contributes his immeasurable talents to the evening.

This Saturday, come serenade the dead.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS WITH CHRISTINA ORTEGA & I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. — Sat, Oct 24; 5pm/FREE art reception & DJ. 7pm/$20 ticketed concert.  All agesChurch of the Angels, 1100 Avenue 64, Pasadena 91105.  Tix & more info HERE.

Frans Lanting's LIFE: from the Big Bant through the present at Annenberg Space for Photography

Frans Lanting’s LIFE: from the Big Bang through the present at Annenberg Space for Photography

MORE Weekend Go Go fun!

Charles Phoenix: Downtown Los Angelesland — Kitsch/historic tour of DTLA & environs!  Live slide show performance!  FREE!  Fri 10/23

Frans Lanting: LIFE – A Journey Through Time — National Geographic photog Frans Lanting!  Big Bang through present!  Annenberg Space for Photography!  Sat 10/24

Los Angeles Theater Company Gala Carnaval —  Cocktails!  Dinner!  Dancing!  Sat 10/24

16th Annual Dia de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery — Shamanic Visions of the Huichol theme!  Ceremonial altars!  Music!  Sat 10/24

Aero Theater’s 10th Annual Dusk-to-Dawn Horrorthon — 7 movies!  FREE all night snacks & coffee!  Giveaways!  Sat 10/24

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

No need to go door to door....

“But it’s the pelvic thrust…That really drives you insane….”

You’ve been blithely celebrating fall: munching on candy apples, glugging Oktoberfest beer and frolicking in leaves, sprinklers…er, just frolicking!  To celebrate fall!

But now it’s time to get serious.

Halloween is  just two weeks away.

Put on your dangly eyeballs and glitter paint.

Go forth and raise hell.

Treat…or Treat?

Whether you need costume inspiration or just want to fully immerse yourself in all that Halloween has to offer (wink, wink), head to Fais Do Do this Friday night and watch the Famous Monstergirls of Burlesque walk the fine line between fright and delight.

Expect risqué routines capable of raising the undead.

This month, Peepshow Menagerie’s immersive, one-night-only, 18+ show is a monster mash-up of Playboy After Dark and the cinematic era when creatures ruled the earth.

Fingers crossed for a Godzilla/Playboy Bunny that stomps Tokyo.

Co-producer Chris Beyond hosts the evening, which includes comedy and music from Mr. Snapper and Mr. Buddy and “spooky games and prizes” in addition to the artistes de bump et grind.

They’ll put a spell on you.  Don’t resist.

THE MONSTERGIRLS OF BURLESQUE — Fri, Oct 16 @ 9pm.  $12/18+Fais Do Do, 5253 W Adams Blvd, L.A. 90016  Tix and more info HERE.

ALONE - or are you?

ALONE in the dark – or are you?

All By Myself

All good (scary) things must come to an end.

The bad news is that ALONE: An Existential Haunting will soon be ending its innovative but unnerving series of art show-meets-rainbow-meets-creep show hauntings.

The very good news is that Absorptionthe fourth and grand finale of Alone’s light-themed but psychologically dark experience is being unveiled this Saturday: just in time to leave you thoroughly stirred and shaken for All Hallow’s Eve.

The twists: 1) as the name implies, you go through the 45 minute, site-specific experience solo and 2) you are warned in advance that you may be “aggressively touched and moved or tenderly embraced or be utterly left displaced and alone.”

Are the hairs on your neck rising already?

If not, they will.

ALONE: ABSORPTION — Sat, Oct 17-18, 21-25 and 28 – Sun, Nov 1; various times. $50-75/18+ —  Undisclosed, central Los Angeles area near public transportation; ticket buyers will receive an email one day prior to their ticketed date with info & location details. Tix and more info HERE.

"All human beings are commingled out of good and evil." Robert Louis Stevenson

“All human beings are commingled out of good and evil.” Robert Louis Stevenson

Use Your Inside/Outside Voice

When you think about it, Dr. Jekyll was the ultimate Halloween costume for Mr. Hyde.

This Sunday, explore the “commingled good and evil” of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ultimate monster within at JEKYLL AND HYDE: the October iteration of A Rrose in a Prose Literary Salon at Stories Books and Cafe.

Co-hosts Art Currim and DM Collins will wrangle the clutch of fantastic and unruly writers of all persuasions.  In a nod to the theme, at least some of the literary artists will change  up their performance styles so expect the unexpected.

Hopefully, no one’s cranky inner child will pour out of their mid-section like smoke. (See photo, above left._

JEKYLL AND HYDE: A RROSE IN A PROSE LITERARY SALON — Sun, Oct 18; 2-4:30pm.  FREEStories Books and Cafe, 1716 W Sunset Blvd, Echo Park 90026.  More info HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Burbank Beer Fest — 85 craft beers!  FREE Fall Fest!  Live music!  Sat 10/17

CicLAvia: Heart of L.A. — 5th anniversary!  FREE non-motorized fun!  6 mile route includes Boyle Heights, the Arts District, Little Tokyo, Civic Center, Chinatown, Historic Core and as far west as Macarthur Park.

The Big Draw along CicLAvia: Wide variety of artistic materials!  Dia de los Muertos-costumed models!  FREE!  Sun 10/18

Eastside Food Festival — 30+ local restos, celebrity chefs, caterers, brands.  Panels/discussions!  Artists/musicians!  Sun, Oct 18

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….



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