Get messy at This End Up circus

Get messy at This End Up circus

Stuck in town?

Staycationing?

Hosting out-of-towners hell-bent on experiencing the “real” Los Angeles?

Relax.  The three-day weekend has no shortage of multi-age fun to assuage/amuse/impress.

You’re good to Go Go.

Color Me Circus

Here’s the problem with most circus-y shows.

There’s a lot going on but you’re just sitting there.

As of Friday, that’s about to change with This End Up, a *cough” de Soleil-esque show with silk performances, lyra (hoop) acts, aerial bungee, fire-eating, clowning, and general circus hijinks.

All acts are strategically designed to rain powder…lots and lots of multi-colored powder.

The latter — organic and plant-based, from India — is flung about with happy abandon just as it is during the good-trumps-evil, Hindu love festival of Holi: the inspiration for This End Up.

You’ll want to gear up as a living, breathing art canvas by wearing  a white t-shirt, which you then save as your one-of-a-kind souvenir.  The closer to the stage, the more messy and interactive.

You’ll want to sit close to the stage.

Go Go’ers, BE the circus you want to see….

THIS END UPFri, April 18/Sat, April 19/Fri April 25/Sat April 26 – 7:30 – 9pm & Sun April 27 6:30-8pm. $20/all ages (loud music may be too intense for younger kids)  – The Vault @ ArtWarehouse, 1641 Naud St, Los Angeles, CA 90012  For tix, go HERE.

Drunk dessert

Drunk dessert

Drink Dessert First

Hands-on gastronomers, your food event is calling….

If you like to play with your food (and drink), grab tix ASAP  for L.A. Foodie’s Float Trip at Angel City Brewery this Saturday.

You’ll mix and match three, delish Angel City beers with ice cream from three, local frozen treateries: Ramekin (home of exotic flavors);  instant-freeze/fresh goodness from the Ice Cream Lab; and bicycle-churned small batch Peddler’s Creamery.

Need more sweets?  Mwokaji Cakery will be baking up treats.   Need real food?  Food trucks will be standing by.   Need more beer?

It’s Angel City Brewery.  Duh.

Go Go’ers, no need to bring your own mad scientist mixologist gear; you’ll get an official L.A. Foodie-approved beer mixing kit, which consists of cups, spoons, straws, and trays.

Why trays?

All mixmaster mysteries will be revealed, young grasshoppers.

L.A. FOODIE’S BEER FLOAT TRIPSat, April 19, 4-7pm.  $9/21+Angel City Brewery, 216 S Alameda, DTLA 90012  Get tix HERE.

Long live the Broke Kingdom!

Long live the Broke Kingdom!

It’s a Desert Downtown

Desert-dancing plans fall through?

Put on your best get-down glad rags and head to Brokechella: the wallet-friendly “fest for the rest of us”.

Of course, that includes you.

Now in its fourth year, the alt-gala has moved to bigger digs in order to accommodate four stages.  Emerging music acts to catch before they get Cochella-big include L.A. hip hop artist/producer Azad Right, LA Font from Echo Park, garage pop band The Singles, Ril0 Kiley-esque Dark Furs, and rapper Marvel the GR8.

In addition to interactive art, comedy, food trucks, and beer from sponsor Lagunitas, a new ‘chella feature is the pre-registration-only Puppychella: designated dog-friendly areas, including a lounge, for those whose dogs become tres desolee at being left behind or canine guardians who can’t imagine a fest without Fido.

Note: harmonizing hounds highly discouraged.

BROKECHELLASat, April 19, 3pm -1am.  $10 presale/$20 door; 21+590 Santa Fe Ave, DTLA 90013. Get tix HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Ktown Night Market — 100+ food/merch vendors!  Food Truck Alley!  Kpop acts! — Fri, April 18 & Sat, April 19

Aero Theater’s Bugs Bunny Cartoon Classics — Wascally Wabbit shorts!  Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies!  Pre-show faux Easter egg hunt/real candy!  – Sun, April 20

Storm Large of Pink Martini at Largo — Lush lounge act!   Easter for adults!  Has sung with John Doe, Rufus Wainwright & George Clinton!   Sun, April 20

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Holiday Bowl (c.  Jack Laxer) at A+D Museum's BOWLERAMA

Holiday Bowl (c. Jack Laxer) at A+D Museum’s BOWLERAMA

Craving Coachella but don’t have the cash/car/camping gear?  This weekend, L.A. has enough fun for nonstop Go Go.

Less driving.  Less sand.  Same amount of sunblock.

Bowled Over

Are you a passionate preservationist?  A fan of Googie architecture?

Have you had your own bowling shoes and monogrammed ball since you were five? (You know who you are.)

If you answered yes to any of the above, you’ll want to roll on over to the A+D Architecture and Design Museum tonight for the opening of Bowlerama: California Bowling Architecture 1954-1964.

The focus isn’t on muscle memory or league stats but on the iconic culture and Atomic Age design of the bowling centers that proliferated during the mid-Fifties when  leisure was king.

Bowlerama scores plenty of historic street cred; the exhibit was curated by Chris Nichols, a quarter-century advocate for mid-century preservation as well as editor and columnist of the entertaining and  informative “Ask Chris” column in Los Angeles Magazine.

Put on your pedal pushers and your Lucky Strike bowling shirt and stroll the show.

See you there, Daddy-O.

BOWLERAMA – Fri, April 11; 7 – 9 pm; show runs through May 11. $7A+D Architecture and Design Museum, 6032 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036

Orange you glad you'll be going....?

Orange you glad you’ll be going….?

Page Turner

You’ve got your walking shoes, your healthy snacks, your sunblock (see opening paragraph above), and your author/book bucket list for this weekend’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

Here are a couple of off-the-beaten-page stops to pencil in:

The Smokin’ Hot Indie Lit Lounge —  Kaya Press (Publisher Sunyoung Lee) and Writ Large Press (Editor/Publisher Chiwan Choi, Designer/Publisher Judeth Oden Choi, and PR/Marketing Director Peter Woods) have teamed up to throw the book fest’s best mini-bash: part oasis, part bookshop, part creative foundry, part intimate literary salon. Booth #380

Festival After Dark —  One of L.A.’s hottest Saturday night tickets!  The popular public radio program WITS , hosted by John Moe, features comedians Margaret Cho and Paul F. Tompkins and musicians Superchunk and  Okkervil River bandleader Will Sheff.  April 12/8pm – Bovard Auditorium

Prospect Park Books — The aptly-named Jennie Cook is a chef, food activist, entertainer extraordinaire,  and author of Who Wants Seconds? one of the year’s most delightful cookbooks.  On Sunday at noon, Cook will  be signing books and cooking delish treats.  Yes…yum.  Booth #62

LOS ANGELES FESTIVAL OF BOOKSSat, April 12; 10am – 6pm/Festival After Dark – 8pm  and Sun, April 13; 10am – 5pm.   Festival entry is FREE; Inside Conversations require tix.  Festival After Dark tix HERE.University of Southern California, University Park Campus, LA 90089; visitor info HERE

Get down and giddy-up....

Get down and giddy-up at Grand Ole Echo….

Twang and Spark

Go Go’ers, Sunday evenings have been dark and lonely the last few months but it’s time to put on your party shoes and kick up your heels because this weekend, Grand Ole Echo launches its 9th year of down home love.

Time flies when you’re having fun.

The roots/Americana/Good Times institution at the Echo starts the season with a bang.  Headlining the spring-start hoedown are The Jolenes: a roots/rocker songwriter supergroup consisting of Dan Janisch, Grant Langston and David Serby with drummer Dale Daniel  keeping the beat.

Go Go’ers, hips will roll.

The Get Down Boys get the party started with high-energy bluegrass while the midlining Smooth Hound Smith duo of Zack Smith and Caitlin Doyle deliver slinky, stylish roots-infused R&B.  Soulful songstress Ranger (Nicole Vaughn) serenades from the Back Porch while you sip your beer and savor your ‘cue.  The FREE/all ages gathering welcomes everyone from teensters to hipsters with/without kids (a.k.a. “kipsters” per Margaret Finnegan) to ageless dancers with/without walkers.

Think of it as universal toe-tapping.

GRAND OLD ECHO – 9TH SEASON KICK-OFF — Sun, April 13, 5-9; all ages/FREE –  The Echo,  1822 West Sunset Blvd, LA 90026

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Chocolate and Art Show – Cutting edge art!  Music!  Chocolatey goodness!  Fri/Sat – April 11 & 12

Grilled Cheese Invitational –  Final frenzy of gooey goodness!  Beer!  Yelling!  Sat, April 12

12th Annual Art Auction Benefit / Center for the Arts Eagle Rock – Great art/great prices!  Auntie Em/Four Cafe apps! + Lagunitas Beer + special cocktail from GreenBar Organic Spirits!   Sat, April 12

Bakers Will Bake – 20+ bakers!  Benefits garden-based school education!  Plenty of coffee!  Sun, April 13

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Billy Block benefit red and blackFor months, the weather has been hovering at “Unseasonably High Degrees Fahrenheit” but last week’s spot of rain brought on a bout of spring fun fever along with the flowers.

Here’s how to spring forward.

We’ve Got the Beat

Cultural History alert!  This may come as a shock to some Go Go’ers but open mics are not a 21st century invention.

And while it may not have been the first, Billy Block‘s  Western Beat Songwriters Showcase, which featured an open mic and booked performers who emphasized verse over volume, made Los Angeles a songwriting force to be reckoned with…

…instead of just a destination for boy hair bands.

Conceptually poised between Nashville’s historic Bluebird Cafe and Ronnie Mack’s legendary Barndance (where Block was house band drummer from 1987 to 1995), the Western Beat stage at the now-defunct Highland Grounds was graced by local and touring Americana acts ranging from Dave Alvin to Lucinda Williams to an unplugged Spinal Tap.

On Thursday, the Los Angeles songwriter community gives back to Block who is undergoing  aggressive treatment for Stage 4 metastatic melanoma.   The Western Beat Special Edition Billy Block Family Fund Benefit will feature performances by over 30 of L.A.’s top songwriters including hosts/co-chairs Brad Parker and Ed Tree, Block’s band the Bum Steers, Stephen Bishop (On and On), Jack Tempchin (Peaceful Easy Feeling) and Wendy Waldman (Save the Best for Last).  All funds will benefit Block.

Hear great music; help a great guy.

THE WESTERN BEAT SPECIAL EDITION BILLY BLOCK FAMILY FUND BENEFITThurs, April 10, 7pm – midnight; $25Musicians Institute Concert Hall, 1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood 90028    For more info, go HERE.  For tix, go HERE.

More Mid-Week Go Go Fun!

Beers, Bites and Brews –  Deschutes Brewery!  Beer & Bike Crawl!  Benefits Friends of the LA River!  Wed, April 9

The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail – Jonah Ray & Kumail Nanjiani host!  Judah Friedlander, Kurt Braunohler, Dana Gould + more! Comedy, candy & comic books! — Wed, April 9

Turner Classic Movie Fest – “Family in the Movies: The Ties that Bind”!   Four days of classic films about movie clans!  Panel discussions with experts!  Thurs, April 10 – Sun, April 14

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How to prevent Vitamin T deficiency.

Don’t be deprived of Vitamin T.

Forget football frenzy….  Between the Oscars, Mardi Gras, and a certain Irish drinkathon holiday, March had us Go Go’ers mad as hatters all month long.

Don’t expect to rest in the weeks ahead; starting this weekend, April delivers scads of fun as well as a few actual showers.

No joke.

Loco for Tacos

Whether native or transplant, if you live in Los Angeles, you have taco love flowing in your veins along with the Tapatio hot sauce.

This Saturday, indulge in your favorite handheld  snack when L.A. Taco and host Grand Park return with TACO MADNESS: a celebration of happiness in a tortilla and the culmination of a month-long, bracket style competition.

Want to get in on the action?  There’s still time to vote for your #1 piccadillo pick.

Just want to party with the winners?  Taco Madness 2014 is a no-entry-fee bash featuring tacos from  last year’s winners Mexicali Taco & Co. and Mariscos Jalisco plus newcomers such as the Boyle Heights-happening Los Originales Tacos Arabes de Puebla, and Carnitas el Momo: a family-run joint famous for guanajuato-style tacos.

Pescatarians and vegans: your faves are represented thanks to the super-fresh seafood at Tacos Punta Cabras and the must-try jackfruit tacos from Highland Park’s Plant Food for People.  La Guelagetza sibs Bricia and Fernando Lopez will run the bar and beer garden featuring special drinks from Suerte Tequilas, beer specials from local  Venice Duck Brewery, and the ultimate michelada station.

Expect an aural and visual feast as well: Azul 213 heads a selection of L.A.’s best DJs who will keep the energy high while artists such as Germs, MEAR ONE,  DEFERSand One, Max Neutra, Evan Mendel of AWonderfulMistake, Van Saro, C/O/D/A/K and more create original art with materials donated by BlickArt; each artist is paired with a non-profit, which will receive either the site-created art or the profits from same.

Show up hungry, loaded with cash, and on the early side: Grand Park could reach capacity.

There’s nothing worse than a Vitamin T (for taco) deficiency.

TACO MADNESS 2014Sat, April 5; noon to 7pm.  FREE entry/bring cash for food/drinkGrand Park, 200 North Grand Ave, DTLA 90012.  More info HERE.  To vote, go HERE.

Don't be detoured from Noir City Party.

Don’t be detoured from Noir City Party.

All For Noir

Hard-boiled honeys and granite-jawed G-men will want to make sure they’re locked and loaded, primped and primed for Saturday’s Film Noir Partya celebration of the final weekend of Cinematheque‘s 16th Annual Festival of Film Noir .

Trouble never came in a more desirable package.

Make sure your nylon seams are straight and your fedora just so for your entrance to the Egyptian Theater courtyard. The evening opens with a screening of the ultimate noir classic Detour then continues on to a delish upscale buffet version of Detour diner-inspired fare courtesy of THE KITCHEN for Exploring Foods.

You’ll definitely want to explore your favorite tipple after two weeks of slinking through shadows and conniving with celluloid criminals during the film fest.  Luckily, your party ticket includes two free libations (alcoholic or non);  Champagne Piper-Heidsieck, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Vya Vermouth, and Distillery No. 209 Gin are among the alcoholic options.

Here’s mud in your eye.

A cash bar will provide liquid courage all night long while you tempt fate at the Detour Casino, eyeball burlesque courtesy of the Victory Variety Hour, dance to Dean Mora’s Sextet, snap photos with shady characters and a vintage cop car, and woo Lady Luck for  opportunities to win a variety of prizes including a makeover from Besame Cosmetics, gift certificates to Musso & Frank’s, Sadie Lounge and Restaurant, Skylight Books, and more.

Noir Party ticket prices go up Wednesday, April 2nd at 10:00 a.m.

Don’t be a chump and miss the shindig.

FILM NOIR CLOSING WEEKEND PARTYSat, April 5; 7pm – midnight.  $25 – $55Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 90028.  Get tix HERE.

StoopidTall Maiden Voyage, CicLAvia 2013 (Photo courtesy of CicLAvia)

StoopidTall Maiden Voyage, CicLAvia 2013 (Photo courtesy of CicLAvia)

Miracle Mile(s)

If your near-future bucket list includes plans to bike, hike, walk or trike down the miracle of an auto-free Miracle Mile, cancel your post-church car hop stop and join thousands of fellow non-four-wheelers at One Wilshire.

Sad face: this will be the last iconic Wilshire CicLAvia for the foreseeable future.

Glad face:  this will be a Wilshire Westward Ho for the ages!

Although several stout-hearted cyclists rode crazy-tall bikes in CicLAvia 2013 (see left), nothing special is required of participants except to be safe and respectful to everyone sharing the road.

CicLAvia 2014 — the last for a few years until the above-ground, Miracle Mile street construction for the Metro Purple Line subway extension is finished – is especially pedestrian friendly and all participants, whether wheeled or walking, are encouraged to stop, mingle, and explore.

Use the day as an opportunity to check out  less-familiar (to you) Wilshire Boulevard elements such as:  parks (Mid-Wilshire at  Wilshire and Rimpau), businesses (Wilshire-adjacent Langer’s Delicatessen on 7th), art (LACMA-adjacent ForYourArt) and architecture (the American Cement Building – Wilshire at Park View).

There are hubs along the way for the hungry and the dehydrated with  food trucks, restrooms, CicLAvia info, and plenty of activities for kids, especially those who want/need to practice their cycling skills.

NOTE: Kids with moderate cycling skills are welcome and encouraged to attend but this is NOT the occasion to ride blithely along Wilshire as your teary, new-to-wheels tyke wobbles yards behind.

Go Go’ers, see you wheel soon.

CICLAVIA  2014- Sun, April 6, 9 am – 4pm; FREEFor more info, go HERE.

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Mostly free horro

A theater custodian’s nightmare

Whether you want to slurp, read, or scream, it’s a great weekend for festivals.

Here are the best of the fests.

Warning: do not try all these at once.

Mostly Free Horror

You can’t get enough cinematic gristle and gore.

What’s a thrill-seeking guy/gal to do?

Mark the weekend with a bloody thumbprint as a reminder for the inaugural Hollywood Horrorfest: a two-day immersion in all things Type A, B and O.

The blood-red carpet event opens a vein Friday night at the New Beverly Cinema with a screening and cast & crew reunion of 1981 horror classic The Howling.

It’s been a long 33 years.

The Howling‘s director Joe Dante will be presented with the very first (Vincent) Price Award: for an artist whose work has attained “iconic status in the horror/fantasy genres.” The horror icon/art collector’s daughter  Victoria Price, director of the Vincent Price Art Museum, will do the honors.  Saturday night’s flesh-eating finale, the only ticketed event besides The Howling, is the 30th anniversary screening of Return of the Living Dead with a great cast line-up.

Fingers crossed they will be living and not living dead.

Also being honored is legendary horror actor Dick Miller who will receive the Impact Award for “unparalleled contribution and impact on the horror/fantasy genres.”  You know Miller for Buckets of Blood; in addition to screamfest galas, Fest Director Miles Flanagan has ensured buckets of FREE fun: twelve world premieres of competition screenings, helpful indie horror panels, raffles for prizes including production services from LA GRIP, and Ivonna Cadaver as Opening Night host.

Hollywood Horrorfest: the gift that keeps on giving.

HOLLYWOOD HORRORFEST  – Fri, March 29 & Sat, March 30; various times. Free – $10.  New Beverly Cinema, 7165 W Beverly Blvd, LA 90036

TIX SELLING FAST!  Get them HERE. More info HERE. A portion of the opening/closing night tix sales benefits the Vincent Price Art Museum.

Bookfest in the grass.

Bookfest in the grass.

Bookfest in the Grass

Hopefully, grim predictors of the death of print will attend (even incognito) the sunny-in-weather-and-spirit Grand Park Downtown Bookfest.

Naysayers in Saturday’s happy, sunglassed crowd of bibliophiles may be hard to spot.

The gratis, by-the-people/for-the-people literary event is chock-full of publishers, poets, performers , and events for pint-sized page turners and the book lovers who brainwashed them.

Thank heavens.

Of course there will be scads of L.A. based indie publishers including Red Hen Press, Kaya PressThe Rattling Wall, DUM DUM Zine, and a pop-up from organizers Writ Large Press but the interactive fest goes beyond buying great books.

You can add your literary two cents to 826LA‘s ongoing “exquisite corpse” The World’s Longest Story, include your day-or-dreaming characters to a ginormous comic book from Ryman Arts, write your own mini-opus on old-school typewriters, or receive a personalized Poem On Demand from Jessica Ceballos and the gang of occasionally Metro-riding poets at Poesia Para La Gente  (Avenue 50 Studio, Inc.) who will be writing on recycled pulp novel pages, fabric, vinyl records, or whatever special something you bring from home.

Finally: the poetry bowling shirt you’ve always wanted.

Along with Steve AbeeBilly Burgos, and Gia Scott-Heron, Ceballos will also be one of the poets at Read/Beats. The sonic/spoken word improvisation was conceived by producer Peter Woods; at Bookfest, Emilie Poiree and Healing Mystical Science will create a soundtrack as the poets play words.

Your spirit will be singing too.

GRAND PARK DOWNTOWN BOOKFESTSat, March 29; noon – 5pm.  FREE/all agesGrand Park, 200 No Grand Ave, DTLA 90012. NOTE: Show your TAP Card to the Grand Park info booth crew at DOWNTOWN BOOKFEST and receive 10% book purchases at the Writ Large pop up shop or The Library Store on Wheels.

Ramen nom at Ramen Yokocho 2014

Toyama Black Mapo Ramen from Iron Chef Kenichi Cheng (Photo courtesy of  Ramen Yokocho 2014)

Mo’ Ramen

If ramen is your go-to comfort/everyday soul/post-break-up/late-night-drunk food, you’ll want to block off Saturday, Sunday, or both for the Ramen Yokocho Fest 2014, where fourteen ramen shops will dish the delish.

Expect four of L.A.’s heavy-hitters – Shin-Gen-Gumi,  Daikokuya, Jidaiya and Hayatemaru – plus big guns from Japan including longstanding Iron Chef  Kenichi Cheng.

Innovative chefs from San Diego, San Jose, and Las Vegas round out the ramen wranglers, some of whom will create dishes especially for the show.

This year, the $8 bowls of yum will be ladled out at Santa Anita Park, which will also be celebrating Japan Family Day on Saturday.  Last year’s inaugural ramen fest wasn’t quite ready for its close-up; if you were one of the 20,000 people who descended on  Torrance for Ramen Yokocho Festival 2013 only to come away sans noodle, you’ll definitely want to give Ramen Yokocho another chance.

Like you needed any persuasion….

RAMEN YOKOCHO FESTFri, March 29 & Sat, March 30; 11 am – 6pm. Admission: $5; FREE for kids under 17.  Parking  $4/car.  Ramen $8/bowl – Santa Anita Park, 295 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, 91007.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Cabaret Versatile – Kick up your heels French can can!  Rescheduled  show!  Costumes have arrived from South America!   Fri, March 28

Downtown Modernism — Outdoor market!  100 vintage vendors!   Cash only!  Sun, March 30

Pasadena Grand Pinot Fest 2014 – 150 wines!  Food from Claude Beltran’s The Eatery!  Jazz saxophonist Michael Lington!  Sun, March 30

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She's a baby-faced savage in a jungle of intrigue!

Yes, she is….

You’ve had your fill of corned beef and green beer. (The green part, at least.)

Your hangover remed(ies) have been thoroughly tested. (How’d that go?)

Now, let’s just welcome the dark, redolent, beautiful first weekend of spring.

About Last Noir

This weekend, take a walk on the wild side…or at least the shadowy side with Noir City: Hollywood, the 16th Annual Festival of Film Noir.  The fest title might be long but the features, highlighting double-crossing dames, con men, and crime-solving dicks (that’s noir slang for “detectives”, doncha know), tend to be lean, mean, and as hard-boiled as the dialogue.

The fest opens with a Dan Duryea double feature including the newly restored, once-thought-lost Too Late for Tears as well as Larceny, notable for a pistol-packing Shelley Winters and wisecracking patter.

Exhibit A: “Stop twisting my arm!  People will think we’re married.”

In addition to films from the U.S., Great Britain, Italy, and France, this year’s fest, presented by American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation, features panel discussions, tributes to writer David Goodis and director Hugo Fregonese, and a closing weekend party.

Keep an eye on The Go Go for more party deets.

A fest highlight will be double-feature evenings dedicated to recently deceased noir actresses Eleanor Parker, Audrey Totter, and Joan Fontaine.  The latter gets one of the best movie poster descriptions of all time for Saturday’s offering Born to Be Bad:

She’s “a baby-faced savage in a jungle of intrigue!”

You can hear the tom toms already.

NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD, THE 16TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR Fri, March 21 – April 6.  All films 7:30; $7-$11Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028  Get tix HERE.

Turn, turn, turn...

Turn, turn, turn…Keiko Inoh at Gallery 825

Go for Baroque

Craving a spring fling this weekend?

Head to the Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 for The New Baroque: a multi-media show exuberantly curated by gallerist Martha Otero and dedicated to all things decorative and over-the-top delightful.

Adding more bees to your spring bonnet: three, intriguing solo exhibitions.

Keiko Inoh‘s Shadow (at left) presents a city that never sleeps by combining projections of metal structures with a lazy Susan-turntable to create a compelling, ever-changing,”camera-less photograph”.

The black and white, pastel and graphite drawings in Robert Nelson‘s Babies, Bunnies and Bombs are as provocative as the show’s title.  Nelson deftly juxtaposes the creepy with the comforting to provoke skittish laughter and have-to-look-again images.

In High & Dry: Dispatches from the Land of Little Rain, photographer Osceola Refitoff takes us along on his location scout rambles, sharing dry and crumbling vistas from the windows of decrepit shacks: the kind that look rode-hard-and-put-up-wet even when new.  The images are part of Refitoff’s ongoing project with writer/historian Christopher Langley about human enterprise in the California desert…

…where it’s also kind of spring.

THE NEW BAROQUESat, March 22 –  Fri, April 18. Opening reception: Sat 6-9pm. FREELos Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825, 825 No La Cienega Blvd, LA 90069. More info HERE.

Spring into the New Year

Spring into the New Year

Happy Nowruz

Ms. Go Go has always thought it odd that the New Year is celebrated in the dead of winter rather than spring.

Maybe it was the best medieval boosterism campaign ever.

Whatever the origin, it seems especially appropriate to celebrate the Iranian New Year Nowruz – which translates as “New Day” — with a kick-off-spring bash this Sunday at LACMA.

Presented in connection with the Farhang Foundation, the all day/all ages festival includes storytelling, Persian dance,  displays of calligraphy, docent-led tours of the museum’s Ancient Iran collection, and puppet shows.

You’ve always been a sucker for Persian puppets.

The festival is free except for the world premiere of Ziba Shirazi‘s Spring Love: a ticketed event in the Bing Theater.  Additional short films will be screened for free in the Brown Auditorium.

There will also be a Haft Sin display — a traditional Nowruz feast — while Persian-themed cuisine by Chef Hoss Zare (The Fly Trap, San Francisco) and Chef Rui Wang (Patina, Los Angeles) will be available throughout the LACMA grounds.  Yum.

The  London-based group Ajam will explore the celebration of Nowruz along the Persian Gulf through music. The public is invited to participate in the parade of traditional costumes; since the purchase of new clothes is an integral part of Nowruz, you’ll have an excuse to get that jeweled dagger you’ve been coveting!

Just kidding: no daggers.

NOWRUZ CELEBRATIONSun, March 23, 11:30 am – 7 pm.  Free except for Spring Love premiere; get tix HERE – LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036.  More info HERE.

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My, what a big hat you have....

On St. Patrick’s Day, she’ll sit where she wants….

O’Go Go’ers, your St. Patrick’s Day plans probably revolve around Shamrocking and Riverdancing.

Yes, you’re a spritely one.

But in case you get thirsty or your leprechaun shoes get tight, here are a few alternatives:

BIG IRISH BASHES

Tom Bergin‘s 3 days!  Four outdoor bars!  1 beer truck!  Whisky girls!  Shamrocks on the ceiling!   Sat 3/15 – Mon 3/17

Rock ‘n Reilly’s 3rd Annual St. Paddy’s Day Block Party — 12 bars! 100 cases of Guinness!   Photo booth for easy-access, multiple drunken selfies! Sat 3/15

Casey’s 42nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival  –  20 hour party!  300 kegs of beer!  100 cases of whisky!  Free admission before 11 a.m. Mon 3/17

  NO BAGPIPES

Kiss My Lass” Sweet & Sultry Burlesque at El Cid –  6 sassy lasses!  7 piece burlesque orchestra!  Early cocktails on the patio!  Sun May 16

The Greyhound’s St. Patrick Swayze Day  Swayze Movie Marathon!  Irish & Swayze-themed Specials!  You’ll have the time of your life! Mon 3/17

OLLIN’S 12th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Tribute to the Pogues – Performing Rum Sodomy and the Lash!  Beer!   St. Patrick’s Day tradition!  Mon, 3/17

Ready? U Know U Want 2 O’Go Go….

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