The Devil makes you do it. (Image courtesy of Jeri Batzdorff)

The Devil makes you do it.

You’ve consumed gallons of Devil’s Punch over the last month.

You’ve tripped over countless fake gravestones, several pirate swords, and a hag or two.

Your Bubbles the Clown costume has terrified all. (#gratified)

And still so much spook and scare to come.

Read on for the final Boohaha….

Love and a Lethal Weapon

Start the Halloween week countdown with a heaping cup of revenge, regret, blood lust, and rage.

No chaser.

Watch your back...

Watch your back…

This Tuesday, the New Folk Festival gets you into the spirit of Spirit Week with the 5th Annual Murder Ballads and Dark Songs.

There will be implied ghosts aplenty at the Echoplex with three acts of local musical faves singing old and new ditties about death, damnation and doomed damsels.

Best leave the moonshine at home.

MURDER BALLADS & DARK SONGSTues, Oct 28. Music at 9pm/Doors at 8pm. $11; 18+The Echoplex, 1154 Glendale, LA (Silverlake) 90026. For tix and more info, go HERE.

Vampire Va Voom

If you have demons to exorcise or a yen for SIN-tillating fun, you’ll want to snatch up tix ASAP for Night of the Vampire: the 2014 iteration of Lucha Va Voom’s Halloween violencia y sexo-travaganza.

Sexo! Violencia!  Pollo Locos!

Sexo! Violencia! Pollos Locos!

In addition to the usual buxotecas y luchadores, the comic quotient is high for the two-night Halloween hell-raiser.

Host Blaine Capatch is joined by Bobcat Goldthwaite and Dana Gould on Wednesday night; Jeff Davis (Harmontown) helps man the mic on Thursday.

All this plus  international hula hooping star Marawa Wamp (Just go with it.) and Ojito de Mal (a.k.a. Little Evil Eye).

You’ll def want to sit ringside in the “glare zone”.

LUCHA VA VOOM’S NIGHT OF THE VAMPIREWed, Oct 29 & Thur, Oct 30; 8pm/7pm doors. $40 – $75; 21+The Mayan, 1038 So Hill, LA 90015.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Run for your lives!

Run for your lives!

E.T. Won’t be Phoning Home

On October 30, 1938, dramatist/l’enfant terrible Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater of the Air debuted War of the Worlds: a radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’s novel about Martians attacking Earth.

Reports of millions of citizens running terrified through the streets are greatly exaggerated according to recent research, but the myth lives on in infamy.

Judge the panic potential yourself this Thursday at Trepany House at the Steve Allen Theater when Fake Radio recreates the War of the Worlds radio drama, which Welles intentionally wrote to mimic a news broadcast.  The Fake Radio troupe has been performing radio shows complete with period music and era-appropriate clothes, since the late 1990’s.

Wear dash-worthy shoes…just in case.

H.G. WELLS’S WAR OF THE WORLDSThurs, Oct 30 @ 8pm.  $15 – $35Trepany House at the Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd, LA 90027. For tix and more info, go HERE.

Hey, Houdini!  (Photo by Creative Commons)

Does Houdini have “Bette Davis eyes”?  (Photo by Creative Commons)

Houdini, Can You Hear Me?

Harry Houdini, the “Handcuff King”, had a complicated relationships with spiritualism.

First, he believed in it.  Then, he went to great lengths to expose it as fraudulent.

Finally, perhaps to hedge his bets, Houdini instructed his devoted wife Bess to conduct a yearly séance for ten years on the anniversary of his death, which just happened to be on Halloween 1926.

Houdini — a showman to the end.

Inspired by a recording of the final 15 minutes of the final séance in 1936,  The Alchemy and  Obscura Society L.A. are hosting  Houdini’s Final Séance: an intimate, historical recreation of the event.

Seats are extremely limited for the two performance, which take place only on Halloween in a to-be-revealed “Old Hollywood” setting.

Period-appropriate libations and hors d’oeuvres are included in the ticket and guests are encouraged to dress in their 1936 Hollywood best.

You don’t want to meet Houdini in flip-flops and a Hang Ten tee.

HOUDINI’S FINAL SEANCE — Fri, Oct 31, 6-8:30pm & 9:30-midnight.  $55 — Exact Hollywood Hills location revealed after ticket sales.  For tix & more info, go HERE.

You are NOT Alone....

You are NOT Alone….

Finally, check out Ms. Go Go’s fave haunts around town; last chance for some shows!

See you on the dark side.

Alone: An Existential Haunting – Elegant.  Chilling.  Psychotic.  Also, thankfully, cocktails.  Wed 10/29 – Sat 11/1

Urban Death ~ Tour of Terror — Intimate labyrinth.  Under-your-skin horror.  Short tour/ long-lasting terror.  Fri, Oct 31 & Sat, Nov 1

Wicked Lit — Literary trilogy of chills.  Cemetery setting.  Backstage option.  Wed, 10/29 – Sat, Nov 8; no shows Mon & Tues.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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You don't really have to crawl...

Get lit.

We may be deep into spook and scare territory but man and woman cannot live by haunted house alone.

Read on for entertaining alternatives to dry ice and rotting flesh.

Well Tread

According to Wiktionary, one definition of “crawl” is “To visit while inebriated.”

This Wednesday, get drunk on words at Lit Crawl LA: NoHo.

Based on San Francisco’s wildly successful LitQuake,  Lit Crawl LA: NoHo offers Angelenos a chance to stroll the streets of the Metro-centric NoHo Arts District and check out dozens of authors, poets, storytellers and writers of all persuasions for FREE.

By the numbers, LitCrawl features 34 events in 30 locations with 3 rounds at 7 p.m, 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.  Settle in at one venue for the entire 45 minute set  or stroll and sample to customize your literary evening.

Arrive by Metro and linger outside the station for al fresco shots from a dozen poetry/spoken word/slam  artists with Avenue 50’s Poesia Para La Gente.

Indulge in a love potion with Mary Fae Smith (“Sex Poet Extraordinaire”) and Alexis Rhone Fancher (How I Lost My Virginity to Michael Cohen & Other Heart Stab Poems) at Two Erotic Poets Walk into a Sex Shop at Romantix Adult Boutique (18+).

At Tongue and Groove’s word brawls at XMA : HQ, get up close and personal with author Lara Marie Schoenhals (White Girl Problems) and actor/poet Jeremy Radin (Slow Dance With Sasquatch) courtesy of global phenomenon Literary Death Match. Local literary bruisers Jeffrey Dorchen and Mike O’Connell face off  via the Write Club.

Drown your sorrows at Po§ch with  Life is Stranger than Fiction  where high-octane Hollywood writers like Annabelle Gurwitch (I See You Made An Effort), Richard Kramer (My So-Called Life), Peter Mehlman (Seinfeld) and Stephen Toblowsky (Groundhog Day) put a comic spin on out-of-control life events.

And that’s just the first hour….

At Lit Crawl LA:NoHo, it’s all big shots…no chaser.

LIT CRAWL LA: NOHOWed, October 22, 7pm – midnight.  FREE; some venues 18+/21+Various locations.  For schedule and more info, go HERE.

Not a giant erector set....

The carnival reimagined.

Welcome to the Future

Game aficionados, science geeks, circus buffs and kids of all ages will want to grab tickets to the STEAM Carnival debuting this Saturday at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles.

An acronym for the carnival’s focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, the two-day tech-stravaganza features a giant game arcade,  a wearable technology fashion show, aerialists and fire breathers, a robot costume contest, “mad science” demos, a laser maze and more.

Also, a beer garden, which  may or may not help you navigate the laser maze.

STEAM Carnival is the brainchild of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based engineering entertainment company that hopes to inspire kids to create their future through STEAM disciplines.

Who knew the future was so fun?

STEAM CARNIVAL Sat, Oct 25 – Sun, Oct 26; @ 11 am – 7pm.  $20 – $80; kids under 6 FREE! — CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, 112 E 22nd St. #10, LA 90731.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Scream for your life at Cinefamily...

Cause of Death: Fright at Cinefamily

A Halloween Movie Quiz

Q. What is The Tingler?

A. A squirmy lobster-shaped monster that feeds on human terror and shivers your timbers….

Q. What is Percepto?

A. One of shlockmeister William  Castle more memorable Fifties gimmicks, it vibrated  theater seats to simulate a Tingler attack…on the butt.

Q, What is the Silent Movie Theater?

A. Home of The Cinefamily and the actual theater used in a major subplot of The Tingler.

NOTE: The Tingler seats may or may not have been changed.

Q. What is “Scream for Your Life“?

A. Allegedly, the only way to survive a Tingler attack.  Getting rid of your naiveté works too.

Q. What is Sunday?

A. The only night the Tingler comes to town.

Warm up those vocal cords now.

THE TINGLERSun, Oct 26 @ 7:30 p.m.  $12The Cinefamily, 611 No Fairfax, LA 90036  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Dance, dance evolution....

Dance, dance evolution….

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

LA Dance Project  – Pieces by Milliepied/Gat/Forsythe!  The gorgeous Theatre at Ace Hotel!  3 nights only!   Fri, Oct 24 – Sun, Oct 26

Halloween and Mourning Tours — 1930’s funeral!  Poison & poisonous deaths!  Raffles!  Sat, Oct 25 & Sun, Oct 26

Festival Supreme — Tenacious D!  Music! “Finest comedy acts on planet Earth”!  Circus of Death!  Sat, Oct 25

American Cinematheque Dusk-to-Dawn Horror-thon –  Seven films at the Aero!  Free food! Coffee & Monster Energy Drinks!  Sat, Oct 25

KCRW MASQUERADE — Halloween costume ball & dance party!  5 ballrooms!  21+   Sat, Oct 25

The Moth Los Angeles GrandSLAM Championship —  “Ignorance is Bliss”!  10 StorySLAM champs compete!  18+   Mon, Oct 27

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Get lit -- Bocci lighting at the WestEdge Design Fair.

Get lit — Bocci lighting at the WestEdge Design Fair.

This weekend, the weekend is on steroids.

This weekend, Thursday is the new Friday.

This weekend, the weekend spilleth over.

Just do it.

Design by the Beach

If the minor drop in temperature is triggering thoughts of dinner parties instead of barbecues, head west, young nester, to the WestEdge Design Fair.

Part trade show for design professionals, part aspirational wish list for design junkies, the four-day fair features 150 exhibitors offering the best in furniture, kitchen and bath design, outdoor furnishings and other products for the home including slinky furnishings (Foundation), jaw-dropping lighting (Bocci’s pendant globes at left), Googie-inspired design (Abel Design Company), smart  phone-programmed coffee from Denmark (Scanomat) and space age bars (Cafe Bellas).

The latter will not only dispense drinks to parched design-istas at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar but can be purchased at the event.

Hint: the bar probably can’t be strapped on top of a Prius.

The design extravaganza kicks off Thursday night with a bash benefiting Heal the Bay.  Friday night cocktails benefit A+D Architecture and Design Museum. (Both require separate tickets).  Design panels (free with entry) include: Design for Hospitality or HomeThe Art of Entertaining in California, and Rock Star Architecture: Creative Design for Recording Artists.

In other words, more cow bells.

WESTEDGE DESIGN FAIRThurs, Oct 16 – Sun, Oct 19; various times. $20 online (includes 1-year digital subscription to Architectural Digest); $25 atd — The Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica 90405.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

All this and maple syrup

The Self-Explanatory Show.

Just Add Maple Syrup

Carbs + cocktails: already a genius concept.

Add underground art, body painting and emerging bands; Tom Kirlin’s breakfast and booze bash emerges hands down as one of L.A.’s best pop-up parties.

Think of it as IHOP with a cash bar and bikini models.

100+ emerging artists will exhibit; bands Animato, Strangers We Know and The Burning of Rome will keep things jumping during the two-night, all-you-can-eat flapjack fest.

Bet you can’t eat just one….

PANCAKES & BOOZE ART SHOWFri, Oct 17 & Sat, Oct 18; 8pm – 2 am.  $5 atd; 21+  LOT 613, 613 Imperial St, DTLA 90021 For more info, go HERE.

The vampire wears yellow.

The vampire wears yellow.

Death Becomes Her

Vampirism — what’s a girl to do?

If you’re Dracula’s Daughter Count Marya, you swan about looking  glamorous, flash (literally) bewitching bling, and bemoan your thirst for blood.

Also, hand out suspicious cocktails.

Elegant, atmospheric and seductive, the 1936 Dracula sequel is the perfect antidote to contemporary shlock-and-aaah! horror.

The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles thinks it’s also the perfect opportunity to examine death through the lens of Art Deco.  A pre-film presentation examines funerary relics and worldwide examples of the sort of mausoleums Count Marya would never be caught dead in.

Your Day of the Dead offerings will be SO chic.

Finally, come early for complimentary cake in honor of the Egyptian Theater’s 92nd birthday,

It’s to die for….

DRACULA’S DAUGHTER/DYING FOR DECOSat, Oct 18, 2pm (1pm for cake).  $7 – $11Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

The sun will shine on your Found L.A. tour.

The sun will shine on your Found L.A. tour.

Walk This Way

When was the last time you visited Pacoima?

How about Hyde Park?  Do you even know where Hyde Park is?

Exactly.

This Sunday, get to know the communities that make up your metropolis with FREE, neighbor-led strolls at Found L.A.   Now in its fourth year, parent non-profit L.A. Commons is organizing strolls around Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Program, which focuses on improving significant, culturally dynamic  corridors around the city.

Check out Jazz and Latin Rhythms along Central Avenue.

Tour murals and learn about the Das Bauhaus Art Colony in Northridge.

End your day at old-world, small-batch Angel City Brewery, which is housed in the  historic John A. Roebling Building and is Downtown L.A.’s only active  brewing company.

Now that’s a Great Street.!

FOUND L.A.Sun, Oct 19; various times/locations —  For more info and to sign up for FREE tours, go HERE.

From Jane Szabo's "Sense of Self" at World Wide Art Los Angeles

From Jane Szabo’s “Sense of Self” at World Wide Art Los Angeles

More Weekend Go Go Fun

Culture Collide – Music!  Food!  Creative Summits!  Thurs, Oct 16 – Sat, Oct 18

LA Femme Film Fest –  Films by women for everyone!  Seminars!  Parties! — Thurs, Oct 16 – Sun, Oct 19

World Wide Art Show – Global art!  Parties!  Benefits Create Now!  — Thurs, Oct 16 – Sun, Oct 19

Pint-sized Beer Fest – Three breweries!  Two sessions!  Benefits Keep A Breast Foundation!  Sun, Oct 19

Vintage Fashion Expo: LA – Clothes!  Jewelry!  Shoes!!!! — Sat, Oct 18 & Sun, Oct 19

Voices of Light –  Passion of Joan of Arc silent film!  Live musical score by Richard Einhorn!  Los Angeles Master Chorale sings!  Sun, Oct 19

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Not boring art....

Plan wisely….

It’s that season: everything is happening every night all the time.

Read on for a fighting chance at the weekend.

Art City

AxS Fest is barely over but the City of Roses isn’t resting on its artful laurels.

This Friday, ArtNight Pasadena continues to push the creative envelope with FREE music, dance, kid-centric events and, of course, art all over town.

Beyond-the-canvas exhibits include the Luminosity color & light extravaganza, featuring Cynthia Minet’s radiant baby elephant and Tatiana Vasquez’s glowing tiger cub of ice at Light Bringer Project @ Day One.

Gallery and guests are canvas for both video and audio projections courtesy of Freewaves’ #QuestiontheProjection, which asks how art can change the world at Side Street Projects.

At Pasadena Museum of Art, Stas Orlovski’s Chimera features animated collage inspired by magical Russia and is accompanied by Steve Roden’s Sound, which utilizes wild hybrid instruments such as a banjolele.

Go Go’ers, it’s not an art night without a banjolele.

ART NIGHT PASADENA Fri, Oct 10, 6 -10 pm. FREE —  Various locations.  For more info, go HERE.

More Fun!  Bring a friend!

More Acts! More Fun! Bring a friend!

Nine Years of Midnights

Greatest hits.  Mini-fest.  Free trinkets.

Expect all of the above and much, much more at the 9th Anniversary Show of Ron Lynch’s Tomorrow!

As always, at midnight at the Steve Allen Theater on Saturday, madman impresario Lynch and his everything-but-the-kitchen-sink show (in a GOOD way!) celebrate their almost-a-decade anniversary with a mini-extravaganza of epic proportions.

In addition to regulars such as Kate Micucci and Eddie Pepitone, the panoply of past guests includes Gabriela Crowe – opera singer, Michael Raynor – manipulator and Tony Sam – character king.

Also, Jenny Lynne – swallower.

With free beer and wine, at least you’ll be relaxed.

RON LYNCH’S TOMORROW: 9TH ANNIVERSARY — Sat, Oct 11, 11:30 pm – 2am.  $15 — Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd, LA 90027; free parking in back!  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Here's how to celebrate fall....

Here’s how to feel fall….

Good Food/Two Days/So Many Ways

The weekend won’t exactly be nippy but pop on your tweed-patterned tee and head to Artisanal L.A. Fall 2014, where you can immerse yourself in all things autumn and pretend there’s a chill in the air.

In addition to shopping 200+ vendors, including delish newbies Stowaway Ginger Beer, Buttermilk, Inc. and QUIN Candy, you can satisfy your urban homesteading jones with demos on Preserving Fall Produce, Making Fermented Sodas and Fall Tablescaping.

Cookbook collectors will want to note that Aida Mollenkamp signs Keys to the Kitchen on Saturday.  Check out Sunday’s double whammy of comfort food authors extraordinaire: Zoe Nathan Loeb signing Huckleberry: Stories, Recipes and Secrets from Our Kitchen and Terri Wahl autographing The Auntie Em’s Cookbook: A Musician’s Guide to Breakfast and Brunch.

And boom…your holiday gift shopping is done.

Finally, since adult libations (thankfully) know no season, you won’t want to miss the Middlebar: Cocktail Demo, How to Make Garden-Fresh Grenadine, and — most exciting — Crafting a Cocktail Garden.

Ms. Go Go is polishing her green thumb as we speak.

ARTISAN LA – FALL 2014Sat, Oct 11 and Sun, Oct 12, 11am – 6pm. $12 online; $15 atdLA Mart ~ The Reef, 1933 S Broadway, LA 90027. For tix and more info, go HERE.

Scariffic!

Scare-iffic!

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

First Annual Highland Park Film Fest – Four days!  21 films!  Locavore film fest! — Thurs 10/9 – Sun 10/12

L.A. Storytelling Fest – Eight days!  20 events!  They give good words! — Thurs 10/9 – Thurs 10/16

Re-Animator: The Musical! — Award-winning!  H.P. Lovecraft-inspired!  Splatter zone! — Fri 10/10 – Sun 11/2

Urban Death Tour of Terror — Scare L.A. fave!  Not for the faint of heart!  Fridays & Saturdays: two nights of fright! — Fri 10/10 – Sat 11/1

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Ooh-la-la L.A. Nicole Kidman's Moulin Rouge costume from Hollywood Costume exhibit

Ooh-la-la L.A.!  Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge from Hollywood Costume.


Welcome to Monster Month.

Want to beat the heat, eat sweets, tour the city, or get ideas on how to wow werewolves of the opposite sex?

The weekend has an event for that.

Ready for their Close-up

Only 30 days left until Halloween!

Ready to retire your Wolf Man costume but stymied for a sequel?

Just in time for inspiration, the final act of Hollywood Costume opens in Los Angeles this Thursday after a run at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A).

Presented by V&A and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the curtain rises on the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Organized by V&A and sponsored by sparkle supplier Swarovski, the Academy welcomes back iconic costumes such as Judy Garland’s ruby slippers fromThe Wizard of Oz and Marilyn Monroe’s white pleated dress from The Seven Year Itch. In addition, the Oscar org will augment the exhibit with new pieces from recent movies including American Hustle, Django Unchained and The Hunger Games.

Presumably, fire fighters will be standing by to manage the Katniss “dress of flames”.

A particularly interesting section of the exhibit, curated by Academy Award®-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis, highlights fertile collaborations between five directors and costume designers including: Alfred Hitchcock and Edith Head; Martin Scorcese and Sandy Powell; Mike Nichols and Ann Roth; and Tim Burton and Colleen Atwood.

If only the latter would advise on your “Edwin Tweezer-hands” costume….

HOLLYWOOD COSTUME —  Thurs, Oct 2 – March 2, 2015; various times. $10 – $20Wilshire May Company Building, 6067 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036.  For more info & tix, go HERE.

American Trash at Earth WE: see amazing art, help the planet

American Trash at Earth WE Gallery: see amazing art, help the planet

Good Art from Bad Rubbish

It’s beautiful.  It’s thought-provoking.  It’s trash.

The latter comment is not a creative critique.

Trash is both the organizing theme of American Trash  as well as the preferred medium in the exhibit opening Saturday at Earth/WE: a  Bergamot Station gallery that champions good causes.

The American Trash subject may sound unpleasant and that’s the point; the 25 artists want to provoke dialogue about plastic garbage in the world’s oceans in order to inspire the public to consume less.

The work itself transcends the “ick” factor, however.  The sculptures, photos, collages and assemblages are literally more than the sum of their parts…and often disorienting in their beauty.

A life-sized camel is constructed of discarded, translucent plastic in colors that evoke a Sahara Desert sunrise.  A pelican assembled from tar-black, plastic junk is both evocative and a stark reminder of the danger posed to marine wildlife from plastic and oil spills.  And the beach-litter-and-shell miniatures by exhibit curator and environmental activist/artist Marina DeBris are a reminder that beachcombers are now more likely to find trash than treasures on the sand.

In addition to raising awareness about single use plastic pollution, the exhibit is a fundraiser for non-profit Green Communications Initiative.

American Trash art: the ultimate green-and-guilt-free purchase.

AMERICAN TRASHSat, Oct 4, 6 -10pm.  FREE; all ages —  Earth/WE Gallery at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica 90404.  For more info, go HERE.

American Pie.

KCRW’s American Pie at the Fowler Museum (Caught in the Moment Photography)

Good Eating

The thrill of victory.

The agony of defeat.

Flaky pie crust.

It may be too late to submit a pie but you’ll still win at the dessert game just by attending KCRW’s 6th Annual Good Food Pie Contest.

Line up early to get a first-come, first served slice of pie at the FREE Sunday event, which moves to UCLA’s Fowler Museum this year. Your chance of getting a taste of the sweet stuff is good; last year’s contest featured 300+ pies in five different categories: Fruit, Nut, Savory, Vegan and Cream/Chiffon/Silk.

Ms. Go Go likes the odds.

Hosted by Good Food‘s doyenne of desserts Evan Kleiman, the event features two new categories this year: comfort fave Cooked Custard  (for your early pumpkin pie fix) and Savory Pies, which is inspired by the Fowler’s Permanent Collection. The long list of illustrious judges includes Pulitzer Prize winning food writer Jonathan Gold (L.A. Times), Christine Moore (Little Flower Candy Company and Cafe) and Zoe Nathanson (Huckleberry).

Bring your pint-sized pie bakers; the Fowler Museum is holding a special kid-centric event. Children can tour the museum galleries, make a kitchen accessory (probably not a knife) and bake a mini-pie.

It’s never too early to train Thanksgiving’s most important contributor.

KCRW’S GOOD FOOD PIE CONTEST —  Sun, Oct 5, 2 pm.  FREE/all ages — The Fowler Museum at UCLA.  For more info, including entrance/parking directions, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Eagle Rock Music Fest — 30 acts!  Six stages!  Still local!  Sat, Oct 4

Vegan Oktoberfest — Vegan craft beer!  Bavarian maidens!  Oompah bands!  Sat, Oct 4

CicLAvia —  Non-motorized transportation!  Heart of LA!   FREE!  — Sun, Oct 5

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Roots music and ocean breezes....

Roots music and ocean breezes….

Go Go’ers, it’s beginning to look a lot like fall….

Kidding.

Endless summer continues….

Wander Yonder

The rest of America may be picking fall apples in their Argyle sweaters but here in L.A. we’re still kicking it at the beach.

Accordingly, the best place to be an envy-inducing Angeleno this weekend is the two-day Way Over Yonder roots festival on the Santa Monica Pier, starting tonight.

Local Natives and the divine Lucinda Williams headline the  TGIF opening night of the West Coast iteration of the famous Newport Folk Fest.  L.A. homegrown fave Jackson Browne anchors the afternoon into evening line-up on Saturday.

Artists will perform full-length sets.  You’ll find acoustic performers inside on the Carousel Stage and geared-up artists on the outdoor Pier Stage.

Wear your straw cowboy hat.

WAY OVER YONDERFri, Sept 26 , 4:30 – 10pm & Sat, Sept 27, 2 –  10pm.  $40.50 – $86Santa Monica Pier, Ocean & Colorado intersection, Santa Monica 90401  For tix and directions, parking & other info, go HERE.

WeHo Reads: NOIR sizzles this Saturday.

WeHo Reads: NOIR sizzles this Saturday.

Shadows in the Sunshine

Sunshine-bleached Los Angeles is the birthplace of Noir: that one-two punch of literature and film where it’s always the dark night of the soul.

This Saturday, don your fedora and head to the mean streets of West Hollywood for WeHo Reads ~ Noir: the FREE  celebration of September as National Literacy Month.

Explore all facets of L.A.’s heart of darkness with a staged reading of Janet Fitch’s The Method, a quartet of hard-boiled poets, and multiple literary panels focusing on LGBT, diversity, history/biography, and women both as writers and characters.

Thrill to “literature as blood sport” with Bootleg Theater’s Write Club.

Their theme?  “I Wake Up Screaming”.

You know the feeling.

In addition to screenings of the ultimate noir classic Detour and the groundbreaking Who Framed Roger Rabbit? — also the debut of animation’s sultriest siren —  enjoy noir-era jazz and a Raymond Chandler-inspired chalk mural and get a  photo of yourself in your best mid-century threads.

Your pint-size P.I. can make an I.D. badge and “shield wallet” with Art 2 Go and enjoy  theater from Rogue Artist’s Ensemble….

…where the dark side presumably has lighter shades of grey.

WEHO READS: NOIRSat, Sept 27, 2 – 9pm.  All ages; FREEWest Hollywood Library & Park, 625 No San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood 90069.  For schedule and more info, go HERE.

30 years of good eats & great community.

30 years of good eats & great community.

Eat. Meet. Greet.

The self-described “coolest block in America” is throwing itself a 30th birthday bash and everyone’s invited.

You’ll want to wear your stretchy shorts to Sunday’s Abbot Kinney Festival.  In addition to a shrimp boil, enjoy prepared artisanal eats from Superba Food + Bread and Willie Jane among dozens of other vendors.   Of course, there will be a plethora of gourmet food trucks on hand including Kogi BBQ, Border Grill and Cousins Maine Lobster.

Your stomach is growling already.

The festival is free but you’ll want to consider getting a $35 Fast Pass for quick(er) drinking at the three biergartens; not only do you not wait in line, your first drink is included.

That means more time to check out the five entertainment stages featuring DJ’s, bands, kid friendly acts and spoken word dynamos like Brendan Constantine and Mike “the Poet” Sonksen.

Bring your wallet; renowned Venice artists Ed Moses, Laddie John Dill and Tom Everhart have each created a for-sale commemorative poster for the event. The fest organizers also promise “300 quality vendors”.

In other words, no macrame’d wall hangings….

ABBOT KINNEY FESTIVALSun, Sept 28, 10am – 6pm.  All ages/FREE.  Fast Pass $35Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice 90294.  For more info, go HERE.

Check out the restored "Of Stars and Men" by animators John & Faith Hubley at Cinefamily

Check out the restored “Of Stars and Men” by animators John & Faith Hubley at Cinefamily

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

The Hubley Family: A Celebration – Mid-century animation!  Oscar-winning John & Faith Hubley!  Restored print of Of Stars And Men!  Fri, Sept 26 & Sat, Sept 27

4th Annual Taste of Mexico Festival —  Farmer’s Market Picnic!  Dinner & Agave Night!  25 restos/unlimited tastings!  Sat, Sept 27

dublab 15th anniversary celebration — Live music! DJ sets!  Art!  Film! FREE before 6pm!  Sat, Sept 27

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Beyond the scissors: Paper Cutting Workshop at the Gamble House (Photo courtesy of Machine Project)

Beyond the scissors: Paper Cutting Workshop at the Gamble House (Photo courtesy of Machine Project)

So about this weekend….

You don’t need any sleep, do you?

AxS of Fun

If you think Pasadena is limited to roses, football, and parades accompanied by a New Year’s Day hangover, the 6th Annual AxS Festival 2014 | Curiosity will change your perception of the ‘Dena.

The grande old dame of the San Gabriel Valley is ready for her close-up as a nexus of art and science with three weekends of wildly innovative programming starting Friday with the Machine Project’s Guide to the Gamble House.

Group naps, poets in the closet, birds in the hall, roofs on the lawn, and psychic readings of the Greene + Greene masterpiece are just a few of the site specific surprises in store.

But wait, there’s more….

Guide to the Gamble House is just one of many, must-attend AxS (pronounced “axis”) events.  Grab going-fast tix to additional, all-over-town art installations, musical events, hands-on workshops (like Saturday’s Paper-Cutting Workshop at the Gamble House), kid-friendly projects and more: every single one with a boggle-the-mind, arts-meets-science bent.

Just think of it as the City of Roses and Quarks….

AxS FESTIVALFri, Sept 19 – Sun, 10/5  — Various times/locations/fees.  For info & tix, go HERE.

It's not your mama's Phantom....

More blood than blood-red roses….

Techno Phantom

Go Go’ers, it’s not your mama’s Phantom….

Give away your collection of white masks and long-stemmed red roses — you know who you are — and get ready for Vox Lumiere’s Phantom of the Opera: a steampunk’d reimagining of the Parisian Gothic romance.

Think of this as the fishnets and garters Phantom….

In the multimedia mash-up, which has only eight performances through the end of December, composer/songwriter/producer Kevin Saunders Hayes syncs the song-and-dance-and-techno spectacle to the classic silent film starring Lon Chaney.

The result is an immersive theatrical experience complete with options such as a Photo Op that puts you in the show.

Ms. Go Go is ready for her close-up, Opera-Ghost….

VOX LUMIERE ~ THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERAFri, Sept 19  – Sat, Dec 13th @ 8 pm.  $40/$50/$75; 12+Los Angeles Theater Center – Theater 1, 514 Spring St, DTLA 90013.  For more info & tix, go HERE.

Music with the Mastodons at Tarfest

Miracle mile music at Tarfest

Music with Mastodons

Good news, Go Go’ers!

Saturday’s weather will be in the usual L.A.-summer-in-September range rather than the Hell On Earth heat of the past week.

In other words, it’s music fest weather!

Now in its 12th year, Tarfest brings a FREE mix of music, art, and archaeology to the Miracle Mile this Saturday.  A co-production of KCSN and Launch LA, the all-ages fest features musical performances from Hunter Hunted, The Moth & The Flame, DWNTWN, Tapioca and the Flea, and the Dead Ships.

In addition to good sounds, there will be live painting, a poetry store, and an art exhibition; a Lagunitas biergarten and Little Bar Wine Bar will augment your already excellent taste at the art auction.

Bring a picnic or nosh at food trucks, which will be on hand to keep you and your loved ones full.

You don’t want to look like that skinny little elephant at the edge of the tar pits.

TARFESTSat, Sept 20; 1 – 8 p.m.  FREE; all agesLa Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036.  For more info, go HERE.

Documentary road show!

Documentary road show!

Doc Pop-Up!

The Ambulante Film Festival ~ California might have been started by a couple of famous friends but it’s far from a celeb vanity project.

Launched in Mexico in 2005 by  Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Pablo Cruz and Elena Fortes, the non-profit Ambulante aims to be a tool for social and cultural transformation by bringing documentaries and training programs into alternative spaces.

The roving, community-driven, pop-up documentary fest starts Sunday and runs through Saturday, October 4.  Twenty-two non-fiction films from Mexico, Spain, Egypt and the U.S. will screen for FREE in thirteen spaces including Leimert Park, Watts, Boyle Heights, Skid Row, the LA River, MacArthur Park and Pershing Square.

Most of the films are contemporary, such as fest opener Bronx Obama, about Puerto Rican Obama impersonator Louis Ortiz. The one exception is a rare screening of Kent Mackenzie’s 1961 documentary The Exiles, which follows a group of young Native Americans transplanted from their Southwest reservation to Downtown Los Angeles.  In addition to a stark and poignant personal chronicle of uprooted lives, the film offers a rare, mid-century glimpse of the now-lost neighborhood of Bunker Hill.

Go Go’ers, go doc’ ’til you drop.

AMBULANTE FILM FESTIVAL ~ CALIFORNIASun, Sept 21 – Sat, Oct 4; various times/locations — FREE.  For more info, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

L.A. Beer Week — 6th year!  20+ breweries!  Seven days!

Sunset Strip Music Festival –  Bands!  Parties!  Oysters!  through Sept 21

L.A. Feline Film Fest – Cat videos!  Cat lovers!  Lil Bub!  Sept 21

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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