Bard party at Theatricum Botanicum!

Bard party at Theatricum Botanicum!

William Shakespeare turns 450 this year !

The “official” birthday date is in April but no one really knows the date so you can celebrate the Bard  with impunity this weekend at a free b-day bash.

For full Bardolatry immersion, check out  Ms. Go Go’s weekend cheat sheet to Shakespeare  around town .

Happy “Belated” Birthday, Bill!

Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Party at Theatricum Botanicum –  Join William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth (or reasonable facsimiles) plus jugglers, wandering musicians and madrigal singers for complimentary birthday cake and beverages in  a gorgeous Topanga Canyon setting.  Shakespeare on the Road will be presenting the venerable troupe with a special plaque.

The party is FREE but you’ll want to buy tix for the afternoon performance of All’s Well That Ends Well (at 4:00 p.m.) and to see Ellen Geer in the titular role of the gender-flipped Lear (8:00 p.m.)

SHAKESPEARE’S 450th BIRTHDAY PARTY — Sat, July 26  FREE party @ 1:30.  Plays at 4pm & 8pm: $15 – $37Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga 90290 (midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway)  310.455.3723.   More info & tix HERE.

Free Shakespeare Festival  in Griffith Park — The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival kicks off tonight with imaginative productions of Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew by the Independent Shakespeare Company whose mission is to make Shakespeare’s plays accessible for a modern audience.

Get to the park early for pre-show performances by Invertigo Dance Company on Saturday and Sunday.

TWELFTH NIGHT & THE TAMING OF THE SHREWFri, July 26 – Aug 31. Pre-show @6:30pm; Plays @ 7pm.  FREEThe  Old Zoo, Griffith Park.   For driving directions go HERE.    For a complete schedule, go HERE.

MIDSUMMER@ZJU_Postcard4EmailMidsummer Night’s Dream at ZJU Theater — Director Denise Devin has a deft touch with Shakespeare and the award-winning ZJU Theater Group always puts on a great show with innovative costumes in their intimate black-box theater.

It’s not summer without Midsummer Night’s Dream…so go.

MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Fridays @ 8:30pm through  August 15. $15 Reservations: 818.202.4120.  For  more info & tix go HERE.

Shakespeare by the Sea’s Hamlet- Want some brine with your Bard?  Head to Hesse Park in  Rancho Palos Verdes on Sunday for Shakespeare by the Sea’s FREE performance of Hamlet.

You’ll get shivers from the play, the views from Catalina Island to Malibu,  and the marine layer so bring a wrap as well as your picnic!

HAMLETSun, July 27 @ 7pm.  FREE  — Hesse Park, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275. For more Shakespeare by the Sea dates/locations, go HERE.

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Speak what you want...just dance!

Speak what you want…just dance!

June July gloom is over.

Your Slip ‘n Slide is primed.

Your Portable Instant Cocktail Refresher?  Patent pending.

Time to get this summer started….

Fun with ESL

It’s not summer without an outdoor music concert and Eastside Luv wine bar y QueSo, one of Ms. Go Go’s fave Gold Line-adjacent venues, is throwing a great one this Friday:  English as a Second Language.

You won’t need a textbook to translate.

Yes, music is the universal language (duh) but your hips and feet will do the real talking with producer Guillermo Uribe‘s triple bill of Trio Ellas (Lady Gaga), the Villalobos Brothers (Carnegie Hall), and hometown faves The Blue Agave.

But wait, it gets better.

How, how, HOW could it get better, you say, especially since you can bring beer, wine and your fave al fresco fare to the Ford Amphitheatre?

Special guests La Marisoul and Pepe Carlos of the Grammy Award-winning La Santa Cecilia, that’s how!

Yes, it’s true!

Go Go’ers, just say si  to fun.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGEFri, July 25 @ 8pm. $16 – $40Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd East, Hollywood 90068.  For tix & info, go HERE.

Where to wear your fairy wings....

Light it up, Los Angeles!

Midsummer Night’s Gleam

Is your idea of summer is sultry music, scantily dressed performers,  and crazy headresses?

If so, you’ll love the Lucent Dossier Experience‘s Light of the World Tour, which will be spreading the love and promoting their upcoming Light of the World album at Club Nokia.

Fresh off headlining the Gobi stage at Coachella, the high-energy, high-fashion, avant-garde performance troupe of aerielists, acrobats, and contortionists teams up with The Human Experience: the passion project of live electronic composer/multi-instrumentalist/producer David Block with featured singer Haley Reinhart.

Are you experienced?  You will be after Saturday night’s eastern-inspired show.

DJ Nico Luminous makes it even more of a party with his signature “Glitch-a-Delic Soul Whomp”.

And Go Go’ers,  if you’re going to have a signature soul whomp….

LUCENT DOSSIER EXPERIENCE “LIGHT OF THE WORLD” – Sat, July 26  @ 8pm.  $25; all ages Club Nokia at L.A. Live, 800 W Olympic Blvd, A335 DTLA 90015.  For more info and tix, go HERE.

Tiki Ti One On

If you’re mai tai curious — and really, who isn’t — you’ll want to head over to Hollywood this Sunday for  Don the Beachcomber & the Origins of the American Tiki Bar.

“If you can’t get to Paradise, I’ll bring it to you.”

Bali High!

Tiki pop  tart! (Courtesy of Taschen Books)

So said Donn Beach, former bootlegger, inveterate wanderer, and  raffish father of tiki culture via his iconic bar and restaurant Don the Beachcomber.

Donn’s original palace of accessible exotic opened  on McCadden Place, right across the street from the Egyptian Theater where Sven Kirsten,  contemporary pundit of  Polynesian-inspired pop culture, will sign his newest book Tiki Pop.  Kirsten will also give an illustrated presentation about Beach who is credited with creating over 80 (mostly) rum based drinks.

Clearly, Donn was a giant among men who deserves his own national holiday.

One of Beach’s legendary concoctions — the Zombie — was allegedly so strong, guests were limited to two a night. Guests 21 and over will have a chance to taste the devastating rum drink before a screening of Enchanted Island: a Technicolor adaptation of Herman Melville’s novel Typee.

Movie tag line: “He dared to love a cannibal princess.”

Cocktail tag line: One Zombie and so will you.

DON THE BEACHCOMBER & THE ORIGINS OF THE AMERICAN TIKI BAR; ENCHANTED ISLANDSun, July 27 @ 4pm; movie @ 5:30. $7 – $11 Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028.  For more info & tix, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

NOW FestivalNew Original Works!  Theater/Dance/Music/Multimedia!  First  of three weekends!  Thurs, July 24 – August 9

MPK Night Market — Food!  Beer & wine garden!  Farmer’s market!  Art Walk! — Fri, July 25

International Pop Overthrow –  12 shows/10 days!  25-180 bands!  “Speed Dating” for Rock ‘n Rollers!  Fri, July 25 – August 3

Tongue & Groove Literary Variety Show — Short stories!  Poets!  Personal Essays!  Spoken Word!  Music!  Sun, July 27

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Overtone Industries ICELAND at NOW Fest - REDCAT

Overtone Industries ICELAND at NOW Fest – REDCAT

Buy the ticket, take the ride....at WritLargePress.om

Buy the ticket, take the ride….at WritLargePress.com

This weekend is not for the timid.

Freak shows.  Gonzo birthdays.

Root beer.

Go Go’ers, dive right in.

Hunter S. Thompson said “‘Crazy’ is a term of art…” and it’s one of many good reasons why you’ll want to celebrate  Hunter S. Thompson’s Birthday Bash: part of the  literary pop-up launched by  Writ Large Press/Downtown Literary Alchemy Laboratory.

Not that you need a reason to go Gonzo.

Bring your best Dr. Thompson/Raoul Duke stories — or don’t — to a FREE night of storytelling, poetry, memories, mayhem and a slide show inspired by/of/for HST featuring ten tale tellers who aren’t afraid to go to the Edge.

You’d expect nothing less from a #booksandbooze series.

Fittingly, the celebration of the libation-loving author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is #21 in DT-LAB’s #90for90 — 90 events in 90 days — which is now in its third and final home at Tara Thomas’s gorgeous Traxx Bar in the iconic Union Station.

Go Go’ers, “Buy the ticket, take the ride.”

HUNTER S. THOMPSON BIRTHDAY BASH -Fri, July 18, 8-11pm.  FREE Traxx Bar & Restaurant at Union Station, 800 N Alameda St. DTLA 90012.  213.625.1999.  For more Writ Large Press/DTLAB info, go HERE.

Come for the freak show, stay for the party.

Come for the freak show, stay for the party.

Get Your Freak On

Clearly, the troublemakers at Freak Show Double Feature have a lot of time on their hands; how else to explain the excess of  frolicsome horror and hell-raising fun at  the Egyptian Theater this Saturday night?

Go Go’ers, you’ll want to mainline the Monster Energy drinks pre-bash.

The extravaganza begins with a double feature of horror flicks: Nosferatu, featuring the skinniest vampire ever to scare on the screen, and Tod Browning’s infamous Freaks, which was banned for years and is now a cult classic thanks to side-show performers like Koo-Koo the Bird Girl.

Speaking of feathers….

Get inspired for a costume contest with prizes and get excited about the winning film of the Short Horror Film Contest, screened courtesy of the Four Hour Film Festival.  The dark and slinky Cirque Berzerk will haunt your dreams with a half-dozen talents.  MC Crimebo the Clown is more likely to give you nightmares.

Luckily, there will be drinks.

FREAK SHOW DOUBLE FEATURESat, July 19, 7pm – 1 am. $22.75 GA & $45 VIP; 21+Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028.  For tickets & info, go HERE.

Root tootie at Galco's Soda Pop Stop.

Root tootie fun at Galco’s Soda Pop Stop.

One Stop Pop Shop

Galco’s Soda Pop Stop is the Little Engine That Could of beverages.

In the former Italian grocery store owned by his parents, soda pop aficionado and “Freedom of Choice” champion John F. Nese stocks 500+ classic, small batch, exotic and hard-to-find sodas from small businesses around the globe.

Bet you can’t drink just one.

This Sunday, Galco’s 4th annual fundraiser for Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition offers a new twist on flavor and fizz fun with The Great Root Beer Taste-Off.  Decide once and for all if you’re a fan of root beer, birch beer and/or sarsaparilla; the Great Root Beer Taste-Off will have 75 flavors to sample and compare.

Go Go’ers, it’s summer.  You got this.

And if you’re a glutton for funishment, come early and, while you still have a clear palate, check out Galco’s revolutionary Soda Creation Station; Nese claims the 80 different flavors add up to a million combinations.

Approximately a million….

THE GREAT ROOT BEER TASTE-OFF — Sun, July 20, 5-8pm. $5 & $12  — Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, 5702 York Blvd, LA (Highland Park) 90042.  For tix & more info, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

CRAWLING DOWN CAHUENGA – Tom Waits haunts!  Sewers of Paris!  A bus! — July 19

COUNTRY IN THE CITY — Series kick-off!  Hear Gregg Allman/Sturgill Simpson/KCRW DJ Anne Litt!  See Country: Portraits of An American Sound! July 19 & 26 and August 2

TAIKO NATION — Two days!  Three performances!  World’s top Taiko performers!  July 19 & 20

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Twilight concerts return to  Santa Monica Pier!

Twilight Concert Series returns to Santa Monica Pier!

Go Go’ers, do your out-of-town visitors expect  a stereotypical Lalaland of spray tans, freeway parking lots and tours of celebrity homes?

Share these fab events at City of Angels landmarks and the haters will be singing “We love L.A.” by Monday.

Good job, hometown hero.

Twilight: Cults But No Vampires

Few L.A. stars could spend so much time at the beach and look so good but the Santa Monica Pier is still damn handsome at 100 years-plus.

And everyone looks good at sunset, including you.

Come for the glow, stay for the music at the Twilight Concerts at the Pier.  Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the FREE Thursday night series kicks off this week with indie pop duo Cults, local art pop quintet James Supercave, and KCRW DJ Marion Hodges.

You can picnic on the shore or sip and nibble on the pier; drinkers in-the-know head to the 21+ Concert Garden for adult bevs and a killer view.

Not that there’s a bad view at the beach at twilight….

TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES AT THE PIERThurs, July 10, 7-10pm.  FREE/all agesSanta Monica Pier, Ocean & Colorado, Santa Monica 90407  For more info on parking, food and future concert schedule, etc. go HERE.

phantasmagorical

Phantasmagorical botanicals

Night Walker

First Fridays at the Natural History Museum are swell during the school year but come warm weather, we’d rather stop and smell the roses.

Literally.  In the Rose Garden at the Natural History Museum.

Starting this week, you can meander to your heart’s content on selected T.G.I.F.’s during Summer Nights in the Garden. The evening soirees (FREE but RSVP‘s required) feature garden tours, botanically inspired cocktails, and family friendly science projects and performances.

Go Go’ers, there’s nothing like sipping an adult libation while watching butterfly stilt walkers…

Yearning for a summer school experience?  At limited-size, unique-to-the-date workshops, you can learn to pickle cucumbers, pot succulents and build birdhouses.

Go Go’ers, you can always use a birdhouse.

This Friday at the Willow Hut, don’t miss sonic artist Mileece Petre’s  lush, layered soundscape created from recordings of monkeys in Ecuador, crickets from France, birds from Costa Rica, icebergs in Canada, and mud in Norway.

Noisy mud in Norway…who knew?

SUMMER NIGHTS IN THE GARDENFri, July 11, 5 – 9pm (also July 25 & August 1, 15 & 29). FREE/all agesNatural History Museum,  900 Exposition Blvd, LA 90007.  For more info & to RSVP go HERE.

You say rebel, I say artisan, let's call the whole thing off.

You say rebel, I say artisan, let’s call the whole thing off.

Rebel Swell

Once upon a time (i.e. the 1990’s), in the Bordeaux region of France, small batch wine producers were derisively called “garagistes” (as in stomping grapes in the garage) by traditional vintners.

Snobby French winemakers…quelle surprise.

Cut to contemporary Cali, where (not a surprise) the DIY movement has jumpstarted a movement of artisanal winemakers who produce a modest 1500 or less cases of wine a year in garages and other non-traditional venues.

Lucky for Angelenos, over 40 of the aforementioned renegades will be pouring 100+ limited edition vinos at Urban Exposure, the first Garagiste Festival to showcase rebel vintners in Los Angeles.

And while the wines may be mavericked in garages, they will be poured in the gorgeous Grand Ticket Concourse of the historic Union Station.

Want some cheese with that wine?

Wood & Vine will provide fromage, bread and charcuterie nibbles to complement the tastings.  For a splurge, order from the elegant bar menu at Union Station’s iconic Traxx Bar.  If comfort food’s your goal, the Grilled Cheese Truck will  be on hand with their trademark, ooey-gooey, melty goodness; word is GCT will also create  signature sammies just for Urban Experience.

Go Go’ers, it’s good be a rebel.

GARAGISTE FESTIVAL PRESENTS “URBAN EXPERIENCE”Sat, July 12, 1-5pm. $80 – $65; strictly 21+ (not even infants!)Union Station Ticket Concourse, 800 N Alameda, DTLA 90012.  For tix & info, go HERE.

Chef Vartan Abgaryan of Cliff's Edge will be serving Crispy Pork ‪#‎Ribs‬ with Honey and Fish Sauce Glaze at the Food GPS Rib Fest. (Photo by Sergio Gomez)

Chef Vartan Abgaryan of Cliff’s Edge will be serving Crispy Pork ‪Ribs‬ with Honey and Fish Sauce Glaze at the Food GPS Rib Fest. (Photo by Sergio Gomez)

Rib-bit

Didn’t get your fill of star-spangled ‘que on the 4th of July?

You’re in luck: a dozen, firecracker-hot, L.A. chefs will be slinging meat ‘n bone delish in all its varied glory at the 1st Annual Food GPS Rib Fest this Sunday in Chinatown’s historic Central Plaza.

If the smell doesn’t guide you, just look for the statue of Bruce Lee.  Seriously.

The inaugural celebration of carnivorous delights not only gets you a dozen dishes and sides from top chefs like Chad Colby of Chi SPACCA,  Freddy Vargas of Scarpetta, and Bryant Ng of the recently shuttered Spice Table, but innovative desserts from Cake Monkey Bakery, Sugarbloom Bakery (Sharon Wang), and Salt & Straw.

Freckled Woodblock Chocolate, y’all!

In addition to cocktails created especially for the Rib Fest by Jason Bran and Damian Windsor, you can hydrate while bone-gnawing with craft beer from El Segundo Brewing Company and Strand Brewing Company as well as non-alcoholic options.

A portion of the event’s proceeds benefit the Pablove Foundation so you can feel good (or at least better) about adding another belt notch or two post Fest.

Just don’t look at Bruce Lee’s abs.

FOOD GPS RIB FEST Sun, July 13, 3- 7pm.  $65 – $90 — Chinatown, 943 N Broadway, DTLA, 90012.  For more info & tix, go HERE.

Pretty in Pasadena!

Pretty in Pasadena!

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Chinatown Summer Nights — Music!  Food trucks & beer garden!   A monkey!  July 12

Summerland Movie Club at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland — Art!  Movies!  Treats!  July 12

Colorado Street Bridge Party — Music!  Food & drink!  Historic preservation!  July 12

We Have a Hammock!  — Comedy!  Secret backyard show!   A hammock!  July 12

Trapeze — A Midsummer Night’s Swing — Electroswing!  Burlesque!  Speakeasy rave!  July 12

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Go ahead...make my 4th....

Go ahead…make my 4th….

It’s the 4th of July…let’s blow up the weekend!

Good Times at Grand Park

Fireworks are the best.  Parking for fireworks?   Not so much.

If you’d rather watch your  cherry bombs bursting in air  from a blanket on a lawn instead of a car in a gridlocked parking lot, take the Metro to DTLA for the 2nd Annual Grand Park 4th of July Block Party.

Make that blocks….

GP_4TH-OF-JULY-2014_600X300Three times larger than last year and presumably at LEAST three  times more fun, the FREE  Pyrotechnic-palooza  promises the largest rooftop fireworks  display in downtown Los Angeles.

So…BOOM!

Starting at 4:00 p.m., enjoy music on three stages including the family friendly Soulnic as well as indie faves Echosmith, Phantogram and Semi Precious Weapons on the ALT 98.7-programmed ALTimate Main Stage.

The park opens at 1:00 p.m. for grazing on the grass. (Check HERE for verboten items. Hint: don’t bring your Bobby Flay set-up.)   In addition to the usual clutch of food trucks, your valid Metro TAP card gets you deals at block party-adjacent eateries like Border Grill, which is offering picnic boxes for up to six people and FREE shuttle service to the bash.

Think of it as the Freedom from Sore Feet bus.

GRAND PARK 4TH OF JULY BLOCK PARTY — Fri, July 4. 1 – 9:30 p.m. FREEGrand Park, 200 N Grand Ave, DTLA 90012  For more info, go HERE.

Monkey around with Mike!

Worth every penny….

We Like Mike

Mike Kelley is not only one of the most influential artists of our time, he is a uniquely American artist whose provocative, playfully subversive work is deeply rooted in Los Angeles, where he lived and worked for 30+ years until his death in 2012.

Kelley, whose oeuvre spans multiple mediums, is being celebrated in a museum-wide exhibition through July 28 at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA with an auxiliary show at MOCA Grand Avenue.

Starting this weekend, you can trip through Kelley’s psyche work  for FREE on Saturday nights in July.  In addition to weekly tours, DJs and food trucks, as well as a closing party on July 26, exhibition curator Bennett Simpson will talk about the show’s unique L.A. connections and Kelley’s band mates from “Extended Organ” will perform on July 19.

Come monkey around with Mike…you know you want to.

FREE JULY NIGHTS AT MIKE KELLEYSaturdays, July 5, July 12, July 19 & July 26. 6 – 10pm.  FREEGeffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N Central Ave, DTL 90012  More info HERE

Foot-tappin' Americana

Toe-tappin’ at the Grand Ole Echo

Americana the Beautiful

It’s always the right time for roots music but an Americana party mix seems especially appropriate for the nation’s three-day b-day bash.

And Go Go’ers, no one dishes up down home like FREE/all ages Sunday staple the Grand Ole Echo.

Anchoring GOE drinking and dancing for the finale of your FREEdom Weekend is songwriting super duo Cashew & Cleary  who will debut  their new EP Husbands Vol. 1 on Sunday.  Helping with the Main Stage hoot and holler are roots-rockers Patrolled by Radar while Rose’s Pawn Shop brings you Appalachian music filtered through L.A.

Out on the Back Porch, it’s BBQ, Two Boots pizza and country — the good kind! — with Creekwood and Eli Locke.

Happy birthday, America.

GRAND OLE ECHOSat, July 6, 3 – 8pm.  FREE/all agesThe Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd, LA (Echo Park)  90026.  More info HERE.

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Just what you need for the  4th of July'1

Just what you need for the 4th of July.

 

10th Annual Tiki Night at the Egyptian!

10th Annual Tiki Night at the Egyptian! (Photo courtesy of  Plastic Paradise)

Go Go’ers, did you think you were going to relax this weekend?

Think again.

Here’s your cheat sheet for fun….

Friday Night Flights at the Getty — Ooga Booga curates!  Music/performance/dance!  FREE! June 27

Tacolandia — 40+ taco vendors!  Tequila tasting!  Entertainment!  June 28

5th Annual Street Food Festival — 100+ vendors!  Caroline on Crack curated cocktails!  Ice Cream Social! — June 28

L.A. Underground Market – Food vendors!  Arcade games!  $10 entry!  RSVP asap for secret location!  June 28

10th Annual Tiki Night PartyPlastic Paradise tiki documentary!  Tiki drinks!  Hawaiian box lunch!  Music & dancing!  June 28

TwentyWonderful

TwentyWonderful

5th Annual Twenty Wonder Carnival — Art!  Science!  Music!  Comedy!  Roller Derby!  June 28

Day of Ancestors: Festival of Masks —  Music! Food!  Giant puppets!  June 29

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Fly like a chicken....

Fly like a chicken…REGPDATE!!!!!  

URGENT UPDATE!!!!   DTLAB #90for90, #booksandbooze is moving to:

FIGARO, 618 S. Broadway Ave (btwn 6th & 7th Sts), DTLA 90014

Different venue.   Same schedule of events. 

Go Go’ers, now that it’s officially summer, all hell has broken loose fun-wise.

Fasten your seat belts….

It’s gonna be a bumpin’ ride.

Why Did the Chicken Cross the (Eagle) Rock?

Clearly, to get to the other side-splitting shows at the Eagle Rock Comedy Crawl.

Now in its fourth year, the FREE, three-day, Tuesday through Thursday crawl lets you mix and match laughs with  22 shows featuring 170 comedians like Amber Tozer (#nitTWITs).

Catch the stand-up bug at one of the three open mics?

Bonus #1:   Fest producer and multi-threat creative talent Bobbie Oliver  helps you scratch your comedy itch with  FREE  Stand-Up (by Oliver) and Improv (by John Fontaine) Workshops on Saturday at her Tao of Comedy Studio in WeHo.

Hungry for more?

Bonus #2:  Oliver, a proud resident of Eagle Rock (a.k.a. Northeast L.A.’s “Mayberry”), has booked many of the fest’s shows at fave neighborhood eateries like Dave’s Chillin’ & Grillin’, Brownstone Pizzeria and The Capri.

Go Go’ers, prepare to exercise your jawbone and your funny bone.

EAGLE ROCK COMEDY CRAWLTues, June 24 – Thurs, June 26 & Sat, June 28; FREEVarious times & locations; for more info, go HERE.

DTLAB Pop-up's #90for90 launch at Kitchen Table (Photo courtesy of Writ Large Press.)

DTLAB Pop-up’s #90for90 launch at Kitchen Table (Photo courtesy of Writ Large Press.)

90 Days of #BooksandBooze

DTLAB is the acronym for “Downtown Literary Alchemy Laboratory” and “literary alchemy” pretty much sums up the feat that Writ Large Press will be pulling off  with DTLAB at Kitchen Table.

Starting Friday, Writ Large principals Chiwan Choi, Judeth Oden Choi and Peter Woods — you know them from the Grand Park Bookfest – launch the pop-up #90for90: 90 literary events in 90 days.

Already…whoa.

The second relevant hashtag?  #boozeandbooks.

So in addition to thoughtfully curated lit fest staples such as readings, panel discussions, film screenings and more, you can expect quirkier events such as Game of Thrones…of Boggles and Whiskey Writing Wednesdays led by multi-disciplinary artist Traci Akemi Kato-Kiriyama.

So, the perfect time to channel Dylan “18 Whiskeys in a Row” Thomas.

There’s also the Drunken Masters series.  Categories so far include mystery, comedy, and “TV Writing in the Modern Age” and writers — that can mean you — sign up to read new works-in-progress  and get “feedback” from professional writers who “may or may not be drunk.”

TV Writing in the Modern Age indeed.

Naturally, #booksandbooze will be integral to Publish!: the central event of the #90for90 Grand Opening Launch.

Here’s how it works: a microphone connected to a laptop running speech-to-text software will be set up next to the full bar downstairs at Figaro (updated.)

All drink orders, idle chitchat, drunken ramblings, and cringe-worthy pick-up lines uttered within range of the microphone will be translated into a joint document and continuously projected upstairs.

There, literary alchemists like you will make  liquor disappear while riffing on the stream-of-consciousness projection, which Writ Large Press will subsequently publish.

Think of it as Ulysses for the new millennium.

DTLAB @ KITCHEN TABLEGrand Opening ~ Fri, June 27, 5pm – midnight — (updated) Figaro, 618 S. Broadway Ave, (Between 6th & 7th Streets), DTLA 90014 (updated).   For the full #90for90 calendar of events, go HERE.

Artists' Books and Cookies at Ooga Booga.

Artists’ Books and Cookies at Ooga Booga.

Art Book, Meet Cookie….

Despite the much ballyhooed death of print media, nary a month goes by without a book fest.

Few are as tempting for bibliophiles, art lovers and sweet toothers alike as the Artists’ Books and Cookies series, now in its third iteration.

The event is a collaborative effort between Mexico City-based Fundacíon Alumnos47, the always innovative and frequently food-centric ForYourArt,  and punk-inspired art/book/music boutique Ooga Booga, which will host at their second location aptly named Twooga Booga.

In other words, the fun starts immediately.

The back story: artists and publishers were invited to submit books that incorporated unusual techniques and/or rare materials; some of the submissions will be acquired by Fundación Alumnos47 for their public collection of artist’s books in Mexico City.

The two-day exhibition includes conversations about the independent art publishing scene organized by the presenters in collaboration with Art Book Review.

Cookies will once again be supplied by SQIRL, the bceloved ulinary mini-empire started by preserves queen Jessica Koslow.

Sweet.

ARTISTS’ BOOKS AND COOKIESSat, June 28 & Sun, June 29; 11am – 6pm.  FREEOoga Twooga, 356 S Mission Rd, LA 90033

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