Nguyễn Nguyên, Maria Gillespie in "Bloom" at New Original Works Festival (Photo By Jessica Kaminsky)

Nguyễn Nguyên, Maria Gillespie in “Bloom” at New Original Works Festival (Photo By Jessica Kaminsky)

Go Go’ers, there’s a whole lotta culture going on this weekend.

Also laughs.

Also bacon.

A balanced life is everything.

Art Incubator

If thought-provoking themes, innovative technique and deconstruction of pop star personae are your cultural cup of tea, you’ll want to clear the calendar for the next three weekends.

Starting Thursday, REDCAT launches the New Original Works Festivalnine nights of Los Angeles dance, theater, music and multimedia performing artists.  Each week, there’s a different, eclectic program of three works — all new and original for NOW Fest.

What happens when one astrophysicist, two choreographers and the Shanghai Ballet come together?

Find out tonight when Week 1 kicks off with Bloom: a multi-media exploration of home and dislocation from co-choreographers Nguyễn Nguyên and Maria Gillespie with astrophysicist/video artist Fabio Altenbach.

You figure an astrophysicist would know a thing our two about dislocation.

Week 1’s additional  works — all three are performed every night this Thursday through Saturday — include In|Expiration: a percussive dance piece exploring issues of personal justice  and the repercussions of race-fueled violence.  Crying is a four-song suite that explores a multi-faceted pop personae via music, song and movement.

And that’s just the first week.

Bet you can’t see just one.

NEW ORIGINAL WORKS FESTIVAL — Thurs, July 30 – Sat, Aug 1st @ 8:30 pm; NOW fest through 8/15.  $14 – 20; $40 Fest pass —  REDCAT, 631 W 2nd St, LA 90012.   For tix and more info go HERE.

Bacon everything.  Plus beer. (Photos courtesy Big Bite Bacon Fest)

Bacon. Plus beer. (Photos courtesy Big Bite Bacon Fest)

Bacon, Bacon Everywhere

Temperatures (and humidity) will be creeping higher this weekend.

Time to head to the beach.

Long Beach, that is.

There you’ll not only find (hopefully) cooling breezes but (definitely) cooling craft beer.

Plus bacon and lots of it at the Big Bite Bacon Fest.

Board the Queen Mary for the two-day bacon-alia, which features bacon appetizers, bacon desserts and bacon-everything-in-between cooked up by dozens of pork-savvy SoCal chefs.  In addition to food, the Fest features entertainment and lawn games; your ticket also gives you access to “the Queen” for a self-guided tour.

The Fest, which has sold out in the past, has Bacon-Only and Bacon + Beer Sampling options.  Both are available for General Admission and VIP.

This weekend, you either love bacon…or you’re wrong.

BIG BITE BACON FEST — Sat, Aug 1: 11am/noon – 3pm &  6/7 – 10pm.  Sun, Aug 2: noon/1pm – 4pm.   $40 -$80/all agesQueen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach 90802.  Tix and more info HERE.

Lucky 13,

Lucky 13,

Lucky Yucks

If you’re a fan of Bill Hader and Vince Vaughn, check out where they and other comic actors sharpened their chops at ioWest’s 13th Annual Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival.

Dozens of celebrity performers, including Andy Richter (Conan) and Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), appear in more than 200 improv, sketch, stand-up and podcast performances across three stages.

The Improve Olympics may be hoping for a  “lucky 13″ boost as they try for the “Guinness Book of World Record for Longest Continuous Improv Show”.  Starting Sunday,  the 7 DAY IMPROV SHOW will run continuously, day and night, for 150 hours based on a single suggestion.

Ms. Go Go is exhausted just thinking about it.

Looking for less of a comedy commitment?  Sunday night highlights include Bad Movie Night, an improv reenactment of the best worst movies of the 80’s & 90’s.  Also on Sunday, Another Time with Cacky in which Craig Cackowski and Paul F. Tompkins will try to recreate the magic of  My First Time With Cacky: their still-talked-about improvised show at the 2012 Festival.

You’ll want to be there if they do.

13TH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES IMPROV COMEDY FESTIVAL —  Sun, Aug 2 – Sat, Aug 8; $5 – $10/ $25 workshopsioWest (Improv Olympic), 6366 Hollywood Blvd, LA  90028.    Tix and more info, HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

No Friday night hatchet jobs....

No hatchet jobs here….

Yes, the weather is crazy.

Yes, summer’s half over.

And yes, you can relax….

This weekend, there’s plenty of/so much free fun in the City of Angels.

Start a Story/Hear a Story

Friday: Part 1

The emergence of Union Station as a creative as well as transportation hub continues this weekend with Metro Art Presents: PUBLISH! Your Journey.

In collaboration with the always innovative Writ Large Press,  typewriters will be set up at the Information Kiosk.  Travelers will be invited to write anything from a sentence to a story, a limerick to a haiku on the theme of “journey” using the writing prompt “Where did you begin?”

Know where you began but not how to begin?

Not to worry: amazing L.A. storytellers (Jen Hofer, Wendy C Ortiz, F Douglas Brown, Arturo Romo-Santillano, Ashaki Jackson, Carribean Fragoza, Mike Sonksen, and Traci Kato-Kiriyama) will be standing by to help your thoughts travel from your head to the paper.  Journeys will later be pinned to a map and published online for a visual representation of Angelenos’ journeys.

No need to check baggage….

Oh the Places You've Been

Oh the Places You’ve Been

PUBLISH! YOUR JOURNEY — Fri, July 24, 4-6pm.  FREE/all agesInformation Kiosk ~ LA Union Station, 800 N Alameda Ave, DTLA 90012.  More info HERE.

Friday, Part 2

Grab dinner DTLA then meander over to the Last Bookstore for The Last Book Review.  Co-creators, producers, hosts, and performers Caitlin Bergh and Ever Mainard’s bi-monthly soiree features a group of creatives with diverse and always entertaining literary, comic and musical talents.

This Friday’s lineup features: Liana Maeby (South on Highland/recent winner – Literary Death Match), Rachel Mac (Bitchface Comedy), Dibs Baer (I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain), Kristen Studdard (Seems Legit), Karen Kilgariff (Mr. Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show) and the Diana DeMuth Band.

All that and twisty book tunnels.

It’s a win/win/win start to the weekend.

THE LAST BOOK REVIEW —  Fri, July 24, 8-9:30 pm.  FREE — The Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St (entrance on 5th St), DTLA.  More info HERE.

11th Annual Tiki Night at the Egyptian!

11th Annual Tiki Night at the Egyptian!

Your South Sea Adventure Awaits

Tiki may be having a retro moment in the sun but American Cinematheque‘s dress up, drink and screen Tiki Night has been bringing cinematic tropical breezes to the mean streets of Hollywood for over a decade.

Sarong gone missing?

Stock up on grass skirts and Panama hats at the Tiki Marketplace, starting at noon.  The pre-screening soiree includes an authors’ talk, Hawaiian beer, and Tiki-themed cocktails, music and dance performances, and fashion show.

Hello, hibiscus flower bras.

A screening of the Orson Welles-narrated South Sea Adventure — a color-drenched travelogue designed to showcase Cinerama’s widescreen process — caps the evening.

You’ll be swaying for days.

11TH ANNUAL TIKI NIGHT – Sat, July 25, marketplace at noon; soiree at 5pm; screening at 7:30.  $9 – $13Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028.  Tix and more info HERE.

Picture yourself here!  Installation by Chrystal McConnell at 2015 LA Juried Exhibtion

Picture yourself here! Installation by Chrystal McConnell at 2015 LA Juried Exhibtion

Art Park

Cool party chatter factoid: the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) is the last remaining municipal art gallery in the country.

Yay L.A.!

This Sunday, ascend Olive Hill at Barnsdall Park to check out the 2015 LA Juried Exhibition at LAMAG.  Jurors Peter Frank, Fatemeh Burnes and Tomas Benitez have selected 120 works of over 80 emerging Southern California-based artists across mediums including video art, sculpture, photography, printmaking, painting and digital arts.

Also in the biennial exhibition are four installations, including “Play Hard or Go Home”: a room-filling library by Chrystal McConnell (see right) that acts as an interactive self-portrait installation.

Selfie yourself smart here, yo.

Get to the park early for Walk Right In: self-guided tours of the recently-restored  Hollyhock House: Frank Lloyd Wright’s first project in Los Angeles.

Then, head to LAMAG for the Juried Exhibition’s open-to-the-public’s opening reception from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. with awards announced at 3:00 p.m.

You’ll want to say you knew them when….

2015 LA JURIED EXHIBITION — Sun, July 26, 2-5pm; opening reception.  Exhibition through September 20, 2015. FREE — Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, LA 90027.  More info Exhibition and Walk Right In.

Iconic shot from Chrisitan Marclay's FREE 24 hour "The Clock" at  LACMA.

Iconic shot from Chrisitan Marclay’s FREE 24 hour “The Clock” at LACMA.

More Weekend Go Go Fun….

TarFest 2015 Launch Party — Silent auction cocktail party!  Music!  FREE!  Fri 7/24

Christian Marclay’s The Clock — 24 hour marathon movie! 1000’s of clock movie clips!  Milk + Cookies open until 2am then reopens at 7am!  FREE!  Sat 7/25

Tongue and Groove — Short fiction!  Personal essays!  Poetry!  Spoken word! Music.  Sun 7/26

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….


Friday!  Geo  Wyeth at Step and Repeat (Courtesy of MOCA; original photo by Nica Ross)

Friday! Geo Wyeth at Step and Repeat (Courtesy of MOCA; original photo by Nica Ross).

You’ve been training hard to rule the summer season.

Test your chops with this weekend of fun.

Step and Repeat

The Museum of Contemporary Art always throws the hippest parties.

So it’s a given you’ll want to hustle down to DTLA for MOCA’s Step and Repeat: a three-day extravaganza of cutting edge music, performance art, comedy, and poetry from L.A.’s various vibrant art scenes.

The bash, which kicks off on Friday, also includes sets from cutting-edge DJs and special installations in The MOCA Store where the party goes down.

They bring the beats; you bring the bop, shop and drop.

Performers include Geo Wyeth’s multi-hyphenate dazzle (Friday), Baron Vaughn’s sharp-eyed comedy (Saturday), the mercurial words of award-winning poet Nathaniel Mackey, and always funny, ever-trenchant performance artist Kristina Wong (a.k.a. the wannabe Mrs. Jeremy Lin).

Bask in the buzz of creativity.

STEP AND REPEAT — Fri, July 17 & Sat, July 18 from 6-11pm and Sun, July 19 from 6-10pm.  $12; $30 w/e pass; moca members FREEMuseum of Contemporary Art,  152 N Central Ave, DTLA 90012.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Jazz, noir and beatniks at Cinefamily.

A “shock and shame story”!

Beatnik and Repeat

Cinefamily‘s newest series Pulp My Daisy: Jazz, Noir & Beatniks has everything you could want for a summer afternoon. Sordid behavior.  Violent women.  Bleak and uncertain outcomes.

Also, no need for sunscreen.

Saturday’s offering The Naked Kiss has all of the above plus “pleasure for sale” and “trouble for free” with Constance Towers as a bald-headed hooker trying to go straight while beating up virtually everyone in sight.

Good times.

Future offerings in the series include Tony Curtis as an amoral PR hack (Sweet Smell of Success), a young Warren Beatty as a comic on the run from the mob (Mickey One) and Allen Baron as a hit man trying to become “human” (Blast of Silence).

Pass the jujubes.

PULP MY DAISY: JAZZ, NOIR AND BEATNIKS ~ THE NAKED KISS — Sat, July 18; 2pm. $12 (Other films in Saturday afternoon series at various times.)Cinefamily, 611 N Fairfax, LA 90036.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Sip and repeat at Galco's.

World class sipping at Galco’s.

Sip and Repeat

World class sipping awaits you this Sunday when Galco’s Soda Pop Stop holds its 5th annual Summer Soda Tasting.

Titled Around the World in 80 Sips, the event features an international collection of sodas brewed in countries as diverse as Brazil, Jamaica, Germany, Australia and more.

Galco’s proprietor John Nese seeks out small-batch, often hard-to-find brands that still use recipes featuring cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.  In addition to traditional colas, ginger beers and sarsaparillas, discover new-to-you flavors like cucumber, coconut and rose petals.

Stop and smell the rose petal soda pop.

Boyle Heights faves Ollin headline the musical portion of the all ages evening: a benefit for Friends of the Southwest Museum.

This Sunday, sip good, do good.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 SIPS — Sun, July 19;  5-8pm.  $5/kids (5-11), $12/adults; also sold at Galco’s — cash/check only.  $15/day of the event — Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, 5702 York Blvd, LA 90042.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Danger Dog Diesel the Boston Terrier helps raise money for Nepal.

“Danger Dog” Diesel the Boston Terrier wants YOU to help raise money for Nepal.

More Weekend Go Go Fun! 

ZJU presents Campfire — “Love, mystery, terror, abduction”!  A flickering campfire!  No fire hazard!  Sat 7/18

Danger Dogs from Nepal presents Hope For Nepal — Silent auction! Music by The Cerny Brothers and Manohar Gurung! Benefits Nepalese earthquake victims!  Sun 7/19 

LA, GROW — Benefits Root Down L.A.!  Cocktails, beer, appetizers & vegan feast! Triple Chicken Foot performs!  Sun 7/19

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Here are your summer Thursday nights.

Here are your summer Thursday nights.

The quintessential summer weekend approaches.

Go forth and love L.A.


How to ensure an instant L.A. crush?

Take out-of-towners to the summer Twilight Concerts at the Santa Monica Pier.

Prince compadre Morris Day + The Time and Dâm Funk kick off the 2015 season in style tonight. The FREE all ages concert series continues through September 10th.

Bring a picnic or check out the Santa Monica Pier website for food options. The site also has an event map and parking tips including reserved parking! (Just shrug off out-of-towners’ “only in L.A.” eye roll. What do they know?!)

No need to check on the ambiance, however.

Everyone looks good with a sunset glow and a moon tan.

TWILIGHT CONCERTS AT THE SANTA MONICA PIER— Thursdays, July 9 – Sept 10; 7-10pm. FREE/all agesSanta Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica 90401. For directions and more info, go HERE.

Botanical cocktails at Summer Nights in the Garden!  (Photo courtesy of Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Botanical cocktails at Summer Nights in the Garden! (Photo courtesy of Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Garden Party

The First Fridays season may be over but the Natural History Museum still wants to be your TGIF destination.  Making its seasonal debut this Friday: Summer Nights in the Garden.

Already you’re feeling more summery.

DJ Francesca Hardy and Deebs & Jarrell Perry provide the summer night soundtrack  for a FREE (but RSVP HERE) evening of botanical tours, toy theater presentations and food trucks.

Not to mention…botanically-inspired drinks. Oh, yeah.

For each Friday night fête, Paradise Bar mixologists will create a signature drink inspired by the evening’s activities  and using ingredients  picked fresh from NHM’s Edible Garden: think ginger and lemon verbena.  Yum.

The aforementioned activities include FREE (but timed ticket required) hands-on workshops: pickling with food writer Emily Han, nature screen printing with Self-Help Graphics and building Bee Hotels with NHM Entomologists.

Also, “Smoke Fly Sampling” with NHM Citizen Scientists.

Smoke Fly Sampling….  Yes.  It’s a thing.

SUMMER NIGHTS IN THE GARDEN — Fridays, July 10 & 24 and August 7 & 21; 5-9pm.  FREE; rsvp HERENatural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd, LA 90007.  For more info and to RSVP, go HERE.

Go!  Go!  Go!

Go! Go! Go!

It’s #StretchyPants Time!

It’s the biggest, funnest, nom nom-iest food fest of the summer.

This Saturday, the PRESALE ONLY 6th Annual L.A. Street Food Fest hits the Rose Bowl for five, fantastic hours of food, drink, fun, special treats and free parking. .

The 100+ street food vendors include hot gourmet food trucks, old school carts and stands, celebrity chefs, and street inspired dishes from LA’s best restaurants.  Middle Feast, champions of last year’s Food Network Great Food Truck Race, makes a special guest truck appearance.

Lounging on the Rose Bowl field encouraged….

Returning cool-down options include the Iced Coffee + Donut Zone and the Ice Cream Social; check out exclusive Salt & Straw flavors including Green Corn Tamales and Mole Rojo Flan made with Guelaguetza mole!

Start stomach training now.

Adult libations — you know you want some — include a tequila tent, six craft beer gardens, wine, crafted cocktails, Ludlow Cocktail Co‘s jelly shots,   Guelaguetza’s Michi Mobil micheladas and special cocktails at the Loteria and Tacoteca booths.  Corazon y Miel and Matthew Biancaniello helm the VIP Lounge bars.

Obviously, you’ll want to limber up your drinking arm as well.

Additional fun options include craft food product event Artisanal LA, comedy, music, photo booths, family friendly activities and collectible swag (#tacobod!)

Also, ice sculptures.  You can never have enough….

6TH ANNUAL STREET FOOD FEST — Sat, July 11, 3-8pm VIP – $90/5-8pm GAThe Rose Bowl, Pasadena 91105.  For PRESALE ONLY tix and more info, including directions and parking, go HERE.

Comedy & tragedy in a van....

Comedy & tragedy behind the wheel….

More Weekend (and Beyond) Go Go Fun!

Hamlet-mobile — 8 Shakespeare-inspired mini-plays!  Performed in a van for 1-2 people!  FREE!  Fri 7/10, Sat 7/11 & Fri 7/17

The Garagiste Festival — 200 Wine Choices!  Undiscovered, under-recognized artisanal “garagiste” vintners!  Go VIP for rare wines!  Sat, 7/11

Summer Dine L.A. Restaurant Week — 14 days of delish deals! Restaurants countywide! Dine.Snap.Win. for a $50 resto gift card.  Mon 7/13 – Sun 7/26

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….


Allemande in the Canyon.

Allemande in the Canyon.

Maybe you’d planned to spend the long weekend catching up on Saved by the Bell.

Just in case, here are some other options….

Because Freedom.

Independence Do Si Do

If watermelon seed spitting  and swinging your partner are tops on your patriotic day check list, head to Topanga Canyon for Theatricum Botanicum‘s Family Barn Dance.

In addition to BBQ, a pie eating contest, live music, a cake walk, horseshoes and other sportin’ games, including the aforementioned watermelon seed spitting contest, you’ll get two chances to strut your stuff  with Master Caller Evo Blustein and finish in time for fireworks or the neighborhood sparkler display.

Watch out for pint-sized pyros….

FAMILY BARN DANCE — Sat, July 4, 11am – 5pm. $8 – $17.76/all agesWill Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga 90290.  For tix and info, go HERE.

Beer.  Cornhole.  Beer.

Beer. Cornhole. America.

Drink Freedom

Does July 4th = patriotic beer drinking in your holiday playbook?

If yes, head to Angel City Brewery for ‘Merica Fest: a FREE-to-enter, twelve-hour celebration of the music , food and freedom-loving suds that makes our country great.

About that beer: everyone’s fave DTLA beer spot will offer specialty cellared beer flights at the flight bar.

Listen to the likes of The Vignes Rooftop Revival and the The Get Down Boys while nom-ing  comfort faves from Burnt To A Crisp Texas Smokehouse, Dogtown dogs and Steel City Sandwich plus modern classics like blow-torched sammies-on-steroids from Fill R Up Gastro Garage.  Si Paletas popsicles and Peddler’s Creamery ice cream provide extra cool-factor.

More free and freedom-loving fun: get to Angel City early with your cornhole team; the first ten to sign up make it into the 1:00 pm tournament.  Use the nearby Metro, show your TAP card to get a free, picnic-friendly Angel City gift.

And if every holiday = America-loving beer drinking in your playbook?

Party on, patriot.

‘MERICA FEST — Sat, July 4th, noon – midnight.  FREE to enter — Angel City Brewery, 216 S Alameda, DTLA 90012  For more info, go HERE.

Jazzy July 4th

Jazzy July 4th

Newport Jazz.  Eric Jonrosh. ‘Nuff Said.

More interested in American culture than Americana?

Cinefamily is celebrating the former — from the sublime to the ridiculous — with their FREE July 4th Jazz on a Summer’s Day BBQ.

The highbrow cultural riff of the day is Jazz on a Summer’s Day: fashion photographer/director Bert Stern’s concert film/cinematic collage, shot in 35mm Kodachrome, of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.

Jazz greats of the day include Anita O’Day, Thelonious Monk, Mahalia Jackson, Louis Armstrong, Chuck Berry, Sonny Stitt, Chico Hamilton and Dinah Washington plus various be-bopping audience members, neighbors and jazz enthusiasts in the vicinity.

Oh, to have been a fly on that stage.

For lowbrow culture at its funniest, brace yourself for a sneak preview of Eric Jonrosh’s (Will Ferrell) overwrought, pulp-noir Spoils Before Dying, about a jazz pianist-turned-gumshoe (Michael Kenneth Williams, Boardwalk Empire).  Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Haley Joel Osmont top a cast loaded with past and present SNL’ers plus other people funny on July 4th and at other times.

BBQ, beer and live jazz on the patio round out the evening and remind you that it’s summer.  Best of all, it’s FREE with RSVP although RSVP doesn’t guarantee entry.

Plan your life accordingly.

JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S DAY BBQ — Sat, July 4 at 3pm.  FREE with RSVP Cinefamily, The Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N Fairfax Ave, LA, 90036. For more info, go HERE.

Fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl (photo courtesy Hollywood Bowl)

Fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl (photo courtesy Hollywood Bowl)

More Weekend Go Go Fun — Fireworks Edition!

Hollywood Bowl July 4th Fireworks Spectacular —  Three nights!  Smokey Robinson!  L.A. Philharmonic!  Fireworks!  7/2, 3 & 4 @ 7:30

Americafest by Honda at Rose Bowl Stadium — Fireworks!  Food!  Motorcycle stunts!  Liverpool Legends: the Ultimate Beatles Experience!  7/4 from 2-10pm

Grand Park 4th of July Block Party — Civic center skyline fireworks!  Bring/buy food!  Water filling stations! FREE entry! —  7/4 from 3-9pm

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….



All alone in the light....

Presumably, the above represents your psyche when ALONE….

What?  Last weekend in June already?

Yep, and it’s a doozy.

Put on your fun floaties and jump right in.

All Alone in the Light

Halloween is four months away: so far and yet so near if you start the nails-along-the-nerves psychological build-up now.

That’s just what the creators of the uber-unsettling art project/scare house ALONE: An Existential Haunting are doing with their newest venture: ALONE: Unweave the Rainbow – “Real – World Experiments in Human Emotion”

So, if you were hoping to unweave the rainbow with others, forget about it.

Starting Thursday, you can participate in Index of Diffusion: the first of four, intimate, fully immersive site specific experiences.  Using the theme of light to shape the arc of this strictly solo journey through the psyche, you’ll progress, if you dare (and have the time and the cash), through Index of Diffraction (August), Index of Reflection (September) and Index of Absorption (October).

Just in case you were unclear, “absorption of light” means darkness.

Yes, just in time for Halloween….

Full disclosure/warning from the folks at ALONE: “Your body may be aggressively touched and moved or tenderly embraced or be utterly left displaced and alone.”

In other words, just like your last “What the hell?!” relationship….

Tickets for Index of Diffusion are already selling out so you’ll want to jump on this rainbow express ASAP.

Bon voyage…and good luck with the inner demons.

ALONE: INDEX OF DIFFUSION — Thurs June 26, Fri June 27 & Sat June 28; various times.  $20 online/$25 atd if available.  Tickets to all four indices; $100 — Undisclosed location in Hollywood TBA.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

They have a the backyard laughs.

They have a hammock: Brad Pitt not included….

They Have Laughs

Tired of pricey comedy clubs with mandatory minimums of two crappy drinks?

Head to We Have a Hammock: Josh di Donato’s semi-secret house party comedy show playing in a backyard near you.

If you live near the 90042, that is.

Started in 2012, producer di Donato, curator of comedy shows at the Mint and a stand-up performer all over town, gathers like-minded friends for a show that’s part stand-up, part party, all fun.

Simon Gibson hosts the stellar line-up for Saturday night’s 2015 Season Premiere, which includes: Chris Fairbanks, Rylee Newton, Melissa Villasenor, Paige Weldon, Brent Weinbach, Matt Storrs, Ricky Carmona, Brent Sullivan and di Donato himself.

It’s the second-most fun you can have on a folding chair.

WE HAVE A HAMMOCK — Sat, June 27; 9pm sharp! — Join We Have a Hammock FB group for secret location and other info.

Molotov cocktails of art

How bartenders create art…

Molotov Cocktails of Creativity

You always suspected it….

Those talented purveyors of your favorite tipples?

Renaissance men and women.

On Sunday, soak up cocktails and creativity at the 4th annual Art Beyond the Glass (ABTG IV) where everything from libations to art to music will be created, curated or performed by L.A.’s top bartenders.

Past ABTG events have featured boozy cotton candy and comely bartender Anna Knudsen (Sassafrass Saloon) jumping out of a cake.

Just so you have the crucial deets….

Anchored by Chinatown’s iconic and atmospheric General Lee’s Bar, where award-winning bartender Christopher Day helms the drink program, Art Beyond the Glass  IV will spill into the adjacent Central Plaza with the iconic Seven Star Cavern Wishing Well as the backdrop to the entertainers.

Bring change for the latter; you’ll want an edge in the silent auction and raffle….

In addition to benefiting from drink-slingers doing their delicious thing, ABTG IV admission gives you the opportunity to buy raffle tickets and bid on silent auction items, including artwork, photography, rare spirits and more.  That’s in addition to the entertainment, bar bites and art exhibit where you’ll have the opportunity to purchase bartender-created art.

Co-founded by Zahra Bates (Courvoisier National Brand Ambassador) and Daniel Djang (founder/editor of Thirsty in LA), all Art Beyond the Glass events benefit local cultural nonprofit organizations; this year, all proceeds will go to KCRW’s Capital Campaign to build a Media Center.

Ms. Go Go knows you’re happy to bend an arm for the cause….

ART BEYOND THE GLASS — Sun, June 28; 3-7pm.  $60/21+General Lee’s, 475 Gin Ling Way, DTLA 90012. For tix and more info, go HERE.

Miwa Matreyek - Myth and Infrastructure at Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall

Miwa Matreyek – Myth and Infrastructure at Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Miwa Matreyek: Myth & Infrastructure — Live multi-media performance work! Two shows at Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall! Premiered at TED Global 2010!   FREE!  Fri 6/26

Chinatown Summer Nights — Music/food/demos!  Don’t touch the monkey!  FREE!  Sat 6/27

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….  


This is where you kick off the first weekend of summer...

You.  Here.  Friday.

Hey there, summer weather.

You’re just in time for the official start of the season.

Also, Father’s Day.

Good thing the following events fit the bill for all three.

Summer Kick Off.  For Free.

Fountains.  Skyscrapers.  Night skies.  You.

Also, music.  Also, free.

Mix all of the above and you have the aptly named Grand Performances.

This quintessential L.A. experience lasts through August but opening weekend is the perfect way to kick off the season. Grab a blanket, a bottle and a picnic and add your Pops, your BFFs or your best girl/guy. For optimum seating, Metro down to the gorgeous California Plaza up to two hours before shows of which there are two this weekend.

If you missed Gaslamp Killer Experience at Coachella (oh, those rent-check-equivalent tix), check out the L.A. based DJ/producer ‘s signature dubstep, world music, left-field hip-hop and psychedelic sounds — accompanied by a 10-piece band — on Friday.

On Saturday, Wattstax Revisited celebrates the 50th anniversary of the events that inspired the  historic 1973 documentary featuring the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Richard Pryor and Stax Records  artists including Isaac Hayes.  Come Downtown and “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”.

And that’s just opening weekend….

Yep, it’s summertime and the livin’ is easy.

GRAND PERFORMANCES — Fri, 6/19 & Sat, 6/20. Both shows: 8-10:30 pm  FREECalifornia Plaza,  350 S Grand Ave, DTLA 90071  For schedule & more info, go HERE.

L.A. Beer in June.

L.A. Beer Week…now in June in a neighborhood near you.

99+ Bottles of Beer on the Wall….

Go Go’ers, L.A. Beer Week is — thank heavens! — a wee bit guilty of false advertising.  The so-glad-it’s-now-in-June celebration of hops is not seven days but eight.

Yes, starting Saturday and all around town, you can celebrate beer eight days a week.

The suds fest sloshes to a start at its new home in Exposition Park with the LA Brewers Kickoff: the perfect, last-minute Father’s Day gift for slacker offspring.  The expected-to-sell-out afternoon event features 75+ breweries pouring 200 beers, food trucks, music and educational panel discussions.

Is there anything better than learning about drinking while drinking?

If you’re a traditionalist who wants to party/dine with dear old Dad on the actual day, you have plenty of options from L.A. Beer Week Hangover Brunch at Far Bar, a bike-in optional Brunchalicious with Ladyface Ale, Dan Mattern and Roxana Jullapat at the L.A. River adjacent Elysian, Clash of the Burger Titans featuring Oinkster and Grill ‘Em All at Eagle Rock Public House or Angel City Brewery’s  Father’s Day Food Truck & Music Fest.  Or click HERE to find out how to score a FREE $40 ticket to Beerbowl at Roy Choi’s A-Frame.

Tell the Old Man you inherited your financial acumen from him.

So much better than socks.

LA BEER WEEK 2015 — Sat, June 20 – Sun, June 28: various times/locations/prices —  For more info, including the complete schedule, go HERE.

Chalk it up!  (Detail of mural by Karlos Aguilar; photo by Robert Jensen)

Chalk it up! (Detail of mural by Karlos Aguilar; photo by Robert Jensen)

Don’t Step on the Cracks Sidewalk

Let’s face it: all your dad really wants is some hang time with you.

For an urban stroll with something extra, head to Rose City this weekend for the Pasadena Chalk Festival.

Giving new meaning to the phrase “street art”, the FREE, all-day, two-day chalk-stravaganza features an Animation Alley and a Chalk of Fame (murals highlighting film and T.V.)

There’s also Kids Chalkland where your budding Banksy can create a Father’s Day card and get his/her face painted…

…presumably not with chalk.

You’ll also want to check out the Silent Auction and Art Gallery where you can view and bid on the artists’ original works on canvas: an uber-sneaky way to get Dad exactly the present he wants.

That chalked-up portrait of a monkey will look great in the man-cave….

PASADENA CHALK FESTIVAL — Sat, June 20 & Sun, June 21. Chalk fest 10am – 7pm; music starts at 8am.  FREEPaseo Colorado, 300 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena 91101 (btwn Marengo Blvd & Los Robles on Colorado Blvd.)  For more info, including parking, go HERE and HERE.

See the show, see the movie!

See the show, see the movie!

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

La Nuit en Rosé Los Angeles — 40 rosé wines and champagnes with walk-around light buffet!   Rosé Wine Pairing Dinner presented by Wine Enthusiast!  Killer views at the exclusive Mondrian Skybar!  Sat 6/20 & Sun 6/21

Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance — Luxury automobiles!  “Highways to Heaven” ft. USA’s Route 66, Italy’s Autostrade and Germany’s Autobahn!  FREE!  Sun, 6/21

Trainwreck Comedy Tour!  Amy Schumer & Friends!  One night only!  Benefit!  Sun, 6/21

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….




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