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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"War Paint for Trees" from MODERN RUIN by Jeff Frost at Kickstarter Film Fest 2014

“War Paint for Trees” from CIRCLE OF ABSTRACT RITUAL  by Jeff Frost at Kickstarter Film Fest 2014

The weekend has plenty of sultry summer stroll but make no mistake….

The fall-stravaganza of fun starts now!

Ready for Its Close-up

How many times have you donated a dollar or twenty to a Kickstarter project?

How many times have you seen the finished project?

Exactly.

This Friday, get vicarious bang for your buck at the Kickstarter Film Fest, which unlike your Aunt Shirley’s neighbor’s kid’s project is FREE.

Keeping the summer vibe intact, the curated slate of movies, which is presented in association with Eat/See/Hear, screens at the Autry Museum’s “event lawn”.

See teasers from popular indie OBVIOUS CHILD, Sundance award-winning documentary RICH HILL,  and campy time traveling KUNG FURY, as well as an animated music video of a Future Islands song, and excerpts of films including CIRCLE OF ABSTRACT RITUAL from artist/viral phenom Jeff Frost.

In addition to TGIF mob movie love, you’ll be able to eat Kickstarter-funded food like Max City BBQ  and frozen Nitro Pop popcorn, and check out Kickstarter funded projects like Carpool de Ville: a hot tub in a vintage Cadillac.

Which gives new meaning to the phrase “hot rod”….

KICKSTARTER FILM FESTFri, Sept 12, 6-11 pm.  FREEAutry at Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, LA 90027.  More info HERE.

Frogtown Art Walk

Frogtown Art Walk

Art Yes. Frogs No.

Saturday will be a scorcher, which makes it a perfect evening for a languid stroll along the river at the Frogtown Art Walk.

Because Elysian Valley/Frogtown?

A river really does run through it..

The L.A. River will actually be a focus of the 9th annual FREE art/music/performance fest.  In addition to multiple open studios of must-see artists, attend Play the L.A. River, which is like a living Monopoly game with fun instead of “Go to Jail” cards.

Marcelle Gravel will debut: River of Wings, an installation of kinetic birds, along the river.   Also in the winged theme: beloved Americana/roots band I See Hawks in L.A. performs on one of the Fest’s six stages just steps from the river’s muddy-bottomed Glendale Narrows.

Worried you won’t be able  to see it all?

Opera del Espacio and Padua Playwrights will stage site-specific performances throughout the fest.  Riverside pedi-cabs are available to transport  weary  walkers to the Anonymous Renegade dance party, instant poetry production from the Poetry Society, and  walk-in dining at the elusive supper club elysian.

Note: you’ll actually have to walk in for the walk-in dining….

FROGTOWN ART WALKSat, Sept 13, 4-10 pm.  FREE Elysian Valley (near downtown Los Angeles/Dodger Stadium) along Blake Avenue, CA 90039. Parking, schedules and more information at www.frogtownarts.com.

You won't be able to see all of the fork until you JOIN Secret Fork.

You won’t be able to see all of the fork until you JOIN Secret Fork.

SECRET FORK…AND KNIFE…AND SPOON

It’s an irresistible mix; combine the exclusivity of a secret club with “early discoverer” bragging rights and the thrill of the culinary hunt, which taps into our deepest hunter/gatherer selves.

No wonder clandestine cuisine is all the rage!

This Sunday, check out a new edible adventure with The Secret Fork: a members-only, pop-up marketplace.  You have to join to get the location and other deets — perhaps download a secret handshake? —  but rumor has it this week’s fork fest takes place in the foothills of leafy Altadena.

Go Go’ers, that info is on a need-to-know basis.

In addition to sips and nibbles from food crafters, urban farmers, artisanal vendors and chefs, Sunday’s Secret Fork features the appropriately named Tongue & Groove hosted by Tammy Abell and Conrad Romo.  The fantastic, long-running “literary variety show with music” will be performing in a stone amphitheater on the property.

That is Top Secret information and tickets are limited.

You know what to do….

THE SECRET FORK Su!n, Sept 14; noon – 6pm.  $9 —  Secret location in Altadena; for more info and to join, go HERE.

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ROCK OUT! with Wayne Kramer & Friends on behalf of Jail Guitar Doors USA at Ford Theaters.

ROCK OUT! with Wayne Kramer & Friends on behalf of Jail Guitar Doors USA at Ford Theaters.

Poised between summer chillaxin’ and Halloween bacchanalia, September is the calendar equivalent of Wednesday Hump Day.

But based on this weekend, September is acting like a baller.

Go Go’ers, TGIF S(eptember)

Jailhouse Rock

It’s not unheard of that a musician is jailed for drug charges but it’s unusual when an incarceration launches a charity.

In 1975, Detroit MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer’s two-year stint at Lexington Federal Penitentiary inspired The Clash song Jail Guitar Doors.

Decades later, British musician/activist Billy Bragg borrowed the title for a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing musical instruments into prisons to help rehabilitate prisoners.

Two years later, Kramer founded Jail Guitar Doors USA.

Friday night at Ford Theaters, Kramer and friends Tom Morello, Jackson Browne, White Fence, Ben Harper & Ellen Harper, Jill Sobule, program grad Franc Foster and MC Dana Gould ROCK OUT! for Jail Guitar Doors USA.  Their mission — to implement correctional reform and reduce recidivism.

Your mission?  Rock out to help JGD USA rock on….

ROCK OUT! FOR JAIL GUITAR DOORSFri, Sept 5 @ 8:30 pm.  $35 GA/$150 VIP (includes premium reserved seating & catered pre-show reception with artists)Ford Theaters,2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood 90068. For more info & tix, go HERE.

Go underground for the goodies at L.A. Underground Market.

Go underground for the goodies at L.A. Underground Market.

Underground Eats

Going into withdrawal after end o’ summer food fests?

Fear not…LA Underground Market has your back when it comes to gourmet grub.

A clandestine club for “adventurous foodies”, the market allows you to sample, then buy gustatory goods (most dishes $2-$5 — CASH ONLY) from private caterers, chefs and restauranteurs who are poised to transition from the private sector to public adoration.

In other words, LA Underground Market gives you the opportunity to try the Next Big Thing in nom nom before the food mags dub it the “Next Big Thing”.

Bragging rights are so satisfying.

Join the club  (mandatory) ASAP for free.  The secret (but near DTLA) location, as well as the password, the final list of vendors, and a link for $5 discount entry tickets will be emailed to you by midnight on Friday; tickets will be $10 at the door.

Enjoy Crack in the Shell, who have opened for the Gin Blossoms and others, while sampling goodies such as Drunken Cake Pops whose creators Sara and Zoila “didn’t want to be known as alcoholics, so…became entrepreneurs.”

In other words…gals after Ms. Go Go’s heart.

LA UNDERGROUND MARKETSat, Sept 6 – 9 pm. $5 pre-event entry fee; $10 atd; food samples are $2 – $5You must be a LAUM club member to attend;  sign up HERE.

Drink and be scary

Don’t get drunk and trip over the mummies.

Meet, Drink & Be Scary

If you’re the sort of person who would happily celebrate Halloween all year long — yes, you with the witch costume at the ever-ready — you’ll want to put Abrakadabra: Live Ghosts on Stage at the top of your counting-the-days list.

In addition to the promised live ghosts, the Saturday night spook-show features freakishly funny horrorcore rapper Adam Franklin, “magic, music, movies, [and] party”, possible mummies in the aisle, and dead bodies, one of which you may win.

Start clearing the freezer now.

Sideshow performer Brett Loudermilk (Spiegelworld), whose job description includes sword swallowing, lightbulb chomping and snapping rat traps on his tongue, will demonstrate why he’s known as the “Freak prodigy”.

Not coincidentally, you’ll be asked to sign a safety release in case you have a heart attack.

Also, bring  a flashlight.

Oh, you’ll find out why….

ABRAKADABRA: LIVE GHOSTS ON STAGESat, Sept 6 @ 8 pm. $12Trepany House at Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd, LA 90027. For info & tix, go HERE.

You don't actuall have to hop.

You don’t actually have to hop.

Drinking by the numbers

Ms. Go Go hereby nominates David Solmonson and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson for the 2014 “Brilliance in Promo” award.

The husband-and-wife co-authors of the home bar tome The 12 Bottle Bar go beyond the bookstore signing — way beyond — with The 12 Bottle Bar Hop: a Sunday afternoon mini-pub crawl to Bar Lubitsch, The Roger Room and Eveleigh.

At each Weho hot spot, some of the town’s most talented mixologists will prepare a “spirit-focused” cocktail highlighting one of the bottles from the Solmonsons’ book.

Go Go’ers, it’s basically the cocktail equivalent of having Julia Child make you a dish with butter.

Your advance-purchase-only ticket also gets you light bites to keep you hopping, a copy of The 12 Bottle Bar book (“A Dozen Bottles.  Hundreds of Cocktails.”), a goodie bag, and a chance to win more swag.

Basically, you can’t afford not to hop.

Can’t make it this Sunday?   The Solmonsons will lead another WeHo-centric hop to three additional bars (The Pikey, Harlowe and The Melrose Umbrella Company) on October 4th.

That makes 24 bottles of cheer on the crawl….

12 BOTTLE BAR HOP #1Sun, Sept 7, 4-8pm. 21+/$35 advance purchase onlyvarious locations.  For more info & tix, go HERE.

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The Taste Fest.

The Taste Fest.

Unofficial end of summer?   Sad.

Great ways to celebrate end of summer?   Glad.

How you’ll feel if you don’t go out and play?

Just go go….

Good Taste

Go Go’ers, consider Labor Day weekend a (wine) glass half-full situation.

Instead of mourning the end of beach season, put on your most stylish baggies and head to LA Times The Taste for great grub without the guilt.
Whether you’re a locavore or  a brunch enthusiast, a global gastronome or a fan of adult libations — Ms. Go Go raises enthusiastic hand — The Taste has an event to make your day (or night).

Still stymied about how to cook up summer’s garden bounty?  Check out the So Fresh and So Clean cooking demo at Saturday’s Field to Fork.  Saturday night’s Dinner with a Twist sets you up for all your sophisto soirees  with  multiple mixology demos from the stars of L.A.’s white hot cocktail scene.

You’ll want to know them all.

Sunday starts the weekend’s most indulgent meal: the kid-friendly ($5 for ages 3-12!) Sunday Brunch.  Diehard foodies won’t want to miss 20 Years of the French Laundry featuring French Laundry Chef/Proprietor Thomas Keller and others.  Sunday evening, sample the world’s home cooking without leaving your hometown at Flavors of L.A.  Cheer on the sidelines of Fish Fight: A Sardine Cook-Off between Michael Cimarusti (Providence/Connie & Ted’s) and Russ Parsons (L.A. Times Food Editor).

Go Go’ers, those stretchy pants look swell.

L.A. TIMES THE TASTEFri, August 29 – Sun, August 31; various times.  $100 – $175; 21+  Kids 3-12 $5 (Sunday brunch only)Paramount Pictures-Gower parking structure – 801 N. Gower Street, LA, 90038 OR Paramount Pictures Van Ness parking structure – 783 N. Van Ness Avenue, LA 90038.  Parking $13 – CASH ONLY.  For more info & tix, go HERE.

A River Competitor Runs Through It.  (Photo courtesy of L.A. River Expeditions)

A River Competitor Runs Through It. (Photo courtesy of L.A. River Expeditions)

Ready, Set…River!it’

Team Coco may not be showing up for the first L.A. River Boat Race (or heck, maybe so…it’s Conan!) but whether you’re a boater or a bather, a timer or a cheerleader, the L.A. River should be on your Labor Day weekend destination list for outdoor fun.

Bonus…no sharks.

Hosted by L.A. River Expeditions, participants  will race the 3/4 mile course through the soft-bottomed Elysian Valley Recreation Zone Glendale Narrows.  The Saturday event is open to kayakers, canoeists and stand-up paddleboarders but space is limited to 100 boaters.

In other words, sign up ASAP!

Contestants, who should have some experience with river paddling, will compete in various age-and skill-level categories for glory, t-shirts,  awards and other prizes. The race is individually timed; no heats, just a cool place to beat the heat.

Whether you bring your own gear or rent kayaking gear from L.A. River Expeditions, you’ll be paddling your way into L.A.’s history books.

Bonus #2: bragging rights for proving Conan wrong.

THE L.A. RIVER BOAT RACE —  Sat, August 30, 11am – 3pm. $40 – $65 suggested donation; 16+ — Elysian Valley Recreation Zone Glendale Narrows, Rattlesnake Park, LA 90039.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Ready to launch....

Long Beach Funk Fest is ready to launch….

Funk it up in Long Beach

There may be other, bigger music fests in town this weekend — see More Weekend Fun below and every other major media source — but the Long Beach Funk Fest is older, more affordable and, well, funkier.

And that’s a good, good thing.

Now in its sixth year, this year’s fest is notable not only for its new venue next to the Queen Mary but because it’s the first time “Father of  Funk” George Clinton will be headlining with Parliament Funkadelic.

Go Go’ers, they’re gonna funk you up.

Blasting off on Labor Day, the all-funk line-up includes Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (Lenny Kravitz), Grammy-nominated Ronkat Spearman’s Katdelic, Meters Experience featuring Leo Nocentelli, and many more funk acts plus dancers, DJs, and an art show.

Your fest ticket gets you a before-or-after tour of the Queen Mary (so you can check that off your bucket list) and the event helps raise funds for music education in Long Beach.

Go Go’ers, it’s gonna be funky fresh.

LONG BEACH FUNK FESTMon, Sept 1; noon – 9pm. $15 – $45; all ages — Queen Mary Events Park, 1125 Queens Highway, Long Beach 90802.  For more info & tix, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Everything is Festival!  — Found footage!  Occulus Rift!  Hot pockets!  Aug 28 – Sept 1

Art Deco Festival — Prohibition Tasting!  Double Decker Deco Tour!  Deco Derby & Pajama Jam!  Aug 28 – Sept 1

La Santa Cecilia at Levitt Pavilion –  Grammy Award winners!  Also Tierra Blanca!  FREE!  Aug 30

Made in America Festival — Kanye West!  Imagine Dragons!  Grand Park DTLA!  Aug 30 & Aug 31

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Good eatin' tonight....

Good eatin’ tonight….

Is Ms. Go Go happy the weekend’s here?

“Ecstatic” might be the better word.

Here’s how to squeeze every scrap of fun from the best two days of your week….

Good Food’s Good Eats

Has it been a while since you ventured to  Grand Central Market, Go Go’ers?

Time to change that tonight.

KCRW’s Good Food’s Night Out with Good Food’s Evan Kleiman is eating at and exploring the DTLA food court, which is about to go from iconic to sonic after Bon Appetit just included the 97-year-old market on its Hot 10 list.

If can’t stand the heat, get into these kitchens.

Satisfy your competitive  jones with cornhole toss,  ping pong, board games and cards while KCRW DJ Marion Hodges spins.  Fortify yourself for victory with special menu items from select  stalls including: White Clam Pie from Olio GCM Wood-fired Pizza, Smoked Pork Belly with apple fennel slaw and Tabasco mayo from Horse Thief BBQ, and a TBA dish from Wexler’s Deli that is, sight (and taste) unseen, a guaranteed musn’t-miss.

It’s the effortless way to easy-breezy your summer.

KCRW’S GOOD FOOD’S NIGHT OUT AT GRAND CENTRAL MARKETFri, August 22, 7 – 10 p.m.  Free entry — Grand Central Market, 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, (213) 624-2378  More info HERE.

Sacred Fools Barely LegalSacred Fools Shenanigans

It’s the best kind of 18th b-day party.  (i.e. you can legally drink.)

In fact, Sacred Fools Theater offers racy reassurance in the very title of the bash to launch their 18th  season.  Barely Legal debaucheries include —  but are definitely not limited to — “Toss the Handcuff” (Luckily, you’re a pro.),  “Jail your Friends” (You know you have a list…), and “Love Letters and Apologies” (Clearly, a necessary addendum to the other two.)

Of course, there are cocktails.

You’re encouraged to dress in your outrageous best.  Just make sure it’s still possible to give the “Wheel of Destiny” a hearty spin.  You don’t want your future dictated by a too-tight corset.

Your own or someone else’s….

BARELY LEGALSat, August 23, 7pm – 2am. $25Sacred Fools Theater, 660 Heliotrope Dr, LA 90004.   For tix and more info, go HERE.

Silver anniversary of World Stage....

Silver anniversary of World Stage….

 

Jazz Church

The late Billy Higgins is not only the most recorded jazz drummer of all time, he’s a co-founder with Kamau Daaood (of the Watts Writers Workshop) of The World Stage: a beloved fixture of music, art and culture in Leimert Park.  Natch, Higgins is  the obvious choice to anchor the celebration of the cultural center’s 25th anniversary at Ford Theaters this Sunday.

Think of it as Sunday supper “jazz church”.

In addition to spoken word performances by Wood and Jaha Zainabu, the evening features an all-star cast  of jazz stars under the stars.

Groove to jazz vocalist Dwight Trible (also Executive Director of The World Stage), Carmen Lundy (winner, 2011 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album), Grammy winning composer/multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Patrice Rushen, reed-man Bennie Maupin (Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock), and renowned flutist Hubert Laws.

Kamasi Washington (Snoop Dog and Raphael Saadiq) and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Big Boi, Rihanna) keep it current.

Go Go’ers, this silver anniversary celebration is pure gold….

THE WORLD STAGE 25TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONSun, August 24 @ 6p.m.  $15 -$60Ford Theaters,  2580 Cahuenga Blvd EAST, Hollywood 90068.  For more info & tix, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

L.A. Live’s “Dark Nights — Food & drink!  Live entertainment!  $5 PARKING!  Fri, 8/22

An Evening of YouTubing — YouTube impresarios!  Art & noise videos!  Submit your fave YouTube video!  Sat 8/23

L.A. Weekly Pancake Breakfast — 40+ food samples!  Brunch-y cocktails!  Collector’s mug!  Sun, 8/24

Ready?  U Know u want 2 Go Go….

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spells out the racous reassurance right in the name: their Barely Legal party, which launches their 18th season promises

 

Join us for whisky & words at Traxx Bar at Union Station.

The Whisky & Poetry Traveling Salon welcomes you to Traxx Bar at Union Station.

Union Station remains one of  L.A.’s most beautiful iconic destinations. (Remember Chinatown?)

Now there’s a reason to visit besides the Metro.

On Thursday, August 21, the bimonthly Whisky & Poetry Salon, which trades guests whisky for words in a 1920’s DTLA loft, debuts their occasional, off-site pop-up —  the Whisky & Poetry Traveling Salon – at the gorgeous Art Deco Traxx Bar in Union Station.

As a signature element of the Traveling Salon, cheeky and erudite whisky ambassador Johnnie “the Scot” Mundell will pour four, single malt Scotch whiskies that have been specially paired with the work of four, exciting poets: Annelyse Gelman, Suzanne Lummis, Alyesha Wise and Gail Wronsky.

Guests will sample the whiskies over the course of  the evening.  In between the poets’ rounds, Johnnie will advise on the finer points of sipping and savoring the “water of life”.

Come savor whisky and words at the Whisky & Poetry Traveling Salon.

Come savor whisky and words at the Whisky & Poetry Traveling Salon.

By the end of the evening, you’ll be a convert.

No need for a grab-and-g0 bite beforehand.  Reserve your table at Tara Thomas’s delicious Traxx Restaurant.

Eat in the elegant dining room or outside on the grass and tiled plaza, then stroll across the concourse for post-supper whisky and words.

Go Go’ers, it’s good to be an Angeleno.

The Whisky & Poetry Traveling Salon is part of the Writ Large Press/DTLAB‘s #90for90 literary pop-up: that’s 90 events in 90 days…wow.

Bet you can’t try just one….

THE WHISKY & POETRY TRAVELING SALON — Thurs, August 21, 8:00 – 11:00 pm.  $40 (Presale tix only)/21+Traxx Bar at Union Station, 800 No Alameda St, DTLA 90012.

A portion of the proceeds from the Whisky & Poetry Traveling Salon will go to WriteGirl.org,  To buy Traveling Salon tix go HERE.

To make reservations at Traxx Restaurant, go HERE.

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You know you want to....

You know you want to….

Contemplating a quick getaway?

You’ll want to reconsider.

Your perfect staycation starts today.

Go Go’ers, a weekend is a terrible thing to waste.

They Give Good Read….

During 2nd Thursdays  Downtown Art Walk, the sidewalks can get as crowded as the Las Vegas Strip.  The trick is strategic planning instead of aimless, lemming-like wandering.

Tonight, plan for Poetry Brothel.

Just as sly and sultry as it sounds,  the Poetry Brothel at the gorgeous new location of the MUST wine bar features ladies and gents of the write who love to do it in public and are happy to give you an oh-so-private performance…for a fee, of course.

Think of the latter as literary lap dances.

Madame Rose and the Butler deftly conduct the evening’s  entertainment, which will include spontaneous eruptions of verse and verve from Poetry Whores Claude Moan, Genovive, Carmen Amaya and, yes, it’s true, Velvet Undergarments.

As with any den of iniquity, bring cash.

POETRY BROTHEL @ ARTWALK DTLA Thurs, Aug 14;  7-10pm.  Free but bring cash for $5 tokens for private performancesThe MUST, 117 Winston St, DTLA 90013.  For more info, go HERE.

Drink the green!

Go green!

The Drinking of the Green

Go Go’ers, you can’t get through summer without beer and avocados.

Now, you can have your avocado and drink it too.

This Sunday, Angel City Brewery debuts their highly anticipated Avocado Ale with the 2nd Annual Avocado Festival: an all day bash celebrating California’s state fruit.

In addition to food pairings from  Lime Truck and Son of a BunSi Paletas will provide avocado popsicles & popsicle beer drop-ins, which is pretty much the most refreshing adult libation on the planet.  There will games (Avocado Cornhole, y’all?) and a killer musical lineup put together by Echo Country Outpost.

The fest is free but you’ll want to upgrade your experience with an Arts District Mural Tour curated by savvy insiders Cartwheel Art.  Your $20 ticket not only gets you an up-close-and-personal, golden hour tour of the neighborhood’s most spectacular street art but front-of the-line privileges at the Fest earlier in the day.

A.k.a. pre-horde access to the aforementioned Avocado Ale and paleta combo.

The fest and tour are also a trifecta of  giving: a portion of beer sales will go to Food Forward and Echo Country Outpost and part of the mural tour proceeds will go to Art Share L.A.

Including the paletas, it’s a win/win/win/win situation.

ANGEL CITY AVOCADO FESTIVAL & CARTWHEEL ART TOURSun, August 17; noon to 8pm.  Fest is FREE/Mural tour tix are $20 — Angel City Brewery & Public House, 216 South Alameda Street, DTLA 90012.  For more info & mural tix, go HERE.

Burbank is beautiful...and funny!

Burbank is beautiful…and funny!

Bustin’ up in Burbank

People of a certain age and/or fans of retro TV might remember the tongue-in-cheek phrase “beautiful downtown Burbank” from Laugh In and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Starting Sunday, beautiful downtown Burbank will be a reality for comics and the fans who love them.

Part seven-day stand-up-palooza, part mini-boot camp for aspiring and working comics alike, the  Burbank Comedy Festival features headliners Adam Carolla, Jeff Garlin and Wendy Liebman and “200 emerging comics” — a category that includes seen-all-around-town comedians such as Jackie Kashian, Samuel J Comroe and writer/performers Fielding Edlow and Josefina Lopez.

In addition to the multiple shows, sign up for after-parties, panels, podcasts (e.g. Adam Carolla with Whitney Cummings), and “underground showcases”:  unprogrammed open mic opportunities available to anyone with the chutzpah to perform in front of some of the funniest people in the biz.

Want to buff up your one-liners before hitting the open mic?

Sign up for one of the Fest’s ten classes including Joke Lab, Improv for Comics, and Using Your Comedic Character to Get a Sitcom.

Just remember, aspiring comedians: luck is opportunity meets preparation, not perspiration.

BURBANK COMEDY FESTIVAL —  Sun, Aug 17 – Fri, Aug 23; various times & locations.  $15 – $699 (VIP Pass).  For more info and to buy tix, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Fried Chicken fest - Food GPS 2014Echo Park Rising — Three day fest!  Mustn’t miss music & art!  FREE!  August 15 – 17

The 2014 Taco Festival — Tacos!  Music!  Benefit to end youth homelessnes!  August 16

Miner & Eagle Rock Gospel Singers @ Grand Performances —  Indie folk rock!  Blues, gospel and folk!  FREE!  August 16

Food GPS Fried Chicken Fest – L.A.’s best chefs fry fowl!   Desserts!  Cocktails!  August 17

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Check out The Go Go on EAT: Los Angeles, LA.’s best online source for curated food news and reviews!

 

 

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