Oddity at the Autry

Oddity at the Autry

Staycationing this weekend?

Start with cocktails, end with mocktails and play foodie Monopoly and be a Band Aid in between.

Yeah, you know how to kick off summer….

Park Your Horse

Fans of flea markets, full bars and equine arrivals…your Friday night is here.

Phillip Dane, maven of flea markets from Melrose, DTLA and Dodger Stadium, is kicking off summer with his newest endeavor: Odd Nights at the Autry.

In addition to a bazaar with 200+ curated DIY/Etsy-esque vendors, the FREE bash, which will take place every third Friday at the museum’s Griffith Park campus, features 20+ food trucks to cater your family outing  or date night picnic on the South Lawn.  A beer and wine garden, cocktail lounges, and a full bar fuel your under-the-stars dance party to live local bands such as Backyard Hooligans.

Parking is also FREE whether you arrive in a Honda or on a horse.

That’s right.  Horse parking is available.

Just make sure Mr. Ed is a certified service animal designated driver.

ODD NIGHTS AT THE AUTRY — Fri, May 22; 6 – 11pm.  FREE/all agesThe Autry in Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, LA  90027.  More info HERE.

15 years with the band...

Not groupies…Band Aids.

15 Years with the Band

Don’t ditch Friday night’s directions….

The Autry in Griffith Park is also Saturday night’s destination of choice when outdoor cinema org Eat|See|Hear 2015 presents Almost Famous.

Hey, that kind of describes you too….

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Cameron Crowe’s iconic coming-of-age-with-a-rock-band movie screens on the Autry’s South Lawn. Live music from Dark Furs echoes the “I’m with the band” theme.

A noteworthy perk at Eat|See|Hear outdoor screenings — voted “Best in LA”  by Los Angeles Magazine — is the “Fashionably Late Great” option: premium, online-only, presale tickets for perennially tardy Angelenos and/or cinephiles who want the best seat in the house (er, on the lawn).  Canine pals are welcome…and welcomed with a dog biscuit at the door and water bowls everywhere.

There’s food and drink for humans too.

On-hand food trucks offer fare to the famished: especially reassuring to those who bike in. There’s FREE parking for all across the street at the L.A. Zoo.

This Saturday, we’re all with the band.

EAT|SEE|HEAR PRESENTS ALMOST FAMOUS — Sat, May 23, 5:30 – 11pm. $8 – $20/All agesThe Autry at Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, LA 90027. Tix and more info HERE.

Dibs on the Scotty dog marker....

Dibs on the Scottie dog marker….

Dust Off Your Spats

Pass Go…collect delish not dollars.

That’s the premise of the 2nd annual MAINopoly: A Taste of Main Street: Sunday’s benefit for Summer Soulstice and Heal the Bay.

Instead of empire-building, use your Monopoly money to get food and drink samples and specials at 20+ Main Street restaurants including Areal where you’ll check in for your MAINopoly wristband.

Visit all the participating restos between Pier Avenue and Strand Street for a chance to win a Taste of Main prize then head to the Official MAINopoly After Party.

Opt for the VIP ticket and in addition to MAINopoly moolah for Main Street food, you can go directly to the “Go To Jail” VIP Lounge sponsored by Shock Top where you’ll enjoy hosted beer and food, games, a photo booth and more.

Speaking of photo booths…patriotic duds and Monopoly-inspired costumes are encouraged.

You knew that monocle would come in handy….

MAINOPOLY – TASTE OF MAIN STREET — Sun, May 24, 3-8pm. $25 – $50/all ages — Check in at: AREAL 2820 Main St, Santa Monica 90405.  Tix & more info HERE.

"72 Virgins"...Mocktails for the rest of us! (Photo courtesy of 72 Virgins)

Blackberry Mule (Layered) Mocktail from the 72 Virgins Bel Air workshop.  (Photo courtesy of 72 Virgins)

A Toast to Mocktails!

Whether you over-indulged during the long weekend, don’t indulge in alcohol at all, are a liquid gourmand, or just want something fresh and clean for bikini season, check out the 72 Virgins Mocktail Party this Monday.

The party is the culmination of a four week workshop during which attendees learned how to create hand-crafted mocktails with complex flavors using bar tools, fresh ingredients…and no alcohol.

Supervising producer Saba Mirza, a Muslim woman who doesn’t drink, was frustrated that her alcohol-free choices in cocktail lounges were often limited to the “virgin mojito or Shirley Temple”.

There will be no Shirley Temples at the Mocktail Party.

Guests will: sample craft mocktails created by the 72 Virgins participants along with palate-cleansing light bites; enjoy a mixology demo highlighting the “molecular gastronomy” of handcrafted mocktails and the unique challenge of creating a sophisticated libation without alcohol; and listen to roots musician Melanie Odell on the tree-sheltered patio of the Silverlake JCC.

Mirza and Jewish co-event producer Howard Seth Cohen created 72 Virgins with a grant from NewGround, a community-building organization that promotes dialogue between Muslims and Jews.

One sip of these delish mocktails and you’ll have plenty to talk about….

72 VIRGINS MOCKTAIL PARTY — Mon, May 25, 6-8pm. $20 presale/$25 atdSilverlake Independent Jewish Community Center, 1110 Bates Ave, LA 90029. Tix available through Bootleg Theatre website HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Tania Perez-Salas and Compania Danza at the Music Center. (Photo by Ricardo Trabulsi)

Tania Perez-Salas and Compania de Danza at the Music Center. (Photo by Ricardo Trabulsi)



Here’s how to enjoy your scrubbed-fresh weekend.

Viva Danza

Mexico’s premier choreographer and dancer Tania Salas-Perez and her Compania de Danza shake up the Music Center with all the emotion and surrealism that you’d expect from the land of Kahlo and calaveras.

Based in Mexico City, Perez-Salas’s choreography is memorable for her passion and her eclectic range of musical choices and far-reaching artistic inspirations.

Each work is born from a real-life experience; her shows enthrall with dreamlike imagery, including haunting video projections and lavish props.

Enjoy pre-/post-show talks with members of Compania de Danza at all three of the weekend’s performances; musical selections from Mochilla DJs Brian Cross (B+), Eric Coleman and Azul 213 Amaral will enhance the post-show lounge.

Keep your Tania Perez-Salas ticket for 2-for-1 admission to the feature exhibition, Mexico: Fantastic Identity and permanent collection show, Transformations at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach

Prepare to be amazed.

TANIA PEREZ-SALAS COMPANIA DE DANZA — Fri & Sat, May 15-16 at 7:30pm; Sun, May 17 at 2pm. $37 – $110Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N Grand Ave, DTLA 90012.  Tix, info, directions & parking HERE.

Good in the 'hood.

Good in the ‘hood.

Wheat/No Meat

If you’re of the vegan persuasion, the Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival has undoubtedly been on your calendar for weeks and weeks.

Everyone else, you’ll want  to scramble to catch up.

Now in its sixth year and now at the Rose Bowl, the signature suds fest features unlimited pours of 100+ craft beers from 65 breweries including Modern Times, Karl Strauss, Ballast Point and El Segundo.

Also available, but NOT included in the ticket price, is flesh-and-dairy-free fare from 40 purveyors including The Rabbit Hole, Doomie’s Home Cookin’ and Bramble Bakeshop.

It wouldn’t be a beer fest without music.

Nic Adler (The Roxy) is co-presenting with Tony Yanow (Tony’s Darts Away/Golden Road Brewery) and vegan blogger QuarryGirl; he’s also curating your Saturday picnic soundtrack, which features Jamestown Revival, The White Buffalo and more.

There are VIP, General Admission and Non-Drinking ticket options and EVERY ticket holder goes home with a commemorative beer glass.

In other words, be the designated driver hero…get a reward.

THE LOS ANGELES VEGAN BEER & FOOD FEST — Sat, May 16; doors 1pm; last pour at 6pm.  21+/$50 presale ($65 atd) & $80 VIP ($95 atd); tix do NOT include food —  The Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena 91103.  Tix and more info HERE.

Venice Art Walk & Auction benefits the Venice Family Clinic.

Venice Art Walk & Auction benefits the Venice Family Clinic.

Fest for Good

Go west, young men and women.

This Sunday, do good and see great art at the Venice Art Walk & Auctions.

The free celebration is organized by artists for the community and features a silent art auction and open-to-the-public art show at Google’s L.A. HQ.

Enjoy gourmet food trucks and restaurants, music, muralists, a doggie day care “Barking Lot,” artisan shops and family activities at the Community Celebration on Hampton Drive behind Google.

Also available are ticketed tours of 50 artists studios, galleries and special exhibits within a two mile radius of Google; featured artists and art establishments include: Zaina Alwan, CAVE Gallery, Corinne Chaix, Laddie John Dill, Jean Edelstein, Elizabeth Orleans, EIS Studio, Alejandro Gehry, Maria Greenshields-Ziman, Natasha Maidoff, Pamela Weir-Quiton, and Art Venti.

The event benefits the Venice Family Clinic, which serves 20,000 low-income, uninsured and homeless patients annually.

This Sunday, walk the walk and talk the talk.

VENICE FAMILY CLINIC ART WALK & AUCTIONS 2015 — Sun, May 17; noon – 6pm; tours noon – 4pm.  Free fest; $50 toursGoogle Los Angeles, 340 Main St, Venice 90291.  Tix and info, go HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….


Welcome to the revolution - Bill Graham gestures behind Tina and Mick

Welcome to the revolution – Tina & Mick grind.  Bill Graham gestures.

Sex.  Madness.  Rock ‘n roll.

Just another spring weekend in Los Angeles.

The Legend Behind the Legends

If you’re not a person of a certain age, you’ll wish you were after seeing Bill Graham and the Rock ‘n Roll Revolution.

Opening Thursday, the Skirball exhibition is a celebration of the original rock ‘n roll impresario of Fillmore and Winterland fame, the man behind Live Aid and Human Rights Now!, and friend (and occasionally, enemy) to everyone who was anyone in the music business from the Sixties until his death in the early Nineties.

Intrigued?  Just wait.

Highlights of the exhibition, which will travel to Chicago and Cleveland, include a display of live performance and backstage footage of bands and artists who performed in Bill Graham Presents concerts, recordings of Graham sharing anecdotes about the aforementioned artists,  three new posters commissioned for the exhibit by iconic Bill Graham Presents artists Bonnie MacLean, David Singer, and Randy Tuten, and items given to Graham by artists including Keith Richards’s leather boots,which Graham repaired with duct tape during the 1981 tour.

Yeah, you got plastic boots….

BILL GRAHAM AND THE ROCK ‘N ROLL REVOLUTIONOpens Thurs, May 7; noon -5 pm. Through Oct 11, 2015.  $10 GA; free on Thursdays —  Skirball Cultural Center,  2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, LA 90049.  More info HERE.

The height of Granfoolery...

The Hot Granfalloon: sweet as sin….

A Raucous Ruckus

Got an itch you can’t scratch?

Want to put some shimmy in your shake-it-like-a-Polaroid?

Get down and dirty this Saturday with TRAPEZE: THE HOT GRANFALLOON.  The Bay area-based troupe of hot decibels and even hotter dames is swinging into the Syrup Loft downtown for a wild night of swivel and sway.

The Syrup Loft, Downtown’s sweet and secret den of iniquity hosts SF’s infamous Delachaux and the Klown of Dirty Volt Records, L.A.’s dapper Gentleman Callers and Shakti Bliss: queen of the Dirty Electro-Swing.  Don your sheik and sheba best and dance away your demons

Last bur certainly not least, eyeball an international bevy of burlesque beauties whose twist is guaranteed to make you shout.

Let the sin begin….

TRAPEZE: THE HOT GRANFALLOONSat, May 9; 9pm.  $15 presale/$20 atd/21+The Syrup Loft, 939 Maple Ave, Ste 301
DTLA 90015.  Tix & more info HERE.

Where dark dreams live...

Casa de Rosas: where dark dreams live….

Shadows on the Wall

Artist James Picard is not afraid of ghosts.

In fact, exploring the dark sites of the soul is his stock in trade.

This Sunday, Picard is bringing international tour The Dark & The Wounded back to Los Angeles.  Staged at bleak locations — previously  at L.A.’s Lincoln Heights Jail and Linda Vista Hospital — Picard will stage his live painting and immersive art experience for one day only at Casa de Rosas, which housed the Sunshine Mission: L.A.’s oldest shelter for homeless women.

Exhibition attendees will not only experience Picard’s work but also the setting and the unsettling energy that inspired him.  Further enhancing the on-site experience is a musical soundscape created for The Dark & The Wounded by film composer Jeff Danna (Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Lakeview Terrace, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus).

Don’t be afraid of the dark.

THE DARK & THE WOUNDED — Sun, May 10: 1:30pm  – 9pm. $30 — Casa De Rosas, 2600 Hoover Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007.  Tix and info HERE.

Take Mom to brunch, then this at night.  Painting by Stephen Kalinich.

Take Mom to brunch, then give her culture in the evening. Painting by Stephen Kalinich.

More Weekend Go Go Fun — Mother’s Day Weekend Cheat Sheet!

LitFest Pasadena —  All things literary!  Jonathan Gold & Roy Choi talk!  Antojitos, margaritas & open mic!  Sat May 9

Echo Park Craft Fair — 70+ artisans!  Historic Mack Sennett Studios! Free parking with shuttle!  Sat May 9 & Sun May 10

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars — Inspiring concert!  Free pre-show talk, performance, and music instrument demonstration!  Documentary subjects! — Sat, May 9

Library Girl Presents: Treat Your Mother Right — Motherhood-themed readings!  10+ writers!  Music! Treats!  Sun May 10

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go!

Correction: TRAPEZE:The Hot Granfalloon was incorrectly listed at TRAPEZE: The Hot Granfoolery.  Ms. Go Go regrets the error!

Paris Photo LA 2015 at Paramount Pictures Studios.  Photo by Joaquin Trujillo from his series "Flores"..

Paris Photo LA 2015 at Paramount Pictures Studios. Photo by Joaquin Trujillo from his series “Flores”..

May Day, May Day!

Put on your pARTy shoes, Go Go’ers; this weekend is nonstop arts, music, booze and fun.

Think of it as pre-training for summer.

Seeing Double

Starting Friday and extending through Sunday, the heart of Hollywood will be a white-hot destination for foto fans with TWO of the year’s best photography shows right across the street from each other.

No shuttle required.

Paris Photo L.A.one of the year’s most hotly anticipated photo shows, gives image aficionados an early start at the weekend with a noon opening on Friday.  Located on the iconic New York Street back lot at Paramount Pictures Studios, Paris Photo’s only U.S. event hosts 79 premier art galleries and specialized art book dealers  from 17 countries.

At this year’s Paris Photo, expect leading edge solo exhibitions, young galleries and photo-centric booksellers with an emphasis on presentations of the work of individual artists including: Joaquin Trujillo’s unsettlingly cheerful Mal de Ojo and Flores (see photo, top left); Melanie Pullen’s disturbingly beautiful High Fashion Crime Scenes; Hassan Hajaj’s vivid mixed-media My Rock Stars; and Edward S. Curtis’s  never-before-exhibited copper photogravure printing plates from The North American Indian.

Scroll through the list of exhibitors and check out the program to schedule your visit around book signings and the Sound and Vision Conversations and Screening series with artists, magazine editors, artistic directors, and museum curators and directors.

PARIS PHOTO L.A.Fri, May 1 & Sat, May 2, noon- 7pm; Sun, May 3, noon – 6pm. $20-$40Paramount Pictures Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave, LA 90038.  Tix and info HERE.

Photo by Chis Bowes at Photo Contemporary.

Photo by Chris Bowes at Photo Contemporary 2015 at Raleigh Studios

As the name implies, juried art fair Photo Independent  showcases independent fine art photographers working outside the gallery system.  This year, Fabrik Media’s Photo Independent also encompasses Photo Contemporary, a more traditional gallery-type experience, and Photobook Independent.

Program highlights at the Raleigh Studios-based fair include moderated conversations with exhibiting photographers such legendary photographer Douglas Kirkland (LOOK and LIFE), Pulitzer Prize-winning Barbara Davidson. Mark Kazen who created Late Night with David Letterman’s “no-logo logo” incorporating NYC photos, and photographer/actor Scott Caan who is also the guest of honor at Friday’s Opening Night Preview Party.

PHOTO INDEPENDENTPreview party Fri, May 1, 5-10pm; Sat, May 2; 11am – 7pm. Sun, May 3, 11am – 6pm.  GA $15-$25; VIP $105 ($95 online)Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose, LA 90038.  Tix and more info HERE.

Two celebrations in one!

Two celebrations in one!

Seven Grand for the Win!

Unless you’re headed for Louisville, KY, or have a stake in favored thoroughbred American Pharoah, you may not be focused on Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

a.k.a. mint juleps and big hat day.

The best place in L.A. to swan around in an extravagant chapeau while getting soused sipping bourbon-based bevs?

The Kentucky Derby Viewing Party at DTLA’s Seven Grand  — especially since the whiskey bar’s eight year anniversary fortuitously coincides with the 2015 Triple Crown race.

Doors open at noon — no entry fee! — so you can fully embrace the straightaway spirit with Heaven Hill and Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon: the official bourbon of Run for the Roses.

Wear your spiffiest fedora or fanciest fascinater to win prizes at the best-dressed contest while imbibing $7 Mint Juleps, Old Fashioneds and Whisky Sours and jiving to the jazz of the Grammy-nominated dapper gents of the California Feetwarmers.

Pony up!

KENTUCKY DERBY VIEWING PARTY at Seven Grand — Sat, May 2 at noon.  FREE entry/21+Seven Grand, 515 W 7th St; 2nd flr, DTLA 90014.  More info HERE.

Wing it this Sunday....

Wing it this Sunday….

Good in the ‘Hoods

L.A.’s been called “a city without a center” but it’s more like a mosaic of micro-neighborhoods.

This Sunday, join Angel City Brewery and Cartwheel Art — two of the Arts District’s most community-engaged entities — at the Angel City Heritage Music & Arts Festival to  celebrate the vibrant and varied ‘hoods that have made Downtown L.A. a go-to destination

Cindy Schwarzstein, founder of Cartwheel Art, has curated a lineup of 50+ artists living and/or working within the Arts District; Cartwheel Editorital Director Lisa Derrick has curated artists in surrounding communities such as Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Boyle Heights and more.  Tickets are also available for Cartwheel’s pre-fest immersive urban exploration tour; otherwise, entry to the festival entry is free.

Check out Angel City’s Beer Bazaar and featured cellar beers while listening to the Bloodhounds, Blackwater Jukebox and more presented by Echo Country Outpost.  Raven Gypsies presents the Heritage Stage; Cultural Performances include Taiko drumming, Native American Dance, Capoeira, Aztec Dancers and more.  Of course, there will be a full line-up of delish food trucks.

You’re guaranteed to find plenty of center + heart and soul.

ANGEL CITY HERITAGE ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVALSun, May 3; noon – 8pm.  Fest is free; Cartwheel tour tix are $35Angel City Brewery & Public House, 216 S Alameda St, DTLA 90012. Cartwheel Art tour tix HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Danger de mort indeed....

Danger de mort indeed….

The promised rain is playing coy but this weekend still has plenty of spring in its step.

Black & White & French All Over

Grab your Gauloises and sashay over to Cinefamily where La collectionneuse  (“the woman who collects”) opens her private treasury of Gallic cinematic gems.

A co-presentation of the French Film and TV Office, La Collectionneuse: A Black and White Night features rarely seen French film shorts in — you guessed it — black and white.

Friday night’s highlight?

A 35 mm copy of avant-garde filmmaker Jean Cocteau’s Blood of a Poet, which managed to rile both the Catholic Church and the prestigious Jockey-Club de Paris.

Naturally, where’s there’s scandal, there’s a fete.

DJ’s will spin French tunes while you eat and drink in black and white in Cinefamily’s back patio, which will be styled as a French guinguette: the 18th century, riverside, open-air taverns memorialized in a million (+/-) Impressionist paintings. Dress in black and white — anything goes from frou frou to TGIF — and memorialize your ensemble in the themed photobooth.

La collectionneuse has her eye on you.

LA COLLECTIONNEUSE: A French Black and White NightFri, April 24 @ 7pm. $12Cinefamily, 611 N Fairfax Ave, LA 90036.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Pretty eco in pink at Artisanal L.A. Spring Show.

Eat/Love/Pay at Artisanal L.A. Spring Show.

Spring Fling

Attention, eco-foodies and people with mothers.

The Artisanal LA Spring Show is about to get sprung.

Whether you’re feeling eco-virtuous post-Earth Day (Hybrid tomatoes with Urban Farm!  DIY terrariums with Birch & Bone!) or want to pick up something luscious/gorgeous for Maman (Chef-curated gift baskets from The Fare Trade!  Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen cookbook!), the Spring Show has your shopping list covered.

Sigh of relief.

Over 150+ artisanal makers will gather at The Reef’s 2nd floor Magic Box; 60 vendors are new this season.  Check out gorgeous floral displays from Amelia Posada, attend a pickling party with L.A.’s Master Preservers, or screen-print with Self-Help Graphics, which is also creating totes available to early Artisanal LA attendees.

In other words, set your alarm.

Rest your feet and indulge your sweet tooth at the Modern Milk & Cookies Corner featuring Califia Farms, take a photo booth pic of your DIY creation and sip a hosted beverage at the The Social Booth, or peruse the first issue of Life & Thyme (storytelling through food) at their eponymous lounge over caffeine from Copa Vida.

Did we mention “come hungry”?  Yes, that too.

ARTISANAL LA ~ SPRING SHOW — Sat, April 25 & Sun, April 26; 11am – 6pm.  Presale $12 per day; $15 w/e pass; $15 atdThe Reef, 2nd floor Magic Box, 1933 So Broadway, DTLA 90007.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

50 for 50: gifts not lights.

50 for 50: gifts not lights.

Reeling in the Years

Even with relatively new installations like Urban Light by Chris Burden (a.k.a. the lamp posts) and Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass (a.k.a. the rock), LACMA seems like it’s been here forever.

So it’s a shock to realize that in the museum world, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a spring chicken of 50.

That doesn’t mean a paucity of presents. Au contraire.

This Sunday, on the 50th Anniversary Free Community Day, LACMA invites everyone to the party to enjoy 50 for 50: Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA’s Anniversary.  This is the first presentation of a selection of highlights from philanthropist A. Jerrold Perenchio’s  recent, historic bequest ($500 million — LACMA’s biggest ever!) of art from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Bonus party favor: you also get free entry to usually ticketed exhibitions including Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School.

Happy birthday, LACMA!

Please…no confetti in the gallery.

50 FOR 50: GIFTS ON THE OCCASION OF LACMA’S ANNIVERSARYOpening day: Sun, April 26; 10am – 6pm.  FREELos Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036.  For more info, go HERE.

Ghost motel

Ghost motel

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Brewery Art Walk — World’s largest art complex!  100+ resident artist studios open!  FREE!  Sat & Sun, 4/25 – 36

Hops & Hopes Craft Beer Day  — Benefits Beer Autism Hope Cause!  80+ Brewers!  Beer Pong vs. Celebrities!  Sat, 4/25

Silverlake Craft Cocktail & Beer Exposition — Benefits Sunset Free Health Clinic! 12+ local bars!  Pizza Champion competition! Sat, 4/25

Craft & Folk Art Museum’s 3rd Annual Vintage Marketplace — Textiles/Jewelry/Clothing/Accessories!  Peddler’s Creamery! FREE!  Sun, 4/26

Projection by Vincent Lamouroux — Public art installation!  Sunset Pacific Motel (a.k.a. Bates Motel) transformed with whitewash!  FREE! — Sun, 4/26

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Late night is blowing up at ZJU...

Late night is blowing up at ZJU…

Music.  Performance art.  Food & drink outdoors.  Skimpy clothes.

No desert.

Think of this weekend as No-chella, Part 2.

Dinner First.  Then Bedlam.

All hell will break loose this Friday night in NoHo when ZJU Underground Theater debuts the bigger, badder, late(r)-night version of the Bedlam Explosivo XXL Variety Hour.

This time around, the “caburlesque” is amped up to late-night proportions and crammed into four-nights-only of TGIF fun.

Expect the usual madness from director Sebastian Munoz and the ZJU minions of mayhem. music and magic.

Also, operatic striptease.

Go Go’ers, when an event gets too big for its short-shorts britches, all you can do is super-size the stilettos to XXL.

BEDLAM EXPLOSIVO XXL VARIETY HOURFri, April 17 & 24 and May 1 & 8 @ 11pm.  $15 — ZJU Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., NoHo 91601  For Reservations, call: 818.202.4120.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Al fresco in DTLA

Al fresco in DTLA

Food.  Free. Fun.  Sun. 

For FREE fermentation experimentation, butter aerobics and Cold Tofu in the warm sun, head to Grand Park this Saturday for #PicnicDTLA.

Want your picnic sandwiches on fresh-baked bread?  BYO dough to bake your own picnic loaf in MOMO: Michael O’Malley’s mobile, wood-fired oven.

Slather your fresh-baked bread with fresh-churned butter!  From 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., burn fat to make fat at Pop Soda‘s #FeeltheChurn butter aerobics.

It’s the perfect time to debut your all-yellow aerobics ensemble

Make your own kimchi at the Fermentation Station.  Swap recipes, cookbooks and tidbit tips. DIY DTLA-style at the Pop-Up Recipe Book Station.

Showcase your spread — the sandwich-topping kind — for a chance to win a  Hollywood Bowl Picnic Survival Kit (i.e. performance tix and picnic basket) as well as other cool prizes.

If your picnic style is point-and-pay, grub up at Grand Central Market  or the several on-site food trucks then enjoy MOTOWN ON MONDAYS DJs (with special guest JEREMY SOLE of KCRW) and award-winning Asian-American improv group Cold Tofu.

It’s the best picnic pick under the sun.

PICNIC DTLASat, April 18, noon – 4pm. FREE —  Grand Park Event Lawn, nearest City Hall on Spring St between First and Temple. For more info, including what to bring and what to leave at home, go HERE.

So much to see at Pop-Up Magazine

So much to see at Pop-Up Magazine

More than a Magazine

For a one-stop, one-night-only cultural experience, head to Pop-Up Magazine this Sunday at the Theatre at Ace Hotel for storytelling, documentary films, photography, illustration, and radio live on stage and brought to you by California Sunday Magazine.

You’ll want to snap up tix ASAP; as a testament to the popularity of the series, both of this weekend’s San Francisco shows sold out in record time.

Think you can check out a digital version later?  Think again.

The transient nature of the event — presenters include writers, radio producers, filmmakers, photographers, and artists — is part of the point; nothing will be filmed and nothing will be recorded.

This Sunday…kick it old school with a real live magazine.

POP-UP MAGAZINESun, April 19, 7:30-9:30pm. $35Theatre at the Ace Hotel, 929 S Broadway, DTLA 90015.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Record Store Day — Celebrities!  Performances!  High-jinks!  Sat 4/18

LA Times Festival of Books — Music!  Food!  Culture!  Art!  Sat 4/18 & Sun 4/19

Brokechella — Four stages of music!  Art installations! Affordable libations!  Sat 4/18

Ready?   U Know U Want 2 Go Go….


FREE Salsa at Union Station!

FREE Salsa at Union Station!

Doesn’t spring seem springier than usual?

Check it out.

Report back.

You can do it.

TGIF and Free

Ms. Go Go’s multiple choice quiz.

On Friday nights you are…

a) raring to go

b) a limp dish rag

c) broke

d) two of the above

No matter what your state of mind and/or wallet, make Union Station your destination this Friday.

Son Mayor, one of L.A.’s best Latin bands, dishes up high-octane, vintage and contemporary Cuban salsa music in the Fred Harvey Room.  There are two, 45-minute, all-ages shows; fine-tune your fancy footwork with mini-dance lessons between sets.

Also, FREE!

It doesn’t get much easier than free.

SON MAYOR AT UNION STATION  — Fri, April 10, 8pm & 9pm  All ages/FREEUnion Station ~ Fred Harvey Room, 800 N Alameda St, LA 90012.  For more info, go HERE.

It's always the right season for horror.

Spring chill

Fright Night

There’s nothing like the chill of death to highlight the warmth of spring,

And the gold standard of Los Angeles theater terror is Urban Death: the signature production of Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group.

Directed by Zombie Joe and Jana Wimer and opening this Saturday, the late night assemblage of Grand Guignol vignettes uses the classic combination of humor and horror for maximum effectiveness; the former relaxes you and puts you at ease, which makes the emotional gut punch of the real, raw, up-close-and-personal horror all the more effective.

Think shock value underscored by existential horror.

So…pretty much the quintessential Los Angeles experience.

URBAN DEATHSat, April 11 – Sat, May 16; 11 pm.  $15; 15+Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, 4850 Lankershim Blvd, NoHo 91601.  For tix & more info, go HERE.  For reservations, call 818. 202.4120.

Ground control to Major Tom...

Yuri’s Night at the Space Shuttle Endeavor

It’s Not Rocket Science…

…you will definitely want to blast off this Sunday at Yuri’s Night Los Angeles: a space bash under the Endeavor Space Shuttle!

Rock it with rocket scientists including astronaut Dr. Mae Jamison, JPL’s “Mohawk Guy” Bobak Ferdosi, and  Tina Merrie Newman (Mars Art Car).

Wave glow sticks with space oddities from Star Trek, Babylon 5, and The X-Files.

Do the Robot with R2D2 and the Dalek from Dr. Who.

Sip space-themed cocktails and soar through 200,000 galaxies to the farthest reaches of the universe via the COSMOS astronomical survey courtesy of astronomer Miguel Angel Argon Calvo.

This year’s Yuri’s Night theme is “A New Hope” so rock your Star Wars Throne Room best and Space Jam with stormtroopers.

One small dance step for man, one giant leap for wookie-kind.

YURI’S NIGHTSun, April 12; 8-11pm.  $25-$60; drink/food tix  $5-$10 ~ Tix only available online until Sat, 4/11 @10am  — Science Center, Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion, 700 Exposition Park Dr, LA 90037.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Cinema at the Edge: edgy cinema at the edge of the continent.

Cinema at the Edge: edgy cinema at the edge of the continent.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Cinema at the Edge Film Festival

Narrative feature, documentary and short film programs!

Thursday night opening party!

Jury prizes & audience awards!

Thurs, 4/9 & Fri 4/10

4th Annual Kite Festival  FREE unique kite!  Color theory advice!  Kite artists!  Sat, 4/11

Long Beach Zine Fest 100+ writers, designers, cartoonists, photographers, artists and DIYers!  Lectures, workshops, panel discussions!  FREE!  Sun 4/12

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go…. 


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