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 hammock...plus 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 Week...now 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….

 

 

Mob mentality at the Hollywood Fringe Fest.

This is where gossip gets you… at the Hollywood Fringe Fest.

Yes, June gloom has been unusually dampish this year.

Not to worry, though; SoCal planners of fun are undaunted.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your weekends….

Mainstream Fringe

If it’s June, it must be the Hollywood Fringe.

“L.A.’s largest festival of the performing arts” runs June 11 through June 28 for 18 days of non-curated acts from LA, the country and the world.

Of course, Ms. Go Go has picks to suggest.

House of Rabbits presents  Charivari in Voyeurville: a sexy, punk musical about mob mentality.  Of course.

In Two Girls, One Bard: Romeo & JulietPeggy Sinnott and Alison Elliot perform every character in the classic story of star-crossed lovers.  Hilarity ensues.

The talented Jessica Salans directs a powerhouse cast in the haunting, riveting  Soundly: a deftly staged chapter from Adverbs by Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snickett). The show sold out so quickly that another night on Monday, June 22  was added.  Grab tix now.

Additional Fringe fun includes the Fringe runway, the Fringe prom, Fringe karaoke, and a closing night bash.

Who says there’s no culture in L.A.?

HOLLYWOOD FRINGE 2015 — Thurs, June 11 – Sun, June 28.  For tix and info on shows, schedules, times and venues, go HERE.

Get on the bus!

Good food.  Many ‘hoods.

Get on the Bus

Food fests: we love ’em.

Sometimes though, you just want good food without the lines.

Just in time for your chillaxin’ weekend pleasure: Tour de Food.

Food writer Javier Cabral, also known as “the Glutser” — just to establish his culinary bonafides — leads participants on to the bus and into multiple neighborhoods for a mini-food tour of L.A.: the combined efforts of Zócalo, Metro, and KCRW,

Cabral introduces you to a new Mexican hamburger joint, a stand with honey-drizzled soft-serve milk ice cream, a cafe with “an ingenious array of tamales” and one of America’s best ramen bars.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a food fest vendor with “an ingenious array of tamales”.

TOUR DE FOOD – RTE 720 — Sat, June 13; 2 – 5:30 pm.  $20Meet at Hamburguesas Punta Cabras, 633 S Spring St, DTLA. Parking is $7 in the surface lot at 627 S Main St.  Registration & more info HERE.

Literally helping HM157 rise from the ashes....

Literally helping HM157 rise from the ashes….

The Little Historical Monument That Could

Remember that fundraiser last week for the fire-damaged HM157 in Lincoln Heights?

There’s more where that came from.

Historical Monument 157 is turning either 7 or 8 in June, which is a long time for an indie arts org.  The creative space is beloved by the cultural community, which is generating a series of benefits to raise money for help fix damage caused during the May 1st fire.

The Phoenix Carnivale: A Red Flag Day Fiesta is an all ages event with bouncy houses, face painting and shenanigans for the kids.  The fundraiser, which lasts until midnight, also has plenty of big kid fun including a roster of local bands, an art installation and myriad performers, including burlesque.

Presumably, the latter will perform post-kinder departure.

Permaculturist Ray Cirino will be blistering up gourmet pizzas in Sparky the Dragon Oven and Angel City Brewery will once again be on hand with the beer.

All of the fire damage funds raised will help HM157’s neighbors cover their fire damage costs, replace HM157’s residents’ losses  and help to rebuild the cultural center’s backyard performance stage.

Time to pay it forward, Angelenos.

THE PHOENIX CARNIVALE – Sun, June 14; 3 to midnight-ish. $10HM157, 3110 N Broadway, LA 90031. For more info, go HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Even more....

What’s old is new again.

It’s unofficially summer and that means it’s officially the season of weekends on steroids.

Go Go’ers, start your fun engines.

Let There be Light

In 1983, the Temporary Contemporary opened on the edge of Little Tokyo.  Available Light opened the Temporary Contemporary.

The opening of the museum (now the Geffen/MOCA) also, arguably, opened up Downtown Los Angeles as a destination for those who weren’t  opera lovers, punks or florists.

Tonight and Saturday, a new iteration of the iconic collaboration between choreographer Lucinda Childs, composer John Adams, and architect Frank Gehry opens at Walt Disney Concert Hall, presented by the  L.A. Phil and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center.

The taped score by Adams returns but Childs has “re-imagined” her choreography for the troupe of twelve dancers.  Gehry’s set designs are new and are framed by the concert hall he designed and which has also made DTLA a destination.

Friday night only — there’s also a Saturday performance — Childs, Adams and Gehry will discuss the metamorphosis of the piece in the post-performance Available Light – Creators in Conversation.  If you have a ticket, it’s free.

You’ll want to make sure you have that ticket.

AVAILABLE LIGHT —  Fri, June 5 & Sat, June 6 at 8pm. $27.50 – $137.50Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave, LA 90012.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Sex, love and death in NoHo.

Sex, love and death in NoHo.

Not Your Mama’s Fringe

Fringe – not part of the mainstream; unconventional, peripheral, or extreme. (e.g. “fringe theater”)

“Fringe” is stock in trade for the avant-garde group at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater. So when they have a fringe fest, they are not kidding around.

Gird your loins, hold on to your hats and brace yourself for the 1st Annual Zombie Joe’s Underground Fringe Fest.

Think of it as four weekends of extreme.

In addition to Urban Death, ZJU’s signature horror production that has critics swooning (in more ways than one),  the fest’s opening weekend includes an alt-Othello set in the 1980’s fashion world.  Additional productions debuting in the weeks ahead include Hellion Loop, The Many Adventures of Don Juan and The Bereaved.

Clearly, this is not your jolly comedy fringe fest.

Tickets are (or will be) available online for all productions except for the third show opening this weekend: Jaguar Bennett’s How to Be Wicked: The Easy Course for Beginners.

Go Go’ers, it’s never too late for self-improvement.

ZOMBIE JOE’S UNDERGROUND FRINGE FESTIVAL — Fri, June 5 – Sun, June 28; various times. $15ZJU Theatre, 4850 Lankershim Blvd, NoHo 91601.  Tix & more info HERE.

It WILL be!

It WILL be!

So Many Kinds of Epic

The situation: proud family members pour into town for your kid’s/niece’s/brother’s graduation.

The dilemma: after the speeches, the diplomas, the leis and the fancy dinner, the weekend with relatives stretches ahead like the Sahara Desert.

You need an entertaining event with multi-generational appeal and you need it now.

The solution: on Saturday and Sunday nights, the acclaimed Angel City Chorale, led by co-founder/Artistic Director Sue Fink,  presents EPIC – Blockbuster music from video games and film.

Songs in the family friendly spring concert have been chosen from video games World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy VIII, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Tetris and will be performed in multiple languages including Russian, Latin, Italian, and Swahili.

Also, Dovahzul, the Dragon Language.

Natch.

The cinematic portion of the evening includes pieces from  Frozen, Cinema Paradiso, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.   Additionally, the ACC’s male singers  will be interpreting  the theme song from the Mel Brooks classic Blazing Saddles.

Yes…something for everyone.

EPIC – BLOCKBUSTER MUSIC FROM VIDEO GAMES & FILM — Sat, June 6 & Sun, June 7 at 7pm.  $30 advance/$35 atd — Wilshire United Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90010.  Tix and more info HERE.

Barn Dance benefit for HM 157!

Barn Dance benefit for HM 157!

Be There.  Dance Square.

On May 1st, Lincoln Heights cultural locus HM 157 (a.k.a. Historical Monument 157) suffered a devastating fire that wiped out their back yard including their performance space.

Their solution?  “Let’s dance!”

Square dance, that is.

Talented and supportive friends — the award-winning Triple Chicken Foot folk band & square dance caller Susan Michaels —  are coming to HM 157’s aid this Sunday with The Barn Raiser Square Dance benefit.

Worth noting: it’s the Foot’s “next to last public gig”.

Not that you needed another reason to attend beside artistic altruism.

Also on the bill: in the Perfectly Paired category, Saw Mama and her cool tool band will perform at the barn raiser.  To be clear, she’s a musician, not a carpenter.

Sign up now and for a nominal fee, you too can learn how to play the musical saw from this pro who undoubtedly gives new meaning to the concept of “shredding”.

In addition to the do si do, the family-and-“nice dog”-friendly evening will also feature an interactive Fauxpets puppet show plus performances by HM 157 residents Josephine Johnson and Americana artist Gwendolyn, both of whom lost their domiciles in the fire.

Community stalwart Angel City Brewery is donating the beer; HM 157 is dishing the BBQ and Shelly Martin is baking the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies; all sales benefit the restoration.

C’mon, let’s raise the roof.

THE BARN RAISER SQUARE DANCE — Sun, June 7 at 6pm.  $10 entryHM 157, 3110 N Broadway, LA 90031.  More info HERE.

You know you want to....

You know you want to….

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Lummis Day —  3 Days!  5 locations! 10th anniversary!  Fri 6/5 – Sun 6/7

Chocolate and Art Show — Bands! Food! DJs!  Free stuff!  Fri 6/5 & Sat 6/6

Make Music Pasadena — 150 acts!  30 stages!  FREE!  Sat 6/6

Design-n-Dim Sum Bike Tour — Artist studios!  Cycling!  Bao!  Sat 6/6

1st Ever Los Angeles Bread Festival — Butter aerobics!  Tortilla making!  Sourdough starter!   Sat 6/6 & Sun 6/7

Theatricum Botanicum — “Americana” summer season starts!  Shakespeare al fresco! Dinner buffets in the gardens! — Sat 6/6 – Sun 9/27

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Bump & Grind

Because burlesque queens don’t just happen….

How’s your unofficial start of summer going so far?

Here are six ways to make it even better.

Fun with Tassels

Are heaving bosoms, lissome limbs, and splits in stilettos your kind of thing?

Ms. Go Go had a sneaking suspicion…

Clear your Friday night STAT and make tracks to Fais Do Do for the Burlypicks California Regional Competition where burlesque artistes and variety arts entertainers strut their stuff with the hopes of advancing to the International Burlypicks this September.

You’ll want to say you saw them when…

In addition to the belles and boys of the bump ‘n grind,  the 20+ performers at Burlypicks include other vaudeville-inspired performers such as aerialists, ventriloquists and sideshow acts.  All will be judged on talent, poise, polish, costume, and creativity.

A select few will be competing for Master of the Assels and Master of the Tassels.

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

2015 BURLYPICKS CALIFORNIA REGIONAL  — Fri, May 29, 9pm. $12 – $20/18+Fais Do Do, 5253 W Adams Blvd, LA 90016.  Tix and more info HERE.

Visit THESE OGs on Obscura Day....  (Photo by Avoiding Regret; courtesy of Valley Relics Museum)

Visit these OGs at the Valley Relics Museum on Atlas Obscura Day. 2015. (Photo by Avoiding Regret; courtesy of Valley Relics Museum)

Off the Beaten Path

Want to see falcons fly in Palmdale?

Hike Mount Hollywood and learn Griffith Park’s secrets?

Get up close and personal with dancing frogs backstage at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater?

Roast marshmallows at a FREE picnic in a secret park?

All of the above and more are featured Los Angeles events on Atlas Obscura Day 2015.

A.k.a. “The Most Interesting Day in the World”.

The Atlas Obscura website lists the most interesting, offbeat and, yes, often obscure places on the planet.  This Saturday, 150 events will take place  in 39 states and 25 countries: all celebrating the strange, the curious and the awe-inspiring.  The above (and more) ticketed events  are taking place in and around L.A.

Who knew bunnies had their own museum?

All are welcome to attend the FREE (but RSVP required) end-of-day celebration at DTLA-adjacent Vista Hermosa Park: a 10.5-acre “hidden oasis” featuring walking trails, streams, meadows, oak savannahs, a nature-themed playground, native Mediterranean plants and amazing views.

Stick around to check out the night sky courtesy of the Burbank Sidewalk Astronomers.

Atlas Obscura on the moon, anyone?

ATLAS OBSCURA DAY 2015 — Sat, May 30; 5am – 9pm.  FREE – $45  — Various locations.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Taste of YUM!

Taste of YUM!

So Good. So Eastside.

This Sunday, head east, young man (and young woman).

Taste of the Eastside is turning five and celebrating with a beer garden!

The start-of-summer food fest features  signature sips and bites from over two dozen eateries and drinkeries in East and Northeast L.A. including El Condor, Greenbar Distillery, L&E Oyster Bar, Lemon Poppy Kitchen, Little Dom’s, Maximiliano and Spitz – Home of the Doner Kebab.

Already, you’re salivating.

Nearby Highland Park fave The Greyhound Bar & Grille is hosting the Taste of the Eastside after-party as well as the aforementioned, brand-new beer garden featuring suds from Angel City Brewery and Golden Road Brewery.  Post-fest, bring your TOTE proof of purchase to the Greyhound and get 15% off your bill.

Already, you’re saving.

Bike to the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, park at the Spoke Bicycle Cafe booth and enter their free raffle. Then sip and sample while strolling the lush site at the confluence of the L.A. River and the Arroyo Seco.  Create L.A. curates the art; Podunk Poets, Redd Carter, Raul Campo, Garth Trinidad and DJ Aire provide the soundtrack to your afternoon of indulgence.

What are you waiting for?

Get your tickets, already.

TASTE OF THE EASTSIDE — Sun, May 31; VIP 3pm/GA 4-8pm.  GA $50/$60 atd. Premium $60/$70 atd. VIP $90/$100 atd. Kids 2-12 $8Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, 50 W Ave 26, LA 90065.  Tix & more info, go HERE.

GUSHMore Weekend Go Go Fun!

GUSH – 2 choreographers!  5 contemporary dance works!  Sex & death!  Fri 5/29 & Sat 5/30

L.A. Wine Fest — Hundreds of wine, spirits & brews!  Food vendors!  10th anniversary!  Sat 5/30 & Sun 5/31

CicLAvia Pasadena — 3.5 miles of non-motorized fun!  Culture stops galore!  FREE!  Sun 5/31

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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….

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