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

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

This weekend is not for the timid.

Freak shows.  Gonzo birthdays.

Root beer.

Go Go’ers, dive right in.

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

Not that you need a reason to go Gonzo.

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

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

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

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

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

Come for the freak show, stay for the party.

Come for the freak show, stay for the party.

Get Your Freak On

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

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

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

Speaking of feathers….

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

Luckily, there will be drinks.

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

Root tootie at Galco's Soda Pop Stop.

Root tootie fun at Galco’s Soda Pop Stop.

One Stop Pop Shop

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

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

Bet you can’t drink just one.

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

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

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

Approximately a million….

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

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

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

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

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

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Twilight concerts return to  Santa Monica Pier!

Twilight Concert Series returns to Santa Monica Pier!

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

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

Good job, hometown hero.

Twilight: Cults But No Vampires

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

And everyone looks good at sunset, including you.

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

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

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

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

phantasmagorical

Phantasmagorical botanicals

Night Walker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Noisy mud in Norway…who knew?

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

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

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

Rebel Swell

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

Snobby French winemakers…quelle surprise.

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

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

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

Want some cheese with that wine?

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

Go Go’ers, it’s good be a rebel.

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

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

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

Rib-bit

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

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

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

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

Freckled Woodblock Chocolate, y’all!

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

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

Just don’t look at Bruce Lee’s abs.

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

Pretty in Pasadena!

Pretty in Pasadena!

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

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

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

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

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

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

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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

Go ahead…make my 4th….

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

Good Times at Grand Park

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

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

Make that blocks….

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

So…BOOM!

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

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

Think of it as the Freedom from Sore Feet bus.

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

Monkey around with Mike!

Worth every penny….

We Like Mike

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

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

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

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

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

Foot-tappin' Americana

Toe-tappin’ at the Grand Ole Echo

Americana the Beautiful

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

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

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

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

Happy birthday, America.

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

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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

Just what you need for the 4th of July.

 

10th Annual Tiki Night at the Egyptian!

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

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

Think again.

Here’s your cheat sheet for fun….

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

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

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

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

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

TwentyWonderful

TwentyWonderful

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

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

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Fly like a chicken....

Fly like a chicken…REGPDATE!!!!!  

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

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

Different venue.   Same schedule of events. 

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

Fasten your seat belts….

It’s gonna be a bumpin’ ride.

Why Did the Chicken Cross the (Eagle) Rock?

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

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

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

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

Hungry for more?

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

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

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

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

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

90 Days of #BooksandBooze

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

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

Already…whoa.

The second relevant hashtag?  #boozeandbooks.

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

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

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

TV Writing in the Modern Age indeed.

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

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

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

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

Think of it as Ulysses for the new millennium.

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

Artists' Books and Cookies at Ooga Booga.

Artists’ Books and Cookies at Ooga Booga.

Art Book, Meet Cookie….

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

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

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

In other words, the fun starts immediately.

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

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

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

Sweet.

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

Ready?   U Know U Want to Go Go….

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Celebrate summer at Chalk L.A. with L.A. Design Festival's Tacos, Tequila & CANLOVE party.

Celebrate summer at Chalk L.A. with L.A. Design Festival’s Tacos, Tequila & CANLOVE party.

Official-start-of-summer madness?

Longest-day-of-the-year joie de vivre?

Hive mind?

Whatever the reason, you will want to clone yourself and/or quickly invent time travel to experience all of  the fun scheduled for the weekend.

Science is a beautiful thing.

And so is this weekend.

Tacos, Tequila & CANLOVE at Chalk L.A.; L.A. Design Festival.

Tacos, Tequila & CANLOVE at Chalk L.A.; L.A. Design Festival.

Can-tastic

Tequila and tacos are pretty much a party all by themselves.

Tequila, tacos and dublab beats  in a cutting edge design studio?

Lock that date in, pronto.

Tacos, Tequila & CANLOVE  is the official after-party of the L.A. Design Festival‘s Design Hooky West tour but your free RSVP (don’t delay!) gets you into the stand-alone bash at Chalk L.A.: the design studio/creative collective of DJ Neff and Paul Ramirez.

Get inspired by the oeuvre of the CANLOVE duo, which transforms discarded spray paint cans into art (see tree above right).  Make your own mark on Chalk L.A.’s interactive art wall or take home some CANLOVE to hip up your home walls.

Helpful hint: you might need a car rack for that tree….

TACOS, TEQUILA & CANLOVE – Fri, June 20, 6-10pm.  FREE but RSVP asapChalk L.A., 12513 Venice Blvd, LA 90066

At Beyond Baroque, minds will be blown.

Will women lounge on snakes at LA di DADA?

Dada in LaLaland

According to one theory, the name of the Dada art movement was chosen at random by stabbing a paper knife in a German-French dictionary.  The point allegedly landed on the French word for “hobbyhorse”.

Go Go’ers, knives may or may not make an appearance at Saturday’s LA di DADA  but you’ll get the point..

Or maybe not since Dadaism embraces irrationality, nonsense and chaos above all.

Not to worry; you’ll be swept up in the word and play  generated by a deep roster of fiercely original talent including: outlaw creative Exene Cervenka (X, the Knitters); L.A. Dadaists Mike M. Mollett and Neal Skooter Taylor; and  performance poets Linda J Albertano and Laurel Ann Bogen who (with legendary Suzanne Lummis) comprise two-thirds  of the infamous Nearly Fatal Women.

Actually,  do keep an eye out for knives.

Also at the Beyond Baroque event, Three Rooms Press presents the West Coast launch of Maintenant 8: Journal of Contemporary DaDa Writing and Art (2014), which features 100 literary and visual artists from around the world.

Costumes are encouraged.

Minds will be blown.

LA DI DADASat, June 21, 3:30-6:00 pm. $10 GA; $5 seniors/students/Beyond Baroque membersBeyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice 90291, 310.822.3006. For reservations/more info, email info@threeroomspress.com or go HERE.

Chill at the Page Museum's Ice Age Hair Ball.

Chill at the Page Museum’s Ice Age Hair Ball.

Hair ‘Do

It’s time to break out the prehistoric hair pieces and woolly mammoth wigs; the Ice Age Hair Ball will be turning heads this Saturday at the La Brea Tar Pits.

Designed to raise funds (as well as hair) for the Page Museum, the Pleistocene-themed do will feature Torchlight Tours of the Tar Pits, including the Observation Pit, which is open for the first time since the ’90s!  Keep your cool on the dance floor with gratis icy adult libations and other  frosty beverages as well as food truck desserts for your sweet (saber) tooth.

Don’t skimp with the hair spray; celebrity stylist Kim Vo and Hair Ball guests will judge hirsute creations inspired by Ice Age mammals. (Chignon with mastodon tusks, anyone?).  The winning do’s will be awarded prizes.

And if your hair is naturally more rat’s nest than haute coiffure, embrace the mess and throw on an oversized rodent.

You may win a prize for bravest headbanger.

ICE AGE HAIR BALLSat, June 21 @ 8:30 pm. $39-$150Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd
LA 90036, 213.763.3499  For more info/buy tix HERE. 

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

CULVER CITY ART TOURS New York Magazine & Persol present!  Two tours!  Multiple artist studios & galleries!  June 21

BUST CRAFTACULAR – Femme mag’s legendary DIY fest!  Free stuff!  Cool crafts!  June 21

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!

A trunk full of fun at the Page Museum's Ice Age Hair Ball at the La Brea Tar Pits.

A trunk full of fun at the Page Museum’s Ice Age Hair Ball at the La Brea Tar Pits.

True Life Adventures at the Hollywood Fringe Festival

True Life Adventures at the Hollywood Fringe Festival

School’s out for summer.

The weather is perfect.

And your every creative jonesing can be satisfied with a fest.

Also, parties, cocktails and cake…

…a.k.a. the icing on the weekend.

Fringe-ify

“Fringe” usually means an alternative version of a more established event.  But while the  Hollywood Fringe Festival‘s programming runs the gamut because of its non-juried, “Let’s put on a show!” acceptance policy, it’s established itself as a front-and-center L.A. institution in just four years.

Go Go’ers, that’s longer than some republics last.

The 18-day performing arts fest, which features 300 shows at over two dozen venues, launches its 5th season on Thursday.  Of course, Ms. Go Go has her eye on a few shows: Total Novice by The Moth StorySLAM champion David Rodwin; the family-friendly The True Life Adventures of Barbie and GI Joe with two-time Best of Hollywood Fringe Extension winner Bill Ratner and Deadwood, CSI & True Blood veteran Clay Wilcox; and the rave-reviewed, Van Morrison song-inspired  Linden Arden Stole the Highlights, in its first L.A. incarnation since 1998.

And as seen on America’s Got Talent, the fest offers a solid Father’s Day contender for kids 12+:  David and Leeman Present: Magic and other Dangerous Things.

Go Go’ers, as Dad’s Day gifts go, it can’t be more dangerous than a band saw….

HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL June 12 -29; various times/venues/prices – For tix & more info, go HERE.

Lucky 13!

Lucky 13!

Design Dizzy

Go Go’ers, clear your schedules.  The L.A. Design Festival 2014 is in town and you’ll want to stage a staycation.

The three-week, design-a-palooza celebrates local and international talent with 60+ all-around-town events including special installations, tours, and (hurray!) happy hours  and parties.

Ms. Go Go is talking Don’t Miss events every day of the week.

The fun starts Friday on the East Side with one of the Fest’s self-guided Design Hookey tours. Check out public art installations, wander through hip hotels, famous artists’ studios, and cutting edge retail showrooms, and sip and sup at design-charged bars and restos.

Cocktails are important for design appreciation.

Then, head to the historic Jensen Recreation Center in Echo Park for the official, Friday night kick-off party at  Natural Curiosities design studio.  In addition to live silkscreen printing workshops and beats by dublab, design maven Gere Kavanaugh will receive the Julia Morgan ICON Award, which recognizes pioneering women in design.

Ms. Go Go thinks Ms. Kavanaugh deserves a toast, don’t you?

L.A. DESIGN FESTIVALFri, June 13 – 29; various times/venues/pricesFor tix & more info, go HERE.

50 Shades of Cupcake.... (Photo courtesy of Nancy Buchanan)

50 Shades of Cupcake…. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Buchanan)

50 Shades of  Decadent Delish

Whether you’re  a sweets freak, a do-gooder with a cupcake fetish, or one of the thousands of people who’s left behind a copy of 50 Shades of Grey in a Travelodge (wink, wink)  you’ll want to check out 50 Shades of Cake: Nancy Buchanan’s photo series at Future Studio Gallery this Saturday.

Worried the show will be  all frustrated desire and empty calories?

Fear not…gallerist Amy Inouye is pairing Buchanan’s photos with a Depressed Cake Shop Pop-up.  The global organization, started in the UK by Emily Cakehead (yes, really), uses the sale of volunteer-baked, grey — but delicious! — sweets to both raise awareness of mental health issues worldwide and to raise money for local charities.

100% of the 50 Shades of Cake bake sale profits will benefit the Northeast Wellness Center’s Positive Visions program, which will also receive a portion of the proceeds of Buchanan’s print sales.  There will also be arts and crafts from Positive Visions participants at the show, which is held in conjunction with NELAArt Second Saturday Gallery Night; 100% of the arts and crafts profits will go directly to the artists.

Future Studio neighbor The Greyhound Bar and Grill will provide no-host coffee and iced tea to accompany the sweets, which include baked goods by caterer extraordinaire/Prospect Park Book cookbook author Jennie Cook (Who Wants Seconds?).

Fair warning: Ms. Go Go WILL be first in line for dessert dibs.

50 SHADES OF CAKE Sat, June 14, 7-10 pmFuture Studio Gallery, 5558 N Figueroa St, LA 90042

DeLaB Design-n-Dim Sum Bike Ride is delightful.

DeLaB Design-n-Dim Sum Bike Ride is delovely.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!!!

CYC Fundraiser Extravaganza — Experimental cellist Isaac Takeuchi!  Nuevo Tropicália trio El-Haru Kuroi!  Storytelling!  - Fri, June 13

Design-n-Dim Sum Bike Ride — Highland Park & Chinatown artist studios!  Bikes!  Bao!  Sat, June 14

 22nd Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival – 600 artists!  Two city blocks!  Free!  Sat, June 14 & Sun, Jun 15

Father’s Day CollaBREWtive Brunch – 8 brewery-roaster pairings!  1 dozen chefs cook!  Family friendly! – Sun, June 15

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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