LA Food & Wine Fest 2015How to squeeze the last of fun from summer?

Start with this trio of best fests.

Then there’s more….

So Many Chefs, So Little Time

Tired of hot dogs and potato chips?

Get ready to treat your taste buds.

L.A.’s most chef-centric food fest — the Fifth Annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival —  kicks off tonight.

Foodies will want to empty out the piggy bank vault for this four-day dining extravaganza; it’s not cheap but neither is the experience.

In addition to fine wines and spirits from around the world, expect fine dining stroll-abouts, dream team collaborations, one-off power lunches and cooking demos from top L.A. chefs as well as visiting chefs from around the country.

Root for the home team tonight with Ultimate Bites of L.A.: presented by Lexus and hosted by Curtis Stone (Maude Restaurant) with Special Guest DJ Mike D (Beastie Boys).  The walk-around event features bites from Downtown to the Westside, the South Bay to the Valley plus wines and spirits from all over the world.

If you ever wanted to try Funkzone or Folly of the Beast wines, tonight’s your chance.

Additional libation-centric events of note include:

— Friday’s “Night Market” hosted by Chef Tyler Florence and featuring street food  specialties from 30 chefs with custom cocktails, sake, beer and “free-flowing wine” (Woohoo!)

— “Saturday’s “Definitive Boozy Brunch” hosted by James Beard Award winner Michelle Bernstein (Cena by Michy, Miami) & Questlove with a Special DJ Set. (Optional transpo provided by presenter Lexus.)

Yay James Beard for recognizing boozy excellence!

— Saturday night’s grand slam event “Lexus LIVE on Grand” featuring a performance by the Roots as well as 30 chefs plating and 100 wineries pouring.

Mortgage the house if you must…..

5TH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL — Thurs, Aug 27 – Sun, Aug 30; various times.  $67.50 – $315Various venues, DTLA & Hollywood.  For tix & more info, go HERE.

Great music; great cause.

Great music; great cause.

Welcome to the human race….*

It’s been a great summer for music in L.A.

The end-of-summer is not slacking off.

Head to Hollywood on Saturday for the Ascencia Urban Blues Festival: an all-day jam of top-notch national, local, and you’ll-be-glad-you-saw-them-when blues acts.

The day-long festival features headliner Walter Trout (Canned Heat, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers); the guitarist/songwriter, who was near-death last year before a liver transplant, is on tour with his “I’m Back” tour.  The legendary bluesman played Royal Albert Hall this past June, receiving three standing ovations.

This Saturday, let’s try to match the Brits.

Blues heavyweights  Arthur Adams and Guitar Shorty further anchor the strong lineup, which includes local faves Little Faith as well as femme powerhouse The Scorch Sisters and Trout’s three sons in the Trout Brothers Band.  Rounding out the day-into-evening blues party are  The Americans and Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton; both appear this fall in American Epic: a PBS/BBC special produced by Jack White, Robert Redford, and T Bone Burnett about the birth of modern American music including the blues.

Eat well at a clutch of food trucks and feel good that the fest, which is presented by Pacific BMW, benefits Ascencia by bringing awareness and much-needed funding to their core mission of helping raise families, individuals and U.S. veterans out of homelessness.

It’s good to feel great about the end of summer.

ASCENCIA URBAN BLUES FESTIVAL — Sat, Aug 29; 10am – 8pm  $35 online; $40 door. Kids 12 & under FREERaleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose, Hollywood 90038. For tix and info, go HERE*Lyric from “Welcome to the Human Race” by Walter Trout.

Grandes Maestros End-of-Exhibit Fest at the Natural History Museum.

Grandes Maestros End-of-Exhibit Fest at the Natural History Museum.

Get on the Iberoamerican Party Bus

Haven’t seen  Grandes Maestros: Great Masters of Iberoamerican Folk Art, Collection of Fomento Cultural Banamex?

This Sunday, combine a musn’t-miss viewing with an end-of-exhibit festival!

Get on the bus…or better yet, Metro…and head to the Natural History Museum.  The Grandes Maestros  exhibition, which made several “Best of 2014” art show lists, features 1,200+ works of folk art from 22 countries with an emphasis on Mexico, Central and South America, Spain, and Portugal.

The celebration includes music, such as Ballet Folclorico Do Brasil, and art activities including Talvera Plate Design with Barnsdall Arts and Papel Picado with Self-Help Graphics & Art.

It’s never too early to get inspired for your Day of the Dead decorations.

GRANDES MAESTROS — Sun, Aug 30; 10am – 4pm. $10 – $20Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd, LA 90007. For tix and more info, go HERE.

SCARLET STONE: Miriam Peretz (Tahmineh) - Photo credit: Jim Carmody

THE SCARLET STONE: Miriam Peretz (Tahmineh)  (Photo: Jim Carmody)

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

The Scarlet Stone —  Persian dance/theatre/music/animation!  Persian mythology! Artists of the Iranian diaspora!  Sat 8/29

Muse ’til Midnight — Adrian Younge and Venice Dawn!  Music mash-ups by DJs Mark deClive Lowe and Jeremy Ellis inspired by artist Noah Purifoy’s work.  Cash bar/small bites!  Sat 8/29

Oinkster Hollywood’s 1st Summer BBQ Blowout  One day only!  No tix/rez required!  While supplies last!  Sun 8/30

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Around the world....

Around the world….

It’s so caliente this weekend and Ms. Go Go isn’t just talking temperature.


Latin Jazz.

Scantily clad girls.

Embrace the heat.

7 Year Itch

Seven year anniversary.  100 shows.  Countless tassels.

This Friday, celebrate all of the above with Peepshow Menagerie and a bevy of bump ‘n grind beauties at Burlesque at the World’s Fair.

The weather may be hot but the night will be hotter.

Why?  Scarlett Letter (“Master of Tassels 2014”) is a featured performer along with “Mexican Spitfire” Ruby Champagne” and French mam’selle Joy Va Voi plus many other artistes of the artful disrobe.  The show at Fais Do Do also introduces the 100th Peepshow Pinup — Australian Lyra La Belle — and features vaudeville-style comedy from Doc & Stumpy’s Instant Burlesque.

In the spirit of the World’s Fair, the show’s theme is a “celebration of innovation”.

“Innovative burlesque….”

The mind boggles.

PEEPSHOW MENAGERIE’S BURLESQUE AT THE WORLD’S FAIR — Fri, Aug 21 @ 9pm. $12/18+ w/valid IDFais Do Do, 5253 W Adams Blvd, LA 90016. Tix & more info HERE.

Good tacos...for good.

Good tacos…for good.

Tacos for Goodness Sake

Recipe for the perfect L.A. summer day:

Start with one (1) Grand Park.

Add muchos taco vendors including but not limited to: Dia de los Puercos, Kogi and Homeboy trucks; taco caterers My Taco Guy and Los Ruizenores; and brick-and-mortars Yeya’s and Mexicali Taco & Co.

Season with El Machete Microbrew Piquant Sauces.

Cool with Misfit Lightning jalapeno and coriander lemonades and Todo Verdi juices and smoothies.

Sweeten with Viva los Cupcakes and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

Shake it up with world music from La Junta and QUITAPENAS.

The result: A hot, sweet and spicy mix that serves thousands.

Benefit: 100% of the net proceeds go to local non-profit Jovenes, Inc., which creates homes and community for homeless youth 18 – 25.

Rating: 10 out of 10 in the category of Best. Day. Ever.

5TH ANNUAL LA TACO FESTIVAL 2015 — Sat, Aug 22; noon – 7pm. All ages/FREE admission/donations welcome — Grand Park, 200 N Grand Ave, LA 90012,  For more info, incuding Metro/parking, go HERE.

Not just jazz....

Not just jazz….


…and this weekend, the livin’ is easy.

Head to one of L.A.’s oldest parks (Sycamore Grove) in the “original suburb” (Northeast L.A.) to hear music and create art at the 2nd Annual Latin Jazz & Music Festival.

Hosted by Councilmember Gil Cedillo, the two-day party in the park puts the focus on local Latin Jazz musicians with Joe Bataan headlining on Saturday and Lil Willie G on Sunday.

Want to make art in addition to listening to it?

On Saturday only, Jessica Ceballos and Poesia Para le Gente will be at Sycamore Grove Park with a table, paper and typewriters available to anyone to write if the spirit moves them.

Given the high caliber of musical potency, prepare to be moved.

2ND ANNUAL LATIN JAZZ & MUSIC FESTIVAL —  Sat Aug 22 & Sun Aug 23; noon – 7pm.  FREE/all agesSycamore Grove Park, 4702 N Figueroa St, LA 90042.  More info HERE.

States of creativity....

States of creativity….

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Doug Aitken: “Station to Station” — A kinetic light sculpture train!  62 clips of artists like Ed Ruscha, Patti Smith and Giorgio Moroder!  Pre-screening performances by No Age and White Mystery! — Fri 8/21 – Thurs 8/27

Theatricum’s “Under the Oaks” Series — Topanga Woods performance and music series begins! Martin & Music Thurs 8/20!  Little Faith Thurs 8/27 —  Thursdays 8/20 – 9/17

California Roots Union at Grand Ole Echo — Top L.A. roots music! All ages!  FREE before 6pm!  Sun 8/23

Ready?  U Know U Want to Go Go….

Music, comedy but no lobster, despite Hannibal Burress.

Music, comedy, Hannibal Burress, no lobster.


August in L.A., ya’ll.

Gather up the sunblock,  the water bottles and your Ninja Turtles personal misting fan.

The weekend’s gonna be a scorcher but you’ll be cool.

Especially at the following….

All Fun, No Claws

Echo Park Rising is the festival version of your fave restaurant; you want to pass on the love to everyone you know while still keeping it small enough to stay real.

This weekend, prepare to share.

Now in its 5th year, the Echo Park music, art, comedy and local business bash is on the pop culture map as one of the year’s must-attend ‘hood celebrations.

Featuring 80+ acts, the fest officially kicks off Friday with Dengue Fever headlining on the Liberty Main Stage but don’t miss the Thursday pre-parties/acts at selected EP venues including the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers at the Echo and a pre-fest dance bash at the Echoplex.

Shake out those Thursday heebie jeebies.

Come Saturday, catch comedian Hannibal Buress (Broad City) in the afternoon and Hanni El Khatib in the evening: both on the Main Stage.  There are dog-friendly events at BlueCollar Working Dog and literary events at Stories  Books and Cafe.  Golden Road Brewing is providing Echo Park Rising Blonde to taps all over the neighborhood.

Echo Park Rising is FREE for all but a $25 Friday through Sunday VIP pass lets you skip lines and gets you into full-to-capacity venues via VIP viewing areas.

Consider being a baller.

ECHO PARK RISING — Fri, Aug 14/3 – 10pm. Sat, Aug 15 & Sun, Aug 16/noon-10pm.  GA- FREE/VIP $25Various Echo Park locations.  VIP tix and more info HERE.

Rush over to Perform Chinatown 2015 (Logo by Michelle Andrade)

Rush over to Perform Chinatown 2015 (Logo by Michelle Andrade)

Head Rush!

A clown collage.

A gigantic installation of Jerry Maguire VHS tapes..

Opera karaoke.

Experience all of the above and more beautiful madness this Saturday at Perform Chinatown 2015: RUSH HOUR.

Curated by Molly Jo Shea, performance artist and co-director of ESXLA, the FREE, all-day fest in Chinatown features the full spectrum of performance work in L.A.

And what a spectrum it is.

Taking its name and it’s “What is fake?” theme from the tourist trap sign on Foo Chow’s restaurant touting Jackie Chan’s movie Rush Hour, highlights of the fest include an art obstacle course, a monster mash costumed parade and an IRL/URL after-party music experience, Living Room, at Melody Lounge.

Worried you’ll be too wiped out to make it to the after-party?

Luckily for you, there’s a “boob mug relaxation-station”.


PERFORM CHINATOWN 2015: RUSH HOUR — Sat, Aug 15/ 1pm – 10pm.  FREEChung King Rd, Chinatown, L.A. 90012.  For artist and performance info, go HERE.

All this and more at the West Elm store.

All this and more at the West Elm store.

Food, Glorious Food

If you have one quibble with Artisanal L.A., it’s this:

The gourmet DIY paradise isn’t open nearly often enough to satisfy your and Scooby’s cravings for pickled Bloody Mary veggies and gourmet pup-pastries.

Thankfully, the Artisan L.A. specialists in the hand-crafted and the delicious have heard your weak and famished foodie cries.

Put down the spatula and the jar of nearly-gone gooseberry jam and clear your Sunday for the Artisan L.A. + West Elm pop-up.

Taking place at the latter’s flagship store, the Artisanal L.A. team has curated a tasty — literally and figuratively — selection of goods and goodies to keep you stocked in edibles and giftables until the Fall show in October.

And while you certainly don’t need an inducement to browse brands like Birch and Bone, Knight Owl Coffee and Hello Sweetie Pies, the inclusion of special guest/L.A. Street Food Fest fave Corazon y Miel is a definite plus.

Especially since they’ll be serving yummy brunch cocktails from 10:00am – 11:00am before the store opens to the public.

Yes, that is your heart beating faster with joy….

ARTISANAL L.A. + WEST ELM POP-UP — Sun, Aug 16/ 10am – 2pm.  FREEWest Elm, 8366 Beverly Blvd, LA 90048,  For more info, including a list of vendors, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Labyrinth Masquerade Ball XVIII — Elaborate costumes!  Amazing entertainment!  Magical royal court!  — Fri 8/14 & Sat 8/15

3rd Annual Beard And Mustache Competition — Epic beards!  Epic fun!  Hairy excitement!  From LA Facial Hair Society & Grave Before Shave! — Sat 8/15

Burbank Comedy Festival — Underground showcases!  Live podcasts!  After-parties! Sun 8/16 – Sat 8/22

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….


There's a riot going on....

There’s a riot going on….

Summertime in the city getting a little same-old, same-old?

This weekend, ditch the flip-flops and put some edge into August:

A punk food fest.

A guillotine celebration.

Avocado beer.

Come Friday, summer’s  gonna get all shook up.

Grill of Your Dreams

Armed with knives and wearing stilettos, you’ve seen Nadia G being wicked funny and just plain bad-ass in Bitchin’ Kitchen.

This Friday, she’ll be dishing the delish — and the one-liners — in person at Riot Grill: a femme-tastic mash-up of punk, comedy and food pop-up in celebration of LGBT rights.

Catch fiercest-of-the-fierce Babes in Toyland at their last L.A. show on their 2015 tour, take-no-prisoners Mexican garage punk band Le Butcherettes fronted by Teri Gender Bender, and brash Philadelphia-based duo Slutever.  Nadia G performs with her band The Menstruators; Emmy Award-winning comedian Sara Schaefer hosts.

Bitchin’ Kitchen will also be serving up the kind of sassy, inspired comfort food that took Nadia G from YouTube supernova to Cooking Channel star including: Philly Cheesesteaks with Creamy Taleggio Sauce; Sweet Fig & Prosciutto Pizza; Crack Bacon Dark Chocolate Cupcakes and Thai Basil and Blueberry Hard Lemonade.

Come down and wave your rainbow flag high.

RIOT GRILL — Fri, Aug  7 @ 7pm.  $39.99 – $99.99/all agesRegent Theater DTLA, 448 S Main St, DTLA 90013.  Tix and more info HERE.

Celebrating the beheading of the one-percent,,,,

Celebrating the beheading of the one-percent,,,,

Fun with Guillotines

The Grand Guignolers like absinthe.  A lot.

One of many reasons to like them.

Not mention their talent for producing some of the most entertaining immersive theater in town.

You’ll have your chance to revel in all of the above this Saturday at the commedia dell’arte troupe’s belated Bastille Day Fun-Raiser.

Forced to reschedule after lightning literally struck on July 14th, the fête celebrates the beginning of the French revolution and the fall of the aristocracy — who literally lost their heads.  The soiree is also a fundraiser for the Grand Guignolers’ ambitious, upcoming production of Victor Hugo’s The Man Who Laughs.

You will laugh at the performances of the Grand Guignolers’ signature “tiny, naughty puppets” and also while taking “cheerful souvenir photos” with the guillotine.

Be sure to wear your best vintage, cocktail, or red, white and blue duds for that rare photo op.

Theatrical entertainment, drinks (including absinthe) a dessert bar (rum cake is promised) and a Bastille pinata round out the evening.

And never forget that “The Guillotine is still there.  Awaiting for your affection.”

Best. Party invite. Ever….

BASTILLE DAY FUN-RAISER — Sat, Aug 8; 7:30 – 11pm.  $35 – $100A private garden, 4729 Orange Knoll, La Canada 91011. .  Tix and more info HERE.

Like guacamole but to drink....

Like guacamole but to drink….

No Need to Bring Chips

The weather may not be scorch-level but that doesn’t mean you don’t need heat relief.

Angel City Brewery is there for you with the 3rd Annual Avocado Festival.

This Sunday, have your avocado in food pairings, including icy paletas, from a bevy of food trucks, and drink it too in the form of avocado ale.

Yes, avocado ale.

Take a focused, brewer-led tour to check out the creation of this celebrated, seasonal ale: a “light, kolsch-style beer with a slight haze” brewed with garlic, lime juice, red pepper and honey.

Oh yeah,

In addition to consuming California’s state fruit in all its iterations, sample specialty flight bars, play avocado corn hole and check out chalk art while grooving to six hours of music.  There’s also an avocado photo booth.

Fingers crossed your head appears where the avocado pit usually does….

3RD ANNUAL AVOCADO FESTIVAL — Sun, Aug 9; noon – 8pm.  FREE/21+Angel City Brewery, 216 S Alameda St, DTLA 90012.  More info HERE.

Keep your eye out for Chicken Boy....

Keep your eye out for Chicken Boy….

More Weekend Go Go Fun….

Brew at the Zoo — 60 breweries!  Pub grub!  Close encounters of the gorilla kind!   Fri 8/7

Sundance Next Fest — Cutting edge films!  Cutting edge music!  FREE Flight Simulator!   Fri-Sun 8/7-9

2nd L.A. River Boat Race — Race!  Watch!  Chicken Boy is pacekeeper!   Sat 8/8

CicLAvia — Culver City Meets Venice — Cycle/Skate/Stroll the Westside!  Eat!  Repeat!   Sun 8/9

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….



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

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

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

Also laughs.

Also bacon.

A balanced life is everything.

Art Incubator

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

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

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

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

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

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

And that’s just the first week.

Bet you can’t see just one.

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

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

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

Bacon, Bacon Everywhere

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

Time to head to the beach.

Long Beach, that is.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lucky 13,

Lucky 13,

Lucky Yucks

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

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

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

Ms. Go Go is exhausted just thinking about it.

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

You’ll want to be there if they do.

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

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

No Friday night hatchet jobs....

No hatchet jobs here….

Yes, the weather is crazy.

Yes, summer’s half over.

And yes, you can relax….

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

Start a Story/Hear a Story

Friday: Part 1

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

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

Know where you began but not how to begin?

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

No need to check baggage….

Oh the Places You've Been

Oh the Places You’ve Been

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

Friday, Part 2

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

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

All that and twisty book tunnels.

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

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

11th Annual Tiki Night at the Egyptian!

11th Annual Tiki Night at the Egyptian!

Your South Sea Adventure Awaits

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

Sarong gone missing?

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

Hello, hibiscus flower bras.

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

You’ll be swaying for days.

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

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

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

Art Park

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

Yay L.A.!

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

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

Selfie yourself smart here, yo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Weekend Go Go Fun….

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

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

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

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….


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

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

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

Test your chops with this weekend of fun.

Step and Repeat

The Museum of Contemporary Art always throws the hippest parties.

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

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

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

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

Bask in the buzz of creativity.

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

Jazz, noir and beatniks at Cinefamily.

A “shock and shame story”!

Beatnik and Repeat

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

Also, no need for sunscreen.

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

Good times.

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

Pass the jujubes.

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

Sip and repeat at Galco's.

World class sipping at Galco’s.

Sip and Repeat

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

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

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

Stop and smell the rose petal soda pop.

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

This Sunday, sip good, do good.

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

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

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

More Weekend Go Go Fun! 

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

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

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

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….


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