The Taste Fest.

The Taste Fest.

Unofficial end of summer?   Sad.

Great ways to celebrate end of summer?   Glad.

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

Just go go….

Good Taste

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

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

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

You’ll want to know them all.

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

Go Go’ers, those stretchy pants look swell.

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

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

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

Ready, Set…River!it’

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

Bonus…no sharks.

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

In other words, sign up ASAP!

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

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

Bonus #2: bragging rights for proving Conan wrong.

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

Ready to launch....

Long Beach Funk Fest is ready to launch….

Funk it up in Long Beach

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

And that’s a good, good thing.

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

Go Go’ers, they’re gonna funk you up.

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

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

Go Go’ers, it’s gonna be funky fresh.

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

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

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

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

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

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

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Good eatin' tonight....

Good eatin’ tonight….

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

“Ecstatic” might be the better word.

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

Good Food’s Good Eats

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

Time to change that tonight.

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

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

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

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

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

Sacred Fools Barely LegalSacred Fools Shenanigans

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

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

Of course, there are cocktails.

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

Your own or someone else’s….

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

Silver anniversary of World Stage....

Silver anniversary of World Stage….

 

Jazz Church

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

Think of it as Sunday supper “jazz church”.

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

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

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

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

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

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

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

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

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

Ready?  U Know u want 2 Go Go….

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bet you can’t try just one….

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

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

To make reservations at Traxx Restaurant, go HERE.

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You know you want to....

You know you want to….

Contemplating a quick getaway?

You’ll want to reconsider.

Your perfect staycation starts today.

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

They Give Good Read….

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

Tonight, plan for Poetry Brothel.

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

Think of the latter as literary lap dances.

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

As with any den of iniquity, bring cash.

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

Drink the green!

Go green!

The Drinking of the Green

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Burbank is beautiful...and funny!

Burbank is beautiful…and funny!

Bustin’ up in Burbank

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

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

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

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

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

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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NEXT Fest at the Ace Hotel

NEXT FEST at the Theater at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Go Go’ers, get ready for four days of hot tickets, cool beers, and hip kitties.

Hey, just how you like your weekend….

NEXT! please

Do you like film?  Do you like music?  Do you like hearing famous people talk about same?

Lucky you.

The Sundance NEXT FEST — a mash-up of  all three — kicks off  tonight and Friday with a celebration of “renegade creativity” that sounds dangerous in the best possible way….

A  mysterious Afghanistan veteran.  An Iraqi vampire western.  A zombie rom com.

You’ll be lucky to get away with your fingernails unchewed.

An offshoot of the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT <=> section, the Fest presents the Los Angeles premieres of six new films (including, above,  The Guest, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and Life After Beth) from independent artists and pairs them with inspiring panelists like Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) and artistically like-minded musicians like Father John Misty and Warpaint.

All the screenings take place at the gorgeous Theater at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles except for tonight’s 10th (yikes!) anniversary  screening of Napoleon Dynamite at Hollywood Forever Cemetery: clearly, a #ThrowbackThursday choice.  Co-screenwriter Jerusha Hess and members of the cast will be in attendance although sadly, not Mr. Dynamite himself.

Yeah, those “ligers” are scary too.

SUNDANCE NEXT FESTThurs, August 7 – Sun, August 10;  various times. $14 – $25 —  For tix, locations, and more info, go HERE.

Wild night with the wildlife.

Wild night with the wildlife.

Zoo Brews

For a really wild night, forego the clubs for the cubs.

Friday under the stars, sample brews  from 30+ local micro-breweries while you wander amongst the wildlife at Brew at the L.A. Zoo.   In addition to the usual elephants, koalas and apes (oh my), check out the new Rainforest of the Americas which features giant river otters, toucans and something called cotton-top tamarins.

Hairstyle inspiration gratis.

Do the Alligator and the Watusi  to music by The Spazmatics, Indian School, and the Jug or Nots as well as tracks by DJ Johnny Hawkes.  Brews and a souvenir glass are included in the ticket; there’s also food truck fare for purchase plus discounted tix for dedicated drivers.

All party animals must be 21+.

L.A. BREW AT THE ZOOFri, August 8, 7-11p.m.  21+. Tix: online $45, $40 for GLAZA members, $25 for designated drivers; $50 at door (if available)Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive, LA 90027.  For tix & more info, go HERE.

Nice kitty.

Nice kitty.

What’s New, Pussycat?

There’s something about the slinky feline that generates both cat-related creativity for charity and a surfeit of over-shared kitty videos .

You know who you are….

On Saturday, lovers of cat and kitsch will rejoice when CATbaret returns for another  “catstravaganza” of song, dance and Fred Willard: all to benefit the Kitty Bungalow-Charm School for Wayward Cats .  Enjoy cat-themed entertainment from celebrity singers and So You Think You Can Dance performers all to help fund feral cat rescue.

Keeping the streets safe, one feline at a time.

For avid fans of the aforementioned online cat celebrities, dwarf kitty charmer Lil Bub will be doing a TGIF “Meet and Greet” Friday afternoon.   Interactive opportunities with the world’s most famous perma-kitten include photos, “possible” petting and/or kissing, and, for a lucky (and deep-pocketed few), the chance to share a VIP booth with Bub at CATbaret.

Go Go’ers, life is good.

CATBARETFri, August 8, 4:30 – 7:3pm (Lil Bub Meet & Greet) $20 – $350 AND Sat, August 9, 6pm (CATbaret!) $50 – $125 — Belasco Theater, 1050 S Hill St, DTLA 90015  For info & tix, go HERE.

Art + comedy = Tragedy Plus Time

Art + comedy = Tragedy Plus Time

“Humor is tragedy plus time”

Mark Twain said it.  Patton Oswalt adapted it.

Now the  Hammer Museum‘s biennial exhibition Made in L.A. references the quote  for Tragedy Plus Time: an off-site exhibit at Highland Park-based Public Fiction that features six comedians: James Adomian, Eric Andre, Maria Bamford, Kate Berlant, Byron Bowers and D’Ette Nogle.

It’s Art!  It’s Comedy!  It’s a Comedy Art Show!

Comedians might not seem like the traditional idea of “artists” but they definitely fall under Made in L.A.‘s umbrella concept of New. Art. Now.  The larger exhibition features 35 Los Angeles artists with a focus on emerging and under-recognized artists and recent and new work including performances created specifically for the exhibition.

Go Go’ers, this art is funny ha ha….

PUBLIC FICTION: TRAGEDY PLUS TIME, COMEDY SHOWSun, August 10, 8:30 – 11:00pm.  FreePublic Fiction, 749 Avenue 50, (Highland Park) LA 90042   For more info, go HERE.

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Biking encouraged to Les Triplettes de Belleville

Biking encouraged to Les Triplettes de Belleville

The temperatures may be hot but the weekend is oh-so-cool.

Just add water….

And street art.  And crawfish.

That’s summer right there.

Tour de Grand Performances

There wasn’t much dialogue and it was mainly in French so if you loved The Triplets of Belleville, then it’s pretty much a given you loved the music.

Tonight, you can have your crepe and eat it too.

Pack the baguette, the vin, and your fave runny cheese and head to Grand Performances for a short concert by Benoît Charest, the Cesar award-winning composer of Les Triplettes de Belleville, and the Terrible Orchestre de Belleville.  Benoit and the orchestra will subsequently perform the score live during a screening of the animated film.

So basically, it’s a “swinging Belleville rendez-vous.”

LES TRIPLETTES DE BELLEVILLEFri, August 1 @8pm.  FREE/all agesGrand Performances, 350 So Grand Ave, DTLA 90071.  For more info, including directions & parking, go HERE.

Here's how the streets will never be the same....

Here’s one way the streets will never be the same….

Check Out the New “Banksy(s)”

Love street art?  Wish you could stand in the middle lane of the  110 N/S and ogle murals?

Don’t do that.

Instead, head Downtown for The Streets Will Never Be the Same: a one-night-only exhibit featuring street artists.  Curated by Roy Paz and his company Red Hot Art, Paz’s intention is to reveal the artists behind the murals and share their non-street art with the public.

So much better than dodging cars during rush hour.

30+ artists will represent at the pop-up at Kesspro Studios; you’ll also enjoy music by DBA, catering by XXXXXX, a raffle/art giveaway, and — whee!– Ketel One Vodka and Coldcock Whisky to enhance your art-perusing pleasure.   The bash benefits The Epilepsy Foundation; the media partner is Cartwheel Art, which leads street art tours around L.A.

Easier to sip spirits indoors, though.

THE STREETS WILL NEVER BE THE SAMESat, Aug 2, 7 – midnightKesspro Studios,  435 So Molino, DTLA 90013  For more info, go HERE.

You know what to do....

You know what to do….

The Bayous of Long Beach

You could fly to the Big Easy this weekend and brave thunderstorms, 90 degree heat and 53% humidity to suck on mudbugs.   OR you could take a short hop down the coast to the two-day, 21st Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival.

Go Go’ers, let’s start a petition to nickname Long Beach the “Little Easy”.

To guarantee you’ll get a NOLA-style crawfish boil bucket feast and a discount, buy tickets before midnight tonight, Friday, August 1st.   Enjoy live Cajun and Zydeco music including Grammy nominee Lisa Haley and the Zydecats while sampling French Quarter coffee and beignets as well as wine, beer and adult libations including something called a “Screaming Crawfish”.

Go Go’ers, no crawfish were harmed in the making of this cocktail.

21ST ANNUAL LONG BEACH CRAWFISH FESTIVALSat, August 2 noon- 11pm & Sun, August 3 noon – 10pm. $13 (admission only) – $45 atd —  Rainbow Lagoon, [400-403] Shoreline Village Dr, Long Beach, 90802  For more info, directions and tix, go HERE.

A giant yellow pyramid guarantees fun.

A giant yellow triangle guarantees fun.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Poetrypalooza — Month-long L.A. tour!  Poetry!  Music!  Art!  Open mic!  August 1 – 31

Big Bite Bacon Fest —  Also beer!  On the Queen Mary!  Online tix sales end Fri, 8/1   August 2

Summer on Seventh — Inner City Arts benefit!  Rooftop concert!  Food trucks & cocktails!  August 2

Muse until Midnight @ LACMA  — Indie rock Silver Lake Choir!  Urban Lights dance party!  Cash bar & bites!  August 2

The Trip to Italy — Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon dine and dish!  Hilarity ensues!  Cinefamily sneak preview!   Free but RSVP required!  August 3

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Bard party at Theatricum Botanicum!

Bard party at Theatricum Botanicum!

William Shakespeare turns 450 this year !

The “official” birthday date is in April but no one really knows the date so you can celebrate the Bard  with impunity this weekend at a free b-day bash.

For full Bardolatry immersion, check out  Ms. Go Go’s weekend cheat sheet to Shakespeare  around town .

Happy “Belated” Birthday, Bill!

Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Party at Theatricum Botanicum –  Join William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth (or reasonable facsimiles) plus jugglers, wandering musicians and madrigal singers for complimentary birthday cake and beverages in  a gorgeous Topanga Canyon setting.  Shakespeare on the Road will be presenting the venerable troupe with a special plaque.

The party is FREE but you’ll want to buy tix for the afternoon performance of All’s Well That Ends Well (at 4:00 p.m.) and to see Ellen Geer in the titular role of the gender-flipped Lear (8:00 p.m.)

SHAKESPEARE’S 450th BIRTHDAY PARTY — Sat, July 26  FREE party @ 1:30.  Plays at 4pm & 8pm: $15 – $37Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga 90290 (midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway)  310.455.3723.   More info & tix HERE.

Free Shakespeare Festival  in Griffith Park — The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival kicks off tonight with imaginative productions of Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew by the Independent Shakespeare Company whose mission is to make Shakespeare’s plays accessible for a modern audience.

Get to the park early for pre-show performances by Invertigo Dance Company on Saturday and Sunday.

TWELFTH NIGHT & THE TAMING OF THE SHREWFri, July 26 – Aug 31. Pre-show @6:30pm; Plays @ 7pm.  FREEThe  Old Zoo, Griffith Park.   For driving directions go HERE.    For a complete schedule, go HERE.

MIDSUMMER@ZJU_Postcard4EmailMidsummer Night’s Dream at ZJU Theater — Director Denise Devin has a deft touch with Shakespeare and the award-winning ZJU Theater Group always puts on a great show with innovative costumes in their intimate black-box theater.

It’s not summer without Midsummer Night’s Dream…so go.

MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Fridays @ 8:30pm through  August 15. $15 Reservations: 818.202.4120.  For  more info & tix go HERE.

Shakespeare by the Sea’s Hamlet- Want some brine with your Bard?  Head to Hesse Park in  Rancho Palos Verdes on Sunday for Shakespeare by the Sea’s FREE performance of Hamlet.

You’ll get shivers from the play, the views from Catalina Island to Malibu,  and the marine layer so bring a wrap as well as your picnic!

HAMLETSun, July 27 @ 7pm.  FREE  — Hesse Park, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275. For more Shakespeare by the Sea dates/locations, go HERE.

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