Love fest at Echo Country Outpost

Last weekend may have been a cultural desert because of the Super Bowl but Friday kicks off a fortnight of nearly nonstop fun.

Eat your Wheaties.  Start your engines.  Go. Go. Go.

Crushtastic

Ms. Go Go says, what better way to kick off the pre-V-Day weekend than with a big ‘ole free love fest?

Remain calm, Go Go’ers. The free refers to finance and the love fest is aural, so focus.

Echo Country Outpost, the hub of all things rootsy and Americana in Echo Park/Edendale, has invited five of their fave bands to perform in a “shameless outpouring of love for one another.”

Ms. Go Go’s mascara is running.

Here’s the dealio: each of the invited bands –Driftwood Singers, Matt Taylor & His Laurels, RT ‘n the 44’s, Olentangy John, and Tommy Santee Klaws — will perform one song they love from each of the other four bands.  Echo Country Outpost anticipates “a love pool so deep and rich we’ll probably all drown.”

Ms. Go Go advises that you sink, not swim.

(I HAVE A CRUSH ON YOU — Fri, Feb 10; 8pm – 1:30 am; Free but online donations encouraged below –Echo Country Outpost, 1770 Glendale Blvd, Edendale, 90026; Donate:  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=22RQE5FC8CAGN)

Art Attack

You love art.  Artists (would love to) love you.  But how to connect outside of the oh-so-formal-and-intimidating gallery system?

Meet Create:Fixate – your artistic matchmaker.

As with all things in matters of the heart, you look for expertise, dedication, experience; the arts org has been delivering all three for a decade.  This Saturday, they’re celebrating ten years of helping emerging artists and musicians connect with their public at I Art You: a Valentine’s-themed celebration.

You’ll want to be part of that public.

There will be a Gallery Preview and Kids Kreativity Zone from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.; that’s  when the 21+ party really gets started with over 40 participating artists including  Audio Lab members Valida (KCRW’s “The Lab”) and John Tejada (“L.A.’s own techno hero” per L.A. Weekly.)

There will be a “Singles Mingle” with “passion consultant” Barry Selby.  (You’re happy to lend your expertise if necessary.)  There will be a live art car competition. (Pros only, even though Ms. Go Go knows you’ve spent hours painstakingly working on your studies of nudes.)  There will be an All Night, Adult-Friendly Valentine’s Day card-making station.

Hey, those art lessons may come in handy after all.

I ART YOU — Sat, Feb 11; 4-7pm all ages (kids free); 7pm – 2am; 21+; $15 before 9 pm; $20 for rest of the night —  Premiere Events Center, 613 Imperial St., DTLA, 90021 www.createfixate.com)

South Pas Arts Crawl 2012

Small Town, Big Art, Much Music

Go Go’ers, if you’re the sort of art lover who likes to perambulate as you peruse, the South Pas Arts Crawl is your down-home, pedestrian friendly art event.  Billed as a “Neighborhood-Night-on-the-Town”, the pre-Valentine’s Arts Crawl is spread out over the Mayberry-like Mission District.

Think of it as more opportunities to cuddle up and get cozy.

Artists include plein air painter Laurie Hendricks, who is offering a free print with every painting bought at her recently opened gallery inside Reimagine Your Home.

Go Go’ers, you love a V-Day bargain.

Brad Colerick, who runs the hugely popular, monthly Wine ‘N Song event at Firefly Bistro , will be performing with friends at SOPA Studios, home of ten resident artists, and has coordinated other musical acts for the crawl including Songs of Shiloh at Salon 1032 featuring the “shivery beauty of [Nicole] Gordon’s voice.” (Pasadena Weekly)

Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times will be projected on the side of the Iron Works Museum courtesy of Videotheque and in addition to delish South Pasadena eateries like Mike and Anne’s  (Hint: make rezzies now), food trucks Gastrobus, Slammin’ Sliders, and Auntie’s Fry Bread will be dishing the delish.

Can you feel the small town love?

(SOUTH PASADENA ART CRAWL — Sat, Feb 11; 5-9pm; free — For more info, visit www.SouthPasadena.net)

Old Californio play The Friendship Festival

Friends and Love

Go Go’ers, love takes many forms and sometimes that form is friendship.

Sunday’s Andy Wade Friendship Festival at Kingston Cafe in Pasadena, will benefit St. Francis Center, which serves the homeless and near homeless including a recently added outreach to teens and young adults.

The cause may be serious but the music is not.  Reggae band Island Passion opens the Festival at 4:00 pm.  Dinner tix are sold out but you can enter the raffle and do your Val-Day shopping at the great featured vendors while listening to country rockers Old Californio perform from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. (Uncut Magazine says they “wake up the echoes of the olden days with their taut playing.”)

This will make Monday so much better.

(THE FRIENDSHIP FESTIVALSun, Feb 12, 4:00 – 8:30; $10Kingston Cafe, 333 So Fair Oaks Blvd, Pasadena, 91105, 626.844.6477; to donate to Andy Wade Friendship Fund go to: www.sfcla.org/donate.htm)

Ready?  U Know 2 Want 2 Go Go….

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