Whether you’re donning your linen suit or vintage sundress, loving lobster or (re)visiting L.A.’s punk scene, it’s the perfect weekend to remember why you love L.A.

Dapper Day LACMA

DAPPER DAY + JAZZ AT LACMA: CELEBRATING REIGNING MEN: FASHION IN MENSWEAR, 1715 – 2015 — Are you the kind of person who believes “sartorial elegance” doesn’t end when summer starts?  If so, spiff up  your pearls and pocket squares for your chance to “step out in style” today!  Dapper Day , organizer of fashionable events in the U.S. and France, encourages sophisticated attire of all eras for their partnership with LACMA. Stroll the gent-centric special exhibit, then picnic on the lawn while listening to the FREE jazz concert.  Retro band Sasha’s Bloc evokes the big band jazz sound of the 1920s–1940s; there’s an expanded dance floor so you can hoof it up from 6-8:00 p.m.  The museum will stay open until 9:00 p.m. for another look at the museum’s dapper dudes.  Why: Checking out a gorgeously preserved zoot suit, sipping a cocktail at Ray’s Bar, then dancing the (early) night away.

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PORT OF LOS ANGELES LOBSTER FEST — Put the B-52’s on your earbuds for some rock lobster inspiration as you head to the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro for a weekend of shellfish royalty in all its classic  iterations. Twenty thousand Maine lobsters will be flown in from the Atlantic and one of them has your name on it…especially with a price tag of only $25 for a 1.25 lb. crustacean with tasty sides.  If a whole lobster is daunting, concentrate on less filling but delicious options like lobster quesadillas or the lobster mac & cheese.  And the aforementioned earbuds are actually unnecessary given the excellent musical acts all day long.  FREE parking and FREE ADMISSION for veterans, military and kids under 12.  Why:   Listening to Dear Boy, Kitten and The Colourist while adding another whole lobster to your plate for $15.

 

 

2016 JOHNNY RAMONE TRIBUTE — Hard to believe it’s been 40 years since the Ramones burst on the scene.  Luckily, Johnny’s widow Linda Ramone puts on this yearly, all-ages  tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery so you can bath in the big screen glow of punk rock with the double feature: Rock’n’Roll High School and Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains.  Steve Jones (Sex Pistols, Jonesy’s Jukebox) hosts with special guests Henry Rollins (Black Flag) and John Doe (X).  Peruse the Morrison Hotel Gallery of Ramones and punk photos and check out the rare public appearance of Metallica guitarist Kirk “Von” Hammett’s special collection of horror movie memorabilia.  Why: Hearing John Doe moderate a Q&A with the Rock ‘n Roll High cast, which will reunite for the first time in 30 years.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go…. 

 

Two evenings under the stars in iconic L.A. settings.

A car-free day of art and music.

It’s a swell weekend to be an Angeleno.

 

 

BREAKING CONVENTION SUMMER SOIREE AT BARNSDALL ART PARK — A summer night.  A daring artist.  600,000 Swarovski Crystals.  And you, if you’re willing to “break convention”!   Barnsdall Art Park is, for the first time, featuring a single artist — Aaron Axelrod — at their signature, summer fundraiser.  L.A. based Axelrod will, in another first, use the iconic Hollyhock House in its first public art installation.  Soiree attendees will get a sneak preview of Dark Matter: Axelrod’s first solo career retrospective survey, which includes inventive multi-media series “Melting Rainbows,” a performance piece which was depicted in a national commercial campaign on MTV.  Executive chefs from Bombet Hospitality Group restaurants Terrine, Faith & Flower, Hanjip, and Viviane will curate the evening’s culinary offerings. In addition to Axelrod’s work, you’ll enjoy live musical performances and DJ’s while sipping cocktails courtesy of Cazadores and Bombay Sapphire.  Why: Sipping a Bombay Sapphire cocktail while getting a sneak preview of a Swarovski crystal art piece.

 

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Colorado Street Bridge Party

 
COLORADO STREET BRIDGE PARTY 2016 — There’s something compelling  about occupying verboten space.  This Saturday, you can experience the thrill of the forbidden AND party on the prettiest bridge in town at the Colorado Street Bridge Party.  Drink cocktails!  Check out stars in the sky via telescopes and vintage cars on the bridge via vintage street lights.  Meander among the three music stages.  Find out what a Silent Disco is!!!  Why: Finding out what a Silent Disco is and then shaking your booty in the fast lane.

 

Celebrate Expo

Ed Moses, Splash On #1 and Splash On #2, 2016 (Image courtesy of William Turner Gallery)

 

CELEBRATE EXPO: A CROSSTOWN DAY OF ART AND MUSIC — Get on a train.  Relax.  Go see great art.  Have brunch and cocktails.  Get on a train.  Relax. Go hear wonderful music. Don’t drive.  Stay relaxed. If this sounds like The Best Sunday Ever, well…it’s pretty damn close, especially since the artist is L.A. icon Ed Moses and the Moses@90 exhibit is a retrospective of his career, including new work created since the opening of the exhibit in April.  (#edmosesisnotaslacker) The event, which includes a tour of the exhibition with Moses himself and ends with cocktails and brunch (FREE but RSVP to livia@lynwinter.com),  is sponsored by the William Turner Gallery at Bergamot Station in collaboration with Union Station Los Angeles to celebrate the connection of two art hubs via the Expo Metro line.  After your two-hour visit to the Westside, hop aboard the Expo line and travel back to Union Station for a late afternoon of live music on the North Patio courtesy of Brazilian guitarist and composer Fabiano do Nascimento and DJ set by Glenn Red.  Why: You’ve got a station to station ticket of fun.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

 

Ms. Go Go is overwhelmed with work but here is your cheat sheet to all weekend fun.

 

 

L.A. FOOD FEST — Angelenos’ fave food fest is back with a new sponsor, new venue (Metro-friendly Exposition Park!), new events including chef-driven meals at the pop-up restaurant in the Rose Garden (see above photo), and new pricing: try the all-in VIP experience or the low-cost, have-it-your-way foodie adventure with 100+ food, beverage, beer, wine and craft cocktail vendors to choose from.  Through Sunday 7/10

 

 

GARAGISTE WINE FESTIVAL — Once denigrated as renegades , now celebrated as artisans, the garagiste movement of winemakers has expanded from the Bordeaux region of France to the world…and this Saturday only, the Metro-friendly Wiltern Theatre.  Many of the sixty, participating, high-quality, limited production winemakers don’t have tasting rooms so this is a rare opportunity to sample the work of passionate vintners all in one place.  Saturday, July 9

 

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LOS ANGELES SALSA FESTIVAL — FREE to attend!  Enjoy live music, dancing and an interactive Kids Zone at this two-day, family friendly fest in Metro-friendly Pershing Square in DTLA. Purchase food from local vendors as well as tickets for the Salsa Tasting Tent and the Beer & Margarita Bar.  Saturday, July 9 & Sunday, July 10

 

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RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR — FREE to attend! Two days and 275+ makers and creators in beautiful. Metro-friendly Grand Park in DTLA.  Special ice cream tasting with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream! Food trucks, DJs and a raffle of a gift bag with $1000 of Renegade Fair makers’ products courtesy of TimeOut Los Angeles.  Saturday 7/9 & Sunday 7/10

 

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ECHO PARK LOTUS FESTIVAL — FREE to attend!  Korean culture is the focus of the 36th annual festival, which includes an Asian Food Court, Japanese tea house, Dragon Boat races, taiko drumming, traditional and contemporary dance performances and, of course, the eponymous lotus and other aquatic plants. Saturday, July 9 & Sunday, July 10.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Day Shall Declare It

Anthony Nikolchev in The Day Shall Declare It – EXTENDED! (Photo by  Gema Galiana)

 

This 4th of July weekend, declare your independence from boredom.

Wow theater.

Three ring words

And a big ‘ole block party.

Join the revolution for fun!

THE DAY SHALL DECLARE IT — Sexy theater.  With a bar called The Paradise.  Those components alone might seem like reason enough to wend your way to a gritty industrial/performance space in DTLA.  However, the second L.A. run of this immersive theatrical piece delivers so much more.   Developed and co-directed by Sophie Bortolussi (Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More) and Wilderness’ Annie Saunders (who recently co-created The Antigone Project at the Getty Villa),  The Day Shall Declare It combines spectacle with intimacy and the poetry of movement with the gritty lyricism of Tennessee Williams’s Early One-Acts and Studs Terkel’s iconic  Working. Starting this week, the theatrical experience has been extended through July 31 with added, late-night performances on Fridays and Saturdays — a smart move since the 8:00 p.m. shows tend to sell out within hours minutes after going on sale.  Patience and persistence are your friends here, though: this show is worth it.  Why: A cocktail and a show is so much better than dinner and a show.  Especially if the show is amazing and you’re a part of it….

 

Third Poetry Circus

Send in the clowns at the Third Poetry Circus at the Griffith Park Merry Go Round (Photo courtesy of the Poetry Circus)

 

THE THIRD POETRY CIRCUS — It’s never too late to run away and join the Poetry Circus. Nichelle Davis, ringmistress of words and one-woman-wonder, brings back the third iteration of her FREE, family friendly carnival of creativity this Saturday.  Ride the Griffith Park Merry Go Round.  Listen to 40 stellar poets perform daredevil feats of literary legerdemain.  Write verse on ribbons under midsummer stars to create a communal/visual poem.  Have a poem written on the spot, expressly for you, at the Poetry Store.  Why:  There is nothing more magical than gorgeous, stirring, exciting words in the moonlight.

 

Grand Park fireworks

Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party (Photo courtesy of Grand Park)

 

GRAND PARK 4TH OF JULY BLOCK PARTY —  July 4th BBQ on the patio?  Meh.  Let food trucks do the cooking while you bask in the sun — and then under the stars —  at Grand Park + The Music Center’s FREE, day-into-night, family friendly, multi-block party to celebrate the Fourth of July.  The fun kicks off at 2:00 with bands, dance troupes, and KCRW DJ’s.  In addition to light show installations, there will be City Hall-adjacent fireworks for mass ooh-ing and ah-ing.  Why: Grass, sun, music and fireworks — all accessible by Metro.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Updated to reflect the following corrections re: The Day Shall Declare It:  Sophie Bortolussi was incorrectly identified as a member of Wilderness.  The previous L.A. run of The Day Shall Declare It was incorrectly identified as a pre-London run but was a post London run.  Additionally, Gema Galian has been credited with the photo.  Ms. Go Go regrets the errors and omissions.

Please Touch the Art

Please Touch the Art at Cantor Fine Art

 

How to celebrate the first official weekend of summer?

Ms. Go Go has ideas.

Read on for how to rule the weekend…

PLEASE TOUCH THE ART — Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with art? If your short answer is “All the time!”, head to the FREE (but please RSVP) Friday opening reception at Cantor Fine Art (CFA) for a thoroughly tactile art experience. The show will feature 20+ artists of varying disciplines from around the world, including Laddie John Dill, Sigis Sniras, Andrew Myers and George Wurtzel.  The latter two are featured in CFA’s Tactile Art Documentary Please Touch The Art in which Wurtzel, a blind artisan/woodworker and teacher, uses his hands to explore Myers’s 3-D portrait of him: a piece that consisted of approximately 4,000 screws.  At the opening reception, there will be a performance by the Academy of Music for the Blind, which also composed a song for the film; 10% of proceeds will benefit the Academy.  Why: Exploring pieces like Dan Lam’s squishy, bumpy sculptures that look like alien neon squids.

 

 

CHINATOWN DESIGN NIGHT —  Whether or not you made it to L.A. Design Festival this year, you can explore design with every sense at the fest’s 6th annual closing bash. Visit Peephole Cinema,  Automata and Coagula Curatorial, for a visual feast: literally, in the case of artists like Dosshaus!  Explore scent design with the Institute of Art and Olfaction.   Taste summer at Pok Pok L.A. (full bar, y’all!),  Lao Tao Taiwanese Street Food,  Jelly Shots from Ludlows Cocktail  Company, and stops at the Coolhaus and MicheMobil  trucks.  KChung Radio provides your summer night soundtrack. Why: One stop design hopping for art lovers and cool kids.

 

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ART BEYOND THE GLASS V — The year’s best — and most fun — opportunity to “drink for good” is happening Sunday at Resident: the gorgeous new indoor-outdoor space in the Arts District!  The 5th annual Art Beyond the Glass party expands to a five hour celebration of cocktail culture in all its glorious forms.  Dozens of L.A.’s top bartenders will be pouring, creating and competing to raise funds for Global Inheritance: an L.A.-based nonprofit organization that creates experiences which inspire individuals to take positive action on global issues.  The brain child of Zahra Bates (National Brand Ambassador, Courvoisier USA) and Daniel Djang (Thirsty in L.A.), the cocktail-fueled fundraiser not only showcases bartenders’ talents behind the stick but artistically as well: all creative endeavors will be available for purchase.  Bonus: Bar Keeper, slinger of vintage bar ware, will be setting up shop for the first time at ABTG.  Why: Partying with the best bartenders in town, buying/seeing/hearing fab art, and raising funds for good = no brainer.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Odd Nights 2017

 

The weekend may be hot but these events are oh-so-cool….

 

ODD NIGHTS AT THE AUTRY — This FREE event on the Autry grounds — free parking as well, including horses (no joke) — has everything you want to while away a balmy summer’s eve: all night musical acts, food trucks, kid events, cool vendors (think Monkeyhouse Society’s MANCAVE for Dad-centric gifts) and a FULL BAR (woohoo!) BONUS: select galleries in the Autry will be open from 6 – 9pm.  Why: Finishing your Dad/grad/wedding gift shopping with a beer in one hand and Wise BBQ in the other.

 

LABW 2016

 

LA. BEER WEEK KICKOFF FEST — The 8th year of everybody’s favorite week launches tomorrow afternoon at Los Angeles Center Studios with a line-up of 80+ craft breweries: a great mix of local and special visiting guests.  Sample 200+ pours of suds from a majority of Los Angeles Brewer’s Guild members as well as rarely-seen-in-L.A. visitors from the length and breadth of the Golden State.  All funds benefit the L.A. Brewer’s Guild as well as Food Forward.  Want to continue the party (and have lots of rideshare credit and/or a designated driver?)  Head to the Saturday night LABW Pizza After-Party at El Segundo Brewing Company for FREE ‘za and pay as you go IPA then peruse the list of LABW events including tap takeovers, beer-and-food pairing dinners, seminars, art exhibitions, and much more.  Why:  Hot day + cold beer = heaven.

 

Pasadena Chalk Festival

 

PASADENA CHALK FESTIVAL – Father’s Day weekend wouldn’t be the same without the FREE 24th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival, which blends family time, a street party, and   two days of jaw-dropping sidewalk artistry.  Special sections at the Paseo Colorado include Animation Alley (Lower Theater Court) and the Chalk of Fame, which focuses on film-centric  art (Upper Theater).  Kid’s Chalkland offers 11th hour opportunities to make Dad’s Day cards plus face painting — presumably not with chalk — for aspiring, young artists. The 17th Annual Pasadena Police Classic Car Show  (on Sunday only) includes food booths and an auction benefiting the Pasadena PAL Program, Peace Over Violence Organization and The Pasadena Police Explorer Post.  Why: The opportunity to gawk at art and bid on a helicopter ride for the ultimate Dad’s Day gift!

 

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

CAC Broadway Noir

 

Not-Yet-Summer is getting seriously fun, y’all!

Plan accordingly….

HOLLYWOOD FRINGE 2016 — L.A.’s most ambitious theater festival is kicking off this weekend with 1500 programs, parties (Prince Prom!) and events (Live-Band Karaoke!) through June 26 (Awards and Closing Night bash!)  The non-curated programming means anyone with gumption and a vision can put on a show at venues both orthodox and not (Three Clubs bar and lounge anyone?!?!)  Of course, The Go Go has a couple of recommended events to check out this weekend. Start with Broadway Noir from Ms. Go Go fave CAC Studios (2015 Fest award-winner for the bawdy Thenardier’s Inn). It’s at the aforementioned Three Clubs so yay for TGIF drinkies with your murder mystery/comedy mash-up.  On Saturday, don’t miss Charlotte’s Shorts (another Go Go fave!): famous SNL and Groundlings alumni read writer/director/artist Charlotte Dean‘s laugh-out-loud short essays about hilariously clueless people such as Donald Bigbelow: erotic writer for men. F0r a Sunday afternoon of magic, mystery, laughs and gasps, mark Australian illusionist (and 2015 Fringe nominee) Simon Coronel: Alien of Extraordinary Ability on your #hff16 schedule. Why:  Theater without a net, laughs aplenty, plus cocktails.

 

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MAKE MUSIC PASADENA 2016 – Take the newly expanded Metro Gold Line to this FREE, Saturday only, all-ages, day-into-night music fest. (Get off at Memorial Park Station, Lake Station or Del Mar Station.) Check out 150 bands, both seasoned and up-and-comers, at six main stages and eighteen sub-stages: everything from band shells to churches to hair salons.  The crowds (50,000 attendees in 2015) are enthusiastic and food and drink options abound; many of the smaller stages are at bars (Bonus!)  Check out James Supercave,  Atlas Genius, L.A. faves The Mowgli’s and HUNNY.  Worried you’ll  miss an act? FREE Pasadena Transit shuttles will ferry fest-goers from main stage to main stage.  Why: Storing up I-saw-them-when bragging rights under sunshine, starlight and palm trees with hundreds of your new best friends.

 

Secret City FREEDOM

THE SECRET CITY LA: FREEDOM +PANCAKE BREAKFAST —  The motto of Chris Wells’s Obie Award-winning  The Secret City is “We worship art”; the quarterly L.A. gatherings (monthly in their Manhattan home base) are described as “Part salon. Part ceremony. Part Show.” Ms. Go Go calls The Secret City an always transplendent mini-vacay for the psyche with featured musical, dramatic, visual and spoken word artists to help you get your soul groove back.  This Sunday at the Bootleg Theater, the theme is “Freedom” and featured performers include: percussionist/tap dancer/jazz performer Aaron Williams; actress Amy Hill;  visual artist Cat Gwinn;  singer/spoken word artist Joe Hernandez-Kolski; filmmaker Laura Nix; and designer/social activist Naomi Pitcairn, who will be creating the food offering.  Additional culinary and creative sustenance is in store; after the service — the last of the season –The Secret City will hold their first Pancake Breakfast fundraiser with Bloody Marys and Mimosas available at an additional cost. Buy a second ticket and treat an artist to nom nom Why: Art, alcohol, ceremony and carb-l0ading in one, glorious, afternoon package.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go…. 

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