Dog days of summer: chilling with le chien

Typically, the dog days of summer refer to that seemingly endless stretch of stifling August heat when by all rights, you and your pet should be lounging in Biarritz bistros instead of slogging sweatily through SoCal streets.  Aside from a brief blast of heat last week, Los Angeles hasn’t exactly been sweltering but you can…

Fifth Anniversary Frogtown Art Walk: more art than frogs

Paradise overrun by pests….  The story sounds apocryphal, even Biblical.  Even the dates are disputed (1950’s?  1960’s?), moving the tale into the realm of urban myth.  The only thing that everyone does agree on is that in the middle of last century, frogs fled the Los Angeles River and swarmed Elysian Valley.   The Eden-named enclave…

Roots revival: the Grand Ole Echo returns.

Go Go’ers, sweat is not always a bad thing.  When the high, thin, hot Santa Ana winds are battering your windows, it’s a burden barely borne.  But sweating and swaying inside the Grand Ole Echo, which pops up this Sunday after a li’l hiatus, is the kind of baptism by fire that leaves you feeling…

Hollywood Comedy Fest: 3 nights of nyuk-nyuk-nyuk PLUS ticket giveaway!

You may know the sketch comedy group Frog Island for their online videos How to Pick Up Prostitutes and Elmo’s World – Behind the Scenes (Spoiler alert: diva Elmo threatens to “cut” Elmo’s World‘s  hapless clapper loader.  Clearly, nothing is sacred with this bunch.)   Now,  the group’s unholy creative triumvirate is complete with their…

Mindshare LA: “Enlightened Debauchery”

Go Go’ers, here’s your chance to combine innovative ideas with a lush party in a spectacular space.  In other words, Smarty Pants Super Summer Fun. Mindshare LA hosts monthly, eclectic events where smart, interesting people listen to even more interesting speakers  (Think  geek imperialists, bio-engineers talking about sex, and Marilyn Manson’s magician roommate.) then drink,…

TEST KITCHEN: Chefs and mixologists on the edge

Good news for Go Go gourmets…top chefs and mixologists are debuting new dishes and drinks almost daily at the Test Kitchen starting this week and if you act fast with the cash, you can be one of the few, the oh-so-lucky guinea pigs. Here’s the concept: there’s a pop-up test kitchen at the site of…

Bill Concannon, Clare Graham, Aaron Kramer: Trash-talking artists

One calls himself a tinkerer. One likes the public anonymity of his day job. One calls his creations “a manifestation of obsessive compulsive order”.  All are artists who delight in detritus and dabble in discards.   Travel around town to meet these kings of controlled chaos. Clare Graham and MorYork Gallery:  Astonishing is the only word…

The 4th Annual Drums Inside Your Chest: the beating heart of spoken words

For those of you who still think of poetry as the bastion of  beatniks in berets intoning mind-numbing rants to finger-snapping aficionados, The 4th Annual Drums Inside Your Chest will change your mind forever.  The poems voiced by the featured wordsmiths are vigorous, dynamic, exciting, funny, and as vital as the blood pumping through your…

Sunset Strip Block Party: Invasion of the Giant Guitars

The Sunset Strip was down and dirty  well before  gangster Mickey Cohen was dubbed its king and while the iconic boulevard recently got a face lift, it’s staying true to its rough and ready roots by celebrating with a multi-block rager and (the equivalent of)  Gibson guitar  tattoos. On Thursday, the City of West Hollywood,…