NO COACHELLA? NO PROBLEM. You have SO much to do here in town….

Brewery Art Walk Spring 2011: the event too cool for a proper poster.

One of the many inconvenient aspects of Coachella — aside from the heat, dust, dehydration, and barfy teens – is that it’s right smack dab at Tax Time.

That means that unless OCD or IRS are integral letters in your life lexicon  and you filed your taxes months ago  — which means you may not be paying close enough attention to Ms. Go Go’s mandates for mayhem and merriment — there’s no way to use whatever piddling tax refund you might get to mingle with crusty chicks and beer-spraying dudes while SOMEONE plays in the distance under sodium lights.

Sad for you.

But buck up, boys and girls…Ms. Go Go has your weekend map ‘o fun…and if you hit every venue, it will still cost you less than a weekend’s worth of water bottles in Indio.

Consider it a pre-tax refund bonus.

Twice a year, the creative and the cool of the Brewery Artist Colony open the doors of their studios to the public for perusal and potential purchase  and the  Brewery Art Walk Spring 2011  just happens to be this weekend.   You’ll tromp around a cavernous labyrinth of cement corridors and echo-ey stairs, eye charmingly ragtag gardens, and linger in studios chock full of art that you can snatch up at studio prices, thereby taking care of your culture fix, your daily exercise requirement, your commune with nature, and your art patron responsibilities all in one fell swoop.     The free event runs 11:00 a.m.  – 6:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Since the Brewery is the world’s largest art colony, Ms. Go Go recommends wearing your comfiest creepers.

Three words: free otter pops.

If you’ve opted for Eastside on Saturday, you can buzz the freeway post-Brewery to the first (and hopefully annual) Brokechella, put on by the Ahimsa Collective.    Billed as a “One Night Music Art Party Extravaganza in the Spirit of the Festival Nobody Could Afford”, this bash warrants a look-see based on the tag alone.

Here’s what you’ll find at the double-storied Airliner bar where Thom Yorke (Radiohead, natch) played a secret show last month: one food truck, two bars, three stages, multiple see-’em-now bands, fresh stand-up, seemingly acres of art – including a PBR sculpture — and drink specials.  And as if the above wasn’t enough, there’ll be free otter pops.


Presale billets’re all snapped up but  tix are still available.  Your best bet for non-desert bargain fun?  Get to the Airliner by 8:00 p.m. for $5-at-the-venue-entree before the doors close at 8:15.

Luckily, you’ll still be wearing your creepers for that last hundred yard dash….

Bigger, better, Westside-ier

Start (or end) the weekend with a leisurely stroll filled with sips and nibbles at the two-day Artisanal L.A. Spring Show 2011.  Debuting at its new Santa Monica Place digs (with complimentary bike and car valet…wheee!), 2011’s first iteration of “L.A.’s Best Food Event of 2010” has new and veteran vendors, helpful panels on everything from local honey to craft beer — and hopefully, creative ways to combine them — plus hands-on workshops on how to bake bread and/or  hand-tie garden bouquets.  (Finally, am I right?!)

The foodie buzz of the $15-at-the-door weekend fest, which runs 11:00 – 8:00 on Saturday and 11:00 – 7:00 on Sunday, is the sneak peek/taste test of sandwiches from Daily Dose, the new project  from DTLA entrepreneur Sarkis Vartanian and Test Kitchen’s Christian Page.

On Saturday at 2:00 p.m., Page, butcher brother Luke, Rocker Bros’ Christian Schaeffer — basically, a brace of bros —  and Cochon 555 finalist Christopher Fuller host a panel and butchering demo titled “Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself… My Name is Meat.”

Honestly, they had Ms. Go Go at “Meat”….

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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