This Weekend, Eagle Rock Deserves Your Leisure Love

Not the terrible twos....

Go Go’ers, sometimes you have to bow down to the inevitable.  Cocktails are king. Chocolate cures everything.  And this weekend, Eagle Rock is your one-hop-stop for  culture and fun.

You might want to bring a toothbrush and spend the night.

Drinking at a Toddler Celebration

The first brewery to set up shop taproom in Los Angeles in over 60 years, Eagle Rock Brewery is celebrating  two years of beer, brew awards, beer, ladies beer forum, beer, growlers, and beer this Saturday, January 28 from noon to 4:00 p.m.

Clearly, this two-year-old birthday party is not for kids.

Last year’s first anni celebration was at the ERB taproom but this year’s event is taking off at the nearby Verdugo Bar with its spacious, beer garden patio, sinuously curved OG bar, and extensive,  alcoholic, grandfathered-in “To-Go” menu.

You won’t get a goodie bag at this “toddler” party (although seriously, NO kids or pets) but your $12 ticket does get you four drink tickets — many of the Brewery’s special beers will be on tap — plus a commemorative glass.  (Sooo much more fun than a cheap kazoo and some glitter stickers)

There won’t be goldfish crackers or a Toy Story cake but the Mandoline Grille and Grill ‘Em Up will be parked in the lot and dishing the no-host delish for you and your fellow beer revelers.

You should definitely not expect pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, a pinata, confetti or a clown at this birthday bash.

Ms. Go Go thinks that somehow, you’ll still manage to have fun.

(EAGLE ROCK BREWERY TURNS 2! — Sat, Jan 28, noon-4pm; $12; 21+ — the Verdugo, 3408 Verdugo Rd, LA, 90065, 323.257.3408 (Verdugo); http://verdugobar.com/.  For more info: http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events)

Don't try this at home.

Killing Me Softly….

Think about it.  What did people do back in the day before horror movies gave the id an outlet to act out, twist and shout?

Beserkers not included.

According to singer/songwriter Dudley Saunders, the answer is murder ballads —  think love-gone-wrong tales like Frankie and Johnny.   Saunders, who’s presenting Murder Music: A Night of Songs About Killing  with and at Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday night,  believes songs about the tragic and the terrible “let us walk in the devil’s footsteps without risking going to hell.”

Ms. Go Go is getting out her devil-walking boots right now.

Joining Saunders are nine other songwriters — David Serby, David Poe, Brian Wright, Phil Krohnengold, Carla Werner, Amy Raasch, Vivek Maddala, Edward Tree and Sara Lov  — who will be giving modern voice to emotions as old as Cain and Abel…

…who presumably didn’t yet have the outlet of murder ballads at their disposal.

Saunders has been working for weeks with video artists Gray and Carpentier on images and videos, both interstitial and backdrop, to be projected behind the performers.  Actual L.A. crime footage will add verite and authenticity.

Are you ready, boots?  Start walkin’….

(MURDER MUSIC: A NIGHT OF MUSIC ABOUT KILLING — Sat, Jan 28, 8-11pm; 18+/$10 atd —  Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, 90041; 323.226.1617; www.cfaer.org)

"Members of the Los Angeles Free Music Society Testing Pyramid Headphones, 1976." (Photo by Fredrik Nilsen)

Use Your Car to Time Travel

Time travel.  Love the idea but really, still so risky.  What if you stepped on a butterfly and  changed the course of  history?

Now, making visiting the past safe for life as we know it: the Welcome Inn Time Machine  presented by The Society for the Activation of Social Space Through Art and Sound (SASSAS).  The latter, a non-profit that mix/matches experimental music with unconventional venues, is transforming a humdrum Eagle Rock hostelry into a multiplicity of  motel room micro concerts featuring experimental music compositions created between 1949 and 1977.

Coincidentally, the precise decades you’d most like to visit.

Part of the city-wide, months-long Pacific Standard Time Public Art and Performance Festival, the free concert on Sunday, January 29th from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.,will feature works by or inspired by artists such as John Cage, Ornette  Coleman, James Tenney, and Bob Wilhite performed simultaneously and sequentially.  Highlights include music played by a violin tuned to D.E.A.D. and a concert you experience by calling one hotel room from another.

Bonus: no danger of time-space-continuum headaches.

(WELCOME INN TIME MACHINE Sun, Jan 29, 4-10pm; Free — Welcome Inn, 1840 Colorado Boulevard, LA 90041. For more info: on SASSAS and this event please call 323-960-5723 or visit http://www.sassas.org/welcomeinn.)

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Ms Go Go says:

    UPDATE. Re 2ND ANNIVERSARY PARTY via email from Ting Su, Eagle Rock Brewery

    “Thanks for the write-up Kim! We’re super excited for the event, and will be releasing a new beer that was brewed to commemorate our 2 very-exciting years! It’s called Deuce and is an Imperial Stout. It’s actually essentially a double Solidarity (which was our flagship beer).”

    Thanks again and hope to see you tomorrow!

    Cheers! Ting Su Eagle Rock Brewery”

  2. eric says:

    the Time Machine concert sounds fantastic – thanks for the tip!

    but i don’t understand what using a car has to do with it. i’m riding my bike, will it still work? or will i go back in time too far?

    1. Eric, even better if you ride a bike to Welcome Inn Time Travel instead of driving a car! It seems highly likely that a smaller carbon footprint/good karma = a smoother time travel ride. Safe travels!

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