The Weekend Go Go: Retro Dance Party, Art to Eat, Chinatown Summer Nights, and a

Kick Up Your Heels….

It’s the Janis Joplin part of summer right now.

Memorial Day is a barely relaxed preview of fun-in-the-sun.  July 4th is all about the sis-boom-bah.  And Labor Day is a last desperate gasp of summer.

But now, the living really is easy.

The days are soft.  The nights are cool.  Your daddy’s rich
and your mamma’s good lookin’. (Fingers crossed.)

Not to mention, ’tis the season to drink liquor from a mason jar without feeling like you should be dating your cousin.

The livin’ doesn’t get much easier than that.

Murder and Puppets

Ms. Go Go loves her a murder ballad and REDCAT is happy to oblige her morbid obsession.  The first week of The New Original Works Festival kicks off tonight with  Poor Dog Group‘s The Murder Ballad based on “Jelly Roll Morton’s legendary 1938 recording…[o]riginally performed in the brothels of New Orleans’ steamy Storyville district.”

Opera Povera wants YOU to come to the New Original Works Festival.

Yeah, baby.

Also on the bill — each week of the three-week fest features a trio of new works performed every night — is Opera Povera with the astonishing Julianna Snapper singing Pauline Oliveros’s To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation and Susan Simpson‘s Exhibit Awhich uses puppets to tell tales of 1950’s Silverlake.

This weekend, go for the bold.

THE NEW ORIGINAL WORKS FESTIVALThurs – Sat, July 26 – Aug 11 @ 8:30 pm; $10-$18 — REDCAT, 631 W 2nd St, DTLA, 90012,

And a bottle of rum.

Yo Ho Ho Dance

How do you swing this summer?  At a Retro Dance Party in a pirate bar with people singing about cheese ‘n crackers, holy ghosts, and devil birds.  Natch.

Put on your summer frocks and seersucker suits and head downtown to the Redwood Bar this Friday for swampy, sultry, spooky swing from some of Ms. Go Go’s fave musical finaglers: Two Man Gentleman Band, Dustbowl Revival, and Whiskerman.

There will be dancing.  There will be songs about drinking.  There will be actual drinking.  There will be sweat and sway.

Consider it your summertime sweet spot.

RETRO DANCE PARTYFri, July 27 @ 9pm; $5/21+ — The Redwood Bar, 316 W 2nd St, DTLA,

Your food porn Saturday.

Artistic Pickles

Beautiful food — a constant source of inspiration for artists over the millenia — is now available for looking and eating .

This Saturday, foodie experts  Krista Simmons (Top Chef Masters/LAist),  Shawna Dawson (Artisanal LA) and Michaele Musel (The Secret Forkpick the prettiest plate-fillers in the City of Angels for a one-day food biennial pop-up presented by ForYourArt.  Twelve food crafters like Edward Belden of Peddler’s Creamery, who churns his ice creams on the back of his beach cruiser, will join the sustainable spirit makers of GreenBar Collective to provide samples and sell products. Put all your goodies in special edition tote bags by Brian Roettinger.

Pretend you won’t eat it all on the way home.

NEW. ARTISAN. NOW. — Sat, July 28, noon-6pm; FREEForYourArt, 6020 Wilshire Blvd, LA,

Your new red light district.

It’s Chinatown, Jake

Just when summer couldn’t get any more fun, this Saturday is the first of the Chinatown Summer Nights.  There are bands on the L.A. Weekly stage, there are KCRW DJs, there is food, there is art, but here are the absolutely crucial components:

Beer garden and Punk Rock Pillow Fights

The suds are curated by Eagle Rock Brewery and also include craft brews from Golden Road Brewery and El Segundo Brewery.  The winners of the pillow fights get bragging rights, a tote bag of  goodies, and are invited to the next Summer Night.

No fair stuffing your tote bag to use in upcoming fights.

CHINATOWN SUMMER NIGHTSSat, July 28 (also Aug 8 & 25); 5pm-midnightChinatown, 943 – 951 N Broadway, DTLA 90012 (Central and West Plazas);

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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