The Weekend Go Go: Classic Movies, New Music, and Last Chance Art

Woman in Sea, Hawaii by Herb Ritts (Courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum.)

It’s going to be three days of hella hot this weekend.  What’s a Go Go’er to do?

a) Go to the beach!  Surely no one else will have this idea.

b) Go to a county fair!  Furry animals are at their fragrant best in 80+ degree weather.

c)  Get out of town!  You’ll have earned that one-day getaway after hours on the freeway and/or at the airport.

Not sold on any of the above?  Read on for Ms. Go Go’s picks for staycation salvation.

Note: if you’re looking for a deep-fried Twinkie, you’re on your own. 

Yes, There Will Be Jivin’ Jacks and Jills

Tinseltown has been cranking out movies for over a century.

No wonder your Netflix queue is impossible to wrangle.

Didn’t we all….

Take a break from the teeny screen and head to the air-conditioned Egyptian Theater this weekend for Cinecon’s Classic Film Festival.   Cinecon gets an early crack at newly restored films championed by the likes of Martin Scorcese so they’re always on the cutting edge of  finding once-lost films from the 1910’s – 1940’s.

In other words, really, REALLY old school.

This year, in addition to comic classics such as Laurel and Hardy’s Way Out West and Mack Senett’s brilliant but rarely screened comedy Hot Water, the five-day film fest features the “kinky underworld tale” Dangerous to Know  featuring gorgeous Anna Mae Wong in one of her first break-out roles;  Always a Bridesmaid with the Andrews Sisters and the Jivin’ Jacks ‘n Jills (Yes, really!); She Wanted a Millionaire, in which a wealthy man tries to murder his wife by feeding her to wild dogs (It’s always the wild dogs isn’t it?); and Love Under Fire; a screwball comedy/thriller that peripherally involves a “gang of harmonica rascals”.

Harmonica rascals: the very best kind of rascals.

CINECON CLASSIC MOVIE FESTIVALThurs, Aug 30 – Mon, Sept 1; $25-$112; 12+Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 90028   For tix/ info:

Hot Snakes in a Former Cornfield

You prefer shade to sun but you’ll take good music and comedy any way you can get them and this year’s lineup at the FYF Fest  is worth hydrating heavily for.

If you build shade tents, they will come.

Music  acts at the September 1st and 2nd, noon-to-midnight sound fest include headliners Beirut, synth pop band M83, reunited Swedish punkers The Refused, and The Faint who helped spawn the Omaha, Nebraska, scene.  Indie faves Sleigh Bells, art rockers Warpaint, personal projects such as Deerhunter’s Atlas Sound and former Fleet Fox Father John Misty,  plus  buzz-worthy, 19-year-old  newcomer Nicolas Jaar are among the festival’s many musical reasons to stand in the netherlands northeast of Downtown.

And yes, there will be Hot Snakes playing hardcore garage punk in a Cornfield.

Of course, where there’s music, there is laughter — ok, maybe snark and chaos — delivered by the likes of David Cross, the Sklar Brothers, Maria Bamford, Jonah Ray, and the out-of-control Eric Andre Show Live all against a background of DTLA’s backside.

Which is just how the comedians like it.

FYF has actually taken the weather into consideration: expect shade tents, misters, “hydration stations” with water fountains (bring your own empty water bottle), plus food options including vegan, gluten-free etc.  For the swanky 21+ among us, a VIP option offers a center-of-the-fest beer and wine garden, a full bar, and “comfortable couches”.

You know, kind of like Woodstock.

Also swell: the Metro Gold Line stops in Chinatown right across from Cornfield-turned-L.A. State Historic Park so you don’t even have to hassle with traffic.

‘Cause if you’d wanted to do that, you would’ve left town.

FYF FESTSat, Sept 1 & Sun, Sept 2; noon-midnight; $89 GA/$189 VIP (21+). Kids 10+ can attend if accompanied by an 18+L.A. State Historic Park, 1245 N Spring St, DTLA,  For info/tix go to:

I Art L.A.

So much art, so little time.  Except hey, Go Go’ers, this is a three-day holiday so you’ll have extra horas to check out these ending-this-weekend opportunities, some of which involve free art.

Which is right at the top of your “Art Like/Dislike List”.

Those of a certain age will remember the iconic images produced in the 1980’s and 1990’s by the late photographer Herb Ritts.  Those of a certain youth will be glad they took the opportunity to see the work’s shivery-sexy  gorgeousness at Herb Ritts: L.A. Style.  Extended through September 2nd at the Getty Museum in West L.A. — don’t go to the Malibu Villa by accident, Go Go’ers — the exhibit is enhanced by the audio tour with commentary by some of Herb’s pals including Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford.  You’ll see Herb’s photos and wish you were a pal, too.

HERB RITTS: L.A. STYLE – Through Sun, Sept 2nd; Museum is FREE; Parking is $15J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, LA 90049;

Mohn Award winner Meleko Mokgosi. Pax Afrikaner: Satisfaction of Sensation (1), 2011 (Courtesy of the Hammer Museum)

Got a Wells Fargo credit or debit card?  If so, you get free admission at the Hammer Museum in Westwood through September 2nd when the Made in L.A. exhibit ends.

Even if you’ve checked out the exhibit of rising and underrepresented artists, you’ll want to revisit the big room filled with Meleko Mokgosi’s large-scale mural-like paintings exploring the political legacy of colonialism in South Africa.

Mokgosi was the winner of the Mohn Award, which was funded by former MTV exec Jarl Mohn and voted on by the public.  The award gives Mokgosi $100,000 over two years; a book will also be published about the artist.

You’ll want to say you knew him when…

MADE IN L.A. – through Sun, Sept 2nd,Tue – Fri 11am – 8pm; Sat & Sun 11am – 5pm; Free – $10 — Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90024, 310.443.7000

Ever wondered what it would look like if a the Golden Gate Bridge ran through a giant cube of earth?  Now you don’t have to; just go to the Geffen Contemporary to see Ends of the Earth: Land Art through 1974.   The exhibit, which evokes feelings of fantastical lands, alien visitations and eerie juxtapositions, is extended through Monday, September 3rd.

Heads buried on a British beach, anyone?

ENDS OF THE EARTH: LAND ART TO 1974through Mon, Sept 3rd; Thurs 11A-8P, Fri 11A-5P, Sat-Sun 11A-6P, Mon 11A-5P; Free-$12The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N Central Ave, LA 90012;

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

2 Comments Add yours

  1. You can also come out to Pasadena for round two of our SIP-tember cocktail bracket challenge. Check out the entrants at

    Music in the old cornfield sounds like a destination for us this weekend. Thanks.

    1. Thanks for the reminder, Paul. Did you see Ms. Go Go’s earlier column on the opening night of the SIP-tember cocktail challenge?

      See you at SIP-tember!

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