The Weekend Go Go: Photo L.A., Dance Pop-up, Funny People, dineL.A.

#5 Tree from the Feld Und Fler photogravure series by Max Kellenberger at Photo L.A.
#5 Tree from the Feld Und Flur photogravure series by Max Kellenberger at Smith Andersen North at Photo L.A.

Angelenos tired of SoCal’s frigid weather may be snowbirding it during this long weekend  — Ms. Go Go hears the East Coast is nice this time of year — but there’s plenty to do for the staycationers among us.

Snow shoes (hopefully) not required….

Oh Snap

Whether it’s snapshots of celebs or artsy studies of shadows and concrete slabs, Los Angeles has always been a sun-drenched dream for shutterbugs.

Not surprisingly,  Photo L.A.: The 22nd Los Angeles International Photographic Art Exposition attracts a global crowd  of artists and enthusiasts for four days of photo-play that includes docent-led tours, book signings, roundtable discussions, talks, seminars and work by emerging artists.

Thanks to the latter, your art mogul career is about to begin.

The Friday through Monday exhibition officially kicks off Thursday with a paparazzi-worthy party benefiting Inner City Arts on Skid Row.  KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd spins; acclaimed international performing artist Tiffany Trenda performs “Body Code”, which educates about the effect of toxic chemicals on the body.  The performance is interactive; guests are encouraged to “scan the artist’s [latex-clad] body with their smart phones”.

Yes, art is fun.

PHOTO L.A.: THE 22ND LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC ART EXHIBITION — Opening Night Benefit: Thurs, Jan 17, 6-9pm; $80. Exhibition: Fri, Jan 18 – Sun, Jan 20; 11am – 7pm.  Mon, Jan 21, 11am – 6pm; $15 – $599 — Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica, 90401. For tix:  For more info:

EMERGENCE - Noelle Anderssen: Artistic Director, Rubans Rouges Dance Company
EMERGENCE – Noelle Andressen: Artistic Director, Rubans Rouges Dance Company (Photo: Robert Salas)

Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dancer(s)

You usually associate the Downtown-adjacent Brewery with glorious art and sore feet after clomping up and down stairs to visit open artist studios.

A variation on the glorious art and one space/multi-artists concept takes place this Saturday, January 19th  with Awakenings and Beginnings, the inaugural dance festival from Noelle Andressen’s Rubans Rouges Dance Company.

The big difference?  The sore feet won’t be yours.

The one-night-only pop-up features a sampler of work from ten local companies whose styles range from modern dance to ballet to hip hop to jazz while also incorporating elements such as video and physical theater.

In addition to SoCal dance scene staples such as Nancy Evans Dance Theater and Amanda Hart’s Hart Pulse Dance Company, check out globe-trotting artist Misa Kelly of ArtBark International (formerly SonneBlauma) and Megill & Company, which has an ongoing relationship with “sister” modern dance company Qunito Elemento in Puebla Mexico.

It’s your Saturday night one-stop pop-hop.

AWAKENINGS AND BEGINNINGS — Sat, Jan 19,  7pm-10:30pm; $10 – $15 — Diavolo Space, The Brewery, 616 Moulton Ave, LA 90031. For info:  For tix:

Allee Willis thanks you for being a friend....
Allee Willis Thanks You For Being a Friend…at UnCabaret

Sunday Night Funnies

If you have fame-hungry out-0f-towners parked in your spare room this weekend, you’ll want to steer them (and yourself) to UnCabaret at First and Hope’s swanky Bar Fedora where Beth Lapides, ha-ha hostess with the mostest, welcomes comedians Tim Bagley, Karen Kilgariff, Natasha Leggero, Mike McDonald, and Faith Tucker.

This Sunday is also the UnCabaret debut of Allee Willis who wrote the Emmy-nominated theme song for Friends, won a Grammy for the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, co-authored the Broadway musical version of The Color Purple, sold 50 million records, and has a Virtual Museum of Kitsch.

This Sunday, she’ll be hanging with you.

UNCABARETSun, Jan 20 @ 8pm;  $20 (Gen Admission); $55 (Platinum Dinner Package)Bar Fedora @ First & Hope, 710 W 1st St, DTLA 90012, For tix/ info:

YUM l.a.

L.A. is for Eaters

Others may caravan off for the three-day weekend.

Not oh-so-clever you.

The world (or at least the town) is literally your oyster this Monday with the start of dineLA on January 21st…when others have left town, wait times are shorter, and meals are oh-so-much cheaper,

Your plans for lunch domination are off to an excellent start.

Dinner domination is looking like a lock too.

The deets: through February 1st, 250+ Los Angeles restaurants will offer prix fixe lunches priced at $15, $20, and $25, and dinners at $25, $35, and $45.  Check the Restaurant Week site frequently for participating restaurants, menus, suggestions and specials.

As for those oysters?  You’ll find them at Perch in DTLA and Coast @ Shutters on the Beach, to name just a couple of choices.

Great oysters.  Wonderful views.  Amazing city.

Lucky you.

dineLAMon, Jan 21st – Feb 1st.  $15 – $45 —  For participating restaurants, go to:

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Perfect for Photo L.A. AND dineLA"Spaghetti" cyanotype by Max Kellenberger at Smith Andersen North at Photo L.A.
Buy food-themed art from Photo anticipation of dineLA
“Spaghetti” cyanotype by Max Kellenberger at Smith Andersen North at Photo L.A.

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