The Weekend Go Go: L.A. Storytelling, Way Over Yonder, South Africa Arts, Beer/Art/Music!

The Scariest Place in Town
The Scariest Place in Town

Last weekend was hella fun, no doubt about it.

Ms. Go Go trusts you’ve had plenty of recuperative cocktails and fortifying small plates since then because this weekend is nonstop good times.

Also, beer.

This weekend sells itself.

True Tales Told Here

Go Go’ers, there are few scarier places than standing behind a mic in front of an audience.

That doesn’t stop storytellers from routinely getting on stage and opening (figurative) veins in the name of laughs and truth.

Starting tonight, watch as tale tellers emotionally bare all without a net at the LA Storytelling Festival.  Bootleg Theater’s longstanding WRITE CLUB opens the Fest with multiple rounds of competitive writers.

Their motto?  “Literature as Blood Sport”.

Sit ringside at your own risk.

The emotional spatter and comic spit-takes continue on Saturday with shows such as Taboo Tales, RISK!, and Funny Cuz It’s True.  A $30 Festival Pass gets you into all ten of the weekend Fest shows and gives you discounts at other storytelling venues through October 10th.

Right this way for the narrative high dive, folks.

LOS ANGELES STORY TELLING FESTIVALFri, Oct 4 @ 8pm & Sat, Oct 5 @ 7pm; DCT & LOFT – All ages; Mainstage 21+/$10 – $30iO West Theater, 6366 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 90028.  For schedules and info:

Wake up, West Coast!
Wake up, West Coast!

Way Over Where??

If you wish you’d been in Newport, Rhode Island, when the Pixies went acoustic or Joan Baez introduced Bob Dylan to the world, you’ll want to head to the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday and Sunday when Newport Folk continues decades of musical tradition with the inaugural Way Over Yonder.

As in way over yonder on the other side of the country from Rhode Island.

Conor Oberst and Neko Case headline the two-day fest but the line-up on the picturesque pier is deep and tasty with Brett Dennen, First Aid Kit, Shovels & Rope, Justin Townes Earle, Calexico, the Felice Brothers, Jonathan Wilson, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, and the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers.

Keeping the folksiness in folk, acoustic acts will play inside the quaint and historic Carousel on the Pier.

Dibs on the dark horse.

WAY OVER YONDERSat, Oct 5 & Sun Oct 6; 2 – 10 pm; $64-$194; some areas 21+Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica 90401 

"I dance like I have a gun to my head."Mada Sthembiso, South African street dancer.
“I dance like I have a gun to my head.”  Mada Sthembiso, South African street dancer.

Joy from Jo’burg and Beyond

Think you know South Africa?  Check your perceptions with reality this weekend at the South Africa Arts Festival. Sponsored by the The Republic of South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture, the FREE festival offers a look into the country’s changing, vibrant culture via its music and film.

Grand Performances, everybody’s favorite summer-long hang, officially ended back in August but California Plaza is firing up the fountains for a Saturday evening of music with Grammy Award-winning jazz icon Hugh Masekela, the dapper, socio-political Xhosa rapper iFani, platinum selling rockers the Parlotones, and the a capella Mahotella Queens with Jozi’s Zulu hip hop.

You know you want to shake it with the Queens.

On Sunday, head to the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 for an all-day slate of award-winning documentaries, dramas, comedies, and family friendly fare including: Felix (Best Children’s Film award, LUCAS Festival, Germany); The African Cypher (Best South African Documentary, Durban International Film Festival; Audience Award, Best South African Film, Encounters International Documentary Festival); and the much-lauded Otelo Burning.  The films are free; just make an advanced rez here.  No reservations required for the outdoor evening U.S. premiere of the animated, all-ages Khumba over at California Plaza.

Interested in the business side of South African culture?  Panels with international film and music industry insiders (Sony, Warner, Lionsgate, etc.) are happening all day Saturday (film) and Sunday (music) at the Omni Hotel; for info, email

And that Metro ride downtown?  So much cheaper than a plane ticket to Capetown.

SOUTH AFRICAN ARTS FESTIVALSat, Oct 5, 3:30 – 10pm & Sun, Oct 6, 10am – 4pm & 7pm; FREEFor schedule and more info:

Beer + Art + Music = Happy (Design by Riva Chen)
Beer + Art + Music = Happy (Design by Riva Chen)

Art? You’ll Drink to That

Just thinking that Art needed its own Oktoberfest?  Think no further than the 18th Street Arts Center’s BAM FEST, which raises money for the arts at a one-day suds and sounds celebration.

40+ breweries will represent at the fest ranging from big (Sierra Nevada and Stone Brewing) to brand-new (Los Angeles Ale Works). Seasonal artisanal beers include Anchor Steam’s Big Leaf Maple Autumn Red ; Christina Pirozzi (one half of The Beer Chicks) is one of the experts giving 20-minute Crash Courses on topics such as food and beer pairing.

Potentially, the 20 most influential minutes of your life.

Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli) makes the scene with his side project The Immaculate Conception; other musical acts include KoTolàn, Ben Bateman, and Cory Phillips and the Groove Orchestra.  Art shows include: Yvette Gellis’s paintings and sculptural installations; the final day of Adrià Julià’s film/video/photo project; and evocative food tableaux films by Liao Chi-Yu.

After the aforementioned Crash Course, you may have thoughts about beer pairing for the latter.

The Fest, which also features wineries, food trucks, and more, raises funds for the 18th Street Arts Center, which has served the community for a quarter of a century.

This Sunday, help kick them off to the next 25 years.

18TH STREET ARTS CENTER’S BAM FESTSun, Oct 5, 1-5 pm; $50 — 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St, Santa Monica 90404


Los Angeles Podcast Festival — WTF!  Probably Science!  The Dork Forest!  Oct 4-6

Rhythm and Joy Festival — Common!  Chaka Khan! MeShell Ndegeocello! Oct 4-6

Eagle Rock Music Fest — Bosnian Rainbows!  String Theory!  Bob Baker Marionettes! — Oct 5

10x the Part at Grand Park — Los Texmaniacs! Mp3 Los Angeles! Cupcakes! Oct 5

CicLAvia- Downtown/Heart of LA — Cyclists! Pedestrians! Skateboarders! — Oct 6

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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