The Weekend Go Go: Brainy Dessert, A Weekend of Art, Year of the Horse

BABY DOLL Cyanotype by Max Kellenberger Smith Andersen North  ( at Photo L.A.
BABY DOLL  (Cyanotype by Max Kellenberger  at Smith Andersen North at Photo L.A.)

Go Go’ers, if January is any indication, 2014 is going to be a hellzapoppin’ year and the second half of the month continues the poppin’ with a vengeance.

How to prepare for this extended, action-packed weekend of non-stop fun?

Call in sick.

Go back to bed..

Wake up at cocktail hour.

Go. Go. Go.


Sometimes you have to eat dessert first and that goes for this weekend with The Sugar Games: A Literary Dessert Competition.

Already, you’re salivating…literally AND figuratively.

Presented by PEN Center USA and Angel City Brewery, the concept of the competition is deliciously simple. Participants — that can be you — submit homemade desserts inspired by a literary figure (e.g. Ezra Poundcake) or a book (e.g. Lord of the Pies).

Based on the presenters’ suggestions, desserts clearly do not have to be pun-free.

Register your sweet literary treat at 6:30 ($10); the competition commences at 7:30 with first, second and third places awarded based on Culinary Merit, judged by “Queen of Pies” Evan Kleiman, and Literary Merit, judged by Carolyn Kellogg of the Los Angeles Times.

You can cheer your favorite bakers for free; once the submissions have been sampled and judged, the  desserts will be sliced up and eaten, with Angel City Brewery suggesting appropriate beer pairings.

Sweet and brainy.
Sweet and smart.

Ms. Go Go’s submission, should she attend?

Inspired by Thomas Pynchon:

Inherent Vice Cream Cake.

Trademark pending….

THE SUGAR GAMES: A LITERARY DESSERT COMPETITIONThurs, Jan 16  6:30 – registration ($10)/7:30 – competitionAngel City Brewery, 216 S Alameda St, DTLA 90012  For more info, go HERE.


In years past, January presented a vexing dilemma.  Peruse the best of photography at  photo l.a. in Santa Monica, go Downtown for  the L.A. Art Show,  or try to do both and curse L.A.’s soul-and-art-crushing traffic?

Go Go’ers, the art gods have smiled.

In one of the new year’s most brilliant moves, photo l.a. has relocated to Downtown L.A.  Not only will there be complimentary shuttle service between photo l.a. at the L.A. Mart and the L.A. Art Show at the Convention Center, the latter art powerhouse has also joined forces with the Los Angeles Jewelry, Antique and Design Show  for a nonstop Downtown-and-art-centric weekend.

Your days of teeth-gnashing art enjoyment are over.

Jay Mark Johnson, Costantino Sott Acqua 2, Cetona, Italia, 2007 (Courtesy of photo l.a.
Jay Mark Johnson, Costantino Sott Acqua 2, Cetona, Italia, 2007 (Courtesy of photo l.a.)

photo l.a.

More.  Bigger.  Better.   photo l.a.‘s new home means more space for more amazing images: 60,000 square feet, in fact.

Go Go’ers, pace yourselves.

The visual delights are many and varied.  Douglas Kirkland, who famously photographed Marilyn Monroe in 1961 for LOOK Magazine, is photo l.a.’s 2014 honoree.  His Saturday keynote address A Fifty Year Love Affair with Photography: A Life in Pictures  is free; additional ticketed panel discussions include Moving Still: The Art of Gabriel Figueroa, To Live and Die in LA, and Sex in Fashion.

You might have a slight interest in the latter.

Just a few of the many, additional exhibition highlights include Max Kellenberger’s compelling blue cyanotypes (see top, above left) at Smith Andersen North (San Francisco), Marjorie Salvaterra’s startling photographs at Verge Photographers (Los Angeles) and  impressive work from Pete Eckart, Bruce Hall, and Alice Wingwall of the Blind Photographers Guild (Sacramento).

For something old and something new, revisit favorites in Classic photo l.a., featuring photographers from Arbus to Weegee, then check out multiple categories of up-and-comers  in the Emerging Focus Competition and Exposition.

 You’ll be interested to know there’s an Emerging Focus category for iPhoneography.

Next year, the Emerging Focus prize is yours….

photo l.a.  Thurs, Jan 16 (opening gala) – Sun, Jan 19. $15 – $599  — L.A. Mart, 1933 Broadway, LA 90007   For times, go HERE. For tix, go HERE.

Little Girl with Yellow Dress  by Patssi Valdez (Courtesy of The Chicano Collection)
Little Girl with Yellow Dress by Patssi Valdez (Courtesy of The Chicano Collection)

L.A. Art Show

Be sure to take your favorite energy enhancer before hitting the L.A. Art Show.  Not only does the premier art fair have three, distinct sections — Modern & Contemporary, Historic & Traditional Contemporary, and the IFPDA Los Angeles Fine Print Fair — it also has loads of great international exhibitions and installations from Argentina/Antarctica, China, Egypt, France, Korea, and Featured Guest Country the United Arab Emirates.

So much cheaper than a plane fare.

Want to step outside the mainstream?  Check out art collector/entertainer Cheech Marin’s limited edition portfolio The Chicano Collection / La Colección Chicana Littletopia – the New Orleans Red Truck Gallery-curated exhibit of underground art (La Luz de Jesus, L.A.;  FIFTY24MX, Mexico City) or go on CARTWHEEL‘s curated, two-hour, ten-block LA Art Show Arts District Mural Tour…with stops and snacks!

Go Go’ers, this is one time when food and drink are allowed “inside” the gallery.

Moche Stirrup Spout Vessel - Lord Wearing Monkey Headdress North Coast Peru, circa A.D. 100-200 (Courtesy of Leonard Kalina Fine Arts)
Moche Stirrup Spout Vessel – North Coast Peru, circa A.D. 100-200 (Courtesy of Leonard Kalina Fine Arts)

L.A. ART SHOW —  Thurs, Jan 16 – Sun, Jan 19.  $15 – $35 —  L.A. Convention Center, South Hall J and K, 1201 S Figueroa St, DTLA, 90015.  For times, go HERE.  For tix, go HERE.

Los Angeles Jewelry, Antique and Design Show

Don’t expect boring china bowls and threadbare rugs at the Los Angeles Jewelry, Antique and Design Show.

The  design-centric event delivers significant ethnic art, serious bling, gorgeous vintage fashion, and “design vignettes” (“staged rooms” to you) that will have you impersonating a mannequin so you can unobtrusively move in.

Luckily, you’ve had practice impersonating mannequins.

Interior designers include Hutton Wilkinson, who worked with legendary designer Tony Duquette, global design mixmaster Sandra Espinet, Patrick Dragonette, who specializes in mid-century Modern,  and James Magni, one of Architectural Digest‘s prestigious Top 100 Designers.

The exhibit Treasures of the Maya Spirit showcases over 200 pieces of Pre-Classic Mayan art as well as prize-winning contemporary  work from the Guatemalan Biennale; the Tribal and American Indian Art Section features indigenous art from all over the globe.  Another highlight is a selection of items curated by the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise’s Museum Curator Kevin Jones from the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, which features historic clothing items including dozens worn by Queen Victoria.

It will having you doing the Queen wave in no time.

LOS ANGELES JEWELRY, ANTIQUE AND DESIGN SHOW — Thurs, Jan 16 – Sun, Jan 19; $15 – $35  — L.A. Convention Center, South Hall H, 1201 S Figueroa St,  DTLA 90015   For times, go HERE    For tix, go HERE

Gallop into the Lunar New Year.
Gallop into the Lunar New Year.

The New New Year

So maybe that wild New Year’s Eve rager  wasn’t the best way to launch your 2014 resolutions for peace and serenity.

If you want to recalibrate 2014, head to USC Pacific Asia Museum this Saturday for their FREE, all-day, Pan-Asian Lunar New Year Festival, which ushers in the Year of the Horse.

Qualities of the Horse: Energetic!  Bright!  Able!

You may not find peace and serenity at your day at the museum, but there will be plenty of the above qualities on display plus culture and lots of it.  In addition to the traditional Lion Dance to kick off the Festival,  the tent in the parking lot will have demonstrations of Japanese Taiko drumming plus a Mandarin choir and Vietnamese and Korean dance.

If it all gets too much, you can mellow out with some crafts.

Maybe a peaceful/bright/energetic/able horse….

LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVALSat, Jan 18, 11am – 3:30 pm.  FREEUSC Pacific Asian Museum, 46 No Los Robles Ave, Pasadena 91101   For schedule, go HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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