The Weekend Go Go: Double Art Shows, Union Station Salsa, Bocafloja, a Bock Fest & Alt-Super Bowl

"Chromoteism"  2012 Lucia Koch  Christopher Grimes Gallery
“Chromoteism” 2012 Lucia Koch ~ Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica

Go Go’ers, art never sleeps and this week(end), neither should you.

How to transition into February? (More!) Art shows from sea to shining city.

Also salsa.  Also beer.

So many ways to have a lush life.

Art Today.  And Tomorrow

These days, Los Angeles is a pretty exciting place to be if you love art. (And you do, right?)

This weekend delivers a double whammy of  excitement with two art shows, both launching Thursday night with parties and with some artists appearing at both events.

Double the pleasure.  Double the fun.

This year, the self-descriptive Art Los Angeles Contemporary expands slightly beyond the local art scene; the 70 galleries include more of an international presence.   Thursday’s opening night bash includes a performance by artist EJ Hill, presented by LAXART.  Subsequent events over the three-day weekend include complimentary manicures from Vanity Projects: Nail Art Atelier, a NY video and nail art salon that is also presenting Girls, Girls, Girls: a video program in which ten female video artists interpret the female psyche.

Finally…the scoop on femmes..

Also, don’t miss video/performance artist Jibz Cameron’s alter-ego Dynasty Handbag‘s self-described “performance-arty-leotardation-comedy-psychic-meltdown-voiceover-stretchpants/antipants-lezbiananationalarmy”.

Yes, this weekend, “leotardation”  is most definitely a thing.

ART LOS ANGELES CONTEMPORARYThurs, Jan 30 – Sun, Feb 2; various times. $20  – $60 — The Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica 90405   For schedule, additional info & tix, go HERE.

So many books, so little time.
So many books, so little time.

Print/Shop

Presented by Printed Matter of New York , the  L.A. Art Book Fair  shares the same sunshine-y joie de vivre as ALAC but with a little more irreverence.

The fair eschews technology, for the most part — there are some video events —  in favor of the printed page.

250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers offering artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs and periodicals as well as zinesartists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines.

That’s a lot of letters.

The fair kicks off with a free party Thursday evening featuring The Los Angeles Free Music Society presented by East of Borneo and The Box on the KCHUNG Radio outdoor stage.  Also at the opening party: the Kingsboro Press and For the Common Good present SURREALIST HOUSE featuring Man Ray’s ‘Les Mysteres du Chateau’ set to music by Neal Reinalda, with drink.

“with drink”.  Always good.

A few of the many don’t-miss events during the three, subsequent days of the Fair include:  a rare reading by poet, novelist, playwright, and biographer Aram Saroyan to celebrate the second edition launch, by Primary Information and Ugly duckling Presse, of his iconic Complete Minimal PoemsThe Art of Punk, a three-part video presentation by Bryan Ray Turcotte and Bo Bushnell featuring the art and artists behind the iconic punk logos of Black Flag, Dead Kennedys and Crass; and Artists Read Baldessari, a marathon of artists and  surprise guests reading  from More Than You Wanted to Know About John Baldessari (eds. Meg Cranston and Hans Ulrich Obrist, JRP|Ringier); reservation required.

Go Go’ers, don’t forget your book bags.

L.A. ART BOOK FAIRThurs, Jan 30 – Sun, Feb 1 — FREEThe Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 North Central Ave, DTLA 90012.  More info HERE.

Don't forget your dancing shoes.
Don’t forget your dancing shoes.

Hot Music.  Sweet Spot.

It’s Friday.  You need to shake off your work week heebie jeebies.

Hit the clubs?  Boring.

Instead, hop on the Metro and head to Union Station where Metro Presents LA Picante.  The group has been playing classic salsa and Latin jazz for nearly a decade; on Friday, they’ll be playing for free in the gorgeous,  Art Deco, usually-closed-to-the-public Fred Harvey Room.

Go Go’ers, this isn’t just a listening party.

You’ll want to hit the dance floor so make sure your shoes are salsa ready.  Are your hips a little rusty?  Don’t know your Cali from your Cuban?   Mini-dance sessions will be offered in between the 45-minute sets.

You’ll get your shimmy back in seconds.

METRO PRESENTS LA PICANTEFri, Jan 31, 6-8pm; FREEFred Harvey Room, Union Station, 800 No Alameda St, DTLA 90012  For more info, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Prognosis by Bocafloja   Spanish hip hop icon!   Rare spoken word/poetry!   Book release!     Sat, Feb 1

Bock Fest  World Beer Championships!   Nobu Sushi!   Burlesque!   Sat, Feb 1

Doug Benson T.V. Interruption, Sports-Watching Edition   Alt-Super Bowl!  Potluck!  Cinefamily members free!   Sun, Feb 2

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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