The Weekend Go Go: Taco Loco, Noir Party, Walk/Bike/Trike Wilshire

How to prevent Vitamin T deficiency.
Don’t be deprived of Vitamin T.

Forget football frenzy….  Between the Oscars, Mardi Gras, and a certain Irish drinkathon holiday, March had us Go Go’ers mad as hatters all month long.

Don’t expect to rest in the weeks ahead; starting this weekend, April delivers scads of fun as well as a few actual showers.

No joke.

Loco for Tacos

Whether native or transplant, if you live in Los Angeles, you have taco love flowing in your veins along with the Tapatio hot sauce.

This Saturday, indulge in your favorite handheld  snack when L.A. Taco and host Grand Park return with TACO MADNESS: a celebration of happiness in a tortilla and the culmination of a month-long, bracket style competition.

Want to get in on the action?  There’s still time to vote for your #1 piccadillo pick.

Just want to party with the winners?  Taco Madness 2014 is a no-entry-fee bash featuring tacos from  last year’s winners Mexicali Taco & Co. and Mariscos Jalisco plus newcomers such as the Boyle Heights-happening Los Originales Tacos Arabes de Puebla, and Carnitas el Momo: a family-run joint famous for guanajuato-style tacos.

Pescatarians and vegans: your faves are represented thanks to the super-fresh seafood at Tacos Punta Cabras and the must-try jackfruit tacos from Highland Park’s Plant Food for People.  La Guelagetza sibs Bricia and Fernando Lopez will run the bar and beer garden featuring special drinks from Suerte Tequilas, beer specials from local  Venice Duck Brewery, and the ultimate michelada station.

Expect an aural and visual feast as well: Azul 213 heads a selection of L.A.’s best DJs who will keep the energy high while artists such as Germs, MEAR ONE,  DEFERSand One, Max Neutra, Evan Mendel of AWonderfulMistake, Van Saro, C/O/D/A/K and more create original art with materials donated by BlickArt; each artist is paired with a non-profit, which will receive either the site-created art or the profits from same.

Show up hungry, loaded with cash, and on the early side: Grand Park could reach capacity.

There’s nothing worse than a Vitamin T (for taco) deficiency.

TACO MADNESS 2014Sat, April 5; noon to 7pm.  FREE entry/bring cash for food/drinkGrand Park, 200 North Grand Ave, DTLA 90012.  More info HERE.  To vote, go HERE.

Don't be detoured from Noir City Party.
Don’t be detoured from Noir City Party.

All For Noir

Hard-boiled honeys and granite-jawed G-men will want to make sure they’re locked and loaded, primped and primed for Saturday’s Film Noir Partya celebration of the final weekend of Cinematheque‘s 16th Annual Festival of Film Noir .

Trouble never came in a more desirable package.

Make sure your nylon seams are straight and your fedora just so for your entrance to the Egyptian Theater courtyard. The evening opens with a screening of the ultimate noir classic Detour then continues on to a delish upscale buffet version of Detour diner-inspired fare courtesy of THE KITCHEN for Exploring Foods.

You’ll definitely want to explore your favorite tipple after two weeks of slinking through shadows and conniving with celluloid criminals during the film fest.  Luckily, your party ticket includes two free libations (alcoholic or non);  Champagne Piper-Heidsieck, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Vya Vermouth, and Distillery No. 209 Gin are among the alcoholic options.

Here’s mud in your eye.

A cash bar will provide liquid courage all night long while you tempt fate at the Detour Casino, eyeball burlesque courtesy of the Victory Variety Hour, dance to Dean Mora’s Sextet, snap photos with shady characters and a vintage cop car, and woo Lady Luck for  opportunities to win a variety of prizes including a makeover from Besame Cosmetics, gift certificates to Musso & Frank’s, Sadie Lounge and Restaurant, Skylight Books, and more.

Noir Party ticket prices go up Wednesday, April 2nd at 10:00 a.m.

Don’t be a chump and miss the shindig.

FILM NOIR CLOSING WEEKEND PARTYSat, April 5; 7pm – midnight.  $25 – $55Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 90028.  Get tix HERE.

StoopidTall Maiden Voyage, CicLAvia 2013 (Photo courtesy of CicLAvia)
StoopidTall Maiden Voyage, CicLAvia 2013 (Photo courtesy of CicLAvia)

Miracle Mile(s)

If your near-future bucket list includes plans to bike, hike, walk or trike down the miracle of an auto-free Miracle Mile, cancel your post-church car hop stop and join thousands of fellow non-four-wheelers at One Wilshire.

Sad face: this will be the last iconic Wilshire CicLAvia for the foreseeable future.

Glad face:  this will be a Wilshire Westward Ho for the ages!

Although several stout-hearted cyclists rode crazy-tall bikes in CicLAvia 2013 (see left), nothing special is required of participants except to be safe and respectful to everyone sharing the road.

CicLAvia 2014 — the last for a few years until the above-ground, Miracle Mile street construction for the Metro Purple Line subway extension is finished — is especially pedestrian friendly and all participants, whether wheeled or walking, are encouraged to stop, mingle, and explore.

Use the day as an opportunity to check out  less-familiar (to you) Wilshire Boulevard elements such as:  parks (Mid-Wilshire at  Wilshire and Rimpau), businesses (Wilshire-adjacent Langer’s Delicatessen on 7th), art (LACMA-adjacent ForYourArt) and architecture (the American Cement Building — Wilshire at Park View).

There are hubs along the way for the hungry and the dehydrated with  food trucks, restrooms, CicLAvia info, and plenty of activities for kids, especially those who want/need to practice their cycling skills.

NOTE: Kids with moderate cycling skills are welcome and encouraged to attend but this is NOT the occasion to ride blithely along Wilshire as your teary, new-to-wheels tyke wobbles yards behind.

Go Go’ers, see you wheel soon.

CICLAVIA  2014Sun, April 6, 9 am – 4pm; FREEFor more info, go HERE.

 Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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