The Weekend Go Go: Bowlerama, LA Times Book Fest Picks, Grand Ole Echo + More

Holiday Bowl (c.  Jack Laxer) at A+D Museum's BOWLERAMA
Holiday Bowl (c. Jack Laxer) at A+D Museum’s BOWLERAMA

Craving Coachella but don’t have the cash/car/camping gear?  This weekend, L.A. has enough fun for nonstop Go Go.

Less driving.  Less sand.  Same amount of sunblock.

Bowled Over

Are you a passionate preservationist?  A fan of Googie architecture?

Have you had your own bowling shoes and monogrammed ball since you were five? (You know who you are.)

If you answered yes to any of the above, you’ll want to roll on over to the A+D Architecture and Design Museum tonight for the opening of Bowlerama: California Bowling Architecture 1954-1964.

The focus isn’t on muscle memory or league stats but on the iconic culture and Atomic Age design of the bowling centers that proliferated during the mid-Fifties when  leisure was king.

Bowlerama scores plenty of historic street cred; the exhibit was curated by Chris Nichols, a quarter-century advocate for mid-century preservation as well as editor and columnist of the entertaining and  informative “Ask Chris” column in Los Angeles Magazine.

Put on your pedal pushers and your Lucky Strike bowling shirt and stroll the show.

See you there, Daddy-O.

BOWLERAMA — Fri, April 11; 7 – 9 pm; show runs through May 11. $7A+D Architecture and Design Museum, 6032 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036

Orange you glad you'll be going....?
Orange you glad you’ll be going….?

Page Turner

You’ve got your walking shoes, your healthy snacks, your sunblock (see opening paragraph above), and your author/book bucket list for this weekend’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

Here are a couple of off-the-beaten-page stops to pencil in:

The Smokin’ Hot Indie Lit Lounge —  Kaya Press (Publisher Sunyoung Lee) and Writ Large Press (Editor/Publisher Chiwan Choi, Designer/Publisher Judeth Oden Choi, and PR/Marketing Director Peter Woods) have teamed up to throw the book fest’s best mini-bash: part oasis, part bookshop, part creative foundry, part intimate literary salon. Booth #380

Festival After Dark —  One of L.A.’s hottest Saturday night tickets!  The popular public radio program WITS , hosted by John Moe, features comedians Margaret Cho and Paul F. Tompkins and musicians Superchunk and  Okkervil River bandleader Will Sheff.  April 12/8pm – Bovard Auditorium

Prospect Park Books — The aptly-named Jennie Cook is a chef, food activist, entertainer extraordinaire,  and author of Who Wants Seconds? one of the year’s most delightful cookbooks.  On Sunday at noon, Cook will  be signing books and cooking delish treats.  Yes…yum.  Booth #62

LOS ANGELES FESTIVAL OF BOOKSSat, April 12; 10am – 6pm/Festival After Dark – 8pm  and Sun, April 13; 10am – 5pm.   Festival entry is FREE; Inside Conversations require tix.  Festival After Dark tix HERE.University of Southern California, University Park Campus, LA 90089; visitor info HERE

Get down and giddy-up....
Get down and giddy-up at Grand Ole Echo….

Twang and Spark

Go Go’ers, Sunday evenings have been dark and lonely the last few months but it’s time to put on your party shoes and kick up your heels because this weekend, Grand Ole Echo launches its 9th year of down home love.

Time flies when you’re having fun.

The roots/Americana/Good Times institution at the Echo starts the season with a bang.  Headlining the spring-start hoedown are The Jolenes: a roots/rocker songwriter supergroup consisting of Dan Janisch, Grant Langston and David Serby with drummer Dale Daniel  keeping the beat.

Go Go’ers, hips will roll.

The Get Down Boys get the party started with high-energy bluegrass while the midlining Smooth Hound Smith duo of Zack Smith and Caitlin Doyle deliver slinky, stylish roots-infused R&B.  Soulful songstress Ranger (Nicole Vaughn) serenades from the Back Porch while you sip your beer and savor your ‘cue.  The FREE/all ages gathering welcomes everyone from teensters to hipsters with/without kids (a.k.a. “kipsters” per Margaret Finnegan) to ageless dancers with/without walkers.

Think of it as universal toe-tapping.

GRAND OLD ECHO – 9TH SEASON KICK-OFF — Sun, April 13, 5-9; all ages/FREE –  The Echo,  1822 West Sunset Blvd, LA 90026

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Chocolate and Art Show — Cutting edge art!  Music!  Chocolatey goodness!  Fri/Sat – April 11 & 12

Grilled Cheese Invitational —  Final frenzy of gooey goodness!  Beer!  Yelling!  Sat, April 12

12th Annual Art Auction Benefit / Center for the Arts Eagle Rock — Great art/great prices!  Auntie Em/Four Cafe apps! + Lagunitas Beer + special cocktail from GreenBar Organic Spirits!   Sat, April 12

Bakers Will Bake — 20+ bakers!  Benefits garden-based school education!  Plenty of coffee!  Sun, April 13

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. dunnbates says:

    Thank you for the shout out! Very much appreciated. And I didn’t even know about what Kaya is doing– I’ll go hang out there! Sunyoung is great.

    I doubt you’re attending, with your busy schedule, but if you do, come say hi. Colleen

    Colleen Dunn Bates Publisher PROSPECT PARK BOOKS 626.793.9796

    1. Jennie Cook snacks and hijinks at Kaya Press/Writ Large Press are definitely powerful motivators! Looks like a busy weekend for Prospect Park Books; have fun!

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