The Weekend Go Go: Photo Independent, Brewery ArtWalk, Mac & Cheeze Takedown + More

"Rain" from the exhibition "Mysterious Barricades" by Andy Summers at Photo Independent Art Fair.
“Rain” from the exhibition “Mysterious Barricades” by Andy Summers  (Courtesy of Photo Independent Art Fair)

Coachella is caput.

Peeps Day is done (waz delicious!)

Cinco de Mayo is just a shot glass away.

What does that mean for dreamers and drifters in the City of Angels?

Three million (approximately) fun things have been crammed into/scheduled for this weekend.

Luckily, you’ll still have plenty of giddy-up and Go Go from that Easter cocktails candy sugar high you’re still riding….

Rebel Art Fair

There are bigger photo fests in town this weekend (see More Weekend Go Go Fun round-up below) but the inaugural Photo Independent Art Fair promises to pack quite a wallop for its comparatively small size.  That’s due to the Fair’s laser focus; 70+ exhibitors/independent photographers from around the world — over half from the Southland — will interact directly with influential taste makers as well as the public.

Oh say can you see.... (Photo courtesy of the Photo Independent Art Fair)
Oh say can you see…. (Photo by Doug Menuez courtesy of the Photo Independent Art Fair)

You’ll want to make sure you’re one of those groups.

For those who like a little glam with their glossies, Andy Summers, formerly of The Police and an active photographer since 1979, is Photo Independent’s Honorary Guest for 2014; his moody, atmospheric Mysterious Barricades is the Art Fair’s special exhibition.

Additional highlights at the Fair, which is presented by Fabrik, include: Fearless Genius,  Doug Menuez‘s intimate, behind-the-scenes look at a post-Apple Steve Jobs and his team, and local exhibitor J.T. Burke‘s exquisite digital collages.

Guest of Honor Summers will also attend the Friday Opening Night Premiere Preview and Party: a benefit for Los Angeles Art Association.  The premiere also features an interactive performance by  performance artist Tiffany Trenda, video installations from the cutting edge Los Angeles Art Collective, and music by KCRW’s Raul Campos as well as organic whisky tasting courtesy of Koval Distillery, and tipples from Dark Horse Winery and Angel City Brewery.

It’s important to toast the art.

PHOTO INDEPENDENT ART FAIROpening Night Premiere Preview & Party Fri, April 25 7 – 10, Sat April 26 11am – 7pm & Sun, April 27 11am – 6pm.  $15 – $100 — Raleigh Studios Hollywood, 5300 Melrose Ave, LA 90038.   More info HERE.  Buy tix HERE.

See how the art half lives.
See how the art half lives.

Party at Art’s House

Art lives at The Brewery and he’s throwing a hell of party this weekend.

Ms. Go Go kids, of  course.

In this instance, art isn’t a person but the creative blood, sweat and tears of 100+ people occupying the live/work spaces in the former Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery on the outskirts of Downtown L.A.   During the FREE, two-day, twice-a-year Brewery Artwalkartists open up their studios to the public for viewing, conversation, and purchase directly from the artist.

Also known as a win/win situation.

But while art may live at the Brewery, there are lots of fun party guests.   Play smart with the madcap brainiacs/fun engineers at Two Bit Circus.  Be astonished by performance poet Brendan Constantine and fellow silver-tongued friends at ‘poetry read aLOUD’.

Or for a uniquely interactive experience, visit the House of Sloth, which will be demonstrating Mitzella’s Steampunk Hardwares including the “Dreammachine” whose flickering light induces a pre-sleep state in the viewer.

Here’s hoping the exhibit includes a Steampunk Napping Couch.

BREWERY ARTWALK 2014Sat, April 26 & Sun April 27, 11am – 6pm. FREEThe Brewery, 2100 Main Street, LA 90031.  More info HERE.

Come sleeze the cheeze!
Come seize the cheeze!

Holy Cheezus

If you’re hooked on Chopped, a slave to Iron Chef or have a sweet spot for Sweet Genius, you’ll definitely want to cancel all existing social obligations and grab tix to the Los Angeles Mac and Cheeze Takedown.

During the one-afternoon-only cook-off, 20+ local, amateur chefs will compete against each other for fabulous cookware prizes courtesy of Cuisinart by cooking their unique  versions of your fave childhood comfort food

It’s like MasterChef without the Russian cod liver or the rambutan.

The “sMACdown”  (See what Ms. Go Go did there?)  ia also sans Gordon Ramsay.

Instead, you get hilarious Matt Timms, the anti-Ramsay, who not only created The Takedowns —  various cities have hosted Takedowns highlighting bacon, cookies or tofu — but hand sews wacky pillow creatures and hosts a hot trivia night in a Brooklyn bar.

Top that, Gordon Ramsay!

But here’s the best part of  The Mac and Cheeze Takedown.  You’re not just a spectator, you’re an active participant who gets to sample all that ooey gooey goodness.  Even better, your Sunday afternoon food coma benefits the Women’s Education Process.

The only thing better would be eating in your footie pajamas.  Not that anyone’s stopping you.

THE LOS ANGELES MAC AND CHEEZE TAKEDOWNSun, April 27, 2-4pm.  $15THE BOOTLEG THEATER,  2220 Beverly Blvd, LA 90057  Get tix HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

PARIS PHOTO L.A. — Dennis Hopper Tribute!  LAPD Archive Photos!  BMW Art Car by David Hockney!  April 25-27

LEBOWSKI FEST —  Bowling Party!   Bowling trivia!  Jeff “the Dude” Dowd!  April 26

ARTISANAL L.A. —  200+ locavore food vendors!  Hosted drinks!  Home goods!  April 26-27

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go …. 

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