The Weekend Go Go: Wine Riot, Art on Fig, Free Laffs for Mom

You say you want a revolution....
There’s a riot going on….

Go Go’ers, Mother’s Day weekend approaches and it’s going to be fun.

If the above statement seems too good to be true, rest assured that no lace doilies or creepy porcelain dolls are involved.

Basically, it’s your usual weekend with a higher percentage of take-along-Mom potential.

No beady doll eyes…Go Go guaranteed.

You Say You Want a Revolution

They just want to change the world…the wine world, that is.

You’ll want to be on the front line of intrepid imbibers  when Wine Riot returns this Friday and Saturday with 250 wines from around the world, a “GoVino” glass to sample them, wine gurus to give you the  veritas about the vino, and a mobile app to track your 250 new faves and tell you where to buy them when you recover.

Which you will…eventually.

Since it’s a party not a class, of course there will be a DJ, temp tattoos, a photo booth to flaunt them, and food options from local vendors for a few extra bucks.

Think of the latter as rebel insurance.

WINE RIOT LA 2014 – SPRING Fri, May 9, 7-11pm and Sat, May 10, 1-5pm & 7-11pm.  $60/21+ California Market Center, 110 E 9th St, LA 90070  More info & tix HERE

Tunnel of Love....
Tunnel of Love….

pARTy in the Hood – Part 1

Have you promised la mere more face time?  Bring her along to these art-tastic events for some pre-Mom’s Day one-on-one.

NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night is always dancing through the streets and this Saturday, Figueroa is the Second Saturday epicenter of fun.

Start the evening at the 1st Anniversary Extravaganza of the Cypress Village (underground) Tunnel  Art Walk.  The title may be a mouthful but it reflects the exuberance of community involvement.

The pedestrian tunnel, one of many built under busy streets to get kids safely to and from school, was closed for years because of gang activity until Yancey Quinones, long-time Cypress Park resident and owner of Antigua Coffee House, spearheaded the reopening and repurposing of the tunnel as an art gallery a year ago.

The block party bash is curated by educator/community activist Gary de la Rosa who was involved in the inaugural event.  Conrad Romo, founder of the monthly literary variety show Tongue & Groove, Jessica Ceballos (founder of the local Bluebird Reading Series) and Eric Etzli will be featured during  the Spoken Word portion of the evening.

Art Meza, whose photographs are featured in the book LoWriting, will exhibit; Meza also coordinated artists and will arrange “a car and food theme connection to his work as in Low-Riders and a Taco truck.”

Go Go’ers, it takes a village to make an art show.

1ST ANNIVERSARY EXTRAVAGANZA OF THE CYPRESS VILLAGE (underground) TUNNEL ART WALKSat, May 10 @ 5:30 pm/Spoken Word @ 7:30 pm.  FREE/all ages3400 N Figueroa, LA 90065.  More info HERE.

Languages lost no more...thanks, Connie!
Languages lost no more…thanks, Connie!

pARTy in the Hood – Part 2

Go Go’ers, the Figueroa fun continues….

Head up the street,  hang a left at Avenue 50.

In the Main Gallery at heart-of-community  Avenue 50 Studios, Raoul de la Sota, whose many accomplishments include  being the first Chicano artist to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, will be exhibiting El Camino: A Journey: 30 lyrical  paintings inspired by his recent travels through Spain and Portugal along the famed pilgrimage El Camino de Santiago.

In the Annex, marvel at fiber artist Connie Rohman‘s Lost Languages.  The pieces feature  fabric-and-thread renditions of  Morse code, Gregg Shorthand, and other now-forgotten ways to communicate.  Not only are Rohman’s  hand-dyed, jewel-toned pieces gorgeous to look at, the hidden messages are fascinating to puzzle out.  Your mom may even be able to read that shorthand.

Give your mom the opportunity to show off….

EL CAMINO: A JOURNEY & LOST LANGUAGESSat, May 10 @ 7PM.  FREE/All agesAvenue 50 Studios, 131 N Avenue 50, LA 90042.  More info HERE.

Mistress of UnCabaret Beth Lapides: boldly leading moms into laughter.
Mistress of UnCabaret Beth Lapides: boldly leading moms into laughter.

Life Is An UnCabaret With Mom

On Sunday night’s UnCabaretyou have the rare opportunity to laugh ABOUT moms WITH Mom on Mother’s Day.

Best of all, your mother gets in FREE!

Yes, Go Go’ers, it’s a trifecta of Mother’s Day night fun.

Mom-centric comedy includes: Tim Bagley‘s mom’s movie reviews, wild mom stories from Del Shores, comedian and mom (mom-median?)  Lauren Weedman being Lauren Weedman, and Jen Kirkman (author, NYT best seller I Can’t Even Take Care of Myself), who will make you appreciate being born.

Let Mom bask in the glow of accomplishment.

But wait, there’s more!  In addition to classy and hilarious Mistress of Ceremonies & Mirth Beth Lapides, you can look forward to comedian  James Davis (Chelsea Lately), violinist Chris Woods, singer/comedian Rachel Bloom (How I Met Your Mother), and dapper Dustin Davis (unCab intern).

And to reiterate, the UnCabaret show is two-tix-for-the-price-of-one; even your unborn  child can take you to a show….

You’ll probably have to handle the credit card.

Plus, in the Best One-Stop-Shop Mother’s Day Add-on Opportunity EVER, you can take mom to a delish pre-show dinner at swanky, on-site supper club First & Hope.

This Mother’s Day, show your mama she raised you right.

UNCABARETSun, May 11 @ 8pm/doors 7:30  $0-$3oFirst & Hope, 710 W 1st St, DTLA 90012  UnCabaret tix HERE.  First & Hope rez HERE.

doggiewonderland1More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Eagle Rock Brewery Session Fest!  Light on alcohol/big on taste!  12+ breweries!  Grill ‘Em All truck!  May 10

Doggie Wonderland w/ Supahcute at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland — Super deals on art work!  Perfect last-minute Shop-for-Mom!  Benefits Ken-Mar Small Dog Rescue!  May 10

Gracias Madre – Free Mother’s Day lunch entrée for Mom!  Vegetarian and vegan!  Cocktails!  May 11

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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