The Weekend Go Go: Dance Media Fest, Down the Rabbit Hole, Route 66 + More

"Adelaars/Eagles"  (Slovakia 2013) at 13th Annual Dance Film Festival
“Adelaars/Eagles” (Slovakia 2013) at 13th Annual Dance Film Festival

Go Go’ers, the weekend is putting on its culture pants.

Also, its wacky hat.

Check your wardrobe, stat.

Dance, Dance Evolution

Whether you’re a passionate balletomane or a Dance, Dance Revolution-ary, you’ll want to trip the light fantastic to “Restructure”: The 13th Annual Dance Media Film Festival.

Presented by Dance Camera West, the four-day fest high-kicks off this Friday with a free sunset performance in the Music Center Plaza where L.A. dance troupe BODYWORK  will use  Gustavo Godoy’s “fast-formal” sculpture as stage and inspiration.

And you thought “fast-formal” was just for fake prom….

Can’t make Friday’s cocktail hour choreography?   You’ll get daily chances to check out the BODYWORK/Godoy collaboration along with a site-specific adaptation of L.A. Contemporary Dance Company’s Prite Oef Stringh production in Grand Park on Saturday. Modern, post modern, world, tap, dance theater, ballet, hip-hop and more dance styles will be featured in screenings throughout the weekend.  And mark your calendar for the free, open-to-the-public dance-a-along at Union Station next Friday, June 13.

What a way to make Friday the 13th lucky.

Highlights of this weekend’s screenings include two don’t-miss documentaries.  On Sunday afternoon,  catch Flying Bodies (Japan, 2013), a documentary of the one-night-only performance of Aomori Men’s Rhythmic Gymnastics Team in collaboration with fashion designer Issey Miyake.

Sunday evening’s cinematic offering is Hoku Uchiyama’s UPAJ:Improvise (USA & India, 2013) exploring India Jazz Suites, the ground-breaking collaboration between Indian classical dance icon Chitresh Das and tap star Jason Samuels Smith that has become a global phenomenon.  Bonus: there will be a post-screening Q & A with the performers.

Actually, this may be the perfect time for your fast-formal duds.

13TH ANNUAL DANCE MEDIA FESTIVALFri, June 6 – Sun, June 8 + Fri, June 13.  FREE – $15 per eventGo HERE for tix & info including times & locations.

That Mad Hatter looks familiar....
Hey, that Mad Hatter looks familiar….

Go Ask Alice

You know Bootleg Theater for all kinds of dramatic shenanigans: the blood of virgins, “fricken’ rock operas”, art church, 99 cents-themed shows.

Based on the above madcap antics, you’ll definitely want to jump Down the Rabbit Hole for Bootleg’s first benefit: an evening of carnival-esque fun with host John C. Reilly.

It’s a grown-up tea party; you’ll be sipping beer and wine courtesy of Hermosillo and Covell as well as nibbling bites from Guerrilla Chef.  Your ticket to dive also gets you up-close-and-personal access to pop-up performances from former Bootleg luminaries, a dance party finale, and an all-access arcade game pass.

Yes, there will be a bouncy castle.

Presumably, it won’t be dripping with the blood of virgins.

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLESat, June 7, 7 pm.  $50/21+ —  Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd, LA 90057.  For more tix, go HERE.  All funds from the event benefit Bootleg Theater.

Hit the road, Jack.
Get your kicks here.

Hit the Road, Jack.

Go Go’ers, whether you like art, artifacts or checking out Famous People’s Stuff, the Autry Museum’s Route 66: the Road and the Romance exhibition has it all.

Including a 1960 Corvette, in case you were wondering….

Traveled by migrants, beat poets, and Bobby Troup, America’s Main Street stretched from Chi-Town to Tinsel Town.

There’s art aplenty.  In addition to well-known Dust Bowl/migrant photos by Dorothea Lange and Arthur Rothstein, the exhibit includes work by Horace Bristol, whose photos of California labor camps were used as reference material for The Grapes of Wrath movie. More contemporary photos by Ed Ruscha and Jeff Brouws offer stark evidence of the highway’s decline.

Artifacts include neon motel signs and Burma Shave billboards from the  highway’s “golden age” of consumerism.  And for those interested in creative tools of the trade, the exhibit includes Woody Guthrie’s guitar — his Dust Bowl Ballads formed the soundtrack to the migrants’ desperate westward trek — and Jack Kerouac’s manuscript for On the Road: a 120 foot typed scroll rumored to have been written in 20 days  on Benzedrine and coffee. The manuscript has never been exhibited before in Los Angeles.

Go Go’ers, the scroll probably just got out of rehab.

ROUTE 66: THE ROAD AND THE ROMANCESun, June 8, 10am – 5pm; exhibit runs through Jan 4, 2015.  Free – $10  —  Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Road, LA 90027.  For more info & tix, go HERE.

Make Music Pasadena 2014More Weekend Go Go fun:

Cobra Juice — Vaudeville!  Decadence!  Puppets!  June 6.

Make Music Pasadena —  150 indie artists!   All ages!  Free!  June 7

Theatricum Botanicum — Opening weekend in Topanga Canyon!  Gender-reversed Lear!  Ttheatricum’s signature production of  A Midsummer Night’s Dream!  June 7 & 8

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Kate Bergh says:


    Which ones are you going to this weekend!


    1. Kate, ocupado all day Saturday so SADLY, no Make Music Pasadena or Down the Rabbit Hole….

      Topping up the Go Go flask with whisky for Cobra Juice (BYOB!), and trying to schedule both the Dance Media Fest AND Route 66: The Road and the Romance for Sunday.

      So happy Theatricum Botanicum is celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday all summer long because I want to see Ellen Geer’s reverse-gender Lear.

      Where are you Go Go’ing this weekend, Kate?

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