The Weekend Go Go: Pier Music, Garden Party, Garage Wines, Chinatown Ribs + More

Twilight concerts return to  Santa Monica Pier!
Twilight Concert Series returns to Santa Monica Pier!

Go Go’ers, do your out-of-town visitors expect  a stereotypical Lalaland of spray tans, freeway parking lots and tours of celebrity homes?

Share these fab events at City of Angels landmarks and the haters will be singing “We love L.A.” by Monday.

Good job, hometown hero.

Twilight: Cults But No Vampires

Few L.A. stars could spend so much time at the beach and look so good but the Santa Monica Pier is still damn handsome at 100 years-plus.

And everyone looks good at sunset, including you.

Come for the glow, stay for the music at the Twilight Concerts at the Pier.  Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the FREE Thursday night series kicks off this week with indie pop duo Cults, local art pop quintet James Supercave, and KCRW DJ Marion Hodges.

You can picnic on the shore or sip and nibble on the pier; drinkers in-the-know head to the 21+ Concert Garden for adult bevs and a killer view.

Not that there’s a bad view at the beach at twilight….

TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES AT THE PIERThurs, July 10, 7-10pm.  FREE/all agesSanta Monica Pier, Ocean & Colorado, Santa Monica 90407  For more info on parking, food and future concert schedule, etc. go HERE.

Phantasmagorical botanicals

Night Walker

First Fridays at the Natural History Museum are swell during the school year but come warm weather, we’d rather stop and smell the roses.

Literally.  In the Rose Garden at the Natural History Museum.

Starting this week, you can meander to your heart’s content on selected T.G.I.F.’s during Summer Nights in the Garden. The evening soirees (FREE but RSVP‘s required) feature garden tours, botanically inspired cocktails, and family friendly science projects and performances.

Go Go’ers, there’s nothing like sipping an adult libation while watching butterfly stilt walkers…

Yearning for a summer school experience?  At limited-size, unique-to-the-date workshops, you can learn to pickle cucumbers, pot succulents and build birdhouses.

Go Go’ers, you can always use a birdhouse.

This Friday at the Willow Hut, don’t miss sonic artist Mileece Petre’s  lush, layered soundscape created from recordings of monkeys in Ecuador, crickets from France, birds from Costa Rica, icebergs in Canada, and mud in Norway.

Noisy mud in Norway…who knew?

SUMMER NIGHTS IN THE GARDENFri, July 11, 5 – 9pm (also July 25 & August 1, 15 & 29). FREE/all agesNatural History Museum,  900 Exposition Blvd, LA 90007.  For more info & to RSVP go HERE.

You say rebel, I say artisan, let's call the whole thing off.
You say rebel, I say artisan, let’s call the whole thing off.

Rebel Swell

Once upon a time (i.e. the 1990’s), in the Bordeaux region of France, small batch wine producers were derisively called “garagistes” (as in stomping grapes in the garage) by traditional vintners.

Snobby French winemakers…quelle surprise.

Cut to contemporary Cali, where (not a surprise) the DIY movement has jumpstarted a movement of artisanal winemakers who produce a modest 1500 or less cases of wine a year in garages and other non-traditional venues.

Lucky for Angelenos, over 40 of the aforementioned renegades will be pouring 100+ limited edition vinos at Urban Exposure, the first Garagiste Festival to showcase rebel vintners in Los Angeles.

And while the wines may be mavericked in garages, they will be poured in the gorgeous Grand Ticket Concourse of the historic Union Station.

Want some cheese with that wine?

Wood & Vine will provide fromage, bread and charcuterie nibbles to complement the tastings.  For a splurge, order from the elegant bar menu at Union Station’s iconic Traxx Bar.  If comfort food’s your goal, the Grilled Cheese Truck will  be on hand with their trademark, ooey-gooey, melty goodness; word is GCT will also create  signature sammies just for Urban Experience.

Go Go’ers, it’s good be a rebel.

GARAGISTE FESTIVAL PRESENTS “URBAN EXPERIENCE”Sat, July 12, 1-5pm. $80 – $65; strictly 21+ (not even infants!)Union Station Ticket Concourse, 800 N Alameda, DTLA 90012.  For tix & info, go HERE.

Chef Vartan Abgaryan of Cliff's Edge will be serving Crispy Pork ‪#‎Ribs‬ with Honey and Fish Sauce Glaze at the Food GPS Rib Fest. (Photo by Sergio Gomez)
Chef Vartan Abgaryan of Cliff’s Edge will be serving Crispy Pork ‪Ribs‬ with Honey and Fish Sauce Glaze at the Food GPS Rib Fest. (Photo by Sergio Gomez)


Didn’t get your fill of star-spangled ‘que on the 4th of July?

You’re in luck: a dozen, firecracker-hot, L.A. chefs will be slinging meat ‘n bone delish in all its varied glory at the 1st Annual Food GPS Rib Fest this Sunday in Chinatown’s historic Central Plaza.

If the smell doesn’t guide you, just look for the statue of Bruce Lee.  Seriously.

The inaugural celebration of carnivorous delights not only gets you a dozen dishes and sides from top chefs like Chad Colby of Chi SPACCA,  Freddy Vargas of Scarpetta, and Bryant Ng of the recently shuttered Spice Table, but innovative desserts from Cake Monkey Bakery, Sugarbloom Bakery (Sharon Wang), and Salt & Straw.

Freckled Woodblock Chocolate, y’all!

In addition to cocktails created especially for the Rib Fest by Jason Bran and Damian Windsor, you can hydrate while bone-gnawing with craft beer from El Segundo Brewing Company and Strand Brewing Company as well as non-alcoholic options.

A portion of the event’s proceeds benefit the Pablove Foundation so you can feel good (or at least better) about adding another belt notch or two post Fest.

Just don’t look at Bruce Lee’s abs.

FOOD GPS RIB FEST Sun, July 13, 3- 7pm.  $65 – $90 — Chinatown, 943 N Broadway, DTLA, 90012.  For more info & tix, go HERE.

Pretty in Pasadena!
Pretty in Pasadena!

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Chinatown Summer Nights — Music!  Food trucks & beer garden!   A monkey!  July 12

Summerland Movie Club at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland — Art!  Movies!  Treats!  July 12

Colorado Street Bridge Party — Music!  Food & drink!  Historic preservation!  July 12

We Have a Hammock!  — Comedy!  Secret backyard show!   A hammock!  July 12

Trapeze — A Midsummer Night’s Swing — Electroswing!  Burlesque!  Speakeasy rave!  July 12

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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