The Weekend Go Go: Bloomfest & Cartwheel, Second Saturday pARTies

Bloom and grow.
Bloom and grow.

Here’s how to multitask your enjoyment of the next two days.

Three stops.

Multiple opportunities for fun.

Also, adult libations.

It’s the carrot-not-the-stick approach to the weekend.

Even the Names are Fun.

On Saturday, the much-beloved Bloomfest returns to Downtown to celebrate the late, much-beloved Joel Bloom: unofficial mayor of the Arts District.

There will be food from many downtown fave restos and nd a pinball tournament from Eighty Two. Angel City Brewery steps up to the Downtown plate once more with a beer garden where you can relax and listen to KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe, Mario Cotto, and Marion Hodges.

Come back for the after party.

And like pretty much every square inch of the area, the beer garden will have art.

Find more art at the District Gallery, Cornerstone Theater, the American Hotel, and Art Share L.A. — the latter will have performing artists —  you can stroll through the working studios of creators like neon artist Lily Lakich, as well as Kim Abeles, Ken Marchionno and Valerie Mitchell.

If you prefer a more intimate but enriched experience,  Cartwhell Art Tours will offer four free tours of artist studios, galleries, murals and other creative spaces.  Cartwheel Art founder and Arts District resident Cindy Schwarzstein creates, produces, and leads the tours; expect  guest speakers and Arts District insiders to pop up.

Joel Bloom would be proud.

BLOOMFEST WITH CARTWHEEL ART TOURSSat, Nov 8, 11am – 11pm. Free/all agesThe Arts District, Los Angeles.  For a map and more info, go HERE.


NOW they'll be famous....
NOW they’ll be famous….

This month, the NELA Second Saturday Art Crawl is even more fun than usual.

Drink & See L.A.

Chicken Boy is waiting for you.  So are the drinks.

Saturday night, stop by Future Studio Gallery for a double whammy of quintessential Los Angeles.

Chicken Boy — the giant fiberglass status dubbed “The Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles — is hosting the Prospect Park Books launch of Drink: Los Angeles: your guide to L.A.’s most noteworthy libations whether alcoholic,  caffeinated or boba-fied. Greyhound Bar is providing the cocktails and wine; G&B serves the coffee.

Chicken Boy is also doing a little bit of crowing  to celebrate his status as local boy makes good; Barbara Thomason  immortalized the now-famous fowl in her book 100 Not So Famous Views of L.A. 

Meet the artist, meet the editors, meet Chicken Boy and his non-chicken mom Amy Inouye.

They’re ready for their close-ups.

FUTURE STUDIO GALLERYSat, Nov 8, 7pm  – 10 p.m. FREE5558 N Figueroa St.. L.A. (Highland Park) 90042.  For more info, go HERE.

Kevin Spitze paints York Boulevard
Kevin Spitze paints York Boulevard

Preview & Party

You can thank Charles Lummis.

One of L.A.’s early boosters and culture facilitators, Lummis helped encourage the blooming Arroyo Seco art scene, which is now celebrated annually with the Arroyo Arts Collective’s Discovery Tour, which lets you visit, ogle and buy art from the makers.

He was also famous for his arroyo-r9pm -attling ragers that he dubbed “Noises”.

This Saturday, plan your purchases with a preview of the Discovery Tour at Avenue 50 Studios then head to Las Cazuelas for the “After-Noise”: a free party  where the purchase of food and drink benefits the efforts of the Arroyo Arts Collective and Teatro Arroyo to establish an arts center in Highland Park.  Las Cazuela provides the yum food specials, Soundscapes provides the music;, and Golden Road Brewery provides the $4 pints of beer.

This Saturday, make some Noise.

DISCOVERY TOUR PREVIEW PARTY/AFTER-NOISE — Sat, Nov 8, 7pm-10pm (preveiew) & 9pm – midnight (After-Noise).  FREE admission — for more info, go HERE.

Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Ave 50, LA (Highland Park)  90042

Las Cazuelas, 5707 N Figueroa, LA (Highland Park) 90042

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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