The Weekend Go Go – Part 2: Riot L.A., Melody of Chaos, dine L.A. + More

Bigger! Bolder! Even more exciting!
Bigger! Bolder! Even more exciting!

More L.A. weekend.

More L.A. fun.

More a capella renditions of  Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.” in the car.

Rah Rah Riot

There’s a riot going on…and Angelenos couldn’t be happier.

Of course, Ms. Go Go is talking about Riot L.A.DTLA’s alt-comedy festival.

Now in its third year, the fest features 130 comics and 39 shows over three days.  The seven venues are all within walking distance of each other, creating a street party vibe anchored by The Lot: every comedy nerd’s dream playground stocked with games, food trucks, vendors and a photobooth to capture “shenanigans”.

Virtually show at Riot is worth attending but here are some Ms. Go Go faves:

Establishing their “alt” bonafides right off the bat, the L.A.-centric laff riot kicks off the fest with I Love New York: a night of Big Apple comedians hosted by transplanted NY native and take-no-prisoners comedian Eddie Pepitone.

Saturday delivers star power.  Kliph Nesterhoff hosts special guest Fred Willard (one of Christopher Guest’s go-to players) on his Classic Showbiz Talk Show.  Fans of The Daily Show and the T.V. show About a  Boy will want to snap up tix to see Al Madrigal and friends.

Spicing up your Sunday, hosts Margot Leitman (Late Night with Conan O’Brien, AMC, author of Gawky) and Giulia Rozzi (Chelsea Lately, Vh1, Bad Bride) make your happy hour even happier with Stripped Stories: candid, bare-it-all tales of sex and love from celebrities AND audience members.

Bring your shenanigans.

RIOT L.A. — Fri, Jan 16 @ 9pm. Sat, Jan 17 – Sun, Jan 18 @ 3pm.  $10-$35; $500 weekend pass; check FAQ; many events 21+Various venues in DTLA. For tix and more info, go HERE.

Performance!  Music!  Art!
Performance! Music! Art!

L.A. Original

Linda Carmella Sibio is many things:

An artist known for cathartic performances and large-scale visual installations.

A teacher of the mentally disabled on the streets.

A former member of Andy Warhol’s Factory.

The recipient of 20+ grants and awards.

A diagnosed schizophrenic since 1977.

Join Sibio on Saturday at Melody of Chaos: an evening of “psychologically intense” performance, art and music.

The evening at Highways Performance Space opens with Sibio’s Human-Pig Hybrid: a non-linear performance piece that juxtaposes cultural ideas of “the pig” with mental illness.

Sibio also welcomes special guests Overtone Industries and Spontaneous Combustion Choir.  It’s the latter’s first concert of 2105; award-winning composer, conductor and artistic director O-Lan Jones will lead Melody of Chaos audiences in collaboratively creating spontaneous chorale music.

The evening also launches Sibio’s Schizophrenic Brain Trust: a month-long, multimedia art installation featuring a 12-foot paper mâché brain sculpture and 26 etching-like pen and ink drawings that tell the story of a brain that is sometimes friend, sometimes foe.  Jacobine van der Meer aka The Brutal Poodle  will conduct a performative auction of the paper mâché brain; bids for the sculpture start at $500.

The evening will be many things:

Unique.

Compelling.

Inclusive.

Memorable

Transformative.

Go….

MELODY OF CHAOSPerformance/Sat, Jan 17 @ 8:30 pm.  Art exhibit/Jan 17 – Feb 17. $15 – $20Highways Performance Space, 18th Street Art Center, 1651 18th St, Santa Monica 90404.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

The perfect nights for polka dots and stripes!
The perfect nights for polka dots and stripes!

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys in Cartoonland — Naughty tunes!  Cartoon backdrops!  Fleischer-esque foto op!  Sat 1/17

8th Annual Slack Key Fest — Hawaiian slack key guitar masters!  Miss Aloha Hula award winner! Living legends!  Sun 1/18

dine L.A. Restaurant Week — Actually…14 days!  Prix fixe lunch and dinner!  So many restaurants!  Mon 1/19 – Sun 2/1

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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