The Weekend Go Go: Hollywood Fringe Fest, Tour de Food, Phoenix Carnivale

Mob mentality at the Hollywood Fringe Fest.
This is where gossip gets you… at the Hollywood Fringe Fest.

Yes, June gloom has been unusually dampish this year.

Not to worry, though; SoCal planners of fun are undaunted.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your weekends….

Mainstream Fringe

If it’s June, it must be the Hollywood Fringe.

“L.A.’s largest festival of the performing arts” runs June 11 through June 28 for 18 days of non-curated acts from LA, the country and the world.

Of course, Ms. Go Go has picks to suggest.

House of Rabbits presents  Charivari in Voyeurville: a sexy, punk musical about mob mentality.  Of course.

In Two Girls, One Bard: Romeo & JulietPeggy Sinnott and Alison Elliot perform every character in the classic story of star-crossed lovers.  Hilarity ensues.

The talented Jessica Salans directs a powerhouse cast in the haunting, riveting  Soundly: a deftly staged chapter from Adverbs by Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snickett). The show sold out so quickly that another night on Monday, June 22  was added.  Grab tix now.

Additional Fringe fun includes the Fringe runway, the Fringe prom, Fringe karaoke, and a closing night bash.

Who says there’s no culture in L.A.?

HOLLYWOOD FRINGE 2015 — Thurs, June 11 – Sun, June 28.  For tix and info on shows, schedules, times and venues, go HERE.

Get on the bus!
Good food.  Many ‘hoods.

Get on the Bus

Food fests: we love ’em.

Sometimes though, you just want good food without the lines.

Just in time for your chillaxin’ weekend pleasure: Tour de Food.

Food writer Javier Cabral, also known as “the Glutser” — just to establish his culinary bonafides — leads participants on to the bus and into multiple neighborhoods for a mini-food tour of L.A.: the combined efforts of Zócalo, Metro, and KCRW,

Cabral introduces you to a new Mexican hamburger joint, a stand with honey-drizzled soft-serve milk ice cream, a cafe with “an ingenious array of tamales” and one of America’s best ramen bars.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a food fest vendor with “an ingenious array of tamales”.

TOUR DE FOOD – RTE 720 — Sat, June 13; 2 – 5:30 pm.  $20Meet at Hamburguesas Punta Cabras, 633 S Spring St, DTLA. Parking is $7 in the surface lot at 627 S Main St.  Registration & more info HERE.

Literally helping HM157 rise from the ashes....
Literally helping HM157 rise from the ashes….

The Little Historical Monument That Could

Remember that fundraiser last week for the fire-damaged HM157 in Lincoln Heights?

There’s more where that came from.

Historical Monument 157 is turning either 7 or 8 in June, which is a long time for an indie arts org.  The creative space is beloved by the cultural community, which is generating a series of benefits to raise money for help fix damage caused during the May 1st fire.

The Phoenix Carnivale: A Red Flag Day Fiesta is an all ages event with bouncy houses, face painting and shenanigans for the kids.  The fundraiser, which lasts until midnight, also has plenty of big kid fun including a roster of local bands, an art installation and myriad performers, including burlesque.

Presumably, the latter will perform post-kinder departure.

Permaculturist Ray Cirino will be blistering up gourmet pizzas in Sparky the Dragon Oven and Angel City Brewery will once again be on hand with the beer.

All of the fire damage funds raised will help HM157’s neighbors cover their fire damage costs, replace HM157’s residents’ losses  and help to rebuild the cultural center’s backyard performance stage.

Time to pay it forward, Angelenos.

THE PHOENIX CARNIVALE – Sun, June 14; 3 to midnight-ish. $10HM157, 3110 N Broadway, LA 90031. For more info, go HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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