The Weekend Go Go: Double Downtown Lit, Hollywood Tiki Bash, Barnsdall Art + More!

No Friday night hatchet jobs....
No hatchet jobs here….

Yes, the weather is crazy.

Yes, summer’s half over.

And yes, you can relax….

This weekend, there’s plenty of/so much free fun in the City of Angels.

Start a Story/Hear a Story

Friday: Part 1

The emergence of Union Station as a creative as well as transportation hub continues this weekend with Metro Art Presents: PUBLISH! Your Journey.

In collaboration with the always innovative Writ Large Press,  typewriters will be set up at the Information Kiosk.  Travelers will be invited to write anything from a sentence to a story, a limerick to a haiku on the theme of “journey” using the writing prompt “Where did you begin?”

Know where you began but not how to begin?

Not to worry: amazing L.A. storytellers (Jen Hofer, Wendy C Ortiz, F Douglas Brown, Arturo Romo-Santillano, Ashaki Jackson, Carribean Fragoza, Mike Sonksen, and Traci Kato-Kiriyama) will be standing by to help your thoughts travel from your head to the paper.  Journeys will later be pinned to a map and published online for a visual representation of Angelenos’ journeys.

No need to check baggage….

Oh the Places You've Been
Oh the Places You’ve Been

PUBLISH! YOUR JOURNEY — Fri, July 24, 4-6pm.  FREE/all agesInformation Kiosk ~ LA Union Station, 800 N Alameda Ave, DTLA 90012.  More info HERE.

Friday, Part 2

Grab dinner DTLA then meander over to the Last Bookstore for The Last Book Review.  Co-creators, producers, hosts, and performers Caitlin Bergh and Ever Mainard’s bi-monthly soiree features a group of creatives with diverse and always entertaining literary, comic and musical talents.

This Friday’s lineup features: Liana Maeby (South on Highland/recent winner – Literary Death Match), Rachel Mac (Bitchface Comedy), Dibs Baer (I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain), Kristen Studdard (Seems Legit), Karen Kilgariff (Mr. Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show) and the Diana DeMuth Band.

All that and twisty book tunnels.

It’s a win/win/win start to the weekend.

THE LAST BOOK REVIEW —  Fri, July 24, 8-9:30 pm.  FREE — The Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St (entrance on 5th St), DTLA.  More info HERE.

11th Annual Tiki Night at the Egyptian!
11th Annual Tiki Night at the Egyptian!

Your South Sea Adventure Awaits

Tiki may be having a retro moment in the sun but American Cinematheque‘s dress up, drink and screen Tiki Night has been bringing cinematic tropical breezes to the mean streets of Hollywood for over a decade.

Sarong gone missing?

Stock up on grass skirts and Panama hats at the Tiki Marketplace, starting at noon.  The pre-screening soiree includes an authors’ talk, Hawaiian beer, and Tiki-themed cocktails, music and dance performances, and fashion show.

Hello, hibiscus flower bras.

A screening of the Orson Welles-narrated South Sea Adventure — a color-drenched travelogue designed to showcase Cinerama’s widescreen process — caps the evening.

You’ll be swaying for days.

11TH ANNUAL TIKI NIGHT – Sat, July 25, marketplace at noon; soiree at 5pm; screening at 7:30.  $9 – $13Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028.  Tix and more info HERE.

Picture yourself here!  Installation by Chrystal McConnell at 2015 LA Juried Exhibtion
Picture yourself here! Installation by Chrystal McConnell at 2015 LA Juried Exhibtion

Art Park

Cool party chatter factoid: the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) is the last remaining municipal art gallery in the country.

Yay L.A.!

This Sunday, ascend Olive Hill at Barnsdall Park to check out the 2015 LA Juried Exhibition at LAMAG.  Jurors Peter Frank, Fatemeh Burnes and Tomas Benitez have selected 120 works of over 80 emerging Southern California-based artists across mediums including video art, sculpture, photography, printmaking, painting and digital arts.

Also in the biennial exhibition are four installations, including “Play Hard or Go Home”: a room-filling library by Chrystal McConnell (see right) that acts as an interactive self-portrait installation.

Selfie yourself smart here, yo.

Get to the park early for Walk Right In: self-guided tours of the recently-restored  Hollyhock House: Frank Lloyd Wright’s first project in Los Angeles.

Then, head to LAMAG for the Juried Exhibition’s open-to-the-public’s opening reception from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. with awards announced at 3:00 p.m.

You’ll want to say you knew them when….

2015 LA JURIED EXHIBITION — Sun, July 26, 2-5pm; opening reception.  Exhibition through September 20, 2015. FREE — Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, LA 90027.  More info Exhibition and Walk Right In.

Iconic shot from Chrisitan Marclay's FREE 24 hour "The Clock" at  LACMA.
Iconic shot from Chrisitan Marclay’s FREE 24 hour “The Clock” at LACMA.

More Weekend Go Go Fun….

TarFest 2015 Launch Party — Silent auction cocktail party!  Music!  FREE!  Fri 7/24

Christian Marclay’s The Clock — 24 hour marathon movie! 1000’s of clock movie clips!  Milk + Cookies open until 2am then reopens at 7am!  FREE!  Sat 7/25

Tongue and Groove — Short fiction!  Personal essays!  Poetry!  Spoken word! Music.  Sun 7/26

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….


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