The Weekend Go Go: NOW Fest, Big Bite Bacon, Lucky 13 Improv

Nguyễn Nguyên, Maria Gillespie in "Bloom" at New Original Works Festival (Photo By Jessica Kaminsky)
Nguyễn Nguyên, Maria Gillespie in “Bloom” at New Original Works Festival (Photo By Jessica Kaminsky)

Go Go’ers, there’s a whole lotta culture going on this weekend.

Also laughs.

Also bacon.

A balanced life is everything.

Art Incubator

If thought-provoking themes, innovative technique and deconstruction of pop star personae are your cultural cup of tea, you’ll want to clear the calendar for the next three weekends.

Starting Thursday, REDCAT launches the New Original Works Festivalnine nights of Los Angeles dance, theater, music and multimedia performing artists.  Each week, there’s a different, eclectic program of three works — all new and original for NOW Fest.

What happens when one astrophysicist, two choreographers and the Shanghai Ballet come together?

Find out tonight when Week 1 kicks off with Bloom: a multi-media exploration of home and dislocation from co-choreographers Nguyễn Nguyên and Maria Gillespie with astrophysicist/video artist Fabio Altenbach.

You figure an astrophysicist would know a thing our two about dislocation.

Week 1’s additional  works — all three are performed every night this Thursday through Saturday — include In|Expiration: a percussive dance piece exploring issues of personal justice  and the repercussions of race-fueled violence.  Crying is a four-song suite that explores a multi-faceted pop personae via music, song and movement.

And that’s just the first week.

Bet you can’t see just one.

NEW ORIGINAL WORKS FESTIVAL — Thurs, July 30 – Sat, Aug 1st @ 8:30 pm; NOW fest through 8/15.  $14 – 20; $40 Fest pass —  REDCAT, 631 W 2nd St, LA 90012.   For tix and more info go HERE.

Bacon everything.  Plus beer. (Photos courtesy Big Bite Bacon Fest)
Bacon. Plus beer. (Photos courtesy Big Bite Bacon Fest)

Bacon, Bacon Everywhere

Temperatures (and humidity) will be creeping higher this weekend.

Time to head to the beach.

Long Beach, that is.

There you’ll not only find (hopefully) cooling breezes but (definitely) cooling craft beer.

Plus bacon and lots of it at the Big Bite Bacon Fest.

Board the Queen Mary for the two-day bacon-alia, which features bacon appetizers, bacon desserts and bacon-everything-in-between cooked up by dozens of pork-savvy SoCal chefs.  In addition to food, the Fest features entertainment and lawn games; your ticket also gives you access to “the Queen” for a self-guided tour.

The Fest, which has sold out in the past, has Bacon-Only and Bacon + Beer Sampling options.  Both are available for General Admission and VIP.

This weekend, you either love bacon…or you’re wrong.

BIG BITE BACON FEST — Sat, Aug 1: 11am/noon – 3pm &  6/7 – 10pm.  Sun, Aug 2: noon/1pm – 4pm.   $40 -$80/all agesQueen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach 90802.  Tix and more info HERE.

Lucky 13,
Lucky 13,

Lucky Yucks

If you’re a fan of Bill Hader and Vince Vaughn, check out where they and other comic actors sharpened their chops at ioWest’s 13th Annual Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival.

Dozens of celebrity performers, including Andy Richter (Conan) and Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), appear in more than 200 improv, sketch, stand-up and podcast performances across three stages.

The Improve Olympics may be hoping for a  “lucky 13” boost as they try for the “Guinness Book of World Record for Longest Continuous Improv Show”.  Starting Sunday,  the 7 DAY IMPROV SHOW will run continuously, day and night, for 150 hours based on a single suggestion.

Ms. Go Go is exhausted just thinking about it.

Looking for less of a comedy commitment?  Sunday night highlights include Bad Movie Night, an improv reenactment of the best worst movies of the 80’s & 90’s.  Also on Sunday, Another Time with Cacky in which Craig Cackowski and Paul F. Tompkins will try to recreate the magic of  My First Time With Cacky: their still-talked-about improvised show at the 2012 Festival.

You’ll want to be there if they do.

13TH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES IMPROV COMEDY FESTIVAL —  Sun, Aug 2 – Sat, Aug 8; $5 – $10/ $25 workshopsioWest (Improv Olympic), 6366 Hollywood Blvd, LA  90028.    Tix and more info, HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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