The Go Go: Lit Crawl, WestEdge Design, Oyster Fest, Dia de los Muertos + More!

Champagne fountain for fiends....
Champagne fountain for fiends….

Could this week be packed with more fun?

Ms. Go Go thinks not.

Clear your calendars.

Awash in Words

Here’s the best Hump Day remedy ever.

Join other lit-loving aficionados and swarm the streets of NoHo this Wednesday for the 3rd Annual NoHo/LA Lit Crawl.

40 events.  35+ venues.  One night.

Better yet, it’s FREE!

Presented in three, 45-minute rounds (7pm, 8pm and 9pm) as well as opening and closing events, LitCrawl offers opportunities to check out wordsmiths of every persuasion — novelists, poets, comics and musicians — tackling a wide variety of genres: horror, noir, confessional, sci-fi and erotic.

NoHo Ho....
NoHo Ho…. #LitCrawlLA

The events take place at venues all over NoHo from a tiki lounge (Wide Awake at the NoHo Lit Crawl from Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center) to a comic book store (Creepy Crawlies from Shades & Shadows) to an adult entertainment shop (Inside The Ultimate Sex Shop of My Imagination from Cultural Weekly).

And if the latter venue gives you a chance to shop for “necessities”?

Hey…you’re the ultimate cultural multitasker.

LITCRAWL L.A./NOHO — Wed, Oct 21; 6pm – 10pm.  FREE/all ages (some venues 21+)Various locations.  More info, including schedule, writers and maps, HERE.

Beach Beautiful

How to best embrace SoCal’s Endless (and then some) Summer?

Head to the WestEdge Design Fair this weekend for the ultimate inspiration from 150+ exhibitors.

Thursday night’s Beach Chic Opening Party benefits the fab A+D Museum and kicks off four days of fabulous design with a silent auction of re-imagined beach chairs designed by top local architects and designers.  Also, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, natch.

Four days of inspiration, entertainment, education and shopping!
Four days of inspiration, entertainment, education and shopping at #WestEdge

Luxury interior designers create indoor and outdoor rooms utilizing Sunbrella fabric for the Sunbrella Perspective Los Angeles Lounge, which will also serve as the fair’s main interior lounge, the site for special events throughout the show and Barker Hanger’s central bar.

In other words, head here for restorative cocktails.

New this year is MADE:MODERN, which showcases dozens of independent creators of contemporary furniture, lighting, sculpture and accessories.  An opening day panel on Craftsmanship & Design complements the celebration of the hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind.  Limited edition items will be available for purchase so bring the plastic.

If you check out accoutrements as much as actors, don’t miss the modern-day speakeasy created by the  Set Decorators Society of America in partnership with Robb Report Home & Style. Head here for daily mixology demos, samplings and specialty design.

Also, specialty cocktails.

Learn more at educational panels!  Topics include: Hollywood in Your Own Home–Set Decorator SecretsBringing the Travel Experience Home: Design Inspiration from Around the World; and Entertaining with Style.

Cocktails will undoubtedly be covered.

WESTEDGE DESIGN FAIR — Thurs, Oct 22/ Opening party, 6:30-10pm. Oct 23/11am-8pm.  Oct. 24/11am-6pm/ Oct. 25/11 am-5pm. Opening party $95/$20 advance online/$25 atd/Parking $10 cashBarker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica Airport.  Tix and more info HERE.

A Pearl of a Fest

Wine has sommeliers.

Beer has cicerones.

Oysters have Maitre Écaillers (Shellfish Masters).

The City of Angels has  Christophe Happillon: L.A.’s only Maitre Écailler and the bivalve guru behind the Oyster Gourmet at Grand Central Market.

DTLA Oyster Fest from the Oyster Gourmet at Grand Central Station
DTLA Oyster Fest from the Oyster Gourmet at Grand Central Station

This weekend, embrace the mollusk magic with the inaugural DTLA Oyster Fest. Admission is FREE; for two days, you can buy $2 oysters directly from oyster farmers from the U.S. and Mexico.

Along with Norman Abell (Acacia Pacific Aquaculture), the guest farmers will be available to chat about proper oyster selection and handling, sustainability of oyster aquaculture, and “merroir”: Happillon’s play on winemakers’ “terroir”, which means “a sense of place” in French.

Participating farms include: Sol Azul Seafarms (El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve: a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Baja CA); Grassy Bar Oysters (Morro Bay, CA); Rock Harbor Oysters (Cape Cod, MA); Morro Bay Oyster Company “Pacific Gold” oysters (Morro Bay); and Hama Hama (Washington State), which has been active since 1922 and is  the oldest oyster farm on the West Coast.

That’s a lot of delectable goodness.

Luckily, the Oyster Gourmet will have an assortment of French wines available to wash down the briny morsels. For a change of pace, the stand’s usual menu of assorted, ecologically sustained seafood will also be available.

Happillon’s Oyster Shucking 101 seminars are full but there’s a strong possibility the Oyster Gourmet will have Friday night shucking seminars post-fest.

You’ve got two days of oyster slurping to lobby for the Best Date Night Ever.

DTLA OYSTER FEST — Sat, Oct 24 & Sun, Oct 25. Fest hours: 11am – 6pm.  Admission FREE; oysters $2 each — The Oyster Gourmet, Hill Street Platform/Grand Central Market, 317 S Broadway, LA 90013.  Parking Garage Entrance: 308 S Hill St.  Map and more info HERE.

Dead souls will roll....
Dead souls will roll….

Old Souls

Dilemma: you love the spirit and tradition of Day of the Dead but find it challenging to honor ancestors while being jostled by a crowd.

Solution: An Evening of Art and Music celebrating Dia de los Muertos from FolkWorks.

Held at the historic, oh-so-cool Church of the Angels on the Pasadena/Highland Park boundary, Saturday’s celebration offers an opportunity to bring a memento of your dearly departed (including pets) to the ofrenda or community altar, which has been created especially for the occasion by a team of local artists.

You’ve been saving your airplane bottles of bourbon for just such  an occasion.

DJ Tita Juana will spin Mexican classics and Chicano oldies during an early evening, open-to-the-public wine and cheese reception where you can peruse work by local artists.

The evening continues with a ticketed concert inside the Church of Angels sanctuary.  Beloved Highland Park band I See Hawks in L.A. delivers their signature, psychedelic-influenced roots music: a perfect choice to celebrate the night of the year when the curtain between this world and the next is believed to be at its “thinnest”.

The Christina Ortega Band brings a cross-cultural sound that embodies the full spectrum of the Golden State’s heritage from the beloved norteño of the migrant farm worker to the Western swing of Dustbowl-era Okies working the oil fields.

“Musician’s musician” Matt Cartsonis, who’s played with Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Glen Campbell, Warren Zevon, Lucinda Williams and Steve Martin, contributes his immeasurable talents to the evening.

This Saturday, come serenade the dead.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS WITH CHRISTINA ORTEGA & I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. — Sat, Oct 24; 5pm/FREE art reception & DJ. 7pm/$20 ticketed concert.  All agesChurch of the Angels, 1100 Avenue 64, Pasadena 91105.  Tix & more info HERE.

Frans Lanting's LIFE: from the Big Bant through the present at Annenberg Space for Photography
Frans Lanting’s LIFE: from the Big Bang through the present at Annenberg Space for Photography

MORE Weekend Go Go fun!

Charles Phoenix: Downtown Los Angelesland — Kitsch/historic tour of DTLA & environs!  Live slide show performance!  FREE!  Fri 10/23

Frans Lanting: LIFE – A Journey Through Time — National Geographic photog Frans Lanting!  Big Bang through present!  Annenberg Space for Photography!  Sat 10/24

Los Angeles Theater Company Gala Carnaval —  Cocktails!  Dinner!  Dancing!  Sat 10/24

16th Annual Dia de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery — Shamanic Visions of the Huichol theme!  Ceremonial altars!  Music!  Sat 10/24

Aero Theater’s 10th Annual Dusk-to-Dawn Horrorthon — 7 movies!  FREE all night snacks & coffee!  Giveaways!  Sat 10/24

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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