The Go Go: So Many Art Shows! Riot LA! CoffeeConLA! Night on Broadway! Free Museums!

Art Show #1
The start of “Art Weekend 2016 – LA

Go Go’ers, here’s your plan for the weekend

Clone yourself.

Then hit the ground running for the start of five days of non-stop fun.

Did Ms. Go Go mention taking the rest of the week off?

Do that first….

“art weekend LA is a biannual exploration of art fairs, galleries, & museums across Los Angeles.  art weekend LA East edition begins Jan 27 – 31st”

L.A. Art Show — Modern & contemporary art (120 galleries/20 countries) in DTLA.  Littletopia (Dismaland collaborator Jeff Gillette!)  Special exhibits.  After-parties.  Tours (including one with legendary mural artist Kent Twitchell!)  Performances (Melanie Pullen’s High Fashion Crime Scenes)!  Wednesday night benefit gala!

Why: Checking out the Ping Pong Exhibit and Rogue Taxidermy at one of L.A.’s premier art shows.

Los Angeles Fine Art Fair  — Hop next door for this adjunct to the L.A. Art Show featuring premier Historic and Contemporary Art including fine and decorative art spanning all styles and centuries and targeted at collectors.

Why: Sometimes you just need to chill out with Greek columns and still lifes.

Art Los Angeles Contemporary – In SaMo, Art Los Angeles Contemporary highlights the very new-and-now with a looser vibe in a stunning, airy space.  There’s a Thursday night Gala: Gala #2!  Approximately a third of ALAC’s 73 exhibitor booths feature Los Angeles-based galleries. Emerging galleries under four years old can be found in the Freeways section; independent publishing gets its own section as well.

Why:  Buffing your edgy art credentials and seeing a performance piece based on high school tuba thefts.

Nobuho Nagasawa’s Synaesthesia Playground at Fabrik Expo!
Nobuho Nagasawa’s Synaesthesia Playground at Fabrik Expo!

Fabrik Expo — Find cutting edge art and a more intimate experience at this innovative art happening in DTLA’s mural-centric Arts District. Check out 40+ artists, exhibitors, makers, fashion designers, and creators at this virtual intersection of art, architecture and design, which kicks off Friday, with Gala #3.

Why: Ogling JT Burke’s pretty/tough/kitty Katmobl Art Car and seeing an art version of your senses with Nobuho Nagasawa’s Synaesthesia Playground.

Riot L.A.  — Comedy impresario Abbey Londer assembles a high-octane, three-night/two-day   comedy fest that’s a combination block party and comedy crawl as well as powerhouse performance weekend.  150 performers include: David, Cross, Patton Oswalt, Bridget Everett and hundreds more.  Head to the Lot for food trucks, dancing, confessionals, Snapchat lessons, and the world’s largest open mic.

Why:  Natasha Leggero/Maria Bamford/Janeane Garofolo triple-header!  Canine caricature artists at dog-friendly 2 Girls 1 Pup!  First Comes Love with Kyle Akers reading amateur porn scripts…hilarity ensues!

Coffee Con — Saturday’s coffee convention for consumers and enthusiasts!  Labs, classes and presentations about coffee art, extraction methods, home roasting, Yemeni and Turkish coffee and more; free with ticket!  Swag, giveaways, $3000 in prizes!

Why: Learning how coffee is good for your body and how specialty coffee can save the world…a.k.a. justifying your coffee habit.

Museums Free-for-All Day(s) — Check out 20+ museums for free on Saturday and a few on Sunday (Museum of Tolerance, Zimmer Children’s Museum!)  General admission only; special exhibitions are extra (e.g. Space Shuttle Endeavor exhibit at California Science Center; Noah’s Ark at Skirball Cultural Center.)  Many museums are Metro-adjacent; otherwise, plan to pay for parking.

Why: You can never have too much art….

Burgundy Bells at Los Angeles Theater - Night on Broadway
Burgundy Bells at Los Angeles Theater during Night on Broadway

Night on Broadway 2016 — FREE, all ages, rain or shine street party from 3rd to Olympic! Multicultural performances in seven of Downtown L.A.’s historic theaters (Lucent Dossier Experience at the Los Angeles!)  Musical stage (Ozomatli! Aloe Blacc!)  Block-by-block art and performance pop-ups curated by Silent Disco Party (4th to 5th), Art Share L.A. and Two Bit Circus (5th to 6th) and more!  Family friendly area between 5th & 6th!

Why: A chance to ride a Ferris wheel, peep burlesque and play Rebel Bingo in one giddy night.


Ready?  U Know U Want to Go Go….

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