No matter what your state of mind going into the weekend, there’s a way to alter it for the better….
L.A. Art Book Fair — The 4th year of Printed Matter’s heaven for alt-book nerds opens tonight with a party (Devendra Banhart is one of the DJs) and delivers presentations from 250+ cutting edge presses, artists, and publishers plus music, readings, and intriguing special projects such as Allen Ruppersberg’s El Segundo Record Club: records about records, each with a one-of-a-kind cover (see left).
The Geffen Contemporary is the hub for the FREE, open-to-the-public, four-day print-a-thon but some of the most intriguing offerings are farther afield: nightly, bookseller-sponsored art parties at the Ace Hotel, EVERBOOKS: Artists and Writers read from their favorite books at the Million Dollar Theater and Machine Project’s Floating Library at Echo Park Lake,. Why: Pedaling a boat while reading a zine and avoiding a watery disaster is the ultimate Valentine’s Day distraction.
Tom Bergin’s Public House — Whether Valentine’s Day makes you groan or moan (the good kind, wink wink), L.A.’s fave Gaelic drinking spot loves you, they really love you. In addition to celebrating their 80th anniversary tonight, Tom Bergin’s will host their second annual S.A.D. (Single Awareness Day) Party! Those feeling angry rather than amorous can sip emotionally compatible cocktails to a non-romantic soundtrack, burn an item of their ex’s in the fireplace, or declutter/donate (in)significant others’ gently used
crap belongings to Goodwill. Together long enough to be casual about Cupid Day? Make a reservation (323.936.7151) for the “Cheap Date” menu for two: two Tom Bergin’s Burgers, two house made fries, and two cans of beer in a Champagne ice bucket. Why: Heartwarming means seeing your ex’s mash notes go up in flames then sending a Fireball shot to the sexy someone staring morosely into the fire.
Big Bar’s One Night in Rio — If your finances kept you from flying down to Rio for Carnival (again), Big Bar’s Friday night Val Day bash by way of Brazil is definitely the next best thing. The fabulous Big Bar team has pulled out all the stops for their 6th annual event. Choose from the custom Julep Bar courtesy of Woodford Reserve, the Cutty Sark Captain’s Lounge with build-a-buck (a.k.a. mule) lounge with a cocktail ice luge (whee!), the Copper Cabana with Absolut Elyx cocktails in copper pineapples and copper flamingos (plus made-on-the-spot, takeaway tokens), Reseva Cachacha in fresh coconuts, a flower crown bar from the Crown Collective, and a Voodoo Mystic who reads bones instead of tea leaves. Why: tropical drinking ’til two then having a fortune teller predict an Uber in your future.
The Secret Circus — This contempo circus from London has it all except the three rings and the wild animals (at least the non-human kind). Kick off the weekend with burlesque, comedy, spoken word, magic, music, and more, all enjoyed while lounging on the red leather banquettes of Three Clubs: one of our fave Hollywood dives. Why: Tassels + martinis is the perfect start to V-Day weekend no matter what your romantic status.
POP FOUND – A Valentine’s Weekend Pop-Up — Feeling crazy in love? Head to the late, legendary Rachel Rosenthal‘s Espace DbD for the FREE launch of guerilla artist/designer/performer Linda Carmella Sibio’s fashion brand Sibio, which features t-shirt, vintage shirt and textile designs inspired by insanity (Hip Madness), the Buddhist Eightfold Path (Octa Root) and Mayan Visions (self-explanatory). Sibio, who worked in the silkscreen department of Andy Warhol’s Factory, explores the underbelly of society in her work: mental illness, homelessness, prostitution, and other fringe social subjects. Mentored for 30 years by powerhouse performance artist Rosenthal, Sibio will also stage several mini-performances (11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.) on both Saturday and Sunday. Complementing Sibio’s interdisciplinary artistry are costume designer-turned-salvage artist Marsha Perloff’s Salvage Art Sweetheart assemblage art dolls. Why: becoming a walking art object with one purchase.
Getting liquored up and getting knowledged-up are not mutually exclusive…at least if you attempt them both on this unique, and obviously highly interactive walking tour down Hollywood Boulevard, which includes welcome shots or drink specials at four historic pubs on along the star-studded sidewalks. In addition to tons of movie trivia and Hollywood history — hello, cocktail party bon vivant! — the tour includes a moonwalk dance-off and an “impression” competition. Why: trying to sound and talk like the King of Pop.
Unique Fake Prom — Want to redeem your fashion disaster years? Gather your posse or your best Dance Dance Revolution-ary for Unique USA’s 4th annual Unique Fake Prom. This year’s theme is the 80’s in general and specifically Pretty in Pink! You and your dance maniacs can look forward to 1980s after-school snacks, acne-free prom portraits, DIY corsage and boutonniere stations, tunes from The Flashdance DJs, and an open bar. Why: cocktails and pink tulle immediately make Fake Prom 1000 x better than your way-too-real Teen Prom.
For your very own Alice in Wonderland/sugar shock experience, reserve your space now at Think Tank Gallery’s month-long, cake maze installation, sponsored by Cirque du Soleil and opening Sunday. The gallery-takeover exhibit includes six cake chambers filled with floor-to-ceiling cake sculptures, tech-based mirror mazes, a watercolor ice cream truck (no unicorn sightings reported thus far), a Zumanity lounge, and a coffee shop (because you need more of a buzz.) The cake maze is FREE but you can pay for add-ons including a Bang Bang Brunch or the Psychedelic Tribal Journey: a pot-infused African dinner. Why: Let them peep cake.
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….