The Weekend Go Go: Quilt Art, Chocolate Art, Comic Art, a Giant Bed Fort + More!

Three Triangles by Gwen Marston at Quiltcon West.
Three Triangles by Gwen Marston at Quiltcon West.

Recovered from the super-exhausting week of giant dragons, Hurricanes, dead presidents and unfulfilled romantic expectations?

If not, buck up, because this weekend has plenty in store as well.

You won’t regret it.

Quiltcon West – The largest modern quilt show of its kind, Quiltcon West goes beyond the calico to showcase quilts as fiber art in the fine art realm.  See hundreds of quilts by artists like Gwen Marston  left), an award-winning author who will present a lecture on”Liberated”: a pattern-less version of quilt-making she has taught for decades.  Over three dozen additional quilt artists will present lectures and workshops on color, pattern, textiles and technological programs from Thursday through Sunday.  Why: Why put it on your bed when you can hang it on your wall?

After Party Storytelling Show — Anna David,  New York Times bestselling author, producer/host of the late, lamented True Tales of Lust & Love and editor of the companion book of the same name, is back with a compelling, new confessional storytelling series about drinking, drugging, and other now-abandoned bad behavior.  Not only is there no fee, there’s a chance for participants to win FREE stuff!  This month, David is joined by Mary Patterson Broome, Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, Danielle Stewart and special guest Greg Berendt!  Why: Visiting the dark night of the soul with some very funny people.

The Antigone Project - pre-World Premiere performance at the Getty Villa
The Antigone Project – pre-World Premiere performance at the Getty Villa

The Antigone Project: A Work in Progress — Starting Friday, make your way to the Getty Villa by the sea for four, work-in-progress performances — two evenings, two matinees — of a classic Greek play performed in a giant, blanket fort that will resonate from your childhood: the perfect setting to explore the bonds between these two, doomed siblings.  The collaboration between award-winning theater-makers Annie Saunders (The Day Shall Declare It) and Becca Wolff (No Static at All, The Last Days of Mary Stuart)  draws from contemporary events, ancient Greece and the Wild West.  These performances are the second step in a process that will eventually culminate in a site-specific, spring 2016 performance at a historic venue in Downtown L.A.’s Broadway theater district.  Why: “I saw it when….” bragging rights for a pre-World Premiere  and a chance to visit the Getty Villa after dark.

Chocolate and Art Show — Come for the chocolate, stay for the art from new and emerging designers, painters, makers and more at this two night, Friday and Saturday, 21+ underground art show in Chinatown.  Skin becomes canvas with body-painting, face painting, live portraits, henna art and nail tattoos.  Once you’re glammed up, chow down to local, organic grub from Little Lily’s Kitchen, then dance it all off to five bands each night.  Why: FREE chocolate and FREE street parking is enough reason alone to leave the house.

Power Rangers at Long Beach Expo 2016
Power Rangers at Long Beach Expo 2016

Long Beach Comic Expo — Cosplay!  Contests!  Intimate (only 50 participants) VIP package with legendary writer Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men)!  It’s all going down at the Long Beach Comic Con this Saturday and Sunday.  Look forward to a film festival, lectures, workshops,  photo ops, meet and greets, and autograph signings with actors, artists, animators, writers, directors, fabricators and more, including many Eisner Award winners as well as first time artist participants.  Why: Any event that combines Mars Rover Science and Engineering, auditions for the Whedonopolis Evil League of Evil, and Ivy Doomkitty is a no-brainer.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Cindy Schwarzstein says:

    Looks so good! YAY! How did the event go last thursday?

    Cindy Schwarzstein, Founder Cartwheel Art Magazine Cartwheel Art Tours |Cartwheel Art Services

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