15th Annual Lantern Festival (Courtesy of Chinese American Museum)

15th Annual Lantern Festival (Courtesy of Chinese American Museum)

Ms. Go Go blames the lateness of this post on March (Event) Madness!***

But wait!  Saturday and Sunday are jam-packed with FREE events!

Proceed with abandon.

15th Annual Los Angeles Lantern Festival — Today’s family-friendly festival at the Chinese American Museum across from Union Station marks the end of the Chinese New Year. Food trucks offer sustenance; entertainment includes shadow puppets and lion and silver dragon dances.   Make lanterns at the arts and crafts table and use them to wish for a smooth future.  Why: The opportunity to tour the Chinese American Museum for free and meet cast members from Fresh Off the Boat.

ALL kinds of art in South Pasadena!

ALL kinds of art in South Pasadena!

South Pasadena Arts Crawl – Tonight’s art ramble features FREE admission in one of L.A.’s most crawlable cities: lots of art, lots of food (including a special Arts Crawl cocktail at Shiro) lots of music, lots of sidewalk. Why: Taking the Gold Line for FREE (until midnight) to South Pasadena and seeing the Podunk Poets (Music Connection‘s 2015’s Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artists and Bands) with special guest “Outlaw Soul Singer” Redd Carter at Kidd’s Jewelry Heist.

Mystical Prism of Being – If you believe poetry is best experienced with music, head to Beyond Baroque in Venice Saturday afternoon for  the debut of poet Brian Michael Tracy‘s spoken word album, which juxtaposes his words with much-loved musical standards.  Tracy will be backed by Springsteen collaborator Marty Rifkin, with Andy Hill (Hard Rain) and Renee Safier (Hard Rain), plus Edoardo Tancredi.  The event will benefit Beyond Baroque. Why: Beauty by the beach and a chance to support one of L.A.’s most important cultural centers.

Fierce publishing

Fierce publishing

L.A. Zine Fest 2016 — The Majestic Downtown is the hub for the FREE, all-day-Sunday celebration of zines, glorious zines, with satellite events — readings, panel discussions,  a Drink & Draw (!!!!) —  happening nearby at the Falls bar,  KapSoul and The Last Bookstore.  Fiscally sponsored by the Craft and Folk Art Museum, the fest is a celebration of DIY makers and creativity on the page. Why: Checking out the collaboration of punk icon Alice Bag with Rudy Bleu and the sanctioned chance to scribble in public with a drink in your hand.)

Whiskey cocktail from General Lee'sCicLAvia – the Valley — Sunday’s FREE, all-day, family-friendly, rain-or-shine event is a great opportunity to go car-free in the San Fernando Valley by walking, biking, skating or just hanging out.  Peruse businesses, enjoy street performers, check out architecture and enjoy the sensation of the Valley without cars whizzing by. Why: Good for you, good for the environment.

***Also the imminent launch of the FREE-to-join Women Who Whiskey ~ Los Angeles Chapter!  Join  HERE.  Like the L.A. Chapter HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want to Go Go….

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