Eye-bending sounds at Peter Manning Robinson's Refractor Piano Concert.

Eye-bending sounds at Peter Manning Robinson’s Refractor Piano Concert. (Photo credit: Klaus Hoch)

May Day! May Day!

Fab weekend ahead!

Here’s your manual for fun….

THE REFRACTOR PIANO CONCERT — This is not your grandma’s piano concert.  Or your grandma’s piano for that matter.  This Thursday, Emmy Award-winning pianist/composer Peter Manning Robinson debuts his new invention — The Refractor Piano™ — with a FREE, World Premiere performance at Bergamot Station.  Robinson has pioneered an innovative new sound — “refracted music” — that eschews  prerecorded tracks, triggered samples, external sounds and MIDI instruments.  Instead, Robinson uses the keyboard, fingers, mallets, and other implements to generate never-before-heard sounds. “Refracting” the raw acoustic sounds makes each performance a unique, one of a kind event.  Working with Robinson and his creative collaborator Klaus Hoch,  Hana Kim, an award-winning set and projection designer for theater (Fallujah for the Long Beach Opera), has created an immersive,  visual landscape to heighten the visceral experience of Robinson’s music.  Tickets are going fast so RSVP ASAP!  Can’t make Thursday?  A second concert is in the works; keep an eye Robinson’s website!  Why:  A transplendent musical and visual treat…for FREE!

Indoor spaces in the great outdoors at A Street (Af)fair in WeHo

Indoor spaces in the great outdoors at A Street Affair in the West Hollywood Design District.

A STREET AFFAIR — Whether you’re an avid design junkie or just a garden variety looky lou, you’ll want to wend your way to the West Hollywood Design District, which is co-producing a FREE street fair with Parachute Market. Saturday’s  one-day-only event brings Eastside and Westside designers together in WeHo to celebrate two historic and influential design movements: European-inspired Hollywood Glamour and California Modernism. Get to the fest early to avoid the lines for the hotter-than-hot Shake Shack; enjoy the East Coast transplant’s iconic “concretes” (frozen custard blended with mix-ins) while checking out makers, artists and environmental designers under a floating “roof” of translucent panels.  Why: The great indoors meets the great outdoors.

Bon Vivant Market & Cafe at Taste of the Eastside. Food almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

Bon Vivant Market & Cafe at Taste of the Eastside. Food almost too pretty to eat.  Almost. (Photo courtesy of Bon Vivant Market & Cafe.)

TASTE OF THE EASTSIDE — What better way to welcome the month of May than with a premier food and drink festival in a gorgeous outdoor setting?  Mosey over to the gorgeous, mission-style L.A. River Center & Gardens on Sunday to taste your way through more than two dozen of the best eating and drinking establishments in Silver Lake, Echo Park, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Los Feliz, Atwater and beyond.  Sip oh-so-refreshing cocktails made with organic, locally sourced ingredients from DTLA’s Greenbar Craft Distillery: L.A.’s first distillery since Prohibition.  Sample early bites from RBTA: a Robata-style den opening in June  on Figueroa in Highland Park.  Sample the sweet stuff from Choctal Single Origin Ice Cream. Garth Trinidad, Anthony Valadez and DJ Aire will provide the perfect  soundtrack to your first Sunday in May.  Why: Getting hot and sweaty to Charlie Overbey & the Broken Arrows then cooling down with a sour, salty, spicy Silverlake Diable Pop.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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