How to celebrate the first official weekend of summer?
Ms. Go Go has ideas.
Read on for how to rule the weekend…
PLEASE TOUCH THE ART — Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with art? If your short answer is “All the time!”, head to the FREE (but please RSVP) Friday opening reception at Cantor Fine Art (CFA) for a thoroughly tactile art experience. The show will feature 20+ artists of varying disciplines from around the world, including Laddie John Dill, Sigis Sniras, Andrew Myers and George Wurtzel. The latter two are featured in CFA’s Tactile Art Documentary Please Touch The Art in which Wurtzel, a blind artisan/woodworker and teacher, uses his hands to explore Myers’s 3-D portrait of him: a piece that consisted of approximately 4,000 screws. At the opening reception, there will be a performance by the Academy of Music for the Blind, which also composed a song for the film; 10% of proceeds will benefit the Academy. Why: Exploring pieces like Dan Lam’s squishy, bumpy sculptures that look like alien neon squids.
CHINATOWN DESIGN NIGHT — Whether or not you made it to L.A. Design Festival this year, you can explore design with every sense at the fest’s 6th annual closing bash. Visit Peephole Cinema, Automata and Coagula Curatorial, for a visual feast: literally, in the case of artists like Dosshaus! Explore scent design with the Institute of Art and Olfaction. Taste summer at Pok Pok L.A. (full bar, y’all!), Lao Tao Taiwanese Street Food, Jelly Shots from Ludlows Cocktail Company, and stops at the Coolhaus and MicheMobil trucks. KChung Radio provides your summer night soundtrack. Why: One stop design hopping for art lovers and cool kids.
ART BEYOND THE GLASS V — The year’s best — and most fun — opportunity to “drink for good” is happening Sunday at Resident: the gorgeous new indoor-outdoor space in the Arts District! The 5th annual Art Beyond the Glass party expands to a five hour celebration of cocktail culture in all its glorious forms. Dozens of L.A.’s top bartenders will be pouring, creating and competing to raise funds for Global Inheritance: an L.A.-based nonproﬁt organization that creates experiences which inspire individuals to take positive action on global issues. The brain child of Zahra Bates (National Brand Ambassador, Courvoisier USA) and Daniel Djang (Thirsty in L.A.), the cocktail-fueled fundraiser not only showcases bartenders’ talents behind the stick but artistically as well: all creative endeavors will be available for purchase. Bonus: Bar Keeper, slinger of vintage bar ware, will be setting up shop for the first time at ABTG. Why: Partying with the best bartenders in town, buying/seeing/hearing fab art, and raising funds for good = no brainer.
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….