The Weekend Go Go: The Day Shall Declare It, Poetry Circus & 4th of July Block Party

Day Shall Declare It
Anthony Nikolchev in The Day Shall Declare It – EXTENDED! (Photo by  Gema Galiana)


This 4th of July weekend, declare your independence from boredom.

Wow theater.

Three ring words

And a big ‘ole block party.

Join the revolution for fun!

THE DAY SHALL DECLARE IT — Sexy theater.  With a bar called The Paradise.  Those components alone might seem like reason enough to wend your way to a gritty industrial/performance space in DTLA.  However, the second L.A. run of this immersive theatrical piece delivers so much more.   Developed and co-directed by Sophie Bortolussi (Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More) and Wilderness’ Annie Saunders (who recently co-created The Antigone Project at the Getty Villa),  The Day Shall Declare It combines spectacle with intimacy and the poetry of movement with the gritty lyricism of Tennessee Williams’s Early One-Acts and Studs Terkel’s iconic  Working. Starting this week, the theatrical experience has been extended through July 31 with added, late-night performances on Fridays and Saturdays — a smart move since the 8:00 p.m. shows tend to sell out within hours minutes after going on sale.  Patience and persistence are your friends here, though: this show is worth it.  Why: A cocktail and a show is so much better than dinner and a show.  Especially if the show is amazing and you’re a part of it….


Third Poetry Circus
Send in the clowns at the Third Poetry Circus at the Griffith Park Merry Go Round (Photo courtesy of the Poetry Circus)


THE THIRD POETRY CIRCUS — It’s never too late to run away and join the Poetry Circus. Nichelle Davis, ringmistress of words and one-woman-wonder, brings back the third iteration of her FREE, family friendly carnival of creativity this Saturday.  Ride the Griffith Park Merry Go Round.  Listen to 40 stellar poets perform daredevil feats of literary legerdemain.  Write verse on ribbons under midsummer stars to create a communal/visual poem.  Have a poem written on the spot, expressly for you, at the Poetry Store.  Why:  There is nothing more magical than gorgeous, stirring, exciting words in the moonlight.


Grand Park fireworks
Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party (Photo courtesy of Grand Park)


GRAND PARK 4TH OF JULY BLOCK PARTY —  July 4th BBQ on the patio?  Meh.  Let food trucks do the cooking while you bask in the sun — and then under the stars —  at Grand Park + The Music Center’s FREE, day-into-night, family friendly, multi-block party to celebrate the Fourth of July.  The fun kicks off at 2:00 with bands, dance troupes, and KCRW DJ’s.  In addition to light show installations, there will be City Hall-adjacent fireworks for mass ooh-ing and ah-ing.  Why: Grass, sun, music and fireworks — all accessible by Metro.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Updated to reflect the following corrections re: The Day Shall Declare It:  Sophie Bortolussi was incorrectly identified as a member of Wilderness.  The previous L.A. run of The Day Shall Declare It was incorrectly identified as a pre-London run but was a post London run.  Additionally, Gema Galian has been credited with the photo.  Ms. Go Go regrets the errors and omissions.

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