After the apocalyptic atmospheric conditions of recent weeks, this weekend feels downright paradisiacal.

Thank you, weather gods.

 

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BREW AT THE ZOO — The 6th Annual Brew at the L.A. Zoo should not be considered a chance to get rip-roaring drunk but there is the possibility of close encounters of the roaring four-legged kind.  General admission to the fur and feather-centric brew-vent gets you 5 ounce samples from 50+ local craft and microbreweries while enjoying DJ’s, live music, talks by zoo keepers and for-purchase food.  Friday evening might be a good time to put on your Big Spender hat, however; the VIP option gives you early entrance by an hour PLUS access to two exclusive lounges with appetizers and specialty cocktails. Why: Getting a jump on Oktoberfest by listening to German polka band Der Burgermeister Boys while sipping an Alpine Brewing Company beer as monkeys howl under the stars.

 

 

FLYPOET SUMMER CLASSIC 2016 — Think you know poetry?  Think again…or better yet, grab tickets fast for founder and host John Hensley’s annual, always sold out celebration of words both sung and spoken as well as created-on-the-spot art.  Flypoet’s monthly event always includes music but for the Summer Classic, now in its sixth year, Hensley ups the game with celebrity musical acts. This year, Grammy nominated -artists Marcia Ambrosius and Dwele will be making special appearances at the intimate John Anson Ford Theater alongside the award-winning, internationally touring spoken word artists.  Why: enjoying a picnic under the stars while listening to spoken slink and sizzle  from National Poetry Champion Steve Connell, HBO Def Poet Sunni Patterson,  2013 Poet Laureate Tasha Jones and National Slam Finalist Shawn William.

 

 

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David DiMichele’s work at Cabinet of Curiosities at Union Station: August 7 through August 31. (Photo courtesy David DiMichele)

 

CABINET OF CURIOSITIES ~ UNION STATION — There’s something sexy and mysterious – even transgressive — about this tiny, intimate art show in the middle of the cavernous grandeur of Union Station.  Opening this Sunday in the Grand Waiting Room, Carl Berg curates a FREE show that involves looking through seven peepholes at seven worlds created by seven artists: Tanya Brosky, David DiMichele, Ashley Hagen, Noel Korten, Keith Lord and Cecilia Miniucchi.  The concept is rooted in 17th century collections called “wonder rooms” — collections of oddities that were precursors to modern museums — that evolved to a fascination with miniatures.  Through August 31.  Why: Getting up close and personal with a world beyond your reach.

Ready?  U Know U Want to Go Go….

 

Staycationing this weekend?  Visit other lands without leaving Los Angeles at these exotic events.

No passport required.

 

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DELICIOUS LITTLE TOKYO — Culinary adventures, including libation-centric events, await you at this all-weekend-event in one of DTLA’s most iconic neighborhoods. Starting tonight, you can pick up a Delicious passport for discounts at various Little Tokyo establishments.  Saturday  events include historical/culinary walking tours, an Obon temple festival  that ends with a free beer, and the Kanpei! Food and Drink Crawl  for happy hour specials; Shochu Night in Little Tokyo is included in the crawl but you can attend it separately.  Sunday offerings include Saturday’s cultural events, a participatory art mural and There Is a New World Somewhere by Li Lu. Why:  Culture, shochu, sake, highballs and more at one of L.A.’s most walkable and Metro-friendly ‘hoods.

 

Tiki Night 2016

 

TIKI NIGHT 2016 — Slip on a lei, sip tropical drinks and trade those dry Southern California winds for balmy South Pacific breezes…on the big screen at least.  Hosted by the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, your ticket to Saturday’s celebration of all things South Seas includes a screening of South Pacific, entertainment by King Kukulele and his Friki Tikis as well as the Polynesian Paradise Dancers,  an Iconic Atomic fashion show and admission to the vendor marketplace, and one drink (alcoholic or virgin) created especially for Tiki Night 2016 by Marie King of sponsor Tonga Hut.  Food tickets available on site while supplies last.  Why: Bali Ha’i is calling….

 

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SUMMER SODA TASTING 6 — Don’t expect Diet Sprite at this annual event at Galco’s Soda Pop Stop in Highland Park. The international offerings from proprietor John Nese’s astonishing 500+ soft drink inventory include: the extensive line of amazing Australian sodas from Bickford’s; fantastic French sodas from Rieme; sparkling indulgences from Zedazeni, which hails from the Republic of Georgia plus domestic deliciousness from  Bedford’s of Port Angeles, WA.  Additionally, side-by-side challenges will allow sippers to compare brands of black cherry, cream soda and other classic flavors.  Why: Raising money for the venerable Southwest Museum while listening to a Kid’s Burp-Off Contest.

Ready?  U Know U Want to Go Go….

Whether you’re donning your linen suit or vintage sundress, loving lobster or (re)visiting L.A.’s punk scene, it’s the perfect weekend to remember why you love L.A.

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DAPPER DAY + JAZZ AT LACMA: CELEBRATING REIGNING MEN: FASHION IN MENSWEAR, 1715 – 2015 — Are you the kind of person who believes “sartorial elegance” doesn’t end when summer starts?  If so, spiff up  your pearls and pocket squares for your chance to “step out in style” today!  Dapper Day , organizer of fashionable events in the U.S. and France, encourages sophisticated attire of all eras for their partnership with LACMA. Stroll the gent-centric special exhibit, then picnic on the lawn while listening to the FREE jazz concert.  Retro band Sasha’s Bloc evokes the big band jazz sound of the 1920s–1940s; there’s an expanded dance floor so you can hoof it up from 6-8:00 p.m.  The museum will stay open until 9:00 p.m. for another look at the museum’s dapper dudes.  Why: Checking out a gorgeously preserved zoot suit, sipping a cocktail at Ray’s Bar, then dancing the (early) night away.

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PORT OF LOS ANGELES LOBSTER FEST — Put the B-52’s on your earbuds for some rock lobster inspiration as you head to the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro for a weekend of shellfish royalty in all its classic  iterations. Twenty thousand Maine lobsters will be flown in from the Atlantic and one of them has your name on it…especially with a price tag of only $25 for a 1.25 lb. crustacean with tasty sides.  If a whole lobster is daunting, concentrate on less filling but delicious options like lobster quesadillas or the lobster mac & cheese.  And the aforementioned earbuds are actually unnecessary given the excellent musical acts all day long.  FREE parking and FREE ADMISSION for veterans, military and kids under 12.  Why:   Listening to Dear Boy, Kitten and The Colourist while adding another whole lobster to your plate for $15.

 

 

2016 JOHNNY RAMONE TRIBUTE — Hard to believe it’s been 40 years since the Ramones burst on the scene.  Luckily, Johnny’s widow Linda Ramone puts on this yearly, all-ages  tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery so you can bath in the big screen glow of punk rock with the double feature: Rock’n’Roll High School and Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains.  Steve Jones (Sex Pistols, Jonesy’s Jukebox) hosts with special guests Henry Rollins (Black Flag) and John Doe (X).  Peruse the Morrison Hotel Gallery of Ramones and punk photos and check out the rare public appearance of Metallica guitarist Kirk “Von” Hammett’s special collection of horror movie memorabilia.  Why: Hearing John Doe moderate a Q&A with the Rock ‘n Roll High cast, which will reunite for the first time in 30 years.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go…. 

 

Two evenings under the stars in iconic L.A. settings.

A car-free day of art and music.

It’s a swell weekend to be an Angeleno.

 

 

BREAKING CONVENTION SUMMER SOIREE AT BARNSDALL ART PARK — A summer night.  A daring artist.  600,000 Swarovski Crystals.  And you, if you’re willing to “break convention”!   Barnsdall Art Park is, for the first time, featuring a single artist — Aaron Axelrod — at their signature, summer fundraiser.  L.A. based Axelrod will, in another first, use the iconic Hollyhock House in its first public art installation.  Soiree attendees will get a sneak preview of Dark Matter: Axelrod’s first solo career retrospective survey, which includes inventive multi-media series “Melting Rainbows,” a performance piece which was depicted in a national commercial campaign on MTV.  Executive chefs from Bombet Hospitality Group restaurants Terrine, Faith & Flower, Hanjip, and Viviane will curate the evening’s culinary offerings. In addition to Axelrod’s work, you’ll enjoy live musical performances and DJ’s while sipping cocktails courtesy of Cazadores and Bombay Sapphire.  Why: Sipping a Bombay Sapphire cocktail while getting a sneak preview of a Swarovski crystal art piece.

 

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Colorado Street Bridge Party

 
COLORADO STREET BRIDGE PARTY 2016 — There’s something compelling  about occupying verboten space.  This Saturday, you can experience the thrill of the forbidden AND party on the prettiest bridge in town at the Colorado Street Bridge Party.  Drink cocktails!  Check out stars in the sky via telescopes and vintage cars on the bridge via vintage street lights.  Meander among the three music stages.  Find out what a Silent Disco is!!!  Why: Finding out what a Silent Disco is and then shaking your booty in the fast lane.

 

Celebrate Expo

Ed Moses, Splash On #1 and Splash On #2, 2016 (Image courtesy of William Turner Gallery)

 

CELEBRATE EXPO: A CROSSTOWN DAY OF ART AND MUSIC — Get on a train.  Relax.  Go see great art.  Have brunch and cocktails.  Get on a train.  Relax. Go hear wonderful music. Don’t drive.  Stay relaxed. If this sounds like The Best Sunday Ever, well…it’s pretty damn close, especially since the artist is L.A. icon Ed Moses and the Moses@90 exhibit is a retrospective of his career, including new work created since the opening of the exhibit in April.  (#edmosesisnotaslacker) The event, which includes a tour of the exhibition with Moses himself and ends with cocktails and brunch (FREE but RSVP to livia@lynwinter.com),  is sponsored by the William Turner Gallery at Bergamot Station in collaboration with Union Station Los Angeles to celebrate the connection of two art hubs via the Expo Metro line.  After your two-hour visit to the Westside, hop aboard the Expo line and travel back to Union Station for a late afternoon of live music on the North Patio courtesy of Brazilian guitarist and composer Fabiano do Nascimento and DJ set by Glenn Red.  Why: You’ve got a station to station ticket of fun.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

 

Ms. Go Go is overwhelmed with work but here is your cheat sheet to all weekend fun.

 

 

L.A. FOOD FEST — Angelenos’ fave food fest is back with a new sponsor, new venue (Metro-friendly Exposition Park!), new events including chef-driven meals at the pop-up restaurant in the Rose Garden (see above photo), and new pricing: try the all-in VIP experience or the low-cost, have-it-your-way foodie adventure with 100+ food, beverage, beer, wine and craft cocktail vendors to choose from.  Through Sunday 7/10

 

 

GARAGISTE WINE FESTIVAL — Once denigrated as renegades , now celebrated as artisans, the garagiste movement of winemakers has expanded from the Bordeaux region of France to the world…and this Saturday only, the Metro-friendly Wiltern Theatre.  Many of the sixty, participating, high-quality, limited production winemakers don’t have tasting rooms so this is a rare opportunity to sample the work of passionate vintners all in one place.  Saturday, July 9

 

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LOS ANGELES SALSA FESTIVAL — FREE to attend!  Enjoy live music, dancing and an interactive Kids Zone at this two-day, family friendly fest in Metro-friendly Pershing Square in DTLA. Purchase food from local vendors as well as tickets for the Salsa Tasting Tent and the Beer & Margarita Bar.  Saturday, July 9 & Sunday, July 10

 

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RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR — FREE to attend! Two days and 275+ makers and creators in beautiful. Metro-friendly Grand Park in DTLA.  Special ice cream tasting with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream! Food trucks, DJs and a raffle of a gift bag with $1000 of Renegade Fair makers’ products courtesy of TimeOut Los Angeles.  Saturday 7/9 & Sunday 7/10

 

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ECHO PARK LOTUS FESTIVAL — FREE to attend!  Korean culture is the focus of the 36th annual festival, which includes an Asian Food Court, Japanese tea house, Dragon Boat races, taiko drumming, traditional and contemporary dance performances and, of course, the eponymous lotus and other aquatic plants. Saturday, July 9 & Sunday, July 10.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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.

 

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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.

Please Touch the Art

Please Touch the Art at Cantor Fine Art

 

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.

 

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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….