The Boy and the World at Cinefamily's Animaion Breakdown.

Ale Abreu’s “The Boy and the World” at Cinefamily’s Animation Breakdown.

Sometime in the near future, you may interact with relatives.

Go Go’ers, this weekend is the calm before that storm.

This weekend is a warm, fuzzy blanket.

This weekend is your friend.

Embrace the weekend.

Cartoons for Grown-ups

There’s no better way to ease yourself into the Season of Family than by sitting in a dark room watching cartoons with strangers.  And there’s no better place to escape imminent reality feel like a kid again than Cinefamily’s Animation Breakdown.

Starting Thursday, Cinefamily offers six days of sneak previews (The Boy and the World from Brazil), premieres (The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, Mami Sunada’s documentary about Studio Ghibli), animators (David Silverman, The Simpsons, Monsters, Inc.), dystopian childhood faves (Watership Down), classic ‘toons (Warner Brothers Loony Tunes), shorts (potential Academy Award nominee Feast), animation round-ups and more.

TV watchers of a certain age won’t want to miss the penultimate event The Music of Schoolhouse Rock Live!, which is taking place off-site at the Echoplex in Silverlake.   Respected bebop and cool jazz pianist Bob Dorough wrote and performed many of the iconic songs of the educational T.V. program (1973-1985); he’ll perform a live set of Schoolhouse Rock songs.

Just in time to wow the Thanksgiving dinner table guests with your rendition of “Naughty Number Nine”….

ANIMATION BREAKDOWNThurs, Nov 20 – Tues, Nov 25; various times.  $12 – $25Cinefamily, 611 No Fairfax, LA 90036. For tix and more info, go HERE

NOTE OFF-SITE LOCATIONTHE MUSIC OF SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK  Mon, Nov 24 @8pm — The Echoplex, 1822 Sunset Blvd., 90026 (The Echoplex is located below The Echo, enter through the alley at 1154 Glendale Blvd.)

Discovery tour 2014So Many Artists, So Much Time….

“Change is in the air” is the theme for the 22nd Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour.

Temps have dropped to a balmy, autumnal mid-70’s degrees, which makes the prospect of checking out 100+ artists in work studios, eclectic homes and historical buildings in Northeast Los Angeles a walk in the park: Highland Park and Glassell Park, that is, as well as Eagle Rock, Mt. Washington and environs.

Actually, there’s minimal walking involved on Saturday; it’s a self-guided auto tour with shuttle busses available to select stops.

The “change” theme may also refer to the inclusion — for the very first time — of the venerable Southwest Museum: a fixture of the creative community that was the center of L.A.’s early 20th century Arts and Crafts movement.

Load up early on Xmas gifts for yourself and others that you love.  Chat with and buy directly from artists;  in addition to paintings, drawings, prints and fiber art, you’ll find hand-crafted musical instruments, wearable art, and unique jewelry pieces.

Bonus!  Many of the venues offer free wine and food for browsers and buyers.

Think of it as Santa’s workshop(s) for sophisticates….

22ND ANNUAL ARROYO ARTS COLLECTIVE DISCOVERY TOURSat, Nov 22, 9:30am – 5pm. $10 in advance; $15 at the door — Tour begins at the Lummis Home, 200 E. Ave. 43, Highland Park, 90031.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Put some jelly on that poem....

Put some jelly on that poem….

Variety Show of the Mind

Instead of bowling balls, the intrepid souls of Tongue & Groove juggle something much more ephemeral: words.

This Sunday, Conrad Romo’s monthly literary variety show at Hotel Cafe presents its last event of the year and it’s a good one.

No dancing poodles.

Steve Connell (actor, comic, poet, and motivator; private performances for Obama!) Karen Rizzo (Famous Baby, THINGS TO BRING, SH#!T TO DO), Jim BGavin ( fiction in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Esquire), poet Marsha de la O (Black Hope won the New Issues Press Poetry Prize and a Small Press Editor’s Choice Award), and Jed Myers (award-winning poet) dazzle with words both humorous and daring.

Of course there’s a full bar making it the perfect cocktail hour  show before your Hollywood dinner date and at $7, it’s the best bang for your buck  in terms of impressing a significant other.

Go early for your front ring seat.

TONGUE & GROOVESun, Nov 23, 6-7:30 pm. $7 at the door — The Hotel Cafe, 1623 1/2 No Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood 90028.  For more info, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun

Noir-vember: UnCabaret at the Skirball — Comedy!  Noir Exhibit!  Cocktails & snacks!  Fri, Nov 21

FOUND Magazine’s Re-ignition Tour & Release Party — Found stories!  Free book with ticket!  Goodies!  Sat Nov 22

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

 

 

Bloom and grow.

Bloom and grow.

Here’s how to multitask your enjoyment of the next two days.

Three stops.

Multiple opportunities for fun.

Also, adult libations.

It’s the carrot-not-the-stick approach to the weekend.

Even the Names are Fun.

On Saturday, the much-beloved Bloomfest returns to Downtown to celebrate the late, much-beloved Joel Bloom: unofficial mayor of the Arts District.

There will be food from many downtown fave restos and nd a pinball tournament from Eighty Two. Angel City Brewery steps up to the Downtown plate once more with a beer garden where you can relax and listen to KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe, Mario Cotto, and Marion Hodges.

Come back for the after party.

And like pretty much every square inch of the area, the beer garden will have art.

Find more art at the District Gallery, Cornerstone Theater, the American Hotel, and Art Share L.A. — the latter will have performing artists —  you can stroll through the working studios of creators like neon artist Lily Lakich, as well as Kim Abeles, Ken Marchionno and Valerie Mitchell.

If you prefer a more intimate but enriched experience,  Cartwhell Art Tours will offer four free tours of artist studios, galleries, murals and other creative spaces.  Cartwheel Art founder and Arts District resident Cindy Schwarzstein creates, produces, and leads the tours; expect  guest speakers and Arts District insiders to pop up.

Joel Bloom would be proud.

BLOOMFEST WITH CARTWHEEL ART TOURSSat, Nov 8, 11am – 11pm. Free/all agesThe Arts District, Los Angeles.  For a map and more info, go HERE.

 

NOW they'll be famous....

NOW they’ll be famous….

This month, the NELA Second Saturday Art Crawl is even more fun than usual.

Drink & See L.A.

Chicken Boy is waiting for you.  So are the drinks.

Saturday night, stop by Future Studio Gallery for a double whammy of quintessential Los Angeles.

Chicken Boy — the giant fiberglass status dubbed “The Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles — is hosting the Prospect Park Books launch of Drink: Los Angeles: your guide to L.A.’s most noteworthy libations whether alcoholic,  caffeinated or boba-fied. Greyhound Bar is providing the cocktails and wine; G&B serves the coffee.

Chicken Boy is also doing a little bit of crowing  to celebrate his status as local boy makes good; Barbara Thomason  immortalized the now-famous fowl in her book 100 Not So Famous Views of L.A. 

Meet the artist, meet the editors, meet Chicken Boy and his non-chicken mom Amy Inouye.

They’re ready for their close-ups.

FUTURE STUDIO GALLERYSat, Nov 8, 7pm  – 10 p.m. FREE5558 N Figueroa St.. L.A. (Highland Park) 90042.  For more info, go HERE.

Kevin Spitze paints York Boulevard

Kevin Spitze paints York Boulevard

Preview & Party

You can thank Charles Lummis.

One of L.A.’s early boosters and culture facilitators, Lummis helped encourage the blooming Arroyo Seco art scene, which is now celebrated annually with the Arroyo Arts Collective’s Discovery Tour, which lets you visit, ogle and buy art from the makers.

He was also famous for his arroyo-r9pm -attling ragers that he dubbed “Noises”.

This Saturday, plan your purchases with a preview of the Discovery Tour at Avenue 50 Studios then head to Las Cazuelas for the “After-Noise”: a free party  where the purchase of food and drink benefits the efforts of the Arroyo Arts Collective and Teatro Arroyo to establish an arts center in Highland Park.  Las Cazuela provides the yum food specials, Soundscapes provides the music;, and Golden Road Brewery provides the $4 pints of beer.

This Saturday, make some Noise.

DISCOVERY TOUR PREVIEW PARTY/AFTER-NOISE — Sat, Nov 8, 7pm-10pm (preveiew) & 9pm – midnight (After-Noise).  FREE admission — for more info, go HERE.

Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Ave 50, LA (Highland Park)  90042

Las Cazuelas, 5707 N Figueroa, LA (Highland Park) 90042

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

NEXT Fest at the Ace Hotel

NEXT FEST at the Theater at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Go Go’ers, get ready for four days of hot tickets, cool beers, and hip kitties.

Hey, just how you like your weekend….

NEXT! please

Do you like film?  Do you like music?  Do you like hearing famous people talk about same?

Lucky you.

The Sundance NEXT FEST — a mash-up of  all three — kicks off  tonight and Friday with a celebration of “renegade creativity” that sounds dangerous in the best possible way….

A  mysterious Afghanistan veteran.  An Iraqi vampire western.  A zombie rom com.

You’ll be lucky to get away with your fingernails unchewed.

An offshoot of the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT <=> section, the Fest presents the Los Angeles premieres of six new films (including, above,  The Guest, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and Life After Beth) from independent artists and pairs them with inspiring panelists like Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) and artistically like-minded musicians like Father John Misty and Warpaint.

All the screenings take place at the gorgeous Theater at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles except for tonight’s 10th (yikes!) anniversary  screening of Napoleon Dynamite at Hollywood Forever Cemetery: clearly, a #ThrowbackThursday choice.  Co-screenwriter Jerusha Hess and members of the cast will be in attendance although sadly, not Mr. Dynamite himself.

Yeah, those “ligers” are scary too.

SUNDANCE NEXT FESTThurs, August 7 – Sun, August 10;  various times. $14 – $25 —  For tix, locations, and more info, go HERE.

Wild night with the wildlife.

Wild night with the wildlife.

Zoo Brews

For a really wild night, forego the clubs for the cubs.

Friday under the stars, sample brews  from 30+ local micro-breweries while you wander amongst the wildlife at Brew at the L.A. Zoo.   In addition to the usual elephants, koalas and apes (oh my), check out the new Rainforest of the Americas which features giant river otters, toucans and something called cotton-top tamarins.

Hairstyle inspiration gratis.

Do the Alligator and the Watusi  to music by The Spazmatics, Indian School, and the Jug or Nots as well as tracks by DJ Johnny Hawkes.  Brews and a souvenir glass are included in the ticket; there’s also food truck fare for purchase plus discounted tix for dedicated drivers.

All party animals must be 21+.

L.A. BREW AT THE ZOOFri, August 8, 7-11p.m.  21+. Tix: online $45, $40 for GLAZA members, $25 for designated drivers; $50 at door (if available)Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive, LA 90027.  For tix & more info, go HERE.

Nice kitty.

Nice kitty.

What’s New, Pussycat?

There’s something about the slinky feline that generates both cat-related creativity for charity and a surfeit of over-shared kitty videos .

You know who you are….

On Saturday, lovers of cat and kitsch will rejoice when CATbaret returns for another  “catstravaganza” of song, dance and Fred Willard: all to benefit the Kitty Bungalow-Charm School for Wayward Cats .  Enjoy cat-themed entertainment from celebrity singers and So You Think You Can Dance performers all to help fund feral cat rescue.

Keeping the streets safe, one feline at a time.

For avid fans of the aforementioned online cat celebrities, dwarf kitty charmer Lil Bub will be doing a TGIF “Meet and Greet” Friday afternoon.   Interactive opportunities with the world’s most famous perma-kitten include photos, “possible” petting and/or kissing, and, for a lucky (and deep-pocketed few), the chance to share a VIP booth with Bub at CATbaret.

Go Go’ers, life is good.

CATBARETFri, August 8, 4:30 – 7:3pm (Lil Bub Meet & Greet) $20 – $350 AND Sat, August 9, 6pm (CATbaret!) $50 – $125 — Belasco Theater, 1050 S Hill St, DTLA 90015  For info & tix, go HERE.

Art + comedy = Tragedy Plus Time

Art + comedy = Tragedy Plus Time

“Humor is tragedy plus time”

Mark Twain said it.  Patton Oswalt adapted it.

Now the  Hammer Museum‘s biennial exhibition Made in L.A. references the quote  for Tragedy Plus Time: an off-site exhibit at Highland Park-based Public Fiction that features six comedians: James Adomian, Eric Andre, Maria Bamford, Kate Berlant, Byron Bowers and D’Ette Nogle.

It’s Art!  It’s Comedy!  It’s a Comedy Art Show!

Comedians might not seem like the traditional idea of “artists” but they definitely fall under Made in L.A.‘s umbrella concept of New. Art. Now.  The larger exhibition features 35 Los Angeles artists with a focus on emerging and under-recognized artists and recent and new work including performances created specifically for the exhibition.

Go Go’ers, this art is funny ha ha….

PUBLIC FICTION: TRAGEDY PLUS TIME, COMEDY SHOWSun, August 10, 8:30 – 11:00pm.  FreePublic Fiction, 749 Avenue 50, (Highland Park) LA 90042   For more info, go HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Photo courtesy of Twee Studios/Eagle Rock Brewery

 

Artists and tacos and beer, oh my!  Tonight, it’s all happening off the 2…Freeway, that is. 

Eagle Rock Brewery just debuted “Red Velvet”: their Imperial Ale with Rye.   Silky mouth-feel (Thanks, rye!), hints of chocolate, and an 11% alcohol content.  (Watch out for “speed traps” when you leave, Go Go’ers!)   To help celebrate the brewery’s newest baby, ERB is having their first gallery event tonight;  Thuy Le of Twee Studios will be displaying selected works from his ORIGIN OF ABSENCE series.   LATE BREAKING NEWS:  The scheduled food truck cancelled so Taco Chop  is saving the day with drive-up deliciousness! (6:00-10:00PM) 

Keep the art buzz going by heading over to the opening reception for pop-up exhibition space  PLAyLAnd.  In addition to the usual (art) suspects, PLAyLAnd will feature “circuit-bending sound scape, international mail art show…poetry bomb [and] handmade toys that recreate science fiction scenarios”  from three cities (Reno, San Francisco and Los Angeles).   Among the 24 featured artists are John Fleck, one of the infamous NEA 4 (four performance artists whose 1990 NEA grants were attacked by conservative politicians based on subject matter) and L.A. Mudpeople: masked, mud-daubed “urban primitives” who have been (slowly) perambulating  around the Los Angeles art/performance scene since 1989.  Through 5/31/10 (Tonight:6-10PM) 

 For a post-art-bash beer, head over to the Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park: 24 beers on tap, 85 bottled beers and (the best!) beer to go (thanks to the former speakeasy’s grandfathered liquor license from the 1930’s).  **** 

Go Go’ers: remember those speed traps. 

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go…. 

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