Danger de mort indeed....

Danger de mort indeed….

The promised rain is playing coy but this weekend still has plenty of spring in its step.

Black & White & French All Over

Grab your Gauloises and sashay over to Cinefamily where La collectionneuse  (“the woman who collects”) opens her private treasury of Gallic cinematic gems.

A co-presentation of the French Film and TV Office, La Collectionneuse: A Black and White Night features rarely seen French film shorts in — you guessed it — black and white.

Friday night’s highlight?

A 35 mm copy of avant-garde filmmaker Jean Cocteau’s Blood of a Poet, which managed to rile both the Catholic Church and the prestigious Jockey-Club de Paris.

Naturally, where’s there’s scandal, there’s a fete.

DJ’s will spin French tunes while you eat and drink in black and white in Cinefamily’s back patio, which will be styled as a French guinguette: the 18th century, riverside, open-air taverns memorialized in a million (+/-) Impressionist paintings. Dress in black and white — anything goes from frou frou to TGIF — and memorialize your ensemble in the themed photobooth.

La collectionneuse has her eye on you.

LA COLLECTIONNEUSE: A French Black and White NightFri, April 24 @ 7pm. $12Cinefamily, 611 N Fairfax Ave, LA 90036.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Pretty eco in pink at Artisanal L.A. Spring Show.

Eat/Love/Pay at Artisanal L.A. Spring Show.

Spring Fling

Attention, eco-foodies and people with mothers.

The Artisanal LA Spring Show is about to get sprung.

Whether you’re feeling eco-virtuous post-Earth Day (Hybrid tomatoes with Urban Farm!  DIY terrariums with Birch & Bone!) or want to pick up something luscious/gorgeous for Maman (Chef-curated gift baskets from The Fare Trade!  Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen cookbook!), the Spring Show has your shopping list covered.

Sigh of relief.

Over 150+ artisanal makers will gather at The Reef’s 2nd floor Magic Box; 60 vendors are new this season.  Check out gorgeous floral displays from Amelia Posada, attend a pickling party with L.A.’s Master Preservers, or screen-print with Self-Help Graphics, which is also creating totes available to early Artisanal LA attendees.

In other words, set your alarm.

Rest your feet and indulge your sweet tooth at the Modern Milk & Cookies Corner featuring Califia Farms, take a photo booth pic of your DIY creation and sip a hosted beverage at the The Social Booth, or peruse the first issue of Life & Thyme (storytelling through food) at their eponymous lounge over caffeine from Copa Vida.

Did we mention “come hungry”?  Yes, that too.

ARTISANAL LA ~ SPRING SHOW — Sat, April 25 & Sun, April 26; 11am – 6pm.  Presale $12 per day; $15 w/e pass; $15 atdThe Reef, 2nd floor Magic Box, 1933 So Broadway, DTLA 90007.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

50 for 50: gifts not lights.

50 for 50: gifts not lights.

Reeling in the Years

Even with relatively new installations like Urban Light by Chris Burden (a.k.a. the lamp posts) and Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass (a.k.a. the rock), LACMA seems like it’s been here forever.

So it’s a shock to realize that in the museum world, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a spring chicken of 50.

That doesn’t mean a paucity of presents. Au contraire.

This Sunday, on the 50th Anniversary Free Community Day, LACMA invites everyone to the party to enjoy 50 for 50: Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA’s Anniversary.  This is the first presentation of a selection of highlights from philanthropist A. Jerrold Perenchio’s  recent, historic bequest ($500 million — LACMA’s biggest ever!) of art from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Bonus party favor: you also get free entry to usually ticketed exhibitions including Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School.

Happy birthday, LACMA!

Please…no confetti in the gallery.

50 FOR 50: GIFTS ON THE OCCASION OF LACMA’S ANNIVERSARYOpening day: Sun, April 26; 10am – 6pm.  FREELos Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036.  For more info, go HERE.

Ghost motel

Ghost motel

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Brewery Art Walk — World’s largest art complex!  100+ resident artist studios open!  FREE!  Sat & Sun, 4/25 – 36

Hops & Hopes Craft Beer Day  — Benefits Beer Autism Hope Cause!  80+ Brewers!  Beer Pong vs. Celebrities!  Sat, 4/25

Silverlake Craft Cocktail & Beer Exposition — Benefits Sunset Free Health Clinic! 12+ local bars!  Pizza Champion competition! Sat, 4/25

Craft & Folk Art Museum’s 3rd Annual Vintage Marketplace — Textiles/Jewelry/Clothing/Accessories!  Peddler’s Creamery! FREE!  Sun, 4/26

Projection by Vincent Lamouroux — Public art installation!  Sunset Pacific Motel (a.k.a. Bates Motel) transformed with whitewash!  FREE! — Sun, 4/26

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

"Rain" from the exhibition "Mysterious Barricades" by Andy Summers at Photo Independent Art Fair.

“Rain” from the exhibition “Mysterious Barricades” by Andy Summers  (Courtesy of Photo Independent Art Fair)

Coachella is caput.

Peeps Day is done (waz delicious!)

Cinco de Mayo is just a shot glass away.

What does that mean for dreamers and drifters in the City of Angels?

Three million (approximately) fun things have been crammed into/scheduled for this weekend.

Luckily, you’ll still have plenty of giddy-up and Go Go from that Easter cocktails candy sugar high you’re still riding….

Rebel Art Fair

There are bigger photo fests in town this weekend (see More Weekend Go Go Fun round-up below) but the inaugural Photo Independent Art Fair promises to pack quite a wallop for its comparatively small size.  That’s due to the Fair’s laser focus; 70+ exhibitors/independent photographers from around the world — over half from the Southland — will interact directly with influential taste makers as well as the public.

Oh say can you see.... (Photo courtesy of the Photo Independent Art Fair)

Oh say can you see…. (Photo by Doug Menuez courtesy of the Photo Independent Art Fair)

You’ll want to make sure you’re one of those groups.

For those who like a little glam with their glossies, Andy Summers, formerly of The Police and an active photographer since 1979, is Photo Independent’s Honorary Guest for 2014; his moody, atmospheric Mysterious Barricades is the Art Fair’s special exhibition.

Additional highlights at the Fair, which is presented by Fabrik, include: Fearless Genius,  Doug Menuez‘s intimate, behind-the-scenes look at a post-Apple Steve Jobs and his team, and local exhibitor J.T. Burke‘s exquisite digital collages.

Guest of Honor Summers will also attend the Friday Opening Night Premiere Preview and Party: a benefit for Los Angeles Art Association.  The premiere also features an interactive performance by  performance artist Tiffany Trenda, video installations from the cutting edge Los Angeles Art Collective, and music by KCRW’s Raul Campos as well as organic whisky tasting courtesy of Koval Distillery, and tipples from Dark Horse Winery and Angel City Brewery.

It’s important to toast the art.

PHOTO INDEPENDENT ART FAIROpening Night Premiere Preview & Party Fri, April 25 7 – 10, Sat April 26 11am – 7pm & Sun, April 27 11am – 6pm.  $15 – $100 — Raleigh Studios Hollywood, 5300 Melrose Ave, LA 90038.   More info HERE.  Buy tix HERE.

See how the art half lives.

See how the art half lives.

Party at Art’s House

Art lives at The Brewery and he’s throwing a hell of party this weekend.

Ms. Go Go kids, of  course.

In this instance, art isn’t a person but the creative blood, sweat and tears of 100+ people occupying the live/work spaces in the former Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery on the outskirts of Downtown L.A.   During the FREE, two-day, twice-a-year Brewery Artwalkartists open up their studios to the public for viewing, conversation, and purchase directly from the artist.

Also known as a win/win situation.

But while art may live at the Brewery, there are lots of fun party guests.   Play smart with the madcap brainiacs/fun engineers at Two Bit Circus.  Be astonished by performance poet Brendan Constantine and fellow silver-tongued friends at ‘poetry read aLOUD’.

Or for a uniquely interactive experience, visit the House of Sloth, which will be demonstrating Mitzella’s Steampunk Hardwares including the “Dreammachine” whose flickering light induces a pre-sleep state in the viewer.

Here’s hoping the exhibit includes a Steampunk Napping Couch.

BREWERY ARTWALK 2014Sat, April 26 & Sun April 27, 11am – 6pm. FREEThe Brewery, 2100 Main Street, LA 90031.  More info HERE.

Come sleeze the cheeze!

Come seize the cheeze!

Holy Cheezus

If you’re hooked on Chopped, a slave to Iron Chef or have a sweet spot for Sweet Genius, you’ll definitely want to cancel all existing social obligations and grab tix to the Los Angeles Mac and Cheeze Takedown.

During the one-afternoon-only cook-off, 20+ local, amateur chefs will compete against each other for fabulous cookware prizes courtesy of Cuisinart by cooking their unique  versions of your fave childhood comfort food

It’s like MasterChef without the Russian cod liver or the rambutan.

The “sMACdown”  (See what Ms. Go Go did there?)  ia also sans Gordon Ramsay.

Instead, you get hilarious Matt Timms, the anti-Ramsay, who not only created The Takedowns —  various cities have hosted Takedowns highlighting bacon, cookies or tofu — but hand sews wacky pillow creatures and hosts a hot trivia night in a Brooklyn bar.

Top that, Gordon Ramsay!

But here’s the best part of  The Mac and Cheeze Takedown.  You’re not just a spectator, you’re an active participant who gets to sample all that ooey gooey goodness.  Even better, your Sunday afternoon food coma benefits the Women’s Education Process.

The only thing better would be eating in your footie pajamas.  Not that anyone’s stopping you.

THE LOS ANGELES MAC AND CHEEZE TAKEDOWNSun, April 27, 2-4pm.  $15THE BOOTLEG THEATER,  2220 Beverly Blvd, LA 90057  Get tix HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

PARIS PHOTO L.A. — Dennis Hopper Tribute!  LAPD Archive Photos!  BMW Art Car by David Hockney!  April 25-27

LEBOWSKI FEST —  Bowling Party!   Bowling trivia!  Jeff “the Dude” Dowd!  April 26

ARTISANAL L.A. —  200+ locavore food vendors!  Hosted drinks!  Home goods!  April 26-27

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go …. 

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May your days be bright.

Liquor and holiday shopping; an idea whose time has come. Sure, you’ve sipped chardonnay and choco-tinis at house party boutiques but this is something else again.

Starting Friday night and ending  Sunday evening — with time off for Xmas bash razzle dazzle and  recuperating zzzz’s — you can sip, sup, and shop at three,  holiday pop-up boutiques located in the white-hot heart of the downtown Fashion District.

Blitzkrieg through these boutiques with a little help from the hosted bars and L.A.’s hottest food trucks (The Hungry Nomad, The Lardon Truck, The Lobsta Truck) and your seasonal shopping is done.  Which means you can clear the calendar for your favorite winter sports: hot toddies and tiddly winks on a bearskin rug.

A CURRENT AFFAIR – If you’re happy, then everyone’s happy, right?  Treat yourself to a vintage, tinsel-time treasure  like a slinky, sexy holiday gown from the likes of Bob Mackie, Christian Lacroix, and Victor Costa.  $10 gets you entry to the Friday night hosted cocktail party and  Saturday shop-a-thon of 25 vendors of vintage including private sellers and L.A. boutiques.

It’s not all about you, of course. Liz Goldwyn signs and sells her newly-issued-in-paperback book Pretty Things: The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens.  A copy of the book + champagne grand cru + you in vintage lingerie = Best Christmas Ever for him both of you.


Oh-so-many of your nearest and dearest eat and drink, which makes edibles and drinkables the perfect presents for pretty much everyone.

At Artisanal L.A., you’ll find local, artisanal, and small-batch comestibles from vendors like:

* Medtz Confections: For the bar, not the candy jar: truffles with grown-up flavors like “Armenian coffee with dark chocolate”, “Cognac with dark chocolate”, and the “Big Brother” (scotch whiskey, roasted almonds and dark chocolate).  Keep away from the kiddies!

** Sleepers Magic Rubs: The company suggests you “Treat your Meat” (and everything else edible!) with their gourmet spice rub that is  “slightly hot, slightly sweet“. Hey…kinda like you!

***Orgasmo de la Boca:  Wine Expo’s Roberto Rogness describes these smoked olives as “crack meets the hot sex of olives”.    ‘Nuff said.

Unique L.A.

Wend your way through this Winter Wonder-bazaar of 300+ hand-selected, independent artists and designers for  items to warm the cockles of your heart:

*ilovecerise:  Water meets whoopee when you replace water-hog, perfume-y bath bombs with water-wise, aromatherapy shower steamers.  Aaaah.

**Honey B: Soft-as-sin organic cotton and form-flattering cuts make these him-and-her tees comfy and sexy; fin de siecle designs (“I feel an obsession coming on!”) make them far more fun than boring old Hanes.

***relight candles: Let there be light!   And later, drinks!   100% soy wax is poured into up-cycled vintage glassware like hula girl tiki mugs and clover-embossed shot glasses for two-in-one gifts.   When the candle is gone, wash in hot, soapy water and watch your bar ware collection grow.  Go on, get lit!

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….


Next weekend, of course, is Halloween: a day of costumes, creepiness, and your annual over-consumption of cringe-inducing candy like Necco wafers and lime lollipops.

This weekend, do yourself and your taste buds a favor and head for Artisanal L.A., a consortium of 75+, local, food-centric crafters.  Categories include “Baked Goods” (Cake Monkey‘s “Banana Cream Cakewich” is only available at Artisanal L.A.), “Chocolate/Confections” (Plush Puffs artisanal chocolate marshmallows for Best. S’mores. Ever), “Meat, Sausage & Dairy” (four words: Cajun Small Batch Bacon from Cast Iron Gourmet),  and “Oil, Vinegar, Pantry” (a variety of for-sale pickles, a “super-exciting pickle-making demonstration” and a “super-exciting bonus” of grilled cheese and BACON-JAM sandwiches from Chicks With Knives.  Ms.  Go Go is absolutely super-excited!!!)   There will be countless other samples and choices, of course, including full-on food options from The Oaks Gourmet and Homegirl Cafe but in Ms. Go Go’s opinion, you really can’t go wrong with pork and sugar.   (Ahem.  Ms. Go Go did not suggest no sweets this weekend…just good sweets.)

Those wanting beer with their bites (okay, that’s probably most of you, Go Go’ers) will be happy to learn that both of L.A.’s breweries (Nibble Bit Tabby Brewery and Eagle Rock Brewery) will represent beer craftiness at the food fest (and on a Beer Chicks-moderated panel).  Olive-y items from the Olive Press will be a nice nibble for the Biodynamic Wine Pairings demo and tasting with Chef Joseph Gillard of Napa Valley Grille.  And if your tastes tend towards the Slavic, you’ll want to show up for Christopher Klapp and Chef Ben Bailly‘s Petrossian Sustainable Caviar demo and tasting with some Tru Organic vodka in hand.  The super-sustainable spirits producers claim that drinking two ounces of their vodka, gin and/or rum makes you carbon-neutral for the day so you’ll obviously want to toast their eco-efforts often.

Ms. Go Go suggests attending the Common Thread “hand-sewn egg cozy” workshop before attempting carbon neutrality.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….