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

Thank you, weather gods.


Brew at the Zoo 2015 beers and souvenir mug


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.




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….

There's a riot going on....

There’s a riot going on….

Summertime in the city getting a little same-old, same-old?

This weekend, ditch the flip-flops and put some edge into August:

A punk food fest.

A guillotine celebration.

Avocado beer.

Come Friday, summer’s  gonna get all shook up.

Grill of Your Dreams

Armed with knives and wearing stilettos, you’ve seen Nadia G being wicked funny and just plain bad-ass in Bitchin’ Kitchen.

This Friday, she’ll be dishing the delish — and the one-liners — in person at Riot Grill: a femme-tastic mash-up of punk, comedy and food pop-up in celebration of LGBT rights.

Catch fiercest-of-the-fierce Babes in Toyland at their last L.A. show on their 2015 tour, take-no-prisoners Mexican garage punk band Le Butcherettes fronted by Teri Gender Bender, and brash Philadelphia-based duo Slutever.  Nadia G performs with her band The Menstruators; Emmy Award-winning comedian Sara Schaefer hosts.

Bitchin’ Kitchen will also be serving up the kind of sassy, inspired comfort food that took Nadia G from YouTube supernova to Cooking Channel star including: Philly Cheesesteaks with Creamy Taleggio Sauce; Sweet Fig & Prosciutto Pizza; Crack Bacon Dark Chocolate Cupcakes and Thai Basil and Blueberry Hard Lemonade.

Come down and wave your rainbow flag high.

RIOT GRILL — Fri, Aug  7 @ 7pm.  $39.99 – $99.99/all agesRegent Theater DTLA, 448 S Main St, DTLA 90013.  Tix and more info HERE.

Celebrating the beheading of the one-percent,,,,

Celebrating the beheading of the one-percent,,,,

Fun with Guillotines

The Grand Guignolers like absinthe.  A lot.

One of many reasons to like them.

Not mention their talent for producing some of the most entertaining immersive theater in town.

You’ll have your chance to revel in all of the above this Saturday at the commedia dell’arte troupe’s belated Bastille Day Fun-Raiser.

Forced to reschedule after lightning literally struck on July 14th, the fête celebrates the beginning of the French revolution and the fall of the aristocracy — who literally lost their heads.  The soiree is also a fundraiser for the Grand Guignolers’ ambitious, upcoming production of Victor Hugo’s The Man Who Laughs.

You will laugh at the performances of the Grand Guignolers’ signature “tiny, naughty puppets” and also while taking “cheerful souvenir photos” with the guillotine.

Be sure to wear your best vintage, cocktail, or red, white and blue duds for that rare photo op.

Theatrical entertainment, drinks (including absinthe) a dessert bar (rum cake is promised) and a Bastille pinata round out the evening.

And never forget that “The Guillotine is still there.  Awaiting for your affection.”

Best. Party invite. Ever….

BASTILLE DAY FUN-RAISER — Sat, Aug 8; 7:30 – 11pm.  $35 – $100A private garden, 4729 Orange Knoll, La Canada 91011. .  Tix and more info HERE.

Like guacamole but to drink....

Like guacamole but to drink….

No Need to Bring Chips

The weather may not be scorch-level but that doesn’t mean you don’t need heat relief.

Angel City Brewery is there for you with the 3rd Annual Avocado Festival.

This Sunday, have your avocado in food pairings, including icy paletas, from a bevy of food trucks, and drink it too in the form of avocado ale.

Yes, avocado ale.

Take a focused, brewer-led tour to check out the creation of this celebrated, seasonal ale: a “light, kolsch-style beer with a slight haze” brewed with garlic, lime juice, red pepper and honey.

Oh yeah,

In addition to consuming California’s state fruit in all its iterations, sample specialty flight bars, play avocado corn hole and check out chalk art while grooving to six hours of music.  There’s also an avocado photo booth.

Fingers crossed your head appears where the avocado pit usually does….

3RD ANNUAL AVOCADO FESTIVAL — Sun, Aug 9; noon – 8pm.  FREE/21+Angel City Brewery, 216 S Alameda St, DTLA 90012.  More info HERE.

Keep your eye out for Chicken Boy....

Keep your eye out for Chicken Boy….

More Weekend Go Go Fun….

Brew at the Zoo — 60 breweries!  Pub grub!  Close encounters of the gorilla kind!   Fri 8/7

Sundance Next Fest — Cutting edge films!  Cutting edge music!  FREE Flight Simulator!   Fri-Sun 8/7-9

2nd L.A. River Boat Race — Race!  Watch!  Chicken Boy is pacekeeper!   Sat 8/8

CicLAvia — Culver City Meets Venice — Cycle/Skate/Stroll the Westside!  Eat!  Repeat!   Sun 8/9

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….