Earth Angel 13 by Samuell Richardson on the Brewery Art Tour

Earth Angels 13 by Samuelle Richardson.  See them on the Brewery Art Tour April 2 & 3

Okay, so March came in like a lamb and is going out like a lion.

You know what that means?

A three-ring circus of a weekend.

No tricks; all treats.

Marty & Elayne at the Dresden Room: 35 years of swinging.

Marty & Elayne at the Dresden Room: 35 years of swinging. (Photo by Lisa Johnson)

MARTY & ELAYNE: 35 YEARS AT THE DRESDEN ROOM — If you’ve seen the 1996 movie Swingers, you’ve seen Marty & Elayne at the Dresden Room.  20 years later, the iconic husband and wife duo is still singing and swinging with panache. Tonight, Friday, April 1, they’re celebrating their 35 anniversary: no fooling. There’s no admission fee but reservations are required for this special performance: call 323.655.4204. Why: Drinking a Dresden special “Blood and Sand” while smiling to Marty’s one liners and listening to Elayne sing That’s Life just like she did for Frank Sinatra in Palm Springs.

BREWERY ART WALK — FREE access to 100+ artists studios?  (See above left)  A chance to purchase work directly from makers?  Multi-tasking by climbing stairs and wandering the world’s largest arts complex?   Yes, please.  The former Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery-turned-creative colony opens its doors to the public twice a year and this Saturday and Sunday is the first open studio free-for-all of the year.  Why:  The thrill of the creative hunt on a perfect spring weekend.

Live it up at the inaugural Montrose Brew Fest on April 3.

It’s a party at the inaugural Montrose Brew Fest on April 3.

MONTROSE BREW FEST  — The inaugural Montrose Brew Fest might not have balloons and a squeezebox (see left) but the Sunday suds celebration WILL have 20+ participating craft and independent brewing companies.  Taste through a bevy of local breweries such as Angel City (DTLA), Brewyard (Glendale), Golden Road (Atwater Village), MacLeod Ale (Van Nuys), Pacific Plate (Monrovia) and Frogtown (Elysian Valley) while nom nom-ing on bites from the Elbow Room, Epic Taco Shop and Zeke’s Smokehouse.  Why: Checking out Dr. Jekyll’s Bio Beer while listening to Leftover Cuties, Calico the Band and LA River Bend.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

typewriterMs. Go Go regrets the lateness of this post due to technological difficulties!

The month of screams is here.

This weekend, there’s also Asian-inspired cocktails…and good ‘ole American pie.

Suddenly, you remember why October is your favorite month.

ZJU Theatre's Urban Death ~ Tour of Terror/ If you dare....

ZJU Theatre’s Urban Death ~ Tour of Terror…if you dare.

No Rural Death Here….

There are two kinds of horror shows:

1) over-the-top outrageous

2) under-your-skin disturbing — the kind that makes you want to go home and douse yourself with holy water.

Urban Death – Tour of Terror is the second kind.

Starting tonight and continuing every Friday and Saturday night in October, horror-meister Zombie Joe,  co-directer Jana Wimer and the disturbingly talented troupe of ZJU creepers deliver the grim goods via the signature, semi-immersive “Urban Death” Maze.  There are five hour-long Tours of Terror a night but don’t wait to buy tix for this insanely popular and insanely disturbing event.

Check your stash of holy water before you go.

URBAN DEATH – TOUR OF TERROR — Fri & Sat, Oct 2 – Oct 31; 8pm/9pm/10pm/11pm/midnight.  $13/15+ZJU Theater Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd, NoHo 91601.  Tix and more info HERE.

Have one of these tonight at the LUCKYRICE L.A. Moon Festival Cocktail Feast.

Get lucky tonight with one of these beauties at the LUCKYRICE L.A. Moon Festival Cocktail Feast.


It’s Chinese food delivery on a national scale.

LUCKYRICE has been sharing the stories of Asian culture through food and drink for years.  Tonight, the L.A. Moon Festival Cocktail Feast makes its City of Angels debut.

Lucky you.

Bartenders from Eveleigh, The Roger Room, Sassafrass Saloon, Cocktail Academy and more mix up event-centric cocktails incorporating sponsor Bombay Sapphire East Gin and other fine spirits with Asian-inspired ingredients: Matcha, Sichuan Pepper-infused Peychauds Bitters, Poochi Poochi and Black Tea-infused Lychee Liqueur.

Also, Rice Krispies.

Seoul Sausage Company provides Pork Belly Sliders: the perfect bar bites.  Pre-order LUCKYRICE founder Danielle Chang’s cookbook and get $20 off the VIP admission price, which gets you an extra hour of cocktails and fun.

Also, first dibs on the Rice Krispies.

LUCKYRICE L.A. MOON FESTIVAL COCKTAIL FEAST — Fri, Oct 2.  VIP 9pm-midnight/$88.  GA 10pm-midnight $50.  21+Vibiana, 214 S Main St, DTLA 90012.  Tix and more info HERE.

It's not a's a situation!

It’s not a concert…it’s a situation!

It’s Not a Concert, It’s a Situation

If you thought music fests ended with summer, think again.

This Saturday, the Greek Theater transforms itself from Mediterranean-inspired amphitheater to a hotspot of Americana for The L.A. Bluegrass Situation 2015.

The plaza of the hillside theater will be transformed into an outdoor party with sets by bluegrass musicians Sam Outlaw, Spirit Family Reunion, The Dustbowl Revival, and The Wild Reeds. Get guitar lessons and enjoy lawn games.

You’re ready to take on all contenders.

Sustain your game with BBQ from California-based food trucks including Status Kuo, Cassell’s Hamburgers, Urban Pie and The Lobos Truck.  Stay sweet with s’mores by Mallow Mallow and mellow with beers from Lagunitas Brewing Co.

In the evening, Punch Brothers, Dawes, The Lone Bellow, Della Mae, Jonny Fritz, and Gregory Alan Isakov take the Main Stage.

Bring your jean jacket; the weather may drop down into the high 60’s.

The BLUEGRASS SITUATION 2015 — Sat, Oct 3; 2pm; last set at 9:30 p.m.  $35 – $60The Greek Theatre, 2700 N Vermont, LA 90027.  Tix and more info HERE.

Bet you can't eat just one.... (Photo courtesy KCRW Good Food Pie Contest)

Bet you can’t eat just one…. (Photo courtesy KCRW Good Food Pie Contest)

How to Have Your Pie and Eat It Too

Whether pumpkin or pear, berry or banana cream, pie is as American as…well, apple pie.

This Sunday, celebrate the divine mix of crust and filling at KCRW’s 7th Annual Good Food Pie Contest where talented amateurs vie against pro bakers.

They get bragging rights.

You get samples.

The pie-off takes place at Wilson Plaza outside the Fowler Museum at UCLA.  Get there early for a cookbook swap and stay for cooking themed kids activities and talks  about Native American arts at the museum.  There are panels on alternative grains as well as creative creams and custard fillings.

Suggested question for Q&A: what is the maximum amount of chocolate that can safely be put in a cream pie?

DJ Anne Litt creates the afternoon soundtrack.  Bring your dancing shoes and work up an appetite for the mid-afternoon pie tasting then jump up and down and cheer for the winners when they’re announced in the late afternoon.

The more enthusiastic the cheer, the more calories you burn.

KCRW’s 7TH ANNUAL GOOD FOOD PIE CONTEST — Sun, Oct 4; 11am – 4pm.  FREEFowler Museum at UCLA, North Campus, UCLA, LA 90095.  More info HERE.

Wandering Aengus Ciderworks pours Anthem Ciders at Vegan Oktoberfest

Wandering Aengus Ciderworks pours Anthem Ciders at Vegan Oktoberfest

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Phantosmia — Historical hauntings!  Haunting aromas!  Maps and/or stories! — Sat, Oct 3

Brewery Art Walk — Open artist studios!  100+ resident artists!  FREE!  Fri & Sat; 10/3 & 10/4

Vegan Oktoberfest — 50+ vegan breweries.  30+ vegan food vendors!  Live Oompa music!  Fri & Sat; 10/3 & 10/4

Ready?  U Know U Want to Go Go….

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….

All that glistens is not gold...sometimes it's silver tequila at MOLAA Tequila Fest.

All that glistens is not gold…sometimes it’s silver tequila at MOLAA’s Viva El Tequila (Image by KittyKaht)

This weekend, the fun is further afield but worth the (mini) road trips…

…and the imaginary fall foliage.

Art + Beer + Science

Sixteen acres.  One hundred studios.  Two days.   One beer garden.

The Brewery ArtWalk is more than the sum of its parts, however, with virtually every kind of artistic and artisanal discipline available directly from the artists in their studios.

Basically, it’s a cash ‘n carry affair…especially if you can carry a giant dragon after visiting the beer garden.

This weekend, the 2013 autumn iteration of the twice-a-year Artwalk also features the largest installation to date of Two Bit Circus: the think tank/game incubator that operates at the intersection of education and entertainment.

So much art on the horizon.

So much art on the horizon at Brewery Artwalk.

Their “STEAM Carnival” (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) will feature over ten games (and cool prizes!) as well as workshops where kids 8+ can make Alien Headbands, Propeller Top Hats, and micro music keyboards.

Because at the Brewery, people don’t make excuses, they make art…and alien headbands.

BREWERY ARTWALKSat, Oct 12 & Sun, Oct 13, 11am – 6pm; all ages/FREEThe Brewery, 2100 N Main St, LA 90031


Naturally, you’ve carefully charted all of October’s suds-and-stein fests but this Saturday night, you’ll want to trade bocks for shots at the annual Viva El Tequila at the Museum of Latin American Art.

More tequila at MOLAA

More tequila at MOLAA

Appropriately held amidst the agave in the sculpture garden of MOLAA — the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American Art, —  the event features unlimited pours of 25+ premium and unique tequilas.

Sip Puno de Lobos, Marquez de Valencia, Tequila Angel Bendito, and Tequila Alquimia and more while enjoying authentic cuisine as well as music courtesy of Mariachi Latino and the Conga Room.

Leave your lederhosen at home.

VIVE EL TEQUILASat, Oct 12, 7-10 pm, $40 members/$50 non-members; 21+ — Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave, Long Beach, 90802

Cars for the Dead

In historic Uptown Whittier, departed loved ones — and eras and icons — aren’t just honored with altars…but with autos.

Fierce femmes for the dead.

Fierce femmes for the dead.

You can celebrate your dead cousin Dina with a Woody, memorialize the mid-Sixties with your vintage Mustang, or pay tribute to Elvis with a pink Cadillac.

Even better, win a prize for your mourning glory.

One of the season’s first Day of the Dead events, Dia de Los Muertos Art & Music Festival is produced by community cultural dynamo Casita del Pueblo and hosted by Lisa Love and Ruby Champagne.

Because what’s Day of the Dead without liquor and sex?

Altars and artistic tributes will be judged for a cash prize, a tamale cook-off will keep everyone from death’s door, and music by The Drizz, Betty’s Mustache, and Mexico 68 is guaranteed to get your dearly departed rock ‘n rolling over in their graves.

If they’re not ghost-cruising in their tribute cars, that is.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS ART & MUSIC FESTIVAL — Sun, Oct 13, 10 am – 5pm; FREECasita del Pueblo, 13100 Philadelphia St, Whittier 90601

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….