Late night is blowing up at ZJU...

Late night is blowing up at ZJU…

Music.  Performance art.  Food & drink outdoors.  Skimpy clothes.

No desert.

Think of this weekend as No-chella, Part 2.

Dinner First.  Then Bedlam.

All hell will break loose this Friday night in NoHo when ZJU Underground Theater debuts the bigger, badder, late(r)-night version of the Bedlam Explosivo XXL Variety Hour.

This time around, the “caburlesque” is amped up to late-night proportions and crammed into four-nights-only of TGIF fun.

Expect the usual madness from director Sebastian Munoz and the ZJU minions of mayhem. music and magic.

Also, operatic striptease.

Go Go’ers, when an event gets too big for its short-shorts britches, all you can do is super-size the stilettos to XXL.

BEDLAM EXPLOSIVO XXL VARIETY HOURFri, April 17 & 24 and May 1 & 8 @ 11pm.  $15 — ZJU Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., NoHo 91601  For Reservations, call: 818.202.4120.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Al fresco in DTLA

Al fresco in DTLA

Food.  Free. Fun.  Sun. 

For FREE fermentation experimentation, butter aerobics and Cold Tofu in the warm sun, head to Grand Park this Saturday for #PicnicDTLA.

Want your picnic sandwiches on fresh-baked bread?  BYO dough to bake your own picnic loaf in MOMO: Michael O’Malley’s mobile, wood-fired oven.

Slather your fresh-baked bread with fresh-churned butter!  From 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., burn fat to make fat at Pop Soda‘s #FeeltheChurn butter aerobics.

It’s the perfect time to debut your all-yellow aerobics ensemble

Make your own kimchi at the Fermentation Station.  Swap recipes, cookbooks and tidbit tips. DIY DTLA-style at the Pop-Up Recipe Book Station.

Showcase your spread — the sandwich-topping kind — for a chance to win a  Hollywood Bowl Picnic Survival Kit (i.e. performance tix and picnic basket) as well as other cool prizes.

If your picnic style is point-and-pay, grub up at Grand Central Market  or the several on-site food trucks then enjoy MOTOWN ON MONDAYS DJs (with special guest JEREMY SOLE of KCRW) and award-winning Asian-American improv group Cold Tofu.

It’s the best picnic pick under the sun.

PICNIC DTLASat, April 18, noon – 4pm. FREE —  Grand Park Event Lawn, nearest City Hall on Spring St between First and Temple. For more info, including what to bring and what to leave at home, go HERE.

So much to see at Pop-Up Magazine

So much to see at Pop-Up Magazine

More than a Magazine

For a one-stop, one-night-only cultural experience, head to Pop-Up Magazine this Sunday at the Theatre at Ace Hotel for storytelling, documentary films, photography, illustration, and radio live on stage and brought to you by California Sunday Magazine.

You’ll want to snap up tix ASAP; as a testament to the popularity of the series, both of this weekend’s San Francisco shows sold out in record time.

Think you can check out a digital version later?  Think again.

The transient nature of the event — presenters include writers, radio producers, filmmakers, photographers, and artists — is part of the point; nothing will be filmed and nothing will be recorded.

This Sunday…kick it old school with a real live magazine.

POP-UP MAGAZINESun, April 19, 7:30-9:30pm. $35Theatre at the Ace Hotel, 929 S Broadway, DTLA 90015.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Record Store Day — Celebrities!  Performances!  High-jinks!  Sat 4/18

LA Times Festival of Books — Music!  Food!  Culture!  Art!  Sat 4/18 & Sun 4/19

Brokechella — Four stages of music!  Art installations! Affordable libations!  Sat 4/18

Ready?   U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

 

Get messy at This End Up circus

Get messy at This End Up circus

Stuck in town?

Staycationing?

Hosting out-of-towners hell-bent on experiencing the “real” Los Angeles?

Relax.  The three-day weekend has no shortage of multi-age fun to assuage/amuse/impress.

You’re good to Go Go.

Color Me Circus

Here’s the problem with most circus-y shows.

There’s a lot going on but you’re just sitting there.

As of Friday, that’s about to change with This End Up, a *cough” de Soleil-esque show with silk performances, lyra (hoop) acts, aerial bungee, fire-eating, clowning, and general circus hijinks.

All acts are strategically designed to rain powder…lots and lots of multi-colored powder.

The latter — organic and plant-based, from India — is flung about with happy abandon just as it is during the good-trumps-evil, Hindu love festival of Holi: the inspiration for This End Up.

You’ll want to gear up as a living, breathing art canvas by wearing  a white t-shirt, which you then save as your one-of-a-kind souvenir.  The closer to the stage, the more messy and interactive.

You’ll want to sit close to the stage.

Go Go’ers, BE the circus you want to see….

THIS END UPFri, April 18/Sat, April 19/Fri April 25/Sat April 26 – 7:30 – 9pm & Sun April 27 6:30-8pm. $20/all ages (loud music may be too intense for younger kids)  — The Vault @ ArtWarehouse, 1641 Naud St, Los Angeles, CA 90012  For tix, go HERE.

Drunk dessert

Drunk dessert

Drink Dessert First

Hands-on gastronomers, your food event is calling….

If you like to play with your food (and drink), grab tix ASAP  for L.A. Foodie’s Float Trip at Angel City Brewery this Saturday.

You’ll mix and match three, delish Angel City beers with ice cream from three, local frozen treateries: Ramekin (home of exotic flavors);  instant-freeze/fresh goodness from the Ice Cream Lab; and bicycle-churned small batch Peddler’s Creamery.

Need more sweets?  Mwokaji Cakery will be baking up treats.   Need real food?  Food trucks will be standing by.   Need more beer?

It’s Angel City Brewery.  Duh.

Go Go’ers, no need to bring your own mad scientist mixologist gear; you’ll get an official L.A. Foodie-approved beer mixing kit, which consists of cups, spoons, straws, and trays.

Why trays?

All mixmaster mysteries will be revealed, young grasshoppers.

L.A. FOODIE’S BEER FLOAT TRIPSat, April 19, 4-7pm.  $9/21+Angel City Brewery, 216 S Alameda, DTLA 90012  Get tix HERE.

Long live the Broke Kingdom!

Long live the Broke Kingdom!

It’s a Desert Downtown

Desert-dancing plans fall through?

Put on your best get-down glad rags and head to Brokechella: the wallet-friendly “fest for the rest of us”.

Of course, that includes you.

Now in its fourth year, the alt-gala has moved to bigger digs in order to accommodate four stages.  Emerging music acts to catch before they get Cochella-big include L.A. hip hop artist/producer Azad Right, LA Font from Echo Park, garage pop band The Singles, Ril0 Kiley-esque Dark Furs, and rapper Marvel the GR8.

In addition to interactive art, comedy, food trucks, and beer from sponsor Lagunitas, a new ‘chella feature is the pre-registration-only Puppychella: designated dog-friendly areas, including a lounge, for those whose dogs become tres desolee at being left behind or canine guardians who can’t imagine a fest without Fido.

Note: harmonizing hounds highly discouraged.

BROKECHELLASat, April 19, 3pm -1am.  $10 presale/$20 door; 21+590 Santa Fe Ave, DTLA 90013. Get tix HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Ktown Night Market — 100+ food/merch vendors!  Food Truck Alley!  Kpop acts! — Fri, April 18 & Sat, April 19

Aero Theater’s Bugs Bunny Cartoon Classics — Wascally Wabbit shorts!  Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies!  Pre-show faux Easter egg hunt/real candy!  — Sun, April 20

Storm Large of Pink Martini at Largo — Lush lounge act!   Easter for adults!  Has sung with John Doe, Rufus Wainwright & George Clinton!   Sun, April 20

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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B is for Brokechella? (Courtesy of Marissa Perry and Brokechella)

If you paid a gazillion dollars at Coachella last weekend, you got good music…and a Tupac hologram.

Part of that experience is unlikely to happen again.

Luckily, L.A. has fame and fests too.  And the best part?  They cost 99-100% less than Coachella.

You’ve heard of “staycation”.

Think of this weekend as “stay-stival”

So Wha’cha Want?  How About a Free Art Festival from a Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer?

Here’s the short CV for Michael Diamond:

Furniture collector.  Drummer.  Beastie Boy.  Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer.

And starting with the Friday, April 20th opening of Transmission LA: AV CLUB at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Mike D can add “museum curator” to his resume.

Just proving that there’s always room to grow.

As you might expect from a hip hop legend, the 17-day event (through May 6th) is more multimedia art/music/food happening than a stuffy collection of Old Masters and chipped statues.

Mike D’s enlisted artists like Peter Coffin, Jim Drain, Will Fowler, Benjamin Jones, Mike Mills, Takeshi Murata, Tom Sachs, and Sanford Biggers (Biggers’s awards include The Creative Time Travel Grant.) and musicians like James Murphy (formerly of LCD Soundsystem); the latter will be performing at one of the Thursday-Saturday pop-ups presented by Roy Choi (Kogi/A-Frame awesomeness) who will be offering special day-of menu surprises as well as his usual delish Korean tacos.

You can’t beat art+ tacos+ a Beastie Boy.

TRANSMISSION LA: AV CLUBFri, April 20th – Sun, May 6th; Free/All ages The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA , 152 N Central Ave, DTLA

More fun, less sand.

We Are the 99%…of Fest Goers

The Tupac hologram notwithstanding, it’s hard to have a photo booth in the desert

This is only one of the reasons that you might want to attend  Brokechella, whose cheeky tag line is “In the spirit of the festival none of us could afford”.  Other reasons to fest closer to home?  Less sun, less money, less driving, equal fun.

Plus, art, Starry Kitchen, and the aforementioned photo booth.

The hometown hey-ra-ra  is being held at an expanded venue after last year’s inaugural event proved wildly popular.

Here’s your live band lineup on the  Six01 Studios Main Stage: indie rock up-and-comers Infantree, LA Font, The Dead Ships and Rumspringa and make-you-groove  pop rock from Big Moves . The Janks bring the folk, Das Tapes delivers the funk, and yOya serves up electronic melodica.

DJ’s on the outdoor stage include: Dannahan,  gLAdiator, GOJ!RA, The KiD, T.B.E (Littlefoot x Koncan X Pilo), Robin People, Smiles, and Cooper Save.

“The art behind Brokechella has been inspired by the dusky playground of the Las Vegas sign graveyard,” according to cARTel, the outfit responsible for this shindig. “Set in the remains of a once sovereign land of revelry, our music festival rages on amongst the dilapidated pieces where the party outlives the land.”

In other words, Go Go’ers, what happens at Brokechella, stays at Brokechella….

BROKECHELLA 2012 — Sat, April 21st, 4pm-2am; $5/21+ — Six01 Studios, 601 S. Anderson St, LA, 90023.  Tix and info: http://brokechella.com/

Get inside Castle Green.

Greene and Greene + Green for Earth Day

Maybe it’s Earth Day.  Maybe it’s the giddiness of spring.  Whatever the reason, Pasadena — not a town known for excess — is having not one but two behind-the-scenes home tours this weekend.

Party on, Pasadena.

You may have seen the 1898 Castle Green‘s Bridge to Nowhere off the Old Town Pasadena main drag.  This Sunday, you can walk inside it.

Built in 1898, the former hotel of choice for wintering, affluent East Coasters is offering tours of residents’ private abodes, the rooftop with a view of Pasadena, and the penthouse: once a glass-ceilinged conservatory.

Further indulging your fantasies of a life of leisure, there will be a “Light English Tea” available for purchase on the porch and you can watch (and dance with) Victorian dancers in the ballroom, with live music by the Armory Band.  The capper?  Croquet on the lawn presented by the Pasadena Croquet Club.

You love a good Earth Day croquet game.

SPRING CASTLE GREEN TOURSSun, April 22nd; 1-5pm; $20 pp (children under 12 are free)Castle Green,  99 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena 91105, 626.385.7774.  For info/tix: http://www.castlegreen.com/tour/

Seduced by the sun and inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, some of those titans of industry hired the firm of Greene and Greene to build houses along the Arroyo Seco.  Sunday, April 22nd, you can get a rare peek inside five homes and one garden during the Arroyo’s Edge: Greene and Greene Interiors 2012.

So much more inspiring than the Ikea catalogue.

Tour the Duncan-Irwin house (1906-08), the Mary Ranney house (1907), F. W. Hawks house (1906), Van-Rossem Neil house (1903-06), S. Hazard Halsted house (1905-15), plus the garden of the James Culbertson house (1902-14) — all homes that are almost never open to the public.

Lookie Lous, start your engines.

ARROYO’S EDGE: GREENE AND GREENE INTERIORS 2012 — Sun, April 22nd, noon-5pm; $50-$75 — For event and ticket info: http://www.gamblehouse.org/events/arroyo.html?from=homeTOC

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Brewery Art Walk Spring 2011: the event too cool for a proper poster.

One of the many inconvenient aspects of Coachella — aside from the heat, dust, dehydration, and barfy teens – is that it’s right smack dab at Tax Time.

That means that unless OCD or IRS are integral letters in your life lexicon  and you filed your taxes months ago  — which means you may not be paying close enough attention to Ms. Go Go’s mandates for mayhem and merriment — there’s no way to use whatever piddling tax refund you might get to mingle with crusty chicks and beer-spraying dudes while SOMEONE plays in the distance under sodium lights.

Sad for you.

But buck up, boys and girls…Ms. Go Go has your weekend map ‘o fun…and if you hit every venue, it will still cost you less than a weekend’s worth of water bottles in Indio.

Consider it a pre-tax refund bonus.

Twice a year, the creative and the cool of the Brewery Artist Colony open the doors of their studios to the public for perusal and potential purchase  and the  Brewery Art Walk Spring 2011  just happens to be this weekend.   You’ll tromp around a cavernous labyrinth of cement corridors and echo-ey stairs, eye charmingly ragtag gardens, and linger in studios chock full of art that you can snatch up at studio prices, thereby taking care of your culture fix, your daily exercise requirement, your commune with nature, and your art patron responsibilities all in one fell swoop.     The free event runs 11:00 a.m.  – 6:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Since the Brewery is the world’s largest art colony, Ms. Go Go recommends wearing your comfiest creepers.

Three words: free otter pops.

If you’ve opted for Eastside on Saturday, you can buzz the freeway post-Brewery to the first (and hopefully annual) Brokechella, put on by the Ahimsa Collective.    Billed as a “One Night Music Art Party Extravaganza in the Spirit of the Festival Nobody Could Afford”, this bash warrants a look-see based on the tag alone.

Here’s what you’ll find at the double-storied Airliner bar where Thom Yorke (Radiohead, natch) played a secret show last month: one food truck, two bars, three stages, multiple see-’em-now bands, fresh stand-up, seemingly acres of art – including a PBR sculpture — and drink specials.  And as if the above wasn’t enough, there’ll be free otter pops.

Sold….

Presale billets’re all snapped up but  tix are still available.  Your best bet for non-desert bargain fun?  Get to the Airliner by 8:00 p.m. for $5-at-the-venue-entree before the doors close at 8:15.

Luckily, you’ll still be wearing your creepers for that last hundred yard dash….

Bigger, better, Westside-ier

Start (or end) the weekend with a leisurely stroll filled with sips and nibbles at the two-day Artisanal L.A. Spring Show 2011.  Debuting at its new Santa Monica Place digs (with complimentary bike and car valet…wheee!), 2011’s first iteration of “L.A.’s Best Food Event of 2010” has new and veteran vendors, helpful panels on everything from local honey to craft beer — and hopefully, creative ways to combine them — plus hands-on workshops on how to bake bread and/or  hand-tie garden bouquets.  (Finally, am I right?!)

The foodie buzz of the $15-at-the-door weekend fest, which runs 11:00 – 8:00 on Saturday and 11:00 – 7:00 on Sunday, is the sneak peek/taste test of sandwiches from Daily Dose, the new project  from DTLA entrepreneur Sarkis Vartanian and Test Kitchen’s Christian Page.

On Saturday at 2:00 p.m., Page, butcher brother Luke, Rocker Bros’ Christian Schaeffer — basically, a brace of bros —  and Cochon 555 finalist Christopher Fuller host a panel and butchering demo titled “Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself… My Name is Meat.”

Honestly, they had Ms. Go Go at “Meat”….

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….