Mostly free horro

A theater custodian’s nightmare

Whether you want to slurp, read, or scream, it’s a great weekend for festivals.

Here are the best of the fests.

Warning: do not try all these at once.

Mostly Free Horror

You can’t get enough cinematic gristle and gore.

What’s a thrill-seeking guy/gal to do?

Mark the weekend with a bloody thumbprint as a reminder for the inaugural Hollywood Horrorfest: a two-day immersion in all things Type A, B and O.

The blood-red carpet event opens a vein Friday night at the New Beverly Cinema with a screening and cast & crew reunion of 1981 horror classic The Howling.

It’s been a long 33 years.

The Howling‘s director Joe Dante will be presented with the very first (Vincent) Price Award: for an artist whose work has attained “iconic status in the horror/fantasy genres.” The horror icon/art collector’s daughter  Victoria Price, director of the Vincent Price Art Museum, will do the honors.  Saturday night’s flesh-eating finale, the only ticketed event besides The Howling, is the 30th anniversary screening of Return of the Living Dead with a great cast line-up.

Fingers crossed they will be living and not living dead.

Also being honored is legendary horror actor Dick Miller who will receive the Impact Award for “unparalleled contribution and impact on the horror/fantasy genres.”  You know Miller for Buckets of Blood; in addition to screamfest galas, Fest Director Miles Flanagan has ensured buckets of FREE fun: twelve world premieres of competition screenings, helpful indie horror panels, raffles for prizes including production services from LA GRIP, and Ivonna Cadaver as Opening Night host.

Hollywood Horrorfest: the gift that keeps on giving.

HOLLYWOOD HORRORFEST  — Fri, March 29 & Sat, March 30; various times. Free – $10.  New Beverly Cinema, 7165 W Beverly Blvd, LA 90036

TIX SELLING FAST!  Get them HERE. More info HERE. A portion of the opening/closing night tix sales benefits the Vincent Price Art Museum.

Bookfest in the grass.

Bookfest in the grass.

Bookfest in the Grass

Hopefully, grim predictors of the death of print will attend (even incognito) the sunny-in-weather-and-spirit Grand Park Downtown Bookfest.

Naysayers in Saturday’s happy, sunglassed crowd of bibliophiles may be hard to spot.

The gratis, by-the-people/for-the-people literary event is chock-full of publishers, poets, performers , and events for pint-sized page turners and the book lovers who brainwashed them.

Thank heavens.

Of course there will be scads of L.A. based indie publishers including Red Hen Press, Kaya PressThe Rattling Wall, DUM DUM Zine, and a pop-up from organizers Writ Large Press but the interactive fest goes beyond buying great books.

You can add your literary two cents to 826LA‘s ongoing “exquisite corpse” The World’s Longest Story, include your day-or-dreaming characters to a ginormous comic book from Ryman Arts, write your own mini-opus on old-school typewriters, or receive a personalized Poem On Demand from Jessica Ceballos and the gang of occasionally Metro-riding poets at Poesia Para La Gente  (Avenue 50 Studio, Inc.) who will be writing on recycled pulp novel pages, fabric, vinyl records, or whatever special something you bring from home.

Finally: the poetry bowling shirt you’ve always wanted.

Along with Steve AbeeBilly Burgos, and Gia Scott-Heron, Ceballos will also be one of the poets at Read/Beats. The sonic/spoken word improvisation was conceived by producer Peter Woods; at Bookfest, Emilie Poiree and Healing Mystical Science will create a soundtrack as the poets play words.

Your spirit will be singing too.

GRAND PARK DOWNTOWN BOOKFESTSat, March 29; noon – 5pm.  FREE/all agesGrand Park, 200 No Grand Ave, DTLA 90012. NOTE: Show your TAP Card to the Grand Park info booth crew at DOWNTOWN BOOKFEST and receive 10% book purchases at the Writ Large pop up shop or The Library Store on Wheels.

Ramen nom at Ramen Yokocho 2014

Toyama Black Mapo Ramen from Iron Chef Kenichi Cheng (Photo courtesy of  Ramen Yokocho 2014)

Mo’ Ramen

If ramen is your go-to comfort/everyday soul/post-break-up/late-night-drunk food, you’ll want to block off Saturday, Sunday, or both for the Ramen Yokocho Fest 2014, where fourteen ramen shops will dish the delish.

Expect four of L.A.’s heavy-hitters — Shin-Gen-Gumi,  Daikokuya, Jidaiya and Hayatemaru — plus big guns from Japan including longstanding Iron Chef  Kenichi Cheng.

Innovative chefs from San Diego, San Jose, and Las Vegas round out the ramen wranglers, some of whom will create dishes especially for the show.

This year, the $8 bowls of yum will be ladled out at Santa Anita Park, which will also be celebrating Japan Family Day on Saturday.  Last year’s inaugural ramen fest wasn’t quite ready for its close-up; if you were one of the 20,000 people who descended on  Torrance for Ramen Yokocho Festival 2013 only to come away sans noodle, you’ll definitely want to give Ramen Yokocho another chance.

Like you needed any persuasion….

RAMEN YOKOCHO FESTFri, March 29 & Sat, March 30; 11 am – 6pm. Admission: $5; FREE for kids under 17.  Parking  $4/car.  Ramen $8/bowl — Santa Anita Park, 295 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, 91007.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Cabaret Versatile — Kick up your heels French can can!  Rescheduled  show!  Costumes have arrived from South America!   Fri, March 28

Downtown Modernism — Outdoor market!  100 vintage vendors!   Cash only!  Sun, March 30

Pasadena Grand Pinot Fest 2014 — 150 wines!  Food from Claude Beltran’s The Eatery!  Jazz saxophonist Michael Lington!  Sun, March 30

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Check out The Go Go on EAT: Los Angeles, LA.’s best online source for curated food news and reviews!


Ray Eames - in the Spotlight

Ray Eames – in the Spotlight

PLEASE NOTE: Cabaret Versatile‘s show tonight, Friday, February 28 at First & Hope has been rescheduled to March 28th because of a luggage snafu that sent costumes to Guatemala!

Go Go’ers, this week is looking particularly femme-tastic.

Funny ladies

Talented women.

Crazy-smart broads.

Mix and match any of the above.

Plus, a chance to get gorgeous.

The Mind of Kristina

Question: When do you get to see a mad-smart talent mid-creation?

Answer: Tonight, if you attend Kristina Wong‘s Notes-in-Process: The Wong Street Journal.

Presented by Writ Large Press | DTLAB, the  multi-talented and socially conscious Wong uses humor and smarts to explore her recent trip to Gulu, Uganda, with the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund where she conducted field research, made a rap album, and became a hip hop legend!

Wong this way....

Wong this way….

And Ms. Go Go thought she was a creative multi-tasker.

In addition to seeing an early, in-progress version of  a solo show premiering in 2015, attendees will get a copy of Wong’s rap album Mzungu Price with all door proceeds going to the creation of Nerio Badman’s music studio in Gulu, Uganda.  And since it’s at the iconic Grand Star Jazz Club  in Chinatown, you can nosh on nom from the relocated Starry Kitchen.

Kristina Wong, tofu balls,  a rap album and music studio funding?

Go Go’ers, that’s what we call a “superfecta”….

NOTES-IN-PROGRESS: THE WONG STREET JOURNALWed, Feb 26 @ 8pm. $5 – $100! (gets you a copy of Mzungu Price)Grand Star Jazz Club, 943 N Broadway, Chinatown/DTLA 90012.  More info HERE.

The original Ms. Go Go....

The original Ms. Go Go….

Spotlight on Ray

You’ve seen them on Mad Men.  You’ve coveted them.  If you’re lucky, you’ve sat in an original.

Now the distaff co-designer of the legendary Eames oeuvre  gets her own show in Ray Eames: In the Spotlight at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

The First Lady of contemporary design is not only a co-creator, with spouse Charles, of mid-century Modernism’s most noteworthy furniture  but an abstract expressionist painter, textile artist, and creator of covet-worthy magazine covers for Arts & Architecture.

Her textiles, including Sea Things, was produced by Schiffer Prints, which also produced textiles by Salvador Dali and Frank Lloyd Wright and she also worked with three-time Academy Award-winning Dorothy Jeakins to design her signature dirndl.

At the opening reception on Friday, you’ll get to play with giant versions of the Eames-designed deck of cards and marvel at photos of the groundbreaking Eames House, Case Study House #8 in the Pacific Palisades, which was hand-constructed in days of pre-fabricated steel parts intended for industrial construction.

The exhibition “encourages visitors to…apply the Eameses’ tools to their own lives.”

No pressure.

RAY EAMES: IN THE SPOTLIGHTOpening reception Fri, Feb 28, 7 – 10pm; exhibition through May 4.  FREEAlyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Hillside Campus, 1700 Lida St, Pasadena 91103.  More info HERE.

grammy nominated

Song bird

A Pearl of Great Price

Yes, the Academy Awards are upon us (keep an eye on The Go Go for Oscar-viewing hot spots!) but the news of  Perla Batalla in Concert is certain to distract Grammy watchers from the upcoming red carpet.

The Grammy-nominated vocalist-composer will be performing songs from her award-winning Mestiza (“mixed blood”); co-written with David Batteau, the song cycle offers a vision of a vibrant culture still nourished and inhabited by mysticism, imagery, magic, and myth.

Ms. Go Go is dreamy-eyed just thinking about it.

Native Angeleno Batalla gained international acclaim as a back-up singer for Leonard Cohen who subsequently encouraged the vocalist to go out on her own; Saturday’s repertoire will include selections from the singer’s Grammy-nominated Leonard Cohen tribute album Bird on a Wire.

In addition to favorites, Batalla fans can look forward to new collaborative compositions and work-in-progress from Blue House, Batalla’s upcoming one-woman show inspired by the work and words of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.  Blue House grew from a composition commissioned by LACMA to celebrate the opening of In Wonderland: The Adventures of Women Surrealists in Mexico and the U.S.  The evening features pianist Karen Hammach; Batalla will also be joined her brother, comedy actor/writer Rick Batalla (founder of the Troubadour Theater Company).

Go Go’ers, the red carpet leads here.

PERLA BATALLA IN CONCERTSat, March 1 @ 7:30 pm. $25 – $35Theatre Raymond Kabbaz at Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles, 10361 W Pico, LA 90064  Get tix HERE.

More Weekend Go Go fun!

Cabaret Versatile — French burlesque!   Authentic can can!   First and Hope food and drink!  — Fri, Feb 28

Medina River Records Dance Party — Rod Melancon!   Far West!   BBQ! — Sat, March 1

Makeovers!  —  Agent provocateur/photographer Austin Young!   Unleash your inner glamour puss! Portrait sittings available!  —  Sat, March 1 & Sun, March 2

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Check out The Go Go on EAT: Los Angeles, LA.’s best online source for curated food news and reviews!

Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz presents Sheetal Gandhi in Bahu Beti Biwi

Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz presents Sheetal Gandhi in Bahu Beti Biwi

A warning about the weekend: there’s too much fun to waste it on sleep.

Just put on your high heel sneakers and go go.

Hold Me Closer, Dralion Dancer

Ever wish you could get up close and personal with a Cirque de Soleil performer?’

Here’s your chance but grab it quick, Go Go’ers.

Thursday night,  Sheetal Gandhi, creator/performer for Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion and a leading artist in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Bombay Dreams, performs her gorgeous, stirring, and intimate solo show Bahu-Beti-Biwi presented Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz.

It’s ONE NIGHT ONLY. Don’t delay getting those tix.

The score for the multi-discipline performance  of dance, theater, and live singing was written by Joseph Trapanese.  Past collaborators include Daft Punk.   You may know them.

And after Bahu-Beti-Biwi, you’ll be very glad you know Sheetal Gandhi.

SHEETAL GANDHI IN BAHU-BETI-BIWIThurs, Feb 6 @ 7:30; $15 – $25 — Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90064 (310-286-0553).  Buy tix HERE.

Not too curious a sofa, we  hope....

Not too curious a sofa, we hope….

Walk Like An Edwardian

Absinthe cocktails and Edward Gorey-inspired antics are enough to make the 14th Annual Edwardian Ball the party of the year.

Add in theatricals — this year, a stage adaptation of Gorey’s The Curious Sofa  — as well as aerials, acrobats, cirque, dancing, dinner, music, stilt walkers and more corsets than you can shake a cigarette holder at and you have one hell of a fete.

Edwardian Ball creators and co-hosts Rosin Coven and Vau De Vire Society have once again secured the gorgeous Fonda Theater, which ramps up the deco-meets-steampunk ambiance to “eleven” and this year, you’ll be able to sup while you sip.

You always want to keep your…strength up while wearing a corset.

ROSIN COVEN & VAU DE VIRE SOCIETY PRESENT THE 14TH ANNUAL EDWARDIAN BALLSat, Feb 8, 8pm – 2am.  $45-$75The Fonda Theater, 6126 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood  Get tix HERE.

An online mausoleum for memories.

An online mausoleum for memories.

Net Cemetery

It’s a brilliant, shivery, stunning idea.

A late, beloved someone has left you something — or maybe many things: tangible mementos in addition to memories…meaning beyond monetary worth.   How to honor the person and value the legacies?

Dudley Saunders can help.

The musician/performer’s new transmedia show In These Boxes at the stately Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, uses live music, narratives and video art  of  bequeathed possessions to celebrate the dead through their detritus.

Don’t think of this as kitsch; it’s more like church.

Saunders also offers, as he puts it: “An online cemetery for things the dead left us.”  You can add items to a virtual memory wall by taking a photo and posting it to Instagram with the hashtag #InTheseBoxes.  Or, send the photo, with or without story, to Saunders ( who will incorporate the pieces into the show, which will be performed around the country in the upcoming year.

And unlike a gravesite, you can visit whenever you want.

IN THESE BOXESSat, Feb 8 @ 8pm; $8-$10Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Eagle Rock Blvd, LA 90041.  Get tix HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Eat Your Words!    Live storytelling!   Caroline on Crack + others crack wise!   Free but RSVP!   Thurs, Feb 6

Moulin Russe —  French chansons!   Russian ballads!   Cabaret Versatile can can!   Thurs, Feb 6

L.A. Underground Market —  New food artisans!    Many samples!    L.A. debut!   Sat, Feb 8

50 Hour Drive-By  —  50 hrs from props to performance!  Zombie Joe’s Underground!  3 nights only!   Sat, Feb 8 – Mon, Feb 10

Bob Baker’s 90th Birthday —  Historic puppet show!   Charles Phoenix emcees!   Cake and ice cream!  Sun, Feb 9

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Check out The Go Go on EAT: Los Angeles, LA.’s best online source for curated food news and reviews!

This show has legs. (Photo by Bipolar Studio)

This show has legs. (Photo by Bipolar Studio)

It’s one of those weekends…EVERYTHING is happening all over town.

Since cloning is not an option (yet), you’ll want to stock up on your preferred energy booster whether Red Bull, Red Vines, wheat grass, or coffee (oh hey, Stumptown!)

Go Go’ers, this weekend, the Energizer Bunny is you.

Musique de Sexy

These days, burlesque is ubiquitous (Hurray!) but Parisian Cancan, the dance that started the sexy is still scarce. (Boo.)

Enter Cabaret Versatilethe authentic Parisian revue that high kicked its way into Angelenos’ hearts at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2012 where they were nominated for Best International Show.  This Friday night, the frou-frou’ed  femmes, lead by dancer, choreographer and creator Lola Ohlala, will bring their black-stocking-and-ruffles cabaret to Bar Fedora at First and Hope Supper Club.

Seating is tres intime.  Lucky you.

Cancan translates as “scandal” in French and while “les demoiselles du Fedora”  might not have the gendarmes storming the stage as they did back in the days of the Moulin Rouge,  the winners of the Best Variety and Cabaret Show at the 2012 Fringe Fest deliver enough ooh-la-la to cause a riot.

Just say “oui”.

CABARET VERSATILE — Fri, Sept 27; 7:30pm door, 9pm show; $20 online until midnight 9/26 – $25 @ door — Bar Fedora  @ First & Hope Supper Club, 710 W First St, DTLA, 90012.

GLOW west, young man (and woman).

GLOW west, young man (and woman).

Every Three Years…Glow

Glowing jellyfish.  An electric octopus mandala.  A wishing well filled with bioluminescent plankton.

The above are not the failed experiments of a mad marine biologist but just a few of the site-specific, light-the-night installations at GLOW, the FREE, Saturday-night-only art fest on the Santa Monica Beach and environs.  The end-of-summer event, which only takes place every three years, is an all-night, participatory art playground for the public.

Don’t expect sailboat paintings and pottery mugs.

This is Big Deal Art on a grand scale. Artist and TED lecturer Janet Echelman will install The Space Between Us: one of her astonishing, eerily ethereal net sculptures. French artist-in-residence Mathieu Briand brings 6:34 p.m., an out-of-time mystery chamber and ring of fire to the sands of Santa Monica.  Patrick Scott  and  Jacaranda Music On the Edge collaborate on The Rest Is Noise: A Ride Through the 20th Century on the Santa Monica Pier carousel with a century’s worth of musical snippets.

Go Go’ers, no need to bring a glow stick.

You will, however, want to download Glow’s Essential Apps, which include an interactive festival soundscape curated by KCRW DJs and an interactive app that immerses you in Steve Boyer’s Colorfields and makes you part of the art via your smart phone.

Oh, the places you’ll Glow.

GLOWSat, Sept 23, 7pm – 3am; FREE/all agesFor schedule, parking, local business specials, maps and apps, go to

Your ticket to Thailand

Your ticket to Thailand


This weekend, Ms. Go Go’s happiest place on earth won’t be the House of Mickey but BKK 2 LAX: the inaugural Thai 2013 Food Festival.  Los Angeles is home to the largest Thai population outside of Thailand and on Sunday, Paramount Pictures Studios will be the Tinsel Town epicenter of sanuk phet (spicy fun).

Culinary dynamo Jet Tila, inaugural Thai culinary ambassador to the U.S. and the unofficial Mayor of Thai Town, has curated the event with his usual enthusiastic gusto.  Celebrity chef pals in attendance include: Sang Yoon (Lukshon), David LeFevre (MB Post/Fishing with Dynamite), Kajsa Alger and Susan Feniger (Susan Feniger’s Street), Andy Ricker (Pok Pok, Portland/NY), Curtis Stone (Top Chef Masters), Evan Kleiman (KCRW’s Good Food), and Kris Yenbamroong (Night + Market).

Of course, there will be Singha beer.  On his website, Yenbamroong says Night + Market’s street food is aharn klam lao, which translates as “food to facilitate drinking”.  In other words, Yenbamroong and his crew make “food for drunkards.”

You’re in love.

Thailand has four, distinct food regions — Southern, Northern, Northeastern, and  Bangkok/Central Thailand — and all will be represented via Tila’s ten, fave, SoCal Thai restaurants.  In addition to well-known restos like Jitlada, Ruen Pair, Sapp and Siam Sunset, you’ll have the opportunity to check out fab, farther afield spots like Lucky Elephant, Lum-Ka-Naad, and the lovely, serene, and sustainable Ayara.

These are Jet Tila’s Top Ten, people!

In addition to the fab food, you can look forward to all kinds of traditional Thai culture: Thai dance, Muay Thai boxing demos, fruit carving, and umbrella painting.

Luckily, there’s also Thai traditional massage demos.  Because that umbrella painting can be hella stressful.

BKK 2 LAX: THAI 2013 FOOD FESTIVALSun, Sept 29, 3:30 – 6pm; early VIP entry @ 3pm.  GA tix $50; VIP tix $75 (incl. complimentary parking)Paramount Pictures Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave, LA 90038

Night of the Singing Spraycans

Night of the Singing Sputniks

The End of Summer.  Really.

What’s your symbolic End of Summer?

The start of school?  The final day of wearing flip-flops?

The last bottle of your stockpiled summer IPA?

For Ms. Go Go, it’s the last Grand Ole Echo of the season and this Sunday, the end of summer has come.

Luckily, GOE producer Kim Grant throws the best party in town so yours truly won’t be weeping in her whisky.

Debuting their new CD are headliners and “New Countrypoplitans” David Serby and the Latest Scam — with Ed Tree, Gregory Boaz, and Dale Daniel.  Get there early: these guys are big faves on the scene and rightly so.  You want to jump and jive, not push and shove crowds.

Folk rockers Son Ark open the show with twist-your-heart lyrics, rising Americana star Greg Felden keeps it quality, and The Groovy Rednecks  make the last patio perf of summer count.

What a way to send off the season.

GRAND OLE ECHOSun, Sept 29. 5-9pm; FREE/all agesThe Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd, LA 90026

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Goodbye May.

Goodbye May.

It seems like it’s been May forever.

That’s probably why Angelenos are celebrating the first weekend of the new month with lots of food and music, music, music.

It’s June/spoon/tune for a reason, people.

Music for Your Mouth (and Eyes and Ears)

Two things go without saying.  You have to eat.  You have to have fun doing it.  (You were never a fan of sad eating.)

So hurray for the return of the Komodo Block Party — mingling fun, food, fashion, and music.

Always at the intersection of Pico and Robertson and always on the last Friday night of the month through September, the first of this year’s Block Parties features quintessential summer snackage. Pretend you’re at the beach with by-the-shore crustacean from the Lobsta Truck, sip Del’s icy lemonade in the shade, and lick the edges of  ice cream sammies from Coolhaus.

In addition to more food truck options,  Le Fashion Truck will offer enticing wares including lingerie, jewelry, bags and dresses.  And if you want to show off your new frock on the spot, DJ Syntax brings the best beats to the street.

The only thing needed at this insta-party is you.

KOMODO BLOCK PARTYFri, May 31, 6-10pm; FREE admissionIntersection of Pico and Robertson, WLA

Make Music Pasadena 2013Many, Many Bands and You

Go Go’ers, you’re ready to get summery.  Just in time, the season of free music and massive crowds kicks off  this weekend with two, gratis, Gold Line-accessible fests.

First up on Saturday is the annual Make Music Pasadena, which takes over 30 public spaces in the ‘Dena with 150 free concerts in 12 hours.  For the math-challenged among you, that’s 12.5 concerts an hour.

Stock up on Red Bull now.

Genres run the gamut from the electronic indie rock of Tanlines to the Afro-folk of Las Cafeteras to the Grammy-winning Bill Cunliffe Trio to  international artists  like French folk singer Soko and Brazilian singer-songwriter/cellist Dom La Nena.

If you prefer snacks and libations to crowd surfing and sunscreen, multiple Pasadena eateries and drinkeries will host acts as well.  Catch tropical surf rockers Salt Petal at  (natch) Twin Palms or follow Americana duo David & Olivia as they double dip at Creme de la Crepe then POP Champagne and Dessert Bar.

How to stage hop without speed skating?  Jump on and off the Make Music Pasadena shuttle for free.

It’s the next best thing to wings.

MAKE MUSIC PASADENASat, June 1, 11am – 11pm; all age/FREE (but $5 prepaid donation suggested)Schedule, locations, and transportation info.

lummis day 2013Arroyo Bash

Charles Lummis was the first City Editor of  the Los Angeles Times and a passionate booster of Los Angeles: a destination he thought rivaled Paradise.  Lummis also hand-built El Alisal, a quirky house of river stone taken from the Highland Park-adjacent arroyo.

Lummis threw wild parties at El Alisal — he called them “noises” — and invited painters, actors, poets, musicians — basically, everyone who was anyone in early L.A.

100+ years later, the tradition continues with Lummis Day 8: a celebration of Lummis, artists, and the power of parties.

The NELA bash starts at El Alisal (a.k.a. Lummis House) at 10:30 a.m. with music and poetry including an introduction from Lummis’s granddaughter Suzanne, Director of the L.A. Poetry Festival.   “Outsider art” exhibits continue at El Alisal until evening.

At noon, the performance part of the “noise” moves to the nearby Heritage Square Museum where four stages will host a variety of dance and music acts amidst  restored period homes, some of them open for free tours.

Check out folk legend Jim Kweskin (Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and The Doors) who’s performing with the Crockett Sisters (a.k.a. the Evangenitals), local faves Ollin, Gospel slingers Little Faith, the Tall Men Group (songwriters including Marty Axelrod and Lummis Day alumni Severin Browne), the Lineage Dance Company, and many more.  Of course, there will be food, crafts, and small fry-appropriate events.

Charles Lummis would approve this noise.


10:30am – 5pm @ Lummis House/El Alisal, 200 E Ave 43, LA 90042

noon – 7pm @ Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St, LA 90031

Nothing says summer....

Nothing says summer….


This may be the “Weekend” Go Go but the Oinkster’s Burger Week is worth bending the rules to make it an extra-long (seven extra days to be exact) weekend.

You can do it, Go Go’ers, YOU CAN DO IT!

Chef Andre Guerrero and team continue the tradition of reinventing Burgers You Know (i.e. the McRib is reinterpreted as the McRibster), each for one day only.  Fantasy burgers such as the Thrilla from Manila (“5oz Pork Patty with Shrimp & Mushrooms in a Lumpia Wrapper, Green Papaya Relish. Pork Belly & Sweet Thai Sauce on a Pan de Sal Bun”) are also available.

The Grill ‘Em All truck guys — now with an Alhambra brick ‘n mortar — are doing a Thursday only kitchen takeover for a final run of the “Weedeater” Burger (“a Half Pound Burg, Jalapeño Bacon, Cheddar, Funyuns, Garlic Aioli & Seared Pulled Pork in Mosh Pit BBQ Sauce”) before it’s retired forever.

Let the wailing and gnashing of teeth begin….

Become a “Burgerlord” and get an exclusive t-shirt by eating each of the week’s seven signature burgers.  Scavenger hunt wins can get you and a BFF to the front of the (prepare yourself) long lines.

But hey, it’s summer.  You have something better to do?

THE OINKSTER’S BURGER WEEKMon, June 3 – Sun, June 9; 11am – 10 (Sun – Thurs) and 11am – 11pm (Fri & Sat)The Oinkster, 2005 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock 90041.  For more info including BURGER WEEK RULES & REGULATIONS, go here.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….