All alone in the light....

Presumably, the above represents your psyche when ALONE….

What?  Last weekend in June already?

Yep, and it’s a doozy.

Put on your fun floaties and jump right in.

All Alone in the Light

Halloween is four months away: so far and yet so near if you start the nails-along-the-nerves psychological build-up now.

That’s just what the creators of the uber-unsettling art project/scare house ALONE: An Existential Haunting are doing with their newest venture: ALONE: Unweave the Rainbow – “Real – World Experiments in Human Emotion”

So, if you were hoping to unweave the rainbow with others, forget about it.

Starting Thursday, you can participate in Index of Diffusion: the first of four, intimate, fully immersive site specific experiences.  Using the theme of light to shape the arc of this strictly solo journey through the psyche, you’ll progress, if you dare (and have the time and the cash), through Index of Diffraction (August), Index of Reflection (September) and Index of Absorption (October).

Just in case you were unclear, “absorption of light” means darkness.

Yes, just in time for Halloween….

Full disclosure/warning from the folks at ALONE: “Your body may be aggressively touched and moved or tenderly embraced or be utterly left displaced and alone.”

In other words, just like your last “What the hell?!” relationship….

Tickets for Index of Diffusion are already selling out so you’ll want to jump on this rainbow express ASAP.

Bon voyage…and good luck with the inner demons.

ALONE: INDEX OF DIFFUSION — Thurs June 26, Fri June 27 & Sat June 28; various times.  $20 online/$25 atd if available.  Tickets to all four indices; $100 — Undisclosed location in Hollywood TBA.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

They have a hammock...plus the backyard laughs.

They have a hammock: Brad Pitt not included….

They Have Laughs

Tired of pricey comedy clubs with mandatory minimums of two crappy drinks?

Head to We Have a Hammock: Josh di Donato’s semi-secret house party comedy show playing in a backyard near you.

If you live near the 90042, that is.

Started in 2012, producer di Donato, curator of comedy shows at the Mint and a stand-up performer all over town, gathers like-minded friends for a show that’s part stand-up, part party, all fun.

Simon Gibson hosts the stellar line-up for Saturday night’s 2015 Season Premiere, which includes: Chris Fairbanks, Rylee Newton, Melissa Villasenor, Paige Weldon, Brent Weinbach, Matt Storrs, Ricky Carmona, Brent Sullivan and di Donato himself.

It’s the second-most fun you can have on a folding chair.

WE HAVE A HAMMOCK — Sat, June 27; 9pm sharp! — Join We Have a Hammock FB group for secret location and other info.

Molotov cocktails of art

How bartenders create art…

Molotov Cocktails of Creativity

You always suspected it….

Those talented purveyors of your favorite tipples?

Renaissance men and women.

On Sunday, soak up cocktails and creativity at the 4th annual Art Beyond the Glass (ABTG IV) where everything from libations to art to music will be created, curated or performed by L.A.’s top bartenders.

Past ABTG events have featured boozy cotton candy and comely bartender Anna Knudsen (Sassafrass Saloon) jumping out of a cake.

Just so you have the crucial deets….

Anchored by Chinatown’s iconic and atmospheric General Lee’s Bar, where award-winning bartender Christopher Day helms the drink program, Art Beyond the Glass  IV will spill into the adjacent Central Plaza with the iconic Seven Star Cavern Wishing Well as the backdrop to the entertainers.

Bring change for the latter; you’ll want an edge in the silent auction and raffle….

In addition to benefiting from drink-slingers doing their delicious thing, ABTG IV admission gives you the opportunity to buy raffle tickets and bid on silent auction items, including artwork, photography, rare spirits and more.  That’s in addition to the entertainment, bar bites and art exhibit where you’ll have the opportunity to purchase bartender-created art.

Co-founded by Zahra Bates (Courvoisier National Brand Ambassador) and Daniel Djang (founder/editor of Thirsty in LA), all Art Beyond the Glass events benefit local cultural nonprofit organizations; this year, all proceeds will go to KCRW’s Capital Campaign to build a Media Center.

Ms. Go Go knows you’re happy to bend an arm for the cause….

ART BEYOND THE GLASS — Sun, June 28; 3-7pm.  $60/21+General Lee’s, 475 Gin Ling Way, DTLA 90012. For tix and more info, go HERE.

Miwa Matreyek - Myth and Infrastructure at Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall

Miwa Matreyek – Myth and Infrastructure at Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Miwa Matreyek: Myth & Infrastructure — Live multi-media performance work! Two shows at Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall! Premiered at TED Global 2010!   FREE!  Fri 6/26

Chinatown Summer Nights — Music/food/demos!  Don’t touch the monkey!  FREE!  Sat 6/27

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….  

 

Twilight concerts return to  Santa Monica Pier!

Twilight Concert Series returns to Santa Monica Pier!

Go Go’ers, do your out-of-town visitors expect  a stereotypical Lalaland of spray tans, freeway parking lots and tours of celebrity homes?

Share these fab events at City of Angels landmarks and the haters will be singing “We love L.A.” by Monday.

Good job, hometown hero.

Twilight: Cults But No Vampires

Few L.A. stars could spend so much time at the beach and look so good but the Santa Monica Pier is still damn handsome at 100 years-plus.

And everyone looks good at sunset, including you.

Come for the glow, stay for the music at the Twilight Concerts at the Pier.  Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the FREE Thursday night series kicks off this week with indie pop duo Cults, local art pop quintet James Supercave, and KCRW DJ Marion Hodges.

You can picnic on the shore or sip and nibble on the pier; drinkers in-the-know head to the 21+ Concert Garden for adult bevs and a killer view.

Not that there’s a bad view at the beach at twilight….

TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES AT THE PIERThurs, July 10, 7-10pm.  FREE/all agesSanta Monica Pier, Ocean & Colorado, Santa Monica 90407  For more info on parking, food and future concert schedule, etc. go HERE.

phantasmagorical

Phantasmagorical botanicals

Night Walker

First Fridays at the Natural History Museum are swell during the school year but come warm weather, we’d rather stop and smell the roses.

Literally.  In the Rose Garden at the Natural History Museum.

Starting this week, you can meander to your heart’s content on selected T.G.I.F.’s during Summer Nights in the Garden. The evening soirees (FREE but RSVP‘s required) feature garden tours, botanically inspired cocktails, and family friendly science projects and performances.

Go Go’ers, there’s nothing like sipping an adult libation while watching butterfly stilt walkers…

Yearning for a summer school experience?  At limited-size, unique-to-the-date workshops, you can learn to pickle cucumbers, pot succulents and build birdhouses.

Go Go’ers, you can always use a birdhouse.

This Friday at the Willow Hut, don’t miss sonic artist Mileece Petre’s  lush, layered soundscape created from recordings of monkeys in Ecuador, crickets from France, birds from Costa Rica, icebergs in Canada, and mud in Norway.

Noisy mud in Norway…who knew?

SUMMER NIGHTS IN THE GARDENFri, July 11, 5 – 9pm (also July 25 & August 1, 15 & 29). FREE/all agesNatural History Museum,  900 Exposition Blvd, LA 90007.  For more info & to RSVP go HERE.

You say rebel, I say artisan, let's call the whole thing off.

You say rebel, I say artisan, let’s call the whole thing off.

Rebel Swell

Once upon a time (i.e. the 1990’s), in the Bordeaux region of France, small batch wine producers were derisively called “garagistes” (as in stomping grapes in the garage) by traditional vintners.

Snobby French winemakers…quelle surprise.

Cut to contemporary Cali, where (not a surprise) the DIY movement has jumpstarted a movement of artisanal winemakers who produce a modest 1500 or less cases of wine a year in garages and other non-traditional venues.

Lucky for Angelenos, over 40 of the aforementioned renegades will be pouring 100+ limited edition vinos at Urban Exposure, the first Garagiste Festival to showcase rebel vintners in Los Angeles.

And while the wines may be mavericked in garages, they will be poured in the gorgeous Grand Ticket Concourse of the historic Union Station.

Want some cheese with that wine?

Wood & Vine will provide fromage, bread and charcuterie nibbles to complement the tastings.  For a splurge, order from the elegant bar menu at Union Station’s iconic Traxx Bar.  If comfort food’s your goal, the Grilled Cheese Truck will  be on hand with their trademark, ooey-gooey, melty goodness; word is GCT will also create  signature sammies just for Urban Experience.

Go Go’ers, it’s good be a rebel.

GARAGISTE FESTIVAL PRESENTS “URBAN EXPERIENCE”Sat, July 12, 1-5pm. $80 – $65; strictly 21+ (not even infants!)Union Station Ticket Concourse, 800 N Alameda, DTLA 90012.  For tix & info, go HERE.

Chef Vartan Abgaryan of Cliff's Edge will be serving Crispy Pork ‪#‎Ribs‬ with Honey and Fish Sauce Glaze at the Food GPS Rib Fest. (Photo by Sergio Gomez)

Chef Vartan Abgaryan of Cliff’s Edge will be serving Crispy Pork ‪Ribs‬ with Honey and Fish Sauce Glaze at the Food GPS Rib Fest. (Photo by Sergio Gomez)

Rib-bit

Didn’t get your fill of star-spangled ‘que on the 4th of July?

You’re in luck: a dozen, firecracker-hot, L.A. chefs will be slinging meat ‘n bone delish in all its varied glory at the 1st Annual Food GPS Rib Fest this Sunday in Chinatown’s historic Central Plaza.

If the smell doesn’t guide you, just look for the statue of Bruce Lee.  Seriously.

The inaugural celebration of carnivorous delights not only gets you a dozen dishes and sides from top chefs like Chad Colby of Chi SPACCA,  Freddy Vargas of Scarpetta, and Bryant Ng of the recently shuttered Spice Table, but innovative desserts from Cake Monkey Bakery, Sugarbloom Bakery (Sharon Wang), and Salt & Straw.

Freckled Woodblock Chocolate, y’all!

In addition to cocktails created especially for the Rib Fest by Jason Bran and Damian Windsor, you can hydrate while bone-gnawing with craft beer from El Segundo Brewing Company and Strand Brewing Company as well as non-alcoholic options.

A portion of the event’s proceeds benefit the Pablove Foundation so you can feel good (or at least better) about adding another belt notch or two post Fest.

Just don’t look at Bruce Lee’s abs.

FOOD GPS RIB FEST Sun, July 13, 3- 7pm.  $65 – $90 — Chinatown, 943 N Broadway, DTLA, 90012.  For more info & tix, go HERE.

Pretty in Pasadena!

Pretty in Pasadena!

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Chinatown Summer Nights — Music!  Food trucks & beer garden!   A monkey!  July 12

Summerland Movie Club at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland — Art!  Movies!  Treats!  July 12

Colorado Street Bridge Party — Music!  Food & drink!  Historic preservation!  July 12

We Have a Hammock!  — Comedy!  Secret backyard show!   A hammock!  July 12

Trapeze — A Midsummer Night’s Swing — Electroswing!  Burlesque!  Speakeasy rave!  July 12

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Sixties splendour

Dress Up, Drop Out

This weekend, California will actually be cooler than the rest of the country.

Frolic accordingly.

How the Mods Had Fun

Cinefamily is famous for themed series including The Midnight Mafia and Friday Night Frights. The  heavy hitters parade gets lightened up this Friday, July 19 with the debut of the series Dress Up.

Speaking of which, please do.

Curated by oh-so-groovy artist Alia Penner, the series opens with  Wonderwall, which features London’s Mod Sixties in all its swinging glory.  Starring Jane Birkin (long-time partner/fellow provocateur of Serge Gainsbourg) and directed by Joe Massot (The Song Remains the Same), the film is gorgeously scored by George Harrison and full of phantasmagoria and fab threads.

Count on a contact high.

WONDERWALLFri, July 19 @ 8:00 p.m.; $12 Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax, LA 90036  http://www.cinefamily.org/films/dress-up#dress-up-wonderwall-extremely-rare-35mm-print

Smile for the camera.

Where to take the out-of-towners.

Smile for the Camera

The relatives from Des Moines have seen — and posed with — LACMA’s big rock.  Now what?

For the best “Here I am in wacky L.A.” photos ever, herd Auntie June and Cousin Billy across the street to ForYourArt‘s Photo Op: Art to Pose With.

Artists Lisa Anne Auerbach and Joel Kyack, Akina Cox, Michael Decker, Alex Miller, Brian Roettinger and Zen Sekizawa, Lisa Sitko, and Amy von Harrington have created sculptures that are meant to be touched and stood on and interacted with and definitely photographed with.

No “hands behind your backs” admonitions here.

It isn’t G-rated but you and your guests will still feel like kids again.

Next stop, the spraying fire hydrants.

PHOTO OP: ART TO POSE WITHFri, July 19 (opening 7-10 pm) through Sat, Aug 24; FREEForYourArt, 6020 Wilshire Blvd. LA 90036;  323.857.6000  https://www.facebook.com/events/485748014845493/

Nothing up their sleeves....

No elephants….

The Circus Comes to Town…and Stays

The days of the circus pulling into town, putting up the big top, and then disappearing in the night leaving children stricken with wonder and broken hearts are no more.   Now the cirque hangs around.  For weeks.

And a lot of it’s not for kids.

Gathering under the Big Top of the Pasadena Playhouse on Friday, the multi-week fest of pratfalls and facile fingers is organized by Stefan Haves, Comic Act Designer for Cirque du Soleil.

Acts include Cirque veterans as well as acclaimed acts such as fest opener/magician Justin William (Cupcake Wars, the White House) as well as Amy G whose “Entershamement Tour” routinely inspires dropped jaws.

Also expect fantabulous local acts such as the super-exclusive  Brookledge Follies, which performs by invitation-only at the home theater of the Magic Castle founders, and the Grand Guignolers who’ll bring Laughter, Terror and Tiny, Naughty Puppets.

You don’t want to mess with the tiny, naughty puppets.

CIRQUE-A-PALOOZAFri, July 19 – Sun, August 11, various times; $20-$1150/age range varies   — Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena 91101  http://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/box-office/special-events/cirque-a-palooza.html

Chinatown is this many years old.

Chinatown is this many years old.

Neon  Nights and Starry Kitchen

There are two things you need to know about the second — and arguably the coolest — of the Chinatown Summer Nights.

First, “New” Chinatown is officially 75 (as of late June), which makes the July 20th Summer Night the closest thing to a neon-lit birthday bash.

Second, in addition to Kogi slinger Roy Choi’s Chego!  now in the East Plaza, Nguyen Tran’s Starry Kitchen has newly taken up residence at the venerable Grand Star Jazz Club.

Go Go’ers, it’s not a birthday bash without raunchy tofu balls.

There will be dancing to KCRW DJ’s Jason Bentley and Mathieu Schreyer, a band lineup curated by Kevin Bronson of Buzzbands LA, and a free, whole lobster 75th b-day/20th anni special at Hop Woo’s.

But you’ll definitely want to have some balls (not to mention the chili crab and the banh mi) with one of Grand Star’s signature, rum-based Lapu Lapu cocktails.  It has “fruit juice vitamins” and garden fresh mint.

In Ms. Go Go’s book, that’s pretty much a health food drink.

CHINATOWN SUMMER NIGHTSSat, July 20, 5-midnight; all ages/FREEChinatown, 943-951 N Broadway, LA 90016  https://www.facebook.com/events/466229466794802/

Here...

WASH – ing here…

..and here.

..and here.

More Fun with Art & Tourists

Sunday may be steamy but you and your house guests will be cool  in the pool in more ways than one.

Oh, the stories they’ll tell in Altoona.

The latest installation in Machine Project’s Field Guide to L.A. Architecture, WASH – ing involves a lap pool, an underwater viewing room (Yes, it’s a thing.) and layers of sound and fabric.

Also, you.

Slip into your suit in the on-site changing room then splash and swim as ING traverses the pool, trailing fabric while a composition is created from layers of sound and feedback.

It’s pretty much the perfect time to break out your synchronized swimming routine.

MACHINE PROJECT PRESENTS WASH – ING Sun, July 21, 3 – 6pm; FREE — Maranatha High School, 169 S St John Ave, Pasadena 91105  (St. John Ave is one-way; enter from Green, one block north). http://machineproject.com/archive/events/2013/07/21/wash-ing/

NOTE: Per Machine Project, “Kids are welcome, but please note that this is a lap/diving pool, so there’s not really a shallow end; anyone under age 6 in the pool must be accompanied by an adult who can swim.”

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Kick Up Your Heels….

It’s the Janis Joplin part of summer right now.

Memorial Day is a barely relaxed preview of fun-in-the-sun.  July 4th is all about the sis-boom-bah.  And Labor Day is a last desperate gasp of summer.

But now, the living really is easy.

The days are soft.  The nights are cool.  Your daddy’s rich
and your mamma’s good lookin’. (Fingers crossed.)

Not to mention, ’tis the season to drink liquor from a mason jar without feeling like you should be dating your cousin.

The livin’ doesn’t get much easier than that.

Murder and Puppets

Ms. Go Go loves her a murder ballad and REDCAT is happy to oblige her morbid obsession.  The first week of The New Original Works Festival kicks off tonight with  Poor Dog Group‘s The Murder Ballad based on “Jelly Roll Morton’s legendary 1938 recording…[o]riginally performed in the brothels of New Orleans’ steamy Storyville district.”

Opera Povera wants YOU to come to the New Original Works Festival.

Yeah, baby.

Also on the bill — each week of the three-week fest features a trio of new works performed every night — is Opera Povera with the astonishing Julianna Snapper singing Pauline Oliveros’s To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation and Susan Simpson‘s Exhibit Awhich uses puppets to tell tales of 1950’s Silverlake.

This weekend, go for the bold.

THE NEW ORIGINAL WORKS FESTIVALThurs – Sat, July 26 – Aug 11 @ 8:30 pm; $10-$18 — REDCAT, 631 W 2nd St, DTLA, 90012, http://www.redcat.org/event/new-original-works-festival-2012-week-one

And a bottle of rum.

Yo Ho Ho Dance

How do you swing this summer?  At a Retro Dance Party in a pirate bar with people singing about cheese ‘n crackers, holy ghosts, and devil birds.  Natch.

Put on your summer frocks and seersucker suits and head downtown to the Redwood Bar this Friday for swampy, sultry, spooky swing from some of Ms. Go Go’s fave musical finaglers: Two Man Gentleman Band, Dustbowl Revival, and Whiskerman.

There will be dancing.  There will be songs about drinking.  There will be actual drinking.  There will be sweat and sway.

Consider it your summertime sweet spot.

RETRO DANCE PARTYFri, July 27 @ 9pm; $5/21+ — The Redwood Bar, 316 W 2nd St, DTLA, http://www.theredwoodbar.com/2012/calendar.html

Your food porn Saturday.

Artistic Pickles

Beautiful food — a constant source of inspiration for artists over the millenia — is now available for looking and eating .

This Saturday, foodie experts  Krista Simmons (Top Chef Masters/LAist),  Shawna Dawson (Artisanal LA) and Michaele Musel (The Secret Forkpick the prettiest plate-fillers in the City of Angels for a one-day food biennial pop-up presented by ForYourArt.  Twelve food crafters like Edward Belden of Peddler’s Creamery, who churns his ice creams on the back of his beach cruiser, will join the sustainable spirit makers of GreenBar Collective to provide samples and sell products. Put all your goodies in special edition tote bags by Brian Roettinger.

Pretend you won’t eat it all on the way home.

NEW. ARTISAN. NOW. — Sat, July 28, noon-6pm; FREEForYourArt, 6020 Wilshire Blvd, LA, http://foryourart.com/2012/07/fya-at-6020-wilshire-blvd-new-artisanal-now/

Your new red light district.

It’s Chinatown, Jake

Just when summer couldn’t get any more fun, this Saturday is the first of the Chinatown Summer Nights.  There are bands on the L.A. Weekly stage, there are KCRW DJs, there is food, there is art, but here are the absolutely crucial components:

Beer garden and Punk Rock Pillow Fights

The suds are curated by Eagle Rock Brewery and also include craft brews from Golden Road Brewery and El Segundo Brewery.  The winners of the pillow fights get bragging rights, a tote bag of  goodies, and are invited to the next Summer Night.

No fair stuffing your tote bag to use in upcoming fights.

CHINATOWN SUMMER NIGHTSSat, July 28 (also Aug 8 & 25); 5pm-midnightChinatown, 943 – 951 N Broadway, DTLA 90012 (Central and West Plazas); http://chinatownsummernights.com/

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….