Saving your pennies for a jaunt to Paris or Peru?

No need to feel deprived while being thrifty.

Check out these three FREE events for a weekend that’s L.A.-fab and frugal to boot!

 

 

FISHEYES  — We’re big fans of DTLA’s FREE Grand Performances AND Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre‘s site-specific performances.  Tonight, Duckler and her troupe of performers will dance under the stars  with a giant fish: a 15 foot stainless steel structure designed by architect Alex Ward. The performance, inspired by themes of water, drought and (of course) fish, will take place, appropriately, in the fountain area of California Plaza. FishEyes is the first segment in an L.A. series (and a larger tour) that includes A Fish Out of Water and Fancy Fish and features a score by Andrew McIntosh, projections by Josephine Wang and costumes designed by Valerj Pobega.  Why: Imagining what it would be like to be Jonah (or Giuseppe and Pinocchio) in the whale.

 

Mary Austin-Klein

See this painting by Mary-Austin Klein at the Frogtown Art Walk on August 13, 2016

 

FROGTOWN ART WALK 2016 — The official name of this Los Angeles river-adjacent area is Elysian Valley but it got its “Frogtown” nickname from the (sadly long-ago) days when the river was full enough to deposit croaking critters on either side.   These days, instead of amphibians, the river banks are home to artists who will open their studios this Saturday for the 10th annual FREE art celebration in Northeast Los Angeles. Visit 30 artists studios and listen to music and more at seven stages (one curated by Spaceland of Echo Park).  Art walk guests can also get a sneak preview of the new Los Angeles River VR Experience: a virtual reality documentary produced by Friends of the L.A. River (FoLAR) that “takes viewers on a journey from the mountains to the sea, from the past, through the present, and into the future of the Los Angeles River.” Parking is limited: RIDESHARE HIGHLY ADVISED!  Why: Checking out art installations on the river path via foot or pedi-cab.

 

 

 

CicLAvia – ICONIC WILSHIRE — This Sunday, one of the city’s most historical connectors is once again being opened up for a FREE, all-day, car-free experience as cyclists, walkers, sprinters, peddlers, skaters and scooters travel the boulevard en masse. Explore the neighborhoods of Koreatown, Westlake and Downtown Los Angeles with PokeStops, coffee and water refueling opportunities and public art participation spots at three hubs: One Wilshire, MacArthur Park and the Wiltern in Koreatown.  All three hubs have great giveaways (while supplies last).  Check out the link above for information on a pre-CicLAvia 5K run as well as walks and feeder rides to the main event.  Why:  A chance for open air exploration including pedi-cabs for the less ambulatory.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go…. 

No need to go door to door....

“But it’s the pelvic thrust…That really drives you insane….”

You’ve been blithely celebrating fall: munching on candy apples, glugging Oktoberfest beer and frolicking in leaves, sprinklers…er, just frolicking!  To celebrate fall!

But now it’s time to get serious.

Halloween is  just two weeks away.

Put on your dangly eyeballs and glitter paint.

Go forth and raise hell.

Treat…or Treat?

Whether you need costume inspiration or just want to fully immerse yourself in all that Halloween has to offer (wink, wink), head to Fais Do Do this Friday night and watch the Famous Monstergirls of Burlesque walk the fine line between fright and delight.

Expect risqué routines capable of raising the undead.

This month, Peepshow Menagerie’s immersive, one-night-only, 18+ show is a monster mash-up of Playboy After Dark and the cinematic era when creatures ruled the earth.

Fingers crossed for a Godzilla/Playboy Bunny that stomps Tokyo.

Co-producer Chris Beyond hosts the evening, which includes comedy and music from Mr. Snapper and Mr. Buddy and “spooky games and prizes” in addition to the artistes de bump et grind.

They’ll put a spell on you.  Don’t resist.

THE MONSTERGIRLS OF BURLESQUE — Fri, Oct 16 @ 9pm.  $12/18+Fais Do Do, 5253 W Adams Blvd, L.A. 90016  Tix and more info HERE.

ALONE - or are you?

ALONE in the dark – or are you?

All By Myself

All good (scary) things must come to an end.

The bad news is that ALONE: An Existential Haunting will soon be ending its innovative but unnerving series of art show-meets-rainbow-meets-creep show hauntings.

The very good news is that Absorptionthe fourth and grand finale of Alone’s light-themed but psychologically dark experience is being unveiled this Saturday: just in time to leave you thoroughly stirred and shaken for All Hallow’s Eve.

The twists: 1) as the name implies, you go through the 45 minute, site-specific experience solo and 2) you are warned in advance that you may be “aggressively touched and moved or tenderly embraced or be utterly left displaced and alone.”

Are the hairs on your neck rising already?

If not, they will.

ALONE: ABSORPTION — Sat, Oct 17-18, 21-25 and 28 – Sun, Nov 1; various times. $50-75/18+ —  Undisclosed, central Los Angeles area near public transportation; ticket buyers will receive an email one day prior to their ticketed date with info & location details. Tix and more info HERE.

"All human beings are commingled out of good and evil." Robert Louis Stevenson

“All human beings are commingled out of good and evil.” Robert Louis Stevenson

Use Your Inside/Outside Voice

When you think about it, Dr. Jekyll was the ultimate Halloween costume for Mr. Hyde.

This Sunday, explore the “commingled good and evil” of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ultimate monster within at JEKYLL AND HYDE: the October iteration of A Rrose in a Prose Literary Salon at Stories Books and Cafe.

Co-hosts Art Currim and DM Collins will wrangle the clutch of fantastic and unruly writers of all persuasions.  In a nod to the theme, at least some of the literary artists will change  up their performance styles so expect the unexpected.

Hopefully, no one’s cranky inner child will pour out of their mid-section like smoke. (See photo, above left._

JEKYLL AND HYDE: A RROSE IN A PROSE LITERARY SALON — Sun, Oct 18; 2-4:30pm.  FREEStories Books and Cafe, 1716 W Sunset Blvd, Echo Park 90026.  More info HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Burbank Beer Fest — 85 craft beers!  FREE Fall Fest!  Live music!  Sat 10/17

CicLAvia: Heart of L.A. — 5th anniversary!  FREE non-motorized fun!  6 mile route includes Boyle Heights, the Arts District, Little Tokyo, Civic Center, Chinatown, Historic Core and as far west as Macarthur Park.

The Big Draw along CicLAvia: Wide variety of artistic materials!  Dia de los Muertos-costumed models!  FREE!  Sun 10/18

Eastside Food Festival — 30+ local restos, celebrity chefs, caterers, brands.  Panels/discussions!  Artists/musicians!  Sun, Oct 18

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 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….

 

 

Bump & Grind

Because burlesque queens don’t just happen….

How’s your unofficial start of summer going so far?

Here are six ways to make it even better.

Fun with Tassels

Are heaving bosoms, lissome limbs, and splits in stilettos your kind of thing?

Ms. Go Go had a sneaking suspicion…

Clear your Friday night STAT and make tracks to Fais Do Do for the Burlypicks California Regional Competition where burlesque artistes and variety arts entertainers strut their stuff with the hopes of advancing to the International Burlypicks this September.

You’ll want to say you saw them when…

In addition to the belles and boys of the bump ‘n grind,  the 20+ performers at Burlypicks include other vaudeville-inspired performers such as aerialists, ventriloquists and sideshow acts.  All will be judged on talent, poise, polish, costume, and creativity.

A select few will be competing for Master of the Assels and Master of the Tassels.

You’ll want to say you saw them when….

2015 BURLYPICKS CALIFORNIA REGIONAL  — Fri, May 29, 9pm. $12 – $20/18+Fais Do Do, 5253 W Adams Blvd, LA 90016.  Tix and more info HERE.

Visit THESE OGs on Obscura Day....  (Photo by Avoiding Regret; courtesy of Valley Relics Museum)

Visit these OGs at the Valley Relics Museum on Atlas Obscura Day. 2015. (Photo by Avoiding Regret; courtesy of Valley Relics Museum)

Off the Beaten Path

Want to see falcons fly in Palmdale?

Hike Mount Hollywood and learn Griffith Park’s secrets?

Get up close and personal with dancing frogs backstage at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater?

Roast marshmallows at a FREE picnic in a secret park?

All of the above and more are featured Los Angeles events on Atlas Obscura Day 2015.

A.k.a. “The Most Interesting Day in the World”.

The Atlas Obscura website lists the most interesting, offbeat and, yes, often obscure places on the planet.  This Saturday, 150 events will take place  in 39 states and 25 countries: all celebrating the strange, the curious and the awe-inspiring.  The above (and more) ticketed events  are taking place in and around L.A.

Who knew bunnies had their own museum?

All are welcome to attend the FREE (but RSVP required) end-of-day celebration at DTLA-adjacent Vista Hermosa Park: a 10.5-acre “hidden oasis” featuring walking trails, streams, meadows, oak savannahs, a nature-themed playground, native Mediterranean plants and amazing views.

Stick around to check out the night sky courtesy of the Burbank Sidewalk Astronomers.

Atlas Obscura on the moon, anyone?

ATLAS OBSCURA DAY 2015 — Sat, May 30; 5am – 9pm.  FREE – $45  — Various locations.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Taste of YUM!

Taste of YUM!

So Good. So Eastside.

This Sunday, head east, young man (and young woman).

Taste of the Eastside is turning five and celebrating with a beer garden!

The start-of-summer food fest features  signature sips and bites from over two dozen eateries and drinkeries in East and Northeast L.A. including El Condor, Greenbar Distillery, L&E Oyster Bar, Lemon Poppy Kitchen, Little Dom’s, Maximiliano and Spitz – Home of the Doner Kebab.

Already, you’re salivating.

Nearby Highland Park fave The Greyhound Bar & Grille is hosting the Taste of the Eastside after-party as well as the aforementioned, brand-new beer garden featuring suds from Angel City Brewery and Golden Road Brewery.  Post-fest, bring your TOTE proof of purchase to the Greyhound and get 15% off your bill.

Already, you’re saving.

Bike to the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, park at the Spoke Bicycle Cafe booth and enter their free raffle. Then sip and sample while strolling the lush site at the confluence of the L.A. River and the Arroyo Seco.  Create L.A. curates the art; Podunk Poets, Redd Carter, Raul Campo, Garth Trinidad and DJ Aire provide the soundtrack to your afternoon of indulgence.

What are you waiting for?

Get your tickets, already.

TASTE OF THE EASTSIDE — Sun, May 31; VIP 3pm/GA 4-8pm.  GA $50/$60 atd. Premium $60/$70 atd. VIP $90/$100 atd. Kids 2-12 $8Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, 50 W Ave 26, LA 90065.  Tix & more info, go HERE.

GUSHMore Weekend Go Go Fun!

GUSH – 2 choreographers!  5 contemporary dance works!  Sex & death!  Fri 5/29 & Sat 5/30

L.A. Wine Fest — Hundreds of wine, spirits & brews!  Food vendors!  10th anniversary!  Sat 5/30 & Sun 5/31

CicLAvia Pasadena — 3.5 miles of non-motorized fun!  Culture stops galore!  FREE!  Sun 5/31

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Best. Xmas Present. Ever.

Best. Xmas Present. Ever.

Win a pair of tix ($70 value!) to Angel City Chorale this Sunday, December 7th!  Click link above for details!

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s the holiday season.

To survive the surfeit of cheer, Ms. Go Go offers a libation-themed weekend that only marginally edges into wassail-and-eggnog territory.

Think of the weekend as sanity in a glass….

The End of Madness

On December 5, 1933, Americans got the best early Christmas present ever when Prohibition was repealed.

What better place to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the end of insanity than in one of 1933 Group‘s fab bars with a special Repeal Day cocktail for a dollar?

From 5 to 7 p.m. tonight, each of The 1933 Group’s six, splendid — and, clearly, historically minded — drinkeries will offer a special Repeal Day cocktail for a bill, a buck, a bone.

Sip on Old-Fashioneds at Harlowe, Bigfoot Lodge, Oldfield’s, Thirsty Crow,  Sassafras and Big Foot West.  The latter establishment  will also offer a pisco-based Kapple Pie while La Cuevita is featuring a Tequila Press, with jalapeño-infused Sino tequila.

A buzz for a buck?  You’ll drink to that….

1933 GROUP’S REPEAL DAY COCKTAILSFri, Dec 5, 5-7pm.  $1/21+Go HERE for 1933 Group bar locations.

Crafting the Cocktail: how to look good while drinking.

See beautiful barware aand more t Crafting the Cocktail exhibit at Craft in America.

Decorative Drinking

Back in the day, people drank from hollow gourds and bare hands.

Then things got fancy….

This Saturday, The Craft in America Center and The Museum of the American Cocktail show you just how fancy with Crafting the Cocktail.

Suggested exhibit subtitle: “How to Look Good While Drinking”.

Saturday’s Opening Reception and Cocktail Party launches the FREE  exhibit of alcoholic accoutrements, which features everything from swizzle sticks to tiki ware, champagne coupes to liquor cabinets.

In conjunction with the exhibit, which runs through February 21, 2015, The Museum of the American Cocktail will present a variety of talks and seminars around the city featuring libation experts such as Marcos Tello, Joe Keeper and Brandyn Tepper.

So basically, an exhibit that’s good-looking and smart.

CRAFTING THE COCKTAILSat, Dec 6, 4-6pm/Opening Reception & Cocktail Party; exhibit runs through Feb 21, 2015. FREEThe Craft in America Center, 8415 W Third St, LA 90048.  For more information, go HERE.

RSVP for the Opening Reception & Cocktail Party at: rsvp@craftinamerica.org.

Sips & Sweets & Shopping....

Sips & Sweets & Shopping….

How To Have Fun While Shopping

Feeling a wee bit guilty about all the holiday shopping you’re avoiding this weekend?

Be a multitasking merrymaker this Sunday and head to the LA Weekly’s Sips and Sweets The Majestic Downtown + the Reserve in DTLA.

Sample up to eight cocktails by master mixologists like Danielle Crouch (Caña Rum Bar, John Kelly O’Hare (Sonny’s Hideaway)  and Christiaan Rollich (A.O.C.).

Non-alcoholic bevs available…if necessary.

Bring the munchkins along to “help” you taste-test treats from some of L.A.’s best bakers and pastry chefs including Terri Wahl (Auntie Em’s), Dahlia Narvaez (Mozza), and Nicole Mournian (Gjusta) to name a very few.

In addition to all that sipping and sweets-eating, check off items on your holiday shopping list at the artisan vendor village and cookbook corner featuring new food porn tomes from local chefs.

Finally, you can feel good about your gustation; a portion of your ticket sales benefits Food Forward whose mission is to harvest food, fight hunger and build community.

Let’s drink to that….

LA WEEKLY’S SIPS AND SWEETSSun, Dec 7, 2-5pm.  All ages/$40 (21+); $25 (under 21)The Majestic Downtown + the Reserve DTLA, 650 So Spring St, DTLA 90014.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Grand Central Market Holidays —  Menu specials! Gifts! Music!  Kids’ DIY! — Fri, 12/5 – Sun, 12/7

Mohawk Bend IPA Fest — 60+ IPA’s!  All CA brews!  2nd Annual beer-bration!  – Sat, 12/6

CicLAvia South L.A. — Leimert Park to Central Avenue via Martin Luther King Blvd! California African American Museum!  Kwanzaa! — Sun, 12/7

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Ooh-la-la L.A. Nicole Kidman's Moulin Rouge costume from Hollywood Costume exhibit

Ooh-la-la L.A.!  Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge from Hollywood Costume.


Welcome to Monster Month.

Want to beat the heat, eat sweets, tour the city, or get ideas on how to wow werewolves of the opposite sex?

The weekend has an event for that.

Ready for their Close-up

Only 30 days left until Halloween!

Ready to retire your Wolf Man costume but stymied for a sequel?

Just in time for inspiration, the final act of Hollywood Costume opens in Los Angeles this Thursday after a run at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A).

Presented by V&A and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the curtain rises on the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Organized by V&A and sponsored by sparkle supplier Swarovski, the Academy welcomes back iconic costumes such as Judy Garland’s ruby slippers fromThe Wizard of Oz and Marilyn Monroe’s white pleated dress from The Seven Year Itch. In addition, the Oscar org will augment the exhibit with new pieces from recent movies including American Hustle, Django Unchained and The Hunger Games.

Presumably, fire fighters will be standing by to manage the Katniss “dress of flames”.

A particularly interesting section of the exhibit, curated by Academy Award®-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis, highlights fertile collaborations between five directors and costume designers including: Alfred Hitchcock and Edith Head; Martin Scorcese and Sandy Powell; Mike Nichols and Ann Roth; and Tim Burton and Colleen Atwood.

If only the latter would advise on your “Edwin Tweezer-hands” costume….

HOLLYWOOD COSTUME —  Thurs, Oct 2 – March 2, 2015; various times. $10 – $20Wilshire May Company Building, 6067 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036.  For more info & tix, go HERE.

American Trash at Earth WE: see amazing art, help the planet

American Trash at Earth WE Gallery: see amazing art, help the planet

Good Art from Bad Rubbish

It’s beautiful.  It’s thought-provoking.  It’s trash.

The latter comment is not a creative critique.

Trash is both the organizing theme of American Trash  as well as the preferred medium in the exhibit opening Saturday at Earth/WE: a  Bergamot Station gallery that champions good causes.

The American Trash subject may sound unpleasant and that’s the point; the 25 artists want to provoke dialogue about plastic garbage in the world’s oceans in order to inspire the public to consume less.

The work itself transcends the “ick” factor, however.  The sculptures, photos, collages and assemblages are literally more than the sum of their parts…and often disorienting in their beauty.

A life-sized camel is constructed of discarded, translucent plastic in colors that evoke a Sahara Desert sunrise.  A pelican assembled from tar-black, plastic junk is both evocative and a stark reminder of the danger posed to marine wildlife from plastic and oil spills.  And the beach-litter-and-shell miniatures by exhibit curator and environmental activist/artist Marina DeBris are a reminder that beachcombers are now more likely to find trash than treasures on the sand.

In addition to raising awareness about single use plastic pollution, the exhibit is a fundraiser for non-profit Green Communications Initiative.

American Trash art: the ultimate green-and-guilt-free purchase.

AMERICAN TRASHSat, Oct 4, 6 -10pm.  FREE; all ages —  Earth/WE Gallery at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica 90404.  For more info, go HERE.

American Pie.

KCRW’s American Pie at the Fowler Museum (Caught in the Moment Photography)

Good Eating

The thrill of victory.

The agony of defeat.

Flaky pie crust.

It may be too late to submit a pie but you’ll still win at the dessert game just by attending KCRW’s 6th Annual Good Food Pie Contest.

Line up early to get a first-come, first served slice of pie at the FREE Sunday event, which moves to UCLA’s Fowler Museum this year. Your chance of getting a taste of the sweet stuff is good; last year’s contest featured 300+ pies in five different categories: Fruit, Nut, Savory, Vegan and Cream/Chiffon/Silk.

Ms. Go Go likes the odds.

Hosted by Good Food‘s doyenne of desserts Evan Kleiman, the event features two new categories this year: comfort fave Cooked Custard  (for your early pumpkin pie fix) and Savory Pies, which is inspired by the Fowler’s Permanent Collection. The long list of illustrious judges includes Pulitzer Prize winning food writer Jonathan Gold (L.A. Times), Christine Moore (Little Flower Candy Company and Cafe) and Zoe Nathanson (Huckleberry).

Bring your pint-sized pie bakers; the Fowler Museum is holding a special kid-centric event. Children can tour the museum galleries, make a kitchen accessory (probably not a knife) and bake a mini-pie.

It’s never too early to train Thanksgiving’s most important contributor.

KCRW’S GOOD FOOD PIE CONTEST —  Sun, Oct 5, 2 pm.  FREE/all ages — The Fowler Museum at UCLA.  For more info, including entrance/parking directions, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Eagle Rock Music Fest — 30 acts!  Six stages!  Still local!  Sat, Oct 4

Vegan Oktoberfest — Vegan craft beer!  Bavarian maidens!  Oompah bands!  Sat, Oct 4

CicLAvia —  Non-motorized transportation!  Heart of LA!   FREE!  — Sun, Oct 5

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!

How to prevent Vitamin T deficiency.

Don’t be deprived of Vitamin T.

Forget football frenzy….  Between the Oscars, Mardi Gras, and a certain Irish drinkathon holiday, March had us Go Go’ers mad as hatters all month long.

Don’t expect to rest in the weeks ahead; starting this weekend, April delivers scads of fun as well as a few actual showers.

No joke.

Loco for Tacos

Whether native or transplant, if you live in Los Angeles, you have taco love flowing in your veins along with the Tapatio hot sauce.

This Saturday, indulge in your favorite handheld  snack when L.A. Taco and host Grand Park return with TACO MADNESS: a celebration of happiness in a tortilla and the culmination of a month-long, bracket style competition.

Want to get in on the action?  There’s still time to vote for your #1 piccadillo pick.

Just want to party with the winners?  Taco Madness 2014 is a no-entry-fee bash featuring tacos from  last year’s winners Mexicali Taco & Co. and Mariscos Jalisco plus newcomers such as the Boyle Heights-happening Los Originales Tacos Arabes de Puebla, and Carnitas el Momo: a family-run joint famous for guanajuato-style tacos.

Pescatarians and vegans: your faves are represented thanks to the super-fresh seafood at Tacos Punta Cabras and the must-try jackfruit tacos from Highland Park’s Plant Food for People.  La Guelagetza sibs Bricia and Fernando Lopez will run the bar and beer garden featuring special drinks from Suerte Tequilas, beer specials from local  Venice Duck Brewery, and the ultimate michelada station.

Expect an aural and visual feast as well: Azul 213 heads a selection of L.A.’s best DJs who will keep the energy high while artists such as Germs, MEAR ONE,  DEFERSand One, Max Neutra, Evan Mendel of AWonderfulMistake, Van Saro, C/O/D/A/K and more create original art with materials donated by BlickArt; each artist is paired with a non-profit, which will receive either the site-created art or the profits from same.

Show up hungry, loaded with cash, and on the early side: Grand Park could reach capacity.

There’s nothing worse than a Vitamin T (for taco) deficiency.

TACO MADNESS 2014Sat, April 5; noon to 7pm.  FREE entry/bring cash for food/drinkGrand Park, 200 North Grand Ave, DTLA 90012.  More info HERE.  To vote, go HERE.

Don't be detoured from Noir City Party.

Don’t be detoured from Noir City Party.

All For Noir

Hard-boiled honeys and granite-jawed G-men will want to make sure they’re locked and loaded, primped and primed for Saturday’s Film Noir Partya celebration of the final weekend of Cinematheque‘s 16th Annual Festival of Film Noir .

Trouble never came in a more desirable package.

Make sure your nylon seams are straight and your fedora just so for your entrance to the Egyptian Theater courtyard. The evening opens with a screening of the ultimate noir classic Detour then continues on to a delish upscale buffet version of Detour diner-inspired fare courtesy of THE KITCHEN for Exploring Foods.

You’ll definitely want to explore your favorite tipple after two weeks of slinking through shadows and conniving with celluloid criminals during the film fest.  Luckily, your party ticket includes two free libations (alcoholic or non);  Champagne Piper-Heidsieck, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Vya Vermouth, and Distillery No. 209 Gin are among the alcoholic options.

Here’s mud in your eye.

A cash bar will provide liquid courage all night long while you tempt fate at the Detour Casino, eyeball burlesque courtesy of the Victory Variety Hour, dance to Dean Mora’s Sextet, snap photos with shady characters and a vintage cop car, and woo Lady Luck for  opportunities to win a variety of prizes including a makeover from Besame Cosmetics, gift certificates to Musso & Frank’s, Sadie Lounge and Restaurant, Skylight Books, and more.

Noir Party ticket prices go up Wednesday, April 2nd at 10:00 a.m.

Don’t be a chump and miss the shindig.

FILM NOIR CLOSING WEEKEND PARTYSat, April 5; 7pm – midnight.  $25 – $55Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 90028.  Get tix HERE.

StoopidTall Maiden Voyage, CicLAvia 2013 (Photo courtesy of CicLAvia)

StoopidTall Maiden Voyage, CicLAvia 2013 (Photo courtesy of CicLAvia)

Miracle Mile(s)

If your near-future bucket list includes plans to bike, hike, walk or trike down the miracle of an auto-free Miracle Mile, cancel your post-church car hop stop and join thousands of fellow non-four-wheelers at One Wilshire.

Sad face: this will be the last iconic Wilshire CicLAvia for the foreseeable future.

Glad face:  this will be a Wilshire Westward Ho for the ages!

Although several stout-hearted cyclists rode crazy-tall bikes in CicLAvia 2013 (see left), nothing special is required of participants except to be safe and respectful to everyone sharing the road.

CicLAvia 2014 — the last for a few years until the above-ground, Miracle Mile street construction for the Metro Purple Line subway extension is finished — is especially pedestrian friendly and all participants, whether wheeled or walking, are encouraged to stop, mingle, and explore.

Use the day as an opportunity to check out  less-familiar (to you) Wilshire Boulevard elements such as:  parks (Mid-Wilshire at  Wilshire and Rimpau), businesses (Wilshire-adjacent Langer’s Delicatessen on 7th), art (LACMA-adjacent ForYourArt) and architecture (the American Cement Building — Wilshire at Park View).

There are hubs along the way for the hungry and the dehydrated with  food trucks, restrooms, CicLAvia info, and plenty of activities for kids, especially those who want/need to practice their cycling skills.

NOTE: Kids with moderate cycling skills are welcome and encouraged to attend but this is NOT the occasion to ride blithely along Wilshire as your teary, new-to-wheels tyke wobbles yards behind.

Go Go’ers, see you wheel soon.

CICLAVIA  2014Sun, April 6, 9 am – 4pm; FREEFor more info, go HERE.

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