Tonight and beyond…so many ways to celebrate Spring!

Sprung on SpringSPRUNG ON SPRING

Wanderlust bigger than your spring fever travel budget?   Alcove and Spring Bar have you covered! Tokyo and the South of France are just a couple of the garden-centric locations you can visit tonight via delish libations at this annual Los Feliz cocktail bash; think Suntory Toki highballs/cherry blossoms and St. Germain cocktails/elderflowers. Or take a trip down the rabbit hole at the Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party, which includes Hendricks gin cocktails and an “Eat Me/Drink Me” shot.  Admission is free and so is the spring-themed photo booth. Cocktails can be obtained via tokens at the bar. The first 75 people in attendance get swag like flower crowns and aura photographs; with five drink stations, your aura will definitely read “very, very happy”.




Best way to celebrate Hump Day?  Head to Westfield Topanga for the 21+ The Taste of the Valley.  Your ticket to this one-stop gourmet stroll unlimited samples of  sweet and savory bites from 45+ restaurants (including Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, Tender Greens, Pedalers and A Sweet Bite) plus delish sips from 120 wineries, three dozen spirit purveyors — think high-end tequila, rum, gin and whisk(e)y — and over a dozen microbreweries from California and beyond.  Tickets will be more at the door so grab yours today!  Wednesday never had it so good….




Greenbar & Cheese


You know about pairing wine and cheese…but what about pairing whiskey and cheese Learn how to nose, taste and pair these two fab food groups in an intimate class lead by Hilary Kinzler, a TV producer for the Food Network and Head Cheesemonger at V Cheese Shoppe, and  Kim Ohanneson, a Certified Whisky Ambassador and the President of  Women Who Whiskey ~ Los Angeles (a.k.a. Ms. Go Go!) California’s craft whiskey movement is exploding and Kim will introduce you to three unique and delicious expressions from the Golden State’s most innovative distillers and micro-producers.  Hilary will pair the whiskey with cheeses so good they will practically make you weep with happiness.  Plus, get unique gifts or stock up on weekend party supplies with V Cheese Shoppe’s fabulous selection of  cheese, charcuterie, olive oils, olives, vinegars, and accoutrements. PLEASE NOTE: this is a VERY small and intimate class and will sell out quickly!

Roots music and ocean breezes....

Roots music and ocean breezes….

Go Go’ers, it’s beginning to look a lot like fall….


Endless summer continues….

Wander Yonder

The rest of America may be picking fall apples in their Argyle sweaters but here in L.A. we’re still kicking it at the beach.

Accordingly, the best place to be an envy-inducing Angeleno this weekend is the two-day Way Over Yonder roots festival on the Santa Monica Pier, starting tonight.

Local Natives and the divine Lucinda Williams headline the  TGIF opening night of the West Coast iteration of the famous Newport Folk Fest.  L.A. homegrown fave Jackson Browne anchors the afternoon into evening line-up on Saturday.

Artists will perform full-length sets.  You’ll find acoustic performers inside on the Carousel Stage and geared-up artists on the outdoor Pier Stage.

Wear your straw cowboy hat.

WAY OVER YONDERFri, Sept 26 , 4:30 – 10pm & Sat, Sept 27, 2 –  10pm.  $40.50 – $86Santa Monica Pier, Ocean & Colorado intersection, Santa Monica 90401  For tix and directions, parking & other info, go HERE.

WeHo Reads: NOIR sizzles this Saturday.

WeHo Reads: NOIR sizzles this Saturday.

Shadows in the Sunshine

Sunshine-bleached Los Angeles is the birthplace of Noir: that one-two punch of literature and film where it’s always the dark night of the soul.

This Saturday, don your fedora and head to the mean streets of West Hollywood for WeHo Reads ~ Noir: the FREE  celebration of September as National Literacy Month.

Explore all facets of L.A.’s heart of darkness with a staged reading of Janet Fitch’s The Method, a quartet of hard-boiled poets, and multiple literary panels focusing on LGBT, diversity, history/biography, and women both as writers and characters.

Thrill to “literature as blood sport” with Bootleg Theater’s Write Club.

Their theme?  “I Wake Up Screaming”.

You know the feeling.

In addition to screenings of the ultimate noir classic Detour and the groundbreaking Who Framed Roger Rabbit? — also the debut of animation’s sultriest siren —  enjoy noir-era jazz and a Raymond Chandler-inspired chalk mural and get a  photo of yourself in your best mid-century threads.

Your pint-size P.I. can make an I.D. badge and “shield wallet” with Art 2 Go and enjoy  theater from Rogue Artist’s Ensemble….

…where the dark side presumably has lighter shades of grey.

WEHO READS: NOIRSat, Sept 27, 2 – 9pm.  All ages; FREEWest Hollywood Library & Park, 625 No San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood 90069.  For schedule and more info, go HERE.

30 years of good eats & great community.

30 years of good eats & great community.

Eat. Meet. Greet.

The self-described “coolest block in America” is throwing itself a 30th birthday bash and everyone’s invited.

You’ll want to wear your stretchy shorts to Sunday’s Abbot Kinney Festival.  In addition to a shrimp boil, enjoy prepared artisanal eats from Superba Food + Bread and Willie Jane among dozens of other vendors.   Of course, there will be a plethora of gourmet food trucks on hand including Kogi BBQ, Border Grill and Cousins Maine Lobster.

Your stomach is growling already.

The festival is free but you’ll want to consider getting a $35 Fast Pass for quick(er) drinking at the three biergartens; not only do you not wait in line, your first drink is included.

That means more time to check out the five entertainment stages featuring DJ’s, bands, kid friendly acts and spoken word dynamos like Brendan Constantine and Mike “the Poet” Sonksen.

Bring your wallet; renowned Venice artists Ed Moses, Laddie John Dill and Tom Everhart have each created a for-sale commemorative poster for the event. The fest organizers also promise “300 quality vendors”.

In other words, no macrame’d wall hangings….

ABBOT KINNEY FESTIVALSun, Sept 28, 10am – 6pm.  All ages/FREE.  Fast Pass $35Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice 90294.  For more info, go HERE.

Check out the restored "Of Stars and Men" by animators John & Faith Hubley at Cinefamily

Check out the restored “Of Stars and Men” by animators John & Faith Hubley at Cinefamily

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

The Hubley Family: A Celebration — Mid-century animation!  Oscar-winning John & Faith Hubley!  Restored print of Of Stars And Men!  Fri, Sept 26 & Sat, Sept 27

4th Annual Taste of Mexico Festival —  Farmer’s Market Picnic!  Dinner & Agave Night!  25 restos/unlimited tastings!  Sat, Sept 27

dublab 15th anniversary celebration — Live music! DJ sets!  Art!  Film! FREE before 6pm!  Sat, Sept 27

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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The Taste Fest.

The Taste Fest.

Unofficial end of summer?   Sad.

Great ways to celebrate end of summer?   Glad.

How you’ll feel if you don’t go out and play?

Just go go….

Good Taste

Go Go’ers, consider Labor Day weekend a (wine) glass half-full situation.

Instead of mourning the end of beach season, put on your most stylish baggies and head to LA Times The Taste for great grub without the guilt.
Whether you’re a locavore or  a brunch enthusiast, a global gastronome or a fan of adult libations — Ms. Go Go raises enthusiastic hand — The Taste has an event to make your day (or night).

Still stymied about how to cook up summer’s garden bounty?  Check out the So Fresh and So Clean cooking demo at Saturday’s Field to Fork.  Saturday night’s Dinner with a Twist sets you up for all your sophisto soirees  with  multiple mixology demos from the stars of L.A.’s white hot cocktail scene.

You’ll want to know them all.

Sunday starts the weekend’s most indulgent meal: the kid-friendly ($5 for ages 3-12!) Sunday Brunch.  Diehard foodies won’t want to miss 20 Years of the French Laundry featuring French Laundry Chef/Proprietor Thomas Keller and others.  Sunday evening, sample the world’s home cooking without leaving your hometown at Flavors of L.A.  Cheer on the sidelines of Fish Fight: A Sardine Cook-Off between Michael Cimarusti (Providence/Connie & Ted’s) and Russ Parsons (L.A. Times Food Editor).

Go Go’ers, those stretchy pants look swell.

L.A. TIMES THE TASTEFri, August 29 – Sun, August 31; various times.  $100 – $175; 21+  Kids 3-12 $5 (Sunday brunch only)Paramount Pictures-Gower parking structure – 801 N. Gower Street, LA, 90038 OR Paramount Pictures Van Ness parking structure – 783 N. Van Ness Avenue, LA 90038.  Parking $13 – CASH ONLY.  For more info & tix, go HERE.

A River Competitor Runs Through It.  (Photo courtesy of L.A. River Expeditions)

A River Competitor Runs Through It. (Photo courtesy of L.A. River Expeditions)

Ready, Set…River!it’

Team Coco may not be showing up for the first L.A. River Boat Race (or heck, maybe so…it’s Conan!) but whether you’re a boater or a bather, a timer or a cheerleader, the L.A. River should be on your Labor Day weekend destination list for outdoor fun.

Bonus…no sharks.

Hosted by L.A. River Expeditions, participants  will race the 3/4 mile course through the soft-bottomed Elysian Valley Recreation Zone Glendale Narrows.  The Saturday event is open to kayakers, canoeists and stand-up paddleboarders but space is limited to 100 boaters.

In other words, sign up ASAP!

Contestants, who should have some experience with river paddling, will compete in various age-and skill-level categories for glory, t-shirts,  awards and other prizes. The race is individually timed; no heats, just a cool place to beat the heat.

Whether you bring your own gear or rent kayaking gear from L.A. River Expeditions, you’ll be paddling your way into L.A.’s history books.

Bonus #2: bragging rights for proving Conan wrong.

THE L.A. RIVER BOAT RACE —  Sat, August 30, 11am – 3pm. $40 – $65 suggested donation; 16+ — Elysian Valley Recreation Zone Glendale Narrows, Rattlesnake Park, LA 90039.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Ready to launch....

Long Beach Funk Fest is ready to launch….

Funk it up in Long Beach

There may be other, bigger music fests in town this weekend — see More Weekend Fun below and every other major media source — but the Long Beach Funk Fest is older, more affordable and, well, funkier.

And that’s a good, good thing.

Now in its sixth year, this year’s fest is notable not only for its new venue next to the Queen Mary but because it’s the first time “Father of  Funk” George Clinton will be headlining with Parliament Funkadelic.

Go Go’ers, they’re gonna funk you up.

Blasting off on Labor Day, the all-funk line-up includes Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (Lenny Kravitz), Grammy-nominated Ronkat Spearman’s Katdelic, Meters Experience featuring Leo Nocentelli, and many more funk acts plus dancers, DJs, and an art show.

Your fest ticket gets you a before-or-after tour of the Queen Mary (so you can check that off your bucket list) and the event helps raise funds for music education in Long Beach.

Go Go’ers, it’s gonna be funky fresh.

LONG BEACH FUNK FESTMon, Sept 1; noon – 9pm. $15 – $45; all ages — Queen Mary Events Park, 1125 Queens Highway, Long Beach 90802.  For more info & tix, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Everything is Festival!  — Found footage!  Occulus Rift!  Hot pockets!  Aug 28 – Sept 1

Art Deco Festival — Prohibition Tasting!  Double Decker Deco Tour!  Deco Derby & Pajama Jam!  Aug 28 – Sept 1

La Santa Cecilia at Levitt Pavilion —  Grammy Award winners!  Also Tierra Blanca!  FREE!  Aug 30

Made in America Festival — Kanye West!  Imagine Dragons!  Grand Park DTLA!  Aug 30 & Aug 31

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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You know you want to....

You know you want to….

Contemplating a quick getaway?

You’ll want to reconsider.

Your perfect staycation starts today.

Go Go’ers, a weekend is a terrible thing to waste.

They Give Good Read….

During 2nd Thursdays  Downtown Art Walk, the sidewalks can get as crowded as the Las Vegas Strip.  The trick is strategic planning instead of aimless, lemming-like wandering.

Tonight, plan for Poetry Brothel.

Just as sly and sultry as it sounds,  the Poetry Brothel at the gorgeous new location of the MUST wine bar features ladies and gents of the write who love to do it in public and are happy to give you an oh-so-private performance…for a fee, of course.

Think of the latter as literary lap dances.

Madame Rose and the Butler deftly conduct the evening’s  entertainment, which will include spontaneous eruptions of verse and verve from Poetry Whores Claude Moan, Genovive, Carmen Amaya and, yes, it’s true, Velvet Undergarments.

As with any den of iniquity, bring cash.

POETRY BROTHEL @ ARTWALK DTLA Thurs, Aug 14;  7-10pm.  Free but bring cash for $5 tokens for private performancesThe MUST, 117 Winston St, DTLA 90013.  For more info, go HERE.

Drink the green!

Go green!

The Drinking of the Green

Go Go’ers, you can’t get through summer without beer and avocados.

Now, you can have your avocado and drink it too.

This Sunday, Angel City Brewery debuts their highly anticipated Avocado Ale with the 2nd Annual Avocado Festival: an all day bash celebrating California’s state fruit.

In addition to food pairings from  Lime Truck and Son of a BunSi Paletas will provide avocado popsicles & popsicle beer drop-ins, which is pretty much the most refreshing adult libation on the planet.  There will games (Avocado Cornhole, y’all?) and a killer musical lineup put together by Echo Country Outpost.

The fest is free but you’ll want to upgrade your experience with an Arts District Mural Tour curated by savvy insiders Cartwheel Art.  Your $20 ticket not only gets you an up-close-and-personal, golden hour tour of the neighborhood’s most spectacular street art but front-of the-line privileges at the Fest earlier in the day.

A.k.a. pre-horde access to the aforementioned Avocado Ale and paleta combo.

The fest and tour are also a trifecta of  giving: a portion of beer sales will go to Food Forward and Echo Country Outpost and part of the mural tour proceeds will go to Art Share L.A.

Including the paletas, it’s a win/win/win/win situation.

ANGEL CITY AVOCADO FESTIVAL & CARTWHEEL ART TOURSun, August 17; noon to 8pm.  Fest is FREE/Mural tour tix are $20 — Angel City Brewery & Public House, 216 South Alameda Street, DTLA 90012.  For more info & mural tix, go HERE.

Burbank is beautiful...and funny!

Burbank is beautiful…and funny!

Bustin’ up in Burbank

People of a certain age and/or fans of retro TV might remember the tongue-in-cheek phrase “beautiful downtown Burbank” from Laugh In and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Starting Sunday, beautiful downtown Burbank will be a reality for comics and the fans who love them.

Part seven-day stand-up-palooza, part mini-boot camp for aspiring and working comics alike, the  Burbank Comedy Festival features headliners Adam Carolla, Jeff Garlin and Wendy Liebman and “200 emerging comics” — a category that includes seen-all-around-town comedians such as Jackie Kashian, Samuel J Comroe and writer/performers Fielding Edlow and Josefina Lopez.

In addition to the multiple shows, sign up for after-parties, panels, podcasts (e.g. Adam Carolla with Whitney Cummings), and “underground showcases”:  unprogrammed open mic opportunities available to anyone with the chutzpah to perform in front of some of the funniest people in the biz.

Want to buff up your one-liners before hitting the open mic?

Sign up for one of the Fest’s ten classes including Joke Lab, Improv for Comics, and Using Your Comedic Character to Get a Sitcom.

Just remember, aspiring comedians: luck is opportunity meets preparation, not perspiration.

BURBANK COMEDY FESTIVAL —  Sun, Aug 17 – Fri, Aug 23; various times & locations.  $15 – $699 (VIP Pass).  For more info and to buy tix, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Fried Chicken fest - Food GPS 2014Echo Park Rising — Three day fest!  Mustn’t miss music & art!  FREE!  August 15 – 17

The 2014 Taco Festival — Tacos!  Music!  Benefit to end youth homelessnes!  August 16

Miner & Eagle Rock Gospel Singers @ Grand Performances —  Indie folk rock!  Blues, gospel and folk!  FREE!  August 16

Food GPS Fried Chicken Fest — L.A.’s best chefs fry fowl!   Desserts!  Cocktails!  August 17

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Biking encouraged to Les Triplettes de Belleville

Biking encouraged to Les Triplettes de Belleville

The temperatures may be hot but the weekend is oh-so-cool.

Just add water….

And street art.  And crawfish.

That’s summer right there.

Tour de Grand Performances

There wasn’t much dialogue and it was mainly in French so if you loved The Triplets of Belleville, then it’s pretty much a given you loved the music.

Tonight, you can have your crepe and eat it too.

Pack the baguette, the vin, and your fave runny cheese and head to Grand Performances for a short concert by Benoît Charest, the Cesar award-winning composer of Les Triplettes de Belleville, and the Terrible Orchestre de Belleville.  Benoit and the orchestra will subsequently perform the score live during a screening of the animated film.

So basically, it’s a “swinging Belleville rendez-vous.”

LES TRIPLETTES DE BELLEVILLEFri, August 1 @8pm.  FREE/all agesGrand Performances, 350 So Grand Ave, DTLA 90071.  For more info, including directions & parking, go HERE.

Here's how the streets will never be the same....

Here’s one way the streets will never be the same….

Check Out the New “Banksy(s)”

Love street art?  Wish you could stand in the middle lane of the  110 N/S and ogle murals?

Don’t do that.

Instead, head Downtown for The Streets Will Never Be the Same: a one-night-only exhibit featuring street artists.  Curated by Roy Paz and his company Red Hot Art, Paz’s intention is to reveal the artists behind the murals and share their non-street art with the public.

So much better than dodging cars during rush hour.

30+ artists will represent at the pop-up at Kesspro Studios; you’ll also enjoy music by DBA, catering by XXXXXX, a raffle/art giveaway, and — whee!– Ketel One Vodka and Coldcock Whisky to enhance your art-perusing pleasure.   The bash benefits The Epilepsy Foundation; the media partner is Cartwheel Art, which leads street art tours around L.A.

Easier to sip spirits indoors, though.

THE STREETS WILL NEVER BE THE SAMESat, Aug 2, 7 – midnightKesspro Studios,  435 So Molino, DTLA 90013  For more info, go HERE.

You know what to do....

You know what to do….

The Bayous of Long Beach

You could fly to the Big Easy this weekend and brave thunderstorms, 90 degree heat and 53% humidity to suck on mudbugs.   OR you could take a short hop down the coast to the two-day, 21st Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival.

Go Go’ers, let’s start a petition to nickname Long Beach the “Little Easy”.

To guarantee you’ll get a NOLA-style crawfish boil bucket feast and a discount, buy tickets before midnight tonight, Friday, August 1st.   Enjoy live Cajun and Zydeco music including Grammy nominee Lisa Haley and the Zydecats while sampling French Quarter coffee and beignets as well as wine, beer and adult libations including something called a “Screaming Crawfish”.

Go Go’ers, no crawfish were harmed in the making of this cocktail.

21ST ANNUAL LONG BEACH CRAWFISH FESTIVALSat, August 2 noon- 11pm & Sun, August 3 noon – 10pm. $13 (admission only) – $45 atd —  Rainbow Lagoon, [400-403] Shoreline Village Dr, Long Beach, 90802  For more info, directions and tix, go HERE.

A giant yellow pyramid guarantees fun.

A giant yellow triangle guarantees fun.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Poetrypalooza — Month-long L.A. tour!  Poetry!  Music!  Art!  Open mic!  August 1 – 31

Big Bite Bacon Fest —  Also beer!  On the Queen Mary!  Online tix sales end Fri, 8/1   August 2

Summer on Seventh — Inner City Arts benefit!  Rooftop concert!  Food trucks & cocktails!  August 2

Muse until Midnight @ LACMA  — Indie rock Silver Lake Choir!  Urban Lights dance party!  Cash bar & bites!  August 2

The Trip to Italy — Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon dine and dish!  Hilarity ensues!  Cinefamily sneak preview!   Free but RSVP required!  August 3

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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