Bloom and grow.

Bloom and grow.

Here’s how to multitask your enjoyment of the next two days.

Three stops.

Multiple opportunities for fun.

Also, adult libations.

It’s the carrot-not-the-stick approach to the weekend.

Even the Names are Fun.

On Saturday, the much-beloved Bloomfest returns to Downtown to celebrate the late, much-beloved Joel Bloom: unofficial mayor of the Arts District.

There will be food from many downtown fave restos and nd a pinball tournament from Eighty Two. Angel City Brewery steps up to the Downtown plate once more with a beer garden where you can relax and listen to KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe, Mario Cotto, and Marion Hodges.

Come back for the after party.

And like pretty much every square inch of the area, the beer garden will have art.

Find more art at the District Gallery, Cornerstone Theater, the American Hotel, and Art Share L.A. — the latter will have performing artists —  you can stroll through the working studios of creators like neon artist Lily Lakich, as well as Kim Abeles, Ken Marchionno and Valerie Mitchell.

If you prefer a more intimate but enriched experience,  Cartwhell Art Tours will offer four free tours of artist studios, galleries, murals and other creative spaces.  Cartwheel Art founder and Arts District resident Cindy Schwarzstein creates, produces, and leads the tours; expect  guest speakers and Arts District insiders to pop up.

Joel Bloom would be proud.

BLOOMFEST WITH CARTWHEEL ART TOURSSat, Nov 8, 11am – 11pm. Free/all agesThe Arts District, Los Angeles.  For a map and more info, go HERE.

 

NOW they'll be famous....

NOW they’ll be famous….

This month, the NELA Second Saturday Art Crawl is even more fun than usual.

Drink & See L.A.

Chicken Boy is waiting for you.  So are the drinks.

Saturday night, stop by Future Studio Gallery for a double whammy of quintessential Los Angeles.

Chicken Boy — the giant fiberglass status dubbed “The Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles — is hosting the Prospect Park Books launch of Drink: Los Angeles: your guide to L.A.’s most noteworthy libations whether alcoholic,  caffeinated or boba-fied. Greyhound Bar is providing the cocktails and wine; G&B serves the coffee.

Chicken Boy is also doing a little bit of crowing  to celebrate his status as local boy makes good; Barbara Thomason  immortalized the now-famous fowl in her book 100 Not So Famous Views of L.A. 

Meet the artist, meet the editors, meet Chicken Boy and his non-chicken mom Amy Inouye.

They’re ready for their close-ups.

FUTURE STUDIO GALLERYSat, Nov 8, 7pm  – 10 p.m. FREE5558 N Figueroa St.. L.A. (Highland Park) 90042.  For more info, go HERE.

Kevin Spitze paints York Boulevard

Kevin Spitze paints York Boulevard

Preview & Party

You can thank Charles Lummis.

One of L.A.’s early boosters and culture facilitators, Lummis helped encourage the blooming Arroyo Seco art scene, which is now celebrated annually with the Arroyo Arts Collective’s Discovery Tour, which lets you visit, ogle and buy art from the makers.

He was also famous for his arroyo-r9pm -attling ragers that he dubbed “Noises”.

This Saturday, plan your purchases with a preview of the Discovery Tour at Avenue 50 Studios then head to Las Cazuelas for the “After-Noise”: a free party  where the purchase of food and drink benefits the efforts of the Arroyo Arts Collective and Teatro Arroyo to establish an arts center in Highland Park.  Las Cazuela provides the yum food specials, Soundscapes provides the music;, and Golden Road Brewery provides the $4 pints of beer.

This Saturday, make some Noise.

DISCOVERY TOUR PREVIEW PARTY/AFTER-NOISE — Sat, Nov 8, 7pm-10pm (preveiew) & 9pm – midnight (After-Noise).  FREE admission — for more info, go HERE.

Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Ave 50, LA (Highland Park)  90042

Las Cazuelas, 5707 N Figueroa, LA (Highland Park) 90042

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Good eatin' tonight....

Good eatin’ tonight….

Is Ms. Go Go happy the weekend’s here?

“Ecstatic” might be the better word.

Here’s how to squeeze every scrap of fun from the best two days of your week….

Good Food’s Good Eats

Has it been a while since you ventured to  Grand Central Market, Go Go’ers?

Time to change that tonight.

KCRW’s Good Food’s Night Out with Good Food’s Evan Kleiman is eating at and exploring the DTLA food court, which is about to go from iconic to sonic after Bon Appetit just included the 97-year-old market on its Hot 10 list.

If can’t stand the heat, get into these kitchens.

Satisfy your competitive  jones with cornhole toss,  ping pong, board games and cards while KCRW DJ Marion Hodges spins.  Fortify yourself for victory with special menu items from select  stalls including: White Clam Pie from Olio GCM Wood-fired Pizza, Smoked Pork Belly with apple fennel slaw and Tabasco mayo from Horse Thief BBQ, and a TBA dish from Wexler’s Deli that is, sight (and taste) unseen, a guaranteed musn’t-miss.

It’s the effortless way to easy-breezy your summer.

KCRW’S GOOD FOOD’S NIGHT OUT AT GRAND CENTRAL MARKETFri, August 22, 7 – 10 p.m.  Free entry — Grand Central Market, 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, (213) 624-2378  More info HERE.

Sacred Fools Barely LegalSacred Fools Shenanigans

It’s the best kind of 18th b-day party.  (i.e. you can legally drink.)

In fact, Sacred Fools Theater offers racy reassurance in the very title of the bash to launch their 18th  season.  Barely Legal debaucheries include —  but are definitely not limited to — “Toss the Handcuff” (Luckily, you’re a pro.),  “Jail your Friends” (You know you have a list…), and “Love Letters and Apologies” (Clearly, a necessary addendum to the other two.)

Of course, there are cocktails.

You’re encouraged to dress in your outrageous best.  Just make sure it’s still possible to give the “Wheel of Destiny” a hearty spin.  You don’t want your future dictated by a too-tight corset.

Your own or someone else’s….

BARELY LEGALSat, August 23, 7pm – 2am. $25Sacred Fools Theater, 660 Heliotrope Dr, LA 90004.   For tix and more info, go HERE.

Silver anniversary of World Stage....

Silver anniversary of World Stage….

 

Jazz Church

The late Billy Higgins is not only the most recorded jazz drummer of all time, he’s a co-founder with Kamau Daaood (of the Watts Writers Workshop) of The World Stage: a beloved fixture of music, art and culture in Leimert Park.  Natch, Higgins is  the obvious choice to anchor the celebration of the cultural center’s 25th anniversary at Ford Theaters this Sunday.

Think of it as Sunday supper “jazz church”.

In addition to spoken word performances by Wood and Jaha Zainabu, the evening features an all-star cast  of jazz stars under the stars.

Groove to jazz vocalist Dwight Trible (also Executive Director of The World Stage), Carmen Lundy (winner, 2011 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album), Grammy winning composer/multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Patrice Rushen, reed-man Bennie Maupin (Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock), and renowned flutist Hubert Laws.

Kamasi Washington (Snoop Dog and Raphael Saadiq) and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Big Boi, Rihanna) keep it current.

Go Go’ers, this silver anniversary celebration is pure gold….

THE WORLD STAGE 25TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONSun, August 24 @ 6p.m.  $15 -$60Ford Theaters,  2580 Cahuenga Blvd EAST, Hollywood 90068.  For more info & tix, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

L.A. Live’s “Dark Nights — Food & drink!  Live entertainment!  $5 PARKING!  Fri, 8/22

An Evening of YouTubing — YouTube impresarios!  Art & noise videos!  Submit your fave YouTube video!  Sat 8/23

L.A. Weekly Pancake Breakfast — 40+ food samples!  Brunch-y cocktails!  Collector’s mug!  Sun, 8/24

Ready?  U Know u want 2 Go Go….

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spells out the racous reassurance right in the name: their Barely Legal party, which launches their 18th season promises

 

Wanted: Fun-loving blog followers for good times. 

You: Must love travel, food, fun, have a sense of humor, enjoy the offbeat and unpredictable. 

Me: Will share  the quirky event, the under-the-radar tip, the “Ooh, let’s do this!”  suggestion.

Will deliver L. A. fun daily but go further  afield to mix it up.  Will tickle your fancy with upcoming monthly features:   “Go Go Here” (hand-picked highlights of L.A. ‘hoods), “Go Go Know” (interesting interviews with interesting people) and  “Go Go Do” (theme-based fun!)  Will feed your wanderlust with links to “The Big Go Go” (an occasional travel blog to far-flung lands) 

Goal: Mutual fun, frolic and festivity.

Ready?  You know you want to go go….