CAC Broadway Noir

 

Not-Yet-Summer is getting seriously fun, y’all!

Plan accordingly….

HOLLYWOOD FRINGE 2016 — L.A.’s most ambitious theater festival is kicking off this weekend with 1500 programs, parties (Prince Prom!) and events (Live-Band Karaoke!) through June 26 (Awards and Closing Night bash!)  The non-curated programming means anyone with gumption and a vision can put on a show at venues both orthodox and not (Three Clubs bar and lounge anyone?!?!)  Of course, The Go Go has a couple of recommended events to check out this weekend. Start with Broadway Noir from Ms. Go Go fave CAC Studios (2015 Fest award-winner for the bawdy Thenardier’s Inn). It’s at the aforementioned Three Clubs so yay for TGIF drinkies with your murder mystery/comedy mash-up.  On Saturday, don’t miss Charlotte’s Shorts (another Go Go fave!): famous SNL and Groundlings alumni read writer/director/artist Charlotte Dean‘s laugh-out-loud short essays about hilariously clueless people such as Donald Bigbelow: erotic writer for men. F0r a Sunday afternoon of magic, mystery, laughs and gasps, mark Australian illusionist (and 2015 Fringe nominee) Simon Coronel: Alien of Extraordinary Ability on your #hff16 schedule. Why:  Theater without a net, laughs aplenty, plus cocktails.

 

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MAKE MUSIC PASADENA 2016 – Take the newly expanded Metro Gold Line to this FREE, Saturday only, all-ages, day-into-night music fest. (Get off at Memorial Park Station, Lake Station or Del Mar Station.) Check out 150 bands, both seasoned and up-and-comers, at six main stages and eighteen sub-stages: everything from band shells to churches to hair salons.  The crowds (50,000 attendees in 2015) are enthusiastic and food and drink options abound; many of the smaller stages are at bars (Bonus!)  Check out James Supercave,  Atlas Genius, L.A. faves The Mowgli’s and HUNNY.  Worried you’ll  miss an act? FREE Pasadena Transit shuttles will ferry fest-goers from main stage to main stage.  Why: Storing up I-saw-them-when bragging rights under sunshine, starlight and palm trees with hundreds of your new best friends.

 

Secret City FREEDOM

THE SECRET CITY LA: FREEDOM +PANCAKE BREAKFAST —  The motto of Chris Wells’s Obie Award-winning  The Secret City is “We worship art”; the quarterly L.A. gatherings (monthly in their Manhattan home base) are described as “Part salon. Part ceremony. Part Show.” Ms. Go Go calls The Secret City an always transplendent mini-vacay for the psyche with featured musical, dramatic, visual and spoken word artists to help you get your soul groove back.  This Sunday at the Bootleg Theater, the theme is “Freedom” and featured performers include: percussionist/tap dancer/jazz performer Aaron Williams; actress Amy Hill;  visual artist Cat Gwinn;  singer/spoken word artist Joe Hernandez-Kolski; filmmaker Laura Nix; and designer/social activist Naomi Pitcairn, who will be creating the food offering.  Additional culinary and creative sustenance is in store; after the service — the last of the season –The Secret City will hold their first Pancake Breakfast fundraiser with Bloody Marys and Mimosas available at an additional cost. Buy a second ticket and treat an artist to nom nom Why: Art, alcohol, ceremony and carb-l0ading in one, glorious, afternoon package.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go…. 

True Life Adventures at the Hollywood Fringe Festival

True Life Adventures at the Hollywood Fringe Festival

School’s out for summer.

The weather is perfect.

And your every creative jonesing can be satisfied with a fest.

Also, parties, cocktails and cake…

…a.k.a. the icing on the weekend.

Fringe-ify

“Fringe” usually means an alternative version of a more established event.  But while the  Hollywood Fringe Festival‘s programming runs the gamut because of its non-juried, “Let’s put on a show!” acceptance policy, it’s established itself as a front-and-center L.A. institution in just four years.

Go Go’ers, that’s longer than some republics last.

The 18-day performing arts fest, which features 300 shows at over two dozen venues, launches its 5th season on Thursday.  Of course, Ms. Go Go has her eye on a few shows: Total Novice by The Moth StorySLAM champion David Rodwin; the family-friendly The True Life Adventures of Barbie and GI Joe with two-time Best of Hollywood Fringe Extension winner Bill Ratner and Deadwood, CSI & True Blood veteran Clay Wilcox; and the rave-reviewed, Van Morrison song-inspired  Linden Arden Stole the Highlights, in its first L.A. incarnation since 1998.

And as seen on America’s Got Talent, the fest offers a solid Father’s Day contender for kids 12+:  David and Leeman Present: Magic and other Dangerous Things.

Go Go’ers, as Dad’s Day gifts go, it can’t be more dangerous than a band saw….

HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL June 12 -29; various times/venues/prices — For tix & more info, go HERE.

Lucky 13!

Lucky 13!

Design Dizzy

Go Go’ers, clear your schedules.  The L.A. Design Festival 2014 is in town and you’ll want to stage a staycation.

The three-week, design-a-palooza celebrates local and international talent with 60+ all-around-town events including special installations, tours, and (hurray!) happy hours  and parties.

Ms. Go Go is talking Don’t Miss events every day of the week.

The fun starts Friday on the East Side with one of the Fest’s self-guided Design Hookey tours. Check out public art installations, wander through hip hotels, famous artists’ studios, and cutting edge retail showrooms, and sip and sup at design-charged bars and restos.

Cocktails are important for design appreciation.

Then, head to the historic Jensen Recreation Center in Echo Park for the official, Friday night kick-off party at  Natural Curiosities design studio.  In addition to live silkscreen printing workshops and beats by dublab, design maven Gere Kavanaugh will receive the Julia Morgan ICON Award, which recognizes pioneering women in design.

Ms. Go Go thinks Ms. Kavanaugh deserves a toast, don’t you?

L.A. DESIGN FESTIVALFri, June 13 – 29; various times/venues/pricesFor tix & more info, go HERE.

50 Shades of Cupcake.... (Photo courtesy of Nancy Buchanan)

50 Shades of Cupcake…. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Buchanan)

50 Shades of  Decadent Delish

Whether you’re  a sweets freak, a do-gooder with a cupcake fetish, or one of the thousands of people who’s left behind a copy of 50 Shades of Grey in a Travelodge (wink, wink)  you’ll want to check out 50 Shades of Cake: Nancy Buchanan’s photo series at Future Studio Gallery this Saturday.

Worried the show will be  all frustrated desire and empty calories?

Fear not…gallerist Amy Inouye is pairing Buchanan’s photos with a Depressed Cake Shop Pop-up.  The global organization, started in the UK by Emily Cakehead (yes, really), uses the sale of volunteer-baked, grey — but delicious! — sweets to both raise awareness of mental health issues worldwide and to raise money for local charities.

100% of the 50 Shades of Cake bake sale profits will benefit the Northeast Wellness Center’s Positive Visions program, which will also receive a portion of the proceeds of Buchanan’s print sales.  There will also be arts and crafts from Positive Visions participants at the show, which is held in conjunction with NELAArt Second Saturday Gallery Night; 100% of the arts and crafts profits will go directly to the artists.

Future Studio neighbor The Greyhound Bar and Grill will provide no-host coffee and iced tea to accompany the sweets, which include baked goods by caterer extraordinaire/Prospect Park Book cookbook author Jennie Cook (Who Wants Seconds?).

Fair warning: Ms. Go Go WILL be first in line for dessert dibs.

50 SHADES OF CAKE Sat, June 14, 7-10 pmFuture Studio Gallery, 5558 N Figueroa St, LA 90042

DeLaB Design-n-Dim Sum Bike Ride is delightful.

DeLaB Design-n-Dim Sum Bike Ride is delovely.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!!!

CYC Fundraiser Extravaganza — Experimental cellist Isaac Takeuchi!  Nuevo Tropicália trio El-Haru Kuroi!  Storytelling!  – Fri, June 13

Design-n-Dim Sum Bike Ride — Highland Park & Chinatown artist studios!  Bikes!  Bao!  Sat, June 14

 22nd Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival — 600 artists!  Two city blocks!  Free!  Sat, June 14 & Sun, Jun 15

Father’s Day CollaBREWtive Brunch — 8 brewery-roaster pairings!  1 dozen chefs cook!  Family friendly! — Sun, June 15

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Oh, the places you'll go....

Androgymnasium at the Hollywood Fringe Festival

Go Go’ers, it’s not officially summer yet but summer is happening big time this weekend.

One swell fest.

Two quirky events.

Three chances for last-minute Dad Day gifts.

One surefire chance for Favorite Child Forever status.

Don’t blow it.

Just Like the Movies But Live

Go Go’ers, Los Angeles is a showbiz town but that doesn’t mean the biz is all multiplexes and movies for 12-year-old boys.

The usual summer offerings notwithstanding….

A perfect example of entertainment without a safety net: the Hollywood Fringe Festival.  Now in its fourth year, the Fest’s Thursday opening  begins two weeks of  a thousand performances of two hundred-plus productions at twenty Hollywood venues.

That’s a lot of working actors.

The always-hilarious Lost Moon Radio departs from their usual structure with  Roger Wodehouse’s Androgymnasium (a NOT-for-kids kids show).  Will Matthews (Punk’d) and Casey Christensen (Chelsea Lately) offer up the satirical one-act Daddy Isn’t Dead, Is He?

Your call whether the second play is a good Dad outing or not.

A Working Theater, which scored a Best of Fringe award in 2012 and nomination for Best Ensemble, is back with the world premiere of Lisa Ebersole’s Baby. And magicians David & Leeman (a.k.a. Filthy Liars), who were winners of the 2012 Los Angeles Comedy Festival and returning Top 10 Show of Hollywood Fringe Festival 2012, show you How to Convincingly Fake Honesty.

That latter skill should help you in the other Hollywood….

HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL 2013Daily, Thursday, June 13 – Sunday, June 30.  For shows, schedule, prices, and venues, go to: http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/

There will be noise....

Music makes you braver.

There Will Be Bass

In 2006, composers Thomas Bergerson and Nick Phoenix — collectively known as Two Steps from Hell — started writing music for movie trailers including The Dark Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean: World’s EndNo Country for Old Men and Tron: Legacy.

You were just wondering about Tron.

The duo has subsequently had music featured on TV in Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Homeland, among others, and released three albums — Invincible, Archangel, and Skyworld — which have consistently charted in the top 100 on iTunes/Soundtracks for the past three years.

These guys are not to be taken lightly.

This Friday, the hell-raising duo takes over the Walt Disney Concert Hall where their beloved-by-Millennials classical music will be performed by the L.A. Philharmonic, a 60-voice chorus, and guest cellist Tina Guo in their first (and so far only) concert.

Dude, just put down the remote and go.

TWO STEPS FROM HELLFri, June 14 @ 8pm; $90 – $140 — Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., DTLA, 90012.  323/850.2000. For info & tix:  http://www.musiccenter.org/ or http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B004A64C23A5A83?artistid=1842047&majorcatid=10002&minorcatid=203

Gorgeous Ghettogloss....

Gorgeous Ghettogloss….

The Tightrope to Success

Question: where do indie culture and Costco meet?

Answer: at the Ghettogloss Grand (Re-)Opening this Saturday at the historic Connors Plumbing Building in  Eagle Rock.

GG founder Fiora Boes, whose collaborators have included Tommy Chong, Benicio del Toro, Mark Mothersbaugh, Shepard Fairey, Allee Willis, Eddie Ruscha, Roseanne Barr and Angelyne, has long created happenings to promote the work of other artists.

You remember Ghettogloss’s sketching sessions of bikini models in gorilla masks, right?

This weekend, Boes promotes her own gorgeous work in the circus-themed Tightrope: a series of original paintings that combine large-format, digital process with hand-painted and silkscreened elements.  And they’re available at Costco online.  Yes, Costco.

Want to make sure the paintings fit in your tiny, Staples Center-adjacent pied a terre?  Stop by Ghettogloss’s new digs and check out the art (and the scene) while consuming Kettle Korn and absinthe popsicles.

Absinthe: always good for making clear-headed decisions about art.  And everything else.

GHETTOGLOSS PRESENTS: TIGHTROPESat, June 15, 8-11pmGhettogloss, 4680 Eagle Rock Blvd (the historic Connors Plumbing building), Eagle Rock 90041  323/871.8100 http://www.ghettogloss.com/events/

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Dina Leffert and Lisa Joffrey talk fast and make you want to smoke cigarettes....

Pink ChampagneSex, Violence and the KKK.   Mommy with a Penis.    All of the above can undoubtedly be found at various times on Hollywood Boulevard, especially at Halloween, and very possibly during  every full moon.

You’ll be able to find  them with far more frequency, however, between June 17 and 27 during the First Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival; the aforementioned titles are three of the 176 nonjuried productions playing over 10 days at 40 locations (including theaters, church grounds, and a beauty parlor) around the heart of Hollywood.   In other words, Go Go’ers, walk briskly.

The productions range from classic works (Euripides’ Medea) to original plays (A Picnic at the Asylum), sketch comedy (8 Bits: A Sketch Show About Video Games) to musicals (That Great and Dreadful Day: Tall Tales from the American Swamp), circus/cabaret (FreakShow Deluxe) to music  (Poxy Boggards) to dance (Mental Head Circus),  and impossible-to-categorize projects like Presque Pret a Porter in which designer/sculptor/costumier A. Laura Brody redesigns a donated garment for you at “Beauty of Pain: the rock and roll/fetish/counter-culture house of fashion.”   Ms. Go Go is SO there….

There are audience participation events, such as U-SICAL, an improvised-on-the-spot musical based on an audience member’s life (You might want to tidy up your on-line profile pre-show…wink, wink!), and The Deadly Sin Bingo Show (Yes!  YOU can win Heavenly Virtue prizes!),  free events (A.S.A.P. Fables, which is written and rehearsed in the 48 hours before the performance) and even a Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Now That She’s Gone by Pasadena Weekly/Huffington Post columnist Ellen Snortland about her late mother.   Rumor has it, lutefisk is involved.

Finally, there’s Antonio Sacre‘s My Penis – In and Out of Trouble.   Which, come to think of it, might be found with the MOST frequency on Hollywood Boulevard.  Full moon or no….

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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