After the apocalyptic atmospheric conditions of recent weeks, this weekend feels downright paradisiacal.

Thank you, weather gods.

 

Brew at the Zoo 2015 beers and souvenir mug

 

BREW AT THE ZOO — The 6th Annual Brew at the L.A. Zoo should not be considered a chance to get rip-roaring drunk but there is the possibility of close encounters of the roaring four-legged kind.  General admission to the fur and feather-centric brew-vent gets you 5 ounce samples from 50+ local craft and microbreweries while enjoying DJ’s, live music, talks by zoo keepers and for-purchase food.  Friday evening might be a good time to put on your Big Spender hat, however; the VIP option gives you early entrance by an hour PLUS access to two exclusive lounges with appetizers and specialty cocktails. Why: Getting a jump on Oktoberfest by listening to German polka band Der Burgermeister Boys while sipping an Alpine Brewing Company beer as monkeys howl under the stars.

 

 

FLYPOET SUMMER CLASSIC 2016 — Think you know poetry?  Think again…or better yet, grab tickets fast for founder and host John Hensley’s annual, always sold out celebration of words both sung and spoken as well as created-on-the-spot art.  Flypoet’s monthly event always includes music but for the Summer Classic, now in its sixth year, Hensley ups the game with celebrity musical acts. This year, Grammy nominated -artists Marcia Ambrosius and Dwele will be making special appearances at the intimate John Anson Ford Theater alongside the award-winning, internationally touring spoken word artists.  Why: enjoying a picnic under the stars while listening to spoken slink and sizzle  from National Poetry Champion Steve Connell, HBO Def Poet Sunni Patterson,  2013 Poet Laureate Tasha Jones and National Slam Finalist Shawn William.

 

 

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David DiMichele’s work at Cabinet of Curiosities at Union Station: August 7 through August 31. (Photo courtesy David DiMichele)

 

CABINET OF CURIOSITIES ~ UNION STATION — There’s something sexy and mysterious – even transgressive — about this tiny, intimate art show in the middle of the cavernous grandeur of Union Station.  Opening this Sunday in the Grand Waiting Room, Carl Berg curates a FREE show that involves looking through seven peepholes at seven worlds created by seven artists: Tanya Brosky, David DiMichele, Ashley Hagen, Noel Korten, Keith Lord and Cecilia Miniucchi.  The concept is rooted in 17th century collections called “wonder rooms” — collections of oddities that were precursors to modern museums — that evolved to a fascination with miniatures.  Through August 31.  Why: Getting up close and personal with a world beyond your reach.

Ready?  U Know U Want to Go Go….

NEXT Fest at the Ace Hotel

NEXT FEST at the Theater at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Go Go’ers, get ready for four days of hot tickets, cool beers, and hip kitties.

Hey, just how you like your weekend….

NEXT! please

Do you like film?  Do you like music?  Do you like hearing famous people talk about same?

Lucky you.

The Sundance NEXT FEST — a mash-up of  all three — kicks off  tonight and Friday with a celebration of “renegade creativity” that sounds dangerous in the best possible way….

A  mysterious Afghanistan veteran.  An Iraqi vampire western.  A zombie rom com.

You’ll be lucky to get away with your fingernails unchewed.

An offshoot of the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT <=> section, the Fest presents the Los Angeles premieres of six new films (including, above,  The Guest, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and Life After Beth) from independent artists and pairs them with inspiring panelists like Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) and artistically like-minded musicians like Father John Misty and Warpaint.

All the screenings take place at the gorgeous Theater at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles except for tonight’s 10th (yikes!) anniversary  screening of Napoleon Dynamite at Hollywood Forever Cemetery: clearly, a #ThrowbackThursday choice.  Co-screenwriter Jerusha Hess and members of the cast will be in attendance although sadly, not Mr. Dynamite himself.

Yeah, those “ligers” are scary too.

SUNDANCE NEXT FESTThurs, August 7 – Sun, August 10;  various times. $14 – $25 —  For tix, locations, and more info, go HERE.

Wild night with the wildlife.

Wild night with the wildlife.

Zoo Brews

For a really wild night, forego the clubs for the cubs.

Friday under the stars, sample brews  from 30+ local micro-breweries while you wander amongst the wildlife at Brew at the L.A. Zoo.   In addition to the usual elephants, koalas and apes (oh my), check out the new Rainforest of the Americas which features giant river otters, toucans and something called cotton-top tamarins.

Hairstyle inspiration gratis.

Do the Alligator and the Watusi  to music by The Spazmatics, Indian School, and the Jug or Nots as well as tracks by DJ Johnny Hawkes.  Brews and a souvenir glass are included in the ticket; there’s also food truck fare for purchase plus discounted tix for dedicated drivers.

All party animals must be 21+.

L.A. BREW AT THE ZOOFri, August 8, 7-11p.m.  21+. Tix: online $45, $40 for GLAZA members, $25 for designated drivers; $50 at door (if available)Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive, LA 90027.  For tix & more info, go HERE.

Nice kitty.

Nice kitty.

What’s New, Pussycat?

There’s something about the slinky feline that generates both cat-related creativity for charity and a surfeit of over-shared kitty videos .

You know who you are….

On Saturday, lovers of cat and kitsch will rejoice when CATbaret returns for another  “catstravaganza” of song, dance and Fred Willard: all to benefit the Kitty Bungalow-Charm School for Wayward Cats .  Enjoy cat-themed entertainment from celebrity singers and So You Think You Can Dance performers all to help fund feral cat rescue.

Keeping the streets safe, one feline at a time.

For avid fans of the aforementioned online cat celebrities, dwarf kitty charmer Lil Bub will be doing a TGIF “Meet and Greet” Friday afternoon.   Interactive opportunities with the world’s most famous perma-kitten include photos, “possible” petting and/or kissing, and, for a lucky (and deep-pocketed few), the chance to share a VIP booth with Bub at CATbaret.

Go Go’ers, life is good.

CATBARETFri, August 8, 4:30 – 7:3pm (Lil Bub Meet & Greet) $20 – $350 AND Sat, August 9, 6pm (CATbaret!) $50 – $125 — Belasco Theater, 1050 S Hill St, DTLA 90015  For info & tix, go HERE.

Art + comedy = Tragedy Plus Time

Art + comedy = Tragedy Plus Time

“Humor is tragedy plus time”

Mark Twain said it.  Patton Oswalt adapted it.

Now the  Hammer Museum‘s biennial exhibition Made in L.A. references the quote  for Tragedy Plus Time: an off-site exhibit at Highland Park-based Public Fiction that features six comedians: James Adomian, Eric Andre, Maria Bamford, Kate Berlant, Byron Bowers and D’Ette Nogle.

It’s Art!  It’s Comedy!  It’s a Comedy Art Show!

Comedians might not seem like the traditional idea of “artists” but they definitely fall under Made in L.A.‘s umbrella concept of New. Art. Now.  The larger exhibition features 35 Los Angeles artists with a focus on emerging and under-recognized artists and recent and new work including performances created specifically for the exhibition.

Go Go’ers, this art is funny ha ha….

PUBLIC FICTION: TRAGEDY PLUS TIME, COMEDY SHOWSun, August 10, 8:30 – 11:00pm.  FreePublic Fiction, 749 Avenue 50, (Highland Park) LA 90042   For more info, go HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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