El Segundo Record Club at L.A. Art Book Fair 2016

El Segundo Record Club at L.A. Art Book Fair 2016

No matter what your state of mind going into the weekend, there’s a way to alter it for the better….

L.A. Art Book Fair  — The 4th year of Printed Matter’s heaven for alt-book nerds opens tonight with a party (Devendra Banhart is one of the DJs) and delivers presentations from 250+ cutting edge presses, artists, and publishers plus music, readings, and intriguing special projects such as Allen Ruppersberg’s El Segundo Record Club: records about records, each with a one-of-a-kind cover (see left).

The Geffen Contemporary is the hub for the FREE, open-to-the-public, four-day print-a-thon but some of the most intriguing offerings are farther afield: nightly, bookseller-sponsored art parties at the Ace Hotel, EVERBOOKS: Artists and Writers read from their favorite books at the Million Dollar Theater and Machine Project’s Floating Library at Echo Park Lake,.  Why: Pedaling a boat while reading a zine and avoiding a watery disaster is the ultimate Valentine’s Day distraction.

Tom Bergin’s Public House — Whether Valentine’s Day makes you groan or moan (the good kind, wink wink), L.A.’s fave Gaelic drinking spot loves you, they really love you.  In addition to celebrating their 80th anniversary tonight, Tom Bergin’s will host their second annual S.A.D. (Single Awareness Day) Party!  Those feeling angry rather than amorous  can sip emotionally compatible cocktails to a non-romantic soundtrack, burn an item of their ex’s in the fireplace, or declutter/donate (in)significant others’ gently used crap belongings to Goodwill.  Together long enough to be casual about Cupid Day?  Make a reservation (323.936.7151) for the Cheap Date” menu for two: two Tom Bergin’s Burgers, two house made fries, and two cans of beer in a Champagne ice bucket. Why: Heartwarming means seeing your ex’s mash notes go up in flames then sending a Fireball shot to the sexy someone staring morosely into the fire.

Courtesy of Big Bar, your tropical staycation, all in one night!

Courtesy of Big Bar, your tropical staycation, all in one night!

Big Bar’s One Night in Rio — If your finances kept you from flying down to Rio for Carnival (again), Big Bar’s Friday night Val Day bash by way of Brazil  is definitely the next best thing. The fabulous Big Bar team has pulled out all the stops for their 6th annual event.  Choose from the custom Julep Bar courtesy of Woodford Reserve, the Cutty Sark Captain’s Lounge with build-a-buck (a.k.a. mule) lounge with a cocktail ice luge (whee!), the Copper Cabana with Absolut Elyx cocktails in copper pineapples and copper flamingos (plus made-on-the-spot, takeaway tokens), Reseva Cachacha in fresh coconuts, a flower crown bar from the Crown Collective, and a Voodoo Mystic who reads bones instead of tea leaves.  Why: tropical drinking ’til two then having a fortune teller predict an Uber in your future.

The Secret Circus — This contempo circus from London has it all except the three rings and the wild animals (at least the non-human kind).  Kick off the weekend with burlesque, comedy, spoken word, magic, music, and more, all enjoyed while lounging on the red leather banquettes of Three Clubs: one of our fave Hollywood dives.  Why: Tassels + martinis is the perfect start to V-Day weekend no matter what your romantic status.

Sibio - Crazy For a Day design...

Sibio – Crazy For a Day design…

POP FOUND – A Valentine’s Weekend Pop-Up — Feeling crazy in love?  Head to the late, legendary Rachel Rosenthal‘s Espace DbD for the FREE launch of guerilla artist/designer/performer Linda Carmella Sibio’s fashion brand Sibio, which features t-shirt, vintage shirt and textile designs inspired by insanity (Hip Madness), the Buddhist Eightfold Path (Octa Root) and Mayan Visions (self-explanatory).  Sibio, who worked in the silkscreen department of Andy Warhol’s Factory, explores the underbelly of society in her work: mental illness,  homelessness, prostitution, and other fringe social subjects. Mentored for 30 years by powerhouse performance artist Rosenthal, Sibio will also stage several mini-performances (11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.) on both Saturday and Sunday.  Complementing Sibio’s interdisciplinary artistry are costume designer-turned-salvage artist Marsha Perloff’s Salvage Art Sweetheart assemblage art dolls.  Why: becoming a walking art object with one purchase.

Drunk History of Hollywood

Getting liquored up and getting knowledged-up are not mutually exclusive…at least if you attempt them both on this unique, and obviously highly interactive walking tour down Hollywood Boulevard, which includes welcome shots or drink specials at four historic pubs on along the star-studded sidewalks.  In addition to tons of movie trivia and Hollywood history — hello, cocktail party bon vivant! — the tour includes a moonwalk dance-off and  an “impression” competition.  Why: trying to sound and talk like the King of Pop.

Unique Fake Prom — Want to redeem your fashion disaster years?  Gather your posse or your best Dance Dance Revolution-ary for Unique USA’s 4th annual Unique Fake Prom. This year’s theme is the 80’s in general and specifically Pretty in Pink!   You and your dance maniacs can look forward to 1980s after-school snacks, acne-free prom portraits, DIY corsage and boutonniere stations, tunes from The Flashdance DJs, and an open bar.  Why: cocktails and pink tulle immediately make Fake Prom 1000 x better than your way-too-real Teen Prom.

Break Bread Cake Maze -- never enough....

Break Bread Cake Maze — never enough….

Break Bread Cake Maze

For your very own Alice in Wonderland/sugar shock experience, reserve your space now at Think Tank Gallery’s month-long, cake maze installation, sponsored by Cirque du Soleil and opening Sunday. The gallery-takeover exhibit includes six cake chambers filled with floor-to-ceiling cake sculptures, tech-based mirror mazes, a watercolor ice cream truck (no unicorn sightings reported thus far), a Zumanity lounge, and a coffee shop (because you need more of a buzz.) The cake maze is FREE but you can pay for add-ons including a Bang Bang Brunch or the Psychedelic Tribal Journey: a pot-infused African dinner.  Why: Let them peep cake.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

 

 

Three days of FREE entry!

Three days of FREE entry!

Whether it’s part of a secret cabal master plan (probably!) or just a happy coincidence (maybe), several of L.A.’s best events this weekend are FREE!

Think of it as cultural good karma.

Book It

A delirious dream for bibliophiles, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair offers three days (daze?) of artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines from 250+ international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers at or near the Geffen Contemporary.

That’s 80+ art book slingers a day!

Tonight’s opening night preview party, with music by Prince Rama and No Age, is $10 but you get Edie Fake’s limited edition of  Black Lives Matter ticket while supplies last. The three-day book fair, however, which starts Friday and runs through Sunday, is FREE.

You’ll definitely want to check out the special events programming.  On Friday, head to the nearby Ace Hotel for the 21+ launch party celebrating L.A.-based artist and graphic designer Brian Roettinger’s Issue 25 for THE THING Quarterly.

Yay for DJs and drinkies!

Register to create a book with Book Machine on Friday and Saturday.  On Sunday, bring your fave artist’s book to the Artists Books & Cookies: Celebrating LA event (cookies by Sqirl) and get a FREE FourYourArt Guide to Los Angeles featuring personal and satirical tours by the seven artists who created the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing’s LA Project.

And if you happen to use the FYA Guide to Los Angles to confound out-of-town visitors, well… Ms. Go Go won’t tell.

LA ART BOOK FAIRPreview party, Thurs, 1/29, 6-9pm; $10.  Book fair, Fri, 1/30; noon-7pm. Sat 1/31, 11am – 7pm. Sun, 2/1, 11am – 6pm; FREEVarious venues but mainly Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 North Central Ave, DTLA 90012 (213) 626-6222.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

"NY Beauty" by Joe Cunningham at "Man-Made" at Craft and Folk Art Museum.

“NY Beauty” by Joe Cunningham at “Man-Made” at Craft and Folk Art Museum.

Oh Say Can You See?

Ms. Go Go thinks you can never see too much art and Museums Free-for-All 2015 is your chance to take advantage.

This Saturday, 20 Los Angeles-area institutions of art, cultural heritage, natural history and science will be free to the public…with a couple (i.The Museum of Tolerance, Zimmer Children’s Museum) gratis on Sunday.

Here’s your chance to check out some under-the-radar exhibitions such as the Craft and Folk Art Museum‘s Man-Made: an exhibition by male quilters that was just picked up by Urban Outfitters.

In addition to its fantastic regular exhibitions,The Museum of Latin American Art pursues its commitment to cross-cultural dialogue on Saturday.  Midday, Martin Espino plays ancient, Mexican and Amazonian music from his CD Curandero.  In the afternoon, filmmaker Sergio Arau (A Day Without a Mexican) will film Mexican artist Vladimir Cora, a protégée of Rufino Tamayo, and SoCal contemporary artist Georgeana Ireland as they collaborate on a large-scale painting.

Many of the museums are a short stroll from Metro Bus or Rail; to plan an itinerary around museum-convenient stops, click HERE.

Go Go’ers, you’re practically getting paid to get cultural….

MUSEUMS FREE-FOR-ALLSat, Jan 31 (& Sun, Feb 1); various times/locations — For a complete list of participating museums, go HERE.

It's the street party you've been wanting....

It’s the street party you’ve been wanting….

The Lights Are Much Brighter There

What a way to close out the first month of 2015….

This Saturday, the FREE Night on Broadway street party celebrates seven years of Councilmember Jose Huizar’s ten-year Bringing Back Broadway initiative.

The Great White Way of the West extravaganza features seven of Downtown’s most gorgeous, historic theaters: each of them brimming with FREE exciting programming.

Accordion diva Jessica Fichot headlines at the Million Dollar Theater. Nova Han presents Wilderbe (featured at Lucent Dossier and Coachella) is at the Los Angeles Theater.  Check out Chessboxing (you heard right) at the Tower Theater and get an early sneak peek of the Globe Theater.

Stroll the Downtown Art Walk pop-up for Sia Aryai’s photos of sexy/gorgeous femmes or Nancy Harasz’s craveable (especially after tonight) architectural photos of L.A.

And check out the Night on Broadway FB event page for info on their new on-demand valet app Zirx.

Downtown…everything’s waiting for you.

NIGHT ON BROADWAYSat, Jan 31, 5-10pm. FREE/all ages3rd & Broadway to 11th & Broadway, DTLA.  For more info, events & a map, go HERE.

Rare 75th Anniversary showing of Fantasia for the Aero Theater's 75th Anniversary!

Rare 75th Anniversary showing of Fantasia for the Aero Theater’s 75th Anniversary!

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Art Los Angeles Contemporary — Thursday preview party!  60+ blue chip & emerging exhibitors!  Video series!  Thurs 1/29 – Sun 2/1

Fantasia at the Aero Theater Benefit  — Nostalgic candy!  1940-priced popcorn!  Retro photo booth opportunity!  Dom Perignon champagne!  Fri 1/30

An Evening of Hilarious Songs!  — Marty Axelrod!  Cynthia Carle!  Eric Schwartz!  More hilarity!  Boozy refreshments!  Sat 1/31

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

"Chromoteism"  2012 Lucia Koch  Christopher Grimes Gallery

“Chromoteism” 2012 Lucia Koch ~ Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica

Go Go’ers, art never sleeps and this week(end), neither should you.

How to transition into February? (More!) Art shows from sea to shining city.

Also salsa.  Also beer.

So many ways to have a lush life.

Art Today.  And Tomorrow

These days, Los Angeles is a pretty exciting place to be if you love art. (And you do, right?)

This weekend delivers a double whammy of  excitement with two art shows, both launching Thursday night with parties and with some artists appearing at both events.

Double the pleasure.  Double the fun.

This year, the self-descriptive Art Los Angeles Contemporary expands slightly beyond the local art scene; the 70 galleries include more of an international presence.   Thursday’s opening night bash includes a performance by artist EJ Hill, presented by LAXART.  Subsequent events over the three-day weekend include complimentary manicures from Vanity Projects: Nail Art Atelier, a NY video and nail art salon that is also presenting Girls, Girls, Girls: a video program in which ten female video artists interpret the female psyche.

Finally…the scoop on femmes..

Also, don’t miss video/performance artist Jibz Cameron’s alter-ego Dynasty Handbag‘s self-described “performance-arty-leotardation-comedy-psychic-meltdown-voiceover-stretchpants/antipants-lezbiananationalarmy”.

Yes, this weekend, “leotardation”  is most definitely a thing.

ART LOS ANGELES CONTEMPORARYThurs, Jan 30 – Sun, Feb 2; various times. $20  – $60 — The Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica 90405   For schedule, additional info & tix, go HERE.

So many books, so little time.

So many books, so little time.

Print/Shop

Presented by Printed Matter of New York , the  L.A. Art Book Fair  shares the same sunshine-y joie de vivre as ALAC but with a little more irreverence.

The fair eschews technology, for the most part — there are some video events —  in favor of the printed page.

250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers offering artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs and periodicals as well as zinesartists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines.

That’s a lot of letters.

The fair kicks off with a free party Thursday evening featuring The Los Angeles Free Music Society presented by East of Borneo and The Box on the KCHUNG Radio outdoor stage.  Also at the opening party: the Kingsboro Press and For the Common Good present SURREALIST HOUSE featuring Man Ray’s ‘Les Mysteres du Chateau’ set to music by Neal Reinalda, with drink.

“with drink”.  Always good.

A few of the many don’t-miss events during the three, subsequent days of the Fair include:  a rare reading by poet, novelist, playwright, and biographer Aram Saroyan to celebrate the second edition launch, by Primary Information and Ugly duckling Presse, of his iconic Complete Minimal PoemsThe Art of Punk, a three-part video presentation by Bryan Ray Turcotte and Bo Bushnell featuring the art and artists behind the iconic punk logos of Black Flag, Dead Kennedys and Crass; and Artists Read Baldessari, a marathon of artists and  surprise guests reading  from More Than You Wanted to Know About John Baldessari (eds. Meg Cranston and Hans Ulrich Obrist, JRP|Ringier); reservation required.

Go Go’ers, don’t forget your book bags.

L.A. ART BOOK FAIRThurs, Jan 30 – Sun, Feb 1 — FREEThe Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 North Central Ave, DTLA 90012.  More info HERE.

Don't forget your dancing shoes.

Don’t forget your dancing shoes.

Hot Music.  Sweet Spot.

It’s Friday.  You need to shake off your work week heebie jeebies.

Hit the clubs?  Boring.

Instead, hop on the Metro and head to Union Station where Metro Presents LA Picante.  The group has been playing classic salsa and Latin jazz for nearly a decade; on Friday, they’ll be playing for free in the gorgeous,  Art Deco, usually-closed-to-the-public Fred Harvey Room.

Go Go’ers, this isn’t just a listening party.

You’ll want to hit the dance floor so make sure your shoes are salsa ready.  Are your hips a little rusty?  Don’t know your Cali from your Cuban?   Mini-dance sessions will be offered in between the 45-minute sets.

You’ll get your shimmy back in seconds.

METRO PRESENTS LA PICANTEFri, Jan 31, 6-8pm; FREEFred Harvey Room, Union Station, 800 No Alameda St, DTLA 90012  For more info, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Prognosis by Bocafloja   Spanish hip hop icon!   Rare spoken word/poetry!   Book release!     Sat, Feb 1

Bock Fest  World Beer Championships!   Nobu Sushi!   Burlesque!   Sat, Feb 1

Doug Benson T.V. Interruption, Sports-Watching Edition   Alt-Super Bowl!  Potluck!  Cinefamily members free!   Sun, Feb 2

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Blue skies ahead at the L.A. Art Book Fair

Dive into the L.A. Art Book Fair

There’s a sporting event this weekend.  You may know about it.

If you’re looking for something to do in addition to — or instead of — your pigskin and pigs-in-a-blanket, Ms. Go Go has a few suggestions.

Note: no nachos will be harmed in the making of this weekend.

Pictures Worthy of a 1000 Words

Go Go’ers, if you’re the sort who likes coffee table books with sunsets on the cover, Printed Matter’s inaugural L.A. Art Book Fair may not be your cup of ink.

If, however, you like naughty pulp paperbacks, zines from the likes of Gary Scott Davis, Ray Pettibon and Christopher Russell, and photog provocateur Larry Clark (and by extension, a Larry Clark pop-up shop by BOO-HOORAY), you should make speedy tracks to the Geffen Contemporary @ MOCA starting Thursday night.

For four days, you’ll get FREE entry to the fair where 220 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from twenty-one countries will present artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines.

So there will be things to look at.  Also, things to listen to.

There’s a lecture about and visual homage to the late artist Mike Kelley on the one year anniversary of his death, a primer on how to discharge art school debt through the “Certainty of Hopelessness”, and an opening night party tonight, January 31 that features Eddie Ruscha Jr.’s band Secret Circuit and tarot card readings by witch Marty Windahl.

You might want to ask witch Marty how the Certainty of Hopelessness thing will pan out.

PRINTED MATTER’S L.A. ART BOOK FAIRThurs, Jan 31 (6-9pm), Fri, Feb 1 (11am-5pm), Sat Feb 2 (11am-6pm), Sun Feb 3 (noon-6pm); FREEGeffen Contemporary @ MOCA, 152 No Central Ave, DTLA 90012. http://laartbookfair.net/

An intimate look at the most intimate act.

An intimate look at the most intimate act.

A (Sex) Night at the Museum

Sex know-it-alls — and you know who you are — will want to add to their collection of party chat sex facts courtesy of Mary Roach: TED talker (ab0ut orgasms) and author of several books including Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex.  The latter book will inform her presentation — and up your sexpertise game — this Friday, February 1st, at the Natural History Museum’s First Fridays.

You’ll probably have a question or two.

Performances by DJ The Gaslamp Killer and “sonic explorers” Adventure Time (a.k.a. Daedelus and Frosty) round out the evening, which begins with the NHM’s Dr. Brian Brown giving a “Tools of the Trade” tour, which could be odd and weird or could be about, you know, plants.

Yep, it always comes back to the birds and the bees.

NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM’S FIRST FRIDAYSFri, Feb 1; 5 – 10pm; $5 – $12 at the doorNatural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd, LA, 90007     http://www.nhm.org/site/activities-programs/first-fridays

Love Me Deadly..in a GOOD Way

It’s a tale as old as time….  “A beautiful yet mysterious woman…will stop at nothing to secure her soul-mate and the bond of eternal love.”

Femme fatale with ciggy?  Let's go!

Sexy girl with ciggy? Let’s go!

Okay, so maybe Love Me Deadly is more spine-tingling/spooky than it is Beauty and the Beast.

This isn’t a BAD thing, Go Go’ers, especially since the old timey radio play was written by audience fave/award-winning playwright Matt Sklar (also the Narrator this time around), is directed by crowd-pleaser Sebastian Munoz, and is re-opening this Sunday at producer Zombie Joe’s always wild and wonderful ZJU Theatre Group where the piece first debuted over a decade ago.

As they say, it’s time to revisit.

So this Sunday night, if you’ve downed chicken wings and PBRs until your eyeballs are rolling in their sockets, you’ll want to cool things down with some dangerous dames and dark-as-sin love…

…which is the best kind.

Love Me Deadly is opening this Sunday, February 3rd and is only running for seven Sunday nights with the exception of February 17 so you’ll want to call fast for a reservation.

When it comes to femme fatales, good things don’t always come to those who wait.

LOVE ME DEADLYSun, Feb 3 – March 24 @ 7pm (NOTE: No Love Me Deadly performance Sun, Feb 17); $15Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankersham Blvd, NoHo,   www.Zombiejoes.com    For reservations, call: 818.202.4120

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….