You say you want a revolution....

There’s a riot going on….

Go Go’ers, Mother’s Day weekend approaches and it’s going to be fun.

If the above statement seems too good to be true, rest assured that no lace doilies or creepy porcelain dolls are involved.

Basically, it’s your usual weekend with a higher percentage of take-along-Mom potential.

No beady doll eyes…Go Go guaranteed.

You Say You Want a Revolution

They just want to change the world…the wine world, that is.

You’ll want to be on the front line of intrepid imbibers  when Wine Riot returns this Friday and Saturday with 250 wines from around the world, a “GoVino” glass to sample them, wine gurus to give you the  veritas about the vino, and a mobile app to track your 250 new faves and tell you where to buy them when you recover.

Which you will…eventually.

Since it’s a party not a class, of course there will be a DJ, temp tattoos, a photo booth to flaunt them, and food options from local vendors for a few extra bucks.

Think of the latter as rebel insurance.

WINE RIOT LA 2014 – SPRING Fri, May 9, 7-11pm and Sat, May 10, 1-5pm & 7-11pm.  $60/21+ California Market Center, 110 E 9th St, LA 90070  More info & tix HERE

Tunnel of Love....

Tunnel of Love….

pARTy in the Hood – Part 1

Have you promised la mere more face time?  Bring her along to these art-tastic events for some pre-Mom’s Day one-on-one.

NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night is always dancing through the streets and this Saturday, Figueroa is the Second Saturday epicenter of fun.

Start the evening at the 1st Anniversary Extravaganza of the Cypress Village (underground) Tunnel  Art Walk.  The title may be a mouthful but it reflects the exuberance of community involvement.

The pedestrian tunnel, one of many built under busy streets to get kids safely to and from school, was closed for years because of gang activity until Yancey Quinones, long-time Cypress Park resident and owner of Antigua Coffee House, spearheaded the reopening and repurposing of the tunnel as an art gallery a year ago.

The block party bash is curated by educator/community activist Gary de la Rosa who was involved in the inaugural event.  Conrad Romo, founder of the monthly literary variety show Tongue & Groove, Jessica Ceballos (founder of the local Bluebird Reading Series) and Eric Etzli will be featured during  the Spoken Word portion of the evening.

Art Meza, whose photographs are featured in the book LoWriting, will exhibit; Meza also coordinated artists and will arrange “a car and food theme connection to his work as in Low-Riders and a Taco truck.”

Go Go’ers, it takes a village to make an art show.

1ST ANNIVERSARY EXTRAVAGANZA OF THE CYPRESS VILLAGE (underground) TUNNEL ART WALKSat, May 10 @ 5:30 pm/Spoken Word @ 7:30 pm.  FREE/all ages3400 N Figueroa, LA 90065.  More info HERE.

Languages lost no more...thanks, Connie!

Languages lost no more…thanks, Connie!

pARTy in the Hood – Part 2

Go Go’ers, the Figueroa fun continues….

Head up the street,  hang a left at Avenue 50.

In the Main Gallery at heart-of-community  Avenue 50 Studios, Raoul de la Sota, whose many accomplishments include  being the first Chicano artist to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, will be exhibiting El Camino: A Journey: 30 lyrical  paintings inspired by his recent travels through Spain and Portugal along the famed pilgrimage El Camino de Santiago.

In the Annex, marvel at fiber artist Connie Rohman‘s Lost Languages.  The pieces feature  fabric-and-thread renditions of  Morse code, Gregg Shorthand, and other now-forgotten ways to communicate.  Not only are Rohman’s  hand-dyed, jewel-toned pieces gorgeous to look at, the hidden messages are fascinating to puzzle out.  Your mom may even be able to read that shorthand.

Give your mom the opportunity to show off….

EL CAMINO: A JOURNEY & LOST LANGUAGESSat, May 10 @ 7PM.  FREE/All agesAvenue 50 Studios, 131 N Avenue 50, LA 90042.  More info HERE.

Mistress of UnCabaret Beth Lapides: boldly leading moms into laughter.

Mistress of UnCabaret Beth Lapides: boldly leading moms into laughter.

Life Is An UnCabaret With Mom

On Sunday night’s UnCabaretyou have the rare opportunity to laugh ABOUT moms WITH Mom on Mother’s Day.

Best of all, your mother gets in FREE!

Yes, Go Go’ers, it’s a trifecta of Mother’s Day night fun.

Mom-centric comedy includes: Tim Bagley‘s mom’s movie reviews, wild mom stories from Del Shores, comedian and mom (mom-median?)  Lauren Weedman being Lauren Weedman, and Jen Kirkman (author, NYT best seller I Can’t Even Take Care of Myself), who will make you appreciate being born.

Let Mom bask in the glow of accomplishment.

But wait, there’s more!  In addition to classy and hilarious Mistress of Ceremonies & Mirth Beth Lapides, you can look forward to comedian  James Davis (Chelsea Lately), violinist Chris Woods, singer/comedian Rachel Bloom (How I Met Your Mother), and dapper Dustin Davis (unCab intern).

And to reiterate, the UnCabaret show is two-tix-for-the-price-of-one; even your unborn  child can take you to a show….

You’ll probably have to handle the credit card.

Plus, in the Best One-Stop-Shop Mother’s Day Add-on Opportunity EVER, you can take mom to a delish pre-show dinner at swanky, on-site supper club First & Hope.

This Mother’s Day, show your mama she raised you right.

UNCABARETSun, May 11 @ 8pm/doors 7:30  $0-$3oFirst & Hope, 710 W 1st St, DTLA 90012  UnCabaret tix HERE.  First & Hope rez HERE.

doggiewonderland1More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Eagle Rock Brewery Session Fest!  Light on alcohol/big on taste!  12+ breweries!  Grill ‘Em All truck!  May 10

Doggie Wonderland w/ Supahcute at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland — Super deals on art work!  Perfect last-minute Shop-for-Mom!  Benefits Ken-Mar Small Dog Rescue!  May 10

Gracias Madre – Free Mother’s Day lunch entrée for Mom!  Vegetarian and vegan!  Cocktails!  May 11

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Check out The Go Go on EAT: Los Angeles, LA.’s best online source for curated food news and reviews!

 

“Funky Pussy” by Arthure “Art” Moore

Summer.   It’s not for clock-watching.

There are certain events, however, for which calendar watching is a must.

Anniversaries.  Birthdays.  Biennials.  Revolutions.

Especially when sunscreen, musical legends, cancan, and cuteness are involved.

Go on, Go Go’ers.  Circle some days in red.

Live All Nine Lives

Venice Beach.  You’ve ogled bodybuilders, bladed in a bathing suit, and baked in the sun (in more ways than one….)  This weekend, the funky and the fine art meet when the Hammer Museum’s Venice Beach Biennial — a “Made in L.A.” affiliated, tongue-in-cheek play on the venerable Venice (Italy) Bienniele — invades the Boardwalk.

Which was not otherwise deserted.

Cara Faye Earl will sell miniature sculptures inspired by popular Mexican saint figurines, which she has created in the guise of the world’s most wanted terrorists. (You’ve been looking for St. The Jackal.)

Veteran Boardwalk artists Albert Culbertson and Indira Burgos make paintings and boxes with imagery burned into wood using a magnifying glass and sunlight.  (Watching your mother-in-law burn?  Priceless!)

Carter Mull will set up a photo booth on the boardwalk in which visitors may have their photo taken in the manner of obituary photographs.  (In other words, play dead.)

The event, which features 90+ artists, is free (natch) and runs Friday, July 13th through Sunday, July 15th.

Funnel cakes still available on demand.

VENICE BEACH BIENNIALFri, July 13 & Sat, July 14, 11am – Sunset; Sun, July 15, 11am-6pm; Free/all agesVenice Boardwalk, Ocean Front Walk btwn 19th Ave and Rose Ave, Venice

Fun for Summer when Wonderland turns 2!

Wonderland Turns Two + More Fun

True fact.  Whenever Ms. Go Go wears a piece of jewelry from  Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, she gets stopped in the street.

In a good way!

Another true fact: everyone who’s fun loves this palace of playtime, which is why the must-stop pop shop — and you! — will be celebrating its second birthday this Saturday, July 14th with the Summerland Fun show during NELA 2nd Saturday Gallery Night.

Expect a plethora of plush (plus a raffle!) from sponsor Crowded Teeth, lots of must-have-now goodies from the likes of 64 Colors,  Melissa Contreras and more, liquid/music sustenance from local faves Eagle Rock Brewery, Swork Coffee, and DJ LamInLove, plus Mugshots Photo Booth, Auntie’s Fry Bread, and Wonderland goodie bags.

Bask in the birthday love.

SUMMERLAND FUNSat, July14, 6-10pm; free/all agesLeanna Lin’s Wonderland, 5024 Eagle Rock Blvd, LA 90041, 323.550.1332. http://leannalinswonderland.com/artgallery.html

Other Go Go Must Sees in the NELA 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk: Missed Perceptions at Future Gallery,  Dancer and the Dance at Cactus Gallery, and Espejos and Revolving Landscape at Avenue 50 Studio.

Vive la vin et cancan.

Viva la French Things

When the French Consulate says, “Let them eat…crepes”, they mean manger at the French Tuesdays Bastille Day Celebration at Caffe Primo and Sunset Plaza this Saturday, July 14th.

Ms. Go Go always consults with the consulate about crepes.

Also, cancan.

The day-of celebration of all things revolutionary and guillotine-y includes cancan dancers (naturellement!), French singers, sweet and savory crepes, Medoc wines from France’s Bordeaux region, Bastille Day party favors (which, sadly, probably won’t involve the cancan dancers) and a whole lot of ooh la la.

Which is exactly the amount of ooh la la you like….

FRENCH TUESDAYS BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATIONSat, July 14, 7pm – 1am; $20-$25 (entry only) $75 (VIP: entry/dinner/wine); 21+ Caffe Primo & adjacent Sunset Plaza Courtyard, 8590 W Sunset, LA 90069. For tix/infohttp://www.frenchtuesdays.com/events/la071412/ 

Weekend of Woody

Woody Turns 100 (In Spiritu)

Go Go’ers, Woody Guthrie made damn well sure that you knew this land is your land and for that, he deserves a  Woodypalooza.

At the very least.

The Grand Ole Guthrie would have turned 100 this month and on Sunday, July 15th, a  Weekend of Woody culminates with a late afternoon centennial celebration in the Echoplex parking lot.

Starting at 4pm, a slew of Woody-lovin’ artistes like co-sponsor Walter Spencer & friends will sing the Dust Bowl Troubadour’s songs culminating in a “This Land is Your Land” sing-a-long.  Fellow co-sponsor Grand Ole Echo kicks off at 5:30pm inside the Echoplex with Son Ark, Rod Melancon, and Triple Chicken Foot.

But wait, there’s plenty more to this palooza.

The Woody love begins on Friday, July 13 with the Origami Records in store music event.  The Guthrie fest continues on Saturday with a literary/musical event at co-sponsor Stories Books and Cafe  and a picnic and concert at El Centro de Pueblo. There’s a  travelling Woody Guthrie museum and a commemorative t-shirt and vintage duds for sale from co-sponsor Cactus Tree Vintage.

This weekend, woot for Woody!

WOODY GUTHRIE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONSun, July 15 from 3-9pm; free/all agesEchoplex Parking Lot, 1154 Glendale Blvd, LA, 90026, http://www.thegrandoleecho.com/woodyguthrie

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones; Rocket Science World Tour 2012

Daylight Savings Time is Sunday,  Go Go’ers, but you won’t have a moment to mourn that lost hour because this weekend will be a blur of fun as we start the countdown to Spring.

Fingers crossed that this brutal winter weather will soon be behind us.

Fleck It

No offense to mute hillbilly children but if your primary association with banjos is Deliverance, you owe it to yourself to hear the distinctive  bluegrass/fusion/jazz of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones in a rare, one-night-only performance Friday, March 9th at the Orpheum Theater downtown.

You can totally DVR Fringe….

Widely regarded as one of the best banjo players around  — no word on whether that hillbilly kid is in the running —  Fleck will be joined by the original line-up of the multi-Grammy-award-winning Flecktones:  uber-bassman Victor Wooten; percussionist Roy “FutureMan” Wooten; and harmonicist, pianist, and fellow composer  Howard Levy.

Note: upcoming culture communiques may be issued by “Future Go Go”….

BELA FLECK AND THE FLECKTONES —  Fri, March 9 at 8 pm; $38-$50.50/all ages —  Orpheum Theater, 842 So Broadway, DTLA 90014; 213.538.3831; for info laorpheum.com or tickets

SO much cuter than Bride of Chucky....

NELA 2nd Saturday Night: WonderPUP/Doll-face//Vegetables with Pie

Ms. Go Go was an early fan of NELA 2nd Saturday Art Night but you don’t have to take her word for the fabulosity of the Art in the ‘Hood scene, which has been written up by both the New York Times and the Financial Times of London.

Although god knows why you wouldn’t take Ms. Go Go’s word for it….

Hit up the following fave galleries this Saturday, March 10th  (7-10 pm unless otherwise noted) then head to the locus of NELA 2nd Saturday on York Boulevard between Avenue 50 and Avenue 51 in Highland Park.

Art + bars = super fun 2nd Saturday start to Spring Forward.

The WonderPUP Show at the Tokyo Pop-influenced Leanna Linn’s Wonderland will feature over three dozen artists and benefit the American College of Veterinarian Internal Medicine Foundation (ACVIM).  Expect sweets, food truck, and pup-adorned mug shots from 6-10pm.  Buy  art in honor of ALL the Spots….

Dollmakers II & 7th Birthday Party Cactus Gallery‘s 2nd annual Dollmakers  event features two dozen plus art-dollmakers whose work is a far, far cry from Barbie and Bratz.   Owner Sandra Mastroianni is also celebrating seven years in business with cake and mimosas.  Please don’t feed the dolls.

Guadalupe Malintzin – The Virgin and the Traitor/Scapes — Kathy Gallegos runs two, simultaneous shows monthly at Avenue 50 Studio. The March art extravaganzas: a group show featuring feminine images with roots in Hispanic mythos as well as eerie landscapes by Andres Montoya.  This one will shake you up.

Allison Achauer-Photographs/Timothy Sellers Paintings – This vegetable-themed show at Future Studio features representations of bounty from the couple’s Highland Park garden.  Plus, gallery owner Amy Inouye celebrates Pi Day (March 14th ) early with Pie.  Eat dessert first.

NELA 2nd SATURDAY GALLERY NIGHTSat, March 10th, 7-10pm; all ages/FREEFor more info: http://nelaart.org/

Raise your hands high with Little Faith!

Holla…and Have Some Eggs

Some Sundays, you want to make the scene.  Sundays in March (and April 1st – no fooling), you’ll want to sink into the soul-stirring (or toe-tapping  for you Philistines) sounds of Little Faith  who begin a four-week Gospel Brunch residency at Griffith Park-adjacent Viva Cantina.

Brunch residency — pretty much the perfect job.

Churches get a 10% discount on brunch and a 10% donation to the church.  Musicians and vocalists from the church music community are invited to sit in with the  five-to-seven member band that is anchored by Jack Maeby on organ and soars with singers John Michael Knowles, Ray Wolffe, and Nadia Duggin who will singly and collectively scorch the sin off your soul….

…SO convenient as you knock back the Bloody Marys.

LITTLE FAITH GOSPEL BRUNCHMarch 11th (and 18th and 25th and April 1st); 1-2:30pm; all ages/NO COVER — Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank, 91506; 818.845.2425; www.vivacantina.com  Free parking across the street at Pickwick Bowling.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Eat/Bead/Play

No one loves Eggs Benedict, caviar and champers more than Ms. Go Go but let’s face it….

Mother’s Day Brunch?  Already, so bored.

Shake it up this Sunday and bring la mere to one of these fab events that range from the sweet and yummy to the camp and bloody.

(Note: you don’t have to choose just one….)

Start your Funday with a stop at the pop-chic Leanna Lin’s Wonderland in Eagle Rock from 12-5 p.m. for a beading bonanza with your mom.   Leanna Lin provides one-of-a-kind vintage and oh-so-contempo pieces for you to combine into fierce fabulousity.  Buy two beading seshes — one for you and one for you-know who — and get a free, locally poured, handmade, eco-friendly candle by Queen Bee’s Hive.   (It’s only while supplies last…and there’s no refereeing who gets the candle.)

If you need sustenance to spark your creative juices, JAM Vegan Bakery will be at the shop from 12 pm – 3 pm with $15 bags of grab ‘n go mini-cookies (plus their vegan cupcakes or cake pops) or free grab ‘n munch mini-goodness if you’re a Leanna Lin customer. 

As far as you’re concerned, cake pops always foster creativity.
 

Sunday, somebody's gonna get schooled....

It’s Mother’s Day 2011 and that means the 10th Baby Doll Brawl at the Downtown-adjacent Doll Factory.  Of course, Ms. Go Go does not refer to (horrors!) a knock-down, drag-out between you and your Mommy Dearest but a banked track tangle from 3:00 – 7:00 pm between the Los Angeles Derby Dolls’ newest skaters: the Black Widows versus Spiked Punch. 

There’s no alcohol at this all-ages event (So…clever you for getting Mom a discreet flask for M-Day!), which means the Los Angeles Jr. Derby Dolls (adorable from 8-17) can take the track at half-time for a mini-bout/exhibition.  (They may be young but they already know how to rock a ripped t-shirt.)

Warning: unless you want  Squashed Mom, stay out of the pink danger zone as skaters can fly off the track.    Of course, you’re no stranger to flying femmes and dangerous pink zones.

If Maman never misses a midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, give her the gift of an outre new obsession.

The other moms will be green with envy....

On May 8th, moms get in free to Re-Animator – the Musical at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood.  The morbidly funny musical is directed by Stuart Gordon, who also helmed the cult cinema hit of H.P. Lovecraft’s alleged parody of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

The non-Transylvanian tunefest is now running five shows a weekend through the end of the month so you can opt to take your mom to a Friday night Midnight Madness show with beer ‘n bands.  (She’s so progressive.)  Or make it a multi-generational squirmfest: students get in half-price with I.D.

Costumes are encouraged (Awww, you love Mom in a lab coat….) and you can give her the thrill of a lifetime with front-row tickets in the “splash zone” for a memorable, Mother’s Day, Sunday Bloody Sunday.

This year, give mom the gift that truly says, “I care”.

Ready?  U Know U Want to Go Go….