Summer, you’ve been great.

We’re saying good-bye with hearts, smiley faces and good eats

2 good 2 b 4gotten

 

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MAR VISTA ART WALK – MUSIC EDITION — Bummed because you’re not at Black Rock City?  This Thursday, head to the one mile stretch of Venice Boulevard between Inglewood and Beethoven  for the best FREE art and music street party in town!  The 30+ bands include live indie , jazz, acoustic, Latin, blue grass and more!   Wander the  Mayor Garcetti-designated “Great Street” and engage with 35 local artists including six new murals by Mitchelito, DJ Neff, Apexer, Starfightera, Wyatt Mills, and Madsteez.  Check out “TEEN CHOICE”: the exhibition at the C. Nichols Project that includes works by noted artists such as Mike Kelley and Cy Twombly.  Download the free map at the link above to plan your visit around live street painting, film, art installations, emerging and established artists, dance, experimental video, artists talks, spoken word, a pop-up from new and upcoming local resto The Mar Vista and a special After Party at Grand View Fine Arts Studios.   Why: Engaging one-on-one with artists on the street, in alleys, in galleries and everywhere else!

 

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LOS ANGELES TIMES – THE TASTE — If your goal is to celebrate the end of bikini season by eating your way through Labor Day weekend, look no further than The Taste: L.A.’s annual  foodie fest on the Paramount Pictures back lot. Kicking off Friday, the Opening Night event offers a “focused collection of tastings, distinctive cocktail and wine offerings” plus a chance to mingle with many of the weekend’s participating chefs and mixologists as well as L.A. Times hosts.  Grazers and gatherers will want to grab tix to Saturday’s Field to Fork, which focuses on locavore food offerings with the option of a Secret Cellar wine upgrade!  Saturday evening’s Dinner with a Twist explores the pairing of cocktails, premium wines and top-shelf spirits with the city’s best chefs. (Hello, Ms. Go Go’s favorite event!  The midday Sunday Block Party  highlights the best of summer faves while the closing night’s Flavors of L.A. reminds you of everything you love about the City of Angels’s melting pot of cuisines.  All this plus dozens and dozens of L.A.’s most interesting food and drink purveyors on five different themed blocks on the Paramount lot.  21+  Why: Showing out-of-towners the best of L.A. plus a taste of Hollywood with minimal traffic jams.

 

 

PLAYA PROVISIONS: END OF SUMMER BBQ — Is your Labor Day weekend incomplete without a seaside pilgrimage?  Avoid the sandy Cheetos and spilled soda; up your ocean side food game by scheduling a pre- or post-beach pit stop at the seashore-adjacent Playa Provisions for their “good-bye summer” bash.  (Or make it your  solo afternoon destination — we won’t tell!) The parking lot of the four-in-one food concept by Top Chef alum Brooke Williamson and her husband, chef Nick Roberts, will feature a beer garden with  The Stone Hop Wagon and a variety of Stone Brewing’s craft beers on-tap.  Also enjoy perfect cocktails, grilled burgers, and hot dogs while a DJ spins and kids play on the inflatable, bouncy obstacle course.  Why:  Upscale comfort food and adult libations at the beach make farewell to summer as painless as it gets.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Check out this beauty and more at Steppin' Into the Art of Mar Vista (Photo courtesy of Mar Vista Art Walk)

Check out this beauty and more at Steppin’ Into the Art of Mar Vista (Photo courtesy of Mar Vista Art Walk)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…everywhere you go!

Well, maybe not here at The Go Go.

Looking for less holiday and more fun-day?

Ms. Go Go’s got you covered.

Welcome to the No-Eggnog Zone.

New Kid on the Walk

Go Go’ers, here’s your chance to be part of art history. (Not the classroom kind.)

Mar Vista is debuting its first Art Walk this Thursday and it’s a doozy.

Steppin’ Into the Art of Mar Vista has great bonafides; it was organized by Green Communications Initiative, which produced the oh-so-cool American Trash exhibit, so you know it’s going to be great.

In addition to its own billboard, Steppin’ Into the Art of Mar Vista features three clusters of art awesomeness including:

At Veganics Catering, sample artisanal vegan fare while watching artist Smokin’Bat’s experimental videos rear-projected on glass.

Listen to poets and spoken word artists, both student and adult, at 826LA/TimeTravelMart.

Trunk Gallery is featuring the Toy Train Show: a group show exhibiting works by 23 artists using a toy train set.

A.k.a. The Little Group Show That Could.

Live painting to the accompaniment of live blues, rock, dance and — giving new meaning to the concept of “nude models” — a burlesque show.

That’s going to be one crowded street corner.

STEPPIN’ INTO THE ART OF MAR VISTA — Thurs, Dec 3; 6-9:30pm.  FREE — Venice Blvd between Inglewood Blvd and Beethoven St.  More info HERE.

Gotta Have S'more at Artisan LA Holiday Market.

Gotta Have S’more at Artisanal LA Holiday Market.

Jingle All the Way

Secretly craving a little Xmas action but can’t bring yourself to brave the malls?

Head to Old Town Pasadena this Saturday for the Artistanal LA Holiday Market: a FREE, family and pet friendly, European market-inspired outdoor shopping experience featuring 150 artisans and 150 local businesses on three festive blocks.

And yes, it’s a holiday market on Holly Street.

Snap kid and pet photos with Santa, sip hot cider instead of soda and listen to acoustic musicians instead of mall musak while perusing L.A. local and U.S. made clothing, accessories, jewelry, food, home goods, and more.

Holiday gathering on your horizon?  Get on the hostess’s Nice List with a box of Gotta Have S’More treats: an adorable, yet sophisticated update of the childhood campfire classic.  The unique dessert is a guaranteed conversation starter; flavors include chocolate (natch!), peanut butter cup and holiday flavors like candy cane.

Bet you can’t eat just one….

Instead of a celebrity fragrance, make a special someone feel like a star with a Sigil Scent: small-batched, unisex scents sourced from natural ingredients and free of harsh chemicals. “Balance”, for instance, evokes “Sweetly astringent wild meadows, floating with fingertips tingling over blades of grass, singed flowers, and dried tobacco.”

It’s a given you won’t find that at K-Mart.

And for de rigueur holiday self-gifting, look no further than Owl’s Brew’s Tea for Cocktails: lighter, fresher, less sugary mixers. Flavors include The Classic (English Breakfast and citrus); Smoky Earl (custom crafted for the Black Grouse Scotch Whisky); and Christmas Cracker (Lemon Verbena blend created exclusively for West Elm).

Because you’re worth it…

That’s three out of three hundred sellers.  Go Go’ers, Saturday is going to be fun.

ARTISANAL L.A. HOLIDAY MARKET — Sat, Dec 5; 11am – 8pm.  FREE/all ages — 2 – 110 East Holly St, Pasadena, 91105.  Go Metro! Gold Line / Exit Memorial Park   More info HERE.

The Poetry of Sports: Get Lit's Fall Gala - suport arts literacy in schools

Support teen literacy at The Poetry of Sports: Get Lit’s Fall Gala. (Photo courtesy of Get Lit – Words Ignite)

Swing for the Fences

They’ve been recognized by The White House.

They’ve performed at The Kennedy Center (with Questlove), The Hollywood Bowl (with John Legend), and The Queen Latifah Show (with Gloria Steinem).

They were invited to pen the intro to the United Nations’ Global Goals for world development.

They’re the Get Lit Players and you can support these dynamic, young poets and the Get Lit – Words Ignite organization at The Poetry of Sports: Get Lit’s Fall Gala this Saturday.

Mingle with iconic sports figures including Los Angeles Times sports writer Bill Plaschke, Olympic sprinter Carmelita Jeter, and Dogtown skater Pep Williams.  Hear the Get Lit Players perform original pieces inspired by great moments in sports.  Enjoy lunch and cocktails in the Dodger Dugout. Empower youth to make their voice heard.

Go, poets.

THE POETRY OF SPORTS – Sat, Dec 5; noon – 3pm.  Individual ticket $150; VIP (sit with an honoree) $200
Dodger Stadium Dugout Club, 1000 Elysian Park, LA 90012.  Tix and more info HERE.

The Churchill's Mac and Cheese; check it out at the Mac 'n Cheese Smackdown

Check out the Churchill’s Mac and Cheeseat the Mac ‘n Cheese Smackdown.

Talk sMACk (and Cheese)

Heaven knows, we all need comfort food at this stressful exhausting Most Wonderful Time Of the Year.

So big props to Time Out LA for debuting the first ever  Mac & Cheese Smackdown this Sunday.

Heavy hitters delivering the ooey gooey goodness include: Mac-o-licious, Lemonade, Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, Horse Thief BBQ, POP Champagne & Dessert Bar, The Hudson, The Churchill, Hyperion Public and Max City BBQ.

There are two dedicated sessions — timed to either fortify you or reward you for your afternoon efforts — at the L.A. River Studios.  Your ticket gets you tastes of all the contenders for L.A.’s top mac as well as complimentary beer from Angel City Brewery and wine from Dark Horse.

May the best mac win…!

MAC & CHEESE SMACKDOWN  — Sun, Dec 6; noon – 2pm OR 2:30 – 4:30.  $30  — L.A. River Studios, 2025 North San Fernando Rd, LA 90065.   Tix & more info, including off-site check-in & parking, go HERE.

Not your momma's Alice in Wonderland....

Not your momma’s Alice in Wonderland….

More Weekend Go Go Fun….

ALICE!  Underground holiday adventure!  Sexy, fun & ferocious!  13+   Opens Fri 12/4

Self-Help Graphics & Art’s Holiday Marketplace — Curated crafts/foods/fine art!  Demos!  Artists & chefs pair to create unique serigraph prints!  Sat 12/5

Los Angeles International Tea Festival – 30+ exhibitors  25+ classes!  Tea sommelier certification course!  Sat 12/5 & Sun 12/6

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….