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 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:

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;  Free parking across the street at Pickwick Bowling.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Clare Graham's repurposed soda cans @ MorYork Gallery (Photo courtesy of MorYork Gallery)

One calls himself a tinkerer. One likes the public anonymity of his day job. One calls his creations “a manifestation of obsessive compulsive order”.  All are artists who delight in detritus and dabble in discards.   Travel around town to meet these kings of controlled chaos.

Clare Graham and MorYork Gallery:  Astonishing is the only word for Clare Graham‘s elaborate creations assembled from the artist’s collections of things small and usually overlooked.   Graham’s not-for-profit MorYork Gallery is a fixture on the NELA 2nd Saturday gallery crawl (This Saturday,  see artist Jason Manley‘s concrete sculptures).   When MorYork visitors make their way back to Graham’s cavernous studio (a former Safeway market and a roller rink), jaws drop at the expansive emporium of artful effluvia.   Chandeliers of soda pop tops and buttons drip with eerily organic form from the ceiling next to flying skeletons.  Furniture assembled from tin cans huddle beneath towering sculptures created from yardsticks and Scrabble tiles.   Graham’s collection of found objects, such as doll’s heads and tiny skulls, are displayed in glass counters  around the room, which underscores the feeling of being inside a giant Cabinet of Wonders.  Graham was a senior art director at Disneyland for years…but the Haunted House has  nothing on the MorYork.  Go to see: a genius unleashed on the everyday.

Salvaged: Aaron Kramer and the Secret Life of Objects @ the Craft and Folk Art Museum. (Photo courtesy of CAFAM)

“Trash is the failure of imagination” according to Aaron Kramer whose first solo show at the Craft and Folk Art Museum underscores his assertion with its mix of the stately (elegant gourds and soignee vases), the functional (a spunky chair constructed from corks), and the whimsical (the “Little Boy Machine”, which consists of a frame, a crank, and a darning egg with extreme personality).  The artist-inventor, who spent a year riding around the U.S. on his bicycle while making collages, describes his work as a combination of  “Fine Craft” and “extreme basket making”.  “Part-time alchemists” rejoice: on August 29, Kramer will lead a “Kinetic Kreations” workshop (one of CAFAM’s “Curiosity Sessions”).  All you need is $40 ($30 for CAFAM members), a tin can, and two wire hangers.   (Joan Crawford be damned!)  Go to see: a playful, impressively skilled artist with an inspiring message of sustainability.

Bill Concannon's "Bill's Bottle Shop" @ the Museum of Neon Art (Photo courtesy of MONA)

Recycled, Reclaimed, Reinvented: the Neon Art of Bill Concannon @ the Museum of Neon Art.

Bill Concannon, who has been teaching, speaking about, and creating neon (both as art sculpture and commercial signage) for decades, has assembled “Bill’s Bottle Shop”, a recreation of an old roadside stand, for MONA‘s Recycled, Reclaimed, Reinvented.   Concannon utilizes corrugated metal, cupid’s heads, plastic bags, and vintage glass bottles to compelling effect; the contrast of the installation’s rough materials and lush, inviting light are simultaneously seductive and unsettling.   Concannon, who consistently creates with discarded objects, says, “…for a long time, it’s tickled me that glass is at once a very precious (pound per pound) fine art medium and also a thoughtless, throw-away material: no deposit – no return.”  Go to see: a found objects master at the top of his game.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….


Here’s a late-breaking bonus post; Ms. Go Go must  Go Go RIGHT NOW so am sending post verbatim.

From Molly Taylor of Sweets Truck:

“Some of LA’s best and up and coming food trucks will be EAST SIDE to support the NELA Art, Second Saturday Gallery Night.

We hope that you will join us for a night of fun, food and art :


The Sweets Truck @ Cactus Gallery, 4534 Eagle Rock Blvd.

Vesuvio: Italian Food Truck @ Jose Vera Gallery, 2012 Colorado Blvd.

DOSA Truck @ MorYork, 4959 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Kabob ‘N Roll @ New Stone Age Mosaic, 4532 1/2 Eagle Rock Blvd.

Eagle Rock Late Night/ After Party *VERDUGO BAR* Komodo Food @ Verdugo Bar, 3408 Verdugo Rd.

The Verdugo Bar @ 3408 Verdugo Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90065 will be our official before & after party location for this SUPER sweet event .”

See you art side, Go Go’ers!

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….