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!

 

How to watch films in L.A. (Courtesy of Downtown Film Festival)

How we watch film in L.A. (Courtesy of Downtown Film Festival)

Your stars and stripes buns were a hit at the grill.

Your spontaneous rendition of Born in the USA inspired a flash mob at the fro-yo stand.

And everyone was jealous of your rocket’s red glare.

Read on to be the hero of your own summer.

How to Be Cool and Beat the Heat

There’s a reason theaters are mobbed in summer.

Air conditioning.

Unlike multiplexes in the ‘burbs, the Downtown Film Festival offers cool with your cool.

Celebrating its fifth year, the award-winning fest presents 100+ indie features, documentaries, and shorts over eleven days;  many are L.A. premieres of award-winning films from national and international fests.

Downtown Film Festival 2013In addition to series that feature both female and Latino filmmakers, fest highlights include: screenings of international digital shorts at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art during this Thursday’s Downtown L.A. Art Walk; a free public screening of the 2013 winners of the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series, presented by Oscar-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious) on Friday, July 12th; and a special showcase of  French 3-D shorts on Sunday, July 14th, which not-so-coincidentally happens to be Bastille Day.

Viva les shorts.

The majority of films will screen at the Downtown Independent Theater; other unique venues include the L.A. Grammy Museum, the Edison, and a free, closing night screening  at Los Angeles Union Station.

Forget it, Jake.  It’s Chinatown.

DOWNTOWN FILM FESTIVALWed, July 10 – Sat, July 20; FREE – $20For more info re: schedules, venues and films, go to: http://www.dffla.com/

More music for Moore, OK.

More music for Moore, OK.

Good for OK

This Thursday’s Moore, Oklahoma benefit is practically a country song in itself.

When Angie Taylor’s students lost their instruments in the May 20th tornado that decimated the town of Moore, Oklahoma, the band director vowed that she would replace them.

This Thursday, July 11, a half-dozen of L.A’s best singer-songwriters will help Taylor keep her promise.

Veteran songwriters Tracy Newman and Severin Browne are producing the benefit, which will feature fellow stellar writers/performers Marty Axelrod, Bill Berry, Cynthia Carle, and Kevin Fisher at the Talking Stick in Venice.  100% of the night’s proceeds will go directly to help Taylor and the kids of Highland West Junior High start making music again.

This Thursday, the happy ending is up to you.

TRACY NEWMAN AND SEVERIN BROWNE PRESENT A BENEFIT FOR VICTIMS OF THE TORNADO IN MOORE, OKLAHOMAThurs, July 11 @ 7:00 p.m.; all ages; $20 The Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Blvd, Venice 90291  https://www.facebook.com/events/474222522660917/

People say funny things.

People say funny things.

Grand UnPerformances

Comedian Beth Lapides’s weekly Sunday night UnCabaret at First & Hope is one of L.A.’s classiest comedy nights.  On Friday, UnCabaret joins with Grand Performances and goes al fresco.

Plan accordingly.  Bring your cocktails in a flask.

Alec Mapa, Mary Beth Abella, Kristina Wong, Suzanne Whang and Charlene Deguzman crack wise at this special UnCabaret under the stars as part of Grand Performances’ “NEA-supported look at Los Angeles as the gateway for Asian immigration”.

You’ll just call it the gateway to laughs.

UNCABARET AT GRAND PERFORMANCESFri, July 12 @ 8pm; FREECalifornia Plaza, 350 S Grand, DTLA 90071 http://www.grandperformances.org/events/uncabaret/

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

#5 Tree from the Feld Und Fler photogravure series by Max Kellenberger at Photo L.A.

#5 Tree from the Feld Und Flur photogravure series by Max Kellenberger at Smith Andersen North at Photo L.A.

Angelenos tired of SoCal’s frigid weather may be snowbirding it during this long weekend  — Ms. Go Go hears the East Coast is nice this time of year — but there’s plenty to do for the staycationers among us.

Snow shoes (hopefully) not required….

Oh Snap

Whether it’s snapshots of celebs or artsy studies of shadows and concrete slabs, Los Angeles has always been a sun-drenched dream for shutterbugs.

Not surprisingly,  Photo L.A.: The 22nd Los Angeles International Photographic Art Exposition attracts a global crowd  of artists and enthusiasts for four days of photo-play that includes docent-led tours, book signings, roundtable discussions, talks, seminars and work by emerging artists.

Thanks to the latter, your art mogul career is about to begin.

The Friday through Monday exhibition officially kicks off Thursday with a paparazzi-worthy party benefiting Inner City Arts on Skid Row.  KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd spins; acclaimed international performing artist Tiffany Trenda performs “Body Code”, which educates about the effect of toxic chemicals on the body.  The performance is interactive; guests are encouraged to “scan the artist’s [latex-clad] body with their smart phones”.

Yes, art is fun.

PHOTO L.A.: THE 22ND LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC ART EXHIBITION — Opening Night Benefit: Thurs, Jan 17, 6-9pm; $80. Exhibition: Fri, Jan 18 – Sun, Jan 20; 11am – 7pm.  Mon, Jan 21, 11am – 6pm; $15 – $599 — Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica, 90401. For tix: photola2013.eventbrite.com  For more info: www.photola.com

EMERGENCE - Noelle Anderssen: Artistic Director, Rubans Rouges Dance Company

EMERGENCE – Noelle Andressen: Artistic Director, Rubans Rouges Dance Company (Photo: Robert Salas)

Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dancer(s)

You usually associate the Downtown-adjacent Brewery with glorious art and sore feet after clomping up and down stairs to visit open artist studios.

A variation on the glorious art and one space/multi-artists concept takes place this Saturday, January 19th  with Awakenings and Beginnings, the inaugural dance festival from Noelle Andressen’s Rubans Rouges Dance Company.

The big difference?  The sore feet won’t be yours.

The one-night-only pop-up features a sampler of work from ten local companies whose styles range from modern dance to ballet to hip hop to jazz while also incorporating elements such as video and physical theater.

In addition to SoCal dance scene staples such as Nancy Evans Dance Theater and Amanda Hart’s Hart Pulse Dance Company, check out globe-trotting artist Misa Kelly of ArtBark International (formerly SonneBlauma) and Megill & Company, which has an ongoing relationship with “sister” modern dance company Qunito Elemento in Puebla Mexico.

It’s your Saturday night one-stop pop-hop.

AWAKENINGS AND BEGINNINGS — Sat, Jan 19,  7pm-10:30pm; $10 – $15 — Diavolo Space, The Brewery, 616 Moulton Ave, LA 90031. For info: www.rubansrougesdance.com  For tix: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/296599

Allee Willis thanks you for being a friend....

Allee Willis Thanks You For Being a Friend…at UnCabaret

Sunday Night Funnies

If you have fame-hungry out-0f-towners parked in your spare room this weekend, you’ll want to steer them (and yourself) to UnCabaret at First and Hope’s swanky Bar Fedora where Beth Lapides, ha-ha hostess with the mostest, welcomes comedians Tim Bagley, Karen Kilgariff, Natasha Leggero, Mike McDonald, and Faith Tucker.

This Sunday is also the UnCabaret debut of Allee Willis who wrote the Emmy-nominated theme song for Friends, won a Grammy for the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, co-authored the Broadway musical version of The Color Purple, sold 50 million records, and has a Virtual Museum of Kitsch.

This Sunday, she’ll be hanging with you.

UNCABARETSun, Jan 20 @ 8pm;  $20 (Gen Admission); $55 (Platinum Dinner Package)Bar Fedora @ First & Hope, 710 W 1st St, DTLA 90012, For tix/ info:  http://www.laughstub.com/buyTicket.cfm?showTimingID=219903&buy

YUM l.a.

YUMly

L.A. is for Eaters

Others may caravan off for the three-day weekend.

Not oh-so-clever you.

The world (or at least the town) is literally your oyster this Monday with the start of dineLA on January 21st…when others have left town, wait times are shorter, and meals are oh-so-much cheaper,

Your plans for lunch domination are off to an excellent start.

Dinner domination is looking like a lock too.

The deets: through February 1st, 250+ Los Angeles restaurants will offer prix fixe lunches priced at $15, $20, and $25, and dinners at $25, $35, and $45.  Check the Restaurant Week site frequently for participating restaurants, menus, suggestions and specials.

As for those oysters?  You’ll find them at Perch in DTLA and Coast @ Shutters on the Beach, to name just a couple of choices.

Great oysters.  Wonderful views.  Amazing city.

Lucky you.

dineLAMon, Jan 21st – Feb 1st.  $15 – $45 —  For participating restaurants, go to:  http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Perfect for Photo L.A. AND dineLA"Spaghetti" cyanotype by Max Kellenberger at Smith Andersen North at Photo L.A.

Buy food-themed art from Photo L.A.in anticipation of dineLA
“Spaghetti” cyanotype by Max Kellenberger at Smith Andersen North at Photo L.A.

This event will be the cat’s meow. (“Tigger and Apple Pie” Jo Ann Callis c.1980; Courtesy of LACMA)

Important news flash: summer did not end at Labor Day.

First, you’re welcome.

Second, since the mercury is still kickin’ it in the upper 80’s, it’s a good thing you have another two weeks to officially wear white shorts not to mention at least one outside weekend event to wear them to.

Yes, Go Go’ers, the livin’ is still easy.

Let Them Eat Pie

Proof that summer isn’t over: pie and lots of it.

KCRW’s 2012 4th Annual Good Food Pie Contest keeps your haze of summer happiness going strong at LACMA  on Saturday, September 8th from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  Come at 11:30 a.m. to purchase Patina picnic food — you can dine and gaze at a certain rock — but the real event is the Pie Contest.

With celebrity food judges on hand to taste and choose, 200+ pro and non-pro pie makers will vie for the gold bragging rights with Fruit, Nut, Cream/Chiffon/Mousse, and Savory Pies PLUS Metropolis II Inspired pies.  Haven’t seen the mind-boggling Chris Burden’s Metropolis II  installation at LACMA?  Wear an apron and you get free admission to the museum.

Yes, you can wear it over your white shorts.

But Go Go’ers, here’s the BEST part!  Grab a ticket at the KCRW Hospitality Table just north of the Ahmanson Building (first come, first served) and you’ll get free pie.

Which really may be the best thing in life….

KCRW 4th ANNUAL GOOD FOOD PIE CONTEST —  Sat, Sept 8th, 2-4pm; FreeLACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., LA 90036

Truth in advertising…..

Dirty Pretty Things

Just to set the record straight, Ms. Go Go is not referring to Ms. Vanessa Cate and her lingerie-clad ladies as “things”.

It’s a movie reference, Go Go’ers.  Look it up.

Count on those adjectives, though, when it comes to Down & Dirty: Cate’s cabaret spectacular, about a chorus of dancers and their frantic efforts — which may or may not involve clothes coming off — to keep their show from collapsing when their MC suddenly disappears.

You can SO relate…

The late-night, Saturdays-only cabaret — part of the 20th anniversary celebration of  Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group — has been playing to packed houses but — lucky you — has been extended through September 9th by popular demand.

There’s nothing like skimpy lingerie when it comes to making friends.

DOWN & DIRTY – Saturdays through Sept 29th @ 11pm; $15 — Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, 91601

Reservations: 818-202-4120
Website:  www.ZombieJoes.com

Comedy with soul

Dinner Comedy

Go Go’ers, there’s cabaret, there’s comedy and then there’s UnCabaret: Beth Lapides’s legendary, weekly Sunday night comedy line-up, which recently relocated to the swanky Bar Fedora at the First & Hope supper club.

Swanky + comedy = good.

This week, Jackie Kashian, a Ms. Go Go fave, will take the stage along with a handful of other hilarious types including Danny Shorago of the Fuxedos.

Fuxedos…bet you can’t say it just once.

Expect music, expect laughter, and also, expect dinner if you opt for the “Platinum Package” (Hey, Big Spender), which includes a drink, preferred seating, and a three-course “American Bistro” meal.

Go Go’ers, you’ll want to keep your strength up.

UNCABARETSundays @ 8pm; $20-$55First & Hope, 710 W 1st St, DTLA 90012,213-617-8555; Across from the back of Disney Hall; STREET PARKING & VALET GARAGE UNDER VENUE  Tickets

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….