Two evenings under the stars in iconic L.A. settings.

A car-free day of art and music.

It’s a swell weekend to be an Angeleno.

 

 

BREAKING CONVENTION SUMMER SOIREE AT BARNSDALL ART PARK — A summer night.  A daring artist.  600,000 Swarovski Crystals.  And you, if you’re willing to “break convention”!   Barnsdall Art Park is, for the first time, featuring a single artist — Aaron Axelrod — at their signature, summer fundraiser.  L.A. based Axelrod will, in another first, use the iconic Hollyhock House in its first public art installation.  Soiree attendees will get a sneak preview of Dark Matter: Axelrod’s first solo career retrospective survey, which includes inventive multi-media series “Melting Rainbows,” a performance piece which was depicted in a national commercial campaign on MTV.  Executive chefs from Bombet Hospitality Group restaurants Terrine, Faith & Flower, Hanjip, and Viviane will curate the evening’s culinary offerings. In addition to Axelrod’s work, you’ll enjoy live musical performances and DJ’s while sipping cocktails courtesy of Cazadores and Bombay Sapphire.  Why: Sipping a Bombay Sapphire cocktail while getting a sneak preview of a Swarovski crystal art piece.

 

Colorado Street Bridge Party 2014

Colorado Street Bridge Party

 
COLORADO STREET BRIDGE PARTY 2016 — There’s something compelling  about occupying verboten space.  This Saturday, you can experience the thrill of the forbidden AND party on the prettiest bridge in town at the Colorado Street Bridge Party.  Drink cocktails!  Check out stars in the sky via telescopes and vintage cars on the bridge via vintage street lights.  Meander among the three music stages.  Find out what a Silent Disco is!!!  Why: Finding out what a Silent Disco is and then shaking your booty in the fast lane.

 

Celebrate Expo

Ed Moses, Splash On #1 and Splash On #2, 2016 (Image courtesy of William Turner Gallery)

 

CELEBRATE EXPO: A CROSSTOWN DAY OF ART AND MUSIC — Get on a train.  Relax.  Go see great art.  Have brunch and cocktails.  Get on a train.  Relax. Go hear wonderful music. Don’t drive.  Stay relaxed. If this sounds like The Best Sunday Ever, well…it’s pretty damn close, especially since the artist is L.A. icon Ed Moses and the Moses@90 exhibit is a retrospective of his career, including new work created since the opening of the exhibit in April.  (#edmosesisnotaslacker) The event, which includes a tour of the exhibition with Moses himself and ends with cocktails and brunch (FREE but RSVP to livia@lynwinter.com),  is sponsored by the William Turner Gallery at Bergamot Station in collaboration with Union Station Los Angeles to celebrate the connection of two art hubs via the Expo Metro line.  After your two-hour visit to the Westside, hop aboard the Expo line and travel back to Union Station for a late afternoon of live music on the North Patio courtesy of Brazilian guitarist and composer Fabiano do Nascimento and DJ set by Glenn Red.  Why: You’ve got a station to station ticket of fun.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Have bike, will vamp....

Have bike, will vamp….

Staycationing?

Stay happy all weekend!

Read on for ways to make the city your personal playground….

BIKE NIGHT AT UNION STATION — If you thought Union Station was just a place to scurry through as quickly as possible, think again.  This Friday night, the architectural icon invites you to linger when it becomes an innovative fashion runway for  the designs of OTIS fashion students working under the guidance of Todd Oldham: legendary designer and OTIS alum.  The FREE evening includes live music by Jungle Fire, non-hosted food trucks, a bike valet, raffles and prizes (including a Public Bike) and an early peek at Metro Bikes: the DTLA bike share program debuting this summer.  Why:  Watching high-fashion models interact with bike chains and banana seats.

At Gronk's Theater of Paint, we are merely players....

At Gronk’s Theater of Paint, we are merely players….

GRONK’S THEATER OF PAINT: OPENING RECEPTION — Become part of the show at Gronk’s Theater of Paint, which opens with a reception this Saturday evening at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.  The legendary muralist and performance artist’s newest exhibit focuses on his 40 years of theater design; most recently, in operas for Peter Sellers.  The exhibit  is interactive: wander in, around and through the standing pieces while interacting with the props.  Why: Celebrate a legend by enacting an impromptu tribute to his life, in his art.

For the women and men who have served....

For the women and men who have served….

CLIFTON’S CANTEEN – 1940’s USO SHOW Clift,on’s Cafeteria rightly describes itself as “living history” — which makes it the perfect place to celebrate the women and men who were a part of history via their service to our country.  CAC Studios, the troupe that brought you the bawdy, hilarious Thenardier’s Inn, is bringing the full USO experience to the iconic eaterie for one night only.  Dress in your 1940’s finery for the Saturday night show, which includes hot jazz, Big Band music and songs performed by show biz icons of the era.  Why: Cocktails with patriotism and a giant redwood.

Playa Provisions: where to start your summer this Monday.

Playa Provisions: where to start your summer.

PLAYA PROVISIONS’ MEMORIAL DAY BEACH SIDE BASH — If your Memorial Monday plans include a day at the seashore set your beach towel sights on Playa Del Rey: specifically, the expanse of sand across from Playa Provisions: the four-in-one drinking and dining concept by Top Chef alum Brooke Williamson and her husband Nick Roberts.  On Memorial Day, Playa Provisions will be pulling out all the stops: celebrating Memorial Day and their 2nd anniversary with an afternoon, beach side/parking lot bash that has no admission fee and  includes grilled burgers and hot dogs, cocktails (from their fab Grain Whiskey bar) and a beer garden with The Stone Hop Wagon, featuring a variety of Stone Brewing’s craft beers on-tap. The Royal Rats plus a DJ provide the soundtrack to your perfect California summer kickoff.  Face painting and a bouncy obstacle course keep the small fry busy so you can enjoy the ocean breezes and the booze.  Why: A beach side sunset with great food, a perfect cocktail and preoccupied kids.

Ready?  U Know U Want to Go Go….

alligator stomp

Alligator stomp….

Grab your feathers, your beads and your crazy and get your Fat Tuesday on at the following fetes, cher!

Fat Tuesday at The Little Easy —  If you need that Sazerac sooner rather than later, head to DTLA’s iconic Bourbon Street transplant for an all-day party starting at noon with food and drink specials and New Orleans style music & live bands including Big Bill’s Medicine Show and Critical Brass.

Fat Tuesday at Amoeba — FREE!  L.A.’s iconic record store throws their annual Mardi Gras bash with DJs, Congo Square Dancers and a parade with masks, beads, floats and musicians.  Grab your krewe and your kazoo, stick or skins and join in on When the Saints…” procession.

Let the good times roll....

Let the good times roll….

New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band at Union Station —  FREE!   Grab your parasol and join the second line as this traditional NOLA style brass band meanders from Union Station East to Union Station West.

Mardi Gras at R0yal — This Louisiana themed bar on Hollywood Boulevard is pulling out all the stops: a Crawfish Boil with all the fixins’, king cake, a beignet truck, beads, masks, DJ’s and discounted Hurricanes, Hand Grenades and Cyclones plus Abita Purple Haze.

Mardi Gras at the Original Farmer’s Market -FREE!  Eddie Baytos & the Nervous Brothers start the party!  Hit up the Gumbo Pot, L.A.’s long-time spot for Cajun cuisine, for NOLA soul food.

Mardi Gras at Sassafras — Check out the new cocktail menu AND burlesque on the balcony of this French Quarter styled bar. The Mudbug Brass Band, the Rayford Bros. and Dj Smiles bring the sweet sounds; burlesque artistes Ashley Hayward, Donna Hood, and Miss Miranda bring the bodacious. There’s a happy hour crawfish boil & cocktail specials from Mount Gay Rum, Distilleerderij Rutte, Mandarine Napoléon, & Abita Brewing Company.

Best bead dropping in town....

Best bead dropping in town….

Clifton’s at Night: Cabinet of Curiosities — For a setting rivaling a Mardi Gras float, head to DTLA treasure Clifton’s at Night for brass band extraordinaire Marquis & The Rhythm Howlers, DJ’s The Dapper DJ and Aubrey Henderson & Lady Sinclair, and the Second Line Burlesque.

U Know U Want 2….

 

 

FREE Salsa at Union Station!

FREE Salsa at Union Station!

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TGIF and Free

Ms. Go Go’s multiple choice quiz.

On Friday nights you are…

a) raring to go

b) a limp dish rag

c) broke

d) two of the above

No matter what your state of mind and/or wallet, make Union Station your destination this Friday.

Son Mayor, one of L.A.’s best Latin bands, dishes up high-octane, vintage and contemporary Cuban salsa music in the Fred Harvey Room.  There are two, 45-minute, all-ages shows; fine-tune your fancy footwork with mini-dance lessons between sets.

Also, FREE!

It doesn’t get much easier than free.

SON MAYOR AT UNION STATION  — Fri, April 10, 8pm & 9pm  All ages/FREEUnion Station ~ Fred Harvey Room, 800 N Alameda St, LA 90012.  For more info, go HERE.

It's always the right season for horror.

Spring chill

Fright Night

There’s nothing like the chill of death to highlight the warmth of spring,

And the gold standard of Los Angeles theater terror is Urban Death: the signature production of Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group.

Directed by Zombie Joe and Jana Wimer and opening this Saturday, the late night assemblage of Grand Guignol vignettes uses the classic combination of humor and horror for maximum effectiveness; the former relaxes you and puts you at ease, which makes the emotional gut punch of the real, raw, up-close-and-personal horror all the more effective.

Think shock value underscored by existential horror.

So…pretty much the quintessential Los Angeles experience.

URBAN DEATHSat, April 11 – Sat, May 16; 11 pm.  $15; 15+Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, 4850 Lankershim Blvd, NoHo 91601.  For tix & more info, go HERE.  For reservations, call 818. 202.4120.

Ground control to Major Tom...

Yuri’s Night at the Space Shuttle Endeavor

It’s Not Rocket Science…

…you will definitely want to blast off this Sunday at Yuri’s Night Los Angeles: a space bash under the Endeavor Space Shuttle!

Rock it with rocket scientists including astronaut Dr. Mae Jamison, JPL’s “Mohawk Guy” Bobak Ferdosi, and  Tina Merrie Newman (Mars Art Car).

Wave glow sticks with space oddities from Star Trek, Babylon 5, and The X-Files.

Do the Robot with R2D2 and the Dalek from Dr. Who.

Sip space-themed cocktails and soar through 200,000 galaxies to the farthest reaches of the universe via the COSMOS astronomical survey courtesy of astronomer Miguel Angel Argon Calvo.

This year’s Yuri’s Night theme is “A New Hope” so rock your Star Wars Throne Room best and Space Jam with stormtroopers.

One small dance step for man, one giant leap for wookie-kind.

YURI’S NIGHTSun, April 12; 8-11pm.  $25-$60; drink/food tix  $5-$10 ~ Tix only available online until Sat, 4/11 @10am  — Science Center, Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion, 700 Exposition Park Dr, LA 90037.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Cinema at the Edge: edgy cinema at the edge of the continent.

Cinema at the Edge: edgy cinema at the edge of the continent.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Cinema at the Edge Film Festival

Narrative feature, documentary and short film programs!

Thursday night opening party!

Jury prizes & audience awards!

Thurs, 4/9 & Fri 4/10

4th Annual Kite Festival  FREE unique kite!  Color theory advice!  Kite artists!  Sat, 4/11

Long Beach Zine Fest 100+ writers, designers, cartoonists, photographers, artists and DIYers!  Lectures, workshops, panel discussions!  FREE!  Sun 4/12

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….