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The Weekend Go Go: Film Marathons, Free Donuts, and Funny Fan Dancers

You know you want these bad boys....

Go Go’ers, did we have fun last weekend?  Yes, we did.

Do we remember the fun we had last weekend?  Some of us definitely…maybe…kind of…sort of do.

If last weekend’s frenetic Gaelic festivity left you vowing to sit this weekend out, reconsider.   Really.  Culture + cocktails = relaxed revelry with no memory gaps.

Especially with a free donut or two to keep the sugar high going….

Also, drinks....

100 Hours +/- of Fun

Last year’s L.A. Film + Music Weekend drew 2K-plus people for 100 hours  of cinema, musica, and cocktail-ica at the so-comfy-it’s-almost-criminal Downtown Independent Theater.   The 2012 festival promises to be bigger, better, more musical-ier.

When Ms. Go Go says “musical”, she is not talking Glee.

Music-centric films  (Uprising: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots) and shorts (One Big Holiday - My Morning Jacket) are well represented on the cinematic slate (Already, you’re a fan of this fest.) with  road films – Parenthood‘s Sam Jaeger’s festival  opener Take Me Home plus the festival closer celebration of the Deadheads DVD release — romances, portraits, poetry, and more rounding out the weekend.   There will be live music, there will be Q&A’s, there will be parties, there will be you.

Just click on tix, show up, sit back, enjoy.

You can do this….

L.A. FILM + MUSIC WEEKEND 2012 - Fri, March 23rd – Sun, March 25th; $8-$99Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main St,DTLA 90012; Parking available 24-hours at 233 S. Main St.  For times/info/tix: http://www.lafilmweekend.com/

You do not have to wear a giant clock to THE CLOCK (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic, courtesy of Comedy Central)

24 Hours of Free Time and Gratis Donuts

Go Go’ers, you may  be super-synced-up with digital calendars, talking time pieces, and smart phones that call you “Rock God”.

When it comes to time management, though, Christian Marclay has to be the undisputed king.  Awarded the oh-so-prestigious Golden Lion at last year’s Venice Biennale, Marclay’s  The Clock is a twenty-four-hour “single-channel montage” that is constructed from approximately a gazillion moments of movie and TV history that depict the passage of time.

Just in case you missed some of it.

And if you forgot your watch, not to worry…. Marclay edits the clips together to “create a functioning timepiece synchronized to local time wherever it is viewed—marking the exact time in real time for the viewer for twenty-four consecutive hours.”

So you’ll be able to identify the precise minute you remembered you left the iron on.

Best of all, that working clock imagery is up there on a giant screen.  Sometimes, bigger IS better.

Free?  Always better.

CHRISTIAN MARCLAY’S “THE CLOCK” — Sat, March 24 @ noon to Sun, March 25 @ noon; FREE/May not be appropriate for all ages – Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036;  323.857.6000

Around the Clock: 24 Hour Donut City

The ForYourArt donuts won't be this big. (Photo courtesy of Randy's Donuts)

According to ForYourArt, Los Angeles has been “likened to a donut in a…spatial sense” because it’s a “series of interconnected suburbs without a center.”

Ms. Go Go’s personal vision of L.A. is more of a mounded-mixed-noodle/vegetables/tofu/shellfish/fifty- different-kinds-of-pork concept but whatevs.

Still, you can’t beat the donut for one-handed convenience so it’s appropriate that the drive-through donut shop craze of the Fifties was launched in L.A. courtesy of Russell C. Wendell who founded the original “Big Donut Drive-In’s of Los Angeles”.

A visionary after Ms. Go Go’s own heart.

Los Angeles also has many of the nation’s “most celebrated” 24-hour donut shops.   Ms. Go Go — always a fan of excess — is a fervent celebrator of  fried dough and might-as-well-mainline-it sugar.

Woo hoo!  Go donuts!

To celebrate the free 24 hour marathon screening of The Clock across the street at LACMA, ForYourArt is hosting Around the Clock: 24 Hour Donut City. The FREE 24 hour marathon donut event features sweet treats from a dozen of those celebrated donut spots like the Maple-Bacon donut from the Nickel Diner and the Glazed Coconut Donut from The Donut Hole.

A dozen of the above and a thermos of coffee and you’ll be ready for back-to-back marathons of The Clock.

AROUND THE CLOCK: 24 HOUR DONUT CITYSat, March 24 @ noon to Sun, March 25 @ noon; FREE — ForYourArt, 6020 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036. Click here for donut schedule.

Funny Ha Ha and Sexy Ooh La La

Go Go’ers, you’ve fested, cocktailed, clocked, and sugar-highed the weekend away.  What are the two surefire things to get you out of the house and keep you awake once you’re out?

Laugh-out-loud comedy and almost-bare-naked-ladies, of course.

Not necessarily in that order.

Dominican powerhouse Ludo Vika only performs her Ludo’s Funny Burlesque a few times a year so if you want to see a show, you have to be paying attention.

Kind of like watching striptease. (Yes, that WAS a rim shot you heard, Go Go’ers.)

Aside from the Comedy Kittens, the line-up changes show to show but this time around, Ludo promises comedians from TV’s talent trifecta:  HBO/Showtime/Comedy Central.    And by “Comedy Kittens”, Ms. Go Go does not mean You Tube videos of kittens playing with feathers and string.

Actually, the props might be the same.

LUDO’S FUNNY BURLESQUESun, March 26th @ 6pm; $15 or $12 for 2 or more tixGrupo de Teatro Sinergia and Teatro Frido Kahlo Theater 2332 W Fourth St, LA 90054; 213.382.8133.  For tix/info: http://www.fridakahlotheater.org/Ludo%20Vika.htm    

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….


Filed under: The Weekend Go Go Tagged: Around the Clock: 24 Hour Donut City, Christian Marclay's "The Clock", ForYourArt, LA Film + Music Fest, Ludo's Funny Burlesque

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