April showers bring May flowers but the song of Spring hits it’s high note on Earth day, Sunday April 22,
While we thought we were in for a drawn out winter, expect the weather to switch gears soon, reaching highs in the 80′s in the coming weeks. Now that sounds like a good reason to step away from our computers and get out and feel some warm sunshine. So go, take a walk, do some yoga, or hang out with the local skaters, and maybe even shop a bit in the hood to support the locals.
Here is WELO’s weekend round up on “Things to do on the Westside and beyond during Earth Day weekend”.
by Mikki Sage
Venice Surf and Skate Swap April 21
Old School Venetians are back and in full swing with Venice Surf and Skate Swap Meeting, benefiting Boys & Girls Club of Venice. If you really have the heart of a Venetian, then you’ll come by and support this event. Brady Walker has done a lot of work putting this together so we are really stoked for this one. There will be a trade up Swap Meet, Live Music, Vintage Skateboards and Food from some of the best restaurants in Venice… And to top it off they’ll be serving PBR’S, as if you needed a reason. Saturday April 21st, 2012 , Location: 2150 Dell Ave. @ Venice Farmer’s Market Lot.
Tadasana Festival, April 20the thru the 22nd.
If you were planning a trip to India or Indonesia for a yoga excursion perhaps coming to Santa Monica and attending the Tadasana Festival will get you motivated to book that trip. The Tadasana Festival of Yoga & Music is the first three-day Yoga & Music festy to hit this side of town since forever. Over 60 teachers, 75 classes, workshops, music performance by artists from around the world, lectures and an eco-conscious shopping market. A quick walk from the Santa Monica Pier, for us westsiders it’s like our back door. While you are there don’t miss the still life yoga drawings of Steven Lustig of Asana Art, he has a real talent for capturing the grace of Yoga in all its forms. Stay tuned after the event and I’ll be sharing an exclusive interview with Steven . http://www.tadasanafestival.com/ http://www.asanaart.com/
Topanga Earth Day Festival, April 21st and 22nd
Doesn’t it feel like everyone is doing the festival thing these days? Well, The locals from Topanga Community House, home of Topanga Days and Earth Day Festival began setting up these types of events way back in the day, paving the way for many others to follow. Stop by and discover and Learn about the Arts, Music, Crafts, Healing, Visual Artist, Human Rights, Workshops, Agriculture and Community and maybe even have a conversation with the peaceful warrior named Woody, the “original” festival promoter. Suggested Donation $12
Topanga Community House Fair Grounds, 1440 North Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga, CA. 90290 http://www.topangaearthday.org
The Avant/Garde Diaries presents Transmission LA: AV CLUB,curated by Beastie Boys by Mike D
The Geffen Contemporary at Moca, April 20th- May 6th
Starting April 20, this 17-day festival will illustrate how audio and visual art forms complement and have influenced each other throughout the years. Come check out this interdisciplinary offering featuring the work of 16 contemporary artists, musicians, designers, filmmakers, and chefs, including Peter Coffin, Jim Drain, Will Fowler, Benjamin Jones, Mike Mills, Takeshi Murata, and Tom Sachs. Roy Choi’s of the Kogi Truck will be the guest chef…. “Roy Choi’s work is really analogous to what a hip-hop producer or DJ does, chopping up a sample, re-contextualizing it, adding beats, maybe a little vocal and so on and so on.” says festival MC- Mike D. Sounds like… you can’t stop and you won’t stop, Mike D!