Family Concert Reviews – The Hollow Trees

Family Concert Reviews – The Hollow Trees


The “Americana” water fountain danced about, in perfect sync, an elegant display of waterworks that could give the Nutcracker a run for it’s money. A trolley curves around the corner into sight and on the open green lawn, The Hollow Trees are setting up to perform once more at the Americana.


They are no stranger to this place and families across the nation are no stranger to their fun-loving, folky, family music. Aria and I have seen them play once before here (at the Barnes &  Nobles), but not on the lawn. It is a pleasant surprise. The kiddos were ready to dance around and the parents ready to see their little ones have fun.


The Hollow Trees have great chemistry on set and the perfect balance of humor to entertain the adults and kids. If you are a fan of Folk then their talents will have you tapping your toe right along your kids hands clapping. They are the  kind of band that can be enjoyed by the entire family. “Traci Hollow Tree” is quite the entertainer, who really interacts with the crowd. She has a character, the name eludes me, of an older lady, that sounded very New York Jewish, which was very funny. The kids followed her around giggling and the parents were laughing away.


This show was free and was sponsored by Kids Club. Please support local family bands like this. I cannot emphasize how much time and effort they put into making us and our little ones happy. Next time they play take your family out to see them. It will be a lot of fun. For more info on The Hollow Trees and their next show, visit : http://www.thehollowtrees.com/index.html



Weekend Review – Kid Space Pumpkin Festival


What an amazing, fun event! It was a lot bigger than I had expected and that was a good thing. There was plenty to see and do for the kiddos. Aria was amazed by the balloons everywhere and of course we headed straight to the booth to get her one. They were free which was really nice.


The price per ticket was $1 and most of the booths were 1-4 tickets. I was able to spread $7 to 3 DVD’s, 2 Books, Gym Course and Ice Cream.


They had several acts and performances which were all great for every age. We are sad we missed the Hallow Trees Band on Sunday though.

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The festival seemed like a success (the money goes to keep KidSpace going) and there were so many families enjoying themselves. If you went we hope you had fun. If you didn’t go this year, make sure to check it out next year.


Where to Go-Go This Weekend – Saturday and Sunday October 12/13

STEAM Carnival Big

Oct 12 – Oct 13 at 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

WHERE: Downtown, The Big Top inside The Brewery Arts Complex, 678 South Avenue 21, Los Angeles, Ca

COST: Free to attend, Small fee for workshops

AGES: All Ages

Come one, come all!

Our biggest install to date!

  • * 10+ STEAM Carnival Games
  • * Workshops including: Alien Headband, Propeller Top Hat, & micro music keyboard
  • * Print-your-own t-shirts, with the beautiful shirts from Alternative Apparel

Date: October 12th & 13th, 11am-6pm
Location: The BIG TOP at the Brewery Arts complex!

Workshops will allow kids ages 8+ to build their own wearable “Alien Headband,” a music-making mini-synthesizer, and the coolest electronic propeller hat you’ve ever seen. Secure your early bird ticket today! Each workshop has only 7 discounted pre-sale slots so get your tickets now for Saturday 10/12 or Sunday 10/13.

Games & Prizes!
Perform well on select games for a chance to win awesome gear courtesy of our friends at FatBrainToys.com!

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Craft time with Jen! Animal Puppets!

Start: 10/12/2013 10:30 am
Location: Vroman’s Book Store
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena California 91101

“Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” We will be making animal puppets out of brown paper bags! Make your own lion or tiger or bear! Or we may just throw in a snake or two…

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10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 559-BOOK/2665

10am – Saturday

Join Bubblemania for an exciting interactive show on the science of bubbles with rainbow bubbles, square bubbles triangle bubbles, bubbles that bounce on bubbles, bubbles within bubbles, giant bubbles and the grand finale where every child gets a chance to be inside of a Giant Bubble! Ages 4 and up, www.bubblemaniaandcompanyla.com

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Griffith Park Observatory – Public Star Parties – 10/12

Free public star parties are held monthly at Griffith Observatory from 2:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. with the assistance of volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and The Planetary Society. They are a chance for the whole family to look at the Sun, Moon, visible planets and other objects, to try out a variety of telescopes, and to talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment.

Please be aware that the astronomers and telescope demonstrators must cut off the line for each telescope to enable all viewing to be completed by 9:45 p.m. Hours for telescope operation are not the same as for the building (which closes at 10:00 p.m.)

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2013 Fall Show Poster


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Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986

October 12, 2013 @ Japanese National Museum – Little Tokyo

Through a selection of images from comic books representing four turbulent decades, Marvels & Monstersillustrates how evolving racial and cultural archetypes defined America’s perceptions of Asians. This exhibition draws from noted science fiction author and cultural studies scholar William F. Wu’s comic book collection—the largest archive of comic books featuring Asians and Asian Americans—that was donated to the NYU Fales Library & Special Collections through the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.

Curated by Asian Pop columnist, Jeff Yang, this exhibition is a unique and fascinating look at how the images and characters of Asians and Asian Americans featured in comic books during times of war and unrest coalesced into archetypes that still remain today.

The exhibition places a selection of noted archetypes—GuruBrainTemptressManipulatorAlien,KamikazeBrute, and Lotus Blossom—within both a historical context and a comparative discourse with contemporary Asian American writers and creators including Ken ChenV.V. GaneshananthanLarry Hama,David Henry HwangNaomi HiraharaGenny LimGreg PakVijay Prashad, and Gene Luen Yang.

The exhibition also contains elements designed to encourage direct engagement with the archetypes, such as life-size cutouts of the eight archetypes that allow visitors to put themselves “inside the image” and an installation called “Shades of Yellow” that matches the shades used for Asian skin tones in the comics with their garish yellow Pantone™.

Marvels & Monsters ends with a library of present-day graphic novels by Asian American creators and an area where visitors can color original heroes designed byBernard Chang (Supergirl) and Jef Castro and Jerry Ma(Secret Identities).



11AM – 2PM: Join Kidding Around the Kitchen for an assemble-it-yourself popcorn snack to enjoy while watching fabulous vintage Japanese anime.

11:30AM: Curator Jeff Yang will guide families of all ages in a gallery talk of the Marvels and Monsters exhibition that is sure to keep even the little ones engaged.

12PM – 3PM: Turn yourself into a comic-book character with a caricature drawn by Cartoon Slinger (for children only, line ends at 2:30pm).

12PM & 2:30PM: Join curator Jeff Yang for “Build a Hero” (12pm) and “Build a Villain”(2:30pm)—interactive events where they’ll lead the audience in collaboratively creating an ORIGINAL comic book super-character who’ll be drawn in real time by comic artists from theSECRET IDENTITIES and SHATTERED anthologies! Book signing to follow each session.

1PM – 2PM: “Our American Voice—a special two-person show exploring six diverse stories of Asian Pacific Americans—will be performed in the I Want The Wide American Earth exhibition gallery. Presented in partnership with East West Players.

1PM – 4PM: Team up with your buddies to take down villains in superhero video games brought to you by GameTruck.

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Jam with Mista Cookie Jar

When: Sat, October 12, 10:00am – 10:30am

2230 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Tel: 1424-238-5299

DescriptionJoin Mista Cookie Jar for a groovy, uplifting and full of love musical jam session. Fusing audio style and visual lyricism, tradition and innovation, Mista Cookie Jar unites a rock-star excitement with the warmth of family music. http://mistacookiejar.com $5 suggested donation
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Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Orquesta Charangoa
Cuban Rhythms
Burton Chace Park
13650 Mindanao Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Contact: Catrina Love


5814 Wilshire Boulevard (at Curson)
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 937-4230

Maps & Symbols
A CraftLab Workshop: Fun for the whole family!

Sunday, October 13 | Drop in between 1:30-3:30pm
$7 adults/$5 children/CAFAM Members FREE


Artist Nathalie Miebach uses weather maps and other data to create her fanciful sculptures. We’ll look at some of the symbols and systems Nathalie uses in her work and then create colorful, illustrated maps of your own neighborhood, home, and even the museum.


Part of The Big Draw LA, a series of drawing activities throughout the month of October. To find out more about The Big Draw LA visit: thebigdrawla.org



*Go-Go Daddy and Me’s Pick *


Heidi Swedberg & The Sukey Jump Band

Sunday October 13th, 2013


Dragonfly DuLou

2066 Hillhurst Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

phone: (323) 665-8448


Singing, dancing, a social gathering…. A Sukey Jump is all about MAKING YOUR OWN FUN!

Heidi and her band will be here to share a morning of music and movin’, sure to get the whole family groovin’. Come listen to songs from their new album My Cup of Tea, and stay for raffles, prizes and giveaways from the band!

Bring the whole family!

All ages welcome!

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Where to Go-Go This Weekend – Friday 10/11


@ Pasadena Civic Plaza
Friday, October 11, 2013

Street grooves and symphonic sounds collide for a dance party with a flatbed truck as our stage and musicians of MUSE/IQUE orchestra joining key players of the daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra to form Double G’s Pocket Nine-net. Family audiences and urban revelers alike are invited to join in the interactive dance instruction and enjoy food and drinks on the bustin plaza of the Pasadena Civic Center. This is part of Pasadena’s ArtNight and made possible for MUSE/IQUE by Parsons Corporation.

Attention Art Night participants, MUSE/IQUE will be on the WEST Route!

We will be playing 3 musical sets @ 6 PM, 7 PM, and 8 PM.

Open to all! See you on the 11th.


Friday, October 11, 6:00 to 10:00 pm – Guests are invited to participate in a collaborative knitted installation, and create intricate designs with spinning topper art. ArtNight is a citywide event celebrating the Arts in Pasadena. Admission to all participating venues is free from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. – See more at: http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/hands-learning/eventlisting#sthash.wbLljYqz.dpuf


Places to Go-Go – City of Industry – Frank & Sons Collectible Show



Description: Whether you are a geek for comic books, disney or sports memorabilia, Frank & Sons is your one stop shop for all your collectible needs. For that one special piece to start or finish your collection…. They have the finest vendors with the hottest and most unique collectibles under one roof…. What will you find there, you ask? Comic Books new and old from Marvel to DC… The hottest Hand-Painted Statues from Sideshow to Gentle Giant… Sports and Movie Memorabilia… Baseball Trading Cards and Gaming Cards…. Video Games to Board Games…. Disney Trading Pins to Action Figures…. Hot Wheels to Barbie Dolls… G.I. Joe’s to Hot Toys… and much much more…. so come on down and bring the family! Free admission and parking every Wednesday and Saturday!!

Hours of Operation: Wednesdays 3:00pm – 9:00pm & Saturdays 9:00am – 5:00pm

Location19649 E. San Jose Ave. City of Industry (Click for Map)

Parking: Free Parking at Location. Parking in their lot can get pretty intense. If you want to avoid the hassle just park down the street.

Bathroom: Yes. Diaper Changing Station: Yes

Time of Play: Until kiddo gets tired or you. :)

Age:Infant,Toddler,Kid  (I do not recommend a new born here, because of the crowded space)

Shade: Indoors

Safety: Crowded and people are not watching where they are going sometimes. There are items stacked up pretty high sometimes, so be aware of the kids grabbing items, they may fall.

Crowd: Oh yes!

Neighborhood: Industrial area that is close to the freeway.

Close By:    Carl’s Jr

Overall:  I came here almost every weekend before Aria came into the world. Now that she is a little older, this place is great for her to see all the cool things and to people watch. I found some neat robot and Star Wars ribbons for her. This is a great place, where Daddy or Mommy can bring the kid and act like a kid, when they get to buy some toys. Sorry…figures. There are so many vendors here with anything you could ask for when it comes to geek stuff. They have two long aisle dedicated to sports memorabilia. There are games, disney items, paintball, movies, and everything in between. Check it out!

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What Halloween Costumes Are You Anticipating For Your Little One(s)?

Fall is finally here and Halloween is slowly creeping up. Last year we celebrated Aria’s first Halloween and it was the best Halloween for me since I was 10 years old. Aria was a stellar Princess Leia and the force was strong with her.

"I love you". "I know".

“I love you”.
“I know”.

This year we are planning on doing a trio costume theme. Saga is a comic book written by Brian K. Vaughn and Illustrated by Fiona Staples (Fiona was considered as Aria’s name in the beginning. My wife vetoed it). It depicts two lovers from long-warring extraterrestrial races, Alana and Marko, fleeing authorities from both sides of a galactic war as they struggle to care for their newborn daughter, Hazel, who occasionally narrates the series. Aria was in my wife’s belly when this first came out and so it wasn’t a surprise that it resonated with me (The having a new born daughter and being two separate races and religious view part. Not the extraterrestrial race and galactic war thing 🙂 )



What stories resonated with you and your family after having a child? What costumes are you planning this Halloween with your little monsters? I would love to see some pictures from last years Halloween. You can send them to gogodaddyandme@gmail.com and I will post them in a future post. We hope you have a great month of Halloween fun and Go-Go Daddy and Me will provide you with the fun Halloween places to go to, all month long.

Aria is ready for Halloween.

Aria is ready for Halloween.