TARFEST: Art and Tunes Burble, for Free, at the Tar Pits

It's a Mid-City mix of writers, painters, and bands rockin' near the mammoths.

There may be locations in the world where art and science co-mingle more effortlessly than Hancock Park, but we're pretty sure that the stretch of museums, green spaces, and Ice Age fossil sites along LA's Miracle Mile qualifies as something rather exceptional.

You could watch the La Brea Tar Pits bubble and then, some 90 seconds later, if you walk at a good clip, be gazing at a Picasso at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

TARFEST Music and Art Festival, the yearly tunes-social-creative-sculpture-nature festival brings its FREE goodness to the park on Saturday, Sept. 20. (We figured we'd type "FREE" in all caps since it is such a lovely word and since TARFEST goes the full-on caps route, too.)

As for the sounds on stage? Hunter Hunted, The Moth & The Flame, Dwntwn, Tapioca and the Flea, and The Dead Ships'll play to the mammoth statues, and human audience members, from 1 to 8 p.m.

Nearby? The art, but not just any art: TARFEST is all about the live painting and live sculpture creation, so you'll be able to linger as a trio of artists put brushes and hands to blank canvases. It's pretty exciting stuff to see something provocative and/or beautiful come together over the course of an afternoon and evening.

Shall there be a Lagunitas Biergarten? Oh goodness but it has been a swelter. You better believe there'll be a garten of bier. Will there be food trucks doing their milling nearby and making of yummy edibles? You better believe that, too: Food and beer are said to go well together.

A poem store, happy happenings for TARFEST tots in attendance, and other Miracle Mile-worthy stuff'll be afoot, too.

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And we don't just mean "afoot" -- picture something as large as a tar pits mammoth's foot. The KCSN-Launch LA has been bringing the mind-growing plentitude to Hancock Park since 2011, which further proves our totally correct, shared-by-many theorem: Few places can match the art-science mojo of that small stretch of Wilshire Boulevard.

Isn't it a little magic? We mean, mammoths and guitars and paint and ales? TARFEST, we raise a toast to you. Sorry, we mean a TOAST. You're all caps to us.

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