Robert Burns: still one of the cool kids.

Robert Burns: still cool at 256.

The main drinking holiday of the Irish involves St. Patrick, green beer, and corned beef.

The main drinking holiday of the Scots involves poet Robert Burns, Scotch whisky and haggis.

You have to give props to a country whose national holiday celebrates a womanizer who wrote a love poem to sheep organ pudding.

The latter will make an appearance during some of the following Burns Night events commemorating the birthday of the man who wrote “Ode to a Haggis” and “Auld Lang Syne”.

Luckily, the odds are even greater there will also be Scotch whisky and plenty of it to help you get through it all.

Here’s where to raise a wee dram — or several — to Scotland’s favorite son.

The Daily Pint — Included in Barfinder.com‘s “top 100 bars in the country” because of its extensive beer and whisky collection,  this Santa Monica establishment celebrates Burns Night a day early, allowing you to get a head start on the festivities tonight.

In addition to whisky specials, the Daily Pint offers plenty of Scottish libations for the occasion; Belhaven Scottish Ale, Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA, Belhaven Scottish Stout,  and Harviestoun Old Engine Oil will be on tap.  Bottled Scottish ales will also be available including Harviestoun’s Whiskey Barrel Aged Ales Ola Dubh.

The Daily Pint is also serving traditional Scottish food: “Heroic Haggis” “Courageous Cock A Leekie Soup”, “Orkney Clapshot” (mashed turnips and potatoes) and Scotch Eggs.

Wear a kilt and get 10% off.

You’ve been waiting for the chance.

THE DAILY PINTSat, Jan 24 starting at 7:30.  21+2310 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica 90405. For more info, go HERE.

Dinner with your haggis at Beckham Grill & Bar,

Dinner with your haggis at Beckham Grill & Bar,

Beckham Grill & Bar — Looking for  a Sunday supper option for Burns Night?

Order from this Pasadena staple’s regular dinner menu  — prime rib and Yorkshire pudding are favorites — and you’ll get bagpipes with your “Ode to a Haggis” ritual.

There’s a nicely curated selection of Scotch whisky in case the skirling of the bagpipes inspire a recitation of the following lines from Burns’s poem Scotch Drink:

“Inspire me, till I lisp an’ wink,
To sing thy name!”

BECKHAM GRILL & PUBSun, Jan 25, 5-9 pm – Beckham Grill & Pub, 77 West Walnut St, Pasadena 91103  626.799,3699. Online reservations: Bookit@BeckhamGrill.com.  For more info, go HERE.

The Poetry Brothel: Happy Birthday Robert Burns – At the Poetry Brothel, a monthly poetry reading in which poets are cast as courtesans dispensing happy endings through word instead of deed, the focus is on Burns’s verse: the bawdier the better.

Couched as an evening of “strong drink, zesty living and some of the most intriguing poetry ever written”, the Poetry Brothel invites and encourages guests to bring a Burns poem to read as well.

There will also be “private poetry readings”  — think it as the literary equivalent of a lap dance — for $5 a poem so bring some cash.

If the above seems daunting without some liquid courage, the Must, where the Poetry Brothel is normally in residence during the Second Thursday Downtown Art Walk, has a small but tasty selection of Scotch/Scotch-style libations.

You’ll also be primed for the likely recitation of one of Burns’s lesser-quoted, but friskier poems:

 “Nine Inch Will Please a Lady

THE POETRY BROTHEL: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROBERT BURNS —  Sun, Jan 25, 7-10pmThe Must, 117 Winston St, DTLA 90013.  For more info, go HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Time to mitten up....

Time to mitten up….

The weekend is jumpin’.

The weekend is jammin’.

All the weekend needs is you.

Don’t Bring Your East Coast Friends

Have out-of-town guests fleeing frozen climes?

Send them to Disneyland.

Meanwhile, you’ll take Friday afternoon off and head Downtown for Angel City Brewery’s Snow Day.

Have a snow ball fight in the snow garden or watch others slip and slide while you sip Hot Toddies (made with Angel City IPA and Bourbon from nearby neighbor Greenbar Organic Distillery).

Warm up with comfort grub from Chili Philosopher, Dogtown Dogs and Sweet E’s Bake Shop.  Kitsch up to the simulated fireplace, watch game shows (‘”Personal days” for $200, please!’), howl  at Goonies (screening at 3pm), or get armchair competitive with board games, all while sipping Angel City craft beer.

And in the unlikely chance you get cabin fever, Echo Park Outpost is curating an evening of music with Del Champion, The Anti-Job, Kaygle$ & more!

Check your snowboard at the door.

ANGEL CITY BREWERY SNOW DAY — Fri, Jan 23, 2pm – 10pm 21+ — Angel City Brewery, 216 So Alameda St, DTLA 90012.  For more info, go HERE.

Don't get hit

“Created to amaze in a speedy two days!”

Hit ‘n Run Theater

Hopefully, the writers, directors and actors involved with the ZJU 14th Annual 50 Hour Drive-By Theatre Festival are sound asleep as you read this.

Because once the alarm clock rings, they’ll have only two days to write, rehearse and polish an evening of five one-acts: all created around a trio of random props.  The subject matter may be as-yet-unknown but the finished product is guaranteed to be inventive, thought-provoking, sly, edgy or all of the above.

The three-day mini-fest debuts Saturday night at creative powerhouse Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater in NoHo with two additional performances on Sunday and Monday.

Take the fast lane.

14TH ANNUAL 50 HOUR DRIVE-BY THEATRE FESTIVALSat, Jan 24 – Mon, Jan 26 @ 8:30pm.  $15/12+ Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, 4850 Lankersham Blvd, NoHo 91601.  RSVP at 818-202-4120. For tix and more info, go HERE.

Shaken AND Stirred at Speed Rack L.A.

There’ll be a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on at Speed Rack L.A.

All Shook Up

Start with 20 Ms. Mix-a-Lots, add breast cancer charity beneficiaries, mix with judges and audience, top with a timer and what do you get?

Speed Rack: the only, international, all-female speed-bartending competition, which is shaking and stirring this Sunday in its only L.A. iteration: an adjunct of the Golden State of Cocktails.

Twenty bartenders from fave L.A. bars (Cana Rum Bar, Eveleigh, Three Clubs Lounge, etc.) go shaker to shaker in round robin timed heats to craft cocktails “culled from a list of 50 accepted industry-standard classic recipes.”

In other words, don’t expect Jagermeister bombs.

Masters of the mixology world will rate drinks on speed and precision with the winner crowned the next Miss Speed Rack L.A.

Your ticket gets you cocktails from Speed Rack’s premium sponsors, nom nom from local eateries, and a bar’s-eye view of the competitive action.  100% of the evening’s proceeds, including raffle revenue and even tips, go towards breast cancer research, education and prevention.

This Sunday, put your money where your mouth is.

SPEED RACK L.A. ~ SEASON FOURSun, Jan 25, 3pm – 7pm.  $20 advance/$25 atd.  21+Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Booze & schmooze fest.

Booze & schmooze fest.

Four Days of Happy Hour

The Golden State of Cocktails may be a booze-and-schmooze spirits industry trade show first and foremost but there’s a bevy of open-to-the-public cocktailian events.

Ban Monday blues with fried chicken and BBQ-inspired drinks at Good Times at Davey Wayne’s with the Bon Vivants.

Anchor Distilling‘s Westside pub crawl on Tuesday includes transportation to and from The Chestnut Club, Brilliantshine, Copa d’Oro, and the Back Room of 41 Ocean plus end-of-crawl food and a swag bag!

At La Descarga, Golden State of Cocktails presents a special Tuesday tiki version of That Time of the Month: a gathering of female bartenders with proceeds benefiting Break the Cycle, an L.A. organization that empowers youth to end the cycle of domestic violence.

Beam Suntory and Imbibe Magazine partner on a series of flavor-pairing dinners featuring cognac, tequila and whiskey respectively.

It’s not too late to take the week off.

GOLDEN STATE OF COCKTAILSMon, Jan 26 – Thurs Jan 29; various times/prices/locations.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Song of Eva Peron at the Valley Performing Arts Center,

Song of Eva Peron at the Valley Performing Arts Center.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

TANGO BUENOS AIRESSong of Eva Peron!  Full-length production!  One of the world’s top tango companies!  Fri 1/23

RAW PRESENTS “VISIONARY” — Independent artists-for-artists org!  Showcase & bash!  21+  Fri 1/23

L.A. COOKIE CON & SWEETS SHOW — Samples!  Demos & workshops! Celebrities!  Sun 1/25

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go…. 

 

 

Bigger! Bolder! Even more exciting!

Bigger! Bolder! Even more exciting!

More L.A. weekend.

More L.A. fun.

More a capella renditions of  Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.” in the car.

Rah Rah Riot

There’s a riot going on…and Angelenos couldn’t be happier.

Of course, Ms. Go Go is talking about Riot L.A.DTLA’s alt-comedy festival.

Now in its third year, the fest features 130 comics and 39 shows over three days.  The seven venues are all within walking distance of each other, creating a street party vibe anchored by The Lot: every comedy nerd’s dream playground stocked with games, food trucks, vendors and a photobooth to capture “shenanigans”.

Virtually show at Riot is worth attending but here are some Ms. Go Go faves:

Establishing their “alt” bonafides right off the bat, the L.A.-centric laff riot kicks off the fest with I Love New York: a night of Big Apple comedians hosted by transplanted NY native and take-no-prisoners comedian Eddie Pepitone.

Saturday delivers star power.  Kliph Nesterhoff hosts special guest Fred Willard (one of Christopher Guest’s go-to players) on his Classic Showbiz Talk Show.  Fans of The Daily Show and the T.V. show About a  Boy will want to snap up tix to see Al Madrigal and friends.

Spicing up your Sunday, hosts Margot Leitman (Late Night with Conan O’Brien, AMC, author of Gawky) and Giulia Rozzi (Chelsea Lately, Vh1, Bad Bride) make your happy hour even happier with Stripped Stories: candid, bare-it-all tales of sex and love from celebrities AND audience members.

Bring your shenanigans.

RIOT L.A. — Fri, Jan 16 @ 9pm. Sat, Jan 17 – Sun, Jan 18 @ 3pm.  $10-$35; $500 weekend pass; check FAQ; many events 21+Various venues in DTLA. For tix and more info, go HERE.

Performance!  Music!  Art!

Performance! Music! Art!

L.A. Original

Linda Carmella Sibio is many things:

An artist known for cathartic performances and large-scale visual installations.

A teacher of the mentally disabled on the streets.

A former member of Andy Warhol’s Factory.

The recipient of 20+ grants and awards.

A diagnosed schizophrenic since 1977.

Join Sibio on Saturday at Melody of Chaos: an evening of “psychologically intense” performance, art and music.

The evening at Highways Performance Space opens with Sibio’s Human-Pig Hybrid: a non-linear performance piece that juxtaposes cultural ideas of “the pig” with mental illness.

Sibio also welcomes special guests Overtone Industries and Spontaneous Combustion Choir.  It’s the latter’s first concert of 2105; award-winning composer, conductor and artistic director O-Lan Jones will lead Melody of Chaos audiences in collaboratively creating spontaneous chorale music.

The evening also launches Sibio’s Schizophrenic Brain Trust: a month-long, multimedia art installation featuring a 12-foot paper mâché brain sculpture and 26 etching-like pen and ink drawings that tell the story of a brain that is sometimes friend, sometimes foe.  Jacobine van der Meer aka The Brutal Poodle  will conduct a performative auction of the paper mâché brain; bids for the sculpture start at $500.

The evening will be many things:

Unique.

Compelling.

Inclusive.

Memorable

Transformative.

Go….

MELODY OF CHAOSPerformance/Sat, Jan 17 @ 8:30 pm.  Art exhibit/Jan 17 – Feb 17. $15 – $20Highways Performance Space, 18th Street Art Center, 1651 18th St, Santa Monica 90404.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

The perfect nights for polka dots and stripes!

The perfect nights for polka dots and stripes!

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys in Cartoonland — Naughty tunes!  Cartoon backdrops!  Fleischer-esque foto op!  Sat 1/17

8th Annual Slack Key Fest – Hawaiian slack key guitar masters!  Miss Aloha Hula award winner! Living legends!  Sun 1/18

dine L.A. Restaurant Week — Actually…14 days!  Prix fixe lunch and dinner!  So many restaurants!  Mon 1/19 – Sun 2/1

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Step right up...to J.T. Burke's Paradise Circus at  the L.A. Art Show.

Step right up…to J.T. Burke‘s Paradise Circus at the L.A. Art Show.

Go Go’ers, the unofficial theme of the weekend is L.A.

Here’s to hometown pride and living the dream.

It’s good to be an Angeleno.

Platinum Art

The L.A. Art show is turning 20 with a bang.

Starting Thursday (with a fundraiser bash on Wednesday), the most internationally diverse art show in the country hosts 120 participating galleries featuring modern, contemporary, historic and traditional art from 22 countries.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Musn’t-miss highlights include:

Littletopia: the show-within-a-show curated by Noah Antieau of Red Truck Gallery in New Orleans includes cutting edge work from  galleries such as La Luz de Jesus, Copro Gallery, Corey Helford Gallery, Antena Estudio, and FIFTY24MX. PLUS, check out a couple of original Margaret Keane “Big Eyes” paintings from Thinkspace!

The Paradise Circus: J.T. Burke, known for his exquisitely trippy 2-D compositions utilizing vintage jewelry, gives a talk and tour of his first 3D work.  Burke calls the installation “a physical and conceptual mash-up of confession booth, cathedral steeple and big top tent.”  Of COURSE you want to check this out.

Cartwheel Art Walking Tour: Cindy Schwarzstein, founder of Cartwheel Art, leads a special Saturday walking tour of DTLA’s vibrant Arts District with street art, artists, historians, entrepreneurs, businesses, studios and Arts District movers and shakers.  The latter includes panelists at Sunday’s Dialogs LA The Arts District: The Development of an Art Scene and the Art of Development, which the tour is designed to complement.

Ms. Go Go is cashing in vacation days to make it a four-day weekend.

You’ll want to seriously consider doing the same.

L.A. ART SHOWWed, Jan 14 (Opening gala); 8-11pm. Thurs, Jan 15-Sat, Jan 17 (show); 11am-7pm.  Sun, Jan 18, 11am-5pm. $15 -$250L.A. Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa St,South Hall J & K, DTLA 90015.  For tix & more info, go HERE.

Zol Zayn - What If? by Jonas N.T. Becker (Shulamit Gallery) at photo L.A.

Zol Zayn – What If? by Jonas N.T. Becker who will be at photo L.A. with fellow Shulamit Gallery artists Inbal Abergil and Jessica Shokrian.

***Double your art fun by taking the shuttle bus from the L.A. Art Show to photo L.A.!***

Oh Snap!

Put down the Instagram and get ready for shock and awe.

photo L.A. is in town.

The 24th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition, as it’s formally known, features 50+ galleries from around the globe.

Renowned L.A. chronicler Catherine Opie is this year’s honoree and will attend the gala fundraiser on Thursday.  Friday through Sunday, the less moneyed among us can check out new and vintage photographic works as well as video and multimedia installations.

There’s no shortage of unique exhibits and extracurricular programs including docent tours with museum photo curators throughout the extended weekend.

This year, photo L.A. is partnering with Mack Sennett Studios for their first photo exhibit; check out Phil Stern’s candid shots of Hollywood greats like the Rat Pack, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, and Marlon Brando.

You’ll also want to check out Off the Clock, which features images taken by photographers when they weren’t on assignment.

On Friday, take a long lunch for The Photographic Scene: Los Angeles in the Seventies: a panel discussion facilitated by gallerist, collector and writer Stephen White.  Or make it a late lunch for the Photography and Architecture panel discussion moderated by Barbara Bestor: architect and executive director of the Woodbury University Julius Shulman Institute.

Saturday, supermodel Angela Lindvall joins Ivan Shaw, Executive Photography Director of Vogue, and a group of fashion and costume experts to talk about the influence of the Los Angeles landscape as well as the Hollywood movie industry on fashion.

Wear your sharpest duds.

Prepare to be amazed.

PHOTO L.A.Thurs, Jan 15; 7-10pm (opening gala). Fri, Jan 16 – Sat, Jan 17, 11am – 7pm; Sun, Jan 17, 11am-6pm. $15 – $450The Reef/L.A. Mart, 1933 Broadway, DTLA 90007. For tix and more info, go HERE.

Hurry over to photo l.a.

Hurry over to photo l.a.

Stay tuned for The Weekend Go Go, Part 2!

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Happy Birthday Baby....

Happy Birthday Baby….

This weekend, there’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on.

And that’s not even including the martinis served at the Golden Globes….

Proceed with caution.

Elvis is Eighty

The late, great King kicks off  (in spirit) this weekend of gyrating hips with the Elvis 80th Birthday Bash.  The event takes place tonight at the Avalon Hollywood where Presley cast aside his guitar and performed his infamously scandalous rendition of Hound Dog on the The Milton Berle Show in 1956.

Elvis the Pelvis was born.

Tonight’s celebratory rager features Johnny Angel, Groovy Rednecks and Lisa Finnie among the 30+ musicians and singers performing songs from the Presley canon.

The bash kicks off early…perhaps in symbolic honor of the octogenarian birthday boy.  Don’t worry about dinner; you can snag Fifties-inspired food and drinks at the Avalon.

Fingers crossed for Bacon/Banana/Peanut Butter  Sandwiches….

ELVIS 80TH BIRTHDAY BASHThurs, Jan 8, 5-9pm/4:30 doors.  $20 atdAvalon Hollywood, 1735 Vine St, Hollywood 90028. For more info, go HERE.

what she said....

what she said….

Even More Hellzapoppin’ Hips

Other body parts will also be in heavy rotation when Trapeze: Casbah Electrique swings into town so snag your sweetest sugar and sidle on down to this Saturday night shake-and-bake.

Electroswing wranglers like Delachaux, The Klown, and Skyler Gilmore bring the sound; snake charmers Meka La Creme, Stiletta Maraschino, Jessabelle Thunder and more bring the fury, all in the oasis of excess known as the Syrup Loft.

Hold on tight.

TRAPEZE: CASBAH ELECTRIQUESat, Jan 10 @ 9pm.  $17 presale/$20 atd; 21+Syrup Loft, 939 Maple Ave, DTLA 90015.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Pasadena Cheeseburger Week!

Pasadena Cheeseburger Week!

Chow Down

You’re going to need sustenance for your Golden Globes drinking, wardrobe sniping and Twitter snark.

Luckily, Pasadena Cheeseburger Week is there for you.

Starting Sunday, Rose City celebrates Lionel Sternberger, who first slapped cheese on a meat patty at the Rite Spot in Pasadena in 1924, and called it delicious.

Forty restos are participating in the six-day event — some with dedicated Cheeseburger Week items, some with special deals.  You can take various Cheeseburger Crawls (Work it off, baby!) as well as the Cheeseburger Challenge, which has categories like “best alternative burger” and best place to have a cheeseburger with your “favorite draught beer”.

While you’re thoroughly checking out that last category, raise a stein to those who put the meat to the griddle and make the world a happier place.

PASADENA CHEESEBURGER WEEKSun, Jan 11 – Thurs, Jan 16; various times/locations in Pasadena.  For more info, go HERE.

Top of the Trop with Tiki guru Sven Kirsten!

Top of the Trop with Tiki guru Sven Kirsten!

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Avatar and Aether: Visionary Women and the Cinematic Occult – In connection with Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman exhibit at MOCA!  Short films by femme filmmakers + cinematic portrait of Cameron!  Q&A to follow!  Thurs 1/8/15

The Many Facets of Tiki Style — The Art of the Tropical Retreat – Trop pop-up with Tiki guru Sven Kirsten!  Exotic ephemera!  Book signing!  Sat 1/10/15

A Night Under the POLE Stars — Pole dance performance recital!  Drinks!  Prizes & giveaways!  Sun 1/11/15

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

New Year Wishes 2014It’s beginning to look a lot like the New Year.

Still undecided about how to drink ring in 2015?

Read on for Ms. Go Go’s cheat sheet on where to go, what to drink, how to do it responsibly, and great places to recover….

Feliz Ano Novo!  Bonne Annee!  Buon Ano!  S Novym Godom!

Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve!

Aristocrats & Alley Cats Bar Crawl — Toast Sweden at 3:00 p.m.,  Alaska at 1:00 a.m. and multiple cities and/or countries in between with complimentary drinks on the hour from the five, DTLA bars in the Acme Hospitality Group.  Swank it up at Library Bar and Sixth Street Tavern, get down at Beelman’s Pub, Spring Street Bar and The King Eddy’s Saloon or both.  Note to self: look up multi-culti ways to say “Cheers”. No cover/21+

nhyex10_2014Big Bar’s New Year’s Eve x 10 – Want to stay seated for your round-the-world drinking tour?  Starting at 3:00 p.m., the Alcove’s Big Bar is having a redux of last year’s New Year’s Eve; same timezone progression but different drinks with region-specific spirits like Avua Amburana Cachaca (El Dude at 6pm) and Colorado-based, small-batch CapRock Gin (Gin and Chronic #2 at 11:00 p.m.)  Plus, collectible postcards from Dave Stolte, illustrator of Home Bar Basics (And Not So Basics). They’ll make others wish they’d been there.  No cover/21+

New Year’s Eve L.A.:  Looking for a New Year’s Eve celebration sans booze?  Grand Park in DTLA is throwing another multi-block bash but this year, it’s bigger and better.  Starting at 7:00 pm, this year’s party has more blocks, three music stages, iconic #LAStory photos chosen by Discover L.A. from L.A.’s best Instagrammers, a photo booth provided with support from LA2050, and 3D digital video mapping on two sides of City Hall.  So no need to push and shove your hundreds of new NYE BFFs for room to view….  No cover/all ages

Munifisense NYE 2014Munifisense New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day: Experience an urban version of Burning Man with this one night/one day pop-up party at a “cozy, avant-garde encampment” in Venice.  Like the Black Rock City bash, the events (December 31, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. and  January 1, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) will be art and music-centric.  The deep list of DJ’s includes KCRW’s Jason Bentley on January 1st; expect immersive projection mapping, fireworks, art installations, body painting (see elephant, above left), food trucks, vendors (Flying Horses and Sexy Ninja Shapes for the win!), drink specials and a free glass of alcoholic bubbles at midnight. $50 per event; $80 for both/21+

Unique U.S.A.’s NYE Bash — “You bring the cheer, we’ll bring the bubbly” is the NYE pledge from the people who put on the Unique L.A. markets.  In addition to champers (and a pizza party!) at midnight, your $75 ticket to the Jazz Age-themed ball includes drinks, catered hors d’oeuvres, and delish desserts starting at 8:00 p.m.  Hold up your end of the bargain by puttin’ on the Ritz in your best Roaring Twenties glad rags, which you can memorialize with a photobooth portrait. It’s gonna be the bee’s knees, yo.  $75 per ticket/$140 for a pair of tix (Tix still available at press time.)

Greyhound Highland Park Hangover Party vertWhere to Recover on New Year’s Day!

The Greyhound’s First Annual Highland Park Hangover Party – Plan ahead for your hangover!  Starting at 9:00 a.m., the Greyhound Bar & Grille, Highland Park’s fave ‘hood watering hole, helps 21+ patrons ease gently into 2015 with free Bloody Marys and mimosas.  Have breakfast ’til noon then nosh all day on the special “Heisman” menu of Marcus’s Duck Sliders and Jameis’s “stolen crab hush puppies”, not to mention the Greyhound’s legendary wings. No need to navigate a car on this most difficult of mornings; the Greyhound is steps away from the Metro Gold Line Highland Park stop.  Just put on your shades and slouch on over.

Cecconi’s Brunch with Bloody Mary Cart – If you need hair-of-the-dog and are up to making a few, crucial decisions, head to Cecconi’s in WeHo from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  While you settle your stomach with the Northern Italian eatery’s “Green Eggs” and Porcetta Ham Benedict, a dedicated server will be circulating through the dining room with a fully-loaded Bloody Mary cart, ready to customize your $14 brunch libation according to your preferred spirits, spiciness and garni.  It may be the most important decision you make all day….

Petty Cash Taqueria NYE bartender's brunchPetty Cash Taqueria’s Bartender’s Brunch — Want to keep the party (and booze) going?  The Petty Cash Taqueria bartenders do too. From 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., they’ll help you kick off 2015 with drink specials, dominos, shuffleboard tournaments (for the strong of head) and champagne toasts every 60 minutes so you can raise a glass to hours 11 to 17 of the new year.  PCT will also have the full menu available, for stamina, if nothing else.  Also, free neck massages are “promised”; report back to Ms. Go Go….

How to Get from New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day…Safely

All Metro buses and trains, including the Orange and Silver Lines, will be running all night into the wee hours of the morning and are FREE from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.   After 2:00 a.m., you’ll have to TAP to ride. Metro Day Passes are valid until 3 a.m.  Enhanced Metro Rail service will be provided for Grand Park’s New Year’s Eve event and for the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena.

Tipsy Tow: This AAA  service offers a complimentary ride and vehicle tow of up to seven miles for over-imbibers; call 1-800-400-4222

Download the Lyft app if you need a lift; the pink mustachio’ed cars with background checked/insured drivers will raise your spirits the second they pull up.

Uber gives you the convenience of  an on-demand car with the choice of a budget-to-luxury vehicle with clearly delineated prices.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Fa La L.A. Xmas

Leap into Christmas!

Party, ponies, chocolate, cocktails, food, mixtapes and whisky….

Hey, maybe it is the most wonderful time of the year!

Christmas Culture

Have mall Muzak Christmas carols left you Scrooge-ified?

Put on your most un-ironic elf hat and head to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion this afternoon for the 55th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration. The FREE, family-friendly Christmas Eve  spectacular will put the “hurray” back in the holiday with 20+ musical groups, choirs and dance troupes representing all of L.A.’s melting pot glory.

Too busy wrapping prezzies and drinking wassail?  The whole shebang will be shown on PBS SoCal.

If you do go, seating is first come, first seated with in-and-out privileges throughout the show.  Plus, FREE PARKING under the Music Center.

Now that’s a true Christmas miracle.

55TH ANNUAL L.A. COUNTY HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONWed, Dec 24, 3-6pm.  FREE/all agesDorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, 135 No Grand, DTLA 90013

PJs + toys + beer; like the boozy childhood you never had.

PJs + toys + beer; so many reasons to go go.

Whiskey Xmas

Midwest-bound plane get canceled?

Too holidazed to function?

Need a wee dram before facing the fam?

Head to WeHo for Rock ‘n Reilly’s Christmas Pajama Party.  Show up in your PJ’s and you get a toy.

If a baby Slinky doesn’t do the trick, you can guarantee your Christmas is merry and bright with a variety of spirits  — not the Ghost of Christmas Past kind — at the all-day jam-o-rama, which starts at 9:00 a.m.

In other words, it’s the boozy childhood you always wished you’d had.

ROCK & REILLY’S CHRISTMAS PAJAMA PARTYThurs, Dec 25, 9am – 10pm.  No cover; 21+Rock & Reilly’s Irish Pub, 8911 W Sunset Blvd, WeHo 90069

My little pony...

My little pony…

How to Get a Pony for Christmas

Here are a couple of day-after-Christmas options:

1) Wrestle a stuffed horse from a crazed granny in the war zone-like toy department of a big box discount store.

Tear your hair out.

2) Sip champagne in the Chandelier Room at Santa Anita Park.  Indulge in signature dishes and cocktails at the First Annual Guest Chef Series.  Enjoy Opening Day of thoroughbred racing.

Remain stress-free.

Ms. Go Go thinks the choice is clear.

The food-and-drink series, which takes place on the first and third weekends during 2015, features Sprout LA chefs such as Ivan Marquez (Short Order LA), Jason Neroni (Picca Peru) and Timothy Hollingsworth (Barrel and Ashes); famed mixologist Julian Cox will pair cocktails with the iconic dishes.

Plus…horse racing.

With the chandelier twinkling overhead, it’s like the grown-up version of Sparkle Pony…

FIRST ANNUAL GUEST CHEF SERIESFri, Dec 26 & Sat, Dec 27; noon – 5pm.  $85; 21+ Chandelier Room, Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91007.  For tix & more info, go HERE.

Unusual tapes; rare sightings....

Unusual tapes; rare sightings….

Merry Mixtape

If the holidays left you with a giant commercialization hangover, let your DIY flag fly this Saturday at the 6th Annual Holiday Mixtape Swap.

Benefiting the L.A. Zinefest in February, the swap is simple: make a mixtape, get a mixtape.

CDs are ok but old-school cassettes are encouraged — presumably pencils will be on hand for tape rewinds —   and so is creative packaging.

In other words, you can go beyond the reindeer paper and the stick-on bows.

There will be performances, readings and raffles at the Church of Fun, not to mention “existential exorcisms”.

It’s not called the Church of Fun for nothing….

6TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY MIXTAPE SWAP —  Sat, Dec 27, 9pm – 12:30am.  $5 +donationChurch of Fun, 4109 Melrose, LA 90029.  For more info, go HERE.

You know you want to....

You know you want to….

Because You’ve Been Very, Very Good….

What’s the best way to reward yourself for going back to work/surviving the holidays/not engaging in fisticuffs with any member of your family?

The sweet, sweet answer is The L.A. Chocolate Festival and Pastry Show.

Sample the wares of L.A.’s top chocolate makers, pastry chefs and confectioners.  Meet celebrity chefs such as French pastry legend Stephane Treand and Annette Starbuck whose Goodie Girls bakery was a winner on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.

Naturally, your ticket to the Sunday afternoon sweets soiree includes bubbly, wine and other spirits.

The event is all ages…your call.

L.A. CHOCOLATE AND PASTRY SHOW —  Sun, Dec 28, 1 – 4pm.  $45 – $95; all agesThe Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Blvd, L.A. 90064.  For tix & more info, go HERE.

Ms. Go Go wishes all Go Go’ers a safe and spirited holiday!

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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