The hottest ticket in town....

The hottest ticket in town….

Los Angeles, it’s been a punishing winter.

Happily, we endured thanks to a bevy of booze-centric events.  The Super Bowl. Valentine’s Day.  Mardi Gras.  St. Patrick’s Day.

Finally, spring has sprung.  Swap out those cold weather sneaks and pants for shorts and flip flops and relax into the slow roll to summer.

You’ll drink to that.

Some Like It Hot

The weather will be perfect in Santa Monica on Saturday but get ready for a hot time at the Latin Food Fest Grande Tasting.  One ticket gets you access to Hanger 8 and samplings from 100 local and international Latin chefs, wineries and spirit brands including chef and sommelier demos featuring wines from Argentina, California, Chile, Mexico and Spain.

Don’t miss the Spirits of the Americas pavilion featuring Rum,  Mezcal, Tequila, Bacanora (the now legal, agave equivalent of American moonshine) and Sotol: similar to artisanal mezcal but made from the spoon plant.

Does that make a taste of Sotol a Lovin’ Spoonful?  (Ms. Go Go makes no apologies.)

Sip and sample while listening to the Martini Kings and perusing the work of artists represented by Alexander Salazar Fine Art.

Is your early tax return is burning a hole in your pocket?  Lucky you.

The Latin Food Fest Grande Tasting VIP ticket is one of the best, splurge-worthy deluxe food fest options around with early entrance, tapas, oysters, Scala Dei Garnatxa red, Chandon bubbly, Alquima organic tequila, massages, live music and swag.

Go on…be a hot shot.

LATIN GRANDE FOOD FEST TASTINGSat, March 21, VIP ($150) & Designated Drivers ($40)  11am – 3pm.  GA $50 noon – 3pm — Hanger 8, 3000 31st St, Santa Monica 90405.   PARK – Cash Only – $10 / 2950 31st St, Santa Monica 90405.  For tickets and more info, go HERE.

Is that an eye on your nose or are you just glad to see me?

Is that an eye on your nose or are you just glad to see me?

Three Ring Drinking

LA Canvas, one of L.A.’s most gorgeously readable publications, is blowing its Big Top this Saturday night with its 4th Annual Carnivale.

In collaboration with The LA Circus and Jack Daniels, the bash features freaks, professional circus acts, special live performances, DJs, interactive carnival games, food trucks, and free swag with a portion of the evening’s event going towards the revitalization of the LA River.

Your $30 ticket gets you unlimited access to the open bar and there’s a professional photo booth so you can capture for posterity your cool circus trick of standing on one leg and drinking from a bottle while your eyes cross.

Everyone has their special talent.

THE 4TH ANNUAL CARNIVALESat, March 21, 9pm – 2am. $30/21+ — LA River, 2900 Casitas Ave, LA 90039.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Roll and pose with the Rolling Ravens Roller Derby girls at CicLAvia - the Valley.

Roll and pose with the Rolling Ravens Roller Derby girls at CicLAvia – the Valley.

Wheelin’ in the Years

If you’re an avid cyclist, a weekend walker or just want to check out car-and-traffic-free streets in the Valley (Whoo hoo!), head to Metro Presents: CicLAvia – The Valley this Sunday for an all-day spin and stroll.

The Metro-friendly NOT-a-marathon runs 5.5 miles along  Lankershim Boulevard between the North Hollywood Metro Red Line stop at Chandler Boulevard and the Universal Studio Red Line stop, and along Ventura Boulevard between Campo de Cahuenga and Coldwater Canyon.

It’s not a race — start and stop whenever/wherever you want and bike, walk or skate anywhere you’d like on the CicLAvia route, which travels through and by noteworthy East Valley spots including Universal City, the North Hollywood Arts District,  the historic Campo de Cahuenga, Studio City Farmers Market and the famed Sportsmen’s Lodge.

Check out the CicLAvia FB page for  info regarding routes, Metro travel, satellite events including pre-CicLAvia yoga classes in the park, and free swag including the fab sticker above courtesy of NoHo’s Rolling Ravens Roller Derby girls.

The CicLAvia is a family friendly event although beginner cyclists should be monitored by parents for the safety of themselves and other participants.

It’s the perfect day to debut your spring bike horns, handlebar streamers and clothes-pinned playing cards.

METRO PRESENTS: CICLAVIA – THE VALLEYSun, March 22, 9am – 4pm.  FREE/all ages.  For more info including routes, go HERE and HERE.

Food. Fun.

Free fun at Grand Park!

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Norooz Persian Parade & Festival —   Music!  Food!  Grand Park!  FREE! Sat, 3/21

Bedlam Explosivo Variety Hour — Magic!  Mayhem!  Juggling!  Sex!  Sat, March 22

Nowruz Celebration – Premieres!  Costume parade!  Music!  Food!  (Mostly) FREE LACMA entry!  Sun, March 22

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

My what a big shamrock you have....

My, what a big shamrock you have….

Was your leprechaun count lackluster last year?

For better luck with the wee folk…or your fave pair of smilin’ Irish eyes, try one or more of Ms. Go Go’s St. Paddy’s Day picks.

Be safe.  Have fun.

And while one Irish saying opines that “A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures,” you might want to stock up on hair of the dog, just in case.

Pub Crawls

Hollywood St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl  A dozen+ pubs!  Drink specials! After-party at Outpost! March 14 (noon – 2am) and March 17 (2pm – 2am)

Santa Monica St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl — Santa Monica’s only pre-St. Paddy’s Day Pub crawl!  A dozen+ venues!  Drink specials!  Wear green or get booed.  Sat, March 14 (2pm – 10pm)

Pre-St. Paddy’s Day Parties

Rock & Reilly’s 4th Annual St. Paddy’s Block Party –  100 kegs of green beer and a bounce house????  May the luck of the Irish be with you at this mad hooley: an afternoon benefit for House of Blues Music Forward Foundation. Also food trucks & DJs for max bounce energy. March 14 (1 – 10pm; entry not guaranteed after 3pm)

Paddy O’ PartyWear your best leprechaun attire for Irish jig contests at Whiskey Red‘s in  Marina Del Rey!  It’s a waterfront…pretend you’re in Galway! Live music & DJs!  Food & drink specials!  Sat, March 14 (5 pm-midnight) 

Smart Drinking: Pre/Post St. Patrick’s Day

Angel City Brewery —  Are you more of a thoughtful suds sipper than a green beer guzzler?   The monthly “Ale Academy” at everyone’s favorite DTLA brewery is going Irish on the eve o’ St. Paddy’s with a “Slainte!” to Irish styles.  For a nominal fee, study up on everything from stout to the modern-day Irish lager and wow your soused friends.  Mon, March 16 (7-9 pm)

Drinking Hibernia: Irish Whisky in Cocktail and Song — If you’re still craving a bit o’ the green post-Paddy day, Museum of the American Cocktail‘s Touring the Cocktail program will highlight Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers portfolio.  Grab your ticket to learn about Jameson, Redbreast, the rare Green Spot, and the even rarer Yellow Spot.  Trad Irish music from L.A. folk musicians help bring the Gaelic to General Lee’s in Chinatown.  Wed, March 25 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)

Tom Bergin's and green signAll Day St. Paddy Parties

Tom Bergin’s – Tom Bergin celebrates 79 years of St. Paddy’s Days with a 20 hour indoor/outdoor bash!

Irish breakfast runs from 6 to 10:30 a.m.; pub fare from 11am to 11pm.

A Guinness-on-tap truck will pour Guinness Blonde and Harp Lager; four satellite bars will pour beer and Irish-inspired cocktails like “Whiskles” (a pickleback with Tullamore DEW and housemade pickle juice). Shamrock Hour (3-5pm) special: $6 Miller Lite.  Plus Music!  DJs!  Tues March 17 (6am – 2am)

Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival – Head to DTLA where Casey’s Irish Pub hosts its 42nd annual, all-day-and-night  street festival with St. Paddy’s Day staples like Reubens, corned-beef sandwiches, Jameson and green beer.  Sign up for Curb ride service to drink safely and win prizes. Tues, March 17 (6am – 2 am)

Tam O’Shanter – The Tam O’ Shanter is one of L.A.’s oldest restaurants and throws one of the biggest — and most schizophrenic! Gaelic bashes in the city. There’s Jameson, kegs of Guinness, and corned beef and cabbage for purists, flashing shamrock necklaces and sugar shamrock cookies for the frat crowd, and Jameson and Guinness girls, in decidedly non-trad outfits, for…well, everyone. Plus live music, swag, merch, drawings and prizes. Tues, March 17 (noon until “late night”)

St. Patrick Swayze Day at the Greyhound!

St. Patrick Swayze Day at the Greyhound!

Odd But Great St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

St. Patrick Swayze Day at the Greyhound – One of the best and most oddball Gaelic bashes in town — at the Greyhound in Highland Park — features a marathon of Patrick Swayze movies, corned beef cabbage, DJs and specials on Irish Whiskey shots and draft beers from Moylan’s Brewery.  No cover and no shaming if you’re dressed head to toe in black instead of green.

At the Greyhound, nobody puts Baby in the corner.  Tues, March 17 (noon – 1:00 am)

The Weekend Go Go – FREE Events!

ArtNight Pasadena –  FREE! Art!  Music!  Museums!  Fri, March 13 (6-10pm)

Claremont Pi(e) Festival – FREE celebration of Pi with Pie to eat and make!  Sat, March 14 (11am – 4pm)

A Week of French Language Cinema — Films from Canada, Switzerland, Ivory Coast, Belgium and France; some nights sold out. FREE with RSVP (click link above) Sun, March 16 – Sat, March 21 (7:30pm)

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Paul Scheer does Ghostbusters at the Wayne Federman Int'l Film fest at Cinefamily.

Paul Scheer does Ghostbusters at the Wayne Federman Int’l Film fest at Cinefamily.

Forget that crazy hail.  We’re heading towards a gorgeous weekend.

We don’t call it the Best Coast for nothing.

Funny People Goof on Sometimes Funny Films

Wayne Federman is the original “I know that guy!”

He’s done time in high-profile films like 40 Year Old Virgin and has had a significant presence on shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Four years ago, he started the Wayne Federman Int’l Film Festival at Cinefamily and never looked back.  Except that time someone in the rear of the theater forgot to turn off their phone.

Hope that wasn’t you.

Starting tonight  with Sascha Baron Cohen and the hilariously inappropriate Klown, comedians choose, introduce, and riff on movies that influenced them. Subsequent pairings include Doug Benson and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Paul Scheer and Ghostbusters, Chris Hardwick and Fletch, Will Forte and MacGruber, Lauren Lapkus and Big, and Kumail Nanjiani and The Descent. Surprise special guests are a given at this insiders’ laff fest.

There will be post-screening Q&A’s for your burning questions so now’s your chance to ask Forte about the MacGruber sequel.

Hopefully, he’ll demonstrate the SPFX with a matchstick and a paperclip.

Fingers crossed for the mullet.

THE WAYNE FEDERMAN INT’L FILM FESTThurs, March 5 – Sun, March 8; various times.  $14/FREE for Cinefamily membersThe Cinefamily, 611 N Fairfax, LA 90036. For tix and more info, go HERE.

Art. Roller rink. What can go wrong?

Art.  Derby girls. What can go wrong?

Eats, Beats, and Art for Wheels.

Part benefit.  Part art party.  Part costume bash.

All fun.

Eat Your Art Out 8: Next Stop – The Twilight Zone  is all of the above and more.

The theme from the classic/creepy anthology T.V. series offers plenty of dress-up inspiration for the eighth year of this all-ages-extravaganza benefiting the Angel City Derby Girls: a skater-owned-and-operated flat track roller derby league currently ranked as one of the top ten in the world.

Ms. Go Go’s “Talky Tina” wind-up-doll frock and killer roller skates are standing by.

Taking over Titmouse Animation Studios in the heart of Hollywood, the night ‘o fun offers art for sale, DJ’s for dancing, food trucks for the famished, and drinks for everyone except the kiddos. Dave Pressler, Jim Mahfood, Mike Huddleston, Dave Crosland, and Yelley are among the 100+ artists donating for the cause.

Ms. Go Go has dibs on any portraits of the gremlin-on-the-jet-wing.

EAT YOUR ART OUT 8: NEXT STOP – THE TWILIGHT ZONE — Sat, March 7, 7pm.  $5/all agesTitmouse Animation Studios, 1121 Seward St, Hollywood 90038.  For more info, go HERE.

So springy!

So springy!

Bowtie Benefit

Ms. Go Go presents a Public Service Announcement: Sunday, March 8 is Daylight Saving Time.

You’re welcome.

You may lose an hour of sleep but you won’t regret it after attending Spring Forward: a delicious afternoon of food, wine and music in Elysian Valley to benefit non-profit org Clockshop and support their public arts efforts along the L.A. River.

In addition to music by DJ Adam Villacin, wine by Amy Atwood Selections, and fab food from semi-secret dine-spot and host/collaborator elysian, there will be optional tours of Clockshop’s current endeavor: the Bowtie Project, located along the L.A. River in Northeast Los Angeles.

Present and future collaborators such as artists Rafa Esparza and Rosten Woo and landscape urbanists Mia Lehrer + Associates will lead guests on mini-excursions to view collaborative efforts to transform the 19-acre post-industrial spot, which has been closed to the public for over a decade.

Go Go’ers, you can always make up that lost shut-eye with a nap.

SPRING FORWARD – Sun, March 8, 3-6pm. $100Clockshop, 2806 Clearwater St, LA 90039.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

PaleyFest 2015 –  T.V. stars & creators!  Panels!  Discussions!  Fri 3/7 – Sun, 3/15

Les Yeux Noirs — Gypsy & klezmer music!  The Slabiak brothers!  The “Hendrix of the violin!”  Sat, 3/7

The Essentials – Samples!  55 restos!  Libations!  Sun, March 8

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Nobody walks in L.A.

Nobody walks in L.A.

There’s a lot to love about Los Angeles , especially when it’s FREE.

Think of the weekend as a cheap date with L.A.

He Loves L.A.

Professor Thom Andersen, creator of Los Angeles Plays Itself, wasn’t trying to make a documentary.

The film clips in Andersen’s curated collection, drawn from 200+ films, were initially chosen to illustrate his film and video lectures at CalArts.  The clips grew into a compelling, three-hour video essay with  insightful commentary about Hollywood’s not-always-flattering portrayal of the City of Angels.

You’ll love it for the many “I know that!” moments.

Tonight, Metro Presents and the EPFC Filmcicle offer a FREE screening of Los Angeles Plays Itself at Union Station: one of the many iconic locations featured in the film.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for games and prizes in the usually-closed-to-the-public Fred Harvey Room; there’s a Q&A with Andersen after the screening.

Take notes to impress your film snob pals from Manhattan.

And to wow the relatives from Des Moines.

LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELFFri, Feb 27.  6:30pm door — first come/first served; 7-10pm screening FREE/all ages (but some edgy material)Union Station – Fred Harvey Room, 800 N Alameda St, DTLA 90012.  For more info, go HERE.

The donuts are not getting an award...but they could!

The donuts are not getting an award…but they could!

FREE.  Walkable.   Self-Guided.  Art.

Think Hollywood — the district, not the biz — plans to slack off post-awards show?

Silly you.

This Saturday, start with donuts, continue with art and a champagne cocktail, then more art, then end with a performance featuring clowns and mimes.  All of the above are FREE (with RSVP) for those participating in ForYourArt‘s  A Hollywood Walk of Art: The Awards Show.

First, fortify yourself with a cruller from the free donut hour at Donut Time, courtesy of ForYourArt.  Wander from art gallery to open house on, off, and around the tour epicenter of Highland Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard on your way to Susan Feninger’s Mud Hen Tavern where #TheAwardsShow participants get a free champagne cocktail.

If the champers catches up with you during your post-lunch gallery hop, wander over to Free City where Women’s Center for Creative Work will host a Lounge in the garden.  End the day with Performing_NON_Conformity (R): a site-specific, multi-media improvised happening with a number of clowns and mimes working in conjunction with an original score.

Now you know: there are non-conformist and  non-conformist mimes and clowns.

A HOLLYWOOD WALK OF ART: THE AWARDS SHOWSat, Feb 28; 11am – 6pm.  FREE with RSVP)Various locations. For more info and to RSVP, go HERE.

Zombie Joe does The Moth!

That evil flower is probably saying, “Come to ZJU on Sunday!”

Thrills.  Chills.  Stories.

Love, hate, horror, and inspiration are frequent themes in Jordan Cole’s always-innovative productions at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre.

On Sunday, though, the ZJU irregulars involved in Tales of the Underground  are probably more influenced by the finely honed storytelling of The Moth than the horror kitsch of Mothra vs. Godzilla.

Then again, with “hate” and “horror” referenced in the line-up, maybe not.

The two-Sundays-only event is produced by Zombie Joe and hosted by Jim Eshom. March 1st performers include: Jim Eshom, Jessica Amal SherrieJeri BatzdorffAdam NeubauerJason Britt, Greg Dunigan and Abel Horwitz.

Stop by on March 8th to hear: Jim Eshom, Jessica Amal Sherrie, Alex WaltersVanessa CateJohn FalchiElif Savas, and Sebastian Munoz.

One thing is guaranteed: there probably hasn’t been a Moth event with a skull in the lobby.

TALES FROM THE UNDERGROUNDSun, March 1 & Sun, March 8 ONLY; 7pm. $12Zombie Joe’s Theater, 4850 Lankersham, NoHo 91601  For Reservations call: 818-202-4120.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Poetry!  Wooden ponies!  Twirlers!  Maracas!

Poetry! Wooden ponies! Twirlers! Maracas!

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

The Chocolate and Art Show —  Underground art!  Free chocolate!  Body/face/nail painting!  Fri, 2/27 & Sat, 2/28

The Poetry Circus — Poetry!  Parade!  Merry-go-round rides!  Maraca making! FREE!  Sat, Feb 28

Long Beach Comic Expo — Writers & artists!  Actors!  Cosplay!  Sat, 2/28 – Sun, 3/1

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

 

 

Just happy to be nominated....

Just happy to be nominated….

February may be the shortest month of the year but it’s crammed with exciting events:

The Super Bowl.  Valentine’s Day. Mardi Gras.

Condom Awareness Day.

Naturally, you participated fully in each and every one.

Now it’s time to help Tinseltown celebrate itself, its stars, its movies, and this Business We Call Show.

And remember…Ms. Go Go loves you.  She really loves you.

Gaming the Office Oscar Pool

Let’s be real.

Unless you have an Oscar obsession and/or lots of time on your hands, your method for picking the winners in the more obscure categories is uneducated at best, shot-in-the-dark at worst.

The films and your Oscar office pool deserve better.

The Dam Keeper -- one of the Animated Shorts showing at the Egyptian Theater.

The Dam Keeper — one of the Animated Shorts showing at the Egyptian Theater.

Luckily for you and the Academy Award-nominated artistes, Oscar Season at the American Cinematheque offers a pre-awards show slate of weekend screenings, seminars and panel discussions to help you win the Oscar pool cash prize and impress the hell out of your fellow red carpet watchers.

On Friday night, head to the Egyptian Theater (home of the first film premiere in 1922 of Robin Hood) for two separate screenings (7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.) of Documentary Shorts including Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1JoannaOur Curse,The Reaper (La Parka),and White Earth.

Saturday’s schedule includes early evening screenings of the 2015 Oscar-nominated Live-Action Shorts Aya, Boogaloo and GrahamButter LampParvaneh and The Phone Call (7:00 p.m.)  Stay for the screening of the Animated Shorts — The Bigger Picture, The Dam Keeper, Feast, Me and My Moulton, and A Single Life — at 9:30 p.m.

Looking for conversational tidbits to share between bites of chips and guacamole?  Check out the FREE (but you must RSVP) Invisible Art, Visible Artists seminar with Oscar-nominated editors and the very visual art produced by the Oscar-nominated guests on the Production Design Panel.

Now go forth and dominate.  Don’t spend that Oscar pool cash all in one place.

OSCAR SEASON AT THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUEFri, Feb 20 and Sat, Feb 21; various times. Free – $11Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028.  For tix and info, go HERE.

FIDM - Grand Budapest Hotel - close-upLooking Good

Sure, you’ll be dishing the designer duds on the red carpet but before you compile your personal list of Oscar parade hits and misses, check out the night’s real fashion stars at the 23rd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition

The FREE exhibit at FIDM’s DTLA campus features costumes from The Great Gatsby, last year’s Academy Award winner, as well as costumes from twenty notable films of 2014 including all five of the Oscar-nominated costume collections.

Admire Mme. Celine’s octogenarian attire from The Grand Budapest Hotel (Milena Canonero), 60’s counter-culture clothes from Inherent Vice (Mark Bridges), fairy tale fashion from Into the Woods (Colleen Atwood) and Maleficent (Anna B. Sheppard), and period artistry from Mr. Turner ( Jacqueline Durran).

You can say you knew them when.

23RD ANNUAL ART OF MOTION PICTURE COSTUME DESIGN EXHIBITION — Through April 25, 2015; Tues – Sat, 10am – 5pm.  FREE — FIDM Museum, 919 South Grand, 2nd Floor, DTLA 90015.  For more info, go HERE.

It had to be you.....

It had to be you…..

You’re the Star

Want to get glam and get gifted?

Head to the less congested part of Hollywood — at least for tonight — for Stella Barra Pizzeria’s Movie Awards Viewing Party.

Dress in red carpet chic or as your favorite movie character — see FIDM Museum, above, for inspiration — and get a gift card (for a future visit) equal to the amount you spent on your movie-viewing meal (minus tax and tip).

Already, you’re a winner.

In addition to their regular menu, Stella’s will be serving a three-course Big Movie Awards Tasting Menu, complete with wine pairings, for $35.  One bite of their Shaved Mushroom Pizza with Gruyere, melted onion and truffle and you’ll make a reservation on the spot to use your gift card soon.

You won’t be taking home a golden statuette but arrive at Stella by 5:00 p.m. and fill out an awards ballot/entry before the broadcast starts for a chance to win a one-night stay at The Huntley and a VIP brunch experience at M Street Kitchen, both in Santa Monica .

Who needs an Oscar to feel like a movie star?

MOVIE AWARDS VIEWING PARTYSun, Feb 22, 5 – 10:30 pm — Stella Barra Pizzeria, 6372 W Sunset Blvd, Hollywood 90028.  Reservations are recommended; call 323-301-4001 for questions or to confirm a table.  For more info, go HERE.

Chinese NYdragonMore Weekend Go Go Fun!

Elizabeth Harper‘s Dear God, Why? Just in time for Lent!  A virtual walking-tour of Italian death traditions including rented corpses, used hangmen’s nooses, and skull garlands!  Refreshments!  Fri, Feb 20

The Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival – Firecrackers!  Gourmet food showdowns!  Craft beer garden!  Sat, Feb 21

The Moth Grand Slam Championship, Los Angeles — “Mea Culpa” themed stories!  18+  Ticket doesn’t guarantee entry!  Mon, Feb 23

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

W&P Erotic finalIt’s the big V-Day countdown!

Or not.

Read on for weekend picks guaranteed to be “relationship neutral”.

Drink Poetry

Whether you’re romantically enmeshed or fancy free, the Whisky & Poetry Salon ~ Erotic will whet your whistle and get your motor racing.

World Whisky Specialist Travis Tidwell of Beam Suntory will offer whisky tasting education and history while matching four different whiskies with the poetic styles of a quartet of provocative writers.

Alexis Rhone Fancher is Poetry Editor of Cultural Weekly, a multiple Pushcart Prize nominee, and is now infamous for her sex shop reading at the NoHo Lit Crawl.

Phillip T. Nails is a performance poet and co-founder of The Poetry Society of Los Angeles where he directs the City of Angels iteration of The Poetry Brothel.

K Bradford (a.k.a. Johnny T) has sauced up stages across the U.S. with her poetry, drag, emceeing and storytelling and has produced drag and burlesque spectacles in Chicago and Austin.

Renaissance man Christopher-Calvin Pollard is a tintypist, a writer of “erotic bon bons” (yum!), and a designer of couture women’s high heels.

Those specific high heels may not make an appearance at the Salon…but there will be literary stilettos aplenty.

The retro-Rat Pack fabulous Three Clubs Lounge has plenty of dark corners to cozy into; the louche evening begins with a Welcome Whisky Punch created by Michael J. Neff: one of the pioneers of the bespoke cocktail movement.

This Thursday, you know you want to….

WHISKY & POETRY SALON ~ EROTICThurs, Feb 12, 7-10pm. $35 (presale)/21+Three Clubs Lounge, 1123 Vine St, Hollywood 90038.  For tix and more info, go HERE(Full disclosure: this is a Ms. Go Go produced event!)

Forget Broadway and bring on the broads at Thenardiers Inn.

Forget Broadway and bring on the broads at Thenardiers Inn.

Javert!

If you like Broadway classics with a side of sly, grab tickets immediately to one of the final two  performances of  Thenardiers Inn: A Les Miserables Cabaret hosted by  incorrigible innkeeper Master Thenardier.

Or, as the show puts it, “Witness the heartwarming tale of human compassion, told by a complete asshole.”

The talented troupe does an impressive job of riffing irreverently on the classic musical while also honoring its heart.  Saucy, improv’d-in-the-moment mayhem makes you feel like you’ve been invited to the best private party in town.

The immersive, 360 degree setting allows for up-close-and-personal audience interaction — you’ve been warned! — and includes Thenardier’s guests (i.e. you) swigging wine whenever human bloodhound Javert’s name is mentioned.

Which is often.

To aid and abet your tribute boozing,  you’ll get a free drink if you wear your best late-18th century finery to the just-added show on Thursday or dress in red for the final night of the show’s run on Saturday.

The French Revolution has never been so fun.

THENARDIERS INNThurs, Feb 12 & Sat, Feb 14.  Doors/drinking 7pm; Show 8-10pm. $30; 21+Creating Arts Studios, 3110 Pennsylvania Ave, Santa Monica 90404.  Tix & more info HERE.

The Russian National Ballet does love

The Russian National Ballet does love

Dance Dance Revolution, Comrade

Whatever your feelings about romance,  the Russian National Ballet Theater has you covered this weekend.

Does love feel like the Impossible Dream?  Head to Valley Performing Arts Center on Friday for Don Quixote.  The misadventures of Cervantes’s would-be knight —  portrayed via powerful dance performances and Leon Minkus’s thrilling score  — will make you feel like tilting at your own personal windmills is a cinch.

If you’re in the mood for love(ly) spectacle, grab tickets for Saturday’s Gala Performance, which features a collection of lush, romantic works by revered ballet master and choreographer Marius Petipa including: The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Romeo & Juliet, and The Dying Swan. The Russian National Ballet Theater Gala package includes two tickets to the Russian National Ballet Theater, two glasses of wine, beer, or sparkling wine, and four, heart-shaped, chocolate-dipped, shortbread cookies. ($98; available only by phone***)

This Valentine’s Day treat is from Russia with Love

RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATREDon Quixote, Fri Feb 13 @ 8pm; $25 – $90.  Gala Performance, Sat Feb 14 @ 8pm; Great Hall.  $98***–  Valley Performing Arts Center, Cal State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge 91330.  Directions & parking info HERE.  ***For Gala tickets, call the VPAC Ticket Office at 818-677-3000 Tue – Sat 10AM – 4PM. 

Vegas J Jenkins: your Edwardian Ball Host with the Most.

Vegas J Jenkins: your Edwardian Ball Host with the Most (Moustache).

Be My Beastly Baby

The 15th Annual Edwardian Ball is subtitled “My Gorey Valentine”, which pretty much works no matter what your current view of Cupid Day is.

“Edwardian” refers to both the era (early 1900’s so…costume hint!) and to inspiration/illustrator Edward Gorey whose unsettling children and lugubrious adults will be celebrated via co-producers Rosin Coven and Vau de Vire Society‘s yearly adaptation of a Gorey story.  This year’s staged spectacle, which combines art, music, dance and circus at the luxe Fonda Theater, is The Beastly Baby.

It’s about a monstrous infant but the description can certainly be applied to your ex if you’re in that particular frame of mind.

Sip absinthe cocktails during performances that include The Gentlemen Callers of LA, The Speakeasy Syndicate, Les Petit Bon Bons, and Fou Fou Ha! or while exploring the Rooftop Garden, the Midway Games and the Portrait Booth.

Leave no Gorey corner unturned.

THE 15TH ANNUAL EDWARDIAN BALLSat, Feb 14, Doors/Show, 8pm – 2am. General Admission: $50The Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd,  LA 90028.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Get it while it's hot.

Get it while it’s hot.

Think of this weekend as an oasis of calm before the Valentine Week storm.

Still, there’s plenty of fun to look forward to:

Chocolate.

Tequila.

Vintage lingerie.

Actually, maybe not so calm after all….

What’s Old Is New Again

What’s better than the thrice-a-year Vintage Fashion Expo?

Vintage Weekend L.A.!

The original Vintage Fashion Expo — your one-shop stop for retro fashion — is teaming up with Rin Tanaka and Inspiration for an all-vintage weekend.

Inspiration launches the collaborative event today at noon with their 6th annual preview. Browse American vintage apparel from the 1900s to the 1980s as well as surf and skate exhibitors,  hot-rods, antiques, records and audio equipment.

FREE Vintage Weekend L.A. party!

FREE Vintage Weekend L.A. party!

Vintage Fashion Expo opens its doors on Saturday with 1880’s to 1990’s fashion, jewelry and accessories for women and men. Donate a new or gently used office-appropriate purse to Expo partner Dress for Success and get $5 off your Expo ticket.

In all, 150 vintage dealers will be exhibiting a range of clothing, accessories, and heritage lifestyle items from the rare to the best of designer, craftsman and period pieces.

Saturday’s double-the-fun shop-a-thon ends with Inspiration’s FREE After-party at sponsor RRL on Melrose.

Just the place to show off your new decades-past designer duds.

Vintage Fashion Expo continues solo on Sunday for your last-minute vintage Valentine’s needs.

A strand of pearls + a pair of black satin elbow length gloves = perfect Valentine’s Day.

VINTAGE WEEKEND L.A. – Fri, Feb 6, noon – 9pm; Sat, Feb 7, 9am (early bird)/10:30 a.m GA - 6pm; FREE After- party, 7-10pm. Sun, Feb 8, 11am – 5pm.  $12 – $90 The Reef, 1933 So Broadway, DTLA 90007. For Inspiration info/tix, go HERE.  For Vintage Fashion Expo info/tix, go HERE.

En fuego!

En fuego!

Chocolate. Tequila.  Amor.

Chocolate and tequila may sound like an odd combination but think of the luscious, chocolate-infused Mexican sauce known as mole.

Then think about how much you want to start your weekend with tonight’s Sip+Taste LA’s Patron Tequila + Chocolate Tasting at ChocoVivo.

Your $25 ticket gets you a pairing of 5-6 dark chocolates and three Patron tequilas including Incendio Chile Chocolate Liqueur.  Plus, a swag bag.

Yes, please.

You’ll also be able get a jump on your Cupid Day chocolate buying. ChocoVivo stone grinds their whole bean chocolate with pure cane sugar; the only other ingredients they use are organic fruits and nuts from local farmers’ markets.

So much better than your original Hail Mary plan:

A bag of “I wuv u” glitter M&M’s.

PATRON TEQUILA & CHOCOLATE PAIRINGFri, Feb 6; 5-9pm.  $25; 21+ChocoVivo, 12469 West Washington Blvd, LA 90066; a portion of your purchase benefits the National Museum of Animals & Society. For tix and more info, go HERE.

Happy Birthday, Uncle Abe.

Happy Birthday, Uncle Abe.

Music for the Great Emancipator

In anticipation of Presidents Day weekend, celebrate Honest Abe in Pasadena this Sunday with Liberty/Conceived:  Muse/Ique‘s first Uncorked concert of the year.

Conductor Rachael Worby, Artistic Director of the traveling orchestral salon, traces Lincoln’s love of music and art with the help of special guest narrator Courtney B. Vance (Hunt for Red October, Law and Order: Criminal Intent).

The DkF gospel vocal ensemble will join Muse/Ique for the performance of “deep American favorites” such as Battle Hymn of the Republic, Go Down Moses, and I Wish I Was in Dixie’s Land. The afternoon’s finale will be composer Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, conducted by Maestra Worby.

In order to reach a wide and diverse audience, events in Muse/Ique’s Uncorked series pop up at iconic but non-traditional venues.  For their inaugural 2015 performance, Muse/Ique was invited to be part of the grand re-opening ceremony of Pasadena Civic Exhibit Hall: a former ballroom-turned-ice rink that has been reclaimed with a $900,000 renovation.

Muse/Ique members and ticket holders will have dibs on the reserved preferred seating but the public is invited to attend with unreserved seating or standing around the perimeter of the ballroom.

Leave your roller skates at home.

MUSE/IQUE’S UNCORKED: LIBERTY/CONCEIVED — Sun, Feb 8; 6pm ribbon-cutting ceremony, 6:30pm mingling, 7pm concert. $50 reserved seating; FREE unreserved seatingPasadena Civic Exhibit Hall, 300 E Green Street, Pasadena 91101. For tix & more info, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

1st Annual Playwrights’ Nest Festival — Latino Theater Alliance/LA!  8 directed readings! Diverse, emerging Latina/o playwrights!  Fri, Feb 5 – Sun, Feb 8

3rd Annual Bacon Fest — Dozens of restos & bakeries!  20 breweries!  Paramount Studios NY Streets back lot!  Sat, Feb 7

The Phantom Tollbooth — FREE ADMISSION!  Morning screening!  Billy Wilder Theater!  Sun, Feb 8

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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