Danger de mort indeed....

Danger de mort indeed….

The promised rain is playing coy but this weekend still has plenty of spring in its step.

Black & White & French All Over

Grab your Gauloises and sashay over to Cinefamily where La collectionneuse  (“the woman who collects”) opens her private treasury of Gallic cinematic gems.

A co-presentation of the French Film and TV Office, La Collectionneuse: A Black and White Night features rarely seen French film shorts in — you guessed it — black and white.

Friday night’s highlight?

A 35 mm copy of avant-garde filmmaker Jean Cocteau’s Blood of a Poet, which managed to rile both the Catholic Church and the prestigious Jockey-Club de Paris.

Naturally, where’s there’s scandal, there’s a fete.

DJ’s will spin French tunes while you eat and drink in black and white in Cinefamily’s back patio, which will be styled as a French guinguette: the 18th century, riverside, open-air taverns memorialized in a million (+/-) Impressionist paintings. Dress in black and white — anything goes from frou frou to TGIF — and memorialize your ensemble in the themed photobooth.

La collectionneuse has her eye on you.

LA COLLECTIONNEUSE: A French Black and White NightFri, April 24 @ 7pm. $12Cinefamily, 611 N Fairfax Ave, LA 90036.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Pretty eco in pink at Artisanal L.A. Spring Show.

Eat/Love/Pay at Artisanal L.A. Spring Show.

Spring Fling

Attention, eco-foodies and people with mothers.

The Artisanal LA Spring Show is about to get sprung.

Whether you’re feeling eco-virtuous post-Earth Day (Hybrid tomatoes with Urban Farm!  DIY terrariums with Birch & Bone!) or want to pick up something luscious/gorgeous for Maman (Chef-curated gift baskets from The Fare Trade!  Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen cookbook!), the Spring Show has your shopping list covered.

Sigh of relief.

Over 150+ artisanal makers will gather at The Reef’s 2nd floor Magic Box; 60 vendors are new this season.  Check out gorgeous floral displays from Amelia Posada, attend a pickling party with L.A.’s Master Preservers, or screen-print with Self-Help Graphics, which is also creating totes available to early Artisanal LA attendees.

In other words, set your alarm.

Rest your feet and indulge your sweet tooth at the Modern Milk & Cookies Corner featuring Califia Farms, take a photo booth pic of your DIY creation and sip a hosted beverage at the The Social Booth, or peruse the first issue of Life & Thyme (storytelling through food) at their eponymous lounge over caffeine from Copa Vida.

Did we mention “come hungry”?  Yes, that too.

ARTISANAL LA ~ SPRING SHOW — Sat, April 25 & Sun, April 26; 11am – 6pm.  Presale $12 per day; $15 w/e pass; $15 atdThe Reef, 2nd floor Magic Box, 1933 So Broadway, DTLA 90007.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

50 for 50: gifts not lights.

50 for 50: gifts not lights.

Reeling in the Years

Even with relatively new installations like Urban Light by Chris Burden (a.k.a. the lamp posts) and Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass (a.k.a. the rock), LACMA seems like it’s been here forever.

So it’s a shock to realize that in the museum world, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a spring chicken of 50.

That doesn’t mean a paucity of presents. Au contraire.

This Sunday, on the 50th Anniversary Free Community Day, LACMA invites everyone to the party to enjoy 50 for 50: Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA’s Anniversary.  This is the first presentation of a selection of highlights from philanthropist A. Jerrold Perenchio’s  recent, historic bequest ($500 million — LACMA’s biggest ever!) of art from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Bonus party favor: you also get free entry to usually ticketed exhibitions including Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School.

Happy birthday, LACMA!

Please…no confetti in the gallery.

50 FOR 50: GIFTS ON THE OCCASION OF LACMA’S ANNIVERSARYOpening day: Sun, April 26; 10am – 6pm.  FREELos Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036.  For more info, go HERE.

Ghost motel

Ghost motel

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Brewery Art Walk — World’s largest art complex!  100+ resident artist studios open!  FREE!  Sat & Sun, 4/25 – 36

Hops & Hopes Craft Beer Day  — Benefits Beer Autism Hope Cause!  80+ Brewers!  Beer Pong vs. Celebrities!  Sat, 4/25

Silverlake Craft Cocktail & Beer Exposition — Benefits Sunset Free Health Clinic! 12+ local bars!  Pizza Champion competition! Sat, 4/25

Craft & Folk Art Museum’s 3rd Annual Vintage Marketplace — Textiles/Jewelry/Clothing/Accessories!  Peddler’s Creamery! FREE!  Sun, 4/26

Projection by Vincent Lamouroux — Public art installation!  Sunset Pacific Motel (a.k.a. Bates Motel) transformed with whitewash!  FREE! — Sun, 4/26

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Late night is blowing up at ZJU...

Late night is blowing up at ZJU…

Music.  Performance art.  Food & drink outdoors.  Skimpy clothes.

No desert.

Think of this weekend as No-chella, Part 2.

Dinner First.  Then Bedlam.

All hell will break loose this Friday night in NoHo when ZJU Underground Theater debuts the bigger, badder, late(r)-night version of the Bedlam Explosivo XXL Variety Hour.

This time around, the “caburlesque” is amped up to late-night proportions and crammed into four-nights-only of TGIF fun.

Expect the usual madness from director Sebastian Munoz and the ZJU minions of mayhem. music and magic.

Also, operatic striptease.

Go Go’ers, when an event gets too big for its short-shorts britches, all you can do is super-size the stilettos to XXL.

BEDLAM EXPLOSIVO XXL VARIETY HOURFri, April 17 & 24 and May 1 & 8 @ 11pm.  $15 — ZJU Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., NoHo 91601  For Reservations, call: 818.202.4120.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Al fresco in DTLA

Al fresco in DTLA

Food.  Free. Fun.  Sun. 

For FREE fermentation experimentation, butter aerobics and Cold Tofu in the warm sun, head to Grand Park this Saturday for #PicnicDTLA.

Want your picnic sandwiches on fresh-baked bread?  BYO dough to bake your own picnic loaf in MOMO: Michael O’Malley’s mobile, wood-fired oven.

Slather your fresh-baked bread with fresh-churned butter!  From 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., burn fat to make fat at Pop Soda‘s #FeeltheChurn butter aerobics.

It’s the perfect time to debut your all-yellow aerobics ensemble

Make your own kimchi at the Fermentation Station.  Swap recipes, cookbooks and tidbit tips. DIY DTLA-style at the Pop-Up Recipe Book Station.

Showcase your spread — the sandwich-topping kind — for a chance to win a  Hollywood Bowl Picnic Survival Kit (i.e. performance tix and picnic basket) as well as other cool prizes.

If your picnic style is point-and-pay, grub up at Grand Central Market  or the several on-site food trucks then enjoy MOTOWN ON MONDAYS DJs (with special guest JEREMY SOLE of KCRW) and award-winning Asian-American improv group Cold Tofu.

It’s the best picnic pick under the sun.

PICNIC DTLASat, April 18, noon – 4pm. FREE —  Grand Park Event Lawn, nearest City Hall on Spring St between First and Temple. For more info, including what to bring and what to leave at home, go HERE.

So much to see at Pop-Up Magazine

So much to see at Pop-Up Magazine

More than a Magazine

For a one-stop, one-night-only cultural experience, head to Pop-Up Magazine this Sunday at the Theatre at Ace Hotel for storytelling, documentary films, photography, illustration, and radio live on stage and brought to you by California Sunday Magazine.

You’ll want to snap up tix ASAP; as a testament to the popularity of the series, both of this weekend’s San Francisco shows sold out in record time.

Think you can check out a digital version later?  Think again.

The transient nature of the event — presenters include writers, radio producers, filmmakers, photographers, and artists — is part of the point; nothing will be filmed and nothing will be recorded.

This Sunday…kick it old school with a real live magazine.

POP-UP MAGAZINESun, April 19, 7:30-9:30pm. $35Theatre at the Ace Hotel, 929 S Broadway, DTLA 90015.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Record Store Day — Celebrities!  Performances!  High-jinks!  Sat 4/18

LA Times Festival of Books — Music!  Food!  Culture!  Art!  Sat 4/18 & Sun 4/19

Brokechella — Four stages of music!  Art installations! Affordable libations!  Sat 4/18

Ready?   U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

 

FREE Salsa at Union Station!

FREE Salsa at Union Station!

Doesn’t spring seem springier than usual?

Check it out.

Report back.

You can do it.

TGIF and Free

Ms. Go Go’s multiple choice quiz.

On Friday nights you are…

a) raring to go

b) a limp dish rag

c) broke

d) two of the above

No matter what your state of mind and/or wallet, make Union Station your destination this Friday.

Son Mayor, one of L.A.’s best Latin bands, dishes up high-octane, vintage and contemporary Cuban salsa music in the Fred Harvey Room.  There are two, 45-minute, all-ages shows; fine-tune your fancy footwork with mini-dance lessons between sets.

Also, FREE!

It doesn’t get much easier than free.

SON MAYOR AT UNION STATION  — Fri, April 10, 8pm & 9pm  All ages/FREEUnion Station ~ Fred Harvey Room, 800 N Alameda St, LA 90012.  For more info, go HERE.

It's always the right season for horror.

Spring chill

Fright Night

There’s nothing like the chill of death to highlight the warmth of spring,

And the gold standard of Los Angeles theater terror is Urban Death: the signature production of Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group.

Directed by Zombie Joe and Jana Wimer and opening this Saturday, the late night assemblage of Grand Guignol vignettes uses the classic combination of humor and horror for maximum effectiveness; the former relaxes you and puts you at ease, which makes the emotional gut punch of the real, raw, up-close-and-personal horror all the more effective.

Think shock value underscored by existential horror.

So…pretty much the quintessential Los Angeles experience.

URBAN DEATHSat, April 11 – Sat, May 16; 11 pm.  $15; 15+Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, 4850 Lankershim Blvd, NoHo 91601.  For tix & more info, go HERE.  For reservations, call 818. 202.4120.

Ground control to Major Tom...

Yuri’s Night at the Space Shuttle Endeavor

It’s Not Rocket Science…

…you will definitely want to blast off this Sunday at Yuri’s Night Los Angeles: a space bash under the Endeavor Space Shuttle!

Rock it with rocket scientists including astronaut Dr. Mae Jamison, JPL’s “Mohawk Guy” Bobak Ferdosi, and  Tina Merrie Newman (Mars Art Car).

Wave glow sticks with space oddities from Star Trek, Babylon 5, and The X-Files.

Do the Robot with R2D2 and the Dalek from Dr. Who.

Sip space-themed cocktails and soar through 200,000 galaxies to the farthest reaches of the universe via the COSMOS astronomical survey courtesy of astronomer Miguel Angel Argon Calvo.

This year’s Yuri’s Night theme is “A New Hope” so rock your Star Wars Throne Room best and Space Jam with stormtroopers.

One small dance step for man, one giant leap for wookie-kind.

YURI’S NIGHTSun, April 12; 8-11pm.  $25-$60; drink/food tix  $5-$10 ~ Tix only available online until Sat, 4/11 @10am  — Science Center, Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion, 700 Exposition Park Dr, LA 90037.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Cinema at the Edge: edgy cinema at the edge of the continent.

Cinema at the Edge: edgy cinema at the edge of the continent.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Cinema at the Edge Film Festival

Narrative feature, documentary and short film programs!

Thursday night opening party!

Jury prizes & audience awards!

Thurs, 4/9 & Fri 4/10

4th Annual Kite Festival  FREE unique kite!  Color theory advice!  Kite artists!  Sat, 4/11

Long Beach Zine Fest 100+ writers, designers, cartoonists, photographers, artists and DIYers!  Lectures, workshops, panel discussions!  FREE!  Sun 4/12

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go…. 

This is definitely a disappointed woman.

This is definitely a disappointed woman.

Easter approaches and Ms. Go Go presents a classic trifecta of fun:

Murder.

Beer.

Mid-century angst.

Oh…were you expecting the Easter trifecta of fun?

Whoops.

Love Hurts

“No fiend in hell can match the fury of a disappointed woman.”

The above quote by 17th century bon vivant Colley Cibber basically describes every woman in every film in Noir City: The 17th Annual Festival of Film Noir.

Also, all of the men.

Explore the meanest streets and darkest back alleys of the cinematic psyche with three weeks of film noir at the Egyptian Theater starting tonight with a restored print of Woman on the Run paired with The Unfaithful.

You can bet both those wives are disappointed.

Saturday night’s Humphrey Bogart double feature of Dark Passage and the L.A. premiere of This Last Lonely Place (co-produced by Bogie’s estate) concludes with a free cocktail reception courtesy of Bogart’s Real English Gin.

Future fest highlights include Barbara Stanwyck double features, adaptations of Cornell Woolrich’s masterful crime fiction, noir from Argentina and Great Britain, and a proto-noir mini-marathon.

Best title from the latter?  Safe in Hell.

Brush off your fedoras and fascinators for the closing weekend Noir City Party on Saturday, April 18 with booze, bites, gambling, and dancing to Dean Mora’s Swingtet.  A screening of The Guilty precedes the party.

Featuring — you guessed it — a disappointed woman….

NOIR CITY: THE 17th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR — Fri, April 3 – Sun, April 19; various times. Films: $7-$11; Party: $25-$55The Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028.  For more info, go HERE.

LA Beer Fest 2015200 Bottles of Beer on the Lot

Sunday morning…Easter brunch.

Saturday…Beer lunch.

Also, beer dinner.

You have two options — afternoon and evening — to suds it up at tomorrow’s 2015 LA Beer Fest featuring more breweries than ever before: over 200 domestic and international beers including 75+ microbrews.

Yes, please.

Your presale-only ticket gets you unlimited beer samplings.  To make it to Easter brunch relatively unscathed, food is available — sold separately — from 15 food trucks.

Black Crystal Wolf Kids entertain afternoon tipplers; the aptly named Thirsty Heroes keep evening imbibers going all night long. DJs spin afternoon into evening; the Oh Snap! photo booth ensures you and your besties have a record of your fab time.

Not to mention providing the best conversation piece ever for Easter brunch with the fam.

LA BEER FEST 2015Sat, April 4; noon – 3pm & 5-8pm.  $40/21+L.A. Center Studios, 1201 W 5th St, #T-110, DTLA 90017. For tix and more info, go HERE.

Have a cocktail with Don and the gang.

Now Boarding with Don and the gang.

Goodbye, Don

Only seven more weeks of Mad Men?

Do as Don and the SC&P gang does: numb your pain with alcohol.

With bicoastal travel an integral element of the 6th season, the vintage, airport-themed cocktail lounge Now Boarding‘s season premier party is the perfect place to continue your Mad Men journey.

Reserve a booth and arrive in your mid-century best for a chance to win a bottle locker at Now Boarding.

Ms. Go Go is searching furiously for anything Megan.

Sip themed cocktails — Sterling, Cooper, Draper or Pryce, natch — while listening to live jazz pre-broadcast from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Watch the Madison Avenue angst unfold from 10:00 to 11:00 p.m. on 65″ screens then discuss the episode until the wee hours during late night happy hour.

Just keep the tears out of your drink…you know Don would.

MAD MEN 7th SEASON PREMIERE PARTYSun, April 5th, 7pm.  FREE/21+Now Boarding, 7746 Santa Monica Blvd, WeHO 90069. For more info, go HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Bowled over at Ramen Yokocho.

Bowled over at Ramen Yokocho.

You’ve had staycations.

Think of this weekend as Spring Break-ation.

Slurp City, Here We Come

Whether lunch, dinner or your go-to hangover prevention/remedy, ramen is the ultimate comfort food.

To fuel your dominance of the weekend, grab tix ASAP to the weekend’s two-day Ramen Yokocho Ramen Championship at Santa Anita Park.

Seven challengers from San Francisco (Men-Oh), Las Vegas (Kaido), Hawaii (Kamitoku) and Los Angeles (Shin-Sen-Gumi, Urban Ramen, Juju-Ya and Ramen Champ) will compete on Saturday and Sunday; ramen devotees/fest goers vote to elect their fave noodle king.

Oh, the power….

On hand for global sampling but excluded from the competition are four top noodle shops from Japan.  Hit the ATM on the way; all bowls of ramen are $8.50 each, cash only; there are also free samples.

There’s a nominal $5 entry fee and an express lane option with or without a ramen ticket; kids 17 and under are free. Today, March 27 is the last day for discount tix.

Think of it as the Noodle Bowl.

RAMEN YOKOCHOSat, March 28 & Sun, March 29; 11am to 6pm.  Entry $5/FREE 17 & under. $8.50 per bowl/cash only — Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Read your heart out!

Read your heart out!

Splendor in the Grass

There may be bigger literary festivals but the Grand Park Downtown Bookfest, sponsored by the Music Center, is not only FREE, it’s the most fun literary event in L.A.

Don’t miss the pop-up shop from Writ Large Press, one of L.A.’s most innovative small presses, where you’ll discover books, graphic novels, and bilingual offerings from local authors.  Show your Metro card and save 10%!

There’s both a Family Pavilion with kid-centric lit offerings and the Main Stage.  Don’t miss Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez and Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman at the latter.

Artizen Lab finalists will strut their creative stuff at the Bookfest. Check out The Community Camera, a crowd-sourced exhibit of photos, Fill the Well, a community installation of five word poems, and Los Angeles Sheet Music: a crowd-created painting that musicians will interpret in the moment as music.

Maestro, Ms. Go Go is ready for her musical close-up.

DOWNTOWN GRAND PARK BOOKFESTSat, March 28; noon – 5pm.  FREEGrand Park, 200 N Grand Ave, DTLA 90012.  For more info, go HERE.

Disney "Fantasia" - Live in Concert at Valley Performing Arts Center.

Disney “Fantasia” – Live in Concert at Valley Performing Arts Center.

The Orchestra’s Apprentice

It’s Disney as you’ve never heard him before.

Reward your eyes and your ears this Sunday with Fantasia – Live in Concert.

John Roscigno conducts the CSUN Orchestra, which performs iconic selections from the scores of Walt Disney’s beloved animated classic Fantasia (1940) and the acclaimed remake Disney Fantasia 2000.

While the music soars, you’ll rediscover memorable moments of stunning Disney footage including Mickey creating magical chaos to Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, unicorns and winged horses flying across the sunset to Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony, and the beloved images from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite”.

Raise your hand if your faves were the Russian flowers….

FANTASIA – LIVE IN CONCERT —  Sun, March 29; 1pm.  $30-$60/all ages — Valley Performing Arts Center, Great Hall at California State University, Northridge.

For address, directions and parking, go HERE.

For tix and more info, go HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

 

 

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….

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