Christmas + Comedy + Pie

Ho Ho Hope you win a pie!

We’re in the countdown zone for the Most Wonderful Time of the Year .

Here are a few only-in-L.A. alt-Christmas “classics” guaranteed to jingle your bells.

You can feel the tingle already.

Or maybe that’s just the numbness in your arms from carrying 20 lbs. of presents….

Christmas + Comedy + Pie

An evening with The Upright Citizens Brigade is always an evening well spent: the improv troupe — now double the fun with two locations — is one of Hollywood’s fave spots to recruit comedy up-and-comers.

Tonight only, The UCB Yuletide Christmas Holiday Special (at the Sunset location) features  Ian Roberts  (Key & Peele) in a special guest appearance at Santa and Mrs. Clause’s annual, corporate retreat.  To sweeten the evening two-fold, you’ll also have a chance to win a pie from Sugar Pie, Honey Buns.

It’s the best $5 you’ll spend this season.

THE UCB YULETIDE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SPECIALFri, Dec 19 & Sat, Dec 20 @ 10:30pm.  $5 (pie raffle also at Saturday’s show)UCB Sunset, 5419 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood 90027.  For tix & more info, go HERE.

Do they know it's Christmas?

Do they know it’s Christmas?

Christmas Carol Sizzle

Given their predilection for ghosties and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night, A Christmas Carol is the perfect holiday vehicle for NoHo Ho impresario Zombie Joe, director Denise Devin and their band of scary elves.

In the ZJU version of the Xmas classic, expect a chorus line of steampunk swagger with your Scrooge played by troupe mainstay Sebastian Munoz.  Devin delivers a trifecta of iconic Dickens spirits with deft turns as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.  And in this busiest time of the year, the streamlined tale of horror and redemption will have you out the door with plenty of time for a holiday night cap by the fire.

And for that, God bless them, every one.

ZJU PRESENTS “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”Saturdays at 8:30pm and Sundays at 7pm through December 28. $15ZJU Theatre, 4850 Lankershim Blvd, NoHo 91601  For tix & info, go HERE.

Holiday howlers, horror and the man from Grizzly Adams.

Holiday howlers, horror and the man from Grizzly Adams.

Holiday Horrors

Are you at the point in the season where holiday shopping malls have become the ninth circle of  hell?

If you screamed yes to that question, you might want to forego the muzak fa la la this Sunday and head over to Cinefamily for a late night of seasonal horrors with Ghoul Skool, of found footage foragers Everything is Terrible!

In addition to a merry mishmash of gloriously bad holiday media including vintage ads, public access weirdness and understandably-forgotten TV specials, the evening will include a rare screening of 1989 movie Elves.

Playing a washed up, alcoholic, department store Santa, Dan Haggerty (of Grizzly Adams fame)  battles demonic elves in a shopping mall (and beyond) to protect the last, remaining, pure-blooded Aryan virgin in the world.

The latter is not to be confused with a certain, well-known mom in a manger.

A VIDEO NIGHTS CHRISTMAS SMORGASBOARD (featuring ELVES) Sun, Dec 21 @ 10:30pm. $12/free for members Cinefamily, 611 N Fairfax, LA 90036. For tix & more info, go HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

 

 

Time for your formal cowboy boots.

Time for your formal cowboy boots.

Ms. Go Go knows you’ve probably just been sitting around watching paint dry lately.

Good thing the fun starts early this weekend….

It’s Party Pants Time

If your holiday fun so far has consisted of obligatory fruitcake nibbling and genteel eggnog sipping, get ready to kick over the candy canes and set the manger on fire.

The Grand Ole Echo is throwing a holiday hoedown.

Do-si-do over to the GOE’s Winter Dance Party where Far West, Sam Outlaw, Reverend Baron and Ruby Force will help you forget your mounting seasonal credit card debt and that upcoming three-hour layover in Des Moines

And whether you call Thursday’s bash a “winter dance party”, a “winter formal” or “end-of-year shindig”, you’re invited to bring the parents and Dress To Impress.

Sounds like the hot glue gun and fur pom pom project  you’ve been waiting for….

GRAND OLE ECHOThurs, Dec 11, 8pm. $8 -$10/18+ — The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd, Echo Park/LA  90026.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

There once was a fest in a bar....

5 years of limericks and a goose at the Altadena Ale House.

There Once Was a Fest in a Bar….

Tired of fake snow and fat guys in red suits?

Get a dose of St. Paddy’s Day in December with the 5th Annual Los Angeles Limerick Festival.

Rhymes both bawdy and clever plus plenty of alcohol to properly appreciate them are the hallmarks of this evening of literary laughs organized by multi-threat creative Jan Michael Alejandro.

Saturday evening’s silver-tongued devils include Jeff Goode, Helen Geller, Jonathan Savell, Steve Wooley, Laurie Buckley,  Alastair and Jennifer Boase, Limerick Musical Director Leslie Spring, and YOU if you’re 21 or older and get to Altadena Ale House by 6:30 to sign up for the open mic.

Mistress of Ceremonies Mimi Chen (100.3’s the Sound) will once again be spinning the Wheel of Limericks.

Wonder how many of the wheel’s slots say “Nantucket”?

5TH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES LIMERICK FEST —  Sat, Dec 13; 6:30 – 10:30pm.  $12-$16; 21+Altadena Ale House, 2329 Fair Oaks Ave, Altadena 91001.  For more info, go HERE.

Orchestre Surreal: do they know it's Xmas?  (Photo & composite by Ronald Dunlap)

Orchestre Surreal: do they know it’s Xmas? (Photo & composite by Ronald Dunlap)

Xmas in LaLa Land

Want an only-in-L.A. holiday experience?

While the rest of the country freezes, head to California Plaza this Sunday afternoon to sit outside and hear Elvis Schoenberg’s Orchestre Surreal further warp the already-alt music of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

You may want to ward off the chill with a light, leopard-print sweatshirt.

Schoenberg (a.k.a. Ross Wright) and his collection of precision musicians — Keith Emerson is kind of an honorary member — and cult fave singers like The Fabulous Miss Thing (Angela Carole Brown) dare to boldly go where few musical artists have gone before.

In one of the more oddball pairings of the season, Grand Performances and the Omni Hotel are  hosting a complimentary cookie decorating party before the Frank Zappa-loving Schoenberg and his merry brand of musical pranksters hit the stage.

In the spirit of the season, put a stiletto on that sugar cookie….

ORCHESTRE SURREALSun, Dec 14; concert at 2pm/cookie party at 1pm.  FREECalifornia Plaza, 350 So Grand Ave, LA 90071.  For more info, including directions and parking, go HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want to Go Go….

Best. Xmas Present. Ever.

Best. Xmas Present. Ever.

Win a pair of tix ($70 value!) to Angel City Chorale this Sunday, December 7th!  Click link above for details!

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s the holiday season.

To survive the surfeit of cheer, Ms. Go Go offers a libation-themed weekend that only marginally edges into wassail-and-eggnog territory.

Think of the weekend as sanity in a glass….

The End of Madness

On December 5, 1933, Americans got the best early Christmas present ever when Prohibition was repealed.

What better place to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the end of insanity than in one of 1933 Group‘s fab bars with a special Repeal Day cocktail for a dollar?

From 5 to 7 p.m. tonight, each of The 1933 Group’s six, splendid — and, clearly, historically minded — drinkeries will offer a special Repeal Day cocktail for a bill, a buck, a bone.

Sip on Old-Fashioneds at Harlowe, Bigfoot Lodge, Oldfield’s, Thirsty Crow,  Sassafras and Big Foot West.  The latter establishment  will also offer a pisco-based Kapple Pie while La Cuevita is featuring a Tequila Press, with jalapeño-infused Sino tequila.

A buzz for a buck?  You’ll drink to that….

1933 GROUP’S REPEAL DAY COCKTAILSFri, Dec 5, 5-7pm.  $1/21+Go HERE for 1933 Group bar locations.

Crafting the Cocktail: how to look good while drinking.

See beautiful barware aand more t Crafting the Cocktail exhibit at Craft in America.

Decorative Drinking

Back in the day, people drank from hollow gourds and bare hands.

Then things got fancy….

This Saturday, The Craft in America Center and The Museum of the American Cocktail show you just how fancy with Crafting the Cocktail.

Suggested exhibit subtitle: “How to Look Good While Drinking”.

Saturday’s Opening Reception and Cocktail Party launches the FREE  exhibit of alcoholic accoutrements, which features everything from swizzle sticks to tiki ware, champagne coupes to liquor cabinets.

In conjunction with the exhibit, which runs through February 21, 2015, The Museum of the American Cocktail will present a variety of talks and seminars around the city featuring libation experts such as Marcos Tello, Joe Keeper and Brandyn Tepper.

So basically, an exhibit that’s good-looking and smart.

CRAFTING THE COCKTAILSat, Dec 6, 4-6pm/Opening Reception & Cocktail Party; exhibit runs through Feb 21, 2015. FREEThe Craft in America Center, 8415 W Third St, LA 90048.  For more information, go HERE.

RSVP for the Opening Reception & Cocktail Party at: rsvp@craftinamerica.org.

Sips & Sweets & Shopping....

Sips & Sweets & Shopping….

How To Have Fun While Shopping

Feeling a wee bit guilty about all the holiday shopping you’re avoiding this weekend?

Be a multitasking merrymaker this Sunday and head to the LA Weekly’s Sips and Sweets The Majestic Downtown + the Reserve in DTLA.

Sample up to eight cocktails by master mixologists like Danielle Crouch (Caña Rum Bar, John Kelly O’Hare (Sonny’s Hideaway)  and Christiaan Rollich (A.O.C.).

Non-alcoholic bevs available…if necessary.

Bring the munchkins along to “help” you taste-test treats from some of L.A.’s best bakers and pastry chefs including Terri Wahl (Auntie Em’s), Dahlia Narvaez (Mozza), and Nicole Mournian (Gjusta) to name a very few.

In addition to all that sipping and sweets-eating, check off items on your holiday shopping list at the artisan vendor village and cookbook corner featuring new food porn tomes from local chefs.

Finally, you can feel good about your gustation; a portion of your ticket sales benefits Food Forward whose mission is to harvest food, fight hunger and build community.

Let’s drink to that….

LA WEEKLY’S SIPS AND SWEETSSun, Dec 7, 2-5pm.  All ages/$40 (21+); $25 (under 21)The Majestic Downtown + the Reserve DTLA, 650 So Spring St, DTLA 90014.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Grand Central Market Holidays –  Menu specials! Gifts! Music!  Kids’ DIY! — Fri, 12/5 – Sun, 12/7

Mohawk Bend IPA Fest — 60+ IPA’s!  All CA brews!  2nd Annual beer-bration!  – Sat, 12/6

CicLAvia South L.A. — Leimert Park to Central Avenue via Martin Luther King Blvd! California African American Museum!  Kwanzaa! — Sun, 12/7

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Win tickets to Sunday, December 7th show!

Win tickets to Sunday, December 7th show!

A pair of tickets is still available for the Angel City Chorale this Sunday, December 12. $70 value; respond with a comment and they’re yours!

How does Ms. Go Go celebrate Give Back Tuesday?  With a ticket giveaway to two fab shows this Sunday, December 7th!

Want two tickets to the glorious, family-friendly, holiday classic Angel City Chorale‘s Season of Wonder?

How about a pair of tix to see dynamic world music from Ukrainian ensemble/Bonnaroo Fest fave DakhaBrakha?

Read on for how to win at the season.***

Ms. Go Go…happy to be your holiday helper elf.

Wonder Full

How to make everyone on your holiday list happy?  Celebrate the start of the season Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7th with tix to Season of Wonder: Angel City Chorale‘s two-night-only, 21st Annual Concert & Singalong.   (Note: Giveaway tix only for Sunday show.)

Praised by music writer and producer T-Bone Burnett as “one of the most engaging and entertaining evenings of music you can hear in Los Angeles,” Angel City Chorale has cross-generational-and-genre appeal with a Christmas and Chanukah cornucopia of carols, classics, jazz, folk and gospel/R&B.

Plus, satisfy your jingle bells jones with an audience participation singalong!

Founded by artistic director/conductor Sue Fink, the 150+ member, multi-cultural Angel City Chorale performed prominently on Christopher Tin’s 2014 album, The Drop That Contained the Sea, which is officially on the first-round ballot for The 57th Annual Grammy Awards. ACC tours extensively and has worked with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Luther Vandross.

Bonus! Enjoy a dessert reception after each show.

Think of it as the cherry on top of your holiday sundae.

ANGEL CITY CHORALE’S SEASON OF WONDERSat, Dec 6 & Sun, Dec 7 @ 7pm.  $30 in advance and $35 at the door; discounts for children (ages 5-12) & seniors — Wilshire United Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90010.  For advance tix & more info, go HERE.

Win two tickets to Dakha Brakha on Sunday, December 7th,

Win two tickets to DakhaBrakha on Sunday, December 7th,

Joyful Noise

It’s a rare musical group that can make a splash at both Bonnaroo and on Prairie Home Companion but Ukrainian quartet DakhaBrakha‘s mix of  punk, folk, and world music has won fans from hipsters to heartlanders.

“DakhaBrakha” means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language and is an apt description of the group, which reinvents Ukraine’s village-centric cultural heritage with a contemporary spin and theatrical flair.

This Sunday, attend a concert at the intimate Theatre Raymond Kabbaz by the group whose performance at Bonnaroo was hailed as “Best Break Out” by Rolling Stone.

You, however, can just shout “Браво!” (“Bravo!)

DAKHABRAKHASun, Dec 7 @ 7:30pm.  $35/$25 (student)Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W Pico Blvd, LA 90064.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

***Send a comment detailing which SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7th show you want to see; first response for each show gets the tix!

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Oh Lord, please help us finish the Post-Thanksgiving walk....

Oh Lord, please give us the endurance we need to finish the Post-Thanksgiving Epic Walk.

It’s the most dangerous time of the year.

Too much family.

A too small kitchen.

Too many knives.

Forget the calories…you’re basically lucky to make it to the table with your nerves intact.

Read on for ways to otherwise de-stress your weekend.

Walk This Way

You need to get out of the house.  You need to walk off the zillion (+/-) Thanksgiving calories you consumed.  You need to show your out-of-town besties the real L.A.

Go Go’ers, The Post-Thanksgiving Epic Walk is the answer to your gobble gobble prayers.

Organized by Big Parade founder Dan Koeppel, Friday’s 15 mile, half-stair walk/half-hike — with a bailout point mid-way — will give you way more of a workout than wrestling a Dirt Devil from a crazed Black Friday shopper.

Your post-Turkey Day trek starts at the Chinatown Metro Gold Line stop and loops through stairways, bridges, streets, sights, and over seven miles of urban dirt trail.  You can leave or join mid-point at a mass transit-adjacent stop.

Go ahead, have another piece of pumpkin pie.

POST-THANKSGIVING EPIC WALKFri, Nov 28 @ 9am. FREEStarts at Chinatown Metro Stop, 901 N Spring St, DTLA 90012.  For more info, go HERE.

Vogue-ing on the catwalk...

Visions of sugarplums are probably not dancing in their heads….

He Sees You When You’re Sleeping….

If the mere thought of jolly elves and jingle bells sets your teeth on edge, you’ll want to grab tix to The Krampus: the perfect counterpoint to the unrelenting festivity of the Yuletide season.

Al Ridenour*** (Cacophony SocietyThe Art of Bleeding) of Krampus Los Angeles kicks off the holidays with a Saturday night lecture about Krampus: the sticks-and-chain-wielding Christmas demon of Eastern European folklore who acts as the “naughty kid” enforcer for the more  benevolent St. Nicholas.

When Krampus shows up, you’ll wish the worst is a lump of coal in your stocking.

Ridenour’s multimedia presentation at the Goethe Institute will feature rare images and film clips as well as costumed devils on the catwalk.  In addition to the hell-raising Krampus, Ridenour’s talk will touch on other cheery figures of Alpine Christmas folklore including straw bears, murderous saints, ghost horses and phantom goats.

Yes, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

THE KRAMPUS Sat, Nov 29, 8-10pm. $10 — The Goethe Institute, 5750 Wilshire Blvd, Ste. 100, L.A. 90036.  For tix & more info, go HERE.

"But that's my life!"

“But that’s my life.”

Thanksgiving For Better or Worse

Whether your Thanksgiving was great or god-awful, Neil Hamburger’s holiday was undoubtedly worse.

That means Hamburger’s Sunday show at the Satellite, with similarly  angsty, edgy, and/or hilarious comedian pals Dave Koechner, Margaret Cho***, John Roberts and Jay Weingarten, is the perfect upbeat end to your Thanksgiving weekend.

Not to mention…drinkies.

…the perfect upbeat end to anything.

NEIL HAMBURGER & FRIENDSSun, Nov 30; 8pm doors/8:30 show.  $8; 21+   —  The Satellite, 1717 Silverlake Blvd, LA  90026.  For tix, go HERE.

***Ms. Go Go did not include Al Ridenour and Margaret Cho in the same Weekend Go Go because they’re married.  They just happen to be involved in must-attend events on adjacent evenings.

Three Slaps and Yer Out!

Three Slaps and Yer Out!

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

We Heart Eagle Rock Block Party — Free wine tasting at Milkfarm LA!  Gift Wrapping Station at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland! Discounts at Eagle Rock Small Businesses! Sat Nov 29

17th Annual Three Stooges  Big Screen Event “Three Slaps and Yer Out”  —  Afternoon and evening shows! Features + a short!  Noogies galore! Sat Nov 29

Patchwork Show – Dear Handmade Life ~ Modern Makers Show!  Crafts!  Food!  Music!  Sun, Nov 30

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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The Boy and the World at Cinefamily's Animaion Breakdown.

Ale Abreu’s “The Boy and the World” at Cinefamily’s Animation Breakdown.

Sometime in the near future, you may interact with relatives.

Go Go’ers, this weekend is the calm before that storm.

This weekend is a warm, fuzzy blanket.

This weekend is your friend.

Embrace the weekend.

Cartoons for Grown-ups

There’s no better way to ease yourself into the Season of Family than by sitting in a dark room watching cartoons with strangers.  And there’s no better place to escape imminent reality feel like a kid again than Cinefamily’s Animation Breakdown.

Starting Thursday, Cinefamily offers six days of sneak previews (The Boy and the World from Brazil), premieres (The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, Mami Sunada’s documentary about Studio Ghibli), animators (David Silverman, The Simpsons, Monsters, Inc.), dystopian childhood faves (Watership Down), classic ‘toons (Warner Brothers Loony Tunes), shorts (potential Academy Award nominee Feast), animation round-ups and more.

TV watchers of a certain age won’t want to miss the penultimate event The Music of Schoolhouse Rock Live!, which is taking place off-site at the Echoplex in Silverlake.   Respected bebop and cool jazz pianist Bob Dorough wrote and performed many of the iconic songs of the educational T.V. program (1973-1985); he’ll perform a live set of Schoolhouse Rock songs.

Just in time to wow the Thanksgiving dinner table guests with your rendition of “Naughty Number Nine”….

ANIMATION BREAKDOWNThurs, Nov 20 – Tues, Nov 25; various times.  $12 – $25Cinefamily, 611 No Fairfax, LA 90036. For tix and more info, go HERE

NOTE OFF-SITE LOCATIONTHE MUSIC OF SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK  Mon, Nov 24 @8pm — The Echoplex, 1822 Sunset Blvd., 90026 (The Echoplex is located below The Echo, enter through the alley at 1154 Glendale Blvd.)

Discovery tour 2014So Many Artists, So Much Time….

“Change is in the air” is the theme for the 22nd Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour.

Temps have dropped to a balmy, autumnal mid-70’s degrees, which makes the prospect of checking out 100+ artists in work studios, eclectic homes and historical buildings in Northeast Los Angeles a walk in the park: Highland Park and Glassell Park, that is, as well as Eagle Rock, Mt. Washington and environs.

Actually, there’s minimal walking involved on Saturday; it’s a self-guided auto tour with shuttle busses available to select stops.

The “change” theme may also refer to the inclusion — for the very first time — of the venerable Southwest Museum: a fixture of the creative community that was the center of L.A.’s early 20th century Arts and Crafts movement.

Load up early on Xmas gifts for yourself and others that you love.  Chat with and buy directly from artists;  in addition to paintings, drawings, prints and fiber art, you’ll find hand-crafted musical instruments, wearable art, and unique jewelry pieces.

Bonus!  Many of the venues offer free wine and food for browsers and buyers.

Think of it as Santa’s workshop(s) for sophisticates….

22ND ANNUAL ARROYO ARTS COLLECTIVE DISCOVERY TOURSat, Nov 22, 9:30am – 5pm. $10 in advance; $15 at the door — Tour begins at the Lummis Home, 200 E. Ave. 43, Highland Park, 90031.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Put some jelly on that poem....

Put some jelly on that poem….

Variety Show of the Mind

Instead of bowling balls, the intrepid souls of Tongue & Groove juggle something much more ephemeral: words.

This Sunday, Conrad Romo’s monthly literary variety show at Hotel Cafe presents its last event of the year and it’s a good one.

No dancing poodles.

Steve Connell (actor, comic, poet, and motivator; private performances for Obama!) Karen Rizzo (Famous Baby, THINGS TO BRING, SH#!T TO DO), Jim BGavin ( fiction in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Esquire), poet Marsha de la O (Black Hope won the New Issues Press Poetry Prize and a Small Press Editor’s Choice Award), and Jed Myers (award-winning poet) dazzle with words both humorous and daring.

Of course there’s a full bar making it the perfect cocktail hour  show before your Hollywood dinner date and at $7, it’s the best bang for your buck  in terms of impressing a significant other.

Go early for your front ring seat.

TONGUE & GROOVESun, Nov 23, 6-7:30 pm. $7 at the door — The Hotel Cafe, 1623 1/2 No Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood 90028.  For more info, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun

Noir-vember: UnCabaret at the Skirball – Comedy!  Noir Exhibit!  Cocktails & snacks!  Fri, Nov 21

FOUND Magazine’s Re-ignition Tour & Release Party – Found stories!  Free book with ticket!  Goodies!  Sat Nov 22

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

 

 

vintage girl scout first aidBecause of a family illness, Ms. Go Go regrets there will be no Weekend Go Go for November 14-16th.

Stay tuned for TWO versions of The Go Go next week, however, including  a list of the best theater to entertain out-of-town guests!

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