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.


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:



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….

Three days of FREE entry!

Three days of FREE entry!

Whether it’s part of a secret cabal master plan (probably!) or just a happy coincidence (maybe), several of L.A.’s best events this weekend are FREE!

Think of it as cultural good karma.

Book It

A delirious dream for bibliophiles, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair offers three days (daze?) of artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines from 250+ international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers at or near the Geffen Contemporary.

That’s 80+ art book slingers a day!

Tonight’s opening night preview party, with music by Prince Rama and No Age, is $10 but you get Edie Fake’s limited edition of  Black Lives Matter ticket while supplies last. The three-day book fair, however, which starts Friday and runs through Sunday, is FREE.

You’ll definitely want to check out the special events programming.  On Friday, head to the nearby Ace Hotel for the 21+ launch party celebrating L.A.-based artist and graphic designer Brian Roettinger’s Issue 25 for THE THING Quarterly.

Yay for DJs and drinkies!

Register to create a book with Book Machine on Friday and Saturday.  On Sunday, bring your fave artist’s book to the Artists Books & Cookies: Celebrating LA event (cookies by Sqirl) and get a FREE FourYourArt Guide to Los Angeles featuring personal and satirical tours by the seven artists who created the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing’s LA Project.

And if you happen to use the FYA Guide to Los Angles to confound out-of-town visitors, well… Ms. Go Go won’t tell.

LA ART BOOK FAIRPreview party, Thurs, 1/29, 6-9pm; $10.  Book fair, Fri, 1/30; noon-7pm. Sat 1/31, 11am – 7pm. Sun, 2/1, 11am – 6pm; FREEVarious venues but mainly Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 North Central Ave, DTLA 90012 (213) 626-6222.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

"NY Beauty" by Joe Cunningham at "Man-Made" at Craft and Folk Art Museum.

“NY Beauty” by Joe Cunningham at “Man-Made” at Craft and Folk Art Museum.

Oh Say Can You See?

Ms. Go Go thinks you can never see too much art and Museums Free-for-All 2015 is your chance to take advantage.

This Saturday, 20 Los Angeles-area institutions of art, cultural heritage, natural history and science will be free to the public…with a couple (i.The Museum of Tolerance, Zimmer Children’s Museum) gratis on Sunday.

Here’s your chance to check out some under-the-radar exhibitions such as the Craft and Folk Art Museum‘s Man-Made: an exhibition by male quilters that was just picked up by Urban Outfitters.

In addition to its fantastic regular exhibitions,The Museum of Latin American Art pursues its commitment to cross-cultural dialogue on Saturday.  Midday, Martin Espino plays ancient, Mexican and Amazonian music from his CD Curandero.  In the afternoon, filmmaker Sergio Arau (A Day Without a Mexican) will film Mexican artist Vladimir Cora, a protégée of Rufino Tamayo, and SoCal contemporary artist Georgeana Ireland as they collaborate on a large-scale painting.

Many of the museums are a short stroll from Metro Bus or Rail; to plan an itinerary around museum-convenient stops, click HERE.

Go Go’ers, you’re practically getting paid to get cultural….

MUSEUMS FREE-FOR-ALLSat, Jan 31 (& Sun, Feb 1); various times/locations — For a complete list of participating museums, go HERE.

It's the street party you've been wanting....

It’s the street party you’ve been wanting….

The Lights Are Much Brighter There

What a way to close out the first month of 2015….

This Saturday, the FREE Night on Broadway street party celebrates seven years of Councilmember Jose Huizar’s ten-year Bringing Back Broadway initiative.

The Great White Way of the West extravaganza features seven of Downtown’s most gorgeous, historic theaters: each of them brimming with FREE exciting programming.

Accordion diva Jessica Fichot headlines at the Million Dollar Theater. Nova Han presents Wilderbe (featured at Lucent Dossier and Coachella) is at the Los Angeles Theater.  Check out Chessboxing (you heard right) at the Tower Theater and get an early sneak peek of the Globe Theater.

Stroll the Downtown Art Walk pop-up for Sia Aryai’s photos of sexy/gorgeous femmes or Nancy Harasz’s craveable (especially after tonight) architectural photos of L.A.

And check out the Night on Broadway FB event page for info on their new on-demand valet app Zirx.

Downtown…everything’s waiting for you.

NIGHT ON BROADWAYSat, Jan 31, 5-10pm. FREE/all ages3rd & Broadway to 11th & Broadway, DTLA.  For more info, events & a map, go HERE.

Rare 75th Anniversary showing of Fantasia for the Aero Theater's 75th Anniversary!

Rare 75th Anniversary showing of Fantasia for the Aero Theater’s 75th Anniversary!

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Art Los Angeles Contemporary — Thursday preview party!  60+ blue chip & emerging exhibitors!  Video series!  Thurs 1/29 – Sun 2/1

Fantasia at the Aero Theater Benefit  — Nostalgic candy!  1940-priced popcorn!  Retro photo booth opportunity!  Dom Perignon champagne!  Fri 1/30

An Evening of Hilarious Songs!  — Marty Axelrod!  Cynthia Carle!  Eric Schwartz!  More hilarity!  Boozy refreshments!  Sat 1/31

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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‘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:  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…. 




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