Go Go’ers, if you have plans for this week, cancel them immediately. If you were heading out of town, unpack now. And Ms. Go Go will wait while you set the DVR to record a week’s worth of every TV show you watch.
You won’t be sorry.
Simply put, there is more high-octane entertainment in Los Angeles this week than Ms. Go Go has seen in recent memory and — lucky you — it’s all just in time to offer a solution to that pesky Val-Day prezzie conundrum (or meet next year’s Love Day recipient of same!)
Here’s the strategy for max Go Go fun: move quickly to get going-fast tix and make those costumes count.
Ms. Go Go has absolute faith in your ability to rock the week.
Lucha is for Lovers
You won’t need a costume for Lucha Va Voom; in fact, most of the performers won’t be wearing very much at all.
Now that Ms. Go Go has your attention….
Mexican Masked Wrestling and Saucy Striptease are Lucha Va Voom’s stock in trade and they promise to bring the “Sexo y Violencia” back to the Mayan Theater for three mid-week nights of twist and shout, “Sixties cinema style”.
Interpretation: “larger-than-life everything”.
This go-round in and out of the ring is billed as Lucha is for Lovers — one lucky couple is even getting a Val-Day wedding Lucha Va Voom style – so while buxoticas like Michelle L’Amour and Peekaboo Pointe may be shaking the pasties and luchadores like lucha Super-Estrella Sicodelico will rock the wrestler masks and adult onesies, you may want to dress to impress on the off chance you meet that special someone ringside.
Word of advice: choose wrinkle resistant glamour in case the L’il Chicken lands in your lap and wants a peck on the lips.
(LUCHA VA VOOM/Lucha Is For Lovers – Feb 14-16 @ 8pm (7pm door); $35-$65/21+ – Mayan Theater, 1038 So Hill St, DTLA, 90015)
Tix online @ ticketweb.com and in person at:
Wacko, 4633 Hollywood Blvd
BRAT, 1938 14th St, Santa Monica
Garage Pizza, 100 1/2 West 7th Street, Downtown LA
The Sensuous Wood Sprite and You
The Lucent Dossier Experience describes itself as a “playground for the innovative genius child in all of us”and based on their all-ages, neotribal-meets-electronica spectacle, their Inner Kids are pretty innovative indeed.
Also, you, know…pretty pretty.
This weekend, the L.A.-based collective of the otherworldly and the scantily dressed debut their newest experience When Lucent Found Herakut and will transform the Palace Theater into a little vortex of interactive vision and creativity with the help of German, large-scale street art duo Herakut. Expect wild children, odd animals, and strange hats.
And that’s just the audience.
There are pre-shows, there are after-parties, there are DJs, fire artists, fortune tellers, gypsies, magic, tattoos, and elves.
It’s been ages since your weekend included an elf.
(THE LUCENT DOSSIER EXPERIENCE/When Lucent Found Herakut — Fri, Feb 17 and Sat, Feb 18; Show @ 9pm; Doors @ 7:30pm; All ages/$30-$120 — Palace Theatre, 630 S Broadway, DTLA 90014; For tix go to http://beticketing.com/lucentpalace17)
Gorey, Gorey Hallelujah
Go Go’ers, do you yearn for a more elegant era? Does the modern day pale next to turn-of-the-(last)-century gentility? Do you love sinister landscapes, lurking urns, and endangered children?
Well, really, who doesn’t?
Monday’s a holiday — yay — so turn out your top hats and fluff up your finest fin de siecle frippery for this Sunday’s Edwardian Ball – a not-to-be-missed event celebrating the Edwards Gorey and King E VII.
Not that you needed a reason to pull out your high-button shoes.
A twelve-year tradition in the City by the Bay (and the third year in L.A.), the Ball offers spectacle, revelry, steampunk, dancing, cirque, whimsy, music, costumes and finery galore, and yummy, yummy absinthe cocktails all anchored by this year’s theatrical adaptation of Gorey’s The Iron Tonic by the Vau de Vire Society: the Edwardian Ball co-presenters along with founders Rosin Coven. (Read Ms. Go Go’s interview with the oh-so-charming producers Justin Katz and Mike Gaines.)
The Edwardian enthusiasts will be taking over the spectacular and spacious Belasco Theater, which has a ballroom, two outside patios (so two words: fur muff), and plenty of corners and crevices for the popular Vendors Bazaar (think corsets, cutaways, and cravats for sale), the Edwardian portrait booth (the better to capture your ghoulish, Gorey-inspired glamour for posterity), and strange oddities and artifacts from the new-this-year Museum of Wonders.
If you see a giant preying mantis dance by, don’t say Ms. Go Go didn’t warn you.
(THE EDWARDIAN BALL — Sun, Feb 19; Doors & show 7pm-2am; full dinner menu available; GA $42; VIP $75-$80 [$45 & $90 at door]; 21+ w/ ID — The Belasco Theater, 1050 S Hill St, DTLA, 90015; 213-746-5670)
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….