Tonight and beyond…so many ways to celebrate Spring!

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Wanderlust bigger than your spring fever travel budget?   Alcove and Spring Bar have you covered! Tokyo and the South of France are just a couple of the garden-centric locations you can visit tonight via delish libations at this annual Los Feliz cocktail bash; think Suntory Toki highballs/cherry blossoms and St. Germain cocktails/elderflowers. Or take a trip down the rabbit hole at the Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party, which includes Hendricks gin cocktails and an “Eat Me/Drink Me” shot.  Admission is free and so is the spring-themed photo booth. Cocktails can be obtained via tokens at the bar. The first 75 people in attendance get swag like flower crowns and aura photographs; with five drink stations, your aura will definitely read “very, very happy”.

 

 

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Best way to celebrate Hump Day?  Head to Westfield Topanga for the 21+ The Taste of the Valley.  Your ticket to this one-stop gourmet stroll unlimited samples of  sweet and savory bites from 45+ restaurants (including Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, Tender Greens, Pedalers and A Sweet Bite) plus delish sips from 120 wineries, three dozen spirit purveyors — think high-end tequila, rum, gin and whisk(e)y — and over a dozen microbreweries from California and beyond.  Tickets will be more at the door so grab yours today!  Wednesday never had it so good….

 

 

GOLDEN STATE WHISKEY & CHEESE TASTING

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You know about pairing wine and cheese…but what about pairing whiskey and cheese Learn how to nose, taste and pair these two fab food groups in an intimate class lead by Hilary Kinzler, a TV producer for the Food Network and Head Cheesemonger at V Cheese Shoppe, and  Kim Ohanneson, a Certified Whisky Ambassador and the President of  Women Who Whiskey ~ Los Angeles (a.k.a. Ms. Go Go!) California’s craft whiskey movement is exploding and Kim will introduce you to three unique and delicious expressions from the Golden State’s most innovative distillers and micro-producers.  Hilary will pair the whiskey with cheeses so good they will practically make you weep with happiness.  Plus, get unique gifts or stock up on weekend party supplies with V Cheese Shoppe’s fabulous selection of  cheese, charcuterie, olive oils, olives, vinegars, and accoutrements. PLEASE NOTE: this is a VERY small and intimate class and will sell out quickly!

 

Greetings, Go Go’ers, and welcome back after The Go Go’s longer-than-anticipated hiatus!

It’s been a busy few months for Ms. Go Go: pen name for me, Kim Ohanneson!   Check out the About page to find out what’s been happening and keep an eye on this space to find out where we’re go go-ing.

Hint: there’s lots of whiskey in our future, including the near future…read on!

 

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POP UP!  Cocktail Class & Distillery Tour (Sat, Feb 18; 8:30 – 10:30; $50)  Cure your Big Storm cabin fever with discount tickets ($30 off! Originally $80!) to a POP UP!  Cocktail Class & Distillery Tour in the downtown L.A. Arts District/South of Seventh area.

                        ***SPACE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED — DON’T DELAY***

Because of the discount, we can’t reveal the brand name/venue until tickets have been purchased but you’ll take an intimate tour of L.A.’s first distillery since Prohibition, learn about the history of liquor in Los Angeles, enjoy a tasting of artisanal spirits, and make your own signature cocktail with organic ingredients.

Bonus: imbibing one of the distillery’s cocktails makes you carbon-neutral for a day.

Not that you needed another excuse to drink….

 

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Bang Bang Brunch w/ KOVAL Distillery – Ladies Only! (Sun, Feb 19; 11:30am – 2pm; $55 – use password KOVAL)

Ladies, let’s face it: the only thing better than brunch is brunch with alcohol.

This Sunday, head to Venice (address shared after ticket purchase) for Women Who Whiskey ~ Los Angeles‘s Bang Bang Brunch with KOVAL Distillery.  Enjoy a delectable three-course brunch (including a “Nasty Women” dessert!) from Chef Becky Reams (Masterchef alum & more) featuring bold inventive takes on classic brunch fare.

KOVAL’s brand rep Jamie Stout will lead the paired tastings of award-winning, organic, artisanal whiskeys from KOVAL Distillery in Chicago, which was co-founded by a woman.

It’s the perfect boozy brunch for a three-day weekend!

 

 

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Los Angeles Magazine’s Whiskey Festival 2017 (Wed, Feb 22; 7-10pm.  $95; tickets HERE)

Clear your calendar and your liver for the 2nd Los Angeles Magazine Whiskey Festival! Featuring local (Greenbar Distillery, Kikori Whisky), national (WhistlePig, Angel’s Envy, Four Roses) and international (Highland Park, The Macallan, Bruichladdich, Teeling & Alexander Murray & Co.) whisk(e)ys (including several brands not mentioned above), the event takes place at the La Brea Tar Pits where the bones are dry and the whiskey is oh-so-wet.

Enjoy small bites, new cocktail recipes, live music and plenty of tastings.

Because what better way to enjoy the “water of life” than surrounded by mastodon skeletons and prehistoric muskrat skulls….

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

 

Image result for a temporary break Greetings, Go Go’ers and apologies for last week’s break in posting and this week’s absence of fun and frolic.

Ms. Go Go will be taking a short break because of some exciting new projects in the works.

Carry on and have a cocktail!

Cheers and see you soon.

 

Let’s jump right into fall in L.A., shall we?!

By which Ms. Go Go means adult libations al fresco,  a car banned from Burning Man, and a movie with artisan monsters and an after-party.

So, pretty much like summer in L.A….

 

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COCKTAILS ON THE ROOF — So Cal will definitely cool down soon sometime so Ms. Go Go suggests taking advantage of every outside event — especially one that combines adult libations with a great cause!  Sip unlimited spirits from adorable mini-martini glasses and consume umpteen bites at the best party north of L.A. while benefiting the WISH Education Foundation!  Hosted by Eve Bushman of Eve’s Wine 101 and Marlee Lauffer, President of Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Foundation, a few of the many highlights of the Friday night soiree under the stars include: learning how to incorporate (so trendy!) shrubs into cocktails with Lisa Ely at 12 Bottle Bar; sampling boozy treats from College of the Canyons Institute for Culinary Education – ICUE; and savoring sake-based cocktails from Sake Sommelier Yoshi Murikami.  Record your (sure-to-be-epic) cocktailian tales at the photo area, relax on cozy couches and party ’til your Prius turns into a pumpkin (a.k.a. midnight!)  Why:  Sipping a St. Mayhem cocktail and being part of the Thriller dance mob on the roof….

 

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Ryan C. Doyle’s Regurgitator at Superchief Gallery .

 

CARTWHEEL ART TOURS WITH SUPERCHIEF GALLERY & RYAN C. DOYLE — Downtown is the destination and Motor City detritus artist Ryan C. Doyle is the reason to sign up fast for Saturday’s Triptych: Trippy Threesome: an immersive art experience that features Doyle’s “CarCroach”: a fully functional Honda Civic revamped into a giant cockroach (an award-winning Burning Man project) and his Regurgitator (see above) that includes a flamethrower and g-forces and was banned from Burning Man!  You may want to wait until after the Regurgitator  to chow down on Southern chow from Comfort L.A. and cocktails made with Stolen Rum and Califia Farms agua frescas.  Other “artists” include VR/digital creator Lyon Doyer (#Frozen_in_a-Detroit_wonderland) and master of ink on paper Darth Lloyder.  #helloanagrams. Why:  An up-close-and-personal tour with a mad genius who’s exhibited all over the world.  Plus healthy tropical cocktails….

 

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MARNIE WEBER’S THE DAY OF FOREVERMORE — We’re always looking for an excuse to mosey downtown to the gorgeous Theatre at Ace Hotel and we can’t imagine a better reason than a showing of a celebrated multimedia artist’s first cinematic project.  Presented by Artillery Magazine & Ace Hotel DTLA, the film has giant monsters, demented witch mothers, rusting junk, a trio of teenagers and an innocent girl with a touch of the devil.  Natch. Why: A post-screening interview with Marnie Weber moderated by Ann Magnuson plus an after-party with misfit monster performances.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

 

Summer, you’ve been great.

We’re saying good-bye with hearts, smiley faces and good eats

2 good 2 b 4gotten

 

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MAR VISTA ART WALK – MUSIC EDITION — Bummed because you’re not at Black Rock City?  This Thursday, head to the one mile stretch of Venice Boulevard between Inglewood and Beethoven  for the best FREE art and music street party in town!  The 30+ bands include live indie , jazz, acoustic, Latin, blue grass and more!   Wander the  Mayor Garcetti-designated “Great Street” and engage with 35 local artists including six new murals by Mitchelito, DJ Neff, Apexer, Starfightera, Wyatt Mills, and Madsteez.  Check out “TEEN CHOICE”: the exhibition at the C. Nichols Project that includes works by noted artists such as Mike Kelley and Cy Twombly.  Download the free map at the link above to plan your visit around live street painting, film, art installations, emerging and established artists, dance, experimental video, artists talks, spoken word, a pop-up from new and upcoming local resto The Mar Vista and a special After Party at Grand View Fine Arts Studios.   Why: Engaging one-on-one with artists on the street, in alleys, in galleries and everywhere else!

 

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LOS ANGELES TIMES – THE TASTE — If your goal is to celebrate the end of bikini season by eating your way through Labor Day weekend, look no further than The Taste: L.A.’s annual  foodie fest on the Paramount Pictures back lot. Kicking off Friday, the Opening Night event offers a “focused collection of tastings, distinctive cocktail and wine offerings” plus a chance to mingle with many of the weekend’s participating chefs and mixologists as well as L.A. Times hosts.  Grazers and gatherers will want to grab tix to Saturday’s Field to Fork, which focuses on locavore food offerings with the option of a Secret Cellar wine upgrade!  Saturday evening’s Dinner with a Twist explores the pairing of cocktails, premium wines and top-shelf spirits with the city’s best chefs. (Hello, Ms. Go Go’s favorite event!  The midday Sunday Block Party  highlights the best of summer faves while the closing night’s Flavors of L.A. reminds you of everything you love about the City of Angels’s melting pot of cuisines.  All this plus dozens and dozens of L.A.’s most interesting food and drink purveyors on five different themed blocks on the Paramount lot.  21+  Why: Showing out-of-towners the best of L.A. plus a taste of Hollywood with minimal traffic jams.

 

 

PLAYA PROVISIONS: END OF SUMMER BBQ — Is your Labor Day weekend incomplete without a seaside pilgrimage?  Avoid the sandy Cheetos and spilled soda; up your ocean side food game by scheduling a pre- or post-beach pit stop at the seashore-adjacent Playa Provisions for their “good-bye summer” bash.  (Or make it your  solo afternoon destination — we won’t tell!) The parking lot of the four-in-one food concept by Top Chef alum Brooke Williamson and her husband, chef Nick Roberts, will feature a beer garden with  The Stone Hop Wagon and a variety of Stone Brewing’s craft beers on-tap.  Also enjoy perfect cocktails, grilled burgers, and hot dogs while a DJ spins and kids play on the inflatable, bouncy obstacle course.  Why:  Upscale comfort food and adult libations at the beach make farewell to summer as painless as it gets.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

 

Sure, there are some heavy-hitter events in Los Angeles this weekend (Hello, FYF Music Fest and Los Angeles Food and Wine!) but if you prefer easy end-of-summer to crowds and intensity, read on….

 

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FRIDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS — If you haven’t been (whether this summer or ever), tonight is the night to attend the Getty Museum’s FREE, kick-off-the-weekend, creative evenings in which the Getty invites artists of all disciplines to interact with elements of the museum. For the final offering of the summer, conceptual artist David Horvitz has collaborated with musician Xiu Xiu to create a soundscape for the Central Garden that consists of 100 different interactive scores inspired by individual plants.   In Monodramania, publishing, video, and performance artist Martine Syms will utilize Getty Research Institute Special Collections materials to explore one person theatrical experiences.  Choreographer Laurel Jenkins unleashes her 20-person troupe across the entire Getty site for a rules based dance performance.   Modern music collective wild Up presents experimental music makers Odeya Nini and Archie Carey who will use voice, Tibetan singing bowls and bassoon to interact with the resonance of the Getty landscape.  Why: Interacting with a plant-inspired score that instructs “Play a melody for your dream tonight.”

 

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THE TASTE OF THE ARTS DISTRICT — If you’ve been wanting to explore the Downtown Arts District, Saturday is your chance to wander…with benefits!  Purchase a ticket online, pick up a choose-your-own-route  map at the parking location, then walk, bike or shuttle around one of L.A.’s most vibrant ‘hoods, exploring unique shops and public and private art and enjoying live entertainment later in the day.  Show your map to receive food and drink samples at 20+ independent food and drink establishments.  Why:  Colorful murals + great food + a walk-worthy scene = a perfect summer day.

 

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HUDSON HOUSE END-OF-SUMMER LUAU — Put on your sarongs and straw hats and head to Hudson House this Sunday for an End-of-Summer luau.  Owned by Brooke Williamson (Top Chef alum and the youngest chef ever to cook at James Beard House) and her husband/chef Nick Roberts, the Redondo Beach staple on the dining scene is pairing up with Maui Brewing Company for a suckling pig roast with all the Aloha fixin’s including pineapple slaw and kimchee fried rice. (Tix available at the door on the day of the event.)  If beer doesn’t read South Seas in your neck of the woods island, you can count on tiki drinks tasty enough for Polynesian royalty.   Why: It’s more fun to drink booze and enjoy balmy ocean breezes while someone else roasts the pig.

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

 

The weekend starts early.

The weekend starts now.

The weekend rocks hard and tastes great.

The weekend is yours for the taking, Angelenos!

 

 

ECHO PARK RISING — The FREE, hyper-local, by-the-seat-of-its-pants fest kicks off an impressive four days of programming  tonight.  Now in its sixth year, the all ages (some venues 21+), little-fest-that-could features 300+ emerging bands plus up-and-coming comics.  The outdoor Main Stage at Liberty and Reservoir is operational Friday and Saturday nights only but there’s plenty of acts to catch on Thursday and Sunday plus beer gardens, local restos, food trucks and a Vendor Village   A modestly priced VIP pass gets you privileges like: VIP viewing areas, skipping the line, easy bar access, and a goodie grab bag while supplies last.  Logistical FAQs HERE.  Why: Egyptian Lover (Thursday), Chicano Batman, Colleen Green  (Friday), Sex Stains, the Weirdos, Bleached, Shannon Lay  (Saturday) and Nocona (Sunday). Plus front-yard cookouts at Semi-Tropic.

 

 

L.A. TACO FESTIVAL — Returning to conveniently Metro-adjacent Grand Park for its 6th year of doing good via great eats, the L.A. Taco Festival features 30+ food vendors, both traditional and untraditional,  to benefit Jovenes Inc., which provides housing for homeless youth.   Admission is FREE to the all ages, open to the public, tac0-and-beyond takeover of Downtown’s “Park for Everyone”.  However, buying a ticket further helps Jovenes and is certain to make the great grub taste even better, especially with a DJ soundtrack and dance performances.  Why: Tacos, tacos, tacos then Viva Los Cupcakes under the sun.

 

 

EAGLE ROCK FESTIVAL — The homegrown Northeast Los Angeles festival is returning for its 17th year after a hiatus in 2015 to figure out a way to mitigate the expanding event’s impact on the community.   While smaller and more contained, the fest returns on Saturday with a musical vengeance courtesy of headliners Orgone and Dengue Fever.  The family friendly fest (A “Code of Conduct” asks fest attendees to watch their language.) is still FREE.  However, two ticket types — for fast track entry ($10) and a VIP experience ($20) — have been introduced to raise money for local fest producing entity: the  beloved Center for the Arts Eagle Rock for their children’s arts education program  Why:  Listening to the dreamy, rarely-seen-locally harpist/keyboardist Low Leaf (a.k.a. Angelica-Marie Lopez) with Ascension Crew on the Experimental Stage.

 

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TIKI BASH AT DESCANSO GARDENS — For an upscale taste of the tropics, head to La Canada Flintridge for a balmy (okay, maybe warm) evening of Hawaiian dance, South Seas-inspired cocktails like Mai Tais and Navy Grog, and a sumptuous Aloha State inspired dinner buffet brought to you courtesy of the Patina Group.  Entrees at Sunday’s feast include Hawaiian Style Kahlua Pork, grilled/glazed Teriyaki Chicken with coconut rice, Pan Seared White Fish with banana and macadamia nut crust and flavored shaved ice cones for dessert.  There’s plenty in bloom at Descanso Gardens —  a nationally accredited “museum of living collections” — so do venture beyond the Main Lawn where the bash is based.  Why: celebrating the culture of the Paradise of the Pacific in one of L.A.’s local paradises.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….