Go Go’ers, the above chant of Macbeth’s hags could certainly apply to Ms. Go Go’s recent months and consequent long absence.
But let’s use it as marching orders for this Dark Side of the Moon weekend., shall we?
Here’s how to get in double trouble every night.
Saturday, October 29th
Villains Tavern (1356 Palmetto St, LA 90031, 213.613.0766)
Downtown’s outdoor cathedral of cocktails has the weekend’s marathon witching hours. The free night starts off young…at 1:00pm. That’s eleven hours for:
— Frivolity (Costume Contest! Tarot Card Reading!)
— Fine bands (12, including Icy Hot Club, Dustbowl Revival)
— Fancy drinkies (a.k.a. handcrafted punches)
— Freakshow Deluxe (Yeah, the guy sticks a needle through his skin.)
BONUS! A beer bus takes you to the One-Eyed Gypsy, the carnival-themed sin-sister of Villains Tavern.
Oh to be a fly on that beer bus….
Go Go’ers, Urban Death is not for the faint of heart, delicate of stomach, nor small of mind. Think Grand Guignol/Haunted House tableaux…except instead of shuffling through a dark building, you’re
trapped like a rat seated in a black-as-night theater. Think lusty nuns, self-cannibalizing artists, things that slither past your foot. THIS is real Halloween horror, baby.
Ms. Go Go double-dares you.
Sunday, October 30th
5th Annual Haunted Halloween Festival – Out of the Box 6-8:30pm/$25 (6500 Hollywood Blvd LA 90028, 323.799.1374)
After all that racketing around and terrified sitting still, you will surely want to get out into the wide spooky world on Sunday. Ms. Go Go isn’t sure who counts the ghoulies but Out of the Box Events claims Los Angeles is the 5th (or is it the 7th?) most haunted city in the U.S. of A. This scavenger hunt — but not a dweeby one — takes you on a tour to all of Hollywood’s haunted haute spots, including the (now-closed) speakeasy where the Black Dahlia drank the night she died.
Out of the Box urges you to join them for a drink after the tour. You’ll want to do that.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – Silent Film/Live Organ – Disney Hall 7:30pm/$38-$63.50 (Walt Disney Concert Hall, 11 South Grand Ave, LA 90012, 323.850.2000)
Sure, it’s a little pricey,Go Go’ers but figure you’re getting a movie AND a concert AND a Los Angeles icon at this one. Those in the know go for the cheap seats anyway.
You don’t want to be looking up Dr. Caligari’s nostrils, do you? Ms. Go Go thought not.
Monday, October 31st
Seven’s Grand Devil’s Cut Halloween Party Free (515 W 7th St, 2nd Floor,LA 90014, 213.614.0735)
It’s the Big Night and you could wander aimlessly around Hollywood Boulevard with the year-round Living Dead but if you prefer your animated corpses in kilts bearing whiskey — and really, who doesn’t? — head Downtown for a creepy pub crawl culminating at the Seven Grand’s Devil’s Cut launch party. All of Cedd Moses’s 213 gin joints will be zombified through the weekend and All Hallow’s Eve and serving liquid courage/specialty punches for $5 a glass.
You always appreciate a booze bargain while fending off flesh eaters.
All Hallow’s Eve @ The Edison $25 – $40/8pm (108 W 2nd St, LA, 90012, 213.613.0000 – Call for table reservations)
It’s always a little bit eerie downing libations amidst The Edison’s Industrial Age graveyard — who knows what lurks beyond those hulking machines? If you prefer a spooky-but-civilized All Souls Eve, choose this Downtown haunt for an elegantly ghoulish evening. Tix are cheaper in advance/on line but if you show up at the door in your bone-chilling best, it’s only $30. According to The Edison, “Gifted Eccentriques from across the Globe” will perform including Helios Jive and the Stilt Circus.
You always prefer your terror on the tall side.