Faith Healing, Crafting with Cocktails, and a Watery Wonderland

Every child deserves a monstrous Christmas.

You’re SO in the swing of the season, Go Go’ers.

You’ve draped a little tinsel on your sleigh-riding boots.  (Red and green, natch.)

You’ve refined your Merry Martini. (The secret ingredient?  Definitely naughty.)

Your rendition of Rockin’ Around the Xmas Tree rules. (Two words: more cowbell.)

So this weekend?  A little giving, a little gallivanting, a little glitz.

Don’t worry.  Santa will know when you’re good.

A Little Faith, a Lotta New Orleans

There is no place like N’Awlins at Christmas.   (Ms. Go Go knows.)

Big Easy not on your reindeer route?

Head on over to the Moose Lodge (substitute antlers) in Burbank where ten bucks or a $10 unwrapped toy — preferred, you slacker — gets you an all night dose of Crescent City courtesy of Little Faith‘s roots, gospel, and second line sound, with special guests Mark “Torch” Tortorici and Robyn Kirmssee & Doug Perkins.  The beneficiaries?  The Family Service Agency of Burbank, Moose Charities, and the kids they serve.

The one having all the festive fa la la?  That would be you.

(LITTLE FAITH ” NIGHT OF GIVING” — Fri, Dec 9th, 8pm – ?/$10 (toy/cash)Club 652 (Moose Lodge), 1901 Burbank Blvd, Burbank, 818.842.5851,

Cuckoo for Christmas

Libations, Broken Glass, and a Photo Booth to Capture It All 

Everyone seems to be a Do-It-Yourself-er these days, crafting Etsy-ready adorables with effortless aplomb.  If, like Ms. Go Go, you love the handmade look but are handier with a cocktail shaker than a hot glue gun, you’ll want to make a list and take your checkbook twice to the 2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair.

Two days, 200+ vendors, 2000 kinds of artisanal awesome.

Feeling adventuresome? (Or a glutton for punishment?)  From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, you can make everything from a ‘zine to “handmade beer + soda koozies” —  if you have to ask, you should probably go — and record your artistry for the ages in a photo booth sponsored by Magnolia Photo Booth Co.

And if you’re really a daredevil, grab a libation from the Renegade bar then check out Piece by Piece, which “empowers residents in the underserved communities of Los Angeles” — so already, amazing — and will teach YOU the art of mosaics.

If your Hottie Toddy mug falls and shatters?  It’s the mosaic-al gift that keeps on giving. 

(RENEGADE CRAFT FAIRSat & Sun, Dec 10th & 11th, 10am – 5pm/FreeRenegade Holiday Craft Fair, Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 North Spring Street, LA 90012,

Canals all aglow....

Oh, those Holiday Lights, On Those Holiday Canals

Vacationing inVenizia may be on your Christmas wish list but for closer canals with serious seasonal sparkle, head west this weekend for the Vintage Venice Reel to Real Special Holiday Tour.

Long-time Venice resident Jonathan Kaplan, who has written for NYPD Blue and JAG, leads six-person walking tours year-round of  his seaside home town with then-and-now photos and iPad-supported film and T.V. clips of Venice vistas, villains, and visionaries.

The latter three?  Your basic, holiday party to-do list.

The Special Holiday Tour runs from December 11th through December 16th (2:00 p.m. daily) and ends with a canal-side stroll to see casas all aglow.  You’ll want to grab tix for the Sunday tour, which is especially Special, including as it does, the 30th annual Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade.

You love the smell of wassail in the evening.

(VINTAGE VENICE REEL TO REAL SPECIAL HOLIDAY TOUR — Dec 11-16th @ 2pm (approx. 3 hrs.)/$40 — Vintage Venice Tours, 1601 Main St, Venice 90291, 424.999.8687

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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