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Go Go’ers, it’s Day 13 of 2012.  Do you know where your resolutions are?

Whether those suckers are still on the shelf all shiny and new or crumpled up with lint and a dry stick of gum in your discarded New Year’s Eve duds, it’s never too late to get serious about Being a Better Person.  (Or at least a more cultured one.)

There’s the hard way  — Mother Teresa — and the easy way  — Ms. Go Go.

The former involves fetid slums, a nun habit, and a long trip to India.  The latter involves music, art, your fave ensembles , and barely any travel time at all.

Ms. Go Go thinks the choice is clear.

Who wouldn't want to be one degree from Ed Tree?

Tree People x 2

Trees.  You like them.  In fact, it’s safe to say you’re a fan  — whether the trees are holding up your slacker time hammock, propping you up for nature-esque photos, or shading you from the sun during your recent winter picnic.

That Jack Frost glare can be intense.

Of course, they’re great for the environment — not just your leisure needs, lazy — and The Talking Stick in Venice makes it easy to take care of both with the  5th Annual Auld Lang Syne  edition of Mark Islam’s Grassroots Acoustica 55, which has raised almost $45,000 for L.A. causes.

That’s some Mother Teresa-level do-gooding right there.

Offering you the opportunity to show your Tree appreciation in a concrete fashion: “One Degree to Edward Tree”.  Guest of Honor Ed Tree, a well-respected songwriter, musician, and producer on the roots/country/Americana music scene,  will be performing along with many of the equally well-respected artists he’s worked with over the years including Brad Colerick, Dudley Saunders, Kevin Fisher, Lisa O’Kane, and Marty Axelrod to name just a few.  There’s no cover charge but 100% of the donations go to Treepeople.org.

Dig deep.  Your next picnic will thank you.

(ONE DEGREE TO EDWARD TREE — Sat, Jan 14, 7-10 pm; no cover charge but donations suggested —  The Talking Stick Coffee Lounge, 1411-C Lincoln Blvd (@ California), Venice, 902o1, 310.450.6052)

Save the Moose Lodge Bar!

Moose Loves Ya, Baby!

Go Go’ers, it can’t be denied that this time of year we all need a little post-holiday TLC.

The Moose is no exception.

Recently, a drunk driver rammed into the Burbank Moose Lodge — a long-time bastion of roots and blues in the East Valley — and not only smashed the venue’s signature moose mural, painted by local artist Randall Williams, but — horrors — the cozy back bar as well.

Talk about biting the hand that serves you….

Helping to save the moose and the joy juice at a reconstruction fundraiser Saturday, January 14th: The Happy Hour Band – made up of members of Rod Stewart, Lucinda Williams, Joe Cocker, and Dwight Yoakam’s bands.  Also helping to re-spruce the Moose: the blues-gritty Luis Oliart Band and gospel sensations Little Faith.

Think of it as Moose Lodge love.

(BANGLAMOOSESat, Jan 14 @ 8pm; Suggested donation $10Burbank Moose Lodge, 1901 Burbank Blvd,  Burbank, 91506)

Get there before the hordes.

Camera Not-So-Obscura

Ms. Go Go loves a good photo booth and shaking it like a Polaroid.

And really, who doesn’t?

But if you want to boldly go beyond the Kodak moment, head to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium this weekend for the 21st edition of photo l.a.

In addition to hitting the legal drinking age, the 21st Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition — its big boy name — offers three days of “vintage masterworks, contemporary photography,video and multimedia installations”, lectures, panels, book signings.  You’ll also find special installations such as those focusing on post-WWII art created in Southern California  —  the latter in connection with the Getty’s  Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945 – 1980.

In other words, eat your pre-Exposition Wheaties.

Other special features include Salon de Tableaux, an area of “tabletop presentations showcasing vintage, vernacular and unique photography” , and the introduction of photoBOOK — a forum with guest reviewers offering feedback to photographers on their book proposals.

Imagine: your collection of china shepherdess figurines immortalized in photographic book form.

Ironically, of course.

(photo .l.a. — Sat – Mon, Jan 14-16th, Sat & Sun 11am – 7pm, Mon 11am – 6pm; $15 – $35Santa Monica Civic Auditorium,  1855 Main St, Santa Monica 90501.

For  info: www.photola.com. For tix: http://photola21.eventbrite.com/. For venue info:  www.santamonicacivic.org)

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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