The Go Go: Last Comedy of Downtown, Whisky of Kentucky, Fireworks of the 4th

This may not be safe firecracker-lighting distance but the post-Memorial Day “white shoes” fashion rule has been followed.

You’ve unloaded the truck of craft beer, stocked the sangria-for-hundreds, and cleared the local liquor store shelves of  margi/martini/mint julep mixings.

Also, depleted Tijuana’s supply of ch-ch-ch-cherry bombs.

Your schedule is clear to start the party early.

It’s all about celebrating your freedom, people.

Funny Ha-Ha…but Sad

Go Go’ers, there are heroes.  And then there are heroes.  (Sniffle.)

Dave Ross is one of the latter.

For three and a half years, Ross has been running Holy Fuck, one of Downtown L.A.’s best comedy venues, which has featured all  creatures comedians great and small.

Here’s a list of people who have appeared on the Holy Fuck stage one or more times:  Louis CK, Aziz Ansari, Demetri Martin, Margaret Cho, Natasha Leggero, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Tig Notaro, Maria Bamford, Dana Gould, The Sklar Brothers, Ron Lynch, Kyle Kinane, Eric Andre and Todd Glass.

The Vice President did not perform at Holy Fuck.
Holy Fuck. That happened. (Sniffle)

If you saw one or more or many of these shows, you are a comedy geek and Ms. Go Go is in awe.

If not, you have one last chance because all good things must come to an end.

On Tuesday, July 2nd, Ross and producing partners Jeff Wattenhofer, Matt Ingebretson, Megan Koester, and Jeremy Burke present Holy Fuck.  The End.

Ms. Go Go knuckles teary eye.

The  Final Fuckapalooza (not its real name) will still take place at the Downtown Independent Theater but the hosts and the lineup are super-secret.   Really, really super secret.

Decoder-ring secret.

You just have to show up knowing only that there are comedians (as usual), beer (as usual), food, and video.  Also, hugs.  Also, free.  The hugs AND the show are free.

‘Cause it would be creepy if you had to pay for hugs.

HOLY FUCK. THE END.Tues, July 2 @ 9pm; FREEDowntown Independent Theater, 251 S Main St, DTLA 90012

Patriotic Drinking

Mad Men‘s Don Draper has proved that Maker’s Mark is as American as apple pie, advertising, and adultery.

Are you an American?  Then show up, dammit.
Are you an American? Then show up and drink, dammit.

Don’t argue with patriot Don Draper.

Instead, head down to Seven Grand, Downtown L.A.’s most patriotic hooch hot spot, for their annual 3rd of July Maker’s Mark Party.  On Independence Day Eve, Seven Grand Spirit Guide and Whisky Society co-curator Pedro Shanahan and his compatriots will be pouring $5 Makers Mark drink specials all night long starting at 5:00 p.m.

Go ahead, take refuge from the sunset’s red glare.

The Midnight Blues band does what it does best starting at 10:00 p.m. (a.k.a. Hour Five of your Don Draper-worthy booze-a-thon); Shanahan also hints that he and the 7G staff have a few surprises up their collective sleeve.  Even better, Seven Grand Whisky Society members can show their membership cards for a free shot to celebrate freedom.

Just to be clear, those shots are bourbon, not bullets.

SEVEN GRAND’S ANNUAL 3RD OF JULY PARTYWed, July 3 @ 5pm; 21+/FREE admissionSeven Grand Whiskey Bar, 515 W 7th St, 2nd Floor, DTLA, 90014

Four Block Party for the 4th of July

Three options to celebrate America’s freedom for free:

1) Jockey with other cars on a rocky, tree-denuded hill for glimpses of fireworks through binoculars.

2) Lurk around stadium gates and try to spot baton twirlers in sequins.

3)  Head to Downtown L.A. for Grand Park’s first ever 4th of July Block Party.

Freedom is just another word for not paying.
Freedom is just another word for not paying.

The park is open all day for splashing in the “membrane pool” (legal!) and noshing (but not cooking — illegal!); a dozen food trucks parked on Hill Street keep hunger at bay.

KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez provides the soundtrack to your freedom party, which ramps up around 2:00 p.m. with bands Ethio Cali, Jungle Fire, and the roaming Banda Cielo Oaxaqueño.

The beauty of park vs. football stadium?  You can roam too.

There’s a late afternoon poetry slam courtesy of Get Lit; later, Latin Grammy winners La Santa Cecilia  segue revelers from day to dusk when the night sky explodes with Pyro Goes Boom: a light show spectacular.

Luckily, your eyeballs won’t fry; you’ll be wearing the Grand Park sunglasses you scored by Metro-ing instead of motoring to Grand Park.

Fourth of July freedom from driving/circling/parking garage gridlock?   Priceless.

GRAND PARK 4TH OF JULY BLOCK PARTYPark open all day; program begins @ 2:00 p.m.; all ages/FREEGrand Park, 200 N Grand Ave, DTLA 90012

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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