The Weekend Go Go: Whisky & Poetry Salon ~ Erotic, Russian Ballet, Thenardier’s Inn and Edwardian Ball

W&P Erotic finalIt’s the big V-Day countdown!

Or not.

Read on for weekend picks guaranteed to be “relationship neutral”.

Drink Poetry

Whether you’re romantically enmeshed or fancy free, the Whisky & Poetry Salon ~ Erotic will whet your whistle and get your motor racing.

World Whisky Specialist Travis Tidwell of Beam Suntory will offer whisky tasting education and history while matching four different whiskies with the poetic styles of a quartet of provocative writers.

Alexis Rhone Fancher is Poetry Editor of Cultural Weekly, a multiple Pushcart Prize nominee, and is now infamous for her sex shop reading at the NoHo Lit Crawl.

Phillip T. Nails is a performance poet and co-founder of The Poetry Society of Los Angeles where he directs the City of Angels iteration of The Poetry Brothel.

K Bradford (a.k.a. Johnny T) has sauced up stages across the U.S. with her poetry, drag, emceeing and storytelling and has produced drag and burlesque spectacles in Chicago and Austin.

Renaissance man Christopher-Calvin Pollard is a tintypist, a writer of “erotic bon bons” (yum!), and a designer of couture women’s high heels.

Those specific high heels may not make an appearance at the Salon…but there will be literary stilettos aplenty.

The retro-Rat Pack fabulous Three Clubs Lounge has plenty of dark corners to cozy into; the louche evening begins with a Welcome Whisky Punch created by Michael J. Neff: one of the pioneers of the bespoke cocktail movement.

This Thursday, you know you want to….

WHISKY & POETRY SALON ~ EROTICThurs, Feb 12, 7-10pm. $35 (presale)/21+Three Clubs Lounge, 1123 Vine St, Hollywood 90038.  For tix and more info, go HERE(Full disclosure: this is a Ms. Go Go produced event!)

Forget Broadway and bring on the broads at Thenardiers Inn.
Forget Broadway and bring on the broads at Thenardiers Inn.

Javert!

If you like Broadway classics with a side of sly, grab tickets immediately to one of the final two  performances of  Thenardiers Inn: A Les Miserables Cabaret hosted by  incorrigible innkeeper Master Thenardier.

Or, as the show puts it, “Witness the heartwarming tale of human compassion, told by a complete asshole.”

The talented troupe does an impressive job of riffing irreverently on the classic musical while also honoring its heart.  Saucy, improv’d-in-the-moment mayhem makes you feel like you’ve been invited to the best private party in town.

The immersive, 360 degree setting allows for up-close-and-personal audience interaction — you’ve been warned! — and includes Thenardier’s guests (i.e. you) swigging wine whenever human bloodhound Javert’s name is mentioned.

Which is often.

To aid and abet your tribute boozing,  you’ll get a free drink if you wear your best late-18th century finery to the just-added show on Thursday or dress in red for the final night of the show’s run on Saturday.

The French Revolution has never been so fun.

THENARDIERS INNThurs, Feb 12 & Sat, Feb 14.  Doors/drinking 7pm; Show 8-10pm. $30; 21+Creating Arts Studios, 3110 Pennsylvania Ave, Santa Monica 90404.  Tix & more info HERE.

The Russian National Ballet does love
The Russian National Ballet does love

Dance Dance Revolution, Comrade

Whatever your feelings about romance,  the Russian National Ballet Theater has you covered this weekend.

Does love feel like the Impossible Dream?  Head to Valley Performing Arts Center on Friday for Don Quixote.  The misadventures of Cervantes’s would-be knight —  portrayed via powerful dance performances and Leon Minkus’s thrilling score  — will make you feel like tilting at your own personal windmills is a cinch.

If you’re in the mood for love(ly) spectacle, grab tickets for Saturday’s Gala Performance, which features a collection of lush, romantic works by revered ballet master and choreographer Marius Petipa including: The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Romeo & Juliet, and The Dying Swan. The Russian National Ballet Theater Gala package includes two tickets to the Russian National Ballet Theater, two glasses of wine, beer, or sparkling wine, and four, heart-shaped, chocolate-dipped, shortbread cookies. ($98; available only by phone***)

This Valentine’s Day treat is from Russia with Love

RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATREDon Quixote, Fri Feb 13 @ 8pm; $25 – $90.  Gala Performance, Sat Feb 14 @ 8pm; Great Hall.  $98***–  Valley Performing Arts Center, Cal State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge 91330.  Directions & parking info HERE.  ***For Gala tickets, call the VPAC Ticket Office at 818-677-3000 Tue – Sat 10AM – 4PM. 

Vegas J Jenkins: your Edwardian Ball Host with the Most.
Vegas J Jenkins: your Edwardian Ball Host with the Most (Moustache).

Be My Beastly Baby

The 15th Annual Edwardian Ball is subtitled “My Gorey Valentine”, which pretty much works no matter what your current view of Cupid Day is.

“Edwardian” refers to both the era (early 1900’s so…costume hint!) and to inspiration/illustrator Edward Gorey whose unsettling children and lugubrious adults will be celebrated via co-producers Rosin Coven and Vau de Vire Society‘s yearly adaptation of a Gorey story.  This year’s staged spectacle, which combines art, music, dance and circus at the luxe Fonda Theater, is The Beastly Baby.

It’s about a monstrous infant but the description can certainly be applied to your ex if you’re in that particular frame of mind.

Sip absinthe cocktails during performances that include The Gentlemen Callers of LA, The Speakeasy Syndicate, Les Petit Bon Bons, and Fou Fou Ha! or while exploring the Rooftop Garden, the Midway Games and the Portrait Booth.

Leave no Gorey corner unturned.

THE 15TH ANNUAL EDWARDIAN BALLSat, Feb 14, Doors/Show, 8pm – 2am. General Admission: $50The Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd,  LA 90028.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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