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Ms. Go Go is ready for NYE! How about you?

Ms. Go Go is ready for NYE! How about you?

So many NYE events, so little time.

Maybe it’s the proximity to the Christmas full moon but L.A. taste makers and fun providers have gone into overdrive for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Ms. Go Go has carefully sifted through the approximately one billion (+/-) L.A./NYE events to create the following cheat sheet of 15 events where you can bid a memorable good-bye to 2015.

Some are FREE, some are intimate, some are big, all are fab.  Each has something special to make it a Go Go-worthy NYE destination.

L.A. party people, rev your engines….

FREE!!! (No entry fee, at the very least….)

N.Y.E.L.A. at Grand Park + Music Center (Downtown L.A.) — 3-D projections!  Art installations! Photobooths!  3 music stages!  20 food trucks!  (Family friendly/no alcohol.)  Why: Seeing yourself projected two stories high on the side of City Hall.

Pluto’s First Party at the Ace Hotel (Downtown L.A.)— DJ’s include Devendra Banhart!   Alien sightseeing!  Future life form caricatures!  Interstellar light installations!  Why: Devendra Banhart + Encounters of the Stirred Kind….

No Cover New Years at Angel City Brewery (Downtown L.A.) — Limited edition “best brews of 2015” on tap!  Midnight toast!  Food trucks!  Free party favors to first 150 guests!   Why: The opportunity to drink your way through a “best of” list.

NYEx10: Have Cocktail, Will Travel at Big Bar (Los Feliz) —  10 time zones!  10 cocktails!  10 countdowns!  10 playlists!  1 Cocktail World Map (supplies limited)!  Why: “Drinks Without Borders” with new bar manager Carrie Hah in  the cocktail cockpit.

Seven Grand Whiskey Bar (Downtown L.A.) — L.A.’s best whisky bar!  Masquerade themed!  No reservations required!  Why: Sipping top-flight whisk(e)y incognito.

Stiletta Maraschino at TRAPEZE: NYE Golden Regale! (Photo courtesy, Trapeze)

Stiletta Maraschino at TRAPEZE: NYE Golden Regale! (Photo courtesy, Trapeze)

Best NYE Bang for Your Buck

Madera Kitchen (Hollywood) — Ticket includes welcome cocktail & dessert bar!  Table reservations available!  Cash bar + dancing! Gorgeous heated patio!  Artisanal restaurant! ***Book through LASKEY***  Why: Pretty people in a beautiful space….

The Normandie Club (Koreatown) — Welcome cocktail, snacks and Midnight Champagne Toast; reservation only from 9pm!  Limited table reservations!  Or check out the earlier Extended Happy Hour Cocktails and Bites (no entry fee/reservations) from 5-8:30p.m!  Why: Cozy kissing at midnight without the crowds.

Trapeze: NYE Golden Regale at Syrup Loft (Downtown L.A.) —  Burlesque beauties!  Electroswingers!  Lascivious poets!  Champagne countdown!  Rooftop oasis!  Royal photo booth!    Drink specials!  Continental breakfast!  Why: Watching the first dawn of 2016 on a DTLA rooftop surrounded by strippers.

Intimate Dinners with a Twist

New Year’s Eve at The Varnish (Downtown L.A.) — Full, late-night dinner!  Open bar + snacks!  Live jazz trio!  Annual limbo contest!  E-mail thevarnish@thevarnishbar.com to make reservations.  Why: Finding out how low you can go in a speakeasy….

Jardin Enchanté at Little Door/Little Next Door/Little Door Santa Monica (WeHo/Santa Monica) —  Alice in Wonderland-themed NYE !  4 course prix fixe dinner/2 seatings!  Fantastic attire requested!  Queen of Hearts dancers!  DJ!  Cheshire Cat fortune teller!  Why: Go down the rabbit hole on NYE….

Dita Von Teese is the Grand Hostess of EVERYTHING!

Dita Von Teese is the Grand Hostess of EVERYTHING!

Hey, Big Spender: Stellar Bashes Worth Every Penny 

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza with “Grand Hostess” Dita Von Teese at Clifton’s (Downtown L.A.) — Legendary  burlesque!  Live music! Magic!  Surprises!   Select complimentary cocktails created by barman extraordinaire Michael J. Neff!  Why: Taxidermy, a giant redwood, and a gorgeous, mostly naked woman in an oversized martini glass.  On the same night.

Unparalled Cabaret Bar at the Edison (Downtown L.A.)  — Singer Desi Valentine!  Aerialists!  Stilt walkers!  Dancers!   Epic champagne toast!  Glam Deco in a former power plant.  Why: The (NYE) toast in the machine.

Prohibition NYE at Union Station (Downtown L.A.)  40-foot ball drop!  Union Station!  Water Grill oysters!  Signature cocktail!  Dollhouse Entertainment burlesque!  Premium open bar!  Why:  Vamp the night away….

Black Tie Masquerade Ball at the Viceroy Hotel (Santa Monica) —  Hosted bar!  Decadent hors d’oeuvre! s KCRW DJ’s Jason Bentley & Raul Campos!  Why: (Optional) NYE countdown in a cabana.

New Year’s Eve: A Benefit for the Victims of Paris w/ Jesse Hughes of Eagle of Death Metal at Harvard & Stone (Los Feliz) Dancers!  Live music!  DJ’s!  All night open bar: craft cocktails & punches, craft beers, and bottomless champagne!  Plus, so much good karma!  Why: Good drinks and good deeds for the new year.

Happy New Year & thanks for making The Go Go your 2015 guide for “offbeat fun, quirky culture and cocktails whenever possible…!”

Have fun; be safe!  Metro Los Angeles will operate 24-hour, overnight service on Metro Rail, plus Orange and Silver Lines with FREE fares from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Too much NYE?! Take Metro!

Too much NYE?! Take Metro!

Turkey Trot

How to trot your turkey….

Welcome to the year’s only multi-part weekend.

Thanksgiving
Laugh Factory 36th Annual Free Thanksgiving Day Feast —  Turkey with a side of laughs?!  Yes, please!  Top comedians TBA!  Arrive an hour early for servings at 1:00 p.m, 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.  Open to all!    Thurs 11/26

LAVA’s Thanksgiving at Clifton’s Cafeteria — Join The Los Angeles Visionary Association, a redwood tree and some taxidermied animals from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a no host Thanksgiving get-together at so-old-it’s-new-again Clifton’s Cafeteria.  Space limited – RSVP a mustThurs 11/26

Black Friday

Post-Thanksgiving Epic Walk — You can burn off your too-many-corn-muffins muffin top battling crazed big box shoppers for a microwave.  OR you can revel in fresh air and see L.A. sites with this twelve-mile-loop urban hike led by Big Parade founder Dan Koeppel.  The walk, which includes dirt trails, city streets and hidden stairs, has a mass transit-friendly starting point and mid-hike entry point.  Fri 11/27

Illuminated elephants at the L.A. Zoo.

Illuminated elephants at L.A. Zoo Lights.

L.A. Zoo Lights – Forget the congested drive through Griffith Park with the tired light show.  Instead, head to the L.A. Zoo for a light-and-sound extravaganza including a transformed L.A.I.R.: the zoo’s habitat featuring rare species seen nowhere else in the world.  Plus peep live reindeer while enjoying holiday treats.  Opens Fri 11/27 – Sun 1/3/16

Small (Business) Saturday

5th Annual We Heart Eagle Rock Block Party — Gotta shop?  Shop small and local at Northeast L.A.’s top foodie destination and most walkable ‘hood.  Three dozen shops and eateries will offer discounts, demos, consultations and art exhibits including a Live Drawing + Pop-Up  at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, a Family Fun Zone at The Green Bean, and Milkfarm‘s Meet the Maker: Letterpress Chocolate and  25 cent wine tasting. Sat 11/28

Make It Mar Vista — This small biz Westside shopathon, which was made possible by a Great Streets grant, features 40+ local participating businesses including brick and mortars and artisan booths.  In addition to live music and an art exhibit, check out community events including a paint-by-numbers mural, a Story Corps Mar Vista History Project and a kick-off bike ride along a pop-up dedicated bike lane.  Sat 11/28

Visionary.... (Photo courtesy of VisionLA)

Visionary…. (Photo courtesy of VisionLA)

The Go Go: Beyond the Weekend….

VisionLA Climate Action Arts Festival — In December 2015, UN Delegates meet for the 21st Conference on Climate Change (COP21).

Starting Monday, November 30 in multiple venues over two weeks in the Greater Los Angeles Area, VisionLA ’15  celebrates the power of art to effect change.

You’ll want to clear your calendar….

The comprehensive range of programming includes visual arts  film, music, performance, literary, family friendly, and climate action events and workshops

Highlights include: Clare Graham’s recycled art at MorYork Gallery, Dominique Moody’s Found Object Assemblage workshop; uplifting Words to Save the World with notable L.A. writers including Linda J. Albertano, S.A. Griffin and Peggy Dobreer; TreePeople’s Earthworks workshop on how to harvest rainwater (Hello, El Nino!); and Art Makes Change, a group exhibition of 60 local artists whose work strives to bring awareness to the climate crisis through various fine art mediums.

The above are merely tip-of-the-iceberg highlights in a mind-boggling array of notable events, which include an Opening Gala with KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole and Envision: a closing celebration featuring a full installation dance/concert from Los Angeles based String Theory Productions and an original piece from Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez.

Who knew saving the planet could  be so much fun?

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

 

Champagne fountain for fiends....

Champagne fountain for fiends….

Could this week be packed with more fun?

Ms. Go Go thinks not.

Clear your calendars.

Awash in Words

Here’s the best Hump Day remedy ever.

Join other lit-loving aficionados and swarm the streets of NoHo this Wednesday for the 3rd Annual NoHo/LA Lit Crawl.

40 events.  35+ venues.  One night.

Better yet, it’s FREE!

Presented in three, 45-minute rounds (7pm, 8pm and 9pm) as well as opening and closing events, LitCrawl offers opportunities to check out wordsmiths of every persuasion — novelists, poets, comics and musicians — tackling a wide variety of genres: horror, noir, confessional, sci-fi and erotic.

NoHo Ho....

NoHo Ho…. #LitCrawlLA

The events take place at venues all over NoHo from a tiki lounge (Wide Awake at the NoHo Lit Crawl from Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center) to a comic book store (Creepy Crawlies from Shades & Shadows) to an adult entertainment shop (Inside The Ultimate Sex Shop of My Imagination from Cultural Weekly).

And if the latter venue gives you a chance to shop for “necessities”?

Hey…you’re the ultimate cultural multitasker.

LITCRAWL L.A./NOHO — Wed, Oct 21; 6pm – 10pm.  FREE/all ages (some venues 21+)Various locations.  More info, including schedule, writers and maps, HERE.

Beach Beautiful

How to best embrace SoCal’s Endless (and then some) Summer?

Head to the WestEdge Design Fair this weekend for the ultimate inspiration from 150+ exhibitors.

Thursday night’s Beach Chic Opening Party benefits the fab A+D Museum and kicks off four days of fabulous design with a silent auction of re-imagined beach chairs designed by top local architects and designers.  Also, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, natch.

Four days of inspiration, entertainment, education and shopping!

Four days of inspiration, entertainment, education and shopping at #WestEdge

Luxury interior designers create indoor and outdoor rooms utilizing Sunbrella fabric for the Sunbrella Perspective Los Angeles Lounge, which will also serve as the fair’s main interior lounge, the site for special events throughout the show and Barker Hanger’s central bar.

In other words, head here for restorative cocktails.

New this year is MADE:MODERN, which showcases dozens of independent creators of contemporary furniture, lighting, sculpture and accessories.  An opening day panel on Craftsmanship & Design complements the celebration of the hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind.  Limited edition items will be available for purchase so bring the plastic.

If you check out accoutrements as much as actors, don’t miss the modern-day speakeasy created by the  Set Decorators Society of America in partnership with Robb Report Home & Style. Head here for daily mixology demos, samplings and specialty design.

Also, specialty cocktails.

Learn more at educational panels!  Topics include: Hollywood in Your Own Home–Set Decorator SecretsBringing the Travel Experience Home: Design Inspiration from Around the World; and Entertaining with Style.

Cocktails will undoubtedly be covered.

WESTEDGE DESIGN FAIR — Thurs, Oct 22/ Opening party, 6:30-10pm. Oct 23/11am-8pm.  Oct. 24/11am-6pm/ Oct. 25/11 am-5pm. Opening party $95/$20 advance online/$25 atd/Parking $10 cashBarker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica Airport.  Tix and more info HERE.

A Pearl of a Fest

Wine has sommeliers.

Beer has cicerones.

Oysters have Maitre Écaillers (Shellfish Masters).

The City of Angels has  Christophe Happillon: L.A.’s only Maitre Écailler and the bivalve guru behind the Oyster Gourmet at Grand Central Market.

DTLA Oyster Fest from the Oyster Gourmet at Grand Central Station

DTLA Oyster Fest from the Oyster Gourmet at Grand Central Station

This weekend, embrace the mollusk magic with the inaugural DTLA Oyster Fest. Admission is FREE; for two days, you can buy $2 oysters directly from oyster farmers from the U.S. and Mexico.

Along with Norman Abell (Acacia Pacific Aquaculture), the guest farmers will be available to chat about proper oyster selection and handling, sustainability of oyster aquaculture, and “merroir”: Happillon’s play on winemakers’ “terroir”, which means “a sense of place” in French.

Participating farms include: Sol Azul Seafarms (El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve: a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Baja CA); Grassy Bar Oysters (Morro Bay, CA); Rock Harbor Oysters (Cape Cod, MA); Morro Bay Oyster Company “Pacific Gold” oysters (Morro Bay); and Hama Hama (Washington State), which has been active since 1922 and is  the oldest oyster farm on the West Coast.

That’s a lot of delectable goodness.

Luckily, the Oyster Gourmet will have an assortment of French wines available to wash down the briny morsels. For a change of pace, the stand’s usual menu of assorted, ecologically sustained seafood will also be available.

Happillon’s Oyster Shucking 101 seminars are full but there’s a strong possibility the Oyster Gourmet will have Friday night shucking seminars post-fest.

You’ve got two days of oyster slurping to lobby for the Best Date Night Ever.

DTLA OYSTER FEST — Sat, Oct 24 & Sun, Oct 25. Fest hours: 11am – 6pm.  Admission FREE; oysters $2 each — The Oyster Gourmet, Hill Street Platform/Grand Central Market, 317 S Broadway, LA 90013.  Parking Garage Entrance: 308 S Hill St.  Map and more info HERE.

Dead souls will roll....

Dead souls will roll….

Old Souls

Dilemma: you love the spirit and tradition of Day of the Dead but find it challenging to honor ancestors while being jostled by a crowd.

Solution: An Evening of Art and Music celebrating Dia de los Muertos from FolkWorks.

Held at the historic, oh-so-cool Church of the Angels on the Pasadena/Highland Park boundary, Saturday’s celebration offers an opportunity to bring a memento of your dearly departed (including pets) to the ofrenda or community altar, which has been created especially for the occasion by a team of local artists.

You’ve been saving your airplane bottles of bourbon for just such  an occasion.

DJ Tita Juana will spin Mexican classics and Chicano oldies during an early evening, open-to-the-public wine and cheese reception where you can peruse work by local artists.

The evening continues with a ticketed concert inside the Church of Angels sanctuary.  Beloved Highland Park band I See Hawks in L.A. delivers their signature, psychedelic-influenced roots music: a perfect choice to celebrate the night of the year when the curtain between this world and the next is believed to be at its “thinnest”.

The Christina Ortega Band brings a cross-cultural sound that embodies the full spectrum of the Golden State’s heritage from the beloved norteño of the migrant farm worker to the Western swing of Dustbowl-era Okies working the oil fields.

“Musician’s musician” Matt Cartsonis, who’s played with Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Glen Campbell, Warren Zevon, Lucinda Williams and Steve Martin, contributes his immeasurable talents to the evening.

This Saturday, come serenade the dead.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS WITH CHRISTINA ORTEGA & I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. — Sat, Oct 24; 5pm/FREE art reception & DJ. 7pm/$20 ticketed concert.  All agesChurch of the Angels, 1100 Avenue 64, Pasadena 91105.  Tix & more info HERE.

Frans Lanting's LIFE: from the Big Bant through the present at Annenberg Space for Photography

Frans Lanting’s LIFE: from the Big Bang through the present at Annenberg Space for Photography

MORE Weekend Go Go fun!

Charles Phoenix: Downtown Los Angelesland — Kitsch/historic tour of DTLA & environs!  Live slide show performance!  FREE!  Fri 10/23

Frans Lanting: LIFE – A Journey Through Time — National Geographic photog Frans Lanting!  Big Bang through present!  Annenberg Space for Photography!  Sat 10/24

Los Angeles Theater Company Gala Carnaval —  Cocktails!  Dinner!  Dancing!  Sat 10/24

16th Annual Dia de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery — Shamanic Visions of the Huichol theme!  Ceremonial altars!  Music!  Sat 10/24

Aero Theater’s 10th Annual Dusk-to-Dawn Horrorthon — 7 movies!  FREE all night snacks & coffee!  Giveaways!  Sat 10/24

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

My what a big shamrock you have....

My, what a big shamrock you have….

Was your leprechaun count lackluster last year?

For better luck with the wee folk…or your fave pair of smilin’ Irish eyes, try one or more of Ms. Go Go’s St. Paddy’s Day picks.

Be safe.  Have fun.

And while one Irish saying opines that “A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures,” you might want to stock up on hair of the dog, just in case.

Pub Crawls

Hollywood St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl  A dozen+ pubs!  Drink specials! After-party at Outpost! March 14 (noon – 2am) and March 17 (2pm – 2am)

Santa Monica St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl — Santa Monica’s only pre-St. Paddy’s Day Pub crawl!  A dozen+ venues!  Drink specials!  Wear green or get booed.  Sat, March 14 (2pm – 10pm)

Pre-St. Paddy’s Day Parties

Rock & Reilly’s 4th Annual St. Paddy’s Block Party —  100 kegs of green beer and a bounce house????  May the luck of the Irish be with you at this mad hooley: an afternoon benefit for House of Blues Music Forward Foundation. Also food trucks & DJs for max bounce energy. March 14 (1 – 10pm; entry not guaranteed after 3pm)

Paddy O’ PartyWear your best leprechaun attire for Irish jig contests at Whiskey Red‘s in  Marina Del Rey!  It’s a waterfront…pretend you’re in Galway! Live music & DJs!  Food & drink specials!  Sat, March 14 (5 pm-midnight) 

Smart Drinking: Pre/Post St. Patrick’s Day

Angel City Brewery —  Are you more of a thoughtful suds sipper than a green beer guzzler?   The monthly “Ale Academy” at everyone’s favorite DTLA brewery is going Irish on the eve o’ St. Paddy’s with a “Slainte!” to Irish styles.  For a nominal fee, study up on everything from stout to the modern-day Irish lager and wow your soused friends.  Mon, March 16 (7-9 pm)

Drinking Hibernia: Irish Whisky in Cocktail and Song — If you’re still craving a bit o’ the green post-Paddy day, Museum of the American Cocktail‘s Touring the Cocktail program will highlight Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers portfolio.  Grab your ticket to learn about Jameson, Redbreast, the rare Green Spot, and the even rarer Yellow Spot.  Trad Irish music from L.A. folk musicians help bring the Gaelic to General Lee’s in Chinatown.  Wed, March 25 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)

Tom Bergin's and green signAll Day St. Paddy Parties

Tom Bergin’s — Tom Bergin celebrates 79 years of St. Paddy’s Days with a 20 hour indoor/outdoor bash!

Irish breakfast runs from 6 to 10:30 a.m.; pub fare from 11am to 11pm.

A Guinness-on-tap truck will pour Guinness Blonde and Harp Lager; four satellite bars will pour beer and Irish-inspired cocktails like “Whiskles” (a pickleback with Tullamore DEW and housemade pickle juice). Shamrock Hour (3-5pm) special: $6 Miller Lite.  Plus Music!  DJs!  Tues March 17 (6am – 2am)

Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival — Head to DTLA where Casey’s Irish Pub hosts its 42nd annual, all-day-and-night  street festival with St. Paddy’s Day staples like Reubens, corned-beef sandwiches, Jameson and green beer.  Sign up for Curb ride service to drink safely and win prizes. Tues, March 17 (6am – 2 am)

Tam O’Shanter – The Tam O’ Shanter is one of L.A.’s oldest restaurants and throws one of the biggest — and most schizophrenic! Gaelic bashes in the city. There’s Jameson, kegs of Guinness, and corned beef and cabbage for purists, flashing shamrock necklaces and sugar shamrock cookies for the frat crowd, and Jameson and Guinness girls, in decidedly non-trad outfits, for…well, everyone. Plus live music, swag, merch, drawings and prizes. Tues, March 17 (noon until “late night”)

St. Patrick Swayze Day at the Greyhound!

St. Patrick Swayze Day at the Greyhound!

Odd But Great St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

St. Patrick Swayze Day at the Greyhound — One of the best and most oddball Gaelic bashes in town — at the Greyhound in Highland Park — features a marathon of Patrick Swayze movies, corned beef cabbage, DJs and specials on Irish Whiskey shots and draft beers from Moylan’s Brewery.  No cover and no shaming if you’re dressed head to toe in black instead of green.

At the Greyhound, nobody puts Baby in the corner.  Tues, March 17 (noon – 1:00 am)

The Weekend Go Go – FREE Events!

ArtNight Pasadena —  FREE! Art!  Music!  Museums!  Fri, March 13 (6-10pm)

Claremont Pi(e) Festival – FREE celebration of Pi with Pie to eat and make!  Sat, March 14 (11am – 4pm)

A Week of French Language Cinema — Films from Canada, Switzerland, Ivory Coast, Belgium and France; some nights sold out. FREE with RSVP (click link above) Sun, March 16 – Sat, March 21 (7:30pm)

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Robert Burns: still one of the cool kids.

Robert Burns: still cool at 256.

The main drinking holiday of the Irish involves St. Patrick, green beer, and corned beef.

The main drinking holiday of the Scots involves poet Robert Burns, Scotch whisky and haggis.

You have to give props to a country whose national holiday celebrates a womanizer who wrote a love poem to sheep organ pudding.

The latter will make an appearance during some of the following Burns Night events commemorating the birthday of the man who wrote “Ode to a Haggis” and “Auld Lang Syne”.

Luckily, the odds are even greater there will also be Scotch whisky and plenty of it to help you get through it all.

Here’s where to raise a wee dram — or several — to Scotland’s favorite son.

The Daily Pint — Included in Barfinder.com‘s “top 100 bars in the country” because of its extensive beer and whisky collection,  this Santa Monica establishment celebrates Burns Night a day early, allowing you to get a head start on the festivities tonight.

In addition to whisky specials, the Daily Pint offers plenty of Scottish libations for the occasion; Belhaven Scottish Ale, Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA, Belhaven Scottish Stout,  and Harviestoun Old Engine Oil will be on tap.  Bottled Scottish ales will also be available including Harviestoun’s Whiskey Barrel Aged Ales Ola Dubh.

The Daily Pint is also serving traditional Scottish food: “Heroic Haggis” “Courageous Cock A Leekie Soup”, “Orkney Clapshot” (mashed turnips and potatoes) and Scotch Eggs.

Wear a kilt and get 10% off.

You’ve been waiting for the chance.

THE DAILY PINTSat, Jan 24 starting at 7:30.  21+2310 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica 90405. For more info, go HERE.

Dinner with your haggis at Beckham Grill & Bar,

Dinner with your haggis at Beckham Grill & Bar,

Beckham Grill & Bar — Looking for  a Sunday supper option for Burns Night?

Order from this Pasadena staple’s regular dinner menu  — prime rib and Yorkshire pudding are favorites — and you’ll get bagpipes with your “Ode to a Haggis” ritual.

There’s a nicely curated selection of Scotch whisky in case the skirling of the bagpipes inspire a recitation of the following lines from Burns’s poem Scotch Drink:

“Inspire me, till I lisp an’ wink,
To sing thy name!”

BECKHAM GRILL & PUBSun, Jan 25, 5-9 pm — Beckham Grill & Pub, 77 West Walnut St, Pasadena 91103  626.799,3699. Online reservations: Bookit@BeckhamGrill.com.  For more info, go HERE.

The Poetry Brothel: Happy Birthday Robert Burns — At the Poetry Brothel, a monthly poetry reading in which poets are cast as courtesans dispensing happy endings through word instead of deed, the focus is on Burns’s verse: the bawdier the better.

Couched as an evening of “strong drink, zesty living and some of the most intriguing poetry ever written”, the Poetry Brothel invites and encourages guests to bring a Burns poem to read as well.

There will also be “private poetry readings”  — think it as the literary equivalent of a lap dance — for $5 a poem so bring some cash.

If the above seems daunting without some liquid courage, the Must, where the Poetry Brothel is normally in residence during the Second Thursday Downtown Art Walk, has a small but tasty selection of Scotch/Scotch-style libations.

You’ll also be primed for the likely recitation of one of Burns’s lesser-quoted, but friskier poems:

 “Nine Inch Will Please a Lady

THE POETRY BROTHEL: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROBERT BURNS —  Sun, Jan 25, 7-10pmThe Must, 117 Winston St, DTLA 90013.  For more info, go HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

New Year Wishes 2014It’s beginning to look a lot like the New Year.

Still undecided about how to drink ring in 2015?

Read on for Ms. Go Go’s cheat sheet on where to go, what to drink, how to do it responsibly, and great places to recover….

Feliz Ano Novo!  Bonne Annee!  Buon Ano!  S Novym Godom!

Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve!

Aristocrats & Alley Cats Bar Crawl — Toast Sweden at 3:00 p.m.,  Alaska at 1:00 a.m. and multiple cities and/or countries in between with complimentary drinks on the hour from the five, DTLA bars in the Acme Hospitality Group.  Swank it up at Library Bar and Sixth Street Tavern, get down at Beelman’s Pub, Spring Street Bar and The King Eddy’s Saloon or both.  Note to self: look up multi-culti ways to say “Cheers”. No cover/21+

nhyex10_2014Big Bar’s New Year’s Eve x 10 — Want to stay seated for your round-the-world drinking tour?  Starting at 3:00 p.m., the Alcove’s Big Bar is having a redux of last year’s New Year’s Eve; same timezone progression but different drinks with region-specific spirits like Avua Amburana Cachaca (El Dude at 6pm) and Colorado-based, small-batch CapRock Gin (Gin and Chronic #2 at 11:00 p.m.)  Plus, collectible postcards from Dave Stolte, illustrator of Home Bar Basics (And Not So Basics). They’ll make others wish they’d been there.  No cover/21+

New Year’s Eve L.A.:  Looking for a New Year’s Eve celebration sans booze?  Grand Park in DTLA is throwing another multi-block bash but this year, it’s bigger and better.  Starting at 7:00 pm, this year’s party has more blocks, three music stages, iconic #LAStory photos chosen by Discover L.A. from L.A.’s best Instagrammers, a photo booth provided with support from LA2050, and 3D digital video mapping on two sides of City Hall.  So no need to push and shove your hundreds of new NYE BFFs for room to view….  No cover/all ages

Munifisense NYE 2014Munifisense New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day: Experience an urban version of Burning Man with this one night/one day pop-up party at a “cozy, avant-garde encampment” in Venice.  Like the Black Rock City bash, the events (December 31, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. and  January 1, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) will be art and music-centric.  The deep list of DJ’s includes KCRW’s Jason Bentley on January 1st; expect immersive projection mapping, fireworks, art installations, body painting (see elephant, above left), food trucks, vendors (Flying Horses and Sexy Ninja Shapes for the win!), drink specials and a free glass of alcoholic bubbles at midnight. $50 per event; $80 for both/21+

Unique U.S.A.’s NYE Bash — “You bring the cheer, we’ll bring the bubbly” is the NYE pledge from the people who put on the Unique L.A. markets.  In addition to champers (and a pizza party!) at midnight, your $75 ticket to the Jazz Age-themed ball includes drinks, catered hors d’oeuvres, and delish desserts starting at 8:00 p.m.  Hold up your end of the bargain by puttin’ on the Ritz in your best Roaring Twenties glad rags, which you can memorialize with a photobooth portrait. It’s gonna be the bee’s knees, yo.  $75 per ticket/$140 for a pair of tix (Tix still available at press time.)

Greyhound Highland Park Hangover Party vertWhere to Recover on New Year’s Day!

The Greyhound’s First Annual Highland Park Hangover Party — Plan ahead for your hangover!  Starting at 9:00 a.m., the Greyhound Bar & Grille, Highland Park’s fave ‘hood watering hole, helps 21+ patrons ease gently into 2015 with free Bloody Marys and mimosas.  Have breakfast ’til noon then nosh all day on the special “Heisman” menu of Marcus’s Duck Sliders and Jameis’s “stolen crab hush puppies”, not to mention the Greyhound’s legendary wings. No need to navigate a car on this most difficult of mornings; the Greyhound is steps away from the Metro Gold Line Highland Park stop.  Just put on your shades and slouch on over.

Cecconi’s Brunch with Bloody Mary Cart — If you need hair-of-the-dog and are up to making a few, crucial decisions, head to Cecconi’s in WeHo from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  While you settle your stomach with the Northern Italian eatery’s “Green Eggs” and Porcetta Ham Benedict, a dedicated server will be circulating through the dining room with a fully-loaded Bloody Mary cart, ready to customize your $14 brunch libation according to your preferred spirits, spiciness and garni.  It may be the most important decision you make all day….

Petty Cash Taqueria NYE bartender's brunchPetty Cash Taqueria’s Bartender’s Brunch — Want to keep the party (and booze) going?  The Petty Cash Taqueria bartenders do too. From 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., they’ll help you kick off 2015 with drink specials, dominos, shuffleboard tournaments (for the strong of head) and champagne toasts every 60 minutes so you can raise a glass to hours 11 to 17 of the new year.  PCT will also have the full menu available, for stamina, if nothing else.  Also, free neck massages are “promised”; report back to Ms. Go Go….

How to Get from New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day…Safely

All Metro buses and trains, including the Orange and Silver Lines, will be running all night into the wee hours of the morning and are FREE from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.   After 2:00 a.m., you’ll have to TAP to ride. Metro Day Passes are valid until 3 a.m.  Enhanced Metro Rail service will be provided for Grand Park’s New Year’s Eve event and for the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena.

Tipsy Tow: This AAA  service offers a complimentary ride and vehicle tow of up to seven miles for over-imbibers; call 1-800-400-4222

Download the Lyft app if you need a lift; the pink mustachio’ed cars with background checked/insured drivers will raise your spirits the second they pull up.

Uber gives you the convenience of  an on-demand car with the choice of a budget-to-luxury vehicle with clearly delineated prices.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Fa La L.A. Xmas

Leap into Christmas!

Party, ponies, chocolate, cocktails, food, mixtapes and whisky….

Hey, maybe it is the most wonderful time of the year!

Christmas Culture

Have mall Muzak Christmas carols left you Scrooge-ified?

Put on your most un-ironic elf hat and head to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion this afternoon for the 55th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration. The FREE, family-friendly Christmas Eve  spectacular will put the “hurray” back in the holiday with 20+ musical groups, choirs and dance troupes representing all of L.A.’s melting pot glory.

Too busy wrapping prezzies and drinking wassail?  The whole shebang will be shown on PBS SoCal.

If you do go, seating is first come, first seated with in-and-out privileges throughout the show.  Plus, FREE PARKING under the Music Center.

Now that’s a true Christmas miracle.

55TH ANNUAL L.A. COUNTY HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONWed, Dec 24, 3-6pm.  FREE/all agesDorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, 135 No Grand, DTLA 90013

PJs + toys + beer; like the boozy childhood you never had.

PJs + toys + beer; so many reasons to go go.

Whiskey Xmas

Midwest-bound plane get canceled?

Too holidazed to function?

Need a wee dram before facing the fam?

Head to WeHo for Rock ‘n Reilly’s Christmas Pajama Party.  Show up in your PJ’s and you get a toy.

If a baby Slinky doesn’t do the trick, you can guarantee your Christmas is merry and bright with a variety of spirits  — not the Ghost of Christmas Past kind — at the all-day jam-o-rama, which starts at 9:00 a.m.

In other words, it’s the boozy childhood you always wished you’d had.

ROCK & REILLY’S CHRISTMAS PAJAMA PARTYThurs, Dec 25, 9am – 10pm.  No cover; 21+Rock & Reilly’s Irish Pub, 8911 W Sunset Blvd, WeHo 90069

My little pony...

My little pony…

How to Get a Pony for Christmas

Here are a couple of day-after-Christmas options:

1) Wrestle a stuffed horse from a crazed granny in the war zone-like toy department of a big box discount store.

Tear your hair out.

2) Sip champagne in the Chandelier Room at Santa Anita Park.  Indulge in signature dishes and cocktails at the First Annual Guest Chef Series.  Enjoy Opening Day of thoroughbred racing.

Remain stress-free.

Ms. Go Go thinks the choice is clear.

The food-and-drink series, which takes place on the first and third weekends during 2015, features Sprout LA chefs such as Ivan Marquez (Short Order LA), Jason Neroni (Picca Peru) and Timothy Hollingsworth (Barrel and Ashes); famed mixologist Julian Cox will pair cocktails with the iconic dishes.

Plus…horse racing.

With the chandelier twinkling overhead, it’s like the grown-up version of Sparkle Pony…

FIRST ANNUAL GUEST CHEF SERIESFri, Dec 26 & Sat, Dec 27; noon – 5pm.  $85; 21+ Chandelier Room, Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91007.  For tix & more info, go HERE.

Unusual tapes; rare sightings....

Unusual tapes; rare sightings….

Merry Mixtape

If the holidays left you with a giant commercialization hangover, let your DIY flag fly this Saturday at the 6th Annual Holiday Mixtape Swap.

Benefiting the L.A. Zinefest in February, the swap is simple: make a mixtape, get a mixtape.

CDs are ok but old-school cassettes are encouraged — presumably pencils will be on hand for tape rewinds —   and so is creative packaging.

In other words, you can go beyond the reindeer paper and the stick-on bows.

There will be performances, readings and raffles at the Church of Fun, not to mention “existential exorcisms”.

It’s not called the Church of Fun for nothing….

6TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY MIXTAPE SWAP —  Sat, Dec 27, 9pm – 12:30am.  $5 +donationChurch of Fun, 4109 Melrose, LA 90029.  For more info, go HERE.

You know you want to....

You know you want to….

Because You’ve Been Very, Very Good….

What’s the best way to reward yourself for going back to work/surviving the holidays/not engaging in fisticuffs with any member of your family?

The sweet, sweet answer is The L.A. Chocolate Festival and Pastry Show.

Sample the wares of L.A.’s top chocolate makers, pastry chefs and confectioners.  Meet celebrity chefs such as French pastry legend Stephane Treand and Annette Starbuck whose Goodie Girls bakery was a winner on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.

Naturally, your ticket to the Sunday afternoon sweets soiree includes bubbly, wine and other spirits.

The event is all ages…your call.

L.A. CHOCOLATE AND PASTRY SHOW —  Sun, Dec 28, 1 – 4pm.  $45 – $95; all agesThe Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Blvd, L.A. 90064.  For tix & more info, go HERE.

Ms. Go Go wishes all Go Go’ers a safe and spirited holiday!

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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