Just happy to be nominated....

Just happy to be nominated….

February may be the shortest month of the year but it’s crammed with exciting events:

The Super Bowl.  Valentine’s Day. Mardi Gras.

Condom Awareness Day.

Naturally, you participated fully in each and every one.

Now it’s time to help Tinseltown celebrate itself, its stars, its movies, and this Business We Call Show.

And remember…Ms. Go Go loves you.  She really loves you.

Gaming the Office Oscar Pool

Let’s be real.

Unless you have an Oscar obsession and/or lots of time on your hands, your method for picking the winners in the more obscure categories is uneducated at best, shot-in-the-dark at worst.

The films and your Oscar office pool deserve better.

The Dam Keeper -- one of the Animated Shorts showing at the Egyptian Theater.

The Dam Keeper — one of the Animated Shorts showing at the Egyptian Theater.

Luckily for you and the Academy Award-nominated artistes, Oscar Season at the American Cinematheque offers a pre-awards show slate of weekend screenings, seminars and panel discussions to help you win the Oscar pool cash prize and impress the hell out of your fellow red carpet watchers.

On Friday night, head to the Egyptian Theater (home of the first film premiere in 1922 of Robin Hood) for two separate screenings (7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.) of Documentary Shorts including Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1JoannaOur Curse,The Reaper (La Parka),and White Earth.

Saturday’s schedule includes early evening screenings of the 2015 Oscar-nominated Live-Action Shorts Aya, Boogaloo and GrahamButter LampParvaneh and The Phone Call (7:00 p.m.)  Stay for the screening of the Animated Shorts — The Bigger Picture, The Dam Keeper, Feast, Me and My Moulton, and A Single Life — at 9:30 p.m.

Looking for conversational tidbits to share between bites of chips and guacamole?  Check out the FREE (but you must RSVP) Invisible Art, Visible Artists seminar with Oscar-nominated editors and the very visual art produced by the Oscar-nominated guests on the Production Design Panel.

Now go forth and dominate.  Don’t spend that Oscar pool cash all in one place.

OSCAR SEASON AT THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUEFri, Feb 20 and Sat, Feb 21; various times. Free – $11Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028.  For tix and info, go HERE.

FIDM - Grand Budapest Hotel - close-upLooking Good

Sure, you’ll be dishing the designer duds on the red carpet but before you compile your personal list of Oscar parade hits and misses, check out the night’s real fashion stars at the 23rd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition

The FREE exhibit at FIDM’s DTLA campus features costumes from The Great Gatsby, last year’s Academy Award winner, as well as costumes from twenty notable films of 2014 including all five of the Oscar-nominated costume collections.

Admire Mme. Celine’s octogenarian attire from The Grand Budapest Hotel (Milena Canonero), 60’s counter-culture clothes from Inherent Vice (Mark Bridges), fairy tale fashion from Into the Woods (Colleen Atwood) and Maleficent (Anna B. Sheppard), and period artistry from Mr. Turner ( Jacqueline Durran).

You can say you knew them when.

23RD ANNUAL ART OF MOTION PICTURE COSTUME DESIGN EXHIBITION — Through April 25, 2015; Tues – Sat, 10am – 5pm.  FREE — FIDM Museum, 919 South Grand, 2nd Floor, DTLA 90015.  For more info, go HERE.

It had to be you.....

It had to be you…..

You’re the Star

Want to get glam and get gifted?

Head to the less congested part of Hollywood — at least for tonight — for Stella Barra Pizzeria’s Movie Awards Viewing Party.

Dress in red carpet chic or as your favorite movie character — see FIDM Museum, above, for inspiration — and get a gift card (for a future visit) equal to the amount you spent on your movie-viewing meal (minus tax and tip).

Already, you’re a winner.

In addition to their regular menu, Stella’s will be serving a three-course Big Movie Awards Tasting Menu, complete with wine pairings, for $35.  One bite of their Shaved Mushroom Pizza with Gruyere, melted onion and truffle and you’ll make a reservation on the spot to use your gift card soon.

You won’t be taking home a golden statuette but arrive at Stella by 5:00 p.m. and fill out an awards ballot/entry before the broadcast starts for a chance to win a one-night stay at The Huntley and a VIP brunch experience at M Street Kitchen, both in Santa Monica .

Who needs an Oscar to feel like a movie star?

MOVIE AWARDS VIEWING PARTYSun, Feb 22, 5 – 10:30 pm — Stella Barra Pizzeria, 6372 W Sunset Blvd, Hollywood 90028.  Reservations are recommended; call 323-301-4001 for questions or to confirm a table.  For more info, go HERE.

Chinese NYdragonMore Weekend Go Go Fun!

Elizabeth Harper‘s Dear God, Why? Just in time for Lent!  A virtual walking-tour of Italian death traditions including rented corpses, used hangmen’s nooses, and skull garlands!  Refreshments!  Fri, Feb 20

The Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival — Firecrackers!  Gourmet food showdowns!  Craft beer garden!  Sat, Feb 21

The Moth Grand Slam Championship, Los Angeles — “Mea Culpa” themed stories!  18+  Ticket doesn’t guarantee entry!  Mon, Feb 23

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Go Go’ers, you couldn’t be more thankful that you survived Turkey Day without going into a coma.  (All those relatives.  All that liquor.)

Read on for ways to reward yourself for non-coma, entertain the out-of-town hordes, and have fun while shopping.

The latter: not an oxymoron.

Post-Gobble Gambol

Kick butt post-Turkey Day with Dan Koeppel and an Epic 15-Mile Hike that includes stairways, bridges, streets, sights, and over seven miles of urban dirt trail.

Koeppel, creator of The Big Parade assures the faint of heart (or weak of legs) that there’s an easy, mass-transit-assisted “early exit” midway through Friday’s hike, which starts and ends at the Chinatown Metro Gold Line.

Or  keep an eye on the Epic Walk Facebook page for deets about how to join the group along the way; Koeppel notes that he’ll be providing instructions.

In other words, permission to be a cheater….

EPIC 15-MILE HIKEFri, Nov 23, 9am – 4:30pm; FREEChinatown Metro Station, 901 N Spring St, LA 90012    http://www.facebook.com/events/504013686283129/

Big Flying Monkeys

If your Thanksgiving is all about the tradition, round up the relatives and check out  great prints of classic movies on big screens courtesy of American Cinematheque.

Sing with Gene Kelly, sigh with Scarlett  O’Hara, and search for a way home with Dorothy at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica and the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

Extra points for correct number of flying monkeys, my pretty.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, Fri Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm, $7 – $11 — Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave,
Santa Monica 90403

GONE WITH THE WIND Sat, Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm; $7-$11 — Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028

THE WIZARD OF OZSun, Nov 25 @ 7:30 pm; $7 – $11 —  Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave,
Santa Monica 90403

All that glitters…. Ornaments from Odyssey Imports @ http://www.odyssey-collection.com/odysseycollection/Index.aspx

Think Local, Shop Global

The choice:

1. Risk Death By Shopping at a Big Box Store.

2. Shop small but artful at the Holiday Craft Bazaar.

Join local and international artisans  in the courtyard of the Craft and Folk Art Museum for a wide selection of handcrafted and fairly traded goods including jewelry, knit wear, pottery, stationery and glassware.  Refreshments and live music by SADUBAS enhance your shopping  experience.

Party or pandemonium…your call.

HOLIDAY GLOBAL BAZAAR — Sat, Nov 24; 12-5pm — Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036, 323. 937.4230 http://globalbazaar.cafam.org

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

If the plumeria throne fits….

Ms. Go Go is tres desolee at the lateness of The Weekend Go Go due to deadlines and  birthdays (not mine!)

And such a fun weekend, too! Let’s Go Go now!

Tiki-ti One On

Go Go’ers, is there anything more festive than  Tiki?  Indulge your love of all things South Seas balmy and carved at American Cinematheque‘s Luau Night at the Egyptian Theater.  King Kukulele & The Friki Tikis and the Polynesian Paradise Dancers shake it up in the courtyard at 5:00 p.m. while you sip $5 Mai Tais and Pina Coladas.  Luau dinners are sold out online but those partial to pineapple chicken skewers and other island fare may luck out if supplies last at the door.

May the tiki gods be ever in your favor….

The King (Kukulele, not Presley) will also narrate the Tiki Volume 1 – Paradise Lost: a fab  documentary of global tiki that  features veteran and present-day artistes de tiki including writers (Sven Kirsten!), musicians (Combustible Edison!), painters and illustrators  (Shag! Eric Askew!), and, of course, bartenders!  (Hooray for all!)

Your burning tiki questions  (How many hula dancers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?) will be answered by director Jochen Hirschfeld and guests from the doc at a post-film Q&A .

Bali Hai!

TIKI NIGHT/AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE — Sat, Aug 4, 5pm (drinks/dinner); 7:30pm (film); $11 – $30; all ages — Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028, http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/egyptian_theatre_events

Circle the Wagons at The Grand Ole Echo on August 5th!

Wagons Ho!

Kim Grant’s Grand Ole Echo has the best summer hoedown around (and a Los Angles Magazine “Best of LA – Best Urban Honky Tonk” to prove it!) but this weekend’s show is Big Deal even by their swell standards:  Aussie twangers Henry Wagons and Wagons are up from  Down Under.  Wagons is a notably charismatic performer (and voted one of “Australia’s 100 Most Influential People”!)  so put on your pointy-toe boots and perambulate over to celebrate their new album Rumble, Shake & Tumble.

Luckily, you know how to do those things.

Stephen Sowan, then Damngivers will kick off while wunderkind Phoebe Bridgers keeps it acoustic on the Back Porch.

Sunday, meet happy.

THE GRAND OLE ECHOSun, Aug 5th @ 5:30pm; Free/All AgesThe Echo, 1822 Sunset, Echo Park 90026, https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?hl=en&tab=wm#search/wagons+grand/138d9b8e3a1b21b9

Yes, please…. Artisanal Spirits of the Times at Sadie, August 6th.

Spirited Away

Monday fast approaches but hey, it’s still summer, dammit, so make Monday “Funday”, courtesy of the L.A. Times- hosted “Spirits of the Times” at Sadie’s oh-so-pretty night porch.  Artisanal spirits like Karlsson’s Gold Vodka, Pink Pigeon Rum and Lepanto Brandy will make appearances in cocktails you can vote on (Oh, the power….) while you munch apps and look as swell as Sadie does.

‘Course, everyone’s prettier with a cocktail in hand. Even you.

SPIRITS OF THE TIMESMon, Aug 6th, 6:30pm – 9:30pmSadie,  1638 North Las Palmas Avenue Los Angeles, CA

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Go Go’ers, the Twelve Days of Christmas isn’t just a song about conspicuous consumption and/or an obsessive stalker-ish boyfriend.

January 6th, the twelfth day of Christmas, is Three Kings Day when the Three Wise Guys  — as Ms. Go Go’s li’l gangsta goddaughter used to call them — finally showed up with gold and other prezzies…

…thereby making them fashionably late instead of shockingly rude.

Ms. Go Go is SLIGHTLY better organized  than those Wandering Wise Men (who obviously wouldn’t stop to ask for directions).   Lucky you –here’s  a 12th Night 2012 road map to the shiniest new events of the new year.

Word to the wise: leave the frankincense and myrrh at home.

Take Me to the River

Go Go’ers, it may be 83 degrees and dropping — brrr —  but you’ll want to brave the elements for the FREE 2nd Annual Downtown Arts District WinterFest 2012 put on by the Los Angeles River Artists & Business Association (LARABA) and LADADspace.

Running January 5th through January 8th, the four-night event gets you cultured up from the January get-go with art from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. on Sunday), Padua Playwrights readings from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m., a Sunday poetry reading at 9:00 p.m., and music from 10:00 – midnight.  Gourmet food trucks keep hunger and dehydration at bay.

The no-host bar keeps the joint jumping.

The more-talent-than-you-can-shake-a-stick-at Fest includes  Southern chanteuse Tawny Ellis, Thirties jazz  purist Eddie Reed’s Big Band, Wallace Shawn’s Obie-award-winning The Fever,  and poet Danielle Adair who was “embedded media” with US Forces in Afghanistan.  For Arts District eye candy, anticipate iconographic art by Richard Kessler, collaborative, on-site installations by street artists Street Artists Cryptik, Chor Boogie, Vyal One, and  Slick & Defer, and Michael French’s interactive video installation, which scrambles up occult symbols, video game graphics, and pop culture elements into magical incantations.

You always like to start the New Year with magical incantations.

(ARTS DISTRICT WINTERFEST 2012 — Thurs, Jan 5th – Sat, Jan 7th; 5 pm – 12 am; Sun, 4 pm – 11:30 pm — Lot 613, 613 Imperial St, DTLA 90021; parking available on surrounding streets and nearby parking lots; http://www.artsdistrictwinterfest.com/Home_Page.html)

Kicking It off at McCabe’s

Film and T.V. composer Ernest Troost has danced at the Emmy party; he’s won one, been nominated for many.  On Friday, January 6th, Troost inaugurates the 2012 season at McCabes with his newest album, the aptly titled Ernest Troost Live at McCabes: a celebration of the artist’s roots-centric songwriting, which mixes traditional country blues and ragtime with contemporary lyrics that evoke the past.  Nicole Gordon, Mark “Pocket” Goldberg, and Debra Dobkin join Troost while virtuoso banjo and guitar picker Shaun Cromwell  opens with songs that dazzle with wordplay.

On Three Kings Night 2012, this pair of aces is the hand to draw.

(ERNEST TROOST LIVE AT MCCABES – Fri, Jan 6th @ 8 pm; $15 —  McCabes, 3101 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica 90405,  For tix & info: http://www.mccabes.com/condata.html; parking info: http://www.mccabes.com/parking.html; 310.828.4497)

(Courtesy of American Cinematheque)

To The Moon, Alice!

Go Go’ers, it’s been said that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.  As a hedge against a life full of failed, get-rich-quick schemes, start the new year with some golden Gleason.   The Honeymooners sketches, starring Jackie Gleason as  blustering, bumbling, Brooklyn bus driver Ralph Kramden and  Art Carney as his sewer cleaning sidekick Ed Norton, first aired 60 years ago but the live episodes from 1951 to 1957 were subsequently lost.

You suspect Lucy and Ricky have some ‘splainin’ to do….

Luckily for your  financial future, the American Cinematheque screens the “Lost Episodes” on Saturday, January 7th at 7:30 p.m.  at the Egyptian Theater.  Post screening, there will be a discussion with Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Frank Marth (The Honeymooners), Pamela Adlon (Louie),  Peter Mehlman (Seinfeld), and T.V. and voice actor Chuck McCann so you can count on a whole lot of “Har har hardee har har”.

You couldn’t have put it better yourself.

(THE HONEYMOONERSSat, Jan 7th @ 7:30 pm; $7 – $11American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blv, 90028, http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/the-honeymooners-lost-episodes-1951-1957)

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Bee fighting -- always better in a bathing suit.

Go Go’ers, Halloween may be over but that doesn’t mean swords, sci-fi, and the supernatural have been tidily put away in a box until next October.

Ms. Go Go knows you’re relieved.

From beyond the grave, the forge, and the celluloid screen, here are three events to distract you from that damn, looming turkey.

You’re welcome.

Still Scaring the Pants Off You….

Ms. Go Go knows you don’t have much spare time, what with all that cocktailing, carousing and…cocktailing.  Still, at least a little of your leisure time has surely been consumed with curiosity about “Emergo”, “Percepto”, and “Illusion-O”.

When men were men, women were women, and everyone smoked.

If you’re ready to get serious about cinematic showmanship — and the man who did it best — head over to Hollywood for William Castle Night at Larry Edmunds.

Terry Castle, the youngest ghoul of the Genius of Gimmicks, will be signing Step Right Up,  I’m Gonna Scare the Pants Off America, the newly reprinted edition of her director dad’s autobiography.

There will be clips.  There will be trailers. And to satisfy your “fly on the page” fantasies, there will be limited copies of Castle’s newly released House on Haunted Hill: A William Castle Annotated Screamplay.

The cult director’s dad-ly advice to Terry, who co-produced remakes of House on Haunted Hill and 13 Ghosts, included how to hold a deadly axe and the best way to mix up a batch of the red stuff.  So yes, there may be blood.

Vodka and celery?  You’re on your own.

(William Castle Night at Larry Edmunds – Thursday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m. – 6644 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 90028. (323) 463-3273) http://larryedmunds.com/?p=471)

Forging Ahead

Halloween may be over but there’s always a Renaissance Faire somewhere.  (Great Dickens Christmas Fair!  15 days and counting!)

Living on the edge. (Courtesy of Metalpalooza.com)

If your broadsword needs spiffing up or your leather jerkin needs some love, you’ll want to head over to The Sword and The Stone this weekend for Metalpalooza.

Master Blacksmith/Armourer Tony Swatton will helm a two-day demo-ganza for all your sword-making, bronze-casting, leather-working,  armour-crafting, gem-cutting needs.

And while it really couldn’t get any better, expect sword-fighting and belly dancing.

We all have our special talents.

You can be confident that Swatton knows his way around a hammer and an anvil; his work can be seen in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s EndAngels and Demons, and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.

The guy also crafted the Burger King crown and some wicked looking metal stilettos.

A Burger King crown and metal stilettos.  Guaranteed to make sparks fly.

(MetalpaloozaNovember 12-13, 10am- 6pm/$25-$100, Under 13 – free with paid adult — The Sword and the Stone, 723 N Victory Blvd, Burbank, 91502; (818) 562-6548; Register at www.metalpalooza.com)

Finding (Captain) Nemo

Watch out for falling Confederates.

Go Go’ers, whether you’re a stop-motion animation fan — and really, who isn’t — or you just like ginormous bugs in gorgeous Technicolor, you’ll want to set sail for Mysterious Island this Sunday. Showing at American Cinematheque, this is the 50th Anniversary of one of two sequels to Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. And to whet your appetite further, it’s the “Twilight Times Blu-Ray Launch: Beautiful New Digital Presentation!”.

So you know it’s gonna be good.

Mysterious Island — basically, a Confederate soldiers-in-a-balloon version of the Wizard of Oz — features Sixties-state-of-the-art, stop-motion animation (You WERE paying attention, right?) by Ray Harryhausen — a god among animators — and a thrilling score by frequent musical collaborator Bernard Hermann.   Expect the usual sci-fi adventure elements: pirates, volcanoes, giant cephalopods.

You always like to end Sunday with a giant cephalopod.

(Mysterious Island, Sunday, November 13th, 4pm/$11, American Cinematheque, Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 90028, 323.466.FILM., http://www.americancinematheque.com/indexegyptian.html)

Author John Buntin brings his book to life in his guest-hosted tour from Esotouric.


The weather forecast may call for sunshine and blue skies this weekend but it’s always shady in the land of Noir.  This weekend, check out gangsters and gun molls plus real-life cops and robbers.  Snap-brimmed fedoras optional….  

The second* weekend of American Cinematheque’s Film Noir Festival at the Egyptian Theater features some interesting curiosities. The script for  Bodyguard, the second film in Friday night’s double feature (playing with The Locket) was written by a young Robert Altman.  Sunday night’s Drive a Crooked Road features the double delight of cast-against-type Mickey Rooney as a car mechanic whose penchant for pretty dames has him on the skids in a script by Blake Edwards.  (Walk a Crooked Mile follows.)  Saturday night’s fare has no stunt casting/screenplays but offers a double dose of Broderick Crawford in New York Confidential and Human Desire.  

Go Go’ers in the know dine on dry martinis and other Rat Pack staples across the street at Musso & Frank Grill, Hollywood’s oldest restaurant (opened 1919) and a favorite haunt of Hollywood royalty and writers on a budget  or a binge; John Fante and Charles Bukowski both ate/drank here as did F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway when they wrote for “the studios”.  (NOTE: The bar at Musso & Frank Grill is now open until 2:00AM; a limited but beyond-bar-food menu, such as  steak filet, is also available.)  

Check out L.A.’s real back alleys, brazen gangsters, and beat-cops-with-a-mission in Esotouric’s L.A. Noir Crime Tour.   Author John Buntin brings to life his  highly praised book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City about the decades-long power struggle between cold-blooded-killer/Hollywood scenester Mickey Cohen and controversial Police Chief William Parker.   Buntin guest-hosts the tour  with Esotouric’s Crime Tour creator Kim Cooper.  The tour leaves from the classic Clifton’s Cafeteria; get there early to jolt yourself into consciousness with a cup of joe and a sugary dessert.  

Bad boys and b-girls, this one’s for you.  

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….