Oh Lord, please help us finish the Post-Thanksgiving walk....

Oh Lord, please give us the endurance we need to finish the Post-Thanksgiving Epic Walk.

It’s the most dangerous time of the year.

Too much family.

A too small kitchen.

Too many knives.

Forget the calories…you’re basically lucky to make it to the table with your nerves intact.

Read on for ways to otherwise de-stress your weekend.

Walk This Way

You need to get out of the house.  You need to walk off the zillion (+/-) Thanksgiving calories you consumed.  You need to show your out-of-town besties the real L.A.

Go Go’ers, The Post-Thanksgiving Epic Walk is the answer to your gobble gobble prayers.

Organized by Big Parade founder Dan Koeppel, Friday’s 15 mile, half-stair walk/half-hike — with a bailout point mid-way — will give you way more of a workout than wrestling a Dirt Devil from a crazed Black Friday shopper.

Your post-Turkey Day trek starts at the Chinatown Metro Gold Line stop and loops through stairways, bridges, streets, sights, and over seven miles of urban dirt trail.  You can leave or join mid-point at a mass transit-adjacent stop.

Go ahead, have another piece of pumpkin pie.

POST-THANKSGIVING EPIC WALKFri, Nov 28 @ 9am. FREEStarts at Chinatown Metro Stop, 901 N Spring St, DTLA 90012.  For more info, go HERE.

Vogue-ing on the catwalk...

Visions of sugarplums are probably not dancing in their heads….

He Sees You When You’re Sleeping….

If the mere thought of jolly elves and jingle bells sets your teeth on edge, you’ll want to grab tix to The Krampus: the perfect counterpoint to the unrelenting festivity of the Yuletide season.

Al Ridenour*** (Cacophony SocietyThe Art of Bleeding) of Krampus Los Angeles kicks off the holidays with a Saturday night lecture about Krampus: the sticks-and-chain-wielding Christmas demon of Eastern European folklore who acts as the “naughty kid” enforcer for the more  benevolent St. Nicholas.

When Krampus shows up, you’ll wish the worst is a lump of coal in your stocking.

Ridenour’s multimedia presentation at the Goethe Institute will feature rare images and film clips as well as costumed devils on the catwalk.  In addition to the hell-raising Krampus, Ridenour’s talk will touch on other cheery figures of Alpine Christmas folklore including straw bears, murderous saints, ghost horses and phantom goats.

Yes, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

THE KRAMPUS Sat, Nov 29, 8-10pm. $10 — The Goethe Institute, 5750 Wilshire Blvd, Ste. 100, L.A. 90036.  For tix & more info, go HERE.

"But that's my life!"

“But that’s my life.”

Thanksgiving For Better or Worse

Whether your Thanksgiving was great or god-awful, Neil Hamburger’s holiday was undoubtedly worse.

That means Hamburger’s Sunday show at the Satellite, with similarly  angsty, edgy, and/or hilarious comedian pals Dave Koechner, Margaret Cho***, John Roberts and Jay Weingarten, is the perfect upbeat end to your Thanksgiving weekend.

Not to mention…drinkies.

…the perfect upbeat end to anything.

NEIL HAMBURGER & FRIENDSSun, Nov 30; 8pm doors/8:30 show.  $8; 21+   —  The Satellite, 1717 Silverlake Blvd, LA  90026.  For tix, go HERE.

***Ms. Go Go did not include Al Ridenour and Margaret Cho in the same Weekend Go Go because they’re married.  They just happen to be involved in must-attend events on adjacent evenings.

Three Slaps and Yer Out!

Three Slaps and Yer Out!

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

We Heart Eagle Rock Block Party — Free wine tasting at Milkfarm LA!  Gift Wrapping Station at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland! Discounts at Eagle Rock Small Businesses! Sat Nov 29

17th Annual Three Stooges  Big Screen Event “Three Slaps and Yer Out”  —  Afternoon and evening shows! Features + a short!  Noogies galore! Sat Nov 29

Patchwork Show — Dear Handmade Life ~ Modern Makers Show!  Crafts!  Food!  Music!  Sun, Nov 30

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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The Boy and the World at Cinefamily's Animaion Breakdown.

Ale Abreu’s “The Boy and the World” at Cinefamily’s Animation Breakdown.

Sometime in the near future, you may interact with relatives.

Go Go’ers, this weekend is the calm before that storm.

This weekend is a warm, fuzzy blanket.

This weekend is your friend.

Embrace the weekend.

Cartoons for Grown-ups

There’s no better way to ease yourself into the Season of Family than by sitting in a dark room watching cartoons with strangers.  And there’s no better place to escape imminent reality feel like a kid again than Cinefamily’s Animation Breakdown.

Starting Thursday, Cinefamily offers six days of sneak previews (The Boy and the World from Brazil), premieres (The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, Mami Sunada’s documentary about Studio Ghibli), animators (David Silverman, The Simpsons, Monsters, Inc.), dystopian childhood faves (Watership Down), classic ‘toons (Warner Brothers Loony Tunes), shorts (potential Academy Award nominee Feast), animation round-ups and more.

TV watchers of a certain age won’t want to miss the penultimate event The Music of Schoolhouse Rock Live!, which is taking place off-site at the Echoplex in Silverlake.   Respected bebop and cool jazz pianist Bob Dorough wrote and performed many of the iconic songs of the educational T.V. program (1973-1985); he’ll perform a live set of Schoolhouse Rock songs.

Just in time to wow the Thanksgiving dinner table guests with your rendition of “Naughty Number Nine”….

ANIMATION BREAKDOWNThurs, Nov 20 – Tues, Nov 25; various times.  $12 – $25Cinefamily, 611 No Fairfax, LA 90036. For tix and more info, go HERE

NOTE OFF-SITE LOCATIONTHE MUSIC OF SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK  Mon, Nov 24 @8pm — The Echoplex, 1822 Sunset Blvd., 90026 (The Echoplex is located below The Echo, enter through the alley at 1154 Glendale Blvd.)

Discovery tour 2014So Many Artists, So Much Time….

“Change is in the air” is the theme for the 22nd Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour.

Temps have dropped to a balmy, autumnal mid-70’s degrees, which makes the prospect of checking out 100+ artists in work studios, eclectic homes and historical buildings in Northeast Los Angeles a walk in the park: Highland Park and Glassell Park, that is, as well as Eagle Rock, Mt. Washington and environs.

Actually, there’s minimal walking involved on Saturday; it’s a self-guided auto tour with shuttle busses available to select stops.

The “change” theme may also refer to the inclusion — for the very first time — of the venerable Southwest Museum: a fixture of the creative community that was the center of L.A.’s early 20th century Arts and Crafts movement.

Load up early on Xmas gifts for yourself and others that you love.  Chat with and buy directly from artists;  in addition to paintings, drawings, prints and fiber art, you’ll find hand-crafted musical instruments, wearable art, and unique jewelry pieces.

Bonus!  Many of the venues offer free wine and food for browsers and buyers.

Think of it as Santa’s workshop(s) for sophisticates….

22ND ANNUAL ARROYO ARTS COLLECTIVE DISCOVERY TOURSat, Nov 22, 9:30am – 5pm. $10 in advance; $15 at the door — Tour begins at the Lummis Home, 200 E. Ave. 43, Highland Park, 90031.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Put some jelly on that poem....

Put some jelly on that poem….

Variety Show of the Mind

Instead of bowling balls, the intrepid souls of Tongue & Groove juggle something much more ephemeral: words.

This Sunday, Conrad Romo’s monthly literary variety show at Hotel Cafe presents its last event of the year and it’s a good one.

No dancing poodles.

Steve Connell (actor, comic, poet, and motivator; private performances for Obama!) Karen Rizzo (Famous Baby, THINGS TO BRING, SH#!T TO DO), Jim BGavin ( fiction in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Esquire), poet Marsha de la O (Black Hope won the New Issues Press Poetry Prize and a Small Press Editor’s Choice Award), and Jed Myers (award-winning poet) dazzle with words both humorous and daring.

Of course there’s a full bar making it the perfect cocktail hour  show before your Hollywood dinner date and at $7, it’s the best bang for your buck  in terms of impressing a significant other.

Go early for your front ring seat.

TONGUE & GROOVESun, Nov 23, 6-7:30 pm. $7 at the door — The Hotel Cafe, 1623 1/2 No Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood 90028.  For more info, go HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun

Noir-vember: UnCabaret at the Skirball — Comedy!  Noir Exhibit!  Cocktails & snacks!  Fri, Nov 21

FOUND Magazine’s Re-ignition Tour & Release Party — Found stories!  Free book with ticket!  Goodies!  Sat Nov 22

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

 

 

NEXT Fest at the Ace Hotel

NEXT FEST at the Theater at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Go Go’ers, get ready for four days of hot tickets, cool beers, and hip kitties.

Hey, just how you like your weekend….

NEXT! please

Do you like film?  Do you like music?  Do you like hearing famous people talk about same?

Lucky you.

The Sundance NEXT FEST — a mash-up of  all three — kicks off  tonight and Friday with a celebration of “renegade creativity” that sounds dangerous in the best possible way….

A  mysterious Afghanistan veteran.  An Iraqi vampire western.  A zombie rom com.

You’ll be lucky to get away with your fingernails unchewed.

An offshoot of the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT <=> section, the Fest presents the Los Angeles premieres of six new films (including, above,  The Guest, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and Life After Beth) from independent artists and pairs them with inspiring panelists like Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) and artistically like-minded musicians like Father John Misty and Warpaint.

All the screenings take place at the gorgeous Theater at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles except for tonight’s 10th (yikes!) anniversary  screening of Napoleon Dynamite at Hollywood Forever Cemetery: clearly, a #ThrowbackThursday choice.  Co-screenwriter Jerusha Hess and members of the cast will be in attendance although sadly, not Mr. Dynamite himself.

Yeah, those “ligers” are scary too.

SUNDANCE NEXT FESTThurs, August 7 – Sun, August 10;  various times. $14 – $25 —  For tix, locations, and more info, go HERE.

Wild night with the wildlife.

Wild night with the wildlife.

Zoo Brews

For a really wild night, forego the clubs for the cubs.

Friday under the stars, sample brews  from 30+ local micro-breweries while you wander amongst the wildlife at Brew at the L.A. Zoo.   In addition to the usual elephants, koalas and apes (oh my), check out the new Rainforest of the Americas which features giant river otters, toucans and something called cotton-top tamarins.

Hairstyle inspiration gratis.

Do the Alligator and the Watusi  to music by The Spazmatics, Indian School, and the Jug or Nots as well as tracks by DJ Johnny Hawkes.  Brews and a souvenir glass are included in the ticket; there’s also food truck fare for purchase plus discounted tix for dedicated drivers.

All party animals must be 21+.

L.A. BREW AT THE ZOOFri, August 8, 7-11p.m.  21+. Tix: online $45, $40 for GLAZA members, $25 for designated drivers; $50 at door (if available)Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive, LA 90027.  For tix & more info, go HERE.

Nice kitty.

Nice kitty.

What’s New, Pussycat?

There’s something about the slinky feline that generates both cat-related creativity for charity and a surfeit of over-shared kitty videos .

You know who you are….

On Saturday, lovers of cat and kitsch will rejoice when CATbaret returns for another  “catstravaganza” of song, dance and Fred Willard: all to benefit the Kitty Bungalow-Charm School for Wayward Cats .  Enjoy cat-themed entertainment from celebrity singers and So You Think You Can Dance performers all to help fund feral cat rescue.

Keeping the streets safe, one feline at a time.

For avid fans of the aforementioned online cat celebrities, dwarf kitty charmer Lil Bub will be doing a TGIF “Meet and Greet” Friday afternoon.   Interactive opportunities with the world’s most famous perma-kitten include photos, “possible” petting and/or kissing, and, for a lucky (and deep-pocketed few), the chance to share a VIP booth with Bub at CATbaret.

Go Go’ers, life is good.

CATBARETFri, August 8, 4:30 – 7:3pm (Lil Bub Meet & Greet) $20 – $350 AND Sat, August 9, 6pm (CATbaret!) $50 – $125 — Belasco Theater, 1050 S Hill St, DTLA 90015  For info & tix, go HERE.

Art + comedy = Tragedy Plus Time

Art + comedy = Tragedy Plus Time

“Humor is tragedy plus time”

Mark Twain said it.  Patton Oswalt adapted it.

Now the  Hammer Museum‘s biennial exhibition Made in L.A. references the quote  for Tragedy Plus Time: an off-site exhibit at Highland Park-based Public Fiction that features six comedians: James Adomian, Eric Andre, Maria Bamford, Kate Berlant, Byron Bowers and D’Ette Nogle.

It’s Art!  It’s Comedy!  It’s a Comedy Art Show!

Comedians might not seem like the traditional idea of “artists” but they definitely fall under Made in L.A.‘s umbrella concept of New. Art. Now.  The larger exhibition features 35 Los Angeles artists with a focus on emerging and under-recognized artists and recent and new work including performances created specifically for the exhibition.

Go Go’ers, this art is funny ha ha….

PUBLIC FICTION: TRAGEDY PLUS TIME, COMEDY SHOWSun, August 10, 8:30 – 11:00pm.  FreePublic Fiction, 749 Avenue 50, (Highland Park) LA 90042   For more info, go HERE.

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Image courtesy of Clown Town City Limits, playing Sunday, April 4th at the Steve Allen Theater

 

Those not living in a cave have probably noticed that in an odd coinky-dink (or sinister Romulan takeover), April Fool’s Day bumps smack dab against Easter weekend this year.    

If you’re not into pastels and PAAS-dyed Easter eggs,  then you are in luck, my Go Go friend.   Check out these brilliantly subversive, clown-around-town events.    

Kaution…these ain’t no kiddie klowns.  No joke.  

“ISMS” @ Zombie Joe’s Underground    

Ms. Go Go can tell you that Clownseling, one of the five short plays in ISMS, features sex, ferrets, and fairies (the magical kind!) and it still wouldn’t give you an inkling of the sly, raucous mayhem dished up by writer Jim Eshom and brought to wild-eyed life by director Amelia Gotham.  The other plays in this collection of demented fools feature feuding cavewomen, sexually posturing fish, the last two men on earth, and an unsettling person named “Mr. Tiddles”.    (Last weekend!! Last Chance!!)    

 Friday, April 2nd and Saturday, April 3rd    

Doors open at 8:00PM.  Show starts at 8:30PM.    

Zombie Joe’s Underground    

4850 Lankersham Boulevard    

North Hollywood 91601 

$15   

Call 818.202.4120 to make a reservation (which gets you seated ahead of walk-ins), then get there early to pay and have a better choice of seats.    

Laurel Beckman/New Fools!  (13 times to feel you) @ Monte Vista    

Laurel Beckman’s art uses iconographic images that are initially playful but prove unsettling with ongoing perusal.  At the heart of “New Fools! (13 times to feel you)”,  an animation in three acts features   disembodied clown heads, headless clown bodies, and various props trying to merge in a meaningful way as well as the titular 13 Fools who prompt “messy behavior in the face of scary times that may otherwise prompt reserve.”       

It’s April Fools weekend!  That sounds like the perfect response!    

Opening reception Saturday, April 3 from 7-10PM (Show runs through 5/31/10)    

Monte Vista    

5442 Monte Vista Street (2 blocks W of Figueroa Street at Avenue 55)    

Los Angeles 90043    

http://www.montevis taprojects. com/current. html    

 Clown Town City Limits     

This dark, sketch comedy/improv presentation by 2HeadedDog [Jim Turner, Mark Fite, Craig Anton, Dave (Gruber) Allen] offers up a quartet of clowns on the worn-thin, trailer-park-fringe of this business we call show.  Jealousy will rage.  Profanity will spew.   Red hair will be worn.    

With music by Andy Paley    

Probably the most subversive Easter Sunday night you will ever spend.    

Sunday,  April 4 @ 8:00PM (and the First Sunday  of every month)    

The Steve Allen Theater @ Center for Inquiry – West    

4773 Hollywood Blvd    

Los Angeles 90027    

(323) 666-4268 

$5-$10 

For tickets, click below:  

http://steveallentheater.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=242732   

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….