Welcome to the party.

Food.  With the annual Eat-A-Thon coming up, it’s been on your mind.

But let’s concentrate on another sense this week, shall we, Go Go’ers?

Think of the following as food for your ears.

Girl-Happy Gents & Dustbowl Dandies

Who likes to party with girls?  Well, you, of course, and you’re in darn good company, too.

The Two Man Gentleman Band wrote a song about the subject — the oh-so-catchy and to-the-point I Like to Party With Girls – and the much-lauded, NYC-based duo will L.A.-debut their “hot, raucous retro-swing” as half of the Vaudeville Shindig bill at Molly Malone’s on Thursday, November 17th.

Hot ‘n raucous?  You’re hooked.

But just so you know, fellow Shindiggers The Dustbowl Revival, hometown purveyors of “gypsy swing…and homemade jug-band music”, have promised “handmade mix tapes of [their] favorite old-time tunes” to the first 15 in the door.

You like old time tunes with your girls.

And if you really like to party with girls, The Two Man Gentlemen Band is opening tonight for the Dollface Dames burlesque troupe at The Trip in Santa Monica.

Just to be clear, we’re talking scantily-dressed girls doing splits.  Basically, the dream SoCal debut.

(THE TWO MAN GENTLEMEN BAND, Wed, 11-16 @ 8 pm/$10/21+, The Trip, 2101 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, 90405, 310.396.9010)

(VAUDEVILLE SHINDIG — The Two Man Gentlemen Band & The Dustbowl Revival, Thurs, 11/17 @ 8 pm/$8/21+, Molly Malone’s Concert Hall, 575 S Fairfax, LA 90036, 323.935.1577)

Last Chance Sound & Skate Blast

If your slacker self couldn’t get it together to snag tix to the AFI Film Fest screenings, you’ll definitely want to get your pre-Turkey-Day dose of alt-culture at one of the last two screenings of Dragonslayer at the Downtown Independent.

This isn’t the Eighties fantasy Dragonslayer.  Tristan Patterson’s uber-sound-heavy (Best Coast, Bipolar Bear, the Germs) cinema verite portrait of skateboard legend Josh “Skreech” Sandoval — who finds love in the dystopian ‘burbs of Fullerton, CA — won Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at SXSW this year.

Think of it as the Hump Day, beer-‘n-tequila-shot start to your weekend.

(DRAGONSLAYER, Wed, 11/16, 4 pm & 6 pm; Thurs, 11/17, 3:30 pm & 5:30 pm/$10, Downtown Independent, 251 S Main St, 90012, 213.617.1033)

Honky tonk for Sunday supper

Sunday Lucky Sunday

You can try and stand still while listening to Lucky Tubb, great nephew of country music legend Ernest, but best wear your two-steppin’ shoes to be safe.

Lucky honed his honky tonk in bars, behind bars, and with outlaw biker gangs so this is the real, raw deal, son.

It’s an early show – 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on November 20th – so you can work up a hunger for your Sunday night supper.

Or whatever you do on a Sunday night…

(LUCKY TUBB, Sun, Nov 20 from 5 -9 pm/$8/All agesThe Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd, L.A., 90026, 213.413.8200)

Nothing more need be said.

Go Go’ers, unless you’re watching comedy in church (and if you are…seriously?) then you know to expect at least a smidgen of swear words with your stand-up.   The Holy F*ck should not, however, be mistaken for the aforementioned sanctified snicker-fest nor is it an alternative missionary pose for Holy Rollers.  It is the name  of (and common reaction to) the free, twice-a-month, stand-up comedy event at the Downtown Independent Theater.

Quality comedians.  For free.  Hence, the expletive.

If you’ve never checked out HF, which has featured HBO/Comedy Central stalwarts such as Louis CK and Aziz Ansari,  there’s no better time to take the plunge than tomorrow night’s Holy F*cktacular, the one-year anniversary celebration of the irreverent (obvs!) amusathon, which in addition to the free comedy and comfy seats,  promises “cheap beer” and “hot chicks”.

It’s unclear if the latter element is a shameless promotional tool, a complimentary and/or optimistic description of the attendees (lured perhaps by the promise of cheap beer), or a paean to the babes of comedy Maria Bamford (Target Xmas commercials diva/Judd Apatow’s fave comedian) and Joselyn Hughes (VH1, Comedy Central) but the answer is probably d) All of the above.

Bamford and Hughes are the only femmes who bring the funny Tuesday night but the ten-comic line-up  also includes TJ Miller and Matt Braunger (both on Comedy Central’s Hot List 2009).

“Hot” guys: they may not get top billing but they usually out rank comfy seats.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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If legs could kill....

If Ms. Go Go has said it once, she’s said it a thousand times…don’t stand in a puddle of blood in new Louboutins….

Apparently, the femme filmmakers involved in the Viscera Women’s Film Festival and Bleedfest haven’t been paying attention as evidenced by the bloody stiletto footprints all over this weekend’s Saturday Bloody Sunday of gals, guts and gore.  Saturday’s six-hour Viscera Festival at the Downtown Independent Theater features  horror shorts by over two dozen artistes of  atmosphere, aliens, and arterial flow, Q&A with several of the creators, and Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Brea Grant (Heroes, Halloween II) and Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever, How to Love Like a Hot Chick) as “inspirational guest presenters”.  (NOT as inspiration to incite mayhem, Ms. Go Go is sure….)

Several of the filmmakers will be in attendance including Rue Morgue/AMC TV.com horror writer Stacie Ponder (Taste of Fear, Taste of Flesh), festival Founder/Director Shannon Lark (Brains, It’s My Birthday, Lipstick),  Pretty-Scary.net founder and Viscera Festival co-director Heidi Martinuzzi (Wretched), and Festival award winners Devi Snively (I Spit on Eli Roth) and Ginetta Corelli (Mary Jane Go Round).  Afraid to go home in the dark?  Buck up with some liquid courage at the post-fest party on the rooftop of the Downtown Independent before you stumble home and fumble with the keys to your shadowy abode while an invisible audience screams “Behind you!  Look behind you!”

Ladies with an eye for horror....

Can’t get enough eyeshadow and entrails?  Viscera’s  Sunday “sister event” Bleedfest at  Two Roads Theater showcases three dame-directed features including The Commune (directed by Kid Sis in Hollywood blogger/event organizer Elizabeth Fies), Dead Hooker in a Trunk (directed by Canadian identi-twins Jen and Silvia Soska), and the rare In Memorium by Amanda GusackJenine Mayring contributes the short Simone and will be on hand for Q & A along with Fies and the Soskas.  There’s a post-screening dinner at Aroma’s next door, not, as you might expect, across the street at Vitello’s, outside of which Robert Blake’s wife Bonnie Lee Bakley got whacked…er, murdered,

Just don’t sit in a dark car while your celebrity husband gets his gun from the restaurant.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Charles Phoenix 3-D Extravaganza on May 16!!!

 

3-D may have reached its contemporary zenith in AVATAR but Charles Phoenix, the  droll and infectious  guide to America’s wacky love affair with slides, happily explores its humble beginnings and often hilarious history in his live show Charles Phoenix and the 3rd Dimension!  

Phoenix, whose mile-wide grin and appreciation for retro culture and kitsch have made him a recurring correspondent for NPR and The Martha Stewart Show,  is branching out from diabolically difficult desserts, synchronized roller rink routines, and leopard-clad  tourists at  copper mines  to  his first ever program of 3-D slides.  

Phoenix’s history of 3-D ranges from Victorian Stereoscopes, to mid-century  Kodachrome Viewmaster and Stereo Realist formats, to early sci-fi T.V.,  with some wholesome cheesecake along the way.  (Think bosoms, not crusted desserts….)   The retro slide show is enlivened by the Kitschmeister’s eye for oddball detail; his consequently hilarious commentary will have you rolling in the aisles of the newly revamped Downtown Independent Theater (originally the Arrow Theater, c. 1924) and in danger of losing your free 3-D glasses!   As an extra, added bonus, the Moonlight Roller Rink’s Dominic Cangelosi brings his Hammond organ stylings to the 2-act 3-D extravaganza.  

As a nod to to the two-colored, 3-D lenses of old,  ” lipstick red and bright turquoise ensembles are encouraged but not expected!”  Go Go’ers, it’s the perfect opportunity to break out those scarlet pedal pushers and vintage turquoise ties.   And if the latter features a flamingo, all the better (even if it won’t be in 3-D.)  

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….  

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