MAY DAY, MAY DAY! Stagecoach beyond Chesney, Inglewood art wieners, and tours to the Plains of Id

Go Go’ers, sometimes you need to get off the grid for an alt kick of culture.  Whether you’re scorching it at Stagecoach or sunning it in the city, Ms. Go Go has your offbeat picks to put SoCal in perspective Maybe you’ve already mapped out your Stagecoach schedule around Carrie, Kenny and the Rascal Flatts boys (or, more interestingly, Mel Tillis, Rosie Flores, Wanda Jackson […]

“Blood & Dumplings” and “Absinthe, Opium & Magic: 1920’s Shanghai”: Chinese geishas and the San Gabriel Valley.

  Mother’s Day is imminent and whether you have a Mother Mary or a Mommy Dearest, isn’t it best to indulge your love of murder and mayhem before you see la mere ? The following tours, one literal, one theatrical, will  soothe all bloodthirsty inclinations so you can sit down to Sunday brunch with a clear conscience.      Hollywood may get the most […]

Film Noir @ American Cinematheque/L.A. Noir @ Esotouric: Down these crooked streets….

  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 […]

The Doheny’s Cana Rum Bar/John Buntin’s L.A. Noir/D’town Art Walk: Rummies, Gangsters, and Artists

  Eat your Wheaties, Go Go’ers, because it’s gonna be a marathon of downtown fun Thursday night.  The usually exclusive/private Doheny kicks off the evening with an inclusive/public  opening party for the Cana Rum Bar: a benefit for the United States Foundation for the Children of Haiti.   A one-time $20 fee confers a one-year membership in the Cana […]

Raymond Chandler’s Bay City: The Westside…hard-boiled

If you’re  obsessed with all things Raymond Chandler (And really, if you’re reading a blog about offbeat L.A., how could you NOT be…?) and you’re born in March, then you are in double luck, my Go Go friend. Esotouric, the always-edifying, ever-fascinating bus tour company of all things  eclectic  is offering their occasional tour of  Westside Los Angeles about which Chandler’s […]

Esotouric’s Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits’ L.A.

Tom Waits fans, get out your cash and mark your calendars.   Esoutouric, L.A.’s most eclectic, intelligent and informative  tour company, is offering its once-a-year ramble ’round the sites of the gravel-voiced troubadour’s early sins in the City of Angels. Highlights on the scrupulously researched, four-hour bus tour include: legendary music venue The Troubadour (one of the […]