The Art of Darkness: Noir City Hollywood

The Art of Darkness…and murder.

Couldn’t get tix to a certain desert music fest?

Read on.

You’ll be glad you stayed in town.

NOIR CITY HOLLYWOOD: The Art of Darkness — It may be sunny in L.A. but it’s always dark in Noir City.  Presented by the American Cinematheque and Film Noir Foundation,The 18th Annual Los Angeles Festival of Film Noir kicks off tonight with a Latin-themed reception and a double bill of double dealings and deception starting with The Bitter Stems (Los Tallos Amargos):  a critically acclaimed (and critically under-screened), award-winning film out of Argentina. Your ticket admits you to the Opening Night reception for beer, wine, empanadas and dulce de leche delish with vintage cop cars and a thematic soundtrack courtesy of DJ Wyatt Magnum.  The second feature RiffRaff deliver shadows and subterfuge in Panama City by way of the RKO lot.  Can’t make it tonight?  There are nine nights (through April 24) and 19 more films of betrayal, banter and bitterness still to come.  Why: Watching Argentina’s Best Film of 1956, one of American Cinematographer’s “100 Best Photographed Films of All Time” (DP Ricardo Younis), with a score by Astor Piazzolla, the greatest Argentine musician of the 20th century — all in the same movie! Plus, empanadas.


RECORD STORE DAY – For fans of vinyl, April 16 is a hallowed day. Not sure what the fuss is about?  Today’s a great day to find out.  Now in its ninth year, participating RSD indie shops all over the world will feature exclusive, limited quality (Get ’em while you can!) releases/collectibles including: picture discs; classic reissues (Creedence Clearwater Revival 1969 Box Set from Concord (UMG); and exclusive tracks by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle, Jason Molina, Brandi Carlile, Florence + The Machine, Regina Spektor, John Grant, New Barbarians, and hundreds more.  Not all record stores will be participating and not all participating shops will have all of the above.  And that’s what makes it exciting.  Why: the thrill of the hunt.

Dark Progressivism at World Art Day 2016

Dark Progressivism at World Art Day 2016

WORLD ART DAY IN DTLA ARTS DISTRICT —  World Arts Day/IAA — Los Angeles 2016 kicked off Thursday, is officially Friday and continues through the weekend.  Some of the best, most cohesive programming is happening in conjunction with Cartwheel Art Tours this Sunday, April 17 with the first L.A. pre-screening of Dark Progressivism: On Rupture and Rebellion: a documentary about the social/historical influences on L.A.’s urban, graffiti and tattoo art scene.  Linger at The Container Yard for the post-screening Q & A with host Greg Escalante, co-founder of Juxtapoz Magazine then head out into the L.A. River-adjacent Arts District for a mural and neighborhood walking tour with Steve Grody’s Graffiti L.A.  Your ticket includes a stop at oh-so-cool Art Share-LA and a private tour and tasting at neighborhood treasure Angel City Brewery. Why: One stop arts programming/urban adventure.  Also, beer.

U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

This is definitely a disappointed woman.

This is definitely a disappointed woman.

Easter approaches and Ms. Go Go presents a classic trifecta of fun:



Mid-century angst.

Oh…were you expecting the Easter trifecta of fun?


Love Hurts

“No fiend in hell can match the fury of a disappointed woman.”

The above quote by 17th century bon vivant Colley Cibber basically describes every woman in every film in Noir City: The 17th Annual Festival of Film Noir.

Also, all of the men.

Explore the meanest streets and darkest back alleys of the cinematic psyche with three weeks of film noir at the Egyptian Theater starting tonight with a restored print of Woman on the Run paired with The Unfaithful.

You can bet both those wives are disappointed.

Saturday night’s Humphrey Bogart double feature of Dark Passage and the L.A. premiere of This Last Lonely Place (co-produced by Bogie’s estate) concludes with a free cocktail reception courtesy of Bogart’s Real English Gin.

Future fest highlights include Barbara Stanwyck double features, adaptations of Cornell Woolrich’s masterful crime fiction, noir from Argentina and Great Britain, and a proto-noir mini-marathon.

Best title from the latter?  Safe in Hell.

Brush off your fedoras and fascinators for the closing weekend Noir City Party on Saturday, April 18 with booze, bites, gambling, and dancing to Dean Mora’s Swingtet.  A screening of The Guilty precedes the party.

Featuring — you guessed it — a disappointed woman….

NOIR CITY: THE 17th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR — Fri, April 3 – Sun, April 19; various times. Films: $7-$11; Party: $25-$55The Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028.  For more info, go HERE.

LA Beer Fest 2015200 Bottles of Beer on the Lot

Sunday morning…Easter brunch.

Saturday…Beer lunch.

Also, beer dinner.

You have two options — afternoon and evening — to suds it up at tomorrow’s 2015 LA Beer Fest featuring more breweries than ever before: over 200 domestic and international beers including 75+ microbrews.

Yes, please.

Your presale-only ticket gets you unlimited beer samplings.  To make it to Easter brunch relatively unscathed, food is available — sold separately — from 15 food trucks.

Black Crystal Wolf Kids entertain afternoon tipplers; the aptly named Thirsty Heroes keep evening imbibers going all night long. DJs spin afternoon into evening; the Oh Snap! photo booth ensures you and your besties have a record of your fab time.

Not to mention providing the best conversation piece ever for Easter brunch with the fam.

LA BEER FEST 2015Sat, April 4; noon – 3pm & 5-8pm.  $40/21+L.A. Center Studios, 1201 W 5th St, #T-110, DTLA 90017. For tix and more info, go HERE.

Have a cocktail with Don and the gang.

Now Boarding with Don and the gang.

Goodbye, Don

Only seven more weeks of Mad Men?

Do as Don and the SC&P gang does: numb your pain with alcohol.

With bicoastal travel an integral element of the 6th season, the vintage, airport-themed cocktail lounge Now Boarding‘s season premier party is the perfect place to continue your Mad Men journey.

Reserve a booth and arrive in your mid-century best for a chance to win a bottle locker at Now Boarding.

Ms. Go Go is searching furiously for anything Megan.

Sip themed cocktails — Sterling, Cooper, Draper or Pryce, natch — while listening to live jazz pre-broadcast from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Watch the Madison Avenue angst unfold from 10:00 to 11:00 p.m. on 65″ screens then discuss the episode until the wee hours during late night happy hour.

Just keep the tears out of your drink…you know Don would.

MAD MEN 7th SEASON PREMIERE PARTYSun, April 5th, 7pm.  FREE/21+Now Boarding, 7746 Santa Monica Blvd, WeHO 90069. For more info, go HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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….