Day Shall Declare It

Anthony Nikolchev in The Day Shall Declare It – EXTENDED! (Photo by  Gema Galiana)

 

This 4th of July weekend, declare your independence from boredom.

Wow theater.

Three ring words

And a big ‘ole block party.

Join the revolution for fun!

THE DAY SHALL DECLARE IT — Sexy theater.  With a bar called The Paradise.  Those components alone might seem like reason enough to wend your way to a gritty industrial/performance space in DTLA.  However, the second L.A. run of this immersive theatrical piece delivers so much more.   Developed and co-directed by Sophie Bortolussi (Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More) and Wilderness’ Annie Saunders (who recently co-created The Antigone Project at the Getty Villa),  The Day Shall Declare It combines spectacle with intimacy and the poetry of movement with the gritty lyricism of Tennessee Williams’s Early One-Acts and Studs Terkel’s iconic  Working. Starting this week, the theatrical experience has been extended through July 31 with added, late-night performances on Fridays and Saturdays — a smart move since the 8:00 p.m. shows tend to sell out within hours minutes after going on sale.  Patience and persistence are your friends here, though: this show is worth it.  Why: A cocktail and a show is so much better than dinner and a show.  Especially if the show is amazing and you’re a part of it….

 

Third Poetry Circus

Send in the clowns at the Third Poetry Circus at the Griffith Park Merry Go Round (Photo courtesy of the Poetry Circus)

 

THE THIRD POETRY CIRCUS — It’s never too late to run away and join the Poetry Circus. Nichelle Davis, ringmistress of words and one-woman-wonder, brings back the third iteration of her FREE, family friendly carnival of creativity this Saturday.  Ride the Griffith Park Merry Go Round.  Listen to 40 stellar poets perform daredevil feats of literary legerdemain.  Write verse on ribbons under midsummer stars to create a communal/visual poem.  Have a poem written on the spot, expressly for you, at the Poetry Store.  Why:  There is nothing more magical than gorgeous, stirring, exciting words in the moonlight.

 

Grand Park fireworks

Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party (Photo courtesy of Grand Park)

 

GRAND PARK 4TH OF JULY BLOCK PARTY —  July 4th BBQ on the patio?  Meh.  Let food trucks do the cooking while you bask in the sun — and then under the stars —  at Grand Park + The Music Center’s FREE, day-into-night, family friendly, multi-block party to celebrate the Fourth of July.  The fun kicks off at 2:00 with bands, dance troupes, and KCRW DJ’s.  In addition to light show installations, there will be City Hall-adjacent fireworks for mass ooh-ing and ah-ing.  Why: Grass, sun, music and fireworks — all accessible by Metro.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Updated to reflect the following corrections re: The Day Shall Declare It:  Sophie Bortolussi was incorrectly identified as a member of Wilderness.  The previous L.A. run of The Day Shall Declare It was incorrectly identified as a pre-London run but was a post London run.  Additionally, Gema Galian has been credited with the photo.  Ms. Go Go regrets the errors and omissions.

Check out Asphalt Rainbow by Charenton Macerations at the Aix Scent Fair at the Hammer

Check out Asphalt Rainbow by Charenton Macerations at the Aix Scent Fair at the Hammer Museum.

Go Go’ers, we’re in full on May mode.  The season of non-stop fun has begun!

Start your party engines….

AIX SCENT FAIR at THE HAMMER MUSEUM — What better way to celebrate the first full weekend of May than with a celebration of artisanal scent?  The weekend of olfactory delights  begins Friday night with a panel helmed by Saskia Wilson-Brown, founder and director of co-presenter (with LuckyScentInstitute for Art and Olfaction, and includes a scent scientist and a curator of  olfactory art.  Peruse the wares of fragrance artistes from near and far like local artisan Meike Kopp‘s scents-with-stories candles at Manifest Destiny or  the signature profumos by Italy’s Master Perfumer Maria Candida Gentile.  Then stay for the no-host awards gala Saturday night.  Saturday and Sunday’s adult perfume workshops are sold out but grown-ups can hang at the FREE scent workshop for children on Mother’s Day.  Why: Finding the perfect day-before-Mom-day prez and/or spending quality time with your child on Mother’s Day.

Get your read-on at the Downtown Bookfest at Grand Park

Get your read-on at the Downtown Bookfest at Grand Park

GRAND PARK’S SPRINGTIME READS — Artisanal means books, too.  This year, the round-up of all things bookish and beautiful at Grand Park is themed “Literary LA: Places, Spaces and Faces.”  Support and celebrate small and wonderful indie presses at the Pop-Up Bookshop curated by Writ Large Press.  The latter, one of the L.A. literary community’s gems, also curated the afternoon South Performance Lawn readings such as Coiled Serpent, the poetry anthology edited by Poet Laureate of Los Angeles Luis J. Rodriguez.  The David Kipen-curated panel discussions on the North Performance Lawn include the intriguingly titled “The Book Critics’ Pie-Throwing Gallery (An Unsafe Space)”.  The afternoon includes books and readings for budding bookworms and arts activities for everyone.  Why: The instant gratification of creating your own book via PUBLISH! in L.A.’s “Park for Everyone”.

Drink wine with Mom at Esters Wine Shop & Bar

Mother’s Day Wine Tasting at Esters Wine Shop & Bar

MOTHER’S DAY WINE TASTING at ESTERS’ WINE SHOP & BAR — If you’re the lucky sort who’s celebrating a vino-loving mama — or one who just likes to be spontaneous with her fun — stop by Esters Wine Shop in SaMo between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. for a casual wine tasting: $25 for a wine and cheese tasting with no rez needed!  You can sip at your own pace and get 10% off retail prices of wines featured in the Mom Day tasting.  Esters debuted their Sunday Wine Tastings in April and they’re making the Mother’s Day event extra special: preorder a gorgeous bouquet from http://www.krystalchang.com to be picked up at Esters.  Less organized offspring can pick up a bouquet on site: presumably while supplies last.  Why: Celebrating a great mom while sipping great wine.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Ms. Go Go is ready for NYE! How about you?

Ms. Go Go is ready for NYE! How about you?

So many NYE events, so little time.

Maybe it’s the proximity to the Christmas full moon but L.A. taste makers and fun providers have gone into overdrive for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Ms. Go Go has carefully sifted through the approximately one billion (+/-) L.A./NYE events to create the following cheat sheet of 15 events where you can bid a memorable good-bye to 2015.

Some are FREE, some are intimate, some are big, all are fab.  Each has something special to make it a Go Go-worthy NYE destination.

L.A. party people, rev your engines….

FREE!!! (No entry fee, at the very least….)

N.Y.E.L.A. at Grand Park + Music Center (Downtown L.A.) — 3-D projections!  Art installations! Photobooths!  3 music stages!  20 food trucks!  (Family friendly/no alcohol.)  Why: Seeing yourself projected two stories high on the side of City Hall.

Pluto’s First Party at the Ace Hotel (Downtown L.A.)— DJ’s include Devendra Banhart!   Alien sightseeing!  Future life form caricatures!  Interstellar light installations!  Why: Devendra Banhart + Encounters of the Stirred Kind….

No Cover New Years at Angel City Brewery (Downtown L.A.) — Limited edition “best brews of 2015” on tap!  Midnight toast!  Food trucks!  Free party favors to first 150 guests!   Why: The opportunity to drink your way through a “best of” list.

NYEx10: Have Cocktail, Will Travel at Big Bar (Los Feliz) —  10 time zones!  10 cocktails!  10 countdowns!  10 playlists!  1 Cocktail World Map (supplies limited)!  Why: “Drinks Without Borders” with new bar manager Carrie Hah in  the cocktail cockpit.

Seven Grand Whiskey Bar (Downtown L.A.) — L.A.’s best whisky bar!  Masquerade themed!  No reservations required!  Why: Sipping top-flight whisk(e)y incognito.

Stiletta Maraschino at TRAPEZE: NYE Golden Regale! (Photo courtesy, Trapeze)

Stiletta Maraschino at TRAPEZE: NYE Golden Regale! (Photo courtesy, Trapeze)

Best NYE Bang for Your Buck

Madera Kitchen (Hollywood) — Ticket includes welcome cocktail & dessert bar!  Table reservations available!  Cash bar + dancing! Gorgeous heated patio!  Artisanal restaurant! ***Book through LASKEY***  Why: Pretty people in a beautiful space….

The Normandie Club (Koreatown) — Welcome cocktail, snacks and Midnight Champagne Toast; reservation only from 9pm!  Limited table reservations!  Or check out the earlier Extended Happy Hour Cocktails and Bites (no entry fee/reservations) from 5-8:30p.m!  Why: Cozy kissing at midnight without the crowds.

Trapeze: NYE Golden Regale at Syrup Loft (Downtown L.A.) —  Burlesque beauties!  Electroswingers!  Lascivious poets!  Champagne countdown!  Rooftop oasis!  Royal photo booth!    Drink specials!  Continental breakfast!  Why: Watching the first dawn of 2016 on a DTLA rooftop surrounded by strippers.

Intimate Dinners with a Twist

New Year’s Eve at The Varnish (Downtown L.A.) — Full, late-night dinner!  Open bar + snacks!  Live jazz trio!  Annual limbo contest!  E-mail thevarnish@thevarnishbar.com to make reservations.  Why: Finding out how low you can go in a speakeasy….

Jardin Enchanté at Little Door/Little Next Door/Little Door Santa Monica (WeHo/Santa Monica) —  Alice in Wonderland-themed NYE !  4 course prix fixe dinner/2 seatings!  Fantastic attire requested!  Queen of Hearts dancers!  DJ!  Cheshire Cat fortune teller!  Why: Go down the rabbit hole on NYE….

Dita Von Teese is the Grand Hostess of EVERYTHING!

Dita Von Teese is the Grand Hostess of EVERYTHING!

Hey, Big Spender: Stellar Bashes Worth Every Penny 

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza with “Grand Hostess” Dita Von Teese at Clifton’s (Downtown L.A.) — Legendary  burlesque!  Live music! Magic!  Surprises!   Select complimentary cocktails created by barman extraordinaire Michael J. Neff!  Why: Taxidermy, a giant redwood, and a gorgeous, mostly naked woman in an oversized martini glass.  On the same night.

Unparalled Cabaret Bar at the Edison (Downtown L.A.)  — Singer Desi Valentine!  Aerialists!  Stilt walkers!  Dancers!   Epic champagne toast!  Glam Deco in a former power plant.  Why: The (NYE) toast in the machine.

Prohibition NYE at Union Station (Downtown L.A.)  40-foot ball drop!  Union Station!  Water Grill oysters!  Signature cocktail!  Dollhouse Entertainment burlesque!  Premium open bar!  Why:  Vamp the night away….

Black Tie Masquerade Ball at the Viceroy Hotel (Santa Monica) —  Hosted bar!  Decadent hors d’oeuvre! s KCRW DJ’s Jason Bentley & Raul Campos!  Why: (Optional) NYE countdown in a cabana.

New Year’s Eve: A Benefit for the Victims of Paris w/ Jesse Hughes of Eagle of Death Metal at Harvard & Stone (Los Feliz) Dancers!  Live music!  DJ’s!  All night open bar: craft cocktails & punches, craft beers, and bottomless champagne!  Plus, so much good karma!  Why: Good drinks and good deeds for the new year.

Happy New Year & thanks for making The Go Go your 2015 guide for “offbeat fun, quirky culture and cocktails whenever possible…!”

Have fun; be safe!  Metro Los Angeles will operate 24-hour, overnight service on Metro Rail, plus Orange and Silver Lines with FREE fares from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Too much NYE?! Take Metro!

Too much NYE?! Take Metro!

In incredible Atomo Vision...natch

In incredible Atomo Vision…natch

This year, there have been a few, 90 degree “false” starts to summer but this weekend is the “unofficial” start of summer.

Go on…enjoy your barely legal season.

The Kings of Cult

Go Go’ers, nothing says summer like movie terror on the cheap and Kings of Cult is a two-night tribute to Roger Corman and Joe Dante: two of the moviemakers who did it best.

A.k.a. two of the guys who kept you white-knuckled and awake when you were a kid.

Tonight, May 23, the New Beverly Cinema presents a double feature of Matinee (1993) and The Masque of Red Death (1964) with comedian Dana Gould  interviewing Corman and Dante about Vincent Price, Atomo Vision, Rumble Rama, and Mants (Half-Men!  Half-Ants!)

Because you can never know too much about Mants.

Saturday, March 24, Trailers from Hell and the Hero Complex Gallery partner to showcase art work inspired by the films of Corman and Dante who will be in attendance along with props from their films.

Fingers crossed for a Mant suit on display.

KINGS OF CULTMatinee/Masque of the Red Death  –  Fri, May 23, 7:30pm. $6 – $8New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd, LA 90036.  Buy tix HERE.

Kings of Cult Art Tribute — Sat, May 24, 7 – 10pm ; show runs through 6/8. — Hero Complex Gallery, 2020 South Robertson Blvd., Studio D, LA  90034   FREE but RSVP HERE

For your Game of Thrones costume fantasies....

High fantasy in downtown L.A.

Myth-tifying

Do you focus as much on Game of Thrones fantasy and costumes  — when the latter aren’t being ripped by swords — as you do the blood and mayhem?

If so, your alt-world fix awaits this Saturday at the Myth Masquerade Ball.

Moving to the gorgeous Los Angeles Theater for its third ball, the Myth Masque promises “make believe…all grown up”.  Expect “spectacular performances, elaborate, themed areas to explore, costumes, dancing, revelry and enchantment.”

Not to mention lots and lots of glitter.

Costumes are mandatory but not to worry if your tried-and-true unicorn costume lost its horn; formal dress with a masque will get you through the gilded doors and into the other magical kingdom.

A hoodie with a unicorn horn will not.

MYTH MASQUERADE BALLSat, May 24 @ 8pm.  $55 – $1500; 21+Los Angeles Theater, 615 Broadway, DTLA 90014.  PRESALE ONLY tickets & Info HERE

GP_SALSA-SESSION_0314_600X300_V2AShake It Like It’s Hot

Just to make sure Memorial Day weekend is scorching hot even if the weather isn’t, The 16th Annual International LA Salsa Fest is in town with three days and nights of music and dance including : Mambo Legends Orchestra, Tipica 73, Toby Love & his orchestra, and Colombia’s LA 33.

Out of town or out of cash?  Get your salsa fix for free on Memorial Day Monday with The Salsa Session at DTLA’s Grand Park.

In addition to salsa legends Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca and the Grammy award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra, get wowed by performances by Alien Ramirez (Cuba), Jefferson & Adranita Molina (Colombia) and pint-sized phenoms/world champions Kevin and Beverly whose YouTube video went viral thanks to feet that move so fast they literally blur.

Go Go’ers, it gets better.

Take the Metro to Grand Park and show your TAP card at the Grand Park info booth for a chance to win four admission tickets to the Museum of Latin American Art, which is currently showing Frieda Kahlo, Her Photos through June 8.

Salsa Session: the gratis gift that keeps on giving….

THE SALSA SESSIONMon, May 26, 2-6pm.  FREE/all ages — Grand Park’s Event Lawn (between Spring and Hill), 227 North Spring St, DTLA 90012

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Cabaret Versatile's Charleston at Bar Fedora

TONIGHT!  Cabaret Versatile’s Charleston at Bar Fedora

Cabaret Versatile — New acts!  Pre-show magician!  Discount entry for vets/military personnel with ID! — Fri, May 23

NELA Mural Ride — 10 miles!  7 murals!  3 communities! — Sat, May 24

Los Angeles Record Trading Company — Buy/trade/spin vinyl!  DJ’s! 21+ drinking at Villains Tavern!  Sat, May 24

Patchwork Show — Crafters/designers! Indie music!  Free/family friendly!  Sun, May 25

Blue Star Museums — Free Museum Admission for service members & families!  12 L.A. museums!  2000+ museums nationwide!  Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 — Labor Day, September 1, 2014

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Bringing fire to the dead,

Bringing fire to the dead at Hollywood Forever.

Go Go’ers, perhaps you already have regular, Ouija board talks with your gone-too-soon Cousin Benny or hazy visions of your former Pekingese “Cuddles”, teeth bared as he faces down flies.

Not to mention the occasional Elvis sighting.

But for maximum communion with Those Who Have Gone Before, the veil between the living and dead thins considerably come Thursday with Hallowmas: All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day.

So paint your face, grab some marigolds, and head to one of the following  Dia de los Muertos celebrations.

Don’t forget the spirits for the spirits.

A couple shots of mezcal for dearly departed Aunt Emily and she may finally “reveal” where the gold bullion is buried.

Acres of Ofrendas

Have a lot of late loved ones to honor?  Feeling the need for extra devotion to the dead? Head to Grand Park Downtown Dia de Los Muertos where 40 ofrendas (“offerings”) will be on display all week.

In the pink for Day of the Dead.

In the pink for Day of the Dead.

The altars were created by local artists, community based organizations, and social justice movements with the assistance of Master Altar Maker Ofelia Esparza and Self-Help Graphics, which celebrates 40 years of honoring loved ones.

Not one of the lucky 40?  Not to worry; everyone is invited to participate in the community altar on the Performance Lawn between Grand and Hill so your spirit relatives won’t feel slighted.

The week culminates on Saturday with a FREE Dia de los Muertos bash featuring music, food trucks, free face painting, and a “History and Traditions Zone”, where you can learn about origins of Dia de los Muertos and ceremonial music and dance.

There’s also a full bar in case you and the ancestors want to share a martini.

Who knows the quality of gin in the afterlife?

GRAND PARK DOWNTOWN DIA DE LOS MUERTOSSat, Nov 2nd, 3-11pm; FREE/all agesGrand Park, 200 No Grand Ave, DTLA 90012. For details including street closures, go to:

Self Help Graphics

Self Help Graphics does Dia de los Muertos right.

40 Years of Living with the Dead

It’s hard to believe ’cause they look so good but Self-Help Graphics, East L.A.’s iconic neighborhood art home, is celebrating their 40th Dia de los Muertos.

Go Go’ers, that’s a lot of papel picado and sugar skulls.

Expect a traditional ceremonial blessing and two, traditional processions: one from Grand Park (see above) at 4:00 p.m. and one from Mariachi Plaza at 5:00 p.m.

There will be plenty of music, including Grammy Award-winning Quetzal headlining, and lots of art; Daniel Gonzalez curates the group exhibition Raiz y Rama: On the Crossroads to Mictlán, which is kind of the Aztec equivalent of a roundabout to Heaven.

Of course, calaca attire is encouraged.

In Ms. Go Go’s opinion, any event requiring a skeleton costume and a giant hat is a must-attend.

40TH ANNUAL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION — Sat, Nov 2, 5 – 11pm.  All ages/FREE — Self-Help Graphics, 1300 E 1st St, Boyle Heights 90033  http://www.selfhelpgraphics.com/

Rattle the bones at Cinco....

Calacas at Cinco: rattle the bones….

Food for the Living/Altar for the Dead

The dead may not need nourishment (except in the spiritual sense) but the living sure do.

Enter Cinco, a Oaxacan-themed resto in Westchester/Playa del Rey that will honor the dead with an all-week, traditional Oaxacan altar and keep the warm-blooded alive and kicking with food/drink specials and face-painting on Friday through Sunday and live Mariachi bands on Saturday.

About those specials: sample mole in a variety of dishes from Tacos de Pollo con Mole Negro (2 for $8), Enchiladas de Pollo con Mole with rice and beans ($13), Pollo con Mole Negro with rice and beans ($14), and Mole Memelas ($10); the latter is a flat masa cake covered with toppings.

Meanwhile, bring photos and sweets for the altar and toast your abuelita with Mezcal Margaritas ($7), House Tequila Margaritas ($6), and “The Guerrero” – 1 Indio Beer + Shot of Mezcal ($8).

Save some suds for granny as it’s believed the returning spirits work up quite a thirst.

Especially after she kicks up her heels to those Mariachis.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS AT CINCOFri, Nov 1 – Sun, Nov 3 —  Cinco, 7241 W Manchester, LA 90045 310.910.0895 http://cincola.com/

Waking up the dead at Hollywood Forever.

Waking up the dead at Hollywood Forever.

Fever Dream Creatures for the Dead

If you think the dead deserve the biggest bash this side of Mexcio, you’ll want to take your painted self to Dia de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever: the only cemetery in the nation that celebrates the dead in the Aztec tradition.

And what a celebration; the twelve-hour event features 100 altars, a procession, Aztec and Mayan rituals, an art exhibition in the Cathedral Mausoleum, Mexican cuisine, three performance stages with the legendary Saul Hernandez, formerly of bands Califanes and Jaguares, as headliner, and a calaca costume contest with a prize of $500.

This year’s theme — The Magical World of Alebrijes — adds an additional element of the fantastic; in the 1930’s, Mexico City resident Pedro Linares was unconscious with a high fever and dreamed of visiting a strange land populated by wild, colorful creatures he named alebrijes. When he awoke, he began recreating the dream denizens as wood and paper mache sculptures.

Strange creatures?  You’re happy to come out and dance with the dead.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS AT HOLLYWOOD FOREVERSun, Nov 2, noon – midnight; $15 GA; under 8 and 65+ are free before 4pm — Hollywood Forever, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, LA 90038 http://www.ladayofthedead.com/index.html

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Cinco's Dia de los Muertos special: Chicken Mole Plato

Cinco’s Dia de los Muertos special: Chicken Mole Plato

Vote! Drink! Watch!

Go Go’ers, it goes without saying that you are voting today.

Reward yourself for doing your democratic duty while riding out the results at the following establishments.

Patriotic fervor may ensue.  Also, patriotic drinks.

Proud to be an American.

ELECTION WATCH ON THE EASTSIDE

Seven Grand (515 W 7th St, 2nd Flr, DTLA 90014; 213.614.0737; RSVP here.)  Past spots for your “I Voted” sticker have included your shirt, your baseball hat, and — whimsical you — your third eye.

This election, starting at 5:00 pm, that sticker is worth a free flight of Glen Grant whisky (Glen Grant 10 year, the Major’s Reserve, the Glen Grant 16 year) courtesy of Glen Grant Ambassador Johnnie-the-Scot Mundell, Glen Grant Distillery, and Seven Grand.  (One free flight per customer, so don’t get greedy.)

This year, Vote for Whisky.

All shades of politics represented at Grand Park.

Grand Park (200 N Grand Ave, 90012; 213.972.8080; more info  here )  Democracy is for everyone and so is Grand Park, which will be hosting a free, open-to-the-public, 5:00 to 10:00 pm election night event.  Results coverage will be projected on a GRAND 30-foot-screen on the performance lawn.

You like your CNN talking heads giant-sized.

Anthony Valdez of KCRW will be special guest DJ in addition to DJs from dublab.

Food trucks will be available to keep you gnawing off a finger with hunger and nerves.

MIDWEST WATCH IN MID-CITY

Lexington Social House (1718 Vine St, Hollywood, 90028; 323.461.1700)  Be a non-partisan partier with the  red, white and blue”Flag Flight”.

Try saying that ten times fast….

The “Election with Lexington” special is a three cocktail tasting for $18.  Starting at 5:30 pm, sample the Red (muddled strawberries and basil leaves, simple syrup, vodka, apricot liquor, lemon juice, tiny dash of peach bitters, and a dash of sprite), the White (tanteo chocolate, coffee liqueur, horchata) and the Blue (lightly muddled serrano chili and sage leaves, Reposado tequila, blue curaçao, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, and fresh pear puree over ice).

A couple of those and you’ll be as star-spangled as Old Glory.

Rock and Reilly (8911 W Sunset Blvd, WeHo 90069; 310.360.1400)   Are you as pugnacious passionate about politics as the Irish?   Have you called in sick and committed to an all-day election watch?

The WeHo ‘hood Irish pub is serving up MittMosas (OJ and champers), Vodka on the Baracks (Svedka Vodka on Ice), and Sham-Barack-ed (Mother’s Milk whisky, Midori, Irish cream) from 8:00 am ’til you collapse.  Plus, 17 indoor and outdoor big screens will feature live results coverage at night.

Pace yourself.

WASHINGTON WATCH ON THE WESTSIDE

Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Blvd, Westwood 90042; 310.443.7000) Don’t want to swig Great Lakes Blackout Stout and stare at the T.V. by yourself all night?   The Hammer’s FREE election night event offers plenty to keep you busy.  Live results coverage will be screened in the Billy Wilder Theater and in the museum’s cafe, Ammo.   Check out Jonathan Horowitz’s installation Your Land / My Land: Election ’12, which features monitors on both MSNBC and Fox News.   In the courtyard, a cash bar and a highlight reel of TV’s best political parodies will keep you occupied ’til decision time.

Think of the latter as weapons of mass distraction.

Rush Street (9546 Washington Blvd, Culver City, 90232; 310.837.9546)  No matter which party you’re affiliated with, Rush Street has L.A.’s biggest Election Party.  Starting at 6:00 pm, 15 wide-screen TV’s on two floors of bars, lounges, and patio decks will feature non-stop election coverage.

The whole set-up is perfect for pacing.

Calm your nerves with $4 Red/Blue draft beers, $8 Commander-in-Chief cocktails, and an all night, half-price bottled wine menu.  Settle your stomach with dinner (5:00 – 10:00 pm) and gourmet pizzas (’til 11 pm).  Plus, Rush Street is giving out free Presidential party favors.

Fingers crossed for purple stadium horns.

Café del Rey (4451 Admiralty Way,  Marina del Rey, CA 90292; 310.823.6395) Watch the sun set (finally!) on the 2012 election at Cafe del Rey while sipping $6 election-themed cocktails like the Barockin’ Bayonet (coconut tequila, blue curacao and lime!), the Not-So Radical Romney (bourbon, cranberry, grenadine), and the 270 (Charbay vodka, blue curacao, grenadine, and Sprite).

Design proposition for politicians: make Old Glory red, blue, and purple….

Wear  your “I Voted” sticker and get a free cocktail with the purchase of a second.  Happy hour pricing and election coverage on flat screen TV’s  (starting at 4:00 pm.) are in effect  all night long.

Given the situation in Ohio, you’re counting on both.

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go…VOTE!