Here’s the kind of fun you’ll have at the  Whisky & Poetry Salon….

Go Go’ers, consider this a bonus week…and not just because Ms. Go Go is co-hosting a fantastic pre-weekend event!

Thanksgiving has been sliced, diced, stirred, carved and (hopefully) digested.  Christmas gremlins elves are just cresting the horizon in their elf-mobiles.  It’s a little too early to think about the beloved culinary hockey pucks known as latkes.  Kwaanza?  That’s practically next year.  So, this weekend, celebrate the absence of holidays before the mad rush begins.

There’s plenty of time for ho ho ho.

Rock Star Poets; Damn Fine Whisky

Go Go’ers, before you don a Jingle Bell sweater for your yearly dose of eggnog and family angst, take time out for a wild evening of whisky and words at the Inaugural Whisky & Poetry Salon hosted by Literary Libations (a.k.a. Ms. Go Go and fellow fun-and-fame pal Karolyn Kiisel).

The space: a 1920’s DTLA loft with a spectacular cityscape.

The spirits: Whisky Ambassador extraordinaire Johnny theScot Mundell (you know him from events at Seven Grand, Church & State, Taix) will pour a flight of top-drawer, single malt whiskies from different regions of Scotland.

So already, yum.

The scenesters: There will be no “moon/June/croon” from “guerrilla fighter of poets” Brendan Constantine and  wild girl of words Adrian Wyatt.

Trust Ms. Go Go: get ready to strap in and hold on for the ride.

The secret ingredients? You + a poem…to be read during the evening.  It doesn’t have to be an original poem and someone will read it if you’re spotlight-shy.   But it’s required for admission (plus $25).

Prepare to stagger out transformed.

LITERARY LIBATIONS PRESENTS: INAUGURAL WHISKY & POETRY SALONThurs, Nov 29 @ 7pm (no one admitted after 7:30); 21+/$25 + a poemB. Black Penthouse, 546 Los Angeles St, DTLA 90013; 213. 622.5898 is the Penthouse land line for night of party).  For tix/info/parking info: http://literarylibations.eventbrite.com/  NOTE: Event capped at 30; tix are selling fast so reserve asap

Chicos y Chicas, Chow Down

Go Go’ers, it’s getting a wee bit nippy. (Finally.)

Just in time to warm your innards? The 2nd Annual Taste of Mexico this Friday, November 30th.

Sample L.A.’s best south-of-the-border-inspired fare with bites from Playa and  Esquire‘s “Chef of the Year” John Sedlar, James Beard Award-winners La Casita Mexicana and Yuca’s of Hollywood, L.A. Weekly “Best of L.A.” winners La Monarca Bakery and Guisados, and Jonathan Gold “Essentials” such as  Guelaguetza and Cacao Mexicatessen among many others.

Ms. Go Go is starving just thinking about it.

It’s all happening amidst mariachis, DJs, and food and drink demos in the gorgeous Vibiana: a former cathedral.  Don’t expect holy water; do expect plenty of Mexican beer, Baja wines, Ultra-Premium Tequilas, and Mezcal.

On second thought, the latter can definitely be considered holy water.

2ND ANNUAL TASTE OF MEXICOFri, Nov 30, 6-11 pm (pre-sale VIP entry at 5pm); $50-$70; 21+Vibiana, 214 S Main St, DTLA 90012, 213.626.1507.  For tix & info: http://thetasteofmexico.org/index.php

Worthy of the Last Tycoon….

F. Scott Would Approve

The 1920’s.  Let’s face it, Go Go’ers: life was just a little more dangerous and exciting back then, wasn’t it?

Speakeasies.

Tommy guns.

Bathtub gin.

Foot-long cigarette holders that could poke your eye out.

Luckily, Prohibition’s on-the-edge glitz and glamour will be in full swing this Saturday, December 1st at Eat/Drink/Play’s Great Gatsby Party. Get your Jay and Daisy on with (optional) flapper-era finery at the luxe 1920’s Park Plaza Hotel where multiple ball rooms will feature contemporary hits for Philistines (You know who you are) plus jazz,  swing, and Twenties dance music for the purists.

Jitterbug on, jazz babies. 

There’ll be a cash bar for General Admissions while a VIP ticket gets you cocktails, gin and whisky tastings, and entree to the New Amsterdam Lounge where sheiks and shebas can spiff up their look with a manicure, shoe shine or shave.

Flappers, the third option probably not available for your gorgeous gams.

THE GREAT GATSBY PARTYSat, Dec 1, 9PM – 1AM (12-2); $15 – $60; 21+Park Plaza Hotel, 607 South Park View St, LA 90057; For tix & info: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4518456826/eorg

Everything’s lovelier by lamplight….

Okay, Just a Teensy Bit of Holiday

Yes, yes, Ms. Go Go promised that this weekend would be a respite from red-nosed reindeer and  pa rum pa pum pum.

But if you’re the sort who craves tradition without the commercial trappings,  the 18th Annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration at the Heritage Square Museum is THE holiday event to ease you into The “Joyous” Season without setting your teeth on edge.

Already, you’re sold.

In an opulent iteration of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, guests accompany Ebeneezer Scrooge and costumed ghosts from house to impeccably restored house where “the past, present and future meet through a series of parties filled with music, dancing, and singing.”

Let’s face it: those prim and proper Victorians knew how to party.

18TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY LAMPLIGHT CELEBRATIONSat, Dec 1st & Sun, Dec 2nd; 4PM – 8:45PM; $10-$20; 6+ — Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St, LA, 90031.  http://heritagesquare.org/events/17th-annual-holiday-lamplight-celebration-3

NOTE: Advance reservations REQUIRED for TOURS; call 323.225.2700 ext. 223, M – F, 9:30AM to 4PM for reservations or additional info.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Breathing deep amidst the dead with Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre’s “Catch Your Breath”

Halloween.  It’s not a holiday, it’s a mini-season.

To make sure you get your fill of fun and fright , Ms. Go Go presents a long list of short and sweet picks for a week of witches and wolfbane, ghoulies and ghosts.

Keep that hip flask filled with spirits.

Catch Your Breath  (Thurs 10-25- Sun 10-28 @ various times; Barlow Respiratory Hospital; $25-$100) — There’s something inherently shivery about abandoned hospitals; no matter how bright, it’s hard not to think about resident ghosts wandering in search of final moments and last gasps.  The dynamic Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre should stir up plenty of both with their newest  work at the historic, 110-year-old Barlow Respiratory Hospital: a fin de siecle tuberculosis sanatorium.

Just remember, every breath you take…they‘ll be watching you.

Lucha Va Voom: Aztec Horror (Fri 10-26 @ 8pm; Mayan Theater; $45; 21+) — With its macho Mexican wrestlers, slinky burlesque queens, and snide comic commentators, Lucha Va Voom‘s Sexo y Violencia is the ultimate TGIF event to let off steam and kick off the weekend.  Add in the Aztec Horror theme — think sexy mummies, ghost chickens, and the Attack of the Haunted Hairdo — at the Mayan Theater and the world just might end early this Friday.

Sexo y violencia y the possible end of the world with Lucha VaVoom!

Let the Aztec eye beam blasts begin…!

13th Annual Dia de los Muertos @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Sat 10-27, noon-midnight; Hollywood Forever Cemetery; Free-$10)— Just in case the end of the world is nigh this December, you’ll want to make nice with those who have gone before.  The ancestors are sure to get out the welcome mat if you serenade them with Ozomatli, La Santa Cecilia, Very Be Careful, Las Cafeteras, and Tribu.  Add some art, Aztec dancing, and a food vendor offering to honored relatives and Favorite Son (or Daughter) status is assured.

It’s never too early to hedge your bets with the after-life. 

9th Annual Halloween & Mourning Tours at Heritage Square (Sat 10-27 & Sun 10-28, noon-4pm; Heritage Square Museum; Free-$10) —  Nobody celebrated the dearly departed as vigorously as the Victorians with their elaborate etiquette of mourning.  If you want a more genteel tour of death, head over to the  Heritage Square Museum where you can attend a turn-of-the-century funeral in a historic home, find out about Spiritualism (Arthur Conan Doyle a fan!  Houdini a skeptic!), and have your future told by a fortune teller.

Ask her if you’ll make it through Halloween without dying…of exhaustion

Music of the Macabre: Dexter Composer Daniel Licht & Special Guests (Mon 10-29 @ 8pm; Largo Theater; $25– It’s a known fact that blood is creepier with music especially if it’s composed by Daniel Licht (Dexter, Hellraiser, Thinner).  Head over to the Largo to get the mood music soundtrack for your Season of the Witch with this one-night-only concert featuring Licht leading an orchestra that includes Dexter cast members; Dexter himself (Michael C. Hall) emcee’d last year’s show.

Dark Passengers, your flight to the bloodfest is departing.

There goes the neighborhood….

2nd Annual Aliens to Zombies Convention (Mon 10-29, 9-11pm & Tues 10-30, 6-11pm, W Hotel; $10) — Hollywood’s only Halloween horror convention gets you ramped up for the Big One with two nights of film festivals and a Tuesday night Costume Contest judged by the cast of SyFy’s Monster Man (6:30-7:30 p.m.)  Whether or not you participate in the contest, a sartorially transformed you translates to FREE admission to the convention on October 30th. Plus, panels with pros such as Matt  Mogk, founder of the  Zombie Research Society.

Suggested question: “Did the Mayans predict zombies at the end of the world?”

Halloween — Downtown Drinks to Wake the Dead

Oh you devil….

There’s always a Halloween hullaboo in Hollywood but if you prefer your spirits with the Ghosts of Halloween Past, it’s best to go where the City of Angels began.

Cabaret de L’Enfer at the Edison ( Wed 10-31 @7pm; $25-$35) — In addition to artisanal cocktails in the always slightly unsettling steampunk setting, the Edison’s Halloween Cabaret de L’Enfer  will feature “Extraordinary Selection of  Attractions Diaboliques featuring Gifted Eccentriques from across the globe”.

Your curiosity is piqued….

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Clara Bow, the "It" Girl (Image courtesy of The Clara Bow Page http://www.clarabow.net/)

If you’d rather lounge than sit at the movies, if cocktails, not Coke, are your preferred cinematic sip,  or you want to know what the “It’ in “It Girl” really means (Hint: it starts with “s” and ends with “x”), then mark your date book in red for an evening with Clara Bow,  “the girl of the year…someone to stir every pulse in the nation,” according to  F. Scott Fitzgerald who knew a thing or two about flappers, the Twenties, and champagne cocktails.

The prettiest movie venue in Los Angeles.... (Photo by Ken Johnson 2007)

For the last night of the summer outdoor film series “Silent and Classic Movies”, living history museum Heritage Square and series sponsor Videotheque will present Bow’s iconic film It as well as Parisian Love.   The vivacious, sexy, and charismatic actress became the symbol of the independent young woman of the Jazz Age, so is the perfect femme for the finale of this year’s series, which honors Golden Era screen queens to commemorate the 90th anniversary of women getting the vote.

Not that you’ll be thinking voting booths while the It Girl is on screen….

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Go Go to Museums of the Arroyo Day on May 16th! (Photo of Arroyo Seco Parkway circa 1940 courtesy of MOTA Day.)

 

Love to looky-loo at historical homes?  Interested in LAPD gangster-gumshoe struggles? Wish you could travel back in time?    

Check out the 21st anniversary of the Museums of the Arroyo Day (MOTA) on Sunday, May 16th for all of the above (well, maybe not ACTUAL time travel…) plus suffragettes, a helicopter, and an Edwardian-era fashionista. You can park once, (or take the Metro Gold Line), pay nothing, and spend the day meandering around the museums  that line this leafy tributary of the Los Angeles River.    

Ms. Go Go recommends absolutely every museum but if you can’t dedicate the day, here are highlights of events at the participating museums:  Heritage Square Museum, Lummis Home and Garden, Los Angeles Police Historical Society Museum, Pasadena Museum of History, and the Gamble House.     

In addition to the preserved, historic structures, the Heritage Square Museum can be an all day destination in itself for families; myriad, kid-friendly activities include historical storytellers, period crafts, and Victorian games.   Be prepared to explain “women’s rights” to any kids in tow; suffragettes will  be in attendance in keeping with MOTA Day 2010’s theme: “Women of Early Los Angeles”.    Maybe the ladies will wear bloomers, which would further entertain the small fry….    

Started in 1898 and finished in 1910 by Renaissance Man Charles Lummis (founder of the Southwest Museum, among many other accomplishments), the Lummis House, with its use  of stone, wood and decorative detailing, is considered one of the earliest examples of the Arts and Craft aesthetic.  If you only have time for a couple of museums on MOTA Day, check out the Lummis House and Garden (lots of native plants and a nursery/ shop to help you plan your new low-water garden!) then grab a shuttle from Highland Park to Pasadena to see the gorgeous Gamble House, which was built in the Arts and Crafts style in 1910 and is considered one of the finest examples of Greene & Greene architecture.  The other big draw?  Cookies and lemonade on the Gamble House lawn.  (You need sustenance for your stroll through history, right, Go Go’ers?)    

Linger longer on Pasadena’s former Millionaire Row….  Just down the street from the Gamble House is the Pasadena Museum of History, which is honoring Eva Scott Fenyes: Pasadena art patron, adobe archivist/watercolorist, and Edwardian fashion plate. The Fenyes mansion (the museum’s main building) will be closed but Ian Whitcomb and his Bungalow Boys will play music on the elegant grounds at 1:00PM and 3:00PM; period clothes are encouraged so you can tap your twinkle toes in button up shoes if that’s your fancy.   Historians-in-Residence Walter and Sheila Nelson will share  early 1900’s etiquette tips.   Hmmm…maybe you’d better stop here first before you gobble up Gamble House cookies.    

The  1925  Renaissance Revival style Los Angeles Police Historical Society Museum is the perfect place to take big and little wannabe crime fighters who can climb into a police helicopter, sit on a police cruiser, try on police gear, and pose for a “booking photo”.  (Bring your own camera to immortalize the faux felon.)   Fans of nonfiction crime can meet John Buntin, author of the well-reviewed L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City, which details Police Chief William Parker’s decades-long attempt to thwart gangster Mickey Cohen’s efforts to become the biggest crime lord in the City of Angels.    ‘Cause every boy needs  a dream….    

MOTA DAY ends at 4:00, which is basically cocktail hour. Relax and imbibe at one of the Eight Great Bars of the Arroyo Seco, reviewed in Ms. Go Go’s three-part guide  (links after the jump) to Northeast Los Angeles watering holes.     

Go Go’ers,  history doesn’t have to be dry….    

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….    

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