ROCK OUT! with Wayne Kramer & Friends on behalf of Jail Guitar Doors USA at Ford Theaters.

ROCK OUT! with Wayne Kramer & Friends on behalf of Jail Guitar Doors USA at Ford Theaters.

Poised between summer chillaxin’ and Halloween bacchanalia, September is the calendar equivalent of Wednesday Hump Day.

But based on this weekend, September is acting like a baller.

Go Go’ers, TGIF S(eptember)

Jailhouse Rock

It’s not unheard of that a musician is jailed for drug charges but it’s unusual when an incarceration launches a charity.

In 1975, Detroit MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer’s two-year stint at Lexington Federal Penitentiary inspired The Clash song Jail Guitar Doors.

Decades later, British musician/activist Billy Bragg borrowed the title for a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing musical instruments into prisons to help rehabilitate prisoners.

Two years later, Kramer founded Jail Guitar Doors USA.

Friday night at Ford Theaters, Kramer and friends Tom Morello, Jackson Browne, White Fence, Ben Harper & Ellen Harper, Jill Sobule, program grad Franc Foster and MC Dana Gould ROCK OUT! for Jail Guitar Doors USA.  Their mission — to implement correctional reform and reduce recidivism.

Your mission?  Rock out to help JGD USA rock on….

ROCK OUT! FOR JAIL GUITAR DOORSFri, Sept 5 @ 8:30 pm.  $35 GA/$150 VIP (includes premium reserved seating & catered pre-show reception with artists)Ford Theaters,2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood 90068. For more info & tix, go HERE.

Go underground for the goodies at L.A. Underground Market.

Go underground for the goodies at L.A. Underground Market.

Underground Eats

Going into withdrawal after end o’ summer food fests?

Fear not…LA Underground Market has your back when it comes to gourmet grub.

A clandestine club for “adventurous foodies”, the market allows you to sample, then buy gustatory goods (most dishes $2-$5 — CASH ONLY) from private caterers, chefs and restauranteurs who are poised to transition from the private sector to public adoration.

In other words, LA Underground Market gives you the opportunity to try the Next Big Thing in nom nom before the food mags dub it the “Next Big Thing”.

Bragging rights are so satisfying.

Join the club  (mandatory) ASAP for free.  The secret (but near DTLA) location, as well as the password, the final list of vendors, and a link for $5 discount entry tickets will be emailed to you by midnight on Friday; tickets will be $10 at the door.

Enjoy Crack in the Shell, who have opened for the Gin Blossoms and others, while sampling goodies such as Drunken Cake Pops whose creators Sara and Zoila “didn’t want to be known as alcoholics, so…became entrepreneurs.”

In other words…gals after Ms. Go Go’s heart.

LA UNDERGROUND MARKETSat, Sept 6 – 9 pm. $5 pre-event entry fee; $10 atd; food samples are $2 – $5You must be a LAUM club member to attend;  sign up HERE.

Drink and be scary

Don’t get drunk and trip over the mummies.

Meet, Drink & Be Scary

If you’re the sort of person who would happily celebrate Halloween all year long — yes, you with the witch costume at the ever-ready — you’ll want to put Abrakadabra: Live Ghosts on Stage at the top of your counting-the-days list.

In addition to the promised live ghosts, the Saturday night spook-show features freakishly funny horrorcore rapper Adam Franklin, “magic, music, movies, [and] party”, possible mummies in the aisle, and dead bodies, one of which you may win.

Start clearing the freezer now.

Sideshow performer Brett Loudermilk (Spiegelworld), whose job description includes sword swallowing, lightbulb chomping and snapping rat traps on his tongue, will demonstrate why he’s known as the “Freak prodigy”.

Not coincidentally, you’ll be asked to sign a safety release in case you have a heart attack.

Also, bring  a flashlight.

Oh, you’ll find out why….

ABRAKADABRA: LIVE GHOSTS ON STAGESat, Sept 6 @ 8 pm. $12Trepany House at Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd, LA 90027. For info & tix, go HERE.

You don't actuall have to hop.

You don’t actually have to hop.

Drinking by the numbers

Ms. Go Go hereby nominates David Solmonson and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson for the 2014 “Brilliance in Promo” award.

The husband-and-wife co-authors of the home bar tome The 12 Bottle Bar go beyond the bookstore signing — way beyond — with The 12 Bottle Bar Hop: a Sunday afternoon mini-pub crawl to Bar Lubitsch, The Roger Room and Eveleigh.

At each Weho hot spot, some of the town’s most talented mixologists will prepare a “spirit-focused” cocktail highlighting one of the bottles from the Solmonsons’ book.

Go Go’ers, it’s basically the cocktail equivalent of having Julia Child make you a dish with butter.

Your advance-purchase-only ticket also gets you light bites to keep you hopping, a copy of The 12 Bottle Bar book (“A Dozen Bottles.  Hundreds of Cocktails.”), a goodie bag, and a chance to win more swag.

Basically, you can’t afford not to hop.

Can’t make it this Sunday?   The Solmonsons will lead another WeHo-centric hop to three additional bars (The Pikey, Harlowe and The Melrose Umbrella Company) on October 4th.

That makes 24 bottles of cheer on the crawl….

12 BOTTLE BAR HOP #1Sun, Sept 7, 4-8pm. 21+/$35 advance purchase onlyvarious locations.  For more info & tix, go HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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10th Annual Tiki Night at the Egyptian!

10th Annual Tiki Night at the Egyptian! (Photo courtesy of  Plastic Paradise)

Go Go’ers, did you think you were going to relax this weekend?

Think again.

Here’s your cheat sheet for fun….

Friday Night Flights at the Getty — Ooga Booga curates!  Music/performance/dance!  FREE! June 27

Tacolandia — 40+ taco vendors!  Tequila tasting!  Entertainment!  June 28

5th Annual Street Food Festival — 100+ vendors!  Caroline on Crack curated cocktails!  Ice Cream Social! — June 28

L.A. Underground Market — Food vendors!  Arcade games!  $10 entry!  RSVP asap for secret location!  June 28

10th Annual Tiki Night PartyPlastic Paradise tiki documentary!  Tiki drinks!  Hawaiian box lunch!  Music & dancing!  June 28

TwentyWonderful

TwentyWonderful

5th Annual Twenty Wonder Carnival — Art!  Science!  Music!  Comedy!  Roller Derby!  June 28

Day of Ancestors: Festival of Masks —  Music! Food!  Giant puppets!  June 29

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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LA Underground Market banner 5-17

The Go Go is giving away 5 PAIRS of admission tickets to L.A. Underground Market!

 

To win tix, click on “Leave a Comment” link above the “fork & spoon” and tell us your fave Go Go event!   First 5 responses win!

 

Let’s face it: last week’s Cinco de Mayo to Mother’s Day transition was tough.

One minute, you’re wearing a giant sombrero, pounding tequila, and shouting Ole!

The next minute, you’re wearing a blazer, pouring tea, and muttering “Oy vey.”

This week, wear whatever you want as long as you want…okay!

Short on Length, Long on Laughs

Go Go’ers, the above description refers not to your rubbed-shiny running shorts but the succinct cinema on view at the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival.

Year Six of the fest, which was co-founded by Gary Anthony Williams (Boston LegalMalcolm in the Middle), kicks off with an evening of celeb-heavy short films starring the likes of Patton Oswalt, Ron Livingston, Will Forte, Jason Ritter, James Franco, Doris Roberts, Jordan Peele, Patrick Warburton, Fred Willard, Mindy Sterling, Laraine Newman, Wendi Malick, Sally Kemp, Martin Starr, and more.  (The latter five thesps featured in not-to-be-missed Girls: Season 38!)  Cool down later at the Opening Night Party hosted by always fab party spot Angel City Brewery, which treats Fest Pass Holders to two free beers.

It’s good to be a Big Shot.

Subsequent days and nights of mirth include more parties, film blocks with titles like SuperFrenemies and Pow! Bam! Boink!, panel discussions highlighting writing, producing and Famous People Talking About Sh*t, and a Red Carpet Gala where LACSF winners will be announced and comedy parody legend Weird Al Yankovic will be honored with the Fest’s highest award: a COMMIE!

Fingers crossed that’s an award for the bookshelf, not an armed revolutionary.

L.A. COMEDY SHORTS FESTIVALThurs, May 15 – Sun, May 18;  $13 – $159.  Various times/venues.  For tix, passes and more info, go HERE.

L.A. Underground Market – TIX GIVEAWAY!!!! (more…)

Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz presents Sheetal Gandhi in Bahu Beti Biwi

Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz presents Sheetal Gandhi in Bahu Beti Biwi

A warning about the weekend: there’s too much fun to waste it on sleep.

Just put on your high heel sneakers and go go.

Hold Me Closer, Dralion Dancer

Ever wish you could get up close and personal with a Cirque de Soleil performer?’

Here’s your chance but grab it quick, Go Go’ers.

Thursday night,  Sheetal Gandhi, creator/performer for Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion and a leading artist in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Bombay Dreams, performs her gorgeous, stirring, and intimate solo show Bahu-Beti-Biwi presented Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz.

It’s ONE NIGHT ONLY. Don’t delay getting those tix.

The score for the multi-discipline performance  of dance, theater, and live singing was written by Joseph Trapanese.  Past collaborators include Daft Punk.   You may know them.

And after Bahu-Beti-Biwi, you’ll be very glad you know Sheetal Gandhi.

SHEETAL GANDHI IN BAHU-BETI-BIWIThurs, Feb 6 @ 7:30; $15 – $25 — Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90064 (310-286-0553).  Buy tix HERE.

Not too curious a sofa, we  hope....

Not too curious a sofa, we hope….

Walk Like An Edwardian

Absinthe cocktails and Edward Gorey-inspired antics are enough to make the 14th Annual Edwardian Ball the party of the year.

Add in theatricals — this year, a stage adaptation of Gorey’s The Curious Sofa  — as well as aerials, acrobats, cirque, dancing, dinner, music, stilt walkers and more corsets than you can shake a cigarette holder at and you have one hell of a fete.

Edwardian Ball creators and co-hosts Rosin Coven and Vau De Vire Society have once again secured the gorgeous Fonda Theater, which ramps up the deco-meets-steampunk ambiance to “eleven” and this year, you’ll be able to sup while you sip.

You always want to keep your…strength up while wearing a corset.

ROSIN COVEN & VAU DE VIRE SOCIETY PRESENT THE 14TH ANNUAL EDWARDIAN BALLSat, Feb 8, 8pm – 2am.  $45-$75The Fonda Theater, 6126 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood  Get tix HERE.

An online mausoleum for memories.

An online mausoleum for memories.

Net Cemetery

It’s a brilliant, shivery, stunning idea.

A late, beloved someone has left you something — or maybe many things: tangible mementos in addition to memories…meaning beyond monetary worth.   How to honor the person and value the legacies?

Dudley Saunders can help.

The musician/performer’s new transmedia show In These Boxes at the stately Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, uses live music, narratives and video art  of  bequeathed possessions to celebrate the dead through their detritus.

Don’t think of this as kitsch; it’s more like church.

Saunders also offers, as he puts it: “An online cemetery for things the dead left us.”  You can add items to a virtual memory wall by taking a photo and posting it to Instagram with the hashtag #InTheseBoxes.  Or, send the photo, with or without story, to Saunders (http://dudleysaunders.com/contact/) who will incorporate the pieces into the show, which will be performed around the country in the upcoming year.

And unlike a gravesite, you can visit whenever you want.

IN THESE BOXESSat, Feb 8 @ 8pm; $8-$10Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Eagle Rock Blvd, LA 90041.  Get tix HERE.

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Eat Your Words!    Live storytelling!   Caroline on Crack + others crack wise!   Free but RSVP!   Thurs, Feb 6

Moulin Russe —  French chansons!   Russian ballads!   Cabaret Versatile can can!   Thurs, Feb 6

L.A. Underground Market —  New food artisans!    Many samples!    L.A. debut!   Sat, Feb 8

50 Hour Drive-By  —  50 hrs from props to performance!  Zombie Joe’s Underground!  3 nights only!   Sat, Feb 8 – Mon, Feb 10

Bob Baker’s 90th Birthday —  Historic puppet show!   Charles Phoenix emcees!   Cake and ice cream!  Sun, Feb 9

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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