Smokin' typewriters....

Gams & rhymes for days….

Hurray for rain!

Hurray for a new year of fun!

Hurray for Go Go galoshes!

Quickdraw McBra

Firewater.

Sizzlin’ dames.

Smokin’ hot typewriters????

Yes.

Presented by the Melrose Poetry Bureau and Bootleg Theater, the Quickdraw Poetry Cabaret  kicks off the first real weekend of 2016.

We were all post-holiday comatose so last weekend doesn’t count.

Starting Friday, you’ll have four opportunities over two weekends to imbibe beer and wine and experience Quickdraw Poetry Cabaret’s always new and unique shows combining the high wire tension of improv, the challenge of creativity and manual dexterity under pressure, and the wild card of audience participation to create on-the-spot feats of literary legerdemain.

All this plus tassel twirling and a typewriter band.

Could there be a better way to launch a 2016 of fun?

QUICKDRAW POETRY CABARET — Fri, Jan 8 & Sat, Jan 9/Fri, Jan 15 & Sun, Jan 16; 7:30pm.  All ages/$15Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd, LA 90057.  Tix & more info HERE.

Films from the very frozen north at SFFLA.com

So much Nordic at SFFLA.net

Beyond Bergman

Sure, it’s an unseasonably cold L.A. winter. (Gracias, El Nino!)

To put things in perspective, grab tix to the 17th Annual Scandinavian Film Fest: a celebration of all things Nordic.

The 17th SFFLA takes place over four days and two weekends and kicks off Saturday with an Opening Gala and Ceremonies,  including a screening of Oscar-nominated Finnish director Klaus Haro’s The Fencer. The fest presents 19 films — documentaries, animation, shorts  and features — from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden PLUS a mini Baltic Block Party with submissions from Estonia and Latvia.

SFFLA highlights include: legendary Swedish director Roy Andersson’s darkly comic, much-ballyhooed A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Contemplating Existence; Danish Oscar submission A War by Tobias Lindholm; Moomins on the Riviera, a Finnish-French animated film based on the beloved, Swedish, Moomin comic strips;  and  a special screening of the re-mastered classic Intermezzo to celebrate Ingrid Bergman’s 100th birthday.

In anticipation of post-screening cravings, locate sources of pickled herring now.

17TH ANNUAL SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL — Sat, Jan 9 & Sun, Jan 10/Sat, Jan 23 & Sun, Jan 24; various times.  $12 – $140The Writers Guild of America Theatre, 135 S Doheny Dr (at Wilshire Blvd), Beverly Hills 90211.  Tix & more info HERE.

Happy birthday, baby...,

Happy birthday, baby…,

A Birthday Fit for a King

If you’re an Elvis fan, you’ve probably been practicing your hip swivel in anticipation of the King’s upcoming birthday.

Even if you haven’t been obsessed with All Things Elvis, you’ll want to head to Pickwick Bowl for Art Fein presents the 31st Annual Elvis Presley Birthday Showcommemorating what would be The King’s 81st birthday,

There won’t be a guitar cake…that we know of, anyway.

There will, however, be a LOT of guitars at the all ages birthday bash hosted by Ronnie Mack, who will also be performing along with Carla Olson, King Cotton, Groovy Rednecks, Brian Whelan and many, many more.  There’s a full bar and free parking plus the proceeds go to the Union Rescue Mission.

Put on your blue suede rain boots and go….

ART FEIN PRESENTS THE 31ST ANNUAL ELVIS PRESLEY BIRTHDAY SHOW — Sun, Jan 10; 3-9pm.  All ages/$20 atd — Riverside Concert Hall in Pickwick Bowl, 921 W Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506.  More info, including full lineup, HERE.

Pasadena Cheeseburger Week approaches....

Pasadena Cheeseburger Week approaches….

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

No Pants Metro Ride — 2 hours!  5 departure points with Field Agents! 2 After Party/De-briefings!  Sun 1/10

50 First Jokes LA 2016 — 50+ comedians tell their first jokes of 2016!  Hollywood Roosevelt!  Official After Party in the Spare Room! Sun 1/10

Pasadena Cheeseburger Week 2016  — 5 days & 40 burgers!  Cheeseburger Challenge!  Cheeseburger + beer crawls!  Sun 1/10 – Thurs 1/15

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Happy Birthday Baby....

Happy Birthday Baby….

This weekend, there’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on.

And that’s not even including the martinis served at the Golden Globes….

Proceed with caution.

Elvis is Eighty

The late, great King kicks off  (in spirit) this weekend of gyrating hips with the Elvis 80th Birthday Bash.  The event takes place tonight at the Avalon Hollywood where Presley cast aside his guitar and performed his infamously scandalous rendition of Hound Dog on the The Milton Berle Show in 1956.

Elvis the Pelvis was born.

Tonight’s celebratory rager features Johnny Angel, Groovy Rednecks and Lisa Finnie among the 30+ musicians and singers performing songs from the Presley canon.

The bash kicks off early…perhaps in symbolic honor of the octogenarian birthday boy.  Don’t worry about dinner; you can snag Fifties-inspired food and drinks at the Avalon.

Fingers crossed for Bacon/Banana/Peanut Butter  Sandwiches….

ELVIS 80TH BIRTHDAY BASHThurs, Jan 8, 5-9pm/4:30 doors.  $20 atdAvalon Hollywood, 1735 Vine St, Hollywood 90028. For more info, go HERE.

what she said....

what she said….

Even More Hellzapoppin’ Hips

Other body parts will also be in heavy rotation when Trapeze: Casbah Electrique swings into town so snag your sweetest sugar and sidle on down to this Saturday night shake-and-bake.

Electroswing wranglers like Delachaux, The Klown, and Skyler Gilmore bring the sound; snake charmers Meka La Creme, Stiletta Maraschino, Jessabelle Thunder and more bring the fury, all in the oasis of excess known as the Syrup Loft.

Hold on tight.

TRAPEZE: CASBAH ELECTRIQUESat, Jan 10 @ 9pm.  $17 presale/$20 atd; 21+Syrup Loft, 939 Maple Ave, DTLA 90015.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Pasadena Cheeseburger Week!

Pasadena Cheeseburger Week!

Chow Down

You’re going to need sustenance for your Golden Globes drinking, wardrobe sniping and Twitter snark.

Luckily, Pasadena Cheeseburger Week is there for you.

Starting Sunday, Rose City celebrates Lionel Sternberger, who first slapped cheese on a meat patty at the Rite Spot in Pasadena in 1924, and called it delicious.

Forty restos are participating in the six-day event — some with dedicated Cheeseburger Week items, some with special deals.  You can take various Cheeseburger Crawls (Work it off, baby!) as well as the Cheeseburger Challenge, which has categories like “best alternative burger” and best place to have a cheeseburger with your “favorite draught beer”.

While you’re thoroughly checking out that last category, raise a stein to those who put the meat to the griddle and make the world a happier place.

PASADENA CHEESEBURGER WEEKSun, Jan 11 – Thurs, Jan 16; various times/locations in Pasadena.  For more info, go HERE.

Top of the Trop with Tiki guru Sven Kirsten!

Top of the Trop with Tiki guru Sven Kirsten!

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Avatar and Aether: Visionary Women and the Cinematic Occult — In connection with Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman exhibit at MOCA!  Short films by femme filmmakers + cinematic portrait of Cameron!  Q&A to follow!  Thurs 1/8/15

The Many Facets of Tiki Style — The Art of the Tropical Retreat — Trop pop-up with Tiki guru Sven Kirsten!  Exotic ephemera!  Book signing!  Sat 1/10/15

A Night Under the POLE Stars — Pole dance performance recital!  Drinks!  Prizes & giveaways!  Sun 1/11/15

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

So many comedians, so little time.

So many comedians, so little time.

Whether you’ve just escaped from the polar vortex — minus-50 wind chill in Chicago! — or have merely been braving L.A.’s 70 degree temps, the new year gets off to a wild start this weekend.

Riots.

Bombs.

Cocktails. (Not Molotov)

And if your New Year’s resolutions include not wearing pants in public, read on.

Luckily, you don’t live  in Chicago.

The L.A. Riots

It’s only the second week of January but  Riot L.A. is already throwing down for the title of L.A.’s best fest/bash of 2014.

Ms. Go Go is not even going out on a limb with that prediction.

It’s been more than a year since the inaugural  iteration of the underground comedy fest and absence has only made the heart grow fonder.

Starting Thursday, Riot L.A. creator/executive producer Abbey Londer brings back a bigger and better alt-fest whose impressive lineup includes but is by no means limited to: Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang! Bang!) , Doug Benson (The Benson Interruption), Kyle Kinane (Comedy Central, Conan)  Eddie Peppitone (Community, Bob’s Burgers), Betsy Sodaro (Animal Hospital), and Opening Night host Kumail Nanjani (Portlandia, VEEP).

In addition to the 130+ comedians performing over four days in the four-block  DTLA party, the 45+ shows include two FREE open mics, multiple Best of Riot L.A. shows (good “gateway” choices for comedy newbies), a Rodney Dangerfield Award Showcase  for emerging talent, the all-female show Pixy Stix, and Riot L.A. Space Exploration (“Electronic Comedy and Real Lasers”).

Please, comedy nerd attendees.  Leave your Luke Skywalker light sabers at home.

Sponsor KCRW also presents Storytime for Grown-ups  and UnFictional Live and also hosts The Lot: an astroturfed, weekend-only playground-in-a-parking lot with beer, food trucks, photo booth, arcade games, and all things wacky.

The only problem?  Making sure 2014 isn’t all downhill from here.

RIOT L.A. Thurs, Jan 9 – Sun Jan 12.  Free (open mics only)  to $500 (VIP pass); all ages/some venues 21+   Tickets, schedules & more info HERE.

Stuff your face for prizes....

Stuff your face for prizes….

Champion of Cheeseburger Week

Fans of the iconic “Cheeseburger” will want to say a “huzzah”  for Lionel Sternberger.

Also, hit the pause button on the New Year’s diet.

In 1924, at the Rite Spot road side stand  in Pasadena, the teenaged Sternberger slapped a slice of  camouflaging cheese on a burned patty to avoid the wrath of his boss/dad.

The “Aristocratic Burger” was born.

Ninety years later, Rose City celebrates Sternberger’s self-protective innovation with Cheeseburger Week.  Starting on Sunday, January 12 and running through Friday, January 17, forty Pasadena restos, lounges and burger joints offer special creations and deals as well as their signature cheeseburgers, including turkey and veggie options, which the public can vote on.

Want to have something to show for your consumption besides calories?

Head over to Dog Haus Biergarten  for their  1st Annual Slider Eating Competition.

There’s still time for potential contenders to chow down and be counted; just show up at the biergarten this Thursday at 7pm for the final qualifying round.

Even if you’re not one of the ten slider-eaters competing for $1000+ in cash and prizes , you’ll still want to help kick off Cheeseburger Week a day early at Dog Haus.  It’s always a party at the gourmet dog and patty palace and this Saturday will be no exception; Phil Wills, voted “Pasadena’s Best Bartender”, will MC the festivities, which include four craft breweries,  DJ Kirk, and a life-sized  Jenga competition.

Now you can cross “giant Jenga competition” off  your 2014 bucket list.

DOG HAUS BIERGARTEN 1ST ANNUAL SLIDER EATING COMPETITIONFINAL QUALIFYING ROUND on Thurs, Jan 9 @ 7pm.  PARTY on Sat, Jan 11, noon – 4pm; competition @ 3pm — Dog Haus Biergarten,  98 E Green St, Pasadena 91105  626.683.0808  http://doghaus.com/

PASADENA CHEESEBURGER WEEK — Sun, Jan 12 – Sat, Jan 17 — For list of participating restaurants, specials and deals, go HERE.

What is missing in this picture? (Photo courtesy of The Steel Shark)

What is missing in this picture? (Photo courtesy of The Steel Shark)

So This Is A Thing….

Pants.  You have them. You wear them.  But sometimes you dream of a day with…no pants.

Go Go’ers, that day is here.

Release your inner exhibitionist/Merry Prankster and join other intrepid, bare-legged bon vivants for the 6th Annual No Pants Metro Ride coming Sunday to selected Metro stops near you.  All you need is chutzpah and clean underwear: no theatrics, skill, or interaction with the press required.

In fact, the entire point of the event is the nonchalant non-wearing of pants in public.

“Secret agents” will be on hand and on the platforms to guide you through the afternoon, on and off stops, and to the secret after-party.

You’ll identify said agents by their lack of pants.

NO PANTS METRO RIDE 2014Sun, Jan 12, 1-3:00 pm.  Free/all ages — For more info including schedule and stops, go HERE.

Just in case you needed a reason to drink....

Drink to support the arts…about drinking.

In Case You Need a Reason to Drink….

If you have friends who don’t “get”  theater, get them to I’ll Drink to That!, the play incubation lab from a Working Theater with cocktails as subject.

Already, this is a thought-provoking theatrical proposition.

24 hours before the show, five award-winning writers are assigned a popular drink and within twelve hours, must write a 15-minute play in which the drink is mentioned.

No indication as to whether they’re also drinking the drink.

Each play is then handed to a director who works with a gang of actors over another twelve hours to bring the libation-themed piece to the “stage” at the Three of Clubs bar in Hollywood.  When the drink is mentioned during the play, your “job” is to say, “Cheers!” and drink.

Ms. Go Go can’t wait to see the drunken critics’ reviews.

A WORKING THEATER’S I’LL DRINK TO THAT! — Sun, Jan 12 @ 7:30.  $10/21+ — Three of Clubs, 1123 No Vine St, Hollywood 90038   Get tix HERE.

More Go Go Fun!

Hollywood Shorts  10 minute plays!   TV/film writers/directors/cast!   Wednesday nights!  Wed, Jan 8 – 29

Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb —  Free screening!  50th anniversary! Lots of bombs!  Sat, Jan 11

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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“Los Angeles InterCANational Airport”by Clark Construction/Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.

“Los Angeles InterCANational Airport”
by Clark Construction/Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.

Go Go’ers, the new year is inching into the fun zone.  Food.  Film.  Buildings made of cans.

Somehow, you knew there’d be cans.

Can Do, Can Do

The monthly Downtown Art Walk is equal parts street party, bar hop and culture crawl.  The year’s first downtown hoedown adds a charitable component  with CanStructionLA , which is making its first, brief visit to L.A.   For the exhibit, architects, engineers, and designers create whimsical and complex structures, sculptures and landscapes using canned edibles.

Clearly, no one told them not to play with their food.

The designs are judged for Jurors’ Favorite, Best Use of Labels. Structural Integrity, and Best Meal and will compete nationally. The cans are subsequently donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.  Catch the exhibit before it leaves Friday evening…

…thereby giving new meaning to the phrase “meals on wheels”.

CanStruction LAThurs, Jan 10, noon – 10pm & Fri, Jan 11, 11am – 7pm; FREEFarmers and Merchants Bank Bldg, 401 So Main, DTLA 90013  www.canstructionla.com   To donate $10 directly to the Food Bank, text FEEDLA to 80888.

Amanda Tasse's "The Reality Clock" at 8th Annual Focus on Female Directors.

Amanda Tasse’s “The Reality Clock” at 8th Annual Focus on Female Directors.

Ladies With Lenses

Peeved that Kathryn Bigelow didn’t get an Oscar nod for Zero Dark Thirty?   Come support other women behind the camera at American Cinematheque’s  8th Annual Focus on Female DirectorsTonight’s slate of short films — many of them award-winning — by helmers such as Julie Delpy, Brie Larson, and documentarian Ondi Timoner features subjects as diverse as day laborers, Reddit, animals, clocks and herbs.

Go Go’ers, no word on what kind of herbs but you’ll be able to get the answer to that and other questions at the reception and Q&A with the fabulous filministas.

Vive les femmes indeed.

8TH ANNUAL FOCUS ON FEMALE DIRECTORSThurs, Jan 10 @ 7:30 pm; $7 – $11American Cinematheque, Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028.  Tickets

postcards for art

Twitter, twitter little stars….

How Tweet It Is….

Ms. Go Go knows you’re a giver.  Also, a canny art shopper.  The two are not mutually exclusive especially at the #twitter art exhibit, which opens this Saturday at the Exhale Unlimited Gallery in Chinatown.

Coincidentally, Chinatown is one of your fave spots to multitask.

Artists from around the world are contacted via Twitter social media and asked to donate postcard-sized art, which they mail to local curators who exhibit and sell the work with proceeds going to a local charity.  Nat George and Virginia Arce curate the L.A. installation; postcards sell for $35 with proceeds going to Art Division: a non-profit org that helps underserved young adults (18 – 25) prepare for careers in the visual arts.

Give generously.  Decorate wisely.

#TWITTER ART EXHIBIT: LOS ANGELESSat, Jan 12, 7 – 10pm; show runs through Feb 10; FREEExhale Unlimited (E.U.) Gallery, 953 Chung King Rd, L. A. 90012  #twitterartexhibit

The original Rite Spot in West Pasadena where Lionel Sternberger made history in 1924

The original Rite Spot in West Pasadena where Lionel Sternberger made history in 1924

Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger

Go Go’ers, you’re two weeks into the new year and undoubtedly, you’ve shaved off any minor weight gain with rigorous exercise and absolute abstention from cocktails and chocolate.

Or…not.

Whether you’re in fighting trim (or fighting to trim), you’ll want to honor Lionel Sternberger who, in 1924, created one of America’s most iconic culinary creations — the cheeseburger — at the Rite Spot Cafe in Pasadena.   The city where cheese met chuck is celebrating the aptly named Sternberger’s contribution to diners and drive-ins everywhere with Cheeseburger Week, which runs from noon on Sunday, January 13 through Friday, January 18 at 11:30 pm.

Thirty-six Rose City restos will step up to the blue plate special with offerings ranging from  the Black and Bleu (cheese + bacon + aioli) Burger from BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse to the Bison Burger (carmelized onions, burrata, arugula, herb lemon dressing) at Vertical Wine Bistro.

Veg heads — or those still recovering from 2012 excesses — can still eat virtuously but well.  Among the many establishments with meatless option, standouts include Umami Burger‘s Earth Burger (mushroom and edamame patty, white soy aioli, truffle ricotta, cippollini onions and slow-roasted tomato) and the Roasted Portobello and Brie on Focaccia at a/k/a An American Bistro.

Gather a group for max consumption at one of the ten suggested Cheeseburger Crawls, which include Traditional, Beer and Burger, and White Table Cloth, then weigh in on your  favorite Wagyu with the Cheeseburger Challenge survey .

Somewhere, Lionel Sternberger is happy you’re here.

PASADENA CHEESEBURGER WEEKSun, Jan 13 @ noon through Fri, Jan 18 @11:30 pm.

Click HERE for a list of participating restaurants, suggested Cheeseburger Crawls and the Cheeseburger Challenge.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….