El Viernes, Sexo y Violencia!

The past four months have been fun, no question.

The drinks.  The festivals.

The doughnut marathons.

But hold on to your highballs, Go Go’ers, because May Weekend Uno is a whole new level of  frenzied fun.

You’re SO ready to take it to the next level.

Life in the Splash Zone

Zombies and vampires have been dominating the living dead landscape as of late but there was a time when science trumped superstition and serum, not the supernatural, made Dons of the Dead.

Ah, the good old days.

Stuart Gordon’s 1985 movie H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator, about a scientist who wants to bring fresh meat to bring back to life — Ms. Go Go is talking about corpses, in case that wasn’t perfectly clear — became a cult classic.

It’s so easy being green.

Last year’s stage adaptation of Re-Animator the Musical featured George Wendt of Cheers  and so much fake blood the front seats were dubbed the ‘Splash Zone”.  Given these attributes, plus its cheerily macabre libretto and very animated cast, it should be no surprise that Re-Animator the Musical garnered multiple L.A. Weekly Drama Awards including “Musical of the Year”.

Even the blood got an award.  No lie.

Now bound for New York and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Re-Animator the Musical is being revived with the original cast for a short, ten-week run  starting Thursday, May 3rd at the Hayworth Theater.

GOOD NEWS!  Ms. Go Go gets you in for half off with the   code below.   Even more good news?

The Splash Zone returns as well.

RE-ANIMATOR the Musical Thurs, May 3rd – Sun, June 8th;  8pm Th, Fri & Sun and 7:30pm & 10pm on Saturday; $30-$60; Hayworth Theater, Main Stage, 2511 Wilshire Blvd., LA 90057; http://www.reanimatorthemusical.com/

1/2 off w/ discount code “008” Reservations:  (323) 960-4442  Online ticketing:  www.Plays411.com/reanimator

Yes, there will be chickens.

Sexo y Violencia + a Donkey Photo Booth

Go Go’ers, there’s a certain exciting holiday coming up and it’s neither Lumpy Rug Day (May 3) nor National Sea Monkey Day (May 15).

Although seriously, sea monkeys rule.

Naturalamente, Ms. Go Go will be doing a muy especiale, muy importante, muy excelente list of oh-so-divertido ideas for Cinco de Mayo. (Stay tuned, Go Go’ers.)

At this very momento, however, she’s focused solely on Quatorze de Mayo! Lucha Va Voom, that dedicated  bastion of glorious vulgarity and in-your-face excess —  in other words, Sexo y Violencia! — presents CINCO DE MAYAN: a rare Friday show at the Mayan Theater.

Saturday night is already sold out so go, go, go for Friday tix.

Expect Lucha VaVoom’s signature acts: luchadores (masked Mexican wrestlers); buxoticas (generally unmasked burlesque dancers –but you never know) and comedians. (Pee Wee Herman, Jack Black and Fred Armisen have done guest stints as ringside announcers.)

In addition to the side attractions — tamales, wrestling chicas, a conga line, and the donkey photo booth —  and the usual craziness like Chicken Luchadores, you can look forward to the debut of Mexican wrestlers Angel de Ora  and Stuka as wells as teaser Leigh Acosta’s Mexican hat dance on a pole.

It’s your very favorite kind of Mexican hat dance.

LUCHA VAVOOMFri, May 4th @ 8pm (7pm doors); $45/21+The Mayan Theater, 1038 So Hill St,
DTLA, 90015.  Tix available at Brat & Wacko & Garage Pizza downtown

It will only kind of look like this….

Cinco Without Loco

Looking for music without the mariachis?   This Saturday, songwriter Marty Axelrod (True Blood, Friday Night Lights) guest hosts Ernest Troost’s Juke Joint Gang at the Talking Stick, Venice’s hub of culture and coffee.

Hint: bring a flask of your favorite tipple to spike the latter.

Acclaimed, visiting Tall Men Group songwriters Jimmy “Muffin” Yessian, Jeff Kossack, and John Stowers open followed by Songs of Shiloh, featuring Nicole Gordon’s  shivery-beautiful voice.  Little Faith’s raise-the-roof spirituals and gospel music take care of your Saturday night prayers and Sunday church.

Just in case….

MARTY AXELROD guest hosts ERNEST TROOST’S JUKE JOINT GANG — Sat, May 5th, 8-10pm; Free/all ages — The Talking Stick, 1411c Lincoln Blvd, Venice, 90291, www.thetalkingstick.net/

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….



Go Go’ers, if the cold and rain has settled in your very bones, you’ll need more than a couple of high-temp ray days to recover your git-up-and-go.  Luckily, Grand Ole Echo, L.A.’s premier, down home, jump-for-joy returns this Sunday to warm you up no matter what the weather (though it looks like sunny skies all weekend long!)

Queen of Americana Kim Grant kicks off the sixth season of  the Big City hoedown in style with honky tonkin’ headliner/L.A. native Sarah Gayle Meech who’s back in town from her new Nashville home.  Bluesy faves Far West jumpstart the evening at the free, all-ages Echo show;  self-monikered “outlaw folk rocker” Maxim Ludwig & the Santa Fe Seven drive it home til Sarah Gayle takes the stage.  Grant’s new booking partner Julie Richmond settles folk/rock/alt-country L.A. newcomer Kelly Pardekooper on the Back Porch along with longtime local boys the David Brothers who’ll ease you into the week ahead.

The sippin’ whiskey won’t hurt either.

Need to scratch that Americana itch before Sunday supper?   The following shows dish up heaping helpings of you-got-my-number and yeah-that’s-right.

Country on the coast.

The Mint’s not foolin’ around this April 1st.

Welcome the weekend in sophisto fashion on Friday with roots ‘n brass veterans Royal Crown Revue who helped usher in the Swing Revival movement way back in ’89.   These days, Jennifer Keith puts the sultry in chanteuse alongside Crown co-founder/vocalist  Eddie Nichols.  You may remember these swing kings from their long-time residency at the now-shuttered Derby.

Isn’t it time you renewed your acquaintance?

Whoopin’  it up on the Westside this Saturday, Marty Axelrod guest-hosts Ernest Troost’s Juke Joint Gang at the Talking Stick in Venice.    Songs of Shiloh,  the richly textured country narrative from Axelrod and  powerhouse vocalist Nicole Gordon, sets the standard for the evening.  Solo bard Shaun Cromwell references roots and ragtime with his fingerpicking and fine-tuned lyrics while Little Faith revs up the jump and jive, tent revival style, at the shank of the evening.

Bay City may never be the same.

Craving more country?  Check out the recently launched Southland Serenade, your online source of all things Americana in the City of Angels.  (http://southlandserenade.bandzoogle.com/fr_home.cfm)

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….


Full Music Jacket (Art by Zoe Axelrod; image courtesy of Songs of Shiloh)

If last weekend’s Roots Roadhouse left you jonesing for more blues, alt country, and Americana (or if, sadly, you missed the swell shindig thrown by Grand Ole Echo promoter Kim Grant), check out these off-the-beaten-track venues where the artists/songwriters sing songs of  big lives lived small on back roads and in bypassed towns.

On August 4th,  “Brad Colerick’s Wine and Song” at WineStyles in South Pasadena scores a Big Ticket coup with headliner Freebo who played a decade of bass for Bonnie Raitt and also backed up artists from John Mayal to Crosby, Stills & Nash to Dr. John before turning to full-time (and award-winning) singing and songwriting.   Music Connection, Los Angeles notes that Freebo creates “a provocative and haunting landscape which beautifully balances biting criticism, strong patriotism and a sense of whimsical optimism.”  (Second act TBA)  Come to hear a folk-rock/blues icon and drink good wine (from sponsor Donati Family Vineyard) in a living-room-like setting.

On August 5th,  Arnie’s Cafe presents “Pocket Goldberg and Friends”  featuring singer-songwriters Nicole Gordon and Marty Axelrod‘s Songs of Shiloh: an “emotionally affecting cycle of pop songs about a waitress named Shiloh ” according to Pasadena Weekly, which also notes that the duo “paints vivid, believable portraits of thwarted dreams and cautious hope” buoyed by the “shivery beauty of Gordon’s voice”.   Back-up singer Zoe Axelrod lends her high, clear soprano to the mix.  Valley Scene describes headliner John Zipperer (Jethro Tull and Vanilla Fudge) and Friends‘ music as “a cross between folk/acoustic/jam that brings to mind lazy summer afternoons lazing back on green grass and sipping a cool beverage.”   Both acts are backed by the kick-ass house band: Pocket Goldberg, Debra Dobkin, Nick Kirgo and Dave Fraser. Come early (to get a seat) and to see soulful songsmiths, singers, and musicians perform in a so-close-you-can-touch-them cafe.

Wreck N Sow raises hell at Farnsworth Park

You’ll get the full SoCal summer evening experience at Wreck N Sow‘s performance at the Farnsworth Park Summer Concert Series on August 7th.  The San Gabriel Valley Tribune says “Their sound’s foundation is bluegrass, but it reaches into alternative folk and other Americana genres, along with warm harmonies and a big dash of humor.”   The Altadena-based band, featuring Pierre Dupuy, Randy Cochran, Mike Stave, Andre Dupuy and “ghost performer” Dan Leahy, also contributed two songs to Divided We Stand: A Road Trip through an American Election (2006). Come to experience Americana under the stars.

You’ll be breaking out the moonshine by Monday….

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….


Ms. Go Go loves a good pub crawl but the green hats and shamrock decor?   Not so much….

If you want to get out on March 17th but avoid the St. Patrick’s Day cliches, check out the following three events:



Even though Ms. Go Go eschews funny hats, in this offering they’re on the big screen along with the other,  usual cliches of St. Patrick’s Day in a special showing of GANGS OF NEW YORK at the ArcLight Theater in Sherman Oaks.   And if you must have a beer to help you gaze upon Daniel Day Lewis’s sideburns , the theater also promises St. Patrick’s Day-themed drinks at the Cafe/Bar. 

Gangs of New York

7:45PM, March 17th

ArcLight Theater,  Sherman Oaks

Sherman Oaks Galleria (corner of Ventura & Sepulveda)

Sherman Oaks 91403

To purchase tix: https://www.arclightcinemas.com/ArcLight/faces/MovieDetails.jsp?movieName=ArcLight+Presents%26%2346%3B%26%2346%3B%26%2346%3B+GANGS+OF+NEW+YORK&pageInfo=ARC




If you prefer your St. Patrick’s Day with a shot glass of wry, check out The Bad Arm: Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer.   Billed as “an outrageous antidote to Riverdance“, Maire Clerkin’s one-woman comedy skewers her Irish/English upbringing and includes riffs on binge-drinking, “Wannabe Irish” and adolescent “snogging”.  Proceeds from this one night only benefit go to Save the Santa Monica Playhouse Campaign.

The Bad Arm: Confessions of a Dodgy, Irish Dancer

8:00 PM, March 17th

The Main Stage,

Santa Monica Playhouse

1211 Fourth Street

Santa Monica 90401

310.394.9779 ext.1

Tickets $17 (Note: No one under 15 will be admitted)





Want an Irish-free  St. Patrick’s Day?  Brad Colerick’s March 17th lineup at his weekly, Wednesday Wine & Song event features the series’ signature focus on Southern California singer/songwriters.  This week: SONGS OF SHILOH and MILO.  Sit in comfy, leather chairs in the back of Colerick’s South Pasadena WineStyles wine shop, sip vino supplied by the evening’s  sponsor Donati Vineyards,  listen to lyrical, narrative songwriting and gorgeous vocals, and pretend a certain, Irish saint and his beer-guzzling devotees don’t exist.

Brad Colerick and Donati Vineyards Present SONGS OF SHILOH and MILO

7PM-10PM, March 17th

WineStyles of South Pasadena

1007 Mission Street (Intersection of Meridian & Mission)

South Pasadena 91030 



Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….