This show has legs. (Photo by Bipolar Studio)

This show has legs. (Photo by Bipolar Studio)

It’s one of those weekends…EVERYTHING is happening all over town.

Since cloning is not an option (yet), you’ll want to stock up on your preferred energy booster whether Red Bull, Red Vines, wheat grass, or coffee (oh hey, Stumptown!)

Go Go’ers, this weekend, the Energizer Bunny is you.

Musique de Sexy

These days, burlesque is ubiquitous (Hurray!) but Parisian Cancan, the dance that started the sexy is still scarce. (Boo.)

Enter Cabaret Versatilethe authentic Parisian revue that high kicked its way into Angelenos’ hearts at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2012 where they were nominated for Best International Show.  This Friday night, the frou-frou’ed  femmes, lead by dancer, choreographer and creator Lola Ohlala, will bring their black-stocking-and-ruffles cabaret to Bar Fedora at First and Hope Supper Club.

Seating is tres intime.  Lucky you.

Cancan translates as “scandal” in French and while “les demoiselles du Fedora”  might not have the gendarmes storming the stage as they did back in the days of the Moulin Rouge,  the winners of the Best Variety and Cabaret Show at the 2012 Fringe Fest deliver enough ooh-la-la to cause a riot.

Just say “oui”.

CABARET VERSATILE — Fri, Sept 27; 7:30pm door, 9pm show; $20 online until midnight 9/26 – $25 @ door — Bar Fedora  @ First & Hope Supper Club, 710 W First St, DTLA, 90012.

GLOW west, young man (and woman).

GLOW west, young man (and woman).

Every Three Years…Glow

Glowing jellyfish.  An electric octopus mandala.  A wishing well filled with bioluminescent plankton.

The above are not the failed experiments of a mad marine biologist but just a few of the site-specific, light-the-night installations at GLOW, the FREE, Saturday-night-only art fest on the Santa Monica Beach and environs.  The end-of-summer event, which only takes place every three years, is an all-night, participatory art playground for the public.

Don’t expect sailboat paintings and pottery mugs.

This is Big Deal Art on a grand scale. Artist and TED lecturer Janet Echelman will install The Space Between Us: one of her astonishing, eerily ethereal net sculptures. French artist-in-residence Mathieu Briand brings 6:34 p.m., an out-of-time mystery chamber and ring of fire to the sands of Santa Monica.  Patrick Scott  and  Jacaranda Music On the Edge collaborate on The Rest Is Noise: A Ride Through the 20th Century on the Santa Monica Pier carousel with a century’s worth of musical snippets.

Go Go’ers, no need to bring a glow stick.

You will, however, want to download Glow’s Essential Apps, which include an interactive festival soundscape curated by KCRW DJs and an interactive app that immerses you in Steve Boyer’s Colorfields and makes you part of the art via your smart phone.

Oh, the places you’ll Glow.

GLOWSat, Sept 23, 7pm – 3am; FREE/all agesFor schedule, parking, local business specials, maps and apps, go to

Your ticket to Thailand

Your ticket to Thailand


This weekend, Ms. Go Go’s happiest place on earth won’t be the House of Mickey but BKK 2 LAX: the inaugural Thai 2013 Food Festival.  Los Angeles is home to the largest Thai population outside of Thailand and on Sunday, Paramount Pictures Studios will be the Tinsel Town epicenter of sanuk phet (spicy fun).

Culinary dynamo Jet Tila, inaugural Thai culinary ambassador to the U.S. and the unofficial Mayor of Thai Town, has curated the event with his usual enthusiastic gusto.  Celebrity chef pals in attendance include: Sang Yoon (Lukshon), David LeFevre (MB Post/Fishing with Dynamite), Kajsa Alger and Susan Feniger (Susan Feniger’s Street), Andy Ricker (Pok Pok, Portland/NY), Curtis Stone (Top Chef Masters), Evan Kleiman (KCRW’s Good Food), and Kris Yenbamroong (Night + Market).

Of course, there will be Singha beer.  On his website, Yenbamroong says Night + Market’s street food is aharn klam lao, which translates as “food to facilitate drinking”.  In other words, Yenbamroong and his crew make “food for drunkards.”

You’re in love.

Thailand has four, distinct food regions — Southern, Northern, Northeastern, and  Bangkok/Central Thailand — and all will be represented via Tila’s ten, fave, SoCal Thai restaurants.  In addition to well-known restos like Jitlada, Ruen Pair, Sapp and Siam Sunset, you’ll have the opportunity to check out fab, farther afield spots like Lucky Elephant, Lum-Ka-Naad, and the lovely, serene, and sustainable Ayara.

These are Jet Tila’s Top Ten, people!

In addition to the fab food, you can look forward to all kinds of traditional Thai culture: Thai dance, Muay Thai boxing demos, fruit carving, and umbrella painting.

Luckily, there’s also Thai traditional massage demos.  Because that umbrella painting can be hella stressful.

BKK 2 LAX: THAI 2013 FOOD FESTIVALSun, Sept 29, 3:30 – 6pm; early VIP entry @ 3pm.  GA tix $50; VIP tix $75 (incl. complimentary parking)Paramount Pictures Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave, LA 90038

Night of the Singing Spraycans

Night of the Singing Sputniks

The End of Summer.  Really.

What’s your symbolic End of Summer?

The start of school?  The final day of wearing flip-flops?

The last bottle of your stockpiled summer IPA?

For Ms. Go Go, it’s the last Grand Ole Echo of the season and this Sunday, the end of summer has come.

Luckily, GOE producer Kim Grant throws the best party in town so yours truly won’t be weeping in her whisky.

Debuting their new CD are headliners and “New Countrypoplitans” David Serby and the Latest Scam — with Ed Tree, Gregory Boaz, and Dale Daniel.  Get there early: these guys are big faves on the scene and rightly so.  You want to jump and jive, not push and shove crowds.

Folk rockers Son Ark open the show with twist-your-heart lyrics, rising Americana star Greg Felden keeps it quality, and The Groovy Rednecks  make the last patio perf of summer count.

What a way to send off the season.

GRAND OLE ECHOSun, Sept 29. 5-9pm; FREE/all agesThe Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd, LA 90026

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Laura Mannino and friends say funny things.

This cat wants to give you a free drink.

Go Go’ers, the fireworks and BBQs will soon be over and there’s still a whole, long weekend to fill.

Let’s get to it, shall we?

Because there’s more to summer than pool noodles and radioactive nachos.

Tails of Summer

Still haven’t figured out this year’s exotic vacay?

For inspiration and cautionary tales, check out Cat Video where you’ll get advice not from a cat with bad taste in hats but a diverse group of comedians talking about summer vacation: the good, the bad and the fugly camp counselor.

Laura Mannino hosts the monthly event at Echoes Under Sunset; Friday’s comedians include: Brock Wilbur (Tell and Show), Jess Lane (Upright Citizens Brigade), Joe Starr (The Joe Starr Show), Paul Cibis (Bridgetown Comedy Festival), Raj Desai (Comedy Central), and Sofiya Alexandra (HuffPo’s 18 Funniest Women on Twitter).

Oh, and the first ten people to show up get a free beer or wine.

Here, kitty, kitty.

CAT VIDEOFri, July 5 @ 8:30pm; $5Echoes Under Sunset, 1310 Glendale Blvd, LA 90026


Ahoy Mateys

Feeling lost at sea?’

Let the North Star guide you to Shipwrecked: a day-into-night art party courtesy of KCHUNG and  Night Gallery.

American Grizzly headlines the musical offerings, which includes Cherri Pop and So Many Wizards  among many, many others.  There’s a video lounge featuring work from over two dozen video artists and food, drink, and clothing vendors to keep you from going full-on Robinson Crusoe.

Want to check on your chances of rescue in love and luck?   Tarot readers will be standing by.

Hey, is that a mermaid?

KCHUNG AND NIGHT GALLERY PRESENT SHIPWRECKEDSat, July 6, noon-9pm; $10 suggested donation at door; $8 prepaidNIGHT GALLERY, 2276 E 16th St, LA 90021

Whose bright stars?

Whose bright stars?

Oh Say Can You Hear?

What’s the perfect end to your US of A weekend?

US of A music.

The Grand Ole Echo is, as always, happy to oblige with a Sunday supper’s worth of down home aural treats.

Just don’t expect to sit still.

The Dustbowl Revival delivers a full spectrum of traditional American music: old school bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, swamp blues, and 1930’s hot swing to have you jumpin’ and jivin’ like a firecracker.

By the end of the weekend, you’ll know how firecrackers jump and jive.

Noted songwriter and passionate performer Little Dawnee Frinta  brings accordion and traditional Americana Lap Steel to the party while Nelson Bragg and the Bus shares the vocal and multi-instrumental chops that have earned Bragg gigs with Stew and now Brian Wilson.   And on the Back Porch, Greater Pacific brings us from sea to shining sea with pedal steel and top-notch vocals.

America the Beautiful, indeed.

THE GRAND OLE ECHOSun, July 7, 5:30 – 9pm; all ages/FREEThe Echo, 1822 Sunset, Echo Park, 90026

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Welcome to the party.

Food.  With the annual Eat-A-Thon coming up, it’s been on your mind.

But let’s concentrate on another sense this week, shall we, Go Go’ers?

Think of the following as food for your ears.

Girl-Happy Gents & Dustbowl Dandies

Who likes to party with girls?  Well, you, of course, and you’re in darn good company, too.

The Two Man Gentleman Band wrote a song about the subject — the oh-so-catchy and to-the-point I Like to Party With Girls – and the much-lauded, NYC-based duo will L.A.-debut their “hot, raucous retro-swing” as half of the Vaudeville Shindig bill at Molly Malone’s on Thursday, November 17th.

Hot ‘n raucous?  You’re hooked.

But just so you know, fellow Shindiggers The Dustbowl Revival, hometown purveyors of “gypsy swing…and homemade jug-band music”, have promised “handmade mix tapes of [their] favorite old-time tunes” to the first 15 in the door.

You like old time tunes with your girls.

And if you really like to party with girls, The Two Man Gentlemen Band is opening tonight for the Dollface Dames burlesque troupe at The Trip in Santa Monica.

Just to be clear, we’re talking scantily-dressed girls doing splits.  Basically, the dream SoCal debut.

(THE TWO MAN GENTLEMEN BAND, Wed, 11-16 @ 8 pm/$10/21+, The Trip, 2101 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, 90405, 310.396.9010)

(VAUDEVILLE SHINDIG — The Two Man Gentlemen Band & The Dustbowl Revival, Thurs, 11/17 @ 8 pm/$8/21+, Molly Malone’s Concert Hall, 575 S Fairfax, LA 90036, 323.935.1577)

Last Chance Sound & Skate Blast

If your slacker self couldn’t get it together to snag tix to the AFI Film Fest screenings, you’ll definitely want to get your pre-Turkey-Day dose of alt-culture at one of the last two screenings of Dragonslayer at the Downtown Independent.

This isn’t the Eighties fantasy Dragonslayer.  Tristan Patterson’s uber-sound-heavy (Best Coast, Bipolar Bear, the Germs) cinema verite portrait of skateboard legend Josh “Skreech” Sandoval — who finds love in the dystopian ‘burbs of Fullerton, CA — won Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at SXSW this year.

Think of it as the Hump Day, beer-‘n-tequila-shot start to your weekend.

(DRAGONSLAYER, Wed, 11/16, 4 pm & 6 pm; Thurs, 11/17, 3:30 pm & 5:30 pm/$10, Downtown Independent, 251 S Main St, 90012, 213.617.1033)

Honky tonk for Sunday supper

Sunday Lucky Sunday

You can try and stand still while listening to Lucky Tubb, great nephew of country music legend Ernest, but best wear your two-steppin’ shoes to be safe.

Lucky honed his honky tonk in bars, behind bars, and with outlaw biker gangs so this is the real, raw deal, son.

It’s an early show – 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on November 20th – so you can work up a hunger for your Sunday night supper.

Or whatever you do on a Sunday night…

(LUCKY TUBB, Sun, Nov 20 from 5 -9 pm/$8/All agesThe Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd, L.A., 90026, 213.413.8200)

Pony up to the bar at the Grand Ole Echo.

Go Go’ers, sweat is not always a bad thing.  When the high, thin, hot Santa Ana winds are battering your windows, it’s a burden barely borne.  But sweating and swaying inside the Grand Ole Echo, which pops up this Sunday after a li’l hiatus, is the kind of baptism by fire that leaves you feeling worn-out but renewed and ready to face the week.  Come on over for the good of your soul.

As usual, the back-end-of-the-weekend bash is free and all ages so you can put on your cowboy kicks and swing with your littlest sweethearts to country charmers Old Californio, Anny Celsi and Nelson Bragg (think girl pop roots and revolving band mates like Probyn Gregory from Brian Wilson’s back-up stalwarts) , country/pop rockers Paperplanes and folk/country faves Smith and Wesson. The party starts and ends early too — 5:30 – 9:00 — so you can play on a school night and still feel virtuous.  (Not that the latter is a requirement for the evening, mind you.)

Here are the important things to know….  The bands are tuning up.  The bbq is marinating.  The bar is stocked. The back porch is waiting.

All that’s missing is you.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….