Ain’t No Party Like a Socialist Party! The Stripper Strike NoHo’s Yuletide Union Fundraiser

“Be happy. Be well.” Those are a couple of the last lines of the 1979 movie “Norma Rae” and they were delivered by a union organizer to the title character after they work together to unionize a textile factory in the south. If somehow you are not familiar, “Norma Rae” is based on the true story of a factory worker who risked everything to fight for a decent life for herself, her family and her co-workers by becoming a union organizer. I love that movie and those lines. So much so that if you have ever heard me announce a roller derby bout, you’ll hear them as my sign-off.

I have some experience with unions. I have worked in the non-profit sector almost my entire career including a year at the ACLU of Southern California. I am pro-labor, I am pro-union. So when I heard about the dancers of the Star Garden nightclub in North Hollywood going on strike and their efforts to unionize, I wanted to go picket with them. Unfortunately, I never found time for that opportunity but I followed their progress on their Instagram account (StripperStrikeNoHo) and knew they had officially voted to unionize. They still gotta certify the election and have a long way to go to make this a reality, but they also have to survive and have been having fundraisers to take care of themselves. Continue reading

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Krampus L.A. is Back this Year at the Philosophical Research Society!

Krampus Run at Alpine Village 2019. All photos by Elise Thompson for The LA Beat.

Krampus Los Angeles has teamed up with Christina Ward and Christina Linhardt to bring Krampus Night 2022 to The Philosophical Research Society in Los Feliz. Taking place on Thursday, December 15, 2022, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, the event will feature a presentation from noted Krampus scholar Al Ridenouer, Germanic seasonal music, a campy kinder-horror film, a cocktail reception, a book signing, and actual Krampuses (Krampii?)!!!

Al Ridenour, author of “The Krampus and the Old Dark Christmas” (Feral House, 2016) will first give an illustrated presentation about how the “often-misunderstood figure of Krampus is connected to centuries-old witchcraft beliefs and an older, darker understanding of the Christmas season as a time offering access to the spirit world.”

Guests can also anticipate a musical intermezzo from renowned singer Christina Lindhart performing Germanic songs of the season accompanied on the hammered dulcimer by Jerry Wheeler, as well as a screening of extended excerpts from the film, “Der Struwelpeter’ by noted fairy-tale film director Fritz Genschow (Germany, 1955, 30 min. total). Screened only a handful of times in the US, the film (subtitled by Ridenour) brings to life the notorious collection of rhymed cautionary tales penned and illustrated in 1845 by asylum medic, Dr. Heinrich Hoffman.”

There will also be a pre-show cocktail hour with mulled wine while Ridenouer signs copies of “The Krampus and the Old Dark Christmas.” After the show, enjoy photo ops with actual Krampuses, and maybe if you are naughty (and lucky) you might get a swatting!

TICKETS · $25 – $35

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LA Through a Cracked Lens: The Japanese Beetles Sumo Wrestler Beatles Cover Band

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The Hollywood Christmas Parade with Tequila Mockingbird

Grand Marshall Danny Trejo and Tequila Mockingbird at Hollywood Christmas Parade. Photo by Karin Lindberg Freda.

2022 marks the historic 90th anniversary of the Hollywood Christmas Parade. Once again, the sleepy town of Hollywood awakens for the glitzy event. Established in 1928, the parade is a staple of the Los Angeles scene, celebrating its stars, soap opera celebrities, the mayor, and other dignitaries. This year, the Grand Marshal is Danny Trejo, movie star, vegetarian, friend of animals, taco gourmet, and entrepreneur. Danny was in good spirits as the preparations began. He was joined on the red carpet by many local celebrities, and divas. We spotted Daniel Roebuck, a character actor that you may remember from A River’s Edge, who is currently appearing in the Munsters. There was also a surprise appearance by Danny Trejo’s talented son Gilbert Trejo, who recently directed “Alphabetland” for the band X.

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Explore Wayfarer DTLA – Rooftop to Basement Bar – During “Meet the Maker” Whiskey Dinner

Lilly Rose at The Wayfarer DTLA. Photo credit: Frank Wonho.

Experience all three of The Wayfarer DTLA’s restaurants/bars while savoring a three-course meal – plus Garrison Brothers whiskey pairings – this Thursday, December 1.

During this “Meet the Maker” dinner, legendary Texas whiskey purveyor Charlie Garrison and bourbon evangelist Ryan Autry will share stories about their award-winning bourbon, the first whiskey legally produced in Texas.

The evening begins with a welcome cocktail on the 12th floor of Wayfarer DTLA’s Rooftop. The Tiki Old Fashioned features Garrison Bros Honeydew, BroVo, Banana Liqueur, Angostura & Orange Bitters.

Then, move downstairs to Gaslighter Social Club for a three-course dinner with Garrison Brothers whiskey pairings. The meal features Fresh Biscuits with cultured honey butter, Baked Mac and Cheese, Fried Green Tomatoes w/ Buttermilk Dressing, Collard Greens w/ Potlikker, Pickle Brined Fried Chicken (paired w/ Garrison Brothers Single Barrel), and Smoked Brisket (paired w/Garrison Brothers Small Batch). Dessert is Bourbon Pecan Pie & Banana Bread Pudding (paired with Garrison Brothers Balmorhea).

The evening culminates at Wayfarer DTLA’s whimsical underground bar, Lilly Rose, with a nightcap. The drink, called You’re Killing Me, Smalls, is composed of Garrison Bros Small Batch, Marshmallow, Averna, Angostura, and Absinthe. Continue reading

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Tonight! Goblin Performs ‘Susperia’ at Palace Theater!

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Movies Till Dawn: Mysteries of Life

Incredible But True” (2022, Arrow Video) Middle-aged couple Alain Chabat and Lea Drucker discover that a bizarre and miraculous aspect of their new suburban home – a tunnel in the basement that sends users 12 hours ahead in time but also shaves off three days of their lives – also has numerous complications. Slight but amusing French fantasy-drama from writer/director/DP/editor Quient Dupieux delivers a more genteel take on the off-kilter world of his more bizarre previous efforts (e.g., “Rubber,” about a killer car tire, and “Deerskin,” which concerns a cursed buckskin jacket), with room afforded for brief considerations about the ignominy of getting older along with the decidedly weirder elements (like Chabat’s boss, whose manhood is Bluetooth-compatible). Arrow’s Blu-ray includes subtitled interviews with cast and crew, a video essay on the film and its director, and several trailers.

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Where to Get Thanksgiving Dinner in Los Angeles 2022

Photo credit: Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. If your favorite thing to make for dinner is reservations, check out the list below for some of our favorite places for autumnal feasting in LA, with no cleanup required. Whether you’d like to dine by a pool beneath swaying palms or get Creole delights to go… enjoy gorgeous views of Santa Monica or feast on an assortment of vegan options… here are some ideas.

Cafe Gratitude (Arts District, Larchmont, and Venice)

Plant-based sides and pies, all made in-house, can be ordered from Cafe Gratitude for pick up at any location (Arts District, Larchmont, or Venice) on Wednesday. Truffled Porcini Gravy ($20), Roasted Cranberry Butternut Squash & Garnet Yam Puree ($40), French Lentil and Butternut Squash Loaf ($40), and Roasted Maple Miso Brussels Sprouts ($40) are among the Thanksgiving specials offered. Last day to order is November 20.

Castaway (Burbank)

Castaway restaurant features stunning views of Downtown LA and the San Fernando Valley. A favorite for decades — even more so since its $10 million overhaul a few years ago — Castaway is now as noted for its food as for its views. Thanksgiving brunch offerings include Charcuterie, Dragonfruit Waldorf Salad, Steak & Eggs Benedict, Salt Roasted Turkey, Chilled Oysters, & Mini Pumpkin Pie Bites. Brunch is $92 for adults and $35 for children. Add on Bottomless Apple Cider Pumpkin Spice, Fresh Cucumber Mint, and Lavender Activated Charcoal Lemonade Mimosas for $30 per person. In the evening, Castaway’s Thanksgiving dinner includes a la carte offerings like the Roasted Chicken and 8oz Filet Mignon from 5 to 9 p.m.

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Bound for Hell – The Most Aptly Named Record Of The Sunset Strip

Photo by Else Evil E Duff for the LA Beat.

The Sunset Strip always seemed like such a mysterious place to me. I heard about it, read about it, saw pictures of it, but that was far from experiencing it. I was no stranger to bar hopping but my main drag as a teen was the Juarez Strip as in the bars that lined the road after you walked over the bridge into Mexico from El Paso. Juarez was my home away from home until I turned 21. It was where I would spend countless hours with a 2 dollar bucket of Coronitas getting to know every DJ and trying to make sure that an AC/DC song cut through the usual dance mix periodically. Getting the DJ at one nightclub to play “Jailbreak” always cleared the dance floor for me and friends to sing along while playing air guitar and head banging. Although my grand achievement was making friends with a DJ who would see me walk in and immediately put on Ozzy’s “Crazy Train” for me. But as fun as it was, I couldn’t wait to finally see the Sunset Strip. 

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A Burlesque Dinner, $1 Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Scoops, & More Food News

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream. Photo by Karin E. Baker for The LA Beat.

Enjoy a scoop of premium Van Leeuwen ice cream for just $1 this Saturday, November 19 at the renowned ice cream company’s new Studio City location. To celebrate the new shop, its sixth in Los Angeles, the Studio City location will offer $1 scoops from noon to 2 p.m. on 11/19. In addition, the first 100 visitors this Saturday (the store opens at 11 a.m.) will get a free Van Leeuwen tote bag. You might want to try a new flavor created especially for the opening: Labneh Strawberries & Rose Water, created in collaboration with Kismet Rotisserie. The new Van Leeuwen shop is located at The Shops at Sportsmen’s Lodge (12833 Ventura Blvd, Suite 149, Studio City, CA, 91604) and is open from 11 a.m. to 11 pm daily.

BG, the secret restaurant with a speakeasy vibe located upstairs from Nerano in Beverly Hills, recently reopened its doors after the global pandemic shut it down just two months after opening. Tonight, burlesque luminary Miss Marquez, known for sultry performances and residencies at Three Clubs, No Vacancy, Apotheke, and La Descarga, takes the stage at BG for a burlesque dinner. The Burlesque Dinner with Miss Marquez includes performances at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., along with innovative Italian-American cuisine from Executive Chef Michele Lisi, craft cocktails created by Bar Director Jacki Smith (Pour Vous, Harvard & Stone, Black Rabbit Rose), and a wine list curated by Wine Director David Gary (Cecconi’s, Four Seasons Hotel LA at Beverly Hills). To make reservations, call 424.332.0439 or visit www.BGBeverlyHills.com.

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