Christmas Week Party Planner: Gaga, Jews And More

You’d think Christmas week would be a dead zone in nightlife, but you’d be wrong. Since many of us need an escape from stifling and awkward family encounters, and because some of us might even be Jewish, and will be skipping this whole Santa schmanta thing anyhoo, parties abound. We’ve compiled a few things for you do this week—besides stuffing your face in between crying about whatever your little brother said to you at the dinner table.

Start off the week on Monday night at Monday Social (where else), L.A.’s little party that could. The dynamic long-running unofficial DJ duo Donald Glaude and DJ Dan are spinning the party’s official holiday bash. Funny tidbit: Donald Glaude, now a techno superstar headlining nightclubs and raves around the world, once played a party at my house, in my basement. I used to live in Seattle, and in 1993, we had a Halloween party in Queen Anne, and Donald Glaude came over and spun an amazing set in my busted basement, on our busted sound system, on our busted decks. My roommate was a long time Seattle raver. He keep saying over and over: “Donald Glaude is spinning in my basement.” It was tre funny. I can’t guarantee this party will be as awesome as my basement Halloween party, but I can guarantee you that Donald and Dan are masters at work. Monday at Playhouse, 6506 Hollywood Blvd..

Well, that was fast. The Lucent Dossier crew are in-and-out of that weird H.Wood space in less than two months. ‘Tis okay by us—we think the space is a little too awkwardly shaped to properly display any kind of show. But, before they bow out, they are hosting the Our Orphan’s Christmas Ball, geared toward the Los Angelenos who might be stranded without family for the holidaze. The night is doubling as a fundraiser for their non-profit organization Cuddle the World, which provides toys and visits to orphanages by the troupe. In accordance with the name, the Lucent folks ask that you bring a toy in donation, preferably something cuddly. Wednesday at 9, H.Wood.

Here’s a show that’s sure to leave copious amounts of glitter encrusted in your eyelashes for months to come: Lady Gaga and Semi-Precious Weapons, together at last for a three-night stand (sluts!) at Nokia Theatre. The two acts, both of whom go way-back from making the rounds at the watering holes in New York’s Lower East Side, share a love of glam and rock and pop and shock-art. They are the perfect pairing of fag hag and fab gay you will ever find on this planet, and they are giving you this gift for Christmas. Monday through Wednesday at the Nokia Theatre. Tix here.

If you’re Jewish on Christmas Eve and Day you normally have two options: Chinese food and an endless stream of holiday movies. We’ll give you a third: the 16th Annual Schmooz-A-Palooza, hosted by Stu & Lew Productions. Co-sponsored by (who else?) J-Date, the House of Blues is momentarily turned into the House of Jews (their words, not mine). Drink and play Beer Pong, Twister, and card games, or dance to Mister E on the main floor. Tickets start at a reasonable $25. Thursday @ 8, House of Blues, 8430 W. Sunset Blvd..

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