I’ve been in seven weddings — five as officiant, two as bridesmaid, and zero as bride. I’m happily single and not looking to get hitched anytime soon. Still, I can’t help but feel a little envious of the big party each of my loved ones gets to have when they tie the knot. There isn’t anything like that for singles — a grand Unattached Bash attended by all your friends and family, where everyone celebrates your solo status and sends you off into the future with heaps of love and new appliances.
Holiday shows aren’t just about singing elves and dancing Sugar Plum Fairies anymore. From steampunk reimaginings of holiday faves to adults-only spectacles sure to turn your Xmas into an XXXmas, we’re counting down 12 of the strangest, scariest and most risqué events of the holiday season — Twelve Days of Christmas-style.
True story from Saturday night: I was getting ready to go out for Halloween. As I danced to disco, draped myself in sequin and tucked my hair beneath a hot pink geisha wig, my phone rang.
“Hey, you going to that Wicked Lit thing tonight?” It was my friend Jim (aka Goldstar’s CEO), who lives near the show’s venue. “You should stop by on your way!”
That sounded like fun, but I actually wasn’t going to Wicked Lit that night. I’d thought about going, though. How had he known that?…
Sensing my… Read More
Welcome to Go Like a Pro, where we help you get the most out of any event you attend by sharing tips and tricks from Goldstar members and industry insiders — what to wear, how to beat the crowds and so much more. First up: Wine and beer tastings.
These events are a ton of fun (hello, free drinks!) and super popular, with all kinds of delicious samples to choose from. So how can you make the most of your time at a tasting event? We gathered tips from Goldstar members, as well as from Sara Fisher… Read More
The votes have been tallied, and after a week’s worth of hilarious, no-holds-barred band name punnery, the winner of the first-ever Goldstar Tribute Band Naming Contest is… The Cranbarelys!
Congratulations to Tanya W, who’s our grand prize winner of $200 in Goldstar cash. We were so inspired by Tanya’s entry, we created a band logo for her made-up tribute band.
(We’re hoping this’ll inspire Tanya to start up her own Cranberries tribute act … but we won’t hold our breath.)
Some other entries… Read More
In our regular Q&A series, we talk to the creative people who inspire us and find out how live entertainment inspires them. This month: Actor-comedian Claire Titelman shares her love for L.A. theater, Broadway’s Fun Home and Taylor Swift.
Tell us about what you do.
I’m a comedian, actor and writer in L.A. I was on E!‘s Chelsea Lately and I’ve been on TV shows like New Girl and Parks & Rec. I do standup festivals like SF Sketchfest and Bridgetown and was also a semi-finalist for the Andy Kaufman… Read More
The Rolling Clones.
Tribute band naming has become a pun-filled genre unto itself, celebrating funny — and occasionally groan-worthy — riffs on real bands and the titles to their biggest hits. (Just ask We Got the Meat, Portland’s all-male tribute to The Go-Go’s.)
Now it’s your turn!
On the Goldstar Facebook page this week, we’re holding a contest to find the funniest, cleverest name for a brand-new tribute band of your creation. The name with the most likes by next… Read More
Deciding whether to be Nicki Minaj, Elmo or a zombie from The Walking Dead is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Halloween planning. You also have to decide what you actually want to do. And worse yet, you have to figure it out in advance, because many of the best events (and costumes) sell out. But, with these handy tips and event recommendations, you’ll own this Halloween.
Tips for the Pre-Game
Before the big night, get in the right mindset: Going out on Halloween will always… Read More
With more than a million live event reviews on our site, we couldn’t help but wonder if certain cities might be tougher critics than others. But what we really wanted to know is: Which city is the toughest critic of them all?
Before we reveal the hierarchy of harshness, here’s the science behind the list: We pulled together the lowest ratings (1 or 2 stars out of 5) from our 19 biggest cities and sorted the results from most to least. (Keep in mind, we’re slicing the onion very thin here. Low… Read More
How do you figure out which haunted houses are just the right amount of spooky to give the kids a thrill without scaring them so bad they sleep with you till Christmas?
That’s just one of many mind-boggling decisions you face when buying tickets to live entertainment, and it’s a great example of something we’re likely to talk about here at Goldstar Pulse. As you may or may not know, our business at Goldstar is to help you discover fun things to do, and to make them so easy and affordable that… Read More