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Our 2nd annual HOLIDAY PARTY at MJ'S Bar with vocalist/pianist LORI DONATO

Last year Jono hosted a holiday viewing party at his home (and still may host a small one on a weeknight before Xmas), but since his house space is limited, wanted to give the opportunity for more of our members to attend and co-mingle. So this year we are going to celebrate the Christmas and Hanukkah with a live holiday-themed cabaret party mix-in at MJ's Bar--a neighborhood gay bar in the Silverlake district of Los Angeles. [Note: MJ's is "straight-friendly" and on its more laid-back Sunday cabaret afternoons attracts a diverse cross section of patrons for Lori's regular live piano gatherings (some you may recognize from music and television), so you do not need to be gay to attend this group outing or feel out of place].

Please bring ONE UNWRAPPED TOY for an underprivileged child with you on Sunday afternoon at MJ's. As with prior years, we are collecting holiday toys for the Hollywood-Sunset Free Clinic who in turn will distribute them to underprivileged familes.

And if any of you are singers, you are welcome to bring your sheet music with you (in the key you wish to sing in) to perform any classic movie holiday-themed (or other song) that you wish to perform. She has quite a cabaret following and her "afternoon cabaret jams" attract many professional and semi-professional singers--so you definitely will be very entertained.

The afternoon will include performances of holiday favorites including songs from famous Christmas movies such as "White Christmas" from the movie HOLIDAY INN, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" from MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, etc.

The festivities start at 4pm and run through 8pm. You can order holiday themed cocktails or your favorite non-alcoholic beverage. (Jono is looking into whether our members can bring potluck-style food or order food in from a nearby restaurant and will update everyone as this on that as the calendar date approaches).

LORI DONATO is an L.A. cabaret legend and has serenaded audiences all over the Southland (and beyond). In the former days of L.A. Gay piano bars (the last one named The Other Side sadly closed just one year ago), Lori also headlined at a number of them including the Oasis, The Other Side and others. You can find out more about her at:

PARKING: MJ's has a very small parking lot behind the bar that fills up immediately. Please DO NOT PARK IN ANY OF THE NEARBY TRADER JOE'S PARKING LOTS unless you want to risk your car being towed. There is also street parking on adjacent streets, but do be prepared to walk a half block to the bar.

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  • Sheilah

    Sigh, I'm in Monterey Park, heading back now, family friend in hospice, kidney failure, we've been here since the am, leaving now to drive back, need to stop for lunch, then drop off the rest of the group, and still hoping to make this meetup, albeit late, hopefully, could use some lightness in my day today.... always sad to be at this place losing someone....always gives one pause...and don't want to put a cloud over the festive spirit of the group, so if I don't rally, it is because I'm processing this and will see you at a happy time...just don't know am feeling ambivalent, and heavy in spirit right now...

    December 22, 2013

    • Jono

      Sheilah I wondered what happened and now understand, sorry we missed you, prayers to your friend. May you still find peace and happiness for Christmas, you have been a great addition to our group.

      December 23, 2013

    • Sheilah

      Thank you for your understanding and your sentiments, yes a bit of a cloud right now, processing it as we are able...I love you and the group and do hope to be able to be more active going forward. Wishing you the best of what the Holidaze has to offer!

      December 24, 2013

  • Rose

    I had a great evening. Thanks Jono.:-)

    December 23, 2013

  • Jono

    I had a spectacular time and thank all of our members for coming and for generously bringing toy donations as well. My only regret is that I took Lyft to MJ's so I would not be drinking & driving, but forgot to bring my digital camera to take event photos--sorry!!!

    December 23, 2013

  • nick p.

    Would love to go, sounds like fun. Holiday time is too busy for me to attend. :(

    December 21, 2013


    Not sure I'll be in town, but wish all a great holiday season!

    December 17, 2013

  • Cathy B.

    Wish I could but previous engagement

    December 17, 2013

  • Ron

    I will try to make it

    December 16, 2013

  • Glenn W.

    I'll be there, and I can walk there. Parking is horrible in the area walk if you can. I'm amazed all of my holiday events don't have conflicts this year.

    December 16, 2013

  • Carolina

    Me for sure, hopefully P as well.

    December 2, 2013

  • Lionel

    Well, Hanukkah will be a distant memory by the time this takes place.

    December 2, 2013

  • Jono

    I know this is very close to Xmas, but felt its afternoon time period allowed the flexibility of members who may want to drop by for an hour or so within the 4-8pm time frame. And this is a great time to especially enjoy LIVE HOLIDAY MUSIC during the peak of the holiday season. Please try to attend if you can!

    December 1, 2013

  • Jeanne

    Can't make it. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    December 1, 2013

  • Lisa de V.

    That looks like so much fun. I'll be in Vancouver for most of December so I'll miss this. Happy Holidays Jono!

    December 1, 2013

  • Abby

    Sounds fun, sorry I can't join. Happy holidays to all, and many thanks to warm and wonderful Jono for his continued organization of this group. xoxox

    November 30, 2013

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