Weekend Guide Feb 3 + 4 + 5

Before I begin the Weekend Guide, I want to share about a series of images posted on yahoo this morning showing the abandonded North Brother Island in NYC. Click HERE to see a slide show of crazy images like this one below.

I also must confess that work went late last night and I didn’t get to attend trampoline dodgeball. But have no fear, this event happens weekly and I plan on attending it next week. So more to come on that later. Alrighty, it’s time to jump into the Weekend Guide!

FRIDAY Feb 3:

Any Star Wars fans out there? Tonight in honor of the 3D release of Star Wars: Episode I, there is a pop-up art gallery at Brisk Bodega Cantina. I keep finding mixed info on the date and time of this event which means it’s probably unavailable at this point. Im including it because it sounds cool and Ill keep it on my radar for when it comes to town next time. It’s a Star Wars themed music and art event that sounds awesome.

Tonight at UCB, Paul F Tompkins is doing his Dead Authors Reading at UCB LA (to benefit 826LA). H G Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) and J.R.R Tolkien (Matt Walsh) will be on stage chatting and answering your questions. Make your reservations HERE. It starts at 6:30p and tickets are $5.

Also tonight at 7:30p at the LACMA, Gary Oldman is leading a conversation followed by a viewing of The Contender. It’s being held in the Bing Theater and tickets are $10 (HERE).

SATURDAY Feb 4:


Speaking of the LACMA, di you check out the Metropolis II exhibit last weekend? Well, it’s still there and judging by the images, it’s worth a visit. The LACMA is also housing a complete replication of the Eames Kit House, which was designed and lived in by the Eames family and still exists in the Pacific Palisades. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the Eames home a year ago and this mini version looks awesome.

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Visit the LACMA this weekend to see it, or take a drive to see the real deal.

Bergamot Station has a 5pm reception at TAG Gallery, as well as a 5pm Olga de Amaral Reception from 5-7p. At 7pm the Robert Berman Gallery has a Jonathan Bickart opening. Art, art and more art!

SUNDAY Feb 5:

Sunday is the Super Bowl, as Im sure you all already know. That is the perfect time for non-sports people to get their shopping done (my tradition) or to go to Disneyland (no lines!). This year I am going to a S.B. gathering (for the company, not really for the game). There are some fun bars offering specials to celebrate the event.

Lola’s (the most girlie martini bar alive) is offering a deal (according to Thrillist) for $15 it’s all you can drink Fat Tires. So if you like martini’s and your boy likes beer, head to Lola’s to catch the game.

My favorite bar Tony’s Darts Away will have a special menu packed with yummy vegan and non vegan options. Township Kitchen Americana & Saloon is having $3 hot wings (if that’s your style).
HERE is a link to a site with a full listing of bars and their Super Bowl deals.

On Sunday, Brett Gelman has a stand-up show at 8pm, for $5 and get tickets HERE. You might know him from his new podcast Gelmania.

Happy weekend, everyone!

Weekend Guide Dec. 16 + 17 +18

The weekend is upon us, are you ready for it? I’m sure you’ll all be busy running around doing last minute holiday things… but check out all of these events if you can. Hopefully you got your ticket to the Sarah Silverman show at Largo tonight, because they have already sold out. I will be there, but if you are out of luck, chck out these other events instead.

FRIDAY Dec. 16th:

Olvera Street is having their holiday fair and nightly candle light procession tonight. The celebration begins at 5:30p and get ready to sing some carols (in English + Spanish) and crack some pinata’s.

If Olvera Street is too far away, and you want to stick to the valley, check out NoHo Commons Holiday Party. Check out the artwork of Cella Gallery and Rico Adair Gallery and enjoy some free beverages.

SATURDAY Dec. 17th:

This 826 LA sounds awesome. On Dec 17, the Spread The Word fundraiser is happening at the Mark Moore Gallery. Tickets are $25 and this includes listening to a set by DJ Mister Amigo and Jason Bentley as well as free beer tasting and yummy food trucks. Artwork is for sale by a bunch of awesome artists, and from what I hear it’s all at awesome prices. This is a great place to pick up a gift for that unique relative that already owns one of everything. Check it out!

At 5pm on Saturday, the 3rd Annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl is happening for charity. So get your festive gear on and get ready to drink. Tickets are $10 and get all the info online HERE. There’s even unlimited bus rides for $4. Get a team together and get ready to have some scavenger hunt/ bar crawl fun.

The Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce is putting on their Holiday Night Out this Saturday from 3-8pm. There will be family events, live music, free goodies and sales. Check out the website HERE for the full list of vendors and locations.

Cinefamily is having their 24 hour marathon fund-raising event this weekend.  Check out their full 24 hour list of events HERE. They have special guests and a ton of different types of events to choose from.

SUNDAY Dec. 18th:

Are you looking for some more holiday events to get you in the spirit? Check out Pershing Square this weekend and do some ice skating! Check their website for prices and hours HERE.

If theater is more your thing, The Santaland Diaries is having it’s last performance on Sunday at 2pm at the Stella Adler Theater. Advance tickets are $30 and student rush tickets are $30.

Weekend Guide Dec. 2 + 3 + 4

Happy December! One more month until 2012, are you as excited as I am? Since I missed last weeks Weekend Guide, due to Thanksgiving and all, I figure I should post the weekend guide a day early to give you extra time to plan.

FRIDAY December 2, 2011

There are three fun events happening this Friday, all around the same time so choose wisely. One of my favorite holiday events is Toluca Lake’s Open House (from 6-9p), where local restaurants and vendors plant themselves on the sidewalk along Riverside and hand out free samples and hot cider. They have a bus that goes up and down Riverside with carolers singing classic tunes. It’s a festive celebration that really pulls out the community (and also adorable doggies in costumes). HERE is the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce website that talks about more community events. HERE is the Open House info.

Another holiday fair happening  on the same night, from 7-9p, is the Sunset Junction Holiday Party and Scavenger Hunt. Get ready for live music, drinks, and local shops. It’s another great way to get to know your neighbors, get off your butt and experience something different. This neighborhood has some great restaurants, so I say check out the party, shop local for unique Christmas gifts and then hit up a new restaurant. For more info and a map showing local venues check out more info HERE.

If you’re sick of holiday crap, and want to have a laugh, check out the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre on Friday Night at 6:30 to see Nick Kroll (The League, Fabrice Fabrice) as Jorge Luis Borges and of course Paul F Tompkins as HG Wells in Dead Authors Reading. The money goes to support 826LA, get your tickets before they sell out HERE.

SATURDAY December 3, 2011

Unique LA is holding their holiday event on Saturday and Sunday from 11a- 6p (both days) and tickets ahead of time are $10. 10% of ticket sales go towards 826LA. With the price of admitance, you get a cotton tote bag, entry for both days, free drinks, workshops and crafts, free portraits at the Oh Snap Photo Booth, acess to Amoebas Pop-Up Shop downtown, and 2 different cafe areas. This event is similar to the Etsy craft fair, with designers creating original goods that will make you look extremely artsy and sophisticated when you give out our gifts at Christmas time. So get your ticket (online is cheaper), help a local charity (826LA) and buy one of a kind Christmas gifts (boost the economy). Win. Win. Win. The event is located at The California Market Center (110 East Ninth Street, LA, CA 90079).

ColLAboration is celebrating the holidays with their Winter Wonderland event at Golden Road Brewing in Atwater, from 12p-5p on Saturday. ColLAboration is a group that holds craft beer events at different locations throughtout the year around LA. For those of you who’ve never been (that’s including myself), you pay $15 for a beer glass that essentially buys you a membership to future events. You keep the glass and reuse it at all the ColLAboration events. Once you have your glass you need to buy beer tokens which allow you to taste different beers when you are at the event. I hope to be here this Saturday, so Ill report back about it. I have been to Golden Road Brewery before (see that post HERE), but I’ve been meaning to explore other craft breweries that team up with ColLaboration.

SUNDAY December 4, 2011
The cute little Larchmont Village is having their Holiday Open House on Sunday from 12p-5p. I haven’t gone in past years, but I’ve gotten to know the neighborhood and expect it will be adorable. They have a great market/deli within Larchmont Village that is known for their sandwiches and a fun farmers market on the weekend. If you’re free you should come check it out.
** If you aren’t interested in any of these special events, message me and I can tell you about more things that happen around LA every weekend. These weekend guides are meant to highlight unique events, but I know of plenty of great walks, hikes and bars you should visit.

Weekend Guide Nov 4 + 5 + 6

It’s that time of the week.. Friday, Friday, Friday! Any plans for the weekend? Tell me what I should be doing?!! I had all these outdoor plans but the forecast is rainy for Los Angeles, so Im reworking my weekend as we speak. Here’s what I know about so far:

FRIDAY Nov. 4th

At 7pm tonight, Skylight Books is welcoming Dave Scott Miller for the release of his new book Iron City. Should be a good time and HERE is more info. If you’re sick of reading all week and more into the music scene, The Echoplex is featuring Afterhours with guest Greg Dulli and Majakovich as the opening act, starting tonight at 8:30p and tickets are free, but be sure to RSVP HERE!

SATURDAY Nov. 5th

The Comikaze Expo is LA’s ComicCon and it’s happening this weekend in LA! Thrillist had a deal for $15 you get a VIP pass and can skip the line. Stan Lee is supposed to be in attendance as well as Elvira, Ernest Borgnine and many graphic novelists. Check out ticket options HERE. Comicbook fans should visit my friend Martin’s website, Fanboy Headquarters, for all their comic needs.

The LA Opera is doing a free behind the scenes event this weekend too from 9:30a-5p. Some events require advance reservations, but everything is free and should be fun for the whole family. Find more info HERE. If the weather stays rainy, I would visit this event and then jump across the street to the MOCA to see their Under The Big Black Sun exhibit about California art from 1974-81.

SUNDAY Nov 6th

REMINDER** Daylight Savings is this weekend, so remember to gain an hour and set your clocks back!

The Hammer Museum, Now Dig This! Exhibit

The Hammer Museum is offering free Sundays from now until January 8th so you have no excuse not to go. They currently have the exhibit “Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-80″ and it’s worth a look. Learn more about this exhibit HERE.

826LA has two events happening on Sunday. The first I’ve talked about before, the series of Nerdist Author Panels continues at Meltdown Comics this Sunday with Hart Hanson (Bones), Sarah Goldfinger (Grimm) and Jose Molina (Terra Nova). Tickets are $15 and you can get them HERE. At 7pm on Sunday 826LA is also sponsoring “Sanity is for Suckers: One Act Plays for the Out of Touch” at ArtWorks Theatre & Studio on Santa Monica (get tickets HERE).

Happy Hump Day

It’s Wednesday and boy is this week going by slowly! Last night I got my exercise on, so I don’t have any new tales to tell (gotta detox-to-retox). But tonight I’m attending 2 bars around town and seeing some live music, so expect a more thorough update tomorrow.

Seeing as this week is building in anticipation for Halloween weekend, I thought I’d advertise some fun events happening around town this week. Of course I can’t hit them all, so you’ll have to tell me what was fun and what was a time waster. Input is greatly appreciated!

On Thursday, Echo Park Jazz is doing another session in their 826LA benefit series. It all goes down at 9pm tomorrow at Lot 1 Cafe (on Sunset). Find the event on their facebook page for details.

To get your fright on, check out Delusion. It’s an interactive guided story that is more like a play than a haunted house. Tickets are $40 on their website (which is pricy for me) but if you love a good scare and you’re sick of the Knottsberry/Universal Horror scene, it could be worth a visit. I have a friend going tonight and Ill have to relay her experience.

 

Goldstar is offering a deal on Queen Mary ‘s Halloween Tour with Haunted Mazes. $17 and it’s from 7p-midnight with Thursday, Sunday and Monday tickets still available.

While we are on the subject of this Halloween, I need to bring it up again because it sounds awesome: Drink + Hunt LA. $25 to participate if you join through Thrillist. It’s happening on Saturday in Santa Monica and includes 3 beers and specials as well as an after-party. Start assembling your team now and get your costumes ready!

Ronna & Beverly

If you hate all things Halloween and are looking for a good laugh instead of a scare, I have to recommend the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre this weekend. On Friday one of my favorite comedy duos is performing: Ronna & Beverly. Ronna & Beverly are two female comedians portraying their Jewish mothers and it is always a good show. They usually have 2 celebrity guests and this month it’s Ken Marino (The State, Party Down) and Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings). They interview the guests about their love life and make them squirm, which is amazing to see. For $10, it’s totally worth it. Get tickets HERE before they run out!

Weekend Guide! Oct 7+8+9

It’s been a crazy day and I have to get ready for my camping extravaganza this weekend. That’s right, no air-mattress on this one, this is real camping. In the meantime I have to tell you about the awesome things happening this weekend:

Events:

826LA (an awesome charity in Echo Park) is hosting FILTER Culture Collide Festival in Echo Park ALL weekend. Cool people. Cool bands. As part of this event there is a Block Party on Sunday from 3-10p. Wristbands are $20, the money goes to charity AND you get an awesome weekend. Win Win.

Post No Bills in Venice is hosting Ron English’s “English 101″ solo exhibit in their gallery for all of October. You’ll recognize his stuff. If you’re walking the boardwalk, check it out!

If live music and gallery openings aren’t your cup of tea, Silverlake Art Craft + Vintage is hosting their monthly “I heart Vintage” craft event on Saturday, where local venders come and sell homemade goods. If you’re trying to save money, just go take a peak and be inspired. While you’re there, take a walk along Sunset and check out the local shops. Oh yeah, and food trucks!

If you’re dying to do something a little more main stream, at 8:30p on October 10th at the Orpheum Theater Joseph Gordon-Levitt is hosting the Fall Formal with his collaborative production company, hitRECord.com. Not only is Joseph adorable and talented but he’s doing a great service to the artistic community. Check out his page.

Food+ Drink:

One of my favorite places to have a fancy dinner (Luna Park) and one of my favorite board game-themed bars (Henry’s Hat) happen to be sister restaurants and this Saturday if you go into either place and say “Weekday Brunch” to your waiter, you’ll get 50% off all food! What an awesome deal.

Thrillist is offering pizza and 90 minutes of unlimited craft brews  for $18 each! Such a good deal and it ends in 6 days. Check out the link and hit GET IT!

Per usual, if you are looking for bar game nights this weekend, Little Bar has a lively trivia night starting at 7:30p on Saturday. They do not serve food which means you can bring in whatever you want. Luna Park happens to be located across the street (check out the details above to get 50% off), maybe grab some grub and then head over to the Little Bar to test out the ol’ noggin. They also offer a Sunday dart tournament. On Sunday Bigfoot Lounge should be doing their Sunday night bingo! Call ahead to confirm the times.

Okay, I have supplied you with PLENTY to do this weekend. I didn’t even include all the plays and other (more costly, but still awesome) cultural events happening around LA this weekend. If you’re still struggling with what to do this weekend here’s an awesome idea: throw a boxed-wine tasting party. It sounds lame, but friends of mine did it once and it was SO much fun. Everyone invited brings a unique boxed-wine and the host provides tacky cheeses and crackers (ie. cut up string cheese on a ritz cracker). The tackier the better! Everyone does a tasting and the winner is whoever brought the best boxed-wine (come up with some super tacky prize). It’ll be memorable, for sure.