The Weekend Guide Jan. 20 + 21 + 22 (+23)

Are you ready for the weekend? Rumor has it it’s going to be rainy on Saturday so check out the events below for some indoor fun. And because I love you, I’ve included some cool Monday night events too.

Friday 1/20:

From 5-8p tonight there is a food truck event, NoHo Dine Friday Night Out. This event includes 8-10 gourmet food trucks, 8-10 booth vendors, and street musicians. Why not check it out and then walk over to The Federal and enjoy the night out on the patio? The Federal has the Rebels of Comedy stand up show at 7:30p (get tickets HERE) and DJ Trinidad is mixing on the turntables at 9pm.

The Pacific Standard Time Festival is happening from Jan 19-29th, so if you can’t make it tonight, you have a few more chances. HERE is a guide to all the events and what the festival is about. Tonight at 7pm Hirokazu Kosaka’s installation at the Getty Center’s Arrival Plaza is being unveiled as well as a sculptural performance. This is sure to be a cool event as The Getty Center also has a “LA Free Music Society” event. From 8pm-2am tonight, Liz Glynn is having a (free!) Black Box reception at 830 North Highland Ave. This event will go on each night of the festival (Jan 19-29) and will feature different surprise performances each night.

If you find yourself bored on the west side, visit Santa Monica for their Art Los Angeles Contemporary exhibit/event happening all weekend. Tonight at 6pm Superdeluxe is happening at the ALAC Music Space, Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. Superdeluxe is an experimental hip-hop group featuring Michah James and Frohawk Two-Feathers.

Saturday 1/21:

The Independent Shakespeare Company has resurrected their past summer performance of Hamlet (due to it’s success) and adapted it for their Atwater studio space. It opens this Saturday with a 5pm performace. Tickets are $20, although I’m sure if you “like” them on facebook you can get discounts to upcoming performances.

Does none of this appeal to you and you need some indoor fun on this rainy Saturday? Why not check out the newly opened Punk Rock Museum and eat at the Homegirls Cafe? Or hit up the Moonlight Rollerway on San Fernando and then stop by the neighboring Golden Road Brewing Pub for some of those yummy risotto fritters?

Sunday 1/22:

This weekend MOCA is having their Affordable Art Fair on the event deck of LA Live, downtown. Art ranges in price from $100- $10,000. Tickets are $20 each (and you can get them HERE), but this is a steal if you end up leaving with an $100 piece of art that is worth much more. On Sunday it will be open 11am-6pm, and as it is the last day of the event so maybe they’ll be a little more desperate and prices with be on clearance? Who knows, but if you’re in the market for some new art, check it out.

Chinatown is having their Year of the Dragon celebration with a Midnight Temple Ceremony (10p-12am) at the Chuan Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown. The event is free and in celebration of the Chinese New Year’s Day (1/23/12). There are a ton of fun restaurants and bars in Chinatown and I’m sure Sunday night will be hopping. Try a new restaurant and then head over to the Temple for a great photo taking opportunity, as fire crackers are lit in celebration.

And now, because I love you….
SPECIAL EDITION Monday 1/23:

From 2-5:30p on Monday, Whole Foods Market in Beverly Hills will be having their Health and Beauty Day. Vendors and specialists will be in the store to answer questions and FABIO (!!!) will be there selling his protein powder. Buy a jar of his powder and get a picture with him. This is FABIO people?!

For you comedy nerds (like myself), Chris Harwick (of the Nerdist podcast) will be having his Book Release Event: A Celebration of The Nerdist Way. It starts at 7:30p with a signing and party at 8:15 at Meltdown Comics on Sunset. The event will be moderated by Wil Wheaton and should be awesome. RSVP on the link above and GO TO THIS.

Weekend Guide Oct. 21+ 22 + 23

It’s Friday! ‘Bout time, am I right?! Well it’s that lovely time in the week where I give you some glorious options to fill up your weekend with awesomeness. And as always, if there’s something fun that you know about that I didn’t include, TELL US! If something cool is going on, I wanna know about it!

Friday Oct. 21: 

Start your Friday off right with 50% off lunch at Henry’s Hat. Say the phrase “bottomless lunch” to the waiter and they’ll cut back 50% on the bill. This deal only works for lunch, but Henry’s Hat always has good prices anyway. I went there this past Sunday for a birthday brunch gathering and it worked out great even with a large group.

I would suggest you spend your Friday night exploring some of the scary events LA has to offer. Check out my previous post about Scary events around LA HERE. If you’re not in the mood for something scary, check out the rest of Beer Week! Or rest up, because there is SO much to do on Saturday.

Saturday Oct. 22:

Get up early because the “House of Davids”, as it’s known around town, is having an estate sale open to the public! What a rare opportunity to own part of LA history! Get there early because you know it’ll be crowded with antique dealers. Check out the details HERE.

After you pick out a David statue to take home, head over to the Hammer Museum to witness the UCLA Art History Grad Symposium at 10am.

Saturday also happens to be Make A Difference Day! It’s time to give something back. Check the link to their website and you can even get the volunteer app. Do something awesome and post about it here. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, help the community and try a new activity. Win. Win. Win.

At 7pm and 9pm the Moving Arts Center is hosting an event with Kimberly Jordan and Mosaicwonderland. After the performance stop by the Mosaicwonderland Gallery next door. The performance is $5 as suggested donation. It’s all about wine, art, and theater in Silverlake!

Once you have satisfied your culture needs for the weekend, check out the Pancake & Booze Art Show and the Zombie Fashion Show! I went to a show here once and it was awesome. Even the warehouse district it’s located in has great street art. Worth a visit.

Sunday Oct. 23:

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the conclusion of LA’s Beer Week is on Sunday at Union Station. Tickets are pricy, but if you’re a beer enthusiast, it’ll be quite a showing. It’s also at a train station, which means you can hop on a metro home. Everyone can taste test.

Sunday night at 5pm the Independent Shakespeare Company is advertising $20 tickets to Blithe Spirit (there will be martinis). “One night only: a staged reading of the Noel Coward comedy about a man haunted by the ghost of his first wife.” This is a nice way to fill out the weekend.

Now go out and enjoy! I’ll be in Milwaukee for that wedding, which is a story I promise I will tell you about, so you need to tell me all about these events! Have a great weekend!