Mid-Week Fun

I’m playing a bit of catch-up on this glorious Good Friday off from work. I’m sitting in my home office (aka, my closet) blogging to you while listening to Full House (que the touching family moment music) on the tv and waiting for the dryer to finish. Is this not a classic day off? Don’t worry, when I’m done blogging I’ve gotta hit the road as I have a big day planned. Expect a few posts today as I have some catching up to do.

Last Friday I scored tickets to Comedy Bang Bang at UCB LA, and I attended this past Tuesday. Before Comedy Bang Bang, Doug Benson hosts a live taping of Doug Loves Music. Did I mention it’s free and you should go? I got in line at 7pm (it starts at 7:30) and the line was wrapped around the corner… crazy long. I was lucky and just made it into the theater before it hit capacity.

When I walked in I saw the director on the show I’m on, Greg Mottola. Greg’s a really great guy and a pleasure to work with. Seeing him attending this hip indie comedy show is no surprise to me.

Because I was so late, I had to sit indian-style (racist?) on stage directly under Doug Benson.

It was cool to be so close except I couldn’t see the guests sitting at the table.. also I completely lost feeling of the lower half of my body. The guests on the show were Kate Micucci (the Oates in Garfunkle & Oates), Edgar Wright (director), and Simon Pegg (Star Trek, Hot Fuzz).

All the guests were hilarious and seemed like cool people to just hang out with. It was a lot of fun.

After Doug Benson’s Show I got a good seat for Comedy Bang Bang. This show was also awesome, although I was having camera phone issues and couldn’t take pics for you. The headliners were Jen Kirkman, who I haven’t seen in a long time so that was fun, and Russell Brand. I’ve been lucky enough to see Russell BRand before, but I’ve never seen him do stand-up so this was new for me. I love when I get to see new comedians perform. It was a full cheap night of fun- I loved it! Tickets go one sale for next weeks show at noon today, get them HERE! Get your tickets!

Also this week, the India Jones Chow Truck (get it? Like Indiana Jones) came to my work. Yup, free yummy Indian food for the crew!

I got the shrimp frankie and the veggie curry. So good. Such a great work day surprise. Check out THIS link to see where they’re going next!

Weekend Guide Feb. 24 + 25 + 26

The past 2 weeks I’ve been slacking on the Weekend Guide, posting it late on Friday night. I’m trying to get back on track and stay focused one what’s really important, you my dear blog. Alrighty, lots of good stuff happening this weekend so lets get right into it!

Friday Feb 24th

Start your Friday at OhWow in West hollywood seeing Terry Richardson‘s Terrywood Hollywood themed art opening from 6-9pm.

At 8pm on Friday night I will be watching Ronna and Beverly at the UCB Theatre. Tickets are $10, and the show will be amazing because it always is. I wait for this show every month and this months Guests are Jeff Garlin and Marissa Jaret Winkor. Check out the video to get a feel for this “All Jew Review”:

Saturday Feb 25th

If you aren’t up for a walk or hike, check out The Carnival of Magic Medicine downtown from 1-9p. Advance tickets are $20 and the event includes kids yoga, visits with Tarot Readers and Shamans, a great auction including services and art from well-known people/places around LA. Check out the schedule HERE. The event sounds pretty cool, so if you have an open mind about this lifestyle, hop on the metro and head downtown to the event.

Chevy Metal is playing on Saturday at Rock & Roll Pizza in Topanga Canyon at the Rack. I know I don’t seem very “rock and roll” so why am I telling you about this? Because Chevy Metal is a 70′s cover-band with the drummer and guitarist from the Foo Fighters. Awesome, right?


Photo taken from THIS website.

Hadley Holliday has an art opening displaying her abstract series Warp and Weft, from 6-8pm in Culver City at Taylor de Cordoba.

Finish out your fun-filled Saturday with an 8pm visit to Meltdown Comics for their Spidey and Friends show. Tickets are $10 and you can get them HERE.

Sunday Feb 26th

On Sunday you will find me at CoLAboration‘s craft beer event downtown at The Belasco. $25 gets you a glass (which is your entry into future CoLAboration events) and 3 beer tokens (good for 3 fills). Come check out the scene and try some new brews. For those of you who can’t make it, I’ll have a full report next week.

For people boycotting the Oscars, check out the Upright Citizens Brigade 7:30p FREE Asssscat Show. Because it’s free, they don’t take reservations which means you need to get there early to claim your spot in line. But the waiting pays off by getting to see some of the best improvers in the biz. Many of them haven’t achieved stardom, although they should. Chad Carter and Sean Conroy are 2 of the greatest improvisors who frequent this show. You need to see them in person, in addition to Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, and Ian Roberts (3 of the 4 UCB founders) who also often frequent this show. They never give the line-up in advance but it’s always good. They do this free show every Sunday and you should check out a video I found of a prior show on youtube:

Weekend Guide Feb 17 + 18 + 19

Again, I’m off to a late Weekend Guide post. I’m starting to think that until I’m back on funemployment, the Weekend Guide is going to be mostly about Saturday and Sunday nights. Lets face it, everyone’s so tired after a crazy work week, who has the energy to go bananas on a Friday? I save banana-time for my Saturdays! So here it is, well into the evening on a Friday night and I’ve already got my walk-on and I’m sipping an Old Rasputin. We are about to embark on a three-day weekend and I’m stoked. Are you ready for your weekend? Let’s get right into it!

FRIDAY February 17th:

Since it’s getting late, I’ll include the only activity that hasn’t already started. Children of the Corn III is playing at the Cinefamily Silent Movie Theater at 12am (later tonight). Director James D.R. Hickox , Cinematographer Gerry Lively, writer Dode Levenson, Daniel Cerny, and Jim Metzler will be there for the start of the film. Learn more about the event on their official website HERE.

SATURDAY February 18th:

I don’t have anything fabulous or even note worthy to talk about for midday tomorrow, but if the weather is great you better be outside on a walk or on a hike. I garunte that’s what I’ll be doing. Secret Stair book? Don’t mind if I do! But at night it’s another story…

Start your night by seeing Anna David’s “True Tales of Lust and Love from Writers and Comedians 2“. Get tickets online HERE for $11.58. This show features 10 minutes from each of the following: Anna David, Amy Dresner, Vanessa Marshall, Christie Nittrouer, Melinda Hill, and Claire Titelman. Now I’ve never seen the show nor do I know any of these women, but I like comedy and cheap entertainment and this show could be awesome. Give it a shot.

After an hour of laughs, hit up the Ansel Adams show opening reception at the Drkrm Gallery. These photos are from the archives of the LA Library. It’ll be a very LA event.

As of this afternoon, Iron Comic has sold out which is a bummer. Thankfully it’s happening at 10pm at UCB and if you get there early you can add your name to the standby list, then wait with your fingers crossed for a seat. Iron Comic is a live gameshow where 5 comedians rush to write a routine on the spot based on topics selected by the audience. Think Iron Chef, just more comedy and less meat. This weeks guests are Greg Behrendt, Morgan Murphy, Chelsea Peretti, Louis Katz, and Alex Koll.

SUNDAY February 19th:

All weekend is the 23rd Annual Mardi Gras celebration at the LA Farmers Market. There will even be a Mutti Gras pet costume contest! HERE is a link to the full schedule of events happening all weekend. There will be New Orleans and Zydeco music, bead throwing, arts and crafts and authentic Cajun food.

At 2pm on Sunday, Meltdown Comics is hosting “Rascal Raccoon in Reading, Writing, and Revenge”. Selected readings from the graphic novel will be read by Seth Green, Zeb Wells, Dan Milano, and Heidi Gardner.

Sushi Taiyo, The InstaGrammys and The Dresden

Can you tell by the title that my Friday night was pretty sweet? In fact, my whole weekend was pretty amazing, but you’ll hear more about that later. Baby steps. Lets start with Friday.

I had a crazy busy day at work, as you know, but was releaved to get out of work and head just a few blocks north to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre to see their InstaGrammys show. I met my sister early to grab a bite of sushi at Sushi Taiyo, which is right next the the theater.

We ended up ordering two premium rolls and one salmon roll, which was a great amount for 2. The food was yummy and quickly prepared which meant we didn’t need to rush to eat (as we had to get in line for our UCB show by 7:30). It’s a tad pricier than our usual sushi joint (Octopus), but the food was good and it was the first time my sister has ever been. The ambiance is cool, and they have some booths that have doors that slide shut for the ultimate in private dining.

After dinner we jumped into line and got great seats at UCB for their 8pm show, the InstaGrammys. One thing about the line at UCB is that you get to see all the comedians showing up for the show, since they all enter the same door the guests do. We stood there for about 30 minutes and I saw a ton of comedians, some of which were apart of the show and others who came just to hang out with their friends. As a comedy nerd, I thoroughly enjoy people/comedian watching along the sidewalk while waiting. Derek Waters hosted the hour long event, which featured many special guests, live music, tons of funny videos, awards and even a lifetime achievement award all centered around the photo-sharing site, Instagram.

John Daly and Brett Gelman gave out the first award, to photographer Robin Van Swank (who is living my dream life by the way). She is a photographer who is in on the indie comedy scene and often does photography for all their parties, events, TV Shows, book covers, posters, cd covers, etc. Basically, if a comedian wants a photo they come to her and therefore she hangs out with some seriously funny people.

After the first award, Martin Starr and Kulap Vilaysack came out to introduce an award that would be given to an audience member. The challenge was that the audience needed to take a cell photo of the band Islands (which performed live on stage, see pic) and post it to Instagram. The person with the most “likes” after 20 minutes won the award. The comedians all came out and took pictures too.

Between all the awards were these awesome clips by “normies” (as I call them), comedians playing normal people. They were all hilarious and people talking about why they posted certain photos to Instragram. For example, “why I think the public wants to see the piece of pie I just ate.. because Im so amazing”. The whole event was mocking the narcissism of Instragram.

Natasha Leggero gave an award to Morgan Murphy (MadTV). Unfortunately my cell phone was having serious issues so I don’t have too many pictures from the night but here is the best I can offer.

Nick Thune came out and did a serious (yet hysterical) “In Memory” bit off all the Instagrammers we lost in the past year.

Chelsea Peretti gave out the Ansel Adams award (to a person who Im forgetting).

The night ended with Stephen Merchant coming out to announce the Lifetime Achievemnent Award which was given to Mike Rosenstein. For those of you who don’t know who he is, click the link on his name. He is a British comedian who collaborates with Ricky Gervais a lot and co-created the British Office, as well as starred in as the “Dwight” character as Americans would know him. He is a legend and this was my first time seeing him in person. He was a surprise guest and everyone was in awe.

After the amazing show at UCB, my sister and I headed over to The Dresden to have a farwell gathering for our friend Karen. As I’ve talked about before, she is leaving LA soon and has been completing her LA bucket list before she moves away for good. Friday was “Los Feliz bar night”. This was my first time at the Dreden and I can’t wait to go back. If I wasn’t having phone issues, I could’ve gotten some great shots, but I know Ill be back. They had an older couple playing music in the bar. We got to see the dining area as well as the bar and I was super impressed. From the outside it looks like a windowless dive bar and inside it’s super classy with a speakeasy vibe.

The bar was packed, as it was 10pm on a Friday night. I need to go back for a quiet happy hour, where I could sit on the bar side noshing on food in the round booths while listening to the musical stylings of Marty and Elayne. Since we had such a large group, we took over the front private room of the bar which worked well for us, although we missed out on the ambiance of the main bar. Either way, I had a great night and I also intend to go back to The Dresden.

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. 17+ 18+ 19

Yesterday was really rough, but today will be better…. because it’s FRIDAY! Yup, it’s already time for the WEEKEND GUIDE! Just a heads up, I will be in Boston this weekend for a wedding so you need to do ALL the things I post about and tell me how they are. Also, this means I won’t be posting anything new on Saturday or Sunday (but you should be out enjoying the weekend anyway, right?). Also, I must note that I finished writing this post and then my browser crapped out and now Im rewriting this to you all. That’s how much I love you, that I am willing to rewrite ALL of it.

Friday Nov. 18

Lets begin with some corporate deals for the day. Starbucks is offering a 2 for 1 deal on all their holiday drinks (from 2-5pm Nov 17-20) and if you are anything like my sister, this deal is like Christmas morning. See the dets on the deal HERE. Groupon is also doing something called $1 lunch. Check THIS link for places near you participating.

Okay, now on to the really good stuff. Tonight Jason Brockert has an art opening at Iam8but gallery. His work explores pop culture (think Star Wars and Tranformers) through paintings. The opening reception is tonight 7pm-11p at iambit with drinks and a live dj.  You can’t miss this free event, and you can RSVP through facebook HERE.

Jason Brockert’s Work

If you don’t like free booze, art gazing and DJ’s (because you’re crazy), then you should check out some cheap comedy at UCB tonight which is offering a double show, Soundtrack (Brian Huskey, Jason Mantzoukas and more) and Death By Roo Roo (with Jackie Clarke, Brett Gelman, Gil Ozeri, Adam Pally and more). Get tickets HERE.

The King King on Hollywood Blvd is hosting Christian Martin, Worthy and Joplin tonight at 9pm and if you get tickets HERE in advance they are $15, or at the door for $20.

Saturday Nov. 19

At noon on Saturday, check out the Food Fashion Trucks at The Shop Lot LA in Silver Lake. Look for some fashion treasures and then stroll around the neighborhood because it’s awesome. Check the poster to the right for all the dets.

Kate Micucci is hilarious. Check out her video below. She is putting on a one woman show at the Steve Allen Theater on Saturday which is directed by Ron Lynch. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are $10… get them HERE!

LA Venice Cocktail Invitational is happening this weekend ($10 suggested donation). Amatuer mixologists will battle it out to create the perfect cocktail and you get to vote. The winner is announced at midnight and the proceeds go to support the 826LA writing program. You get a fun night, and the money goes to a good cause. Win win!

If you didn’t get tickets to Friday nights show at UCB, alas there are 2 more great shows on Saturday night. The Shit Show (with guest David Wain!) is happening at 10pm and you must go get tickets HERE. Directly after this show is a sold out show called Tournament of Nerds (with guest Pauly Shore). I suggest you put your name on the waiting list, go to The Shit Show, and when you get out hopefully your name will be called and youll get to see both shows for $15. A night of big comedians for $15? Score!

Sunday Nov. 20

The Nerdest panel is back this weekend with very cool people attending. Marti Noxon (Buffy, Glee, Mad Men), Danny Zuker (Modern Family), and Craig Silverstein (Nikita) will be in the discussion. The event starts at 5pm (doors open at 4:30) and it’s held at Meltdown Comics on Sunset.  Get tickets HERE!

To Get You Over The Hump

I’ve been in exercise mode to get ready for Denver’s 2012 Turkey Trot, where I will be running on Thanksgiving morning. Unfortunately, this means I am extremely sore and I haven’t gotten to go on any adventures beyond the edge of the treadmill. Hopefully this translates into a kickass running time. While I am on my running kick, that doesn’t mean you should be indoors on these lovely fall nights.

Now I know it’s not the weekend yet (so close!), but I thought I would tell you about some events happening this week. TONIGHT, Wednesday at 7pm, the Moca is doing a cocktail reception for the opening of their Shadow Pool exhibit at the Hollywood Forever Masonic Lodge on Santa Monica Blvd. The exhibit Shadow Pool: A Natural History of the San San International is a mix of a fashion show, sculpture display, live music and more showcasing Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe‘s work. It’s worth checking out! If art isn’t your scene, check out Bigfoot Lodge‘s Trivia Night tonight at 9pm. If a 9pm starting time is too late for you, The Fox and the Hound bar in Studio City (on Ventura) has an 8pm Trivia Night tonight.

TOMORROW, Thursday at 7pm Michael Gross is doing a reading and signing of his new book Unreal Eestate: Money Ambition and the Lust for Land in Los Angeles at Book Soup. I have not read any of his books, but as a real estate enthusiast I hear about his work all the time. One of my favorite blogs on this topic is “The Real Estalker” and the writer of that site wrote a great description of the book HERE. If you are interested in high-end real estate and the behind the scenes info, read this book! I’m dropping it onto my amazon wish-list as we speak, and if you can’t make the signing order the book HERE.

The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in LA is offering two shows at 8pm on Thursday for only $5: This Sh*ts for Real and Scott Rodgers: Care Bear Stare. So if you want a cheap night filled with intimate comedy, get tickets to this show (HERE) and see Paul Scheer, Rob Delaney, Jackie Clark, Danielle Schneider, Scott Rogers, and the musical stylings of Michael Cassady (Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die). All of those awesome well known comedians or $5! Such a good deal.

Reminder: The AFI Film Festival is still going on, so if you have a free night, you should check the schedule HERE and enjoy! And get ready for Friday 11-11-11!