Do This Today: LACMA Matinees: Labyrinth

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I know what you’re thinking: who’s free at 1pm for a movie at the LACMA? Well if you’re funemployed and looking for cheap midday fun, hit up the LACMA today! $4 (in addition to admission to the museum) lets you see a screening of the AWESOME movie Labyrinth. You know you want to see David Bowie in those pants!

Event: LACMA Matinees: Labyrinth (event link)
Location: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Tuesday July 29, 2014, 1pm
Cost: $4 for general admission

Do This Today: Monterey Park Night Market

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Come check out the MPK Night Market with food trucks, art, live music, and tons of cool stuff to investigate!

Event: Monterey Park Night Market (event link)
Location: Barnes Park,350 S. McPherrin Ave, Monterey Park, CA
Time: Friday July 25, 2014 5-10:30p
Cost: Free entrance, but the food will cost you

Do This Today: Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival

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Come support local theater in Griffith Park and see the Independent Shakespeare Company presentation of The Taming of the Shrew. It’s free! It premieres tonight! Hit up Trader Joes, get some goodies, layout a blanket and enjoy the show. I can’t recommend it more!

Event: Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Frestival (event link)
Location: 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA
Time: July 24, 2014, 7pm
Cost: FREE!

Do This Today: Charles Fleming Reading at Skylight Books

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Tonight at Skylight Books (voted best neighborhood bookstore by LA Weekly) Charles Fleming will be reading from Studio Kill. I’m a big fan of Charles Secret Stair book (as I’ve completed them all), but he also writes adventure novels and his newest, The Studio Kill, is out. Come see him read from his newest book!

Event: Charles Fleming Book Reading  (event link)
Location: Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles CA
Time: July 23, 2014, 7:30pm
Cost: The event is free!

Do This Today: Outstanding Art of TV Costume Design

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Today visit the FIDM Museum downtown to see the opening of their exhibit Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design. Mary Rose (President of the Costume Designers Guild) is curating the exhibit. Expect to see costumes from your favorite nominated programs.

Event: Outstanding Art of TV Costume Design (event link)
Location: FIDM Museum & Galleries, 919 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Tuesday July 22, 2014, 10a – 4pm
Cost: Free!

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

I’ve been meaning to share this with you for months, but time has been a killer. Back in early 2014 I crossed something of my Los Angeles bucket list: visiting the Reagan Presidential Library. The LA area has two Presidential libraries and the other is the Nixon Library, which I visited last year.

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I decided to visit this library on one of my funemployment days back in February. With all my friends at work and it being a cloudy day (as you can see in photos), that made the perfect library day. After driving up a big hill, you reach this library’s free parking lot and can walk to the entrance (photo above). I imagine on a sunny day the views from the top of this hill overlooking Simi Valley would be pretty incredible.

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This library is extremely interactive and great for the whole family. When I went they also had a spy exhibit going on (photos below). They currently have a baseball exhibit in its place (as of summer 2014).

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They have a recreation of the Oval Office, as how it looked when Reagan was President.

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They have a section dedicated to the gifts that were given to him when he was president… so many gifts.

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Above is an interactive game (one of many) where you can design the flower arrangement digitally for the hypothetical Presidential event.

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And of course there’s a section dedicated to Nancy Reagan and specifically some of her most famous outfits.

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This is such a large library that you really learn so much about the former President and the history of what he was dealing with at that time. But my favorite part of the museum is the room of vehicles!

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They practically built the building around his Air Force One. I just love the view looking out into the valley from this tremendous open space.

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It’s hard to tell but this room holds Air Force 1, the PResidential helicopter, and many cars, limos and other vehicles.

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I thought this was fun- in this giant room theirs a section on counterfieting. Can you tell which bill above is real or fake?

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As you can see from the photo above, this room is many stories tall and also has a dining option on this first level. The seats pictured on this upper level is for school groups, but there is plenty of seating on the first floor by the cafe.

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Did I mention you can go in both the plane and helicopter? So cool! No photography was allowed inside either, so I can only share the outer view.

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Did you know that Ronald Reagan loved jelly beans? He super loved them. Here’s a picture of him made out of Jelly Bellys.

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After seeing the vehicles, it was back to the rest of the museum. This next section was about the cold war. It was intense.

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The whole museum follows his timeline, so this next section is about his passion of horseback riding, Camp David and retirement life.

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At the end of the museum you can walk outside and see a piece of the Berlin Wall as well as Ronald Reagan’s gravesite.

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Next up: the SPY EXHIBIT! I loved it! It was super interactive and explored topics that were new to me. Above is a small canoe used to spy and transmit secret info.

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An axe from an actual mission (there’s even blood on it!)

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This is the “can you spot the hidden camera” game. There I am being recorded while I take the photo.

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Carrier pigeons who pass secret information.

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Spy outfits. Sexy.

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Tracking global info and communication.

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This is a fake fish which can “swim” and pass data via water from spy to spy.

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At the end is this Laser Maze where you have a timer going to see if you can make it through the maze of red lasers without setting them off. They have a camera so your friends can watch from the outside. Super fun!

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Toward the end of the exhibit is a section about the russian spies found in NYC in 2010. It’s crazy to think this is all still happening. One of the women was Anna Champan and you can read all about her here.

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The last display is current footage from different cameras and news organizations from around the world. It’s all about “staying ahead of the curve”.

Do This Today: Trucks + Beats

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Work has been non-stop, which is why I had to skip a few posts this week. It’s been a lot of work-work-work, lay face down on my bed, work work work, repeat. Tonight if you’re up at 10p head over to North Hollywood for food trucks, dj’s and fun!

Event: Trucks + Beats (link)
Location: 4923 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
Time: Thursday June 12, 2014 10pm
Cost: Free!  The food will cost you, but the fun is free.

Do This Today: Make Music Pasadena

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Guess what it’s time for already- Make Music Pasadena! If you like music and saving money, check this event out in Pasadena. It’s FREE- TOTALLY FREE! – and filled with music. It’s a great place to get exercise and people watch and dance. Click the image above to see all the stages and map. There are stages and bands playing all over this route, and check out the shops and restaurants nearby. I’ve gone multiple years and can confidently say it’s a fun time. Plan to park on side streets (avoid Colorado if you’re in a car) and do a lot of walking.

Event: Make Music Pasadena 2014 (link)
Location: Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA
Time: Saturday June 7, 2014 ALL DAY!
Cost: Free! TOTALLY FREE!

Do This Today: French Style Furs at the Satellite (FREE!)

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Tonight The Satellite is hosting Ghetto Blaster, French Style Furs, Spencer Moody and the Anzalone’s, Strange Vine and DJ Dan Micicoff. It’s free admission and @2 well drinks/tap beers.

Event: FREE Night at the Satellite
Location: 1717 Silverlake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: June 2, 2014, (9p show)
Cost: FREE entrance