Do This Today Weekend: Atwater Village Beer, Wine and Food Festival

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It’s time for the weekend! Get your tickets to Sunday’s Atwater Village Beer, Wine & Food Festival HERE! A $30 ticket gets you 12 tastings and an awesome Sunday, which is a pretty good deal.

Event: Atwater Village Beer, Wine & Food Festival  (event link)
Location: Atwater Village, Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Sunday April 28 1pm-6pm
Cost: $30 gets you 12 tastings HERE)

Stair Walk #28: LA River Loop

Last Sunday I did walk #28 from my Secret Stair book. I’m not going to go into too much detail, as I want you to buy the book and do the walk, but I will share my (zillion) photos and tidbits from the walk.

The walk begins along Los Feliz in Atwater Village. And as I found out, only while I was waiting for my friend Michelle to join me, this walk is not for people to do alone and not for hobo-phobes. It’s easy to never see this part of LA along the LA River, since the only access is through walking paths or bridges therfore it’s private enough for people to move into. Thankfully, Michelle still agreed to do the walk with me even after I read her the disclaimer in the book.

The weather was a little chilly, but when the sun peaked out occasionally, it was perfect.

In parts of the LA River it’s nonexistent, but in others it is a a thriving source of life.

Birds play in it. People bathe in it (I didn’t take pictures of that). You can see trees growing in the middle of it. It’s like the waste and muck formed a solid and have enough nutrients to grow life. It’s really odd.

The walk leads you back into cute neighborhoods, which is a sharp contrast to the homes amongst the bushes and pathways that we just walked past.

This walk didn’t have a ton of stairs (only 115 steps total) and yet it was a 3 mile loop. We did cross over and under bridges.

We walked on paths that I’m positive joggers wouldn’t go to.

Here’s another secret stair looping us to the east side of the LA River.

We passed a sports complex filled with people playing tennis and soccer.

We walked back across the highway eventually lead up with an earlier portion of our walk.

It was getting late in the day and we almost finished our walk when I got these last two shots in.

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.

Bigfoot Lodge (Atwater)

This past Wednesday night I finally got to experience Bigfoot Lodge’s Trivia Night. My failed attempt the week before made me think twice about going this week, but alas, I went so I could report about it to you.

The trivia part of the night doesn’t begin until 9pm (kinda late for the old fogie that I am). It’s good to get there at 8:30pm, grab a drink before it gets too busy, and claim your spot. We got a great section by a fireplace (did I forget to mention, this place is themed to be a cabin in the wilderness). The walls look like a log cabin and there are faux animals and wilderness themed memorabilia on the walls. I got to enjoy one of their specialty drinks: the Toasted Marshmallow. They actually ignite a marshmallow and it comes as a garnish in the drink. Super girlie and super delicious.

When an Aussie took the mic, trivia night began. Our group consisted of 6 people. They had several themed rounds (sports and music etc.). 20 groups played and we were in third place for the first several rounds but then we fell behind. We had a great time though, and the rounds had such mixed questions that everyone was able to contribute. I highly recommend Bigfoot Lodge on any night of the week, but if you can make trivia night, you won’t be disappointed.