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!

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LA Walk #3 Southeast Santa Monica: Mixing Buisness with Pleasure

As I continue with my 2011 goal (doing all 38 walks from THIS book), my travels lead me to southeast Santa Monica. This walk begins on 26th Ave and Olympic in Santa Monica surrounded by many corporate headquarters. Since I did this walk on the Sunday of a holiday weekend it was completely vacant. Even the Starbucks was empty, so I recommend doing this walk midweek if you can, to get the full effect of this neighborhood. I did the walk a little out of order and began with the Water Garden Complex. This is a series of buildings surrounding a waterway that has several bridges, walkways and fountains built into the landscape. I can just imagine the high-stress corporate jobs that people have in these buildings and how on their lunch break they can escape by eating their lunch looking over the tranquil waters. IT’s really quite lovely and made for some fun photos.  The companies in this complex and neighborhood are Yahoo! and Universal.. many smaller companies owned by large corporations. Having them all so close together is really something and makes the whole walk feel very branded. Normally this central courtyard would be a great place to get lunch, unfortunately with the holiday everything in the neighborhood was closed. The only signs of life were the many bicyclists on their Sunday ride along Colorado Ave. I continued along the walk, passing the Playboy Studio and many other production company/ studio spaces. At the corner of Broadway and 20th, I decided to stay on my side of the street and continue south on 20th. Moments after making this decision and turning my back I heard a loud crash and saw a rough car accident take place. I didn’t stick around because I knew there was nothing I could do and clearly people with medical experience were running to their aid. It was upsetting, but even more upsetting that in the 33 walks Ive completed I’ve seen and been very close to two major accidents. I don’t mean to get preachy, but pay attention and be safe while you’re driving. As far as I could tell everyone lived in both accidents, but both were caused by driver error. Although I was shaken, I continued on with my walk.

I passed maybe 30 record companies along the walk, so if you are looking to croon your way to the top, come sing on these street corners. 

As I did these walks out of order, this means I ended with Bergamot Station, which I actually first walked by without noticing it. Because it was a holiday, all but 1 of the galleries/artist spaces in this complex were closed. This complex is behind a tall barbed-wire fence and seems like it’s design is almost in protest to the monstrous Water Garden Complex. It’s modern hip sprawling buildings indicate fun art i happening here. They strung little lights above the courtyard spaces, which would make for a fun art gallery opening. I will keep you posted on up coming events in this space, because Im dying to go back and see the crowd that would attend these artistic events.