L.A. Movie Monday: Yes, Man

I’ve decided to add a new regular segment to the blog. Drum roll please…
L.A. Movie Monday! The blog Design Sponge does an amazing segment called Living In every Tuesday, where they take famous movies and make design boards inspired by the films. I’ve decided to adapt Design Sponge’s idea and examine films set in Los Angeles. I’ll make design boards as well as explore the real locations in LA, where these films were shot. Get ready to be inspired by these films and Los Angeles!

I’m starting off L.A. Movie Monday with the underrated film, Yes Man. This film is shot all over Los Angeles and visits a few of my favorite places. A couple years ago when I began my own awakening I found this movie very inspiring. It made me very aware of how much I say no in life, and made me start saying yes.

Carl (Jim Carrey)’s apartment has a mid-century flare, which is a lot of fun. The pieces are all so clean (not ornamental), and muted with subtle splashes of color in the accessories. Say YES to Mid-Century Modern! This awesome looking apartment (exterior) was shot at the Park Plaza apartments on Rowena Ave, in Los Feliz.

Paint Chips: Pottery Barn for Benjamin Moore Sparrow (AF-720), Cappuccino Froth (CSP-1055), From The Archives (CSP-1060), Silken Blue (CSP-670).
1) Colin Leather Chair 2) Brass Pendant $720 3) Wall Clock 4) Magazine Rack 5) Cheery Blossom Artwork 6) Ikea Plant, $8

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Many of the scenes take place inside Bigfoot Lodge East, in Atwater Village. This bar is so much fun and it’s forest/cabin themed. They do bingo on Sunday, and trivia night is every Wednesday. This is a common shooting location for films in LA, since the interior is so unique. It was so popular they opened a west-side location. Check it out and try their toasted marshmallow drink, yum.

Paint Chips: Benjamin Moore Classic Brown (2109-10), Burnt Caramel (2167-10), Citrus Blast (2018-30).
1) Cardboard Deer, $52. 2) Hersey’s Chocolate 3) Lantern, $70. 4) Fondu Set, $40. 5) Rustic Candle Set, $22

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Here are more fun-to-visit locations they shot at throughout the film:

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!

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.