Weekend Guide Jan 13 + 14 + 15

Alright, the Weekend Guide is back! I’ve gone through a zillion emails to find you the best cheap/free stuff happening this weekend. Lets just dive right in!

FRIDAY Jan 13th

On this unlucky day, why not check out some free live music? At 1717 Silverlake Blvd aka The Satellite they’ve doing free shows all week culminating in Friday nights show featuring Cinderella Motel, Coco Morier, Mad Planet, and Roman Candle Wars. The doors open at 8:30p, and show starts at 9p. Since tickets are FREE, get their early before they fill up.

If youre not into music but want to try a new cool bar there are 2 bar openings this Friday night (and a brewery opening this Sunday.. but more on that later). At sunset Venice Ale House is cracking into their first official keg and you should be there for the celebration at this Gastropub! If you’re less into beer and more into cocktails, come to the opening of Oldfields Liquor Room, a cocktail lounge with an apothecary vibe. It’s from the same people who brought us Bigfoot Lodge, so you know the decor will be cool.

So if music and booze aren’t your thing (because you’re crazy), the Cinefamily is hosting a an awesome comedy film event this week and weekend called The 1st Annual Wayne Federman Film Festival. Tonight at 7:30p Jeff Garlin presents “Topsy-Turvy” and at 11pm Doug Benson hosts Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption: Cocktail! Both of these shows will be awesome and the theater is so reasonably priced so there is no reason not to pull a double feature.


Keeping in tune with Cinefamily’s 1st Annual Wayne Federman Film Festival, on Saturday at 7:30p Kevin Pollak is screening “The In-Laws” and at 10:30 Andy Kindler is screening “Modern Romance”.

The Long Beach Travel + Adventure Expo is happening this weekend in the Long Beach Convention Center. This is the expo’s 7th year and is your chance to win trips and giveaways as well as learn about new adventure opportunities like ziplining, diving in their scuba pool and other cultural events. The event is happening Saturday and Sunday this weekend and $9 tickets get you a pass to one of the days. It’s 10am to 5pm and you can get tickets HERE.

After you check out the expo and make adventure plans, head to Bock Fest 2012! The event is from 1-5p and tickets are $25 and the money goes to support local charities. Mark your calendar because they also have a St. Patrick’s Day event!

The LACMA has a new exhibit opening this weekend called Metropolis II. This larger than life sculpture is a fun edition to their already great collection. Mini cars speed through the sculpture which is dense with buildings. Check it out.

SUNDAY Jan 15th
The Nerdist Writers Panel is back. Dana Gould, Liz Tigelaar, and Robert Hewitt Wolfe are on the panel this Sunday. Tickets are $15 and go to a good cause (826LA). As usual, the event as at Meltdown Comics at 5pm.

And now, for the event I am most excited for this weekend… the piece de resistance… Golden Road Brewing is having their grand opening event from 11am to 11pm. Friend them on facebook HERE and then sign-up for the event HERE! I’ll be there!

A Deathly Museum and a Griffith

Yesterday I took my own advice, I dusted off the ol’rain boots and prepared myself for a 25mph rainy drive to The Museum of Death. I had been meaning to check the place out for a while now. I mean what could a “museum of death” really display? Death. It displays death. This museum is not for the squeamish and be sure not to eat right before you go. When I first entered the museum I was met by a very nice goth-esque man. He was extremely bubbly and when I asked about a KCRW discount he said no, but they had a AAA discount. So for $13 I could cross another thing off my to-do list, done. The first room of the museum was about serial killers and included their drawings, letters, biographies. This room was facinating and an interesting look into how a serial killer thinks. The next few rooms were filled with really graphic images, so I rushed through (how to embalm, baby caskets.. really dark stuff). Then I reached the hall of cults where the video was playing from the Heavens Gate leader. Cults to me are such a strange thing, so I did enjoy that. The next room was about Charles Manson. The events of his life were long before I was born so it did clear up some misunderstandings I had about his life. I’m glad I got out of the house on a rainy Wednesday and crossed something off my list but I can’t say I have the desire to go back. If you’re thinking of going, Halloween is the time to do it, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Once the rain subsided a group of my friends decided that Trivia Night at Bigfoot Lodge was on (every Wednesday at 9pm FYI). I wanted to meet a friend (Lindsey) there early to catch up and save a table. I pulled up out front and of course a film crew was all over the block setting up their shots and Bigfoot was closed to the public. Being the first one to get there I had to call and tell people it was off and alas my dream of attending one of Bigfoot’s game nights was dashed.

Lindsey was just around the corner so we decided we might as well do something in the neighborhood. We walked a few blocks down to The Griffith, a bar I’ve been to for birthday gatherings and for one Halloween. It’s got a great vibe and for a Wednesday night it had a good crowd (busy enough to not feel dead, but quiet enough that there wasn’t a wait at the bar). We ended up having a pretty great girls night. We each ordered a new beer we’ve never had before (me: a hazelnut beer, Lindsey: pumpkin beer). We took a seat on the comfy couches that wrap a fireplace, split an order of fries and got hit on by cute non-threatening med students. We definitely rectified our failed trivia night into an unexpected adventure. Just because plans don’t work out doesn’t mean you should give up and go home. Improvise and you might end up having an even more awesome night.