“Lets Get Snappin’ and Crackin'” -B.C.

“Lets get snappin’ and crackin'” – Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham, New York
I’m watching this movie as I write to you. If you know me at all, you know I-Love-Old-People. So much. And this movie is all about Bill Cunningham and his life in New York as a photographer for the New York Times (he takes fashion photos on the streets of NYC). I want so badly to be his friend. Just to grab a coffee and play some dominos with him, that would be a fabulous morning.

Watching this movie makes me so happy with my impulse purchase today at the Bitchcraft Trading Post Summer Bazar in Atwater Village. It was $24 for this beautiful pair of shoes, which is the same price for a new pair of shoes (at Payless) and I’m happy the money could go toward these girl entrepreneurs and in return I get such a unique artistic pair of shoes. These shoes feel so architectural, I love them.

Shoes purchased from the ladies behind The Sailor’s Muse, designed by 9 West.

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The Weekend Guide August 10 + 11 + 12

Deep apologies for the Saturday Weekend Guide post, but now I’m officially unemployed again which means more time for you! I hope you all did something fabulous on Friday night. Well, let’s get to it!

SATURDAY August 11th:

Lets start Saturday off right, with a trip to the Hollywood Farmers Market. At 11am Hester Indie Design will be setup at Space15Twenty (connected to the market) so you can get your fresh produce and awesome summer threads all in one place. Check out their Hester Goes Hollywood event page for details.

Today Bitchcraft Trading Post Summer Bazaar is happening from 12p to 5 tonight. It’s on Glendale Blvd in Atwater. You should check it out and maybe stop into Canele for an awesome brunch.

Long after all the craft fairs, why not check out some comedy? At 10p HelloGiggles Presents: Depressionista is a live comedy show playing at UCB, hosted by Melissa Stephens featuring Steve Agee (awesome!), Leslye Arfin, Joselyn Hughes, Angela Trimbur, Corey Padell, and Drew Tarver.

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SUNDAY August 12th:

This next activity is something you can do any day of the week, but I’ve heard about it before and think it’s worth sharing. It’s Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater and they have a Sunday 2:30p show for $15. It’s exactly like it sounds, and how many people can saw they’ve been to a real marionette theater?

From 7p- 10, every other Sunday, Tony’s Darts Away is having Beers & Beats night. Come enjoy a cheap night of craft beers, vegan (and non vegan) hot dogs, and some vinyl tunes. This place rocks (and they have board games!) so come snag a seat.

The Mint LA is hosting Anna David’s True Tales of Lust and Love (aka live comedy!) at 7pm on Sunday. Come end the week with some laughs. Did I mention Maria Bamford will be there?  Tickets are only $8 (you can get them HERE).

DYI: Postcard Art

It’s time for a fun art project! Remember my Etsy Fair loot? I bought a $10 wooden postcard by Cardtorial knowing that I wanted to display it as artwork and not as its intended function. Isn’t it cute?

I’m on a very strict budget, so I decided to take inventory of the items I own and could use to jazz up this artwork. I happen to own this small wooden frame, which was a little dented and just taking up space in my closet. I bought some colored paper a while back at Michael’s (on sale), and figure with these items I could make something awesome.

The pack of paper has a zillon colors, so I played with several until I picked one I liked. The nice thing is that I can change out the color as my tastes change. Once it gets closer to fall, I’ll want to change it to a deeper color.

After I cut the paper, I realized that the wood of the frame was taking away from the wooden postcard. Too much wood for me, so I went through my box of tricks and found some old gold spray paint. The golden color actually brings out the yellow of the postcard. I like.. I like..

The nice thing about the frame color and paper, are how easy it was to make and how easy it is to change. If I decide I want a white frame and purple paper, it’s such an easy fix.

I’m very happy with this easy 10 minute craft project. The only thing that took time was waiting the hour to secure that the gold spray paint had dried.

Etsy Renegade Craft Fair Summer 2012

Did anyone check out the awesome Etsy Renegade Craft Fair this weekend in LA’s Historic Park? I certainly did, as I look forward to this weekend every year. I’m not a big shopper but when I come to the Renegade, I let myself indulge. Normally I get a lot of my tee-shirts here, jewelry, and even just ideas. If you’re trying to save money, it’s a great place to come and be inspired. In my mind, many of these artists are living the dream. They create for a living and get to sell their own goods. This has ben inspiring to me, and I hope my life will be veering in this unconventional job/lifestyle soon. You’ll be the first to know when it happens.

The fair takes place on the green grass park in Chinatown (close to Dodger Stadium) with an excellent view of downtown. I got there right as it opened on Saturday at 11am, to avoid the crowds and get first dibs (if you will). It was hot, but not as bad as other years. Parking was pretty easy along the side streets. There was a great showing of tents and my favorite vendors came out for it.

Considering I got there early, there were still a good number of people. The nice thing about coming on Saturday is it gives you 24 hours to think about what you saw and if you really want to get something you have time to go back and buy it.

I love not only the goods being sold, but the booths themselves are so creative. This isn’t your normal craft fair and a lot of thought goes into the presentation/signage. I can also tell you that the more merchandise in your booth, and the more thought into presentation draws in a lot more patrons. I noticed this just walking around.

The photo below is of a tee-shirt booth I love called Gnome Enterprises. They’re a little pricy for me, but a few years back I bought the turquoise tee shirt with the fox on it and I get compliments on it every time I wear it. Truly, I wore it to work this past week in anticipation of the fair and I got several compliments.. even years after buying it. Fuzzy Ink is another favorite of mine, but I couldn’t find their booth this year. And of course I bought jewelry from Love Tree Nail. How could I not? My next post will be taking inventory of all my purchases and sharing some awesome vendors with you. I’m big into the “$5 bins” that they bput out in front of their booths. Lets just say I got a TON of great stuff for a cheap price.

There’s still time for you to stop into the fair. It’s going until 7pm tonight. Check it out, because it wont be back until December! Also, get one of the popsicles at there stands. I can’t find the name of the company anywhere. But this company rocks and has totally unique flavors. It was a very nice refreshing treat on a hot summer day.

Weekend Guide July 27 + 28 + 29

Today has been a technology cluster-friggles! I think everything I own has decided to stop working and I’m just so glad it’s the weekend. This technology hubaloo is the reason for this late Weekend Guide. My email is on the fritz (never use yahoo mail as your main email, because this seems to happen more and more with them). I’m sad to say this is going to be a short one due to lack of accessing emails. At least from my memory, I can give you a few fun things. And I’m sure most everyone will be in watching the Olympic opening ceremonies tonight, as that’s always a big crowd pleaser. Let’s get to it!

FRIDAY July 27:
If you insist on dvring (or skipping) the Olympic opening games, there’s only one fun event I know of off-hand tonight. It’s a Grand Performances event called, Mystery & Legacy: The Music of Hawaii. Be sure to pack a blanket and stop into Trader Joes for some wine, bread, cheese and grapes if youre classy. The main event starts at 8p, but come early to claim a spot, relax and watch the sun go down.

On Slack guitar and vocals is George Kahumoku Jr. (four time Grammy winner). The will share music, stories, and culture with the crowd. If you’re going to skip the Olympics, this is the next best event happening tonight.

 

SATURDAY July 28:

My favorite event of the year is happening on Saturday and Sunday this weekend: The Etsy Renegade Craft Fair. It’s all starting at 11am on Saturday and going until Sunday at 7pm. I love this event. There’s nothing like seeing artists coming together to sell their totally unique works. I often find my jewelry and tee-shirts at this event. They’ll have food trucks, crafts, and tons of unique items for sale. It’s held at the State Historic Park which is walking distance from the metro. Get there early to avoid the hottest hours. I’m so excited!

At 4pm tomorrow, The Warehouse in Echo Park is closing for renovations and holding a last hurrah. Be sure to stop in for food, drinks, discounts and a raffle. Why not stop in around 7p and after head across the street to visit the Sunset Beer Company. Remember when I went? 

If you’re more into Art Gallery openings, there will be a good one Saturday night at the William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica. Greg Miller and Alejandro Gehry will be showing off their work, which you can read about HERE.

This last Saturday activity is the Pancake and Booze Art Show downtown. It’s 8p-2am on both Friday and Saturday at Lot 613. It’s $5 for a night or art, pancakes, body-painting and music. I’ve been before, and it’s a very fun night.

SUNDAY July 29:

Now that Grand Park is opening (this weekend) they are doing Music In The Park from 11:30-3:30 on Sunday. Come celebrate the opening and participate in this Grand Performances event. Check out the link for other events happening there all weekend, like Dance Party Day! Exciting!

This is also your last day to stop into the Etsy Renegade Craft fair or you have to wait 6 months for their Christmas fair.

Unfortunately with my mail down, that’s all I’ve got for now folks. I hope it’s enough to fill out your weekend. If you want some more specific recommendations as far as fun things to do in Los Angeles, shoot me an email at lifeabsorbed@gmail.com. Hopefully that email is up and working. That’s all folks!

The Franklin Festival 2012

The Silver Lake Jubilee is a hard blog post to follow, particularly because this post is all about last weekends Franklin Festival. The Franklin Festival was a much smaller event and shouldn’t really be compared to the Jubilee. Think of the Jubilee as Woodstock and the Festival as a neighborhood block party. Both are fun, but very different.

Last years Franklin Festival was part craft vendors, part music, part comedy and this year the one missing ingredient was comedy (my favorite ingredient). The Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre is right in Franklin Village and this year they did not participate in the event. Who knows why, but they were definitely missed (by me at least).

The festival was small, spanning the one-block width of Franklin Village (from the Daily Planet to The Oaks along Franklin Ave). They had one food truck, maybe 20 craft tents and one small stage for local music acts.

The event was really about bringing out the neighborhood and having them learn about the local vendors.

The tents were filled with goodies and you would be proud of me, I didn’t buy any crafts. Oh boy I wanted to, but funemployment has me grasping at my purse strings.

The Celebrity Scientology Center was even having an open house. That’s not something I subscribe to, so I declined the invite in.

I must admit, my photos are misleading and there were a lot of people here at the festival. It was well attended but not over crowded. There were local bands playing (none I had heard of) which was a fun backround noise to the event. I’m sure if I stayed until dark the crowd would have gotten more into the music, but it really felt like everyone there was people watching (including myself). I even recognized a guy who was standing next to me at the Jubilee, there in The Bourgeois Pig. Not only was I people watching, but DOGGIE watching too!

WELCOME TO FRANKLIN VILLAGE
I feel it most fitting that the post about the Franklin Festival be an introduction to Franklin Village itself.

If we were reading the Village like a book, it would start with The Daily Planet. This is where locals stop in to grab the morning paper before jumping into the Bourgeois Pig for their morning organic free-trade latte. This was the first time I noticed the Daily Planet has a cute section of gifty items. I’m going to make a mental note to stop in there when I need something unique or a fun card for someone.

The Bourgeois Pig, which I mentioned above, has a make-out forest that can’t be missed. So get your coffee and drink it in the make-out room. It’s seriously a forest. They also have a restroom which is perfect for those nights of waiting in long lines at UCB.

The red awning in the above photo covers the patio at Birds. Birds has a lot of meat items (get the name?) so I haven’t eaten there. But they do have a fun bar with happy hour deals, which I have partaken in. It’s a fun vibe, not pretentious at all.

Next down the line, and not in the photo above, is Franklin & Company. This restaurant/bar just replaced Prizzi’s (which is now in Burbank) and I have not been there yet. Judging by the folding chalkboard they have out on the sidewalk with tons of local breweries listed, I’m guessing Ill enjoy it. From what I’ve heard, the food is pricy but it’s worth dropping in for a beer. Maybe a beer on the patio to do a little people watching? Sounds like a fun Sunday.

Then of course, the Upright Citizen’s Brigade which I’m at at least once a week. If you want to learn more about the theater in my other blog posts click HERE.

Tai Yo Sushi is next to UCB. This place is a tad pricy compared to my normal sushi joint, but it has inventive rolls, good atmosphere, and they do take out which is perfect for waiting in those UCB lines too.

There is the clothing store Native and Real Raw Live (a juice bar) before you hit Counterpoint Records and Books. This is a great new and used bookstore and in a time when Amazon and Barnes + Noble’s ruling the world, it’s nice to see a local book store still in it’s place.

Beyond that is La Poubelle which I’ve never eaten at. The place looks fancy and is more of a place-to-be-seen, which makes it hard for me to really take seriously. I imagine the Italian food is delicious, it’s just that the people I see eating on the patio as I walk by (the 100’s of times I’ve walked by) are really not my type of scene. It’s definitely not LA on a budget, so it’s not even LifeAbsorbed friendly. Any who, if you want a fancy night out maybe it’s worth a look.

Capping off this block is The Oaks Gourmet. This little shop is a gourmet market, a little pricey (cause it’s gourmet), but they have tasty pizzas that are shareable and a nice people watching spot with picnic tables overlooking Franklin Ave.

The last place in this stretch worth mentioning is a block down past the Gelsons super market. It’s called Locali, and I had my first visit there during the Franklin Festival. I ordered a half-sandwich (which is really the size of a normal sandwich), which was prepared fresh in front of me and delicious. It’s very vegan, organic and glutten-free friendly. They sell market items as well so you can get some groceries while they make you a fresh kale salad. I really enjoyed this market and the staff was very friendly.

Weekend Recap

Did you go to the Etsy Renegade Craft Fair?! I did, and knocked a ton of gift’s off my to-buy Christmas list. Unfortunately, my camera is still out of commission, so you’ll have to settle for cell phone pics for the next couple weeks of posts. Check out the website HERE for a recap from the event sponsors.

I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite vendors. You see, I go to this event twice a year and I can always count on certain vendors to be back with new merchandise and also some new booths I’ve never seen before. Graze organic is one of these new (or at least new-to-me) booths. They make 100% organic reusable sandwich + snack bags. “Disposable” plastic ziplock bags are convenient but TERRIBLE for the environment. Everyday people use these bags to pack their lunches and then they toss them out at the end of the day. Graze uses organic fabrics to create snack and sandwich sized bags that you can reuse and wash with your clothes in the washing machine. It’s such a great concept. The vendor had one of her first prototypes to show how long they last. It was a tad faded, but considering she’s washed it tons of times, it was in great condition. Check out their website HERE, order them for your family for Christmas and help the environment.

Of course my favorite tee shirt vendor, Fuzzy Ink, was there with a few new designs. And one of my favorite jewelry stands, Love Nail Tree. Another great Renegade fair down.

From the craft fair I went to a sushi-making party at a coworkers place along the Venice Canals. What a beautiful night there, and they’ve put Christmas lights out on all the bridges. I highly recommend a twilight walk along the canals.

After Venice I headed to Largo for Paul Scheer’s Sexy Christmas Show, but that event deserves it’s own post 🙂