Fryman Canyon + Studio City Farmers Market

I got a text from friends on Saturday night saying, “lets hike tomorrow morning”. And although I stayed out late at Henry’s Hat on Saturday night, I still made it for our morning hike in Fryman Canyon. For you LA’ers who don’t know about Fryman Canyon, it’s a slightly less “known” hike than Runyon Canyon and there is way more parking. HERE is a very detailed website listing specific info about the hike. I only had my dying cell phone with me, so photos were limited.

It was a beautiful day out, and therefor crowded even on a Sunday morning. I hope you were also out hitting the trails. This hike is a good three-mile stretch with ups and downs. It’s a great local hike if you don’t have a lot of time, but want to get some exercise outside. Ahhhh, vitamin d.

Since it was a gorgeous morning and the hike was busy, parking was tricky but still 1000 times better than Runyon. Instead of parking in the giant paved lot ($3?), I opted for street parking (because Im cheap). So I ended up finding spots up Fryman Road.

The cool thing about this hike is it eventually lets out onto this road with posh beautiful homes. It’s a fun mix of beautiful rustic canyon views and beautiful homes.

After we finished our hike I drove out of the canyon (down Laurel Canyon) and hit the Studio City Farmers Market. Considering I just went to the Hollywood market (HERE), it was fresh in my mind as I explored this market.

I really enjoyed this market, despite not buying anything. There were a lot of people there who all understood the rules of common walking patterns, unlike in Hollywood.

They had tons of booths. Fresh flowers, fish, fruit, veggies… all the staples. They also had product booths and fresh food vendors. One pizza tent had it’s own traveling brink oven. It was wild.

So many people! I even passed David Wain. As a comedy nerd (who I’ve written about in this blog before) I was giddy to say the least.

This Farmers Market is a family mecca. They had bouncy houses, petting zoos, horse rides, giant slides, and even a mini train that takes you around the market. It’s crazy. It’s like a hobo’s Disneyland, which is perfect for the recession we are in.

If you have kids or live in the area, check out the market. If you can’t stand kids (or can’t legally be around them) don’t visit this market.

UPDATE: If you do the Fryman Canyon hike, there’s a chance you’ll run into George Clooney who lives very close by. Im just sayin’.

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Weekend Guide Dec. 9 + 10 + 11

I’m sorry this is coming to you SO late on a Friday! I thankfully finished my jury duty week without being called in. If that’s not a reason to celebrate, I don’t know what is. Unfortunately, I’m crazy busy so this will have to be brief.

FRIDAY Dec. 9th

Eames: The Architect And The Painter opens this weekend, and judging from the trailer (see below), it’s going to be awesome! So if you get a chance you better see it… why not tonight?

Tonight at 9p, Jonathan Richman (featuring Tommy Larkins) will be playing downtown at The Smell for $15 at the door. Check out The Smell’s website HERE. If you think you aren’t hip, go to the Smell. You will feel WAY less hip then everyone else there, but later when you tell people “I went to The Smell.. no biggie” they will think you are infinitely cooler than you are. Everybody wins!

SATURDAY Dec. 10th

I’m so happy to announce that my favorite event of the year is happening in LA this weekend: the Renegade Craft Fair. It’s happening on Saturday and Sunday and you can bet my bippy (whatever that is), that I will be there at 10am (when it begins) on Saturday morning. It’s a great place to buy unique gifts for your friends and you can get there on the Blue line (?) of the metro. The money goes to help artists struggling in a rough economy, and their work is beautiful. They have prints, jewelry, crafts, clothing, furniture, and everything else you could ever want. I’m getting to bed early to be fully ready for tomorrow. It’s like my Christmas morning!

After you’re done Christmas shopping you should sign-up through Thrillist for their Hollywood Craft Beer Crawl HERE, on Saturday from 1-6p. It’s happening all through Hollywood, which means you can take the metro red line. $25 tickets gets you 8 craft beers… 8! That’s a steal! Plus for those of you new to LA it’s a great way to meet new people.

At night the Devil’s Drive-In is showing Die Hard! So die hard Die Hard fans should check it out. Especially if you’re sick of holiday stuff.

SUNDAY Dec. 11th:

The Nerdist Writers Panel this weekend is AWESOME! Paul Scheer, Rob Cordrry, David Wain, Ken Marino, Rob Huebel, Curtis Gwinn, and John Stern are attending. Did you read that list, it’s practically a Wet Hot American Summer Reunion! Such a rare occasion, you must go. It’s only $15, and it’s a Meltdown Comics (an intimate venue), 5pm and get tickets  HERE.

And of course you can always check out the Sunday Renegade Craft Fair 🙂

Comedy Bang Bang Nativity Pageant

Today (exactly 20 min ago) 2011 Comedy Bang Bang Nativity Show tickets went on sale (get them HERE). I have gone 2 other years when it was held at the UCB Theatre in LA. The money goes to the LA Food Bank and they often do an Ebay auction to raise funds. This year they moved out of the UCB Theater to a much larger venue in Hollywood, so tickets are much easier to get and a lot more money can be raised in ticket sales to go toward the LA Food Bank. GO TO THIS EVENT! $30 is NOTHING to see this many comedians in one place. At UCB it was awesome being in a theater packed with comedians. Really something special. Im interested to see how this works in a larger theater. Below are photos from previous years:

Nick Thune

Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die with Scott Aukerman

Paul Scheer and Bret Gelman (as the dudes from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure) and Jon Daly as Santa

Paul Rust and Martin Starr

Weird Al saving Christmas

Sarah Silverman

Tom Lennon

Adam Scott in his Party Down attire

Nick Kroll and Paul F. Tompkins

Aziz Ansari

Harris Wittels as “The Butler”

These were maybe half of the amount of comedians that performed at the 2010 Comedy Death Ray Christmas Show. I had to end these pics on my comedian crush, Harris Wittels. Swoon.

Weekend Guide Nov. 17+ 18+ 19

Yesterday was really rough, but today will be better…. because it’s FRIDAY! Yup, it’s already time for the WEEKEND GUIDE! Just a heads up, I will be in Boston this weekend for a wedding so you need to do ALL the things I post about and tell me how they are. Also, this means I won’t be posting anything new on Saturday or Sunday (but you should be out enjoying the weekend anyway, right?). Also, I must note that I finished writing this post and then my browser crapped out and now Im rewriting this to you all. That’s how much I love you, that I am willing to rewrite ALL of it.

Friday Nov. 18

Lets begin with some corporate deals for the day. Starbucks is offering a 2 for 1 deal on all their holiday drinks (from 2-5pm Nov 17-20) and if you are anything like my sister, this deal is like Christmas morning. See the dets on the deal HERE. Groupon is also doing something called $1 lunch. Check THIS link for places near you participating.

Okay, now on to the really good stuff. Tonight Jason Brockert has an art opening at Iam8but gallery. His work explores pop culture (think Star Wars and Tranformers) through paintings. The opening reception is tonight 7pm-11p at iambit with drinks and a live dj.  You can’t miss this free event, and you can RSVP through facebook HERE.

Jason Brockert’s Work

If you don’t like free booze, art gazing and DJ’s (because you’re crazy), then you should check out some cheap comedy at UCB tonight which is offering a double show, Soundtrack (Brian Huskey, Jason Mantzoukas and more) and Death By Roo Roo (with Jackie Clarke, Brett Gelman, Gil Ozeri, Adam Pally and more). Get tickets HERE.

The King King on Hollywood Blvd is hosting Christian Martin, Worthy and Joplin tonight at 9pm and if you get tickets HERE in advance they are $15, or at the door for $20.

Saturday Nov. 19

At noon on Saturday, check out the Food Fashion Trucks at The Shop Lot LA in Silver Lake. Look for some fashion treasures and then stroll around the neighborhood because it’s awesome. Check the poster to the right for all the dets.

Kate Micucci is hilarious. Check out her video below. She is putting on a one woman show at the Steve Allen Theater on Saturday which is directed by Ron Lynch. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are $10… get them HERE!

LA Venice Cocktail Invitational is happening this weekend ($10 suggested donation). Amatuer mixologists will battle it out to create the perfect cocktail and you get to vote. The winner is announced at midnight and the proceeds go to support the 826LA writing program. You get a fun night, and the money goes to a good cause. Win win!

If you didn’t get tickets to Friday nights show at UCB, alas there are 2 more great shows on Saturday night. The Shit Show (with guest David Wain!) is happening at 10pm and you must go get tickets HERE. Directly after this show is a sold out show called Tournament of Nerds (with guest Pauly Shore). I suggest you put your name on the waiting list, go to The Shit Show, and when you get out hopefully your name will be called and youll get to see both shows for $15. A night of big comedians for $15? Score!

Sunday Nov. 20

The Nerdest panel is back this weekend with very cool people attending. Marti Noxon (Buffy, Glee, Mad Men), Danny Zuker (Modern Family), and Craig Silverstein (Nikita) will be in the discussion. The event starts at 5pm (doors open at 4:30) and it’s held at Meltdown Comics on Sunset.  Get tickets HERE!