Do This Today: LA Historic Park Film Series

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Well if you can’t make Hansen at House of Blues and relive the 90’s, then Mmmbop your way over to LA’s Historic Park for their new film series. The screening is held under the North Broadway Bridge, which was once the Buena Vista Viaduct, hence this spot is being called The Viaduct. Tonight’s film is In A Lonely Place (1950). It’s FREE and has great views of downtown, and how many people can say they’ve seen film noir under a bridge… not many.

Event: LA Historic Park Film Series (event link)
Location: Under the North Broadway Bridge, Downtown LA
Time: Sept 26th, 2013 at 8pm
Cost: Free!

Do This Today: Artists On Tap @Angel City

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Check out Art Walk tonight in Downtown LA and stop into Angel City Brewery and Public House. It runs tonight through July 7th (so you have extra time to see it), but the grand opening is tonight and it’s sure to be a fun time. Plus it’s during Art Walk!

Event: Artists on Tap at DTLA Art Walk (event link)
Location: Angel City Brewery, 216 South Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Thursday June 13, 6-10pm
Cost: FREE!

Success Through The Arts Foundation Benefit Concert

Remember when I told you about the Success Through the Arts Foundation, and how I made them a brochure? Well a few weeks ago I was thanked for my graphic design work with a ticket to their Dream Believe Achieve Benefit Concert at the Orpheum (cosponsored with The Pullum Community Arts Center). That was a priceless ticket for this feel-good benefit celebrating jazz and inner city youth. I had a blast and need to share it with you.

When I arrived downtown, I was greeted with the sounds of drumming. When I parked my car and walked to the entrance of the event, I saw that these were students of the Success Through the Arts program. The music was great and it felt good to see that the donations were going to these excellent kids.

I was worried that they might not let me in with my camera, so I had to stick with crappy cell photos.

The above photo is of Lizz Wright who sang beautifully. Her back-up singers were two very talented ladies who went through the Pullman program when they were younger. They had excellent voices. Lizz started the event singing many tunes. I’ll admit, I don’t really know jazz and wasn’t familiar with most of the music played that night, but I loved it all. Her voice was so powerful and soulful.

Next up, Jackson Browne (host of the event and board member of the STTA Foundation) joined Lizz Wright on stage for some songs. Jackson Browne sang many of his own songs too.

Herbie Hancock came out on stage to honor Wayne Shorter. I might be pretty dumb when it comes to jazz, but I could tell I was in the presence of jazz royalty. It was so special to watch.

At the end of the show everyone came out to jam together. That was probably the most special part of the night. Getting to see the kids on stage in a jazz band with these legends was so inspirational. And they all took turns getting solos, from the biggest legend to the smallest kid. I can’t express what a great cause this is. And getting to see the results on stage rounded out this event.

Weekend Guide April 13 + 14 + 15

It’s a rainy Friday here in LA, but word has it the sun will be out all weekend and you should plan accordingly. There are a lot of things going on this weekend, so I really tried to whittle it down for you. Lets get to it!

FRIDAY:

I know a ton of you are headed out to the dessert for Coachella, but if you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets or too poor for the zillion dollar price tag that goes along with this desert event, have no fear because there is a FREE music festival happening April 12-22. Yup, FREE (or a $5 suggested donation). The event is called Moon Block Party. These are legit bands too.

If you can’t make it this weekend, catch it next weekend. It’s out near Joshua Tree/Palm Springs. Make a weekend of it!

If music isn’t your thing, but theatre is.. check out Lyric Cafe and Theatre. On Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, the Lyric Theatre is showing “Central Air” (Sex, Drugs, and no Self Control), directed by Benjamin Pohlmeier. Tickets are $20 (get them HERE), which is a tad pricy but it goes to support local theater and a cool indie venue. I’m all for it!

If you’re on the west side tonight, check out Gallery 1988’s Venice location for the opening of “Suspense & Gallows Humor” from 7 to 10pm tonight. Remember when I went to the Melrose opening of a Gallery 1988 exhibit this past week? I bet it’ll be as cool as that.. art and beer!

Do you also remember my adventures in Horse Racing at Santa Anita Park? Well on Fridays they offer free admision and $2 beer, hot dogs, and sodas. That sounds like a cheap fun night!

Tonight “Marry F*** or Kill” is playing at the Mirror Theater at 7:30p in North Hollywood. Goldstar was offering cheap seats earlier in the week, and if you missed the deal, don’t worry. Stubdog is offing $13.50 (including service charge) tickets to the show. There are more dates, so if tonight doesn’t work for you, check out the full schedule. It sounds like a good show.

SATURDAY:

On Saturday Burbank is offering a Downtown Arts Festival. It’s happening on Saturday and Sunday, so you should pop in for the event. The streets will be filled with artists from 10am-5pm on San Fernando between Magnolia and Olive. This sounds like a fun local event, and I will definitely be stopping in.

Silver Lake Art, Craft & Vintage is back at it again this month. Think food trucks and unique artwork and clothing. It’ll be a gorgeous day on Saturday. Why not go to the fair and then check out Intelligentsia for some coffee.

Have you ever heard of a Yarn Crawl? Well it is a very real thing that started on Thursday and will continue on until Sunday. If you are like me and secretly wish you knew how to knit, check out the stores participating for deals. There are raffles and prizes. If anything the website features a long list of awesome sounding yarn shops which I’ve actually been investigating prior to this event. Now you have no excuses. Hit-up one of the stores this weekend to start knitting!

It’s the second Saturday of the month again, which means NELA art walks is happening! Check out the map of the walk HERE. Remember when I went to The York? Yup! It’s along the walk. Go there and eat their yummy food and drink their delicious drinks!

Why not end your night with a 10:15pm Pajama Party at the Silent Movie Theater? Click HERE for all the details. They are screening the movie Girlfriends and the writer/director Claudia Weill will be there for a Q+A after the screening. Tickets are $12.

SUNDAY:


This Sunday at 3pm, CicLAvia is taking over LA. HERE is a link to the map of the event. It’s all about shutting down the streets and encouraging people to run, bike, walk, skateboard.. just be outside with one another going down major streets with no car interference. How cool is that?

Also this weekend is the 38th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Leann Rimes will be there singing the anthem and celebrities will be participating in the race. Sunday will be the final day where around 1:45 the big 85 lap race will begin. If you like car racing, this is the place to be this weekend.