Do This Today: Jason Priestley Book Signing

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Who didn’t have a crush on 90’s fav Brandon Walsh?! If you didn’t watch the original 90210, then you are missing out. Jason Priestley just released his memoir and is doing a book signing in Pasadena at Vroman’s tonight at 7pm. Buy the book there and he’ll sign it!

Event: Jason Priestley Book Signing (link)
Location: Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena CA 91101
Time: Monday May 19, 2014, 7pm
Cost: FREE!

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Do This Today: LA Art Book Fair at MOCA Geffen

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The Geffen MOCA is holding an opening for their LA Art Book Fair exhibit tonight, with the exhibit going through February 2. These art openings are always fun, so why not check it out. Check THIS page out for all the deets.

Event: LA Art Book Fair 2014 (link)
Location: MOCA Geffen, 152 N. Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Time: Thursday Jan 30, 2014, 6pm – 9pm
Cost: FREE!

Do This Today: Downtown On Ice

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I’ve written many comedy posts lately, so I thought today I’d mix it up. There are only a few days left where you can go ice skating in Pershing Square at Downtown on Ice. Why not get into shorts (since it’s like 85 degrees out), head down to the outdoor ice rink and instagram yourself doing a triple-axel for all your east coast bundled up friends to see. It’s for sure an LA brag, but it might end up being your 2014 Christmas card.

Event: Downtown on Ice (event link)
Location: Pershing Square, Downtown Los Angeles, CA
Time: Thursday January 16, 2014 through Sunday
Cost: $8 (group rates are available- check it out here)

Do This Today: The Riot Comedy Festival

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I’m still not back in town to catch this, but you should check it out all weekend. It’s LA’s Alternative Comedy Festival. The Super Fan price is $85 for entry to everything, or they have individual tickets for sale to the different shows. The lineup for this event is awesome- Doug Benson, Andy Daly, Jimmy Pardo, Jay Larson and SO much more. My favorites Ronna and Beverly are going to be there too.

Event: The Riot Comedy Festival (event info)
Location: All around Los Angeles
Time: Thursday January 9-12, 2014
Cost: $85 for the full event pass, but they also sell individual tickets to shows if that’s more your price point. Full list HERE!

The LA Gun Club

I need to start this post by saying, I’m very anti-gun. I have a theory that the only place guns should be allow are in places like the LA Gun Club, where you go rent the gun from the club, shoot it on the facilities and then check the gun back in before you leave. As a vegetarian I’m even anti-hunting. But all of that aside, I went to the LA Gun Club to attend my friends birthday celebration.

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It’s been one of my bucket list items to shoot a gun at some point in my life, and I was so excited at the chance to do it with a group of friends on Takara’s birthday (which coincidentally was two days before my 27th birthday day). What a way to end 26 and roll into 27.

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As you can see, there were a lot of guns to choose from as well as target graphics. I picked #37 in the photo above because I like the way he’s winkin’ at me 😉

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While in the waiting area you can see others through the glass as they were shooting.

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We picked 4 guns to take turns using throughout our group: 2 different glocks, a revolver and an AK47.

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We got a brief lesson about how to load the guns and what to do and more importantly, not do.

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Once our lesson was done, we all took our ear plugs and ear covers and went into the shooting room (can you tell I know none of the terminology?). The thing I hadn’t thought about were the other people in the room.

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You stand so close to one another with each person getting a small stall. I hadn’t thought about the fact that guns would be going off all around me and shells would be flying around the room. When I first walked into this area I had to step outside, re-adjust my ear plugs and give my self a pep-talk. “You can do this, it’s just noise. No one is shooting at you” over and over in my head. When you hear a gun go off, it’s instinct to jump so it’s easy to over do it when you first get in there.

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After calming myself down and watching my friends shoot each of the guns, I decided to give it a try. I must say watching people shoot guns is WAY scarier than doing it yourself.

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Eventually I even worked my way up to the AK47. It was heavy and I was shaking, but I still hit my target.

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After we finished shooting, we closed out our “tab” and headed to nearby Villain’s for celebratory food, drinks and live music. The whole shooting experience cost us all around $30 each, which I was happy with and then it was time to dance!

Weekend Guide: August 23 + 24 + 25

I’m not feeling well today.. or for the past fews days.. so the Weekend Guide will be brief. I finally got around to uploading my cell phone images which means new fun DIY posts coming up this next week. So lets get to it!

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Tonight, Friday August 23rd, at 4pm Culver City in the Park is doing a Fiesta La Ballona to kick off a weekend of fun. If you’re in the area, stop by. It’s a family friendly event with food trucks, live music, carnival rides and more.

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This weekend is also the Manhattan Beach Open for volleyball. Come head to the beach for some fun, sun and pro-vollyeball. It’s supposed to be crazy hot this weekend too.

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Loud Village is hosting a house party tonight to celebrate comedian Brooks Wheelan’s move to NYC. Andy Hayes, Jim Hamilton, Emily Maya Mills, Matt Ingebretson and Power Violence will be in attendance. Get ready to say goodbye and BYOB.

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On Saturday August 24th, 2013 FYF is happening in LA’s Historic Park. They only have 2-day weekend passes left (for $100 each). For me that’s too much to spend, but if you have that kind of money lying around you should definitely go. I went several years ago, and we called it “line-fest” due to all the waiting around. But thankfully it’s been reworked and organized in the past few years.

The Avocado Festival is happening at LA City Brewery this weekend. Rumor has it they are unveiling their new avocado beer so come try it for yourself.

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If you can’t make it to FYF, there’s a FREE show at the Getty’s  Saturdays Off The 405 event this weekend. La Santa Cecilia will be performing along with DJ Hoseh.

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As for Saturday night comedy, Largo is hosting a live podcast taping of How Did This Get Made with Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukis, and Diane Raphael. Tickets are $25 and still available.

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On Sunday August 25th check out Grand Park for their Sunday Sessions starting at 2pm. Pack a picnic for try local places downtown (or food trucks) but get ready to relax and listen to the Leverage Agency Showcase with Acid Pauli/NU/Eduardo Castillo and more.