Do This Today: The Last Elephants in Thailand (film!)

Tonight the Echo Park Film Center is showing the film The Last Elephants in Thailand. This film tells the story of a woman who opens an elephant hospital in Thailand. It also explores the exploitation of these animals in Thailand. The filmmaker Don Tayloe will be there in person for a q+a.

Event: The Last Elephants in Thailand (movie screening)
Location: The Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA
Time: 8pm
Cost: $5 suggested donation

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Weekend Guide August 3 + 4 + 5

There’s nothing like really taking a close look at your student loans to ruin a Friday. In 35 years, I’ll be all payed off! And I’ll be just at retirement age.. excellent. Enough of my bummer Friday. Did you enjoy my Font Friday post? I’m VERY excited to bring that to you each Friday.. and I like that it gives you something to think about before I jump into the WEEKEND GUIDE! Yup, it’s that time folks!

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FRIDAY August 3rd:

Are you ready for Animation August at the LACMA? Tonight they will be doing an outdoor screening of Bolt. This is a free event starting at 8p. Come early to claim a spot, pack a picnic dinner and hang out by the giant rock. This is a great family night event.

Echo Park Film Center is hosting An Evening With Action Item where the band Action Item will present a 45 minute documentary and play songs from their upcoming album. It sound like a relazing chill Echo Park night.

I’m having trouble confirming this next item (click here for the details), but Maria Bamford should be performing at the Fake Gallery tonight from 8-10p. Tickets are $5 and Maria is worth far more. This isn’t to be missed.

Hey I have an idea- why not check out Maria Bamford and then head over to the Lyric Cafe (not far down the road) for Matty’s Pizza Party at 10pm. Tickets are $5 and you can get them HERE! John Ennis will be there tonight. He’s a comedy legend as he started out on the Mr. Show with Bob (Odenkirk) and David (Cross). And there will be pizza!

I almost don’t want to mention this because it’s pretty pricy, but for you music loving richies, this weekend is Hard Summer (Fri+Sat) at LA’s State Historic Park. The lovely location of the Renegade Craft Fair has now become a musical jamboree! A two-day pass is $129, and a single-day pass is $75 ($82 with fees). It’s too rich for my blood (given my depressing student loans evaluation this morning) but you should check it out if you have the time and the funds.

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SATURDAY August 4th:

Here’s the weekend movie forecast:
Eat See HearPurple Rain at the Marina Green Park in Long Beach @ 8:30 ($10)
Devils Night Drive InPulp Fiction downtown @ 8:30 (presale $10)
Street Food Cinema: Bridesmaids in Exposition Park @ 8:30 (presale $10)
Forever Cemetery/CinespiaSunset Boulevard in the Forever Cemetery @ 9 ($10)

If you’re sick of movies, and want to check out some comedy… Comedy Bang Bang (on IFC) is having their big Los Angeles event on Saturday at the Unitarian Church in Hollywood. That’s just the venue and I swear it’s not religious comedy. Get tickets and full details HERE. The event goes from 7p-12am, so you’ll get your monies worth! I mean, Nick Kroll, Andy Daly and comedy dreamboat Harris Wittels?! Does it get better than that?

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SUNDAY August 5th: (aka national cheese pizza day)

Last weekend a few friends and I rented bikes and biked the path along the beach. It was awesome and we all found ourselves thinking, how have we lived in LA this long and not done this before? Well, now’s your chance to jump in the fun. The LA Bike Coalition is hosting Sunday Funday, where bikers meet at 9:30am at Del Valle Park in Lakewood and then they bike in Long Beach. You can even become a member and do this all the time. Fun for the family!

The Upright Citizen’s Brigade has their monthly Gravid Water show on Sunday at 9:30p. This is an incredible show, where there are several 2 person scenes. One person has memorized a section of writing (play, poem, literary piece) and the other person has no clue what they’re reciting from and has to completely improvise. This improv show is fantistic. It’s great for literary buffs as well as people who enjoy comedy. It’s smart and funny. IT’s a hot ticket and usually sells out fast, but you can always put your name on the waiting list, and they are good about fitting everyone in.

If you’re looking to catch a new movie this weekend (indoors and not on a lawn) and feeling a bit melancholy, check out Celeste and Jesse Forever which opens at the Arclight and Landmark theaters this weekend. Check out the trailer for this funny bittersweet love story:

The Weekend Guide May 25 + 26 + 27 + 28

It’s Weekend Guide time!! I know I couldn’t give you one last week (which I feel bad about) but I’m sure you did awesome things all on your own. And now that I’m back it’s in time for a massive 3-day Weekend Guide. Score.

FRIDAY May 25

Tonight, per usual, the LACMA is doing Free Jazz Fridays. Come take a listen to this weeks performer, Ernie Andrews, and maybe stop by the Stark Bar for a drink (not free).

Burbank is doing another one of their “Ladies Night Out” which means food trucks, later hours, and a fun Friday night. Why not go, and then walk down Magnolia and check out Tony’s Darts Away.

SATURDAY May 26

I hope you like movies, because summer in LA means outdoor (and indoor) movie events! Lets start with the Echo Park Film Center (which does year round movie events). On Saturday they are going to screen the Artur Aristakisyan’s documentary Palms. On facebook it says it starts at 8am… but I find that hard to believe. I’m sure it’s supposed to be 8pm.

Looking for something a little more mainstream? The Drive-In is showing The Goonies, which is one of my favorites. Cinespia which hosts the cemetery screenings is showing Sabrina (another classic). And if that isn’t enough to choose from, Street Food Cinema is showing Napoleon Dynamite. Get tickets for that HERE. All these films are cheap and great group events. Pack a picnic basket or even just a blanket and get some food truck goods.

SUNDAY May 27

T.J. Miller is hosting another Hangover Sunday Matinee at the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax. He’ll be screening The Bank Dick. Tickets are $12 and doors open at 11am for a brunch on the back patio. TJ is very cool, so you’ll enjoy this.

Tony’s Darts Away is hosting an event called Books and Brews: The Sriracha Cookbook from 12-9p. Their menu items will be based off the recipes, so if you like it hot check out Tony’s on Sunday.

Speaking of food, the JW Marriott downtown (Across from LA Live) is doing Blues and BBQ on Sundays all summer long. Check out the info HERE.

On Sunday night Neil Hamburger (Natasha Leggero, Brody Stevens, and John Roberts) are performing at the Satellite at 8pm. It’s a cool venue in Silver Lake and tickets are just $8! Such a god price for all those comedians. Get tickets HERE.

MONDAY May 28

LACMA is having it’s Free Museum Day (presented by my nemesis, Target). Come check it out! You can bet I’ll be there. They have a Vanity Fair exhibit going on right now featuring Annie Leibovitz work. Did I ever tell you about the time someone gave me her notebook while I was working. Yeah, it was awesome. I gave it back to her of course, but it was so cool.

When you’re done with the LACMA check out the Satellite for free music all night! It’ll be sweet. Come listen to Caught A Ghost, Busy Living, True Loves, Dirty Murdered Birds etc.

Now enjoy! It’s summer! I leave you with a link to animals being adorable. I’m not normally into cute things but this is pretty funny, 35 Animals That Need Your Help.

UPDATE:
I completely left off an awesome event happening this weekend… infact it’s starting right now! It’s the Silver Lake Jubilee! Bands, food trucks, comedians, crafts and more! It’s $35 for a weekend pass or $20 for a day pass. It’s kind of alot, but if you make the day of it it’s a good deal.

Weekend Guide May 4 + 5 + 6

Today is my last day at work, which means freedom is close! My schedule is filling up and I can’t wait to share all my funemployment activities with you. Did I mention I’ve got a big trip coming up… HAWAII! More on that next week. In the meantime, it’s WEEKEND GUIDE TIME! And boy is there lots to talk about!

FRIDAY May 4th:

LACMA is hosting their Friday Night Jazz starting at 6pm. Saxophonist Bob Mintzer and keyboardist Russel Ferrante are performing. Maybe get there early get a cocktail at the Stark Bar.

If you’re on the east side, stop into Atwater Crossing where $8 gets you admittance to a Slake event serving free Golden Road and pie! Ojo will be DJ’ing. Get your tickets at the door. It’s all a celebration of the latest release of their magazine. Click HERE for all the deets.

From 7-10p Gallery 1988 is hosting the opening of “Memes” at their Melrose location. Stop by for a beer and a look around.

Echo Park Film Center is screening Small Pond tonight at 8pm. Check out the trailer:

Tonight starting at 9pm at the Fake Gallery on Wilshire, Eddie Pepitone is hosting Blood Bath. Tickets are $10 and tonight’s show has guests Dana Gould and Todd Glass.

Tonight the Highland Park tequila bar La Cuevita opens with $2 beers + free tacos! Check out photos of the bar below. How cool is that?

SATURDAY May 5th:

This weekend is one of my FAVORITE weekends because it’s BIG SUNDAY! It’s a weekend full of volunteering fun. Seriously, it’s an awesome event and a great way to meet other people. I’ve done it for several years and it’s some of my favorite LA memories. Click the link above, sign-up through the website and read through all the opportunities. You don’t need to be an expert on anything. Just come into it with a willingness to help out and that’s all that is required.

Last year for Big Sunday I volunteered at the Echo Park PDA open house at Sunset and Echo Park. Sure enough the event is happening from 12-6p and The Warehouse will be there selling vintage goods. It was awesome last year. There were live bands and I even bumped into Danny Devito and his wife in a garage. It was wild, and a great community event. Im sure you can volunteer through Big Sunday, or if you can’t commit to it, just stop by the event and walk around.

Come celebrate the last day of JACCC’s LA Bloom Fesitval on Saturday. From 12p-4p it’s Family Day with workshops and performances for the whole family. This is a free event, so stop in if you like and then check out the area.

If you haven’t been to LA Cuevita (see above) then why not check out Golden Road’s “Cinco de Moustache” or Mohawk Bends “Cinco de Mohawk”.

Now I know tickets are sold out, but UCB often has standby tickets so its worth telling you about this. Drew Carey is hosting the Midnight Show (at 12a) on Saturday. If you can stay up late enough, stop in for it. HERE‘s more info.

SUNDAY May 6th:

If you aren’t super busy today volunteering as part of Big Sunday (they give you a free tee-shirt.. just say’in).. why not do a 5k around the Universal Backlot! Miles for Melanoma is a run taking you through the fake streets from some of your favorite movies/shows. It’s $40 (the money goes to a good cause) and there’s still time to join!

If you’re a foodie, you might enjoy the Hollyhock food event from 1-5p on Sunday. For $35 you get one ticket to the Hollyhock house event “Taste of the Eastside” 1-5pm. Local restaurants are serving up all you can eat treats, so bring a backpack and do it up picnic style.

On Sunday at CalArts there is a World Music and Dance Festival. If you’re willing to make the trek through the valley.

Casa Vega is serving up $5 Bloody Maria deals on Sunday. Come nurse that Cinco de Mayo hangover at Casa Vega!

Weekend Guide March 16 + 17 + 18

It’s St. Patrick’s Day Weekend! Tons to post about! Did you enjoy my Mountain Weekend photos? Are you loving the extra hour of sunlight at night? It’s given me tons of outdoor walkin’ time. Unfortunately, this weekend is supposed to be rainy so keep that in mind when you’re planning. Let’s get to it!

FRIDAY March 16th:

I know this is a bit out of the way, but from 11am- 8pm on Friday, Nucleus Art Gallery is showing it’s “Look At That: A Tribute To Dr. Seuss” exhibit in Alhumbra. It’s only on display until March 24th and time is clicking. If you have a free day you should check it out.

On Friday, JT Ross and Speedway are performing at Villains Tavern. If you miss it on Friday, no worries because they will be performing at Villains as part of their Saturday St. Patty’s Day festivities.. but more on that later.

At 8pm, the Echo Park Film Center is screening Chameleon with host and film creator Jon Jost. How cool is that? Get tickets HERE. Tickets are only $10, and they even offer a student discount. The Echo Park Film Center is also walking distance from Mohawk Bend, Masa, and Sunset Beer Company (which has food trucks out front on the weekends). Echo park is awesome, why not make a night of it?

SATURDAY March 17th:

Why not start your Saturday at drkrm gallery checking out their Ansel Adams exhibit? Unfortunately, due to predicted rainstorms, Pasadena’s LitFest is postponed until May 12th. Don’t worry, I’ll remind you in May, but be sure to cross that off your list for Saturday.

 

 

Since it’s St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, it’s only fitting that I find you an Irish Pub in your ‘hood. I’ll begin with 2 big celebrations at Villans Tavern (Downtown) and Tam O’Shanter (Atwater Village). Villains has drink specials (see above) as well as live music. It should be a big celebration. At Tam O’Shanter, their party tent and live music starts at noon. They will be raffling off gifts and handing out freebies. They will even have an ale and sandwich bar! This bar also happens to be down the street from THIS LA Stair Walk. I smell a fun afternoon!

Casey’s Irish Pub (Downtown) is a hip bar having $5 deals. Friend them on facebook to get more updates on their deals. Maybe hop over to Public School when you’ve had your fill at Casey’s. Public School is having $4 Guinness pints, $5 Moylans, Jamison shots and cocktails, and $9 Irish Car Bombs.

Rock and Reilly’s Irish Pub in West Hollywood is having their 1st Annual Block Party. There will be tons of live music and I’m sure deals to boot. Starts at noon and goes until 10p.

In Hollywood, 25 Degrees has been serving up Guinness milkshakes all week. They’ll have deals on Saturday (although it’s not listed on their website). Check out their twitter updates for more deals and check out the milkshake photos!

If you’re on the west side, hit-up Rush Street to see their 2 story bar. It doesn’t look Irish, but it looks fun and will have an Irish brunch with green beer. What if you’re in the valley? Timmy Nolan’s in Toluca Lake is your place!

I’ve given you TONS of options, so hit up one or two… and make a day of Irish celebrations! The metro is your friend

SUNDAY March 18th:

Don’t feel guilty about sleeping in on Sunday. Sunday is the Hollywood Half Marathon. Plan on hitting a ton of traffic and blocked roads. Check out the map HERE to find out where to avoid, and where to stand to cheer on your friends.

Make the trek up to Santa Clarita where The Gentle Barn (featured on Ellen) will be having their Spring Festival which will also celebrate their rescuing of 4 new calves. The Gentle Barn is about rescuing animals from abuse, neglect or slaughter and also exposing animals to children who are at risk or have special needs. Check out their WEBSITE to learn more about the cause, donate, or volunteer.

At 2:30p on Sunday, Atwater Crossing (and 826LA) are hosting a family screening of Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life. The screening will be followed by a q+a with stars Ryan Simpkins, Betsy Brandt, writer/director Tamar Halpern, editor Maria Cataldo, composer Jordan Halpern, and animator Leila Fakouri. Tickets are $7 adults ($5 children) and will be paid cash only at the door. The film looks like an adventure-filled coming of age, cute, artistic film. Check out the trailer:

At 7pm, NELAart presents Just Deserts, an event that combines art and desserts. For $10 you get a dessert and a vote in your favorite artistic presentation and the money goes to support the artists. Everyone wins. Like them on facebook for updates on their art events.

One last thing I almost don’t want to include because it’s crazy expensive… but I know how people LOVE Grey’s Anatomy. On Sunday night at 8pm at UCLA’s Royce Hall, the cast of Grey’s will gather onstage to perform a live musical celebration called “Grey’s Anatomy: The Song’s Beneath the Show”. The money goes to support The Actors Fund. If you love Grey’s and are willing to shell out a pretty penny, you can get tickets HERE.

Just an FYI.. if you want Comedy Bang Bang tickets for next Tuesday, check out this link now to buy tickets! They’re on sale at noon!