Weekend Guide November 3 + 4

Here’s what up on Saturday and Sunday this weekend! Get out of the house this weekend, as we are flying through 2012. Did I mention it’s November?

Are you already thinking about holiday shopping? From 10am -4pm today, check out the Santa Monica Craft Fair. Are you looking for more musical gifts? Check out the Independent Label Market today from 11a -4pm where youll find all sorts of music on sale. Why not take a risk and buy a cd of a band you’ve never heard before? Maybe they’ll be your new favorite band.

If comedy is more your style, Stories Books & Cafe is hosting Two Headed Beast tonight with Brandon Walsh, Alex Koll and others. It’s free…

Also free is the Haunted Saturday Funday Ride today from 3:45 -7:30, hosted by the LA Bicycle Coalition. Meet up at The Georgian hotel in Santa Monica, where the trek will lead you on a 16 mile haunted tour of Los Angeles.

Are you not ready to let go of Halloween? Do you need one last fill of spookiness before we enter Thanksgiving mode? Check out Day of the Dead at the Echoplex on Sunday. Doors open at 5p, music at 6pm. $13 presale, $15 at the door.

I wrote about seeing Nick Offerman’s show at Largo a while back and part of that show was hearing the music of Nancy + Beth (featuring Meagan Mulally). They were fabulous. Such great musicians. For $30 you can see them perform a show of their own at Largo at 8:30p. I promise you’ll enjoy the show.

Stand Up for Pits is a charity comedy event happening at the Improv on Sunday. Tickets are $25 and the show starts at 7:30p. Comedians Dave Koechner, Tig Notaro, Natasha Leggero, Rebecca Cory, Erin Foley, Jimmy Pardo… and a zillion others. Get tickets HERE and support a good cause.


So we made it back to Connecticut from Cape Cod last night. The above photo was taken from the passenger seat on the beautiful drive home. It’s always sad saying goodbye to Cape Cod but hopefully I will be back this summer to layout on the beaches, ride bikes, and get some kayaking in. The winter will fly by and I’ll be back before I know it.

So you know me pretty well, I’m not one to sit inside and watch tv but if you’re looking for a funny new show check out Portlandia. My 93 year old Grandma got me hooked on it, and I LOVE it. It’s a great skit-esque show, that you need to check out. It airs on IFC (a channel I don’t get) but they just added season 1 to instant Netflix. Check out this clip below:

They are touring and coming to the Echo Plex (how ironic considering the show makes fun of hipsters). Did you get your tickets? Click the link above for ticket info!

Weekend Guide Nov 4 + 5 + 6

It’s that time of the week.. Friday, Friday, Friday! Any plans for the weekend? Tell me what I should be doing?!! I had all these outdoor plans but the forecast is rainy for Los Angeles, so Im reworking my weekend as we speak. Here’s what I know about so far:

FRIDAY Nov. 4th

At 7pm tonight, Skylight Books is welcoming Dave Scott Miller for the release of his new book Iron City. Should be a good time and HERE is more info. If you’re sick of reading all week and more into the music scene, The Echoplex is featuring Afterhours with guest Greg Dulli and Majakovich as the opening act, starting tonight at 8:30p and tickets are free, but be sure to RSVP HERE!


The Comikaze Expo is LA’s ComicCon and it’s happening this weekend in LA! Thrillist had a deal for $15 you get a VIP pass and can skip the line. Stan Lee is supposed to be in attendance as well as Elvira, Ernest Borgnine and many graphic novelists. Check out ticket options HERE. Comicbook fans should visit my friend Martin’s website, Fanboy Headquarters, for all their comic needs.

The LA Opera is doing a free behind the scenes event this weekend too from 9:30a-5p. Some events require advance reservations, but everything is free and should be fun for the whole family. Find more info HERE. If the weather stays rainy, I would visit this event and then jump across the street to the MOCA to see their Under The Big Black Sun exhibit about California art from 1974-81.

SUNDAY Nov 6th

REMINDER** Daylight Savings is this weekend, so remember to gain an hour and set your clocks back!

The Hammer Museum, Now Dig This! Exhibit

The Hammer Museum is offering free Sundays from now until January 8th so you have no excuse not to go. They currently have the exhibit “Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-80” and it’s worth a look. Learn more about this exhibit HERE.

826LA has two events happening on Sunday. The first I’ve talked about before, the series of Nerdist Author Panels continues at Meltdown Comics this Sunday with Hart Hanson (Bones), Sarah Goldfinger (Grimm) and Jose Molina (Terra Nova). Tickets are $15 and you can get them HERE. At 7pm on Sunday 826LA is also sponsoring “Sanity is for Suckers: One Act Plays for the Out of Touch” at ArtWorks Theatre & Studio on Santa Monica (get tickets HERE).

Deer Tick @ the Echoplex

Bleeding Knees Club, Guards, and Deer Tick played a show last night at the Echoplex.Were you one of the 100’s of hipsters in attendance? 🙂 Did you enjoy the bands?

Deer Tick

I met up with my good friend Amber and her boyfriend Adam around 9p at Mohawk Bend (see previous post about MB HERE), just up Sunset from the Echoplex. We enjoyed some craft beer and then around 9:30 walked down to the venue. The show was sold out and by the time we arrived and we missed seeing the Bleeding Knees Club, but caught the beginning of the Guards set.

Crappy cellphone pic, taken by yours truly.

The Guards were really fun and had a great sound. Many of their band members have really long hair, which made for a fun visual (very “Cousin IT”) with their heads down looking at their instruments. They also had videos projecting behind them which was cool. I had never heard of them but enjoyed it enough to keep listening HERE.


Crappy cellphone pic, taken by yours truly.

Once they finished, there was a 30 minute break and then Deer Tick came on. My history with Deer Tick stems back to my RISD days (they are a Providence based band) and while I never got to see them back in the day, my college roommate was always talking about them. Amber was the only one in our group who had heard their music before, but we all really enjoyed their music. I even purchased a tee-shirt! The only part of the show that was questionable was when the lead singer would ramble to the audience between songs. Maybe die hard fans knew what he was talking about, but as a newcomer it was a bit confusing. I would happily see them again and had great time at the show.

To get more info about all of the bands (probably written by someone musically inclined, unlike myself) check out THIS.

Halloween Recovery

It’s already November and I’m still recovering from October! I’m so pooped from Halloween festivities, I need a day off from blogging to catch-up.

One tidbit: tonight, Deer Tick is playing at the EchoPlex ($13 tickets if you get them in advance HERE). Alright, Im pooped and it’s not even close to the end of the day. All of my Halloween details are coming tomorrow, I swear. In the meantime tell me what you did! Did you check out the WeHo Parade? Any cool costumes?