Weekend Guide July 12 + 13 + 14

It’s FRIDAY and time for the WEEKEND GUIDE!

Course for the Force is happening today, Friday July 12, as a precursor to Comic-Con next week. This Star Wars Relay-Run for Charity will be rolling through (it’s a run from SF to Sand Diego) with a festival in Santa Monica. The Spazmatics will be performing at the Santa Monica Pier at 4:30 today. If you’re on the west side, check it out. Star Wars outfits are encouraged.

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Also tonight, iam8bit gallery is hosting a Robot Chicken presentation of Friendship All-Stars of Friendship: The Art Show. The pieces are all generated by artists and friends of Robot Chicken, and then the proceeds go to the Echo Park charity, 826LA. Golden Road will be supplying beer and Origami Vinyl will be spinning tunes. RSVP HERE.

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Head downtown on Saturday July 13th in the evening (6-9p) to learn about animals and stargaze at a Campfire Event at LA’s Historic Park. Doesn’t that sound fun? Bring blankets to layout and watch the stars with experts telling you about the constellations.

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Maybe afterward head further into downtown to check out a free concert in Pershing Square Downtown Stage 2013. The Psychedelic Furs and Badwater are playing from 8-10pm. Free with lawn seating.

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If the Psychedelic Furs aren’t your cup of tea, hit up the Getty’s Saturday’s Off The 405  from 6-9pm on Saturday for a free concert by Pickwick in the Getty courtyard. It’s free and no reservations are required, but I recommend carpooling and getting there early since it can get packed.

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On Sunday July 14th, check out Unique LA downtown. It costs $10 to enter, but a portion of the money goes to the 826LA charity. This price includes unlimited entry for both Saturday and Sunday, free cocktails, a free photo booth, and food trucks.

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El Show! is happening on Sunday at El Cid in Silverlake. The show is $5 and starts at 8p. Come early and get food and drinks. This months show features Ron Lynch, Jonah Ray, Power Violence, Shawn Pearlman, Borts Minorts, Kali Kazoo, Joe Wengert, Courtney Pauroso, Cale Hartmann and the Yip Yip Sisters. That’s a packed night!

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Becky Kramer’s Brother (BKB)

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This past Friday night my friends and I hit up El Cid to check out Becky Kramer’s Brother (BKB), a 90’s cover band. It was AWESOME! They played all the classic 90’s bands like Weezer, No Doubt, and yes, even the Spice Girls. It was so much fun dancing around and singing along to their tunes.

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For their last song “Closing Time” (I know you know it!) they invited everyone up on stage (above) to sing with them. It was a really fun night and I’m looking forward to seeing them again soon. Find them on facebook HERE and their 90’s themed website HERE.

El Cid

Did everyone have a lovely Easter/Passover/Weekend? I have much to update this week, so check back throughout the week for updates. Today I’m going to back track a little to last weekend, when Michelle Lindsey and I went to El Cid on Sunset.

I parked on a side street and walked down Sunset to El Cid. I dressed up for the occasion (flamenco dancing and a three course meal), so I was wearing a dress with tights and heels. I didn’t realize quite how flowy this dress was and walking down the wind tunnel of Sunset, meant that I gave a lot of people a show. Lets just say it was a full moon out.

I finally got to the front of El Cid, which I’ve passed many times before. The interesting part of El Cid is the mysteriousness of the entrance off Sunset.

The building is below Sunset, so when walking in you have to go down several flights of stairs which lead you to a courtyard and into a very dark/red lit room and bar. The lead-up to entering the restaurant makes you feel like your stumbled upon a hidden gem.

We ordered a pitcher of sangria to share and got ready for our ladies night out.

I should preface that we had a BuyWithMe (which is now Gilt) that they restaurant was no longer accepting. That was a bummer, especially because we told them we had the deal when we booked it. Although they said they could give us the discounted price, we still had to pay and then request our money back from BuyWithMe. Since BuyWithMe is now Gilt, Gilt couldn’t pay us back but instead gave us all a credit. King of a pain, and I’m starting to see the downside of getting Groupons/Gilt/LivingSocials.. etc. But that said, the restaurant did give us the discount and we still had a lovely time.

The first course was a cold tomato soup puree. So yummy. And our waiter was very conscious of time, as he wanted us to finish by 8pm for the show. He was very gracious and speedy. My main meal was the salmon. Very delicious and a good sized portion. It was very hearty. all the courses were yummy and you do get your moneys worth. While we ate we could head the band practicing behind the red curtain on the stage before us. We can also hear the dancers clapping their feet to the beat.

Eventually, the curtain rose and we got a solid 45-50 minutes of dancing and music entertainment. It was so well done. They all seem to really enjoy what they do.

When the show ended, the dancers and musicians came around to all the tables to talk with the audience about what they do. We had a great time and I’m so glad I got to visit the mysterious, acclaimed, historic, El Cid.

Monday Teaser

Before I tease you with all the awesome blog posts I have coming up this week, I must tell you about my Friday night dinner at Katsu-ya. It was amazing. They definitely do completely unique things with sushi that make it all worth the cost.

Remember THIS NIGHTMARE? Well, as I vowed, we didn’t attend the Studio City Katsuya and instead drove the extra distance to the Encino sister restaurant. It was larger than the Studio City location and cheaper than the giant Glendale Katsuya. We made the right choice. We had reservations an only waited a little while when we got there. This branch actually had a waiting area (As opposed to the walkway at the Studio City location. Parking was also super easy.

The above photo is of two “normies” (aka normal people) but I’m including it to show the decor.

O.M.G. Spicy tuna on crispy rice. So good. So good. Okay, enough freaking out like a fat kid at a buffet. On to bigger things. I want to give you a taste of the week to come:

Yup! I did stair walks!

Mt. Baldy? Yup! What was I doing there? Check back this week to find out. Lastly…

El Cid!