Gallery 1988 : Tribute To SNL

(Image of Nick Comparone’s “Party On, Garth” for sale at Gallery 1988)

Since it’s Comedy Wednesday here on Life Absorbed, I’d be crazy not to tell you about Gallery 1988’s Melrose exhibit called “Is This Thing On #2 Too- A tribute to SNL”. If you aren’t in Los Angeles and can’t stop by and see the art in person, check out their online shop where you can purchase pieces from the show. It’s worth a browse…

Do This Today: Gallery 1988 East “Product Placement”


Come check out Gallery 1988 East! Last Friday they opened the show Product Placement, which features screen prints of your favorite products that don’t exist. Arrested Development fans will recognize the above advertisement. Come check it out, as it’s only up until the end of March.

Event: “Product Placement” (event link)
Location: Gallery 1988 LA, 7020 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Time: The month of March
Cost: Free

Do This Today: Gallery 1988 Art Opening


Remember when I went to an art opening at Gallery 1988? Remember how awesome it was? Well tonight is the opening of Bennet Slater and Andrew DeGraff‘s work. The opening is at their Melrose location from 7pm-10pm.

Event: Andrew DeGraff & Bennett Slater Art Opening (event link)
Location: Gallery 1988 LA, 7020 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Time: 7 – 10pm
Cost: Free

Do This Today: “The Breaking Bad Art Project”


Do you love Breaking Bad as much as the rest of the world? It’s such a hit show and tonight is the opening reception for an exhibit of art work generated about their show, at Gallery 1988. Look at what happened there over the weekend:

Event: Bruce White’s “The Breaking Bad Art Project”
Location: Gallery 1988, 7020 Melrose Ave
Time: 7pm- 10pm
Cost: FREE

Do This Today: “Velvet Paintings for your Inner Nerd”

Today’s “Do This Today” is take a visit to Gallery 1988. They opened a new exhibit at their Melrose location this past weekend, which I didn’t get to post about due to my technical difficulties. But it’s not too late! ┬áThe show name is “Velvet Paintings for your Inner Nerd” by Bruce White and judging from their online gallery it’s awesome. Do you know the character above? It’s none other than Jeri Blank (Amy Sedaris) from Strangers With Candy. Genius. He has plenty of others all on sale. Be sure to stop by Gallery 1988 anytime from 11a-6p today.

Event: Bruce White’s “Velvet Paintings for your Inner Nerd”
Location: Gallery 1988, 7020 Melrose Ave
Time: 11am- 6pm
Cost: FREE
FIY: The exhibit runs from July 27th- Aug 15, so be sure to see it before it’s gone!

Weekend Guide July 13 + 14 + 15

I’m sorry I’m so lacking today. I even have the day off from work, but I’ve been scrambling to get ready for a big camping weekend (as well as still doing work from home). That’s right folks, I’ll be out in the wilderness for the next 2 nights, so there won’t be any updates.

As for the weekend guide, here’s all I’ve got because I have to leave shortly.

FRIDAY July 13th:
Check out Shakespeare in the Park! It’s in Griffith and it’s free. Tonight they’re doing The Winter’s Tale. Grand Performances is doing a show called Mexico: Unexpected (MMM) which could be fun. If you like comedy, Set List is on at UCB tonight and tickets are still available. Dana Gould, Jackie Kashian, Rory Scovel, and Moshe Kasher will be there. Get tickets here.

SATURDAY July 14th:
On Saturday Silver Lake Craft and Vintage is back, and this time with free coffee. It runs from 10am to 4p so you should stop by and then explore the Silver Lake hills. It’s very fun. Later that night Church and State Bistro as well as Cliff’s are offering Bastille Day deals. So if you want to celebrate, hit them both up. Also, Eat See Hear is showing Pee Wee’s Big Adventure down in San Pedro if you’re south and want a night under the stars. At 10pm, Cinefamily is showing Party Girl starring Parker Posey and the director will be there in person (Daisy von Scherler Mayer). Tickets are $12 and you can get them here.

SUNDAY July 15th:
I’m having a hard time finding new unique events happening this Sunday. I blame comicon. Just because there aren’t new events doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do in Los Angeles on Sunday. Why not try a museum: Moca, LACMA, The Hammer, or even The Museum of Death (if you’re feeling brave). Have you seen Gallery 1988‘s Arrested Development exhibit? Go because it’s awesome and it closes after July 21st. On Sunday night UCB does their free Asssscat show, so get in line early to secure a spot and enjoy a free night of comedy.

I sincerely apologize to you for this lack-luster imageless update, but it’s all I can do. Just know that you are most important to me. Now go off and have a fabulous weekend!

Weekend Guide June 8 + 9 +10

FRIDAY June 8th

Do you love Steve Martin as much as I do? Gallery 1988 does, as tonight is the opening of “Excuuuuuse Meeeee” A Tribute to Steve Martin. The reception takes place from 7-10p at their Venice location.

Well if you like Steve Martin… then you probably like comedy. This weekend is the 10th Annual Improv Festival. All weekend, the improv will be rolling. Check out the performer schedule HERE. Get your tickets now!


It’s the second Saturday of the month which means, Silver Lake Craft and Vintage! Are you ready to buy local and eat at yummy food trucks? Check out the neighborhood too, because Silver Lake is really fun. After the fair why not head over to the green on the lake to relax and then do the walk path along the lake.

The Hammer Museum is sponsoring Made in L.A. 2012 all about local artists and performers. Yay LA! At 2pm on Saturday, there will be a public tour of the exhibit at the Hammer museum. Click THIS link for all the details and events happening all over the city, all summer.

I couldn’t let the Weekend Guide go by without telling you about this event. It’s the 10th Annual Bureau of Sanitation Open House. It starts at 9am right by the LA Colosseum. In full disclosure, I won’t be attending (mainly because it’s far away). I’ve been to the Trash Museum in CT and had a blast, so I imagine this event will actually be pretty cool.

If you’re looking for comedy on Saturday night, Towne Hall will be hosting an hour of Maria Bamford. She’s awesome. I own several of her albums and I can’t recommend seeing her more. And it’s only $10! When she goes on tour, it’s going to cost so much more to see her. Enoy it while you can, LA.

And last of all for Saturday, Devils Night Drive-In time! This week it’s Dazed and Confused. Classic. Bring your paddles!

SUNDAY June 7th

This weekend is the LGBT Pride in West Hollywood which equals wild times in WeHo. It’s $20 a day admittance to the event (you can get tickets HERE). Just a warning for people driving in the area, I’m sure many streets will be shut down for the festival.

This weekend is also the Open House at the Jet Propulsion Lab. This rare weekend is upon us! It starts at 9am and goes until 4pm. I’m so excited to nerd out!

Lastly for this packed weekend is the Patchwork Arts + Crafts Festival in the Helms Bakery Plaza from 11-5p. Get ready for CRAFTS! Culver City (specifically around the Helms Bakery) has so many fun things to do. Make a day of it!

Phew- that was a long one! But now you have TONS to do this weekend and no excuses not to get off your butt and get outside.

Weekend Guide May 11 + 12 + 13

I’ve got lots to do before my trip, so I’ll leave you with an odd Weekend Guide. For some reason there are a zillion things happening on Saturday but not much for tonight and Sunday. I assume Mother’s Day is the reason for the lack of Sunday events.. but for tonight, I just don’t understand it.

FRIDAY May 11:
Per usual, Jazz at the LACMA is happening tonight with musician Ruslan Sirota at 6pm. He’s a Grammy Award winning pianist and the event is free with no reservations required. Stop in on your way home from work.

Since I have to run out soon and there’s so much going on on Saturday, I’m going to try to do this in an abbreviated format. Here goes.

From 8-10p, the MOCA at 941 North Highland Ave is having their Rebel opening. This event is gonna be big, so make reservations if you can. Click HERE for the full invite. There will be DJs and a cash bar. This has a lot of celebrities in it and it wouldn’t surprise me if some attend this event.

If you’re bummed you missed the Festival of Books, which was awesome, you can still make LitFest Pasadena this weekend. It’s happening from 9:30-5pm in Central Park, just south of Old Pasadena. Click the link above for all the deets. There will be panels, authors and food trucks. If your mom is a reader, this could be the perfect Mother’s Day celebration.

If your mom isn’t a reader, but loves unique artwork, check out Silver Lake Craft and Vintage this weekend to find your mom the perfect gift. It’s happening 12-4p, as it does every second Saturday. There will be food trucks, indie artwork, free ping pong, and expect a boatload of hipster fun.

Another art fair taking place this weekend is the Echo Park Craft Fair. Why not stop by here and then hit up Silver Lake Craft and Vintage? You’re sure to find something for mom between these two cool events.

If you can make it all the way north to Santa Clarita, they are having their 3rd Annual Tributefest this weekend. It goes from 11am-10pm and tickets are $40. There are 8 tribute bands, beers on tap (additional fee) and food trucks. The bands will cover the Beatles, DMB, Journey, The Police, Tom PEtty, Johnny Cash, Elton John, U2, and Queen.

The LA Vegan Beer Fest is happening in West Hollywood on Saturday. Tickets are $50 and you can get them HERE. Tony’s Darts Away will be there so you know the food and beer will be delicious. It’s from 12-5p and there will be bands rockin’ out.

From 7-11:55p on Saturday, Barnsdall Park is having their Eat.Drink.Art event. Tickets are $25 (get them HERE) and there will be food trucks, a dj and tons of art. If you’ve been to the Barnsdall Park hilltop, the views of the city are great and getting to be part of a party overlooking the city would be a lot of fun. Plus the money goes to a good cause. Considering the price of some of the other events happening on Saturday, this is a steal.

Since it’s practically summer, the movie screenings are beginning! Cinespia is hosting Strangers on a Train directed by Alfred Hitchcock at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. You can get tickets in advance HERE. Bring a picnic and plan to lounge out on the grounds while watching this classic.

I’ll leave you with this! You know Gallery 1988 I write about a lot? Watch this cool video of their Memes exhibit:

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?


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!