Do This Today: The Business LA

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Tonight Golden Road Brewing is hosting an all ages celebration of their new can design at the Roxy. They will have live music from Nikki Muller, Feet Feet Feet Parachute, Mothers of Gut, Illumination Road, and The Goodnight, as well as $3 cans! And did I mention it’s free?

Event: Cabrillo Kolsch Launch Party  (event link)
Location: 9009 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA
Time: Tuesday June 4, 8:00 – 11:45 pm
Cost: No Cover, $3 cans

Do This Today: Comedy Bender

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If you’re new to this blog, I love comedy. I love the Pub at Golden Road. What happens when those two things come together? It’s called Comedy Bender and it’s happening tonight at 9pm. Tonights comedians include Rick Shapiro, Heather Turman, Jake Weisman, Asterios Kokkinos, Sofiya Alexandra, Lizzy Cooperman, Sam Obied, and Dave Sirus. Goldens beer selection is massive and their menu is super delicious, so come ready to eat and laugh.

Event: Comedy Bender (event link)
Location: Golden Road Brewing Co., 5430 San Fernando Rd. West, Los Angeles, CA
Time: 9pm
Cost: Free
FYI: Golden has a free parking lot and tons of close parking!

Weekend Guide March 9 + 10 + 11

Hi All! I’ll be hitting the road this weekend for a much needed getaway in the mountains. Expect some wilderness themed posts next week. In the meantime here are the details on things happening around LA this weekend. I’m SUPER jealous I won’t get to partake in these activities, but hopefully you will enjoy them. Lets get into it!

FRIDAY March 9th:

Stop by Art Night Pasadena from 6-9pm on Friday. Expect art, live music, great people watching, and a long list of food trucks. This FREE event involves institutions all over Pasadena and has a FREE shuttle connecting them all. There is even an art night bicycle tour. Follow them on facebook HERE to learn more about this event and their upcoming events.

If you’re not near Pasadena and closer to the West Side, check out Gallery 1988 for a show that combines 2 of my favorite things: art and comedy. Weird Al is hosting the opening of Is This Thing On? which is sponsored by Funny Or Die. I’ve been to this gallery space before and it isn’t huge, so expect a line, but it’s totally worth it. HERE they are on Facebook. Friend them!

SATURDAY March 10th:

Now once you’ve left Gallery 1988.. maybe linger on Melrose and head to the LACMA where anywhere form 2-6am, Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass will be delivered to the LACMA after it’s road trip around LA. The museum will be closed, but their parking lot will be open and FREE. There will be bathrooms available to vistors waiting to see the rock. There will be a coffee cart and food trucks parked along Wilshire. Check the LACMA’s blog HERE for updates and tweets telling you exactly where the rock is at any moment of the night. It might sound like a waste of time, but if you get a couple friends together and make a night/morning of it, it’ll be a night you never forget.

Once you go home and rest up after a night of rock waiting/watching, hit up Silver Lake Art, Craft and Vintage. It’s the second Saturday of every month, so if you miss this one it will be back. Expect a bunch of food trucks and support local. Why not walk around and explore the neighborhood? Silver Lake is awesome, so buy some unique art and hit up an indie coffee shop. Then find a street that’s new to you and explore.

If you aren’t sick of the LACMA from the night before, come back at 7:30p for their Young Directors Night. This is a chance to watch films from directors around LA, as well as learn from a panel discussion about filmmaking. Tickets for the general public are $30. It’s a bit steep, but if you’re in the production world this event is a great place to meet people and network. Once you’re inside there’s free food, drinks and music. Check out images from past events HERE.

Since it’s the 2nd Saturday of the month, check out the NELA Art Gallery Night in Eagle Rock/ Highland Park. If I weren’t going out of town I would for sure be here. You know what bar/ restaurant is in the neighborhood? The York! Check it out while you pop in and out of art galleries. When I was in the York last week, I swear I saw a flyer advertising The John Corbett Band playing there this weekend. I can’t find ANYTHING online to confirm this, but I know what that flyer said. So go to the York, and if they aren’t there then sit, stay and enjoy the food. If they are there, repeat steps 1 through 3 and add “have an awesome listening experience” as step 4. Plus John Corbett is a hottie, so your eyes will have a great experience too 😉

At 7:30p on Saturday night, Devil’s Night Drive-In is screening Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. There are car-hops delivering food, new astroturf, and walk-in’s and bike in’s welcome. DJ Morgan will be dropping beats before the movie. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the gate. Add this EVENT on facebook.

If you don’t like art, good food, live music, classic films, and appreciate roughhousing (which my blog never provides for you), then you need to pay a visit to the LA Derby Dolls. On Saturday night the LA Derby Dolls and playing the Sand Deigo Durby Dolls in a March Radness Exhibition Bout. Get your tickets HERE. It’s quite an experience. PArking is tricky, so expect to neighborhood surf for a spot (and bring your rape whistle). Derby Doll events are always a good time. I had one bad visit where the spinning, loud noises, and packed crowd made me really nauseous, but in general this is a fun event. Now you can’t say I never blog about sports 🙂

SUNDAY March 11th:

This weekend is the Los Angeles Animation Festival. There are events happening all weekend (see the full schedule HERE). On Sunday at 2pm there is a Shrek Gala Event. At 4pm there’s a screening of A Cat In Paris, which was a 2012 Oscar nominee. At 6pm Sean Lennon is presenting Grave of the Fireflies. At 8pm Tom Kenny (aka the voice of Sponge Bob and an awesome comedian) will host The Tune and an Awards Ceremony. Is that not a day full of fun events? This is all happening at the Regent Showcase on La Brea and you can get tickets online in advance.

Golden Road Brewing is hosting a Beer Festival from 2-5p for $20. I took the above image at Tony’s the other night. Get your tickets HERE! They do brewery tours… just say’in.

I’m pretty sure your weekend just went from empty to jammed packed, because that was a lot of good stuff. Also, if you want Comedy Bang Bang tickets for next Tuesday, click HERE at noon, so any minute now!

The Weekend Guide Jan. 20 + 21 + 22 (+23)

Are you ready for the weekend? Rumor has it it’s going to be rainy on Saturday so check out the events below for some indoor fun. And because I love you, I’ve included some cool Monday night events too.

Friday 1/20:

From 5-8p tonight there is a food truck event, NoHo Dine Friday Night Out. This event includes 8-10 gourmet food trucks, 8-10 booth vendors, and street musicians. Why not check it out and then walk over to The Federal and enjoy the night out on the patio? The Federal has the Rebels of Comedy stand up show at 7:30p (get tickets HERE) and DJ Trinidad is mixing on the turntables at 9pm.

The Pacific Standard Time Festival is happening from Jan 19-29th, so if you can’t make it tonight, you have a few more chances. HERE is a guide to all the events and what the festival is about. Tonight at 7pm Hirokazu Kosaka’s installation at the Getty Center’s Arrival Plaza is being unveiled as well as a sculptural performance. This is sure to be a cool event as The Getty Center also has a “LA Free Music Society” event. From 8pm-2am tonight, Liz Glynn is having a (free!) Black Box reception at 830 North Highland Ave. This event will go on each night of the festival (Jan 19-29) and will feature different surprise performances each night.

If you find yourself bored on the west side, visit Santa Monica for their Art Los Angeles Contemporary exhibit/event happening all weekend. Tonight at 6pm Superdeluxe is happening at the ALAC Music Space, Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. Superdeluxe is an experimental hip-hop group featuring Michah James and Frohawk Two-Feathers.

Saturday 1/21:

The Independent Shakespeare Company has resurrected their past summer performance of Hamlet (due to it’s success) and adapted it for their Atwater studio space. It opens this Saturday with a 5pm performace. Tickets are $20, although I’m sure if you “like” them on facebook you can get discounts to upcoming performances.

Does none of this appeal to you and you need some indoor fun on this rainy Saturday? Why not check out the newly opened Punk Rock Museum and eat at the Homegirls Cafe? Or hit up the Moonlight Rollerway on San Fernando and then stop by the neighboring Golden Road Brewing Pub for some of those yummy risotto fritters?

Sunday 1/22:

This weekend MOCA is having their Affordable Art Fair on the event deck of LA Live, downtown. Art ranges in price from $100- $10,000. Tickets are $20 each (and you can get them HERE), but this is a steal if you end up leaving with an $100 piece of art that is worth much more. On Sunday it will be open 11am-6pm, and as it is the last day of the event so maybe they’ll be a little more desperate and prices with be on clearance? Who knows, but if you’re in the market for some new art, check it out.

Chinatown is having their Year of the Dragon celebration with a Midnight Temple Ceremony (10p-12am) at the Chuan Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown. The event is free and in celebration of the Chinese New Year’s Day (1/23/12). There are a ton of fun restaurants and bars in Chinatown and I’m sure Sunday night will be hopping. Try a new restaurant and then head over to the Temple for a great photo taking opportunity, as fire crackers are lit in celebration.

And now, because I love you….
SPECIAL EDITION Monday 1/23:

From 2-5:30p on Monday, Whole Foods Market in Beverly Hills will be having their Health and Beauty Day. Vendors and specialists will be in the store to answer questions and FABIO (!!!) will be there selling his protein powder. Buy a jar of his powder and get a picture with him. This is FABIO people?!

For you comedy nerds (like myself), Chris Harwick (of the Nerdist podcast) will be having his Book Release Event: A Celebration of The Nerdist Way. It starts at 7:30p with a signing and party at 8:15 at Meltdown Comics on Sunset. The event will be moderated by Wil Wheaton and should be awesome. RSVP on the link above and GO TO THIS.

The Golden Road Brewing Pub Grand Opening

If you read my blog, you know I practically live at Tony’s Darts Away, love Mohawk Bend and have been eagerly awaiting Golden Road Brewing. Basically anything Tony Yanow has a hand in, I enjoy. Sunday, January 15th, was the Golden Road Brewing Pub Grand Opening and I wouldn’t miss it!

Making your way down San Fernando in Glendale, you can’t miss their primary-colored facilities just across the railroad tracks.

The opening was from 11a-11p and I showed up around 1pm and ended up staying until 4p. The weather was cloudy, but didn’t keep people from enjoying the patio. The last time I was here (which I wrote about HERE) was for their brewery opening, where I spent most of my time in a different building and only got a peak at what their pub would become. It’s hard to believe that was only 3 months ago!

I started off with their Rye on the Palate, which had notes of coffee (which I love). It was delicious. I followed it up with the Schwartz Stout which I also enjoyed. I was there with great company: Amber, Adam and Adams cousin Michael.

They had a wide selection of tee shirts, and promo items as well as books on craft brews. My favorite item is the tote with pockets for two Golden Road growlers (the middle bag in the photo).

The bartenders were very nice and the wait staff was active about collecting glasses and cleaning the tables. During the 3 hours I was there, there was a steady flow of people coming and going and we thankfully got a table for the full three hours. We were having so much fun that the hours flew by and we didn’t even do one of the many tours they offered. Occasionally a train would go by and everyone would cheer and drink! Now that’s a drinking game I like.

The crowd was a mix of hipsters, curly mustaches, older couples, groups of people in jerseys (they had football on their 3 tvs) and even families (earlier in the day). We ordered some of their fritters and I especially loved the mushroom risotto parmesan fritters (so tasty!).

We took advantage of their special “$10 for a burger and a can” deal. I ordered the vegan burger (of course) which was loaded with peppers and quite scrumptious as well as the Golden Road Hef, all for $10! I look forward to coming back and ordering off their main menu as well as tasting more of their brews. The only thing that could make this place any better would be board games. I could easily see myself meeting friends at one of their long tables on a Friday night, trying some new brews while playing some Apples 2 Apples and eating risotto fritters. Ahhhh, Heaven.

Weekend Guide Jan 13 + 14 + 15

Alright, the Weekend Guide is back! I’ve gone through a zillion emails to find you the best cheap/free stuff happening this weekend. Lets just dive right in!

FRIDAY Jan 13th

On this unlucky day, why not check out some free live music? At 1717 Silverlake Blvd aka The Satellite they’ve doing free shows all week culminating in Friday nights show featuring Cinderella Motel, Coco Morier, Mad Planet, and Roman Candle Wars. The doors open at 8:30p, and show starts at 9p. Since tickets are FREE, get their early before they fill up.

If youre not into music but want to try a new cool bar there are 2 bar openings this Friday night (and a brewery opening this Sunday.. but more on that later). At sunset Venice Ale House is cracking into their first official keg and you should be there for the celebration at this Gastropub! If you’re less into beer and more into cocktails, come to the opening of Oldfields Liquor Room, a cocktail lounge with an apothecary vibe. It’s from the same people who brought us Bigfoot Lodge, so you know the decor will be cool.

So if music and booze aren’t your thing (because you’re crazy), the Cinefamily is hosting a an awesome comedy film event this week and weekend called The 1st Annual Wayne Federman Film Festival. Tonight at 7:30p Jeff Garlin presents “Topsy-Turvy” and at 11pm Doug Benson hosts Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption: Cocktail! Both of these shows will be awesome and the theater is so reasonably priced so there is no reason not to pull a double feature.

SATURDAY Jan 14th

Keeping in tune with Cinefamily’s 1st Annual Wayne Federman Film Festival, on Saturday at 7:30p Kevin Pollak is screening “The In-Laws” and at 10:30 Andy Kindler is screening “Modern Romance”.


The Long Beach Travel + Adventure Expo is happening this weekend in the Long Beach Convention Center. This is the expo’s 7th year and is your chance to win trips and giveaways as well as learn about new adventure opportunities like ziplining, diving in their scuba pool and other cultural events. The event is happening Saturday and Sunday this weekend and $9 tickets get you a pass to one of the days. It’s 10am to 5pm and you can get tickets HERE.

After you check out the expo and make adventure plans, head to Bock Fest 2012! The event is from 1-5p and tickets are $25 and the money goes to support local charities. Mark your calendar because they also have a St. Patrick’s Day event!

The LACMA has a new exhibit opening this weekend called Metropolis II. This larger than life sculpture is a fun edition to their already great collection. Mini cars speed through the sculpture which is dense with buildings. Check it out.

SUNDAY Jan 15th
The Nerdist Writers Panel is back. Dana Gould, Liz Tigelaar, and Robert Hewitt Wolfe are on the panel this Sunday. Tickets are $15 and go to a good cause (826LA). As usual, the event as at Meltdown Comics at 5pm.

And now, for the event I am most excited for this weekend… the piece de resistance… Golden Road Brewing is having their grand opening event from 11am to 11pm. Friend them on facebook HERE and then sign-up for the event HERE! I’ll be there!