Do This Today: Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival

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Come support local theater in Griffith Park and see the Independent Shakespeare Company presentation of The Taming of the Shrew. It’s free! It premieres tonight! Hit up Trader Joes, get some goodies, layout a blanket and enjoy the show. I can’t recommend it more!

Event: Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Frestival (event link)
Location: 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA
Time: July 24, 2014, 7pm
Cost: FREE!

Weekend Guide: July 19 + 20 + 21

Happy Weekend Everyone! Are you staying in town or heading south to Comic-Con this weekend? For people staying in LA there are still fun things to do this weekend (and hopefully less traffic than last weekend). Lets get to it!

FRIDAY

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Tonight, Friday July 19th head to the Known Gallery on Fairfax in West Hollywood to see this Push exhibit.

“As a part of the Game Changer series, SIMPLE Mobile told Push they wanted to give him a chance to do something he always wanted to do with his art, without restriction. Push’s first choice was a to do a three-dimensional installation piece that stretched his skills and the ideas of what people thought of when it came to graffiti and street artists in Los Angeles. ”

It’s opening reception is from 8-11pm tonight and it’s free! If you can’t catch it tonight, it’s running through the weekend.

It’s also DineLA Restaurant Week! Check HERE for full listings and details. Maybe you could eat out at an amazing restaurant at a reduced price and then hit-up the Push opening exhibit? That would be so LA of you.

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Tonight if you’re looking for an outdoor movie, check it Friday Night Flicks: Thelma and Louise in Pershing Square. Bring a picnic and low lawn chairs (no alcohol or smoking allowed). It starts at 8:30p, so why not get there early, head to Perch for a cocktail on the roof and then stake your spot for the movie.

SATURDAY

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Etsy Renegade Craft Fair is happening this weekend! It starts at 10am on Saturday July 20th and you can always come back Sunday incase you haven’t had your fill. Expect food trucks, tons of cool booths and a fun crowd. I look forward to this bi-annual event all year and it’s HERE!!

While you are near downtown, continue into the city to hit up some sample/warehouse sales. Splendid and Ella Moss are having their warehouse sale at the Cooper Building from 9am-3pm. If you are in West Hollywood, Just One Eye has their warehouse sale from 10a-7pm at 953 N. Orange Dr on Saturday.

Dream Collective on Sunset is hosting a $75 leather tooling workshop (for DIY’ers out there)  where you learn leather working skills.

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Are you looking to save money and instead get exercise and be outside for free? Ten Bridges Epic is happening Saturday from 8:30a-4p. Be at the starting point at 8:30a by the Gold line on Spring St. Join a great group of walkers as they explore all of downtowns bridges.

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On Saturday at 8pm Grand Performances is hosting Rufus and Friends with Black Light All Stars. Click the link to find listen to their jams.

SUNDAY

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Hit-up Shakespeare in the Park on Sunday July 21. In Griffith Park (by the Old Zoo) they will be performing Macbeth at 7pm on Sunday. It’s free (although donations would be appreciated) and be sure to pack a picnic, bug spray and a jacket for once the sun sets. It’s a really fun time.

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The Echo is hosting The Grand Ole Echo (a night of country music and bbq) for FREE on Sunday night from 5-9pm. Whispering Pines, The Americans, Phoebe Bridges, and Sutter Zachary will be performing.

Weekend Guide: June 28 + 29 + 30

JUNE IS ALMOST OVER! LIFE IS PASSING US BY! Okay, enough of my freaking out about how fast 2013 is going. Make the most of your weekend, which reminds me… it’s time for the Weekend Guide!

Tonight, Friday June 28th Burbank is doing it’s Ladies Night Out, where the shops on Magnolia stay open late (6p-9p) with special deals. Also the road is lined with food trucks. It’s definitely become a big event for Burbank. Why not check it out and then hit up Tony’s Darts Away for boardgames and craft beer?

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It’s time for Shakespeare! Shakespeare in the Park has started it’s summer season with She Stoops to Conquer starting at 7pm. Pack a picnic blanket, jacket and bug spray, then stop at Trader Joes on your way to Griffith Park. This is a fun outdoor free (donations welcomed) event.

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If you’re looking to dance, AM + Shawn Lee (who played at the Hammer Outdoor Concert Series last night) are celebrating their cd release tonight at the Echo. Tickets are only $14 for a night of music. Why not get dinner at Sage and then check out the show/party.

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On Saturday June 29th, at 11am Weird Al is doing a book signing at Children’s Book World on West Pico. Bring the kids!

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In the afternoon visit Food Truck Heaven at Angel City Brewery. From 1-11p they will have Belly BombZ Korean, Mandoline Grill, Meet N Potatoes, PostcardCAS, Jogasaki Sushi Burrito, AROCKin Ice Shaved Ice, El Burger Luchador, and Surfer Taco.

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After you get some food, check out this HPM Project kick-off event at Daily Dose from 6-9pm. They’re both downtown, so why not visit both events back to back.

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If you find yourself in San Pedro this Saturday night, check out Shop American Crafted from 11a-8pm. It’s a free event with free parking. Expect live music, food trucks, beer + wine, and a concert in the evening.

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On Sunday June 30 (last day of June already!) from 8am to 2pm a $3 admission price will get you access to a vintage market happening on Saco Street Downtown called Downtown Modernism. Believe it or not, Andy Dick will be hosting and there will be a DJ set by Annie Hardy.

Weekend Guide August 31 + 1 + 2

It’s Labor Day Weekend! Are you sticking around LA this weekend, or leaving on an adventure? My parents are coming to town so we will be taking a trip outside Los Angeles. In fact it’ll be quiet here for a couple of days, because I wont be free until Tusday night. I also owe you a mount Whitney post…  it’s coming, I swear! Alright, let’s get into it!

FRIDAY August 31:

What: Ladies Night Out  (event website)
Where: Starts at the intersection of Hollywood Way and Magnolia, in Burbank
When: 6-9p
Cost: Free! Come walk around and explore the shops!
FYI: This is a fun way to get to know the area, enjoy some food truck food ($) and why not hit up Tony’s Darts Away after?
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What: Sweet Tooth (more info)
Where: The Backside in Echo Park
When: 8pm
Cost: Free!
FYI: They are going to have beer floats, ice cream (free!), cheesecake, cookies, and all sorts of goodies. Also the neighborhood has plenty to do on a Friday night, so stay and explore!
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What: Gallery 1988 (Venice): Step Brothers  (event website)
Where: Gallery 1988, 214 Pier Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405
When: 7-10p
Cost: FREE
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SATURDAY August 25:

What: FYF Fest (event website)
Where: LA Historic Park,
When: 12p-11p
Cost: $$$ expensive, but cheaper than Cochella (get tickets here)
FYI: This is a music event, but it also has a comedy tent. In fact, David Cross (who hardly performs in LA) will be there!! Out of the zillion comedians I write about and see live, he’s the only one I have not seen. Be luckier than I, and go check him out! This event runs Saturday and Sunday.

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What: LA County Fair  (event website)
Where: Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave, Pomona CA 91768
When: On going, until Sept 30th.
Cost: $1 admission for 10a-1p (to celebrate opening weekend)

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What: The Gronhilm Method (play) (event website)
Where: The Falcon Theater in Toluca Lake
When: 4pm + 7pm
Cost: $40-42 (but I bet if you look online you can find some good deals)
FYI: My sister saw this play a few weeks ago and LOVED it. She (who is a theater guru- and flies to NYC for the weekend just to see plays) says it should be on Broadway. Check it out before it does go to Broadway! _________________________________________________________________________

SUNDAY August 19: 

What: Comedy of Errors (event website)
Where: Griffith Park, by the Old Zoo
When: 7pm
Cost: FREE!
FYI: Sunday will be the last performance, so see it while you can! That means summers officially over 😦 _________________________________________________________________________

What: Paramount’s 100th Anniversary (event website)
Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Ave, Los Angeles CA 90068
When: 7:30pm
Cost: $3-$200 (get tickets here)
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What: Gravid Water (event website)
Where: UCB LA, 5919 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
When: 9:30p
Cost: $5 (get tickets here)
FYI: Even if they sell out, you can get in a standby line, and probably get in. This is a great comedy show that combines improv with famous pieces of literature. It’s smart AND funny.
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Do This Today: Comedy of Errors (theater!)

 

Today’s “Do This Today” is going to make you feel like a smarty. The Independent Shakespeare Company does free shows Thursday-Sunday during summer, in Griffith Park. Tonights performance is of Comedy of Errors and starts at 7pm. Pack a picnic, a blanket, a sweater for after sundown, and some bug spray (trust me on this one). Head over to the Old Zoo (you can even play in the old animals dens!) and claim your spot in front of their stage. I’ve loved going to this free event last summer and highly recommend it.

Event: The Shakespeare Company’s presentation of Comedy of Errors
Location: The Griffith Park’s Old Zoo (see map below)
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE (donations accepted)
FIY: Bug spray and a jacket are a must!

Secret Stair Walk #32: Fern Dell + Immaculate Heart

Last weekend I also did stair walk #32 from my book, Secret Stairs by Charles Fleming. This walk begins across from Trails Cafe in Griffith Park. This time I didn’t stop in because of the long line, but I’ve been here before and it is unbelievable. I’ve had their avacado sandwich before which was so tasty I still think about it and salivate. I found this photo on their Yelp page:

This photo I took on my walk:

After I forced myself not to stop in at Trails, I continued on along a Disney looking walkway that lead me out of Griffith Park. Even the handrails were made to look like logs. So clever and cute.

It was like something out of the Jungle Kingdom at Disney World.

Eventually I made my way completely out of the park and down to the busy road of Franklin. It went from peaceful to car horn stressful in a matter of minutes.

But before I knew it I was back up into the hills on some hidden stairs. It was quiet once again and the views were great.

A long set of secret stairs put me out on a street with this castle/fortress looking down on me. The book says Nicholas Cage used to live here and that doesn’t surprise me.

At this point I was high up in “The Oaks” neighborhood (Brangelina lives somewhere here). Can you find the secret mailbox along the secret stair walk?

Such a gorgeous day! Perfect for observing the Observatory.

Rich people and their imported beautiful flowers:

It was when I was across from this house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son, that I ran into a couple also scouring for secret stairs too. I love when I meet fellow stair walkers.

Secret Stair Walk #29: Griffith Park Loop

This weeks posts are going to be a tad out of order, but on Sunday the weather was unbelievable. If you weren’t out enjoying it then shame on you. It was perfect stair walking weather, so I got up early and decided to explore Los Feliz/ Griffith Park via secret stairs. I did walk #29 in Charles Fleming’s Secret Stair Book. Buy the book! It’s good cheap fun. And so many people along this walk stopped me to say “I live in the neighborhood and I love that book!”. One lady even stopped driving to tell me about some other local secret stairs.

This walk began in Griffith Park along Vermont. It began by exiting Griffith and taking you through the local neighborhoods.

These were also fancy staircases with flowers and built in seating. If you blocked out the trash littered around it was quite ritzy. I must say that people in the neighborhood were really nice and friendly, offering directions and being fully supportive of the stair walks.

Prefect walking weather.

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Since Saturday was overcast and rainy, it meant the sky was crystal clear of pollution on Sunday. The views were stunning. I don’t know how people live along these hills and don’t just want to sit there looking out all day.

This house wins for coolest mailbox along the walk, hands down!

See that Mayan temple looking home across the way? That’s a Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House. They used this home in Blade Runner. It’s hard to miss along the hillside. This walk leads you over to this temple.

I took this photo of the Ennis House garage gates. This home is extremely expensive and has changed hands several times. It was being preserved by a historical society, but with budget cuts and the staggering cost to repair this temple, it was sold to a private owner who is undergoing millions of dollars of repairs. If you live in LA you need to check it out. It’s a free lesson in art history.

I continued through this fancy neighborhood with the glimmer of the Griffith Observatory in the distance.

The walk continues to take you out of the neighborhoods and on to a dirt trail and eventually you’re up at the observatory. This was a long stair walk and probably my favorite thus far. From the Observatory (it’s free and you have to visit it at least once if you live in LA) I headed down the road, past the Roger Rabbit tunnel, onto the flat green where groups were picnicking. I ended this walk at my car parked in front of the Greek Theater. Success!

Tonight I’ll be seeing Comedy Bang Bang at UCB (yup, I got the hardest to get tickets in town) and have a full report for you.