Do This Today: Free Museum Day!

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Do you love visiting museums in Los Angeles but can’t take the hefty entrance fees? Alas! Today is Presidents’ Day, which means spend your day off at one of LA’s best museums. Check HERE for the full list of museums and details.

Event: Free Admission to Los Angeles Museums (event)
Location: See THIS list for the participating museums
Time: Monday February 17, 2014, All day
Cost: FREE

BONUS Do This Today: Free Museum Day!

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Do you love visiting museums in Los Angeles but can’t take the hefty entrance fees? Alas! This weekend is a free admission weekend for most museums! Do you want to visit the Hammer Museum, The LACMA, the Skirball Cultural Center or about 20 other museums? Do it this rainy weekend. Check out HERE for the full list of museums and details.

Event: Free Admission to Los Angeles Museums (event)
Location: See THIS list for the participating museums
Time: Saturday January 25, 2014, All day
Cost: FREE

Weekend Guide August 16 + 17 +18

Weekend Time!! Lets get into it….

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Tonight, Friday August 16th, stop by the Hammer Museum to see No Age, Sun Foot, Devin Gary & Ross for a FREE all ages music event. Parking under the museum is $3 after 6, which is pretty great for the neighborhood. The event titled Generationalpictomusicapolis starts at 8p (cash bar and food inside).

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If you need some laughs tonight after a stressful week, check out Hello Giggles at the Nerdmelt theater at Meltdown Comics on Sunset. The show is from 9 -10:30 and tickets are $8 (get them here). Tonight will have Rory Scovel, Eric Andrea, Cameron Esposito and more. It’ll be a good time.

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My only event for Saturday August 17 (and also is happening August 18) is so good it stands alone: Echo Park Rising. HERE‘s a link to the stages and times. This all weekend music event stretches all over Echo Park, so get ready for it!

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On Sunday August 18th, if you want to continue the Echo Park Rising party, it’ll still be going on all day. If not check out Andy Dick at Cinefamily for their Everything Is Film Fest. Tickets are $14, and you can get them HERE. Get ready for Moral Orel and claymation for this 3pm show.

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Hot Mess Vintage (at 3318 W. Sunset)  is hosting “The Drop In Show” from 8-9:30p with Jerrod Carmichael, Rory Scovel, Robert Dean, Alice Wetterlund, Danny Solomon and “The Drop In”! Hosted by Zach Sims.

BONUS Do This Today: KCRW at the Hammer Museum

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It’s time for a BONUS Do This Today! Tonight head to the Hammer Museum for a free summer concert sponsored by KCRW. If I remember correctly, KCRW members get a special shorter line (double bonus). Tonight see AM & Shawn Lee, Jason Bentley, and Dan Wilcox. Check out a video of them here.

Event: KCRW at the Hammer Museum (event link)
Location: The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Time: Thursday June 27, 7pm
Cost: FREE!

Do This Today: Free Museum Days!

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Do you love visiting museums in Los Angeles but can’t take the hefty entrance fees? Alas! This weekend is a free admission weekend for most museums! Do you want to visit the Hammer Museum, The LACMA, the Skirball Cultural Center or about 20 other museums? Do it this rainy weekend. Check out HERE for the full list of museums and details.

Event: Free Admission to Los Angeles Museums (event)
Location: See THIS list for the participating museums
Time: Sat + Sun all day!
Cost: FREE

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!

SATURDAY June 9th

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 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!

SATURDAY Nov. 5th

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!

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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).

Weekend Guide Oct. 21+ 22 + 23

It’s Friday! ‘Bout time, am I right?! Well it’s that lovely time in the week where I give you some glorious options to fill up your weekend with awesomeness. And as always, if there’s something fun that you know about that I didn’t include, TELL US! If something cool is going on, I wanna know about it!

Friday Oct. 21: 

Start your Friday off right with 50% off lunch at Henry’s Hat. Say the phrase “bottomless lunch” to the waiter and they’ll cut back 50% on the bill. This deal only works for lunch, but Henry’s Hat always has good prices anyway. I went there this past Sunday for a birthday brunch gathering and it worked out great even with a large group.

I would suggest you spend your Friday night exploring some of the scary events LA has to offer. Check out my previous post about Scary events around LA HERE. If you’re not in the mood for something scary, check out the rest of Beer Week! Or rest up, because there is SO much to do on Saturday.

Saturday Oct. 22:

Get up early because the “House of Davids”, as it’s known around town, is having an estate sale open to the public! What a rare opportunity to own part of LA history! Get there early because you know it’ll be crowded with antique dealers. Check out the details HERE.

After you pick out a David statue to take home, head over to the Hammer Museum to witness the UCLA Art History Grad Symposium at 10am.

Saturday also happens to be Make A Difference Day! It’s time to give something back. Check the link to their website and you can even get the volunteer app. Do something awesome and post about it here. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, help the community and try a new activity. Win. Win. Win.

At 7pm and 9pm the Moving Arts Center is hosting an event with Kimberly Jordan and Mosaicwonderland. After the performance stop by the Mosaicwonderland Gallery next door. The performance is $5 as suggested donation. It’s all about wine, art, and theater in Silverlake!

Once you have satisfied your culture needs for the weekend, check out the Pancake & Booze Art Show and the Zombie Fashion Show! I went to a show here once and it was awesome. Even the warehouse district it’s located in has great street art. Worth a visit.

Sunday Oct. 23:

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the conclusion of LA’s Beer Week is on Sunday at Union Station. Tickets are pricy, but if you’re a beer enthusiast, it’ll be quite a showing. It’s also at a train station, which means you can hop on a metro home. Everyone can taste test.

Sunday night at 5pm the Independent Shakespeare Company is advertising $20 tickets to Blithe Spirit (there will be martinis). “One night only: a staged reading of the Noel Coward comedy about a man haunted by the ghost of his first wife.” This is a nice way to fill out the weekend.

Now go out and enjoy! I’ll be in Milwaukee for that wedding, which is a story I promise I will tell you about, so you need to tell me all about these events! Have a great weekend!

A Rare Rainy LA Day

Of course day 2 of starting an adventure blog it’s down-pouring. It’s a great opportunity to talk about two fun rainy day activities around Los Angeles: Movies and Museums.

The Movies: This is a given for a rainy day, but it’s worth bringing up. Now a days movies are $15+ dollars (which is insane.. and don’t get me started about the 3D nonsense). Thankfully I’ve found that the matinee is still a thing theaters are doing, they just don’t advertise it. If you can catch a movie that begins before 12p, you can get it half price but they make it tricky. Often they begin their movie times just before noon, which means you have one chance to get the discount. But on a rainy Saturday, sometimes an 11:30am screening of whatever chick-flick is in theaters can make for a pretty sweet day. For people specifically in LA or NYC, when award season comes around (fall into winter) movies have free screenings and sometimes Q+A’s with the actors/director. Check out the LA Times or The Wrap for their free screenings. If you are in a union, they usually have free screenings as well (check out Below the Line). If you aren’t in a big city, smaller theaters sometimes offer a deal like $5 Tuesdays (which I had growing up in a small town).

Museums: In LA there are the big museums (The Getty, The Getty Villa, LACMA, The Hammer Museum or several MOCA locations) but there are awesome smaller museums that are worth a visit. Don’t get me wrong, I love the biggies (I’m a 2011 LACMA member- thank you Groupon!) but sometimes the most memorable museums aren’t the ones with Monet’s hanging in them. The Museum of Death (adults only), The Museum of Jurassic Technology, and The Museum of Tolerance are three museums I’ve been wanting to check out for a while now and are on my list, so expect a full report in a future posting.

One museum I recently walked by is Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum. I didn’t stop to check it out, but this museum is sponsored by the CCHR which was co-founded by the Church of Scientology (aka that’s a giant red-flag). Even their website is frightening, with a touch of “let us control you, and you will be safe” thrown in for good measure. You’ve been warned. 

The Skirball Cultural Center should probably be categorized with the other “big museums” because the Center is so large, but I feel like not many LA residence have

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been here. This museum is great for children and adults. Their life-sized Noah’s Ark Exhibit is extraordinary. The animals are made out of everyday objects and it’s interactive as well, it’s so creative and worth a visit. This center also has theater events, which I personally have never attended, but my sister has raved about it.

Most of these museums offer discounts to students, AAA members, KCRW members, senior citizens, “free after five” deals etc. Once in a while they offer a “Target Sponsored Weekend” where several major museums are free and there is even a free shuttle service. The Getty Museum is always free, but charges $15 for parking so be sure to carpool. A MOCA ticket will offer you admission to all three museum locations for the day, so allow yourself the day to visit them all. Be sure to check out their websites for any special deals and events happening that day.

Well Im off to go enjoy this rare LA rainstorm. I think I just inspired myself to go visit the Museum of Death (that sounds unintentionally funny).

Teaser: Tonight I’ll be at Bigfoot Lodge for my first Trivia Night at that bar. Expect updates about it tomorrow! Also this weekend is my big Catalina camping adventure.