BONUS Do This Today: Gallery 1988 West Fairy Tales Art Exhibit


Tonight from 7pm-10pm, Gallery 1988 West is hosting an opening reception for their newest exhibit Fairy Tales. If you aren’t at the Riot LA comedy festival, then this is worth checking out. They always curate fun shows.

Event: Fairy Tales (a print show)  (event link)
Location: Gallery 1988 West, 7308 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles CA
Time: Friday, January 10th, 2014 7-10pm
Cost: Free!

Do This Today: The Los Feliz Village Street Fair


I can’t give you a weekend guide because I’m super swamped with errands as well as a big build today! But I will tell you, you must check out the 20th Annual Los Feliz Village Street Fair! It’s all taking place on Hillhurst Blvd on Today, Saturday September 7, 2013, noon to 11pm. There will be food vendors, local shops, live music etc all taking part in the neighborhood celebration. I’ve gone past years and it’s a great way to be outside, get a tan and get so exercise walking around.

The Business @ Lyric Hyperion Theatre (7/11/13)

This past week I checked out The Business at Lyric Cafe on Hyperion. The San Fran based show has branched out and started an LA chapter. I’ve been to the venue for a snack while Secret Stair walking, but never to the theater portion. I arrived extra early and had a snack at the cafe before the show.


You can see by the fliers above, Lyric Cafe is very pro indie comedy.


Beth Stelling hosted for the night. She’s a regular at The Business and I often see her name on comedy rosters around LA. She was an excellent host and very funny.


Mo Welch was up next. She has some awesome clips over on The Mo Show website. The Serial Optimist also did a nice spread on her.


My Hot Tub favorite Kristen Schaal was up next. She had an amazing bathing suit bit that hopefully she’ll do at Hot Tub because more people need to hear it. Check her out at the Virgil (Hot Tub Show) on Monday nights.



John Mulaney was up next. We west coasters were lucky to have him in town this week and I certainly took advantage and saw him 2 times. The last time was for a live podcast taping of You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes. This time it was all standup. He did a hilarious bit where he discussed his recent engagement and really broke down the saying “why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free”. Genius.


Ben Lerman came up next and sang three comedic songs. The last song he sang took a horrific real story and he created a song with three points of view from the same story. Good stuff.


Chris Garcia was up next. He’s one of The Business LA creators. Check out his website here and you can even hear him on Marc Maron’s podcast WTF.


Emily Heller was last up. I saw her do an excellent set at Hot Tub a few months ago and you should check out her twitter.

TONIGHT (and every Thursday) The Business will be happening at Lyric, so come check it out.

Do This Today: Pop-up Gallery


Tonight from 6pm-9pm Hemingway & Pickett is hosting an exhibit of work from the photographers of Darling Magazine. Come by to see their prints and enjoy drinks and cupcakes from Lark Cake Shop (yum!).

Event: Darling Pop-up Gallery (event link)
Location: Hemmingway & Pickett, 3208 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Thursday June 6, 6p-9p
Cost: Free!

Fashion District / Egg Slut Truck / Skid Row

This past weekend, my good friend Susie (and fellow blogger of Design Plus You) ventured down to the fashion district to look for fabric. The store Im most familiar with in the industry is Michael Levine, so we headed there. As you know I’ve been redoing my barrel chair and I came to a standstill when I realized I needed a special type of padding. Surely Michael Levine would have it.


Michael Levine is so inspiring! Two warehouses full of ideas! This felt above made me think of the kids room pennants I make… so many colors to choose from! Susie highly recommended HeatnBond as a great no-sew hemming tool.


After buying our fabric (I found what I needed with the help of a knowledgeable staff member for $2.50!), we decided to head somewhere for breakfast. The Egg Slut Truck had been recommended to me, so we yelped it and headed that way.


The Egg Slut Truck happened to be parked in front of Handsome Coffee Roasters.


See the crowd? It’s located downtown just past Skid Row amongst warehouses, so not exactly a prominent spot but it’s well known through word of mouth. It’s also close to Sci-ARC, where I imagine architecture students and nearby artist loft owners come to get their caffeine fix (the crowd was very artsy).


Doesn’t the look amazing? It tasted soooo good. The coffee is a latte,  and just a note to coffee lovers, Handsome Coffee Roasters is a purest. They only have organic whole milk and no sweeteners. As for the Egg Slut Truck, I got the scrambled eggs with avacado. They have several options and all of them looked amazing. This place makes me look forward to another Michael Levine/Egg Slut Truck/Handsome Coffee Roasters Saturday morning Adventure.


Since I brought up Skid Row above, I feel like I must tell you about to excellent documentaries I’ve seen recently about Skid Row. The first is called Skid Row and documents Praswell (Pras, a member of the Fugees) as he lives for 9 days on Skid Row without his true identity being revealed and begins with just $9 and a tent. The goal was for Pras to get to know the people behind Skid Row, how the got where they did, and are they choosing to be there or is it a reaction to a cause? He is mentored by the local Mission leaders and filmed from a very far distance. I think it’s easy to dismiss the homeless and this movie is so humanizing and shed’s light on serious issues plaguing this city.

The second film I saw was Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home, which was made be several of the people who worked on The Soloist. In fact most of the homeless people followed in the film were extras in The Soloist. This film focuses on San Julien Place, a street near several missions which has homeless housing and where many people take refuge. This film focuses on mental illness and how the termination of mental institutions forced these people out onto the streets. It also shows a larger problem: When missions are full at night (as well as low income housing being very hard to get) and people have nowhere to go to sleep, they are forced to lay on the ground where they then get ticketed for the crime of laying on the ground. If people can’t afford a place to lay, how can they pay the ticket? Not paying the tickets leads to jail time, which uses up lots of tax dollars. What if those tax dollars were invested in more of these low income apartments, which currently have waiting lists because they are so maxed out? The people followed are fascinating humans who you really care about in the film. I highly recommend both films.

…Spring Forward


How did you spend your extra hour of sunlight? As much as I hate losing an hour from a weekend (can’t we lose it while working?), I like to think I spent my time very valuably: working on a future blog shop! It’s still a long way from being finished, but I’m happy about it’s progress. I also got to take a few breaks and visit my favorite LA “beach”, the Silver Lake Meadow. Such a great place to layout reading magazines and getting some vitamin d. It’s a great people watching spot and you can do a loop around the lake for some exercise.

Comedy Wednesday: Hot Tub (1.28.13)

It’s Comedy Wednesday! It’s only fitting that I write you this post while listening to the Louie CK pandora station. This past Monday I made it to the Virgil for Kurt and Kristen’s Hot Tub weekly comedy show. I LOVE it and highly recommend you check it out. It’s filled the hole left by Comedy Bang Bang ending


The show started with Kurt Braunholer and Kristen Schaal being hilarious and awesome as they always are.


They brought up an audience member (chosen by NY based Carl, who chose via text) to open a gift sent by Carl to Kurt and Kristen. They passed the contents of the envelope around for people to keep. I got a picture of an old curtain- score!


Eugene Mirman was the first guest up. I own Invite The Up (one of Eugene’s cds) so it was cool seeing him perform in person. It was my first time seeing him in person. He told a very funny story about him and Michael Stipe getting mugged by the police.



Next up are The Apple Sisters. They sang their song Pudding and then Tippity Tappity joined them for Tippity Tappity the Tape Worm. They have a podcast you should check out here.


Marc Maron came out next. He has the very successful podcast WTF with MArk Maron and he told stories about his interview with Mel Brooks (which will air in the next few weeks). I love old people (Mel Brooks!), so I was choking I was laughing so hard.


Kurt did some stand up next. He talked about his kickstarter to get a plane to write  comedic phrases in the sky over Los Angeles and NYC. Here is the kickstarter event! He’s met the goal, and is trying to raise more to do it in more cities. It’s coming in March!


The Sklar Brothers came out after Kurt. They told a story about a plane experience involving Laura Dern, a member of the Wu-Tang Clan (I think it was RZA), and Richard Simmons. So. Funny. They also have a podcast called Sklarbro Couuntry on Earwolf.


Kristen Schaal did her stand up next. She spoofed Beyonce’s Inaugural performance, by also lip synching to her own set. She also told a story about going to a media event and indulging in the open bar. We learned that when she vomits on herself, she does her best to keep it only on herself.


Hannibal Buress was next up. You can check him out on Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show @ 12:30a. He was a crowd pleaser and supposed to be the closer until…


Aziz Ansari dropped in! You probably know him from Parks and Recreation, Funny People, Human Giant or one of his stand up specials.


He talked alot about his troubles with single-hood, which are the exact same complaints I have about the dating world. I just find it so hard to believe that Aziz is single, as he’s hilarious, successful and adorable.

I had originally thought that Kurt and Kristen were only doing this show for a month residency, but it seems like it’s on going and I’m LOVING it. I’m sure Ill be back again soon. And as an added incentive, if you stick around after the show you can drink with the comedians.