Adrianne Lenker (Big Thief) at Space Ballroom 3.1.18

Lately I’ve been doing more comedy shows and trips but missing out on when I used to go to random music shows. In LA the Satellite had a fun cheap night of music (which I wrote about a lot here) and I really miss that. I decided to look up the calendar to the hippest+cheapest local music venue (The Ballroom on Treadwell St in Hamden,CT), and I picked out a random midweek concert to check out. I googled Adrianne Lenker, listened to her Spotify station and got tickets to her show for March 1st, 2018.


I for sure felt like one of the oldest people in the room, which I didn’t expect given the mature mellow songs that Adrianne Lenker and Henry Jamison (her opener) performed. I guess I anticipated an older crowd, but I was wrong.


Adrianne’s opener was Henry Jamison, who was really excellent. You should check him out on Spotify. He also has a song playing at Starbucks (or so he mentioned at the show). Henry’s stories between songs showcased what a hilarious weirdo he is, and I really mean that lovingly. He’s a quiet, chill, unique guy and I loved his antidotes.


Henry will be back to New Haven at Cafe Nine on April 6th. Check out his music video here for Real Peach.


Adrianne Lenker came out next. She was having some anxiety, as this was the first stop on her tour and she’d been living the last year as an introvert. One of the first things to happen as she took the stage was to have a guitar string snap as she was tuning up. Thankfully there were at least 5 visible guitars on stage with her so it was an easy swap out, although Im sure it didn’t help with her anxiety.


Once she started playing, she got back in the groove of things and she played beautifully and confidently. We got to hear a lot of new music that will come out later this year and she even let the audience tell her what to play as she closed out the night. Check out this link to see if she’s coming near you soon!



Weekend Guide August 3 + 4 + 5

There’s nothing like really taking a close look at your student loans to ruin a Friday. In 35 years, I’ll be all payed off! And I’ll be just at retirement age.. excellent. Enough of my bummer Friday. Did you enjoy my Font Friday post? I’m VERY excited to bring that to you each Friday.. and I like that it gives you something to think about before I jump into the WEEKEND GUIDE! Yup, it’s that time folks!


FRIDAY August 3rd:

Are you ready for Animation August at the LACMA? Tonight they will be doing an outdoor screening of Bolt. This is a free event starting at 8p. Come early to claim a spot, pack a picnic dinner and hang out by the giant rock. This is a great family night event.

Echo Park Film Center is hosting An Evening With Action Item where the band Action Item will present a 45 minute documentary and play songs from their upcoming album. It sound like a relazing chill Echo Park night.

I’m having trouble confirming this next item (click here for the details), but Maria Bamford should be performing at the Fake Gallery tonight from 8-10p. Tickets are $5 and Maria is worth far more. This isn’t to be missed.

Hey I have an idea- why not check out Maria Bamford and then head over to the Lyric Cafe (not far down the road) for Matty’s Pizza Party at 10pm. Tickets are $5 and you can get them HERE! John Ennis will be there tonight. He’s a comedy legend as he started out on the Mr. Show with Bob (Odenkirk) and David (Cross). And there will be pizza!

I almost don’t want to mention this because it’s pretty pricy, but for you music loving richies, this weekend is Hard Summer (Fri+Sat) at LA’s State Historic Park. The lovely location of the Renegade Craft Fair has now become a musical jamboree! A two-day pass is $129, and a single-day pass is $75 ($82 with fees). It’s too rich for my blood (given my depressing student loans evaluation this morning) but you should check it out if you have the time and the funds.


SATURDAY August 4th:

Here’s the weekend movie forecast:
Eat See HearPurple Rain at the Marina Green Park in Long Beach @ 8:30 ($10)
Devils Night Drive InPulp Fiction downtown @ 8:30 (presale $10)
Street Food Cinema: Bridesmaids in Exposition Park @ 8:30 (presale $10)
Forever Cemetery/CinespiaSunset Boulevard in the Forever Cemetery @ 9 ($10)

If you’re sick of movies, and want to check out some comedy… Comedy Bang Bang (on IFC) is having their big Los Angeles event on Saturday at the Unitarian Church in Hollywood. That’s just the venue and I swear it’s not religious comedy. Get tickets and full details HERE. The event goes from 7p-12am, so you’ll get your monies worth! I mean, Nick Kroll, Andy Daly and comedy dreamboat Harris Wittels?! Does it get better than that?


SUNDAY August 5th: (aka national cheese pizza day)

Last weekend a few friends and I rented bikes and biked the path along the beach. It was awesome and we all found ourselves thinking, how have we lived in LA this long and not done this before? Well, now’s your chance to jump in the fun. The LA Bike Coalition is hosting Sunday Funday, where bikers meet at 9:30am at Del Valle Park in Lakewood and then they bike in Long Beach. You can even become a member and do this all the time. Fun for the family!

The Upright Citizen’s Brigade has their monthly Gravid Water show on Sunday at 9:30p. This is an incredible show, where there are several 2 person scenes. One person has memorized a section of writing (play, poem, literary piece) and the other person has no clue what they’re reciting from and has to completely improvise. This improv show is fantistic. It’s great for literary buffs as well as people who enjoy comedy. It’s smart and funny. IT’s a hot ticket and usually sells out fast, but you can always put your name on the waiting list, and they are good about fitting everyone in.

If you’re looking to catch a new movie this weekend (indoors and not on a lawn) and feeling a bit melancholy, check out Celeste and Jesse Forever which opens at the Arclight and Landmark theaters this weekend. Check out the trailer for this funny bittersweet love story: