Visiting Home 1: Getting There + Father’s Day

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After my last day at work, I hopped on a Burbank 9:45p Jetblue flight to JFK airport. It was a busy day, but thankfully it made me exhausted, so I slept nearly the entire flight.

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Once I arrived in NYC, I took the bus shuttle to Grand Central ($16? one way, no reservations required). It would have been cheaper taking the subway, but it involved transfers and would have taken extra time. Also, it was 6am and I was pooped.

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From Grand Central I took metro north to New Haven. Once on the train I closed my eyes, rested up and awoke to this view. How beautiful is that? It’s an excellent train ride along the coast.

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After a day of napping, seeing family and catching up with the three hour time change, it was Sunday! Father’s Day! We decided to spend midday visiting Grandma for lunch at her new facilities. Isn’t Grandma Trudie a cutie?

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They gave flowers out to all the dads on their special day. This dad was no exception.

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The next day I got to see my cousin Elena and meet her new baby Everett. He’s such a sweetie.

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I’m holding a baby!!

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Don’t these pictures just make you melt?

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I made it home before the clouds rolled in. About 5 minutes after I took this photo it started downpouring. It was such a treat for this LA girl. And such dramatic clouds!

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Rain, Rain, RAIN! We decided to use this indoor time tackling our object filled basement. This has been my parents project for a long time, so it was nice to come home and help them clear out a lot of my old belongings.

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Warning: Cleaning out the basement takes an emotional toll. Going through childhood treasures and having to decide what has value and what doesn’t, man it’s rough. There were certain boxes that were an automatic keep. My dad put these Mickey ears on my head and I was pretending this doll was my child. My lazy-eyed child. Sigh, what has it come to.

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In going through my old RISD boxes I found this homemade card from dear Ms. Sally Funn To (best middle name ever). This was in the “keep” pile of course 🙂

Do This Today: American Craft Beer Week

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(Photo by Erika Bolden)

I love craft beer. There, I said it. This week happens to be American Craft Beer Week (in my house I call it “Friday Night”). Tonight Ladyface Alehouse has Archived Ales on tap. Select Beer Store is being taken over by Stone Brewing. West 4th & Jane is having Sam Adams Brewery Night trying out 4 rare brews of theirs. The Surly Goat is having Firestone Night. Wades Wines is doing Stone Brewing Rare Vertical Tasting (through Sunday- and this place is awesome). City Tavern will be doing 9 selections of Drake’s Brewing. Little Bear will be taken over by Avery Brewing at 6pm. How cool is this? One of these places has to be in your neighborhood. Check it out!

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Do This Today: Weekend Edition

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A Current Affair has a Pop Up Vintage Market returning to LA on Saturday from 3-8pm. Check out their website for details as well as info on all the vendors. It’s gonna be pretty hip.

Event: A Current Affair Pop Up Market (event link)
Location: Cooper Design Space, 860 S. Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Saturday March 23, 3-8pm
Cost: $10 admission (get tickets here)

Do This Today: Weekend Edition

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Kurt Braunohler’s dreams are becoming reality. He started his Cloud Project Kickstarter months ago and on Saturday it culminates with his skywriting performance. For the record, Kurt is not the pilot, but he did create this project and is seeing it through. If you’re on the East side, look up at 3:33pm to see the skywriting. If you can make it downtown to Perch, you should join Kurt’s rooftop viewing party!

Event: Cloud Project (event link)
Location: Perch 448 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Saturday March 23, 2-7pm
Cost: FREE Admission, but get there early

Do This Today: Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die

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It’s FRIDAY!!! Tonight go to Largo and see Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die perform with guests Nick Thornburn, the band Family, Jim Hanft and Sam Yonack. Rumor has it Aziz Ansari will be stopping by. It’s known that I have love for this band (read that here!).

Event: Don’t Stop OR We’ll Die @ Largo (event link)
Location: LArgo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Friday March 22, 9pm
Cost: $25 (Get tickets HERE)

“The Big-Ass Book of Bling” Book Launch Party!

On November first, my friend Lindsey and I hit up Mark Montano‘s book launch party for The Big-Ass Book of Bling at the Craft and Folk Art Museum. Party time! I highly recommend launch parties (as that usually means, free booze live music and a guaranteed awesome night) and I highley recommend a visit to the Craft and Folk Art Museum (along Wilshire’s museum row).

There was an awesome open bar with vodka provided by Alaska Distillery.

I bought the book, as I love crafts and it’s right up my ally.

You can see above there was a glittery craft table where guests were encourage to craft. It’s hard to tell from these photos, but most of the guests were wearing tons of bling and wild outfits. It was quite the scene. Plus they were giving out ring pops at the door (how clever is that?!) so everyone had dyed lips and giant candy rings on.

I didn’t realize this when I RSVP’d for the event, but the lovely Meiko was the musical guest. She played 3 or 4 beautiful songs for the crowd.

Check out her music HERE!

My friend Lindsey and I had to pose by the event wall. What a fun night.

It would be pathetic of us to visit the Craft and Folk Art Museum and not actually see the galleries, so we took a break from the event to explore. They had a glasswork exhibit (above) and a tattoo exhibit (below).

The tattoo exhibit was really fun. Even as a non-tattooed person, I still really enjoyed the graphics.

I really enjoyed this tattoo parlor set-up, where different tattoos are projected onto your body. So clever.

After exploring, I HAD to talk to Mark and have him sign my book. He was insanely nice and took time to talk to everyone. He’s so friendly, positive, and excited about crafts.

The goodie bag! I love event swag… and I especially love CRAFT event swag. Fiskars scissors- what a gift! All this for attending a free open-to-the-public party. This was my “Do This Today” for November 1st, and a great example of how there are free fun events happening all over Los Angeles every night. All you have to do is go!

Do This Today: How To Live With Chelsea Peretti (comedy!)

It’s technically sold out already, but if you put your name on the waiting list at the door, UCB always finds a way to squeeze everyone in. Today’s event is How To Live With Chelsea Peretti at the UCB theater on Franklin. Tickets are $5, and for that you get to hear the hilarious Chelsea and her special guests Joe Mande, John Mulaney, and Kumail Nanjiani. These are all big names in comedy, so you better get your name on that waiting list! Get there early, put your name on the list at the office and then wait to be let in (don’t wait in the regular line).

Event: How To Live With Chelsea Peretti (event website)
Location: The Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles CA 90028
Time: 9:30p
Cost: $5

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!

Weekend Guide Dec. 2 + 3 + 4

Happy December! One more month until 2012, are you as excited as I am? Since I missed last weeks Weekend Guide, due to Thanksgiving and all, I figure I should post the weekend guide a day early to give you extra time to plan.

FRIDAY December 2, 2011

There are three fun events happening this Friday, all around the same time so choose wisely. One of my favorite holiday events is Toluca Lake’s Open House (from 6-9p), where local restaurants and vendors plant themselves on the sidewalk along Riverside and hand out free samples and hot cider. They have a bus that goes up and down Riverside with carolers singing classic tunes. It’s a festive celebration that really pulls out the community (and also adorable doggies in costumes). HERE is the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce website that talks about more community events. HERE is the Open House info.

Another holiday fair happening  on the same night, from 7-9p, is the Sunset Junction Holiday Party and Scavenger Hunt. Get ready for live music, drinks, and local shops. It’s another great way to get to know your neighbors, get off your butt and experience something different. This neighborhood has some great restaurants, so I say check out the party, shop local for unique Christmas gifts and then hit up a new restaurant. For more info and a map showing local venues check out more info HERE.

If you’re sick of holiday crap, and want to have a laugh, check out the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre on Friday Night at 6:30 to see Nick Kroll (The League, Fabrice Fabrice) as Jorge Luis Borges and of course Paul F Tompkins as HG Wells in Dead Authors Reading. The money goes to support 826LA, get your tickets before they sell out HERE.

SATURDAY December 3, 2011

Unique LA is holding their holiday event on Saturday and Sunday from 11a- 6p (both days) and tickets ahead of time are $10. 10% of ticket sales go towards 826LA. With the price of admitance, you get a cotton tote bag, entry for both days, free drinks, workshops and crafts, free portraits at the Oh Snap Photo Booth, acess to Amoebas Pop-Up Shop downtown, and 2 different cafe areas. This event is similar to the Etsy craft fair, with designers creating original goods that will make you look extremely artsy and sophisticated when you give out our gifts at Christmas time. So get your ticket (online is cheaper), help a local charity (826LA) and buy one of a kind Christmas gifts (boost the economy). Win. Win. Win. The event is located at The California Market Center (110 East Ninth Street, LA, CA 90079).

ColLAboration is celebrating the holidays with their Winter Wonderland event at Golden Road Brewing in Atwater, from 12p-5p on Saturday. ColLAboration is a group that holds craft beer events at different locations throughtout the year around LA. For those of you who’ve never been (that’s including myself), you pay $15 for a beer glass that essentially buys you a membership to future events. You keep the glass and reuse it at all the ColLAboration events. Once you have your glass you need to buy beer tokens which allow you to taste different beers when you are at the event. I hope to be here this Saturday, so Ill report back about it. I have been to Golden Road Brewery before (see that post HERE), but I’ve been meaning to explore other craft breweries that team up with ColLaboration.

SUNDAY December 4, 2011
The cute little Larchmont Village is having their Holiday Open House on Sunday from 12p-5p. I haven’t gone in past years, but I’ve gotten to know the neighborhood and expect it will be adorable. They have a great market/deli within Larchmont Village that is known for their sandwiches and a fun farmers market on the weekend. If you’re free you should come check it out.
** If you aren’t interested in any of these special events, message me and I can tell you about more things that happen around LA every weekend. These weekend guides are meant to highlight unique events, but I know of plenty of great walks, hikes and bars you should visit.