Do This Today: LACMA Matinees: Labyrinth

(photo via here)

I know what you’re thinking: who’s free at 1pm for a movie at the LACMA? Well if you’re funemployed and looking for cheap midday fun, hit up the LACMA today! $4 (in addition to admission to the museum) lets you see a screening of the AWESOME movie Labyrinth. You know you want to see David Bowie in those pants!

Event: LACMA Matinees: Labyrinth (event link)
Location: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Tuesday July 29, 2014, 1pm
Cost: $4 for general admission

BONUS Do This Today: LACMA Conversation with Michael Wilkinson: Superman- Costume Icon


This is a tad pricy for the blog, but sounds cool. Check out the LACMA tonight to see Michael Wilkinson (who was nominated for an Oscar in Costume Design for American Hustle) in conversation with Bobi Garland. Warner Bros even loaned some of Wilkinson’s costume designs for the event. If you’re into wardrobe and costume design, this event is for you. It’s $35 for LACMA members, $25 for students, and $40 for the public.

Event: LACMA Conversation with Michael Wilkinson: Superman- Costuming an Icon (event link)
Location: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Tuesday March 4, 2014, 7pm
Cost: $40 for the public, $25 for students, $35 for LACMA members

Do This Today: Free Museum Day!


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!


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

Do This Today: Free Museum Days!


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

Do This Today: LACMA Live Reading of Ghostbusters


Only standby tickets are available to this, but tonight at the LACMA there is a live Ghostbusters reading starring Jack Black, Seth Rogen, Rainn Wilson, Kristen Bell and more. Jason Reitman produces this Live Read series. The standby tickets are limited and will be handed out at 6:30p tonight. Get in line early!

Event: Live Reading of Ghostbusters (event link)
Location: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: 6:30pm stand by tickets released
Cost: $40 for the public, $25 for members

Weekend Guide September 7 + 8 + 9

Do you like the new Weekend Guide layout? If you click on the event box, it’ll bring you directly to the events website. Let me know what you think! Are you ready for the weekend? LETS DO THIS!

Do This Today: Hip Hop Meets Art


Lets get your art-hip-hop on! LACMA is doing another Through The Mic event where 8 musicians participate in a non-stop throwdown of soulful grooves ranging from funk covers to originals. This sounds like a fun cultural experience, and while you’re there you can check out the awesome artwork. Come join in the fun!

Event: Through the Mic: LACMA X Hip Hop (Freestyle Fellowship and Breakestra)
Location: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Time: 7pm
Cost: $17 (for non-members) TICKETS
FIY: The exhibit runs from July 27th- Aug 15, so be sure to see it before it’s gone!

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:

Weekend Guide June 15 + 16 +17

It’s Friday which means it’s time for the Weekend Guide! No plans this weekend? Perfect, now your weekend is all mapped out for you. There are a ton of movie screenings and bicycling events so get ready to watch and ride.

FRIDAY June 15

 LA Film Fest  is on from June 14-24 (so if you miss it this weekend, there’s always next weekend). THIS link leads you to a massive list of all their events and film screenings. Most of the films are priced at $13, which is better than your average movie ticket price (at least in LA).


Tonight LA County Bike Coalition, LA Film Fest and Universal Studios are coming together to celebrate ET with an ET screening and ET stunt. They will start the outdoor screening of ET at 8pm (at Figat7th), but for those of you interested in participating in an ET stunt, ride your bikes to the event at 7pm. They want to recreate the special cycling moment where Henry Thomas’ character rides his bike with ET. Fans who participate will get red sweatshirts (I imagine like the one in the photo above) and the photos from the event will be used in the ET 30th Anniversary release on blu-ray. How cool is that? And the whole event is free! Click HERE for all the details.



I don’t have an image to go along with this event (for obvious reasons) but on Saturday is the World Naked Bike Ride LA. Yup. It’s exactly like it sounds. This event originated overseas as a form of protest, and this years Naked Bike Ride is about celebrating sustainable energy, environmentally responsible living, human powered transport and body-positive value. If you want more information, click HERE for the full list of what’s legal and what isn’t.


B3: Bikes, Brunch & Beer is a charity event to help support The Pablove Foundation. On Saturday this cycling event will begin at Tony’s Darts Away with a carb-up brunch. Five miles later riders get to pit stop at Golden Road Brewing in Atwater Village for refreshments. Then the ride will culminate at Mohawk Bend with a discounted full brunch spread for those who completed the journey. Registration cost $25 (although raising more money is encouraged and rewarded), which isn’t bad considering you get a shirt, discounted food and the money goes to charity. Click HERE to register and click HERE to join the facebook group to see who else is joining you.


This next item is reoccurs once a month (every third Saturday) and is worth a mention because it’s FREE. Sports Chalet hosts a free introductory SCUBA course. If you’ve been meaning to learn to SCUBA but were worried about committing to the zillion dollars that it costs to get certified, try out this class to test the waters (hahaa, pun intended). Click HERE to find the closest store offering the deal and register.


Since you know how I love FREE events, I got so excited when I saw that the LACMA is hosting a free ArtWalk including live music, dance, and interactive art projects, at art galleries all along Miracle Mile. Admision to the LACMA, the Architecture+Design Museum and the Craft and Folk Art Museum are all FREE during ArtWalk. Click HERE for the LACMA website with all the deets.


If you like art you probably like music… and especially live music. Well then you have a hard choice to make. Also happening this weekend is Make Music Pasadena from 11a-11p and this event is also FREE. I went to last years massive event and had a blast walking around. There are so many stages spread out it’s a great way to see the neighborhood and get some exercise while also hearing a ton of bands. Click HERE for the downloadable pdf map.  Bring some sun screen!


Speaking of music and art museums, the Getty is doing their summer outdoor concert series called Saturdays Off the 405. This Saturday night’s guest is Allen Stone. That’s his photo above and here’s a youtube video I found of him:


Per usual, Summer Saturday Outdoor Film Screenings are on this weekend. The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is Screening Cheech and Chong’s Up In Smoke. Street Food Cinema is screening Rocky Hoor Picture Show. And Eat See Hear is screening The Goonies (in San Pedro). These screenings all have bands playing before they start and food trucks serving up goodies. Pack a picnic blanket and pick a film!



The Hammer Museum is showing Back to the Future @11am on Sunday. This is a free event with $3 parking under the museum. Why not get breakfast in the area with your dad and then stop in for the flick, which is probably Dad’s favorite.


If you need something a little less family friendly than the screening above, check out TJ Miller’s hosting a Fathers Day Matinee of Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid and A Dogs Life at the Cinefamily Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax. This event costs $12 and includes a back patio brunch (11:30-12:30p), then live entertainment and shorts (12:30-1:30p) then a screening of The Kid and A Dog’s Life (1:30-3p). That’s a great deal for only $12.


I know this Weekend Guide has been lacking the usual amounts of comedy, mainly because Chicago’s Comedy Festival (Just For Laughs) is happening this weekend and I think most comedians are out of town.  Anywho, I found one gem with the price. Flappers in Burbank is hosting the game show Stardumb for $15 starting at 9p on Sunday. Bil Dwyer & Erica Rhodes are hosting with game show guests/contestants Ben Gleib, Janet Varney, Jimmy Dore, Jon Dore, Maria Bamford and Samm Levine. HERE is the link to all the details and where you can get tickets.


That’ll do it for the Weekend Guide! Go out and have fun!