The Weekend Guide Jan. 20 + 21 + 22 (+23)

Are you ready for the weekend? Rumor has it it’s going to be rainy on Saturday so check out the events below for some indoor fun. And because I love you, I’ve included some cool Monday night events too.

Friday 1/20:

From 5-8p tonight there is a food truck event, NoHo Dine Friday Night Out. This event includes 8-10 gourmet food trucks, 8-10 booth vendors, and street musicians. Why not check it out and then walk over to The Federal and enjoy the night out on the patio? The Federal has the Rebels of Comedy stand up show at 7:30p (get tickets HERE) and DJ Trinidad is mixing on the turntables at 9pm.

The Pacific Standard Time Festival is happening from Jan 19-29th, so if you can’t make it tonight, you have a few more chances. HERE is a guide to all the events and what the festival is about. Tonight at 7pm Hirokazu Kosaka’s installation at the Getty Center’s Arrival Plaza is being unveiled as well as a sculptural performance. This is sure to be a cool event as The Getty Center also has a “LA Free Music Society” event. From 8pm-2am tonight, Liz Glynn is having a (free!) Black Box reception at 830 North Highland Ave. This event will go on each night of the festival (Jan 19-29) and will feature different surprise performances each night.

If you find yourself bored on the west side, visit Santa Monica for their Art Los Angeles Contemporary exhibit/event happening all weekend. Tonight at 6pm Superdeluxe is happening at the ALAC Music Space, Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. Superdeluxe is an experimental hip-hop group featuring Michah James and Frohawk Two-Feathers.

Saturday 1/21:

The Independent Shakespeare Company has resurrected their past summer performance of Hamlet (due to it’s success) and adapted it for their Atwater studio space. It opens this Saturday with a 5pm performace. Tickets are $20, although I’m sure if you “like” them on facebook you can get discounts to upcoming performances.

Does none of this appeal to you and you need some indoor fun on this rainy Saturday? Why not check out the newly opened Punk Rock Museum and eat at the Homegirls Cafe? Or hit up the Moonlight Rollerway on San Fernando and then stop by the neighboring Golden Road Brewing Pub for some of those yummy risotto fritters?

Sunday 1/22:

This weekend MOCA is having their Affordable Art Fair on the event deck of LA Live, downtown. Art ranges in price from $100- $10,000. Tickets are $20 each (and you can get them HERE), but this is a steal if you end up leaving with an $100 piece of art that is worth much more. On Sunday it will be open 11am-6pm, and as it is the last day of the event so maybe they’ll be a little more desperate and prices with be on clearance? Who knows, but if you’re in the market for some new art, check it out.

Chinatown is having their Year of the Dragon celebration with a Midnight Temple Ceremony (10p-12am) at the Chuan Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown. The event is free and in celebration of the Chinese New Year’s Day (1/23/12). There are a ton of fun restaurants and bars in Chinatown and I’m sure Sunday night will be hopping. Try a new restaurant and then head over to the Temple for a great photo taking opportunity, as fire crackers are lit in celebration.

And now, because I love you….
SPECIAL EDITION Monday 1/23:

From 2-5:30p on Monday, Whole Foods Market in Beverly Hills will be having their Health and Beauty Day. Vendors and specialists will be in the store to answer questions and FABIO (!!!) will be there selling his protein powder. Buy a jar of his powder and get a picture with him. This is FABIO people?!

For you comedy nerds (like myself), Chris Harwick (of the Nerdist podcast) will be having his Book Release Event: A Celebration of The Nerdist Way. It starts at 7:30p with a signing and party at 8:15 at Meltdown Comics on Sunset. The event will be moderated by Wil Wheaton and should be awesome. RSVP on the link above and GO TO THIS.

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Weekend Guide Nov. 11 + 12 + 13

Happy 11/11/11! I know you probably have many 11/11/11 parties to attend this weekend, but for all of those not observing this date-holiday, here’s your WEEKEND GUIDE!

FRIDAY Nov. 11

The Center for Inquiry (LA) is hosting another Drinking Skeptically event at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood. This informal gathering happens once a month and if you ask the doorkeep, they will direct you to the special area within the bar where this gathering is happening. This event is all about meeting new people and having fun while discussing science, skepticism, and rationality. This event happens in small gatherings all over the country and you can find more info on that HERE. If you want to be updated monthly about this event, join their group on Meetup.com HERE.

Marc Maron is performing at Occidental College tonight. He is always hilarious and had a well followed podcast called WTF with Marc Maron. Check that out HERE and then plan to see him at Occidental tonight at 7p!

Pretty? Pretty? A Divine Art Show is happening tonight at Meltdown Comics celebrating the the character Dawn Davenport as played by Divine in John Waters’ 1974 film, Female Trouble. The opening begins at 8pm and includes many artists celebrating Divine. The night will include the artist themselves, a live DJ, free booze and drags finest performers. Trust me, you will remember this event and it’s free! You can’t beat that.

SATURDAY Nov. 12 

 

Rumor has it, rain is in the forcast for this weekend in LA. As far as I know the NoHo Arts Festival is still scheduled to happen from 12p-8p on Saturday. Check out the NoHo Arts District page HERE to learn about all that the North Hollywood neighborhood has to offer.

 

This weekend you have your choice of festivals, because if NoHo isn’t your scene,  the LA Pizza Festival is happening from 1pm-5pm and did I mention that Joe Pesci is the honorary chairman? Julia Perri is hosting the LA celebration at Olympic Collection, and the goal is to raise money of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Come support a good cause and enjoy some, pizza, wine and goodies from around the world!

 

Devil’s Night Drive-in is presenting Kick Ass this weekend. That’s right, a drive-in exists in LA! The movie starts at 7:30p, but the gate opens at 6p, so come early for a good spot. Tickets are $10 and you can get them HERE.

*Silverlake Craft and Vintage is cancelled due to rain 😦

SUNDAY Nov. 13

The MOCA is having an event at the Geffen on Sunday at 3p called Theaster Gates: An Epitaph for Civil Rights with guest performances by Theaster Gates and the Black Monks of Mississippi (free with the price of admission). KCRW offers a 2 for 1 discount at the MOCA (if I remember correctly), so show them your card for a deal. The MOCA Geffen is a really great gallery space located in Little Tokyo. If you come early, you should explore Little Tokyo (see my post about the area HERE).

 

The Rosebowl is doing their monthly Flea Market this Sunday! There is plenty of free parking, and admission prices depend on the time you go in the day, but general admission is $8 after 9am. Click the Flea Market link above for all the info.

To Get You Over The Hump

I’ve been in exercise mode to get ready for Denver’s 2012 Turkey Trot, where I will be running on Thanksgiving morning. Unfortunately, this means I am extremely sore and I haven’t gotten to go on any adventures beyond the edge of the treadmill. Hopefully this translates into a kickass running time. While I am on my running kick, that doesn’t mean you should be indoors on these lovely fall nights.

Now I know it’s not the weekend yet (so close!), but I thought I would tell you about some events happening this week. TONIGHT, Wednesday at 7pm, the Moca is doing a cocktail reception for the opening of their Shadow Pool exhibit at the Hollywood Forever Masonic Lodge on Santa Monica Blvd. The exhibit Shadow Pool: A Natural History of the San San International is a mix of a fashion show, sculpture display, live music and more showcasing Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe‘s work. It’s worth checking out! If art isn’t your scene, check out Bigfoot Lodge‘s Trivia Night tonight at 9pm. If a 9pm starting time is too late for you, The Fox and the Hound bar in Studio City (on Ventura) has an 8pm Trivia Night tonight.

TOMORROW, Thursday at 7pm Michael Gross is doing a reading and signing of his new book Unreal Eestate: Money Ambition and the Lust for Land in Los Angeles at Book Soup. I have not read any of his books, but as a real estate enthusiast I hear about his work all the time. One of my favorite blogs on this topic is “The Real Estalker” and the writer of that site wrote a great description of the book HERE. If you are interested in high-end real estate and the behind the scenes info, read this book! I’m dropping it onto my amazon wish-list as we speak, and if you can’t make the signing order the book HERE.

The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in LA is offering two shows at 8pm on Thursday for only $5: This Sh*ts for Real and Scott Rodgers: Care Bear Stare. So if you want a cheap night filled with intimate comedy, get tickets to this show (HERE) and see Paul Scheer, Rob Delaney, Jackie Clark, Danielle Schneider, Scott Rogers, and the musical stylings of Michael Cassady (Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die). All of those awesome well known comedians or $5! Such a good deal.

Reminder: The AFI Film Festival is still going on, so if you have a free night, you should check the schedule HERE and enjoy! And get ready for Friday 11-11-11!

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!

The Hammer Museum, Now Dig This! Exhibit

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).

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

The Noah's Ark Exhibit at the Skirball Center

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.