Do This Today: Willy Wonka at the Skirball Cultural Center

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It’s time for another midday activity! Willy Wonka is screening on the big screen at the Skirball Cultural Center. Check it out!

Event: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at Skirball Center (event link)
Location: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd Los Angeles, CA
Time: Tuesday August 5, 2014, 1:30pm
Cost: Free – no reservations

Do This Today: LACMA Matinees: Labyrinth

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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

Do This Today: Wes Anderson Collection Book Reading at Skylight Books

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Tonight at Skylight Books (voted best neighborhood bookstore by LA Weekly) Matt Zoller Seitz will be reading from The Wes Anderson Collective. You know Wes Anderson as the director of “Rushmore”, “Royal Tenenbaums”, “Darjeeling Limited”, “Moonrise Kingdom” and about 30 other artistic, beautiful films.

Event: Wes Anderson Collection Book Reading  (event link)
Location: Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles CA
Time: February 20, 2014, 7:30pm
Cost: The event is free, but it’s $40 for the book

Do This Today: Cardboard Box Office

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Happy Christmas Eve-Eve everyone! Today’s “Do This Today” is checking out THIS link. Buzzfeed posted this great piece about a couple with a newborn who moved from New Zealand to Sydney. They had a bunch of boxes and though it would be fun to make classic scenes from famous movies with the left over cardboard boxes. Check out their website Cardboard Box Office. They’re so clever!

Do This Today: LA Historic Park Film Series

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Well if you can’t make Hansen at House of Blues and relive the 90’s, then Mmmbop your way over to LA’s Historic Park for their new film series. The screening is held under the North Broadway Bridge, which was once the Buena Vista Viaduct, hence this spot is being called The Viaduct. Tonight’s film is In A Lonely Place (1950). It’s FREE and has great views of downtown, and how many people can say they’ve seen film noir under a bridge… not many.

Event: LA Historic Park Film Series (event link)
Location: Under the North Broadway Bridge, Downtown LA
Time: Sept 26th, 2013 at 8pm
Cost: Free!

Sick-Day-Saturday

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Greetings from my bed. Unfortunately, today is a sick day for me. It’s painful losing a weekend day to being sick but it’s given me a chance to catch-up on home stuff, do a little bedside crafting and lets face it.. sick days are made for netflix documentaries.  One of my favorite blogs, Design Love Fest, posted two netflix recommendation posts HERE and HERE. My favorite documentary is by far Bill Cunningham New York. Hope everyone is out celebrating it being one of the last Saturdays of summer.

Weekend Guide July 12 + 13 + 14

It’s FRIDAY and time for the WEEKEND GUIDE!

Course for the Force is happening today, Friday July 12, as a precursor to Comic-Con next week. This Star Wars Relay-Run for Charity will be rolling through (it’s a run from SF to Sand Diego) with a festival in Santa Monica. The Spazmatics will be performing at the Santa Monica Pier at 4:30 today. If you’re on the west side, check it out. Star Wars outfits are encouraged.

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Also tonight, iam8bit gallery is hosting a Robot Chicken presentation of Friendship All-Stars of Friendship: The Art Show. The pieces are all generated by artists and friends of Robot Chicken, and then the proceeds go to the Echo Park charity, 826LA. Golden Road will be supplying beer and Origami Vinyl will be spinning tunes. RSVP HERE.

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Head downtown on Saturday July 13th in the evening (6-9p) to learn about animals and stargaze at a Campfire Event at LA’s Historic Park. Doesn’t that sound fun? Bring blankets to layout and watch the stars with experts telling you about the constellations.

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Maybe afterward head further into downtown to check out a free concert in Pershing Square Downtown Stage 2013. The Psychedelic Furs and Badwater are playing from 8-10pm. Free with lawn seating.

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If the Psychedelic Furs aren’t your cup of tea, hit up the Getty’s Saturday’s Off The 405  from 6-9pm on Saturday for a free concert by Pickwick in the Getty courtyard. It’s free and no reservations are required, but I recommend carpooling and getting there early since it can get packed.

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On Sunday July 14th, check out Unique LA downtown. It costs $10 to enter, but a portion of the money goes to the 826LA charity. This price includes unlimited entry for both Saturday and Sunday, free cocktails, a free photo booth, and food trucks.

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El Show! is happening on Sunday at El Cid in Silverlake. The show is $5 and starts at 8p. Come early and get food and drinks. This months show features Ron Lynch, Jonah Ray, Power Violence, Shawn Pearlman, Borts Minorts, Kali Kazoo, Joe Wengert, Courtney Pauroso, Cale Hartmann and the Yip Yip Sisters. That’s a packed night!

Do This Today: Dazed And Confused + Stand By Me

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Tonight the Aero Theater is doing a double feature of Dazed and Confused and Stand By Me. For $11 you get to see both. The Aero Theater often does double-features and classic films, so this isn’t unique to just today, but the Dazed/Stand By Me combo is an awesome double feature for a good price. Do it!

Event: Double Feature: Dazed and Confused + Stand By Me (event)
Location: Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Time: Thursday June 20, 2013, 7:30pm
Cost: $11 (get tickets HERE)

Do This Today: Animal House @ The Vista

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It’s Thursday yo! Almost through the week… almost. Tonight check out the free screening of Animal House at the Vista. It’s all part of the United Film Festival. John Landis will be receiving the lifetime achievement award and also lead a pre-movie discussion about the film and his life. It says tickets are $5.75, but just show the Animal House poster on your phone for free admission. Or, to guarantee admission, buy the $5 ticket.

Event: Animal House at the Vista (event link)
Location: The Vista, 4473 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Thursday May 2, 7:30p
Cost: FREE (or $5 pre-order get tickets HERE)