Do This Today: Les Femmes (art!)

The A+D Museum invited in a large group of female designers, artists and architects to take over the space with their work (no rules). Come check out this exhibit before it ends Sept. 8.

Event: A+D Architecture and Design Museum “Come In! Les Femmes”
Location: A+D Museum, 6032 Wilshire Blvd, LA CA 90036
Time: 11a-5pm
Cost: $10
FIY: Parking is tricky. The museum recommends taking the Purple Line and getting off at Wilshire/Western.

BONUS: Marc Maron is back at the Trepany House tonight, click HERE for details.

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Weekend Guide July 13 + 14 + 15

I’m sorry I’m so lacking today. I even have the day off from work, but I’ve been scrambling to get ready for a big camping weekend (as well as still doing work from home). That’s right folks, I’ll be out in the wilderness for the next 2 nights, so there won’t be any updates.

As for the weekend guide, here’s all I’ve got because I have to leave shortly.

FRIDAY July 13th:
Check out Shakespeare in the Park! It’s in Griffith and it’s free. Tonight they’re doing The Winter’s Tale. Grand Performances is doing a show called Mexico: Unexpected (MMM) which could be fun. If you like comedy, Set List is on at UCB tonight and tickets are still available. Dana Gould, Jackie Kashian, Rory Scovel, and Moshe Kasher will be there. Get tickets here.

SATURDAY July 14th:
On Saturday Silver Lake Craft and Vintage is back, and this time with free coffee. It runs from 10am to 4p so you should stop by and then explore the Silver Lake hills. It’s very fun. Later that night Church and State Bistro as well as Cliff’s are offering Bastille Day deals. So if you want to celebrate, hit them both up. Also, Eat See Hear is showing Pee Wee’s Big Adventure down in San Pedro if you’re south and want a night under the stars. At 10pm, Cinefamily is showing Party Girl starring Parker Posey and the director will be there in person (Daisy von Scherler Mayer). Tickets are $12 and you can get them here.

SUNDAY July 15th:
I’m having a hard time finding new unique events happening this Sunday. I blame comicon. Just because there aren’t new events doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do in Los Angeles on Sunday. Why not try a museum: Moca, LACMA, The Hammer, or even The Museum of Death (if you’re feeling brave). Have you seen Gallery 1988‘s Arrested Development exhibit? Go because it’s awesome and it closes after July 21st. On Sunday night UCB does their free Asssscat show, so get in line early to secure a spot and enjoy a free night of comedy.

I sincerely apologize to you for this lack-luster imageless update, but it’s all I can do. Just know that you are most important to me. Now go off and have a fabulous weekend!

Chicago 4: Frank Lloyd Wright

To catch you up to speed with my Chicago adventures…
Chicago 1: Bloomingdale Trail + Street Art + Antique Taco
Chicago 2: I Love the ZOO!
Chicago 3: Millennium Park + The Art Institute of Chicago

Since my trip here is so short (2.5 days), we are approaching the last .5 day. How could I leave Chicago without visiting Oak Park, home to Frank Llyod Wrights home, office, and many of his designs. We arrived at FLW’s home and got tickets to go on the 12:15p tour. While waiting for the tour to start we walked around the block which is filled with other examples of FLW architecture.

The house above is called the Arthur B. Heurtley House designed in 1902. The house below is the Nathan G. Moore House.

I think the FLW house offers walking tours aroudn the neighborhood, but if you wanted to go at your own pace just print the map HERE and read up on the sights ahead of time. This is a beautiful walk and you can even stop an grab some delicious pizza (like we did) at Giordano’s on Chicago Ave, just down the block. Once it hit 12:15p we were back that FLW’s house for the tour. I opted not to get the photography pass (aka more $), but I got these photos of the outside of the property.  Below is the front of his home, and behind the greenery to the left of the photo, is where his architectural studio/office was.

The photo below was his carriage house, which has been converted into a gift shop and main office for the museum.

The photo below is looking toward the entrance to his offices. I really enjoyed this tour and highly recommend it to be able to see the inside and learn more about his design decisions. I’m so glad I could to stop here before I headed to the airport.

Check out the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust website to see better images and learn more about his architecture, events, and different types of tours offered.

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).

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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.

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SATURDAY June 16

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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:

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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!

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SUNDAY June 17 – HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! 

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.