Weekend Guide: June 7+8+9

It’s that time already! Weekend Guide time!

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Tonight, Friday June 7th, hit up Iam8bit (2147 Sunset Blvd) for their opening show of 80 artists from “Around the Earth Fulfilling their Retro Gaming Fantasies!” Opening night is tonight and has tunes spinning by DJ R-Rated from 7p-11p. Free admission.

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Also tonight is the creepiest/coolest thing I’ve read about in a while. Great Horror Campout happens tonight and Saturday night from 8pm-8am in LA’s Historic State Park in Chinatown. You’ll be lucky to make it through the night (sort of like every night in LA). This is a frightening campout, click the link to read about it and get tickets.

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Tomorrow, Saturday June 8th, is another Silverlake Craft and Vintage. Go check it out and get some cheap awesome goodness.

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Or are you more of a naked bike rider? Because World Naked Bike Ride: Los Angeles 2013 is happening on Saturday! RSVP to get the meeting location.

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Want to go to dinner and a show tomorrow night? Dublab is hosting a special dinner for the bi-annual Proton Drive fundraiser. There will be dj’s, live music, food, beer, fun, and so much more at 3416 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles (Atwater Village).

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Unf*ck The World Day is this weekend at the Bootleg Theater. 7pm doors, $10 ticket online ($12 at the door). Money goes to a good cause and it’s a night full of music.

And if this isn’t enough, Saturday is a FREE day in the Angeles National Forest. No adventure pas needed for your car. Yay!

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And of course, this weekend is the Jubilee! It was formally the Silver Lake Jubilee. Now it’s moved downtown to the warehouse district. It’s got comedy and music (like the Black Lips, The Drums and Trash Talk). Get tickets for Saturday!

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On Sunday the Natural History Museum celebrates it’s 100th birthday with a bash! On Sunday from 9a-11p there will be food trucks, workshops, demos, and even Devo and GZA taking the stage once it gets dark. Tickets are $25 for a day/night of awesome.

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Palos Verdes

After spending several hours exploring the Nixon Library, it was time to move along to our afternoon destination, Palos Verdes.

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We made our way down the 110 and then just drove along the coast on Palos Verdes Drive South (looping up onto Palos Verdes Drive West). We stopped along at several of the little parking overlook areas along the road to take pictures and enjoy the view.

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The above 2 photos were taken above the Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles.

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The next place we spent significant time was in Abalone Cove. We had to pay to park ($5?) but it was worth it.

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Follow the path down to the rocky beach.

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Bring shoes that are comfortable for climbing over these rocks (aka not flip flops).

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When we arrived (around 4pm) the sun was already starting to set. Our big regret was not getting here sooner, because it was awesome. Although now we know that we could easily spend a day at this beach. Around 4p surfers were hitting the waves.

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Nude Sunbathing Prohibited!

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Once we arrived at the tide pools, we didn’t want to leave. At first I thought “What are all these people looking at” and upon closer examination realized almost everything here was living. It made me really think about reach step, as to not hurt the marine life. You would see what looks like a pile of shells and rocks, but if you poke it, it MOVES! So cool! There were plenty of kids and adults.

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We were pretty protected near the pools, but if you climbed way out on the rocks (like these fishermen) you would be facing some giant waves.

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See? So cool!!

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It’s easy to miss all the marine life if you aren’t really focused on it.

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So much to explore! Each little pool of water had so much life in it. And experts/volunteers from the Natural History Museum were there to help explain what we were seeing. Everyone is super friendly and wants to show you and share in the enjoyment of marine life.

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The sun was setting, so we had to make our exit. The parking lot closed at dusk. We continued along on our Palos Verdes sea-side drive until we hit Point Vicente Lighthouse.

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It was so beautiful catching sunset from this spot. The lighthouse was closed, but it was beautiful to walk the paths along here. Many people were doing engagement photos and other photo shoots.

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We walked through the outside of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center- which looked like a little maritime center. You can see the people at the far end of the photo had been whale watching, since this is the furthest point which allows you to see south and west.

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As the sun fully set we walked back to the car and finished our loop of Palos Verdes. Now we know, plan more time than just an afternoon. There are so many walking/bike paths to explore, that I could spend so much time there. If there are any camping beaches, I should just move there.

Boston

Time for my weekend wrap up, aka my weekend Boston getaway. It all began with me leaving work around 6p (and driving through some rough neighborhoods to avoid traffic) and parking my car at AirPark LAX (the cheapest place I know of to park at LAX). I made it there with plenty of time, grabbed a Starbucks mint hot chocolate, and hopped on my Virgin red-eye (9:30p) flight to Boston.

After a flight with minimal sleep, I arrived at 5:30am in Boston. I took a cab to meet up with my parents at the Park Plaza Hotel they coincidentally were staying at last weekend (for a medical conference). I arrived by 6am and chatted with my parents in their room until 8am when my mom had to head to the conference. My Dad and I decided to grab a quick protein-filled breakfast and then begin our speedy Boston adventure. We decided to cut across the Commons and explore Charles St. area. We stopped in a cute brunch place called The Paramount. This was exactly what we needed. This tiny modern diner has quick turnaround.

You start by getting in line and ordering your breakfast (I went with a tomato, basil, mozzarella omelette and fresh fruit cup) and then we look for a seat. The place was very busy, but had a quick turnover so that seats become available fast. It’s a great place for something filling and fresh, but not a good place to go if you plan to sit for awhile (like a catch-up brunch date). From here we kept walking along the adorable Charles St. We got on the T (their metro) and took the line to Harvard (Cambridge). From here we saw where students were “Occupying Harvard”. They had guards around the entrance to Harvard Yard to protect/fight the protesters? Their intentsions were unclear, but Harvard was pretty bare at 9:30am on Saturday except for these uniformed officers.

We continued on to Harvard’s Sackler Art Museum which didn’t open to the public until 10a. We waited in their vestibule just to get out of the cold. Eventually my Dad was able to score us 2 free tickets because he has a Massachusettes address (free to MA citizens on Saturday). This was a fun museum, although not very big. They had a large collection of maps/prints on their top level. This was a fun exhibit, seeing how people in the 1600’s+ perceived the globe. The first level had modern art with a range of impressionism up to now. The second and third floors had antiquities that Dad and I didn’t care to see, given our schedule.

We moved along to Harvard’s Natural History Museum. This museum was AWESOME. Plan time to really explore this place. They have a special deal for residents on Sunday, but as this was Saturday, we payed full price. From there we walked up to their third floor which houses most of this wandering museum. If you go to the right wing, you enter the room of geodes an continue on to rooms that focus on the earth and cultural impact on nature. If you enter the room across from the stairs, you will see a room filled with glass replications of plants. You won’t believe that these species are made of glass (for scientific purposes). Be sure to continue on to the left wing (this was my favorite!) to see their many rooms displaying stuffed life-sized animals and skeletons. They had hundreds of birds, mammals, insects.. so on and so on. Every room had something cooler than the room before. For artists, this is a great place to practice life drawing and examining animals that you could never get close to in person (let alone get them to strike a pose). This place was awesome and if you’re in town you must go. (Please pardon all my cell phone pics, I left my nice camera in the hotel.)

Eventually we had to be on our way to follow the schedule. We walked down to MIT to explore some Frank Gehry architecture (Stata Center)  and see some smarties. After that we rushed across the Longfellow Bridge (while listening to my fathers complaints of exhaustion). We passed a cute paper shop back along Charles Street called Rugg Road Paper Company (which reminded me that I needed a wedding card for later that night). After purchasing a card my dad left to go see my mom on her lunch break from the conference while I met up with my good friend Dot you took the bus into Boston for the wedding. As we were tight on  time, we grabbed a quick lunch with my dad and then we hit the road to get to Andover Mass. Kaliegh’s wedding was awesome. It was so lovely and personal and it screamed Kaleigh. For example the delicious cake was funfetti (Travis, the groom, insisted) and the icing was covered in hot pink sprinkles (had to be pink, Kaleighs favorite color). Catching up with my good RISD friends and getting to spend an entire night with them was so special.

The next morning, we attended the wedding breakfast and then said our goodbyes. Dot drove back to NYC with our friends Sally and Si, while I drove back into Boston to spend my last 4 hours on the East Coast with my parents. My mom had this day off, which meant the three of us could spend time together. We walked all over through the parks, down Charles St, up through the rolling hills of stately townhomes, anf by the Capitol. We grabbed a bite at 75 Chestnut. I had the pumpkin sage ravioli (yum!) and we enjoyed a great lunch together. They had live music and large mimosas.. now this is a girls brunch kind of place. I would happily go back.

After this, we said our goodbyes and I was off to Logan for my return flight. My weekend in Boston was over, but it was a packed, fun weekend. Now comes Thanksgiving… Denver anyone?