NoHo Arts Festival

This past Saturday, despite the misty rain, I attended the North Hollywood Arts Festival and had a really great time. I parked for free along Bakman Ave. and walked up and down Lankershim Blvd where all the main events were going on. They closed off the parking lot behind The Federal and set up a main stage for local bands, a food truck area (Coolhaus Ice Cream Truck was there!), and had a beer garden for ticket holders. Because of the misty air, it kept the numbers in attendance low which is unfortunate because it was a really well planned community event which is exactly what NoHo needs more of. The Federal was packed with people and has a great upper outdoor deck that gave a great view of the bands and they also had their own bands playing in the bar. I still haven’t gone, but I hear they have veggie hot dogs and I know Ill be going soon. The Art Institute opened a satellite location in several renovated buildings along the strip, and was a big factor in the Art Festival this weekend. I got to see two bands play: Maxim Lugwig and the Sante Fe Seven and The Nervous Wreckords.

Maxim Ludwig and the Sante Fe Seven

The Nervous Wreckords

It was a great area to walk around and take photos. The moody sky made it especially fun. Occasionally, when a drizzle started I would just duck into a coffee house or art gallery (there were many to choose from). I can’t wait for their next festival!

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 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.



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.