The Weekend Guide Jan 27 + 28 + 29

Work has been crazy and I’m so behind the times today. I’m going to have to make this quick! I completely apologize and I swear next week I will be more thorough. Let’s get a move on,

FRIDAY Jan. 27:

If you checked out my last “Weekend Guide”, then you know that the Pacific Standard Time Festival is still happening and continuing through this weekend. If you didn’t go last weekend, you get one extra chance- don’t waste it! HERE is the festival calendar. Such good stuff going on all over the city tonight you have to check it out. Tonight Liz Glynn is hosting an event at the Black Box from 8pm-2am. This event is free and no reservations are required (check out the MAP). DJ OJO is doing an interactive set, Lucky Dragons is doing something with a ouiji board, Mecca Andrews is performing as well as a Walead Beshty’s films banned by China. Like them on facebook for more info, HERE.

Saturday Jan 28:

Two weeks ago I told you about Long Beach’s Adventure Expo and this weekend (starting tonight), is the 14th Annual LA Times Travel Show. Lisa Ling, Rick Steves and Arthur Frommer are three of many special guests attending this event. It’s taking place at the L.A. Convention Center, so you have no excuse not to hop on the metro and stop in to the show. Tickets are $10 and you can get them HERE.

As I posted about this past week (HERE), it’s year of the Dragon and as part of the celebration there will be a Golden Dragon Parade on Saturday from 1-4pm. Cupcake Wars will be providing a 1000 cupcakes to people attending the event. So if you are interested in going, or just curious which streets to avoid, check out the map HERE.

At 8pm, for $12 the Steve Allen Theater (which is now calling itself the Trepany House?), is hosting An Evening With Rob Zabrecky. They only have standing room only tkts available, but this sounds like a cool show. This weeks show has musical guests Goodnight Ladies (Liberty Larson + Shayne Eastin).

Sunday Jan 29:

On Sunday check out the LACMA’s new show “In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States”. It opens Jan 29th (Sunday) through May 6th, so you have some time to check it out.

I’m sorry this is so abbreviated, as Im sure there are so many more free cool events happening this weekend. You’ll have to do awesome things and tell me about them. This weekend I’m hoping to use my groupon (as well as cross things off my resolution list) and go rock climbing!

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Manic Monday

It’s Monday again and after a busy day I’m starting to plan out my blogging for the week and it’s going to be gooood. Thank you to Golden Road Brewery for posting about my blog on Saturday and for my new readers, welcome to Life Absorbed. Get ready for a post about Saturday night in Hollywood and my Sunday Tibetan meal followed by Chinese New Year celebrations.

So did you go to any of the events listed in my weekend guide? No? Fear not, many of the coolest events are happening all week (aka Pacific Standard Time exhibit and Chinese New Year celebrations).

Since today was a “Manic Monday” (titular moment), I’ll have to leave you with this until tomorrow. After a few showers on Saturday morning the sky cleared and it ended up being beautiful. I bought a 6lb medicine ball at Big 5, and took a walk while carrying/tossing the medicine ball. I highly recommend it and it gave my arms a great workout.

I walked a few times this weekend and as you can tell from the pictures the sky was so pretty. On one of my walks I even bumped into Andy Garcia, who was very nice and polite. You never know what could happen on a walk.

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.