Weekend Guide: July 19 + 20 + 21

Happy Weekend Everyone! Are you staying in town or heading south to Comic-Con this weekend? For people staying in LA there are still fun things to do this weekend (and hopefully less traffic than last weekend). Lets get to it!

FRIDAY

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Tonight, Friday July 19th head to the Known Gallery on Fairfax in West Hollywood to see this Push exhibit.

“As a part of the Game Changer series, SIMPLE Mobile told Push they wanted to give him a chance to do something he always wanted to do with his art, without restriction. Push’s first choice was a to do a three-dimensional installation piece that stretched his skills and the ideas of what people thought of when it came to graffiti and street artists in Los Angeles. ”

It’s opening reception is from 8-11pm tonight and it’s free! If you can’t catch it tonight, it’s running through the weekend.

It’s also DineLA Restaurant Week! Check HERE for full listings and details. Maybe you could eat out at an amazing restaurant at a reduced price and then hit-up the Push opening exhibit? That would be so LA of you.

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Tonight if you’re looking for an outdoor movie, check it Friday Night Flicks: Thelma and Louise in Pershing Square. Bring a picnic and low lawn chairs (no alcohol or smoking allowed). It starts at 8:30p, so why not get there early, head to Perch for a cocktail on the roof and then stake your spot for the movie.

SATURDAY

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Etsy Renegade Craft Fair is happening this weekend! It starts at 10am on Saturday July 20th and you can always come back Sunday incase you haven’t had your fill. Expect food trucks, tons of cool booths and a fun crowd. I look forward to this bi-annual event all year and it’s HERE!!

While you are near downtown, continue into the city to hit up some sample/warehouse sales. Splendid and Ella Moss are having their warehouse sale at the Cooper Building from 9am-3pm. If you are in West Hollywood, Just One Eye has their warehouse sale from 10a-7pm at 953 N. Orange Dr on Saturday.

Dream Collective on Sunset is hosting a $75 leather tooling workshop (for DIY’ers out there)  where you learn leather working skills.

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Are you looking to save money and instead get exercise and be outside for free? Ten Bridges Epic is happening Saturday from 8:30a-4p. Be at the starting point at 8:30a by the Gold line on Spring St. Join a great group of walkers as they explore all of downtowns bridges.

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On Saturday at 8pm Grand Performances is hosting Rufus and Friends with Black Light All Stars. Click the link to find listen to their jams.

SUNDAY

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Hit-up Shakespeare in the Park on Sunday July 21. In Griffith Park (by the Old Zoo) they will be performing Macbeth at 7pm on Sunday. It’s free (although donations would be appreciated) and be sure to pack a picnic, bug spray and a jacket for once the sun sets. It’s a really fun time.

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The Echo is hosting The Grand Ole Echo (a night of country music and bbq) for FREE on Sunday night from 5-9pm. Whispering Pines, The Americans, Phoebe Bridges, and Sutter Zachary will be performing.

DYI: Postcard Art

It’s time for a fun art project! Remember my Etsy Fair loot? I bought a $10 wooden postcard by Cardtorial knowing that I wanted to display it as artwork and not as its intended function. Isn’t it cute?

I’m on a very strict budget, so I decided to take inventory of the items I own and could use to jazz up this artwork. I happen to own this small wooden frame, which was a little dented and just taking up space in my closet. I bought some colored paper a while back at Michael’s (on sale), and figure with these items I could make something awesome.

The pack of paper has a zillon colors, so I played with several until I picked one I liked. The nice thing is that I can change out the color as my tastes change. Once it gets closer to fall, I’ll want to change it to a deeper color.

After I cut the paper, I realized that the wood of the frame was taking away from the wooden postcard. Too much wood for me, so I went through my box of tricks and found some old gold spray paint. The golden color actually brings out the yellow of the postcard. I like.. I like..

The nice thing about the frame color and paper, are how easy it was to make and how easy it is to change. If I decide I want a white frame and purple paper, it’s such an easy fix.

I’m very happy with this easy 10 minute craft project. The only thing that took time was waiting the hour to secure that the gold spray paint had dried.

My Etsy Renegade Craft Fair Loot

As you know, I went to the Etsy Renegade Craft Fair over the weekend and I wanted to share some of my purchases with you. Love supporting local artists and this year I made bank. Here is a list of the vendors I shopped with. Unfortunately, I can’t find all of their names so if you’re the artist who made some of these pieces, please contact me! I love shopping in the discount bin, so several of these pieces were $5 or $10.

Necklace by Love Tree Nail
Map prints by Peaceful Traveler
The bottom right 2 prints by DKNG Studios
The left 2 prints by ???? Email me if you know who made these!
The wooden postcard by Cardtorial

I have no clue where I’m going to put these prints, but I’m thrilled with my purchases! Such great finds. Did you have similar luck at the fair? Tell me what you bought!

Etsy Renegade Craft Fair Summer 2012

Did anyone check out the awesome Etsy Renegade Craft Fair this weekend in LA’s Historic Park? I certainly did, as I look forward to this weekend every year. I’m not a big shopper but when I come to the Renegade, I let myself indulge. Normally I get a lot of my tee-shirts here, jewelry, and even just ideas. If you’re trying to save money, it’s a great place to come and be inspired. In my mind, many of these artists are living the dream. They create for a living and get to sell their own goods. This has ben inspiring to me, and I hope my life will be veering in this unconventional job/lifestyle soon. You’ll be the first to know when it happens.

The fair takes place on the green grass park in Chinatown (close to Dodger Stadium) with an excellent view of downtown. I got there right as it opened on Saturday at 11am, to avoid the crowds and get first dibs (if you will). It was hot, but not as bad as other years. Parking was pretty easy along the side streets. There was a great showing of tents and my favorite vendors came out for it.

Considering I got there early, there were still a good number of people. The nice thing about coming on Saturday is it gives you 24 hours to think about what you saw and if you really want to get something you have time to go back and buy it.

I love not only the goods being sold, but the booths themselves are so creative. This isn’t your normal craft fair and a lot of thought goes into the presentation/signage. I can also tell you that the more merchandise in your booth, and the more thought into presentation draws in a lot more patrons. I noticed this just walking around.

The photo below is of a tee-shirt booth I love called Gnome Enterprises. They’re a little pricy for me, but a few years back I bought the turquoise tee shirt with the fox on it and I get compliments on it every time I wear it. Truly, I wore it to work this past week in anticipation of the fair and I got several compliments.. even years after buying it. Fuzzy Ink is another favorite of mine, but I couldn’t find their booth this year. And of course I bought jewelry from Love Tree Nail. How could I not? My next post will be taking inventory of all my purchases and sharing some awesome vendors with you. I’m big into the “$5 bins” that they bput out in front of their booths. Lets just say I got a TON of great stuff for a cheap price.

There’s still time for you to stop into the fair. It’s going until 7pm tonight. Check it out, because it wont be back until December! Also, get one of the popsicles at there stands. I can’t find the name of the company anywhere. But this company rocks and has totally unique flavors. It was a very nice refreshing treat on a hot summer day.

Weekend Guide Dec. 9 + 10 + 11

I’m sorry this is coming to you SO late on a Friday! I thankfully finished my jury duty week without being called in. If that’s not a reason to celebrate, I don’t know what is. Unfortunately, I’m crazy busy so this will have to be brief.

FRIDAY Dec. 9th

Eames: The Architect And The Painter opens this weekend, and judging from the trailer (see below), it’s going to be awesome! So if you get a chance you better see it… why not tonight?

Tonight at 9p, Jonathan Richman (featuring Tommy Larkins) will be playing downtown at The Smell for $15 at the door. Check out The Smell’s website HERE. If you think you aren’t hip, go to the Smell. You will feel WAY less hip then everyone else there, but later when you tell people “I went to The Smell.. no biggie” they will think you are infinitely cooler than you are. Everybody wins!

SATURDAY Dec. 10th

I’m so happy to announce that my favorite event of the year is happening in LA this weekend: the Renegade Craft Fair. It’s happening on Saturday and Sunday and you can bet my bippy (whatever that is), that I will be there at 10am (when it begins) on Saturday morning. It’s a great place to buy unique gifts for your friends and you can get there on the Blue line (?) of the metro. The money goes to help artists struggling in a rough economy, and their work is beautiful. They have prints, jewelry, crafts, clothing, furniture, and everything else you could ever want. I’m getting to bed early to be fully ready for tomorrow. It’s like my Christmas morning!

After you’re done Christmas shopping you should sign-up through Thrillist for their Hollywood Craft Beer Crawl HERE, on Saturday from 1-6p. It’s happening all through Hollywood, which means you can take the metro red line. $25 tickets gets you 8 craft beers… 8! That’s a steal! Plus for those of you new to LA it’s a great way to meet new people.

At night the Devil’s Drive-In is showing Die Hard! So die hard Die Hard fans should check it out. Especially if you’re sick of holiday stuff.

SUNDAY Dec. 11th:

The Nerdist Writers Panel this weekend is AWESOME! Paul Scheer, Rob Cordrry, David Wain, Ken Marino, Rob Huebel, Curtis Gwinn, and John Stern are attending. Did you read that list, it’s practically a Wet Hot American Summer Reunion! Such a rare occasion, you must go. It’s only $15, and it’s a Meltdown Comics (an intimate venue), 5pm and get tickets  HERE.

And of course you can always check out the Sunday Renegade Craft Fair 🙂