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.

Weekend Guide: May 31, June 1+2

Hey Dudes, did you know it’s Friday May 31st? Not only is it Friday, but it’s the last day of May… already?! Big weekend plans? If not…

Tonight, Friday May 31, 2013, is Magnolia Blvd’s Ladies and Gents Night Out. All those cute vintage shops along Magnolia in Burbank stay opener later, offer special deals and offer plenty of food truck options. This will be from 6pm- 9pm tonight.

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Also tonight, the 90’s cover band BKB will be doing a free show at Bar Lubitsch on Santa Monica in West Hollywood. Remember when I saw them last? It’s gonna be a good time!

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ALSO tonight Bruce McCulloch is doing a special at Trepany House and tickets are still available ($20). Scott Thompson (also a Kids in the Hall member) is his special guest.

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Saturday June 1, 2013 11a-11p is Make Music Pasadena! This is an awesome technically free ($5 suggested donation) event that takes over Pasadena once a year. There are so many stages and bands performing, that even just walking the whole route is good exercise/people watching/ a good taste of the event. Plus you can see some of the adorable shops in Pasadena that are off the main drag. Click HERE to see the full program and map of the stages.

Is that enough activity for one weekend? I could always find more stuff…

Weekend Guide November 3 + 4

Here’s what up on Saturday and Sunday this weekend! Get out of the house this weekend, as we are flying through 2012. Did I mention it’s November?

Are you already thinking about holiday shopping? From 10am -4pm today, check out the Santa Monica Craft Fair. Are you looking for more musical gifts? Check out the Independent Label Market today from 11a -4pm where youll find all sorts of music on sale. Why not take a risk and buy a cd of a band you’ve never heard before? Maybe they’ll be your new favorite band.

If comedy is more your style, Stories Books & Cafe is hosting Two Headed Beast tonight with Brandon Walsh, Alex Koll and others. It’s free…

Also free is the Haunted Saturday Funday Ride today from 3:45 -7:30, hosted by the LA Bicycle Coalition. Meet up at The Georgian hotel in Santa Monica, where the trek will lead you on a 16 mile haunted tour of Los Angeles.

Are you not ready to let go of Halloween? Do you need one last fill of spookiness before we enter Thanksgiving mode? Check out Day of the Dead at the Echoplex on Sunday. Doors open at 5p, music at 6pm. $13 presale, $15 at the door.

I wrote about seeing Nick Offerman’s show at Largo a while back and part of that show was hearing the music of Nancy + Beth (featuring Meagan Mulally). They were fabulous. Such great musicians. For $30 you can see them perform a show of their own at Largo at 8:30p. I promise you’ll enjoy the show.

Stand Up for Pits is a charity comedy event happening at the Improv on Sunday. Tickets are $25 and the show starts at 7:30p. Comedians Dave Koechner, Tig Notaro, Natasha Leggero, Rebecca Cory, Erin Foley, Jimmy Pardo… and a zillion others. Get tickets HERE and support a good cause.

Do This Today: Halloween!


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There are about 1000 events going on around town tonight to celebrate Halloween (here are about 6). I hope everyone has a fun night trick or treating, giving out candy, and dressing up in costume. I’m a firm believer that Halloween is for all ages and dressing up should be mandatory (look for that prop on next years ballot). Be safe and have fun ūüôā

Event: Trick or Treating
Location: All over LA
Time: All day
Cost: FREE CANDY!

Do This Today: The Comedy Bureau 2 Year Anniversary

Tonight The Comedy Bureau is teaming up with the comedy duo Josh & Josh for a benefit to support THIS awesome comedy website. Jake Kroeger is the creator of this extremely helpful guide to the comedy happenings around LA. It’s a really great resource. Tonight expect to see Sean Patton, Kurt Braunohler, Chelsea Peretti, Jake Froeger, The Walsh Brothers, Jerrod Carmichael, Jackie Kashian and morrre!

Event: The Comedy Bureau Approved 2 Year Anniversary/Benefit
Location: Lubitsch, 7702 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Time: 8pm
Cost: FREE but donations are appreciated
FIY: Check out The Comedy Bureau blog which is one of my favorites!

Weekend Guide October 12 + 13 + 14

Due to a bad/spotty internet and a rushed day at work, I’m going to have to give you the abbreviated version of the Weekend Guide. Sorry bout that, but there are some gems!

The weekend is the LA Podcasting Festival downtown. If you are like me and love podcasts (specifically the comedy ‘casts) come check out this event and meet the faces behind the voices. It’s all weekend, so check the schedule to see your favs.

Tonight there is an outdoor Grand Park movie screening of The Goonies with festivities starting at 5:30p. Pack up a picnic, hop on the metro and head downtown to watch this classic film. Over on the west side? Check out the Santa Monica’s Pier screening of Exit Through The Gift Shop.

Jesse Miller’s Talk Show is tonight at the Improv Lab, with special guest Martin Starr (Freaks and Geeks) and lots more. You’ll have fun and it’s only $5.

Do you have Space Shuttle fever? If you missed it flying across LA, don’t miss your chance to see it driven to it’s final resting spot at the California Science Center.

The OohLaLa Festival is happening this weekend around Los Angeles. This festival is a showcase of French bands playing all around LA. Check HERE for the schdule. At least if you can’t make any of the shows you can find them on itunes and get cultured. Oui Oui!

If you’ve never been to the Walt Disney Music Hall (like me), then their “Where The Wild Things” event this weekend might be the perfect opportunity to experience the LA Philharmonic. Tickets range for $18-$180, and check here for availability.

On Sunday from 11a -5pm the LA Antiques, Art and Design Show is happening at the Santa Monica Hangar. It’s a bit pricy ($20) but you’re supporting the arts and hopefully getting inspired.

Sunday night at El Cid is a new comedy show called “El Show!”. It’s a $10 suggested donation (it goes to the Livestrong Foundation), tons of comedians including the NYC based Dan Mintz, Trevor Moore, Eric Andrea, Kyle Mooney, Jon Dore… basically, you need to be there.

Do This Today: TJ Miller in Performance Anxiety (comedy!)

TJ Miller headlines this bi-weekly comedy show in this classy sex shop. I’ve actually heard TJ do stand up about this comedy venue, and now you can see him there for a cheap $7. In addition to TJ, you’ll see MArk Normand, Andy Haynes, Renee Gauthier, Fahim Anwar, and Giulia Rozzi.

Event: Performance Anxiety
Location: The Pleasure Chest, 7733 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA
Time: 8pm to 10pm
Cost: $7 gets you admittance and FREE beer and FREE parking

Weekend Guide August 31 + 1 + 2

It’s Labor Day Weekend! Are you sticking around LA this weekend, or leaving on an adventure? My parents are coming to town so we will be taking a trip outside Los Angeles. In fact it’ll be quiet here for a couple of days, because I wont be free until Tusday night. I also owe you a mount Whitney post… ¬†it’s coming, I swear! Alright, let’s get into it!

FRIDAY August 31:

What: Ladies Night Out  (event website)
Where: Starts at the intersection of Hollywood Way and Magnolia, in Burbank
When: 6-9p
Cost: Free! Come walk around and explore the shops!
FYI: This is a fun way to get to know the area, enjoy some food truck food ($) and why not hit up Tony’s Darts Away after?
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What: Sweet Tooth (more info)
Where: The Backside in Echo Park
When: 8pm
Cost: Free!
FYI: They are going to have beer floats, ice cream (free!), cheesecake, cookies, and all sorts of goodies. Also the neighborhood has plenty to do on a Friday night, so stay and explore!
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What: Gallery 1988 (Venice): Step Brothers  (event website)
Where: Gallery 1988, 214 Pier Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405
When: 7-10p
Cost: FREE
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SATURDAY August 25:

What: FYF Fest (event website)
Where: LA Historic Park,
When: 12p-11p
Cost: $$$ expensive, but cheaper than Cochella (get tickets here)
FYI: This is a music event, but it also has a comedy tent. In fact, David Cross (who hardly performs in LA) will be there!! Out of the zillion comedians I write about and see live, he’s the only one I have not seen. Be luckier than I, and go check him out! This event runs Saturday and Sunday.

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What: LA County Fair  (event website)
Where: Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave, Pomona CA 91768
When: On going, until Sept 30th.
Cost: $1 admission for 10a-1p (to celebrate opening weekend)

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What: The Gronhilm Method (play) (event website)
Where: The Falcon Theater in Toluca Lake
When: 4pm + 7pm
Cost: $40-42 (but I bet if you look online you can find some good deals)
FYI: My sister saw this play a few weeks ago and LOVED it. She (who is a theater guru- and flies to NYC for the weekend just to see plays) says it should be on Broadway. Check it out before it does go to Broadway! _________________________________________________________________________

SUNDAY August 19: 

What: Comedy of Errors (event website)
Where: Griffith Park, by the Old Zoo
When: 7pm
Cost: FREE!
FYI: Sunday will be the last performance, so see it while you can! That means summers officially over ūüė¶ _________________________________________________________________________

What: Paramount’s 100th Anniversary¬†(event¬†website)
Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Ave, Los Angeles CA 90068
When: 7:30pm
Cost: $3-$200 (get tickets here)
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What: Gravid Water (event website)
Where: UCB LA, 5919 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
When: 9:30p
Cost: $5 (get tickets here)
FYI:¬†Even if they sell out, you can get in a standby line, and probably get in. This is a great comedy show that combines improv with famous pieces of literature. It’s smart AND funny.
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Weekend Guide August 24 + 25 + 26

I’m house sitting this weekend as well as getting prepped for Whitney and working on some graphics so pardon the late afternoon posting. There are so many fun cheap things happening this weekend, I’m excited to share them with you!

FRIDAY August 24:

What: Etsy Craft Party (event website)
Where: Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
When: 7p
Cost: Free (from what I could tell)
FYI: This years theme is “Wish You Were Here”. Clink the link for all the details of this craft party. Note that it’s about doing crafts, not a traditional craft fair.
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What: EIF Talent Show (event website)
Where: Cinefamily Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax ave, Los Angeles CA
When: 7:15p doors, 7:45p show
Cost: $14 (Get tickets HERE)
FYI: Tonights show features Acapellasqatsi, Nick Offerman and more! This Everything Is Festival is awesome, and this is one of the best events so you better check it out.
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What: LACMA Animation August: Pixar Shorts  (event website)
Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
When: 8pm
Cost: FREE
FYI: Pack a picnic and enjoy a night under the stars! Come early to snag a good spot.
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What: Sing-A-Long Screening of Moulin Rouge (event website)
Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
When: 8:30pm
Cost: $15
FYI: On-site parking is $10 (yuck) so it’s best to carpool or search the neighborhood (but stay safe!). It’s a special fundraiser for the Gay Men’s Choir of LA. Get ready to sing!
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SATURDAY August 25:

What: Echo Park Rising  (event website)
Where: Sunset Blvd + Echo Park Blvd, Los Angeles CA
When: 11a -2am (Sun)
Cost: FREE
FYI: This is an all day celebration for LA and the Echo Park community. Come, listen, and explore all the local shops. It’s gonna be a fun Saturday!

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What: Epic Water Balloon Fight  (event website)
Where: 2701 Barnard Way, Santa Monica CA 90407
When: 2:30 pm
Cost: FREE!
FYI: It’s Santa Monica vs Venice. Click the event link for details, because there are a lot of important specifics for this epic water fight.

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What: Chinatown Summer Nights: FIRE (event website)
Where: Between Hill St and Broadway in Chinatown (click HERE for a map)
When: 5pm to Midnight
Cost: FREE
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What: Fiesta La Ballona (event website)
Where: Veterans Park, Culver Blvd and Overland Ave, Culver City CA (map of the event)
When: 11am- 9pm (although it’ll go all weekend)
Cost: FREE!
FYI: Parking is easiest at Sony Pictures lot (and it’s also free!). It’s happening all weekend, so if you can’t make Sunday, then come a different day. _________________________________________________________________________

 

What: Little Shop of Horrors (event website)
Where: Glendale Center Theatre, 324 North Orange St, Glendale CA
When: 3p
Cost: $25 (get tickets here)
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What: Neil Hamburger @ The Satellite (event website)
Where: The Satellite, 1717 Silverlake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
When: 8:30 pm doors, 9pm show
Cost: $8 (get tickets here)
FYI: I couldn’t give you a Weekend Guide without comedy. Neil’s great, and the show is a steal for $8! _________________________________________________________________________

Weekend Guide August 17 + 18 +19

I’ve been running around all day, and even had a morning photo-shoot (more on that to come!) but you know what it’s finally time for? THE WEEKEND (Guide)!! Are you ready? Here’s a list of awesome stuff (all cheap or free of course) to keep your weekend filled. And this weekend happens to be my birthday! I’ll have plenty to report about next week. Stay cool!

FRIDAY August 17:

What: Golden Road Brewing Los Feliz Pub Crawl (facebook event)
Where: Tam O’Shanter, 55 Degrees + Link n Hops, Bigfoot Lodge, and The Griffin
When: 6p -11:30p
Cost: Free to follow them, but the beer will cost ya’
FYI: If you can’t make this event, they are doing a pricier crawl Saturday downtown @ LA Craft Beer Crawl
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What: Jim Hanft + Samantha Yonack @ Hotel Cafe (facebook event)
Where: Hotel Cafe, 1623 N. Cahuenga Blvd, LA CA 90028
When: 9:30p
Cost: $10 at the door
FYI: Parking will be tricky (it is Hollywood and all) so allow time to circle or expect to cough up some dough.
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What: Heavy Hitter Midnights @ Cinefamily: Road House  (facebook event)
Where: The Silent Movie Theater, 611 North Fairfax Ave, LA CA
When: 11:55p
Cost: $12 (Get tickets HERE)
FYI: This theater is haunted OooohooOOoohhh ūüôā
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SATURDAY August 18:

What: Hester Indie Design Market  (facebook event)
Where: 6200 Hollywood Bvd, LA CA 90028
When: 11a -7p
Cost: FREE
FYI: Parking onsite!

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What: Wicked Lit  (event website)
Where: Mountain View Mausoleum, 2300 N. Marengo Ave, Altadena CA 91001
When: 6pm
Cost: General Admission $20, $40 for poker tournament players
FYI: This event sounds weird/awesome/fun and it’s in a graveyard?! If this doesn’t get you ready for fall/Halloween, what will? It also goes to support local theater.

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What: LA Mobile Arts Festival Opening Ceremony (event website)
Where: Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405
When: 7p -10p
Cost: FREE?
FYI: This event goes until August 25th, so you have an extra weekend, but you should still come to join for the opening celebration this weekend. _________________________________________________________________________

What:¬†Steven Harrington “Insideout” Opening Reception¬†(facebook event)
Where: Known Gallery, 411 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
When: 8p-11p
Cost: FREE
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SUNDAY August 19: 

What: 826LA Writers Panel: Key & Peele (event website)
Where: Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
When: 5pm
Cost: $15 (get tickets here)
FYI: The money from this event goes to the 826LA charity (helping kids learn to read and write), so come to learn about tv writing and feel good about supporting a great program. _________________________________________________________________________

What: Stardumb! (event website)
Where: Flappers in Burbank, 102 East Magnolia St, Burbank, CA 91502
When: 7p-8:30p
Cost: $15 and 2 drink min. (get tickets here)
FYI: These comedians are all awesome (as you know I’ve written about Baron Vaughn and Andy Kindler recently) and Oscar from The Office! _________________________________________________________________________

What: Shut Up! I Hate You! (event website)
Where: UCB, 5919 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA
When: 9:30 pm
Cost: $5 (get tickets here)
FYI: The guests are Paul Scheer, Jason Manzoukas and many more. This will be a very fun event and only $5! Make a reservation before they sell out. _________________________________________________________________________