Weekend Guide: June 28 + 29 + 30

JUNE IS ALMOST OVER! LIFE IS PASSING US BY! Okay, enough of my freaking out about how fast 2013 is going. Make the most of your weekend, which reminds me… it’s time for the Weekend Guide!

Tonight, Friday June 28th Burbank is doing it’s Ladies Night Out, where the shops on Magnolia stay open late (6p-9p) with special deals. Also the road is lined with food trucks. It’s definitely become a big event for Burbank. Why not check it out and then hit up Tony’s Darts Away for boardgames and craft beer?

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It’s time for Shakespeare! Shakespeare in the Park has started it’s summer season with She Stoops to Conquer starting at 7pm. Pack a picnic blanket, jacket and bug spray, then stop at Trader Joes on your way to Griffith Park. This is a fun outdoor free (donations welcomed) event.

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If you’re looking to dance, AM + Shawn Lee (who played at the Hammer Outdoor Concert Series last night) are celebrating their cd release tonight at the Echo. Tickets are only $14 for a night of music. Why not get dinner at Sage and then check out the show/party.

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On Saturday June 29th, at 11am Weird Al is doing a book signing at Children’s Book World on West Pico. Bring the kids!

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In the afternoon visit Food Truck Heaven at Angel City Brewery. From 1-11p they will have Belly BombZ Korean, Mandoline Grill, Meet N Potatoes, PostcardCAS, Jogasaki Sushi Burrito, AROCKin Ice Shaved Ice, El Burger Luchador, and Surfer Taco.

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After you get some food, check out this HPM Project kick-off event at Daily Dose from 6-9pm. They’re both downtown, so why not visit both events back to back.

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If you find yourself in San Pedro this Saturday night, check out Shop American Crafted from 11a-8pm. It’s a free event with free parking. Expect live music, food trucks, beer + wine, and a concert in the evening.

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On Sunday June 30 (last day of June already!) from 8am to 2pm a $3 admission price will get you access to a vintage market happening on Saco Street Downtown called Downtown Modernism. Believe it or not, Andy Dick will be hosting and there will be a DJ set by Annie Hardy.

Do This Today: Dazed And Confused + Stand By Me

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Tonight the Aero Theater is doing a double feature of Dazed and Confused and Stand By Me. For $11 you get to see both. The Aero Theater often does double-features and classic films, so this isn’t unique to just today, but the Dazed/Stand By Me combo is an awesome double feature for a good price. Do it!

Event: Double Feature: Dazed and Confused + Stand By Me (event)
Location: Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Time: Thursday June 20, 2013, 7:30pm
Cost: $11 (get tickets HERE)

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…

Beach Yoga With Brad

This past weekend two friends and I decided to check out beach yoga in Santa Monica. We decided to take a Saturday morning class through Beach Yoga with Brad. There’s no pre-registering necessary, so we carpooled down to Santa Monica together and went to Marine Street and followed it out to the ocean edge were Brad was preparing for the day.

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When we arrived there were only a handful of people which eventually filled out into a large (but un-intimidatingly large) group. Brad is very nice and offered up sunscreen to people who forgot theirs. He’s a music conductor too, so he has a booming voice and excellent rhythm.

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Since his “yoga studio” is relatively endless on the beach, he can support a lot of people and we could also really spread out. The class we attended is from 10:30-Noon on Saturday and is a $10 donation. Being extra long meant that the last series of restful poses were held longer than in an average hour long class. These poses are my favorite so I was glad we spent so much time doing them and meditating. With the waves crashing and the light breeze it was a perfect day.

We ended up extending our stay long after class finished. It was a glorious way to spend a Saturday. I’m hoping the zen feeling lasts all week.

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(Image taken from Yoga With Brad’s facebook page)

Here you can see I made Brad’s facebook page for the day (it’s not flattering, so don’t look too closely). If you’re interested in trying beach yoga, definitely friend “Beach Yoga With Brad” on facebook to learn more about his class. It’s great for all levels of yoga and there’s no need to be intimidated. You should do it!

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.

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 🙂
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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?
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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. _________________________________________________________________________

Do This Today: The Santa Monica Pier Concert Series

Tonight at 7pm, head to Santa Monica Pier to listen to a FREE live concert sponsored by the Peir’s Twilight Concert Series. Kasey Chambers is the guest performer tonight. It should be a fun night- and it’s free. Get ready to dance on the beach.

Event: The Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concert Series– Australia Rocks Featuring Kasey Chambers
Location: Santa Monica Pier deck and beach, Santa Monica
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE
FIY: There are some nice parking garages along 2nd Street, which give you 2 hours free parking. And the new Santa Monica Place overs a ton of food options on the top floor of the mall (great views too!).

Weekend Guide July 27 + 28 + 29

Today has been a technology cluster-friggles! I think everything I own has decided to stop working and I’m just so glad it’s the weekend. This technology hubaloo is the reason for this late Weekend Guide. My email is on the fritz (never use yahoo mail as your main email, because this seems to happen more and more with them). I’m sad to say this is going to be a short one due to lack of accessing emails. At least from my memory, I can give you a few fun things. And I’m sure most everyone will be in watching the Olympic opening ceremonies tonight, as that’s always a big crowd pleaser. Let’s get to it!

FRIDAY July 27:
If you insist on dvring (or skipping) the Olympic opening games, there’s only one fun event I know of off-hand tonight. It’s a Grand Performances event called, Mystery & Legacy: The Music of Hawaii. Be sure to pack a blanket and stop into Trader Joes for some wine, bread, cheese and grapes if youre classy. The main event starts at 8p, but come early to claim a spot, relax and watch the sun go down.

On Slack guitar and vocals is George Kahumoku Jr. (four time Grammy winner). The will share music, stories, and culture with the crowd. If you’re going to skip the Olympics, this is the next best event happening tonight.

 

SATURDAY July 28:

My favorite event of the year is happening on Saturday and Sunday this weekend: The Etsy Renegade Craft Fair. It’s all starting at 11am on Saturday and going until Sunday at 7pm. I love this event. There’s nothing like seeing artists coming together to sell their totally unique works. I often find my jewelry and tee-shirts at this event. They’ll have food trucks, crafts, and tons of unique items for sale. It’s held at the State Historic Park which is walking distance from the metro. Get there early to avoid the hottest hours. I’m so excited!

At 4pm tomorrow, The Warehouse in Echo Park is closing for renovations and holding a last hurrah. Be sure to stop in for food, drinks, discounts and a raffle. Why not stop in around 7p and after head across the street to visit the Sunset Beer Company. Remember when I went? 

If you’re more into Art Gallery openings, there will be a good one Saturday night at the William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica. Greg Miller and Alejandro Gehry will be showing off their work, which you can read about HERE.

This last Saturday activity is the Pancake and Booze Art Show downtown. It’s 8p-2am on both Friday and Saturday at Lot 613. It’s $5 for a night or art, pancakes, body-painting and music. I’ve been before, and it’s a very fun night.

SUNDAY July 29:

Now that Grand Park is opening (this weekend) they are doing Music In The Park from 11:30-3:30 on Sunday. Come celebrate the opening and participate in this Grand Performances event. Check out the link for other events happening there all weekend, like Dance Party Day! Exciting!

This is also your last day to stop into the Etsy Renegade Craft fair or you have to wait 6 months for their Christmas fair.

Unfortunately with my mail down, that’s all I’ve got for now folks. I hope it’s enough to fill out your weekend. If you want some more specific recommendations as far as fun things to do in Los Angeles, shoot me an email at lifeabsorbed@gmail.com. Hopefully that email is up and working. That’s all folks!