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…

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Weekend Guide: May 11+12

Sorry this week has been lacking in posts, but you’re not forgotten about. Until you can pay my bills, work comes first. Lets get to it!

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This afternoon roll into Holmby Hills and join the Holmby Park Lawn Bowling Club for Lazy Lawn Bowling. Click HERE for all the details, timing and tickets. It’s partly a singles event, so if you’re single come on down and meet other single people. If you’re in a relationship- no worries! Come and watch all the uncomfortable people make conversation.

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Tonight, Saturday May 11, The Third Man will be opening the Cinespia movie season at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Get there early to get in line and get a good cemetery plot (kidding). Remember to bring comfy blankets and hit up Trader Joe’s on the way.

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Or if you’re feeling artsy, check out the opening of Significance Swells at Western Project, 2762 S. La Cienega Blvd from 6-8p.

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Sunday, May 12, hit up the Echo Park Art Fair to find last minute creative gifts for mom (it’s Mother’s Day silly!) It’s from noon to 6pm on Sunday (and also on Saturday). Since you’re in the neighborhood, why not start your day by having a Mama’s Day brunch at Mohawk Bend, and then stop by the Fair where you can let mama pick her gift? Just an idea…

Weekend Guide: May 3 + 4 + 5

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Friday night (May 3rd) check out the Pancake and Booze art show downtown from 8p-2am. It’s being held at Lot 613, 613 Imperial St, LA (aka warehouse party/art show). Cover is $5 but it includes all you can eat pancakes. There will be live body painting, a photo booth, a stencil art performance, and a 3d blacklight experience. Street parking is free but sketchy, and the show has a $7 lot.

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Independent Label Market is hosting a FREE music event on Saturday May 4th at 11 to 4pm in Silverlake. Expect food trucks and live music. Think of this as a farmers market for the music industry. It’s located at the Micheltorena Elementary School in Silverlake and check HERE for more details.

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After checking out the Independent Label Market, head over the the Vegan Beer & Food Festival on Sunset in West Hollywood on Saturday. More than 40+ brewers are participating with more than 30 food vendors and live music. Tickets are $40 in advance (get them here) and general admission gives you unlimited beer sampling. Beer lovers unite!

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On Sunday May 5th it’s Cinco de Mayo… but it’s also Big Sunday! Big Sunday is a volunteer weekend about helping your community. In the past I’ve chopped wood at a kids summer camp, danced with elderly people at an old folks social, volunteered at the first Echo Park Art Walk and even made sandwiches and hand delivered them to homeless people. All of these activities were rewarding, eye opening, extremely memorable and a great chance to meet others in the community interested in helping others. There’s still plenty of time to sign up for an event. Do it!

Do This Today: Weekend Edition

This weekend has SOOO much going on, I can’t do all the events justice so instead I’m going to do an abbreviated Weekend Guide. Here goes…

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Tonight visit the Iam8bit  Art Gallery for the opening of their newest show “It’s the ShizNICK!” celebrating the good ol’ days of Nickelodeon tv shows and cartoons. From 7-11p tonight they are having their opening celebration with live tunes by DJ Lance, a “Photo Playset”, and SLIME! Get ready to get nostalgic!

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Do you love reading? And books? And Authors? Check out the LA Times Festival of Books! I went last April and had a fun day (check that post here). Be sure to bring sun screen and walk’in shoes, cause it’s a big event.

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The Echo Park Art Walk is happening on Saturday in Echo Park (duh) from 12p-6pm! I do a lot of my secret stair walks around here and it’s a fun neighborhood to explore. Many shops are participating and this is a fun people-watching neighborhood. I went to this two years ago and saw Danny Devito and his wife enjoying a local band performing on the street. I can’t recommend this event enough and it celebrate local small businesses.

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Go from the Echo Park Art Walk to the Frogtown Art Walk! Come check out this cool neighborhood along the LA River from 4 to 7pm on Saturday.

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Are you less into books and more into cycling? Or running, or just general moseying along the streets of LA? The next CicLAvia is happening this Sunday from 10a-3p. Check out the map HERE for details about road closures. It’s Marina Del Ray to downtown. Get out your sneakers!

There’s just SO much happening this weekend, it’s hard to choose! Either way, get out there and have a fabulous weekend. It’s FRIDAY! Enjoy!

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Do you like wine tasting? A few friends and I made the drive up the PCH into Malibu to visit Rosenthal Estate Winery where we had a fabulous Saturday.

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The weather was fantistic and this gem of a tasting spot is located right off the PCH (not up in the winding hills like the other wineries) which means it’s got ocean views.

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The tasting room has some indoor seating, but it’s best to pack a picnic and layout in the back of the property.

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While we were there, a group setup an engagement party in the back with flowers, homemade signs… the works! It’s looked like a pinterest board!

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There’s the ocean, just yonder. The heat lamps outdoors makes it so you can hang out on the patio long into the night (although they close at 8pm). We started our day with the $12 wine taster (which included 4 wines) and then purchased bottles to share among our group.

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Be sure to bring plenty of snacks and boardgames!

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Oh, and they have goofy surfboards you can pose with. Here is me and my friend Grace being silly.

Add this to your Los Angeles to-do list. In fact, stop at Trader Joes (load up on snacks), hit the beach and then around 3pm mosey on over to the Rosenthal Estate Winery. Doesn’t that sound like a fabulous Saturday?

GIBBONS!

This past weekend my sister and I jumped in the car and ran up to Santa Clarita to spend our Saturday morning at…

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The Gibbon Conservation Center! They’re open from 9:30 – 1pm (the website says they’re only open until noon, but the sign at the facility says 1pm).

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When you arrive they give you a laminated sheet with info about each gibbon on one side. The back side shows a map of the enclosures and feeding times.

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The above photo gives you a good taste of how the enclosures are kept. They have shade and sunlight. There are plenty of branches and toys to play with as well as little igloos for privacy. There are metal benches everywhere for viewing pleasure.

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This back edge of the property is where tools and even other gibbons are kept.

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Feeding time!

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So human like.

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How cute are mama and baby above? They are my second favorite gibbons. My favorite gibbon is…

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Goliath! He’s barely a year old and super adorable.

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He played with a blanket in his enclosure.

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Here’s Goliath’s mom above.

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Just hangin’ out.

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This lady came up and posed for me! She heard my feet against the gravel as I walked up and came running and slid onto the ground. So human-like.

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I made the above clip to show you how they jump around. Some are docile and others are all over the place. They seem to really enjoy people watching as much as we enjoy watching them. Some seemed to put on a show.

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They don’t just jump around, some walk.

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Watching them eat was fun. They have a very healthy diet. This gibbon was just fed fruits and veggies. The cost of their groceries must be extensive, so I highly recommend visiting the gibbons, paying the $10 admission fee and even donate more if you can. It’s warm out there and it’s not inclosed so bring sun screen and a hat. It’s also all gravel, so wear sneakers or walking will be uncomfortable. If you stick it out until feeding times, you’ll get to hear their special gibbon “singing”.

Do This Today: St. Paddy’s Day Stout @ Tony’s Darts Away

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Are you ready for St Patrick’s Day? Tony’s Darts Away is doing an all weekend celebration! Expect a lot of porters and stouts (my favorite) and even oysters presented by the Oyster Boys. On Saturday at 5pm, the Oyster Boys will be in the house serving $2 oysters. Here’s the rundown copy and pasted right from there event. I can’t wait:

 

ALL WEEKEND we will offer specials including:
• Beer bread made from Old 38 Irish stout & Irish butter
• Oyster Mushroom ceviche (v)
• Chocolate Stout Pudding
• Corned Beef or Seitan (v) & Cabbage w/red potatoes
• The Incompetent Shepherd’s Pie (v)
And substitute a bun on any sausage for a choice of:
• Champ: Irish style mashed potatoes with butter & scallions
• Colcannon: Irish style mashed potatoes with bacon, onions, & braised cabbage) (vegan available)

Taplist to include:
• Ballast Point Victory at Sea Imperial Porter
• Alesmith Speedway Stout
• TAPS Balinese Stout
• Bear Republic Big Bear Stout
• Firestone Walker Walker’s Reserve Porter
• Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter
• Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout
• Highwater Brewing Campfire Stout
• Island Brewing Co. Starry Night Stout
• Ventura Surf Brewery Oil Piers Porter
• North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
…and more to be announced!

Event: St. Paddy’s @ Tonys (event link)
Location: Tony’s Darts Away, 1710 W. Magnolia Ave, Burbank, CA
Time: 12p – 2am
Cost: FREE to get in and tons of deals!