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.

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: 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!

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.