Weekend Guide April 6 + 7 + 8

Easter Weekend! Time for the Weekend Guide! Are you ready for a weekend of fun? Assuming you’re not getting out of town for the long weekend, there’s some fun stuff going on in town you should check out. Let’s get to it!

FRIDAY April 6th:

If you have today off, why not check out the Echo Park Farmers Market from 3-7p.

From 7-10 tonight I will be at Gallery 1988 on Melrose for the opening exhibit of Mike Mitchell’s “Just Like Us” exhibit.

Friend Gallery 1988 on facebook to learn more about Mike’s artwork and come visit the exhibit tonight.

While you’re on Melrose, why not mosey down to Pour Vous, a hip new bar that just opened that is just over a mile away. It’s upscale and classy, so dress to impress. They just opened tonight (I think), so it’s be shiny and new.

SATURDAY April 7th:

On Saturday Bob Odenkirk (Mr.Show) is hosting the Amoeba Music Auction to support 826LA. It’s happening at 4pm in Hollywood. It’s be hilarious and charitable. Feel awesome and go to this event.

Later that day you should head downtown and visit the Moca Geffen to see Cai Guo-Qiang’s opening of Sky Ladder from 7-10p.

The Sunset Beer Company is hosting the Bughouse Design Art and Beer Opening from 6-9. Check out art and try some rare brews. RSVP HERE!

This is a tad pricey at $40 a ticket, but this Saturday is the 4th Annual Beer Festival at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. There will be food trucks and music and of course, beer. Check out the event map:

Check out their website to see an awesome video advertisement. Unfortunately it wont let me post it on this page, but check it out HERE to see what you’re in for.

SUNDAY April 8th:

I mentioned the opening above, but on Sunday at 3pm, Jeffrey Deitch (Director of the Moca Geffen) is interviewing Cai Guo-Qiang in a discussion about his new exhibit opening this weekend at the museum and his use of gun powder in art.

The Getty has a Herb Ritts exhibit happening in the West Pavilion right now. Herb Ritts photography is all about L.A. Style. Check out the link to this exhibit.

I don’t have too much else going on this weekend, but seeing as it’s Easter on Sunday I figure I should list some awesome brunch spots that you will love:

Cafe Stella (Silver Lake)
Sweetsalt (Toluca Lake)
BLD (Near the Grove)
Aroma Cafe (Studio City)
Figaro (Los Feliz)
Little Doms (Los Feliz)
Bottega Louie (Downtown)

Monday Funday

What did you end up doing this weekend? Leave a comment if you did something we should all know about… especially if it was a fun reoccurring event.

Last week was so crazy (adjusting back to the work schedule and all) so I allowed myself Friday night to vegg-out, watch some TV and hit the hay. It was fantastic and we all deserve a night like that.

On Saturday I got a text from the lovely Amber that she was available for a nighttime excursion so we decided to attend the grand opening event at Sunset Beer Company. They had a food truck out front and a wall of fridges filled with cold beer you can get to-go or purchase and enjoy on one of their couches. Amber is a beer expert, so she gave me the rundown of what I should get. They had a DJ spinning tunes from 8-9p and then a live band started up around 9-10p. The entire place consists of 2 rooms, one for buying beer to-go and the other with a small bar and lounge style seating. The event had a great turn out. Did you go? What did you think? They seemed unprepared for the number of attendees. There was one place to purchase beer, which meant long lines and once you purchased the beer you had to get in another line to get them to open the bottle and get you a glass (quite a process). But once you maneuvered the lines there was a fair amount of room to snag a spot to watch the band. It was a very fun free (except for the cost of the beer) event. Overall, I really enjoyed myself and recommend checking this place out.

From there we crossed the street to check out the opening of Villainy General Store, a cute little shop along Sunset. They had good prices on hipstery gifts ranging from artwork and ponchos to old school candy cigarettes and soaps. The highlight for me were the break-up greeting cards (example: “God wants me to see other people. Correction: God wants me to stop seeing you”). They also had a nice food spread to celebrate the opening. At this point it was just after 10pm and we decided to walk up Sunset to Tony’s Darts Away sister restaurant: Mohawk Bend.

A visit to Mohawk Bend is a long time in the works for me. I love Tony’s Darts Away, so when I heard they were opening a sister restaurant in Echo Park I was dying to check it out. Unfortunately, every time I was scheduled to go something would always come up.

Thankfully, the stars aligned on Saturday night and Amber and I had a great visit. We got there pretty late in the night which meant the 20 minute wait we were told to expect was more like a 5 minute wait (just enough time to grab a Coffee Citizen beer by Cismontane). Just like Tony’s, their beer list was about 3 pages long. Once seated we wrestled with what to order (as all of it sounded fantastic). We decided on the Bittersweet Symphony pizza (radicchio, sweet peppers, and smoked mozzarella) to share (perfect for 2) with a side of rosemary seasoned fries. The food bill came out to under $20. Great food, great beer, great prices. I can promise you Amber and I will be back.

Other deals in the area to be aware of: Barragan’s offers Wednesday night margaritta deals. Get there early and snag a spot on their rooftop patio. After that head to Gold Room next door for their cheap shots and free tacos. If you’re in the mood to dance, Short Stop has a dance floor without the creepiness that comes with a nightclub and they are located a little east along Sunset. Across from Short Stop on the inside corner of the strip mall is Sunset Beer Company, which as I learned this weekend, is a great place to get unique bottled beer for a good price. From there head back west on Sunset for about 5/10 minutes and hit Mohawk Bend on the north side of the street for a great meal. I don’t recommend all of these places in one night, but plan your night around hitting a few of these spots and you won’t be disappointed.