Weekend Guide June 15 + 16 +17

It’s Friday which means it’s time for the Weekend Guide! No plans this weekend? Perfect, now your weekend is all mapped out for you. There are a ton of movie screenings and bicycling events so get ready to watch and ride.

FRIDAY June 15

 LA Film Fest  is on from June 14-24 (so if you miss it this weekend, there’s always next weekend). THIS link leads you to a massive list of all their events and film screenings. Most of the films are priced at $13, which is better than your average movie ticket price (at least in LA).

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Tonight LA County Bike Coalition, LA Film Fest and Universal Studios are coming together to celebrate ET with an ET screening and ET stunt. They will start the outdoor screening of ET at 8pm (at Figat7th), but for those of you interested in participating in an ET stunt, ride your bikes to the event at 7pm. They want to recreate the special cycling moment where Henry Thomas’ character rides his bike with ET. Fans who participate will get red sweatshirts (I imagine like the one in the photo above) and the photos from the event will be used in the ET 30th Anniversary release on blu-ray. How cool is that? And the whole event is free! Click HERE for all the details.

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SATURDAY June 16

I don’t have an image to go along with this event (for obvious reasons) but on Saturday is the World Naked Bike Ride LA. Yup. It’s exactly like it sounds. This event originated overseas as a form of protest, and this years Naked Bike Ride is about celebrating sustainable energy, environmentally responsible living, human powered transport and body-positive value. If you want more information, click HERE for the full list of what’s legal and what isn’t.

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B3: Bikes, Brunch & Beer is a charity event to help support The Pablove Foundation. On Saturday this cycling event will begin at Tony’s Darts Away with a carb-up brunch. Five miles later riders get to pit stop at Golden Road Brewing in Atwater Village for refreshments. Then the ride will culminate at Mohawk Bend with a discounted full brunch spread for those who completed the journey. Registration cost $25 (although raising more money is encouraged and rewarded), which isn’t bad considering you get a shirt, discounted food and the money goes to charity. Click HERE to register and click HERE to join the facebook group to see who else is joining you.

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This next item is reoccurs once a month (every third Saturday) and is worth a mention because it’s FREE. Sports Chalet hosts a free introductory SCUBA course. If you’ve been meaning to learn to SCUBA but were worried about committing to the zillion dollars that it costs to get certified, try out this class to test the waters (hahaa, pun intended). Click HERE to find the closest store offering the deal and register.

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Since you know how I love FREE events, I got so excited when I saw that the LACMA is hosting a free ArtWalk including live music, dance, and interactive art projects, at art galleries all along Miracle Mile. Admision to the LACMA, the Architecture+Design Museum and the Craft and Folk Art Museum are all FREE during ArtWalk. Click HERE for the LACMA website with all the deets.

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If you like art you probably like music… and especially live music. Well then you have a hard choice to make. Also happening this weekend is Make Music Pasadena from 11a-11p and this event is also FREE. I went to last years massive event and had a blast walking around. There are so many stages spread out it’s a great way to see the neighborhood and get some exercise while also hearing a ton of bands. Click HERE for the downloadable pdf map.  Bring some sun screen!

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Speaking of music and art museums, the Getty is doing their summer outdoor concert series called Saturdays Off the 405. This Saturday night’s guest is Allen Stone. That’s his photo above and here’s a youtube video I found of him:

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Per usual, Summer Saturday Outdoor Film Screenings are on this weekend. The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is Screening Cheech and Chong’s Up In Smoke. Street Food Cinema is screening Rocky Hoor Picture Show. And Eat See Hear is screening The Goonies (in San Pedro). These screenings all have bands playing before they start and food trucks serving up goodies. Pack a picnic blanket and pick a film!

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SUNDAY June 17 – HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! 

The Hammer Museum is showing Back to the Future @11am on Sunday. This is a free event with $3 parking under the museum. Why not get breakfast in the area with your dad and then stop in for the flick, which is probably Dad’s favorite.

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If you need something a little less family friendly than the screening above, check out TJ Miller’s hosting a Fathers Day Matinee of Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid and A Dogs Life at the Cinefamily Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax. This event costs $12 and includes a back patio brunch (11:30-12:30p), then live entertainment and shorts (12:30-1:30p) then a screening of The Kid and A Dog’s Life (1:30-3p). That’s a great deal for only $12.

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I know this Weekend Guide has been lacking the usual amounts of comedy, mainly because Chicago’s Comedy Festival (Just For Laughs) is happening this weekend and I think most comedians are out of town.  Anywho, I found one gem with the price. Flappers in Burbank is hosting the game show Stardumb for $15 starting at 9p on Sunday. Bil Dwyer & Erica Rhodes are hosting with game show guests/contestants Ben Gleib, Janet Varney, Jimmy Dore, Jon Dore, Maria Bamford and Samm Levine. HERE is the link to all the details and where you can get tickets.

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That’ll do it for the Weekend Guide! Go out and have fun!

Weekend Guide March 2 + 3 + 4

ACK! Another crazy work day. Okay, fastest weekend guide ever. I’m sorry, but if it’s any consolation, next weekend there are a TON of cool things going on and I can’t wait to tell you about those next Friday. Any who, this weekend comes first. Here it is!

FRIDAY March 2nd:

Today is First Friday’s in Venice, which means Abbot Kinney is going to be CRAZY. Go check it out and get something small from every food truck (there will be tons of them). This is one of those very LA events, so if you have guests in town you should go.

My only other Friday night activity, is a new show added to the Upright Citizens Brigade line-up called Set List. Paul F. Tompins, Kumail Nanjiani, Matt Besser and Jake Johannsen are in this improv show. It says online that the show is sold out, but I know they let people in from an extensive waiting list. It should be worth the wait! It’s $10 and starts at 8pm.

SUNDAY MArch 3rd:

From 12-4pm, the Pasadena Museum of Art is having their Art as an Appetizer event (part of Pacific Standard Time event). The food truck roster is Border Grill, Casablanca Truck, Flat Iron Truck, Gourmet Genie, and GO CHEW.

This weekend (and next weekend) Dana Point is celebrating the 41st Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales. There are all sorts of events where you learn about animals, whale watch, even a parade. The video below talks about all that this has to offer. It sounds awesome, and if the weather is beautiful (per usual) you should make a day of it and hit the beach.

SUNDAY March 4th:

If you don’t want to check out the Dana Point Festival of Whales on Sunday, visit the Hammer Museum at 11am for their showing of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This black and white film was made in 1972 and still holds up over time.

From 11am-2pm, join the Silver Lake community for the opening of Sunset Triangle Plaza. Come check out this new outdoor space and get some vitamin d. While you’re there, stop by the independent shops and support locals!

Check out the opening of Umamicatessen this weekend downtown. If you like Umami Burger (which most people do), youll love their new deli/bar experience. It’s garunteed to be packed and delicious.

Okay I’m off. Enjoy!

Weekend Guide Feb 10 + 11 +12

I am so ashamed. Yes, I know it’s Friday. Yes, work was insane. Yes, it’s been go-go-go until this very moment (12:30am). Friday is officially over, and I haven’t posted the Weekend Guide. Shame doesnt begin to describe how I feel for not posting the guide today, yet I’ve spent a night out doing things that you’ll get to read about this week. Doesn’t that make it all okay?

So here’s the shortest most abrupt Weekend Guide ever, and only the bullet points.

FRIDAY Feb 10:
Well this day ended and I hope you did amazing things.

SATURDAY Feb 11:
Silverlake Craft and Vintage is having a special Valentines edition this weekend. Food trucks? Cool clothes? Good people watching? There’s something for everyone!

Need more cool jewelry? More hipster watching time? Local Love Event (aka Unique LA) is having their Local Love event on Saturday AND Sunday. It’s $10 at the door (money goes to charity) and it’s located at the California Market Center.

SUNDAY Feb 12:

At 11am the Hammer Museum is showing the film Jason and the Argonauts. This is a family event, so this will be a kid-full event. Keep that in mind.

If you’re into theater, A Jew Grows in Brooklyn is playing on Sunday at the American Jewish University. Get tickets HERE!

I apologize again for the short + late post, as I haven’t looked through all zillion emails I get everyday. But I still managed to find you some weekend fun that should keep you busy. My eyelids are closing, as I need to be up in a few hours for a fun hike in the Santa Monica Mountains. Happy weekend!

Weekend Guide Oct. 21+ 22 + 23

It’s Friday! ‘Bout time, am I right?! Well it’s that lovely time in the week where I give you some glorious options to fill up your weekend with awesomeness. And as always, if there’s something fun that you know about that I didn’t include, TELL US! If something cool is going on, I wanna know about it!

Friday Oct. 21: 

Start your Friday off right with 50% off lunch at Henry’s Hat. Say the phrase “bottomless lunch” to the waiter and they’ll cut back 50% on the bill. This deal only works for lunch, but Henry’s Hat always has good prices anyway. I went there this past Sunday for a birthday brunch gathering and it worked out great even with a large group.

I would suggest you spend your Friday night exploring some of the scary events LA has to offer. Check out my previous post about Scary events around LA HERE. If you’re not in the mood for something scary, check out the rest of Beer Week! Or rest up, because there is SO much to do on Saturday.

Saturday Oct. 22:

Get up early because the “House of Davids”, as it’s known around town, is having an estate sale open to the public! What a rare opportunity to own part of LA history! Get there early because you know it’ll be crowded with antique dealers. Check out the details HERE.

After you pick out a David statue to take home, head over to the Hammer Museum to witness the UCLA Art History Grad Symposium at 10am.

Saturday also happens to be Make A Difference Day! It’s time to give something back. Check the link to their website and you can even get the volunteer app. Do something awesome and post about it here. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, help the community and try a new activity. Win. Win. Win.

At 7pm and 9pm the Moving Arts Center is hosting an event with Kimberly Jordan and Mosaicwonderland. After the performance stop by the Mosaicwonderland Gallery next door. The performance is $5 as suggested donation. It’s all about wine, art, and theater in Silverlake!

Once you have satisfied your culture needs for the weekend, check out the Pancake & Booze Art Show and the Zombie Fashion Show! I went to a show here once and it was awesome. Even the warehouse district it’s located in has great street art. Worth a visit.

Sunday Oct. 23:

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the conclusion of LA’s Beer Week is on Sunday at Union Station. Tickets are pricy, but if you’re a beer enthusiast, it’ll be quite a showing. It’s also at a train station, which means you can hop on a metro home. Everyone can taste test.

Sunday night at 5pm the Independent Shakespeare Company is advertising $20 tickets to Blithe Spirit (there will be martinis). “One night only: a staged reading of the Noel Coward comedy about a man haunted by the ghost of his first wife.” This is a nice way to fill out the weekend.

Now go out and enjoy! I’ll be in Milwaukee for that wedding, which is a story I promise I will tell you about, so you need to tell me all about these events! Have a great weekend!