Do This Today: Meltdown Presents Nerdist Standup Cluster

It’s Comedy Wednesday! The Meltdown is tonight with hosts Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani BUT it’s extra special. Once a year Chris Hardwick takes over Meltdown and brings along some friends. Tonight will feature the aforementioned boys, Ali Wong, Maronzio Vance, Dan Telfer, Mark Little, Aparna Nancherla, Ryan Singer, Beth Stelling, and Ron Funches.

Event: Meltdown Presents the Nerdist Standup Cluster (event link)
Location: Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Clvd, Los Angeles CA 90046
Time: 8:15p doors
Cost: $8 (get tickets here)

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The Weekend Guide Jan. 20 + 21 + 22 (+23)

Are you ready for the weekend? Rumor has it it’s going to be rainy on Saturday so check out the events below for some indoor fun. And because I love you, I’ve included some cool Monday night events too.

Friday 1/20:

From 5-8p tonight there is a food truck event, NoHo Dine Friday Night Out. This event includes 8-10 gourmet food trucks, 8-10 booth vendors, and street musicians. Why not check it out and then walk over to The Federal and enjoy the night out on the patio? The Federal has the Rebels of Comedy stand up show at 7:30p (get tickets HERE) and DJ Trinidad is mixing on the turntables at 9pm.

The Pacific Standard Time Festival is happening from Jan 19-29th, so if you can’t make it tonight, you have a few more chances. HERE is a guide to all the events and what the festival is about. Tonight at 7pm Hirokazu Kosaka’s installation at the Getty Center’s Arrival Plaza is being unveiled as well as a sculptural performance. This is sure to be a cool event as The Getty Center also has a “LA Free Music Society” event. From 8pm-2am tonight, Liz Glynn is having a (free!) Black Box reception at 830 North Highland Ave. This event will go on each night of the festival (Jan 19-29) and will feature different surprise performances each night.

If you find yourself bored on the west side, visit Santa Monica for their Art Los Angeles Contemporary exhibit/event happening all weekend. Tonight at 6pm Superdeluxe is happening at the ALAC Music Space, Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. Superdeluxe is an experimental hip-hop group featuring Michah James and Frohawk Two-Feathers.

Saturday 1/21:

The Independent Shakespeare Company has resurrected their past summer performance of Hamlet (due to it’s success) and adapted it for their Atwater studio space. It opens this Saturday with a 5pm performace. Tickets are $20, although I’m sure if you “like” them on facebook you can get discounts to upcoming performances.

Does none of this appeal to you and you need some indoor fun on this rainy Saturday? Why not check out the newly opened Punk Rock Museum and eat at the Homegirls Cafe? Or hit up the Moonlight Rollerway on San Fernando and then stop by the neighboring Golden Road Brewing Pub for some of those yummy risotto fritters?

Sunday 1/22:

This weekend MOCA is having their Affordable Art Fair on the event deck of LA Live, downtown. Art ranges in price from $100- $10,000. Tickets are $20 each (and you can get them HERE), but this is a steal if you end up leaving with an $100 piece of art that is worth much more. On Sunday it will be open 11am-6pm, and as it is the last day of the event so maybe they’ll be a little more desperate and prices with be on clearance? Who knows, but if you’re in the market for some new art, check it out.

Chinatown is having their Year of the Dragon celebration with a Midnight Temple Ceremony (10p-12am) at the Chuan Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown. The event is free and in celebration of the Chinese New Year’s Day (1/23/12). There are a ton of fun restaurants and bars in Chinatown and I’m sure Sunday night will be hopping. Try a new restaurant and then head over to the Temple for a great photo taking opportunity, as fire crackers are lit in celebration.

And now, because I love you….
SPECIAL EDITION Monday 1/23:

From 2-5:30p on Monday, Whole Foods Market in Beverly Hills will be having their Health and Beauty Day. Vendors and specialists will be in the store to answer questions and FABIO (!!!) will be there selling his protein powder. Buy a jar of his powder and get a picture with him. This is FABIO people?!

For you comedy nerds (like myself), Chris Harwick (of the Nerdist podcast) will be having his Book Release Event: A Celebration of The Nerdist Way. It starts at 7:30p with a signing and party at 8:15 at Meltdown Comics on Sunset. The event will be moderated by Wil Wheaton and should be awesome. RSVP on the link above and GO TO THIS.

Weekend Guide Nov. 17+ 18+ 19

Yesterday was really rough, but today will be better…. because it’s FRIDAY! Yup, it’s already time for the WEEKEND GUIDE! Just a heads up, I will be in Boston this weekend for a wedding so you need to do ALL the things I post about and tell me how they are. Also, this means I won’t be posting anything new on Saturday or Sunday (but you should be out enjoying the weekend anyway, right?). Also, I must note that I finished writing this post and then my browser crapped out and now Im rewriting this to you all. That’s how much I love you, that I am willing to rewrite ALL of it.

Friday Nov. 18

Lets begin with some corporate deals for the day. Starbucks is offering a 2 for 1 deal on all their holiday drinks (from 2-5pm Nov 17-20) and if you are anything like my sister, this deal is like Christmas morning. See the dets on the deal HERE. Groupon is also doing something called $1 lunch. Check THIS link for places near you participating.

Okay, now on to the really good stuff. Tonight Jason Brockert has an art opening at Iam8but gallery. His work explores pop culture (think Star Wars and Tranformers) through paintings. The opening reception is tonight 7pm-11p at iambit with drinks and a live dj.  You can’t miss this free event, and you can RSVP through facebook HERE.

Jason Brockert’s Work

If you don’t like free booze, art gazing and DJ’s (because you’re crazy), then you should check out some cheap comedy at UCB tonight which is offering a double show, Soundtrack (Brian Huskey, Jason Mantzoukas and more) and Death By Roo Roo (with Jackie Clarke, Brett Gelman, Gil Ozeri, Adam Pally and more). Get tickets HERE.

The King King on Hollywood Blvd is hosting Christian Martin, Worthy and Joplin tonight at 9pm and if you get tickets HERE in advance they are $15, or at the door for $20.

Saturday Nov. 19

At noon on Saturday, check out the Food Fashion Trucks at The Shop Lot LA in Silver Lake. Look for some fashion treasures and then stroll around the neighborhood because it’s awesome. Check the poster to the right for all the dets.

Kate Micucci is hilarious. Check out her video below. She is putting on a one woman show at the Steve Allen Theater on Saturday which is directed by Ron Lynch. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are $10… get them HERE!

LA Venice Cocktail Invitational is happening this weekend ($10 suggested donation). Amatuer mixologists will battle it out to create the perfect cocktail and you get to vote. The winner is announced at midnight and the proceeds go to support the 826LA writing program. You get a fun night, and the money goes to a good cause. Win win!

If you didn’t get tickets to Friday nights show at UCB, alas there are 2 more great shows on Saturday night. The Shit Show (with guest David Wain!) is happening at 10pm and you must go get tickets HERE. Directly after this show is a sold out show called Tournament of Nerds (with guest Pauly Shore). I suggest you put your name on the waiting list, go to The Shit Show, and when you get out hopefully your name will be called and youll get to see both shows for $15. A night of big comedians for $15? Score!

Sunday Nov. 20

The Nerdest panel is back this weekend with very cool people attending. Marti Noxon (Buffy, Glee, Mad Men), Danny Zuker (Modern Family), and Craig Silverstein (Nikita) will be in the discussion. The event starts at 5pm (doors open at 4:30) and it’s held at Meltdown Comics on Sunset.  Get tickets HERE!

Weekend Guide Oct 28+ 29+ 30

TGIF Baby!! I need to start by telling you, 2 new LA books arrived in the mail today: Secret Stairs by Charles Fleming and LA Bizarro by Anthony Lovett and Matt Maranian. Expect exciting posts to come!

Now I know on Wednesday I put together a bunch of potential cool events for tonight and you can check that previous post HERE as well as LAWeekly’s article about Halloween events around LA, HERE. If those don’t tickle your fancy, here’s some more cheap events happening this weekend. Keep in mind it’s Halloween weekend so traffic is going to be wild so take the metro if you can!

FRIDAY Oct. 28

As I promised, I must report back about Delusion off of the 10 freeway. My friend went on Wednesday and she’s normally afraid of these haunted houses and said it was awesome. Spoiler alert: a cast member ‘died’ on her lap at the end of the night. Get there early, there will be a line.

SATURDAY Oct. 29

Skylight Books in Los Feliz is celebrating their 15th Anniversary with events all weekend. I suggest you hit them up Saturday 3pm-5pm for their Wine and Cheese party where they will be raffling off a Chris Ware special edition print at 4pm (get a ticket when you spend $40+). They are also having a special deal, that when you purchase your books at the register, you pick a card out of a bowl and get whatever discount is written on the card. How fun is that!

Saturday night at the Long Beach Promenade is the Zombie Walk! Take your Halloween costume out and dab some paint on your face and become the zombie version of your costume. I’ll be going as Zombie Nancy Drew! Parking will be a problem so be sure to carpool.

SUNDAY Oct. 30

If  you need a break from Halloween fun, check out Meltdown Comics for their backroom Nerdist Panel (presented with 826LA) where Tom Lennon (The State, Reno 911) and Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows) will discuss writing for film and television. Doors open at 4:30 and it starts at 5:30pm on Sunday, and if you get there early you can check out their large selection of comics (if you’re into that type of thing). Tickets are $15 and you can get them HERE.

DeadHaus is having a free party Sunday night at 9pm (RSVP through Thrillist HERE). They are describing it as a “balls-to-the-walls haunted house party”. The party is actually taking place at the site of the Woodward Family Murders that happened over 50 years ago. Wear a costume and get ready to roll into Halloween with a frightening FREE dance party with Rapture, Paul Devro, Derek Allen and Benzona!

MONDAY Oct. 31 

I normally don’t include Monday in my weekend guide, but seeing as it’s Halloween on Monday, you deserve to know what’s happening around town.

Obviously you know about West Hollywood’s wild Halloween Parade happening on Monday. Lola’s, the martini bar I wrote about on Thursday, is in WeHo and having specials on drinks ($6 Pumpkin martinis all night!) and offering prizes for best costume. When you’re done with the parade, hop over for a drink. Bar 107 is also having a Halloween party that night (they have a photo booth!). I say hit both!

If you’re not into the wild street parades that WeHo has to offer, then join me in the Valley for a more family-friendly Halloween. Toluca Lake goes all-out on Halloween. I’ve gone on walks in the neighborhood this week and every day people are bringing out more and more decorations. Haunted Houses are being set-up and even one house has a giant pirate ship on their front lawn. I can’t wait! Park near Riverside or Moorpark and follow the crowds that will be going up and down the streets and enjoy!