Weekend Guide Dec. 9 + 10 + 11

I’m sorry this is coming to you SO late on a Friday! I thankfully finished my jury duty week without being called in. If that’s not a reason to celebrate, I don’t know what is. Unfortunately, I’m crazy busy so this will have to be brief.

FRIDAY Dec. 9th

Eames: The Architect And The Painter opens this weekend, and judging from the trailer (see below), it’s going to be awesome! So if you get a chance you better see it… why not tonight?

Tonight at 9p, Jonathan Richman (featuring Tommy Larkins) will be playing downtown at The Smell for $15 at the door. Check out The Smell’s website HERE. If you think you aren’t hip, go to the Smell. You will feel WAY less hip then everyone else there, but later when you tell people “I went to The Smell.. no biggie” they will think you are infinitely cooler than you are. Everybody wins!

SATURDAY Dec. 10th

I’m so happy to announce that my favorite event of the year is happening in LA this weekend: the Renegade Craft Fair. It’s happening on Saturday and Sunday and you can bet my bippy (whatever that is), that I will be there at 10am (when it begins) on Saturday morning. It’s a great place to buy unique gifts for your friends and you can get there on the Blue line (?) of the metro. The money goes to help artists struggling in a rough economy, and their work is beautiful. They have prints, jewelry, crafts, clothing, furniture, and everything else you could ever want. I’m getting to bed early to be fully ready for tomorrow. It’s like my Christmas morning!

After you’re done Christmas shopping you should sign-up through Thrillist for their Hollywood Craft Beer Crawl HERE, on Saturday from 1-6p. It’s happening all through Hollywood, which means you can take the metro red line. $25 tickets gets you 8 craft beers… 8! That’s a steal! Plus for those of you new to LA it’s a great way to meet new people.

At night the Devil’s Drive-In is showing Die Hard! So die hard Die Hard fans should check it out. Especially if you’re sick of holiday stuff.

SUNDAY Dec. 11th:

The Nerdist Writers Panel this weekend is AWESOME! Paul Scheer, Rob Cordrry, David Wain, Ken Marino, Rob Huebel, Curtis Gwinn, and John Stern are attending. Did you read that list, it’s practically a Wet Hot American Summer Reunion! Such a rare occasion, you must go. It’s only $15, and it’s a Meltdown Comics (an intimate venue), 5pm and get tickets  HERE.

And of course you can always check out the Sunday Renegade Craft Fair 🙂

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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!