Do This Today: LA Beer Week

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I’m SO sad that I didn’t give you a Do This Today yesterday. It was go-go-go all day, so hopefully you found something fun todo. I’ll have to make it up to you.

Well it’s LA Beer Week. They had their big reception downtown at Union Station this past Sunday, but the fun continues with bars around LA hosting special events. Tonight Beechwood BBQ + Brewing is taking over Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank. Golden Road is hosting a panel discussion with Tomm Carroll. Click HERE for the list of breweries and bars participating!

Event: LA Beer Week (event link)
Location: All over LA
Time: Sept 19-29th, 2013
Cost:

Do This Today: St. Paddy’s Day Stout @ Tony’s Darts Away

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Are you ready for St Patrick’s Day? Tony’s Darts Away is doing an all weekend celebration! Expect a lot of porters and stouts (my favorite) and even oysters presented by the Oyster Boys. On Saturday at 5pm, the Oyster Boys will be in the house serving $2 oysters. Here’s the rundown copy and pasted right from there event. I can’t wait:

 

ALL WEEKEND we will offer specials including:
• Beer bread made from Old 38 Irish stout & Irish butter
• Oyster Mushroom ceviche (v)
• Chocolate Stout Pudding
• Corned Beef or Seitan (v) & Cabbage w/red potatoes
• The Incompetent Shepherd’s Pie (v)
And substitute a bun on any sausage for a choice of:
• Champ: Irish style mashed potatoes with butter & scallions
• Colcannon: Irish style mashed potatoes with bacon, onions, & braised cabbage) (vegan available)

Taplist to include:
• Ballast Point Victory at Sea Imperial Porter
• Alesmith Speedway Stout
• TAPS Balinese Stout
• Bear Republic Big Bear Stout
• Firestone Walker Walker’s Reserve Porter
• Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter
• Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout
• Highwater Brewing Campfire Stout
• Island Brewing Co. Starry Night Stout
• Ventura Surf Brewery Oil Piers Porter
• North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
…and more to be announced!

Event: St. Paddy’s @ Tonys (event link)
Location: Tony’s Darts Away, 1710 W. Magnolia Ave, Burbank, CA
Time: 12p – 2am
Cost: FREE to get in and tons of deals!

Do This Today: Fat Tuesday at Tony’s Darts Away

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Today is Fat Tuesday! For people who don’t celebrate the religious aspects, you can still celebrate the FOOD aspect! Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank is doing a special Fat Tuesday menu including Okra hush puppies, Salmon Burgers, Artichoke Po’ Boys + Oyster Po’Boys, cajun sweet potato fries and kings cake(photo above)! If you’ve never been to Tony’s you should know they have boardgames and you can even bring your own. You’ll love it!

Event: Fat Tuesday @ Tonys (event link)
Location: Tony’s Darts Away, 1710 W. Magnolia Ave, Burbank, CA
Time: 12p – 2am
Cost: FREE to get it and dishes are $6-$10.75

The Weekend Guide May 25 + 26 + 27 + 28

It’s Weekend Guide time!! I know I couldn’t give you one last week (which I feel bad about) but I’m sure you did awesome things all on your own. And now that I’m back it’s in time for a massive 3-day Weekend Guide. Score.

FRIDAY May 25

Tonight, per usual, the LACMA is doing Free Jazz Fridays. Come take a listen to this weeks performer, Ernie Andrews, and maybe stop by the Stark Bar for a drink (not free).

Burbank is doing another one of their “Ladies Night Out” which means food trucks, later hours, and a fun Friday night. Why not go, and then walk down Magnolia and check out Tony’s Darts Away.

SATURDAY May 26

I hope you like movies, because summer in LA means outdoor (and indoor) movie events! Lets start with the Echo Park Film Center (which does year round movie events). On Saturday they are going to screen the Artur Aristakisyan’s documentary Palms. On facebook it says it starts at 8am… but I find that hard to believe. I’m sure it’s supposed to be 8pm.

Looking for something a little more mainstream? The Drive-In is showing The Goonies, which is one of my favorites. Cinespia which hosts the cemetery screenings is showing Sabrina (another classic). And if that isn’t enough to choose from, Street Food Cinema is showing Napoleon Dynamite. Get tickets for that HERE. All these films are cheap and great group events. Pack a picnic basket or even just a blanket and get some food truck goods.

SUNDAY May 27

T.J. Miller is hosting another Hangover Sunday Matinee at the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax. He’ll be screening The Bank Dick. Tickets are $12 and doors open at 11am for a brunch on the back patio. TJ is very cool, so you’ll enjoy this.

Tony’s Darts Away is hosting an event called Books and Brews: The Sriracha Cookbook from 12-9p. Their menu items will be based off the recipes, so if you like it hot check out Tony’s on Sunday.

Speaking of food, the JW Marriott downtown (Across from LA Live) is doing Blues and BBQ on Sundays all summer long. Check out the info HERE.

On Sunday night Neil Hamburger (Natasha Leggero, Brody Stevens, and John Roberts) are performing at the Satellite at 8pm. It’s a cool venue in Silver Lake and tickets are just $8! Such a god price for all those comedians. Get tickets HERE.

MONDAY May 28

LACMA is having it’s Free Museum Day (presented by my nemesis, Target). Come check it out! You can bet I’ll be there. They have a Vanity Fair exhibit going on right now featuring Annie Leibovitz work. Did I ever tell you about the time someone gave me her notebook while I was working. Yeah, it was awesome. I gave it back to her of course, but it was so cool.

When you’re done with the LACMA check out the Satellite for free music all night! It’ll be sweet. Come listen to Caught A Ghost, Busy Living, True Loves, Dirty Murdered Birds etc.

Now enjoy! It’s summer! I leave you with a link to animals being adorable. I’m not normally into cute things but this is pretty funny, 35 Animals That Need Your Help.

UPDATE:
I completely left off an awesome event happening this weekend… infact it’s starting right now! It’s the Silver Lake Jubilee! Bands, food trucks, comedians, crafts and more! It’s $35 for a weekend pass or $20 for a day pass. It’s kind of alot, but if you make the day of it it’s a good deal.

Weekend Guide April 20 + 21 + 22

So who’s hitting up weekend 2 of Coachella? If you’re like me and saving a zillion dollars by not attending Coachella, here’s a ton of stuff happening in LA this weekend to keep you busy.

FRIDAY April 20:

Tonight at The Echo Park Film Center they are screening The Silver Lake Badminton and Adventures Club (web series). It sounds hilarious and worth checking out. If you can’t make the screening, at least check out an episode HERE.

I’m very excited to tell you about an event taking place at the Moca Geffen from April 20 to May 6th called Transmission LA:AV Club. This event is about how audio and visual effect each other and is Curated by Mike D. Please tell me you’ve heard of the BEASTIE BOYS! My younger assistant said “Oh yeah, those guys are like the Beach Boys, right?” I cried a little. This 17 day festival will have concerts, DJ Nights at the museum, performances and Installations. Check HERE for all the info. You know, Angel City Brewing is not far from the Moca.. just say’in.

SATURDAY April 21:

This weekend is the FESTIVAL OF BOOKS! My librarian friend Carrie would be so proud of me, as I plan to attend the event (which is held at USC). I’m going specifically to see the comedians pictured above at 1pm on Saturday peform in “Fresh From Figment”. This FREE event will have Michael Ian Black, Michael Hitchcock, Wendi McLendon-Covy, Andrea Savage, Martin Starr & Michaela Watkins. There are a ton of other cool events. Check out THIS link for the full list of events and click HERE to see a map of all the stages. There are more events happening on Sunday too, so plan accordingly.

If you don’t like comedy and books (which means you must be insane), then hit up Santa Monica for the Tadasana Festival. This yoga + music event is happening Saturday and Sunday as well. Get your tickets online HERE. and then check out the schedule HERE to see what yoga classes you want to go to.

It’s also Earth Day Weekend! Why not hit up the Aquarium of the Pacific for their celebration!

For blog followers, you probably know about my unwavering love of Tony’s Darts Away (in Burbank on Magnolia). Well this Saturday they are celebrating their 2nd Anniversary. RSVP on facebook HERE. Tickets are $30 and includes 5 pours and you can keep the glass.

SUNDAY April 22:

On Sunday, Castle Green in Pasadena is doing their Spring Tour from 1-5pm for $20. It looks like a wedding facility… but it also just looks beautiful. and it’s called a CASTLE! It has castle IN the name!

At 5pm on Sunday, 826LA is holding their Nerdist Writers Panel at Meltdown Comics. The sessions are $15 and this weeks guest writers are Andrew Miller, Chic Eglee, and more. These are great for all you writers looking for your ticket into Hollywood.

Keep in mind that the Festival of Books and the Tadasana Festival are continuing into Sunday as well.

Because I love you so much, I’m going to leave you with this gem. Cheack out THE NEW DON’T STOP OR WE’LL DIE MUSIC VIDEO! Have a great weekend!

Mountain Weekend IV: Lake Arrowhead

At this point in the trip we are leaving Lake Gregory and heading back to Lake Arrowhead, where we had dinner the night before. Since it’s a larger lake (14 mile circumference vs. Lake Gregory’s 3.5 mile circumference) we thought that would be a better way to spend the last few hours of our weekend.

It was a beautiful drive back to Lake Arrowhead. So many layers of mountains in the distance.

The day before we saw Belgian Waffle Works while walking around the town center and decided that we had to have a Sunday brunch there. It was cute and right on the waterfront of the lake.

Since it was noon, we all ordered sandwiches and split a half order of one of their signature dessert waffle dishes. The was the perfect amount of food for three people and gave us a taste of their yummy waffles without going overboard. Their batter had notes of almond in it. After lunch we shopped in a bunch of the outlet stores and got some good deals.

I can’t go into details but… we talked with a local who gave us the code to a gate along the lake. This gate leads to the path that follows Lake Arrowhead. It’s meant for locals to go for walks and also provides a nice walking path to get to the center village. So we began walking around the lake. We didn’t have a plan, but 14 miles didn’t seem to challenging (I was with 2 marathon runners, and as you know I’m a walker). Plus after 10 minutes of walking it felt like we were so far from town, we thought, lets just keep going. So we did.

The lake is lined with docks. Docks covering every inch. It was at this moment that we realized that winter is not Lake Gregory’s prime season (like for Big Bear), it’s summer when people can take their boats out. One disappointing/disturbing thing about the lake is that there were signs everywhere saying that the water was contaminated. That’s such a bummer. A pristine looking lake that you can’t swim in. It’s one of those just-for-looking-at lakes.

Homes are stacked on one another, up the steep earth leading down to the water. Usually there is an elaborate series of stairs connecting the homes to this path, and then further down to the docks. In some cases we saw chairlifts that could bring people down to the docks. It was a cool walk.

It was at this boat storage facility that we used the restrooms and decided it was time to head back. A security guard told us the path doesn’t completely follow the lake, which is what we worried about. Would we hit a dead end? We were technically trespassing on this trail to begin with. We gave in and decided to abort our mission and retrace our steps.

What a scenic view! The boat does a loop around the lake. We deiced to pass, as we did our own loop.

These castle looking homes on the steep hillside were beautiful. We finished our walk back and decided to call it a day and begin the drive back. We were all exhausted and still had a drive on our hands. We got back into LA at 6pm on Sunday, which was nice. Lindsey and I went on to Tony’s Darts Away that night which was the perfect end to our getaway.

Weekend Guide March 9 + 10 + 11

Hi All! I’ll be hitting the road this weekend for a much needed getaway in the mountains. Expect some wilderness themed posts next week. In the meantime here are the details on things happening around LA this weekend. I’m SUPER jealous I won’t get to partake in these activities, but hopefully you will enjoy them. Lets get into it!

FRIDAY March 9th:

Stop by Art Night Pasadena from 6-9pm on Friday. Expect art, live music, great people watching, and a long list of food trucks. This FREE event involves institutions all over Pasadena and has a FREE shuttle connecting them all. There is even an art night bicycle tour. Follow them on facebook HERE to learn more about this event and their upcoming events.

If you’re not near Pasadena and closer to the West Side, check out Gallery 1988 for a show that combines 2 of my favorite things: art and comedy. Weird Al is hosting the opening of Is This Thing On? which is sponsored by Funny Or Die. I’ve been to this gallery space before and it isn’t huge, so expect a line, but it’s totally worth it. HERE they are on Facebook. Friend them!

SATURDAY March 10th:

Now once you’ve left Gallery 1988.. maybe linger on Melrose and head to the LACMA where anywhere form 2-6am, Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass will be delivered to the LACMA after it’s road trip around LA. The museum will be closed, but their parking lot will be open and FREE. There will be bathrooms available to vistors waiting to see the rock. There will be a coffee cart and food trucks parked along Wilshire. Check the LACMA’s blog HERE for updates and tweets telling you exactly where the rock is at any moment of the night. It might sound like a waste of time, but if you get a couple friends together and make a night/morning of it, it’ll be a night you never forget.

Once you go home and rest up after a night of rock waiting/watching, hit up Silver Lake Art, Craft and Vintage. It’s the second Saturday of every month, so if you miss this one it will be back. Expect a bunch of food trucks and support local. Why not walk around and explore the neighborhood? Silver Lake is awesome, so buy some unique art and hit up an indie coffee shop. Then find a street that’s new to you and explore.

If you aren’t sick of the LACMA from the night before, come back at 7:30p for their Young Directors Night. This is a chance to watch films from directors around LA, as well as learn from a panel discussion about filmmaking. Tickets for the general public are $30. It’s a bit steep, but if you’re in the production world this event is a great place to meet people and network. Once you’re inside there’s free food, drinks and music. Check out images from past events HERE.

Since it’s the 2nd Saturday of the month, check out the NELA Art Gallery Night in Eagle Rock/ Highland Park. If I weren’t going out of town I would for sure be here. You know what bar/ restaurant is in the neighborhood? The York! Check it out while you pop in and out of art galleries. When I was in the York last week, I swear I saw a flyer advertising The John Corbett Band playing there this weekend. I can’t find ANYTHING online to confirm this, but I know what that flyer said. So go to the York, and if they aren’t there then sit, stay and enjoy the food. If they are there, repeat steps 1 through 3 and add “have an awesome listening experience” as step 4. Plus John Corbett is a hottie, so your eyes will have a great experience too 😉

At 7:30p on Saturday night, Devil’s Night Drive-In is screening Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. There are car-hops delivering food, new astroturf, and walk-in’s and bike in’s welcome. DJ Morgan will be dropping beats before the movie. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the gate. Add this EVENT on facebook.

If you don’t like art, good food, live music, classic films, and appreciate roughhousing (which my blog never provides for you), then you need to pay a visit to the LA Derby Dolls. On Saturday night the LA Derby Dolls and playing the Sand Deigo Durby Dolls in a March Radness Exhibition Bout. Get your tickets HERE. It’s quite an experience. PArking is tricky, so expect to neighborhood surf for a spot (and bring your rape whistle). Derby Doll events are always a good time. I had one bad visit where the spinning, loud noises, and packed crowd made me really nauseous, but in general this is a fun event. Now you can’t say I never blog about sports 🙂

SUNDAY March 11th:

This weekend is the Los Angeles Animation Festival. There are events happening all weekend (see the full schedule HERE). On Sunday at 2pm there is a Shrek Gala Event. At 4pm there’s a screening of A Cat In Paris, which was a 2012 Oscar nominee. At 6pm Sean Lennon is presenting Grave of the Fireflies. At 8pm Tom Kenny (aka the voice of Sponge Bob and an awesome comedian) will host The Tune and an Awards Ceremony. Is that not a day full of fun events? This is all happening at the Regent Showcase on La Brea and you can get tickets online in advance.

Golden Road Brewing is hosting a Beer Festival from 2-5p for $20. I took the above image at Tony’s the other night. Get your tickets HERE! They do brewery tours… just say’in.

I’m pretty sure your weekend just went from empty to jammed packed, because that was a lot of good stuff. Also, if you want Comedy Bang Bang tickets for next Tuesday, click HERE at noon, so any minute now!