LA Walk #6 UCLA

As a reward for your patience with my lack of posts this week, I put up info about an awesome event at the bottom of this post. NO SKIPPING AHEAD (Okay, you can skip ahead if you want).

As I am narrowing in on victory (1 more walk left!), I must recap my goal: to complete all 38 LA Walks from THIS book, in 2011. Michelle joined me for my UCLA walk which took place on Saturday around 3:30pm. Keep in mind, it’s their finals time and it is a commuter school, because the place was a ghost town. We began by parking in a lot on campus near the start of the walk. It cost us $6 for two hours, and be sure to pay for parking because even though it was crazy quiet on campus the UCLA police are always looking for a chance to ticket (plus all the hoity-toity neighborhoods nearby require permits to park).

Michelle and I started our walk in the sculpture garden which is more than 5 acres and filled with sculptures by Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse, Jacques Lipchitz, and Auguste Rodin. It’s such a tranquil place to come relax and read on the grass in the garden surrounded by art. We did this walk in the late afternoon, which made for great lighting and also a totally different experience from all the walks we’ve done so far (which took place at noon).

We got a little off course while in the sculpture garden because we saw so many buildings worth investigating that weren’t on the path outlined in the book, but I guess that’s the fun of it. We took a look at their art building and some well designed residence halls.

I must give credit where it is due, UCLA is kept extraordinarily clean and pristine. The lawns are all well manicured, there was no trash, and all of the buildings are either old and well kept or modern and state-of-the-art. Honestly walking that campus made me think about going back to school again. Spending 3 years on that campus wouldn’t be so bad.

I mean, don’t these buildings make studying seem glamourous instead of exhausting?

We walked through Bruin Plaza and got to take pictures with their bruin mascot (a statue). The only thing we arrived too late for was a walk through their botanical gardens. We just missed our chance to walk the gardens, but we were able to see in past the gates. The garden is 7 acres and sinks below the street level, which acts as a dividing line showcasing the contrast between the modern School of Denistry building and the lush wildlife of the gardens. Someday Ill be back there and I will bring a book, as it seems like a great haven to sit and relax after a long day in the science labs.

As the photos got darker and darker, we completed our walk and headed back to the car (so as not to go over our 2 hour parking limit). UCLA, you were a marvelous, photogenic walk and I would happily go back to see more.

P.S. Get tickets to Sarah Silverman @ Largo on Dec. 15th HERE, and you’ll get to see Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die (they are good musicians and hilarious). Follow the guys on twitter: twittels, paulrust, michaelcassady

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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!