Do This Today: Weekend Edition

This weekend has SOOO much going on, I can’t do all the events justice so instead I’m going to do an abbreviated Weekend Guide. Here goes…

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Tonight visit the Iam8bit  Art Gallery for the opening of their newest show “It’s the ShizNICK!” celebrating the good ol’ days of Nickelodeon tv shows and cartoons. From 7-11p tonight they are having their opening celebration with live tunes by DJ Lance, a “Photo Playset”, and SLIME! Get ready to get nostalgic!

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Do you love reading? And books? And Authors? Check out the LA Times Festival of Books! I went last April and had a fun day (check that post here). Be sure to bring sun screen and walk’in shoes, cause it’s a big event.

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The Echo Park Art Walk is happening on Saturday in Echo Park (duh) from 12p-6pm! I do a lot of my secret stair walks around here and it’s a fun neighborhood to explore. Many shops are participating and this is a fun people-watching neighborhood. I went to this two years ago and saw Danny Devito and his wife enjoying a local band performing on the street. I can’t recommend this event enough and it celebrate local small businesses.

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Go from the Echo Park Art Walk to the Frogtown Art Walk! Come check out this cool neighborhood along the LA River from 4 to 7pm on Saturday.

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Are you less into books and more into cycling? Or running, or just general moseying along the streets of LA? The next CicLAvia is happening this Sunday from 10a-3p. Check out the map HERE for details about road closures. It’s Marina Del Ray to downtown. Get out your sneakers!

There’s just SO much happening this weekend, it’s hard to choose! Either way, get out there and have a fabulous weekend. It’s FRIDAY! Enjoy!

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Weekend Guide September 7 + 8 + 9

Do you like the new Weekend Guide layout? If you click on the event box, it’ll bring you directly to the events website. Let me know what you think! Are you ready for the weekend? LETS DO THIS!








Weekend Guide August 31 + 1 + 2

It’s Labor Day Weekend! Are you sticking around LA this weekend, or leaving on an adventure? My parents are coming to town so we will be taking a trip outside Los Angeles. In fact it’ll be quiet here for a couple of days, because I wont be free until Tusday night. I also owe you a mount Whitney post…  it’s coming, I swear! Alright, let’s get into it!

FRIDAY August 31:

What: Ladies Night Out  (event website)
Where: Starts at the intersection of Hollywood Way and Magnolia, in Burbank
When: 6-9p
Cost: Free! Come walk around and explore the shops!
FYI: This is a fun way to get to know the area, enjoy some food truck food ($) and why not hit up Tony’s Darts Away after?
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What: Sweet Tooth (more info)
Where: The Backside in Echo Park
When: 8pm
Cost: Free!
FYI: They are going to have beer floats, ice cream (free!), cheesecake, cookies, and all sorts of goodies. Also the neighborhood has plenty to do on a Friday night, so stay and explore!
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What: Gallery 1988 (Venice): Step Brothers  (event website)
Where: Gallery 1988, 214 Pier Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405
When: 7-10p
Cost: FREE
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SATURDAY August 25:

What: FYF Fest (event website)
Where: LA Historic Park,
When: 12p-11p
Cost: $$$ expensive, but cheaper than Cochella (get tickets here)
FYI: This is a music event, but it also has a comedy tent. In fact, David Cross (who hardly performs in LA) will be there!! Out of the zillion comedians I write about and see live, he’s the only one I have not seen. Be luckier than I, and go check him out! This event runs Saturday and Sunday.

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What: LA County Fair  (event website)
Where: Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave, Pomona CA 91768
When: On going, until Sept 30th.
Cost: $1 admission for 10a-1p (to celebrate opening weekend)

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What: The Gronhilm Method (play) (event website)
Where: The Falcon Theater in Toluca Lake
When: 4pm + 7pm
Cost: $40-42 (but I bet if you look online you can find some good deals)
FYI: My sister saw this play a few weeks ago and LOVED it. She (who is a theater guru- and flies to NYC for the weekend just to see plays) says it should be on Broadway. Check it out before it does go to Broadway! _________________________________________________________________________

SUNDAY August 19: 

What: Comedy of Errors (event website)
Where: Griffith Park, by the Old Zoo
When: 7pm
Cost: FREE!
FYI: Sunday will be the last performance, so see it while you can! That means summers officially over 😦 _________________________________________________________________________

What: Paramount’s 100th Anniversary (event website)
Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Ave, Los Angeles CA 90068
When: 7:30pm
Cost: $3-$200 (get tickets here)
FYI: Take the bowl shuttle- way easier than parking and super cheap. Come early and enjoy a picnic before the sun goes down.  _________________________________________________________________________
What: Gravid Water (event website)
Where: UCB LA, 5919 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
When: 9:30p
Cost: $5 (get tickets here)
FYI: Even if they sell out, you can get in a standby line, and probably get in. This is a great comedy show that combines improv with famous pieces of literature. It’s smart AND funny.
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Weekend Guide August 24 + 25 + 26

I’m house sitting this weekend as well as getting prepped for Whitney and working on some graphics so pardon the late afternoon posting. There are so many fun cheap things happening this weekend, I’m excited to share them with you!

FRIDAY August 24:

What: Etsy Craft Party (event website)
Where: Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
When: 7p
Cost: Free (from what I could tell)
FYI: This years theme is “Wish You Were Here”. Clink the link for all the details of this craft party. Note that it’s about doing crafts, not a traditional craft fair.
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What: EIF Talent Show (event website)
Where: Cinefamily Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax ave, Los Angeles CA
When: 7:15p doors, 7:45p show
Cost: $14 (Get tickets HERE)
FYI: Tonights show features Acapellasqatsi, Nick Offerman and more! This Everything Is Festival is awesome, and this is one of the best events so you better check it out.
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What: LACMA Animation August: Pixar Shorts  (event website)
Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
When: 8pm
Cost: FREE
FYI: Pack a picnic and enjoy a night under the stars! Come early to snag a good spot.
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What: Sing-A-Long Screening of Moulin Rouge (event website)
Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
When: 8:30pm
Cost: $15
FYI: On-site parking is $10 (yuck) so it’s best to carpool or search the neighborhood (but stay safe!). It’s a special fundraiser for the Gay Men’s Choir of LA. Get ready to sing!
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SATURDAY August 25:

What: Echo Park Rising  (event website)
Where: Sunset Blvd + Echo Park Blvd, Los Angeles CA
When: 11a -2am (Sun)
Cost: FREE
FYI: This is an all day celebration for LA and the Echo Park community. Come, listen, and explore all the local shops. It’s gonna be a fun Saturday!

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What: Epic Water Balloon Fight  (event website)
Where: 2701 Barnard Way, Santa Monica CA 90407
When: 2:30 pm
Cost: FREE!
FYI: It’s Santa Monica vs Venice. Click the event link for details, because there are a lot of important specifics for this epic water fight.

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What: Chinatown Summer Nights: FIRE (event website)
Where: Between Hill St and Broadway in Chinatown (click HERE for a map)
When: 5pm to Midnight
Cost: FREE
FYI: It’s the last of the Chinatown Summer Night events. Don’t miss it! _________________________________________________________________________

SUNDAY August 19: 

 

What: Fiesta La Ballona (event website)
Where: Veterans Park, Culver Blvd and Overland Ave, Culver City CA (map of the event)
When: 11am- 9pm (although it’ll go all weekend)
Cost: FREE!
FYI: Parking is easiest at Sony Pictures lot (and it’s also free!). It’s happening all weekend, so if you can’t make Sunday, then come a different day. _________________________________________________________________________

 

What: Little Shop of Horrors (event website)
Where: Glendale Center Theatre, 324 North Orange St, Glendale CA
When: 3p
Cost: $25 (get tickets here)
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What: Neil Hamburger @ The Satellite (event website)
Where: The Satellite, 1717 Silverlake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
When: 8:30 pm doors, 9pm show
Cost: $8 (get tickets here)
FYI: I couldn’t give you a Weekend Guide without comedy. Neil’s great, and the show is a steal for $8! _________________________________________________________________________

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 Recap

Did you go to the Etsy Renegade Craft Fair?! I did, and knocked a ton of gift’s off my to-buy Christmas list. Unfortunately, my camera is still out of commission, so you’ll have to settle for cell phone pics for the next couple weeks of posts. Check out the website HERE for a recap from the event sponsors.

I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite vendors. You see, I go to this event twice a year and I can always count on certain vendors to be back with new merchandise and also some new booths I’ve never seen before. Graze organic is one of these new (or at least new-to-me) booths. They make 100% organic reusable sandwich + snack bags. “Disposable” plastic ziplock bags are convenient but TERRIBLE for the environment. Everyday people use these bags to pack their lunches and then they toss them out at the end of the day. Graze uses organic fabrics to create snack and sandwich sized bags that you can reuse and wash with your clothes in the washing machine. It’s such a great concept. The vendor had one of her first prototypes to show how long they last. It was a tad faded, but considering she’s washed it tons of times, it was in great condition. Check out their website HERE, order them for your family for Christmas and help the environment.

Of course my favorite tee shirt vendor, Fuzzy Ink, was there with a few new designs. And one of my favorite jewelry stands, Love Nail Tree. Another great Renegade fair down.

From the craft fair I went to a sushi-making party at a coworkers place along the Venice Canals. What a beautiful night there, and they’ve put Christmas lights out on all the bridges. I highly recommend a twilight walk along the canals.

After Venice I headed to Largo for Paul Scheer’s Sexy Christmas Show, but that event deserves it’s own post 🙂

Weekend Guide! Oct 7+8+9

It’s been a crazy day and I have to get ready for my camping extravaganza this weekend. That’s right, no air-mattress on this one, this is real camping. In the meantime I have to tell you about the awesome things happening this weekend:

Events:

826LA (an awesome charity in Echo Park) is hosting FILTER Culture Collide Festival in Echo Park ALL weekend. Cool people. Cool bands. As part of this event there is a Block Party on Sunday from 3-10p. Wristbands are $20, the money goes to charity AND you get an awesome weekend. Win Win.

Post No Bills in Venice is hosting Ron English’s “English 101” solo exhibit in their gallery for all of October. You’ll recognize his stuff. If you’re walking the boardwalk, check it out!

If live music and gallery openings aren’t your cup of tea, Silverlake Art Craft + Vintage is hosting their monthly “I heart Vintage” craft event on Saturday, where local venders come and sell homemade goods. If you’re trying to save money, just go take a peak and be inspired. While you’re there, take a walk along Sunset and check out the local shops. Oh yeah, and food trucks!

If you’re dying to do something a little more main stream, at 8:30p on October 10th at the Orpheum Theater Joseph Gordon-Levitt is hosting the Fall Formal with his collaborative production company, hitRECord.com. Not only is Joseph adorable and talented but he’s doing a great service to the artistic community. Check out his page.

Food+ Drink:

One of my favorite places to have a fancy dinner (Luna Park) and one of my favorite board game-themed bars (Henry’s Hat) happen to be sister restaurants and this Saturday if you go into either place and say “Weekday Brunch” to your waiter, you’ll get 50% off all food! What an awesome deal.

Thrillist is offering pizza and 90 minutes of unlimited craft brews  for $18 each! Such a good deal and it ends in 6 days. Check out the link and hit GET IT!

Per usual, if you are looking for bar game nights this weekend, Little Bar has a lively trivia night starting at 7:30p on Saturday. They do not serve food which means you can bring in whatever you want. Luna Park happens to be located across the street (check out the details above to get 50% off), maybe grab some grub and then head over to the Little Bar to test out the ol’ noggin. They also offer a Sunday dart tournament. On Sunday Bigfoot Lounge should be doing their Sunday night bingo! Call ahead to confirm the times.

Okay, I have supplied you with PLENTY to do this weekend. I didn’t even include all the plays and other (more costly, but still awesome) cultural events happening around LA this weekend. If you’re still struggling with what to do this weekend here’s an awesome idea: throw a boxed-wine tasting party. It sounds lame, but friends of mine did it once and it was SO much fun. Everyone invited brings a unique boxed-wine and the host provides tacky cheeses and crackers (ie. cut up string cheese on a ritz cracker). The tackier the better! Everyone does a tasting and the winner is whoever brought the best boxed-wine (come up with some super tacky prize). It’ll be memorable, for sure.