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BGG Weekender

Until we can move to Europe and indulge in somewhere around (or above) 30 vacation days each year, we must learn to overly appreciate the two or three bones thrown to us (e.g. Labor Day) and the four-day work weeks that result from them.  On that note, this mini-week is almost over, and we can all soon stop pretending to care about our jobs or like our bosses for the two days we’re allotted per week to do so. Here are a few ways to spend them: 


Since LA’s summers don’t really start until August, we’re giving you permission to enjoy half-day Fridays until at least the end of September. Leave work early and head downtown to the Splendid and Ella Moss Warehouse Sale at the Cooper Building (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.).

Because there is almost nothing of note happening ‘in town’ on Friday, we dare you to drive to Pomona for -- are you ready for this? -- the En Vogue and Salt-N-Pepa concert at the Pomona Fairplex. Tickets are $23.50, but the nostalgia is priceless (c’mon, this video is amazing & so is this one). 

Before or after, pop into the LA County Fair, which runs until midnight. 


As we’re obsessed with Brazil, Saturday is practically our Christmas. It’s officially ‘Brazilian Day in LA’, whatever that means, and there will be a massive celebration at the La Brea Tar Pits from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.  We’ll be there at 11:59 a.m., ready to put our Portuguese lessons to good use when meeting our future husband. 

Afterward, grab dinner at nearby Genwa (Korean BBQ) or Sake House Miro for something cheap & yummy. 

When you’re thoroughly stuffed (which is definitely going to happen at Genwa, btw), head back over to LACMA for MUSE ‘til Midnight.

OR, skip Brazilian Day (blasphemy!) and spend the day in Culver City.  The Helm’s District Vintage Boutique promises to offer some gems (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.). RSVP for free admission. 

Grab a bite at Father’s Office, A-Frame, or Lukshon and then enjoy the multiple gallery openings taking place nearby, within walking distance of one another. 

You should also know that our boyfriend Ray LaMontagne is performing Saturday night at The Greek, while The Kills perform at The Wiltern. 


Have brunch in Pasadena -- La Grande Orange to start the day with some white sangria, Roscoe’s for some fried chicken, waffles, and a pound ‘o butter, or Marston’s for cornflake rolled french toast.

Afterward, walk it off at the Rose Bowl Flea Market

Later, check out The National and Neko Case at the Hollywood Bowl. 

Leave a little early to beat the crowds and take advantage of Cleo’s four-course prix fixe 1717 menu for $17.17 (Sundays through September, open until midnight). 

Sep 08, 2011 - 08:54 AM

cheap eats, cheap drinks, cheap activities