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BGG Weekender

We managed to contract a rare and violent disease while traveling through Central America this holiday season, so we'll likely spend the weekend quarantined somewhere in a windowless room as patient zero of this previously unheard-of malady.  Perhaps they'll call it the Broke Girl bug in our honor, which is perhaps too literal given it's an infection of the third world. Anyway, we're assuming your NYE hangover isn't as bad as ours, and have thus put together an ambitious weekend itinerary as our first of 2012.  Enjoy it on our behalf (she said pitifully)...


It’s First Fridays on Abbot Kinney this week, and we recommend making Heist boutique your first stop as they’re having a huge sale right now. Try to snag a table at the pop-up restaurant Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing for dinner (good luck), or just go on a food truck sampling spree, since you have about 200 trucks to choose from.

If you’d prefer to venture east, swing by the Egyptian Theatre at 7:30p.m. for a double-feature of The Goonies and Stand by Me. Next, head to Hollywood for The Factory: a ‘60s-style dance party inspired by Andy Warhol -- expect art, music, a special live performance, and an exclusive pop-up shop hosted by Rad and Refined. For free entry, RSVP to If all you’re looking for is a drink, instead stop by Winston’s for Dirty Fridays’ drink specials from 9:30p.m. - 12a.m.


We are more than a little excited about the SunCafe Raw Food Cooking Class this Saturday from 9:30a.m. - 12:00p.m ($20), but if cooking isn’t your thing, other Saturday morning opportunities for edification abound. There’s the Undiscovered Chinatown Tour from 10:30a.m. - 1p.m. ($20), which takes you to a temple, an herbal shop, art galleries, antique stores, and more, in hunt of unique treasures and great bargains in Chinatown.  There’s also the Graze Little Tokyo Walk from 10a.m. - 2p.m., a food-centric exploration of the hidden corners of Little Tokyo ($20). Oenophiles have yet another option, with a wine tasting from 1p.m. - 4p.m. at Wally's Wine and Spirits (2107 Westwood Blvd, $10).

At 7:30p.m., head to the Aero Theatre to catch Super 8, and stay for the Q&A with director JJ Abrams. Afterward, grab a late dinner in Westwood at 800 Degrees Pizzeria, a design-your-own pizza place owned by the guys who started Umami Burger. 


Some of you may be reserving your Sunday for the No Pants Subway Ride that starts at 2pm at Union Station (okay, weirdos!). Those who are in favor of pants, however, should head to West 3rd Street for the EM & Co moving sale from 11a.m. - 4p.m. to bid this beautiful boutique goodbye and to take advantage of some pretty amazing deals. Grab a quick lunch at Bao Dim Sum House, which is currently offering a New Year’s special of pork dumplings for just $2.12.

Next, swing by Shelter Half, a just-opened pop-up marketplace hosting a curated collection of items from homegrown fashion and home decor brands.  Finally, end the weekend at Federal Bar for their The New Short Fiction Series, starting at 7p.m.

Jan 05, 2012 - 08:53 AM

cheap drinks, cheap eats, cheap activities