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BGG Weekender

It’s November! Time to start panicking about where, how, and with whom you’ll celebrate NYE. Hopefully this also means it’s nearly time for the movie New Year’s Eve to come out, and if you can’t tell, we don’t mean that. Anyhow, as there are only so many Xanax we can take in one day, let’s focus on what to do this weekend. 


If you’re a girl who just wants to have fun, Cyndi Lauper is playing at Club Nokia at 8 p.m. Tix are $39.50. Make this your splurge night and have dinner beforehand at WP24. They do a nightly 3-course ‘Tastes of 24’ menu for $24.

If you’re a girl who just wants to watch an incredibly intense indie film, catch Miss Bala at The Egyptian as part of the AFI Film Festival. The director will be on hand -- try to grab free tix today. Grab a quick bite at Miceli’s beforehand and a drink at The Writer’s Room after. 


Start Saturday morning off early with a Prosciutto Goat Cheese Danish or Maple Glaze Bacon Sticky Bun at the newly-opened Semi Sweet Bakery. If you can’t tell, the treats are done by the same chef who brought us the maple bacon donut at Nickel Diner.  

At 10a.m., hop onto the free Metro art tour. When you’ve hit the last stop, make your way over to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for the LA Opera’s open house (9:30-5 p.m.). Catch free performances (including one by Plácido Domingo) and behind-the-scenes tours.

On your way back west afterward, stop first at the new Parisian-inspired flea market in Hollywood, and then by the Fahey/Klein gallery on La Brea to peep the new Ellen Von Unwerth exhibition

Then, rush on over to Culver City for a free Belgian chocolate tasting and super sale.  Throw those goodies down fast and make your way further west to the Psychic Reading Jamboree at The Southern California Psychic Institute. From 1-4 p.m., get free ‘healings’ and $10 readings. 

Since you’re still recovering from last weekend, make the night mellow with a screening of Rango at The Aero. Director Gore Verbisnki will be on hand for Q&A (sorry, no Johnny).  Stick around after for a repeat of last weekend’s Horrorthon. 


It’s going to be cloudy and cool on Sunday, so we suggest you spend the day perusing local museums for free, courtesy of Bank of America (way to make use of my overdraft fees, buddies!).  We recommend  you see “Art & Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980” at The Hammer.  At LACMA, we suggest you see “"Monet/Lichtenstein: Rouen Cathedrals" and "California Design, 1930-1965."

Later, catch one of 3 of our picks from the AFI Fest for the day. Our top pick is My Week With Marilyn, which screens at 6 p.m. at Grauman’s. Get free tix the day before. 

We also recommend Into the Abyss, a film by Werner Herzog, at 5:30 p.m. at The Egyptian.

Our final AFI pick for Sunday is Melancholia, a film by Lars von Trier starring Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg. It will also be screening at The Egyptian at 7:30 p.m. 

If all of that sounds a bit too heavy, we suggest you head instead to The Aero for screenings of Monty Python and The Fisher King starting at 7:30 p.m.

Nov 03, 2011 - 09:15 AM

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