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BGG Weekender

This is one of those uniquely LA weekends in which everyone starts posing like they’re opting out of Oscars-oriented events rather than admitting that they haven’t been invited. You’re better than that, and we’ve put together a jam-packed weekend itinerary to prove it. After all, who wants to hobnob with the likes of Clooney and Gosling when you can pub crawl your way through Santa Monica instead? 

Admittedly, our spin might need a little work. In the meantime, here’s the weekender: 


Die Antwoord plays Club Nokia on Friday night. Tix are still available on StubHub, but they’re kind of pricey. Splurge if you’re interested in bearing witness to a phenomenon.

Otherwise, hit up happy hour at Comme Ca (5-7 p.m.). Then, swing by the OHWOW gallery on La Cienega for the opening night reception of Terrywood, Terry Richardson’s first solo show in LA. Afterward, make your way over to The Divorcee Sale for an extra little shot of class to top off your Terry. Tix are $20 and include champagne and a gift bag. Later, grab a more substantial bite to eat at Escuela or Street before heading to The Writer’s Room -- drinks may not be cheap, but they’re strong. Or, dance the night away at Smoke and Mirrors instead. 


Grab a small bite at Blue Plate, Jack ‘n Jill’s, or Huckleberry.  Then, grab your yoga mat and head over to Yogathon at Naam Yoga from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Pledge to raise money to support Cancer Support Community and you’ll receive TWELVE free yoga classes. If that sounds a bit too intense for you, exercise your spiritual side in another way by grabbing tix to the John C. Reilly-directed one-man show Buddha: A Fantastic Journey.  Afterward, check out the Lise Sarfati opening at Rose Gallery (free wine!) before grabbing dinner at Milo & Olive. Then, join up with the Santa Monica Bar Crawl for an evening much less refined than your day. 

Or, head east in the evening for one of three events: The Carnival of Magic Medicine, at which you’ll be expected to indulge in free mini-sessions with some of LA’s best healers in bodywork and alternative medicine; The 12th Annual Brazilian Carnaval: Exotica at Club Nokia, at which you’ll be expected to party like it’s 2012, but in Rio; and Eat Your Art Out, a massive fundraiser for the Angel City Derby Girls which includes drinks, dancing, and a silent indie-art auction.


Get breakfast at Hugo’s, one of our absolute favorites in town, and then join up with the WELL West Hollywood Heart Walk at 11 a.m. to do good while getting a little fresh air (the day should be beautiful!). Then, hit up the big sale at LF on Robertson.  If you’re anti-Oscars, make your way downtown afterward for the ColLAboration Winterfest, a mobile beer garden from some of the biggest names on LA’s craft beer scene.

Otherwise, splurge on an Academy Awards-themed cocktail at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge, which will be worth its weight in gold given the people-watching you’ll be able to indulge in as you linger.  Then, head home to catch hours of rich and beautiful people congratulating each other on being rich and beautiful, a.k.a. The 84th Annual Academy Awards.  If you’re throwing a party, here are some tips from bigtime PR lady Lara Shriftman. Console yourself afterward with fantasies of one day being up on that stage.  After all, this is LA -- we know you have a screenplay stashed away somewhere!

Feb 23, 2012 - 09:41 AM

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