BGG Weekender: Art Walks, Block Parties, & One Direction
We love LA summers, and we don't use the "L" word often. There's so much to do, and when you feel like doing nothing you can always do it from the beach. Life would only be better if we were rich and summering in St. Tropez, but until that goes down we're pretty content with the following:
Begin the weekend by unwinding with a free jazz concert at LACMA. After, split a flatbread at the Ray’s & Stark Bar and/or pop into the newly re-opened Tom Bergin’s for a pint. Then, head north to The Hollywood Palladium to catch a show by The Temper Trap -- sure, you may only know the one song (“Sweet Disposition”), but these boys play well and are not all that hard to look at. Tickets are $28. If by the time the curtain’s closed you’re not yet ready to call it a night, walk over to Wood & Vine for a $6 beer and a little late-night cheese & charcuterie.
We’re going to let you sleep in on Saturday, because we know you need your beauty sleep if you have any hope at all of getting ahead in this town. (We kid. Kinda.) Then, we’re sending you to Downward Dining, where you’ll engage in an hour of yoga followed by a vegetarian meal curated by our friends at Clean Plates. Gift bags will also abound. If you can’t get into the idea of spending $35 before noon on your Saturday, make your way instead to Culver City for a free “Taste of Spain” cooking demo hosted by Chef David Plonowski of Bar Pintxo. If you’re on a diet or just resent the Spanish for their economy-ruining, siesta-filled lifestyle (how dare they enjoy life!), opt instead to partake in the LACMA Muse Art Walk, which begins at noon. After, book it to Marina Del Rey for the grand opening of the new Lorna Jane store. (Lorna Jane is an Australian brand that’s like Lululemon but a smidge cheaper, and on Saturday they’ll be offering free workouts, bubbly, and a chance to win $500 worth of workout gear.)
Around 2 or 3, you’re going to want to make your way into Santa Monica for a block party that involves ping pong, water balloon tosses, and all kinds of other retro activities. Midday drinking will also be encouraged. Around 6 p.m., sober up and/or grab your favorite pregnant friend (BGG survival tip #453: knocked up friends make for great cab replacements) and head to The Getty for an Allen Stone concert as a part of the Saturdays Off the 405 series, never-minding that the 405 was just named the worst commute in the U.S.
Later, we’ve narrowed your night down to 4 choices, which are as follows:
1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is playing downtown as a part of the Street Food Cinema series. If you’ve never done the whole Rocky Horror thing before, there’s no time like the present.
2. The Scissor Sisters are playing at The Hollywood Palladium if you feel like making back-to-back appearances at the venue. Tickets are $37.50.
3. The Ri-ettes will face-off against the Rat City Rollergirls in the latest Derby Dolls match, which begins at 6 p.m. downtown.
4. Weed’s not really our thing (we prefer hard drugs, like tequila...or chocolate...or pictures of babies), but if you’re into the whole thing you may want to opt for the Cinespia screening of Cheech + Chong’s Up in Smoke at The Hollywood Forever cemetery.
We’ve been hard at work putting together a few detailed itineraries for you and dad to partake in together this Father’s Day, all of which will be up on the site tomorrow. However, if your dad doesn’t live in or around LA or just can’t be bothered to get off the couch, we suggest you hack into his bank account and treat yourself to a trip to Anaheim. Yes, you heard us...Anaheim.
Before you choke on your morning bagel, let us explain. First of all, the 5-year expansion of Disney’s California Adventure has finally reached completion. We don’t really know what that means, but Yelp says there are four new additions to “Cars Land.” You can’t miss that! More importantly, however, One Direction is playing at The Honda Center at 7:30 p.m., and tickets appear to be about half of what they’re going for at the nearby Gibson Amphitheatre shows on Saturday. Now, we’ve never actually heard a song by One Direction, but you know how we feel about foreigners, and they sounded pretty sexy on Ryan Seacrest this morning. Consider us official Band Aids, even if the boys of the band are too young to get the reference.
Jun 14, 2012 - 09:09 AM