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BGG Weekender

Poor Sunset Junction (f you didn’t know, it’s been cancelled)...we can certainly sympathize with being a "little" behind on paying the bills. You’ll be missed (RIP Sunset Junction, 1980-2011). 

Not to worry, though, there are still plenty of options this weekend. We suggest you take advantage of the weekend's heatwave and find a house party in Malibu you can crash (or, follow our Malibu itinerary), take a little BGG journey out to Ojai or San Clemente, or, if none of those options sound palatable (read: gas = $4.89/gallon), follow the itinerary below.

Friday
It’s the end of August, and most people are on vacation. You’re...not. Take a half-day and head downtown to pillage the multi-brand sample sale at the Cooper Building (10 a.m. - 4 p.m., 860 S. Los Angeles St., Mezzanine Level).

While away the rest of the afternoon at Perch. Dinner won’t be until later, so tide yourself over before dinner with the ‘Duck, Duck Goose’ ($9) and -- if you’re feeling naughty -- the Beignets ($9). Enjoy the view of lovely downtown LA (almost like the NYC skyline, but...not). 

Eventually, make your way back ‘into town’ for the Jon Brion show at the Largo at 9:30 p.m.  You’re still hungry, so grab a quick bite beforehand at Esquela Taqueria. It’s BYOB. 

If you’re still looking to p-a-r-t-y after the show, we always like nearby Roger Room. For a slightly cheaper option, try Rosewood Tavern

Saturday
Allegedly, Next Door by Josie (the new restaurant, er, next door to Josie’s) is set to open this weekend. We can’t afford Josie’s (though we love it), so we’re looking forward to her ‘more casual’ cousin. If the opening does indeed occur, grab lunch. 

Otherwise, try a late brunch (our favorite, Kegs & Eggs) at Fig

At 2 p.m., you’ll need to be at Fred Segal, where an event we were supposed to be hosting (but were, alas, called out of town) will be taking place in support of one of our favorite causes.  Shop Three Dots and Fred Segal Couture (this one time we’re giving you permission to blow your wad), and 80% off all proceeds will go to benefit The Sea•thos Foundation, whose mission it is to promote education and awareness of the human impact on the world’s oceans. 

Once you’ve shopped ‘till you’ve dropped, why not do something a little different and head downtown for ‘Chinatown Summer Nights’? Per the website: “Taste the many culinary offerings of Chinatown and LA’s gourmet food trucks; sample the neighborhood’s wares; watch Chinese chefs perform cooking demonstrations; experience large-scale, outdoor video projections; take part in hands-on, Chinese cultural activities presented by local organizations and museums; sip on Chinese beer and dance in Central Plaza with 89.9 KCRW’s DJ’s!”

If that sounds a little too aggressive, grab a cute boy to cuddle and head to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for a screening of Pscyho. 

Sunday 
At 11 a.m. sharp on Sunday, be downtown at the Vibiana for Jonathan Gold’s insane-sounding, probably mind-blowing Pancake Breakfast. Tickets are $25, but for the money you’ll enjoy ‘a multicultural mix of Gold’s favorite breakfast picks in LA.’  We will definitely be wearing elastic waist-banded pants for this one. 

Since you’re already downtown, you may as well stop by LA Live to be one of those embarrassing people hoping to get a glimpse of the celebs arriving for the MTV VMA’s. 

When you’re through gawking, pick up a six-pack of some really bad beer and head to Beer Belly to exchange it for craft beer at the ‘Craft for Crap’ event. 

Hopefully you’ve got a DD at this point (once again, we recommend pregnant friends) who can swing you by Bottega Louie to pick up some takeout (assorted mini muffins -- $4) to enjoy at the Serge Gainsbourg Tribute at the Hollywood Bowl.  Nothing’s sexier than Serge except, perhaps, Serge as performed by Sean Lennon, Beck, and a host of other desirables.  There are just a few cheaper tickets left on Stubhub, so snatch them up before the weekend begins.

Aug 25, 2011 - 08:43 AM

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