Friday, July 27, 2012

The City Prolific: Weekend Events July 27 - 29

I don't mind crowds. In fact, I enjoy being in the thick of festive revelry. But there is a point in which a crowd can become too crowded, and New York City has reached that point everywhere. Los Angeles crowds still contain space, the kind of space that makes you feel like you're really discovering something. Last week's third annual Bloomfest was a good example of this. It is an art and music festival that takes place in the Arts District. It is very well attended, by exceptionally diverse demographics, but there is still space - to stand, to watch, to sit with your beer, to dance to the dj, to whistle at the band. Uniquely Angeleno street art peers out over the industrial landscape - a city of angels, truly.

This weekend's events include pool parties, the requisite outdoor screenings, and dancing in the street.


Renegade Craft Fair

The Renegade Craft Fair (RCF) is a large scale marketplace event, showcasing the work of contemporary indie-craft artists. Featuring hundreds of artists at a time, vendors travel from all over to sell their handmade goods and original artwork. RCF is held in urban epicenters of creative indie-entrepreneurship throughout the US and abroad – including Brooklyn, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, and London (UK). Enjoy hundreds of today’s best indie crafters, hands-on workshops, music, food trucks, booze + oh so much more. Get crafty with all kinds of awesome workshops from the likes of the Urban Craft Center, L.A. Zine Fest, and SideStreet Projects (details on workshops to come!).

Saturday & Sunday, 11am-7pm

Renegade Craft Fair
Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N Spring St
Los Angeles 90012


Pico-Robertson Food Truck Block Party

Chef Ludo Lefebvre's Ludo Truck will hit up the Pico Robertson Block Party July edition alongside the Don Chow Taco truck, legendary Chinese Fusion cuisine on wheels. They'll also have the Nom Nom Truck serving Banh-Mis alongside No Jodas Cuban Cuisine and the culinary geniuses at Slammin Sliders.

Cool down classic summer-style with not any regular-ol' icecream sandwich, but with a giant gourmet one from Coolhaus sandwiches, or go for the Waffles de Liege truck, Diabolo Beverages or amazing pastries/cupcakes by

Komodo's resident house DJ Angel will spin his magical tunes and keep everyone entertained. Bring all your beautiful hungry friends and chow down at the July 27 Pico Robertson BLOCK PARTY!

6 - 10PM

Komodo Cafe
8809 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles 90035

American Cinematheque Presents "The Good, the Bad & the Ugly"

The perfect film for finally getting yourself over to the Egyptian Theatre, site of the first ever Hollywood premiere, to sit amongst it's golden era history.  Sergio Leone’s surreal masterpiece of the American West during the last days of the Civil War follows a trio of equally violent and unrepentant gunslingers (Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef) who engage in a jaw-dropping series of double and triple crosses to get their hands on a fortune in stolen Confederate gold. 1966, MGM/Park Circus, 161 min.


Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles 90028

Atwater Movie Nights Under the Stars Presents "The Princess Bride"

A small, community-run outdoor screening, for enjoying the late summer nights, but forgoing the waitlines at the cemetery. Gates open at dusk, screening starts at sundown. Bring a picnic! Family friendly.


Los Feliz Municipal Golf Course
3207 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles 90039

Swimming with the Sharks

LA's trendiest pool party, but take my word for it, it's still crazy fun. On the rooftop of The Standard, it's a day for drinking, people watching, and if you're single, flirting overtly in your bathing suit.

First 100 Free with RSVP.
1pm - 10pm

Get there early to get in!

The Standard Hotel
550 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, California 90071-2501

Street Food Cinema Presents “Iron Man"

Everyone know this one. An action-packed take on the tale of wealthy philanthropist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), who develops an invulnerable robotic suit to fight the throes of evil.
Before the screening, enjoy the sounds of The Sun Kings, a charismatic blues/rock band based in Ventura, California. With their enveloping chords and alluring words, the band's energetic rhythms guide the listener into a delighted evening of song and dance. 


Exposition Park
700 Exposition Park Drive @ South Figueroa St
Los Angeles

Grand Park Inaugural Weekend Events: National Dance Day Celebration

Great excuse to get down to DTLA's new central park.  Join “So You Think You Can Dance’s” Nigel Lythgoe and others from the show at the official west coast National Dance Day Celebration.  Experience dancing outdoors, learn easy and fun moves alongside fellow Angelenos, and enjoy a special performance by IRIS from Cirque du Soleil. Free community dance classes, youth performances, and family-friendly festivities will be featured throughout the day.  No dance experience necessary.  Enjoy great food from food trucks throughout the day.


Grand Park
210 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles 90012

Chinatown Summer Nights

Part food event, part summer party, Chinatown Summer Nights presents a great reason to party in LA's uniquely-own Chinatown. 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.


Los Angeles Chinatown
Cesar Chavez & N Broadway
Los Angeles 90012

Saturdays Off the 405 at The Getty, Featuring Nick Waterhouse

Enjoy, outdoor music and evening views of the city and drink in the refreshing summer exhibitions in a casual and spontaneous atmosphere. The evenings feature performances by your soon-to-be favorite bands, along with DJ sets to open and close the night.  The exhibits remain open longer than usual, so that attendees can catch some of the art before the band begins.

Vintage R & B revivalist Nick Waterhouse combines an uncanny old-school sensibility with a charged, contemporary style. His muse is the over-modulated sound of 60s R & B, and his take on such a time-honored tradition evokes the back-alley thrill of New Orleans, Detroit, and Memphis in their heyday. Waterhouse’s live performances, backed by the Tarots, thrill with his pure and undeniably raw and rhythmic take on American music. They’ll perform songs from his forthcoming full-length album, Time’s All Gone, the follow-up to his wildly successful self-produced 45 record Some Place, which sold out almost instantly.

Nick Waterhouse - "Some Place" (Official Music Video) from Urban Outfitters on Vimeo.


Saturdays Off The 405
1200 Getty Center Dr
Los Angeles 90049

Cinespia Presents "The Big Lebowski"

Starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi, The Big Lebowski is LA's official city movie. Okay, not really, but practically.  DJ's Turquoise Wisdom and Elijah Wood (gasp! I love Elijah Wood!) spin before and after the screening. Gring blankets, drinks and picnic dinner for this screening below the stars. As a courtesy to other moviegoers: no tall chairs!! (If you want to sit in line all day, and fight with massive crowds for the best patch of lawn, this will be the screening for you.)

$10 (
pre sale reservations sold out)
gates 7:30 pm / movie 9:00 pm

$8 parking available at the paramount lot

801 n gower opens at 6pm
Hollywood Forever Cemetery

6000 Santa Monica Boulevard at Gower


Sunday Music in the Park

The weather on Sunday is going to be glorious. That is, if you like it HOT (and I do). Conveniently, downtown's new Grand Park has an interactive fountain that you can play in! Get down there to cool off, and experience a musical treat outdoors with performances featuring the distinctive sounds of Los Angeles.  Bring a picnic and spend the day in Los Angeles County’s newest park.

Grand Park
210 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles 90012

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