Friday, October 12, 2012

The City Prolific: Weekend Events October 12 - 14

It is officially Autumn in LA, as evidenced by these refreshing temperatures and tumbling skies.  Last weekend, we went to one of our favorite events of the year, the Eagle Rock Music Festival. We've lived in LA for four years now, and each year the Eagle Rock Music Festival has served as a portal into the autumn season.  I love observing the repurposing of property at the festival. Tire shops become rock venues, parking lots become dance halls, gas stations become garden bars.

Still a whole bunch of outdoor activities this weekend! Screenings, art festivals, food. Never a dull moment around here.


ArtNight Pasadena

The City of Pasadena is celebrating a full weekend of art events.  Tonight, enjoy a free city-wide evening of art, music and entertainment as Pasadena’s most prominent arts and cultural institutions swing open their doors.


6 - 10pm

All over Pasadena

Free shuttles will loop throughout the evening with stops at each venue. Park at any one venue and ride to the others.  Visit the website for a venue map.

As part of Nightmare City, its month-long festival of ghoulish cinema, Cinefamily is transforms its upstairs office into a temporary art gallery to showcase horror-themed blacklight posters. Check out the radiant popular artform once relegated to smoke-filled suburban basements. Comic artist Sammy Harkham does the curating. The opening night party features DJs picked by Mount Analog's Mahssa Taghinia and a cauldron of psychedelic programming from Cinefamily’s band of basement dwellers.


611 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Sugar Art & Fashion Show "Back to LA"

The Sugar Art and Fashion Show has searched the entire country for the freshest emerging and underground talent, and now they are back to where it all began – Los Angeles.  Sugar is a night of collective artistry supporting emerging and underground female talent, gathering different genres of artists from music, fashion, photography, fine, and graffiti art into one venue in an innovative and non traditional manner. The night will begin with an artist and photography showcase featuring over 20 of L.A.’s edgiest emerging artists and photographers, followed by a fashion show featuring 15 emerging and underground local fashion and accessory designers. There will be live musical performances by some of Los Angeles’ most talented such as This Time With FEELING ( OONA (

$5 presale and $10 at the door

8:00 pm

The Mezz Bar
501 S. Spring St. 2nd fl
Los Angeles 90013

Friday Night Flicks Presents "Mothman Prophecies"

Oooh. It's chilly outside.  Pershing Square has beautiful views of surrounding Downtown.  Catch an outdoor screening of 'Mothman Prophecies'.  It'll be spooky, it'll feel autumnal.  A reporter is drawn to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange events, including psychic visions and the appearance of bizarre entities. Mysterious phone calls, giant moth sightings and other paranormal activity is ongoing throughout this film based on true events. Pack a picnic basket, lawn seating.



Pershing Square
532 S Olive St
Los Angeles 90189

Exit Through the Gift Shop at Front Porch Cinema

The Santa Monica Pier is LA's front porch. Front Porch Cinema, co-produced by Eat|See|Hear, LA’s premier outdoor movie event series, will feature an eclectic line-up of movies, pre-show DJ, interactive booths, refreshing drinks and delicious snacks under the stars, complimented by a cool, ocean breeze. Check out this documentary (mockumentary?) about the street art scene, fathered right here in Los Angeles. Free 6-11pm Santa Monica Pier 100 Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica 90401


Sunset Blvd at Barnsdall Outdoor Movies

Bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy this classic on the West Lawn of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, perched on the beautiful Olive Hill at Barnsdall Park. I can't think of a better location to enjoy this classic Hollywood film.  All screenings are 17+ to attend and 21+ to drink. Beer + Wine: City Sip will be offering three glasses of unique beer and wine selections. Come early, have a few drinks, and secure your spot in front of the screen. Food: Bring a picnic! You are welcome to bring your own food, soft drinks, and a blanket; however, NO outside alcoholic beverages will be permitted.

Ticket for Drinks and the Movie are $25 Tickets for the movie only (no drink tickets) are $10 Additional glasses of beer or wine will be $5. 

Doors open at 5:30pm Beer and Wine served 5:30-7:30pm; Screening at 7:30pm.

Barnsdall Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles 90027

Pasadena Art Walk

I don't know if you know this yet, but Pasadena is a very pretty place.  Here's a great way to see it.  This 7th annual event is Pasadena’s largest open-air art market featuring over 40 participating visual artists in a festival atmosphere, a gallery walk, free museum admission, hands-on activities, entertainment, a self guided walking tour and a lot more.



El Molino Artists’ Village
El Molino Ave. between Colorado & Green St.
Pasadena, CA


Pirates vs Zombies Halloween Costume Swap

If you're like me, you love Halloween, but you find yourself so busy every October, that you never have time to put together a good costume. Well, never fear! The Halloween Costume Swap is here!  Join Mar Vista Farmers Market and Los Angeles Costume Swap for this year’s costume swap. Kids of all ages swap costumes instead of buying new ones. Swap last year’s costume for a new-to-you costume for Halloween 2012. Free samples for swappers.  They will be giving away gently used comic books on a first come first gets basis – 1 per child or inner-child adult in costume or who swaps a costume. Costume raffle contest for those dressed as either a zombie or a pirate.

IMPORTANT NOTES: The pirates will playfully chase off the zombies. Zombies – gather at the corner of Venice & Grandview in front of the USPS. Zombies – please remember that a lot of kids go to Mar Vista Farmers Market so PLEASE don’t make your zombie costume too scary. Pirates – gather in front of the stage area on Pacific Ave & Grand View Blvd.  The march itself will start at Grand View Blvd. in the parking lot of the United States Postal Office near the street at noon.  Zombies will start to walk through Mar Vista Farmers Market towards the stage area where they will be met by the pirates who have arrived to avenge their crew member and save the day by (playfully) killing / chasing off the zombies. Pirates will tap the hand, arm or shoulder of zombies. When a zombie is gently tapped the zombie is dead where they STAND.  Zombies do not fall down, just stand there dead & unmoving. 



Mar Vista Farmers Market
Grand View Ave and Venice Blvd
Los Angeles 90066

Old Pasadena Cultural Food and Dance Festival

So much to do in Pasadena this weekend!  This free, family friendly celebration of music and movement will feature over a dozen award-winning dance companies performing unique dances from around the world. The Old Pasadena Cultural Dance Festival is one of the few dance festivals in the world where the audience is encouraged to participate in the show. Following each performance at the Main Stage on De Lacey Avenue, the dancers will teach movements from that culture, so audience members can get moving too!

The festival will feature an array of Old Pasadena restaurants serving unique cuisine from around the world including Tibetan, Japanese, Ukrainian, and Indian, amongst others. The event culminates with a very special performance from the Argentinean folk and indie pop music collective Salt Petal.  Attendees are also invited to visit the Lineage Performing Arts Center, 89 S. Fair Oaks Avenue, for free dance classes throughout the day. All-ages and levels are welcome to take part in learning.



Old Pasadena
35 N. De Lacey Ave.
Pasadena 91103

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