Friday, May 24, 2013

The City Prolific: Memorial Weekend Events

Memorial Day weekend means both a quiet LA, as most folks head out of town, and an event-filled weekend, as all of the summer festivals kick-off.  So, go, have fun, and find yourself a nice, open spot on the grass to relax. Hang in the cemetery, down at USC, on top of a hill, or even (get this!), on the LA River!


Barnsdall Wine Tasting

Barnsdall Wine Tasting launches for the summer, starting tonight. Unwind and enjoy the beautiful Barnsdall Art Park as the sun is setting, from the gated gardens in the West Lawn of the historic Hollyhock House. Silverlake Wine will present four selections of boutique, small production, artisanal wines from around the globe.  All profits from the wine tastings benefit Barnsdall Art Park Foundation programs and projects.

Tickets are $25 (including a limited edition wine glass) and available online only. All sales will be closed one hour prior to the event.

5:30pm - 8:30pm

Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, California 90027


Cinespia Screens "The Party"

This 1968 classic was directed by Blake Edwards. When the clumsy but lovable Peter Sellers is accidentally invited to an industry party, he helps transform the night into the most swinging affair of the 60s.  Also starring Claudine Longet, with a mod soundtrack by Henry Mancini. Bring blankets, drinks and picnic dinners. As a courtesy to other moviegoers: NO TALL CHAIRS. DJ Derek James spins before and after the screening.

$12 tickets available at gate

Door open 7pm, movie screens at 8:30pm

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, CA

Friday, May 17, 2013

The City Prolific: Weekend Events May 17 - 19

I was in Vegas last weekend, as anyone who follows me on Twitter or Instagram knows. I really, really love Vegas, as anyone who knows me knows.  Behind the opulence and drunkenness and overall fakery, it's a city of obscure holes-in-the-wall and surprising secrets. That, and gambling, which I enjoy (I like playing games)!

But, it's nice to be home, and facing a temperate weekend filled with fun things to do. See below.


Bike Night at the Hammer

Fun! The Hammer does all sorts of cool events during the summer. See some art, see some film, get some air, and some inspiration.  Festivities include bicycle portraits, a screening of the 1983 Australian action movie BMX Bandits (starring a young, not-yet-famous Nicole Kidman), bicycle-centric crafts, and free admission to the LLYN FOULKES exhibit. Guest hosted by artist and bicycle enthusiast/activist Lisa Anne Auerbach.  Dust off your wheels and head over!



The Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Friday, May 3, 2013

The City Prolific: Weekend Events May 3 - 5

The City Prolific is a round-up of fun, cheap, social events around Los Angeles. I keep the list affordable, usually only posting events that are $10 or less. However, I will now start adding theatre events. These are usually more than $10, sometimes going up to $30 a ticket, but let me assure you, there is nothing better on which to spend your money. Seeing theatre gets you wandering the deepest veins of your city's cultural pulse. If you want to know your city, know its theatre.



Hot Cat is an original play created in conjunction with Theatre Movement Bazaar and Theatre of NOTE. Both companies create innovative stage works, and I'm very excited about what they've created together.  Hot Cat, a new take on recreate an American classic by Tennessee Williams, explores the mendacity in family dynamics, unrequited sexual yearnings, mortality and sibling rivalries.

Performances: May 3rd - June 1st, 2013
Thurs, Fri, Sat at 8pm; Sun at 2 & 7pm

Tickets $25 Seniors/students $20


Theatre of NOTE
1517 N Cahuenga Blvd
Hollywood CA 90028

BAZAAAAAR Pop-Up Shop Opening Party

BAZAAAAAR Pop-UP Shop is a Zamrock inspired pop-up and art show featuring limited edition pieces and collections by Della, African Lookbook, Osei Duro and Studio and more. Tonight, they're throwing an opening party featuring a DJ set by Kilo Kish, live performance by Theophilus London produced by TMWRK, plus Zamrock Live! featuring Witch's Jagari Chanda.

Free with RSVP:

7:00pm - 10:00pm

Space 15 Twenty
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd


Pablove Shutterbugs Annual Gallery Show

The Pablove Shutterbugs Gallery Show exhibits photographs by children living with cancer.  Music, food, and beverages will be provided. 100% of auction and print proceeds benefit the Pablove Shutterbugs program.


4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Kopeikin Gallery
2766 South La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles

Let's Meet Our Neighbors

If you're stuck on the west side this weekend, here's your dance party. The Good Hurt Club in Venice presents the “Lets Meet Our Neighbors Saturday Night Dance Party” every Saturday night starting tonight. They'll be featuring 80′s & 90′s cover bands & a DJ mixing all decades. The Good Hurt claims that y summertime, it'll be THE local neighborhood dance party destination. Well, that can't be a bad thing, can it?

$5 - $10 (ladies free)


Club Good Hurt
12249 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles 90066