Saturday, June 22, 2013

The City Prolific: Weekend Events June 22 - 23

We went to Laguna Beach last weekend for a quick get-away, and its beauty and accessibility from the sprawl of Los Angeles had us falling in love with California all over again. Yesterday, I produced a video for ScottDW at Huntington Beach. Splashing around in the waves with a go-pro - what a great way to spend a day. Now I've got one weekend to catch some Fringe Festival shows, before I head out of town again. Seeing Fever and Wet the Hippo today, with a television writer's panel at the Central Library in between. Tomorrow is CicLAvia, one of my favorite events all year - I won't miss it. Then, more Fringe shows (Lost Moon Radio and more tbd). It is, undeniably, summer.


I love that drive-ins are coming back, and now there's one right downtown. Complete with carhops, snack bar, and audio right in your own vehicle. And Office Space is a perfect drive-in movie.


8:30pm - 10:00pm

Electric Dusk Drive-In
1000 San Julian St
Los Angeles 90015

Catch this classic high-school movie at the Santa Monica highschool. John Cusack, *swoon*.


5:30pm- Doors open
7pm – Band performs
8:30pm – Movie begins

Tim Curry Tim Curry Tim Curry. That is all. Get there early. Bring a picnic. Or don't, since there are food trucks.


Doors open 5:30pm  
Live Cast Performance at 6:30pm  
Movie at 8:00pm (sunset)

Street Food Cinema
Exposition Park
700 Exposition Park Dr
Los Angeles 90037

Hitchcock’s gripping suspense story stars Jimmy Stewart, a man who tries to save his family from foreign agents as he dodges the police. With an amazing performance by Doris Day as a mother plunged into danger. One of Hitchcock’s best, and the first movie I ever saw at Cinespia in the cemetery, five years ago.



Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles 90038


This is my favorite thing to do. No cars, open streets and the opportunity to explore one of the most legendary boulevards in Los Angeles by foot, bike, skates or other non-motorized transport.  Wilshire Boulevard was first carved out as a long path through a barley field in 1895. While its beginnings were humble, this path has transformed into one of the most notable boulevards in all of the United States.

CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. This collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together several local arts institutions for a  look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network. Six miles of car-free, open streets and participants can join the fun at any point along the route.


9:00am - 4:00pm

All along Wilshire Blvd, between 7th Street Metro and La Brea.

The fifth annual Korean BBQ Festival cooks up right on Wilshire Boulevard as CicLAvia bikes through Koreatown. There will be food vendors selling Korean hand-rolls, galbi and bulgogi, baby back ribs and more, plus a Beer and Wine Garden for Singha beer and soju cocktails. 


11:00am - 5:00pm

Adjacent to the Radio Korea building
3700 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles 90010


Theatre nerds unite! For the next three weekends, the fourth annual Hollywood Fringe festival takes over nearly every stage in Hollywood, showcasing the imaginings of our flourishing theatre community. You'll see everything from campy cabaret to avant garde dance to inspired drama and yadda yadda. The greatest part is that thousands of Angelenos are spending the next two weekends making live art. I mean, that's just cool.

From the press release:

Venues include both traditional and unorthodox venues; fully equipped theatres, street corners, clubs, bars, and places unexpected. Performances are self-produced by local, national, and international arts companies and independent performers. In the spirit of most Fringes, participation is open and uncensored.

Hollywood is home to dozens of Los Angeles’ premiere theatres and clubs, making it the perfect spot for the festival. The neighborhood has always been a source of unapologetic opinion, underground mentality, and a deep passion for the cutting-edge. The Hollywood Fringe is an immersive festival worthy of the neighborhood’s reputation.

Dig through crates of vinyl in Chinatown.  Over two  Days, 70+ Invited Record Collectors & Dealers from all over the West Coast and beyond, buy sell & trade: Blues, Boogie, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, New Wave, Psych, Punk, Rap, Reggae, Rock, Ska, Soul, and World 12′s LP’s & 45′s.  DJ’s spin rare selections from their record collections. There will also be a vendor village featuring clothing, art, & handmade jewelry.  Bring your broken turntable or beat machine, and take it home repaired. 

Free w/ a Canned Good

12:00pm - 6:-00pm

Grand Star Jazz Club
943 N Broadway
Los Angeles 90012

Friday, June 14, 2013

The City Prolific: Weekend Events June 14 - 16

I'm going out of town, but man - there's so much to do in town this weekend. Here you go:


Dance Downtown Line Dance & Two Step Night

Fun! and Weird! Head to the Music Center Plaza to get all country. Beginner line dance lessons, live bands/DJs spinning tunes, and warm summer nights make for a chance to meet, greet, move and groove.



The Music Center
135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles 90012

Pershing Square Friday Night Flicks presents Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

I love this movie. And although Pershing Square needs a re-landscaping (as in, it needs to BE landscaped), I think it's cool that they're hosting community events.  Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to place on the lawn. Picnic baskets and snacks are welcome. Food will also be available to purchase at the "Square".



Pershing Square
532 S Olive St
Los Angeles 90189


Eat | See | Hear presents Fight Club

Great venue for an outdoor screening! Eat | See | Hear present Fight Club at the LA State Historic Park, against one of the most breathtaking views of the DTLA skyline.


5:30pm- Doors open
7pm – Band performs
8:30pm – Movie begins

Los Angeles State Historic Park

Saturday, June 1, 2013

The City Prolific: Weekend Events June 1 - 2

Last weekend, I went to Street Food Cinema's screening of Stand By Me, and watched Corey Feldman's band open for the movie. I have no pictures to prove to you that I was there, watching Corey Feldman bust his MJ moves for two full hours. But I was there, it did happen, and I will never forget it. It was like an episode of the Twilight Zone set in the entertainment industry of the '80s.

It's going to be hot this weekend! Summer is making itself known.


Unique LA Moving Sale

UniqueLA is clearing out their old office, so you know what that means! Uber-stylish furniture, props, and knick-knacks at great prices. There is also a section of freebies like craft supplies, books, decor items.


10:00am - 12:00pm

440 Seaton Street
Suite 206
Downtown LA

Make Music Pasadena

Make Music Pasadena hits the streets of Pasadena again today for a free music extravaganza from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.  The all-ages affair includes over 100 bands rocking it out on outdoor stages scattered throughout downtown Pasadena.  Check the full schedule and line-up here.

5:00 Suggested Donation

11:00am - 11:00pm


Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest Opening Reception

Please join us for the opening reception of Alexandra Grant's Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest on Saturday,  June 1st from 7 - 9 pm.

The exhibition marks the culmination of a large scale site-specific work initiated by Grant encompassing a series of public drawing sessions, reading groups and artist collaborations at 18th Street Arts Center. Co-curated by Pilar Tompkins Rivas and Isabelle Le Normand, this work premieres in Santa Monica and is presented at Mains d'Oeuvres in Saint-Ouen, France this fall.


7:00pm - 9:00pm

18th Street Arts Center

1639 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Cinespia Presents Some Like it Hot

Did you know it's Marilyn Monroe's birthday? Celebrate by seeing her play a vapid ditz in Some Like It Hot. It's a fun movie, and she's totally magnetic. But damn it, Marilyn the woman was smart! And interesting! I wish we could see the behind-the-scenes. Anyway, she, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis star in the Billy Wilder comedy classic that has two men disguising themselves as women to join an all girls jazz band and hide from the mob. Marilyn plays the drop dead gorgeous singer who tempts them to give up their disguises, in her "most sizzling role". DJ David Holmes Spins before and after the movie. Bring blankets, drinks and picnic dinners. As a courtesy to other moviegoers: NO TALL CHAIRS.

$12 tickets available at gate

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

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, CA

Eat | See | Hear Presents Clueless

Another screening featuring more vapid ditzes! It's tonight's theme! (Frankly, I love this movie.)
Eat | See | Here settles in Brentwood with Clueless, LA's quintessential ouevre of '90's zeitgeist.
Plenty of food trucks for your noshing pleasure.

$10 Advance General Admission

$12 At the Door (cash or credit)

Doors: 5:30pm
Music: 7pm
Movie: 8:30pm

Paul Revere Middle School,

1450 Allenford Ave, just South of Sunset


Design-n-Dim Sum Bike Tour

The 5th Design-and-Dim Sum Bike Ride will visit furniture designer Stefan Bishop, the live-work studio of Astrid Diehl and Eddy Sykes, and master ceramicist Tracy Wilkinson. Followed by dim sum in Chinatown, of course.

FREE but please RSVP so they have a headcount for dim sum

Meet at 11:00 a.m., ride at 11:30 a.m.

Flying Pigeon
3404 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042

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