Saturday, July 20, 2013

The City Prolific: Weekend Events July 20 - 21

Man, summer in LA is the best. We saw the Psychedelic Furs in concert for free last weekend, in the heart of downtown. It was cool. Like, one of those moments where you look around and realize how happy you are, and how lucky.


Swimming with Sharks

Champagne specials, squirt gun battles, dj sets, free vodka jello shots and mega uber drunken hipsters. It's a ton of fun.

$10 with RSVP

1pm - 10pm

The Standard Downtown
550 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Santa Monica Museum of Art Potluck

The Santa Monica Museum of Art hosts this free-admission potluck dinner to celebrate the Metro Expansion taking place at the adjacent Bergamot Station Art Center. They're calling it "Dig the Dig" - clever. The evening brings together construction workers, local business owners, and neighbors with an evening of cocktails, music, and food made by strangers. Admission is free, but RSVP and potluck contribution required.


2525 Michigan Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The City Prolific: Weekend Events July 13 - 14

Last weekend was one of beaches, pools, bicycles, bikinis, and barbecues. Biked up the coast from Manhattan Beach to Venice, swam in the ocean, swam in a rooftop pool, and barbecued in our little backyard.  This weekend will likely be a little more urban (and clothed).


Saturdays off the 405 presents Pickwick

The Getty Museum presents free outdoor concerts all summer long. This week's performer is Pickwick with DJ Howie Pyro.

Free (Parking $15)

6:00pm to 9:00pm

The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

NELA Gallery Night

NELA? Wondering what the hell that is? It stands for North East Los Angeles. We cities love our acronyms. Every second Saturday of the month, NELA (aka Eagle Rock and Highland Park) host an open galleries night.


7:00pm - 10:00pm

York Blvd and Thereabouts

Psychedelic Furs at Pershing Square

DUDE! The Psychedelic Furs are playing for FREE in Pershing Square tonight. Need we give you another reason why we love LA? The concert lawn is open to the public at 7:30pm and concerts begin at 8:00pm. There is a beer & wine garden to make up for the fact that you can't bring your own booze. Thanks, Parks and Rec!


8:00 - 10:00pm

Pershing Square
532 S Olive St
Los Angeles 90189

Friday, July 5, 2013

The City Prolific: Weekend Events July 5 - 7

I was in New England last weekend, in the humidity, and under clouds of mosquitos, barbecuing, blowing bubbles, and lighting fireworks. It's a very Americana summer back there.  Back in LA, I've been all about the beach, but it seems, according to this weekend's events, that I ought to shift my leanings toward Downtown.


Grand Performances Presents a Tribute to Nina Simone

Did you know that there is a large amphitheater on a beautiful man-made pond in a plaza called California, on top of Bunker Hill to which you can ride Angel's Flight?  Did you also know that an organization called Grand Performances holds free outdoor concerts there, to which you can bring a picnic, with beer and wine? If you didn't know all of this, it's probably because California Plaza is nestled between sky scrapers, with no clear pedestrian access - that is, if you're just wandering down Grand Avenue or Olive Street, you'd have no idea it's there, up those stairs and behind those buildings. In any case, Grand Performances offers a lot of great concerts throughout the summer, and tonight's is a tribute to Nina Simone, hosted by KCRW DJ Tom Schnabel.



California Plaza
350 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles 90071

(Avoid driving, if you can since parking is a pain - take the train to 7th Street Metro.)

Friday Night Sing-a-Longs Present Soul Train Classics

Fun! Since you're going downtown for Grand Performances anyway, swing by the Walt Disney Concert Hall to admire the architecture, and the acoustics, along with the sound of your own voice. Friday Night Sing-Alongs provide an opportunity for song birds of all stripes to raise their voices with musical backing by a live band. Tonight's event will lead you through a communal belting of Soul Train Classics.

-The event is FREE. However, tickets are required for this event and are distributed beginning at 6PM on the day of event. One ticket per person waiting in line.
-There is limited seating, so come early.  First come, first served.
-Easy-to-use song sheets are provided.


6:30pm - 8pm

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles 90012

Once again, don't drive - take the train.

Pershing Square Friday Night Flicks Presents Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Or, since you'll be downtown for the soul train sing-along, head over to Pershing Square with your picnic (but no booze), for a screening of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Aside from being one of the best examples of Robert Redford and Paul Newman's legendary screen partnerships, this film also features one of the best (maybe the only?) cinematic uses of the song "Raindrops are Falling on My Head."


Pershing Square
532 S Olive St
Los Angeles 90189