Judging by the giddy squeals in the Time Out Los Angeles offices, a sale at Matteo is kind of a big deal. Head to the dreamy, handcrafted linen retailer's Downtown showroom on Friday for an epic annual home sample sale offering earthy, effortless garments, luxurious linens and more designer bedding for 50-70% off.
You can't exactly buy a ticket to a single 10-minute film at the local megaplex. Thankfully, you can head to the Nuart to see all of this year's Oscar-nominated films in the "Shorts" categories. The animated picks screen at 7:15pm while the live action selections are showing at 9:25pm. And if you're up for a terrible movie, stick around until midnight when the theater will screen Mortal Kombat, the laughably disastrous adaptation of the video game. Get over here!
Spend your Saturday scoping out some of the city's best museums, galleries and theaters for free. Start the day at the annual Museums Free-For-All, during which 25 LA museums will drop their admission fee for the day. True, some of those museums are free to begin with and you'll still have to pay for some special exhibitions. But on Saturday, you can park once and visit LACMA, the Page Museum, the Craft and Folk Art Museum and the Hollywood Costume exhibit for absolutely nothing.
Make your way over to the Downtown Arts District in the early evening for a bit of gallery hopping. Over a dozen galleries and studios will keep their doors open 9pm for Arts District Night. The area isn't quite as walkable as some of LA's other art crawls, so you may have to move your car to hit up some of the far-flung spaces in the trendy (but transit-challenged) neighborhood.
Need any more convincing that Broadway is back? How about a cultural fest spanning seven of Downtown's historic theaters and movie palaces. All of the venues will open their doors for free during Night on Broadway, which includes a surreal light performance at the Los Angeles Theatre, a sneak peek of the renovated Globe Theatre and chessboxing at the Tower Theatre—which is a hybrid of, well, chess and boxing. Outside the theaters, there's a street festival between 4th and 7th with Downtown Art Walk-curated pop-ups, a vintage car show, a kids area and a music main stage.
Don't really care about the Super Bowl? Spend the afternoon instead perusing naughty pulp paperbacks, catalogues full of fancy modern art and books that you don't really "read" so much as just admire. Head to the Geffen for the final day of the LA Art Book Fair, a unique (and free!) event showcasing over 250 artists' and publishers' books, catalogues, monographs, periodicals and zines.
If you'd rather have a fancy shmancy dinner instead of wings and tubs of ranch (mmm), make a reservation for the final evening of dineLA. Need help finding a spot for the prix-fixe restaurant affair? Check out eight of our new favorites.
Alright, so maybe you couldn't resist the big game. Whether you're rooting for the Seahwaks, the Patriots or Katy Perry's halftime show on Super Bowl Sunday, you're going to need a beer in one hand. Enter Golden Road: $30 for all-you-can-drink craft beer throughout the game, which will be playing with surround sound on seven flat screens scattered throughout the pub. Raffles will also be going on throughout the game, but be honest—we had you at all-you-can-drink beer.