Your perfect LA weekend

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Friday

Kick off your weekend with a pair of Downtown fests, one just beginning and the other wrapping up. At Figat7th, the shopping plaza sunsets its free summer music series with a performance by rootsy pop duo The Belle Brigade. Make sure to show up early for suds at City Tavern’s beer garden. Meanwhile, LA Live is hosting its inaugural Dark Nights event. Sure, it might just be a marketing ploy to get people to hang out at LA Live when there’s no game or concert going on—but we’re not about to complain about $5 parking and late-night happy hour deals.

Hot Pants at Beelman's Pub

Saturday

All of your friends at FYF? Consider this the perfect opportunity to dedicate your time to some volunteer work—we swear, we’re not trying to be buzzkills. For the altruistic but indecisive Angeleno, the Do Good Bus finds a worthwhile cause for you, and adds a bit of mystery. Head to the Universal City Red Line parking lot and just get on the bus—the rest is all taken care of (including lunch) as you’re whisked off to an undisclosed location for a few hours of charitable work.

Just a heads up: This weekend marks the probable bloom of the Huntington Library’s “Corpse Flower.” Amorphophallus titanum—for all you budding botanists—flowers only every few years, and “Stinky 5” is nearing five feet tall and it's ready to pop. As you might’ve guessed, the rapidly growing specimen is known for its rotting corpse-like fragrance, so be warned. With that said, the Huntington is an otherwise lovely place to spend your afternoon; make sure to check out the decidedly less stinky new additions to the American galleries and Chinese gardens. Or check out one of LA's many other botanical gardens sans stinky flower. Whatever you're into.

Liven your night up with a bit a prodigious helping of booze. Stumble between five Downtown watering holes during the ACME Bar Crawl. Beelman's Pub, Spring Street Bar, Library Bar, Sixth Street Tavern and the King Eddy Saloon are mixing exclusive cocktails with deliciously greasy pub fare pairings. Make sure to hang in there until the end of the night for legendary dive King Eddy Saloon’s ‘90s dance party.

Californian.

Sunday

Keep your eyes on the horizon as more than a dozen grand boats—and one giant rubber ducky—make their final ports of call for the Tall Ships Festival. Take an on-board tour or shell out for an open water sail at this Port of LA fest. Landlubbers are in luck, too, with a food and craft fair, musical performances and nautical demos, a la sword fighting and cannon blasts.

If you’ve worked up an appetite, venture to the other side of the port as a good ol' BBQ festival takes over Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. While you most likely won’t be manning the grill in the team competition, you can stock up on fresh-fired meats and stuff your face at the all-you-can-eat rib village.

Get all revved up and ready to go to the 10th annual Johnny Ramone Tribute at—where else?—the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Though the tribute concert with Steve Jones, Duff McKagan and Fred Armisen (as his punk rock alter ego, Ian Rubbish) is sold out, you can still catch a simulcast from the lawn as well as a horror memorabilia exhibit and a screening hosted by Rob Zombie. Alright, so maybe this year’s tribute is inexplicably morbid, but we’ll still be prepping our best shaggy bowl cut for this blitzkrieg bop.


Things to do this weekend

  1. Port of Los Angeles 110 E 22nd St
  2. Mon Sep 17 - Wed Dec 31
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  1. La Quinta Resort & Club 49499 Eisenhower Dr
  2. Fri May 24 - Sun Dec 21
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Asssscat

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) 5919 Franklin Ave
  2. Sat May 25 - Sun Dec 20
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The Armando Show

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. IO West 6366 Hollywood Boulevard, at Ivar Avenue
  2. Sat May 25 - Sat Dec 19
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Shitty Jobs

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) 5919 Franklin Ave
  2. Sun May 26 - Sun Dec 20
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  1. Japanese American National Museum 369 E First St
  2. Sat Mar 8 - Sun Sep 14
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  1. Del Frisco's Grille - Santa Monica 1551 Ocean Ave Suite 105
  2. Sat Mar 29 - Sat Dec 26
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  1. Skirball Cultural Center 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd
  2. Thu Apr 10 - Sun Sep 7
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2 comments
Alex W
Alex W

LOL @Tara D ;)


Also, it bears mentioning - since I will be there, I work with LA Phil! - there's DreamWorks Animation in Concert this weekend at the Bowl. I'm bringing my sister, nephew, and his friend...fun for them, and we can picnic and drink some good wine. Hopefully see some of you there! http://hbowl.com/dreamworksanimation

Tara D
Tara D

So, are there any fun things to do this weekend?