It’s that time again, and we’ve provided you an extra long weekend guide to help you get out enjoy your holiday in style. Also, as a handy tool, we’ve added dollar signs to help you figure out how much events will set you back before you even read further. We’ve got your back.
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Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs at LACMA $
We’ve been loving the quality children’s movies that LACMA has been serving up lately, and we feel there’s no better way to bring in this weekend than an end of summer shower … Of meatballs. The movie starts between 8 and 8:30, and LACMA recommends getting there around 7 for seating. You can bring picnic baskets and even you’re furry friends if they’re on a leash!
5905 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036
Music: Jon Brion at Largo $$
We know everyone’s got FYF on the mind this weekend, so let us re-remind you of Jon Brion playing Largo on Friday evening. There’s no better way to come home from work than a shortcut through the canyon with the soundtracks of Jon Brion coming through your car speaker as the sun sets, reminding you of the subtle beauties behind movies and the place that makes them. Why not do this with a glass of vino and Jon in person?
Show some Jon Brion love right here
366 North La Cienega Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90048
Other: Peachy Keen Comedy at Bar Lubitsch $
Maybe the fact that we live near Lubitsch, those Absinthe Martinis hit us in just the right spot, and the fact that Louis C.K. dropped in to do some stand-up here a few weeks ago brought us in, but we’ve checked out this local (free) comedy show twice now, and the comics here are really top notch. It’s pretty dark in Lubitsch, and the show is very relaxed – no one is going to heckle you here (huge plus for us!). If you’re looking to dive a little bit further into the LA comedy scene and looking for some outstanding new voices, look no further than here (and try something off of Lubitsch’s stellar drink menu while you’re at it)!
7702 Santa Monica Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90046
Movie: Kill Bill at Eat See Hear $$
If you take your Saturdays with a side of gore, dive into bad-assery with this top notch Quentin Tarantino flick. With food truck offerings from Auntie’s Fry Bread, The Sun Truck, and Sweet E’s and live music by Raheem Cohen, this one’s not to be missed.
Tickets are only ten dollars if you buy them in advance here (with a small service fee , or you can opt to “drive-in” for a little more (with a small service fee).
400 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Music: FYF Fest at Los Angeles Historic Park $$$
FYF is all the rage this weekend, so being the open minded alternative blog reader that you are, you probably know all about the Atlas Sound set on Sunday (which will be awesome!), but in case you haven’t heard of it, there’s this music festival downtown this weekend that’s kind of a big deal. Though it’s a little pricey for a day pass, these are bands you’d pay $20+ to see anyways, so why not consider it an investment on your ears? Over the course of 2 days, you can check out Beirut, M83, Sleigh Bells, the Faint, Father John Misty, and a bunch of people we’re really excited about.
Buy ear candy here
1245 N Spring St Los Angeles, CA 90012
Other: Greek Festival and Culture Event in Long Beach $
Opa! We couldn’t afford to go to Greece this summer, so this is the closest we’re going to get to the sandy shores of Santorini, though we’re still spraying off our sunburns with Windex. Enjoy live Greek music, a carnival, Greek food and desserts, specialty shops, dance performances, beer, cooking classes, tours of a Greek Orthodox church (if that’s your thing), or reenacting moments from Mamma Mia! (if that’s your thing). This weekend, don’t just eat cheese. Get that stuff lit on fire. $3 donation for adults, from 12 pm to 9 pm.
5761 E. Colorado Street, Long Beach, CA
Movie: Scarface at Cinespia $
Spend a Sunday with Pacino watching Scarface. Doors at 7, show at 8:30.
Hang out with Pacino here
6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Music: Paramount’s 100 Year Anniversary at Hollywood Bowl $$-$$$
Paramount is turning older than Betty White this weekend at the Hollywood Bowl, and in order to celebrate, the Bowl will be holding performances of monumental movie scores from films such as Wings, the Godfather, Titanic, Mission: Impossible, and other classic films with an enormous budget. Starts at 7:30 pm.
Get your tickets here
Other: Closing of Made in LA at the Hammer Museum $
Today marks the last day to check out Made in LA at Hammer Museum’s large scale survey of LA artists that’s taken place this summer. Don’t worry, they’re going out with a bang this Sunday. Scott Banzel and Mark Hagen will fit a wrecked car with a bass cabinet and play original compositions through it. $10 museum admission, unless of course, you have a Wells Fargo Card, which means you get in free!
10899 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90024
Movie: The Ambassador at Cinefamily $$
Just when we’d though we’d seen it all, Cinefamily brings in more of the weird and wonderful this weekend with screenings of The Ambassador. Sure director Mads Brugger won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for his film Red, but we’re itching
to see his political black wit that the Village Voice is calling “The VICE Magazine version of Sacha Baron Cohen as financed by Lars Von Trier”. Screens at 3 pm and 5:15 pm on Monday.
Tickets are $12, and you can get them here
611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Music: The Lonely Wild at the Satellite $
Do you feel like you’ve been to the same concert seventeen times in the last month with the same sounds and the same people? If so, you should probably branch out a little, and why not do so with the Lonely Wild? Enjoy a free Monday show that will bring you to another era of dusty heartfelt and country cooked Alt Rock. Show starts at 8 pm.
1717 Silverlake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
Other: LA County Fair in Pomona $-$$
Nothing says holiday weekend like county fair, and nothing says county fair like holiday weekend – what we’re saying is, you should probably get out and eat corn on the cob like your life depends on it and pull out those elastic waistbands. Monday’s entertainment features performances from Karmin and Cobra Starship, and you can get tickets to the concert here.
1101 W. McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91769