Are you going to Comic Con this weekend? You need to see Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog. Yes, that Dr. Horrible, the internet phenom that ended with Joss Whedon singing commentary on his own DVD. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you are living under an internet rock, which means you also missed Double Rainbow and Auto Tune the News. You're welcome. You'll never get that half hour back.
Just in time for the hoards of nerds to descend upon San Diego, there is a live stage version being performed in the hip Gaslamp District of Downtown San Diego. Get your nerd on at Comic Con, check out the local Gam3rCon, and then Sing Along with Dr. Horrible.
The reviews have been been great so far & the show stars YouTube Sensation Jane Liu as Penny. This may be your last chance to see this internet experiment re-imagined as a live show before it inevitably makes it's way to Broadway, so Geek it up and buy some tickets to Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog.
July 16, 2011 - July 30, 2011
10th Ave Theatre (View Venue)
930 10th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
I think all of LA has OD'd on the word CARMAGEDDON, aka the supposed mind blowing traffic that will encompass Los Angeles for the weekend of July 16-17. With all the fear mongering surrounding Car-mageddon, I thought I would give you a few ideas to avoid the crush.
Road Rage Rest Stop
If for some reason you are forced to brave the streets of LA or God forbid live in the soon-to-be-car-infested Westside, you might want to visit Lauren Horowitz's art installation entitled "Road Rage Rest Stop." It is premiering just in time for Carmageddon along the freeway closure detour route on Venice Blvd at the Helm's Bakery "Eat Real" Festival which is also this weekend in Culver City.
The Road Rage Rest Stop features
- A Punching Station: to beat the living sh*t out of that imaginary guy who cut you off and used the bike lane as a driving lane
- A Relaxation Center: for emotional rehabilitation
- A Screaming Booth: to say all those things your mother taught you not to
While you're there you can check out the Eat Real Festival, which focuses on local food, handcrafted beers, and the DIY lifestyle of food. Entry is FREE. There is plenty to eat, drink and learn.
Pasadena wants Angelinos to take a stay-cation. Stay in Pasadena & skip all the Westside madness. They have even created a great excuse for you. This weekend, the Rose Bowl hosts the LA Street Food Fest, which I posted about a few weeks back. Get a room for the weekend & "cab it" like you mean it. The Courtyard Marriot in Old Town Pasadena is even offering LA Street Food Fest attendees a special guaranteed discount rate of $119 per night! They have a free shuttle to the Rose Bowl & a pool. So, enjoy a night... or two in Pasadena. Mention the LA Street Food Fest when booking to secure the rate.
If you fancy yourself a Carmageddon Warrior, you can score some serious discounts if you venture outside your front door. The website CAR-MAGEDDON.COM has compiled all these deep discounts for you, complete with a map should you find yourself stranded far from home.
Truthfully, I think all our hype will result in perhaps the best traffic LA has ever seen. As I see it, this is a clear case of latent capacity, where Angelinos conserve their trip to yoga/botox/runyon for another date, as espoused in one of my favorite articles in LA Magazine by Dave Gardetta, or maybe that is just wishful thinking on my part.
Zoot Suit was celebrating its 30th Anniversary. On hand for this momentous occasion were Edward James Olmos, who made the El Pachuco character unforgettable, and Luis Valdez, the godfather of El Teatro Campesino and Zoot Suit's director.
In a panel moderated by KCRW's Betto Arcos, we were treated to a piece of history, made even more remarkable by the historic location.
Having been a long time fan of agit-prop theater, the Living Theater, Bertolt Brecht and Culture Clash (in addition to Teatro Campesino), this was a special night for me. Only in LA can you find history, architecture and culture collide in such spectacular fashion. So that you don't miss another one of these quintessential Los Angeles evenings, mark your calendars for next year to catch one of the amazing films selected for Last Remaining Seats.
Amidst the revamped warehouses of Old Pasadena is an architectural treasure known as Castle Green. Towering above Pasadena's Central Park, Castle Green lets her residents enter and exit but you can not enter yourself. She is a building of mystery and intrigue with her Moorish turrets and bridges to nowhere. One of Pasadena's historic buildings, Castle Green was built in 1898 as an annex to the resort Hotel Green.
Now that she is a collection of privately owned apartments, one must know one of the designers, collectors or musicians that inhabit this wondrous place to see the Turkish rooms or if the open cage elevator is haunted. That is, until this weekend, when Castle Green opens her doors to the public for the summer tour. LA's historic buildings are one of the great treasures of this city. Just like Last Remaining Seats allows you entrée into the theaters that made old Hollywood, this tour will give you a glimpse into a moment frozen in time.
The non-profit group Friends of the Castle Green will be on hand to answer questions. No reservations are necessary. Public may pay at the gate. You can pre-purchase tickets for groups of 15 or more. All funds raised are dedicated to Castle Green's preservation.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
99 South Raymond Ave. Pasadena 91105
1:00pm to 5:00pm (rain or shine)
Cost: $20.00* adults, children under 12 are free.
Groups of less than 20, No Reservations necessary.
More Info: 626-577-6765 or 626-385-7774 (Information Line)
Summer is here. Good eats & good peeps. Wait, what? You're not a top chef master? Well, put down your shiny new grill tongs that have yet to see the fire of your Weber. Head down to the Rose Bowl & sample some of the best grub this city has to offer. A General Admission ticket gets you all you can eat or drink, including 75 of the city's best food carts, stands, chefs and trucks. Singha beer, Izze Soda, and Honest Tea all make cameos next to the mezcal at a premium tequila tasting. Parking is including in the price of admission. If you pick one of the 2 early sessions, it's family friendly with many areas to picnic and hang. If you pick the late session, it's a date night for adults (21+) or a mixer for foodies. Find your future mate in the Tequila Tent.
- If you get your ticket before NOON Tues June 14th - use coupon code "LASFFfan2011" to get $5 off your admission
- There are Family Packs for "Junior Companions" - aka 8-12 year olds
- Splurge for the Luxe Lounge tickets - they're only $15 more - and you get private audience with Julian Cox, mixologist extraordinaire, who will likely blow your mind with classic coctails and nouveau creations alike. If that wasn't enough, the luxe lounge features a massage station as well as goodies hosted by Test Kitchen. Nuff said.
You know that secret dream you have to be a contestant on the Amazing Race? Yes, I'm talking to you, armchair quarterbacks of Over-The-Top-Reality-Race-Shows. Give praise and thanks to creators Larry & Bob for their string of immersive races known as LARF® (aka LA Race Fantastique®). These guys have been cooking up races for corporate events and Angelenos since 2005 and even have an Amazing Race in Cozumel for cruise ships.
At its core, LARF is a scavenger hunt and a sort of location-clue-based puzzle, but it is more aptly described, as their website puts it, "like the 'Da Vinci Code,' 'The Amazing Race,' and 'National Treasure,' but instead of watching it, you're actually living it." Having participated in several races with my team Scooby Snacks, I can attest to how addictive, exciting, and totally fun this race can be.
So, okay, what is LARF really?
LARF consists of a series of clues. The clues can be anything from puzzles to actors to destinations to engravings on statues. As they say on their website, "...these ain’t your mamma’s clues. They’re tricky, sometimes very tricky. Not only that but often you won’t even know what they are; the trick may be in actually finding the clue." There are no directions & there are no rules. The team with the best finishing time is crowned the winner. Our team, Scooby Snacks, has both lost miserably (our first race: LARF Happy Fun Race) and won handily (LARF can't Marry) and will still go back for more. LARF produces a unique race about once a year ranging from Charity races to Disney Races to Celebrity Races. Your first race can be a little crazy, but once you get the hang of it, the experience is legendary.
I recommend a team of FOUR. Two just isn't quite enough and past four you end up with way too many cooks in the kitchen. You are also driving all around town, so bigger team equals bigger car or worse... cars, and we all know what parking in LA can be like. So, four is usually optimal.
If you want to just get your feet wet there are weekly races billed as "extreme sight-seeing tours of Los Angeles." This is a great way to see the city of L.A. and RACE at the same time! There is the Amazing LA Race and there is the Amazing Santa Monica Race that run weekly. You can sign up on their website or sometimes you can score discount tickets at Goldstar Events.
If you like it and want more...
Ready for the BIG RACE...?
Well, you're in luck: there is a new original race on Saturday June 25, 2011. Be forewarned/excited: It is an ALL DAY AFFAIR. This one is the AMAZING GOURMET FOOD TRUCK RACE. You can imagine the antics and adventures that this will take you through. If you think you are ready for the challenge - sign up here - it's $60 a person and you will get fed... a la food truck.
These guys only do ONE original race a year... because they literally spend all year planning it. It is that intense. Good luck, and maybe I'll see you at the finish line.
In case you didn't know - it's Bike to Work week in LA. Cyclists can ride for FREE on most public transportation - check the website for Partners and Sponsors. So in honor of this momentous week (17 straight years strong), I would like to introduce you to Betabrand's Bike to Work Pants.
Betabrand's Bike to Work Pants have the distinction of being solid looking work pants and also functioning safety gear for those who prefer pedal-powered vehicles when commuting to their place of employment. Like Clark Kent, they resemble regular old work pants -- but when the work day end, the cuffs can be turned up to reveal reflective material to SUPER aid you on your ride home. You were gonna turn up your cuffs anyway to ride your bike! Dude, these guys are reading my mind. And, as if you didn't think they were reading your mind enough - there are pocket flaps for additional reflective gear. These Betabrand guys are genius.
Betabrand, formerly known as Cordarounds, has been a favorite of mine since their inception in 2005. I love their commitment to the absurd & their attention to detail. Their line began with the appropriately titled Cordarounds, which as their name suggests are Cordoroy pants that have horizontal cords. According to their website (and as we all know - everyone should believe everything written on the internet), these pants are scientifically engineered to lower one's crotch heat index & increase your aerodynamics.
Their Facebook Fan Page boasts a rabid following who love to post videos and pictures of their current exploits wearing BetaBrand Clothing. Counted among their fans is Stephen Colbert who wore their USA Pants during his Rally to Restore Fear and/or Sanity with Jon Stewart.
Do yourself a favor and sign up for their clever mailing list. It is always a fun time. Betabrand - home of the Cordarounds
Geek dads rejoice! ok, moms too. JPL (aka the Jet Propulsion Laboratory) is holding its annual family open house this weekend. What? You didn’t know that we had NASA in our backyard? Oh, for shame.
Here is the opportunity to either live out those dreams you once had of being an astronaut or at least instill those dreams into your children - so they could someday explore galaxies far…far… away. Seriously, you can see Mars rovers up close and personal. Ask real life scientists (who live & breathe this stuff) questions about anti matter and black holes.
Ok, if that didn’t sell you; let me tell you it’s FREE.
So, give your kids the gift of science this weekend & remember that it costs you less than a movie.
Potato? Tomato? Fomato! Random gibberish and factoids in the form of a birthday card. I am obsessed with this wunderkind of card creators (aka Emmie Hsu). Who could have thought that one could fall in love with a card? not I sir.
My love affair began in a small shop on Sawtelle Blvd when I first encountered these fine specimens of stationery & I have since taken them with me to every party that I could make excuses to offer a card.
Please enjoy this digression of sardonicism & peruse their fine catalog of perfectly ridiculous folded cardstock. Oh yeah, and they're on Facebook. C'mon be their friend.
If you don't have tickets yet - you are out of luck. But, if you want to know mas about this sexo y violencia, see my post on Lucha Vavoom. So you don't miss out next time - join their mailing list on their website so you can get in on this jelly.