Tuesday, July 12, 2011

If You Don't Know, Now Ya Know

This is a new blog segment I want to start... let's see how it goes. Take it away Biggie Smalls!

This weekend we all know is CARMAGEDDON!!! The 405 will be shut down from the 101 to the 10. I don't know about you, but this completely screws my ability to leave the valley. However, depending on where you are, this weekend has some awesome things in store for you to check out.

Downtown LA
-The Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles offers a great place to discover local artists and buy some cool stuff. Check out LA's greatest outdoor marketplace for handmade goods, featuring over 200 artists. The Renegade Craft Fair is always free-to-attend. Attendees can get involved with the hands-on crafting activities, check out the bar for some cold libations, and purchase food from terrific LA food trucks! Now, who doesn't love a good food truck!

-Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Madrid: Saturday, July 16 7:00p

at The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA. I am a huge soccer fan, and anytime I can see David Beckham and Christiano Ronaldo together, in the same place, I am in!
-Bastille Day Los Angeles Festival: Sunday, July 17 12:00p to 9:00p at Elysian Park Monticello Old Lodge, Los Angeles, CA
The Bastille Day Los Angeles Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary under the theme "Y'a d'la joie"and pays tribute to French singer Charles Trénet. Throughout the day, attendees experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of France right in their own backyard. They thrive on French ‘joie de vivre ‘, play the famous game of pétanque, enjoy spectacular live entertainment, follow a waiters’ race, dance,or just sit back and relax while having a French-style 'open air picnic'. And you know there will be amazing food!
-Outdoor Cinema Food Fest (Office Space): Saturday, July 16 5:30pm

at Grand Hope Park, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, July 16th sc reening of Office SPACE. Special Music Performance by Other Mountains.
Food Trucks: Grill 'Em All, Buttermilk Truck, Greenz on Wheelz, Vizzi, Atomic Hog, and Og Tempura. Experience the Outdoor Cinema Food Fest featuring the best food trucks in Los Angeles. Please Note: Dogs are Not permitted at this location. Sorry Rover.

Universal City/Studio City/Glendale/Burbank
-For those of you that fancy girl rock, Sarah McLachlan is playing a concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday night. Tickets are on sale at the link above. 

-LA Cubafest featuring Willy Chirino, Albita, Hansel y Raul, and Rey Ruiz will be performed this Saturday at the Gibson Ampitheatre. Tickets are available through the link. Get ready for some good music and dancing. Aye Aye!

Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks/ Encino/Tarzana
-Retail Refuge Weekend: Saturday, July 16 10:00a to 10:00pm at Westfield Fashion Square.
The weekend’s events and offers include: Free valet parking all weekend! Shoppers can enter to win “I Survived the 405” Prize – a $500 gas card, free valet & car wash once a month for the rest of the year. Giveaways from Schwinn & The Disney Store. For every $200 spent among 2 or more retailers in the same day, shoppers receive a gift certificate for a free car wash from Go-Green Auto Spa. Free kids arts & crafts from noon-2pm each day. PERFECT for the shopaholic in you!

-Escape Carmageddon: Seventh Annual Mah Jongg Fest: Sunday, July 17 8:30a to 4:30p at Temple Beth Hillel, Valley Village, CA
What better way to escape Carmageddon than SIX rounds of Mah Jonng at Temple Beth Hillel’s Seventh Annual Mah Jongg Fest!! All players welcome, including beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. This fun day includes a breakfast nosh and buffet lunch. Bring your 2011 Mah Jongg card if you have one.
-Playback at Sherman Oaks Galleria LIVE! Summer Concerts: Saturday, July 16 7:00p to 10:00p at Sherman Oaks Galleria, Valley Center, CA
Sherman Oaks Galleria LIVE! Summer Concerts is back in its sixth season. Every Saturday night in June, July & August from 7 - 10pm the community is invited to come out and enjoy the live FREE music. This is 2 blocks from my house, so you know I will be attending.
-Carmageddon 405 Block Party - Sherman Oaks: Saturday, July 16 10:00a to 7:00p at The Shops at Woodman & Ventura, Sherman Oaks, CA
Don't fret the 405 freeway closure...there's so much to do right here in the Valley! Rediscover your own neighborhood. New shops and eateries are opening and your faves have new goodies to explore. Stay close to home, avoid the traffic and enjoy a 10% sale reward. Just show your receipt from one of the participating Shops at Woodman and Ventura all weekend long - July 15th, 16th and 17th.
Westwood/Culver City
-Summer Sunset Concert: Fela-bration: Sunday, July 17 1:00p to 4:00pm at Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
The Fowler teams with Afro Funké to present this closing event for Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley (on display through July 24) with a toast to Nigerian music legend Fela Kuti, hosted by Rocky Dawuni. See this major African art exhibition before it embarks on an international tour, and enjoy art activities for all ages, DJs sets by Jeremy Sole (KCRW) and Glenn Red, and live music, drumming and dancing. 
-Saturday Night Fever' -- 1970s Disco Film Series: Saturday, July 16 7:30p to 10:00p at University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Price Info: Advanced tickets: $10 at www.cinema.ucla.edu. In-person sales one hour before showtime: $9 general public; FREE to UCLA students with valid ID; $8 other students/seniors.
Event details: UCLA Happenings

-Retail Refuge Weekend: Survive the 405 Shut Down at Westfield Culver City
Saturday, July 16 12:00p to 5:00pm at Westfield Culver City, Culver City, CA
A fun alternative to the traffic headache of Carmageddon – weekend events include: Tailgate Party brought to you by Bunnin Chevrolet, Coca-Cola, and Best Buy; Video Game Tournament; Tricycle Races; “I Survived the 405” Photo Booth, DJ, and refreshments. Shoppers also can enter to win prizes including a $500 gas card, free valet for the rest of the year and a monthly car wash; and pick up a “Retail Refuge Weekend” Savings Booklet with special offers.
-Murder Mystery Dinner Show - The Dinner Detective: Saturday, July 16 6:30p to 9:30pm at Culver Jazz Club inside the DoubleTree by Hilton, Culver City, CA
The most popular award winning murder mystery dinner in California. We have performed over 1000 shows and entertained over 100,000 guests from all over the world. We are an interactive comedic murder mystery dinner show set in present day. This means NO cheesy costumes, recited dialogue or hokey song/dance.

Hollywood/ West Hollywood/ Fairfax
-Carmageddon Comedy: Saturday, July 16 10:00pm at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood, CA.

Go for a night of laughs. Don't let the 405 closure let you from getting your daily dose of laughter!
-14th Annual Extravaganza for the Senses (hosted by The Saban Free Clinic): Saturday, July 16 6:00p to 10:00pm at Sunset Gower Studios, Los Angeles, CA

Enjoy an evening of Food, Wine, Music and Fun at The Saban Free Clinic’s 14th Annual Extravaganza for the Senses. The event will feature 40 of LA’s best restaurants and 80 wineries. In addition to unlimited samples of food and wine, enjoy great tunes from the DJ, a popular silent auction, fortune readings by mystics and more.
-Legally Blonde (10th Anniversary screening!): Saturday, July 16 7:00pm

at Cinefamily, Los Angeles, CA
Legally Blonde (10th Anniversary screening!)
-Tim Burton ExhibitL Saturday, July 16 12:00pm

at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA
Because really, who doesn't love Tim Burton.

Santa Monica 
-DatingDowntown Santa Monica: 07/16/2011
Downtown Santa Monica is excited to introduce DatingDowntownSM - a Saturday Date Night series of special events for you and your special someone every Saturday in July and August! You can register for fun-filled couple sate night experiences at a special rate. Space is limited, pre-registration required for all events. To reserve your spot and purchase, visit www.buylocalmarket.com. This weekend's event: Couples Wine Tasting and Tour. Sounds Faboosh!
-Twilight Treasure Hunt: 07/15/2011 - 07/16/2011 from 6-8pm. $27 per person
As the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean, search the Santa Monica Pier and Palisades Park for the answers to our captivating clues. Do you know what the Terminator and Forrest Gump have in common? When did the scantily clad California Girls take over the beach? Find hints to Santa Monica’s great gambling past, search for answers at the sites of magic movie moments, then discover the answer to a clue while flying high above the crowds in Santa Monica’s landmark Ferris wheel. Bring your camera for the photo challenges! You don’t want to miss this!
Event info: http://www.outoftheboxevents.com/calendar.php

-Bead Faire: 07/16/2011 - 07/17/2011, Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 10am-5pm @ Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St.
General admission $7 weekend pass Children under 12 Free. Over 70 exhibitors. Dealer list will be available on Jul. 15. All kinds of beads imaginable, including Czech, glass, lampwork, silver, gemstone, pearl, and one of a kind at the lowest prices. Classes & demonstrations throughout the weekend. 

Venice/Marina del Rey/ Playa del Rey 
-Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series: Oleta Adams: Saturday, July 16 7:00p to 9:00pm at Burton Chace Park, Marina del Rey, CA
Acclaimed pop, R&B, and gospel singer-songwriter Oleta Adams, whose voice has been described as exquisite, nuanced, and inspirational, opens the pop series in a concert of her most soulful songs including the hit “Get Here.”Now in its 11th year, the Marina del Rey Summer Concerts present exciting classical and pop concerts each summer at the Burton Chace Park free to the public, made possible by Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and the Department of Beaches and Harbors.
-Marina Del Rey Brunch Cruise: Saturday, July 16 11:30am

at Fisherman's Village, Marina del Rey, CA
Take in the sights, listen to relaxing music, linger in the sun, and visit the Captain. Our lavish brunch buffet features a savory selection of all your favorites and includes complimentary free-flowing champagne. Duration: Approximately 2 Hours
-Concert in the Park: Sunday, July 17 4:00pm

at Library Park, El Segundo, CA
Neon Nation - Celebrate the sounds of the 80's
-French Macarons 201 Baking Class: Sunday, July 17 11:00a to 3:00pm at The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories, Santa Monica, CA
Take a bite out of the myths of making these delicate Parisian cookies. This intense class will focus on the technique of making macarons and how to create enticing flavor combinations.
- Hazelnut Chocolate Macarons
- Pistachio Macarons
- S'mores Macarons (that's right, and they are deadly)
- Black Currant Buttercream
- Lemon Custard
- Handmade Marshmallow Filling


And there you have it, how to avoid Carmageddon! Now, which of these activities will I be joining to beat the catastrophe? None. Instead I will be saying hello to Palm Springs :)

If you know of any other events, or have any suggestions, please leave a comment and I will be sure to add them. Happy Tuesday!

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