GTD This Weekend: Walks, Cupcakes, Tron

Did you tell us who you think should be on LA’s naughty and nice lists?  No?  That’s first on your GTD list.  And then:

SATURDAY

  • It seems like LA Beer Week was just yesterday – it was wonderful while it lasted, and over much too soon.  For those nostalgic for the yeasty times of yesteryear, hit up the First Annual Harvest Beer Fest at the Echoplex.  There will be autumnal brews from over 50 West Coast and national breweries, there will be food trucks to complement the drinks, and there will be bands.  $30, which includes unlimited sample sized pours – but please don’t abuse your privileges, because there’s nothing worse than going to a beer festival and ending up at a frat party.  21+ only. From noon to 7:00pm at the Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd.
  • Friends who move to LA from giant metropolises often bitch about how LA doesn’t feel like a proper city because you can’t walk and feel the city through your shoes.  And, except for the tonier parts of town, they’re sort of right.  Right?  Maybe not right.  The fourth annual Great LA Walk will bring people from all walks of life (ha ha) in a epic, day-long trek across the city.  Starting at Pershing Square, you’ll urban hike 15.6 miles down Wilshire to the ocean.  Sure, it may rain, but don’t let that stop you.  Angelenos may not know how to drive in the rain, but walking?  Is something we can do.  …Right?  Free, but lunch is on you.  Don’t eat and run!
  • On the other hand, if you’re anti-walking, check out your options at the LA Auto Show.  Pretty and electric cars are on display from now until November 28th.  Frazgo has the full details here.
  • Apparently, the cupcake craze is one that will not die, ever.  Case in point: the city of Los Angeles issued an official proclamation recognizing Cupcake Camp LA, a giant gathering of cupcakes and the girls who love (to fight over) them.  The city’s proclamation makes all sorts of lofty declarations, like “Cupcakes evoke fond memories of childhood, family gatherings and other good things in life” and “The variety of [cupcakeries] and the cupcakes they offer is as diverse as the city itself.”  Fifteen city councilmembers signed the proclamation; the largest John Hancock belongs to one Jan Perry.  Think she was trying to tell King George that he can’t have his cupcake and eat it too?  $15 in advance/$25 at the door.  The cupcake wars begin at noon and end at 5pm at the Music Box in Hollywood.
  • I don’t understand chili.  Is it a sauce?  A stew?  A topping?  All of the above?  How do people eat it without any starch?  I am very confused, which is why, I suppose, chili cook-offs exist in places outside Texas.  Like at La Cita downtown where the Derby Dolls will attempt to raise money to buy new wheels (for their skates) (they roller skate) (on a banked track) (it is a game they play) with their chili cook-off.  Decide who makes the best chili, then explain this distinctly Southwest American phenom to me.  Me, I’ll be in the valley slurping my pho.  $10 to eat/$20 to compete.  From 3pm to 6pm at La Cita, 336 S. Hill Street.
  • DesignerCon is sort of like walking into the bedroom you wished you had as a kid: amazing toys, creative knicknacks, rad comics.  This year’s installment will feature artist Bwana Spoons’ Spoonful of Star Wars art exhibit and exclusive creations from, among others, Mr. Toast and Buff Monster.  $5/free after 3pm.  From 10am to 5pm at the Pasadena Convention Center.

SUNDAY

  • It started on Friday, but you had so much to do on Friday and Saturday (see above) that you couldn’t get to this until now: a friggin’ TRON pop-up shop at Royal-T Cafe in Culver City.  It’s a total marketing ploy from the fine folks at Disney, but for this amount of coolness, I’ll play along.  There will be TRON-inspired gear, art, and even food.  Damn you Disney, capitalism suits you too well.  10am to 6pm from now until December 23rd at Royal-T, 8910 Washington Blvd. in Culver City.  TRON opens in theaters nationwide on December 17th (<– Dear Mr. Disney, I did that for you.  Please give me $$$$.  Thank you!  $$, qq.)
  • Walter L. Williams “draws on the insights found about ancient religions to suggest a new direction for gay and transgender people in the new era of human existence now dawning” in a lecture entitled “The Role of Gay and Transgender People for the 21st Century” at the ONE Archives near USC.  That’s a lot of high falutin’, academic, and unnecessarily dramatic phrasing; I sympathize and am intrigued at the same time.  Free.  2pm at the ONE Archives, 909 W. Adams
  • Everyone seemed to hitch their food truck dreams onto Kogi’s exhaust pipe at the same time, so it’s not surprising that everyone’s birthdays are coming up all at once.  First up: Frysmith, which will celebrate its one year birthday at Verdugo Bar.  On the birthday menu: a five-course fry meal of the very best of their specials, including breakfast fries; enchilada fries; and red wine and bacon poutine.  Wash it all down with Verdugo’s optional beer pairings.  $11 in advance for the fry menu.  Party goes from 7 to 9pm at Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park.
  • It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, people, but trees are being lighted already.   Mario Lopez, along with a very random line-up of special guests Wilson Philips, David Archuleta, and Jesse McCartney, will play host to the Grove’s tree lighting ceremony at 7:30pm.

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3 Replies to “GTD This Weekend: Walks, Cupcakes, Tron”

  1. I’d nominate Mayor Antonion V for both lists. First for his clean energy and electric car ideas. Second for not addressing the fiscal issues facing the city that could well lead to bankruptcy next year if things aren’t addressed and fixed fast.

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