GTD This Weekend: More Than Enough to Get You Out of the House

Interacting with the "Dreams Deferred" exhibit at the Chinese American Museum.

If your plans this weekend were to stay in and clean your apartment and tend to the garden and teach the dog to sit for more than 10 seconds and all that homebody stuff – do all that next weekend.  This weekend, there’s an absurd amount of things to do, from walking Whittier Blvd. with our own Will Campbell to a Victorian ball to Jonathan Gold’s annual food fest.  You can be anti-social later.  Trust me.

SATURDAY

  • Last year, a bunch of brave folks walked all 15.8 miles of Wilshire Boulevard, in the rain, from Downtown to the sea.  Saturday’s weather is supposed to be sunny and clear, perfect for Will Campbell’s second annual March March.  This year, he’s taking a 12ish mile urban hike across East LA.   Starting from Union Station, Will and company will take the Gold Line eastward ho, make their way to Whittier Boulevard, and go back to their starting point via the Arts District.  “A guided tour this ain’t,” Will says, which is his nice way of saying to you A-type folks: relax for once and let yourself figure it out once you get there.  $Enough to cover costs of transportation + snacks.  Meet at Union Station at 10am.
  • Angel City Brewery, the oldest brewery in Southern California, will open its new downtown digs on or around March 17th.  To pre-celebrate, the brewery opens its beer garden and invites you to its weekend-long party.  Bottled beers will be for sale (nothing on tap just yet); food trucks will be there to wash it all down.  For all of you participating in the March March, this probably wouldn’t be a bad pit stop.
    Saturday and Sunday from noon to 1am (yeup, you read that right) at 216 S. Alameda in the downtown Arts District.
  • Officially, my favorite cheese is Abbaye de Belloc, but, really, get me a brick of Tillamook Sharp Cheddar Cheese, and I’m a very happy camper.  The Oregon cheese company has a cute little “Loafster” car that will tour the Southern California area in March as part of its Love Loaf Tour.  Where the Loafster goes, happiness follows: take, for example, Saturday’s free admission to Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific.  The first 100 people wearing orange will receive free entry; everyone gets coupons, recipes, samples, and, dear Lords of Kobol, please, please convince them to hand out tubs of their divine ice-cream.  Free entry for the first 100 orange-d fans starting at 9am at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.
  • We all love CicLAvia.  There are three events this year, but why stop at three?  GOOD Magazine is throwing a fundraiser for CicLAvia to support the organization.  For the price of the ticket, you’ll support a great community cause, have open access to Fat Tire beer, the chance to sample a variety of food trucks, and a possible back left position in a dodgeball game. This is how the adults play.  $20+.  Fun goes from 2pm to 7pm at Atwater Crossing, 3229 Casitas Ave. in Atwater Village.
  • That you can find Edward Gorey’s macabre illustrations plastered on wall calendars, greeting cards, and books available at your local Wal-Mart is a little funny and a lot reassuring.  Celebrate the glory that is Gorey at the Edwardian Ball; it is Victorian-themed, so depending on what side of the gender spectrum you decide to fall on that night, take out that lacy, overflowing dress and/or that skinny tie, silver vest with monocle pocket, and top hat.   Jane Austen-types best look away.  $28+.  The party starts at 8pm at the Music Box at the Fonda in Hollywood.
  • The Chinese American Museum celebrates its 10th anniversary with its Annual Lantern Festival.  You and the kids can take this opportunity to really learn how to make a proper kite, lantern, and/or paper crane.  Other festivities include “abacus-making”, martial art performances, and shadow puppetry.  Don’t forget to wander inside the museum as well – “Dreams Deferred” is a timely, thought-provoking exhibit on immigration reform.  Free.  From noon to 7pm at the Chinese American Museum, 425 N. Los Angeles Street downtown.

SUNDAY

  • So excited for this: Jonathan Gold brings together 40 of his favorite restaurants and eateries that define LA in food and culture – AOC, A-Frame, Chichen Itza, Jitlada, among others – for his third annual Gold Standard event at the Petersen Automotive Museum.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Heal the Bay.  $60.  From 1pm to 5pm at the Petersen Auto Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd.
  • Could it really be that LA finally – finally! – is starting to appreciate coffee?  Hopefully, the turnout at the Southwest Barista Regional Competition will indicate yes.  The event runs all weekend, but Sunday is the final round of competition: the best of the best from the southwestern US will be evaluated on the fine points of coffee making, including whether the crema on the espresso is the right color and whether the art on the cappuccino is sufficiently visually appealing.  I don’t think the best in show will parade their drink around the ring in front of an adoring judge and audience, but who knows – after all that caffeine, anything can happen.  Free.  The competition is on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm at Siren Studios in Hollywood.
  • Jane Espenson, who wrote and produced several stellar episodes of Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Torchwood, is the type of person you wish you could talk to and/or be when you grow up.  I can’t help you with the latter, but the former may be arranged: in every part of the four-part TV Writing series, a handful of television writers, including Espenson, Rob Roy Thomas, and Jeff Greenstein, will discuss the Business, offer sage advice, and generally encourage you to pursue your small screen dreams.  If you attend these seminars and end up writing Charlie Sheen’s inevitable reality show, though, I will never forgive myself for pointing you here.  Neither will you.  $12 for each discussion; if you know you’ll attend all four discussions (held every Sunday in March), get the full series ticket at $36.  The discussion starts at 7pm at Meltdown Comics in Silver Lake.
  • I don’t know which one of who is to blame for spreading nasty propaganda about how it is an American right to be dumb, and that defending that right should go so far as attacking teachers and shutting down libraries, so I will just blame both Bush and Obama and everyone in between.  Measure L, which would give city libraries some much-needed funding after it was stripped of much of it a few years ago, is up for vote on Tuesday.  A “Keep the Magic of Libraries Alive” rally will be held to support the measure.  In keeping with the theme, there will be a magic show as well.  Of course.  The rally is from 10am to 11:30am in front of the Memorial Branch Library, 4625 W. Olympic Blvd.