GTD This Weekend: Celebrating Local Design, Lesbians, Your Mother

Mother duck with ducklingsSo many things to celebrate this weekend: local design, lesbians, comic books, trains, your mother.  Better get a move on.


  • The 3rd Annual Unique LA event is upon us, just in time for Mother’s Day.  Local vendors will set up booths in a dizzying array of housewares, clothes, gifts, and other awesome things you think about buying on Etsy but don’t because it’s not worth the cost of shipping.  Based on past experience, you’ll want to take a deep breath, take your time, and know where the free drinks stand is relative to everything else.  Trust me, this will save you.  Nicole has the details.  $10.  Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm at the California Market Center downtown.
  • Let’s give back, shall we?  Yes, lez.  Girlbar and the LA Gay and Lesbian Center’s Young Professionals Council co-host Lez Give Back, a giant lady’s party to benefit the Center.  The party will be held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary, natch, so we can finally bury that whole lesbian bed death myth and move on.  $40.  10pm to 2am at the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
  • Celebrate the glory that are comic books with Free Comic Book Day.  Participating shops across the city will try to remind you why this used to be a national American pasttime.  Jodi has all the details here.  Meanwhile, La Luz de Jesus Gallery just unveiled “Pop-Sequentialism: Comic Art of the Modern Age”, a pretty nifty collection of comic book art available for viewing and purchase.
  • Train fanatic?  For you, then, this: National Train Day at Union Station, where you can check out all sorts of model trains, Amtrack equipment displays, and even see an Amtrack K-9 Unit demonstrate how awesome dogs are.  There also will be an exhibit about the “19th century Chinese contribution to the development of the railroad” – and by “contributions”, I’m pretty sure they mean, “hopelessly exploited and condemned to a byzantine system of racist immigration laws.”  Free.  11am to 4pm at Union Station.
  • Have you, too, grown tired and weary of food trucks?  Well, here’s another gathering of the meals on wheels, but, in a refreshing change from the others, there will be free food.  You read that right. Antenna Magazine and Hyundai co-present a Food Truck Derby; Great Balls on Tires, the Lardon truck, and Naan Stop are amongst the trucks that will be handing out food.  Live entertainment will come courtesy Saint Motel, Rachel Goodrich, and other musical acts.  Free but you must RSVP here. From 3pm to 7pm at Siren Studios, 6063 W. Sunset Blvd.


Go celebrate your mommies, people. Eater LA and OpenTable offer you a few brunch options and deals.  Jason Burns suggests that you take your mom to Burn the Floor.  Travis recommends the mother of all mother movies, Mommy Dearest, which will screen at the Egyptian in the evening.  And if you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your mama, take her to Fiesta Broadway, the “largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the world.”

“On Being a Mother” photo courtesy ilmungo via the Blogging LA Flickr pool.

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