GTD This Weekend: Go Outside

This weekend: art walks, graveyard film screenings, and outdoor food fests.  In other words, it’s almost summer.


  • Missed Unique LA last weekend?  Me too.  For us, then, the vendors will be out in full force at the Silver Lake Art, Craft & Vintage swap meet.  As there always is, there will be food trucks, random people selling random rugs, and girls trying to take their Etsy business to the streets.  Free. 10am to 4pm at 1511 Micheltorena in Silver Lake.
  • 3D is like bacon: everything does not have to be made with it in mind.  That said, the Eighth Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival always has appreciated the form for what it is, and this year’s festival will be no different.  Jodi has the full details hereSaturday and Sunday at the Downtown Independent.  Check the website for full screening details and tickets.
  • If you’re not too buried under, head out to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery to catch the first of Cinespia’s Cemetery Screening series, Cat on a Hot Tin RoofJason Burns isn’t too excited about this summer’s series, but hey, what else are you going to do in the dead of night?  $10.  Pearly gates open at 7pm; the movie starts at 8:30.  Based on past experience, you’ll probably want to get there earlier rather than a later.
  • Do some good today: attend a fundraiser to raise funds for Dave Melrose’s cancer treatments in Altadena.  There will be Jack Black and a “grummage” sale, not necessarily in that order.  Travis has all the details here.  $20 suggested donation.  From noon to midnight at the Hughes Estate Sales, Inc., 711 W. Woodbury Rd in Altadena.
  • Ewww, this is so totally not for me, but you, your kids, and my bug-eating dog would love this: the Museum of Natural History hosts its annual weekend-long Bug Fair.  There will be bugs, a bug cooking, and, of course, a chance to sample a bug.  Yum. $9 adults/$2 children 5-12.  9:30am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday at the Museum of Natural History in Exposition Park.
  • The second Saturday in May is, apparently, Fire Service Recognition Day. This means you pay your respects to Smokey the Bear and your local fire department, who just ask that you get the eff out of their way when their sirens are blaring.  Seriously, LA, just coming to a stop in the middle of the street doesn’t help anyone.  Anyway, all LAFD stations in the city will open up their doors to the community for a little open house.  Free.  From 10am to 4pm.  Find your local station using the LAFD’s Fire Station Locator.
  • So much art today:
    • LACMA hosts its annual Muse Artwalk, where most museums (LACMA, the Petersen Automotive Museum, among others) and participating private art galleries around the Miracle Mile will offer free admission to anyone who wants a little culture shock.  Free.  From noon to 8pm along the Miracle Mile district; see all participating museums here.
    • MOCA hosts its annual Teen Night at the Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo.  Sign the waiver, drop off the wise-cracking kid of yours to learn a thing or two about reclaiming public space, and have a nice dinner nearby.  Free.  From 7pm to 10pm.
    • Outside of LA proper, Gallery Nucleus takes you a few steps away from the comforts of Helvetica and gives you a show celebrating hand-drawn and experimental typography.  Over thirty illustrators, printmakers, hand letterers, and other talented artists will present their work.  Edward Gorey smiles from his grave.  Free.  7pm to 11pm at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra.  The exhibit runs until June 6.

Sunday, 5/15

  • Barnsdall Art Park will be transformed into a little foodie ground, with local restaurants participating in Taste of the Eastside (…insert the faux Eastside vs. the true Eastside debate here) offering a taste or two.  Forage, Little Doms, Auntie Em’s, Intelligentsia, and Eagle Rock Brewery are just a few of the great places this side of town offers – almost enough to get you Westsiders to drive past the 405 every once in a while.  $25 general/$65 VIP.  From 1pm to 5pm at the Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Feliz.
  • On the other side of town, Tender Greens will host a pig in its new beer garden, with a Red Wattle pig being roasted in a traditional Cuban fire box.  Lefty Ayers, the farmer who’s bringing the pig, will talk about the Red Wattle breed and how this one in particular lived and breathed.  Yes, absolutely, this brings to mind Portlandia.  If you missed Cochon 555 a few weeks ago, this might be your chance to make up for it.  $35, which includes said pig, sauces, sides, dessert, and beer from The Bruery.  Email heidi [at] tendergreensfood [dot] com for reservations.  5pm at Tender Greens, 6290 Sunset Blvd in Hollywood.
  • Another option for those who missed Unique LA last weekend: Long Beach hosts the Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival, complete with exactly what you would expect: homegrown and independent arts and crafts.  Free.  11am to 5pm at the Marine Stadium in Long Beach.
  • Remember all those workshops 826LA hosted last month with all sorts of entertainment writers sharing their tales of woe and success?  Awesomely, the series is continuing, with Nerdist taking charge with its Writers Series (some portion of the proceeds still will go to 826LA).  Sunday’s panel includes Veena Sud (creator and executive producer of The Killing, which, if you’re not watching, you should start, now), Sarah Watson (producer and writer for Parenthood), Gary Lennon (writer, Justified), and Bob Kushell (television comedy writer).  $15. 5pm at Meltdown Comics in Silver Lake.

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