A relatively quiet, rainy holiday weekend this weekend, with just enough to do to get you out of the house for an hour or two before returning you indoors for some well-deserved you time.
- For those of you who doubt that this city has literature outside the Courier New words on spec sripts, witness the second – yes, the second! – volume of Slake, the literary journal for literary Angelenos. On Saturday, a few of the contributing writers, including Amy Scattergood, Hank Cherry, and Jackie Gorman, will be at Stories for a little reading. Gather ’round the shiny Algonquin Table, kids, it’s arrived in LA. Free. The reading starts at 7:30pm at Stories, 1716 W. Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park.
- For a decidedly different perspective on the future of writing, see Arianna Huffington, who either brilliantly sold her Huffington Post to AOL for some $315 million or simply just sold out. She’ll be CSUN-Northridge to talk about this and other ideas about the future of not paying bloggers for their content. $15-$66.50. 8pm at the Valley Performing Arts Center at CSU-Northridge.
- “Giant caterpillar-turned-avenging-insect Mothra wreaks havoc on Japan when its best friends – two tiny, telepathic, singing sisters – are kidnapped by an unscrupulous promoter and forced to perform in a Tokyo nightclub” sounds like a Funny or Die sketch starring The Smothers Brothers in drag. But no, it’s not — it’s the plot to Ishiro Honda’s 1961 cult classic Mothra, and this year marks its 50th anniversary. The Egyptian will monster mash the classic with the more recent (2001) Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. The former is dubbed in English; the latter has English subtitles. You decide which one better enhances the experience. $7-11. The tiny, telepathic, singing sisters start their swan song at 7:30pm at the Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood.
- The NBA All-Stars game is at Staples Center this year, which means only one thing: unless you have to go to there, avoid Downtown. See the full map of street closures here [links to PDF].
- The Flying Pie Man creates delicious savory meat pies, perfect for this chilly weather. He’ll be at the Eagle Rock Brewery on Sunday afternoon so you can wash down that pie with a growler on tap. I’m getting all warm and fuzzy inside just thinking about this lovely pairing. Pie prices are around $5. 12pm to 6pm at Eagle Rock Brewery, 3056 Roswell Street in Eagle Rock.
- For the budding or blossomed artist, this one’s for you and definitely not me: during the Getty Drawing Hour, an artist will be on hand to provide some pointers while you look and sketch, look and sketch, erase, and sketch again in one of the beautiful galleries at the Getty. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon. BYODPAP (Bring your own drawing pads and pencils). Sign-up at the Information Desk at 2:30; the sketching begins at 3:30 at the Getty.