GTD This Weekend: Community Spirit

Between GOOD Magazine’s launch party for its LA issue and CicLAvia, there’s a whole lot of community spirit this weekend.  Go on, make your neighborhood a friendly place.

SATURDAY

  • The good folks at GOOD Magazine are celebrating the launch of its Los Angeles issue with a weekend long party.  Saturday’s partying will be in Atwater and will include a “pop-up community center”, with DIY workshops, a bartering center, and field trips.  Sounds good, right?  Free, but you must RSVP.  Check the weekend schedule of events on GOOD’s website.
  • I’ve said it a few times already, but I’ll say it again: finally, LA is discovering craft beer.  ColLAboration is a, well, collaboration between the owners of a few craft beer bars (Tony’s Darts Away, Verdugo Bar, Surly Goat) who plan to host pop-up craft beer gardens that – pointedly – are far cheaper than the pricey craft beer fests that have been popular over the last year or so.  The kickoff event for ColLAboration coincides with the one-year anniversary of Tony’s Darts Away; appropriately, there will be specialty beers and “some surprise kegs.”  $10 membership that will get you into this and future ColLAboration events; beers $5-6.  12pm to 7pm at 1900 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank.
  • UK-based street artist D*Face has is very own solo exhibit at the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City.  See a full preview of the event here.  Let’s all hope that he’ll grace our city streets with some kickass street art, Graffiti Control Systems be damned.
  • You’ve watched The Wizard of Oz enough times to know the lyrics to all the songs, right?  Well, then, why not belt it out during a little sing-a-long?  The Alex Theater hosts its own Sing-a-Long Wizard of Oz, complete with a costume contest and a Judy Garland impersonator.  Unrelated, but not: if you ever need a good cry, just take a listen at Garland performing “Over the Rainbow” during her storied Carnegie Hall concert.  When the American Idol judges tell you to put more emotion in your song, this is what they mean.  $13.50.  2pm and 8pm at the Alex Theater in Glendale.

SUNDAY

  • CicLAvia!!!!!!
  • Oh, the lovely avocado.  See what people can do with this buttery fruit (besides guacamole) at the Avocado Takedown, where 20 locals will compete to be crowned avocado queen or king.  I feel obliged to warn you that this event is sponsored by Avocados from Mexico, so this isn’t exactly eating local.  $10, which includes samples of the dishes.  2pm at the Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd. in Echo Park.
  • Every April to September, the Natural History Museum opens up its Butterfly Pavillon just outside the museum proper to house dozens of species of butterflies and giant moths.  A ticket gets you into the pavillion to see how they get nectar “with their specialized tubular mouthparts”.  Hm, that sounds grosser than it probably is.  For those of us who don’t need to see things up close, take a macro view and marvel at the pretty wings fluttering all around you.  $3 adults/$2 students and seniors/$1 children.  From 10am to 5:00pm at the Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd. near USC.

“April 4th 2011 anti greed protest standing with Wisconsin” photo courtesy Eleventh Earl of Mar via the Blogging LA Flickr pool.