It’s the weekend again, and there’s plenty of things to do here in our local community. Sorry about missing last Friday, but with NAMM going on, things were just too hectic. I promise to make up for it in the future. Thanks again for all your support.
Cinema buffs – we are so fortunate to have not one but two great local theaters to quench our movie madness. This week, the Vintage Cinemas Los Feliz 3 features “Black Swan,” starring Golden Globe Best Actress winner Natalie Portman, “The King’s Speech” and “True Grit,” with each screening at 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9:45 p.m., with an additional screening at 1:30 p.m. on weekends. Over at the Vintage Cinemas Vista, you can catch “Blue Valentine,” with screenings at 4:20 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. and an additional screening at 1:40 p.m. on the weekend. Beginning Thursday, you can catch “The Details,” with former Spiderman star Tobey Maguire.
If you love books, then Skylight Books is definitely worth checking out. They have a great variety of books that you can’t find at your local Barnes & Noble, and very friendly staff to assist you. Skylight Books is located at 1818 No. Vermont Avenue. Don’t foget Skylight 1814, located next door. Artist appearances return on January 30 – check out their website for more details – www.skylightbooks.com.
For those craving comedy, don’t forget about the “Keep it Clean Comedy” show, every Monday at 9:30 p.m. at the 1739 Public House. Catch the NFC Divisional Championships this weekend, as well as Clippers and Lakers games, available on multiple televisions throughut the establishment.
Steve Allen Theater continues its theme of recurring events. On the fourth Monday of each month at 8 p.m., you can catch “Cartoon Dumps,” featuring Frank Conniff (of Mystery Science Theater 3000) and noted author, producer and cartoon scholar Jerry Beck. Tickets are $10 for general admission or $5 for CFI members. You can ge more info at www.steveallentheater.tix.com.
Enjoy the sunshine and head out to catch one of our local Farmers Markets. Barnsdall Arts Park hosts theirs every Wednesday from noon to 7 p.m. in the parking lot off Hollywood Boulevard. For weekend enthusiasts, there’s one in the parking lot of the Post Office on Vermont on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Speaking of Barnsdall Arts Park, don’t forget to visit the Hollyhock House (as described in part 2 of my series on the history of Los Feliz), which is located at Barnsdall Art Park. The House offers public tours on Wednesdays through Sundays at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for general audiences, $3 for seniors and $2 for kids 17 and under. If accompanied by an adult, kids are free. Hollyhock House is closed on all major holidays. Also check out my prior article regarding what you can do to help keep the County of Los Angeles from giving away this jewel (http://glowbass.com/los-feliz-in-los-angeles/jewel-of-los-feliz-danger-of-being-sold).
Over at Pi on Sunset, beginning at 8:30 p.m., you can catch Alina & Friends, tonight and every Friday night. Tonight is a very strong line-up with Twenty to Watch artist Marina V, americana superstar Manda Mosher, Cazz and of course, Russian-born Alina Smith. Admission is free and the food is great.
Speaking of Manda, she has a huge show coming up with Michael McDermott at Genghis Cohen on February 3 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door, but you can save $2 if you pre-pay for them by going to www.paypal.com and using [email protected] as the payee.
If you don’t mind a little travel, there’s a great show tomorrow night at DiPiazza’s in Long Beach, featuring Twenty to Watch artist Rob Michaels and Starving Gravity. DiPiazza’s is located at 3800 E. Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach.
Also, just announced, David Crosby and Graham Nash will be performing on March 25 at the Long Beach Terrace Theater. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Remember, there is plenty of great music on iTunes, ReverbNation and YouTube – be adventurous and be the first to discover new talent – then share it with us all.
For more great options, check out this week’s LA Weekly (www.laweekly.com) and click on the Music tab.
Have a great weekend, enjoy Los Feliz and Griffith Park, and we’ll catch you next week. Please feel free to drop me a line at [email protected] with any comments, suggestions or questions. Also drop me a line if you or your group or business has an event you’d like to promote. I’m happy to spread the word for you.
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