Well, the Grammy Awards have been handed out, as well as the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards. All that's left is the Oscars on February 24. After that it's time for Spring Training before baseball season is back upon us, followed closely by the Renaissance Faire.
Thank goodness for a down weekend to relax, hopefully catch a film or a play, and rest up for the Oscars. There are still a few things to do this weekend - here are some suggestions:
Reading is always a great escape, and our local bookstore, Skylight Books is one of the best around. There are quite a few author events this week. Here's the schedule: Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Genevieve Castree will discuss and sign her new graphic novel Susceptible. Tomorrow night at 5 p.m., Noel Alumit presents a publishing panel featuring Dana Johnson, David L. Ulin, Daniel Smetanka and B.J. Robins. Next Thursday at 7:30 p.m., UC Riverside MFA students will read from their work. Take some time and enjoy this jewel of Los Feliz, where you can catch up on some great reads and do some shopping.
It's never a bad time to catch a movie, and this weekend is no exception. This weekend, at the Vintage Cinemas Los Feliz 3 you can catch some recent releases, including "Side Effects" and "Identity Thief," screening at 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. or "Amour," screening at 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Over at the Vintage Cinemas Vista Theatre, Bruce Willis' character John McClain returns in "A Good Day to Die Hard," screening at 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:40 p.m.
Plenty of plays out there for all you theater lovers. Check out www.plays411.com and www.Goldstar.com for discounts and listings. Make sure you take the time to see Happy Face Sad Face at the Lillian Theatre - it's amazing. Don't miss the award-winning Lost Moon Radio as they present Episode 13: Science and Technology at Fais Do Do (5257 W. Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles) - the show closes tomorrow night. Don't miss it.
There are great venues in town to catch the latest indie music. Don't miss these great shows this week:
At world famous Genghis Cohen, catch Susan Cowsill tonight at 10:30 p.m.; Chris Valenti on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.; Freebo & Friends on Wednesday, starting at 7:30 p.m. and the incredible Sara Routh on Thursday night at 9 p.m.
At the Hotel Cafe, catch the residency of Sweetwater & the Satisfaction at 8 p.m. each Saturday in February. On Friday, don't miss Mind the Gap at 10 p.m., followed by Twenty to Watch artist Harper Blynn at 11 p.m. Two incredible acts share the stage on Thursday, with The Wellspring at 8:30 p.m., followed by Twenty to Watch artist Nina Storey at 9:30 p.m.
Over at WitZend in Venice, on Saturday catch Sweet Talk Radio at 7 p.m., followed by NBC's The Sing-Off star Moi (Kinfolk 9) at 9 p.m. and NBC The Voice's Connie Lim at 10 p.m. Then on Thursday night, catch the amazing David Ryan Harris as he continues his Thursday night residence at 10 p.m.
If you enjoy the outdoors, don't forget about the local farmers' markets on Wednesdays from 12-6 p.m. at Barnsdall Park and on Sundays from 10-4 p.m. at the Post Office. There's also a farmer's market at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park on Saturdays from 10-5 p.m.
Don't forget 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 and click on the Music tab.
Have a great week, enjoy Los Feliz and Griffith Park, and we'll catch you soon with an update. Please feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com 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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