So Coach John Harbaugh led his Baltimore Ravens to a hard-fought win in the power-delayed Super Bowl, and Beyonce killed it during the halftime show. Most of the commercials this year sucked (really loved the Jeep/USO and the Dodge Ram/God Made a Farmer tear-jerker spots). This weekend it's the Grammys on Sunday night. Speaking of which, I attended the 1st Annual MNet Pre-Grammy party last night supporting K-POP artists (my article will be out shortly), and had a blast, especially since two of my friends, Sonia Rao and Connie Lim were there and performed. Other than the Grammys, 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., Hugh Murphy will read from T-Rex Trying. Tomorrow night at 5 p.m., Amy Spalding will read from The Reece Malcolm List. Sunday night at 5 p.m., Villa Aurora will present Bernadette Conrad, who will discuss and sign her book, The Many Lives of Paula Fox. Then on Monday night at 7:30 p.m., Phil Lapsley will read from Exploding the Phone. On Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m., Robert S. Levinsohn will read from Phony Tinsel. Finally, on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m., Teddy Wayne will read from The Love Song of Jonny Valentine. 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 Oscar contenders: "Silver Linings Playbook" or "Beasts of the Southern Wild," screening at 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., as well as new release "Side Effects," screening at the same times. Over at the Vintage Cinemas Vista Theatre, catch the comedy of Melissa McCarthy in "Identity Theft," screening at 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. The new Die Hard movie starts on Thursday.
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. Also amazing is the Thirty Minute Musical presentations of Top Gun and Showgirls, playing at the Celebration Theatre (7051 Santa Monica Boulevard) for the next two Fridays and Saturdays. This show always sells out, so don't wait. Get your tickets early. Last but not least, catch the award-winning Lost Moon Radio as they present Episode 13: Science and Technology at Fais Do Do (5257 W. Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles). Tonight you get the special treat of Twenty to Watch in 2013 artists Magnolia Memoir afterwards. Don't miss it.
There are great venues in town to catch the latest indie music. Don't miss these great shows this week:
Tonight at 9 p.m. at Amplifi (5603 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood), catch one of Detroit's finest, Olivia Millerschin in a special all ages show.
At the Hotel Cafe, catch the residency of Sweetwater & the Satisfaction at 9 pm. each Saturday in February. On Friday, it's a special showcase for Emily King at 7 p.m., followed by Jesse Thomas at 9 p.m. On Monday night, catch American Idol Brandon Rogers (season 6) at 9 p.m.
Over at WitZend in Venice, catch NBC's The Sing-Off star Kenton Chen (Kinfolk 9) on Wednesday night 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. Come early and enjoy Terra Naomi at 8 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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