If you're like me, you probably like to go to places off the beat and path where you can discover little gems like cool bars, good eats, delicious drinks and mingle with interesting unpretentious folk. With that said I am devising a list of The Top Five Things to Do every weekend in hopes that you'll join me in leaving the mundane behind and transport you to a local Los Angeles gem that you never knew existed (and trust me there are many). Taken from some of my favorite event calenders like LA Weekly and LA Canvas, I hope what catches my eye will also catch yours. Inspired by High Fidelity's Top 5 Records here we go:
5. LOCK & KEY OPENS IN K-TOWN
WHAT: Lock & Key has got to be one of the coolest bars we've been to in a minute. Hidden inside an unassuming building across from the Von's on Vermont and 3rd, this swanky little haunt is our new go-to for secret meetings. You can order a Taiwanese fried-chicken sandwich with your fancy bourbon cocktail.
WHEN: Now Soft Opened, 7pm-2am, food before 9pm
WHERE: 239 S Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90004
4. HATTIE STEWART POP-UP W/ NOSAJ THING
WHAT: One of our favorite left-field instrumental electro-hop DJs is spinning a free party at Space 15 Twenty at the launch of illustrator Hattie Stewart's new pop-up. Aside from the dope tunes, expect treats by Coolhaus, beer by PBR, and custom nail art by our gal-pals at Kleur. (RSVP@Space15Twenty.com)
WHEN: Friday, March 1st, 7pm-10pm
WHERE: 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles CA, 90028
3. LALUZAPALOOZA: "EVERYTHING BUT THE KITSCHEN SYNC"
WHAT: La Luz de Jesus have been putting on this juried group show annually for 27 years now. It has gone through themes which feed directly into the lowbrow, pop surrealist, graphics-infused and outsider-friendly ethos of the gallery's brand. Now, the gallery's biggest and farthest-ranging edition to date (in terms of medium, style and geography) marks its 17th year under the rubric of "Laluzapalooza: Everything but the Kitschen Sync" in a humungous group show with almost as many puns as paintings and peculiar objects. www.laluzdejesus.com
WHEN: Friday March 1, 8-11 p.m.; thru March 31; free. WHERE: La Luz De Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd.; (323) 666-7667
2. MORRISSEY PLAYS TWO DAYS IN TWO DIFFERENT VENUES!!!
MORRISSEY & PATTI SMITH
The Staples Center has been making headlines by going all-vegetarian for Morrissey's March 1 visit, a request that even Paul McCartney has been denied in the past.
WHEN: Friday March 1 WHERE: Staples Center 1111 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90015 877-522-8669
MORRISSEY & KRISTEEN YOUNG LIVE @ HOLLYWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
Better yet, Morrissey will be playing a very special show at Hollywood High School on Saturday, March 2nd with special guest Kristeen Young!
WHEN: Saturday March 2 WHERE: 1521 N Highland Ave Los Angeles, CA 90028 (323) 993-1700
NOTE: Tickets might be sold out, hopefully you're one of the lucky ones to have gotten one of these bad boys.
1. VIVA MOZ! - STAPLES CENTER AFTER PARTY & VIVA HATE ANNIVERSARY AT CLUB UNDERGROUND LA
What can be better than seeing Morrissey himself you ask? The after party of course.
Following Morrissey's Staples Center show with Patti Smith on March 1st, join Club Underground for an After Party at Grand Star in Chinatown!!! Underground will also be celebrating the 25 year anniversary of VIVA HATE--Morrissey's landmark debut solo album. Underground DJs and special guest DJ Ray Kaos (The Smiths/Morrissey Convention) spinning all night. We will also be GIVING AWAY Moz vinyl, CDs, T-shirts, badges and 2013 Convention tickets all night!
Get ready, Moz Angeles!! Drink specials : $3 Vodka drinks before 11PM/ $5 after $3 Tecate/Tsing Tao Before 11PM/ $4 after**
Admission: $5 w/RSVP or ticket stub from Morrissey's Staples Center gg! $8 all night w/out RSVP (so be sure to RSVP)
DJs: Larry G (aka Supercrass) Diana M. (Sweater Girls) Liz O. (Bang!) Bip Jeffington (Bang!, Beat It) Special set by Ray Kaos (Smiths/Morrissey convention / Kaos Records)
WHEN: Friday March 1 Doors open at 9 PM FREE w/RSVP before 10:00
WHERE: The Grand Star Jazz Club 943 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90012 $5 Parking/Car Bar at 419 W. College (between Broadway & Hill**
*RSVP good for YOU and one guest* If you need more have your friends RSVP too! www.clubundergroundla.com
So that's my top five things to check out the weekend of March 1-3. Sure they are artsy and music based but the best things usually are. Check in next weekend to see my Top 5 list.