Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Weekend Feast For March 9th - 11th

Some fun ways to be outside under a still nearly full moon this weekend-

The Los Angeles chapter of the Sierra Club hosts a full moon hike Friday night, March 9th in Griffith Park.  Hikers in proper foot wear can meet at the upper end of the Merry-Go-Round parking lot at 6:50. Bring an item for the pot-luck table - something to eat or drink that you would like to share.  The hike is about 4.5 miles and ends around 9:30.  And do check out the Sierra Club website for information about all their local activities.

The Midnight Ridazz are a bicycle riding group and unofficial advocacy organization and though you may think so upon first visiting the link,  they are not actually a gang - just ignore the slightly menacing skull face thing on their website. The Ridazzz have several rides going this weekend.  The group has a commitment to safety, courtesy and fun (unlike the bicyclist on PCH who spit on my car when I didn't stop exactly where he thought I should) and we need cool headed, safety-minded, energized bike enthusiasts like Midnight Ridazz to help make this city more bike friendly. Check them out here.

Have you been following the LACMA-bound transport of the bolder that's a part of Micheal Heizer's Levitated Mass?  See it arrive at the museum Saturday morning, sometime between 2am and 6am. I know that sounds crazy but if you are up and out already what a cool way to end the night. You can follow location updates on @LACMAonTwitter and click here for a handy guide to the show, including where to park, best viewing and where the waffles and other food trucks will be found.

Free Art-Themed Fun For Kids Alert! 

Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park # 79, 1975; oil on canvas

I am really looking forward to seeing Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series down at The Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach.  This weekend would be a great time to do it as the second Sunday of every month is Free Second Sunday. Not only is admission free but there are special activities scheduled from 11am - 4pm.  Newport Beach is about an hour south, straight down the 405 and then over some lovely hills until you get a stunning view of the ocean. The cresting of the hill alone is worth it (hum, I kind of like that as a potential new personal motto - I am looking for one since I gave up "What now?") I can feel what you are thinking when you hear Orange County but come on, it's not that long a drive!

 photo courtesy of Tomatomania webpage

Now let's say you've made the drive to Orange County to see the Diebenkorn show and you are a gardener and you feel spring in your soul and you've begun to dream about tomatoes.  Well before you head north on the 405 make a stop at Tomatomania! in Corona Del Mar.  Roger's Gardens kicks off the tomato tour (who knew?) by featuring more than 150 varieties of tomato seeds for sale at this huge event. Ask lots of questions of the knowledgeable staff and learn what will grow best in your garden.  Tomatomania begins Friday at 9am and runs through Sunday at 4pm. Details and directions are here and the Tomatomania homepage can give you information about upcoming stops on the tour.

The Los Angeles Animation Festival kicked off Wednesday night, events run through Sunday.  Remember that animation does not necessarily equal kid-friendly so read toon descriptions carefully before buying tickets.  Events that you know you can take your kids to include the family matinee screening of Iron Giant Saturday at noon ( tickets are $8) as well as the gala screening of Shrek Sunday afternoon at 2pm and the wonderful A Cat In Paris  Sunday at 4pm.  A Cat in Paris is in frenchand I'm not sure if there are subtitles.  Kids hate subtitles anyway and you trying to read them in a whisper will drive you crazy so it might be better if there aren't any, but the dialogue is really secondary anyway. You can watch the trailer here. Festival information and tickets are here.

For those on the westside who would like to take the family to a classic film,  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is playing at Santa Monica's Aero theatre at 4pm Saturday afternoon. 

One more thing. Don't you love Roger Vivier? The shoes, the bags.  I'm a sensible girl and I don't spend much time feeling covetous but I am a sucker for the truly fabulous and Vivier is it.   Here's a little game you can play with the colorful shoes of the season.

It's like "Simon." Remember that? Where you match the pattern of colored lights the machine makes? It's like that, only with shoes! I could do it all weekend... xoxo

Have a great weekend!

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