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LA Happenings (It’s All Happening…)

So it’s my second full time weekend back in my old home city of La La (no more LA-San Diego commutes for this one, ya heard), and aside from a nice little trip to Home Depot to pick out some wallpaper and maybe hitting Bed Bath and Beyond (I don’t know – I don’t know if we’ll have enough time), I’m hoping to check out a few fun happenings around town. Por ejemplo:

1. “Heathers” at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Ehmehgah, probably up there with Donnie Darko and Labrynth as one of THE most friggin’ fantastic cult 80s movies in existence. “Heathers” is the glorious film containing such quotes as, “Grow up Heather, bulimia’s so ’87”, “She’s my best friend. God, I hate her” and “Well, fuck me gently with a chainsaw”. Playing at this cemetery-turned-movie theater (I know, I know) at 9 PM – gates open at 7:30. Bring a blankie!

2. Kishani Perera’s brand spankin’ new boutique, RummageMy fashion designer girlcrush Kishani Perera has just opened… deep breath… her own… store here, and design bloggettes the world over are wooshin’ in their pants.


It’s not every day a down-to-earth, brilliantly rad design darling opens up a store to sell her favorite goods from all of her travels.


7374 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Getchyousome.

3. Young Beautiful In A Hurry’s record release debutante ball.

Just a few years back, I remember when the band Maroon 5 was just a group of capricious LA boys trying to hack it in this fine city, playing at bars and parties, hoping to spread the word. Fast forward to 2011 and there’s a new class of musicians trying to do just that. Enter the band Young Beautiful In a Hurry. The music is described as “rock/pop! Sprinkle a little soul and a pinch of early 70s glam on top.” And if promises of their knock-out live performance abilities (I swear!) won’t be able to win your presence, did you know that when lead singer Brendan McCreary had worked as a music teacher teaching little kids, a student inspired him and he wrote a song to encourage her, called Olivia? Let’s get a collective awww now.

Here’s a sneak peak at Young Beautiful In A Hurry’s new songs Light Years and I Got Love.

Record Release Party & Debutante Ball at Molly Malone’s, 575 South Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036 on Saturday, June 18th.

4. Yarn Bombing! Say whattttt?

Call it the softer side of street art. Or, as a recent New York Times article called it, “grandma graffiti”. The craze is said to have started in Texas, when a group of knitters had leftover material and decided to decorate the urban landscape. It took off in Australia and then spread to New York, where the artists made it larger than life by covering the Wall Street bull and even a whole apartment (with text messages from former lovers in bottom pic). And now LA is hosting its very own event. Watch it unfold.

18th Street Art Center, 1653 18th St, Santa Monica, CA, 90404 on Saturday, June 18th.

5. Tim Burton exhibit at LACMA

Who didn’t grow up lovin’ the odd, dark movies of Tim Burton? Edward Scissorhands? Beetlejuice? Well now until October 31st, 700 (!) pieces of Burton’s art work is at the LACMA, and I’m super curious to check them out. The major retrospective exhibition will feature artwork tied to Burton’s movies, original drawings, sculptures, and more.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Tickets are 18 smacks for adults.

That’s it for now. I hope you all have a fanTAStic weekend, in LA, Chicago, or wherever you are!


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