This weekend’s events include: free lift tickets, an Australia Week Aboriginal art exhibit, the Miracle Mile Artwalk, Iceskating in Santa Monica, Downtown & Westwood, free bowling, a mushroom festival, a Donnie Darko screening, MLK weekend events, free food, balloon rides, Disney & more!
Have a great time.
The people of Haiti are suffering after the 7.4 earthquake that crushed the beautiful island nation. Please text 501501 with the word “Yele” for a $5 donation that will be charged directly to your mobile phone bill. It will be processed and administered by Haitian American former Fugee member Wyclef Jean’s Yele organization. You can also support Doctors Without Borders as they provide much needed medical care via volunteer nurses and doctors and they were in Haiti prior to the disaster. See the links below. Let’s help revive this very relevant nation!
FRIDAY, JANUARY 15th
AUSTRALIAN WEEK PRESENTS AN AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS ART EXHIBITION
This opening reception for aboriginal artworks created by well known indigenous artists Jeannie Petyarre and Betty Mbitjana of the Utopia Region of Australia. This is part of the annual Australian Week event series that pays homage to Aussie culture.
Aboriginal Dreamtime Gallery
9001 Melrose Ave
Gaze at winter constellations and planets from the Santa Monica Mountains. There will be free access to telescopes but be sure to bring your personal binoculars.
6:30pm, $4 parking (cheap for Malibu!) – meet at upper parking lot
Charmlee Wilderness Park
2577 Encinal Canyon Road
SATURDAY, JANUARY 16th
Patrons will learn how to conserve and preserve coastal shores in this grand event that features speakers, presentations, interactive activities and handouts. Other marine science centers including Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Ocean Institute in Dana Point and Birch Aquarium/Museum at Scripps in La Jolla holding similar events in commemoration of that day.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M. White Dr
MLK JR. PEACE & UNITY PARADE
Beginning at Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue @ Anaheim Street this parade will feature a multi-culti celebration at King Park offering music, food, dance performances, and kids activities.
1950 Lemon Avenue
Downtown Long Beach
This event encompasses all galleries within the entire “Miracle Mile Arts District,” from Wilshire, to La Brea, to Melrose, to La Cienega, and many in between, four times a year! There are two great after party-opening exhibitions. New in 2010, the Grilled Cheese Truck will be grilling up melts on Wilshire from 6:30-8:30pm and, on La Brea from 9:30pm-11pm!! Free food and libations
In coordination with the (above posted) Miracle Mile ArtWalk, the Loft at Liz’s presents an exhibit exploring the overwhelming presence of numbers. Cell phones, credit cards, passports, time, money, distance – numbers are everywhere! However, this group show features artists Anthony Hansen, Alvaro Valenzuela, Bendow, Doni Silver Simons, Daniela Arbizzi, Anna Dusi, Joan Tucker, Mary Larsen, Michael Babyak, Mike Saijo, Robert Morgan, Savva and RetiMade Jewelry. Sounds very numerological.
Opening Reception: 7-10pm
Exhibit thru February 16th
453 S. La Brea Ave
Los Angeles 90036
GOLDEN GLOBE FOREIGN-LANGUAGE NOMINEE SEMINAR
Check out the best of 2009’s foreign-language films with Golden Globes’ five foreign-language nominees with this round-table seminar with the five nominated filmmakers that Mike Goodridge of Screen International will be moderating.
Egyptian Theatre/American Cinemateque
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER WORSHOP
Join Kelly Lynch & Amy Dantzler of KPL Select Mortgage, Inc. to learn more about the rent vs. buy options – how much can you afford? Fannie Mae/ Freddy Mac – what loan program is right for you? FHA Financing – low down payment option. The Stimulus Package with an $8000 TAX CREDIT! All first time buyers are welcome to attend. Contact Julie Ware at 818.907.5757 x233 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza1125 N. McCadden Place
Los Angeles 90038
Chef Meg Hall, private chef and owner of Made by Meg Catering shows novices how to make Baked Pizza Fondue, Spicy Chorizo in Puff Pastry, Easy Chicken Drumettes & Wings and more! A Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney in her past life, for the past five years Meg has been feeding clients and sharing her expertise on ABC News Las Vegas, YUMTV, the Daily Breeze and LA Times, Made by Meg LLC has worked with such high powered clients as http://Citysearch.com, Absolut Vodka and the Supper Club. She also catered for clients such as the Jonas Brothers, The Kings of Leon, Jaime Pressley, Iron Chef Michael Symon of the Food Network and more after training at Pasadena’s Le Cordon Bleu.
Free with limited seating
8777 W Washington Blvd
Culver City 90230
REBECCA MOLAYEM GALLERY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW
This event offers a special presentation work by Cuban artist Rey Alfonso and Rebecca Molayem’s latest work. The reception will include live music, cocktails and beautiful art. Hopefully, there will be some mojitos on hand.
Rebecca Molayem Gallery
306 Robertson Blvd
DEVIL’S NIGHT DRIVE-IN PRESENTS “DONNIE DARKO”
This Downtown L.A. retro drive-in features classic car hop service, an AstroTurf lounging area for walk-ins and a BYOB policy while you catch Richard Kelly’s 2001 cult teen fantasy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
Devil’s Night Drive-In
240 W. 4th St.
Los Angeles 90013
EDAN’S ECHO PARTY
In celebration of the release of his latest album, “Echo Party”, MC/DJ Edan — hip-hop sonic art specialist spins and also presents the L.A. premiere of the film “Echo Party,” the half-hour for this music-flick mix.
Cine Family @ The Silent Movie Theatre
611 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles 90036
Collect wild mushrooms during a screening of mushroom-themed Japanese horror films and tastings of mushroom flavored frozen yogurt. You can even venture into the woods to collect specimens, slime mold racing, mushroom growing and cooking classes. Learn more from mushroom and mold expert Bob Cummings of Santa Barbara City College and even bring in your own fungis! Sounds gross yet fun.
1200 N. Alvarado St., Ste. D
Los Angeles 90026
SUNDAY, JANUARY 17th
Learn about Lincoln’s significant role in defining American freedom and equality and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s similar work. Explore how the art is used to explore race and freedom in this country. Panelists include: Andy Anderson, chief historian-Wells Fargo & Co.; actor Richard Dreyfuss; entrepreneur/motivational speaker Stedman Graham (moderator); Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and others.
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
The Music Center
135 No Grand Ave
Technology is filling our landfills as 56% of American households have functional e-products not being used and only 10% of e-waste is currently being properly dismantled or recycled. Frighteningly, 70% of heavy metals, 40% of lead and mercury contents found in today’s landfills come from e-waste. Do your part to dispose of these objects properly! This gratis e-waste event benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
8:30am-3:30pm13012 Saticoy St # 4,
North Hollywood 91605
MONDAY, JANUARY 18th
The parade travels west on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd to Crenshaw Blvd, south on Crenshaw Blvd to Vernon Ave with a festival at Leimert Park.
Martin Luther King Blvd and Western Ave
NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE
In 1994, the Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and a “day on, not a day off.” Uphold Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community” and make your contribution.
LACMA FOR FREE
Thanks to the Free Target Holidays, you can tour galleries, gardens, the Urban Light sculpture and more gratis while listening to Sadubas’ blend on the turntables and tabla that incorporates North Indian music. The troupe Taal Dance Collective accompanies them at 12:30 and 2:45pm. Sounds like fun!
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles 90036-4597
Join the AMF’s Bowling E-Club and bowl for free. They’ll even send you a birthday gift and other incentives.
FREE SKI LIFT TICKET ON YOUR BIRTHDAY!
Calling all Capricorns, Aquarians and Pisces: with a valid ID, go to the resort ticket office of the resorts listed below and enjoy free skiing, snowboarding, rides, ski-lift ticket, night skiing and more
GIVE A DAY (VOLUNTEERING), GET A (FREE) DISNEY DAY
Contribute to the community AND get something material back in return. How rare is that?! Give a day to a Disney approved charity and you’ll get a pass to get into Disneyland or Disney World. They hope to inspire one million people to volunteer a day of service with this incentive. There will only be tickets given to the first million volunteers who participate so don’t procrastinate if interested. Get your friends, family, organizations and others to participate so you can all attend together for free.
GRATIS HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES
Something you may have always wanted to try but never did – a hot air balloon ride! This time around, it’s green too. Check out the OC skyline from 500 feet up. There will be thirty people on each ride, it’s handicap accessible, registration is 15 minutes before flights and sign a waiver to participate. http://www.ocgp.org/visit/hours-directions/
Wow! I love Coldplay. They’re offering 14 songs from their “Left Right Left Right Left” album for free at the link below.
FOOD BANK RESOURCES
If you or anyone you know needs free food due to a lack of funds, check out the links below. There’s no reason anyone should be homeless or starving anywhere, nevertheless in a wealthy country like the US!
RESTAURANT.COM GIFT CERTIFICATE VOUCHER CODE
Every few days this unique site does an amazing sale. Until Tuesday, January 19th if you use the word INDULGE in the checkout area, you can get 80% off the already dirt cheap gift certificates! Here’s how their site benefits over 5 million customers: find the restaurant you want to eat at and gift certificates of multiple denominations. Normally a $25 gift certificate that requires a minimum $35 purchase (+ 18% gratuity on the total bill) for 2 people sells for $10. Well, if they’re having an 80% off sale that voucher comes out to only $2! Spend $2 and get $25 off of your $35 check. This is totally legitimate and restaurants are usually quite appreciative for the new business.
ICESKATING IN SANTA MONICA
Possibly only in LA can you iceskate and hit th beach within minutes and that’s what we love about this unique city. After you fall on your bum a few times, take your admission bracelet to select LA or OC Starbucks for a free tall hot beverage.
$10 covers entry and skate rental
Until January 31st from 10am-10pm
Santa Monica Outdoor Iceskating Rink
1324 5th St. and Arizona Ave.
DOWNTOWN ON ICE:::: ICESKATING @ PERSHING SQUARE
Enjoy one LA’s rare wintery gems where you can check out the LA skyline while you fall on your bum.
Daily thru January 18
One hour sessions: $6 Skate rental: $2
530 South Olive Street
Los Angeles 90013
ICEKATING AT THE W HOTEL
Check out to the rink at the W Hotel, on the faux-ice under the sunshine. Taste the spiked pumpkin lattes, spiked hot chocolates, smores or grilled cheese panninis.
Monday-Friday, 3-10pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-10pm
W Hotel – Westwood
930 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles 90024