The Weekend Go Go: Odd Nights, Almost Famous 15th Anni, MAINopoly, Mocktails!

Oddity at the Autry
Oddity at the Autry

Staycationing this weekend?

Start with cocktails, end with mocktails and play foodie Monopoly and be a Band Aid in between.

Yeah, you know how to kick off summer….

Park Your Horse

Fans of flea markets, full bars and equine arrivals…your Friday night is here.

Phillip Dane, maven of flea markets from Melrose, DTLA and Dodger Stadium, is kicking off summer with his newest endeavor: Odd Nights at the Autry.

In addition to a bazaar with 200+ curated DIY/Etsy-esque vendors, the FREE bash, which will take place every third Friday at the museum’s Griffith Park campus, features 20+ food trucks to cater your family outing  or date night picnic on the South Lawn.  A beer and wine garden, cocktail lounges, and a full bar fuel your under-the-stars dance party to live local bands such as Backyard Hooligans.

Parking is also FREE whether you arrive in a Honda or on a horse.

That’s right.  Horse parking is available.

Just make sure Mr. Ed is a certified service animal designated driver.

ODD NIGHTS AT THE AUTRY — Fri, May 22; 6 – 11pm.  FREE/all agesThe Autry in Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, LA  90027.  More info HERE.

15 years with the band...
Not groupies…Band Aids.

15 Years with the Band

Don’t ditch Friday night’s directions….

The Autry in Griffith Park is also Saturday night’s destination of choice when outdoor cinema org Eat|See|Hear 2015 presents Almost Famous.

Hey, that kind of describes you too….

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Cameron Crowe’s iconic coming-of-age-with-a-rock-band movie screens on the Autry’s South Lawn. Live music from Dark Furs echoes the “I’m with the band” theme.

A noteworthy perk at Eat|See|Hear outdoor screenings — voted “Best in LA”  by Los Angeles Magazine — is the “Fashionably Late Great” option: premium, online-only, presale tickets for perennially tardy Angelenos and/or cinephiles who want the best seat in the house (er, on the lawn).  Canine pals are welcome…and welcomed with a dog biscuit at the door and water bowls everywhere.

There’s food and drink for humans too.

On-hand food trucks offer fare to the famished: especially reassuring to those who bike in. There’s FREE parking for all across the street at the L.A. Zoo.

This Saturday, we’re all with the band.

EAT|SEE|HEAR PRESENTS ALMOST FAMOUS — Sat, May 23, 5:30 – 11pm. $8 – $20/All agesThe Autry at Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, LA 90027. Tix and more info HERE.

Dibs on the Scotty dog marker....
Dibs on the Scottie dog marker….

Dust Off Your Spats

Pass Go…collect delish not dollars.

That’s the premise of the 2nd annual MAINopoly: A Taste of Main Street: Sunday’s benefit for Summer Soulstice and Heal the Bay.

Instead of empire-building, use your Monopoly money to get food and drink samples and specials at 20+ Main Street restaurants including Areal where you’ll check in for your MAINopoly wristband.

Visit all the participating restos between Pier Avenue and Strand Street for a chance to win a Taste of Main prize then head to the Official MAINopoly After Party.

Opt for the VIP ticket and in addition to MAINopoly moolah for Main Street food, you can go directly to the “Go To Jail” VIP Lounge sponsored by Shock Top where you’ll enjoy hosted beer and food, games, a photo booth and more.

Speaking of photo booths…patriotic duds and Monopoly-inspired costumes are encouraged.

You knew that monocle would come in handy….

MAINOPOLY – TASTE OF MAIN STREET — Sun, May 24, 3-8pm. $25 – $50/all ages — Check in at: AREAL 2820 Main St, Santa Monica 90405.  Tix & more info HERE.

"72 Virgins"...Mocktails for the rest of us! (Photo courtesy of 72 Virgins)
Blackberry Mule (Layered) Mocktail from the 72 Virgins Bel Air workshop.  (Photo courtesy of 72 Virgins)

A Toast to Mocktails!

Whether you over-indulged during the long weekend, don’t indulge in alcohol at all, are a liquid gourmand, or just want something fresh and clean for bikini season, check out the 72 Virgins Mocktail Party this Monday.

The party is the culmination of a four week workshop during which attendees learned how to create hand-crafted mocktails with complex flavors using bar tools, fresh ingredients…and no alcohol.

Supervising producer Saba Mirza, a Muslim woman who doesn’t drink, was frustrated that her alcohol-free choices in cocktail lounges were often limited to the “virgin mojito or Shirley Temple”.

There will be no Shirley Temples at the Mocktail Party.

Guests will: sample craft mocktails created by the 72 Virgins participants along with palate-cleansing light bites; enjoy a mixology demo highlighting the “molecular gastronomy” of handcrafted mocktails and the unique challenge of creating a sophisticated libation without alcohol; and listen to roots musician Melanie Odell on the tree-sheltered patio of the Silverlake JCC.

Mirza and Jewish co-event producer Howard Seth Cohen created 72 Virgins with a grant from NewGround, a community-building organization that promotes dialogue between Muslims and Jews.

One sip of these delish mocktails and you’ll have plenty to talk about….

72 VIRGINS MOCKTAIL PARTY — Mon, May 25, 6-8pm. $20 presale/$25 atdSilverlake Independent Jewish Community Center, 1110 Bates Ave, LA 90029. Tix available through Bootleg Theatre website HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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