This Weekend: But, I'm Not Ready To Say Good-Bye

— by Caroline on Crack

Awww, the last weekend of the summer. Whether you spend it running the Nike + Human Race 10K or just hitting as many end-of-summer pool parties and barbecues as possible, I hope you have a good one. As for me, this might finally be the weekend I get that Vespa. I know!

Friday, August 29

Buy Your Tickets to Jon Favreau’s Live Commentary of Iron Man
This is the coolest thing I’ve ever heard: Jon Favreau, the director of Iron Man, will be doing a commentary during a screening of his awesome superhero movie at the Aero Theatre. You know, just like they have on DVDs. I love that feature. However, if you’ve never seen this movie before, this is probably not the best way to see it. “Yo! Down in front! Shut up!” Heh.

  • Tickets $10 for show on September 6.

Last Fridays Off the 405 Ever!
It’s the last one of the season and next year they’ll be moving it from Friday to Saturday, thus no more afterwork celebrations. Ah well. This last one features a moody Cure-esque vibe from Echo Park’s own Monsters Are Waiting and a DJ set from Justin Warfield and Adam 12 of She Wants Revenge.

  • 6-9pm. Free. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles (map).

Saturday, August 30

Grand (Re)Opening of Skylight Books
Independent bookstores rule and one of the great L.A. ones is becoming even greater with its expansion. The Skylight Books annex — where you can find the art, design, music, film/theatre books and magazines — opens this weekend. A party, ribbon-cutting ceremony and even a champagne christening highlights opening day at 3pm. Enjoy a musical performance by Skylight Juice, the bookstore’s own band, as well as discounts and refreshments.

  • 3pm. 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles (map). (323) 660-1175.

F Yeah Fest 5
I was gonna say go to this event cuz it’s cool but now I’ll just say go to this event to support the promoters who recently got a horrible beatdown by the Hollywood Bowl security. Eesh. And besides that, at the Echo and Echoplex, for only $16-$17, you’ll get to enjoy 30 bands each day, like No Age, Crystal Antlers, Ladyhawk and more.

  • Saturday and Sunday at 4pm. $16 advance/$17 at the door. The Echo, 1822 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles (map). (213) 413-8200.

Monday, September 1

Labor Day Pool Party at the Backyard @ W
It just wouldn’t feel like Labor Day without that requisite pool party. And might as well make it a fancy one at the W where fashionable pool attire is required. Nosh on the special holiday breakfast menu while sipping cocktails. If you’d rather dance than soak in the pool, DJ Marshall Barnes and DJ Politik will provide the tunes. If you don’t make it onto the list for this party, there is always Saturday’s ultra-hip Wet Pool Party at Custom Hotel ($30).

  • 10am-8pm. The Backyard, 930 Hilgard Avenue, Westwood (map). (310) 208-8765. For guest list, email events [at]