This Weekend: Free Ice Cream, Fairey and Festivals

— by Caroline on Crack

If you can’t make it to the big Fred Segal sale or the American Wine & Food Festival this weekend, maybe I’ll see you at one of the following instead.

Thursday, September 25

World’s Largest Ice Cream Social and Free Coldstone Ice Cream
In celebration of the 7th Annual World’s Largest Ice Cream Social participating Cold Stone Creamery locations nationwide will be giving out free 3-ounce servings of special Make-A-Wish Foundation flavors. The Jack’s Creation is marshmallow ice cream with Oreo cookies, chocolate chips and fudge while Emily’s Creation is Nutter Butter ice cream with white chocolate chips, Kit Kat and yellow cake. All donations will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

  • 5-8pm. Participating Coldstone Creamery locations.

Friday, September 26

Found Footage Festival at the M Bar
Ever wonder what happens to those old family movies your dad sold at the garage sale or that your grandparents threw out? You may find out at the Found Footage Festival which is a screening of all those forsaken family gems which were discovered in thrift stores, dumpsters and yard sales throughout the country. Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher (The Onion, The Late Show with David Letterman) will curate the evening with hilarious commentary. After you book your tickets online, you still have to call to make reservations, which are required. Call (323) 856-0036.

  • 10pm and 11:59pm. $16.37 (with service fee). M Bar, 1253 Vine Street, Los Angeles (map).

Saturday, September 27

Shepard Fairey Booksigning at La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Hot contemporary artist Shepard Fairey will be signing copies of his new, politically charged monograph book, E Pluribus Venom ($29.95) at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. The book’s title means “Out of many, poison is derived” and the works featured question the symbols and methods of the American machine and American Dream. Fairey is also the same guy who created that cool Hope Obama sticker.

  • 4-6pm. La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood (map). (323) 666-7667.

Bruce McCullough at Steve Allen Theater
OK, to be frank Brucio was my least favorite Kid in the Hall, but he has a lot of funny friends! He’ll be performing for four nights with rotating special guests like Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Bob Odenkirk AND my fave Kids Scott Thompson and Kevin MacDonald! All that funny for only 10 bucks!

  • Saturdays at 9pm. $10. Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles (map). (323) 666-9797.

Sunday, September 28

2008 Abbot Kinney Festival
Enjoy a lovely green Sunday in the artsy section of Venice during the Abbot Kinney Festival. There will be three stages with live music, 350 arts and crafts booths and a green lifestyle area. Check out the gourmet green food court and beer garden, make stuff in one of the sustainable art workshops and test drive an alt-fuel car.

  • 10am-6:30pm. Free. Abbot Kinney Boulevard between Venice to Main Street, Venice (map).

Grand Avenue Festival
For those who don’t feel like trekking all the way to the beach for some good clean fun, stop by the downtown festival which will feature music performances by the LA Phil in Disney Hall and wine tastings at the Dorothy Chandler (tickets required for both free events) as well as art workshops, museum guided tours and of course food galore.

  • 11am-5pm. Free. Grand Avenue between Temple and 5th Street, Downtown (map).