Woo hoo! Holiday weekend! I’m gonna do that Barnsdall Swingers event and the Vincent Thomas Bridge run. What are you kids up to?
Saturday, September 5
Los Pobladores: History Walk to Los Angeles 2009
I’ve always wanted to do this historical walk and retrace the steps of those who founded our city back in 1781. It’s #88 on my 100 bucket list! The route is about 9 miles and will take about three hours complete but it’s downhill and ends at Olvera Street where everyone will celebrate with some traditional dancing, a birthday cake for L.A.’s 228th birthday and of course a pinata.
- 6am. San Gabriel Mission, 416 S Mission Drive, San Gabriel (map). Info: (213) 628-1274.
REI’s Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing
Learn something fun and new this weekend. Rock climbing! I did it once with some friends at Stoney Point in Chatsworth and it’s so much fun. Now if you don’t have experienced rock climber friends, REI has these intro classes where not only will they outfit you with the necessary gear but you’ll learn fundamental skills like belaying and crack climbing technique. Before you know it you’ll be itching to try Yosemite! Advance sign-up is required so call (310) 727-0728.
- 7am-1pm. $90 members, $110 non-members. REI, Manhattan Beach, 1800 Rosecrans Ave Ste E, Manhattan Beach (map). (310) 727-0728.
FYF Fest 2009
This year’s FYF Fest, formally known as the F Yeah Fest (wait, what does “FYF” stand for?), hosts Black Lips, Crystal Antlers and Lighting Bolt, among a slew of others. Rock out all day for a good cause: Save our state parks! And if you’re still raring to go, there’s an after party with a secret FYF Fest headliner performing at the Mountain Bar in Chinatown. RSVP here.
- 1pm-12am. $20. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N Spring Street, Los Angeles (map).
Sunday, September 6
Paul F. Tompkins presents Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
Comedian Paul F. Tompkins (Mr. Show, The Sarah Silverman Program) is awesome. That’s all there is to it. And the fact that he’s going to present Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure at the Silent Movie Theatre, well, why wouldn’t you go? Says Paul, “The movie is funny and silly and inventive and old-fashioned, yes, but overall it seems to revel in the pure joy of comedy. It’s as if the movie is saying, ‘What’s better than laughing?'”
- 8-11pm. $14. Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles (map).
Cemetery Screening: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Aww, my fave John Hughes movie of all time. What kid didn’t want to be Ferris? He was so charismatic, and talk about being born under a lucky star. Break out your picnic of pizza from “Chez Quis” and some cola (and whiskey) and enjoy this tale of the best sick day in history. A great back-to-school movie. Oh wait, I don’t have to go to back to school. HA-ha!
- Gates open at 7pm. $10. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles (map).
Monday, September 7
KCRW Launches 24-Hour Music Channel, Eclectic24
Ever wish that KCRW played only songs? They do have an awesome music director and DJs. Well, on Labor Day, the renowned station launches Eclectic24, a new, online, all-music channel that blends the tastes of all the KCRW DJs and streams it 24/7. It’s also a channel on the KCRW iPhone app. Yay!