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This week our HiddenLA soiree will be held at the ever-so-nautically-themed HMS Bounty on Wilshire! Ramon has been at the Bounty for over 40 years and especially in this crazy economy he’s looking very forward to our visit… so let’s be on our best behavior and PACK the joint! Where else in town can you sip cheap cocktails and munch on fried food while lounging in red leather booths bearing the names of impressive regulars from a long ago era… customers like Winston Churchill, William Randolph Hearst and Jack Webb? Nowhere else, that’s where!
Parking and historical information about the HMS Bounty after the jump.
With this site going from 3,000 Facebook fans to now over 100,000 in a matter of days… I can honestly say I’ve never felt so much Valentine’s Day love flowing through this city my life. It suddenly hit me this morning… OUR HIDDEN LOS ANGELES FRIENDS COULDN’T FIT IN THE ROSE BOWL. Yeah, that was about when I had a nervous breakdown, and wished I would get off my butt to get all of you to give me a dollar. :)
Anyhoo, in honor of Valentine’s Day and as a very sincere thank you to our local fans in particular for their support, the very fabulous Vincent at the (very hidden!) Bluebird Cafe in Culver City has kindly offered to help us spread a little love your way. During the rest of February, if you walk into the Bluebird Cafe and tell Vincent that HiddenLA sent you, he’ll give you a free cupcake. Naturally I hope you’ll stay and have other food and maybe a glass of wine or something, but either way. Free cupcake. From us. Try the red velvet.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Los Angeles!!! WE LOVE YOU! :D
We’ve already flashed back to the daily operations of the old P&E streetcars a few times. The Red Cars famously transported Angelenos through their lives for sixty years (the story behind why they disappeared is kinda similar to what they told you in Roger Rabbit)… but little did I know one could still be ridden! A big thanks to reader Pedrogirl for bringing it to my attention that every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am until 6pm, a replica streetcar runs a 1.5 mile route from the Port of Los Angeles’ cruise ship terminal to other attractions along the San Pedro waterfront. Since it seems I’m not the only local who doesn’t know about this, it’s mostly ridden by visitors. But if you’re looking for something fun and cheap to do some weekend, the fare is only one dollar (children 6 and under free). The fare is collected on board the cars and not only is your ticket good all day for unlimited rides, it’s also valid for the bus shuttle connecting to Cabrillo Beach. (more…)
CHILL, your new boozy skating rink @ W Hotel Westwood, 930 Hilgard Avenue (310-208-8765), 21 and up.
Hours: Starting Sunday, ongoing through the winter. Mon-Fri, 3-10pm; Sat-Sun 10am -10pm
Cost: Bring your own skates and your figure eights will be FREE. Skate rental isn’t, it’s $10. The alcoholic drinks won’t be free either.
Details: “The W Hotel Westwood has created the winter wonderland our town sorely lacks, transforming its grounds into a simulated snow extravaganza complete with hybrid-ice skating rink and holiday-styled cabanas.” Woo hoo! I can’t skate, but I can definitely drink spiked pumpkin lattes with the best of ‘em.
Thanks to the great weather, there’s nothing more Southern Californian than going to outdoor movie screenings in the summer. The last Hollywood Forever screening is tonight (Rosemary’s Baby!!! Yikes!) and this Friday in Little Tokyo there will be a final FREE screening of Space Battleship Yamato. You might need a few more blankets, but enjoy an evening outdoors while you still can!
WHAT: Film on the Plaza: Space Battleship Yamato
WHEN: Friday, September 25, 7:30pm
WHERE: Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S San Pedro St, Little Tokyo
DETAILS: A free, family-friendly outdoor screening of an old Japanese cartoon called “Space Battleship Yamato”, aka “Star Blazers.
• Live DJ sets by Akaider.
• $3 beer
• Franken’s Vegan Hot Dogs, FISHLIPS Sushi and other Vendors
• Door Prizes
This outdoor screening features the Japanese anime classic Battleship Yamato aka Star Blazers (1979). Bring a blanket, bring a basket, bring friends, and delay the end of Summer in the heart of Little Tokyo.
Park[ing] Day LA hits the streets of Los Angeles on Friday, September 18th, as artists, designers and activists throughout the city step up to the curb, put a quarter in the meter, and proceed to transform curbside metered parking spots into temporary public parks, joining a national effort to highlight the need for more open space in our cities. Last year there were over 70 parks spread across Los Angeles, built and hosted by community activists, architectural and design firms, advocacy groups and neighborhood councils. Dancing will often be involved as well. To view a map of this year’s locations or add your own, click here.
As of September 1st Walgreens and CVS pharmacies are offering FREEEEE flu shots to anyone who is unemployed and looking for a job. So hurry up and pull out those want ads, people!
Go to their web site or call 1-888-FLU-SHOT for details.
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Low on cash but need something new to read?
Rather spend $$$ on a delicious taco?
WHAT: Book Soup BOOK SWAP, sponsored by GoodReads and featuring the Kogi truck
WHEN: Saturday, August 15th, 1-4pm
WHERE: Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Boulevard
DETAILS: Here’s the scoop… you know how you have a bunch of books lying around that you’ll never read again? They’re just taking up space and getting dusty, so gather them up and take them over to Book Soup. Other people will do the same thing. There’s a good chance *they* might want some of your books and *you* might want some of theirs. Let the swapping begin. The Kogi Taco truck will be on hand too – so you can get a head start on reading your new books as you wait in a long line to eat some tasty spicy pork sliders! YUM.