Critical 5 things to do in L.A.: slacking in style, August 31-September 2
Sure this weekend has the word "labor" in it, but those of us in Los Angeles this Labor Day Weekend won't be doing any real laboring. Instead, we'll be spending our time slacking off from work and enjoying all the L.A. events that celebrate this great excuse to get out of the office and into town.
Slacker Week at New Beverly Cinema
There's no better way to slack off this Labor Day than by attending The New Beverly Cinema's Slacker Week. This Friday they'll be showing the movies that epitomize the lackadaisical lifestyle. Their double feature kicks off at 7:30 with Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and follows it up with Our Idiot Brother at 9:20. Sean Penn kicking his feet up and ordering a pizza to class is a timeless movie moment that deserves to be seen on the big screen.
Street Food Cinema in San Pedro
This dog-friendly event combines the best of all types of festivals. This Saturday the Street Food Cinema in San Pedro will be hosting a variety of musicians, food, and movies -- all outdoors. The highlights this weekend are a showing of the ridiculous racing flick, Talladega Nights and the treats from the After School Food Truck, which puts a chef's spin on mom's classics.
The Taste from The L.A. Times
If you're feeling like making the trek out to San Pedro is just too much work, not to worry, there's a slew of great food to be tasted in the heart of L.A. at The Taste. This three day culinary carnival takes place at the Paramount Pictures Studios. Starting on Saturday, those attending will be able to choose from cocktail expos, picnics, and other foodie events hosted by the likes of Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold and Susan Feniger (STREET, Top Chef Masters). This veritable who's who of gastronomic giants is not to be missed.
Musicians, comedians, and all types of food will invade the L.A. Historic Park in Downtown this weekend. Though FYF Fest is generally known as music festival that hosts bands like Refused and M83, don't underestimate this year's featured comedians like David Cross. The festival will also showcase cool clothing companies like Chilli Beans that have brought their hipster chic sunglasses to L.A.'s stores all the way from Brazil. Relax and enjoy this weekend long fusion of music, laughter and style.
Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival 2012
If you feel as though you've indulged yourself too much with all this weekend's food and music, head over to Griffith Park's free Shakespeare Festival for some much needed mental stimulation. This festival, which usually draws in about 30,000 people throughout its 10-week run, will be doing its final performances this weekend. Starting on Thursday and going through Sunday, this is your last chance to see The Bard's masterpieces like A Midsummer Night's Dream outside in L.A.