This may come as a shock to most, but there's more going on this week than this evening's election. Yes, tonight is indeed an important night in American history, but that doesn't mean the other six days should be neglected. In addition to your living room couch to watch presidential coverage, we've also mapped out an itinerary of events that'll make any Angeleno swoon. Take for example Molly Ringwald's wacky appearance or the eccentric exhibit opening up on Sunset. Either way, get out there and vote — then take care of your other civic duties, like planning a baller Thursday night!
No Election Night Plans? No Problem!
First things first: If you haven't submitted your ballot already (and you're eligible to vote!), do so ASAP! Once you've done that, head on over the Hammer Museum for the an election viewing party that will be worlds more entertaining than sitting on your couch with CNN. The free event will screen the results within the Billy Wilder Theater, and in Ammo, the museum’s new cafe. Post-win (or loss, depending on who you're rooting for!), go ahead and take in Jonathan Horowitz’s installation, Your Land / My Land: Election ’12, which features monitors of both MSNBC and Fox News.
When: Tuesday, November 6, 6 p.m.
Where: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard (at Westwood Boulevard); 310-443-7000.
Read Our Lips: This Literary Death Match Is A Must-Hit
There's no one on this planet quite like Molly Ringwald. We've been known to put everything on pause (including Saturday night plans), if Pretty in Pink or Breakfast Club is playing on TV. So, you know we're not missing the upcoming Literary Death Match on Wednesday night, where Ringwald will be judging the entire event. Four authors will read their work for the panel of three judges, and only two will continue to the finals. Which, by the way, is a competition that will take true literary talent (and a good eye for catching cupcakes), to win.
When: Wednesday, November 7, 7 p.m.
Where: Busby's East, 5364 Wilshire Boulevard (between South Cloverdale Avenue and South Detroit Street); 323-525-2615.
Strap On Those Bowling Shoes For A Good Cause
One of our fave late-night haunts has teamed up with L.A.-based record label Manimal Vinyl and charity Movember for a month-long series that will change the way you think about Thursday nights. Hosted at the Spare Room, this week's event will feature performances by The Child and DJ Justin Warfield, while guests sip on speciality cocktails, bowl a few matches, and play intense rounds of Jenga. And, as if you needed another reason to start your weekend early, the party comes with zero entrance fee! But, donations will be collected at the door for an organization that's all about raising prostate health awareness. Be warned, we're Spare Room regulars and pros at nailing those pins!
When: Thursday, November 8, 8 p.m.
Where: The Spare Room, 7000 Hollywood Boulevard (near North Highland Avenue); 323-769-7296.
Sunset Just Got A Whole Lot More Colorful
Between the oversized pinwheels and the knitted sculptures, Jim Drain's work is always a sight to be seen. Hence, this Saturday night, we'll be celebrating his first L.A. exhibit, Drain Expressions, at PRISM gallery. We're excited to find out what the artist has up his colorful sleeve this time! And, if you can't make it to the opening, feel free to swing by the exhibit anytime before January 5.
When: Saturday, November 10, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: PRISM, 8746 West Sunset Boulevard (at Sherbourne Drive); 310-289-1301.
Stop By This Sale, And You May Spot A Celeb!
Sometimes, the fashion gods give us something to really smile about — and that something is the Laurence School's annual holiday wholesale boutique. We love nothing more than kicking off our holiday shopping with a visit to the event, hosted by Wendy Brokaw Kretchmer at the CBS lots. This year, brands like Nola Singer, Michael Stars, Drybar, and many more will be on hand to share their latest merch. And get this: 20% of the proceeds go directly to the school where Hollywood stars send their wee ones. This sale is definitely worth skipping that Sunday brunch for!
When: Sunday, November 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: CBS Radford Studio, 4024 Radford Street (near Hoffman Street); 818-655-5000.
Photos: Via: PRISM, Nola Singer, Literary Death Match, the Hammer Museum