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BGG Weekender: Chocolate & Art, Secrets & Truth, and Puppies & Kittens (PHOTOS)

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While we are normally happy to have left the terrible haircuts, awkward encounters with boys, and bad skin of our youth in the past, the summer is certainly not one of those times. How is it fair that teenagers and college kids--with their boundless energy--get three whole months off, whereas we working stiffs get little more than a three-day weekend here and there?

Our only options for coping, clearly, are (A) moving to France or (B) making the very most possible of each and every weekend. Since our knowledge of French is about as extensive as our knowledge of Swahili (i.e., nonexistent), it looks like we'll have to settle on the latter option for now. With all of LA's best vintage boutiques to explore, the School of Style happening downtown, and more, we really don't have too much to complain about as far as this weekend is concerned!

Keep reading for the Music & Art Crawl, a K-Pop dance party, and a Grease sing-a-long...

Friday

If you work on the east side, you've got some fun lunchtime options. Grab a bite at MessHall, which just started serving weekday lunch (and daytime cocktails…if you are so inclined), or swing by California Plaza for a free concert by Las Cafeteras

After work, swing by Dance Downtown: K-Pop to show off your “Gangnam Style” moves, or check out opening night of the Chocolate & Art Show, which includes live music, face and body painting, free nail art and henna tattoos, live portraits, and free chocolate. After, you might want to swing over to Pico & Doheny for CBFreeLA Presents: Blackout, which promises a vibrant world of music, fashion, art, dance, comedy, and poetry. 

If you’d rather stay west, Le Fashion Truck is making their monthly stop at the W in Westwood. Pick up cute clothes by indie designers along with free passes to an advanced screening of Kristen Wiig's new movie Girl Most Likey. After, enjoy a 7:30 p.m. screening of Back to the Future on the 3rd Street Promenade, and then walk to Taberna Arros y Vi, the new restaurant by the Lazy Ox Canteen guys, to stuff yourself with paella and sangria. 

Another option tonight includes Into the Night: Secrets and Truth, an after-dark party featuring a new art performance by Gary Baseman and choreographer Sarah Elgart, live bands Hunter Hunted and Harriet, special exhibition tours, art making, signature cocktails, and more. We’re also rather intrigued by the Bitches & Wine July Mixer happening in Torrance tonight. We have a feeling we would fit right in! 

If music’s your thing (or if you’re seeking a loud venue to avoid having to converse with your date tonight), we’ve got you covered: Portugal.The Man and Avi Buffalo at The Wiltern; FIGat7th Downtown Festival Presents: Akron/Family, Peaking Lights, and Lonnie Holley; Shugo Tokumaru and Tara Jane O’Neil at The Echo; The Psychedelic Furs at the House of Blues in Anaheim; The Melodic and Song Preservation Society at McCabe's Guitar Shop; and Lola, Topher Mohr, and Andrée Belle at El Cid. 

Saturday

We intend to start Saturday off with a little retail therapy care of What Goes Around Comes Around's big sale. We will most certainly wake up with a smile at the thought of 50% off the store's namesake collection, 10% off vintage Chanel, and 20% off vintage items. After, we just might have to adopt a kitten at the Larchmont Village adoption event. Might as well embrace the fact that we are going to die alone with forty cats, right? If you’d rather eat an animal than save an animal (for shame!), head to Echo Park Lake for Bacon and Hot Dogs, which promises deliciousness for $5. 

If you’re on the west side, start your morning at DK's Donuts, which is recreating NY's famous cronuts. Or, save your appetite for the Cookie-tastic Tasting that’s happening at 2 p.m. in Culver City. 

Whether you’ve stuffed your face with bacon, cronuts, or cookies, you might start feeling like it’s time to take better care of yourself. You’re in luck, because the South Bay’s first annual Health and Fitness expo is happening this evening, and the Ageless Acupuncture & Wellness Center (they had us at “ageless”) is offering a free medicine cabinet makeover class in Long Beach. While you're in the South Bay, grab a bite of global cuisine at the new Doma Kitchen

Back in west LA, we recommend catching an outdoor screening of Elf (via Eat See Hear) or checking out Saturdays off the 405 at The Getty. Those who are especially classy might want to partake in the Taste of Summer wine-tasting benefit in Beverly Hills (though we won't be joining you--tix are $75). 

Further east, the Music & Art Crawl is happening downtown, featuring local vendors, artists, bands, and DJs. If, quite frankly, you’d rather be belting out “Summer Love” at the top of your lungs, you’ll have the time of your life at the Hollywood Bowl’s Grease Sing-A-Long, wherein the film will be projected on a giant screen and hundreds of people will prove that they literally know every single lyric in the entire movie. 

Other (sing-a-long-free) films showing tonight include The Princess Bride at the Electric Dusk Drive-In, Scream at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz care of Street Food Cinema. 

Or, opt to enjoy one of the following concerts: Blitzen Trapper at the Soho Restaurant & Music Club (if you feel like a road trip up to Santa Barbara); Seu Jorge at The Fonda Theatre; Anamanaguchi, Kitty Pryde, Ratchet Set, and DJ Niki Takesh at Los Globos; Barbara Morrison's CD release party at Catalina Bar and Grill; or The Psychedelic Furs and Badwater at Pershing Square.

Sunday

As per usual, we plan to start our Sunday morning with 11 a.m. rooftop yoga at the L’Ermitage in Beverly Hills. However, if you need a major overhaul and a little yoga class just isn’t going to cut it, head to the Go Natural Fair to heal your mind, body, and soul at the Komyo Wellness Center in Redondo Beach. 

If it’s your love life that really needs some help, make sure to register for Love Camp before 1 p.m. today. Love Camp is described as a “getaway curated to empower the lonely and the brokenhearted to seek solace in nature and to inspire them to find their life's purpose.” Sound like something you could use? Us. Too.   

Later today, we recommend stopping by the Doggie Street Festival at the Westfield Century City Mall to make some new BFFs (“best furry friends”), or heading to the Poketo Store downtown for the launch party of the Hot Knives’ new book, Lust for Leaf. There will be a demonstration on how to make "booze holes” (oh yes), and vegan baker Clara Cake will be on hand doling out vegan goodies. Later, you active types can participate in Salsa Sundays at Pershing Square. We’ll watch!

Looking for a show to bring this weekend to a close? You’ve got plenty to choose from: Rodrigo y Gabriela and DeVotchKa at Hollywood Bowl; The Go-Go's at the Pacific Amphitheatre; J Mascis at Amoeba Music; IHC Sunday with Salva, Riff Raff, and Stevie Be at Drai's Hollywood; Mirror Talk, Glow Marrow, and Sami at The Satellite; and a free show by Steppe People, VUM, and Wendigo at Burger Records.

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