02/01/2013 09:39 am ET Updated Apr 03, 2013

BGG Weekender: A Taco Crawl, Vintage Treasures, and Football's Big Day (PHOTOS)

So, suffice it to say that we started 2013 with a collective bang. It already feels like six months have passed since the ball dropped, what with the epic, voracious flu that's still circulating, weird Catfish-esque dead girlfriend scandals, presidential inaugurations, dodging of fiscal cliffs, etc.

The pure chaos of the last month almost makes us want to go into hibernation until spring (which, by the way might "start" this Saturday depending on what a giant rodent sees or doesn't see). Then again, there's way too much going on to hide at home all weekend.

So, we're marching on -- and into February. Care to join us?

Keep reading for vintage gems to mine from the racks, a famous bass player to meet, and more than a few Super Bowl parties to graze.


Kick off the weekend at the beach by taking a leisurely and complimentary-beverage-riddled stroll around Venice for Abbot Kinney First Fridays. But, don't linger there too long, because at 7:30 p.m. you'll want to be in West Hollywood to catch Joy Division bassist Peter Hook as he reads from his new (second) book of memoirs, Unknown Pleasures, at Book Soup.

It's the last night of dineLA, folks, so if you haven't already, definitely take advantage of all the awesome deals for dinner in your area. If you're sticking to the west side for the night, get to Royce Hall after you eat for a performance by Grammy-winning Malian singer and guitarist Vieux Forka Touré, who's got L.A.'s own Fools Gold opening for him. If you're looking to spend your night a little farther east, skip the dineLA festivities and join in on the Great Highland Park Taco Crawl, which promises lots of local flavor and a nightcap at The York.


Start your morning early with breakfast sammies and -- if you insist -- $5 drinks at M Street Cafe in Santa Monica. Once you've had your fill, head over to the Vintage Expo at the Civic Center to stock up on some of the best gently worn clothes in town.

Later, head downtown for Printed Matter's L.A. Art Book Fair, which is free and open to the public. If hours of perusing art books, art catalogs, periodicals, and zines gets your appetite going, pretend it's at all cold outside and indulge in some hearty, cozy fare at Maccheroni Republic. Sort of strange moniker notwithstanding, we were recently won over by this Downtown staple.

After you're full of gloriously carb-y Italian food, roll yourself over to the Downtown Independent Theater for a double bill and drink-a-long featuring What About Bob and Groundhog Day. Both movies are, by nature, crazy repetitive, so be ready to call yourself a cab home.


Are you ready for some football?! If not, here's what we think you should do. First, get yourself to Machine Project in Echo Park for a Mind Reading Workshop. We kid you not.

If you're in a "can't beat 'em, join 'em" mood (or if you legitimately enjoy football; good for you), there are a host of local venues that want to shower you with Super Sunday deals. In Westwood, Napa Valley Grille will have their happy hour menu in full swing in addition to a special 25-cent wing and $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon deal. Farther east in West Hollywood, Rock & Reilly's "Stupor Bowl" starts early (11:30 a.m.) with group party platter deals and a bingo game that could result in free drinks and gift cards. Downtown, The Parish is offering a $40 prix fixe menu including 20 wings, a growler of ale, pork rinds, and fried olives in addition to several really delicious-sounding "tailgate sandwiches." Finally, the JW Marriott will offer the biggest bang-for-your-buck deal we've seen. For $25, guests will enjoy a fancy-pants, all-you-can-eat buffet; team-inspired cocktails and drink specials; and a DJ who will continue the party long after the clock runs out.

After such a busy weekend, it's only natural to feel as beat up as the Ravens probably will, so put down your red cups, set aside your pom poms, and collapse into bed for some much-deserved rest and relaxation.