Don't panic. We know; it's been a while. It feels like we haven't worked a full week since mid-December. (And, actually, that's more or less true.) But fret not; we assure you that you can make it through the next five days of workplace brutality -- with a little help from yours truly, of course.
As long as you hold up your end of the deal all day -- staring at a gray computer screen, restocking back rooms or getting your nightmare boss' dry cleaning -- we'll make sure that your nights more than make up for all of those potentially squandered days.
This week, we're exploring the other side of the hill, celebrating classic rock and roll, and maybe learning a thing or two about letting go.
We're also planning to meet Jeff Bridges, a.k.a. The Dude, so keep reading if you'd like to join us...
After work (or a little before to beat traffic, if you can swing it), head over the hill. There, you'll reference our handy guide to happy hour in the valley and immediately start to work off that gridlock angst with some discounted beverages and/or bar bites.
For dinner, check out the new Southern comfort food spot Spoonful in Burbank before hitting the brand-new and guaranteed-to-be-intense trivia night at Tony's Darts Away. The event's being put together by Geeks Who Drink, who were responsible for this insane event. It should be interesting, so get there on time (8 p.m.).
Hit Play: The Flaming Lips - A Spoonful Weighs a Ton
See how the hipper-than-thou take their tacos at the new outpost of way-lauded Boyle Heights taqueria Guisados. They've just barely opened in Echo Park, so prepare to dive into the scrum for chiles torreados-hungry hipsters.
Then, head up the street to the Echo for their 27th annual Elvis Birthday Bash, a multi-band concert featuring a number of local "Presley-venerated miscreants." Finally, keep it simple (and close) by grabbing an easy drink across the street at El Prado.
Hit Play: Elvis - Blue Suede Shoes
First of all, congratulate yourself. By Wednesday evening you've already made it halfway through your first full week of work in ages. Celebrate by checking out the brand-spanking-new Oleego restaurant at FIGat7th, a barbeque concept from the Park's BBQ people.
After, go to the Grammy Museum, where vinyl-obsessed author Jeff Gold will put on a multimedia presentation and host a panel discussion prompted by his new book, 101 Essential Rock Records: The Golden Age of Vinyl from the Beatles to the Sex Pistols. Later, do as rock stars do and go find the fashion pack at Pattern Bar.
Hit Play: The Sex Pistols - Holidays in the Sun
We're downtown again Thursday night, so start things off at any number of the area's fantastic happy hours. Then, grab some legendary and delicious ramen noodles at Daikokuya in Little Tokyo (if you can stand the wait), before getting into the real weirdness of the evening.
At 7:30 p.m., you'll want to make it your business to be at the Japanese American Cultural Center for an ALOUD conversation between Jeff Bridges (yes.) and world-renowned Zen teacher Bernie Glassman. The two will be discussing their book, The Dude and the Zen Master. So, that's happening. After, since the fastest way to zen just might be a nightcap, find one nearby at Far Bar before calling it a night.
Hit Play: Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Just Dropped In