11/12/2012 02:13 pm ET Updated Jan 12, 2013

Weekly Playlist: Free Spa Treatments, Grandma's Cooking, and the Coolest Party of the Week

Whether you spent the weekend vamping it up like a Bond girl or avoiding the "frigid" temps while counting down every cozy day 'til Thanksgiving, it's time to move on to the week ahead. From grandma-inspired dinners to fashion-blogger-inspired dance parties, there's a little bit of everything awaiting you at the end of your work days this week.

Before we get into your itinerary, however, we would like to remind you that there's still time to sign up for our Broke Girls Guide Study Break event at the Aveda Salon in Westwood on Thursday. We'll be offering free spa treatments, an internship panel featuring speakers from Teen Vogue, William Morris Endeavor, Beach Mint, Buzz Media & more, and some pretty amazing giftbags.


After work, get to Santa Monica for a special Beach=Culture event at the Annenberg Community Beach House. At 6:30 p.m., fashion historian and designer Kimberly Truhler will discuss early film costumes and some of the most famous style icons of the '20s and '30s. Get there early (5:15 p.m.) to feel extra-fancy on a free docent-led tour of the Marion Davies Guest House.

Later, grab dinner at Il Piccolo Ritrovo in the Palisades. Evidently they're cooking pizzas at 1000°F in 90 seconds, so there's that. After, head back into Santa Monica for a very special improv event, Pretty Pretty Pony, starring our favorite middle school heart throb, Boy Meets World's Rider Strong.

Hit play: Beach House -- Myth


Start Tuesday night off by asking the big questions about space travel at the Peterson Automotive Museum. Then, head to Susan Feniger's STREET for the launch of Beyond Bubbie, a new interactive website for favorite family recipes, food stories, and the like. All manner of L.A. foodie notables will be on hand cooking, eating, and discussing holiday comfort foods.

After, do like we do at all family functions and sneak off to drink somewhere your family won't find you. We'll be just a stone's throw away at Sadie, a Kentucky Ninja in hand.

Hit play: Princeton -- Sadie & Andy


Begin your evening at the Los Angeles Public Library downtown for a presentation of George Mann's Lost Los Angeles, which will showcase vibrant Kodachrome 3-D photography of Bunker Hill's lost buildings.

Later, head to Post & Beam in Baldwin Hills for Dinner Date, a night of comfort food with KCRW and dineLA. If delicious Southern favorites and mingling with like-minded public radio listeners isn't quite your thing, grab dinner instead from Soleto's new takeout menu on your way out of Downtown. Then, brave the commute into Westwood for a discussion of artists' rights and Internet freedom at the Hammer Museum -- because who would pass up the chance to see T Bone Burnett spit truths about streaming music on the Internet?

Hit play: Blood Orange -- Dinner


Start your Thursday night off right by partying with yours truly. We've teamed up with Spaphile and InternQueen to bring you the second annual "Study Break" event, complete with free beauty treatments by Aveda, free donuts & crepes, and a career roundtable featuring notables from companies like Teen Vogue, Guess, Toms Shoes, and more. The event is free, but a $5 donation will score you a swag bag full of beautifying goods.

Later, if you're still raring to go, head to The Main Barre in Downtown. They're celebrating their one-year anniversary as Downtown's first and only barre studio with drinks, raffles, and giveaways from Artisan House, Sustain Juicery, and others. After, find your way to the bottom of a Vietnamese noodle bowl down the street at Blossom before joining The Association for a DTLA social hour with drink specials, tastings, and live DJ sets.

Much later, make your way into Hollywood for the holiday party Party Like A Fashion Blogger at Dim Mak studios. In addition to the requisite unofficial most-instagrams-posted competition, there will be live music from Saint Motel and DJ Ana Calderon.

Hit play: Saint Motel -- Puzzle Pieces