Welcome to Weekend Warrior, your comprehensive weekend agenda.
Because you’ve had a rough week and the last thing you want to do is think. That’s what Monday is for. The weekend is for other stuff, like hitting the nearest trail and planning a trip to Alaska and drinking like Papa Hemingway (choice of cocktail, not volume).
And perusing some photos from the year’s biggest bikini fashion show, which happened in Miami earlier this week.
Follow our lead. We’ve got you covered.
Friday 5:00 P.M.
Punch out. Download the new episode of NPR’s Code Switch, “Black and Blue.” It’s about — you guessed it — the relationship between law enforcement and black civilians in America. And it’s important. So listen to it while driving this weekend.
Shopping for edibles at the newly remodeled Med Men. This will keep the wheels turning this weekend, albeit nice and slowly.
It's hot as hell outside, but cool as a cucumber at Terrine's marble bar where summer cocktails like the Bigallet China China Sprintz and some cured salmon terrine to nosh.
The traffic eastward has finally abated so drive to Union Station 360°, and immersive theater experience on the south patio by the crew that designed the Jurassic World theme park ride.
Those apps from Terrine have burned off. Drive over to Arts District Brewery for some Fritzi Dogs, pints of oat sodas and skeetball.
Instead of seeing that cheesy new horror flick Lights Out, watch the legitimately scary short film that inspired it. You just saved yourself $15 and 90 minutes!
Can’t sleep? Don’t worry about it. The hilarious and underrated BoJack Horseman returns to Netflix today and you’ve got a full season of binge material ahead of you.
Saturday 7.00 A.M.
Watch a deeply and unexpectedly inspirational video about a skateboarder who fell 2,000 times trying to land the same trick. Rise from bed with a renewed lease on life.
Listen to French electro duo Justice’s new disco-glazed tune for further inspiration.
Go to the gym. If there’s one weekend this summer to work out indoors, it’s this one, because the weather map looks like the seventh circle of hell right now. While you’re there, definitely don’t hit on a woman. Well, unless you do it exactly like this.
Reward yourself with one of those chewy and delicious Cofax breakfast burritos, a cold brew and a fresh made donut.
Call your favorite lady. Plan a road trip. If it’s mild weather you seek, some guy just designed a yearlong tour of North America along which the average temperature will always be 70 degrees. Oh, and if you want a fun vehicle to do it in, try this badass Siberian sidecar.
Realize planning is hard. Enter to win a free trip to Alaska instead, ladyfriend included.
Remember the great Garry Marshall — and the more innocent days of television — with an episode of Mork & Mindy (it’s on Hulu), starring Robin Williams as an alien who could fight racism with goofy charm and rapid-fire improv.
Head to the newly renovated Petersen Museum to check out Chip Foose's collection of Hot Rods.
Lunch time at the Lobster Fest. Because lobster mac and cheese, lobster rolls and more lobster than your pinchers can grab is how you're doing lunch this weekend. Also, great music and tall ships.
Leave the Lobster Fest, go home and take a nice siesta.
Realizing your ladyfriend might need a new bathing suit for said trip, review some photos Miami Swim Week (for science!).
Mix yourself a drink. If you can’t be at the annual Hemingway Days in Key West, be there in spirit (literally), by mixing up an Old Cuban made with rum endorsed by Papa’s estate.
Host friends. Repeat 5:30 a couple more times, including them. If your friends ask whose recipe it is, tell them you made it!.
Go to the LA Galerie opening at The Seventh Letter gallery on Fairfax. A collab between the French soccer team, Paris St. Germain, and Perisian store colette, this is an exhibit of art you can use: skateboards, surfboards and clothes.
Dinner or fluffy Italian pizza and milky burrata salads a few doors down at Jon and Vinny's. Grab several bottles of wine from Helen's, the wine store in the back. Head home for vino on the patio.
Do the sex. The more, the merrier, because sex releases oxytocin, which leads to less binge eating and makes you skinnier.
Sunday 7:00 A.M.
Go for a bike ride around Topanga Canyon, which connects to a 67-mile backbone trail through the Santa Monica mountains. Grab a bike from Topanga Creek Outpost. Soon, you might be allowed to bike in our National Parks — but is that a good thing? (Also, if you need a new bike helmet, we recommend this one, because it’s smarter than a fifth grader.)
Towel change into your trunks and head to Topanga State Park Beach. Let the cold Pacific Ocean be your bathtub. Grab lunch across the street at Reel Fish Inn.
Towel change into some comfy shorts and plan to have that ganja on hand: you’re heading to the 7th Annual Reggae Festival, not far up the Canyon from the beach. Steel Pulse is headlining and there will be peace in the valley today.
Rent the new-on-Blu-ray Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle’s directorial debut that follows Miles Davis through a dark, drug-addled period in the ‘70s. Remind yourself what “tortured genius” means. (Then cheer yourself up with that “lost” album he did with his former wife Betty.)
Brain off, geek out with Kevin Smith on his new talk show ... called Geeking Out.
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