Enough is enough: I know that every Thursday afternoon your palms start to sweat, your heart starts to race and you become fidgety in your chair, feeling the walls of your business management class closing in on you. Yes, the weekend is upon us.
You know that the next three days may mean total recreational freedom, but they also mean 72-plus hours of potential (ie, inevitable) spending. I’m suggesting a weekend revolution; that’s right, a total takeover of your wallet and your temporary free time for the betterment of yourself and your mind.
L.A. does offer some great college “nightlife” that I know you’re well aware of, but it might be time to step off campus and see what this bustling metropolis of a city has in store for you in terms of art and culture.
Oh hey! Welcome to Thursday night, the night where you are going to spend a considerable amount of time exploring a foreign land: downtown L.A. Every second Thursday of the month, downtown boasts the Downtown L.A. Art Walk, an awesome little set-up where you can exercise your legs and your artistic interpretations of the galleries around 4th and Spring Street. You might not be able to contribute much, but that art history class you took freshman year will probably allow you to scrape by without anyone recognizing that you’re only there for the free wine.
Ahh, Friday. I know that there is probably a trashy party going on somewhere, but instead of ruining your future medical career with a LAPD arrest, why don’t we take a field trip? Jump in the car (or bribe a friend to take theirs – it’s cheaper!) and head down to Long Beach for the Shark Lagoon Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific (100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach). Every Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the aquarium allows guests to get up close and personal with the inhabitants of the shark lagoon – you might even be able to pet a bamboo shark! Afterward, you can make the 10-minute trek to Sgt. Pepper’s Dueling Pianos (91 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach), a comedy bar with a modest cover of just $10 after 8:30 p.m.
Your Saturday evening will start in Glendale, at a modest little bakery called Porto's (315 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale). With made-to-order $5 sandwiches and the full array of inexpensive baked goods to choose from, this place is extremely college-student-friendly. It does get a little crowded, and the café is only open until 7 p.m. on Saturday, so make sure that you get there early to snag a table.
Next you’ll want to head just a little bit West to Los Feliz. If you haven’t already made the trip up to the Griffith Observatory (2800 E. Observatory Ave., Los Angeles), Saturday night is your night. This place is open until 10 p.m. on the weekends and has some amazing night views of L.A.
Sunday! Hopefully, you’ve made it to the end of your weekend without maxing out your credit card. Since Sunday is supposed to be a day of at least mild relaxation, why not check out one of Los Angeles’ local farmer’s markets? This is a great excuse to round up your friends and soak up a little vitamin D while exploring what organic, local companies the city has to offer. Plus, it’s a great excuse to push off doing your homework for just a little bit longer.
For a complete list of L.A. farmer’s markets, click here.