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Five For Friday: What We're Doing This Weekend

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Now that the winds seem to have subsided, we're ready to dive into what promises to be a beautiful weekend, and we're pretty much ready for it to start now. Say it with us: T.G.I.F! Doesn't that feel good? We thought we'd tell you what we were up to this weekend, in case you needed a little inspiration, or in case you wanted to tell us something else you think we can't afford to miss. Here are the five commandments (and one law) we're planning on following this fabulous mid-April weekend:

1. Get thee to the theatre: Tonight we're off to the Ahmanson to see Twelve Angry Men, starring Norm from Cheers and John-Boy. We'll have to gobble up a power bar or something on the ride downtown, since we've been warned that there's no intermission. The show runs through May 6th.

2. Get thee some good eats: After the show, we plan on catching some late night eats. Should we go to Pete's, since we'll be in the 'hood? Hmmm... how about a piping hot bowl of yummy ramen in nearby Little Tokyo? Maybe we should just hop online and check out Urbanspoon's awesome map of Los Angeles restaurants at night.

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3. Get thee some learning: We've recently enrolled in a beginning ceramics course at Glendale Community College, because we think it's really important to keep learning, even though we've finished all our formal schooling. Community college courses are affordable, and many, like this one, can be taken for "Credit/No Credit" which means the pressure is off to perform. (Tell that to someone like this LAist, who is a bit of an overachiever and try to make it stick!) Anyhow, we're hard at work trying to master throwing on the wheel (insert a Patrick Swayze/Ghost joke here) and we're having a damn fine time doing it. Learning is fun!

4. Get thee into nature: For us this means finishing work on our little balcony garden, which means another trip to the Home Depot for supplies, or maybe to one of our local independent nurseries, like Sheridan Gardens, for more flora and potting soil. It's amazing how a little bit of color thanks to a pot of annuals can add to your life.

5. Get thee out and about: There are plenty of things to do around town, but a couple of goings-on strike our fancy. One is the ReGeneration: 50 Photographers of Tomorrow exhibit at the Art Center's Williamson Gallery in Pasadena, which runs until April 22. The other is the Pavilion of Wings at the Natural History Museum, which opens this Sunday, April 15 and runs through Labor Day. This is where you can stroll through a special area of the museum's South Lawn where butterflies flutter about freely, and interact with them in a natural environment. Tickets $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and students and $1 for children ages 5 to 12, and are sold in half-hour time slots through-out the day.

Lastly: Thou must file your taxes. Although the deadline this year is April 17th, this weekend might be your last shot at a chunk of time to pore over those forms and make those deductions. Good luck!

So... what are you doing this weekend?

Butterfly photo by thelastminute via Flickr