(credit: istockphoto)

(credit: istockphoto)

With the weekend officially in our sight, it’s time to get down to the task of figuring out how best to spend our time away from the grind. Over the next couple of days within the Los Angeles city limits there are an infinite amount of choices to be made. Trying to figure out what to do can be overwhelming, so we decided to put together a quick cheat sheet for you. From BBQ to historical treasures, we covered the full spectrum of what’s going on in the city, in a concise, just-give-me-the-bullet-points kinda way. Look no further for your weekend plans, we got you covered.

Friday, May 13
Jackson Browne (Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)

Jackson Browne (Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)

Jackson Browne
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Jackson Browne is regarded as one of popular music’s most revered songwriters. As an inductee to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and a recognized inductee to the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007, much of Browne’s work is essential Americana. From “Running On Empty” to “The Pretender” to “Doctor My Eyes,” so many of the songs penned by Browne function as great stories, in addition to being instrumentally brilliant. Taking to the stage with just his songbook and an acoustic guitar, Browne will perform solo renditions of his classics. Breathing new life into the tunes, these stripped down versions are an intimate look at some of rock music’s very best.

Saturday, May 14
(Credit: West Coast BBQ Classic)

(Credit: West Coast BBQ Classic)

West Coast BBQ Classic
Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 342-0738

There are corners of this country that treat BBQ ceremoniously. In an effort to find just who does BBQ the best, The West Coast BBQ Classic pits literally dozens of teams against each other to find out just who is the very best behind the grill, smoker, etc. The real winner however are the throngs of attendees all clamoring to get their hands on the goods. As BBQ teams compete for top honors, guests will get to cruise the floor and explore by tasting. The event is a California-state certified, KCBS Sanctioned BBQ Championship. For those not familiar, this means serious business, seriously delicious business.

(credit: Jeff H./yelp)

(credit: Jeff H./yelp)

David Cross
Palace Theatre
630 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Stepping into the spotlight on one of America’s most historic stages, comedian David Cross brings his articulate brand of humor to the Palace Theatre of Downtown Los Angeles this weekend. The Southern California stop of his “Making American Great Again” tour, the writer, producer, and actor transitions into his natural state as a stand-up comedian with his sharp, satirical political observations and common sense slant. Cross finds the balance in being approachable as an entertainment everyman while speaking his mind intelligently. There will be expletives, but they will be accented with real wit, which makes it cool. Don’t miss this show.

Sunday, May 15
(Credit: 41 Ocean)

(Credit: 41 Ocean)

Ocean’s Brunch
41 Ocean
1541 Ocean Ave #150
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 566-3870

With a fresh new look, the Santa Monica destination for dining and drinks is 41 Ocean. Celebrating the launch of their Beach to Brunch weekend culinary and entertainment program, they will be offering a menu with elevated breakfast classics like Vanilla Bean French Toast and Prosciutto Eggs Benedict. Behind the bar, mixologists craft Heirloom tomato bloody marys and the DIY mimosa, which comes with mango puree and fresh berries to dress that champagne flute. Providing the soundtrack to cocktail party, weekly guest DJs keep the pace of the afternoon by the water lively. Everything is cooler in Santa Monica. Brunch has to follow suit.

(Credit: Heritage Square Museum)

(Credit: Heritage Square Museum)

Museums of the Arroyo Sunday
Heritage Square Museum
3800 Homer St.
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 225-2700

While most museums house their collections within their buildings, Heritage Square’s structures themselves are the featured works of art. With an emphasis on the first 100 years of settlement of California’s statehood, the homes and functional buildings themselves are works of art. Beautifully detailed Victorian-style buildings line the museum’s grounds in what really feels is a historical oasis just off the Interstate 5. Participating in the Museum of the Arroyo event this weekend, admission to Heritage Square along with five other area museums are all free.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.