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MY FAVORITE WEEKEND

Maria Bamford

Comedian-actress

December 06, 2007|Mark Sachs

Maria Bamford and her beloved pug, Blossom, just moved from Los Feliz to Eagle Rock, and if that and her stand-up gigs around town didn't keep her busy enough, she's also appearing through Dec. 22 in the madcap play "Bob's Holiday Office Party" at the Lounge Theater in L.A.

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WHAT'S UP, TIGER LILY? On Friday night, I go out with my former neighbor Marketa, and since she's a grad student and I'm a comedian, we keep it inexpensive with happy hour at Tiger Lily. The bar food and cocktails are great and reasonable -- I like their popcorn shrimp (tossed with chile aioli) and one of their martinis; so far, I've had Tiramisu, White Lychee, Bananas Foster and Wild Berry, but next time I'll try the Grand Marnier Souffle martini. OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD On Saturday mornings, I might go to the Wizard of Art on Hillhurst in Los Feliz and work on my Modern period. It's an incredibly warm, fun and reasonable (about $20 per class) way to enjoy drawing, painting and meet your neighbors. "SpongeBob" triptychs are popular with the younger students. L.A. STYLE After my class, I try to stop by the Carol Young store (in the same building complex). The clothing is all eco-conscious and, with a few exceptions, made in Los Angeles -- even the shoes! NO PLACE LIKE HOME After my first week in Eagle Rock, I had already been to Auntie Em's three times for breakfast. It feels like you're in a really small-town neighborhood place, and last time we were there Blossom got a bowl of water and some turkey trimmings and I had the grilled steak salad. KNIT WITS On Sunday afternoons, it's time for "Beginning Knitting" and a chance to meet my new Eagle Rock neighbors at That Yarn Store. I first went there for a "Knitting and Rocking" live-music night. They have sewing classes, men's night, lunchtime stitching and lots more. DON'T MESS WITH HER To keep myself in shape for dealing with hecklers, I go to Body Builders Gym on Hyperion in Silver Lake, which is a really friendly neighborhood spot, and I can even bring my dog. Right next door is the Comfort Cafe, which has really healthy food and great salads.

-- mark.sachs@latimes.com

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