The Madeleine Brand Show for July 13, 2012

Weekend Alibi: Breaking Bad, Bastille Day, and air guitars

Nordic Thunder, last year's reigning air guitar champion

Miriam Doan

Meghan McCarty brings you the Weekend Alibi - a roundup of the best ways to get off the couch and into the Los Angeles scene. That is, unless you're hunkering down to watch every Breaking Bad episode before the Season 5 premiere this Sunday. For that, she recommends a big breakfast, an excess of blue raspberry rock candy and - to commemorate the drug kingpin, Gus Fring - a meal of chicken! Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold recommends Pollo a la Brasa in Koreatown for Peruvian-style chicken, the chicharones de pollo at Mo Chica downtown, the traditional fried chicken at Flossie's in Torrance, Korean-style fried chicken at Kyochon and an order of "frings" from the Pasadena burger stand, Connal's.

Or celebrate Bastille Day with local francophiles at the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area this Sunday. Commemorate the day French revolutionaries stormed the Bastille prison to tear down the tyrannous monarchy with friends, music, and plenty of crêpes, pâté and petanque.

Kick off your weekend tonight at the Troubador with the L.A. regional air guitar championships. Playing air guitar is no longer just the province of drunk dads and 80s movies - it's a competitive sport. Finalists will move on to the national championships in Denver later this month.

Bastille Day Festival

Where: The Kenneth Hahn State Recreational Area
When: July 15th, 12 pm - 8 pm
Admission: $5

2012 U.S. Air Guitar Regional Championships

Where: The Troubadour
When: July 13th, 8 pm
Admission: $20

Watch Nordic Thunder's championship performance at the 2011 Air Guitar finals:

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