Next weekend, you might be stuck to the couch and full of turkey. But this weekend, you could be eating Texas BBQ or seeing reindeer or picking out new ski gear. We've got some ideas for how to spend the next few days before the Thanksgiving travel and festivities. A new Texas BBQ joint is opening in downtown L.A. with a block party celebration.
You don't have to spend this weekend counting down the days until Thanksgiving and Christmas. Instead, start celebrating because there's tons of holiday events already getting started, from Veterans Day parades to Christmas tree lightings and tofurky trots. What is that, you ask? Keep reading. Veterans and their families are the stars this weekend. Long Beach is celebrating with a street festival and parade on Saturday.
Before you get too wrapped up in the holiday season (which has already invaded area grocery stores), check out some of the happenings around L.A. There's free museum access, tours aboard tall ships and opera theaters and a party in honor of Selena Day. If you're not shaking to "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom," you're not doing this weekend right. You've seen this guy's art everywhere in L.A. and perhaps you haven't really gotten a good look at it because people are always taking Instagram pictures by it.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".