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National Hamburger Day, Free Beer at The Bloc in DTLA & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

May 23, 2017 by Christina Minh

Get Memorial Day started off right by planning your awesome food week/weekend… with a little assist from We Like L.A.

This week there’s a pre-Memorial Day bash in DTLA with free beer, grilled eats and lawn games. The weekend will include  a Monopoly themed foodie block party in Santa Monica, a sour beer festival at Santa Anita, plus a tasty strawberry festival in Garden Grove.

ALSO: Friendly reminder it’s National Hamburger Day on Sunday and Dog Haus will upgrade your burger with an extra patty for free!

Your weekly L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

A Main Street Foodie Event

The 4th Annual MAINopoly is back with another year of food and drink tasting on Sunday May 28. Organized like a classic Monopoly game, 20 locations will be providing stamps for each spot you conquer.

Craft & Sour Beer at Santa Anita Park

California Gold Rush Day is returning to Santa Anita Park for another year of refreshing brew in the golden sun on May 27. Attendees will get a chance to watch the races while enjoying a sample of unique craft beers and unique sours from some of the best breweries in California.

Who’s the Best Bartender in Los Angeles?

The 5th Annual Bartending Competition returns to JW Marriott Los Angeles this Wednesday May 24 for the final showdown of the month-long series, see who gets crowned the best bartender in L.A.

Free Beer & Games at The Bloc

Memorial Day weekend starts early on Thursday May 25 at The Bloc. Hang out and play lawn games, sip on some cold-brews and enjoy grilled eats. There will be live music and free ice-cold beer!

Strawberry Festival in Garden Grove

This weekend the 59th annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival is back from May 26 through 29 featuring strawberry-themed contests, a strawberry stomp 5K run, parade and games. Come on Friday for the strawberry cake-cutting ceremony and score free strawberry shortcake!

National Hamburger Day special alert

May 28 is National Hamburger Day and to celebrate the folks at Dog Haus want to upgrade your patty to a double on the Haus! The promotion is availble at all Dog Haus locations.

Seasons Eatings & Happy New Beer 🎉 🍔 🍻2017… BRING . IT . ON

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27 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [5-22-17 to 5-26-17]

May 22, 2017 by Christina Minh

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, May 22 to Friday, May 26, features the Pride Comedy Festival, an Unhappy Birthday Celebration for Morrissey,  La La Land at the Hollywood Bowl, the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival, and LOTS more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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Vista Hermosa Park

Springtime in Vista Hermosa Park overlooking DTLA. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Monday May 22nd, 2017

1. Björk Digital is a groundbreaking virtual reality collection of videos, featuring music from Björk’s latest album, Vulnicura, to be shown at Magic Box at The Reef in Downtown L.A. starting on May 19.

2. Come out to Angel City Brewery for a couple of beers and Drinky Draw (8-10 p.m.) where you try your hand at drawing a live model. Cost $20 to participate.

3.Every week the the team from Smoke and Mirrors aims to add a little razzle-dazzle to your Monday monotony by showcasing a rotating cast of award-winning magicians from the likes of the Magic Castle, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, America’s Got Talent and more during Magic Mondays at The Santa Monica PlayhouseDISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4. Morrissey’s 58th Unhappy Birthday party featuring a tribute performance by Sweet and Tender Hooligans with Dirty Old Town and DJ Rosie Bojangles at The El Rey.

5. The Alchemist’s Lab is an escape room experience putting you right in the shoes of a junior detective at Scotland Yard in the 19th century. Do you have what it takes to uncover the devious plans of the alchemist? Happening throughout the week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

6. A new weekly comedy show with Charla Lauriston and Nicole Byer at the Copper Still in Koreatown is about help you get over the Monday blues. Velvet will feature a rotating roster of comics every week! FREE

7. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s gorgeous Hollyhock House will be used as a theater for the very first time when Fefu and Her Friends plays throughout the month of May in honor of the 150th anniversary of the esteemed architect’s birth.

8. “Nordic: A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food and People” continues for its only L.A. showing at Union Station’s Historic Waiting Room. This unique exhibition document the origins of Nordic cuisine through the eyes of Mangus Nilsson, a top chef who traveled for two years through Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, collecting traditional recipes and photographing the region’s landscapes and people. FREE

Tuesday May 23rd, 2017

9. The Comic Cure Presents the 2017 Pride Comedy Festival in Los Angeles (May 23-24) Hosted at the Union Nightclub and El Cid, the festival will benefit local LGBTQIA charities while providing non-stop laughs. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. Food Truck Night at The California Heritage Museum takes place every Tuesday with trucks vary from week to week. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and hang out on the lawn of the museum while they dine.

11. Escape Room LA: The Theatre has you trapped inside a creepy theater haunted by a ghost. The only way out is to uncover clues and puzzles to release the ghost before time runs out. Happening Tuesday and Thursday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Wednesday May 24th, 2017

12. The 5th Annual Bartending Competition returns to JW Marriott Los Angeles for the final week of the month-long event series, see who gets crowned the best bartender in L.A.

13. Play Indiana Jones for a day with Escape Room LA: The Cavern. Find clues and solve puzzles to get your hands on a lost civilization’s ancient treasures hundreds of feet below Downtown Los Angeles! Happening Wednesday and Thursday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. The Crazy Uncle Joe Show, one of L.A.’s longest-running long-form improv shows at The Groundlings’ Theater, has discount tickets available for this week’s performance. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Thursday May 25th, 2017

15. L.A. Urban Adventures invites you to relive Old Hollywood by taking a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame while stopping to hear stories about historic spots, sample drinks made famous during the Golden Age and try out local street food. Happening Tuesday and Wednesday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

16. Memorial Day weekend starts early at The Bloc. Hang out and play lawn games, sip on some cold-brews and enjoy grilled eats. There will be live music and free ice-cold beer! FREE

17. The #1 show in Vegas history (according to the Las Vegas Weekly) is still running strong at L.A. LIVE. Absinthe, an immersive variety show, features comedy, burlesque, aerial and acrobatic acts. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

18. Escape Room LA: The Detective has you inside a 1940’s film noir set up where you have to solve a slew of mysteries in order to escape.  DISCOUNTED via Goldstar.

19Free admission days this Thursday:  MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural CenterJapanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m,)

Friday May 26th, 2017

20. Catch the magic of La La Land during a unique concert experience featuring music played live-to-film at the Hollywood Bowl. Two days of performances start on the final Friday of May. Check for discount tickets. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. The 59th annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival is back from May 26 through 29 featuring strawberry-themed contests, a strawberry stomp 5K run, parade and games. Come on Friday for the strawberry cake-cutting ceremony and score free strawberry shortcake!

22. The Last Book Review returns to The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles. Join host Ever Mainard and five comedians as they tell their own personal, funny and often awkward story on stage. The last comedian will then take the audience through a book review. FREE

23. Eat your way through Downtown Los Angeles and hear stories of the city’s early settlers, gossip about Hollywood’s heyday, architectural highlights, cultural changes of L.A. and the food scene. You’ll get plenty of chances to grab a bite along the way while making a few key stops. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

24. L.A.’s only live animated comedy show Picture This! is back with a FREE show on Saturday at The Virgil with over a dozen well known comedians and animators. FREE

25. Constitution Happy Hour at AMMO at The Hammer continues this Friday with a focus on the question “What are the rights of immigrants under the Constitution?”

26. Tease, If You Please Burlesque Show staged at Globe Theatre spotlights acts from some of the most creative dancers in the business. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

27. LACMA’s award winning Department of Music Program provides hundreds of free concerts and musical events every year for Angelenos to enjoy. This Friday their jazz series continues at the BP Grand Entrance.


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There’s a New Smorgasburg Pop-Up at The Standard Rooftop & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

May 16, 2017 by Christina Minh

Want to get a bomb Banh Mi while enjoying one of the best views in the downtown? Smorgasburg is bringing a unique dining experience to one of DTLA’s most beloved rooftops… and you can read all about it below.

On the event front there’s a Strawberry Festival happening in Oxnard this weekend as well as a new food convention called Eeeeeatscon presented by the folks over at The Infatuation.

Oh, and you’ll definitely want to read till the end to find out about my latest dining adventure at Petrossian.

Your weekly L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

Shrimp Toast 🦐🦐🦐

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Smorgasburg LA Take Over at The Standard Hotel DTLA

Smorgasburg LA will expand their awesome outdoor food market to The Standard Hotel in downtown Monday through Friday. The first vendor to kick off the series is Banh Oui famous for their pork belly banh mi, they’ll be serving up the sandwich as well as specials like fried calamari, shrimp toast, ceviche and a burger exclusive to the roof top pop-up.

The launch happened yesterday and Banh Oui will be open for service during the week from noon to 7 p.m. until June 30.

California Strawberry Festival returns to Oxnard

Get ready for a berry-filled day! On May 20 and 21, the California Strawberry Festival returns to Oxnard with food, contests, arts and crafts and entertainment – all strawberry themed. Highlights include a Build Your Own Strawberry Shortcake contest, strawberry nachos, berry kabobs, strawberry popcorn and other bizarre food variations, Strawberryland for kids and live music. Tickets are $12 per adult and admission for kids is free.

EEEEEATSCON is Coming

A food festival for “a new generation” Eeeeeatscon is organized by The Infatuation, debuting at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on May 20. Snack from a bevy of top restaurants, both from Los Angeles and culinary points beyond, will be participating, among them Chi SPACCA, Jon & Vinny’s Restaurant, Salazar, Shake Shack, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, and many more. Even NYCs Eataly will make its very first appearance in Los Angeles. Music from LIzzo, a conversation between Nancy Silverton and KCRW’s Evan Kleiman, and much more are also on the bill! Tickets cost $40 per person.

SoCal BBQ Bash and Expo Coming to the Fairplex in Pomona

On Saturday May 20, BBQ masters will converge at the Fairplex in Pomona for the ultimate BBQ party, featuring a wide variety of events such as cooking classes, demonstrations and workshops led by world-renowned grillers and chefs. Plenty of delicious BBQ will be on hand along with live music and a Kids Korner with free pony rides and cooking classes. True BBQ aficionados may want to attend two premium cooking classes (additional ticket required) led by chefs Neil Strawder and Sterling Smith. General admission tickets are $20, however Goldstar is offering tickets for $10 (while supplies last). V.I.P. tickets are also available and include premiere parking, seating and a V.I.P. lounge.

An Evening of Tiki at The Spare Room

The Spare Room at The Hollywood Roosevelt is set to host “An Evening of Tiki” a guest bartender series featuring some of the best bartenders around the globe. Expect island-themed music, tiki outfits and maybe some drinks on fire. See the full summer schedule below.

May 17: The Aviary — Micah Melton / Chicago

June 15: Trailer Happiness — Sly Augustin, William Pineapple, Erik Holmberg / London

July 12: Bootlegger Tiki — Chad Austin, Tony Martinez / Palm Springs

August 9: Navy Strength — Anu & Chris Elford / Seattle

September 6th: Dead Rabbit — Jillian Vose & Jessica Friedman / NYC

Dessert & Wine Tasting at Pitchoun!

On Thursday, May 18 Pitchoun! in DTLA invite guests to enjoy one dessert and a glass of wine for $13. Choose from a chocolate soufflés, warm fruit cassolette and grapefruit millefeuilles, each paired with French wine. RSVP is required for the event.

We open our doors at 7AM on weekdays for all of your breakfast needs! #PitchounBakery

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Something I ate this week…

Petrossian is known for their caviar driven approach but last week I dined on a seasonal pre-fixe menu that demonstrated a range of delicious eats I was wholly not expecting.

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Photo Credit: Christina Minh/ We Like L.A.

My meal began with a Buckwheat Cannelloni wrapped with perfectly cooked asparagus and French ham. The wrap was accompanied by an egg yolk surrounded in sturgeon cream cleverly made to look like egg whites. Simple and refreshing.

The main entree featured a Duck Breast lightly glazed with honey, topped with pistachios and turnips. Finding a well prepared duck in Los Angeles is like scoring a free parking spot in DTLA at rush hour, but I was pleased to see a perfectly cooked breast on my plate, pink in the center with a nice fatty layer of skin to keep the meat tender.

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Photo Credit: Christina Minh/We Like L.A.

Overall, I was appreciative of the minimalistic approach, especially in the context of a local food scene where sometimes outrageous origin stories about what’s on your plate overshadow the actual eating.

Currently Petrossian is offering a special three course dinner for the month of May. The meal cost $65 a person with an option to add a wine pairing for an additional $35.

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38 Awesome Things to do this Mother’s Day Weekend in L.A. [5-12-17 to 5-14-17]

May 11, 2017 by Christina Minh

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city, we decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This Mother’s Day weekend (May 12-14) includes L.A. Times Night Market, Mother’s Day brunches, a Griffith Park Beer Garden, a sci-fi screening at Union Station, the Echo Park Craft Fair, and MUCH more.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Enjoy!

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Exploring Griffith Park

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Friday May 12th, 2017

1. Los Angeles Lovers, an eclectic evening focusing on some of Los Angeles’ quintessentially L.A. personalities, takes place at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater on Friday. The evening is hosted by Angelyne, one of L.A.’s most iconic figures!

2. 1st Annual Los Angeles Times Night Market (May 10-14) will take over Grand Park with a free, all ages event where visitors pay al a carte as they dine. Expect 50 food booths from LA’s favorite restaurants, bars to food trucks. Guests can also purchase $10 “The Super Market” tickets, which will allow access to a selection of food vendors, additional seating areas, bars, premium lounges and entertainment. FREE

3. On Friday, experience the work of Paul Simon like never before. Hosted at the Skirball Cultural Center, this free event gives guests an opportunity to enjoy the Paul Simon: Words & Music exhibition at night. FREE

4. For one night only, radio, podcast and talk show fans will get a chance to see, hear and meet some of their favorite hosts during Radiotopia Live at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

5. Downtown Los Angeles’ Union Station is playing host to a new film series this spring called Sci-Fi At Union Station. Catch an iconic science fiction movie partially set in the City of Angels.! The series concludes with the screening of Them!. FREE

6. Come raise a glass at the Constitution Happy Hour at AMMO at The Hammer Museum. The happy hour will consist of a guided conversation, led by a legal expert, about the United States Constitution and its importance in our democracy. $5 will get you a draft beer or a select wine during AMMO’s happy hour.

7. NatGeo Live! series brings Pulitzer-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario to the Fred Kavli Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Hear Addario talk about the war-torn countries she bravely documents for TIME, National Geographic and The New York Times. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. The James Perse Sample Sale (May 12-14) will take place in Marina Del Rey and will carry mens, womens, kids, furniture and accessories.

10. The Petersen Automotive Museum is hosting its first-ever Museum After Hours this Friday. Guests will be able to take guided tours of the famous vault, enjoy tunes by DJ Sam Kofa and complimentary cocktails. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. The #1 show in Vegas history (according to the Las Vegas Weekly) is still running strong at L.A. LIVE. Absinthe, an immersive variety show, features comedy, burlesque, aerial and acrobatic acts. Get 25% off tickets for this weekend’s performances if you use the promo code WELIKELA at checkout!

12. The Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale (May 8-15) is going to be huge! Shop the designer’s bestselling bags, womenswear, and even footwear for up to 70% at her Melrose boutique and online.

14. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 from Marvel Studios will be screening a the El Capitan Theatre all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15Free admission days this Friday: Long Beach Museum of Art.

Saturday May 13th, 2017

16. The brand new Griffith Park Beer Garden kicks off this Saturday with an opening day party starting at noon. The new Saturday-only event will take place weekly at the patio of the Roosevelt Cafe located off Vermont Ave. Special deals include four 6oz pours of local brews combined with a Farmer John sausage for $20.

17. Eat|See|Hear, one of L.A.’s premier outdoor movie screening series, is back for its 6th season this weekend with Casablanca at North Hollywood Recreation Center. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

18. KIIS FM’s Wango Tango returns with performances by Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus, Backstreet Boys and more at Stubhub Center in Carson. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. Esotouric Bus Adventures hosts a four-hour luxury coach tour of the real Hollywood. Featuring tales of literary lions, criminal masterminds, longstanding mysteries and architectural marvels this bus and walking tour, will take you off the Walk of Fame and on to the side streets, where icons took their last breaths, got into trouble and more! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

20. The Eat Show returns to The Reef  this Saturday giving guests access to delicious eats from 50+ Los Angeles restaurants and an open bar that will span over 30 feet long to accommodate as many guests as possible.

21. Cliftons Living History Tour is a 45-minute guided excursion led by Kahlil Nelson. Take a peek into DTLA history and the fascinating rooms at the iconic food hall. Although tour reservations are free, donations are strongly encouraged.

22. Knock back a couple cold cervezas and pair it with delicious street tacos during Tacos y Cervezas at Santa Anita Park.Check for discounted tickets while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. Street Food Cinema combines classic film screenings with live musical performances and tasty local area food trucks, all at awesome outdoor locations throughout Los Angeles. This weekend they will screen Star Wars: The Force Awakens at LA State Historic Park Los Angeles and The Breakfast Club at Poinsettia Rec Park West Hollywood. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

24. The 6th Annual West Coast BBQ Classic returns for another year of deliciously smoked and grilled meats, with 50+ of the nations top Pit Masters. Check for discounted tickets while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery has been going strong for 15 years. This weekend they will kick off their annual outdoor movie screening with the classic Chinatown. 

26. The Echo Park Craft Fair is back for their Spring edition on May 13 and 14. Hosted at Mack Sennett Studios in Silver lake, this eclectic craft fair will feature over 120 artists to shop from.

27. Learn the Winter Olympics sport of curling! Beginner and pros are all welcome. The lesson will feature an excellent introduction to the basics, including sliding stones, sweeping, and game strategy. All equipment provided. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

28. There will be a discussion led by artist Paul McCarthy at Hauser & Wirth on Jason Rhoades’ 1999 installation, “Perfect World.” Impossible to recreate, the installation stands as a turning point in the late artist’s career. Footage of Rhoades creating the installation will be screened followed by an in-depth discussion of the work on the occasion of the late artist’s first major show in LA. This event is free, however, reservations are recommended.

29. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s gorgeous Hollyhock House will be used as a theater for the very first time when Fefu and Her Friends plays throughout the month of May in honor of the 150th anniversary of the esteemed architect’s birth.

30. Amsterdam Modern will host an Eastside Handmade Mother’s Day Pop-Up Market, featuring local artists with handmade goods like jewelry, plants, ceramics, and a variety of gifts just for mom! To spice things up there will be a margarita truck with frozen rosé (Frosé!), portraits and tarot card readings. FREE

31. Chances are you’ve seen Thrashbird’s art on LA sidewalks from DTLA to the Venice. This Saturday the Bruce Lurie Gallery presents “No Famous Guest Appearances”an art exhibition by street artist Thrashbird. Focused on self-obsession and fame or being “fake famous” the art exhibit will feature paintings, interactive installations, fashion, and an augmented reality experience. Opening reception is from 6-9 p.m.

32. The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is back at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale April 8 through May 21. Come to the fair for an afternoon of games, rides, mouthwatering food and artisan crafts.

33. Unique LA returns for two days for all your modern shopping needs (May 13-14.) Taking place at The California Market Center in DTLA, guests can shop from over 300 local vendors and enjoy complimentary manicures, free family photos and DIY activities.

Sunday May 7th, 2017

34. Need Mother’s Day plans? Check out our top 12 Spots for Mother’s Day Brunch as featured in this week’s Tasty Tuesday News Bites.

35. Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

36. Leave the wire hangers at home and slather on that cold cream, Mommie Dearest will be screening at The Theatre at Ace Hotel this Mothers Day. The 1981 cult classic stars Faye Dunaway as superstar Joan Crawford one of the scariest moms to ever grace the big screen. The event will have a photo booth and other fun activities. Bring mom for a good laugh.

37. “Wasted afternoons Open Mic” is a anything goes open mic happening at Silverlake Lounge. Come and perform your comedy, poetry, music or spoken word or come and see a free show. Happy hour runs till 8 p.m. you can’t beat that.

38Free admission days this Sunday:Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum is pay what you can day.


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12 Spots for Mother’s Day Brunch in L.A. & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

May 9, 2017 by Christina Minh

This week it’s all about treating that special women in your life. Specifically… mom!

And if you’re looking for last minute ideas for Mother’s Day (we know you are) then check out some of our favorite spots to dine on mom’s special day, including multiple brunch deals and buffets that you’ll want to choose from.

Also of note: Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day is happening TODAY, Magpies celebrates their new store with free soft serve all day TODAY and Dog Haus celebrates National Slider Day with free sliders on May 15.

Your weekly L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

Dog Haus Celebrates National Slider Day with Free Sliders!

On May 15 all Dog Haus eateries will offer guests their choice of a free hot dog, corn dog or burger slider with the purchase of any haus item, in celebration of National Slider Day.

Here I Go Again On My Own, Eatin’ All the Sliders This Tray Has Ever Known.

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Magpies Opens in Tarzana with Free Soft Serve

Chef-driven softserve Silver Lake favorite Magpies grand opens their second shop in Tarzana today giving away free soft serve all day long while supplies last.

Top picks for Mother’s Days Weekend

Broken Spanish will be hosting it’s first brunch ever, on Mother’s Day. Highlights include 3 Leches French Toast, Chicharron Con Huevos, Huevos Rancheros with Heirloom Tortillas, Chilaquiles, Guajillo-Stewed Chicken and more.

Plant-based restaurant Crossroads  will host a Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet ($55 per person; $15 for kids under 12 years of age) featuring favorite signature dishes such as Bagel and “Lox,” Chicken and Waffles, the Crossroads Benedict and more. Fresh muddled Blackberry Mimosas and a roving Bloody Mary cart will help you toast to mom and for dessert there’s a “build-your-own” Parfait Bar.

There’s a special Mother’s Day Brunch menu at Herringbone Santa Monica in addition to the robust weekend brunch menu.

All mothers will get a FREE Purista Margarita at Gracias Madre this Sunday and guests can dine on the organic plant based brunch menu featuring highlights such as Spring Empanadas and a Raspberry Shortcake.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Ocean Prime Beverly Hills will feature a decadent menu of Crab & Eggs, Braised Short Rib Surf & Turf, Blood Orange Mimosa and more.

Friends of the Castle Green hold a yearly Mother’s Day Tour of the Historic Castle Green built in 1898. In addition, a full service sit down Mother’s Day Tea presented by Tea Rose Garden Tearoom in Old Town Pasadena and Perfect Equation Catering will take place in the Grand Ballroom serving salad, classic tea sandwiches, pastries, scones, fruit compote and a desert plate along with a pot of seasonal tea. Guests will go home with a jar of Castle Green Marmalade or jam. Tour cost $30 and tea service cost $85 per person.

Katsuya’s Mother’s Day specials include a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, dessert and a special brunch menu. Offerings vary depending on the location. See full details here.

Michael’s will host a Mother’s Day prix-fixe brunch which includes a three-course menu featuring dishes such as House Ricotta with berries and granola; Soft-Scrambled Eggs with smoked salmon; and Whipped Cheesecake or Blueberry Buttermilk Sorbet for dessert. Toast to mom with a Blood Orange Granita Mimosa or Roasted Tomato Bloody Mary!

BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood will offer a buffet for $65 per person. The buffet will include a carving station for their signature 40 day dry aged New York Striploin, and appetizers, a raw seafood bar, eggs to order, dessert table, crepe station and more.

Mother’s Day will be celebrated during brunch and dinner at Firefly in Studio City. Choose from a three course meal during both dining times.

Napa Valley Grille will be offering a special three-course menu, available for $45 per person. Menu highlights include Soft Shell Crab, Braised Pork Chilaquiles and Tiramisu.

Terranea Resort in the Palos Verdes, will host a Mother’s Day Ballroom Brunch buffet featuring bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary’s. Cost $95 per person and $47 for kids 4-10 years old.

Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day

Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day returns on Tuesday. From 4-8 p.m. score one free ice cream cone at participating Häagen-Dazs stores.

LA Times Food Bowl Presents: LA Times Night Market

1st Annual Los Angeles Times Night Market (May 10-14) will take over Grand Park with a free, all ages event where visitors pay al a carte as they dine. Expect 50 food booths from LA’s favorite restaurants, bars to food trucks. Guests can also purchase $10 “The Super Market” tickets, which will allow access to a selection of food vendors, additional seating areas, bars, premium lounges and entertainment.

The Eat Show Returns to The Reef in Downtown L.A.

New kid on the block The Eat Show returns to The Reef on May 13 for their second year event. Guests will get access to delicious eats from 50+ Los Angeles restaurants including Otium, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, Nabi, Kato, Dino’s Chicken and Burgers, Halal Guys, Max City BBQ and more. In addition, the open bar will span over 30 feet long to accommodate as many guests as possible. This is a timed event with two sessions to choose from. Tickets are $60 and gets you four hours of access.

Ocean Prime Launches Shaken, Shucked, and Popped Friday Summer Happy Hour

Starting this Friday, May 12 Ocean Prime will kick off a new Friday happy hour called Shaken, Shucked, and Popped offering $10 cocktails shaken table-side, $1 shucked oysters, $10 glasses of Veuve Rose and more! The on-going happy hour will take place every Friday from 3 to 11 p.m. throughout the summer with live music starting at 6 p.m. and complimentary truffled popcorn.

Tacos y Cervezas: Food & Beer Festival at Santa Anita Park

Knock back a couple cold cervezas and pair it with delicious street tacos during Tacos y Cervezas at Santa Anita Park on May 13. Your ticket gets you 8 Taco Scrips (tacos cost 2-3 scrips each)
8 (3 oz.) Mexican Craft Beer Tastings, Club House Admission, Trackside & Grandstand Seating and more. Tickets are available online for $35 or on Goldstar at $23 (while supplies last).

The Proud Bird is Back!

The Proud Bird reopens on May 15 as a completely redesigned food bazaar. The historic property will feature dishes with international influences and a bar program called The Mile-High Club, offering cocktails with an aviation-themed twist.

UPDATE: The Proud Bird has decided to push back their opening to June 2017

The 6th Annual West Coast BBQ Classic at The Queen Mary

On May 13 the 6th Annual West Coast BBQ Classic returns for another year of deliciously smoked and grilled meats, with 50+ of the nations top Pit Masters. Get your hands on their mouth-watering barbecue and partake in other activities like an eating competition, lawn games, line dancing, giveaways, live entertainment and more. Tickets cost $24 + depending on general admission and VIP. Goldstar also has discounted tickets while supplies last.

LA Food Bowl Collaboration Dinner at The Bellwether with host Jet Tila

On May 17 Ted Hopson and Ann-Marie Verdi welcomes Jet Tila into their kitchen to cook a five course collaboration dinner. Tickets cost $90 a person with an additional $35 for beverage pairing. A peek of the menu shows a bevy of Asian inspired eats like Sichuan Style Raw Snapper, Korean Mandu with Kimchi and pork, Chili Pan Mee wheat noodles and Red Braised Pork Belly.

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31 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [5-8-17 to 5-12-17]

May 8, 2017 by Christina Minh

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, May 8 to Friday, May 12, features Haagen Dazs free cone day, free admission at LACMA, the Los Angeles Times Night Market, the DTLA Art Walk, a Paul Simon exhibit at Skirball, NatGeo Live!, and LOTS more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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Monday May 8th, 2017

1. Delta Airlines and Vice present Launchpad LA, a FREE event exploring the filmmaking process from pre-production to post. Curated by Vice and taking place from May 5 to 10, Launchpad LA will feature intimate daily workshops, panel discussions, virtual reality demos and screenings with industry talent and pros, including Sam De Jong (Prince), Ethan Tobman (Room), Danny Gabai (Vice Films) and more. FREE

2. The call it They call it “literature as bloodsport” see it for yourself when Write Club Los Angeles returns to The Bootleg Theater this Monday.

3. Every week the the team from Smoke and Mirrors aims to add a little razzle-dazzle to your Monday monotony by showcasing a rotating cast of award-winning magicians from the likes of the Magic Castle, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, America’s Got Talent and more during Magic Mondays at The Santa Monica PlayhouseDISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4. “Nordic: A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food and People” opens for it’s only L.A. showing at Union Station’s Historic Waiting Room. This unique exhibition document the origins of Nordic cuisine through the eyes of Mangus Nilsson, a top chef who traveled for two years through Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, collecting traditional recipes and photographing the region’s landscapes and people. FREE

5. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s gorgeous Hollyhock House will be used as a theater for the very first time when Fefu and Her Friends plays throughout the month of May in honor of the 150th anniversary of the esteemed architect’s birth.

6. The Standard in association with Cinefamily’s Fight The Power series will screen 1984 on the rooftop of the Hollywood hotel. Space is limited, early arrival is strongly encouraged. RSVP here.

7. A new weekly comedy show with Charla Lauriston and Nicole Byer at the Copper Still in Koreatown is about help you get over the Monday blues. Velvet will feature a rotating roster of comics every week! FREE

8. The Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale (May 8-15) is going to be huge! Shop the designer’s bestselling bags, womenswear, and even footwear for up to 70% at her Melrose boutique and online.

9. The Queen Mary introduces Ships & Giggles Comedy Night featuring some of the best comedians aboard the majestic ship. Happening every second Monday of each month in the Observation Bar.

Tuesday May 9th, 2017

10. The Chamber Music Nights series at Walt Disney Concert Hall is the perfect evening. Guests will have a chance to taste delicious wines, explore the iconic Frank Gehry architecture and indulge in some world-class chamber music. Check for discounted admission before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day returns on Tuesday. From 4-8 p.m. score one free ice cream cone at participating Häagen-Dazs stores. FREE

12. Escape Room LA: The Theatre has you trapped inside a creepy theater haunted by a ghost. The only way out is to uncover clues and puzzles to release the ghost before time runs out. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

13. Laemmle Theatres presents a Q&A with Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger and a 20th anniversary screening of L.A. Confidential.

14. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 from Marvel Studios will be screening a the El Capitan Theatre all week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15Free admission days this Tuesday for: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Autry Museum of the American West. FREE

Wednesday May 10th, 2017

16. The 5th Annual Bartending Competition returns to the JW Marriott Los Angeles every Wednesday from May 10 to 24. Watch some of LA’s best bartenders compete during the May Mix-off at the Mixing Room. Attendees will enjoy complimentary, beautifully crafted samples of signature cocktails during the free event.

17. 1st Annual Los Angeles Times Night Market (May 10-14) will take over Grand Park with a free, all ages event where visitors pay al a carte as they dine. Expect 50 food booths from LA’s favorite restaurants, bars to food trucks. Guests can also purchase $10 “The Super Market” tickets, which will allow access to a selection of food vendors, additional seating areas, bars, premium lounges and entertainment. FREE

18. Radio Picture Show , a monthly storytelling event, is back at The Virgil this week with tales inspired by songs and images.

Thursday May 11th, 2017

19. Experience the food and culture of East Hollywood’s ethnic neighborhoods through a four hour foodie tourDISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

20. The L.A. Zoo is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a sustainable wine and dinner series. Each event will include a five-course farm-to-table dinner accompanied by wine from local vineyards. There will also be a zoo walk-through with education and entertainment highlights, along with up-close animal encounters. On May 11 Palumbo Wines from Temecula will be the featured winery.

21. The monthly Los Angeles Downtown Art Walk May 2017 edition features a special dedication to independent Los Angeles publications and zine, including work by Lawrence Lindell Studios, Chrysopoeia, Asymmetric Magazine, Roustan Bodypaint, Genevieve Munroe Co., Annie Nishida, PopOok!!, BOOMCAT, Plant Bunnies, and more. FREE

22. L.A. Urban Adventures invites you to relive Old Hollywood by taking a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame while stopping to hear stories about historic spots, sample drinks made famous during the Golden Age and try out local street food. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23Free admission days this Thursday for: Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.).

Friday May 12th, 2017

24. On Friday, experience the work of Paul Simon like never before. Hosted at the Skirball Cultural Center, this free event gives guests an opportunity to enjoy the Paul Simon: Words & Music exhibition at night. FREE

25. For one night only, radio, podcast and talk show fans will get a chance to see, hear and meet some of their favorite hosts during Radiotopia Live at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

26. Downtown Los Angeles’ Union Station is playing host to a new film series this spring called Sci-Fi At Union Station. Catch an iconic science fiction movie partially set in the City of Angels.! The series concludes with the screening of Them!. FREE

27. NatGeo Live! series brings Pulitzer-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario to the Fred Kavli Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Hear Addario talk about the war-torn countries she bravely documents for TIME, National Geographic and The New York Times. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

28. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

29. The James Perse Sample Sale (May 12-14) will take place in Marina Del Rey and will carry mens, womens, kids, furniture and accessories.

30. The Petersen Automotive Museum is hosting its first-ever Museum After Hours this Friday. Guests will be able to take guided tours of the famous vault, enjoy tunes by DJ Sam Kofa and complimentary cocktails. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

31Free admission days this Friday: Long Beach Museum of Art


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42 Awesome Things to do this Cinco de Mayo Weekend in L.A. You Need to Know About [5-5-17 to 5-7-17]

May 4, 2017 by Christina Minh

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city, we decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This Cinco de Mayo weekend (May 5-7) includes Obscura Day, Free Comic Book Day, South Pasadena’s Eclectic Music Festival, Masters of Taste at the Rose Bowl, First Fridays, and MUCH more.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Enjoy!

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Rose Bowl Entrance

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Friday May 5, 2017

1. The Natural History Museum’s First Fridays returns for after hours at the museum, special music performances and themed panel discussions. This week focuses on the question: “How green is your plate?”

2. Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge will celebrate Cinco De Mayo with their own fiesta amongst a beautiful backdrop of their famous garden grounds. Featuring a Mexican buffet dinner, cash bar, live mariachi performance and Floreo Charro dancer. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. The Great Horror Movie Nights at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park will screen JAWS. The event will feature plenty of pre-show entertainment including games, prizes, and roaming scare-actors.  Discount tickets are available via Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4. Cinco de Mayo festivities can be found at FIGat7th this Friday. Dubbed as ¡Fiesta at FIG, the free event will feature a special, outdoor pop-up bar, live DJs, a female mariachi band and a DIY piñata workshop with Makers Mess. FREE

5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 from Marvel Studios will be screening a the El Capitan Theatre all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

6. This Friday there’s a launch party for Reality vs Virtual Reality, a new zine curated by Christie Morgan and Chrissie Abbott, which has enlisted 25 artists to answer the question ‘What does reality vs virtual reality mean to you?’ The event with feature with guest DJs and “other visual stimulation.” All at the Ace Hotel Upstairs Bar. FREE

7. Clear your schedule for the entire month of May, a massive 31-day food festival showcasing the diversity and flavors of L.A. is here. The much anticipated L.A. Times Food Bowl is the first of its kind and will include citywide dining events, a Night Market held at Grand Park in Downtown and a number of rare international pop-up’s curated by the team at the L.A. Times.

8. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE

9.The Paley Center for Media is hosting a dazzling new exhibit called You Can’t Stop the Beat: the Art & Artistry of Hairspray Live! Visitors can view eye-popping costumes, set pieces and props from the Tony and Emmy–Award winning production. Exhibit is free and open through May 21, 2017. FREE

10. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell – Book Release Show, a conversation with  presented by Skylight Books at Largo.

12. Hecho in LA presents Taco Madness ’17 a sort-of food and drink festival by the folks over at L.A. Taco and I LOVE MICHELADAS happening at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Celebrate the city’s favorite food, the taco and down some of the best micheladas both made by award winning chefs and restaurants like Guerrilla Tacos, Tacos Punta Cabras and Mariscos Jalisco .  Event is 21+ and is free to attend!

13. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.

14. The Rockwell Table & Stage presents The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Mean Gurlz. Relive the catty girl-clique “The Plastics” through song and dance. The show has been selling out to great acclaim. Happening all weekend.  DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. Moved LA is hosting a Cinco De Mayo creative movement workshop this Friday, May 5. The evening will includes happy hour drinks and piñata smashing. Tickets can be purchased online for $20.

16. A three-day BBQ & Beer Festival kicks off in Santa Clarita this Friday with Friday night kicks off with more than 50 craft beers on tap, live music and LOTS of cue’! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

17. Free admission days this Friday for: Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 pm) and Long Beach Museum of Art

Saturday May 6th, 2017

18. Eat|See|Hear, one of L.A.’s premier outdoor movie screening series, is back for its 6th season starting on May 6 with Mean Girls for an entire summer of movies, munchies and music. This year’s lineup includes a selection of 20 films and musical performances alongside 150+ rotating food trucks, all showcased at some of our city’s coolest venues. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. Obscura Day organized by Atlas Obscura is designed to celebrate the world’s most curious and awe-inspiring places. Taking place this Saturday, Obscura Day in L.A. will offer 15 unconventional events as part of this international celebration.

20. Free Comic Book Day is back this Saturday. Occurring every year on the first Saturday of May, it’s an international comic book celebration during which comic book shops give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who visits their shops. FREE

21. The L.A. Taco & Beer Festival comes to Raleigh Studios in Hollywood for a day of unlimited pours of craft beer, unlimited taco tastings, original art for sale, DJ’s, games, hand rolled cigars and more.

22. South Pasadena’s Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk includes six stages with more than 30 planned performances, art gallery open houses, beer gardens, food trucks, an artisan alley and more!

23. Now in its sixth season, Street Food Cinema combines classic film screenings with live musical performances and tasty local area food trucks, all at awesome outdoor locations throughout Los Angeles. This weekend they will screen Singin’ in the Rain at Syd Kronenthal Park in Culver City. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

24. Enjoy a night of comedy for a well deserved cause. Wait Wait…Don’t Kill Me!” will take on the year in animal news with comedians Lily Tomlin, June Diane-Raphael, Casey Wilson, Whitney Cummings and Craig Ferguson at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Hosted by comedian Paul Scheer, “All the proceeds will benefit the Voice For The Animals Foundation

25. Angel City Brewery Heritage Music & Arts Festival returns on May 6 and 7 featuring a range of entertainment to celebrate the Arts District Downtown and it’s commitment to the craft beer community. Expect live bands, food trucks, performances, art, plenty of beer and a chance to help paint the community mural. FREE

26. The famed Second City Hollywood comedy theater and improv school hosts an open house on May 6 for a day full of free workshops and shows that will leave you keeling over with laughter. FREE

27. Fans of our feathered friends can celebrate Bird Day LA 2017 with 50-plus bird and nature-themed events planned all around the city.

28. Tacos and Beer 5k Long Beach is a rewarding, celebratory run taking place on Cinco De Mayo weekend. After running the 5K, you’ll be handed two tacos and a beer at the after-party. The event will also feature live mariachi music, games, a mechanical bull, a piñata breaking party, and a Cinco de Mayo costume contest.

29. One special Saturday every month Griffith Observatory hosts a free public star party to highlight interest in observing the cosmos. The event is a great chance to try out a variety of telescopes, check out visible objects of our solar system, and perhaps best of all the parties provide a forum to exchange ideas and talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers. FREE

30. Watch lucha libre wrestlers beat each other up and catapult themselves through the air during La Bulla at Plaza de la Raza Gallery in Los Angeles. The high octane event will also feature live music, an art exhibit curated by tattoo artist Johnny Quintana, live art making, and a car and bike show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

31. The NerdMelt Showroom presents Literati: A Comedy Show About The Greatest American Novels Never Written. Originated in Brooklyn, NY the show is here in LA for one night only with hosts Colin O’Brien (Just For Laughs New Faces 2016, Adult Swim) and Michael Wolf (Comedy Central, MTV) whom have read one book combined between the two of them. The hilarious readings will be brought to life with the help of some very special comedians, or shall I say “authors.”

32. Ocean Avenue’s Day at the Races hits Santa Monica on Saturday for a taste of some of the best food and drinks the street has to offer. This culinary walking tour of SoCal’s premier beachfront street celebrates the Kentucky Derby and raises funds for the Surfrider Foundation to protect the world’s oceans and beaches, so dress up in your Derby best!

33. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s gorgeous Hollyhock House will be used as a theater for the very first time when Fefu and Her Friends plays throughout the month of May in honor of the 150th anniversary of the esteemed architect’s birth.

34. The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is back at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale April 8 through May 21. Come to the fair for an afternoon of games, rides, mouthwatering food and artisan crafts.

Sunday May 7th, 2017

35. Masters of Taste Food Festival returns to the beautiful Pasadena Rose Bowl this Sunday for a massive one-day festival including live music and entertainment, as well as sampling from the sweets masters, culinary masters, and beverage masters of our city. 100% of the festival proceeds benefit Union Station Homeless Services. Be sure to check for discounted tickets on Goldstar. ALSO: We have an exclusive promo code you can use to get 20% off purchase. Just use code WELIKELA at checkout from the official website.

36. Le Salon de Musiques presents a stage free chamber musical experience with champagne and high tea to follow at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion this Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

37. Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance returns for the 8th year in a row featuring some of the most elegant, glamorous and prestigious cars in the world. More than 150 classic and exotic motorcycles and cars will compete for various awards, including “Best of Show.”

38. The Great Rock and Roll Flea Market will take over The Regent Theater in DTLA with an impressive selection of vintage collectors, antiquities dealers, vintage clothing, jewelry makers, music memorabilia, vinyl, local food vendors, food trucks, craftsmen and used musical instruments dealers. This one of a kind flea market is free to attend and open to all ages. FREE

392 Girls 1 Pup is a comedy show hosted by Monique Madrid, Comet the pup and a rotation of girl hosts. Set up at Tailwaggers in Hollywood, pet owners can bring their little pups along for the show! Come early for the red carpet, PUPparazzi, PUPcorn and free beers!  All proceeds go directly to The Tailwaggers Foundation.

40. Family Day at Smorgasburg LA happens every first Sunday of the month. The whole family can enjoy live musical performance, dance party, face painting, balloon art and kids specials from weekly food vendors.

41. Head to the Santa Anita Infield for the annual Cinco De Mayo Car Show, presented by La Raza. Plenty of car eye candy from Classics, Kustoms, Rat-Rods, Lowriders and more will be on display. FREE

42. LululemonLA and MVMT Theory presents Boobs & Beyonce a rooftop Beyonce-themed dance class open to all levels. Event is located on the rooftop of the ROW DTLA. FREE


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Fun Things To Do for Cinco de Mayo in L.A. & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

May 2, 2017 by Christina Minh

This Friday is Cinco de Mayo, and in today’s roundup we got you fully covered on where to drink, eat, and play in Los Angeles to celebrate the special day.

Also on the radar: a Tacos + Beer Fest and Westbound’s kiddie themed adult party, both of which you can read more about below.

Oh, and If you don’t have plans this Sunday head on over to the Rose Bowl for what we think is one of the best food festivals of the year: Masters Of Taste (We Like L.A. happens to be an official sponsor!).

Your weekly L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

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Photo Credit: Big Bar

Where to go for Cinco de Mayo

Big Bar is bringing back the “Largest Margarita in Los Feliz” this time it’s made with Mestizo Mezcal Blanco

Petty Cash is throwing an all-day party for the big day starting at 11 a.m. and will stay open late, until 1 a.m. with a DJ, balloon artist, and drink specials.

Gracias Madre will offer all day and night specials including Cazuela Cocktail for Two ($20) made with El Charo Blanco, Mandrine, Lime, Lemon, Yuzu Bitters, Grapefruit.Trio Los Brillantes will perfrom at 4pm for guests.

Umami Burger will offer a special drink created exclusively for Umami Burger called Rande’s Spicy Margarita. The margarita is made with Casamigos Blanco, muddled serrano peppers, fresh lime juice, orange juice, house-made simple syrup and a PAMA infusion topped with Xicaru Mezcal, Cointreau foam and thinly sliced serrano pepper.
Available until May 12 for $11. One dollar of each sale will go to the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar special is The Skinny Dip a 7 oz Coronita Beer dunked into a goblet of frozen margarita, made with gold tequila, fresh citrus juices & house-made triple sec. Only $5 during happy hour, which is Monday – Friday from 3 – 6:30 p.m. at both the El Segundo and Playa Vista locations.

The Mixing Room at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE celebrates with $4 tacos all night long, live music and a DJ to spin you into the night. Taco options include a Lechon Taco from a whole roasted pig and a Shrimp Taco with roasted poblano and black garlic, accompanied by house-made salsas. Cocktails for the night include a Mexican Mule, a Tequila Sunrise mimosa, and if you’re tequila-out the bar also has a nice selection of beers.

neat.  on the Westside houses an extensive tequila and mezcal collection. Their special for the night is the Mexican Firing Squad ($8) made with tequila, lime, agave syrup and grenadine.

Food Bowl Kicks Off a Month Long Festival in L.A.

Clear your schedule for the entire month of May, a massive 31-day food festival showcasing the diversity and flavors of L.A. is here. The much anticipated L.A. Times Food Bowl is the first of its kind and will include citywide dining events, a Night Market held at Grand Park in Downtown and a number of rare international pop-up’s curated by the team at the L.A. Times.

Tacos + Beer = Your Weekend Plans

The L.A. Taco & Beer Festival heads to Raleigh Studios in Hollywood on Saturday May 6 to bring Angelenos unlimited pours of craft beer, unlimited taco tastings, original art for sale, DJ’s, games, hand rolled cigars and more. General admission tickets are $50 and VIP tickets are $70. VIP tickets get you early entrance at 1 p.m., access to a VIP-only lounge, specialty beer tastings and tequila and mezcal tastings.

Everything You Should Be Eating During The San Gabriel Valley Asian Restaurant Dining Week

Our friend Kristie Hang rounded up the best spots to hit up during San Gabriel Valley Asian Restaurant Dining Week. Check it out on LAist here.

Kentucky Derby in L.A.

Ocean Avenue’s Day at the Races hits Santa Monica on Saturday May 6 for a taste of some of the best food and drinks the street has to offer. This culinary walking tour of SoCal’s premier beachfront street celebrates the Kentucky Derby and raises funds for the Surfrider Foundation to protect the world’s oceans and beaches. So dress up in your Derby best and enjoy complimentary munchies from Herringbone, Del Frisco’s Grille, Red O, Chez Jay, Shore Hotel, Loews Santa Monica and more. Expect additional food and drink specials, contests, photos, and the screening of the game! Tickets are $40 per person, or early bird is $30.

Ocean Avenue's Day at the Races

Ocean Avenue’s Day at the Races

Masters of Taste Returns for a Day of Eating for a Good Cause

Masters of Taste Food Festival returns to the beautiful Pasadena Rose Bowl this Sunday on May 7. The massive one-day festival includes live music and entertainment, as well as sampling from the sweets masters, culinary masters, and beverage masters of our city. 100% of the festival proceeds benefit Union Station Homeless Services, a 501(c)(3) organization that assists homeless individuals and families throughout the San Gabriel Valley. General admission and VIP tickets are currently available at $105 and $185. VIP tickets allow guests to have early access to the event and access to VIP lounges and seating. Be sure to check for discounted tickets on Goldstar. ALSO: We have an exclusive promo code you can use to get 20% off purchase. Just use code WELIKELA at checkout from the official website.

Masters of Taste 2016

Masters of Taste 2016. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Drink Some of the Best Cocktails for FREE

The 5th Annual Bartending Competition returns to the JW Marriott Los Angeles every Wednesday from May 10 to 24. Watch some of LA’s best bartenders compete during the May Mix-off at the Mixing Room. Attendees will enjoy complimentary, beautifully crafted samples of signature cocktails during the free event.

Westbound Celebrates First Year Anniversary with a Kids Themed Party

Westbound’s first year anniversary party will be a blowout to remember. The celebration takes place at the Arts District bar and eatery on Thursday, May 4. Expect a cotton candy maker, bouncy house, boozy slushy machine, summer boozy milkshakes, cupcakes, balloon animals, a greatest hits menu and more! Complimentary popcorn, cotton candy, birthday cake, an amuse-bouche for guests upon arrival, and access to the bouncy house. Congrats Westbound! 😎

Here is what she looks like now.

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Mama Lion Debuts

Mama Lion is officially open for business. Chef Michael Hung is at the helm for this one (Faith & Flower and Viviane.) The supper club is located in Koreatown and draws its flavors from California with a Korean twist. For now the restaurant is open for dinner only.

Best thing we ate this week….

Lawry’s The Prime Rib is as classic as it gets and I love it. From the service, the famous spinning salad bowl to the meat being carved right in front of your table. It’s something you have to experience at least once. As for me I will be back!

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Food, Happenings

Taste of Glendale, a New Secret Menu in DTLA & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

April 25, 2017 by Christina Minh

Food Festival season is in full swing and this week shines a light on several local neighborhoods.

The Taste of Eastside is coming up this weekend while the Taste of Downtown Glendale takes off tomorrow (along with the Taste of The Valley which we mentioned last week).

For DTLAers there’s a new secret $7 menu at the swanky at WP24,  and don’t forget you can also score free coffee in Malibu and free Haus Dogs in North Hollywood this week.

Your weekly L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

Eastside eats this weekend

This weekend (April 30) enjoy the evolving food scene of such eastside neighborhoods as Silver Lake, Echo Park, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Atwater Village and more during Taste of the Eastside at Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. VIP Early Access ($75/ticket pre-sale; $85/ticket day of the event) includes, early admission, unlimited food tastes, three drink tickets, VIP demos, exclusive VIP gift bag, front row demo seating, and priority parking. General Admission Access includes unlimited food tastings and wine/beer/alcohol for purchase.

Dog Haus NOHO celebrate one year anniversary with free dogs

Dog Haus North Hollywood turns one on Friday, April 28! To celebrate, Dog Haus North Hollywood will offer guests any of their seven Haus Dog creations for free with the purchase of a $1 draught beer! That’s a nice pair! Happening all day.

Free VegFest L.A. returns!

The annual VegFest L.A. is back at Woodley Park in Encino on April 30, this all-day, all-vegan food festival will feature live entertainment, vegan food education and foodie inspiration. Highlights include cooking demos, oasis beer and wine garden, animal adoption, over 150 exhibitors and a vegspiration tent!

Caffe Luxxe grand opens with free coffee

Artisan coffee roaster Caffe Luxxe expands to Malibu this Wednesday, April 26 at 22333 Pacific Coast Highway from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The opening is in conjunction with the launch of their limited edition “Malibu Blend.”

The perfect way to get your Sunday started.

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Get to know Glendale’s food scene

The Taste of Downtown Glendale returns for with 30+ restaurants, wine and beer on tap, live music and family events to keep the kiddos busy. Starts this Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m.

Secret menu at WP24

WP24 by Wolfgang Puck has just launched a secret “24/7” menu to celebrate their 7-year anniversary in DTLA. The menu features popular items for $7 a pop, like Pork Belly Bao Buns, Tempura Rolls with spicy albacore, Steamed Chicken Dumplings, and Warm Doughnuts. Guests have to request the secret menu to access the deal.

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar x Linkin Park

Owner Terry Heller of Plan Check Kitchen + Bar joins forces with the band Linkin Park, to release a limited-run Plan Check x Linkin Park Meal Pack ($39) to promote the band’s new album, One More Light. The Meal Pack includes Ahi Tuna Tostada, a  Korean bbq grilled cheese and more. Available at all four Plan Check locations from May 2-31 the meal also includes a limited edition Linkin Park t-shirt.

Best thing we ate this week….

Coastal Mexican restaurant Pez Cantina is situated in Downtown’s Bunker Hill near MOCA and the Broad Museum. The latest project of former Patina Executive Chef and co-founder of Milk Ice Cream Parlor, Bret Thompson the sea to land concept is inspired by the many flavors of Mexico which include Baja, Oaxaca, the Yucatan Peninsula and beyond. On the menu you will find ceviches, taquitos, tostadas, fresh seafood cocteles and plenty of grilled entrees.

During my visit I ordered a selection of fresh seafood starters and main courses. Entrees come in very large presentations. For example my Chimichurri grilled half chicken came with a heap of grilled romaine, asparagus, green onions, fingerling potatoes and a healthy serving of zesty cilantro-lime-mojo.

But my favorite was the Molcajete, a colossal lava bowl that comes with strips of NY steak, carnitas, shrimp, chorizo, Menonita cheese and grilled cactus dressed around a flavorful, still-simmering tomato stew. When the carnitas melts in your mouth upon the first bite… mmmmmmm.

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34 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [4-24-17 to 4-28-17]

April 24, 2017 by Christina Minh

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, Apr. 24 to Friday, Apr. 28, features The 18th annual Taste of the Valley, The Beverly Hills Film Festival, a Paul Simon exhibit at Skirball, Redondo Beach Springfest and LOTS more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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Monday April 24th, 2017

1. The Moth GrandSLAM Storytelling Championship is tonight! Happening at The Regent Theater. The GrandSLAM Championship, featuring the winners of the past 10 Moth StorySLAMS, is a battle of wits and words.

2. Come out to Angel City Brewery for a couple of beers and Drinky Draw (8-10 p.m.) where you try your hand at drawing a live model. Cost $20 to participate.

3. There’s a cat themed late night talk show happening at UCB called “Chats on Cats With Joey Clift.” Expect cat themed monologue jokes, characters, and interviews with celebrity cat owners.

4. Hot Tub With Kurt And Kristen at The Virgil is one of the most popular weekly variety shows happening on a Monday in Los Angeles.

5. The Business LA is a free comedy show at Little Joy featuring some of the best local comics in town. FREE

6. Catch L.A.’s longest running weekly burlesque show Monday Night Tease at Three Clubs in Hollywood on Mondays. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Tuesday April 25th, 2017

7. The Chamber Music Nights series at Walt Disney Concert Hall is the perfect evening. Guests will have a chance to taste delicious wines, explore the iconic Frank Gehry architecture and indulge in some world-class chamber music. Check for discounted admission before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. Ahmanson Theatre presents the much beloved Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. The new rival of the classic will be performed by the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production. Happening throughout the week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. Head to LACMA to catch a classic flick every Tuesday as part of their matinee film series. This Tuesday features The Devil is a Woman. Tickets cost just $4.

10. Escape Room LA: The Theatre has you trapped inside a creepy theater haunted by a ghost. The only way out is to uncover clues and puzzles to release the ghost before time runs out. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. The Lincoln presents “For the Record,” a weekly series where guests bring in their own vinyl for a unique DJ set from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. This week’s theme is Jazz with DJ Jordan Blackmon (Toro y Moi guitarist). FREE

Wednesday April 26th, 2017

12. The 18th annual Taste of the Valley returns to the San Fernando Valley on April 26. This ultimate tasting experiencing of 45+ local restaurants and wine, spirits and beer from over 120 wineries, breweries and local makers. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED(via Goldstar)

13. 17th Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival begins on April 26 with opening night at the TCL Chinese 6 in Hollywood. Continuing through April 30, the BHFF will feature red carpet premiers, networking events, panel discussions and after parties.

14. The Slurring Bee makes its way to The Virgil this Wednesday for a bar spelling bee where participants pay $5 to compete, take a first Slurring Bee Shot and spell. From there on it keeps going until a queen or king bee is crowned. Winner receives half the pot, bee-themed prizes and their picture immortalized on The Slurring Bees Wall of Fame, plus automatic placement in the Tournament of Champions!

15. Play Indiana Jones for a day with Escape Room LA: The Cavern. Find clues and solve puzzles to get your hands on a lost civilization’s ancient treasures hundreds of feet below Downtown Los Angeles! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

16Odyssey Theatre will be having previews of their new show KISS by Chilean playwright, Guillermo Calderon Wednesday through Friday. Use promo code WELIKELA for free tickets. Please book in advance or mention the promo code over the phone or email.

17. Save up to 85% off on apparel and more during The Kooples sample sale April 26-30.

18. The Taste of Downtown Glendale returns for with 30+ restaurants, wine and beer on tap, live music and family events to keep the kiddos busy.

19. Tales from Tinseltown is a new storytelling show hosted by Megan Hayes (Hunger Games, Sleepy Hollow) and Oscar Sagastume (Multiple Moth Winner, Buzzfeed). Performers share some of Hollywood’s dirty secrets and maybe a few of their own. Tickets cost $5.

20. The 1st Annual L.A. Get Down Festival will celebrate hip hop and spoken word from April 18-30. Presented by Greenway Arts Alliance and Da Poetry Lounge the events will include legendary writers, poets, musical performances and leading workshops celebrating diversity. Happening throughout the week.

Thursday April 27th, 2017

21. Thursday is opening day for Paul Simon: Words & Music Exhibit at Skirball Cultural Center. Curated by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, fans can learn about Simon’s life, career, and creative process while perusing various instruments, records, sheet music, photography, costumes, and more on display.

22Redondo Beach’s Springfest returns for four days (April 27-30) of carnival and community fun at Aviation Park. Springfest is a long-standing tradition going for 30 years, it’s a family-friendly event featuring pony rides, a petting zoo, carnival rides for all ages, food trucks, a food court, live entertainment and DJs. FREE

23. The L.A. Zoo is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a sustainable wine and dinner series. Each event will include a five-course farm-to-table dinner accompanied by wine from local vineyards. There will also be a zoo walk-through with education and entertainment highlights, along with up-close animal encounters. On April 27 Malibu Wines will be the featured winery and the dinner will take place on the terraces of the L.A. Zoo’s Mahale Mountains.

24. The Rockwell Table & Stage presents The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Mean Gurlz. Relive the catty girl-clique “The Plastics” through song and dance. The show has been selling out to great acclaim. Happening Thursday and Friday.  DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. Produce Haus opens it’s doors this Thursday with a group exhibition called “WALLS: A Quest for Immersive Space.” The public opening and artists’ reception will take place from 7-10 p.m. and no RSVP is required.

26. Throwback Thursdays at NoHo cinema screens A League of Their Own this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

27. Prism DJs and KNEWNOISE presents “Crazy in Love” a Beyonce and Jay Z dance party at Resident DTLA.

28. Free admission days this Thursday for:  Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

Friday April 28th, 2017

29. The Last Book Review returns to The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles. Join host Ever Mainard and five comedians as they tell their own personal, funny and often awkward story on stage. The last comedian will then take the audience through a book review. FREE

30 Every Friday in April Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This week’s theme is a City Series: PISCO.

31. Tease, If You Please Burlesque Show staged at Globe Theatre spotlights acts from some of the most creative dancers in the business. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

32. April is National Poetry Month and Metro Art Presents legendary L.A. poet and word musician Kamau Daáood and a program of performances by special guest poets, accompanied by musicians at Union Station. FREE

33. LACMA’s award winning Department of Music Program provides hundreds of free concerts and musical events every year for Angelenos to enjoy. This Friday their jazz series continues at the BP Grand Entrance.

34. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art


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42 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. You Need to Know About [4-21-17 to 4-23-17]

April 20, 2017 by Christina Minh

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city, we decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend in L.A. (Apr. 21 to Apr. 23) includes a March for Science, a Museum of Ice Cream opening, the L.A. Times Festival of Books, a reopening celebration for Los Angeles State Historic Park, the California Poppy Festival, and LOTS more to choose from.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Enjoy!

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Pershing Square Women's March

Pershing Square fills up for the Women’s March on Jan. 21, 2017. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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Friday April 21st, 2017

1. The Los Angeles Master Chorale is hosting the 28th annual High School Choir Fest. Free performances will take place at the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A. The day begins at 11 a.m., with a concert from 16 members of the Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Ensemble, led by conductor Jenny Wong. FREE

2. The Great Horror Movie Nights at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park will screen Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The event will feature plenty of pre-show entertainment including games, prizes, and roaming scare-actors.  Discount tickets are available via Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. Interactive light and shadow installation THE WOODS invites viewers into a knee-high forest of twigs as moving lights automatically illuminate their path. The immersive installation only admits two people at a time and will run Thursday through Sunday.  FREE

4. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. Grand Park is hosting a site specific installation called The Portals Project, an immersive experience where Angelenos get to connect and communicate to people around the global in real time from Amman, Berlin, Mexico City and more. Happening April 10-23. FREE

6. Spend a Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific and explore the aquarium after hours. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. Every Friday in April Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This week’s theme is Seasonal Produce Cocktails (Gin x Whiskey).

8. Metro Art Presents “Charles Phoenix: Southern Californialand” a slide show adventure exploring SoCal’s undiscovered valued mid-century architectural gems from the past and the present. FREE

9. Odd Nights heads to The Autry for their signature outdoors shopping experience. There will also be loads of shopping, live music and a full bar.

10. Ahmanson Theatre presents the much beloved Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. The new rival of the classic will be performed by the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production. Happening throughout the weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. Splendid, Ella Moss and 7 for All Mankind are joining forces with one epic warehouse sale happening in Vernon for one day only. Prices start at $5, we’ve been told this is the biggest sale yet! Shop from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: 5500 South Boyle Ave, 1st Floor Vernon, CA 90058

12. Festival M.A.R.S., a ten-day festival featuring unique merging of music, fashion, art and dance, is coming to Downtown Los Angeles from April 14 to 23. Taking place at Art Share L.A. and Angel City Brewery, the fest will include performances from 35+ local and internationally established musicians and visual artists.

13. The 1st Annual L.A. Get Down Festival will celebrate hip hop and spoken word from April 18-30. Presented by Greenway Arts Alliance and Da Poetry Lounge the events will include legendary writers, poets, musical performances and leading workshops celebrating diversity.

14. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art

BONUS: If you live on the Eastside check out ‘Sprung on Spring’, the annual neighborhood party at Big Bar in Los Feliz

Saturday April 22nd, 2017

15. Los Angeles March for Science falls on Earth Day (April 22) From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Marchers will gather at Pershing Square to celebrate science and urge environmental, as well as human rights protection.

16. The newly renovated Los Angeles State Historic Park is having a grand reopening celebration this weekend featuring music, performances, family-friendly activities and food trucks. Starts on 10 a.m. on Saturday.

17. Celebrate the Ultimate Throwback with the 12th Annual Freestyle Festival in Long Beach. This one-day music festival will feature hit-makers from the 1980’s through 1990’s including Bell Biv Devoe, Lisa Lisa, The English Beat, Naughty by Nature and more. Check for discounted tickets while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

18. The annual L.A. Times Festival of Books returns to USC (April 22-23) for a two-day festival featuring live readings from authors, cooking demonstrations, intimate conversations and forward-thinking panels on U.S.C.’s campus. FREE

19. Charles Bukowski’s Los Angeles Bus Tour put on by the folks at Esoteric Bus Adventures will take you to some of the literary giants favorite L.A. haunts, you’ll also see where he lived, worked and drank. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

20. Experience the food, culture and history of Downtown Los Angeles through a three hour foodie tour this Saturday and Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. Come enjoy a lively celebration of art and community in Santa Monica at the Bergamot Station Spring Fling. At this internationally renowned arts complex’s family-friendly event, you can check out more than 25 art exhibitions, listen to live music, shop from local vendors and grab a bite from local eateries.

22. Top comics Dane Cook, Kevin Nealon, Nikki Glaser, and special guests will be doing stand-up at L.A.’s legendary Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival comes to Barnes Park April 22-23 for an arts event with entertainment, learning, and fun in honor of the Japanese American culture. FREE

24. Celebrate Earth Day weekend with Renew- Reuse, Recycle, Restyle at Angel City Brewery. This annual bazaar features live music, a clothing drive, photo booth, food, and more. This year’s event is being produced in collaboration with Society of St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles.

25. The poppies are poppin’ this year, and there’s no better time to place to learn about these brilliant wildflowers than at the California Poppy Festival (April 22-23). Held at the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery, visitors can can pickup free wildflower maps and tips on the best viewing locations before heading out to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve to see the incredible spectacle for themselves.

26. The Museum of Ice Cream is coming to Los Angeles from April 22 to May 29. Created as an art installation, tempting features include a “sprinkle pool” filled with nearly 100 million sprinkles made of antimicrobial plastic (no edible), a melted-popsicle jungle and a banana split made of 10,000 bananas.

27. Cliftons Living History Tour is a 45-minute guided excursion led by Kahlil Nelson. Take a peek into DTLA history and the fascinating rooms at the iconic food hall. Although tour reservations are free, donations are strongly encouraged.

28. The 10th annual Record Store Day is filled with loads of local events.  Stop by your local record store to buy special limited-edition vinyl and other releases, and for a chance to meet, see, and hear your favorite artists. There will also be cook-outs, body painting, parades and more!

29. Come celebrate Earth Day in Exposition Park during LASAN LA Sanitation’s earth-friendly day of fun! More than 50 exhibitors will be on hand with exhibits both educational and fun that will teach the whole family about sustainability and environmental awareness. FREE

30. Volunteer to clean up the L.A. River this weekend! Every year, thousands of volunteers scour various parts of the river, collecting trash and making an environmental difference. That could be you!!!

31. Celebrate Earth Day with nature-filled events at Descanso Gardens! On April 22 and 23, guests at this beautiful garden in La Cañada Flintridge will be treated to springtime programs focused on flowers, garden plants and a blingy trunk show.

32. Dapper Day at Disneyland, returning on April 22 and April 23, is your best excuse to step out in style at the happiest place on earth! Twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, the dapper-minded are encouraged to visit Disneyland dressed up in elegant ensembles while exploring the park during this very stylish weekend.

33. The Rockwell Table & Stage presents The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Mean Gurlz. Relive the catty girl-clique “The Plastics” through song and dance. The show has been selling out to great acclaim. Happening all weekend.  DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

34. The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is back at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale April 8 through May 21. Come to the fair for an afternoon of games, rides, mouthwatering food and artisan crafts.

35. Still Life, a drama written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), is now playing onstage at The MET Theatre. Happening Saturday and Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

36. West Elm is partnering with Artisanal LA to highlight 10 local artisans on Earth Day by showcasing their products at the West Elm Santa Monica location. In addition guests can partake in a food tasting, terrarium workshops and more!

Sunday April 23rd, 2017

37. Taking place on the fourth Sunday of ever month the Topanga Vintage Market includes over 170 vintage, antiques, and collectibles vendors along side local artists, crafters, designers, musician performances and food trucks round out one of the best vintage markets in LA.  Parking is free, admission is $3, and kids under 12 are free. No pets are allowed.

38. Take in a few laughs at the end of the weekend at Cool Beans Comedy at the Ice House in Pasadena. FREE

39. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust’s 25th annual community Yom HaShoah Day of Holocaust Commemoration event will take place at Pan Pacific Park. The full day of learning, commemoration and reflection, will include a Yiddish poetry reading and conversation with Holocaust survivor artists at noon. FREE

40. Cruise on over to Runway Playa Vista to check out 50+ American classic cars, awesome 50’s bands, artisan vendors and more. FREE

41. Friendship Buddies is a weekly stand-up comedy show at the Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park. Come hangout in the back patio, enjoy a cocktail, and LOL to outstanding stand-up comedians in Los Angeles. FREE

42. Free admission days this Sunday for: Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)


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Free Ice Cream, 4/20 Cannabis Tastings, & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

April 18, 2017 by Christina Minh

When in doubt, start with something free!

This Thursday, April 20 Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will be handing out free scoops of excellent ice cream as part of their grand opening of a new location in Larchmont Village. And remember that on that same day our city’s 4/20 enthusiasts will be celebrating with a few choice cannabis tastings/pairings , several of which are listed below.

Over next few weeks we’ll see some major food festivals coming our way like LA Weekly’s Burgers & Beers and A Taste of The Valley. To that end you’ll want to start getting your calendar in order and buying early if/when discounts apply.

Your weekly L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Grand Opens with free ice cream!

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is opening their third scoop shop in Larchmont Village giving away free scoops to the public on April 20, from 7–11 p.m.

Get a taste of whats in the Valley

The 18th annual Taste of the Valley returns to the San Fernando Valley on April 26. This ultimate tasting experiencing of 45+ local restaurants and wine, spirits and beer from over 120 wineries, breweries and local makers. Our friends at Goldstar has discounted tickets while supplies last for GA and VIP!

LA Weekly is back with Burgers & Beer

LA Weekly is back with their signature Burgers & Beer event on April 29 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Gain access to unlimited slider samples and beer pours from some of L.A.’s best restaurants and breweries. We spot some discount tickets (affiliate link) over on Goldstar for this event 😉

420 Dinner Tastings!

Celebrate this unofficial holiday with a 4/20 pairing dinner. Taking place in a private gallery featuring great views of Downtown Los Angeles, you’ll enjoy high-end cannabis tastings paired with chef-created dishes devised to complement the flavors and notes of each cannabis strain. A cannabis epicure will be on hand to impart a deeper understanding of each weedy course, and DJ Professor Moses & Hyim will spin all evening. There will also be live performances, a tea bar offering freshly brewed teas, and discovery stations that will help you to try new brands and products, like dabs, extracts, concentrates and edibles.

Lagunitas Brewing Company and Craft Hill in Monrovia are teaming up to celebrate 4/20 with a special five-course craft beer dinner for $50 a person. The brewery has a long-standing relationship with cannabis and was famous for its weekly 4/20 parties until its Director of Marketing was arrested for smoking weed at a Lagunitas St. Paddy’s Day party back in 2005. Lagunitas continues that tradition in a more brew-centric way now, with a yearly herbaceous special-edition release, The Waldos, unveiled each April 20.

Dinner in a zoo

The L.A. Zoo is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a sustainable wine and dinner series. Each event will include a five-course farm-to-table dinner accompanied by wine from local vineyards. There will also be a zoo walk-through with education and entertainment highlights, along with up-close animal encounters. On April 27 Malibu Wines will be the featured winery and the dinner will take place on the terraces of the L.A. Zoo’s Mahale Mountains.

LA Zoo: Sustainable Wine + Dinner Series

LA Zoo: Sustainable Wine + Dinner Series

National Prime Rib Day is coming up…

Prime rib specialist Lawry’s will celebrate National Prime Rib Day on April 27 by offering a tasty one-time-only dinner special. For $69 guests can embark on something called the “Ultimate Prime Rib Experience” which includes a Meat & Potatoes Martini (with prime rib-stuffed olives), the pastry-wrapped prime rib “cigar” appetizer, a Prime Rib Hash recipe card (perfect for leftovers), and, the classic Prime Rib meal (Lawry cut of prime rib + mashed potatoes and gravy + Yorkshire pudding + a side dish).

Our favorite holiday—National Prime Rib Day—comes April 27th! Make your reservations now and stay tuned for a special treat… 🍴

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Best thing we ate this week…

Southeast Asian concept Bone Kettle opened it’s doors in early 2017 to glowing reviews. The 36 hour bone broth made by Chef Erwin Tjahyadi’s is one of the most ordered dishes on the menu but the Steamed Oxtail Dumplings made with Oxtail tips, mushrooms and San Bai Sauce is a MUST try. Delicate and savory, the dumplings are an explosion of umami flavors reminiscent of Taiwanese beef noodle soup. Designed as an appetizer, I found it difficult to share this delicious find.

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