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A Tater Tots and Beer Fest, the Best Cuban Food & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

February 28, 2017 by Christina Minh

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Happy Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday!

We’ve got the scoop on where to drink lots of daiquiris and rum on the cheap and where to get traditional eats like King Cake, jambalaya and beignets.

The food party also goes well into the weekend when a Tater Tots & Beer Festival takes over the La Brea Tar Pits this Saturday.

And on Sunday, foodies who also love to work out, can sign up for the Champagne Runch a 5K run that concludes with a five-course brunch menu.

Last but not least, if you find yourself craving Cuban you should check out our latest article on where to find the best Cuban in L.A. Speaking of which…

Where is the best Cuban food in Los Angeles?

We set out to answer that question in our recent post Spots for the Best Cuban in L.A.  Turns out great Cuban food can be found in several neighborhoods from the South Bay to Downey and even the Valley.

Tater Tots + Beer = Best Festival Ever

The Tater Tots & Beer Festival comes to the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum on Saturday, March 4 for the best sampling of domestic, imported, and crafted beers paired with mouth-watering tater tot creations. Tickets cost $25 – $75 a person.

Where to drink for Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras

Tiki No gets festivities with Mango and Lime Daiquiris, New Rleans’ own Bayou (Rum) Mardi Punch, and FREE King Cake! Say the secret word “PUNCH” to get drinks mentioned for $6.

Caña Rum Bar starts their celebration at 9 p.m. which will include beads, masks, $5 daiquiris, hurricanes, and more.

The Federal Bar in North Hollywood will be running beer specials by Abita Beer, including their Mardi Gras Bock for just $5. Food specials include jambalaya and beignets. Tuesday Night resident Randy Emata will also be playing a free jazz show starting at 9:30 p.m. in the lounge.

The Darkroom will whip up their signature King Cake for $5 a slice. The bar will also feature zydeco music and New Orleans jazz all day.

come get your KING CAKE now thru FAT TUESDAY | 🔮

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A Run + Champagne = Runch!

If food and fitness are a perfect pairing to you then we’ve got an event you absolutely have to attend. It’s called Champagne Runch and it takes place this Sunday, March 5. Runners participate in a 5K at Orange County Great Park in Irvine and are treated to a delicious brunch spread after the run. The post-race brunch includes a five-course prix-fixe meal (featuring five signature dishes from five restaurants beloved by local foodies), along with a complimentary glass of champagne or a mimosa. FYI there’s even a donut station! Ticket cost $85 a person.

Yamashiro’s New Late Night Happy Hour

Yamashiro in Hollywood just launched a late night happy hour menu, offering $7 drinks and bites every Monday through Thursday from 9 p.m. till closing.

Sip into the weekend with cocktails and drinks @yamashirola.🍹

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Best thing we ate this week

The famous garlic chicken from Versailles while “researching” for our  round up of Best Cuban in L.A. The chicken is always juicy, the tang from the lemon garlic sauce is addictive and the traditional sides of black beans, rice and plantains make this meal a wining combination.

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35 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [2-27-17 to 3-3-17]

February 27, 2017 by Christina Minh

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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, Feb. 27 to Friday, Mar. 3, features Lebowski Fest, Food Fare 2017, a Great Horror Movie Night in Griffith Park, 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 February 27th, 2017

1. Plasticity is a multi-media infused one-man show that combines family drama with a thoroughly scientific investigation of neurological function to produce something unlike you’ve ever seen before., Performances take place Saturday, Sunday, and Monday evenings at the Hudson Theatres. Highly recommended!

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

3. 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.

4. 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)

Tuesday February 28th, 2017

5. Hollywood’s Franklin & Company is launching a new weekly Free Movie Night. Every Tuesday the gastropub will play a movie over their TVs and offer a different specialty cocktail, themed to the film for just $6. This week it’s LA Confidential.

6. The Standard, Hollywood and Cinefamily presents All About Almodóvar a month long of free Almodóvar screenings. This week, All About My Mother. FREE

7. 28th Annual Mardi Gras At Farmers Market Los Angeles’ will host a family-friendly celebration, with live music, arts and crafts, a strolling parade with New Orleans-style bands, bead throwing and lots of gumbo, jambalaya and other tasty treats.

8. Olvera Street will celebrate Fat Tuesday with Brazilian singing and dancing, student group mask making, and a festive parade. FREE

9. Amoeba Music in Hollywood will host their annual Mardi Gras party, starting at 3 p.m. with DJ Bennet, followed by a parade with masks, beads, musicians and as put in their description, “mayhem.” FREE

10. Tackle the Tuesday slump with a dinner break at food truck night in Santa Monica. The Santa Monica Food Truck Lot hosts gourmet food trucks every Tuesday night from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the California Heritage Museum on Main Street.

11. The Broadway hit, Finding Neverland tells the magical story behind the beloved characters of Peter Pan. Playing at the Hollywood Pantages. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

12. The Wallis presents 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips a heartfelt story based set in the time of World War II showing how the human spirit prevails even in a time of destruction and death. The Times of London called it “A wonderfully life-affirming piece of theatre… touchingly and gloriously imaginative.” Check for discounted tickets on Goldstar while supplies last all week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

13. The Alternative Facts Comedy Show is hosted by the JB and Benny Blue Review and will have some of the best in comedy take the stage as well as Music by DJ Hydroe the proceeds will go to the Community Foundation of Flint in support of the water crisis. Tickets are just $10.

14. 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 Mardi Gras/ ‘80’s! with DJ HOE. FREE

Wednesday March 1st, 2017

15Standing Tall for Tribal Rights at the Hammer Museum is a forum to discuss politics, policies and history of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Dakota Access Pipeline. UCLA law professors Carole Goldberg and Angela R. Riley will discuss the fight for tribal sovereignty and Indian rights. FREE

16. For the first time ever, Political Gabfest will be live in Los Angeles. Listen to debates around today’s hot topics, such as the Trump administration, current events and more, followed by a live Q & A session after the show. Panel participants include Emily Bazelon of The New York Times Magazine, John Dickerson of Face the Nation, and David Plotz of Atlas Obscura.

17. Every Wednesday night is Drag Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s in West Hollywood. It’s a comedic event featuring transgender hosts, celebrity guests, and fabulous prizes.

18. 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)

19. Get your sun salutations on during Grand Park’s lunch time free yoga class stop by at 12:15 p.m. yoga runs till 1 p.m. FREE

20. Step into Angel City Brewery in DTLA this Wednesday for Karaoke Night with KJ Beerbra Streisand. Fun happens from 7 to 9 p.m. FREE

Thursday March 2nd, 2017

21. The New York Times Feminist Reading Group event invites readers, writers and normal bystanders to review and discuss the iconic newspaper while using feminist techniques to investigate journalistic bias. Happening at The Hammer. FREE

22. Food Fare 2017 unites more than 100 of Los Angeles’ best eateries, caterers, chefs and libation purveyors for a foodie extravaganza that is also Planned Parenthood Los Angeles’ biggest fundraising event of the year.

23. Experience the food and culture of East Hollywood’s ethnic neighborhoods through a four hour foodie tour this Thursday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

24. Throwback Thursdays at NoHo cinema screens Dirty Harry this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. Free admission days this Thursday for: MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen, Skirball Cultural Center, Japanese American National Museum and Long Beach Museum of Art.

Friday March 3rd, 2017

26. Lebowski Fest returns to Los Angeles on March 3 and 4 for a weekend, of all things The Big Lebowski. Fans can celebrate the cult classic film with live music, special guest appearances, costume contests and more.  Discount tickets are available via Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Godstar)

27. The Great Horror Movie Nights at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park will screen John Carpenters cult favorite The Thing. 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)

28. 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

29. Thrones!, a hilarious musical parody of Game of Thrones is playing at The Hudson Theatre in Hollywood all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

30. The Natural History Museum’s First Fridays returns for after hours at the museum, special music performances and interesting themed panel discussions. This year the talks will be centered around the science behind food.

31. The Skirball will host “March Forth” an event featuring dynamic spoken word performances from female artists and musicians in celebration of Women’s History Month.

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

33. It’s music month at The Odyssey Theatre and they’ll be hosting a wide variety of local musicians all through the month of March. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

34. Acclaimed for her mixes of “meditative synths and organic instrumentation” combined with mesmerizing vocals, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith will perform a dreamy meditative synths induced set at Los Angeles’ Union Station this Friday at 9:30 p.m. in the Historic Ticketing Hall. FREE

35. Free admission days this Friday for: Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 pm), Long Beach Museum of Art (3 – 8 p.m.) FREE


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40 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. [2-24-17 to 2-26-17]

February 23, 2017 by Christina Minh

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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 (Feb. 24 to Feb. 26) includes the LA Art Book Fair, CoffeeCon, a Craft Beer Festival in San Pedro, Pop-Up Magazine, Oscar parties, 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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Friday February 24th, 2017

1. Come browse books, art catalogs, zines and more by local and national artists at the 5th Annual LA Art Book Fair taking place at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Feb. 23-26. FREE

2. Pop-Up Magazine is a night filled with true, multimedia storytelling with stunning visuals, film, and live music. Listen to writers, filmmakers, photographers and producers share true stories at the Theatre at The Ace.

3. As part of their culinary series of thematic pop-up dinners, The Autry is hosting a farm-to-table food experience called Flavors: Future of Food. Guests will enjoy a specialty meal made of ingredients harkening back to California’s past, such as Longhorn cattle and Churro sheep. Check for discount tickets while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4. Upstairs at Ace Hotel will be hosting the official after hours parties for Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair February 23 – 26. Each night a different publisher will host the free 21+  party starting at 8:30 p.m. FREE

5. 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)

6. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. 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 all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. Late-Night Lichtenstein at The Skirball is a rare opportunity to see the exhibit Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A. at night for free! At this time organizers tell us the waitlist is at capacity so if you don’t make the cut this Friday, try checking out the exhibit before March 12 when it comes to a close.

9. 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)

10. Every Friday in February Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This week’s theme is Seasonal Produce Cocktails made with vodka and whiskey.

11. Thrones!, a hilarious musical parody of Game of Thrones is playing at The Hudson Theatre in Hollywood.

12HALSTON HERITAGE is having a sample sale this Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cooper Building. They’re offering up to 70% off women’s ready-to-wear, dresses and handbags.

Location: Cooper Building 860 S. Los Angeles Street 6th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014

13. Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week returns with a 2.0 version, Feb. 19-25. Guests will have a chance to savor prix fixe lunches and dinners at a special price.

14. Every Friday in February, the Norton Science Museum in Pasadena will host “Unexpected Romance” a film series centered around romance. This week the 1971 film Harold and Maude will be screened.

15. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art (3 – 8 p.m.) FREE

Saturday February 25th, 2017

16. Get your fill of lattes, cold brew and other caffeinated drinks during CoffeeCon February 25 and 26 at The Reef in DTLA. Attendees will have an opportunity to taste, test, learn and enjoy every aspect of coffee via panels, presentations, brew bars and the espresso labs. Check for discount tickets while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

17. Help raise some much-needed funds for supplies for shelter animals at Cupcakes for Canines and Friends! Taking place at Adopt & Shop in Culver City, the event is both a cupcake sale and a supply drive for animals in need.

18. Bob Baker Days returns to the Marionette Theater Feb. 25-26. The historic puppet theater will honor their late founder with a two-day festival filled with puppet shows, art, crafts, music, comedy, films and more.

19. Electric Dusk Drive-In, LA’s only drive-in movie will screen one of the most epic love stories on the big screen Casablanca this Satruday.

20. The Craft Beer Festival in San Pedro takes place on the USS Iowa BattleShip and will feature local and regional breweries, unlimited tastings, food trucks and giant Jenga. Check for discount tickets while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. New Orleans Mardi Gras heads to Santa Anita Park bringing live Louisiana-style tunes and Cajun eats to the iconic race track for just one day. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

22. Playboy will take their party to the rinks this Saturday with the first ever Midnight Roller Disco. Skate to totally 70s tunes, indulge in an open bar, and roll out onto the rink in your grooviest outfit. Tickets cost $40.

23. Top comics Harland Williams, Nikki Glaser and more will be doing stand-up at L.A.’s legendary Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

24. Brouwerij West turns one this weekend and to celebrate they’ll be throwing a party with plenty of beer tastings and brunch. Ticket cost $30 a person.

25. CityRace Urban Adventure presents Culver City: in the Shadows of the Stars a three-hour adventure scavenger hunt in Culver City where Citizen Kane and The Wizard of Oz was born. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

26. “A comatose man recreates his identity by delving deeply into his memories, while a panoply of family members and loved ones form scheming camps over grave neurological decisions” in Plasticity, a new one-man show now playing at the Hudson Theatres. Performances take place Saturday, Sunday, and Monday evenings.

27. Long Beach Mardi Gras Parade will take place from the Aquarium of the Pacific to Shoreline Village where a full on party with dancing, games and more awaits. FREE

28. The Corey Helford Gallery will premiere “Antisocial Network,” the first exhibition in Los Angeles in over a decade from local visual artist Alex Gross. The new collection will feature oil paintings, drawings and mixed media cabinet card paintings. The opening reception is open to the public from 7 to 11 p.m. FREE

29. Second City Tours presents a Santa Monica Seafood Crawl this Saturday. The two hour walking tour will have you dining at the neighborhoods most loved spots.  DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

30. There’s a Bloody Gras event going down in DTLA this weekend. Hosted by the Drunken Devil the Mardi Gras party promises to be a more devious version of the popular Louisiana tradition .

31. Regarded as the world’s best David Bowie tribute artist, David Brighton and his band Space Oddity head to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium for an epic performance channeling the late great David Bowie this Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

32. The traveling Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is having a pop-up in Northridge this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Expect Hello Kitty inspired treats, branded macaron box sets, cookies, doughnuts, mugs, and shirts… basically everything you’d ever need to fulfill your Hello Kitty cravings.

Sunday February 26th, 2017

33. There’s a George Harrison Pop Up at Subliminal Projects this weekend on Harrison’s 74th birthday. The Beatles guitarist will be the focus of a one-day popup featuring six portraits created by Fairey, along with handwritten lyrics, song commentary and family photos. FREE

34. Watch the Oscars in style at the Ace Hotel, they’ll honor one of Hollywood’s most stylish nights with a party! Doors opening at 3:30 p.m., guests can watch a livestream of the award pre-show, and then the show itself, within the Ace Hotel’s gorgeous Spanish Gothic theater.

35. The annual Hollywood Beer & Music Fest will host 25+ local and regional breweries offering 50+ samples to guests while a variety of musical acts such as DJ’s, MC’s and even a Guns N’ Roses tribute band take the stage to entertain you well into the night. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

36. Second City Tours presents a Hollywood Food Crawl this Sunday. The walking tour will have you dining at the neighborhoods eclectic spots from pizza to tacos.  DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

37. **UPDATE** Due to expected rain on Sunday, this event has been moved to Saturday, Feb. 25. League of Extraordinary Mutts will be hosting an adoption dog event at Malibu Country Mart this Sunday to help lovable dogs find homes. Bonus, there will be a kissing booth with the pups.

38. Second City Tours presents the Los Angeles Wine and Cheese Walk where you’ll stop by three excellent spots to sample eight or more varietals of reds, whites and sparkling wines, paired with an assortment of cheeses and breads. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

39. The bi-monthly Outdoor Antique Market returns to the Santa Monica Airport this Sunday. Happening on the first and fourth Sundays of every month shoppers can find a wide selection of estate jewelry, vintage fashion dealers, vintage art work, home furnishings and loads more. Check for discount admission while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

40. 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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9 Spots for the Best Cuban Food in Los Angeles

February 21, 2017 by Christina Minh

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If you can’t make it to Havana to dine on roasted pork, cuban sandwiches, and mojitos, consider taking a closer look at what Los Angeles has to offer.

Around 80,000 Cubans now live in the Los Angeles area and because of that, Cuban restaurants are spread out far and wide from the Eastside, South Bay, and into the Valley. That means that a great Cuban eatery might be closer than you think!

A Little Background

In the 1960’s, Los Angeles played a key role in helping exiled Cubans rebuild a new life after Fidel Castro took power in their home country.

According to KCET, many of those Cubans who who arrived in the 60’s ended up settling in Echo Park where they formed numerous businesses and communities. Echo Park even became known as “Little Havana,” but as time passed Cubans spread out into other cities like Glendale, Downey, South Gate, and Huntington Park, leaving Little Havana in their wake. Echo Park went back to being Echo Park, but some Cubans did manage to stick around. Decades later, their restaurants are still with us.

That said, there are a ton of excellent Cuban dining options for you to choose from. I’ve provided a rundown of the best of the best (in my humble opinion) in the list below, presented in no particular order, numbered only for reference

Hope you enjoy!

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1. Versailles (Encino, Palms, Pico-Robertson)

Prepare to wait for a table at the most popular Cuban restaurant in Los Angeles. Once you snag that table you’ll be overwhelmed by the large menu organized by meats, but calm down, seek out the chicken section, and order the Famous Garlic Chicken served with onions, fried plantains, and rice. You’ll see it at every table because it’s painfully good. Roasted to perfection, the skin is crispy on the outside while housing some of the most tender and juiciest chicken meat you’ve ever tasted. Swish the chicken around in that tangy garlic sauce and take a huge satisfying bite out of a legendary L.A. dish.

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2. Gigi’s Bakery & Café (Westlake)

In Filipinotown sits a Latin American cafe established in 1968 that’s managed to float under the radar for many years, serving delicious Cuban food from breakfast to dinner. In the mornings they serve plates like giant Cuban omelettes stuffed with roasted pork, grilled onions, and garlic mojo sauce with a side of sweet plantains and Cuban bread. For lunch, piping hot Cubanos or a Ropa Vieja sandwich made with shredded beef simmered in tomato sauce with onion and bell peppers are good choices. For dinner, stick to the Cuban Plate. You’ll select a choice of protein (go with the roasted pork) served with sides of yuca, sweet plantains, mixed greens, and toasted Cuban bread. Save room for (or bring home) some Papas Rellenas. Aka stuffed potato balls, they rival those at Porto’s in both size and flavor. I also suggest you pick up some Pastelito de Guayaba y Queso (guava and cheese pastry) and decorated cookies and cakes that are so adorable, it’s hard to pick just a few. They all look so tasty!

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3. El Colmao (Pico-Union)

El Colmao has been around since the ’60s, serving palomilla empanizada, croquetas, Cubanos, oxtail stew, and other Cuban mainstays. If El Colmao sounds familiar, you probably read about it in Jonathan Gold’s book Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles. Their Pollo El Colmao — chicken stewed with tomatoes, olives, peas, and chili powder — is an excellent choice, and is also their most popular dish. El Colmao is as classic as it gets. With a ’60s-’70s ambience and a menu to match, you won’t find anything that strays far from what was served decades ago. If you’re looking for a legit cafe con leche, it can also be found here.

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4. Havana Mania (Redondo Beach)

The South Bay is home to a Cuban restaurant with a food and drink happy hour that lasts over four hours. During lunch time, guests can tack a refreshing mojito onto their meal for just $4. Popular dishes include Ropa Vieja, a zesty shredded-beef dish made with tomato sauce, onions, and peppers, and Lechon Cubano: slow-roasted pork with onions and garlic. Do not overlook the cocktail menu, with over 15 types of mojitos that people go crazy for. Most nights, you’ll find a lively atmosphere and entertainment.

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5. Porto’s (Glendale, Burbank, Downey)

Porto’s is more of a bakery than a full-blown Cuban restaurant, but can you blame us for including them? They have legendary pastries, such as Pastelito de Guayaba y Queso, mouth-watering meat pies, and the fried potato balls are beloved by everyone. If you want a full meal, the cafe serves a number of traditional Cuban dishes, such as the Cubano and the lesser- known but equally delicious Medianoche sandwich.

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6. Tropicana Bakery & Cuban Cafe (Downey)

Owned by the Madrazo family, Tropicana has been serving Cuban dishes for over two decades. Try their most popular dishes: Ropa Vieja, Pan con Lechon and Medianoche sandwiches. Just like at Porto’s, there’s always a line at the bakery section, but it’s well worth the wait. People have a hard time deciding whose meat pies and guava-cheese pastries are better. Give them a try (and the mango and cheese pastry too!) and you might side with Tropicana. This extremely popular establishment can have long lines during busy hours, I suggest going during off-hours for the best service.

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7. El Cochinito Restaurant (Echo Park)

Family owned since 1988, El Cochinto was started by an abuela named Gladys Gutierrez from Havana. Her restaurant’s most popular dish is the Lechon Asado (roasted pork). Crispy yet succulent, the dish is piled high with meat and can be shared, if you’re feeling generous. Now in its third generation, the family members have kept Gladys’ spirit alive through cooking authentic Cuban food with love and family pride.

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8. El Criollo Restaurant (Van Nuys, Burbank)

This Valley mainstay serves great Pollo Asado, empanadas, garlic yuca, Papa Rellenas, and Ropa Vieja. You might find it hard not to order the entire menu, but make sure to save room for the butter cake topped with vanilla ice cream, caramel syrup, and a wafer crumble. The Burbank location has more of a bar atmosphere if you’re going for that, while the Van Nuys location is more homey and down to earth.

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9. Havana Sandwich Company (El Segundo)

Havana Sandwich Company has a great knack for transforming any sandwich into a Cubano. This strip mall sandwich shop offers more than a dozen incarnations of the classic Cubano, including California Cuban, Mexican Cuban, Irish Cuban, Jerk Chicken Cuban, Mediterranean Cuban, and the list goes on.  Maybe not truly authentic Cuban fare, but their Original Cuban beats most places with delicious roasted pork, Swiss cheese, ham, and the works. Make your sandwich a combo and you’ll get a side of rice, black beans, and fried plantains. You’ll leave stuffed to the brim.

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All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes, National Margarita Day & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

February 21, 2017 by Christina Minh

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If there’s one thing that helps Angelenos get through their daily grind, it’s coffee. And there’s no better time to get your caffeine buzz on then at CoffeeCon, returning this weekend for two days of tastings, roastings, panel discussions, latte art tutorials, and LOTS more.

Coffee not your thing? This week also features a craft beer fest on a battleship, National Margarita Day on Wednesday, and plenty of food-centric Oscar viewing parties on Sunday.

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

Bon Appétit!

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CoffeeCon is coming

Caffeine fiends listen up! Get your fill of lattes, cold brew and other caffeinated drinks at CoffeeCon February 25 and 26 at The Reef in DTLA. Attendees will have an opportunity to taste, test, learn and enjoy every aspect of coffee via panels, presentations, brew bars and the espresso labs. General Admission is $15 and seminars costs extra. Check for discount tickets via Goldstar while supplies last.

Craft Beer Fest on the USS Iowa Battleship

On Saturday, February 25, Chuggin Brews will host a craft beer festival abroad the USS Iowa Battleship that will showcase local and regional breweries, as well as DJs and chefs. Tickets cost $58 for general admission and $75 for the VIP experience.

Bring your pup to breakfast this weekend

Silver Lake’s new coffee and sweets cafe, FrankieLucy Bakeshop invites you and your dog to their very first Pup-Up Breakfast Club this Sunday, February 26 from 9 to 11 a.m.
The breakfast club will feature AYCE pancakes with a selection of specialty toppings and syrups, drip coffee, and house-made dog treats. Dogs eat for free and humans pay just $12.

frankie lucy pup up brunch

Photo Credit: FrankieLucy Bakeshop

National Margarita Day

National Margarita Day is this Wednesday, February 22 so celebrate with some of the best crafted margaritas in the city. In honor of the special “holiday” a few bars are featuring some note worthy margs.

Venice Whaler, Whaler Margarita made with Sauza Tequila, Triple Sec, and the Whaler’s House Margarita Mix. On this specail day the Whaler Margarita will be just $4 and $28 if you want a whole pitcher.

Birds & Bees, Silencio Margarita made with Altos Reposado, El Silencio Mezcal, tropical liqueurs, pineapple and lime.

Church & State, Ring of Fire made with Fire Pueblo Viejo Tequila, pomegranate, crème de cassis, lime and soda, served chilled and on the rocks.

The Raymond 1886, Medicina Latina, made with hand squeezed lime juice, home-made ginger syrup, and Plata Tequila, finished with a mescal spray and ginger candy.

venice whaler

Photo Credit: Venice Whaler

Learn to prep fish the Cimarusti way

Cape Seafood and Provisions turns one next month and to celebrate they will host two intimate cooking classes at their sustainably-driven fish market. Get a world class lesson in fish preparation by Chef and Owner Michael Cimarusti along with Cape Seafood’s Culinary Director Brandon Gray. An intimate dinner tasting with Michael and Brandon will follow the class. Dates available are Thursday, March 2 and Thursday, March 30 from 7 to 9 p.m.  To reserve a spot cost $100 per person and the class allows a maximum of 10 guests each class, making this one rare ticket. To reserve a spot in the classes, guests can call the shop at (323) 556-2525.

cape seafood

Photo Credit: Cape Seafood & Provisions

Pitchoun! Bakery celebrates Mardi Gras with beignets!

From February 24 to 29, French pastry purveyors Pitchoun! Bakery will serve beignets and bugnets in honor of Mardi Gras.

Pretty Thai for a White Guy is back at Same Same

Thai wine bar, Same Same, is hosting their second “Pretty Thai for a White Guy” event on February 22 at 6 p.m. The evening will feature Fried Chicken & Thai Street Corn plus $20 bottomless red and white wine.

Local bakers ban together to help the ACLU

Huckleberry baker Zoe Nathan is teaming up with a number of top bakers throughout Los Angeles for Bake & Gathers, a bake sale-style gathering to encourage communities to start a dialogue with one another about the growing concerns they might have about the current administration and how they can ban together and raise funds for important causes.

Bakers that include Friends & Family’s Roxana Jullapat, Proof Bakery’s Na Young Ma, The Rose Café’s Neidy Venegas & Joshua Graves, and more will participate in this grassroots campaign. The team is starting with Los Angeles and hopes to gain momentum to take Bake & Gathers across the country.

The first Bake & Gather will be held this Saturday, February 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at Santa Monica’s Rustic Canyon Park (601 Latimer Road), with Huckleberry Bakery & Café, Caffe Luxxe, and Rusticoffee selling pastries and coffee to help benefit the American Civil Liberties Union and Los Angeles’ Public Counsel, which supports immigrants and underserved communities with pro bono legal services. DTLA’s Woo Souvenir Shop will also be selling t-shirts at the event and at Huckleberry.

At this time the website is not up, so keep up-to-date through their Instagram on other upcoming bake sales throughout L.A.

Oscars viewing party options

The award show of the season.. the Oscars will be played on everybody’s television screens this Sunday. But why not switch it up and hit the town? Enjoy cocktails, a fabulous meal and party like an A Listers! We have some options for you…

The Tuck Room Tavern is rolling out the red carpet to host a VIP viewing party for the Oscars. Chef Sherry Yard will dazzle guests with a four-course prix fixe dinner with entrees named after recent blockbusters such as the La La Lamb. Come early to catch the red carpet interviews and enjoy games and pre-show libations featuring Master Mixologist Adam Seger’s Red Carpet Fizz cocktail. Tickets cost $65 per person.

Ocean Prime will screen the award show in both lounges while guests dine on a Sunday Surf & Turf menu featuring two courses and a side for $60. While watching, partake in a contest by filling out a ballot of your winners predictions in each category for a chance to win a $100 gift card.

Finally, just a quick snapshot of the best thing we’ve eaten in the past week…

Da Kikokiko is “Top Chef” alum Brooke Williamson and husband/co-chef Nick Roberts Hawaiian concept in Playa Vista. They serve a wide variety of poke bowls which can be customized with lots of interesting toppings like Maui onion and Jellyfish. Pictured here is the Hamachi bowl.

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40 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [2-20-17 to 2-24-17]

February 20, 2017 by Christina Minh

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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, Feb. 20 to Friday, Feb. 24, features a free day at LACMA, Pop-Up Magazine at Ace, the LA Art Book Fair, The Slurring Bee at The Virgil, 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 February 20th, 2017

1. Free admission day this Monday for: Los Angeles County Museum of Art is free on President’s Day.

2. Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week returns with a 2.0 version, Feb. 19-25. Guests will have a chance to savor prix fixe lunches and dinners at a special price.

3. Angel City Brewery presents a special smokey edition of Ale Academy featuring the new Warehouse Collection brew, Rauchbier. Explore the smoked flavors of Rauchbier through food pairings from local vendors, including smoked almonds, beef jerky, and BBQ. Tickets cost $5.

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

5. Hot Tub With Kurt And Kristen turns 12 this Monday! The anniversary special will feature some of the best and worst sketches from the past. Happening at The Virgil, special guests include Cameron Esposito, Rivers Langley, Karl Herlinger, Dave Ross, Ryan Singer and Scott Thompson. Tickets cost $8.

6. 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 this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. “A comatose man recreates his identity by delving deeply into his memories, while a panoply of family members and loved ones form scheming camps over grave neurological decisions” in Plasticity, a new one-man show now playing at the Hudson Theatres. Performances take place Saturday, Sunday, and Monday evenings.

8. On Monday The Abbey Food & Bar, will host a Not My President’s Day. Catch The Abbey’s dancers painted orange with blonde wigs, a drag queen MC and themed cocktails such as Make America Gay Again and The Alternative Fact. Guests will have an opportunity to donate to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that night as well.

9. Come to The Victorian in Santa Monica for the monthly Basement Comedy Show, featuring this month’s special guest Jon Rudnitsky. FREE

10. Pan African Film & Arts Festival (Feb. 9-20) will showcase over 150 new films, along with special programs aimed towards students and the community.

Tuesday February 21st, 2017

11. The Standard, Hollywood and Cinefamily presents All About Almodóvar a month long of free Almodóvar screenings. This week, Matador. FREE

12. 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)

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 Tuesday and Wednesday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. Hollywood’s Franklin & Company is launching a new weekly Free Movie Night. Every Tuesday the gastropub will play a movie over their TVs and offer a different specialty cocktail, themed to the film for just $6. This week it’s Taxi Driver.

15. Escape Room LA The Alchemist has you locked in a room forced to uncover the hidden power of the Philosopher’s Stone in order to escape from the mad Alchemist. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

16. 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. Happening Tuesday and Wednesday. DISCOUNTED via Goldstar.

17. The Wallis presents 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips a heartfelt story based set in the time of World War II showing how the human spirit prevails even in a time of destruction and death. The Times of London called it “A wonderfully life-affirming piece of theatre… touchingly and gloriously imaginative.” Check for discounted tickets on Goldstar while supplies last all week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

18. Free admission days this Tuesday for: Los Angeles County Arboretum, South Coast Botanic Garden and Descanso Gardens.

Wednesday February 22nd, 2017

19. Every Wednesday night is Drag Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s in West Hollywood. It’s a comedic event featuring transgender hosts, celebrity guests, and fabulous prizes.

20. 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!

21. 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. The lineup includes Maria Howell (Hidden Figures, The Color Purple), Greg Walloch (Moth Host, NPR) Moses Storm (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central’s), Brittany Ross (‘SMOSH: The Movie’, ‘The Middle’) Scott Turner Schofield (The Bold and the Beautiful, TED Talk). Tickets cost $5.

22. Get your sun salutations on during Grand Park’s lunch time free yoga class stop by at 12:15 p.m. yoga runs till 1 p.m. FREE

Thursday February 23rd, 2017

23. Come browse books, art catalogs, zines and more by local and national artists at the 5th Annual LA Art Book Fair taking place at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Feb. 23-26. FREE

24. The New York Times Feminist Reading Group event invites readers, writers and normal bystanders to review and discuss the iconic newspaper while using feminist techniques to investigate journalistic bias. Happening at The Hammer. FREE

25. Throwback Thursdays at NoHo cinema screens Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

26. Upstairs at Ace Hotel will be hosting the official after hours parties for Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair February 23 – 26. Each night a different publisher will host the free 21+  party starting at 8:30 p.m. FREE

27. Enjoy dinner and a movie when the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills screens Hidden Figures. The movie is preceded by a three-course prix-fixe dinner at Culina. Cost of the experience is $69. Reservations can be made by calling 310.860.4000.

28. Performance Lab at The Skirball Cultural Center presents Lionel Popkin-Inflatable Trio performed on and around an ever changing inflatable plastic living room set.

29. HUMANS! a comedy show hosted by a real live Robot will take place at Amplyfi this Thursday. The show cost $5.

30. Liam McEneaney brings his NYC stand-up showcase Tell Your Friends! to the West Coast at NerdMelt. Expect an eclectic selection of some of the best comedians to take the stage. Tickets cost $10.

31. Free admission days this Thursday for: MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center, Japanese American National Museum (all day) and Pasadena Museum of California Art (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

Friday February 24th, 2017

32. Pop-Up Magazine is a night filled with true, multimedia storytelling with stunning visuals, film, and live music. Listen to writers, filmmakers, photographers and producers share true stories at the Theatre at The Ace.

33. As part of their culinary series of thematic pop-up dinners, The Autry is hosting a farm-to-table food experience called Flavors: Future of Food. Guests will enjoy a specialty meal made of ingredients harkening back to California’s past, such as Longhorn cattle and Churro sheep.

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

35. Late-Night Lichtenstein at The Skirball is a rare opportunity to see the exhibit Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A. at night for free! At this time organizers tell us the waitlist is at capacity so if you don’t make the cut this Friday, try checking out the exhibit before March 12 when it comes to a close.

36. 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)

37. Every Friday in February Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This week’s theme is Seasonal Produce Cocktails made with vodka and whiskey.

38. Thrones!, a hilarious musical parody of Game of Thrones is playing at The Hudson Theatre in Hollywood. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

39. Every Friday in February, the Norton Science Museum in Pasadena will host “Unexpected Romance” a film series centered around romance. This week the 1971 film Harold and Maude will be screened.

40. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art (3 – 8 p.m.) FREE


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37 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. [2-17-17 to 2-19-17]

February 16, 2017 by Christina Minh

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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 (Feb. 17 to Feb. 19) includes the Chocolate & Art Show, the LA Cookie Con, Air+Style, the Santa Anita Chili Cook-Off, an opening party of White Boy Tacos, 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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Jason Rhoades Installation

Jason Rhoades: Installations, 1994-2006. Image via Hauser Wirth & Schimmel


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Friday February 17th, 2017

1. The Chocolate and Art Show (Feb. 17-18) comes to The Vortex in Downtown Los Angeles for two nights of fine art, tasteful music, and delicious chocolate. Check for Discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

2. Every Friday in February Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This week’s theme is a City Series of HAVANA.

3. 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)

4. Thrones!, a hilarious musical parody of Game of Thrones is playing at The Hudson Theatre in Hollywood all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

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 all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

6. Every Friday in February, the Norton Science Museum in Pasadena will host “Unexpected Romance” a film series centered around romance. This week the 1967 film Barefoot in the Park will be screened.

7. Lady & The Tramp is back on the big screen at the El Capitan Theatre (Feb. 10-19) Moviegoers can enjoy this classic love story of two pups falling in love while sharing a delicious plate of spaghetti and meatballs for a limited time only! Check for discounted tickets on Goldstar while supplies last this weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. The Wallis presents 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips a heartfelt story based set in the time of World War II showing how the human spirit prevails even in a time of destruction and death. The Times of London called it “A wonderfully life-affirming piece of theatre… touchingly and gloriously imaginative.” Check for discounted tickets on Goldstar while supplies last all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. Pan African Film & Arts Festival (Feb. 9-20) will showcase over 150 new films, along with special programs aimed towards students and the community.

10. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. Get your sun salutations on during Grand Park’s lunch time free yoga class stop by at 12:15 p.m. yoga runs till 1 p.m. FREE

12. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art (3 – 8 p.m.) FREE

Saturday February 18th, 2017

13. Electric Dusk Drive-In, LA’s only drive-in movie will screen two love stories this weekend. Crazy Stupid Love and The Notebook. Take your pick!

14. The LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show (Feb. 18-19) returns as the West Coast’s largest baking and pastry expo. Guests will enjoy samples from over 275 local shops and brands, a kids’ zone, and the Decorators’ Showcase competition.

15. Air + Style returns to Exposition Park in LA February 18 and 19 for two days of music and big air snowboarding competitions. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

16. Ace Hotel in Downtown LA is the setting for Wikipedia Day Los Angeles. This festive day of presentations and discussions is a celebration of the crowdsourced encyclopedia’s 16th birthday. FREE

17. Hauser Wirth & Schimmel is bringing an exciting new exhibit to their gallery in Downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District.  Jason Rhoades: Installations, 1994-2006 will be on view from February 18 through May 21. FREE

18. If you’re planning a big trip for 2017 or simply need some inspiration, check out the Travel & Adventure Show for a taste of cultures around the world! Happening Feb 18-19. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. ScotsFestival at the Queen Mary (Feb. 18-19) is a two-day fest that celebrates the cultural history of the epic ship through authentic athletics, competitions, dancing, cuisine and more! Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

***POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE***  20. White Boy Tacos grand opening party will feature a full day of events which include comedy, music and face painting! All tacos are $1 until they sell out!

21. Long Beach Comic Expo at Long Beach Convention Center (Feb. 18-19) celebrates comic books and pop culture with notable guest appearances, meet and greets, various panels, and even a cosplay competition! Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

22. 2nd Annual Santa Anita Chili Cook-Off will include lots of chili tastings, craft beer, wine and world-class live racing.Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup is this Saturday at the Venice Beach Pier. These monthly beach cleanups are a great way to give back to our beaches. Simply show up, and bring a bucket if you can. FREE

24. Second City Tours presents a Santa Monica Seafood Crawl this Saturday. The two hour walking tour will have you dining at the neighborhoods most loved spots.  DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. The LA Music Show happening at Think Tank Gallery will feature live performances by indie bands, airbrush tattoos by a famous L.A. Artist, Cirque De Wunderland, craft vendors, food, a bar and more. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

26. UCB’s monthly show MY DIARY returns for one night of LOL’s, nostalgia and maybe even some tears as Lindsay Ames brings together a diverse group of comedians, actors, artists, athletes and more to dive deep into their diaries and share them through stand up, storytelling, sketch, videos and other performance outlets.

27. New Filmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) is celebrating Black History Month with a one-day film festival. The festival, will be held at South Park Center in DTLA and will focus on films produced by members of the black community that cover a wide range of stories and cultures.

28. “A comatose man recreates his identity by delving deeply into his memories, while a panoply of family members and loved ones form scheming camps over grave neurological decisions” in Plasticity, a new one-man show now playing at the Hudson Theatres. Performances take place Saturday, Sunday, and Monday evenings.

29. Top comics will be doing stand-up at L.A.’s legendary Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Sunday February 19th, 2017

30. Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week returns with a 2.0 version, Feb. 19 to 25. Guest will have a chance to savor prix fixe lunches and dinners at a special price.

31. Spend the day being pampered at the Spa-cation event presented by Los Angeles Travel Magazine. Your ticket gets you a menu of miniature spa treatments like manicures, pedicures, facials and spray tanning. Passed snacks, wine and mimosas are also included. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

32. One week before the Academy Awards, Larry Mantle and the film critics of KPCC’s AirTalk convene on the stage of the historic Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles to discuss and debate this year’s Oscar nominees for a special taping in front of a live audience.

33. Second City Tours presents a Hollywood Food Crawl this Sunday. The walking tour will have you dining at the neighborhoods eclectic spots from pizza to tacos.  DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

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

35. Second City Tours presents the Los Angeles Wine and Cheese Walk where you’ll stop by three excellent spots to sample eight or more varietals of reds, whites and sparkling wines, paired with an assortment of cheeses and breads. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

36. Storey Productions presents their annual event, “The Best of SHINE” this Sunday featuring seven of their favorite stories voted on by audiences and staff in the last year. Story topics range from stories about family, life events to climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.

37. 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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38 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [2-13-17 to 2-17-17]

February 13, 2017 by Christina Minh

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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, Feb. 13 to Friday, Feb. 17, features DIY Valentine’s Day, Tango in the Train Station, free Mexicali tacos, Shakespeare in Today’s America, a Chocolate & Art Show, 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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A special corridor in Weller Court in Little Tokyo. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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Monday February 13th, 2017

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

2. The Last Bookstore will present a special Valentine’s Day panel on How to Write Romance. Join three bestselling romance authors for an in-depth discussion on the billion dollar literary genre this Monday. FREE

3. 90s Game Night at Bar One Tap Room hosted by Be Kind Rewind. Come for the craft beers stay for 90s board games and trivia! No fee to participate. FREE

4. Love Wins Monday happening at The Spare Room is an early Valentine’s themed party aimed to raise money for Saving Innocence, an LA-based anti-human trafficking organization, featuring live music and a silent auction. Artists include Grammy winners, an American Idol alumni and more. rsvp and bring some items to donate and spread the love! FREE

5. “A comatose man recreates his identity by delving deeply into his memories, while a panoply of family members and loved ones form scheming camps over grave neurological decisions” in Plasticity, a new one-man show now playing at the Hudson Theatres. Performances take place Saturday, Sunday, and Monday evenings.

6. The Business LA is a free comedy show at Little Joy hosted by Megan Koester, Anna Seregina and Bucky Sinister, featuring Alison Stevenson, Jenny Yang, Tim Dillon, Pam Severns and Zach Sherwin! FREE

7. Pan African Film & Arts Festival (Feb. 9-20) will showcase over 150 new films, along with special programs aimed towards students and the community.

Tuesday February 14th, 2017

8. DIY V-Day at Ace Hotel Upstairs features a make-your-own ice cream station, make-your-own corsage activities and live DJ sets.

9. Cinespia is screening The Notebook at the Los Angeles Theatre in Downtown L.A. to ring in Valentine’s Day.

10. There’s a Rolling Hearts: Pop-Up Roller Rink & Disco at Union Night Club for those who like to get active.

11. Tango in the Train Station at Union Station will feature free dancing lessons, a live orchestra and dance performances. FREE

12. To Whom it May Chocolates, a partner based workshop and cannabis chocolate tasting is happening at the Moved LA HQ in Frogtown.

13. MiniBar is hosting a Big Gay Valentine’s Party featuring $1 per minute VIP back rubs and shoulder massages from a drag queen or drag king plus drink specials that include rose petal-inspired gin tonics and cocoa-kissed champagne cocktails.

14. The Standard, Hollywood and Cinefamily presents All About Almodóvar a month long of free Almodóvar screenings this week, What Have I Done to Deserve This. FREE

15. Hollywood’s Franklin & Company is launching a new weekly Free Movie Night. Every Tuesday the gastropub will play a movie over their TVs and offer a different specialty cocktail, themed to the film for just $6. This week it’s Bonnie and Clyde.

16. Put a little magic into your V-Day date by going to the Most Magical Valentine’s Day Anywhere at Magicopolis. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

17. Spend Valentine’s Day with your honey at Tell It To My Heart: Valentine’s Day Dinner on the Queen Mary. The evening includes a romantic meal, sultry burlesque show, and a live performance by pop icon Taylor Dayne.

18. Lady & The Tramp is back on the big screen at the El Capitan Theatre (Feb. 10-19) Moviegoers can enjoy this classic love story of two pups falling in love while sharing a delicious plate of spaghetti and meatballs for a limited time only! Check for discounted tickets on Goldstar while supplies last this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. Free Screening of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers at the Skirball Cultural Center. FREE

20. The Wallis presents 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips a heartfelt story based set in the time of World War II showing how the human spirit prevails even in a time of destruction and death. The Times of London called it “A wonderfully life-affirming piece of theatre… touchingly and gloriously imaginative.” Check for discounted tickets on Goldstar while supplies last all week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. 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.

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

Wednesday February 15th, 2017

23. The folks over at Mexicali’s Taco & Co. are celebrating their 5th anniversary on February 15 by giving away two free tacos to customers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Unlock the offer by wishing them a happy anniversary. FREE

24. Every Wednesday night is Drag Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s in West Hollywood. It’s a comedic event featuring transgender hosts, celebrity guests, and fabulous prizes.

25. Animal Mash Up Party with “Female Viking Kitten-Metal Band” Sapphic Musk happening at Hyperion Tavern.

26. The Super Serious Show is a comedy event produced by CleftClips featuring both established and up-and-coming talent performing an array of stand-up, sketch and musical comedy. Happening at The Virgil.

27. Get your sun salutations on during Grand Park’s lunch time free yoga class stop by at 12:15 p.m. yoga runs till 1 p.m. FREE

Thursday February 16th, 2017

28. Shakespeare in Today’s America at the Los Angeles Central Library is a free talk in conjunction with the Library Foundation’s new exhibition, America’s Shakespeare: The Bard Goes West. FREE

29. The iconic Queen Mary in Long Beach is now a great place to see local live bands! Stop by every third Thursday of the month for Local Band Hangout happening at the Queen Mary’s Observation Bar.

30. 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 Thursday and Friday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

31. Throwback Thursdays at NoHo cinema screens Amelie this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

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

Friday February 17th, 2017

33. The Chocolate and Art Show (Feb. 17-18) comes to The Vortex in Downtown Los Angeles for two nights of fine art, tasteful music, and delicious chocolate. Check for Discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

34. Every Friday in February Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This weeks theme is a City Series of HAVANA.

35. 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)

36. Thrones!, a hilarious musical parody of Game of Thrones is playing at The Hudson Theatre in Hollywood all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

37. Every Friday in February, the Norton Science Museum in Pasadena will host “Unexpected Romance” a film series centered around romance. This week the 1967 film Barefoot in the Park will be screened.

38. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art (3 – 8 p.m.) FREE


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44 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. [2-10-17 to 2-12-17]

February 9, 2017 by Christina Minh

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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 (Feb. 10 to Feb. 12) includes pre-Valentine’s Day Quiet Clubbing, a tea festival at Descanso Gardens, Cupid’s Undie Run, a Roaring Twenties speakeasy party, the Chinatown Firecracker Run, Time Out LA’s Grilled Cheese Metldown, 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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Friday February 10th, 2017

1. The Great Horror Movie Nights at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park kickoff for 2017 this Friday with a screening of Carrie (1976). 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)

2. Arts Brookfield at FIGat7th is hosting a psychedelic pre Valentine’s Day quiet clubbing party with three DJs, and graphics from the Signs of Life art exhibit. FREE

3. The Street Art House pop-up gallery heads to The Hangar from Feb. 4 through 10. Attendees will get a chance to view and purchase street artists’ original works from around the globe. Participating artists include WRDSMTH, Skyler Grey, Hagop, and more. FREE

4. Thrones!, a hilarious musical parody of Game of Thrones is playing at The Hudson Theatre in Hollywood all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. Creamistry will open in Alhambra this Friday, February 10 ready to serve free made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream, prizes. Oh, and did we mention free ice cream? Get some from 4 to 6 p.m. FREE

6. 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)

7. The Inspiration LA Vintage Show returns to The Reef in DTLA (Feb. 10-11) for two days of vintage-oriented exhibits with one-of-a-kind merchandise from the 1900s to 1980s sold by vintage sellers from all over the country and from Japan!

8. Lady & The Tramp is back on the big screen at the El Capitan Theatre (Feb. 10-19) Moviegoers can enjoy this classic love story of two pups falling in love while sharing a delicious plate of spaghetti and meatballs for a limited time only! Check for discounted tickets on Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. One Love Cali Reggae Fest docks at the Queen Mary in Long Beach (Feb. 10-12) for three days of dancing to your favorite reggae music on a Los Angeles’ historic cruise ship.

10. Every Friday in February Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This weeks theme is Prohibition Era Cocktails.

11. Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre presents a screening of The Man Who Fell To EarthDISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

12. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

13. Every Friday in February, the Norton Science Museum in Pasadena will host “Unexpected Romance” a film series centered around romance. This week the 1941 film Ball of Fire will be screened.

14. Want to stay thrifty while supporting a great local cause? The St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles thrift store is offering 50% off all men’s/women’s short-sleeve shirts through Valentine’s day.

15. 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 all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

16. The Pan African Film & Arts Festival (Feb. 9-20) will showcase over 150 new films, along with special programs aimed towards students and the community.

17. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art (3 – 8 p.m.) FREE

Saturday February 11th, 2017

18. On February 11 and 12, guests can enjoy blossoming camellias, guided walks, tea samples from Chado Tea, art activities, and interactive performances during the Camellia & Tea Festival.

19. Cinespia screens Lost in Translation at The Palace Theatre this Saturday.

20. Take your pants off and run around for charity. Literally. Cupid’s Undie Run comes to Santa Monica this Saturday for a “brief” sprint for a great cause. Proceeds for this fun run benefits the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

21. The 8th Annual Edwardian Ball comes to the Globe Theatre in the Broadway Downtown Theatre District on Saturday February 11 for a soirée of art, music, theatre, fashion, technology, circus that honors the creations of author and illustrator Edward Gorey. Check for Discount tickets on Goldstar before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

22. Celebrate true love and head to the Million Dollar Theatre in DTLA for a screening of The Princess Bride. Put on by the folks at Street Food Cinema the event will feature a free photo booth and a DJ. Folks are encouraged to come in Medieval attire and grab some food at near by food hall GCM. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. Theres a Roaring Twenties speakeasy party held at the historic LA River Studios this Saturday. This all immersive event will feature retro entertainment, Prohibition era-inspired cocktails, a reenactment of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and to top off the night, one epic pie fight to end the party. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

24. The historic Chinatown Firecracker Run/Walk and Bike Ride is back for the 39th year in a row. On February 11 and 12, participants and attendees will scour the streets and hills of Chinatown and Elysian Park while celebrating the Year of the Rooster.

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

26. Esotouric Celebrates 10th Anniversary by hosting “Two Days in South LA: The 1974 SLA Shootout,” a special bus tour focusing on the Patty Hearst kidnapping.

27. The Original Vintage Fashion Expo at The Reef in DTLA (Feb. 11-12) invites collectors, aficionados and the label-obsessed to check out a wide exhibit of vintage couture and period pieces from the late 18th century to the 20th century for sale.

28. L.A. based burlesque troupe The Dollface Dames take over the Magicopolis stage for a night of tease, balloon popping, belly dance and even clogging. Lets just say they do a lot in their 80 minute show. But the fun doesn’t end there the Magicopolis bartenders double as magicians! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

29. Masters of the American West returns to Griffith Park’s Autry Museum of the American West. This annual show, is open to the public, but if you purchase a special opening-day ticket you’ll gain access to an early-bird preview, listen to presentations from artists and enjoy a BBQ lunch buffet, with prime seating in the plaza, during the 2017 Artists Awards presentation.

30. Wanderlust in Hollywood is home to Mortified’s Doomed Valentine’s Show. Watch a bevy of brave adults read from their most embarrassing amour-inspired diaries, love letters, lyrics and poems from their teen years.

31. The traveling Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is having a pop-up in Glendale Galleria this Saturday,  from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Expect Hello Kitty inspired treats, branded macaron box sets, cookies, doughnuts, mugs, and shirts… basically everything you’d ever need to fulfill your Hello Kitty cravings.

32. Join Paw2ThePeople for a fundraising community fest at HM157 this Saturday. Paw2ThePeople focuses on homing homeless animals and providing food and jobs to homeless people, they could really use our help so come out and enjoy some vegan food, drinks, and do some shopping, there will be plenty of vendors as well as great music and art.

33. The 9th Annual MojaMoja Brunch & Benefit Concert comes to Bardot at Avalon Hollywood this Saturday for an afternoon celebrating the life and musical legacy of Prince.

34. The Wallis presents 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips a heartfelt story based around World War II and how the human spirit prevails even in a time of destruction and death. Check for discounted tickets on Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

35. “A comatose man recreates his identity by delving deeply into his memories, while a panoply of family members and loved ones form scheming camps over grave neurological decisions” in Plasticity, a new one-man show now playing at the Hudson Theatres. Performances take place Saturday, Sunday, and Monday evenings.

36. Top comics will be doing stand-up at L.A.’s legendary Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

37. Bailey44 will host a yoga class with renowned yoga instructor Aerial Lynn at their Santa Monica pop-up store this Saturday. The complimentary class will celebrate the fashion lines resort collection and the first 15 to RSVP will receive a special gift. Bring your own mat and RSVP to [email protected]

Sunday February 12th, 2017

38. On Sunday, Angel City Brewery will host an anti-Valentine’s Day bash. Themed the Broken Hearts Circus, Ringmaster Dan will kick off the event with comedic clowns, stilt walkers, acrobats, dancers, and live music, along with a roaming magician performing card tricks. FREE

39. Spend the day taking a bite out of some of best grilled cheeses in Los Angeles at Time Out Los Angeles’ Grilled Cheese Meltdown happening at The Majestic in Downtown L.A.

40. Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen & Friends returns to The Wallis with a special FREE Flamenco Dance session led by Briseyda Zárate. The class welcomes all ages and levels. Just remember to wear shoes with a hard sole 😃 FREE

41. The American Youth Symphony’s FREE annual family concert returns to Royce Hall this Sunday. Families can expect an interactive performance, and activities for kids of all ages. FREE

42. Carrie That Tune celebrates great songs written by good writers but unfortunately appeared on Broadway musicals that flopped. Watch a talented group of performers revive the songs at Bar Fedora this Sunday! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

43. Vintage Malibu and Malibu Country Mart will host their fourth annual Scavenger Hunt event this Sunday to celebrate Valentines Day early. Couples will have the chance to win a $4,000 18k white gold diamond necklace, pricey gift cards and other fabulous prizes.

44. 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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Food, Happenings

There’s a Massive Month-Long Food Fest Coming to L.A. This May

February 8, 2017 by Christina Minh

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Hey Los Angeles foodies, it’s time to clear your schedule for the entire month of May! A massive 31-day food festival showcasing the diversity and deliciousness of the city of angels is headed our way, and you won’t want to miss it.

The event is called the Food Bowl and it sounds like it’s going to be one epic affair.

Created and organized by the L.A. Times, the Food Bowl will highlight inventive local kitchens from dining rooms and farmers markets to pop-ups and even dining on buses. A major highlight of the festival will be a Night Market held at Grand Park in Downtown featuring 50 restaurants and food trucks, drinks and entertainment, all taking place over five dates from May 10 through 14.

With hundreds of local events expected to be scheduled throughout the city, food enthusiasts can also expect a number of rare international pop-up’s curated by the team at the L.A. Times which includes Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Jonathan Gold, editor Amy Scattergood, deputy editor Jenn Harris and Test Kitchen director Noelle Carter.

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Jonathan Gold speaking at the Food Bowl announcement on February 7, 2017. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Star international chefs slated to appear at Food Bowl events will include Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana in Italy, Fergus Henderson of St. John in London, Rosio Sánchez of Hija de Sánchez in Copenhagen and more for one-of-a-kind dining experiences exclusive to the festival.

All told, the Food Bowl is expected to schedule over 100 events throughout the month of May. And yeah, that kind of sounds like a crazy number to us too, but if there’s any city in the world that can sustain a food series of this magnitude for 4-plus weeks, it has to be L.A.

At the announcement ceremony for the event held yesterday inside Spring in Downtown, Gold cited the creativity of the chefs, purveyors, and farmers of our region as the key to making Los Angeles “the most exciting food city in the nation right now.”

As of writing of this post some of details are still a bit light (no official schedule yet), but the official event website is promising an additional release of information on February 11, so stay tuned!

Any restaurants interested in participating can register on the event website through March 7, 2017.

Enjoy the bowl!

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Food

Free Tacos, Free Ice Cream, $1 Oysters & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

February 7, 2017 by Christina Minh

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Lots to cover this week (especially for freebie hunters) so let’s dig in!

To start with, Angel City Brewery will host a free beer making class this Thursday, Creamistry will be giving away nitrogen ice cream on Friday and Mexicali will celebrate their 5th year anniversary by gifting tacos to customers on February 15.

But wait there’s more!

Among the special new menus and unique items announced this week, Ray’s & Stark Bar will celebrate National Pizza Day with a pie and float deal, while Messhall Kitchen rolls out retro TV Dinners and DTLA’s Le Petit Paris is set to launch one impressive French style Sunday brunch buffet.

One more thing….

We just did a round-up of the best dim sum spots in L.A. so be sure to check that out too 😉.

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

Bon Appétit!

Free Tacos at Mexicali!!!

The folks over at Mexicali’s Taco & Co. are celebrating their 5th anniversary on February 15 by giving away two free tacos to customers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Unlock the offer by wishing them a happy anniversary 😉

Where is the best dim sum?

In the SGV of course! Sorry… rest of Los Angeles County. Check out our top 8 Spots for the Best Dim Sum in Los Angeles. It’s totally worth the drive 😁

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Franklin & Company Movie Nights

Hollywood’s Franklin & Company is launching a new weekly Free Movie Night. Every Tuesday the gastropub will play a movie over their TVs and offer a different specialty cocktail, themed to the film for just $6. This week it’s Sunset Boulevard.

Cookie Con is coming

On February 18 and 19, the LA Convention Center in DTLA is hosting the 3rd Annual LA Cookie Con. After selling out for two years in a row, Cookie Con is returning as the West Coast’s largest baking and pastry expo with samples from over 275 local shops and brands.

Chocolate and art combine

The Chocolate and Art Show comes to The Vortex in Downtown Los Angeles February 17 and 18 for two nights of fine art, tasteful music, and delicious chocolate. Many of L.A.’s rising artists and confection artisans will showcase their work and loads of complimentary chocolate will be given out throughout the evening.

Five days of $1 oysters at Messhall

From February 10 thru Valentines Day (February 14) Messhall Kitchen will be serving $1 oysters during dinner service.

Nothing better than $1 Taco & Oyster Tuesday's! Tonight: Little Hoodlum oysters and Chicken Tinga tacos.

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TV Dinners are back!

At least at Messhall Kitchen anyway. Available only on Monday nights, entree includes a Salisbury Steak, Turkey Loaf, Chicken Thermidor, Baby Back Ribs, and Veggie Pot Pie.

Natural History Museum x Angel City Brewery

NHMLA & Angel City Brewery Presents: Citizen Science + Suds an event held at Angel City Brewery to promote civic involvement through a creation of a communal beer! That’s just part of the focus of the new series, expect lively conversations about urban planning, marine conservation and civic science in the mix as well. There will be three events taking place until March, the first event is this Thursday.

"What America needs now is a drink." -FDR

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National Pizza Day at Ray’s & Stark Bar

Thursday, February 9 is National Pizza Day so head to Ray’s & Stark Bar at LACMA from 3 to 6 p.m. and get a margarita or pepperoni pizza and two root beer floats for just $20. Add a shot of Exquisito dark rum for $7 each 😏

Le Petit Paris Introduces a Sunday Brunch Buffet

Le Petit Paris will launch a Sunday brunch buffet with all the French classics like viennoiseries, crepes, eggs benedict, charcuterie, quiche, a meat carving station and more. There’s even a chocolate fondue fountain for dessert! The new buffet brunch cost $49 a person and is available every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Free ice cream alert!

Creamistry will grand open in Alhambra this Friday, February 10 ready to serve free made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream, prizes and did we mention free ice cream? Get some from 4 to 6 p.m.

Finally, just a quick snapshot of the best thing we’ve eaten in the past week…

Flower Child in Santa Monica serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a health focused menu for vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters. Below is a selection from their breakfast and lunch menu!

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Things To Do

45 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [2-6-17 to 2-10-17]

February 6, 2017 by Christina Minh

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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, Feb. 6 to Friday, Feb. 10, features Free Yogurtland, a Skybar Night Market, a Great Horror Movie Nigh at the Old LA Zoo, The DTLA Art Walk, Citizen Science + Suds, 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 February 6th, 2017

1. “Show up, dive in, stay at it”: Post-Election Community Gathering, organized by The Hammer Museum is a forum focused on learning, organizing, and how to taking action under the new administration. The panel discussion will be moderated by Jessica Yelin, former chief White House correspondent for CNN. FREE

2. Yogurtland will celebrate International Frozen Yogurt Day with free yogurt and toppings for all!  Available at all stores from 4 to 7 p.m. BTW Yogurtland partnered up with Hershey’s for a peanut butter cup flavor and guests will receive a special Hershey’s spoon with their free treat. FREE

3. The Street Art House pop-up gallery heads to The Hangar from Feb. 4 through 10. Attendees will get a chance to view and purchase street artists’ original works from around the globe. Participating artists include WRDSMTH, Skyler Grey, Hagop, and more. FREE

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

5. “A comatose man recreates his identity by delving deeply into his memories, while a panoply of family members and loved ones form scheming camps over grave neurological decisions” in Plasticity, a new one-man show now playing at the Hudson Theatres. Performances take place Saturday, Sunday, and Monday evenings.

6. 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 all week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. The Business LA is a free comedy show at Little Joy featuring Erin Lennox, Dave Stone, Jamie Loftus, Dan St. Germain with hosts Sean Keane, Megan Koester, Anna Seregina and Bucky Sinister. FREE

Tuesday February 7th, 2017

8. The Standard, Hollywood and The Cinefamily presents All About Almodóvar a month long of free Almodóvar screenings starting with Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. FREE

9. Hollywood’s Franklin & Company is launching a new weekly Free Movie Night. Every Tuesday the gastropub will play a movie over their TVs and offer a different specialty cocktail, themed to the film for just $6. This week it’s Sunset Boulevard.

10. FIDM Museum’s newest exhibit, The 25th Annual Art of Motion Picture Design, opens to the public on Tuesday. This free show, in Downtown L.A., features creations nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costumes and more. FREE

11. As part of their Tuesday afternoon screening series, the Skirball Cultural Center is featuring Dear White People this Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. FREE

12. Motown the Musical returns to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre with smash hits from the heyday of the Motown era. Happening all week! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

13. There’s a 90’s dance party hosted by Be Kind Rewind at The Virgil with a rad happy hour going till midnight, 90’s cocktails a DJ and more. FREE

14. 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.

15. Free admission days this Tuesday for: Kidspace Children’s Museum (from 4 to 8 p.m.), Natural History Museum and Page Museum at La Brea Tarpits

Wednesday February 8th, 2017

16. The Power of Our Presence an exhibition celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards opens to the public starting this Wednesday. FREE

17. In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Mayan Theater is hosting Lucha VaVOOM’s Twisted Valentine. Guests will enjoy over-the-top performances from wrestlers, performers and an epic match between Mexico City’s Relampago and mega-meanie Magno.

18. Every Wednesday night is Drag Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s in West Hollywood. It’s a comedic event featuring transgender hosts, celebrity guests, and fabulous prizes.

19. Carrie That Tune celebrates great songs written by good writers but unfortunately appeared on Broadway musicals that flopped. Watch a talented group of performers revive the songs at Bar Fedora this Thursday! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

20. Want to stay thrifty while supporting a great local cause? The St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles thrift store is offering 50% off all men’s/women’s short-sleeve shirts through Valentine’s day.

21. Get your sun salutations on during Grand Park’s lunch time free yoga class stop by at 12:15 p.m. yoga runs till 1 p.m. FREE

Thursday February 9th, 2017

22. Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Hanni El Khatib, Dude York, Pinky Pinky at the Teragram Ballroom. Tickets are just $3 when you rsvp.

23. [UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances] Skybar Night Market at The Mondrian is a monthly shopping event featuring a rotating list of hand-selected brands ranging from apparel to accessories to gifts/trinkets and sweets. The event is free with an rsvp. FREE

24. NHMLA & Angel City Brewery Presents: Citizen Science + Suds an event held at Angel City Brewery to promote civic involvement through a creation of a communal beer! That’s just part of the focus of the new series, expect lively conversations about urban planning, marine conservation and civic science in the mix as well. Happening once a month through March. FREE

25. The Dirty Little Secrets presents Game of Thrones Burlesque. All of your favorite GOT characters will take the stage at Harvelle’s in Long Beach this Friday for a tantalizing performance. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

26. The Pan African Film & Arts Festival (Feb. 9-20) will showcase over 150 new films, along with special programs aimed towards students and the community.

27. 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)

28. The Skirball Cultural Center will celebrate the Jewish tradition Tu B’Shevat by offering food tastings and discussing how the tree-honoring holiday fosters sustainable living.

29. The Wallis presents 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips a heartfelt story based set in the time of World War II showing how the human spirit prevails even in a time of destruction and death. The Times of London called it “A wonderfully life-affirming piece of theatre… touchingly and gloriously imaginative.” Check for discounted tickets on Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

30. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening this Thursday and Friday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

31. Throwback Thursdays at NoHo cinema screens When Harry Met Sally this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

32. The Downtown Art Walk brings art enthusiasts and locals together every second Thursday of each month to take part in gallery tours, shop the art mart and adjacent local businesses, sample nearby food trucks, and experience the overall flavor of the downtown Los Angeles Historic Core.

33. Celebrate Valentine’s Day early at the San Gabriel Mission District with a free Wine, Dine & Dance party between 7 to 9 p.m. in the Mission Playhouse Plaza. The event will include dance lessons, wine tasting, appetizers and music. FREE

34. The Standard Hollywood will host an opening reception for FLORA, a photo exhibit featuring vibrant photos of exotic plant life and an art installation with live models in a glass box lit up with real and artificial plant life. Art work is available for purchase  and 25% of all the proceeds will go to the ACLU. There will be complimentary beer and wine. FREE

35. Free admission days this Thursday for: 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 February 10th, 2017

36. The Great Horror Movie Nights at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park kickoff for 2017 this Friday with a screening of Carrie (1976). 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)

37. Arts Brookfield at FIGat7th is hosting a psychedelic pre Valentine’s Day quiet clubbing party with three DJs, and graphics from the Signs of Life art exhibit. FREE

38. Thrones!, a hilarious musical parody of Game of Thrones is playing at The Hudson Theatre in Hollywood all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

39. The Inspiration LA Vintage Show returns to The Reef in DTLA (Feb. 10-11) for two days of vintage-oriented exhibits with one-of-a-kind merchandise from the 1900s to 1980s sold by vintage sellers from all over the country and from Japan!

40. Lady & The Tramp is back on the big screen at the El Capitan Theatre (Feb. 10-19) Moviegoers can enjoy this classic love story of two pups falling in love while sharing a delicious plate of spaghetti and meatballs for a limited time only! Check for discounted tickets on Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

41. One Love Cali Reggae Fest docks at the Queen Mary in Long Beach (Feb. 10-12) for three days of dancing to your favorite reggae music on a Los Angeles’ historic cruise ship.

42. Every Friday in February Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This weeks theme is Prohibition Era Cocktails.

43. Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre presents a screening of The Man Who Fell To EarthDISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

44. Every Friday in February, the Norton Science Museum in Pasadena will host “Unexpected Romance” a film series centered around romance. This week the 1941 film Ball of Fire will be screened.

45. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art (3 – 8 p.m.) FREE


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