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Weekend

10/06/2017

Ghostbusters at Cinespia
Comedy greats Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson star as the original Ghostbusters. After being fired from a university, the guys go into business for themselves and offer their services for all supernatural elimination needs. Catching ghosts all over the city, the four men become overnight celebrities. But when the supernatural forces begin to appear everywhere, they realize they’re in a battle to save the world. Sigourney Weaver stars as a beautiful and talented woman threatened by dark forces. $12-$16; Saturday, doors: 5:15 pm, movie: 7 pm; 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Red Bull Music Academy Festival
Making its West Coast debut, this month-long festival fills L.A. with performances, conversations with creative influencers, concerts and club nights. Highlights include a technicolor new direction from singer-songwriter St. Vincent and Flying Lotus’ latest 3-D show, co-headlined by bass virtuoso Thundercat. Friday through October 29th

Tam O’Shanter’s Saturday Night Concerts
Join in a fun-filled Saturday night concerts, along with great food, awesome entertainment, and cool ambiance that’s perfect for date night, girls night out, or grabbing drinks with the guys. The October lineup of music acts includes: Whiskey Sunday (Saturday); Waking Kate (October 21); and Ken O’Malley and Friends (October 28). You can also enjoy the Tam’s unique and special Ale & Sandwich Bar menu while taking in some tunes. Saturdays, 8-11 pm; 2980 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039; 323.664.0228

James Beard Foundation’s Taste America
The national epicurean tour kicks off in Los Angeles with a weekend-long celebration that includes A Night of Culinary Stars with special guest All-Star Chef Barbara Lynch on Friday, which features some of L.A.’s best chefs coming together to cook for on a seated dinner preceded by a cocktail and tasting reception at Vibiana downtown. On October 7, enjoy free cooking demos by Lynch and Local Star chef Michael Cimarusti, book signings, culinary treats from local producers and artisans at Sur La Table in the farmers market. $275+; Friday & Saturday

Vegan Chili Cook Off
Nationally celebrated vegan guru Chef Tal Ronnen will head up the judging panel as five teams of multi-talented chefs compete in the 5th Annual Vegan Chili Cook Off at Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank. Joining Chef Ronnen at the judging table is Ryan Ritchie, digital editor of the vegan lifestyle magazine VegNews, and Chef Caroline Concha 2015 Cook Off winner and two-time winner of “Best Chef in Burbank”. Bringing the heat in this year’s competition include: Chef Drew Coleman of Mohawk Bend; Chef Erica Daking of Kitchen Mouse; Chef Luke Davin of Sixth St Tavern; Chef Rachel Carr of PlantCraft; and Chefs Trevor Faris and Josh Pressman of Artisanal Brewers Collective. $10 (portion of proceeds benefitting Beagle Freedom Project, admission includes five 3oz tastes of chili); Sunday, 12-4 pm; 1710 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506; 818.253.1710

Los Angeles Paella Wine & Beer Festival
Feast on loads of paellas, the saffron scented rice dish from Spain. There will also be the largest paella ever cooked in California that will feed 3,000 people. The event also hosts the World-Wide Semifinals of Paella Valenciana in Los Angeles where 50 acclaimed chefs will compete for various titles. $30-$90; Saturday; Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St, Los Angeles, CA

LA Greek Fest
Experience the best of Greece in the city of Angels. Try authentic Greek food and pastries, along with Greek wine, beer and cocktails. Check out ongoing dance performances, cooking demos, live music and more. Friday-Sunday; Saint Sophia Cathedral, 1324 S. Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA; 323.737.2424

The Filipino American Heritage Movement of LA Launches LA’s 1st Filipino Festival, EAT. PLAY. MOVE.
The Filipino American Heritage Movement of Los Angeles (FAHMLA), a non- profit organization that celebrates Filipino heritage in Los Angeles has partnered with the Santa Maria Group (SMG) a government relations and business consulting firm, Rayson Media, a digital marketing company and Top Food News, the largest grouping of food social media accounts in the United States to create EAT. PLAY. MOVE. The festival kicks off Filipino Heritage Month! With 375,000 Filipinos in Los Angeles, it is the largest Filipino community outside of the Philippines. The EAT. portion of the three-tier festival will showcase 20 food vendors, ranging from traditional to innovative Filipino merchants as well as other popular Asian fare. Top purveyors include Bolo, Ninong’s, Lipsense, Chow King, Johnny Pacific, and White Rabbit to name a few. PLAY. will consist of top musical performances by a variety of Filipino talent. Singer/songwriter Jeremy Passion, Youtube sensation Megan Delacey and famed beatboxer EVMB will all perform and will be available for meet and greets. MOVE. involves fitness activaties for participants of to promote fitness and health in a fun and exciting way like Zumba, yoga, fitness tests, and competitions. Popular personal trainers including Crizam Carlos from Crazy Fit and Moni Veluz will be on-site to assist and lead each activity. Participants will be able to compete for a chance to win special prizes. Free; October10 am-5 pm; Eagle Rock Plaza, 2700 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Gratitude Beverly Hills Launches Weekend Brunch
Kicking off this Saturday, enjoy a wide variety of 100% organic, plant-based bites like I AM Festive/Chilaquiles; I AM Content/Cast-Iron Chickpea Quiche; and fan favorite I AM Open-Hearted/Buckwheat Flax Pancakes, in addition to a variety of boozy brunch beverage offerings, all while unwinding on Gratitude’s outdoor patio. Saturday & Sunday, 9 am-3 pm; 419 N Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Feastown at Eastown
DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners, a leading real estate investment firm has partnered with The Center, a charity focusing on ending homelessness in Los Angeles, Los Angeles College of Music and Top Food News, the largest grouping of food social media accounts in the United States to create a brand new pop-up market in the heart of Hollywood – Feastown at Eastown. The bi-monthly festival kicks off this weekend and will have different food and design vendors as well as a variety of musical performances every month. This weekend and October 21st will have vendors including Creativitea, Brothercary, Sarap AF, Yeastie Boys, AmazeBowls, and Norigami Tacos, just to name a few. Saturday, 5-9 pm; 6201 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Lost at Sea’s “Hymn for the Weekend”
In honor of Coldplay preforming at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena’s modern seafood restaurant, Lost at Sea, will feature their “Hymn for the Weekend” Oyster & Drink Special for one night only. A perfect pre-concert happy hour and weekend kick-off, the deal will include half a dozen fresh Capital Oysters and choice of house wine or Coronado Brewing Company beer for $15. For a full, pre-concert meal, guests can also indulge in favorites from the Lost at Sea dinner menu including Butter Poached Lobster, Crab Gnocchi, and Grilled Octopus. Friday; 57 E. Holly St, Pasadena, CA 91103; 626.385.7644

Taix French Restaurant Celebrates 90th Anniversary with 90 Cent Roast Chicken Dinner
The menu for the evening’s anniversary hours will be limited to soup de jour, salad and the “Taix” Roast Chicken with au jus—a classic French country chicken dinner introduced by Marius Taix Jr. in 1927. The Taix Family is the third and fourth generation of sheepherders and bakers from the “Hautes-Alpes” in southeastern France that moved to Los Angeles around 1870. In 1912 Marius Taix Sr. built a hotel called the Champ d’Or on 321 Commercial Street in DTLA, and included a hotel restaurant subleased to a tenant, which was let go to the Taix’s when the restaurant was forbidden to serve alcohol during the prohibition period. In 1927, Marius Taix Jr. opened Les Freres Taix French restaurant within the hotel, serving chicken dinners for 50 cents at long “family-style” tables. Diners could choose private booth service for an extra quarter. In 1962, the present location, located on Sunset Boulevard, opened and was owned and operated by Raymond and Pierre Taix, sons of Marius Taix Jr., and uncles John Narp and  Louis Sangouard. Sunday, 4 – 8 pm; 1911 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

LA Loves Puerto Rico
Hurricanes Irma and María have devastated the island of Puerto Rico, leaving millions without water, many without shelter, and an entire population without access to power. Many of the people in the hospitality industry have sought inspiration and solace in Puerto Rico’s jeweled beaches, emerald rainforests, and warm people. They stand together to serve up a small offering of food and drink – inspired by the island – as tribute to this important sister land. 100% of proceeds generated from specials at participating restaurants will be donated to United for Puerto Rico, an initiative brought forth by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of the hurricanes. Over 50 restaurants and bars across Los Angeles have signed up including Suzanne Goin’s iconic a.o.c., Lucques, Tavern, Kato, Felix, and The Rican. Saturday through October 14th  

Don’t Mess with Texas
HomeState is teaming up with the Ace Hotel DTLA for a Hurricane Harvey disaster relief fundraiser. Enjoy an afternoon of cocktails, a speciality taco and DJ sets from Fred Armisen, Andres Renter and Andy Dawn Baby Lighting, among others. All proceeds support the Central Texas Food Bank. Sunday, 12-5 pm; Ace Hotel DLTA, 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

Forman’s Whiskey Tavern‘s Oktoberfest 
Grab your lederhosen and head to Oktoberfest at Forman’s Whiskey Tavern this weekend. The tavern will be celebrating with specially-priced Paulener Oktoberfest beers, stein lifting contests, prizes, German brats and more. Saturday & Sunday; 10149 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA 91602; 818.760.6900

Wurstküche’s Oktoberfest 
Don your finest lederhosen and head over to Wurstküche’s Venice location for their Oktoberfest celebration to taste all their Oktoberfest sausages.  $15; Saturday, 11 am-9 pm, Sunday, 1-5 pm; 625 Lincoln Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90291

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch and Boo-tique by Mr. Bones
Pick your pumpkin and celebrate fall at the Culver City institution. In addition to the legendary pumpkin patch, Mr. Bones will also be popping up at Platform LA with a Boo-tique Pumpkin Patch that features a Halloween boutique. Through October 30th; Friday-Saturday 9 am-9 pm, Sunday-Thursday 9 am-8 pm; Main Patch: 10100 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City; Boo-tique by Mr. Bones at Platform LA: 8850 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA

Olvera Street Muertos Artwalk
The annual event brings together artists and artisans from the area who will be selling original artwork, clothing and jewelry. Also find face painting and live performances. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free; Saturday, 10 am-7 pm; Olvera Street, 845 N. Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
Celebrate the full harvest moon at this Chinatown festival, which offers traditional Chinese cultural demos, local bands and DJs, a dessert-eating competition and moon viewings through telescopes. Free; Saturday, 5-11 pm; Central Plaza, 943 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA; 213.680.0243

Shore Hotel Celebrates 6th Anniversary with 60% off Rooms
In celebration of the hotel’s sixth anniversary, the hotel is offering 60% off standard rates on a Premier Ocean View room to guests who are also celebrating their sixth wedding anniversary. Guests must be able to provide proof of anniversary date upon booking to receive the discount. The Anniversary Package includes a one-night stay at Shore Hotel, plus champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and early check in (2 pm) when available. Not celebrating your sixth anniversary? You can still enjoy discounts throughout October. Shore Hotel is offering $60 off standard rates all month long. $499+; Sunday through October 14; 1515 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310.458-1515 or book online, here.

Zappos’ Friends with Benefits Road Show
This one-of-a-kind pop up experience will feature fun giveaways, free pet adoptions, live music, local food, happy hours and so much more. It’s sure to be one of the largest free events in SoCal this month.To get a feel for the fun that’s in store, check out this videoFree; Friday 4 – 9 pm,  Saturday & Sunday, 11 am – 7 pm, SeaLegs at the Beach, 17851 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

By Whitney

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