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Los Angeles Times‘ 22nd Annual Festival of Books The nation’s largest literary festival is headed to the University of Southern California. The event will feature more than 500 authors, celebrities, musicians, artists and chefs. On Friday, April 21, the 37th annual Book Prizes will honor reading and educational activist Ruebén Martinez with the Innovator’s Award, novelist Thomas McGuane with the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement, and 11 outstanding literary works published during the last year. Authors and celebrities scheduled to appear at the festival...

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Ciclavia-Culver City Meets Venice This massive bike-riding event closes down major streets to car traffic and becomes a huge, bike-riding, walking, skate boarding, running party all on the Westside.While you are enjoying your car free streets, swing by The Mar Vista, where Co-owner and Executive Chef D. Brandon Walker is serving up new signature brunch dishes like Egg Hot Pot with Applewood smoked bacon, Cured Salmon Loaded Potato, and Goat Cheese Chilaquiles (vegan alternatives available), while enjoying live music performed throughout the day. Free; Sunday, 9 am-4 pm; Culver City,...

Can-Can Parleur

Can-Can Parleur is a relaxing paradise that allows you to take some time to slow down and breathe. From the tufted throne-like chairs to the welcoming cup of tea to the warm neck pillow, everything about this place oozes relaxation. Whether you need to quiet your mind, recharge or revitalize your senses while removing the tensions that come with having a busy life in Los Angeles, your wellness and well-being are the main focus of everything they do. As soon as I stepped...

Going Off the Grid in Joshua Tree

The beginning of the year is always a clean slate. Tyler and I decided after all the holidays, food, shopping, and running around, it was time to go off the grid (and start 2017 with fresh eyes). We headed to Joshua Tree the first Friday of the New Year for a weekend of camping, hiking, and some alone time. With heavy heat in the summer, January is a high traffic time of year to camp in Joshua Tree. It’s first...

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Taste of Soul Festival Join in this street festival where you will eat fried chicken and ribs, while you will listen to old-school hip-hop. Plus, check out displays from local artists, and exhibits from local businesses and organizations. Saturday, 10 am-7 pm; 3800 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008; 323.299.3800 Oozefest Cheese lovers get excited! Southern California’s cheese festival has over 40 food and drink vendors featuring custom delicious, cheesy items exclusive to the festival. Feast on restaurants like TLT Food, Puesto, Treatery, Nacho Nation,...