Weekend

04/11/2014

The Melt at The Americana
As part of their grand opening, The Melt is offering free grilled cheese sandwiches to customers who share the secret password. Check out their social media channels to find out what it is! Saturday, noon-5 pm; The Americana

Grilled Cheese Invitational
Need more grilled cheese? Get buttered grilled bread with hot, melty cheese, while you watch and sample from grilled cheese experts sling out multiple variations of the classic comfort food filled with an assortment of tasty add-ins. $20-50; Saturday, 11 am-6 pm; Los Angeles Center Studios, 1201 West Fifth St.

LA Foodhub Opening Party
Good Eggs has arrived in LA and to celebrate the opening of its “food hub”, the company has invited dozens of local foodmakers and farmers to serve up quality food and drinks. Expect purveyors like Handsome Coffee, SQIRL, Homeboy, Breadlounge, Mamas Hot Tamales, Angels City Brewery, South Central Farms, and Almond Milk LA. In addition to delicious eats, the party also features live music and young goats milling about in the mini-farm outside. $5; Saturday, 12 pm; 2760 Clearwater St., Los Angeles

Heavy Midnite: The Virgin Suicides
It has been 15 years since Sofia Coppola’s debut film adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides debut novel and The Cinefamily is celebrating with a midnight showing. While it is the story of a group of sisters who succumb to suicide, the film shows an important side of youth, innocence and the pain of being a 13-year-old girl. $12; Saturday, 11:59 pm; The Cinefamily, 611 North Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, 90036

Literary Death Match with BJ Novak
BJ Novak and special guests take over Literary Death Match at Largo at the Cornet. This event is partnered with Dave Eggers’s non-profit 826LA that will consist of four authors who will read their work for seven minutes or less. The writing will be assessed by three all-star judges and then the winner will be decided by a whimsical literary game. Judges for this showing include Walter Kirn (Up in the Air), BJ Novak (One More Thing and TV’s The Office) and Tymberlee Hill (Drunk History). $30; Friday, 8:30 pm; Largo at the Coronet, 366 N La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, 90048

Lobster Boil at Vertical Wine Bistro
Celebrate the season with at taste of the New England coast (my original coast). Chef Laurent Quenioux offers family style Sunday evening lobster boils complete with steamed whole Maine lobster, lobster roll with tarragon dressing, corn on the cob, lobster bisque and more. $25; Sundays; 70 N Raymond Ave., Pasadena; 626.795.3999

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Find car races, concerts, car displays, family fun and more at this 40th annual event, which features a standing start to its IndyCar Series race this year. $28-135; Friday-Sunday; 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 888.827.7333

The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats
I loved this book when I was little! First published in 1962, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is a staple with parents and children who both love it’s joyful, vibrant illustrations and childlike wonder. Illustrations from the Caldecott Medal-winning book are among more than 80 original works by Keats that go on display when the national tour opens at the Skirball Cultural Center. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., 310.440.4500

Superba Food & Bread
Venice’s new foodie spot is a bakery, wine bar, restaurant and coffee house. Stop by for freshly baked breads, croissants and sticky buns and handcrafted fare for breakfast, lunch an dinner. Executive Chef Jason Travi is serving up seared arctic char snap pea, rhubarb, mint; rotisserie leg of lamb vadouvan, carrot yogurt sauce; and black rice salad rotisserie pineapple, thai basil, cashew. Opens today; 1900 S. Lincoln Blvd., Venice

Avocado Festival
As Californians, we put avocado on everything. Celebrate out love for this food item with classic guac and avocado scallop ceviche. Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm; Placita Olvera, Main Street & Cesar Chavez, Los Angeles, 90012

Grist & Toll’s Bread Baking Series
If you are a hands on kinda person, then this event is for you. Join in this fun and educational class on baking bread. Plus, you’ll get to eat your creations after you’re done! $125 (includes lunch); Sunday, 9 am-5 pm; 990 S. Arroyo Parkway, #1, Pasadena

ROK’N Deep Fridays in Hermosa Beach
ROK Sushi Kitchen announced a new Friday night partnership with Hermosa Local last month and kicked off the first event this past Friday. Each Friday night, ROK Sushi Kitchen offers drink and dining specials all night beginning at 9:30, including $5 Large Sake, $3 Svedka Cocktails, $5 Well Drinks. Enjoy a DJ spinning deep house beats all night for a Miami-esque vibe in a very relaxed atmosphere.

Sweet!
Is partnering with world-renowned marine life artist and conservationist, Wyland on the first ever Wyland Gallery in Los Angeles. The partnership will introduce a whole new line of Wyland candy, chocolate, and chocolate sculpture as well as Wyland original artwork and giclees. The Wyland Gallery will be located inside the South Side of SWEET! at H&H. Known for his famed murals, Wyland has been a leading advocate in the effort to protect ocean resources for more than twenty-five years. They are celebrating the grand opening with an all-day event melding art, conservation and candy. All proceeds from Sweet! on April 12th will directly support the environmental education and outreach programs of the Wyland Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, founded in 1993 to promote, protect and preserve our world’s ocean, waterways and marine life. Saturday, 11 am-2 pm; Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, 90028

Kabuki‘s New Menu “Roll-Out”
Choices can often be limited for vegetarians dining at sushi and Japanese restaurants. Now, vegetarians will be able to enjoy creative and original, plant-based and gluten-free dishes like Kabuki’s Veggie Rainbow Roll, Spicy Tofu on Crispy Rice, Tofu Steak, and Veggie Ramen. The new unique dishes have been created by Corporate Executive Chef Masa Kurihara.

The Butterfly Pavilion
This living habitat where hundreds of butterflies flutter among nectaring plants, returns for its 16th year at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The Pavilion will have a distinctive subtropical feel as well, with showy new species from the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas- Mexico border. Of the 30 species of butterflies, 20 will be native to the Golden State and 10 will arrive from south Florida and Texas. You can watch daily First Flights, where the Museum staff releases butterflies that have just emerged from their chrysalises into the Pavilion. Outside, they’re also attracting butterflies at a new Monarch Waystation where the creature’s whole lifecycle can be seen on milkweed plants — eggs, caterpillars, chrysalis, and adult butterflies. Some visitors to the Pavilion may find that curious butterflies alight delicately on their arms or shoulders. There are many theories about why some people make more attractive perches than others, including clothing colors and smells. While there’s no sure-fire way to get a butterfly to land on you, standing still, being tall, and wearing a hat seem to help. Saturday; 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, 90007

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
This free festival is in its 18th year and will feature talks from celeb authors like Rachel Zoe, Alicia Silverstone, and Rob Delaney. More than just literary happenings, though, the festival also offers cooking demos, film screenings, live music, and more. Free; Saturday, 10 am-6 pm, and Sunday, 10 am-5 pm; University of Southern California Campus, 649 W 34th St.; 213.740.2311
Sample Sales:

J Brand Factory Outlet
Enjoy 10% off your entire purchase when you show your Coachella wristbands at the LA denim brand’s factory outlet. Pricing ranges from $36-99 for denim, $45 and up for tops and $300-600 for leather jackets and pants before discounts. Through Monday; 1225 East Washington Blvd.

Greylin
Get the LA label’s spring-ready styles starting at $5 a pop during their three-day sample sale. Friday, 8 am-5 pm & Saturday 9 am-1 pm; 2812 S Grand Ave.

Hudson Jeans
Score up to 80% off the LA denim brand’s merchandise during their two-day sample sale. Friday & Saturday, 9 am-4 pm; 5900 Triumph St.

Tarina Tarantino
Hit up the designer’s DTLA Sparkle Factory for savings on her colorful accoutrements, cosmetics and more during the cash-only sale. Friday & Saturday, 10 am-3 pm; 910 S Broadway

Motti Casa
Enjoy bubbly, bites and deep discounts on stylish furniture, home decor, garden goods and accessories. In addition, shop cool kicks from Adidas and minimalist chic apparel by Yohji Yamamoto. Take a peek at some of the pop-up shop’s inventory on Saturday, 11 am-6 pm; Studio City; Facebook here and email motticasa@gmail.com to RSVP and get the full location.

Monique Luo Bridal
Head to Cal Poly Pomona to score the bridal designer’s wedding gowns in sizes 2 to 26 for $99-199. Flower girl dresses will also be on sale and for $25 and up; check out more details and parking info at the university’s website here. Saturday, 9 am-2 pm; 3801 W Temple Ave., Bldg 45

ABS Allen Schwartz
Hit up this sample sale and bask in the glory of your saved dollar. ABS Allen Schwartz throws a huge sample sale this Saturday with most goodies 70-90% off. Saturday, 8 am-2 pm; 1231 Long Beach Ave., Los Angeles, 90021

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