Artisan Market at W Los Angeles – Westwood
As an official welcome to the spring season, Choice Hospitality Group is hosting the second annual Artisan Market at W Los Angeles – Westwood. The event is sponsored by Mezcal El Silencio and includes specialty cocktails and live demos. The California Olive Oil Council is presenting a sampling of 10 different olive oils, and Whole Foods Market is offering a DIY station where you can mix and match essential oils and create your own body scrubs. The Artisan Market will also offer a sampling of some SoCal’s best homemade products, including coffee and beans from Caffe Luxxe, spreads from Laura Ann Jams, creative spice and herb blends from Gustus Vitae Condiments, and pickles by Pickled by Hattie. There’s also a station for Executive Chef Dakota Weiss’ Pop Parlor, with flavors including Curried Pig with madras curry toffee, Hobb’s bacon, and smoked pistachios; and Holy Mole with chipotle-cinnamon toffee, dark cocoa, toasted sesame seeds, and sundried red chile powder. Weiss is also creating a special BBQ menu for the event with Mezcal El Silencio and California Olive Oils in the dishes. Sunday, 11 am – 3 pm; 930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024; 310.208.8765

Bourbon Supper Club Grand Opening
New and semi-nude. With resident DJ Mando Fever playing classic hip-hop, reggae, bangers and latin flavors, you can catch a burlesque show this weekend. Saturday, 9 pm-2 am; Bourbon Supper Club, 734 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Concours D’Elegance
The beautiful Greystone Park & Mansion in Beverly Hills is having the annual showcase of vintage, classic cars and motorcycles. Also enjoy lectures, a marketplace, gourmet food, beverages and access to Greystone Park & Mansion interior and grounds. Sunday, 10 am–4 pm; $120 in advance, $145 day-of, under 10 free; Parking: First Credit Bank Building, 9255 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Greystone Park & Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Dr., Beverly Hills; 310.285.6830

NKLA Pet Adoption Weekend
Get your new best friend this weekend. Stop by and adopt your new furry partner in crime from over 50 of LA’s shelters. With adoption fees starting as low as $25, plus a starter kit filled with goodies, you’ll be feeling great and doing good. Saturday & Sunday10 am-5 pm; La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036

Beats & Eats at Escala
Brunch here means coconut waffles and spicy chicken, along with a Mango-Chili Mimosas. A That’s what you get with a Colombian restaurant in Koreatown with live DJ sets by Babu. Sunday, 12-4 pm; Escala, 3451 West 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90020

Chocolate Indulgence Tour
If you love chocolate, listen up! This three-hour tour of LA’s finest chocolatiers includes at least five tastings. Feast on pastries, candies, and beverages all with one thing in common…they have chocolate. Saturday, 3-6 pm; Jin Patisserie, 5741 Buckingham Parkway, Culver City

Angel City Brewery’s Heritage Festival
Celebrate Angel City Brewery’s first anniversary with an Urban Beer Picnic: an outdoor music and beer oasis including a beer garden, numerous food trucks serving tasty LA-inspired food and beer popsicles, and more including live music and artisan bazaar. Saturday, 1-8 pm; 216 S Alameda St., Downtown, 213.622.1261

Date Nights at The Grove 
Revive your date night with The Grove’s new “date night,” which includes dinner for two from the restaurant of your choice, two movie tickets, and free valet parking all for $30/person. Now through May 31, every Monday-Friday; The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr.; 323.900.8080

Coolhaus Anniversary Party
Coolhaus, the all-natural, ice cream sandwich truck is turning five! Celebrate this ice cream cookie sandwich this weekend and raise money for 9 Dots, an after school tutoring program for underserved children. Enjoy free food by Pizzanista! and Free Range LA, a DJ set by Paul Tao of IAMSOUND and live music headliner De Lux, open bar with craft cocktails, kegs and beer floats by Golden Road Brewing, and cocktail Jelly Shots by Ludlows Cocktail Co. Oh, and of course, ice cream and ice cream sandwiches! In addition to all that goodness, your ticket includes pre-ordered copy of the upcoming Coolhaus Ice Cream book, delivered to you upon release date (5/20/14), Coolhaus mason jar for ‘sustainable’ drinking during the event, Coolhaus tote bag filled with all-natural goodies from DrySoda, Purity Organics, Herbal Zap, Cocomels, Mountain Valley Spring Water, and more! $65; Friday, May 2, 8 pm; The Unique Space, 1275 East 6th St.

BCBG Max Azria Group’ s Runway Archival pop-up shop
This fashion brand that has been around for two decade is opening their Vernon HQ to the public to showcase a must-see exhibition and special-edition Runway Archival pop-up shop. “Living the Bon Chic Life” retrospective will be open from 12-5 pm on Saturday May 3, Sunday May 4 and Saturday May 10. Private tours can be scheduled by contacting RSVP@BCBG.com. 2761 Fruitland Ave., Vernon, CA 90058

ShopWalk DTLA’s Block Party
If you’ve yet to explore the Historic Core’s retail therapy, you’ll want to get down there this weekend. Expect free bites and sips, plus price tags slashed at nearly half off at a bunch of boutiques. Deals include 25% off brands like UNIF, Nasty Gal, Jeffrey Campbell and more at Round2 LA; up to 20% off Buttons & Bows’s pre-loved designer merchandise; 10% off at Kapsoul; 50% off select women’s vintage at 1 Man’s Trash and fall/winter men’s apparel at Beautiful Ful; and Pale Violet’s offering 20% off everything (including brands like Finders Keepers, Cameo and more); 10% off storewide at Curio; and 30% off at Sub_urban Riot’. Check out a map of the event here and the full lineup of fashion, food and beauty participants here. Sunday, 12-7 pm

The 3rd Biennial Taxidermy Show
Road kill is a central part of the “recycled” philosophy of this unusual and enlightening exhibition, as are discarded livestock, destroyed nuisance animals, casualties of the pet trade and animals that have expired from natural causes. Other sculptures use taxidermy techniques in unique ways to make beasts from everyday materials. Elements of technology and decoration combine to create ornaments that approach high art, not only in craft, but in concept. Materials and even species are mixed, helping to broaden presumptive definitions. Pieces in this exhibition span Steam Punk to Rococo -from playful to elegant.On Saturday, May 3rd from 2 until 5 PM, Katie, Divya, and Lauren will present a live taxidermy demonstration using prepared and raw materials as they answer questions about the artform. ANIMALS ARE NOT KILLED IN THE WORK, but rather are used to create a conversation about death and taxidermy. Here’s a link to pics from the last Rogue Taxidermy Show in 2012. We are also spotlighting the work of Ave Rose in an exhibition within an exhibition. Ave uses antique insects, bones and taxidermy ephemera in congress with motion mechanics to produce reanimated, organic robots that tend more towards rococo than science fiction. Also incorporating precious gems and metals, her creatures are whimsical amusements that practically breathe with artificial life. May 2 – June 1; opening reception: Friday, 8-11 pm; live taxidermy demo: Saturday, 2-5 pm; La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027; 323.666.7667

Natural History Museum’s First Fridays
Join in the “Tracking and Trapping L.A.’s Wildlife” tour with Aisling Farrell, Collections Manager, and Gary Takeuchi, Assistant Collections Manager, at Rancho La Brea. This season’s First Fridays tour explore how Museum biologists are “Tracking and Trapping L.A.’s Wildlife.” (Tour tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The “Back to the Future: The Scientific and Cultural Importance of Rancho La Brea” discussion is with Dr. John Harris. Learn about fossils! Music this month includes KCRW DJ Lounge with Anthony Valadez and DJ Daddy Kev, Groundislava featuring Rare Times, and HOLYCHILD. $18/Concert Ticket + Museum Admission, $12/Museum Admission; Tours: 5 pm5:30 pm6 pm; Discussion: 6:30 pm; Music: 5:30–10:00 pm; 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90007; 213.763.DINO, or performances@nhm.org.

2nd Annual Home Run for Kids in Brentwood
Upward Bound House, a leading provider of housing and services to homeless families, will hold its 2nd Annual Home Run for Kids in Brentwood, which is a morning of exercise, food and fun that provides an opportunity for kids and parents to work together to solve family homelessness, a growing crisis across Los Angeles. The event will include a 10k, 5k, and Kiddie K as well as family activities, food and drinks. The course is both stroller and dog friendly. All proceeds from the event will go to Upward Bound House, which helps provide food, shelter and basic needs for 53 homeless families. Sunday, 7:30 am; RSVP: info@choicehg.com

TDR + BottleNotes + Napa Valley Vintners
Enter the beautiful and historic Ebell of Los Angeles to taste world renowned wines as Bottlenotes and Napa Valley Vintners take you Around Napa Valley in 80 Sips, the launch party for Taste Around Town LA! Sample wines from a wide range of Napa Valley regions, including Carneros, St. Helena, Stags Leap, Yountville and more. The experts will be on hand for any questions you may have. Sip and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, while mingling with Three Day Rule. Fri day, 6:30-9:30 pm; RSVP here

Unique LA
With more than 350 vendors, this is the largest independent-design show in the country. JOin in workshops, while the cafe serves a variety of dishes from local food trucks and restaurants. $10; Saturday & Sunday, 11 am-6 pm; California Market Center, 110 E. 9th St., Downtown Wellness Weekends The hotel is offering a free hour-long Pilates class with celebrity trainer, Kit Rich. Kit has a unique approach to Pilates training combined with yoga, cardio and weights. Each class ends with a free mimosa and 20% off brunch that day! Free (they provide mats); May 3– Labor Day, Sundays, 9-10 am

Venice Garden and Home Tour
Check out the architecture and landscaping of one of Venice Beach at the annual Venice Garden and Home Tour. The self-guided tour visits 30 spots on the streets near Abbot Kinney Boulevard and the boardwalk, including a barnlike building designed by Arata Isozaki and once owned by Eric Clapton. $60 in advance, $70 at the door, under 12 free. Saturday, 10 am-5 pm; Starts at the Neighborhood Youth Association, 1016 Pleasant View Ave., Venice; 310.821.1857

Venice Garden and Home After Party
800 MAIN, one of the city’s hottest new event spaces, is hosting the official after party for this year’s The Venice Home and Garden Tour. Food and drinks provided by Hotel Erwin, Primitivo, Ado, Sauce on Hampton, 3 Square Cafe – Rocken Wagner Bakery, Ocean’s Halo, Firestone Walker Brewing Company & More. Local Fine Artists on display and for sale and music by DJ Loboman and DJ 6ix Seven. Saturday, 5 pm – Midnight; 800 Main St. Venice, CA 90291

Flavors of Los Angeles 2014
This event includes a five-course gourmet dinner prepared table side by one of the city’s most notable chefs. This year’s event begins with a special cocktail reception featuring tray-passed hors d’oeuvres and Christophe Happillon, who is known as the Oyster Gourmet. Complimenting the oysters will be chilled shots of American Harvest Organic Vodka, along with specialty hand-crafted cocktails made with American Harvest Organic Vodka and Barenjager, as well as some specially selected wines from Kiamie Wine Cellars and Vina Sympatica. Following the cocktail reception, you will be seated at tables of twelve, where you will join by a personal Chef for the evening. Each course will also be paired with wines selected by each host restaurant to perfectly compliment each dish. Musical entertainment will be provided throughout the evening, and this year’s host and MC will be Chef Sharone Hakman from FOX’s hit show Master Chef. $275; May 4th, 5:30 pm; Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, 1700 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, 90401; more info: 310.670.4624 or e-mail Taly Fantini, tfantini@liverfoundation.org.Gates 

Performs at Canoga Park at Cobalt Cafe
The five piece New Brunswick, New Jersey based band Gates have self-produced two EP’s since 2011. Gates picked up steam touring with bands like Prawn and Gifts from Enola before signing to Pure Noise Records, who re-released their EP You Are All You Have Left To Fear in 2013. They’ve most recently toured with The Gaslight Anthem, and have just finished recording their debut full-length with producer Mike Watts (The Dear Hunter, As Tall As Lions), due out on Pure Noise later this year. Saturday; 22047 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303; 818.348.3789

Franklin & Company Celebrates the Kentucky Derby
Enjoy a day at the races with southern fare which will include for $15 a choice of main course and 2 sides –  bbq smoked beef ribs, bbq pulled pork sliders with cabbage slaw and sides of grilled corn sweet potato fries and roasted green beans as well as $5 mint julep drink specials and ladies in derby bonnets get their first drink on the house! You can bet on the races for charity and get your photo taken with a real live horse! Saturday, 11 am; 5923 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068; 323.463.1552 The Churchill 
Celebrates the Derby, too!
They are hosting their 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Party. Enjoy Kentucky-inspired food, drink specials, music from LA’s premiere soft rock crew, OVERBOARD…with captains Waldo, Hoff and a rotating cast of guests. Derby attire encouraged. Saturday, 1-5 pm; 8384 W 3rd S.t, West Hollywood, CA 90048; 323.655.8384
Beverly Hills Hotel
Hit Bar Nineteen 12 inside the Beverly Hills hotel to watch all the races. Sip on Giant Juleps (double serving of Evan Williams bourbon, mint, crushed ice, sugar and served in the traditional steel julep cup), and other classic whiskey cocktails while watching the game inside the bar or on the terrace. They also have whiskey tastings and a menu including fried green tomatoes, fried oysters, buttermilk fried chicken wings served with homemade “red hot” ranch, and bourbon pecan pie with maple chantilly cream. Plus, there will be live music and a hat contest where the winner can pick up brunch for four in the Polo Lounge. Saturday; 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills; 310.273.1912
“Hold Your Horses” Kentucky Derby Viewing Party
Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark of “Tripping Out With Alie and Georgia” host this year’s Kentucky Derby party at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Find derby themed boutiques with apparel from Goorin Brothers hats, Shareen Vintage and Pocket Squares, along with cocktails like rhubarb bourbon lemonade from Art in the Age’s Leisure Expert Rachel Mae and a live a performance from World Champion Looper, Super Tall Paul. Also find TVG “Jockey Girls” onsite to hand out betting guides, $10 betting credits and more. $45. Saturday, Noon-4 pm; 431 W. 7th St., Downtown
Willie Jane Launches Lemonade Stand for Kentucky Derby
Ryan Costanza expands his takeaway lunch menu with salads and “munchies” to order in person or online for pick up. Menu items include: Cold Fried Chicken topped with Pimento cheese, pickles, cracklin’, and collard slaw on ciabatta; Banh Mi, country paté, candied pork belly, daikon, jalapeno and smoked Sriracha aioli; Housemade Bologna with pepper jelly, creole mustard and dill; Grilled Cheese with ale braised short rib, onion marmalade, smoked gouda, on sourdough;  V Po’ Boy made with shiitake “Oyster,” pickled green tomato, radish, and remoulade on brioche; “Munchies” such as Kimchi Fingerling Potato Salad and Oatmeal Cookie Sandwich with mascarpone. For lighter fare, Willie Jane’s Lemonade Stand offers three salads saluting the welcome of spring including Collards and Kale tossed with preserved lemon, garbanzo, wheat berries and parmesan vinaigrette; Buckwheat Noodle with tangerine, sesame, ginger, and tamarind peanut dressing; and Butter Lettuces made brighter with pickled strawberries, fennel, smoked pecans, and bacon vinaigrette. Willie Jane introduces their Lemonade Stand during its Kentucky Derby celebration on May 3, 2014 during which the restaurant will also offer specialty mint juleps and a screening of the coveted race.Open every Wednesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. starting May 7. Online ordering will be available through Willie Jane’s website, Facebook page, or mobile application powered by ChowNow. 1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd.,Venice, CA; 310.392.2425
Santa Anita Park
Watch hometown hopeful, Cal-bred Santa Anita Derby winner California Chrome, run for the finish line. Hit the infield for live music, craft beer, live racing, BBQ and more, including a VIP area for a premium bar and drink specials. Sport your best hat to win cash and prizes. Saturday; 285 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia; 626.574.7223
Del Frisco’s Kentucky Derby Party
Join the team at Del Frisco’s Grille Santa Monica for a celebration of the annual Kentucky Derby! Festivities include complimentary passed apps, VIP cocktails & mint juleps for $7, best derby attire contest and more! Saturday, 1-5 pm; 1551 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Pink Taco
Celebrate the holiday all weekend long at both LA Pink Taco locations. In West Hollywood festivities kick off on May 2, with happy hour starting at 4 pm. On Saturday, enjoy brunch and a Mexican fiesta on the patio including a taco stand, pitchers of margaritas and pitchers of moscow mules, music, along with VIP Lounge service. The celebration will continue throughout the weekend and end on Cinco de Mayo with a special happy hour starting at 4 .m. In Century City, stop by for Friday happy hour, starting at 3 pm, Saturday brunch and a Sunday Quatro de Mayo celebration from 2-11 pm, with tacos, beer, margaritas and music by Kerry Wheeler, DJ Digital and DJ Vice; the party officially kicks off at 2 p.m., doors will be open at 11 am with Bloody Marias and Micheladas. Friday-Monday, 3 pm-close; Tickets to Quatro de Mayo here.
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
Celebrate at both LA locations with $5 El Picante margaritas, Mezcal Honey Sours, alongside menu specials (taco truck fries, Machismo burger, Mexican hot chocolate cruller donut) from Executive Chef Ernesto Uchimura. Monday
At this sleek steakhouse, you can celebrate the holiday by ordering up a “Mexican Ferris Wheel”, a circular shot holder with 10 tequila shots and a holder for lime and salt ($65/per wheel). Also find Coronaritas, buckets of beer, tacos or order them all in the “FieSTK Grande Package”  (20 tacos, 1 bucket of beer, and a shot wheel for $100). Monday; 755 N La Cienega Blvd.; 310.659.3535
Cinco de Mayo Festivities here.

Junior Drake
Enjoy deep discounts on the contemporary handbag brand’s totes, hobos, satchels and more. Deals include $5 daily doorbusters, two bags for $109, three bags for $119, and a free gift with $150 purchase. In addition, score a chance to win a $500 gift card during their Instagram contest. Friday & Saturday; 740 E 60th St., Los Angeles, CA 90001; 323.233.9845 

Matisse Footwear
Grab the footwear brand’s stylish sandals, boots and more for 50-75% off. Friday, 12 am-6 pm; Saturday 10 am-2 pm; 1550 E Franklin Ave., El Segundo, CA 90245

Get 35-75% off apparel, toys, bags, tech accessories and more during the brand’s warehouse sale. Friday & Saturday, 10 am-3 pm; 5534 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016

Rachel Pally
Score 55-85% off the LA designer’s super soft jersey dresses, tops, bottoms and accessories during her two-day warehouse sale. Saturday & Sunday; 201 S Anderson St., Los Angeles, CA

Michelle Mason
Get the celeb-loved LA designer’s tops, dresses, casual outerwear and more starting at $50. Purchases under $300 are cash only. Saturday & Sunday; 2444 E 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90021

Melie Bianco
Get 80-95% off the accessories brand’s trendy carryalls during their cash-only sample sale. Saturday, 9545 Brasher St., Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Libertine: Scout
Head to Scout for up to 90% off designer Johnson Hartig’s insanely imaginative pieces during Cali brand Libertine’s two-day sample sale. Friday & Saturday; 8021 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046; 323.461.1530
360 Sweaters & Skull Cashmere
Score sweaters, pullovers, cardigans, wraps, gloves, and accessories at 
up to 75% off during the luxury knitwear brand’s two-day sale. Friday; 1522 Cloverfield Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
Dog is Good
The dog lover brand’s offering up to 75% off discontinued and sample canine and human apparel, dog collars & leashes, home decor, gifts and more, plus up to 20% off current merchandise. Friday, 9 am-4 pm; Saturday, 10 am-2 pm; 10572 Calle Lee, Ste 120, Los Alamitos, CA 90720; 562.735.0219
Fresh Laundry
Get the LA basics brand’s dresses, tops, bottoms and more for $15 a pop or $10 each when you buy 10 items. Note the sale is cash only. Friday-Sunday; 1815 Tyburn St., Glendale, CA 91204
Drifter Score up to 70% off the edgy cool brand’s men’s and women’s merchandise during ShopWalk DTLA. Sunday; 111 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014




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