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Echo Park Rising
The free Eastside fest always has tons of great up-and-coming bands and comedians. This year, check out Chicano Batman, The Frights, Adam Payne, The Altons, Barbara Gray, and more. Full schedule here. Free; Friday-Sunday; Echo Park

Courtney Nichols’ Disco Dining Club
This fun-fueled sit down dinner party is only for 45 people and includes a six course meal featuring Moroccan cuisine by Monique Benabou. The curated drink menu is by resident mixologists Fabian Junio & Billy Ray and you can expect DJ performances by Mike Simonetti, DJ Spun, and a live performance by Chrissy & Hawley. Champagne toast provided by Raventos i Blanc & unlimited oysters provided by Shucks. Dress should reflect such glamour. $60+; Saturday, 6: 30 pm-Sunday, 3 am; TBA location near Echo Park/Silverlake

Night + Market and Baroo Collab on Fried Chicken Dinner
Join in a collaborative dinner between chef/owner Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market and Kwang Uh/Matthew Kim of Baroo. Yenbamroong has been calling it a fried chicken feast and the menu will have cold fermented rice noodle dish called kanom jin sao nam, a gnocchi dish and some of Night + Market’s popular fried chicken, using a fermented black garlic ranch sauce that frankly sounds awesome. Sunday; Night + Market, 9041 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069; 310.275.9724

Taste WBK‘s One-Year Anniversary Celebration
Owners Erin O’Hagan and Laurie Semon are inviting you to celebrate their one-year anniversary with a special milestone menu. Chef Brad Neumann has created a flexible menu allowing you to customize your own three, four or five-course dinner. Selections include: Strawberry Gazpacho; Seasonal Mesculin Salad with market peaches, candies pecans, pan fried goat cheese; Mexican Corn off the Cob; Roasted Zucchini “Lasagna” with house made ricotta, lemon basil, and melted tomato butter sauce; Shrimp & Grits; Tropical Seafood Ceviche; Thai Grille Hanger Steak with curried crushed cauliflower sauté and cucumber –basil relish; Harrisa Rubbed Chicken Breast; Chilled Soba Noodle Salad with Wakame Seaweed, cucumbers, peppers, and ginger-lime dressing; Vanilla Scented Donut Holes with a duo of Nutella & Burnt Caramel Sauces; and Apricot Tartlet with gingered oat crumble and almond ice cream. There’s also an optional beer and wine pairings, selected by Sommelier Alicia Ajolo and you can enter to win a pair of tickets to Taste WBK’s upcoming “Farm”raiser, a moveable feast that includes a wine and cheese tasting at The Wine Country and foraging at Farm Lot 59 plus wine and small plates at Taste WBK. $35-$55; Friday-Sunday; 3506 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA; 562.433.1000

Sundance Next Fest
This three-day festival is from the people who put on Sundance in Utah, and it pairs movies from up-and-coming filmmakers with music, talks, and performances. Highlights include the debut of LA fave Flying Lotus, as well as The Office’s Craig Robinson hosting a local teen talent show following the showing of the new film Morris From America. $25+; Friday-Sunday; The Theatre at the Ace Hotel, 929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213.623.3233

Nisei Week Japanese Festival
This week long celebration of Japanese culture and community showcases free Japanese cultural events, activities and exhibits, including music and entertainment, food and fun games spanning two weekends. Begins Saturday; Little Tokyo

Malibu Country Mart‘s Summer Block Party
Malibu Country Mart celebrates the end of summer (really? the end?) with its 4th annual Summer Block Party. The shopping center transforms into a colorful street fair, and you are invited to enjoy an afternoon of exciting activities like face paintings, a petting zoo, caricature portraits, Henna tattoos, and Tarot card readings. A mobile photo booth will be available to capture your favorite moments and take home as a fun keepsake. Free; Sunday, 12 – 3 pm; Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

KNEAD to Give Food & Music Fest – Powered by Green Wish
Raphael Sbarge (Founder) and Scott Harris (President) joined forces with KP Hospitality Group, including Bruce Kalman (Chef/Owner) and Marie Petulla (Owner) to support five local green charities including Food Forward, HoneyLove, Muir Ranch Pasadena, Hollywood Orchard, and FoLAR. Expect food from Knead & Co. pasta bar + Market, Coolhaus, DTLA Cheese, Ramen Hood, Valerie Confections and more. Entertainment will be provided by FoieGrock, Winslet, and guest DJs, along with a silent/live auction. $50 (includes two drink tickets), $150, (includes two drink tickets, photo with Chef Bruce Kalman, and a gift bag), $25/Kids (5-17), ; Sunday, 6-10 pm; KNEAD & CO. pasta bar + market @ Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Seventh Annual Craft Beer Crawl
This annual collaboration between 213 Hospitality (Las Perlas/The Varnish/Broadway Bar/etc.) and The Beer Chicks, Hallie Beaune and Christina Perozzi brings the ultimate beer crawl. Sample over 100 craft beers across seven unique DTLA bars and restaurants. $29+; Saturday, 2-7 pm; Casey’s Irish Pub, 613 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017; 213.629.2353

#AVOCADOPE: Angel City Brewery’s 4th Annual Avocado Fest
California is all about avocados and Angel City Brewery is bringing back Avocado Ale at the fourth annual Avocado Fest Sunday. Angel City’s Avocado Ale is a refreshing kolsch-style ale made with California grown avocados that have been hand peeled and pitted by the Angel City Brew team. The Haas avocados, avocado honey, cilantro, and lime juice are mashed together utilizing the brewery’s own “Dry-Guac” technique, which extracts the avocado flavors to add a creamy finish to this hazy, straw-like colored beer. Angel City’s Avocado Fest is filled with fruit-themed festivities like an avocado eating contest, avocado corn hole, an avocado photo booth and paired avocado dishes from Taqueria El Severo, The Surfer Taco, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, Lawless Jerky & The Bikini Bakery. There’s also an Avocado Bazaar presented by Raven Gypsies, a gallery exhibit & live art presented by Art Share LA, and live music in our beer hall by: International Connection, Cassandra Violet, Water District, Samantha Aurelio & The Kaygles. Don’t miss the make-your-own-michelada bar, plus three summer-inspired Avocado Ale cocktails: The Peach Pit made with peach, mint tea, and Avocado Ale; The Mean Green Goddess made with grapefruit juice, cilantro simple syrup, and Avocado Ale; and Honey Hibiscus made with hibiscus berry tea, honey simple syrup, Avocado Ale, and lime. A percentage of the proceeds from all Avocado Ale sold is donated to The Ron Finley Project, which works to turn parkways and barren land into gardens that grow healthy food we can all enjoy. Sunday, 11 am-8 pm; 216 South Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Dog Haus Kicks Off Football Season
With the kickoff of football season well on its way (yay!), the fast-casual chain will be serving up its all-beef skinless dogs, hand-crafted sausages and signature sides to football fans at all USC and Rams home games. This Saturday the Rams play against the Dallas Cowboys at The Coliseum, and that means Dog Haus dogs and sausages for $10! Order up the Rueben Dog with 1001 island slaw, and white cheese sauce; the Long Snap with chili, crispy onions, and white cheese sauce; and the Pig Skin with cheese-stuffed sausage, crispy onions, spicy beer braised onions, and bbq smoked bacon sauce. Sides include Tots for $5 and Nice Tots for $7, that are made with white cheese sauce, spicy beer braised onions, 1001 island.

CicLAvia has really taken off. The occasional event that closes down a massive traffic in Los Angeles to everyone including pedestrians and bikes, has really brought the city together. Expect the same when Wilshire’s blocked off for the day on August 14th — no doubt there’ll be pop-up parties, food on the street, and tons (and tons) of people biking through a part of the city usually filled up by traffic. Sunday

Plan Check DTLA Celebrates CicLAvia
They are celebrating the third annual Iconic Wilshire Boulevard Cycling Event with an exclusive burger pack ($16*) with skin-on russet fries and a chilled beer. They are also having an extended happy hour in partnership with two of the neighborhood’s favorite cycling shops—Retrospec Bicycles and Just Ride LA, who will offer the chance to win a limited edition Plan Check bicycle by participating in a raffle throughout the extended happy hour. Sunday, extended happy hour 2-6 pm; 1111 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017; 213.403.1616

Hansen’s Soda Gets Artsy With Venice Beach Party Pad
Hansen’s Natural Soda is celebrating creativity and originality this summer in Venice at the Mar Vista Art Department with the opening of Hansen’s House. Enjoy a celebration of west coast street art, original music, food and Hansen’s. The party kicks into high gear with a set by Stones Throw Records’ DJ Peanut Butter Wolf & J-Rocc, party games, giveaways and art-inspired cuisine by Chef Steven Fretz. Pedicabs will transport partygoers to lounges set up throughout Venice Beach, where five premier L.A. street artists will be live-painting murals: ApexerStarfighteraMadSteezDJN3FF, and Wyatt MillsFree; Friday, 6 – 11 pm; The Mar Vista Art Dept, 12513 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Marina Del Rey Film Festival
Marina Del Rey Film Festival will host a state of the art mobile cinema Cinetransformer at its festival at the Jamaica Bay Inn in Marina Del Rey, CA on Sunday. Cinetransformer is a 91-seat state-of-the-art mobile cinema housed in an elegant 53-foot double-expandable trailer. Created by IntegraSV, the patented design replicates every facet of the movie theater experience and transforms in less than an hour. Cinetransformer offers stadium seating, a 14 foot projection screen, state-of-the-art visual technology, 6.1 surround sound, two restrooms, a lobby area, a concession stand, climate controlled air conditioning, a marquee and other features. The unique design provides a built-in detachable generator, which allows the tractor to detach from the Cinetransformer at any time. $10+; Friday-Sunday; Marina del Rey, CA 90292

6th Annual Movies All Night
The 6th Annual Movies All Night celebration at Cinespia is back! Check out your favorite 80s sleepover films: with ‘Heathers,’ ‘Edward Scissorhands’ at midnight and ‘Cry Baby’ late night. There’s also DJs, a photobooth, special surprises and much more. Bring blankets and pillows and watch movies until early morning. The party goes until 4 am, come early, come late, stay all night! $12+; Saturday, doors: 7:15 pm, movie: 9 pm; 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Paper or Plastik Café and The Flower Chef present Flower Therapy Night for an intimate DIY evening of floral masterpiece creation. No experience necessary! Celebrity florist and author of The Flower Chef, Carly Cylinder, will be on hand to create flower arrangement recipes that are both beautiful and completely unique. Paper or Plastik will provide everything you will need for the event: fresh cut flowers, vases, clippers, an apron to wear that night, and more. $45; Friday, (also August 19th), 7 pm; 5772 West Pico Blvd at Ogden (entrance thru Paper or Plastik Cafe)


Splendid and Ella Moss Sale
They are hosting a warehouse sale @ The Cooper Building. Shop up to 90% off of retail prices for women, men, tween, toddler & baby! Friday, 9 am-4 pm, Saturday, 9 am-1 pm; The Cooper Building, 860 S. Los Angeles St, 11th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014




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