Memorial Day Weekend

05/26/2017

Hitchcock’s North by Northwest at Hollywood Forever
Hitchcock’s masterpiece was made at the peak of his career and is the perfect thriller. Roger Thornhill, a bustling ad man, is mistaken for an agent and kidnapped by a ring of spies with a sinister plan. With the help of an alluring and clever but mysterious woman on a train, he goes on the run, evading both the deadly spies and the police as he tries to uncover their plan and clear his name. Gripping, suspenseful but also very funny, NORTH BY NORTHWEST stands as Hitchcock’s greatest with one of the most iconic scenes in cinema. Join us for this special screening of this dazzling classic under the stars. $12+; Saturday, doors: 6:45 pm, movie: 8 pm; 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Clueless at Hollywood Forever
Cher, a bubbly Beverly Hills high school student, means to do good. When her social engineering turns to the new girl, a pretty but shy wallflower, things don’t turn out as planned. As she transforms lives around her, happiness always eludes Cher. Can she find love amidst all her good deeds? Upbeat, spunky and downright hilarious, the comedy classic from director Amy Heckerling is an all-time favorite. Oft imitated, never replicated, CLUELESS left an indelible mark on movies forever. Dress up for our photo booth, pack a picnic with friends and get ready for a fabulous night as this beloved film gets the Cinespia treatment. $12+; Sunday, doors: 6:45 pm, movie: 8 pm; 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

La La Land in Concert
The Hollywood Bowl plays host to a screening of La La Land, where you can hear the Oscar-winning score of the famous non-Best Picture backed by a 100-piece orchestra, choir, and jazz ensemble. There will be actual fireworks during the finale, in addition to the fireworks your date will feel every time Ryan Gosling is on screen. Friday & Saturday, 8 pm; Hollywood Bowl,2301 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

L.A. Zine Fest 2017
The sixth annual L.A. Zine Fest features over 200 participants, writers, illustrators, comix creators, and photographers, selling, trading, and sharing their work. Free workshops and arcade games are also available. Sunday, 10 am-6 pm; California Market Center, 110 E 9th St A727, Los Angeles, CA 90079

Disco/New Wave Date Night
One Colorado’s Disco/New Wave Date Night will be a flashback to the dance clubbing of yesteryear. Hustle on over and don your Fiorucci or vintage Gucci and Aqua Net appropriately. To kick off the night, they’ll have Silent Disco DJs spinning 70’s and 80’s favorites. Up next is the mightily talented Raul Campos spinning before, after and between sets of jazz-disco fusion diva Nina Lares and ensemble. The evening’s moments will stay alive through the dress-up Disco/New Wave photo booth, along with Pac Man and Centipede video games, and psychics reading your cards. Additional raffle tickets may be purchased at the event. A portion of the ticket price will go to charity. $10, $20/door (Tickets include entry into a Date Night Radical Raffle); Saturday, 6:30 – 9:30 pm; West Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103

REACH LA presents: The Miss Slay LA Drag Pageant
This pageant featuring six up-and-coming drag performers was created to reach out to the LGBTQ community of color. $25; Saturday, doors: 6 pm, show: 7 pm; 356 Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Live @ Descanso Beach Club
The summer concert series features an all-star lineup of popular rock, alt-rock and reggae acts. It kicks off this weekend with a performance from Michael Franti among with afternoon sets by DJs K Fresh and Elliott Thomas. $45+; Sunday, DJs/dance party noon-5:30 pm; concert 5:30-10 pm; Descanso Beach Club, Catalina Island, CA

Corona Electric Beach Party
Head to the W Hollywood’s rooftop pool for a party to get you ready for EDC Las Vegas. The afternoon features a DJ set from Autograf and more. Free, RSVP required; Saturday; 6250 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

AQUA Pool Party
Spend summer Sundays poolside at Shade Hotel Redondo Beach. The new series comes complete with DJ tunes, cocktails, menu specials and sweeping ocean views. You can also take your party to the next level with their cabana and bottle service package. $20+; Sundays through September 3, 1-7 pm; 655 North Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach, CA; 310.430.3974

Eat Drink Vegan
Entry to Eat Drink Vegan gets you unlimited pours of over 250 drinks (including craft beer, wine, ciders, kombucha, cold brew, craft sodas and tea tastings), over 75 restaurants, and selections from the vegan marketplace. Expect spots like Chickpea & Olive, Butcher’s Daughter, Cafe Gratitude, Yeastie Boys Bagels, Kogi BBQ, Donna Jean, Sage, The Healthy Junk, Sizzle Pie, and more.  $60; Saturday, 2-7:30 pm; Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103

Smorgasbug LA Celebrates National Hamburger Day
In honor of National Hamburger Day, Smorgasburg welcomes three pop-up burgers including vegan burgers from Burgerlords, lumpia burgers from BaBoys, and ramen burgers from NYC’s eponymous Ramen Burger. Sunday, 10 am-4 pm; 777 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

California Gold Rush Beer Festival
Chill out trackside for golden pints at the third annual California Gold Rush Beer Festival. The fest has sours and unique craft beers from the best breweries in the state. Your ticket includes Club House admission; eight 3oz. beer tastings; four 3oz. sour tastings; racing program & tip sheet; souvenir acrylic pint glass; and access to grandstand and trackside seating areas. $35; Saturday, 12-4 pm; Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007

4th Annual MAINoploy: A Taste of Main Street 

Pass GO and collect 20 tastings of some of the finest food and drink Main Street has to offer at MAINopoly! This board game-inspired tasting event supports Heal the Bay and Summer Soulstice, and features a walking tour of more than 20 restaurants and eateries on Main Street, including AREAL, Bareburger, Enterprise Fish Co. and Dolcenero Gelato, all offering free tastings to those with “MAINopoly Dollars.” Make your way around your game board and be entered to win. Get your tickets for the “GO TO JAIL” VIP lounge for hosted beer, games, DJ, special seating and more. $25, $40/VIP; Sunday, 3-8 pm; Main Street, Santa Monica, CA

Fiesta Hermosa
Fiesta Hermosa has a craft fair of more than 300 vendors including painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and crafters. There’s also a charity beer & wine garden, live music, and a food court featuring 18 regional specials. Saturday-Monday, 10 am-6 pm; downtown Hermosa Beach on Pier Plaza, Hermosa Avenue and lower Pier Avenue

Topanga Days
This fundraising fair has crafts, healing arts, and a DIY Memorial Day parade is headlined by Jefferson Starship, music and food from Robin’s BBQ, The Vegan Joint, Green Truck, Mimi’s Coffee, and more. $15+; Saturday-Monday, 10 am-7 pm; 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290

59th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
The Strawberry Festival takes place at the Village Green, between Euclid and Main Street in downtown Garden Grove. There will be hundreds of booths set up on the grounds offering food, hand-crafted items and souvenirs. Try your luck at a game of chance on the Midway. Head over to the Show mobile to catch one of the great musical acts. The Amphitheater will be the site for some lively performances and contests. Free admission, $35 for unlimited all day rides some lively performances and contests; Monday, 10 am-9 pm; Euclid St & Main St, Garden Grove, CA 92840; 714.638.0981

Low Tide at Laurel Point
The nautically-inspired seafood spot in Studio City, will be offering “Low Tide” aka Happy Hour all weekend in honor of Memorial Day. Enjoy special priced cocktails, beers, wines, apps and rolls. Highlights include Warm Crab Dip made with blue crab, pimento cheese, jalapeño, and grilled levain; Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice with sriracha aioli, sweet soy, serrano, radish, and scallion; Sticky Wings made with sweet chili glaze, scallions, cilantro, and sesame seeds, along with cocktails like The Geisha made with tito’s vodka, ginger liqueur, matcha green tea, and cucumber; Gin Fitzey made with half moon gin, prosecco, cranberry, and thyme; and Smoke Over Kura made with El Silencio mescal, sake, blackberry, habanero, and limo. Saturday & Sunday, 3:30-6:30 pm, all day Monday; 12050 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604; 818.769.6336

Memorial Day at Frisco’s Grille 

Celebrate Memorial Day and all those who’ve served our country with burgers and beer at Del Frisco’s Grille in Santa Monica. Sit on the patio, overlooking the iconic Santa Monica Pier, and enjoy $5 burgers from the outdoor grille and $5 Santa Monica Brew Works draft beer in honor of Memorial Day! Monday; 1551 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Memorial Day at The Morrison
They are celebrating with all day happy hour! Order up faves like Loaded Potato Skins, Sliders, and Bee’s Butt. Monday, 11 am-midnight; 3179 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90039

Baldoria Celebrates One Year
Little Tokyo’s bar and restaurant Baldoria is celebrating its one year anniversary by serving $1 Margherita pizzas all day long (dine in only). Baldoria will continue the celebration with Aperitivo hours hosted by three exceptional alcohol brands, three nights in a row from Monday – Wednesday. Entry to the event includes access to the aperitivo buffet and one signature drink. Baldoria’s Aperitivo Nights will be sponsored by the following: Monday: CampariTuesday: Tequila Ocho; and Wednesday: Gra‘it Grappa. To close out their anniversary celebrations, Baldoria will be holding a special raffle for those who dine in that week. You will have the exciting chance to enter your name into the raffle to win a Baldoria Cocktail & Pizza Party for ten people delivered right to their home. $1 pizzas: Sunday, 11 am-11 pm; Aperitivo hours ($15): Monday-Wednesday, 4:30-7:30 pm 

Bacari GDL Launches Brunch
The third concept from restauranteur brothers Robert and Danny Kronfli and Executive Chef/Co-Owner Lior Hillel, is serving up brunch. Enjoy a selection of elevated small shareable plates, as well as specialty crafted brunch cocktails in the indoor/outdoor dining destination. Bottomless brunch service includes unlimited mimosas, bellinis, sangria, beer, or house wines/champagne for one hour. To add to the dynamic weekend atmosphere, a live Italian accordionist will be serenading guests with classic songs throughout the midday meal. Signature brunch dishes and cocktails from Executive Chef/Co-Owner Lior Hillel include: Croque Madame with caramelized pastrami, Spanish onion, five cheese sauce, fried egg, and telera roll; Shakshouka with house rustic tomato sauce, bell pepper, garlic, sous-vide egg, and parsley; Duck Wings with buttermilk batter, smoked mixed pepper sauce, and blue cheese crème fraiche; Goat Cheese Polenta with lamb ragu, chipotle pepper sauce, and a fried egg; ‘Dutch Baby’ Pancake with whole wheat, flax seed, hemp seed, cardamom butter, and fresh fruit; Gravlax Pizza with salt and sugar-cured salmon, smashed avocado, pickled red onion, crème fraiche, and crispy dough; English Lemonade with gin, elderflower liqueur, simple syrup, grapefruit juice, and lemon juice; and Solerno Sunrise with tequila, solerno blood orange liqueur, dry curacao, simple syrup, and lime juice. Saturdays & Sundays, 10:30 am – 3 pm; The Americana at Brand, 757 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210; 818.696.1460

The MV Grab & Go Opens
The Mar Vista Executive Chefs D. Brandon Walker, Jill Davie, and Jorge Rivas opens their second concept, The MV Grab & Go, a counter-service café across the street from the sister property. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. the new addition offers portable handmade items, many utilizing locally-sourced ingredients, and prepared in under 10 minutes. Menu items include the Wild Salmon Wrap with house made ricotta, mushrooms, and goat cheese-romesco; Torn Potato Poutine with Guajillo Pork; Chicken Sandwich with arugula, and carrots; and the Pork Shoulder Quesadilla. Family-style complete dinners include Mama’s Meatloaf, Turkey Meatballs, and Lasagna. A retail component will offer a variety of house made chips, dips, and tapenades. The MV Grab & Go will also offer a selection of in-house cold pressed juices in flavors such as The Hydrator with pineapple, cucumber and mint; Green with spinach, romaine, kale, celery, green apple, pear, aloe, and lime; alongside the Immune Elixir with turmeric, ginger, lemon, camu camu, medicinal mushroom powder, oil of oregano, and Steeped Herbal rooibos tea. For morning commuters craving a “cup of Joe,” The MV Grab & Go, has partnered with Venice Grind Coffee Company for a selection of caffeinated drinks. Opens Saturday; 12226 Venice Blvd, Mar Vista, CA

Prawn Opens at Grand Central Market
Chef Mark Peel’s Prawn is a fresh and inspired broth-based, fast-casual seafood concept located inside the historic Grand Central Market. Prawn has a modern menu of seafood options like Warm Albacore Salad with local albacore stewed in a curried shrimp broth with shiitake mushrooms and roasted onions, served atop Napa cabbage and mustard greens and a preserved lemon and date vinaigrette; Seattle Fish Stew in a lobster-tomato broth filled with fish, shrimp, squid, clams, and mussels served over rice; Lobster Roll, with Maine lobster stewed in lobster broth with roasted onion, potatoes, and spicy coleslaw and bacon rouille in a soft roll; Fish and Chips with home fried potatoes, cucumber yogurt, spicy vinegar and pickled vegetables; seasonally-inspired grain bowls such as the Roasted Cauliflower Bowl with turmeric seasoned cauliflower,  brown rice, mung beans, flax seed, kabocha squash, shiitake mushrooms, spiced almonds and a mustard green slaw with roasted garlic-basil dressing. 317 S. Broadway St, (Grand Central Market), Los Angeles, CA 90013

Milk & Honey Opens and Offers Free Regular Size Wellness Bowl or Free Waffle Cake
Inviting you to eat well, live well, and be happy, Milk & Honey, welcomes you to join them for their official Grand Opening in Hollywood where they will offer a free regular size wellness bowl off their menu or a free waffle cake of your choice! Put your health first with Milk & Honey’s Wellness Bowls! Each bowl begins with a base of blended fruit like dragon fruit or acai (no added sweeteners or artificial sweeteners), and a piece of genuine honeycomb from Bennett’s Honey Farm, a family operated business in Ventura County with USDA Organic, Kosher and Certified California Organic Farmer certificates. Milk & Honey’s Wellness Bowls options include Tropical Berries with a base of blended strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and organic almond milk, topped with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, organic almond slices, organic hemp granola and organic shredded coconut; the Hawaiian Blast, with coconut cream, pineapple, mango and organic soy milk, topped with pineapple, honeydew, coconut meat, organic hemp granola and organic shredded coconut; the Funky Monkey, with bananas, peanut butter, organic chia seeds, and organic almond milk, and toppings of bananas, blueberries, organic chia seeds, organic cacao nibbs, organic hemp granola, and organic shredded coconut; the Detox with a base of kale, beets, cucumber and organic hemp milk with toppings of honeydew melon, blueberries, banana, organic goji berries, organic hemp granola and organic shredded coconut; the Immune Fighter with a base of Acerola cherries, real California bee pollen, banana, blueberry, blackberry, strawberry and organic soy milk, and toppings of strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, organic hemp granola and organic shredded coconut; and the Daily Energy with a base of banana, real California bee pollen, apple, organic goji berries, organic chia seeds and organic hemp milk, topped with strawberries, bananas, blackberries, organic chia seeds, organic hemp granola and organic shredded coconut. Milk & Honey also serves up Waffle Cakes made from a batter without the refined sugar. Choose selections like the Black Sesame Waffle Cake, made with sesame powder, a Matcha Green Tea Waffle Cake with culinary grade matcha from Japan, and the Original Milk & Honey Waffle Cake that you can get with a savory or sweet filling. Each savory filling is made from a cream cheese base. For meat lovers, there is the Sriracha Bacon or the BBQ Bacon or go for either the Honey Walnut, Pesto Basil filling, or the Original Low Fat Philadelphia cream cheese filling. There are also four Sweet Custard fillings, like the Vanilla Bean Cream; the Matcha Green Tea; the Mint Dark Chocolate filling; and the Zesty Lemon filling. To amp up your Waffle Cake game, Milk & Honey offers Add-ons of fresh fruit and Organic Superfoods like hemp granola, chia seeds, goji berries, almond slices, shredded coconut, and cacao nibbs. Give away: Friday, 10 am-1 pm; 1716 Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028; 323.848.4602

Manuela’s The Farmer and The Chef Event
As part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl, Manuela presents ‘The Farmer and The Chef Festival,’ a celebration championing the art of consciously-sourced cooking. Ten chefs and ten farmers will combine their culinary talents and seasonal produce to create flavorful, locally-grown dishes. Participating chefs include Evan Funke, Nyesha Arrington, Kris Tominaga, Jason Kim, Nicole Rucker, Marshall Blair, Jerry Su, Jason Hall, and more, while farms include Schaner Farms, Flora Bella, Coleman Family Farms, Windrose and more. Local bartenders, spirits and brand ambassadors, such as Mulholland Distilling, will also be creating signature cocktails from the farms’ produce. Tray passed food, food stations, open bars, local brewery participation, Q&A and live music will make this festival one to remember. All profits will be donated to the following charities: Farm AidNo Kid Hungry and Inner-City Arts. $150; Sunday, 4-9 pm; 907 E. 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Plant Food + Wine: Tasting of Vegetables with Moët & Chandon Champagnes
Feast on the increbile plantbased food from Matthew Kenney while sipping on Champagne from The menu includes: Early Summer Crostini with smoked hummus, tomatoes, basil and mint paired with Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2008; Hearts Of Palm Ceviche with California citrus, avocado, and radish flowers paired with Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial Rosé; Coconut-Vadouvan Chickpeas with sourdough flatbread and lime leaf paired with Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut NV; Golden Roots with spicy lentil caviar and Champagne vinaigrette paired with Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial; Mushroom Barbacoa with chayote squash, salsa verde and pepita cream or Heirloom Tomato + Zucchini Lasagna with sundried tomato marinara, macadamia ricotta and pistachio pesto paired with Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Rosé 2008; along with Tiramisu or Coconut Cream Pie paired with Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé NV for dessert. Friday; 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291; 310.450.1009

Pop-up Dinner at Descanso Gardens
Patina partners with a celebrated chef, soon-to-be-announced, for a special pop-up dinner at Maple that is inspired by Spring and the flowers in bloom. $75, $25/optional wine pairing; Friday, 6-8 pm; 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011; 818.949­.4200

3rd Anniversary of Playa Provisions
Brooke & Nick will also be celebrating the 3rd Anniversary of their Playa del Rey four-in-one-concept, Playa Provisions, with a party and they are inviting everyone! Just steps away from the beach, party the afternoon away with specialty cocktails like spiked coconuts, mini lobster rolls, burgers, hot dogs, face painting, the Stone Hop Wagon, a bounce house, and music. Free, food tickets: $2-$5 each; Sunday, 12-5 pm; 119 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

Katana’s Red Sun BBQ
Now in its 15th year, this summertime soirée will have you hanging out at the restaurant’s stylish patio while enjoying exclusive new dishes, sipping signature cocktails, and listening to the musical selections of rotating guest DJs. Menu offerings include: Spicy Edamame with shishito pepper; Scallop ½ Shell with ponzu butter; Tuna Filo Baskets made with tuna tartare, cucumber, caviar, and cilantro mayo; Ika Ten, tempura calamari and charred jalapeño; Salmon Poke with Maui onion, seaweed, avocado, shishito pepper, and sesame soy; Seafood Teppan made with sautéed shrimp & scallop, shishito and ponzu miso; White Snake Ceviche made with scallop, crab, octopus, jalapeño , yuzu vinaigrette, and ghost pepper; Shrimp & Chips made with sautéed jumbo shrimp, potato chips, and a champagne butter sauce; Bone-In Tenderloin with soy garlic steak with pickle cabbage; and Lobster Garlic Noodles made with pan-fried lobster with sake garlic noodles. For dessert, indulge in a Fresh Fruit Popsicle with a choice of rum or whiskey. This year, Katana’s signature Red Sun BBQ cocktail is the Katana Fusion ($13 glass, $50 carafe), made with vodka, watermelon, pineapple, and cantaloupe. Carafes of a special rotating Red Sun cocktail are also available for $30, and there will be a special infused cocktail served in a mason jar for $14. Every Sunday, 6-11:30 pm through September 3; Katana, 8439 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069; 323.650.8585

exhale Santa Monica‘s Bungalow Yoga
Detox before you re-tox this summer and experience the Bungalow in a whole new light. Start your morning off flowing on your mat in the ocean breeze from the deck of The Bungalow! This summer, it’s your private beachside yoga studio every other Sunday morning. Connect to your core with a strength building vinyasa flow that is open to all levels – the perfect way to start your day! Sunday, 8:45 am; The Bungalow, 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Memorial Day Half-Marathon, Laguna Hills
This Memorial Day running event takes place in the beautiful Orange County cities of Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Woods, and Laguna Niguel. Runners and walkers of all experience levels are invited to come out and enjoy the Memorial Day festivities! With a half marathon (13.1 miles), 5K Run/Walk (3.1 miles), 10K Run/Walk (6.2 miles) and a Kid’s Run (1/2 Mile), there is something for everyone! All events and the Finish Line Expo will take place on Memorial Day,Monday, May 29, 2017. The half marathon, 5K and 10K both start in front of the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center and finish at the Laguna Hills Community Center. The Kids Races start and finish at the Laguna Hills Community Center. Monday; Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, Laguna Hills Community Center; 949.975.8506

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