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Things to Do in Los Angeles This Weekend (June 9, 2023 – June 11, 2023)

NKSIN Solo Show Opening at albertz benda Los Angeles

albertz benda is pleased to present Japanese-Filipino artist NKSIN’s first solo exhibition with the gallery entitled REVIVAL. The artist will present a suite of new paintings that offer a sardonic examination of the human experience through the lens of the artist’s signature greyscale figures. Free Tuesdays – Saturdays (through 7/8), 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; 8260 Marmont Lane, Los Angeles, CA 90069; 212.239.8700

Flamin’ Hot Day at Benny Boy

Tipping its hat to Searchlight Pictures’ Flamin’ Hot premiere today, Benny Boy Brewing – along with pop-up food vendors Sad Girl Creamery, River Street BBQ, and Quarantine Pizza Co. – are bringing Flamin’ Hot Day to its urban Backyard beer & cider garden. Enjoy a spicy dusting of the favorite crunchy, cheese-flavored snack on ice cream tacos, regular tacos, pizza, and micheladas. The event also features Live Band Karaoke with Casual Encounters from 7 – 10:00 pm. Choose from a list of 300+ songs, take the stage with a professional rock band, and shine in front of an entire beer garden audience! Flamin’ Hot Day at Benny Boy Brewing is for 21+ only (infants in carriers welcome). Various prices; Friday, 3 – 10:00 pm; 1821 Daly St, Los Angeles, CA 90031

On the Menu:

  • Sad Girl Creamery: Flamin’ Hot Ice Cream Taco (cream cheese ice cream and red velvet waffle cone, dusted with the hot-and-crunchy, cheese-flavored snack)
  • River Street BBQFlamin’ Hot Queso Tacos (fried cheese, hot-and-crunchy dusting, tortilla, protein, crema, and cotija, topped with more hot-and-crunchy dusting)
  • Quarantine Pizza Co.Flamin’ Hot Spiceroni (Calabrian chili tomato sauce, basil, pepperoni, mozzarella, hot honey, pickled jalapeños, hot-and-crunchy dusting – served with a side of flamin’ hot ranch)
  • Benny Boy BrewingFlamin’ Hot Micheladas: (Lincoln Heights Lager and Correa’s Market & Mariscos Michelada mix with a rim of hot-and-crunchy dusting)
An image of Quarantine Pizza's Flamin’ Hot Spiceroni.
Warning: this Flamin’ Hot Spiceroni pizza may contain hot and spicy goodness! Photo Credit: Quarantine Pizza

Say Hello to Paradise with the Sorbet of the Summer: Yogurtland Launches Limited-Edition Pineapple Mango Sorbet

For a taste of paradise in every spoonful, Yogurtland is launching its limited-edition vegan Pineapple Mango Sorbet made with real juicy pineapples and ripe mangoes. Available for a limited time, the irresistibly creamy texture and sweet fruity flavor create the perfect summer treat if you’re poolside or enjoying a midday pick-me-up. Guests can also enjoy new limited-time-only 3D fruit gummies. $6.99+; Various hours and locations

Ultimate Guide to LA Pride & WeHo Pride: Parades, Drag Brunches, Concerts, Pop-Ups, and More!

We’ve got your ultimate guide to LA Pride and WeHo Pride. Show your solidarity and support, and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community with colorful parades, drag brunches, concerts, pop-ups, and more! Love is Love!

An image of people at a Pride parade.
We’ve got your ultimate guide to LA Pride and WeHo Pride.

Brunch Officially Debuts at the Restaurant at The Georgian

The Restaurant at The Georgian, Santa Monica’s newest dining hotspot, is delighted to announce the debut of their weekend brunch menu. With newly restored interiors, The Georgian is bringing back golden-age glamour to the Southern California coast. Nancy Silverton alum, Executive Chef David Almany, has curated a menu of elevated familiar favorites, including an Italian Benedict, Challah French Toast, Evergreen Omelet, Breakfast Burrito, Oyster Crudo, and the Georgian Caviar Service. Guests are invited to immerse themselves in a vintage-lovers dreamland and start their days in an art-deco meets Havana-inspired dining room and sunset terrace with views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. $21+; Saturdays – Sundays, 8:00 am – 2:30 pm; The Georgian Hotel – 1415 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310.395.9945

An image of caviar surrounded by oysters and lobster.
The Restaurant at The Georgian, Santa Monica’s newest dining hotspot, is delighted to announce the debut of their weekend brunch menu with elevated familiar favorites, like the Georgian Caviar Service.

Illuminate Your Palate: New Brunch and Dinner Menus at Luminarias

Luminarias, a culinary gem located in Monterey Park, unveils a brunch and dinner menu revamp featuring new dishes sure to enchant the palates of Angelenos. Wednesdays – Fridays, 3:30 – 9:00 pm and Saturdays – Sundays, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm (with brunch 11:00 am – 3:00 pm); 3500 W. Ramona Blvd., Monterey Park, CA 91754; 323.268.4177

  • Caviar Frites: Caviar paired with vodka crème fraîche, crispy Yukon Gold fries, and a side of tangy ranch dressing ($22)
  • Pink Brick: Scorched tableside flat iron steak, served with rich black truffle butter and chimichurri ($19)
  • Crab Cake: A combination of lump crab and shrimp, accompanied by grilled sweet corn, mixed peppers, chipotle & ginger aioli, and fresh chives ($20)
  • Ube Bao Buns: Shrimp tempura, truffle eel sauce, red pepper aioli, pickled cucumbers and carrots, and toasted peanuts, all nestled in fluffy Ube bao buns ($21)
  • Cuban Sandwich: A citrus-braised pork and smoked ham sandwich, layered with Swiss cheese, pickles, poached eggs, and Dijon hollandaise, on Cuban bread. Served with sweet ripe plantains ($26)
  • Hangover Hash: Port wine braised short rib, wild mushrooms, roasted potatoes, and perfectly poached eggs, creating a harmonious combination of flavors ($25)
  • Steak Progressive: Delight in a tantalizing trio of prime cuts, featuring a 7oz black Angus ribeye, 4oz prime hanger, and a 5oz prime flat iron, all prepared to perfection ($75)

The Best Bottomless Brunches in Los Angeles

Here in LA, booze and brunch go together like peas and carrots. Whether you want Waffles, Eggs, or Avocado Toast, nothing complements your meal like an ice-cold cocktail, especially if that glass is endless. But where can you find these brunches with bottomless cocktails and tasty bites? Don’t stress; I got you. I’m here to give you a list of the best bottomless brunches in Los Angeles. So all you have to do is grab a cute brunch outfit and your date, and get ready to indulge in fun, good food, and drinks. Cheers!

A photo of Ariel with food and a mimosa for brunch at Blaqhaus
Love brunch and cocktails? I’ve got a list of the best bottomless brunches in Los Angeles, like this one at Blaqhaus in NoHo. Cheers!

Inaugural Rosé on Rose Wine Fest In Venice Launches on National Rosé Day

Calling all rosé enthusiasts… it’s a triple dose of everything Rosé! The inaugural Rosé on Rose Wine Fest is happening on National Rosé Day in Venice. Grab your rose-colored glasses and raise a glass of delightful blush while raising money for the Venice Family Clinic. Top restaurants and retailers of the eclectic Rose Avenue neighborhood will come together to offer attendees exclusive rosé specials and tastings, gourmet food deals, games, art, music, and a VIP Rosé Garden experience. Enjoy rosé all day while supporting local businesses and experiencing the eclectic Venice vibe that Rose Ave. is known for. Wearing pink is highly recommended! $20 – $60; Saturday, 12 – 7:00 pm; Check-in for General Admission is at 551 Rose. Ct. (Venice Family Clinic parking lot behind Big Red Sun) Venice, CA 90291. Check-in for VIP is at Big Red Sun at 560 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291

An image of numerous glasses of rosé wine.
Calling all rosé enthusiasts… it’s a triple dose of everything Rosé! The inaugural Rosé on Rose Wine Fest is happening on National Rosé Day in Venice.

“Wooftop” Cinema Club (Arts District) Presents: The Greatest Showman

“Wooftop” Cinema Club (Arts District) welcomes you and your four-legged furry friend to a rooftop viewing of the musical, The Greatest Showman. The movie tells the story of P.T. Barnum, celebrating his journey from a struggling dreamer to the creator of the legendary Barnum & Bailey Circus. Grab your blankets and pup, and get ready for a night of music, popcorn, libations, and cinematic magic. $16.50+; Saturday, 4:15 pm; ROW DTLA – 777 S. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90021

An image of a cute dog in a sweater.
“Wooftop” Cinema Club (Arts District) welcomes you and your four-legged furry friend to a rooftop viewing of the musical, The Greatest Showman.

Sip, Savor & Celebrate The Annual AbilityFirst Food & Wine Festival!

Come celebrate the AbilityFirst Food & Wine Festival presented by CHUBB, a spectacular outdoor gourmet food and drink in-person festival taking place in the stunning gardens at the Historic Laurabelle A. Robinson House in Pasadena. This year’s AbilityFirst Food & Wine Festival will bring 400 guests together for one exquisite evening featuring more than 20 top restaurants, cocktail bars, wineries, breweries, and much more. Some of this year’s AbilityFirst Food & Wine Festival Restaurants and Desserts include Alexander’s SteakhouseBone KettleCasa CordobaChefelle – A Personal Chef & Catering ServiceEl Cholo CaféGale’s RestaurantKensington CaterersPez CantinaPorto’s BakeryRuth’s Chris Steak HouseTam O’ShanterThe GeorgeWe Olive, and many more. Beverages featured include Cocktails and Spirit Tastings from 1886 at The RaymondDulce Vida TequilaEmpress 1908 GinGerlach’sGolden Road BrewingKnox & DobsonKrafted Spirits, San Gabriel’s Ogopogo Brewing, and Pasmosa Sangria along with specially curated Wines and Pasquini Coffee Co. Proceeds from this year’s event directly benefit AbilityFirst’s programs help individuals with developmental disabilities successfully transition from childhood to adult life; providing employment preparation, training, and experience; build social connections and independence; and offer participants and their caregivers an opportunity to refresh and recharge through recreational activities. AbilityFirst’s person-centered programs empower individuals to discover what is important to them in their lives, and to develop the skills that are important for them to achieve their goals. $250+; Sunday, 5 – 8:00 pm; Historic Laurabelle A. Robinson House – 195 South Grand Ave., Pasadena, CA  91105

No Kid Hungry’s Taste of the Nation Event Returns to LA

No Kid Hungry’s Taste of The Nation is making its highly anticipated return to Los Angeles, and celebrating 10 years of hosting the event at Media Park in Culver City. Attendees will enjoy exceptional eats and curated drinks from Los Angeles’ top chefs and mixologists – including Jackson Kalb, Shirley Chung, Stephanie Izzard, and Jazz Singsanong – all united to support No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in California and across the U.S. In addition to the incredible line-up of culinary talents, the afternoon will include live entertainment, games, as well as an interactive scavenger hunt for kids. Taste of the Nation promises a fun-filled day highlighting the vibrancy and generosity of Los Angeles’ culinary community. Los Angeles has no shortage of food events. However, given that 1 in 8 kids in the U.S., and 1 in 7 in California face hunger each day, we’re proud to support No Kid Hungry’s Taste of the Nation which helps raise critical funds and awareness to end childhood hunger. $115+; Sunday, 1 – 4:00 pm; Media Park – 9070 W. Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

An image of three children sitting on the grass.
No Kid Hungry’s Taste of the Nation helps raise critical funds and awareness to end childhood hunger.




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