Thursday, September 2, 2010

Weekend Docket: 9/3/10

Pour moi, it's a weekend filled with drinking, amazing foods, sailing, fiesta-ing, more good food, and a few BBQ's thrown in.  Kicking off the holiday weekend with a little Laborless Downtown Pub Crawl on Friday.  Saturday, I'm off to lick Ted Allen at the Taste of Beverly Hills, and using an almost expired groupon for some booze cruise (sailing lesson) action at South Bay Sailing.  They totally won me over when they told me I could bring beverages, of any kind, very much including the alcoholic variety, on board.  Sails away!

Sunday I'm still deciding between a day time BBQ or a sojourn to Fiesta Hermosa.  I do love me a beer garden & awesome cover bands.  And then Sunday night, I'm finally checking out the Test Kitchen for some TiGeorge Haitian food! 

With the extra day off, I'm thinking finally some R&R downtime poolside... and if I'm not too burnt out from the weekend of insane drinking, checking out the all you can drink Monday night happy hour at Bastide.  In case you're not on board for my weekend of ridiculous, here are several other fun events happening all over the city!

**** Other Fun Happenings In & Around The City ****

All Weekend
Food & Wine's Taste of Beverly Hills
Thursday - Sunday
Sponsored by Food & Wine magazine, the first annual Taste of Beverly Hills is a four-day epicurean event celebrating the worlds of food, wine, art, and music. Designed to intrigue the palate and engage the senses, Beverly Hills residents—and beyond—are encouraged to come out and experience a wine and food event unlike any other...The festival will include food and wine tastings from celebrity chefs and renowned restaurants—both local and from around the country—live cooking demonstrations, wine seminars from Napa's top vintners, live musical performances from award-winning artists, and more. Discount Tickets on Goldstar: Various Locations

** Yes I realize I posted this last week... incorrectly.  It's this weekend.

LA County Fair’s Opening Weekend
Opens at 10AM
If you're trying to figure out your Labor Day weekend plans... this should rank up there.  The LA County Fair is opening up this weekend in Pomona!!  And if you go between 10AM - 1PM, admission is just $1! Now for those of you that are like... seriously why is Nicole trying to peddle the LA County Fair on us city people, aside from the wine & beer tasting, the pig races, the incredible fried foods, carnival rides & games... the LA County Fair is home to the Bark Park! LA County Fair Fairplex Expos: 1101 W McKinley Avenue, Pomona

Fiesta Hermosa Arts & Crafts Fair
10AM to 6PM
This Labor Day Weekend, check out Fiesta Hermosa, the ”largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California”! Over 270 artists and crafters are featured, including painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and handicrafters. But that’s not all – enjoy 18 different kinds of ethnic food and 2 stages of live music from the finest “tribute bands” performing the classic rock of bands such as Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Jimi Hendrix and more! There’s fun for the kids too – the Kiddie Carnival features a 30 foot slide, pony rides, petting zoo, a rock climbing wall, bungee jump, face-painting, and games for kids from 3 to 10 years old.  Downtown Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

The 3G Art Show Opening
Sept 3rd - 22nd
Great art can inspire across media, like Impressionist painting inspiring Impressionist literature, or Hieronymus Bosch's haunting visions of Hell inspiring Ke$ha. For gallery art inspired by the best movies ever, check out The 3G Show. Opening Friday at the cozy Gallery 1988, 3G's a 3-week exhibit featuring work based on, and only on, Goonies, Ghostbusters, and Gremlins, with 40 different artists each doing one work based on each film -- they'd have added Graystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, but clearly 4G just doesn't work. Plus, that movie sucked. Gallery 1988: 7020 Melrose; Mid-Wilshire

Friday, 9/3
Abbot Kinney 1st Friday
6PM - 10PM
Tired of spending your First Friday of the month climbing up the side of a cliff to dance at the Getty? Does the thought of hip-hop and deceased animal bones make your allergies flare up? Never fear. Abbot Kinney Boulevard will throw its arms wide and welcome you in a warm, patchouli-smelling embrace. With stores all up and down this storied Venice street keeping their doors open until 10 p.m., it'll be great just to not have to cross Sepulveda. Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291

Saturday, 9/4
Barnsdall Art Park Screening: (500) Days of Summer
Bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy outdoor screenings on the West Lawn of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, perched on the beautiful Olive Hill at Barnsdall Park. Beer, Wine, and a Movie every Saturday in September. Each Saturday, we will screen a modern classic film that showcases the architectural and historical uniqueness of Los Angeles. All screenings are 17+ to attend (except for Roger Rabbit, which is family-friendly), and 21+ to drink. Admission is $10 for only the movie or $25 for the movie and three drinks. Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood.

FYF Fest
11:30AM to Midnight
Formerly featuring the awesome "F" word, goes down this weekend with amazing up and coming bands and a cause very close to any outdoorsy lovers heart. The festival, currently in its 6th year, takes part of its proceeds from bands rocking in the name of Mother Nature and donates them to the betterment, upkeep and maintenance of California state parks. Eff yeah. 1245 N Spring Street

Sunday, 9/5
Los Angeles Times Celebration of Food & Wine
12pm - 8pm
From the epicurean to those who simply love good food, this all-day event has every ingredient to satisfy your appetite for new twists and classic favorites. Make plans now to join the celebration at Paramount Pictures studios this Labor Day weekend. Featuring the best of the best from the culinary and beverage worlds and touching 6,000+ people, the Los Angeles Times Celebration of Food & Wine is a can’t miss event!  Paramount Pictures Studios: Discount Tickets on Goldstar

** Again printed incorrectly.  This weekend, not last.

LA Birthday Celebration
6AM Start
The City of Los Angeles will hold a free celebration in honor of its 228th birthday this Friday. There will be a nine mile walk downtown starting at Mission San Gabriel and ending at El Pueblo Historical Monument with a fiesta worthy of the lovely city of Angels. Birthday cake will be served along with a bevy of street vendor foods and all the flavor downtown LA has to offer. 428 South Mission Drive San Gabriel, California 91776

John Williams and the Music of the Movies
What would "Star Wars" be without the swelling, emotional score that plays throughout the sprawling space drama? NOTHING, that's what! John Williams has created some of the most memorable and important music of this century for epic classics such as "Superman," "Jurassic Park" and "Home Alone." For just a few nights this summer he brings his unmistakable brand of genius to the open air stage that is our Hollywood Bowl. Hollywood Bowl

Sinking Feeling: Machine Project Party in an Indoor Shipwreck
5PM - 10PM
So there’s this event space called Machine Project, and some artists have built a big fake shipwreck right in the middle of it. Which, come Sunday night, means one thing for you: a toga party. Just kidding, it means a shipwreck party. 1200 D N Alvarado St, Echo Park

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