Friday, June 24, 2011

Weekend Docket: 6/24/11

Phew, rushing to get this out before I trek over to Picca's Test Kitchen soft open for some delicious noms tonight (just one little more birthday treat in my non-acknowledgement that I'm getting older).  Tomorrow is filled with a Fulfillment Fund Mentor BBQ (in case any of you guys feel like adding a few gold stars, email me and I'll tell you all about it) and little cousin's birthday parties. 

Sunday, the day of rest, has already been settled as a raid the Redbox and snuggle with Zero day.  Although, that dinner at Cecconi's does look mighty tempting!

All Weekend
Pancake and Booze Art Show
Friday & Saturday 8pm - 2am
Established in May of 2009, The Pancakes & Booze Art Show has been sweeping the nation with a whirlwind of emerging and underground artists! Featuring 75 artists, live music, body painting, free pancakes, a photobooth and of course BOOZE, this sounds like a hipster filled fun-fest.  Cash Bar. Underground art show featuring 75 artists, live music, body painting and free pancakes and a photobooth to commemorate the indulgent fun. Cash bar is available for imbibing along with your flapjacks. $5. Lot 613, 613 Imperial Street, Los Angeles

Friday, 6/24
Grand Performances - Summer Kick-Off
Starts at 8PM
Grand Performances presents free performing arts that reflect the best of global culture and inspire community among the diverse peoples of Los Angeles. For over 20 years, Grand Performances has grown to become the foremost free concert series in LA. Located in Downtown LA's California Plaza, families, seniors, schools, youth groups and others bring picnic dinners to share under the twilight before evening performances. Music, dance, theatre and even film have been presented to audiences that have numbered as high as 6,500 people. Grand Performances has been called "too good to be free" and "the urban experiment that works." They're kicking the season off with Charles Phoenix presenting his whirl-wind slideshow: Los Angelesland. Grand Performances 350 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, 90014

Barnsdall Friday Wine Tasting
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Unwind and enjoy the beautiful Barnsdall Art Park as the sun is setting, from the gated gardens in the West Lawn of the historic Hollyhock House. Silverlake Wine will present four selections of boutique, small production, artisanal wines from around the globe. If you haven't had the chance to check out the gorgeous Art Park, now's your chance to get "in" with the crowd so you'll have first dibs when their "summer movie season" starts in September. Wine tastings are $25, tours of the Hollyhock house available for an additional $15. Tours start at 5:45pm, 6:15pm, 7:00pm and 7:45pm. So buy your tickets in advance. 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90027

Cinefamily Senior Prom: Carrie + Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II
Corsage? Check. Streamers? Check. Tiara? Check. The wild anticipation that tonight might be the night you finally get to third base? Absolutely — ‘cause it’s prom time!!!! Calling all geeks, jocks, princesses, and weirdos: whether prom is one of your most cherished memories, or whether you were too busy getting high/studying/making out/crying to go in the first place — now is your chance to do it again (or for the first time), but ten times better! With booze and friends! Bring your high school sweetie, a gaggle of girlfriends, or roll stag to the first annual Cinefamily Senior Prom! Have some punch (hope no one spiked it!), get your prom photos taken with your BFFs, scarf down some Pazzo Gelato and — let’s not forget — dance the night away in-between our two prom-themed horror features, with DJ Tuna on the decks! $12, Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N Fairfax Ave.

Saturday, 6/25
The Amazing Gourmet Food Truck Race
11am - 5pm
From the creators of The Amazing Los Angeles Race, The Amazing Santa Monica Race, "Say Yes to Prop 8A," and countless other fantastic races comes their most delicious treat yet, the Amazing Gourmet Food Truck Race. A clue based scavenger hunt that involved tons of bites from popular food trucks such as Lardon, NaanStop, The Boba Truck, Cool Haus, Komodo, nom nom & Border Grille. The first three teams (of 2-8 people) will receive prizes from Puma, Honest Tea, Rockstar and other lifestyle brands, while others will be enjoying a rocking after party with complimentary food truck delicacies and a plethora of swag. Entry is $60 per person.

Paul Frank Academy of Awesome Kickoff Party
5pm to 9pm
Paul Frank is going on a cross country road trip this summer in a Winnebago to entertain the public with their "conspiracy of fun!"  In honor of its Academy of Awesome mobile tour launch, he is throwing a bash at Pacific Design Center. It'll be a big street party with a fun photo booth, face painting for kids, Dance Dance Revolution, a dunk tank, and, of course, lots of food and drinks. Pacific Design Center 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood

Frugal Festival Food
11am to 2pm
Come hungry! The 2011 Frugal Festival Food! is LA’s hippest and tastiest one-day gathering of consumers hungry to save money on the most basic expense of all – food. Guests will swarm free tastings from local restaurants, learn how to coupon, see how a solar oven works, and more! General admission ticket for $5 to $10 before you go. Canoga Park High School 6850 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park.

NativeLA's Second Annual Flea Market
12pm to 6pm
It's that time again, NativeLA's second annual flea market which brings together local artists, designers, and retail stores for your shopping pleasure. And there will be lots of free beverages to sip and food trucks to eat at after your day of hunting. There are sure to be great and unique finds as well as your general collection of well worn goods.  511 Molino St. Downtown LA

Outdoor Cinema Foodfest: The Terminator
The greatest outdoor cinema/food truck fest returns to a public park near you this Summer. On the big screen(s) The Terminator, along with shorts from Funny or Die and live music by Monte Mar. Expect about a half dozen food trucks or so. Other upcoming movies include The Matrix, Office Space, Reservoir Dogs, and more. $10 Exposition Park| 700 Exposition Park Drive

Game Night 5 @ Giant Robot LA
7pm - 10pm
That’s right! We’re going back to GR2 this weekend to help present another glorious night of video gaming at Game Night 5. Our next gathering, a joint effort with our friends at Giant Robot, Attract Mode and Angry Bananas, will feature two upcoming indie greats, Reverge Labs Skullgirls and Haunted Temple Games Skulls of the Shogun. As a bonus/side effect, there will be some serious Nintendo 3DS StreetPassing going on. So bring your 3DS! We may even have some new Meat Bun stuff for sale. Maybe! GR2 2062 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025

Sunday, 6/26
Sunday Supper @ Cecconi's in West Hollywood
suppertime - closing
This sounds like an incredible deal, so thought I'd share.  A Sunday meal: Cecconi's in West Hollywood is offering a Sunday supper menu that will feed up to four people for $50 total. These dinners may include pizza, pasta and a salad. You can purchase a house bottle of red or white wine for an extra $25. Additional menu items may be added for parties larger than four. 8764 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles

2011 DOLE California Cook-Off
Three finalists will compete in front of a live audience at The Grove, for a chance to win the title of 2011 DOLE California Cook-Off winner. Celebrity chef, Ben Ford, Executive Chef and Proprietor of Ford’s Filling Station will judge along an esteemed panel of guest judges where they will name the grilling recipes on best use of DOLE products, creativity, flavor and taste. The Cook-Off winner will also win a cash prize of $2,5000. And stick around for the opportunity to win a grill from BBQ Galore in addition to other prizes and giveaways every half hour. There will even be an appearance from Dole’s Bobby Banana! The Grove 189 The Grove Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Summer SOULstice 2011
11am to 7pm
The Main Street Summer SOULstice ‘11 is produced by the Main Street Business Improvement Association and is sponsored by O’Brien’s, Edgemar, Enterprise Fish Co., World Cafe, Euphoria Loves RAWvolution, and The Basement Tavern, with generous support from Holy Guacamole and Wildflour Pizza. Over 20 live bands on seven stages including Helios Jive, Highway 61 Revisited, The Neil Deal, Cubensis - Grateful Dead Music Tribute, Southbound, Petty Theft, Dr. Wu, Elviss Simmons & The Memphis Strutters, Surfin’ USA, Texas House Party, The Devil’s Box, City Fritter, Dustbowl Revival, The Get Down Boys, Tom Freund, DJ Drez and Ensemble, Rock the Shakti with Micheline Berry, Gilbert Hurricane, Ben Vaughn & The Lost Mind Ramblers, The Ghouls, Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips, Bryan Titus, Breath of Life Tribe, Leftover Cuties, THE BLACKTREE, and more!

Oyster Fest @ Domaine L.A.
3pm to 6pm
End the weekend with some luxury at Domaine L.A.'s oyster and wine pairing event. Hollywood Farmers' Market favorite Farm Fresh Seafood will be shucking oysters, to be slurped alongside such seafood-friendly wines as Blanc de Blancs Champagne, Muscadet, and a Sancerre or Chablis. Six oysters and a wine flight are $20 in advance, or $25 the day of. Domaine L.A., 6801 Melrose Ave., Hollywood

Monday, 6/27
Tiki Throwdown at 320 Main: Don the Beachcomber vs. Trader Vic’s
7pm - 11pm
The next Tiki Night at 320 Main features cocktails from Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic in a head-to-head battle with a winner crowned by the end of the night! Guest Bartender Marcos Tello, president of the USBG LA and famed Los Angeles bartender will join Jason Schiffer, owner of 320 Main, and Matt Robold ( to serve up these intricate tiki classics. In addition to all the regular tiki fun- we'll also be holding a raffle in conjunction with the voting so everyone who casts a vote for one of Don or Vic's drinks has a chance to win one of 5 prizes. Prizes include: a bottle of Appleton 12yr Rum, an authentic Martinique swizzle stick, a $25 gift card to 320 Main, a bottle of Lemon Hart 151 and a Tiki mug with $100 worth of 320 Main drink chips. Drinks are $10 each, punches are $6 per glass and LA and Chicago style Hot Dogs will be served from the 320 Main kitchen for only $4!! 320 Main, 320 Main Street, Seal Beach

Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc Fried Chicken @ Bouchon 
5:30pm - 9:30pm
Fried chicken: Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc fried chicken will be returning to Bouchon in Beverly Hills this Monday, June 27, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The dish will be served with New York cheddar biscuits and gravy, macaroni and cheese and braised collard greens. This one-day special is $36 per person. Call the restaurant or go to OpenTable to make a reservation. 235 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills


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