Dig Weekend Guide – April 12-14

Welcome to the weekend. Plenty of fun things to keep you busy. On Friday enjoy food trucks in NoHo or celebrate the Cherry Blossoms in DTLA. Saturday, enjoy art along the streets in Burbank and Culver City, or unlimited beers at Tony Dart’s Away and Ayara Thai. On Sunday get educated and check out the butterflies at the NHM or talk about architecture at the Getty. Enjoy small lot wines in Anaheim, Tamales in Hollywood, or grub on the best brunch deal in LA at Bacaro.

Friday, April 12

NoHo Dine Out Fridays
North Hollywood (5:30-8pm)
NoHo Dine Out Friday Nights is a place to get together with neighbors and make new friends, all while enjoying live music, Gourmet Food Trucks and shopping at local Boutique Tables. The dog friendly event takes place in the parking lot at 11452 Burbank Blvd just West of Lankershim Blvd. For a full list of trucks, check out their web site.

Cherry Blossom Festival
Downtown Los Angeles (Through April 19)
The beautiful CHAYA Downtown ushers in spring with a three-week Cherry Blossom Festival. Executive Chef Atsushi Kenjo draws inspiration from his Japanese origins with offerings rooted in tradition, allowing guests to build their own Hanami Bento ($22 for 3 items; $28 for 4 items) with spotlighted dishes such as Kale Salad with Apple, Hazelnut, and Ginger-Ranch Dressing and Coffee BBQ Mini Pork Shank with Chipotle Miso. Libations will include seasonal cocktails such as the Cherry Bellini with cherry sorbet and Sakuratini, as well as a variety of rare boutique Japanese sake flights. Visit them online or make reservations by calling 213.236.9577.

Saturday, April 13

Culver City Arts District Block Party
Culver City (6-9pm)
Muddy Leek Restaurant & Bar is leading the way to the first ever Culver City Arts District Block Party. They are teaming up with CoolHaus, Gramercy York, Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Cognoscenti Coffee and Bar & Garden, and local art galleries to create a pedestrian and family friendly cultural event. Complementary area maps and digital materials will guide visitors as they make their way down Washington Boulevard. The art walk takes place between 6PM and 9PM.

Downtown Burbank’s Arts Festival
Burbank (SAT & SUN)
The streets of Downtown Burbank will be packed with artists, street painters and more than 12,000 art lovers on San Fernando Boulevard between Magnolia Boulevard and Olive Avenue. Featured will be animation and digital artists associated with Creative Talent Network, and 90 regional artists displaying thousands of paintings, sculptures and photographs. Plus, Southern California’s most talented chalk artists will be producing supersized artwork on city streets, evoking every style from pop art to the high Renaissance. This event is free!

Tony’s Darts Away 3rd Anniversary
Burbank (SAT & SUN)
Tony’s Darts Away Celebrates it’s 3rd Anniversary as they will be tapping some exciting specialty beers as well as celebrating the release of Darts Away IPA, a 9.65% abv Imperial IPA conceived by the Tony’s Darts Away staff brewed in conjunction with Golden Road Brewing. Chef Randy St. Clair will be preparing a menu of Tony’s Darts Away favorites. Entrance is free, but for $15, guests will receive a first-taste of Darts Away IPA in a specialty Darts Away Keepsake Glass. This glass also entitles the holder early access to specialty beers that will be tapped throughout the weekend.

Ayara Thai Unlimited Craft Beer
Westchester (7-10pm)
Celebrate the Thai New Year with all the craft beer you can drink! Grub on Thai tacos then wash it all down with unlimited local beers from Monkish Brewing, Firestone Walker Brewing and El Segundo Brewery. Tickets are just $32 and just 40 spots are available. Get your tickets now.

Sunday, April 14

The Butterfly Pavilion
Downtown Los Angeles
The Butterfly Pavilion, the living habitat where hundreds of butterflies flutter among nectaring plants, returns for its 15th year at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. This year, in addition to hosting its usual far-flung travelers from across North America, the Pavilion will also have a distinctive California feel. Of the 53 species of butterflies, 20 will be native to the Golden State.

Does Architecture Matter?
West Los Angeles (2-6:30pm)
Are you an architecture junky? Zócalo Public Square explores trophy architects that are in demand to provide blueprints for stadiums, government buildings, museums, and billionaire homes. But does the work of architects really matter in our daily lives? Do all of the inventive flourishes found in the new wave of buildings dotting our cities change the livelihood of their inhabitants, or are they merely self-contained monuments to an era and its egos? As the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time presents “Modern Architecture in L.A.”, a wide-ranging look at the region’s modern architectural heritage and the contributions of L.A. architects to the world, Zócalo and the Getty Museum present a half-day conference exploring the impact of architecture on the present and future.

33rd Annual Wine Extraordinaire
Anaheim (2-5pm)
The 33rd Wine Extraordinaire is the Orange County Wine Societies (OCWS) annual wine tasting and fundraiser event showcasing the small lot boutique wineries of California producing 35,000 cases or less annually. Local restaurants will offer delicious bites of their culinary talents. This event highlights 100’s of California boutique wines, from 85 wineries, being poured under one roof in the comfort of a large Hilton Hotel Ballroom. Tickets are just $50, get them here.

Tamales at Mission Cantina
Hollywood
It’s time for Tamale Saturdays at Mission Cantina. This week’s tamale lineup includes: Teriyaki Chicken; Sopresatta Salami with Provolone & Swiss; and Shishito Pepper with Sweet Corn & Cheddar. Every Saturday, Mission Cantina will offer their unique tamales for $12 a plate, which includes two tamales with rice and beans. Of course, margaritas and beer are a must too.

Morning After Club
Downtown Los Angeles (11:30am-2pm)
For the best brunch deal this weekend, The Morning After Club returns to Bacaro in University Village. With items like the Bacaro Burger, Croque Madame, Yam Cakes, Brioche French Toast, Mimosas and Bloody Marys for a buck, or pitchers for $7. Dollar drinks and an ten buck dishes. Cheers to that.

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Afternoon Tea at Mignon
Downtown Los Angeles (3-6pm)
Every Sunday Mignon brings a touch of refinement to Downtown LA with its new high tea menu featuring Mariage Frères tea from the famed Parisienne tea house. For $15, guests can enjoy a proper salon de thè experience and choose from finger sandwiches like French Ham with Mustard and Jam, Paprika Egg Salad, Smoked Salmon, or cucumber and butter.

Sundays Live
Los Angeles (6-7pm)
LACMA’s weekly chamber music series, Sundays Live, features the best of national, international, Los Angeles and emerging artists. These one-hour concerts are presented free to the public at 6 pm each Sunday in the Leo S. Bing Theater. Admission is free. While you’re there, check out Ray’s Stark Bar for a cocktail, or two or three.

KNACKIG Pop-Up Sausages
Downtown Los Angeles (1-5pm)
KNACKIG (pronounced “ki-NAH-kig”) is the German reference to the “snap,” “crack,” or “pop” that accompanies that first bite of an authentic German sausage. Every Sunday, popping up at Mignon Wine Bar, choose from six distinctly different sausages: Bratwurst, Kasekrainer, Knackwurst, Polish Kielbasa, Spicy Chicken and Veggie Sausage. Locally sourced breads and buns accompany the sausages, along with a traditional potato salad. Artisanal beers and wines are also available.

LA Derby Dolls
Echo Park (6-10pm)
The L.A. Derby Dolls are Southern California’s premiere all-female, banked track roller derby league. Watch girls on wheels as they battle out on the track with two teams of five players each: four blockers (one of whom wears a striped helmet cover as the “pivot”) and one jammer. Races take place every other Saturday and some Sundays. A full season schedule can be browsed here.

Silver Lake Farmers’ Market
Silver Lake (8am – 1pm)
The Silver Lake Farmers’ Market offers more than just fresh, local produce. Customers can also find vintage clothings, jewelry, music, and snacks, giving it more of a flea market vibe.

Top Chef-testant CJ Jacobson at Mercantile
Hollywood
Former Top Chef-testant CJ Jacobson has recently joined Hollywood restauranteur George Abou-Daoud to collaborate on the brunch and dinner menus at The Mercantile in Hollywood. With a reputation for cooking in some of the world’s most prestigious kitchens, Chef CJ applies his culinary expertise and his hyper-seasonal methodology to bring polished, elevated food to The Mercantile’s casual setting. Some of Chef CJ’s signature dishes include a light Farro Salad with Cucumber, House Cured Salmon with White Beans, a twist on the classic Macaroni & Cheese, and Poached Eggs & Savory Bread Pudding with Oyster Mushrooms & Chili Sauce.

Weekend Flights at Rosso Wine Shop
Glendale (5-8 p.m.)
A new wine theme each week. Whether it is their Old World favorites or Pinot Noir from Russian River, they mix it up and keep the price reasonable. Visit www.rossowineshop.com for more details. They also have wines by the glass available at the bar, along with some select beer picks by the bottle, if the wine flight doesn’t work for you. Cost is around $10.

Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club
Downtown Los Angeles
Travel back in time to the glamorous days of Hollywood’s golden age of nightclubs at the Cicada Club in Downtown. Featuring the finest vintage dance orchestras and entertainment, Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club is unlike any night on the town you have ever experienced. Vintage or evening attire encouraged. A dinner reservation will guarantee your table for the entire evening. To see who’s playing each week and for more info check out their web site.

Wine Pairing Wednesday at Upstairs2
West LA (7:30 p.m.)
Upstairs 2, located above the massive Wine House, offers a four-course dinner prepared by chef Todd Barrie every Wednesday, paired with four wines from around the world selected by sommelier Marilyn Snee. Each week will showcase a different wine region, and there will be a brief discussion of each wine and its pairing. The cost is only $55 per person. Make your rezzy here.

Upcoming:

April 20Echo Park PDA Art Walk Art Walk is a one day event that turns the neighborhood into a fun, playful and engaging artistic landscape! Ready for a sidewalk adventure? Explore and discover chain link fence galleries, driveway theaters, sidewalk chalk art, performance art, live music, film screenings, food trucks, sidewalk dancing, hands on workshops, sculptures, special store promotions, and other various creative & mind stimulating public displays of ART!

April 20 – Guests of the 1st Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival will be rewarded with a commemorative tasting glass and plate, a specialty gift bag, and free parking. They will also enjoy a “ticketless” wine tasting and gourmet fancy food samplings — all paired perfectly with a day full of live entertainment, art, and activities. Local wineries include Agua Dulce Winery, Alonso Family Vineyards, Antelope Valley Winery, Bacelar Wines, Coruce Vineyards, Chavez Vineyards and more. General admission tickets are $65, or go VIP style for $90. Get your tickets now.

April 20 – Join Malibu Family Wines for Sips N Giggles at Malibu & Vine for an evening of the funniest LA Comics paired with Semler and Sadlerock wines. Entry is free with drink specials starting at 6:30 and comedy starting at 7:30. Located at the renowned and public Malibu Golf Club, Malibu and Vine Bar & Grille is a hand crafted beer and wine bar with random acts of cooking featuring Chef Matthew Zubrod. Admission is just $5.

April 21 – Sun, surf, and 15 miles of open road will mark the first CicLAvia of 2013, transforming Venice Boulevard and downtown Los Angeles streets into a car-free, linear park for strolling, biking, playing, and exploring the city from a new perspective.Since it began in 2010, CicLAvia has quickly become Los Angeles County’s most popular public event, consistently attracting more than 100,000 participants. CicLAvia is free of charge and open to everyone, from lifelong Angelenos to first-time visitors from around the globe. Leave the motorized transportation methods behind and claim the streets as your own.

April 21 – Sip California at it’s best at Wally’s Wines California Wine All Stars. From 1-4PM under the tent, taste nearly 200 wines from some of Napa and Sonoma’s best. New this year, Merry Edwards, Checkerboard, BuMoi, Opus One, VML, and the Morlet Family. Soak up the vino with free cheese and bread, or indulge in hot dogs from Let’s Be Frank and sliders and ribs from T’s California BBQ. Tickets are just $59 a person (food extra). Get your tickets before they sell out.

April 27 – This 5th Annual Decadent Underground Bacon Dinner will be a smokin’ hot evening of decadent bacon-infused delights, all served up in a secret Culver City location! Don’t miss this One Night Only event. The dinner features a visit from guest chef Scott Schabot who’s coming all the way from North Carolina to add some southern flare to the Bacon festivities. Early bird pricing through 4/15 is $125, then it’s $140 after that. Price includes a custom made bacon infused cocktail, 3 decadent appetizers and 4 plated courses, all paired with wine. Get your tickets here.

April 28 – Atwater Village Beer, Food and Wine Festival. Head to Atwater Village on Sunday, April 28, as they make history with the very first Atwater Village Beer, Wine & Food Festival. Hosted by 55 Degree Wine, Link N Hops and the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce, the festival will feature over a dozen craft breweries, the hottest food trucks as well as live entertainment (including a guest appearance by Black Eyed Peas DJs: Delta Force & Poet). Tickets start at $30 for 12 tastings, or $40 for VIP early entry and 24 tastings. Get them here.

April 28 – The 25th Annual Vintage Bouquet food & wine features unlimited tastings of exceptional wines and mouth-watering dishes from some of the most renowned restaurants in the area, paired with live and silent auctions

and exceptional musical entertainment. Local restuarnts include Crustacean, Fleming’s, Lawry’s, Lazy Ox, Lexington Social House, Napa Valley Grille, Ruth’s Chris, STK and more. Tickets to this great event, taking place at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, will run you $150. More info and tickets here.

May 5 – LA Foodies are about to get the ultimate opportunity to indulge in some face stuffing gluttony. Flavors of Los Angeles promises a sumptuous, five-course gourmet meal prepared tableside by one of the city’s most notable chefs; giving you unparalleled and intimate access to incredible food, and the artists who create it. Now in its seventh year, Flavors of Los Angeles takes place at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel on Sunday at 5:30 pm. Tickets are steep at $275 each, but proceeds benefit the American Liver Foundation.

May 19 – The 18th Street Arts Center is calling all urban foodies, wine loving enthusiasts and art aficionados for CRUSH, an artisanal wine, art and food tasting event. CRUSH is the sister festival to the organization’s successful annual Beer, Art and Music (BAM) Festival. The event will feature over 50 unique wines, specialty cocktails and culinary delights from Los Angeles’ top chefs and restaurants. A unique twist on your typical wine and food festival, CRUSH also offers live original music performed by local bands, open artist studios, and a preview of the collaborative exhibition Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest by Alexandra Grant. Tickets start at $45. Get your tickets here.

June 8-9 – Roam the streets of Raleigh Studios in Hollywood at the LA Wine Fest. With your souvenir wine glass in hand, visit wineries from up and down the California Coast and at least 20 countries and taste over 500 excellent wines; check out the brews and spirits along the way; and be sure to drop by the lifestyle exhibitors and gourmet food trucks, take an educational class or two such as how to pair wines & cheeses; all while mingling with your friends and listening to great live music on this historic studio lot. And, the event benefits Food Forward so you’re helping a great cause. Tickets start at $50. Get them here.

June 29 – The 4th Annual LA Street Food Fest is back at the world famous Rose Bowl with more vendors than ever to bring you more world class, award winning Top Chefs and restaurants, your favorite gourmet trucks, street stands and carts, plus access to the Rose Bowl’s pristine field for stretching out and soaking up the sun! Sample signature bites from a curated selection of nearly 100 vendors. General admission is $50, VIP admission is $75 and includes that crucial early entry. More info and tickets on their web site.

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A lover of everything LA has to offer, Matt created Dig Lounge to tell his friends about all the fun things to do in the city. Matt has worked in the dot com world since 1996, including some of the top online entertainment companies and digital marketing firms. He currently works as a Digital Producer.

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