Welcome to the weekend. Celebrate the Cowboy lifestyle in Santa Clarita or drink with winemaker Andrew Jones at Rosso Wine Shop. Enjoy just more than books at the LA Times Festival of Books, art in Echo Park, local wines in Agua Dulce, or comedy and vino in the ‘Bu. Finally, on Sunday the bikes take over the streets of Los Angeles with CicLAvia, from Downtown, 15 miles to the Beach.
Friday, April 19
Santa Clarita (FRI-SUN)
Santa Clarita’s rich Western heritage takes center stage each year at the Cowboy Festival. The Festival’s gracious hosts, the Veluzat family, will once again open the doors of Melody Ranch™ Motion Picture Studio for the event, providing a venue unlike any other. The Studio comes to life on Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, 2013, with the sights, sounds, and smells of Cowboy life as performers serenade, vendors serve up Dutch Oven treats, and attendees shop for merchandise that celebrates the past with the flair of today.
Winemaker Event at Rosso Wine Shop with Field Recordings
Field Recordings is 31-year old winemaker Andrew Jones’ personal catalog of the people and places he values most. Come taste at Rosso Wine Shop and talk about the newest releases with Andrew behind the bar! A special Friday night only event. For $10 sample 2011 Field Recordings Chenin Blanc, Petite Sirah and “Neverland” Bordeaux Blend.
Saturday, April 20
LA Times Festival of Books
Los Angeles (SAT & SUN)
Books are just the beginning at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books where eclectic schedule melds appearances by hundreds of authors, stars, chefs and musicians with celebration of ideas, creativity and the written word at the University of Southern California. Appearances by Paul Anka, Margaret Atwood, Brian Boitano, Carol Burnett, Cassandra Clare, Susan Feniger, “Iron Chef” Alex Guarnaschelli, beloved children’s author Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Jon Klassen, Ludo Lefebvre, Demetri Martin, Heather McDonald, Danica McKellar, Aida Mollenkamp, Debbie Reynolds, Molly Ringwald, John Scalzi, Tom Sizemore and Nia Vardalos, among others with engrossing conversations on everything from marijuana legalization to religion and sexuality, gun control and the politics of food
Echo Park PDA Art Walk
Echo 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!
1st Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival
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.
Sips N Giggles
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.
Sunday, 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.
Ciclavia at Bigfoot West and Olfield’s Liquor Room
West LA (12-4pm)
This Sunday’s Ciclavia flows right past Bigfoot West and Oldfields Liquor Room, both bars will open at 12 noon. Cyclers can take a break and enjoy $1 tacos, $5 Happy Hour cocktails and specialty mock cocktails like Bigfoot West’s The Tired Peach: fresh muddled peaches, simple syrup, lemon juice topped with housemade ginger beer.
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.
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.
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.
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 – 1pm)
Silver Lake (8am
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
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.
Tamales at Mission Cantina
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.
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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