The only thing I want to do this weekend is convince the weather that it’s November, silly, not July.
- The votes were tallied, and the venue of the lucky number 13 edition of our Classic Eats event will be held at Pann’s and The Buggy Whip! Julia Frey has all the details in her post here.
- Subliminal Projects – aka Shepard Fairey’s gallery – presents “Pattern Recognition,” a group exhibit featuring artists Nikki McClure, Richard Colman, and others. Their homework, presuambly, was to create some visually arresting piece representing patterns and recognitions thereof. The opening reception will be held on Saturday from 8 to 11; the exhibit itself goes until December 4, 2010. Free. Subliminal Projects is located 1331 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park.
- If art hanging on walls is, I don’t know, a little too 2D for you, head out to the enormity that will be MOCA’s Persepolis LA at the State Historic Park. Six listening stations outfitted with 8 speakers each will take over 70,000 square feet of the park in a performance of composer Iannis Xenakis’ famed Polytope de Persepolis. Free. The performance begins at 6pm at the LA State Historical Park, aka the Cornfield, 1245 N. Spring Street, Downtown.
- Day of the Dead festivities live on at Mama’s Hot Tamales. Come for the sugar skull decorating and mask making workshop; stay for the tamale-making demo and Aztec Dancer performance. Free. Drop in for the workshop anytime between 2pm and 4pm. Mama’s Hot Tamales, 2122 W. 7th Street, MacArthur Park.
- Vegans who missed out on LA Beer Week, fret not: the LA Vegan Beer Fest will showcase 50 vegan-friendly beers from 20 or so craft breweries. $35 ticket gets you unlimited pours. From 1 to 5pm at the Roxy.
- I met Suzanne Goin once. I sheepishly asked her to sign my tattered, extra virgin olive oil-stained, thoroughly Post-It-ed copy of her Sunday Suppers at Lucques, and she did, delightfully. The book, with her inscription – “Thanks for taking such good care of this book!” – became one of my most treasured possessions. Besides making a little big girl’s dreams come true and running a few of the best restaurants in the city (Lucques, AOC, Tavern), she also is an enormous supporter of a variety of local causes. Take, for example, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a great organization that raises funds to fight childhood cancer. This weekend, she, husband Chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat), and business partner Caroline Styne are hosting LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade; your $150 per person ticket goes towards the fight. In exchange, you get to sample great eats from Goin, Huckleberry’s Zoe Nathan (whose donuts were part of a four-way winner’s tie in the Best Raised Donut category at our Donut Summit a few months ago); Nancy Silverton; and Grace’s Neal Fraser. Jennifer Garner is the honorary chairperson and Jim Belushi will MC, natch. $150/$350 VIP; children under 9 are admitted for free with a paying adult. LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade will be held at the Culver Studios at 9336 Washington Blvd in Culver City from noon to 4pm.
- Bicyclists with vintage wheels (that is, bikes from 1985 or earlier) are invited to the Pasadena Lightweight Ride. You’ll meet at the Pasadena Rose Bowl and pedal 25 miles through Pasadena and its environs. Sure, if you have one of those fancy new bikes you can fold up and stick in your pocket, ride that, but don’t look at me when all the other bikes start talking about living through a recession. Oh, wait. Free. Bikers meet at 10:30 at the Rose Bowl; the pack takes off at 11:00am sharp.