This weekend: wine, tomatoes, doing good. Like every weekend, right?
- The folks behind Wine Riot tell us they’re under 30, so a typical wine tasting room in Santa Barbara this is not: over 250 different wines will be available for your sipping, slurping, and optional spitting at this not-your-retired-grandfather’s wine festival. The event also features a pretty spiffy Second Glass Mobile App, which you can use to log your favorite wines throughout the day. Writing general notes on a napkin you’ll misplace later is so 1997. $50. Choose your time: 1 to 5pm or 7pm to 11pm at Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica,
- I had my first real tomato when I was 18? 19?, a very, very sad fact, I know. Don’t let this happen to your kids: head out to Tapia Brothers’ Farm Stand in Encino to pick up some tomato seedlings as part of the great big heirloom tomato seedling celebration known as Tomatomania! There will be nearly 300 tomato varieties for your green thumb, the largest of the Tomatomania! sales in the area. Save those supermarket tomatoes for throwing. Saturday and Sunday at the Tapia Brothers’ Farm Stand, 5251 Hayvenhurst Ave. in Encino.
- Some people don’t see the great benefits of 3D, others call those people Luddites and tell them to join us in the 21st century. If you’re in the latter group and want to learn how to try to convert the former group, check out the Echo Park Film Center’s two-day workshop on how to shoot in 3D. Bolex cameras with 3D lenses will be available for your experimentation. There’s nothing in here about how to write a good story with great characters, but presumably, you’ve got that covered. $100 non-members/$80 members. 1 to 5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado St. in Echo Park.
- Some of the best movies are children’s movies, because, I think, we grow up, get into complicated messes, and forget that things really can be so simple. The Redcat International Children’s Film Festival kicks off this weekend, with different themes from now until April 17. $5 for each screening. Check the website for exact movies and showtimes.
- “Crafty women of the world unite” sounds a bit like Lady MacBeth’s rallying cry, but, no, we’re talking about a different kind of crafty: it’s time for the The Third Annual Pink Parlour Festival, featuring crafts and other artwork by women. About 150 vendors will be on hand to show and sell their works. $5. 11am to 7pm at the Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia.
- The “Do Good Bus” is exactly what it sounds like: a bus that transports you to do some good twice a month. Except this time, it’s more like the “Do Good Bicycle” as the organizers invites bikers to bring their own two wheels and bike out to do some good. The exact nature of the activity is not disclosed yet, but they will provide a meal. That’s all you need to know, right? $20 to cover costs; RSVP required. Meet at 1pm at a Hollywood location disclosed to you when they confirm your reservation.
- We all can’t be so lucky as to have Henry Louis Gates, Jr. trace our family lineage, so you might as well learn how to do it yourself. The California African American Museum hosts a workshop led by a Daniel Bartosz, a professional genealogist, that will teach you how to construct your family tree, with a few tips from the professional. Free. 2pm at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park.