GTD This Weekend: Bake Sale for Japan, Harry Potter-Inspired Competiton

This weekend: a bake sale for Japan, a pillow fight downtown, and Quidditch.  Yeup, Quidditch.


  • Oh, Japan.  Several bakeries across town (across the country, really) are holding a Bake Sale for Japan on Saturday, with proceeds going towards the country’s disaster relief efforts via Peace Winds America.  BLD, Black Cat Bakery, Forage, and Proof Bakery, among others, will host the sale in front of their shops; they, along with other professional and home chefs are contributing their goods.  See, you can have your cake and eat it too.  10am to 2pm.  See website for all locations.
  • You’re going to need a few veggies to balance out all those sweets from the bake sale.  Good thing, then, the Descansco Gardens is holding its own edition of Tomatomania! Heirloom seedlings will be for sale, and you can take a few workshops to learn how to get that fruit-and-or-vegetable growing in your garden too.  $8 admission to the Gardens.  Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm at the Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge.
  • … and here’s more food. 80 food trucks, including the Lobsta Truck, Naan Stop, and No Tomatoes (?  Clearly, they’re not making a pit stop at Tomatomania!), will assemble for the Santa Anita Park Food Truck Festival.  Literally – the festival will take place in the middle of the race track.  There will be live music to keep you entertained and, of course, pony rides.  Food, a pony ride on the track, and exhausted kids by day’s end?  Sounds like a winning trifecta to me.  $5.  11am to 2pm at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia.
  • Wikipedia begins its explanation of the origins of International Pillow Fight Day thusly: “While ordinary pillow fights have existed for a long time […]”  It’s prepositional phrases like that that give you cause to remember that Wikipedia is created by ordinary folks and not so much a superhuman with endless knowledge.  In any case, it is indeed International Pillow Fight Day, and LA joins the fun.  The rules permit you to hit people similarly in arms but – thank you – ask that you not hit people with cameras.  Bring your pillow, pajamas optional, gather at Pershing Square, and make new friends and enemies.  Not necessarily in that order. Free. The feathers fly at 2pm at Pershing Square.
  • I once dated a girl who went by the pseudonym “Tom of Finland.”  I think I was too early in my development as a practicing lesbian to really appreciate or understand the irony.  In any case, Touko Laaksonen, nee Tom of Finland, is largely responsible for mainstreaming gay porn.  This in turn influenced everything from the Village People to the hypermasculanity embraced by the 1980s.  His work is featured in “never alone” [sic], as are the works of artists inspired by his erotic art.  YMCA, anyone?  Donations welcome.  Opening reception is from 5 to 8pm at the ONE Archives, 626 N. Robertson Blvd. in West Hollywood.


  • OMG you guys, this sounds awesome, and I don’t even pay much attention to Harry Potter: the Quidditch Western Cup Finals is on Sunday.  Western state college intramural teams, including teams from UCLA, USC, and Berkeley (go Bears!), will compete in matches leading up to the finals.  The winner goes on to the national finals and may or may not get a magic cloak.  Speaking of imaginary games, has anyone started a Calvinball tourney yet?  If so, I’m in.  10am to 5:30pm at Cheviot Hills Park near Century City.
  • If you haven’t had a pie from I Heart Pie, well, you’re in luck: the makeshift pie shop is popping up at the Eagle Rock Brewery.  In addition to their delicious chicken pot pies, they’ll have a special spring-themed “Peep” pie: graham cracker crust, marshmallow mousse, and chocolate chips. I heart pie and beer.  From 12pm to 6pm at the Eagle Rock Brewery, 3056 Roswell St.
  • The first Sunday in April marks Songkran, or Thai New Year.  Accordingly, Thaitown will pretty much be shut down with an all-day street festival to celebrate, which of course means food and entertainment.  Bonus: the International Curry Festival runs concurrently as a festival-within-a-festival.  There will be booths dedicated to the wonderful, heartwarming culinary treat that is the simple curry.   If you see a girl trying to eat mango sticky rice and a bowl of curry while holding on to her shiba inu, say hi and hold the leash, will you?  10am to 7pm.  The festival will be held on Hollywood between Normandie and Western in Thaitown.

“Avenue 57 Bus Stop” courtesy waltarrrr via the Blogging LA Flickr pool.