This weekend: vegan beer and pancakes and booze. Hello, summer.
- Summer’s here, which means: vegan beer. Of course. Quarry Girl and Tony Yanow of Tony’s Darts Away present this year’s LA Vegan Beer festival, with over 20 vegan-friendly craft breweries, vegan food, and music. Ticket proceeds benefit the Animal Rescue Media Education organization. $15-50. 1pm to 5pm at the Roxy in West Hollywood.
- Dwell on Design returns to the LA Convention Center, with all sorts of fancy furniture and eco-friendly wares that you won’t find in your West Elm catalog (yet). There also will be panels, including “How to Live a Sustainable Life” with Ed Begley, Jr., natch, and “East Meets West: Happenings in America’s Asian Cuisines” with none other than frequent Blogging LA commenter Tony Chen (Sinosoul). Tony, get them to change the title of your panel, please. $30 for the weekend pass. Saturday 8:30am – 6pm, Sunday 9am to 5pm at the LA Convention Center downtown.
- Another Saturday, another locals-only flea market: this time, NativeLA presents up and coming designers and artists in a communal space where you can shop and buy local before the designer goes international. Free. From noon to 6pm at 511 Molino Street, Downtown.
- Remember how all the douchebags who said that women aren’t funny and/or women can’t write and/or women can’t write funny and/or women shouldn’t have jobs? Yeah, thank God we have Bridesmaids to support our case when we say, definitively, fuck you, douchebags. Support Kristin Wiigs-to-be at WriteGirl’s annual celebration of its young members who, after taking a few writing points from professional writer mentors, will present their work to proud mothers and fathers everywhere. $10. 1pm to 4pm at the Writer’s Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr. in Beverly Hills.
- Pancakes and booze. It’s self-explanatory, but in case you still need the explanation: an art show where some 75 LA-based artists show off their work while you munch on pancakes and drink booze, which you probably would have ended up doing late Saturday night anyway. $5. 8pm to 2am both Saturday and Sunday at Lot 613, 613 Imperial Street in Downtown.
- Self Help Graphics is holding its annual print fair, and if I were you, I’d get there early. The organization nurtures and develops emerging artists and supports their work in printmaking; the posters they produce are, in a word, pretty awesome. The fair will feature limited edition posters, monoprints, linocuts, and woodblock prints. Noon to 5pm at Self Help Graphics’ new location at 1300 East 1st Street in Boyle Heights.
- Santa Monica wants you to “Party like it’s 2011!” … which it is (2011) so I guess you can just party like you would on any other day this year. The city’s Main Street 11th Annual Summer SOULstice Festival is the supposedly the biggest music celebration on the Westside, with over 20 live bands, a sidewalk sale, and, of course, food. Go on, party like it’s the year that it is. Free. 11am to 5:30pm along the Main Street drag in Santa Monica.
- Cecconi’s in WeHo just started a pretty nifty Sunday supper: $50 total for enough food to feed four people. It’s Italian spot, so you’ll probably be sharing pizzas and pastas; even with that simplicity, though, you can’t argue with $12.50 per person. That’s supper at brunch prices. $50. Dinnertime to 11pm at Cecconi’s, 8764 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood.