This weekend: a good number of summery outdoor cultural and food festivals, Mr. Fish gets his own exhibit, as do reptiles.
- I almost don’t want tell you about this, but sharing is caring, I guess: the newly revamped, and gorgeous, Last Bookstore used bookstore downtown is having a huge charity parking lot sale. Over 100,000 donated books will be sold for $1 each or $15 per banker’s box; all proceeds benefit an organization dedicated to providing mentors for homeless youth. 10am to 6pm at the Last Bookstore’s parking lot on the left side of Spring Street between 4th and 5th Streets downtown.
- It’s going to be a hot day on Saturday, which means it’s going to be a perfect and/or perfectly sweltering day for the Third Annual Korean BBQ Cook-Off. Jonathan Gold, food writer Simon Majumdar, actor James Kyson-Lee (i.e., the other Asian guy in Heroes), and Consul General of the Republic of Korea Ambassador Yeon-sung Shin will decide which one of the four competing chefs deserves the $1,000 prize. Of course, there will be plenty of BBQ for the crowds. Free admission. Noon to 6pm on Hobart between 7th and Wilshire in Koreatown.
- If the vegan in you won’t come within sniffing distance of the Korean BBQ Cook-Off, go instead to the Summerlicious Vegan Shindig. The event benefits the Beagle Freedom Project; you benefit from having some of the city’s best vegan eats gather in one spot so you don’t have to trek across disparate parts of the city. Thank you, and you’re welcome. $10 admission donation suggested; pay-as-you-eat once you’re inside. 1pm to 6pm at The Other Door Bar, 10437 Burbank Blvd. in North Hollywood.
- “You think it’s hot outside?” asked the guy at my local copy center yesterday. He went outside, because he knew he was about to prove a point. “It’s not hot.” “What’s hot?” I said, because I thought it was damn hot yesterday. “113 degrees in New Orleans. That’s hot. The humidity!” he said, proving his point and shivering from the thought of that much hot. Fair enough. Enjoy New Orleans without that wet heat at the Sixth Annual New Orleans Cultural Festival. The weekend-long fest brings us the best of The Crescent City, including the eats (beignets, please, someone, bring the beignets) and music. Free. 11am to 6:30pm at 4316 Degnan Blvd. in Leimert Park.
- The fantastic work of cartoonist Dwayne Booth (aka Mr. Fish) will be on display at the Robert Berman Gallery’s Go Fish exhibit; take a whirlwind tour of his illustrative takes both the left and the right and the generally politically stupid. If you’ve opened an op-ed page, or read any magazine that trusts you are as smart as you look (Harper’s, Vanity Fair, LA Weekly, Mother Jones), you’ve probably seen at least one of his cartoons. Free. Opening reception from 6pm to 9pm; exhibit runs until August 27 at the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica.
- Ew ew ew Reptile Super Show ew ew augh. Admittedly, you or your kids’ reaction might be the opposite of mine, a position I respect but, obviously, with which I do not agree. $12 adults/$7 children. Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm at the Pomona Fairplex.
- You know Thai food for the pad thai and curries, but dig just a little bit deeper, and you’ll find sausages. That’s right, Issan-style sausages is a Northern Thailand street food staple, and the subject of Night + Market’s grilling party. Each plate gets you a sausage plate, as well as three sides to round out your meal. $29. The grilling starts at 5pm at Night + Market, 9041 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood.
- So you’re not ballsy enough to try your hand at graffiti-slash-street art – maybe you’re ballsy enough for yarn bombing? A gang of yarn bombers “will demonstrate their practice on a series of cars” in a hands-on workshop that shows the softer side of MOCA’s Art in the Streets exhibit. Maybe next time a group of queers can teach a class on glitter bombing? Free. 6:30pm at the Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo.
- 826LA hosts Artful Words: When Copying Isn’t Bad, a workshop for pre-teens that teaches them, among other things, that taking phrases from music and literature isn’t wrong so long as you use it as a starting point to create your own art and don’t, you know, try to pass it off as your own. A good lesson for adults as well. Free. Noon to 2pm at the UCLA Armand Hammer Museum in Westwood. Space is limited; RSVP here.