Three words: Tour de Fat.
- Miss out on the free-spirited roaming biking parade at cicLAvia? Compensate, then, at Saturday’s Tour de Fat, “the biggest, most enjoyable traveling bike festival” sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company. The brewing company, if you didn’t notice, has a bicycle in its logo; they believe in biking as much as they believe in proper beer. You bring the bikes and the costumes; New Belgium will bring the booze. Free; donations accepted to support your friendly neighborhood bike advocates, CICLE, The Bicycle Kitchen, and LACBC. The ride starts at 11am at the LA Historic Park. Full details here.
- A two-day event, Artisanal LA brings a bit of the Ferry Building to downtown Los Angeles. There will be local artisan vendors with delicious wares you won’t be able to resist, as well as demos and workshops. I wrote up the event here. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. The event spans Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm at the Cooper Building downtown.
- For all you MAD hatters, prolific MAD artist Sergio Aragones will be at Book Soup to sign his book, Sergio Aragones: Five Decades of His Finest Works. His oeuvre spotlights his most insightful, most illustrative work for the magazine from 1963 to the present. The event starts at 5pm at Book Soup. It’s free, but you probably should buy the book if you want him to sign it. That’s just common courtesy.
- Downtown art gallery Crewest is home to the “Faces on Skid Row” exhibit which features various artists chronicling their experience of homelessness in downtown LA. On Saturday night, the gallery will host a fundraiser benefiting The Midnight Mission, a great organization dedicated to providing those on Skid Row with housing, educational services, and job counseling. The fundraising starts at 6pm and goes until 9; there is a $10 donation at the door. More details here; if you decide to go, don’t forget to RSVP to skidrow at crewest dot com.
- Fancy a cemetery tour? Of course you do; it’s almost Halloween. Start your Sunday with a guided tour of one of the city’s oldest cemeteries, Evergreen. Built in 1877, the cemetery has been carefully plotted (heh heh) to house over 300,000 grave sites. The Studio for Southern California History will guide you to the spots where the Van Nuys and the Workmans, among other city founders, are buried and/or currently haunting. The only downside is that the tour does not take place at midnight. The tour is from 10am to 12pm at the Evergreen Cemetery on Evergreen Avenue between 1st and Cesar Chavez. It’s free, but you must reserve your spot by calling (213) 229-8890 or emailing thesocalstudio at gmail dot com.
- Pretty soon, each neighborhood in LA will be defined partly by its food, and that’s a good thing. Case in point: the second annual Taste of Abbot Kinney festival in Venice, which highlights over 50 neighborhood eateries and drink-eries. Of course, food trucks will be there, as many of the trucks make a weekly pit stop at The Brig’s parking lot. Proceeds benefit Inside Out Community Arts. The festival runs from 3 to 7pm on Abbot Kinney. You can wander the block party for free, but to eat, you’ll have to buy tickets here.