This weekend: Donut Summit 2011. Yaris and I are hauling all the way to Glendora to bring y’all Donut Man’s fresh peach donuts. If that’s not reason enough to attend, I don’t what is.
- That ultimate shoppers’ paradise, Unique LA, holds its first summer event this weekend. Another first: the event will take advantage of the summer season and move from its usual Downtown digs to sunny, beachy Santa Monica. $10. Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 6pm at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica.
- The Long Beach Crawfish Festival is supposedly the biggest crawfish festival outside that great state of Louisiana, a claim that, even if not quite true, sounds promising. Long Beach will be the temporary home of beignets, Cajun culture, and a bit of New Orleans. Hopefully, the annoying frat boys of Bourbon Street will be not be represented. $13-$30. Saturday, 12pm to 11pm and Sunday, 12pm to 10pm at the Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach.
- The Outdoor Cinema Food Fest screens LA Confidential, a pretty great movie about the glorified glossy noirish side of LA. If you’re lucky, one of the food trucks will have the tubs of buttered popcorn you actually want, instead of the Asian-Mexican-Scandinavian tacos they think you want. $5-$10. Doors at 5:30pm at the LA State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring Street in Downtown.
- Get those Super Soakers ready for National Water Gun Fight in Pershing Square. Fraz has all the details here.
- If you would like to watch something other than a story about how white people ruled, and corrupted, this city, see, instead Ceci Bastida and Gabi Moreni. The pair will give a free concert in MacArthur Park; to eat, I will quote the event’s Yelp page: “If you’d like to get takeout, the park is surrounded by genuine Mexican and Salvadorean restaurants. You won’t have to engage in all that stupid squabbling over authenticity. I believe we can safely agree that the people who frequent this park are authentic. There are also street vendors. Not the new-assed kind. More the kind that grills over a re-purposed shopping cart.” Heh. Free. 7pm at the Levitt Pavillion in MacArthur Park.
- Donut. Summit. 2011. But of course you already knew that. Admission price is at least one non-Krispy Kreme donut. 2pm to 4:30pm-ish at Elysian Park in Echo Park.
- Fine, if you insist on not overindulging on enormous amounts of sugar and fried dough, how about overindulging in fine wine and food? Wally’s Wines hosts its 8th Annual Wine & Food Celebration, with almost 60 vitners and some of the best restaurants in the city, including Manhattan Post, Lucques, Mozza, and so on. Proceeds from ticket sales help fund various scholarships. $95 advance/$125 at the door. 1pm to 4pm at Wally’s Wines, 2107 Westwood Blvd. in Westwood.
- When I hear stories about LA-area farmers trying to fight development and save their land, it confuses me a little: what decade are we in? Take an urban hike with deLaB and the A+D Museum through Compton’s Richland Farms and learn how these acres of land are mired in political bullshit. $5-$20. 1pm to 3pm at Richland Farms, 716 W. Bennett Street in Compton.