GTD This Weekend: Labor. Or Not.

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GTD this weekend: a protest maybe?  Or, fine, food festivals for those who can, a quiz about LA’s progressive history for those who have forgotten, and beer and BBQ for those who are traditional.


  • There are food festivals, and then there are food festivals: The Taste is the latter, a four-day food extravaganza in which restaurants of all stripes will share their foods and their stories at different events in Beverly Hills, the Paramount lot on Melrose, and Downtown.  Tickets to each section are steep – upwards of $125-$150, depending on the event – but between this 40% off discount and the sheer amount of unlimited sampling and drinking that will be available, if you got the means, this may be worth it.  See site for prices, locations, and times.
  • A slightly different version of The Taste would be Colorado Wine Company’s White Trash Wine Tasting event, pairing delicious crap like corn nuts with refined bottles of wine.  Trashy.  $20.  From 4pm to 6pm and 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Colorado Wine Company, 2114 Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock.  RSVP to [email protected]
  • How much do you know about LA?  Test your skills at the Crosstown Progressive L.A. History Trivia Contest, hosted by author David Kipen in honor of the reissuing of his Los Angeles in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to Los Angeles.  The game takes place at the Hammer in Westwood, then at Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights; scored from both events will be combined.  Not sure what the prize is, but if you actually do trek from West to East, you’re a winner to me.  Free.  4pm at the Hammer in Westwood, then 7pm at Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights.
  • Sorry about Sunset Junction’s cancellation?  Compensate at the not-cancelled FYF Fest.  Cold War Kids, Descendants, and Broken Social Scene headline.  $40+.  Noon to midnight-ish at the LA State Historical Park, 1245 N. Spring Street in Downtown.


  • Another great event from the fine folks at Beer Belly: a Backyard Boogie.  Park’s Finest – one of the best BBQ eateries you haven’t heard of – will set up right outside the Koreatown craft beer bar.  All proceeds will help Park’s Finest fund its first retail location.  That’s putting your money where your mouth is.  $10 for a plate of ribs, pulled pork, and so on, plus cost of beer.  3pm to 8pm at Beer Belly, 532 S. Western Ave. in Koreatown.