This weekend: Baja Night 3.0; paranormal activity; and it’s, already, been ten years.
- Ricky’s Fish Tacos and Mexicali Taco Company have teamed up twice now for their semi-regular Baja Night, and each time has been more fun than the last. Three-point-oh is Saturday evening, with both Ricky and Mexicali promising special, one-night-only treats on top of their regular menus of damn good fish, shrimp, and lobster tacos (Ricky) and meat tacos, quesadillas, and cachetadas (Mexicali). The Churro Borough of Los Angeles will join them this time as well, bringing ice-cream and ice-cream-filled-churros. I know, right? 6pm at the parking lot at 1st and Beaudry in Downtown.
- For some reason, it’s only recently that Los Angeles has made it onto the national culinary map, and still, the other cities think we’re just beginning to earn our food cred. Silly. The other cities would do well to attend culinary historian Charles Perry’s “Dinner in the Exploding City” lecture at the LA Public Library, where he’ll talk about Los Angeles’s food scene from 1830 to 1930, when the food here was Mexican, French, Chinese, and Japanese. Which was just the beginning of the city’s enormous melting pot of cultures: our Mexican, Vietnamese, Korean, Ethiopian, Thai, and so on foods have been, and continue to be, light years ahead of most other major cities. But, I guess if we don’t excel at European/Western food, it doesn’t count, right? Free. 10:30am at the Mark Taper Auditorium at the Los Angeles Public Library in Downtown.
- Funny, I was just re-watching The X-Files last night, so I guess I’m primed for this one: the Southern California Paranormal Convention rolls into town, talking about the sort of unexplained phenomena The X-Files took on, and then some. There will be a paranormal rummage sale in case you’re looking for a ghost hunting kit; there also will be lectures and workshops, including one on ghost photography. The truth is out there. $45. 10am to 6pm at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown.
- Pay your respects. The Los Angeles Times has a few ideas on a few memorial services and tributes around town. At Vroman’s, literary magazine Granta teams up with PEN International to examine 9/11 and the ten years – ten! – that have passed. Free. 4pm at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena.
- The best fortune cookie “fortune” I ever had was during a long meeting, where Chinese food from somewhere was brought in. The cookie said, “You’ve been working too hard! Take a vacation!” I took that as a sign and quit a few months later. Others, too, have been inspired by their rolled up fortunes, namely a group of artists who took the fortune cookie as a theme and ran with it. They will present Art Inspired by Fortune Cookies, a group art show at Balconi Coffee. Prints will be available for just $100. Free. 5pm to 10pm at Balconi Coffee Company, 11301 W. Olympic Blvd., #124 in West LA. The show will run until October 30.