Thursday, August 25, 2011

Stuff to do in Los Angeles: August 28

For many, it's the last weekend of summer. It promises to be hot, but not unbearable. Put on a hat and bring a bottle of water; you'll make it (I learned that from 2 years in the Valley of the Sun.)

Here are your choices:
  • The UCLA Writers' Faire: No, it's not historical. But it's the best free writing event around (except for the $11 campus parking fee). From 11 to 3, pick a panel or mini-seminar each 40 minutes from a couple of dozen topics, like "Writing the Half Hour Comedy and Spec Pilots," "Personal Essay and Memoir," "Creating Compelling Fictional Characters," or "Writing for the Youth Market."

  • The LA Weekly/ J. Gold Pancake Breakfast (as in Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer-Prize-winning food writer and one of my personal idols). THis runs from 11 to 2 at Vibiana (a historic location--the former cathedral on Main & 2nd) and you must buy tickets in advance--click here. The tickets are only $10 or $25, and I don't know what the difference is. Gold has gathered 20 of his favorite pancake purveyors, including Kobawoo House, 101 Noodle Express, BLD and Salt's Cure. Coffee, POM, and breakfast cocktails available too, according to Tasting Table.

  • Got a forgotten can of Mickey's in back of the frig? Bring it to the Craft for Crap Beer Event at Beer Belly, 532 S. Western. From 3 to 10.  Get ONE (and one only)one-penny craft beer--lager, stout, or IPA --in exchange for any "crap" beer you bring in. This has nothing to do with history either.  Hmmm...532 S. Western Avenue was sold for $42,000 in 1958, by West Coast Merchandising Co. to John B. Clayburgh. There. History.

EyeSpy LA has a list of other events, but these are the ones I'd go to.

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