Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Weekly What To Do: 626, Taco Festival, Echo Park Rising

Summer is in no way over, unless you're attending the LAUSD, sorry kids. The weekend is still unabashed with so much to do you could choke on it, which I hope you don't, there's a taco festival.

Food & Drink

626 Night Market

Friday, August 15th: 4pm-1am

Saturday, August 16th: 4pm-1am

Sunday, August 17th: 4pm-10pm

Santa Anita Park

285 W Huntington Dr
Arcadia, CA 91007

Admission is $3 and parking is free

The event will feature over 200 food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions. 626 Night Market will continue to be a platform for showcasing local food entrepreneurs, businesses, artists, musicians, dancers, and filmmakers. 

Special Event: Spray Paint Art Battle at the Art Walk from 7-10pm on Saturday, August 16th.

4th Annual LA Taco Festival
Saturday, August 16
Starts at $20

"Held in the heart of Boyle Heights, the festival will bring together community stake-holders of all kinds; youth musicians and professional artists, community based organizations, food vendors, businesses and Angelinos of all kinds. We are planning the LA Taco Festival to be an even bigger and more successful than last year’s event by showcasing more artistic talents and by bringing in the tastiest taco vendors that Boyle Heights and East LA have to offer!"

Lock & Key Bar 239 S Vermont Ave
"With the launch of our very first Los Angeles event, Mixologi is thrilled to bring our patented summer series to LA after amazing success in NYC and SF. We’ve curated a homebase for a diverse group of professionals, creatives, friends, and overall good people that appreciate good music and better company."

Music and more

Echo Park Rising

Aug 15-17

Huge music event unfolding over the weekend in Echo Park featuring a large line-up of not just music, but art and food.

The Hohokum Music Spectacular
Friday, Aug 15
7:00pm - 11:00pm
2147 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90026
Hohokum Music live.
*Part of Echo Park Rising

Featuring live music and performances from Ghostly artists, including:


Sun Aug 17- Aug 23
Sun Aug 17th 2014, Festival Kick Off Show with Jeff Garlin 7pm-8:30pm
Tues Aug 19th, 2014, Adam Carolla Podcast with Whitney Cummings 8-9:30pm
Sat Aug 23rd, 2014 Best of the Fest, 7 & 9pm Shows, with Kim Coles and George Gra
Flappers Comedy Club & Restaurant 
102 E Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502
Passes for full fest start at $399  
Individual pricing for shows and classes
Many comedians live in Burbank or LA, so its not that much of shlep to do comedy in one location. Big names from the big and small screen will have special shows for you to giggle to.
"Including underground showcases, classes, workshops, industry panels, after parties, and live festival podcasts. This first-ever festival will highlight new and upcoming international talent, off-beat, variety, college, all-female, LBGT, cruise liner and kids comedy performers."

Art & Outside

Sat Aug 16-17
Granada Beach
1 Granada Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Free to watch
$15 for a team spot to be held for you and up to 9 others
Sculpt whatever you can imagine on the beach with sun and fun.

"The 82nd Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest brings together families, community and artists to celebrate our local beach! Internationally-­recognized professional sculptors will build a remarkable centerpiece sculpture while amateur professionals and dozens of community teams will challenge each other for highly-valued gift packages. Sign up in advance as an event team or event sponsor. Enjoy exciting attractions such as vendors, live music, food and a fenced-off kid zone. All event proceeds will be donated to the Long Beach Library Foundation."

Patrick Nagel
July 27 – September 7, 2014
Opening reception: Sunday, July 27, 2014, 7–9PM 
2A Gallery 
400 S Main St #2A, Los Angeles, CA 90013 
second floor of the San Fernando Building
If anything gave a distinctive look to the 80's it was him.

"In the 80s, the “Nagel Woman” was ubiquitous. She appeared in magazines and on album covers and on the walls of nail salons and clothing boutiques. Women, and even some men, emulated her. 2A Gallery’s exhibition Patrick Nagel is the product of a collaboration between a collector who acquired Nagel works in the 80s, simply because he liked them, and a gallerist for whom those same works signified – through art, music, fashion, and pop culture – an entire era"


SOL: Publication Launch & Exhibition by Junko Mizuno
August 16, 2014 - August 31, 2014
Aug 16, 7:00PM - 10:00PM
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801

Junko Mizuno returns to Nucleus showcasing her new work and special publication of Sol, her take on holidays.

Saturday, August 16
7:00pm - 11:00pm
Meltdown Comics & Collectibles
7522 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90046
Over 100 artists will be participating in this new Sailor Moon tribute show taking place Aug 16.The opening night reception promises to have Sailor Moon-themed entertainment with photo-ready backdrops, decor and surprises. It's yet to say it's a 21+ event, but free beer and wine will be served for the opening night festivities.

Saturday, August 16 
Warner Center Park
"Join us for our second picnic of 2014! Bring something to share. Animé Los Angeles will provide the burgers/dogs and lemonade.
We will be located near the South West corner. See orange circle on map in comments for location.
We will also have various division/department heads attending to talk about the various volunteer opportunities! See how YOU can help out!"

Fri., Aug. 15, 10 p.m.
The Dragonfly, 
6510 Santa Monica Blvd.
Another night of Star Wars-themed sexiness. It's extremely dumb and fun. The ideas for their costumes go from sad to where-did-they-get-that-idea.


Friday, Aug 15 Midnight
Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
"In August, we're concluding our SciFi Summer with STARSHIP TROOPERS! Come fight the bugs with us for one action packed late evening screening!"

Friday, Aug 15 Midnight-Aug 21
Downtown Independent

"While developing a video game about World War II's Battle of Okinawa in which 150,000 Japanese were killed, many by suicide, Laura (Catherine Belkhodja) becomes increasingly drawn into her work. Chris Marker's elaborate, colorful LEVEL FIVE is a patchwork of mesmerizing and pixelated images, archives, history, interviews (including with the Japanese director Nagisa Oshima), and quasi-science fiction, LEVEL FIVE prefigures the director's fascination with digital worlds, which he also explored in installations, interactive CD-ROMs, and later, digital platforms."

Now Streaming Podcast! Live
Sun Aug 17
Jumpcut Cafe
13203 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, California 91604

Win awesome prizes from Eat 24, Shout Factory, TV Factory and more.
Mark Alan Miller: VP of Clive Barker’s Seraphim Films. Writer for Boom! Studios’ Hellraiser and Next Testament. Sayer of eloquent shit.
Shaun Weiss: Actor known best for his role as Goldberg the goalie from The Mighty Ducks franchise and Josh from Heavy Weights.
Blake Wexler: Comedian, young man, college graduate. Hollywood it gurl. As heard on The Todd Glass Show.


Game Night 22 – Crawl and Crypt of the NecroDancer
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014, 7 – 10:00 PM
Giant Robot 2
2062 Sawtelle Blv
Los Angeles CA 90025
(310) 445-9276

This episode of Game Night will feature two indie games:


Crawl is the local multiplayer dungeon crawler where your friends control the monsters! Battle through dungeons and power up your hero

Crypt of the NecroDancer

Crypt of the NecroDancer is a hardcore rhythm-based roguelike game. Can you survive this deadly dungeon of dance, slay the NecroDancer, and recapture your still beating heart?