Weekend Docket: 5/20/11

Phew, there are lot of fun events going on this weekend!  I'm going to try and cram as many as possible into what feels like an already bloated weekend.  Tonight, checking out Stella Rossa Pizza Bar and M Street Kitchen with LoveOnTheGo and then heading to Rosewood Tavern with IsaacZucca and SeanBrogan. Tomorrow, heading to DTLA for some RedBull Boxcar Derby... grabbing dinner with the fam & then checking out Kate Sullivan's sold-out production of RENT!  As for Sunday, I do have to catch up on my reading at some point... right?

All Weekend
Character Project Short Film Series
Fri-Sun 10am-10pm
USA Network is bringing a unique fusion of indie film & contemporary art to Los Angeles with an exhibition of eight short films, celebrating the characters – from all walks of life – who make this country unique. You can view the Character Project Short Film Series all weekend long at The Brig in Venice. Plus, the digitally-skilled can win pretty cool prizes (like an Apple TV or a Canon EOS 7D Camera) by posting their Foursquare check-in to Twitter. The Brig: 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd http://characterproject.usanetwork.com/


The Everything to do with Sex Show
May 20th - 22nd
The Everything to do with Sex Show is coming to Los Angeles on May 20th to 22nd, 2011. Look forward to new and exciting stage and fashion shows, as well as our highly informative educational seminars presented by industry professionals. Experience the Dungeon and learn more about the local fetish community. Our vendors are excited to offer the newest and greatest products, from the hottest toys to teeth whitening and everything in between. The Show promises to be a blast for everyone aged 21-91! Los Angeles Convention Center Downtown http://la.everythingtodowithsex.com/

Silver Lake Jubilee
Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-9pm
Silver Lake Jubilee is LAAAA’s largest fundraiser showcasing the unique artistic character and culture of the Silver Lake community and surrounding neighborhoods. The event offers the best of local and regional music, and an interactive and educational experience to attendees of all ages. This year’s programming features 50+ bands, comedy and theatrical performances, literary readings and book signings, Eco and Children’s Villages, film screenings, gourmet food trucks, beer gardens, street art, and a variety of craft vendors. Music production by SLJ 2011-Music Advisory Committee, Origami Vinyl and Spaceland Productions.  Silverlake www.silverlakejubilee.com

Friday, 5/20
Beer Belly Opening in K-Town
5pm - close
In case you're looking for a new joint to wash down the after-taste of Live Seafood, you should check out Beer Belly, a craft beer bar that's opening today in K-town. From what I hear it's a nice space with a parking (yay) and lots of local brews from Eagle Rock Brewery & The Bruery downtown.  Their kitchen will also have a selection of small menu bites, I'm thinking of the cooked variety.  Can't you tell I'm a little traumatized by my last experience in K-Town? Beer Belly - 532 S. Western Ave., L.A., CA http://www.beerbellyla.com/

The Market in Santa Monica Place Opening
all day
From EaterLA: Et voila, the grand reveal of The Market which opened this morning at 10AM on the third level Dining Deck of Santa Monica Place! Foodies, westside residents, and curious consumers alike packed the breezy, open market for tastes from Rockewagner Bakery, N'Ice Cream, Groundwork Coffee, Beachy Cream, The Curious Palate, The Cookie Guru, Primi Al Mercato, Norcino Salumeria Cheese Bar, L'Artisan du Chocolate, Venokado, and The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories (which is actually offering a Daily Candy deal today for 53% off baking classes). Non-edible retailers include Magical Blooms, a flower shop, and Benedetta Fresh Aromatherapeutics, an organic skincare company. It's crazy, there's been buzz on this opening since back in December of 2009 when word officially broke, now here we are a year and a half later and The Market is finally up and running. There's also an Artisinal LA pop-up taking over this weekend. Santa Monica Place, Level 3, 395 Santa Monica Place http://www.santamonicaplace.com/

Rosewood Tavern Opening
5pm - 2am
In the continuation of place I'm excited to see open... From EaterLA: And here now, the full reveal inside Rosewood Tavern, George Abou-Daoud's neighborhood steakhouse set with exposed brick, painted brick, a long communal dining table, two and four-tops -- all of which lend a sort of gastropub-y feel. The design here doesn't stray too far from many of Abou-Daoud's Hollywood haunts like The Bowery and District, both of which bear that similar hip neighborhood pub feel. Do we perceive a hint of NYC in there? Anyway, the beer list is posted on that chalkboard above the brown banquette, there's some local pulls from Eagle Rock, Craftsman, and Stone, in addition to a range of Scotch and Irish whiskey (plus a full bar, fyi). In addition to New York Strip, Filet, Herb Marinated Skirt Steak, Pork Chops, Rack of Lamb, look for Green Lip Steamed Mussels with Lemongrass and Ginger, and Buratta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Arugula & Sunflower Seeds. Rosewood Tavern: 448 North Fairfax Avenue http://rosewoodtavern.com/

Saturday, 5/21
The Pirate Festival
1pm - 5pm
From Caroline on Crack: A celebration of Rum, Beer, Vodka, Tequila, Pirates and wenches with the best entertainment in Los Angeles. Taking place at the Olympic Collection in West LA with entrainment by the real pirates of the Caribbean Pirates for Hire and the #1 Band in southern California Adam’s Attic. The event benefits the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Tickets are $30 pre-sale $50 at the door. The Olympic Collection 11301 Olympic Blvd.  http://piratefestival.net/

The Shining at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Gates 7:30pm, Movie 8:30pm
The Hollywood Forever Cemetery screenings are back!  And what a perfect way to greet the Rapture than with a screening of the always terrifying THE SHINING whilst surrounded by some ghostly friends?  Pretty much everyone knows about the cemetery screenings so I'm not going to drone on and on about them, and really, if you have no idea what I'm talking about... ask your friend.  $10 tickets online or at door. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles http://www.cinespia.org/calendar/

The Minty's hosting a Banh Mi Crawl
Starting at 11am
The Minty, one of my favorite LA Bloggers hosts these amazing crawls... (they started with hot bartenders & have now worked their way to delicious food) and she's doing her next installment, a Banh Mi crawl around Chinatown! There's a bunch of hot spots on the list, including Jonathan Gold's favorite Buu Dien and ending with cocktails at the Spice Table.  Be sure to RSVP and let her know you're coming.  Start Location: 642 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012 http://theminty.com/2011/05/05/may-minty-crawl-banh-mi-baby/

Red Bull Soapbox Race
Pits open at 11AM, first race at 1PM
Not to be confused with the youth soapbox derby, Red Bull Soapbox Race is a national race for amateur drivers, which is fueled by creativity and competitive fun - not to mention the need for speed. This unique non-motorized racing event challenges both experienced racers and amateurs alike to design and build outrageous, human-powered soapbox dream machines and compete against the clock in a downhill race. Red Bull Soapbox Race Los Angeles will race down S Grand Avenue and W 5th Street in Downtown Los Angeles (right near Pershing Square Park) http://www.redbullsoapboxusa.com/


DANCESPACE
Starting at 6:30pm
On May 21st, join us at Level 3 in Hollywood for "a night of creation for a cause we believe in". The twelfth production of DANCESCAPE will feature dancers of all ages - from youngins to professional and renowned artists - engaging in contemporary, hip-hop, belly dance, jazz, burlesque, acrobatic, and many more performance styles. All proceeds are used to promote and maintain much needed arts programs in our public schools. Support your fellow dancers in generating change, keeping the arts alive, and simply enjoying an evening of talent, possibility and transformation! More information and discounted pre-sale tickets are available at www.DancescapeLA.com. Even if you are not able to attend, by purchasing a ticket, you are supporting the cause: 100% of DANCESCAPE proceeds are donated to local classrooms and organizations.

Sunday, 5/22
2011 Margerum/ In N Out Tasting Event
1pm to 4pm
Wine pairings with an In N Out double double?  What craziness is this?  The brainchild of the famed Wally's Wines on Westwood of course.  Wally’s is again throwing an afternoon summer kickoff party pairing the classic Double Double with a selection of wines from Central Coast superstar winemaker Doug Margerum. Join winemaker Doug Margerum as he pours his selection of twenty eleven wines including M5, Rose, Pinot Gris Klickitat, Sauvignon Blanc Sybarite, Syrah UBER, Happy Canyon Chukker and more. $29 Wally's Wine - 2107 Westwood Blvd - Los Angeles, CA www.wallywine.com

Flavors of Los Angeles
Starting at 5pm
The fifth annual Flavors of Los Angeles event spotlights premier chefs and restaurants to raise funds for the American Liver Foundation. Flavors guests will experience a five course culinary extravaganza prepared tableside with wine pairings prepared by the top ten restaurants and chefs in Los Angeles, including: Host Chef and Executive Chef, Shigefumi Tachibe, Chaya Downtown; Chef Chef John Sedlar, Rivera and Playa; Executive Chef Kevin Meehan, Café Pinot; Executive Chef Jean Froncois Meiteigner, La Cachette Bistro; Executive Chef Mirko Paderno, Oliverio at the Avalon. A limited number of individual seats ($275) are available. City National Bank Plaza - Downtown Los Angeles 555 South Flower Street Flavors of Los Angeles.

The 31st Annual Picnic Des Chefs
11:30am-4:30pm
The 31st Annual Picnic Des Chefs is a wonderful day for the whole family under the trees surrounded by mountains and nature. LA’s top chefs will treat you to a culinary discovery tour without leaving the city. The party will start at 11:30 am with apéritifs and lunch followed by a raffle at 3:30 PM. Heated pool with giant water slide, drawing contest, games, volley ball, soccer, petanque competition, dress-up photo ops by Star Photo Party and a moon bounce land. French DJ and Live Music. Bring sunscreen, hats, beach chairs, picnic blankets. Plenty of free parking. Adults are $50, kids 10-21 are $25, and kids 3-10 are $10. Vasa Park in Agoura Hills http://www.clubculinaire.us/

Monday, 5/23
Outdoor Screening of Back to the Future + Cocktails
Starting at 8pm
From Caroline on Crack: Watching the Oscars on the outdoor patio of Big Bar was fun, can’t wait to check out one of my favorite ’80s movies here. Enjoy Back to the Future on a 12-foot-high screen along with Zaya Rum and Fernet cocktails. Those who go so far as to show up dressing up like Marty or Doc have a chance of winning a prize!  Big Bar, 1927 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles http://www.alcovecafe.com/bigbar/