As for me, I'm hitting up Matt Portman & Tatenda Mbudzi's Comedy Extravaganza at the Complex tonight, wishing the always hilarious MadameHorchata a happy birthday with a beach-side toast, saying goodbye to the lovely JanestaKim who's leaving us for the big apple, and excitedly awaiting the premiere of the new Venture Brothers!
Friday, 8/26Pico n’ Robertson August Food Truck Block Party
5pm - 9pm
Yet another meet up of the infamous food trucks that have overtaken abandoned parking lots, long stretches of boring sidewalks and intersections where food & fun mingle. This is West LA’s monthly truck hang out and block party. Join Komodo, Nom Nom Truck, Del’s Lemonade, CoolHaus, Lomo Arigato and Sweet E’s for the upcoming feasting event. Enjoy Bahn Mis, Ice Cream Sandwiches, Gourmet tacos and more. It’s the one Friday night where Pico and Robertson comes alive! http://www.yelp.com/events/los-angeles-pico-n-robertson-august-food-truck-block-party
Saturday, 8/27Cemetery Screening: Psycho
gates open at 7:30pm
Just because their dead doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy one of the most classic horror stories of the silver screen. Head to Hollywood Forever Cemetery for a festive evening of music and movies under the stars. On the screen, Psycho, the unforgettable classic directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Bring a picnic, cozy blanket and $10 bucks a person. Hollywood Forever Cemetary - 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard - Los Angeles, CA www.cinespia.org
5pm - 12am
Part food event, part summer party, Chinatown Summer Nights presents an exciting hot spot for Angelenos this August. Taste the many culinary offerings of Chinatown and LA’s own gourmet food trucks, sample neighborhood’s wares, watch Chinese chefs perform cooking demonstrations, experience outdoor video projections, take part in hands-on, Chinese cultural activities presented by local organizations and museums while sipping on Chinese beer and dancing in Central Plaza with KCRW’s DJ’s. This event is free. Chinatown Los Angeles: Central and West Plazas between Broadway and Yale Street, from College to Bernard Street http://chinatownsummernights.com/
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
L.A. Weekly will turn breakfast on its head at the first annual J. Gold Pancake Breakfast. The event will feature a diverse mix of what Jonathan Gold considers the top pancake picks in the city, including Kobawoo House, 101 Noodle Express, BLD and Salt's Cure. Locally roasted coffee, Pom juice and breakfast cocktails will also be available. Tickets $10 kids / $25 adult. You must by them ahead of time, no tickets will be sold at the door. Vibiana, 214 S. Main St., Downtown www.laweekly.com
12pm - 6pm
The Los Angeles Epicurean Festival brings together culinary specialties and extraordinary wines& spirits, under one roof in a casual setting. Attendees will be able to pair and compare, taste and take home their favorite selections. Live entertainment, mixeology and food demonstrations will be offered; our oenologists will explain how to taste and recognize great wines. Join us and discover over 500 boutique wines and spirits, cheeses, spices, coffee & teas, charcuterie, olive oils, mushrooms, organic chocolate, meat, fowl, fish and produce and much more… $75 general admission includes food and wine pairings, entertainment, mixology and food demonstrations. $100 VIP admission also available. Sofitel Los Angeles 8555 Beverly Blvd LA, CA 90048 http://laepicureanfestival.com/
3pm - 10pm
Craft beer needs your help. Chances are you still have that one friend who doesn"t drink craft beer. You know...the one who brings the watered down stuff to parties and calls you names because you"re still enjoying your first beer when he/she is on their third. Grab that friend of yours and join us at Beer Belly because on August 28th, we"ll be holding our first Craft for Crap event. Raid your friend"s fridge and bring in whatever crap beer they have on hand, and in exchange one of our beertenders will hand you or your friend a fine brew (for $0.01) from our friends at Cismontane. Simple, right? While you may bring in as much crap beer as you want, imbibers are limited to one 1-penny beer. Beer Belly, 532 S. Western Ave., Koreatown http://beerbellyla.com/