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August 11-14


Nisei Week Returns to Little Tokyo

Starts Aug. 13-21. Celebrate Japanese and Japanese American heritage and traditions at the 80th annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival. One of LA’s largest Japanese cultural experiences, the two weekend family-friendly festival pays homage to those who blazed the trail for Japanese-Americans and features cultural events with interactive activities, live music and more. Little Toyko, downtown. More Info

626 Night Market is Back

Aug. 13-14. Following the success of its initial launch in February, the mini night market open-air food series returns to Santa Monica bringing together food lovers with some of the most unique eats from popular food vendors like Cafe 949, Why So Shellfish, Chick N’ Skin, and more. Saturday & Sunday, 1-10 p.m. 1324 5th Street, Santa Monica. 626nightmarket.com

PCH Movies & Moonlight

Aug. 12. 2nd & PCH continues its Movies & Moonlight on Seaport Way with a screening of Sing 2 and pre-show entertainment on the grand staircase stage. Movies are complimentary and self-seating is on a first come first serve basis. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Friday, preshow at 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Long Beach. 2ndandpch.com

Food + Drink

Grab a drink with Eva Longoria

Aug. 11. Catch actress Eva Longoria as she tends bar at the Bungalow Santa Monica’s Night Market to promote her tequila line Casa Del Sol. Other vendors include Tijuana-style tacos from Tacos 1986, slices by Secret Vegan Pizza, sandwiches and tenders from Chickies Hot Chicken, plant-based burgers by Monty’s Good Burger, and more. Thursday, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica. thebungalow.com

Soulmate Launches Never Ending Saturdays

Aug. 13.  Spanish and Mediterranean restaurant, Soulmate, is calling all brunch-lovers to join in a weekend party and enjoy bottomless mimosas and party cocktails crafted by Noami Schmick. There will also be platters to share from the new brunch menu including pork belly benedict, chorizo hash, and lobster blt. A live DJ will be there to set the vibe. Saturday, 11 a.m – 3 p.m. 631 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood. More Info

Love & Salt

Aug. 6.  This spot near the Manhattan Beach pier showcases Italian-inspired cuisine with a touch of Southern California flavors. Pastas and pizzas are made in-house and prepped daily, with an assortment of wine and cocktails to choose from. Signature dishes are the grilled octopus panzanella with heirloom tomato, wood oven meatballs, and roasted free-range chicken. Times vary. 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach. loveandsaltla.com

Chips Ahoy with The Dolly Llama

Now Open. Waffle master The Dolly Llama presents a new, limited time shake: chocolate chip cookie butter. It includes Chips Ahoy cookie pieces, vanilla ice cream and speculoos sauce. Enjoy with a side of Hong Kong’s bubble waffle and an assortment of toppings. Daily, 12 p.m – 12 a.m. S 273 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles. thedollyllamaus.com

Arts + Culture

Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks

Aug. 12-13.  One of the Hollywood Bowl’s annual traditions, Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto will be performed by world-class violinis Joshua Bell. Ludovic Morlot and the LA Phil will then perform music from The Nutcracker and Urban Runway, concluding with the USC Marching Band and a fireworks finale. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. 2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles. hollywoodbowl.com

Getty 25 Celebrates Crenshaw

Aug. 13-14. The Getty turns 25 and is celebrating by hosting a series of free festivals all across L.A. This weekend they collaborate with Crenshaw Creative to bring the community a two-day arts fair filled with music, workshops and food. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m – 6 p.m. 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Los Angeles. getty.edu

LACMA’s New Outdoor Installation

Opens Aug. 14.  LA–based Iranian artist Yassi Mazandi unveils her new outdoor installation, Language of the Birds, named for an epic 12th-century Persian poem by Farid al-Din ‘Attar. Visitors can view this on the north side of the Resnick Pavilion near Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass. Sunday, 10 a.m. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles. lacma.org

Photo credit: Nissei Festival, Toyo Miyatake Studio. Nissei parade, Kevin Kuromi. All images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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