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Weekend roundup

August 19-22


Chef Diego Velasco photo courtesy The ACE Agency

Dinner and a Movie: Fun in Acapulco

Aug. 20. Take a trip to Catalina Island Museum to enjoy a delicious dinner by acclaimed Orange County chef Diego Velasco (pictured) with a fun Elvis Presley movie. This year, attendees can watch Fun in Acapulco from 1963 and chef Velasco will be serving up a specialty menu of shrimp ceviche tostadas, smoked chicken enchiladas, cochinita pibil (Yucatecan slow-roasted pork) and more. There will also be a performance by popular Elvis impersonator James Kruk, singing classic Elvis hits and showing off signature dance moves. 6-10 p.m. $50 GA, $15 children ages 3-15. 217 Metropole Ave., Avalon, 310.510.2414. catalinamuseum.org

Los Angeles-based folk and roots band Las Cafeteras photo by Gala Ricote

Las Cafeteras at Jerry Moss Plaza

Aug. 21. Head over to The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza on Saturday to watch a special performance by L.A.-based folk and roots band Las Cafeteras. Known for their musical fusions of Afro-Mexican rhythms and pulsating electronic dance beats, Las Cafeteras will debut new songs and remix old favorites. Note: Masks required while in the concert space. Food and beverages available for purchase; picnicking allowed on the Plaza’s table and chairs during the event. 8 p.m. $20 GA, free for children under 12 (with an adult purchase). 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A., 213.972.7211. musiccenter.org

The Fair at Santa Anita Park photo courtesy SRO PR

The Fair at Santa Anita Park

Through Aug. 22. Don’t miss your chance to have summer fun at the last weekend of The Fair at Santa Anita Park. Enjoy more than 50 rides and games including three Ferris wheels, the Star Tower Swing ride, Olympic Bobsled Coaster, Cliff Hanger, the Drone, along with a Haunted Mansion and a variety of carnival games. Hungry? Feast on classic festival fare from Juicy’s Fair Food such as giant turkey legs, deep fried Oreos, funnel cakes, caramel apples and more. Th-F 4-11 p.m., Sa-Su noon-11 p.m. (last entry 10 p.m. daily). Limited free tickets online; $12 at the door. 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, 626.254.1330. statefairent.com

Food + Drink

Whiskey glasses photo by Prem Pal Singh Tanwar via Pexels

Whiskey Festival at The Bloc

Aug. 20. Dive into the world of whiskey at Los Angeles magazine’s sixth annual Whiskey Festival at The Bloc. Meet the distillers, sip the finest selections, learn fresh cocktail recipes and experience new labels. Additional highlights include hors d’oeuvres, live music by by Paddy’s Pig, magic tricks by Rick Gerber and more. 7-9 p.m. $75 (includes access to all whiskey tastings, food and experiences). 700 W. 7th St., L.A. Tickets

Pizzeria Vittoria at Ronan photo credit Andrew Thomas Lee Photography

Pizzeria Vittoria Pop-up at Ronan

Aug. 22. Calling all pizza lovers! Pizzeria Vittoria chef/owner Kyle Jacovino joins Caitlin and Daniel Cutler at Ronan for a one-night only pop-up experience to bring a taste of Savannah, Georgia to L.A. Jacovino, whose slow-dough approach has garnered national attention for Pizzeria Vittoria, will offer a selection of antipasti, pizzas and cannoli. Guests dining indoors will be asked to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of their reservation time. 4:30-9 p.m. 7315 Melrose Ave, L.A., 323.917.5100. Reservations

Winston House's truffle steak frites photo credit Local Los Angeles

Winston House

Open. Winston House brings live music and nightlife back in the heart of Venice. The concept, which originally began as a weekly concert series in co-owner Corey McGuire’s live/work loft on Electric Avenue, is now a restaurant and bar located in the space of the former St. Mark’s Jazz Club featuring one-of-a-kind live music experiences. Past artists include A-listers such as Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Billie Eilish, Janelle Monáe and A$AP Ferg. Reservations required for dinner service; proof of vaccination required. Th 6 p.m.-midnight; F-Sa 6 p.m.-2 a.m.; Su 6-11 p.m. 23 Windward Ave., Venice Beach. winstonhouse.com

Arts + Culture

Versa-Style Dance Company's "Box of Hope" photo ourtesy Versa-Style Dance Company

Box of Hope at The Wallis

Aug. 19-21. Versa-Style Dance Company makes its Wallis debut with a three-night live engagement of its latest hip-hop dance-theater production, Box of Hope, on The Wallis’ outdoor stage. An evening-length work, Box of Hope explores themes that deal with the inequalities in today’s volatile social climate—specifically within underserved communities—through the lens of the sounds of Motown. 8 p.m. $35, are on sale now. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000. thewallis.org

Gabriella Sanchez's "(Proto) Type/Diana," 2020 photo credit Jeff Mclane

Gabriella Sanchez’s Partial Pictures

Opens Aug. 22. The Museum of Latin American Art presents the first solo museum exhibition of Partial Pictures by Gabriella Sanchez, one of the most relevant, young, and exciting Latina artists in the contemporary L.A. art scene. This exhibit brings together 17 works of art that include paintings, sculptures, installation, photographs, and video art, which represent her artistic practice during the last years and features never-before-seen artworks. W-Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, 562.437.1689. molaa.org

"Judson Studios – Stained Glass from Gothic to Street Style" exhibit photo credit Kyle Mickelson/Judson Studios

Stained Glass from Gothic to Street Style Exhibit

On View. Forest Lawn Museum welcomes guests to explore the first comprehensive Judson Studios exhibition, which shines a new light on contemporary and historic stained glass. Founded in 1897, the L.A.-based studio has been a leader in the field of stained glass for more than 120 years. This exhibition includes nearly 100 original stained glass artworks, preparatory drawings, archival photographs, oil paintings, and watercolors, many of which have never before been exhibited. W-Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale, 323.340.4782. forestlawn.com

Photo credits: Chef Diego Velasco courtesy The ACE Agency. Las Cafeteras by Gala Ricote. The Fair at Santa Anita Park courtesy SRO PR. Pizzeria Vittoria by Andrew Thomas Lee Photography. Winston House by Local Los Angeles. Versa-Style Dance Company courtesy Versa-Style Dance Company. Gabriella Sanchez’s “(Proto) Type/Diana,” 2020 by Jeff Mclane. “Judson Studios: Stained Glass from Gothic to Street Style” by Kyle Mickelson/Judson Studios. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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