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Weekend roundup

February 15-18


Black History Month at Prosperity Market

Feb. 17. Celebrating Black History Month and the third anniversary of the mobile farmers market—dedicated to showcasing Black farmers, food producers and chefs—hosts a complimentary pop-up event at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park. Visitors can enjoy a selection of farmers’ market finds, capture moments in a photo booth and enjoy music from a DJ in the museum’s nature gardens, all while supporting and highlighting Black farmers and entrepreneurs. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. prosperitymarketla.com

LA Art Show

Feb. 15-18. Known for its wide range of contemporary, modern, historic and traditional art, the L.A. Art Show returns with a mix of modern and contemporary exhibits, historical pieces and more. The event features top galleries and an array of programming, such as lectures, tours, special exhibits and after-parties. It kicks off with a benefit opening night premiere party, offering attendees a multifaceted art experience. Thursday-Sunday at 12 p.m. 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. laartshow.com

Boomtown Brewery 9th Anniversary Celebration

Feb. 17. In Downtown L.A’s Arts District, Boomtown Brewery is poised to mark its ninth anniversary with a celebration at its Tap Room featuring an array of craft beer, food trucks, DJs and live entertainment. With more than twenty craft beer options on display, including the Las Palmas Pale Ale, a variety of fresh IPAs and stouts, they will also present unique offerings of the BAD HOMBRE BAR, which specializes in Mexican-style lager. Food will be provided by popular local vendors, including AGL Craft Meats, Correa’s Mariscos, Quarantine Pizza and Eastside Cheesecakes. Saturday, noon-1 a.m. 700 Jackson Street, Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival

Feb. 17. Partake in one of L.A.’s oldest traditions at the 125th Annual Chinese New Year Parade and Festival in Chinatown, celebrating the Year of the Dragon. The highlight, the Golden Dragon Parade, begins its procession at Hill and Ord Streets, culminating at Broadway and Cesar Chavez. Accompanying the parade is a complimentary festival in the Central Plaza, adding to the day’s festivities. Saturday, 1–4 p.m. 943 N. Broadway., Los Angeles. lachinesechamber.org

Food + Drinks

Pez Coastal Kitchen 

Feb. 15. Executive Chef Bret Thompson and Lucy Thompson-Ramirez have opened their new seafood-focused restaurant in Pasadena, featuring seasonal California-inspired dishes. The menu includes appetizers such as crispy sweetbreads fritto misto and a Pez Caesar salad. Main courses offer Alaskan halibut, seared jumbo scallops, smoked baby back ribs and prime ribeye. Finish off with choices of warm chocolate butterscotch peanut butter cake with honeycomb ice cream and citrus olive oil cake. Grand opening today at 5-10 p.m. 61 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Reserve Now

Pitfire Pizza Echo Park

Now Open. One of L.A.’s popular pizza brands is set to take over the Mohawk Bend location on West Sunset Boulevard, bringing its sourdough pizzas and market-inspired specialties to a broader audience. The Echo Park branch will honor Mohawk Bend’s legacy by adding buffalo cauliflower and vegan options to its menu of pizzas, salads, and craft beers. Additionally, it will enhance community engagement through events, fundraisers, and partnerships. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-12 a.m. 2141 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles pitfirepizza.com

Women-Founded Whiskey Blends with Roadrunner Spirits

Feb. 16. Lodestar American Whiskey is partnering with Roadrunner Spirits for an exclusive in-store tasting event. This newly released whiskey, crafted in Los Angeles, is a distinctive blend of high rye bourbon and American single malt. Anna and Wendelin will be present to greet guests and offer samples of Lodestar Whiskey, providing an intimate opportunity to explore its range of flavors. Friday, 4-7 p.m. 10680 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Angeles. lodestarwhiskey.com

The OG Cannabis Cafe

Now Open. This cannabis-friendly cafe just reopened in West Hollywood, under the culinary leadership of Chef Jonah, offering a dining experience where guests can pair meals with cannabis, beer or wine. The cannabis menu encompasses a variety of options, from flower and pre-rolls to edibles, all sourced from the cafe’s own house brands. Plus enjoy weekly programming such as comedy nights and marijuana meditations. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 1201 N. La Brea Ave., West Hollywood. cannabis.cafe

East Coast Oysters on the West

Now Open. Under the guidance of James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Cimarusti and Executive Chef Sam Baxter, Connie & Ted’s offers diners a taste of New England with its raw bar, showcasing an array of oysters, clams and shellfish. Chef Baxter curates a selection of typical East Coast oyster varieties, including Miranda Miyagi and Hama Hama from Washington and Fishers Island oysters from New York, available at market price. Wednesday-Sunday, hours vary. 8171 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. connieandteds.com

Arts + Culture

Schubert and Beethoven

Feb. 15-18. Under the baton of Jukka-Pekka Saraste, artistic director of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, audiences are treated to symphonies by two of history’s most celebrated composers. Schubert’s Sixth Symphony, infused with the essence of Haydn, Beethoven, and Rossini, presents a journey of somberness, charm, serenity and humor, particularly highlighting the brilliance of the wind section. First show start Thursday at 8 p.m. 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. laphil.com

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

Feb. 17. At the annual Composers Showcase presents Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, performed by the internationally acclaimed and award-winning pianist Wynona Wang, who has performed for audiences worldwide since her First Prize victory at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Additionally, the event offers the romantic allure of Sibelius’ Second Symphony and celebrates the energy of Jessie Montgomery’s “Strum.” Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. 150 S. Los Robles Ave. Suite 460, Pasadena. pasadenasymphony-pops.org

Sargent Claude Johnson

Opens Feb. 17. Visitors to the Huntington may have admired Johnson’s intricately carved and gilded redwood organ screen on recent visits. Now, for the first time in forty years, this piece is showcased alongside other works created by Johnson for the California School for the Blind in Berkeley. The exhibition features a total of 41 works, offering a comprehensive look at Johnson’s contributions to the institution. Open daily at 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. huntington.org

Photo credit: Prosperity Market courtesy of Skyler Okey and Prosperity Market. Boomtown Brewery courtesy of Craft Media LA. Pez Coastal Kitchen courtesy of Jakob N. Layman. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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