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Weekend roundup

June 2-5


Venice Pride Festival & Parade

June 4-5. In celebration of pride month, Venice Beach Recreation Center hosts the Venice Pride Festival, a two day event with performances from an array of local artists including Gess, Boy Untitled, SNG, Boy Untitled, and more. This year the event debuts it’s first parade, showcasing marching bands and creative floats made by local businesses. Saturday and Sunday at 12 pm – 10pm. 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. More Info

LAWineFest Returns 

June 4-5. The festival returns to Harry Bridges Memorial Park at the Long Beach Harbor for a premiere wine tasting event featuring award-winning wines from around the globe, crafted brews from local vendors, artisan shopping boutiques, live music and delicious food trucks. Enter a ticket giveaway here. Sat at 2-6pm. Sun at 1-5pm. 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach. 818.994.4661. lawinefest.com

JAPAN HOUSE LA’s Hand-crafted Ramen Bowls

Now Open. JAPAN HOUSE LA partners with kitchen supply artisan TOIRO for a limited-time pop-up shop featuring hand-crafted ramen bowls from Mino, a region of Japan famed for its ceramic artistry and one of the largest producers of ramen bowls in the country. Sat and Sun at 12-8 p.m. 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles. japanhousela.com

St. Joseph Center’s 45th Anniversary Gala Party

June 4. One of LA’s premiere homeless services organizations is celebrating it’s anniversary at the Petersen Automotive Museum. The event will have food, open bar, access to automobile exhibits and a special live performance by The Temptations. Give back and support a local organization while dancing the night away at this fun-filled gala. Saturday at 7pm – 10pm. 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles. More Info

Food + Drink


Open. Élephante beach house in Santa Monica, with its blond wooden accents and ocean views, carries classic Italian dishes such as vodka sauce pasta made with calibrian chill and grilled branzino with salsa verde. Also enjoy expertly crafted cocktails, curated wine list, and live music. Times Vary. 1332 2nd Street, rooftop, Santa Monica. 424.320.2384. elephantela.com


Now Open. A new Japanese and Peruvian fusion restaurant has opened in Silverlake. Causita (Peruvian slang for “best friends”), helmed by chef Ricardo Zarate, pairs the vibrant flavors of Peru with umami flavor profiles from Japan, bringing dishes such as lobster dumplings, grilled octopus in goat cheese mousse, seabass tamales, and ceviche. There is a full cocktail list and an open patio. Times vary. 3709 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles. causita-la.com

Crossroads Kitchen

Open. The vegan-Mediterranean restaurant at the corner of Melrose and Sweetzer is unique, creating vegan versions of chicken and waffles, pepperoni pizza, and a sausage burrito. Popular is the carbonara topped with a tomato-based yellow-yolk egg. Times vary. 8284 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles. 323.782.9245. crossroadskitchen.com

Arts + Culture

Still and Negrón with Dudamel

June 2. Dudamel conducts a blues symphony by the dean of African American composers, William Grant Still, one of the leading lights of the Harlem Renaissance. The performance also includes a world premiere by multi-talented Puerto Rico-born composer Angélica Negrón and a poetry session voiced by J’Nai Bridges. Thurs at 8pm & Sun at 2pm. 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles. 323.850.2000. laphil.com

“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” at Ruskin Group Theatre 

Opens June 3. Winner of the Oscar for original screenplay and Nominated for Best Written American Drama by the Writers Guild of America, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” is a rom-com story of interracial marriage and the conversations surrounding it. This is the first LA production of the play. Tickets are $35. Friday at 8pm. 3000 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica. ruskingrouptheatre.com

Style + Beauty

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