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Weekend roundup

October 1-4


Last Day of Grand Park’s Easy Mornings

Oct. 3. Don’t miss Grand Park’s last day of this weekly digital experience, featuring a variety of relaxing and family-friendly activities. Highlights include stretching exercises from yoga instructor Courtney Seiberling, coloring sessions hosted by GURL Museum Day, a multimedia art performance of Callejera by artist Jose Richard Aviles, and interviews from local business owners Fatima Dodson (pictured) of Headwraps and chef Calvin of Smhokin Pot Cajun Cuisine. Stream the program from home on Grand Park’s digital channels. 10-11 a.m. Free. grandparkla.org

Nourishing Genius: Food and Wine in the Time of Michelangelo

Oct. 4. Travel back in time with Getty drawings curator Julian Brooks and Fred Plotkin—specialist in Italian gastronomy, opera and history—to explore the fascinating connections between art, food, drink and this incomparable Italian Renaissance artist. During this free, virtual talk and wine tasting, explore this downloadable PDF for wine notes, tasting cards and a few Renaissance etiquette tips to get the festivities started. Watch on Getty’s YouTube channel. 2-5 p.m. Free. getty.edu

Your Space Studios

Now Available. Looking for a safe space to work on your fitness? Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. launched Your Space Studios, a physically-distanced outdoor fitness experience offering everything from barre to boxing and yoga from Santa Monica’s elite fitness instructors every day through December. The open-aired studios offer each person 100 square feet of personal workout space and are provided to the local businesses at no cost. Located in Downtown Santa Monica on the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue. downtownsm.com

Carnegie Lecture: Hubble’s Troublesome Constant

Upcoming | Oct. 5. Curious about astronomy The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens welcomes viewers from home to this online lecture featuring Dr. Chris Burns, research associate at the Carnegie Observatories. Watch as Dr. Burns discusses the history of Edwin Hubble’s Constant—a type of unit that measures the expansion of the universe—and how astronomers are trying to pin down its precise value. 4-5 p.m. Free. huntington.org | Livestream

Food + Drink

Mid-Autumn Festival at Ayara Thai

Oct. 1. Come celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with chef/restaurateur Andy Asapahu and daughter chef Andy of Ayara Thai Cuisine in front of their restaurant! On this full-moon evening, guests can enjoy an assortment of mooncakes, complimentary tea and traditional activities during this important Chinese festival that gives thanks for a bountiful harvest and a time for family reunion. Reservations are available for outside table service as well as pick-up and delivery options. 6-9 p.m. 6245 W. 87th St., Los Angeles, 310.410.8848. ayarathai.com

Yaki-Q Pop-Up at The Everly Hotel

Opens Oct. 1. Take dinner to the next level at executive chef Jeffrey Williams’s new exclusive yakitori-inspired pop-up restaurant on the 5th floor sundeck of the Kimpton Everly Hotel in Hollywood. Enjoy classic cocktails with a twist—like a Tokyo Sidecar—seasonal grilled skewers and salads made fresh-to-order. Sweeten, spice or even add tang to your skewers with one of chef Williams’ housemade glazes. Want a heartier portion? Order chef Jeff a wagyu sando! Make reservations by calling or through OpenTable. Th-Su 6:30-9:30 p.m. 1800 Argyle Ave., Los Angeles, 213.279.3534. Reservations

Oktoberfest at Market Tavern

Oct. 2-3. Cheers to October with two-time James Beard Award-nominated chef Bernhard Mairinger and Market Tavern’s Oktoberfest menu collaboration. Angelenos will be transported to Central Europe through Mairinger’s offerings such as the “Obatzda” crostini, BierBeisl sausage platter and apple grape strudel with vanilla sauce. Beer drinkers also get the chance to drink authentic, German brews with Weihenstephaner pint specials. F 3 p.m.- close, Sa 11 a.m.-close. Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., Suite #706, Los Angeles, 323.452.9299. markettavernla.com

Weekend Brunch and Live Jazz at Le Jardin

Begins Oct. 3. Elevate your weekend at The Culver Hotel’s patio restaurant and bar for the return of weekend brunch and live jazz music. Expect elevated midday classics, signature cocktails and lively performances by the hotel’s favorite musicians in a relaxed, Parisian-inspired garden setting. Must-try signature dishes include pork belly croque madam; lobster avocado toast; chicken and waffles; and lemon ricotta pancakes. The extensive list of signature cocktails includes the gin-based Culver Smash, vodka-based Ms. Maya and gin-based The Sinatra. Sa-Su 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 9400 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 310.558.9400. culverhotel.com

Casa Vega x Fall Out Boy

Debuts Oct. 4. In honor of National Taco Day, the beloved family-owned Mexican restaurant Casa Vega teams up with iconic rock band Fall Out Boy to debut a limited edition taco—available for the entire month of October. The profits from each taco ($3.50 from the $7 taco) will be donated to No Us Without You, a charity providing food security for undocumented back of house staff and their families created by Va’La Hospitality in the early weeks of the pandemic. 13301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818.788.4868. casavega.com

National Taco Day at Nueva

Oct. 4. Calling all taco lovers! Celebrate this delicious holiday at Venice’s newest Mexican cantina Nueva with an indulgent variety of taco options such as a vegan roasted squash taco, falafel taco, pork belly chicharron taco and tempura seabass taco (pictured). All proceeds from all taco sales will be donated to St. Joesph Center, a local organization that provides services to empower and promote self-sufficiency for our low-income/homeless neighbors. 5-10 p.m. 822 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey, 310.747.6050. nuevavenice.com

Porta Via in Calabasas

Now Open. The neighborhood California bistro and bar, with popular locations in Beverly Hills and Pacific Palisades, expands to The Commons at Calabasas. Porta Via, Italian for “take away,” draws upon Italian culinary inspirations of locally sourced produce, farm-to-table meat and poultry, and sustainable seafood. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, some of Porta Via’s classic menu items include huevos rancheros; Grand Marnier French toast; organic kale and quinoa salad; grilled Ōra King salmon; and grilled skirt steak. Open daily 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. 4799 Commons Way, Suite J, Calabasas, 818.746.2400. portaviarestaurants.com

Arts + Culture

Latinx Artists in Drive-Thru Art Experience

Oct. 1-4. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Hyundai teams up with the Museum of Latin American Art, its chief curator Gabriela Urtiaga (pictured) and The Art of Elysium to create an unique outdoor (drivable!) art experience at the Hollywood Palladium Theater. The exhibit highlights eight art installations, created by multi-generational Latinx artists, that transports guests through South American landscapes. An FM station with a playlist curated by KCRW’s Raul Campos provide the soundtrack as guests explore. Noon-8 p.m. Free, RSVP required. 6215 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. Tickets

Kristina Wong for Public Office

Oct. 3. Performance artist, comedian and elected representative Kristina Wong takes her raucous campaign online—broadcast live from her home to yours—to arouse civic engagement and counter-hijack our democracy. This interactive comedic performance mashes up campaign rallies, church revivals, and solo theater shows to uncover the history of voting, what it means to run for local office and the impact artists can have on democracy. 4 p.m. Free, RSVP required. bostoncourtpasadena.org | RSVP

Photo credits: Your Space Studios courtesy of Ross Furukawa/Santa Monica Daily Press. Carnegie Lecture: Hubble’s Troublesome Constant credit NASA/JPL. Le Jardin at The Culver Hotel by A-Z Creative Group. Casa Vega x Fall Out Boy courtesy Wagstaff Media & Marketing. Nueva by Rob Stark. “Kristina Wong for Public Office” by Tom Fowler. “Studies by Michelangelo Buonarroti” Teylers Museum, Haarlem; Purchased in 1790; © Teylers Museum, Haarlem. All other images are courtesy of the venues.

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