Los Angeles

Weekend roundup

September 7-10


Day of the Dog

Sept. 9. This free festival hosts 70 pet-focused vendors and numerous dog-friendly activities such as a ball pit, foam party, surf machine, pool party, and more. Also enjoy photo sessions, races, fashion shows, and even yoga sessions featuring adoptable dogs. Saturday, at 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Main St., Santa Monica, between Ocean Park Boulevard and Strand Ave. petapaloozawest.com

Los Angeles Union Station Train Festival

Sept. 9-10. All aboard! The Train Festival is back at Union Station, showcasing the evolution of train travel. Explore rail equipment from different eras, view unique model train exhibits, join tours highlighting the station’s history, art and restoration and engage in activities that honor the legacy and future of Southern California’s rail networks. Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 800 N Alameda St., Los Angeles. unionstationla.com

LA Tequila Festival

Sept. 9. LA Center Studios hosts this year’s LA Tequila Festival, presenting nearly 300 tasting options from 75+ award-winning mezcal and tequila brands. Alongside the extensive drink options are gourmet food trucks, live DJ sets and engaging activities. This festival supports the Andrés y María Cárdenas Family Foundation, aiding at-risk students in Sylmar. Saturday, 1:30 – 6:30 p.m. 450 S. Bixel Street, Los Angeles. latequilafest.com

Broxton Nights: Makers’ Market &  Pop-Up Skate

Sept. 9. This month’s pop-up in historic Westwood Village offers dinner, artisanal gift shopping, complimentary skate lessons, free rentals from Basics of Happy, music from the Soundbox truck and a roller disco hosted by the Westwood Village Improvement Association with LA Skate Hunnies. Saturday, 5-9 p.m. 1030 Broxton Ave., Los Angeles.

Celebrating LACMA × Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives

Sept. 10. Attend a complimentary celebration of LACMA × Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives, highlighting 13 augmented reality monuments by esteemed artists. Engage in art workshops suitable for all ages, listen to live DJ performances, and immerse yourself in the augmented reality monuments. RSVP to secure your free LACMA admission. Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. lacma.org

Food + Drinks

Puppy Yoga Event

Sept. 10. Abernethy’s in DTLA introduces Toni’s Menu, a special dining option for dogs, with a Puppy Yoga Event. Join a complimentary yoga session and mingle with adoptable puppies. While dogs enjoy free treats, you can try the happy hour menu featuring chilled mussels, tempura fried squash blossoms, and basque cheesecake. Beverages include $10 Ashland hard seltzers, $9 Modelo, and $10 sangria. Sunday, 1-2 p.m. Bring yoga mat. 220 N. Hope Street, Los Angeles.
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Lucky Mizu

Now Open. On the eighth floor of the Moxy & AC Hotel is Lucky Mizu, a Japanese restaurant led by Chef Hisae Stuck. Specializing in water-based dishes like shabu-shabu and seiro-mushi, the menu features high-quality meats, local seafood, and organic produce. A striking feature in the restaurant is its 40-ft architectural harp, suspended 12 ft above the dining area as guests can enjoy live performances during dinner. Wednesday – Sunday, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. 1254 S. Figueroa St. 8th Floor, Los Angeles. luckymizudtla.com

Laidrey Coffee Roaster

Now Open. Laidrey Coffee Roasters, a woman-owned café in San Fernando Valley, has opened its second branch in Encino. Owner Gacia ethically sources beans, focusing on fair pay for coffee farmers. The café serves a variety of coffees, including espresso, cold brews, and signature drinks like maple oat latte and seasonal favorites such as chocolate chai aerocano. Open Daily, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. 17034 Ventura Blvd., Encino. laidrey.com

Lucifer’s Pizza Burbank

Now Open. Popular pizza chain Lucifer’s Pizza recently open its fifth LA outlet in Burbank, bringing its signature Kiwi-inspired pizzas to the city’s heart. Enjoy a variety of flavors including the roast pumpkin and prosciutto, chicken basil pesto, and Greek Lamb and Rosemary. Additionally, options like vegan cheese, gluten-free dough, and a keto-friendly cauliflower crust cater to diverse dietary needs. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 3116 W Magnolia Blvd., Los Angeles. luciferspizza.com

Arts + Culture

The Bluest Eyes

Now-Sept. 24. A Noise Within launches its 2023-24 “Balancing Act” season with “The Bluest Eye”, a stage adaptation by Lydia R. Diamond of Toni Morrison’s acclaimed novel, directed by Andi Chapman. In 1940s Ohio, three young Black girls navigate love, sisterhood, abuse, and prejudice. The play delves into the devastating impact of systemic racism and the anguish of shame, while preserving Morrison’s evocative prose. Start times vary per show. 3352 E. Foothill Blvd. Pasadena.
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Our Dear Dead Drug Lord

Now-Sept. 17. In the intense comedy “Our Dear Dead Drug Lord,” a group of teenage girls convenes in a deserted treehouse to invoke the spirit of Pablo Escobar. While it’s uncertain if they’re genuinely contacting the notorious drug lord or merely challenging each other, the play poignantly delves the complexities of adolescence, the narrative suggests that navigating teenage years might be as treacherous as interacting with the departed. Tuesday-Sunday, start times vary. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Get Tickets Now

You Are Good Live at Zephyr Theatre

Sept. 7-8. In a fun “You Are Good LIVE” episode, Alex Steed and Woody Shticks share unexpected stories of memorable figures from showbiz, both endearing and otherwise. The trio critically examines “Road House” (September 7) and “Single White Female” (September 8) with the distinct “You Are Good” touch. Attendees can anticipate engaging film discussions complemented by emotional insights and a PowerPoint presentation. Thursday-Friday, at 7 p.m. 7456 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

Style + Beauty

American Girl Debuts at Westfield Century City

Sept. 9. American Girl unwraps its new store at Century City with a grand opening weekend celebration. This two-level store displays the brand’s signature dolls, accessories, matching doll-and-girl outfits, and award-winning books. Grand opening features giveaways including posters and books (subject to availability), and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, at 9:45 a.m. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. americangirl.com

Photo credit: Day of the Dog by Pet Palazzo West. Girls enjoying tequila event by LA Tequila Festival. Girls with Dolls by American Girl. Lucky Mizu by Peridot Photos and Andrea D’Agosto. Lucifer’s Pizza by Jakob N. Layman.

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