Weekend Events | May 31 through June 2

The summer season is just about underway! With warmer weather comes endless fun all around town. Check what’s happening in your neighborhood with our weekly round-up of local events from May 31 through June 2. 

Los Angeles Weekend Events | May 31 – June 2 

Friday Night Wine Tastings

When: May 31 – August 30

Where: Hollyhock House

What: Now a cherished summer tradition in Los Angeles, Barnsdall Park’s wine tastings have made a triumphant return after a five-year hiatus. Located atop Olive Hill on the west lawn of the historic Hollyhock House, these Friday evening fundraisers offer attendees the chance to enjoy fine boutique wines provided by Silverlake Wine. For an additional $25, you can also tour the iconic Hollyhock House during the event. The experience is enhanced by a spectacular sunset and stunning 360-degree views of the city, making it a perfect summer evening outing.

WeHo Pride

When: May 31 – June 2

Where: West Hollywood

What: Though LA Pride has relocated from West Hollywood, the city continues to host its own vibrant Pride celebration in and around West Hollywood Park. WeHo Pride features an all-weekend music festival called OUTLOUD, alongside the free WeHo Pride Street Fair, running Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8pm. Saturday’s festivities also include the Women’s Freedom Festival from noon to 6pm and the Dyke March from 6 to 6:30pm. The celebration culminates on Sunday with a parade starting at noon at Santa Monica Boulevard and North Crescent Heights Boulevard.

Last Remaining Seats

When: June 1 – June 15 

Where: Various locations

What: The L.A. Conservancy presents a delightful summer experience with classic films screened in Downtown’s grand old movie palaces throughout June. This year’s lineup features “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” and “The Seven Year Itch” at the Orpheum on June 1, “Bullitt” and “Gaslight” at the Los Angeles Theatre on June 8, and “From Russia with Love” and “Mi Vida Loca” at the Palace Theatre on June 15.

 

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | May 31 – June 2

Off the 405

When: June 1 – August 24

Where: The Getty

What: Hilltop sunset views and emerging bands make this Getty tradition a must-visit for Angelenos from both sides of the 405. This year’s lineup of free Saturday night shows includes Hailu Mergia (June 1), Slauson Malone 1 (June 15), Helado Negro (July 20), Julia Holter (July 27), and Woods (August 24). Tip: To avoid traffic and crowds, arrive early, preferably after 3pm when the parking fee drops to $15 (or $10 if you wait until the show starts). This way, you can explore the exhibits, which remain open until 8pm on Saturdays, and avoid the dinner rush.

Outdoor Movies at the Skirball

When: May 31 – July 12

Where: Skirball Cultural Center

What: Settle into the Skirball Cultural Center’s courtyard for a series of outdoor screenings. In conjunction with its exhibition, “Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak,” the Sepulveda Pass museum will feature screenings of “The NeverEnding Story,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.”

SOAR

When: Until August 31, 2024

Where: Palos Verdes

What: Explore a pavilion filled with fluttering butterflies and observe a chamber with pupae and caterpillars at South Coast Botanic Garden’s seasonal exhibition. For an extra $6, you can purchase a flower vial or ring filled with nectar to attract and feed the butterflies.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | May 31 – June 2

Filipino California: Art and the Filipino Diaspora

When: April 20 – September 8  

Where: Glendale 

What: Explore the works of seven contemporary artists—Eliseo Art Silva, Allison Hueman, Anthony Francisco, Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza, Christine Morla, Maria Villote, and Junn Roca—at the Forest Lawn Museum. Their pieces delve into Filipino culture and the Filipino-American experience.

Music Is Art: Recital 2024

When: June 2

Where: Los Angeles Pierce College Performing Arts Theater | Woodland Hills

What: Welcome to the So Cal Conservatory 2024 Spring Recital Eventbrite page! Here, you can purchase congratulatory tribute ads, tickets, and flowers all in one place. We are excited to celebrate music with our vibrant community of parents, teachers, musicians, learners, and enthusiasts. Our dedicated teachers and students have been working hard to bring you this wonderful event!

Rotary Cars for Cops & Kids Car Show 2024

When: June 2

Where: Verdugo Park | Glendale

What: Bring your family to this fantastic FREE event and explore some of the coolest cars in the LA area while savoring freshly grilled gourmet burgers, ice-cold craft beer, and fine wine tastings. LA’s “coolest” car show returns to the shaded lawns of Verdugo Park, showcasing more cars than ever before.

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | May 31 – June 2 

Summer Season at Theatricum Botanicum

When: June 1 – October 20

Where: Topanga

What: For over 50 years, this venue has captivated theater enthusiasts with its enchanting open-air stage. The 299-seat amphitheater in Topanga Canyon welcomes audiences of all ages, offering a diverse array of productions, from Shakespearean classics to folktales. This season, don’t miss highlights like William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Thousand Oaks Pop-Up Arts & Music Fest 

When: May 31 

Where: Conejo Creek North Park, 1379 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks

What: The City of Thousand Oaks’ annual Pop-Up Arts & Music Festival runs every Friday and Saturday from May 31 to June 29. Enjoy “pop-up” performances at various locations, offering a chance to experience the arts without visiting a theater. Bring your own chairs, blankets, food, and drinks for a summer evening of entertainment. The festival features ten free events over five weekends, showcasing local, regional, and nationally recognized artists.

30th Annual Angels Wine & Food Festival

When: June 2 

Where: 1 University Drive, Camarillo

What: Ventura County’s premier celebration of gastronomy, fine wines, and community spirit, the Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival, marks its 30th anniversary on Sunday, June 2, 2024, at California State University Channel Islands. This milestone event is hosted by Bank of America, Conico and MacValley Oil, Mission Produce, Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth & Wynner, PC, and the Van Huisen family.

 

The Best Croissants Around Town | L.A. Eats

Exploring Los Angeles’ vibrant culinary scene reveals a treasure trove of bakeries and patisseries, each offering unique and delightful croissant variations. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, indulging in these buttery, flaky pastries is a must. Here’s a guide to some of the best spots in LA for croissants that will satisfy any craving.

Lodge Bread

Location: 20929 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91364
Lodge Bread, with its three locations in Woodland Hills, Culver City, and Pico-Robertson, is a cornerstone of LA’s bakery scene. While their menu includes breakfast and lunch favorites, sandwiches, and a dazzling smoked fish plate, the croissants are a standout item not to be missed.

Lou, The French On The Block

Location: 4007 W Riverside Dr (at N Maple St), Burbank, CA 91505
Chef Laurent “Lou” Correa and his wife Karima own this charming patisserie in Burbank. The Parisian-born couple started at LA farmers markets before opening their bakery in Toluca Lake in 2016. Lou’s croissants, made with organic milk, eggs, and plenty of French butter, are a true delight.

Delight Pastry

Location: 39 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103
Pastry chef and co-owner Lily Azar is known for producing some of SoCal’s most popular baked goods. Her spiral croissants, available in flavors like raspberry, ube-coconut, passionfruit, and matcha pistachio, are particularly sought after. The cafe also serves excellent coffee in a cozy setting.

CAR Artisan Chocolate Manufactory & Cafe

Location: 1009 E Colorado Blvd (Catalina), Pasadena, CA 91106
Chef Haris Car dedicated 10 months to perfecting his pain au chocolat, creating what many consider LA’s ultimate chocolate croissant. CAR’s best seller served warm with the perfect dough-to-chocolate ratio, is a must-try.

Fondry

Location: 4703 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90042
The founders of Kumquat Coffee and Loquat Coffee opened Fondry in Highland Park, specializing in croissants. The bakery offers 13 types, including plain, triple chocolate, ham and Gruyere, kouign amann, and a sweet flat version called keu-loong-gi in Korean. Despite the long lines, the croissants are worth the wait.

Friends & Family

Location: 5150 Hollywood Blvd (at Winona Blvd), Los Angeles, CA 90027
Friends & Family’s bright exterior is as inviting as their massive display case filled with 42 items, including Danish, scones, apple pies, and croissants. While the simple croissant is excellent, the ham and cheese version is equally satisfying.

Chaumont Café and Bakery

Location: 143 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Chaumont Bakery, with locations in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, follows pure French pastry traditions. Their flaky, buttery croissants are top sellers, making them a favorite among locals.

République

Location: 624 S LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Margarita Manzke’s croissants at République are a testament to her pastry skills. The impressive croissants draw half the city on weekends, so be sure to arrive early before they sell out.

Amandine Patisserie Cafe

Location: 3121 W Olympic Blvd (Harvard), Los Angeles, CA 90006
Since 2002, Amandine has been a staple in LA’s bakery scene. Their French pastries, including chocolate, almond, and ham and cheese croissants, remain some of the best in town.

Pitchoun

Location: 545 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
This family-owned bakery offers classic French-style baked goods. Co-owner Frederic Soulies’ almond croissants, dipped in housemade syrup and topped with almond slivers, are particularly dreamy and nutty.

Milo & Olive

Location: 2723 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Milo & Olive’s pastry case is a visual feast. Their standout croissant, with its airy interior and golden brown crust, is a must-try among the laminated pastries, cookies, and brioche on display.

Bread Lounge

Location: 700 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Bread Lounge in the Arts District may not be the first place that comes to mind for croissants, but it should be. This bakery, known for its laminated baked goods, offers a fantastic classic croissant, ham and cheese, and pain au chocolat.

Des Croissants Paris

Location: 8539 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Chef Samuel Manar’s Des Croissants Paris, which opened in 2023, offers meticulously baked croissants, paniers, and baguettes. His creations have been a favorite at Southern California’s farmers markets for years.

Petit Grain Boulangerie

Location: 1209 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, California 90403
Petit Grain Boulangerie, Santa Monica’s newest bakery, has quickly gained a reputation for its croissants. Clémence de Lutz and Tony Hernandez focus on time-honored techniques and high-quality local ingredients.

Gjusta

Location: 320 Sunset Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Gjusta in Venice continues to draw crowds with its four croissant options: chocolate, ham and cheese, baklava, and classic butter. Opened in 2014, the bakery remains a beloved spot for pastry lovers.

Tommy and Atticus

Location: 1700 Aviation Boulevard, Redondo Beach, California 90278
Garrett McPerry’s Tommy & Atticus bakery in Redondo Beach is named after his sourdough starters. McPerry uses Central Milling flour, French butter, and long fermentation to craft flaky, well-layered croissants that rival the best in LA.

Embark on a delightful croissant tour across Los Angeles and discover these bakeries’ unique and delectable offerings. Whether you prefer classic flavors or innovative twists, there’s a perfect croissant waiting for you in this diverse city.

The Best Places to Go Camping this Summer | Out & About

The warmth of summer days and the dark skies over some of Southern California’s most beautiful campgrounds can make for an amazing experience regardless of whether you take your kids, or go with your significant other or a group of friends. Being able to look at the sky and see a shooting star or two while enjoying an enticing campfire and a snack or two will make for an adventure you will never likely forget. Because camping is a way of bonding with your family or friends and can create memories unlike any other place, here is our list of the best places to go camping in Southern California this summer. All within a short distance of Los Angeles.

1. San Onofre Bluffs Camping grounds

Located just an hour’s drive away from Los Angeles, this delightful campground, which is a great choice for those with campers or RVs, provides 175 places to set up camp and a direct entrance to the San Onofre surfing beach, making it one of the best places for those who want to enjoy a few nights under the stars after a long day of riding the waves and having fun in the sun.

2. Serrano Camping grounds In The San Bernardino National Forest

If traditional forest and camping are more to your liking, this is the place to be. Located a little less than two hours away from Los Angeles, within walking distance from Big Bear Lake, and catering to tent campers, it offers a wide selection of camping sites where you can enjoy a few days of swimming in the lake, enjoying the forest, and hiking throughout the area. Enjoy a good ghost story or two as you sit by the fire at night and let your imagination run wild in what could possibly be one of your best camping experiences.

3. The Ranch At Bandy Canyon

For those who enjoy a more modern version of camping, with a cabin and many wonderful amenities nearby, this wonderful 44-acre ranch has a lot to offer, including a pool and horseback riding. Enjoy a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life and enjoy a couple of nights of camping, the rancher way.

4. Mount Laguna

If you are in the mood for a hiking adventure and stunning night sky views, Mount Laguna is ideal! Located a little over 2 hours away from Los Angeles, there are several trails you can follow. Open fires are allowed in designated areas. Likewise, you’ll enjoy a mountain adventure like no other.

5. Indian Cove Campground

Nothing can compare to the starry skies visible from the desert. That’s what makes Indian Cove a beautiful camping location. With only a 2-and-a-half-hour drive from Los Angeles, you’ll have many memories you won’t easily forget. The views of the rock formations will also give you plenty of opportunities for exploring and adventure!

Home Safety Advice for Vacation Season | Home Tips

Summer vacation is a time for relaxation, adventure, and escaping everyday routines. However, the joy of going on vacation can quickly be overshadowed by the worry of leaving your home unprotected. This blog post will share home safety tips to keep your home secure during the vacation season. After all, peace of mind is the best travel companion.

1. Don’t Advertise Your Absence

In the age of social media, it’s tempting to post every update of your vacation in real-time, but it can also be an open invitation to potential burglars. Our safety tip: avoid announcing your vacation plans on social media or in public spaces where strangers can overhear.

2. Invest in Timers for Lights

A dark house is an obvious sign that no one is home. Invest in timers for your indoor and outdoor lights and set them to mimic your regular daily activity. This can create an illusion of occupancy.

3. Secure Doors and Windows

Before you leave, ensure all doors and windows are locked securely. Don’t forget to check the garage door, as well as smaller windows in basements and attics. Consider investing in deadbolts for added security on external doors as our safety advice.

4. Hold Your Mail

A stuffed mailbox or a pile of newspapers at the doorstep signals that the house is unoccupied. Ask your postal service to hold your mail, or request a trusted neighbor to collect it for you.

5. Unplug Electronics

Unplug all nonessential electronics. Not only will this save energy, but it will also eliminate the risk of electrical fires.

6. Make Use of a Home Security System

If you have a home security system, ensure it is activated before you leave. This can deter burglars and can notify authorities in the event of a break-in. If you don’t have one, it might be a good time to consider investing in one.

7. Don’t Leave Spare Keys Outside

Burglars know all the potential hiding spots for spare keys. Instead of leaving a key under the mat or in a fake rock, give a spare key to a trusted neighbor or family member.

8. Keep Your Lawn Maintained

An overgrown lawn can hint that no one is home. If you’ll be away for an extended period, hire a lawn service or ask a neighbor to keep your yard maintained.

9. Secure Valuables

Don’t leave valuables in obvious places. Use a safe or a secure off-site location to store jewelry, important documents, and other valuable items while you’re away.

10. Ask a Friend or Neighbor to Check In

Having someone periodically check your home can dissuade potential burglars. This person can also help with tasks like watering plants, feeding pets, or taking out the trash.

Preparing your home for your absence can add a few more tasks to your pre-vacation checklist, but the peace of mind you’ll gain is well worth the effort. Implement these safety tips and you can enjoy your vacation knowing your home is secure. Safe travels!

Economic Update | Week Ending May 25, 2024

Economic news this week – It was a tough week for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. After five straight weeks of gains, the Dow ended the week down 2.4% from last week’s record high when the Dow closed over 40,000 for the first time. While some of this week’s sell-off can be attributed to profit-taking, interest rate fears were a factor as well. The Dow dropped 604 points on Thursday, its biggest single-day drop in 2024, following minutes released from the last Federal Reserve policy meeting. Fed comments included that inflation was more stubborn than expected and that the Fed now expects just one interest rate drop this year, down from their guidance of four expected drops at the start of 2024. Goldman also changed their forecast from a Fed rate drop in July to no rate drop until September. While there have finally been some signs that the economy may have begun to lose steam, the Commerce Department reported Friday that durable goods purchases surged in April. Durable goods purchases, which include things like cars, trucks, appliances, etc. shot up 0.7% month-over-month in April. Experts forecasted a 1% decline. Contrasting that was consumer confidence which had the lowest reading since last November. Next week the Personal Consumption Expenditure (CPE) index will be released. That will give us more insight into where inflation is heading.

Stock markets – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week at 39,069.59, down 2.4% from 40,003.59 last week. It is up 3.7% year-to-date.  The S&P 500 closed the week at 5,304.72, unchanged from 5,303.27 last week.  The S&P is up 11.2% year-to-date. The Nasdaq closed the week at 16,920.80, up 1.4% from 16,684.97 last week. It is up 12.7% year-to-date.

 U.S. Treasury bond yields – The 10-year treasury bond closed the week yielding 4.46%, up from 4.42% last week. The 30-year treasury bond yield ended the week at 4.57, almost unchanged from 4.56% last week. We watch bond yields because mortgage rates follow bond yields.

Mortgage rates – Every Thursday Freddie Mac publishes interest rates based on a survey of mortgage lenders throughout the week. The Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported that mortgage rates for the most popular loan products as of May 23, 2024, were as follows: The 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 6.94%, down from 7.02% last week. The 15-year fixed was 6.24%, down from 6.28% last week.

The graph below shows the trajectory of mortgage rates over the past year.

Freddie Mac was chartered by Congress in 1970 to keep money flowing to mortgage lenders in support of homeownership and rental housing. Their mandate is to provide liquidity, stability, and affordability to the U.S.

U.S. existing-home sales – The National Association of Realtors reported that existing-home sales totaled 4.14 million units on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate in April, down 1.95 from an annualized rate of 4.22 million in April 2023.  The median price for a home in the U.S. in April was $407,600, up 5.7% from $385,800 last April. There was a 3.5-month supply of homes for sale in April, up from a 3-month supply one year ago. First-time buyers accounted for 33% of all sales. Investors and second-home purchases accounted for 16% of all sales. All cash purchases accounted for 28% of all sales. Foreclosures and short sales accounted for 2% of all sales.

Have a great weekend!

Mortgage Rate Update | May 23, 2024

Mortgage rates – Every Thursday Freddie Mac publishes interest rates based on a survey of mortgage lenders throughout the week. The Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported that mortgage rates for the most popular loan products as of May 23, 2024, were as follows: The 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 6.94%, down from 7.02% last week. The 15-year fixed was 6.24%, down from 6.28% last week.

The graph below shows the trajectory of mortgage rates over the past year.

Freddie Mac was chartered by Congress in 1970 to keep money flowing to mortgage lenders in support of homeownership and rental housing. Their mandate is to provide liquidity, stability, and affordability to the U.S.

From NASA to Airbnb and More! | Tech News

Stay connected in the world of tech and media with our weekly round-up. From NASA to Airbnb and more, we have the major updates you want to know. Read on below for the latest news from across the world-wide-web.

NASA’s Psyche Mission Ignites Futuristic Electric Engines

NASA has powered up the electric Hall thrusters on Psyche, a spacecraft now journeying towards a metal-rich asteroid in the main asteroid belt beyond Mars. Launched on October 13, 2023, aboard a SpaceX rocket, Psyche is now in “full cruise” mode. The NASA mission also tested laser-based deep space communications, successfully transmitting a laser signal back to Earth from nearly 10 million miles away. Expected to reach the asteroid by 2029, Psyche will orbit it for two years, sending valuable data back to NASA. Scientists believe Psyche could be the exposed core of a planetesimal, providing unique insights into planetary formation. Ion propulsion, the technology behind  Psyche’s thrusters will allow it to reach speeds of up to 124,000 mph, showcasing the potential of ion propulsion for future interplanetary missions.

X Conceals Likes to Promote ‘Edgy’ Engagement

In a major shift, X (formerly known as Twitter) will no longer show what posts users have liked, aiming to protect public image and encourage more “edgy” content engagement. This change, first reported by MacRumors after a flag was discovered in the iOS app, removes the Likes tab from user profiles. Wang mentioned that this update will allow users to like content without worrying about public scrutiny.  Since taking over, Musk has made several changes to the platform, including making hiding likes a Premium subscription feature, removing the ability to block users, and stripping headlines from news post previews.

GM and Redwood Materials Partner to Recycle EV Battery Scrap

General Motors (GM) is partnering with Redwood Materials to recycle scrap from its Warren, Ohio, and Spring Hill, Tennessee facilities. Redwood, founded by Tesla co-founder JB Straubel, will handle 100% of the scrap, including key battery components like cathode and anode material. Redwood will transform the scrap into high-quality materials for new EV batteries. This deal gives Redwood recycling partnerships with most major US EV battery manufacturers. The joint venture aims to produce 80GWh of battery cells annually, with a third plant under construction in Michigan. Redwood’s process recovers up to 95% of key metals like nickel, cobalt, and copper. They also recycle EV batteries from Tesla, Ford, and other brands. As early EVs reach the end of their lifespan, Redwood’s role in sustainable battery production is crucial.

Meta’s Ray-Ban Glasses Now Post Instagram Stories for You

Meta’s Ray-Ban smart glasses now allow users to post Instagram stories directly without needing a phone. This new feature is part of several updates, including support for Amazon Music and the meditation app Calm. Users can prompt the glasses to post photos to Instagram using voice commands. Additionally, Calm offers guided meditation and mindfulness exercises on the glasses, with a free three-month subscription for users. The glasses also support Amazon Music, enabling users to play curated playlists with voice commands. These updates follow the addition of Spotify and Apple Music support, and the rollout of new features will be gradual. In April, Meta also introduced AI capabilities that provide context for photos, translate signs, write captions, and identify landmarks.

Airbnb Partners with ChargePoint to Offer Hosts Discounted EV Chargers

Airbnb is partnering with ChargePoint to provide hosts with discounted options for buying, installing, and managing home EV chargers to attract more EV owners as guests. Hosts can purchase EV charging packages, including hardware, installation, and support services, through a new dedicated online store. They can get up to 36% off select ChargePoint models, with prices starting at $399, along with $100 off installation services. The first 1,000 hosts to buy a charger will receive an additional $200 early bird discount from Airbnb. As more customers search for rentals with EV chargers, which increased over 80% from 2022 to 2023, listings with chargers tend to be booked more frequently and earn more income. Hosts can use Airbnb’s new listing editor to easily add amenities like EV charging stations. Guests can activate these chargers using the ChargePoint app, similar to other ChargePoint stations.

Gannett Introduces AI-Generated Summaries for News Articles

The owner of hundreds of US newspapers, Gannett, is implementing AI-generated bullet points. The “key points” labeled at the top of journalists’ stories aim to enhance the reading experience. These summaries, appearing below headlines, are created with automated technology and reviewed by journalists before publication, with a disclaimer noting their AI origin. Currently optional, this feature aims to streamline information delivery and is already live on some USA Today articles. 

Weekend Events | Memorial Day Weekend Edition

It’s Memorial Day weekend, aka the unofficial start of summer. Enjoy all that LA and its surrounding areas have to offer this sunny holiday weekend. From the Lion King to Topanga Days Country Fair and more, there is plenty to do from May 25 through May 27. 

Los Angeles Weekend Events | Memorial Day Weekend Edition

Disney’s The Lion King 30th Anniversary – A Live-to-Film Concert Event

When: May 24 – May 25

Where: Hollywood Bowl

What: To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Lion King, a special event is taking place at the Hollywood Bowl. A mix of Broadway and film stars, from both versions of the movie, will perform live alongside a screening of the beloved animated classic. Don’t miss this unique celebration of one of Disney’s most iconic films!

Kraftwerk

When: Until May 30

Where: DTLA
What: About a decade ago, krautrock and electronic pioneers Kraftwerk thrilled audiences with intimate performances at museums in New York and London. Now, the proto-techno quartet is bringing that marathon format to the Walt Disney Concert Hall for a series of nine shows. Each concert will spotlight a different album, starting with *Autobahn*, and culminating in a final performance featuring selections from their entire catalog. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience the groundbreaking sounds of Kraftwerk live!

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial with Drone Show

When: May 25

Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetary

What: The night before Cinespia returns to the cemetery, Hollywood Forever is hosting its own screening event. Similar to Cinespia, you can bring a blanket, a picnic, and some beer or wine to enjoy on the Fairbanks Lawn while watching E.T.. The evening will feature a DJ set before and after the film. While you won’t find Cinespia’s famous photo booth, there’s a special upgrade: a colorful drone show during the credits. Don’t miss this unique and enchanting evening under the stars!

 

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | Memorial Day Weekend Edition

Dog Walking Hours at South Coast Botanic Garden

When: Until May 26 

Where: South Coast Botanic Garden | Palos Verdes

What: If you and your four-legged friend are inseparable, then this dog-friendly series at Palos Verdes’ South Coast Botanic Garden is perfect for you. Every third Sunday, explore the garden’s 87 acres with your furry companion. You, the human, will need a reservation, and your best friend must stay on a leash at all times, including in the parking lot. Enjoy a day of bonding and beautiful scenery with your pup!

Fiesta Hermosa

When: May 25 – May 27

Where: Hermosa Beach

What: Explore the stalls at this Memorial Day arts festival, where you can sample delicious food and enjoy live music before taking a dip in the nearby Pacific. Recent logistical changes have streamlined the layout for a better experience. You’ll find on-the-street stalls and sidewalk vendors along Hermosa and Pier Avenues. Live music has been moved to the beach, while a proper carnival with a wine garden and arts festival is set inland behind the Hermosa Beach Community Center. Join us for a day of fun and celebration by the sea!

CicLAvia: Venice Blvd

When: April 21 – December 8, 2024 

Where: Venice

What: Cycle through Palms, Mar Vista, and Venice at this Westside bike event, which features a car-free 5.75-mile stretch along Venice Boulevard.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | Memorial Day Weekend Edition

Wine School

When: May 26

Where: Buvette | 15005 Ventura Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 91403

What: Explore a variation of wine types while learning about their origin, in this fun and educational tasting class. Come learn the characteristics of different wines with Sommelier Rebecca Phillips.

BILLY VERA & THE BEATERS (80TH BDAY BASH)

When: May 26

Where: The Write-Off Room | 11502 Ventura Blvd Studio City, CA 91604

What: Best known for his 1987 number one hit “At This Moment” with his band, Billy Vera & the Beaters, which gained fame on the sitcom *Family Ties*, Billy Vera has enjoyed a long and varied career. Join us for an evening of celebration and music with this legendary artist.

In Between Time x ARTiculate: An Art-Based Platform for Young Creatives

When: May 26

Where: 4350 Tujunga Avenue Los Angeles, CA 91604

What: Spend an afternoon immersed in fashion as we showcase the work of three talented young designers: Sean, Zev, and Naomee. This collaborative event features a fashion show, a merch pop-up, and a networking mixer. You’ll have the chance to meet the designers, discuss their creations, and learn about their creative processes. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate emerging talent and connect with fellow fashion enthusiasts!

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | Memorial Day Weekend Edition

Topanga Days Country Fair

When: May 25 – May 27

Where: Topanga Canyon

What: Nestled in the picturesque Topanga Canyon, this Memorial Day weekend festival has become a beloved local tradition. Bohemian residents of all ages, along with curious onlookers, gather to celebrate music, food, arts, and Mother Earth. Let the kids enjoy their own arts and crafts section, dance to local bands, and make sure not to miss the quirky DIY Memorial Day parade on Monday morning. It’s a perfect blend of tradition, creativity, and community fun!

Malibu Film Festival

When: May 25 

Where: Directors Guild of America | 7920 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90046

What: Mark your calendars for May 25 and join us for the 2024 Malibu Film Festival, presented and hosted by XOLO.TV at the Directors Guild of America. Celebrate the 24th edition of the festival both in person and online, and be the first to see an exciting slate of independent films from emerging filmmakers. Stay updated in real-time by following us on our social channels. Don’t miss this premier event for film enthusiasts!

47th Annual Ojai Art in the Park

When: May 25 – May 26 

Where: Libbey Park, 210 S Signal St, Ojai

What: Join us on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26, 2024, from 10am to 5pm, for the 47th annual Art in the Park celebration at Libbey Park. This beloved tradition, started in 1977 by local artists, offers a unique opportunity to browse and purchase art in a beautiful, oak-shaded setting. Presented by the Ojai Art Center, California’s oldest non-profit art center, the festival features a diverse array of high-quality art and attracts 3,000-5,000 visitors from Ojai and surrounding communities. Don’t miss this chance to meet talented artists and enjoy a relaxed, vibrant atmosphere!

LA’s Best Ice Cream Shoppes | L.A. Eats

With the weather warming up, there’s no better way to cool down than with a delicious ice cream cone. Southern California boasts a plethora of ice cream shops offering unique flavors and creative combinations. Here’s a guide to some of the best spots to indulge your sweet tooth and beat the heat.

Wanderlust Creamery

Location: 18511 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

Wanderlust Creamery, with seven locations across Southern California, is the place to go for unique and seasonal flavors. Indulge in the ube malted crunch, pandan tres leches, or the Japanese Neapolitan featuring matcha, sakura, and Hokkaido milk. Each scoop is a journey through global flavors, perfect for adventurous taste buds.

Scoops

Location: 5105 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Scoops, with locations in Highland Park, Torrance, and Chinatown, offers an ever-changing array of innovative flavors. Try the Grapenut-infused brown bread or the strawberry balsamic. Scoops also provides a good selection of non-dairy, oat milk-based options, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

Magpies Softserve

Location: 2660 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Think of Magpies Softserve as a “chefy” Dairy Queen. Located in Highland Park, Silver Lake, and Tarzana, this spot offers delightful soft serve in flavors like malted milk chocolate and black sesame. Don’t miss out on their vegan Mexican hot chocolate ice cream pie, perfect for taking home and enjoying later.

Mashti Malone Ice Cream

Location: 1525 N LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA

As LA’s original Persian ice cream shop, Mashti Malone has been a favorite for decades. With locations on La Brea, at Griffith Park, and in Westwood, they serve up rose-infused ice cream that tastes like springtime. Add a dash of sour cherry syrup for a unique twist to tame any sweetness.

Dear Bella Creamery

Location: 1253 Vine St # 12, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Head to Hollywood’s Dear Bella Creamery for wonderfully creamy vegan ice cream, soft serve, and ice cream sandwiches. Their periodic collaborations and seasonal offerings keep the menu fresh and exciting, making each visit a new experience.

Awan

Location: 866 Huntley Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Awan in West Hollywood is a dairy-free shop serving complex flavors like saffron pistachio with Medjool dates, spiced persimmon and graham, and blue corn tortilla. Keep an eye out for their upcoming location in Larchmont.

Ecco un Poco

Location: 8318 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Tucked away on Third Street in Beverly Grove, Ecco un Poco offers an abundant selection of fresh, gluten-free gelato and cones. Run by Milano-born Alessandro Restelli and his wife Alejandra Unger, this shop balances traditional Italian flavors with gastronomical creations like American breakfast with gluten-free maple pancake mix, bacon, and blueberries.

Bumsan Organic Milk Bar

Location: 534 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Bumsan’s organic soft serve is a treat not to be missed. Choose from flavors like pink guava, pineapple mango, and taro milk tea, and customize your cone with toppings like Fruity Pebbles and puffed rice.

Bacio di Latte

Location: 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

One of LA’s top gelato makers, Bacio di Latte, operates from the Century City mall. The pistachio gelato is a real gem, though the signature bacio di latte, or sweet cream, is a must-order too.

Hokey Pokey

Location: 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067

Find New Zealand’s most popular soft serve at the Westfield Century City mall. Hokey Pokey’s namesake flavor comes in a generous cone topped with crushed toffee. Other flavors like chocolate, cherry, and hazelnut evoke a sense of nostalgia.

Sweet Rose Creamery

Location: 225 26th St #51, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Sweet Rose Creamery, part of the Rustic Canyon family, is the brainchild of chef Shiho Yoshikawa. Delight in housemade candied nuts and mini marshmallows to top off every scoop.

Ginger’s Divine Ice Creams

Location: 12550 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Head to Ginger’s West Third or Culver City locations to enjoy scoops of burnt sugar vanilla, classic butter pecan, or the best-selling Girl Scout’s Thin Mint ice cream, available with full cream or as a dairy-free option.

Jamz Creamery

Location: 231 E Manchester Blvd #1717, Inglewood, CA 90301

Blocks away from SoFi Stadium, Jamz Creamery is a family-owned operation offering 27 flavors made into sundaes, milkshakes, banana splits, or hefty ice cream sandwiches. Toppings are plentiful, as are vegan options.

Catalina Island Getaway | Out & About

Looking for a perfect weekend getaway that’s both relaxing and adventurous? Catalina Island, just 22 miles off the Southern California coast, offers a unique blend of natural beauty, outdoor activities, and charming small-town allure. Whether you’re seeking thrilling adventures or peaceful relaxation, Catalina Island has something for everyone. Here’s a guide to making the most of your weekend on this picturesque island.

Avalon: The Heart of Catalina Island

Begin your Catalina adventure in Avalon, the island’s main town. This charming, walkable town is filled with quaint shops, delightful restaurants, and historic landmarks. Stroll down Crescent Avenue, known locally as Front Street, to browse unique boutiques and savor delicious local cuisine. Don’t miss a visit to the Catalina Island Museum to learn about the island’s rich history and culture.

One of Avalon’s most iconic landmarks is the Catalina Casino. Despite its name, this stunning Art Deco building isn’t a gambling establishment but a cultural hub. It houses a movie theater, a ballroom, and the Catalina Island Museum. Take a guided tour to discover the fascinating history and breathtaking views from the building’s upper levels.

Outdoor Adventures

Catalina Island is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. The crystal-clear waters surrounding the island are perfect for snorkeling and kayaking. Head to Lover’s Cove Marine Preserve, one of the top snorkeling spots in California, where you can swim among vibrant marine life. If kayaking is more your style, rent a kayak and paddle around the island’s scenic coves and beaches.

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, Catalina’s zip-line eco-tour is a must. This thrilling adventure takes you soaring over Descanso Canyon, offering spectacular views of the island and the ocean beyond. The guided tour includes five separate lines, each providing a unique perspective of Catalina’s natural beauty.

Hiking is another popular activity on Catalina Island. The island boasts a variety of trails ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes. The Garden to Sky Trail offers panoramic views of Avalon and the Pacific Ocean, making the trek well worth the effort. For a more leisurely hike, the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden provides a beautiful setting with diverse plant species and serene paths.

Scenic Tours

To explore more of the island, consider taking a scenic boat tour or renting a golf cart. Boat tours offer a chance to see Catalina’s stunning coastline and perhaps even spot some wildlife, such as dolphins or sea lions. Various tours are available, including glass-bottom boat rides and semi-submersible submarine tours, which provide an up-close view of the underwater world.

Renting a golf cart is a fun and convenient way to explore Avalon at your own pace. Drive up to the scenic overlooks for breathtaking views, visit the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, or simply enjoy the charming streets of Avalon. It’s a great way to see the sights without the need for extensive walking.

Relaxation

After a day of adventure, unwind on one of Catalina’s beautiful beaches. Descanso Beach is a favorite spot, offering pristine sands, clear waters, and the chance to rent a cabana for the ultimate relaxation. Enjoy a cocktail from the beach club while soaking up the sun and listening to the gentle waves.

For a truly relaxing experience, indulge in one of the island’s spa services. Many spas in Avalon offer a range of treatments, from massages to facials, designed to rejuvenate and refresh. It’s the perfect way to end your Catalina Island getaway.

As You Set Sail On The Day

Catalina Island is an ideal destination for a weekend escape, offering a perfect mix of adventure, relaxation, and charm. From exploring the historic town of Avalon to embarking on thrilling outdoor activities and enjoying serene moments on the beach, Catalina provides a memorable experience for every traveler. Plan your trip to Catalina Island and discover the magic of this Southern California gem.