The Weekend Go Go: Ramen Fest, Grand Park Bookfest, Orchestral Fantasia

Bowled over at Ramen Yokocho.
Bowled over at Ramen Yokocho.

You’ve had staycations.

Think of this weekend as Spring Break-ation.

Slurp City, Here We Come

Whether lunch, dinner or your go-to hangover prevention/remedy, ramen is the ultimate comfort food.

To fuel your dominance of the weekend, grab tix ASAP to the weekend’s two-day Ramen Yokocho Ramen Championship at Santa Anita Park.

Seven challengers from San Francisco (Men-Oh), Las Vegas (Kaido), Hawaii (Kamitoku) and Los Angeles (Shin-Sen-Gumi, Urban Ramen, Juju-Ya and Ramen Champ) will compete on Saturday and Sunday; ramen devotees/fest goers vote to elect their fave noodle king.

Oh, the power….

On hand for global sampling but excluded from the competition are four top noodle shops from Japan.  Hit the ATM on the way; all bowls of ramen are $8.50 each, cash only; there are also free samples.

There’s a nominal $5 entry fee and an express lane option with or without a ramen ticket; kids 17 and under are free. Today, March 27 is the last day for discount tix.

Think of it as the Noodle Bowl.

RAMEN YOKOCHOSat, March 28 & Sun, March 29; 11am to 6pm.  Entry $5/FREE 17 & under. $8.50 per bowl/cash only — Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia.  For tix and more info, go HERE.

Read your heart out!
Read your heart out!

Splendor in the Grass

There may be bigger literary festivals but the Grand Park Downtown Bookfest, sponsored by the Music Center, is not only FREE, it’s the most fun literary event in L.A.

Don’t miss the pop-up shop from Writ Large Press, one of L.A.’s most innovative small presses, where you’ll discover books, graphic novels, and bilingual offerings from local authors.  Show your Metro card and save 10%!

There’s both a Family Pavilion with kid-centric lit offerings and the Main Stage.  Don’t miss Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez and Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman at the latter.

Artizen Lab finalists will strut their creative stuff at the Bookfest. Check out The Community Camera, a crowd-sourced exhibit of photos, Fill the Well, a community installation of five word poems, and Los Angeles Sheet Music: a crowd-created painting that musicians will interpret in the moment as music.

Maestro, Ms. Go Go is ready for her musical close-up.

DOWNTOWN GRAND PARK BOOKFESTSat, March 28; noon – 5pm.  FREEGrand Park, 200 N Grand Ave, DTLA 90012.  For more info, go HERE.

Disney "Fantasia" - Live in Concert at Valley Performing Arts Center.
Disney “Fantasia” – Live in Concert at Valley Performing Arts Center.

The Orchestra’s Apprentice

It’s Disney as you’ve never heard him before.

Reward your eyes and your ears this Sunday with Fantasia – Live in Concert.

John Roscigno conducts the CSUN Orchestra, which performs iconic selections from the scores of Walt Disney’s beloved animated classic Fantasia (1940) and the acclaimed remake Disney Fantasia 2000.

While the music soars, you’ll rediscover memorable moments of stunning Disney footage including Mickey creating magical chaos to Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, unicorns and winged horses flying across the sunset to Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony, and the beloved images from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite”.

Raise your hand if your faves were the Russian flowers….

FANTASIA – LIVE IN CONCERT —  Sun, March 29; 1pm.  $30-$60/all ages — Valley Performing Arts Center, Great Hall at California State University, Northridge.

For address, directions and parking, go HERE.

For tix and more info, go HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….



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