The Weekend Go Go: Scent Fair, Downtown Bookfest, and Wine Tasting at Esters Wine Shop & Bar

Check out Asphalt Rainbow by Charenton Macerations at the Aix Scent Fair at the Hammer
Check out Asphalt Rainbow by Charenton Macerations at the Aix Scent Fair at the Hammer Museum.

Go Go’ers, we’re in full on May mode.  The season of non-stop fun has begun!

Start your party engines….

AIX SCENT FAIR at THE HAMMER MUSEUM — What better way to celebrate the first full weekend of May than with a celebration of artisanal scent?  The weekend of olfactory delights  begins Friday night with a panel helmed by Saskia Wilson-Brown, founder and director of co-presenter (with LuckyScentInstitute for Art and Olfaction, and includes a scent scientist and a curator of  olfactory art.  Peruse the wares of fragrance artistes from near and far like local artisan Meike Kopp‘s scents-with-stories candles at Manifest Destiny or  the signature profumos by Italy’s Master Perfumer Maria Candida Gentile.  Then stay for the no-host awards gala Saturday night.  Saturday and Sunday’s adult perfume workshops are sold out but grown-ups can hang at the FREE scent workshop for children on Mother’s Day.  Why: Finding the perfect day-before-Mom-day prez and/or spending quality time with your child on Mother’s Day.

Get your read-on at the Downtown Bookfest at Grand Park
Get your read-on at the Downtown Bookfest at Grand Park

GRAND PARK’S SPRINGTIME READS — Artisanal means books, too.  This year, the round-up of all things bookish and beautiful at Grand Park is themed “Literary LA: Places, Spaces and Faces.”  Support and celebrate small and wonderful indie presses at the Pop-Up Bookshop curated by Writ Large Press.  The latter, one of the L.A. literary community’s gems, also curated the afternoon South Performance Lawn readings such as Coiled Serpent, the poetry anthology edited by Poet Laureate of Los Angeles Luis J. Rodriguez.  The David Kipen-curated panel discussions on the North Performance Lawn include the intriguingly titled “The Book Critics’ Pie-Throwing Gallery (An Unsafe Space)”.  The afternoon includes books and readings for budding bookworms and arts activities for everyone.  Why: The instant gratification of creating your own book via PUBLISH! in L.A.’s “Park for Everyone”.

Drink wine with Mom at Esters Wine Shop & Bar
Mother’s Day Wine Tasting at Esters Wine Shop & Bar

MOTHER’S DAY WINE TASTING at ESTERS’ WINE SHOP & BAR — If you’re the lucky sort who’s celebrating a vino-loving mama — or one who just likes to be spontaneous with her fun — stop by Esters Wine Shop in SaMo between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. for a casual wine tasting: $25 for a wine and cheese tasting with no rez needed!  You can sip at your own pace and get 10% off retail prices of wines featured in the Mom Day tasting.  Esters debuted their Sunday Wine Tastings in April and they’re making the Mother’s Day event extra special: preorder a gorgeous bouquet from to be picked up at Esters.  Less organized offspring can pick up a bouquet on site: presumably while supplies last.  Why: Celebrating a great mom while sipping great wine.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….


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